Get Your Employer’s OK to Attend SLA 2018

You know why you need to attend SLA 2018, but does your employer? If not, use the letter below to help make your case. Simply copy and paste the text or download the electronic file, tailor it to your specific needs, and send it to your boss.

 

Dear [Employer],

Providing decision-ready information and insights to you and our colleagues here at [Organization] requires me to stay on top of the latest developments in information and knowledge management. That’s why I need your approval to attend the Special Libraries Association’s 2018 Annual Conference in Baltimore this June.

SLA 2018 is the only industry meeting dedicated solely to meeting my professional learning needs, the only conference I consider absolutely essential to my professional success. If SLA 2018 didn’t exist, I would need to invent it.

SLA 2018 lasts just a few days, but it offers more than 100 educational sessions and workshops that explore the latest trends in gathering, organizing, analyzing, and sharing information and knowledge. The lineup at SLA 2018 includes cutting-edge topics like artificial intelligence, 3-D printing, data visualization, the future of competitive intelligence, and virtual reality—each one tailored to my interests and needs.

Plus, at SLA 2018, I’ll be surrounded by about 2,000 other information professionals who face the same challenges I face—and who, like me, are trying new approaches, testing new products, and implementing new strategies to get ahead. Every person I talk to between meetings, over lunch, and in hallways is someone who could teach me something I don’t know. I can’t find that kind of learning environment anywhere else.

Best of all, SLA 2018 is a great value. Registration and hotel fees are MUCH lower than those for most conferences of this caliber, and the conference’s format packs a lot of punch into a small package.

If you give me the go-ahead to attend SLA 2018—and I sincerely hope you will—you can expect me to return from Baltimore with plenty of new ideas and insights I can put to work right away. Please let me know if you would like additional information, or visit SLA’s conference website at https://www.sla.org/attend/sla-2018-annual-conference/ for details.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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