SLA 2018: Overview

With its 100-plus education sessions, vibrant exhibit hall, and robust networking opportunities, the SLA 2018 Annual Conference is the premier event for special librarians and information professionals who want to explore the latest challenges and trends in knowledge and information management, refine their skills, connect with colleagues, and meet with leading information product and service providers.

Saturday, June 9 – Wednesday, June 13
(Opening General Session: Monday, June 11)

Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Note: DPHT Annual Meeting
This year, the SLA Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division (DPHT) Annual Meeting will take place in Baltimore immediately prior to the SLA 2018 Annual Conference. The DPHT Annual Meeting will be held June 9–10 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, which is connected to the Baltimore Convention Center. Registration for both the DPHT Annual Meeting and SLA 2018 is accessible here.

Take advantage of these four features of SLA 2018 that we debuted at SLA 2017 in Phoenix and are bringing back by popular demand!

1. Better Flow and Added Convenience
We redesigned the schedule and decreased the distances between activity locations. No wasted space + no wasted time = a more attendee-friendly conference!

2. Sessions Tailored to Different Learning Needs
Education sessions are categorized into three learning levels: fundamental, intermediate, and master class.

3. Fun Ways to Unwind
Main Street SLA and The Park are perfect settings for recharging your batteries and enjoying some all-important downtime with colleagues.

4. Health and Wellness Activities
SLA 2018 will offer invigorating wellness activities to keep your mind and body active and energized during the conference.

Baltimore is perhaps best known as the birthplace of “The Star Spangled Banner” (the national anthem of the United States) and the home of the Preakness Stakes, but “Balmer” (as some locals call it) is better defined by its ubiquitous row houses with white steps, the grave of Edgar Allan Poe, and the raw bars that serve seafood from the Chesapeake Bay. Known as “Charm City” for its hidden charms, Baltimore has charmed many a movie-goer as the backdrop for the musical “Hairspray” and the 1982 movie “Diner.”

In our logo, we wanted to reflect “Charm City” in both its pop culture and diversity. The Hairspray-inspired blocks of color represent the diversity of professionals who comprise SLA’s membership and the diverse opportunities awaiting today’s information professionals, while the shapes of the blocks are a shout-out to the row houses that make Charm City, well, charming. The logo gives a nod to the past, representing books and catalogs and is reflective of the future and all the diverse opportunities of today’s information professionals. “Bmore,” a new nickname of today’s Baltimore, also sounds like the words “be more” and helps us convey to information professionals that attending SLA 2018 will help them “Bmore” at their jobs and in their careers.

“Bmore with SLA.”

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