At A Glance

About the  SLA 2018 Annual Conference Logo:

Baltimore is known for a quite a few things. “Charm City” or the “City of Neighborhoods” is the backdrop for the musical Hairspray. In our design we wanted to reflect the “Charm City” in both its pop culture and diversity. The Hairspray-inspired blocks in many colors represent the diversity of professionals that make up SLA’s membership; represent the doors of opportunity and are even a shout-out to the row homes 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. The “Bmore,” a new nickname of today’s Baltimore, also sounds like the words “be more,” and helps us convey to members and other information professionals that when they attend SLA 2018 we can help them “Bmore” (be more) at work. “Bmore with SLA.”

Reasons to Bmore with SLA in Baltimore:

The 14th Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Education that Helps You Succeed on the Job. Explore topics relevant to you at the definitive professional development event for today’s special librarians and information professionals.

Can’t-miss Networking Opportunities. Come together with other special librarians and information professionals who “get it” and share ideas and learn best practices.

Experience the Best of the Best. We’re bringing back some great new features of SLA 2017 to the SLA 2018 Annual Conference in Baltimore. See below for details.

Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden is Opening KeynoteThat’s right, the longtime Baltimorean will be back in Charm City in June to speak at SLA 2018!


New in 2017 and Improved for 2018:

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!

Session Levels Tailors to Varied Learning Needs. Education sessions will be categorized by three levels: fundamental, intermediate, and master class.

Fun Ways to Unwind! Main Street SLA and The Park are back! Two perfect settings to recharge and get in some all-important downtime with colleagues.

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



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