Conference Networking Ideas

New York Chapter member Hildy Dworkin shares her conference networking tips. Don’t forget to check out what other members have to say about attending the conference.

Solo No More

Dworkin_Hildy_100Have a problem or idea, but have no information professionals around to share them with? Tired of feeling like nobody around you knows what you do? I guarantee that SLA 2015 in Boston will cure the solo isolation! And that problem you have? You will likely go home with more solutions than you ever thought possible! Networking is one of the best reasons to attend the annual conference—especially if you are a solo practitioner.

There are many formal and informal networking opportunities.  If you want to learn more about the divisions, or meet up with those in your particular field or common interest, attend a board or business meeting. Some have breakfasts or luncheons, too. And after a hard day of learning, there’s nothing like a no-host dine around or division open house.

Put a face to the names! Meet the people you have been emailing, texting, and tweeting!

Same Time, Next Year

The SLA Annual Conference creates an atmosphere in which to create lifelong friendships. Can you call someone a friend who you only see once a year? Absolutely! My SLA relationships are some of the best I have ever had. There nothing like the feeling of a great adrenaline rush when you see someone for the first time in a year!

SLA offers the comfort of meeting those who have so much in common, but since we come from all over the world we get to experience all the flavors and spices the world has to offer at the same time.

I’ll see you in Boston!

Hildy Dworkin has been the library director for the New York City Department of Social Services for the last 15 years. She is an active member of SLA, including serving as chair of the Solo Librarians Division and as a member of SLA’s Public Relations Advisory Council.

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