Contributed Papers Add to Body of SLA Research

Which strategies work best for introducing library customers to new resources? Is there any evidence that membership in a professional association benefits librarians and furthers their careers? How are your library’s customers using your website to connect with the services you offer?

These are just three of the questions that SLA members addressed in papers they presented at the SLA 2017 Annual Conference last month in Phoenix. The contributed papers, as they are known, have been a staple of SLA annual conferences for many years and are posted on SLA’s website so all members can access them and benefit from their research.

The process of presenting a paper begins with the submission of an abstract in November or December of the preceding year. A committee reviews the abstracts and decides which ones should be expanded into papers and presented at the conference. The committee also reviews the papers and determines which one it considers the best of the group.

At SLA 2017, the best paper was “From Information to Intelligence: The Tata Consultancy Services Information Resource Centre.” The authors, Dhanashree Date and Ayesha Mallik (pictured above), will receive free registration to the SLA 2018 Annual Conference in Baltimore.

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