Meet Your Colleagues from Around the World at SLA 2014

This is the second post in an occasional series written by SLA members who are heading to Vancouver in June for SLA 2014.  Read more here.  Will we see you in Vancouver?

Nora MartinMy name is Nora Martin. I have been a proud member of SLA since 2007 (plus I’m a newly-minted member of the News Division!). My professional experience includes over 25 years in the information and knowledge management field in government, the corporate sector and higher education.

Currently I am working as a part-time research librarian at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia’s national broadcaster. I am also undertaking graduate study at the University of Technology, Sydney. This is quite a juggling act!

As the recipient of the 2009 SLA Diversity Leadership Development Award, I attended my first SLA conference that year in Washington, D.C. Not only was this a valuable opportunity for personal growth, I made many enduring friendships along the way. Whilst this will be my third SLA conference as a participant, it will also be a first, given that I will be sharing my research during the SLA Contributed Papers session on Sunday.

Similarly, I believe the SLA conference in Vancouver will provide food for thought and facilitate collaboration and knowledge exchange. It will allow me to learn from experts in their field of endeavour – sharing their insights and vision. As the first non-North American SLA president, Kate Arnold highlights the importance of belonging to an international association, with a global network that helps expand our horizons.

For a number of years, I worked in the fields of strategic and operational financial intelligence for Australia’s financial intelligence unit and AML/CTF regulator, AUSTRAC. In addition, I was also the inaugural AUSTRAC library manager. As such, I am enthused at the prospect of utilising my knowledge and skills in the capacity of intelligence analyst sometime in the future. Perhaps I will be able to connect and learn from other info pros employed in this sector at the conference?

As a firm advocate of continuous learning, I am currently undertaking a Master of Arts in Information and Knowledge Management, so will be wearing numerous hats at this event! Particular sessions I am looking forward to attending include: Data Driven Tools and Techniques for Researchers, and the presentation on Data Visualization.

As someone who is passionate about staying up-to-date, I strongly encourage you to attend the SLA Annual Conference this year in Vancouver. It will be an invaluable opportunity for meeting and networking with your peers from all over the globe. Even those of us from Beyond Borders in Australia!

Don’t miss Early Bird registration!  Sign up to attend by April 11 for big savings.

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