What Are Your Can’t-Miss Sessions at SLA 2014?
As the head of information services for the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Research Institute, I can not believe the number of “must-do” sessions for me at this year’s Annual Conference in Vancouver. The ones that seem to have the most potential for me are:
- Staying in the Game: New Roles for Libraries in Research Support
- Show All the Metrics: Uncovering and Rewarding the Broad Impact of Research
- From Managing to Innovating: Making the Leap to Inventing New Knowledge
- Reproducible Research: A Path for Boosting Science in the 21st Century
Our research institute is still small: just our director, our administrative assistant, and myself. As 1/3 of the staff, my role is critical in defining our path forward. Questions I face every day include “How can we map the field of current research to find opportunities for knowledge creation?” “How can we encourage collaboration instead of a more siloed approach?” “How can we prove that our research is worth funding?” These four conference sessions will allow me to learn about new tools, trends and approaches in our profession that can immediately impact the way our research institute charts our course.
For the majority of my career I have been a solo librarian in a small nonprofit setting. Having no immediate colleagues to regularly engage with, I rely on SLA to give me the skills to advance both myself and the organizations for which I work. I am always excited to spend time at the Annual Conference where I can take a step back from the daily grind and focus on the big picture. I return with fresh ideas, deeper insights, and wonderful memories of time spent with intelligent and inspirational colleagues.
Early bird registration ends Friday, April 11. Meet Brandy King and thousands of other information industry colleagues in Vancouver in June.
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