A Fresh Perspective on SLA 2014

Read what member Marrette Pearsall has to say about going to SLA 2014 in Vancouver.  Her post is part of our series written by members who are creating their conference schedules and looking forward to learning, networking, and sharing their ideas.  Read earlier posts here, here, and here.

Marrette PearsallSLA 2014 will be my second SLA conference experience. My first conference was last year’s 2013 annual meeting in San Diego, which was a great opportunity for me as a then-student to meet professionals, learn how my new library science skills could be applied, and meet people working in my areas of interest that I then followed up with for informational interviews.

As a new professional in the field of librarianship I am excited to learn about new skills and ideas. Even better, I get to learn about best practices for a popular product like SharePoint.  I plan to attend SharePoint Show and Tell: It Doesn’t Have to Suck  to hear how those with more experience use this program and how to get around some of the trickier aspects of creating and editing web parts. Teach Me! SharePoint, Metadata and Taxonomy Lessons from Experience looks like another good session on problem solving in SharePoint, plus I’ll learn about how it can be used alongside other systems to manage data.

I also find information analysis interesting and want to hear about tools and theories used by those who are respected in the field.  Analytical Models that Deliver Value is described as a session that was popular in previous conferences.  It includes a learning exercise, which as someone still in the early stage of my career I will find helpful.

After reading the session description for Monitoring Social Media: Beyond Lurking–Data Mining and Putting the Pieces Together, I hope to learn about different resources and tools to collect and manage data so that I can mine and analyze information.

These sessions and the many networking opportunities are what make SLA conferences so great. Can’t wait until June!

Sign up today for SLA 2014.  Early bird registration ends Friday, April 11.  Don’t miss it!

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