SLA 2015: Session Picks from the Annual Conference Advisory Council Chair

A few session suggestions from Tracy Z. Maleeff:

Maleeff_Tracy_ZAs chair of the SLA 2015 Annual Conference Advisory Council, I have been working on next month’s conference in Boston since April 2013. I knew early on that I wanted to use the “Be Revolutionary!” theme. Not only does this theme tie into Boston’s colonial history, but it represents the mindset info pros need to have about their careers. Our profession is changing and we need to be the leaders in the front of the pack. Revolutionize how you think about yourself professionally. Are you networking with enough people? Are you keeping on top of professional development? By attending SLA 2015 in Boston next month, you are committing to improving yourself as an info pro and embracing our revolutionary spirit!

I really shouldn’t play favorites, but there are a few sessions that are close to my heart for a variety of reasons. All of our SLA unit conference planners have worked hard to bring you high-quality sessions with phenomenal presenters. The members of the Annual Conference Advisory Council and I really pushed the planners to raise the bar and put forth sessions worthy of the “Be Revolutionary!” theme. Here are some sessions that I know I won’t miss. Won’t you join me?

Islamic Finance and Banking: An Introduction for Researchers (Crescendo Session)
Sunday, June 14, from 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
I’ve worked for three years to bring this type of session to the conference. Finally, the stars aligned! Islamic finance has grown rapidly and many SLA members work for multi-national companies. Be one step ahead of the curve and learn about this topic to demonstrate your value as an info pro. This Crescendo session will start with the basics of research and will proceed to more advanced topics. Many thanks to the Business & Finance Division, the Arabian Gulf Chapter, and the Insurance & Employee Benefits and Legal Divisions for pulling this together.

Get Out of Your Chair and Revolutionize Your Training Program!
Monday, June 15, from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
It’s crucial to have face time with your users. The all-star Legal Division trio of Stephanie Ball, Christine DeLuca, and John DiGilio will present about being an agent for learning and change in your work environment. Be a better info pro and learn how to provide quality engaging instruction to your users!

Science of 3D Printing (Master Class)
Tuesday, June 16, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
I’m thrilled that our STEM-related divisions collaborated to bring this session to life. The presenters will give an advanced-level presentation on current 3D printing technologies and how 3D printing is used in research and education, as well as help attendees understand how to apply 3D technology to their own work. The future is here, my friends, and the 3D printing session is the place to be!

I hope you find all of the 2015 conference sessions to be valuable to your career education and development. The unit planners and the 2015 Annual Conference Advisory Council are proud to present this slate of sessions for you to take the lead and “Be Revolutionary!” in your career!

Tracy Z. Maleeff is the library resources manager at Duane Morris LLP in Philadelphia. An active SLA member, she was the recipient of the Dow Jones Innovate Award in 2014. Tracy created the #SLAtalk Twitter chat series, in which librarians and info pros can exchange ideas and experience professional development through social media. She is the co-author a contributed paper for SLA 2015 entitled, “Network Like Nobody’s Watching: Demystifying Networking as a Skill for Librarians and Info Pros.” Tracy, a regular contributor to, is active on Twitter as @LibrarySherpa and blogs at

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