SLA 2017: An Education (and More) for Students

This is an exciting time of year to be a student. If you’re a high school senior, you’re learning which colleges and universities have accepted you for enrollment. If you’re a college senior, you’re interviewing with prospective employers or receiving job offers. And if you’re a library student, you’re making plans to attend the SLA 2017 Annual Conference in Phoenix.

Why SLA 2017? To find out, Kate Spaulding, an MLIS student at San Jose State University, interviewed Brandy King, chair of SLA’s 2017 Annual Conference Advisory Council, for a post on the SJSU Information School’s Career Blog. Their discussion touched on several topics—who should attend, how to afford the conference (“Student tickets, which are waaaay less money than regular ticket prices, are available until May 30,” Kate wrote), programs and activities targeted toward students, and why smaller is better, at least when it comes to library conferences.

“Among the changes for 2017 is a smaller physical footprint; [Brandy] wanted to eliminate extra space and extra walking (which takes up time and energy),” Kate wrote. “Hopefully, the smaller space will encourage more frequent interactions, as people will have time to stop and chat in the halls.”

The attractions for students include a “stream” of sessions devoted to career development, including “Help Wanted: Tips and Advice for Landing Your Next Job” and “Switching It Up: Alternative Careers for Librarians.” Another attraction is a first-timers orientation, which is not to be confused with the Fellows and First-Timers Reception, which connects first-time attendees with SLA Fellows.

But perhaps the biggest attraction of SLA 2017 for students is that even the things that aren’t targeted toward them are worth doing.

“Brandy pointed out that we should try to take advantage of everything that’s offered,” Kate wrote. “Think of the conference as ‘not just educational sessions, but as going to lunch, going to the EXPO hall, going to the wellness events. Think of attending them as adding value to your conference, and you’ll have a much better time, too.'”

Learn more about why students should attend SLA 2017 by reading Kate’s post, “Students, Succeed at SLA 2017.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • RT @HarvardBiz: How to Get the Most Out of a Day Off
  • Researchers say their tool can often spot when Wikipedia discussions will degenerate into personal attacks by watch…
  • How did #MemorialDay come about? An interesting blog post from the @USNatArchives History Office.
  • "#1Lib1Ref – one librarian, one reference – is the Wikimedia Foundation’s initiative to engage the collective knowl…
  • Chapter and Division gatherings and other special events are a big part of the #SLA2018 experience. Be sure to RSVP…
©2018 Special Libraries Association. All Rights Reserved

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.