The Summit is Coming! Are You?


It’s that time of year! No, not the holidays—it’s time to get ready for the SLA Leadership Summit and prepare to meet your best friends for the first of two SLA meetings in 2015. (I’ve watched James King and Karen Reczek and the Leadership and Management Division plan the Summit, and I’m the board liaison to the 2015 Conference Planning Advisory Council, so I KNOW these are going to be good!)

The Summit is open to ALL MEMBERS of SLA. All of you—yes, YOU! You don’t need to be in a leadership position to attend. Are you interested in becoming a leader? Are you interested in what’s happening at the cabinet and board levels of SLA? Do you want to know where the fun people go after 5:00 p.m. in Baltimore? The 2015 Summit is where you go to find out!

It’s been a year of changes and questions. At the Summit, there will be several chances for open discussion about them.

  1. The first opportunity is the open Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 9:00 a.m.-noon. The open board meeting is just that—open for ALL MEMBERS to attend and bring issues forward to the board.
  2. There will be a question-and-answer period after the State of the Association presentation on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  3. The Chapter, Division and Joint Cabinet meetings will provide opportunities for those in leadership roles to bring forward issues from their units. The cabinet meetings will take place on Friday from 10:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m., so unit leaders, talk to your people and come prepared. I will be brushing up on Robert’s Rules of Order myself!

Last year, the Summit had a large contingent of members who were moving into leadership roles for the first time. This is wonderful and exciting—it means we’ve got real vitality at the unit level. We’ve also got a lot of dedicated people who are in their third or fourth or tenth leadership position and have been to many Summits.

In Baltimore, we’ve got something for both! First-timers should be sure to come to the informal happy hour on Wednesday (before the dine-arounds) so you can get to know other SLA members and find out who you want to hang with for the week. I can hook you up with the rowdies/loud people because I am both rowdy and loud, but there are nice, quiet people, too (I promise).

Thursday is dedicated to the basics of SLA: governance, who does what, and best practices. We’ll hear from units who are making their good ideas work. Longtime leaders will be especially interested in hearing the results of the Membership Study Task Force and the State of the Association presentation.

Friday is all about strategy! Rebecca Jones will lead an interactive session on applying strategy at the unit level, and we will have yet more interactiveness in the following session, which will feature participant-led small group discussions about the tough questions and challenges unit leaders face. After the discussions, each group will share their ideas on how to handle the challenges.

We’ve also got opening and closing keynote speakers, a delicious lunch (with a view), and plenty of time to hang out and chat and share our professional milestones (and laugh over our horror stories—everybody has one!).

So, I’ll see you at the Summit! And remember, if you’re there on Wednesday, come to the open board meeting at 9:00. You don’t have to be a board member or hold any kind of leadership position. EVERYONE is welcome to attend.

Gird your loins, Baltimore. SLA is coming!

—Juliane Schneider, Division Cabinet Chair-Elect

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