Tuesday, July 31, 2012

UK Libraries well represented at SLA International Conference

The Special Library Association (SLA) met in Chicago last week with over 3,000 information professionals from a variety of environments--academic, corporate, government, consulting--from over 30 different countries met to discuss future trends in technology, user needs, and information access in a variety of specialized subject areas.  Guy Kawasaki, co-founder of Alltop.com, an "online magazine rack" of popular topics on the Web, and previously the chief evangelist of Apple, opened the conference with a keynote address discussing the art of enchantment in relation to customer service and user expectations: http://www.guykawasaki.com/enchantment/audio-video/

For the past several years, Kentucky librarians have been particularly active at all levels of SLA--chapter, division, and association--and this year was no exception.  Peter Hesseldenz presented a poster session for the Business and Finance Division once again; this year's poster was titled “Working with Economics Faculty and Student.   In addition to serving as Membership Chair for the Academic Division, Jason Keinsley will continue as Lead Planner for the IT Division's many programs, continuing education courses, and networking events for the 2013 SLA Annual Conference in San Diego.

Valerie Perry remains active in the Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition (FAN) Division, and assisted the current FAN Division Chair with program planning and participated in various FAN Board activities.  Valerie is also currently the President of the Kentucky Chapter.  Alex Grigg is an association leader as well, and he is currently Chair-Elect of the IT Division and Treasurer of the Kentucky Chapter.

Stacey Greenwell continued her active involvement in SLA, serving as a candidate for the international Board of Directors of the association and chair of the association's new Technology Advisory Council.  She had several responsibilities as a Fellow of the association and as the inaugural chair of the Academic Division.  She also served as awards presenter at the opening general session for the second year in a row.

More information about the conference, including slides and photos, can be found on the Twitter archive: http://eventifier.co/event/slachicago

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