22 February 2006


The printed preliminary program for the 2006 SLA Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, is now out. CAUTION: It is NOT complete! Especially in the day-by-day listings. Check the listings by Division in the back.

I’m also told that both hotels attached to the convention center are full—already.

Here are some programs you should take a look at:

CE Events:
Branding 101: What it Takes to Build a Library Brand, Chris Olson, Saturday 10 June, 8-12 a.m.
Leadership 101, Rebecca Jones, Saturday, 10 June 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Making a Business Case for the Information Center, Lesley Robinson, Sunday 11 June, 1-5 p.m.

The Keynoters:
Gwen Ifill, Senior Correspondent/Managing Editor of US Public Broadcasting’s The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Opening General Session, Sunday 11 June, 6:30-8 p.m.
Walt Mossberg, Technology Columnist, The Wall Street Journal, Closing General Session, Wednesday 14 June, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – a “must see” for me, at least.

SOLO Librarians Division Events:
Happy Hour: Meet and Greet, Saturday 10 June, 5-8 p.m.
Open House, Sunday 11 June, 8-11 p.m.
Communicating Your Value to Management (ticketed event), Monday 12 June, 7:30-9 a.m.
Developing Leaders, Monday 12 June, 9:30-11 a.m. (with many other divisions)
Cultivating a Champion: Partnering with Groups, Monday 12 June, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m (with CI Division)
No-Host Dinner, Monday 12 June, 5-8 p.m.
Open House, Monday 11 June, 8-11:30 p.m.
Moving to Client-Embedded Service (ticketed event), Tuesday 13 June, 7:30-9 a.m. (with B&F)
Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting (ticketed event), Tuesday 13 June, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Becoming a Value-Added Information Professional with Mary Ellen Bates, Tuesday 13 June, 1:30-3 p.m.
Board Meeting (all welcome), Tuesday 13 June, 5-6 p.m.
Silent Auction, Tuesday 13 June, 6-8 p.m.
Open House, Tuesday 13 June, 8-11:45 p.m.
Suddenly Solo: Dealing with Unexpected Downsizing, Wednesday 14 June, 9:15-10:45 a.m. (with Engineering)
Success Stories of Solos, Wednesday 14 June 1-2:30 p.m.

Programs of Other Divisions:
Community Partnerships in Safety: Encouraging Police and Librarian Connections, featuring Solo’s own Tom Rink, Monday 12 June, 9:30-11 a.m.
Stress Management; Laugh for the Health of It, Monday 12 June, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (I missed this in Nashville—heard it is wonderful)
Grant Opportunities for Special Libraries, Tuesday 13 June, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (MAH Division)
Association Awards Dinner (ticketed event), Tuesday 13 June, 8-12 p.m.—Solo Division supporter Judy Field will be honored with the John Cotton Dana Award, SLA’s highest honor
Keeping Current, with Paul Hane of Information Today, Wednesday 14 June 1-2:30 p.m. (News)
Value of Information, Wednesday 14 June, 1-2:30 p.m. (Chemistry, PAM, Engineering, and S&T)

You can find more information at the Conference website: http://www.sla.org/content/Events/conference/ac2006/index.cfm

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