SLA in Seattle!

\"Welcome to Seattle!

June 15th marked the start of this year’s Annual Conference of the Special Libraries Association in Seattle, Washington.  What a great venue . . . from the Space Needle, to Pike Place Market, the city was a buzz!  And, the weather was most cooperative — the sun shown on most of the days and on the days that started a bit “gloomy,” the sun eventually made an appearance (however brief). 

The conference was alive with exceptional programming and exhibits as we carried on with President Abram’s initiative to “Innovate in 2008!”  The Innovation Laboratory was officially launched at conference and we even had a “twitter” going.  It was all very exciting.  

Our keynote speakers this year were Vinton Cerf (the father of the internet) who was interviewed by Charlie Rose at our Opening General Session, and Seth Godin (author and entrepreneur) at our Closing General Session and Annual Membership Meeting.

As was usual, so many great programs, so little time. 

With Seattle now behind us, we’re beginning to gear up for SLA’s Centennial year (2009).  many exciting programs and initiatives are already being planned.  A quick glimpse: a traveling exhibit, an SLA postage stamp, a video contest, a gala event (black tie optional) at the National Building Museum, in Washington, DC (home of Presidential Inaugural Balls), an awards banquet at the Library of Congress Great Hall, and many more exciting events.  I can hardly wait.

Posted by Tom Rink

 

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