2014 Conference/Expo Preview: Invest In Yourself: A Day of Professional Development

By Emma Davidson

This is one of three articles previewing SLA NY’s September 18th Conference and Expo at Baruch’s Vertical Campus. The other two can be found here and here. More information about the event, including how to register, can be found hereFollow @SLANewYork and #SLANY for news and updates!

Join SLA New York on Thursday September 18th as we take over Vertical Campus at Baruch College for a packed day of learning and networking at the inaugural SLA New York Conference and Expo!

We are delighted to welcome SLA’s President-Elect Jill Strand who will set the tone of the day with her keynote “Be Revolutionary! Taking It To The Next Level With Our Profession and Association” (for more details see the feature article elsewhere in this issue). Two parallel tracks of programs will cover social media for business and personal-professional development, and there will be plenty of opportunity for networking during breaks. We are also excited to work with some of the New York information community’s key business partners, and representatives will be joining us as exhibitors throughout the day.

Bringing a Conference and Expo to SLA New York was the brainchild of our current Chapter President, Nick Collison. Sean O’Heir, our Communications Chair, recently caught up with Nick to get his views on the event:

I’m really, really pleased about the September conference,” Collison said. “It’s the first one that we’ve done for many years … It will provide our members with the opportunity to get face-to-face with their key suppliers. We’re providing some very good educational tracks that will help in the development of peoples’ careers. … It should be a very exciting day for the chapter.

While putting the day together, the main question for the Conference Committee has been “would we want to attend this ourselves?”—and our aim has been to make the sessions as relevant and interactive as possible.

To give just a taste of what’s on offer: Brian Tietje will lead a user group discussion on LinkedIn; the Morgan Library’s Ben Bailes will share a case-study in using Google Apps; three industry experts will lead round-table discussions on personal presentation and self-marketing; Valerie Forrestal and Elyssa Kroski will consider a broad range of social media programs and their application within libraries; and a panel will take an in-depth look at the value of obtaining certificates.

We hope that you will be as thrilled as we are with the diversity of topics and speakers on offer. All we ask is that attendees bring lots of challenging questions for our panelists to grapple with! If you can’t make the whole day, why not just come for part of it, or join us in the evening to celebrate over a few drinks.