AD-WEBSITE2SLA’s annual conference is just around the corner, and this year it will be taking place in Boston, USA. As ever, a number of European Chapter members will be attending and presenting. This year’s theme is “Be Revolutionary!” and whilst the Boston Tea Party didn’t go too well for the British, we are certain that this year’s presenters will be a hit!


On Saturday, the conference will be starting with SLA’s main board meeting. Our past president Don Roll will be speaking to the SLA board about the Chapter’s involvement with the Information Alliance, a collaborative project spearheaded by the Chapter involving SLA and a number of other professional organisations.

Later that evening, we will be having an informal dinner with a large number of European colleagues to ease us in to the upcoming conference.


Starting off Sunday, our USA representative, Tracy Z. Maleeff, will be honoured as a Fellow of the Association at the opening reception.

Later on Sunday, (3:30 – 5:00 pm), Bethan Ruddock will present her original research on “Sharing is good: getting the most out of your library’s data”.

At the same time on Sunday, future SLA Legal President and European Chapter member Victoria North will be speaking as part of “Leading from the Middle: Strategies, Advice and Perspective from Senior Leaders”.

At 1:30pm Lyndsay Rees-Jones will be presenting as part of a workshop on how to “put you into your brand”.

Sunday continues to be dominated by European Chapter as at 3:30 members as Geraldine-Clement Stoneham will also be presenting on Proactive Information Risk for Information Professionals, a session moderated by Dennie Heye.


An early start to Monday at 9am will see Lyndsay Rees-Jones providing a quick take on how to “maximise your brain power with mind maps” in just 7 easy steps.

From 10:00 – 11:30 am, our future SLA Europe president John Coll will present his original research on “Turning the Library inside out: putting content where users expect to find it,” and Katharine Schopflin will present her original research on “Knowledge Management Success: an anti-revolutionary approach.” During this session, you will also hear about “Open Information and Libraries” and “Beyond Keywords: The Revolution of Search.”

Also at 10am, Gimena Campos Cervera will be speaking on “Cultural Diversity and Working in a Global Information Environment”. This session is co-hosted by the European Chapter in conjunction with the Arabian Gulf Chapter, the Diversity Leadership Development Program, Australia and New Zealand Chapter, Asia Chapter and LMD. It will look at why culture of inclusion matters to us as individuals, as information professionals, and as members of SLA?

On Monday evening the European Chapter will be co-hosting our International Reception with the Arabian Gulf Chapter, the International Information Exchange Caucus, the Social Sciences Division and the Washington DC Chapter. During the evening our Early Career Conference Award winners Neasa McHale and Sarah Hume will be formally introduced.


Tuesday morning at 9:45 will see Sam Wiggins presenting with an American colleague Kreig Kitts on “Around the World of Legal Information Institutes (LIIs)” covering various sources for international law.

Later that morning Penny Leach, European Chapter member and LMD president-elect will be moderating a session on “Be Bold, Be Brief, and Be Gone: Secrets on How to Successfully Navigate the C-Suite”.

Looking into Tuesday afternoon between 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Tracy Maleeff will present original research on “Network Like Nobody’s Watching: Demystifying Networking as a Skill for Librarians and Info Pros”.

Geraldine Clement-Stoneham will be speaking again at 2pm following her initial appearance on Sunday as part of a session on “Data management and implementation”

Also speaking for a second time at 2pm is Gimena Campos Cervera who will be looking at ways to transform international science and technology librarianship.

Do also be sure to keep an eye out for LMD award winner Natasha Chowdory who is also travelling across from Europe.

A great many other colleagues are attending from this side of the Atlantic, so please do be certain to introduce yourself and say hello. If you have any questions regarding the conference, its schedule, or the European Chapter’s presence, please get in touch with me.

I look forward to seeing many of you in Boston in a few days time.

Sam Wiggins

SLA Europe President

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