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June 13, 2011
SLA's 2011 Annual Conference and INFO-EXPO Is Underway: Virtual Conference Sessions Available for Members Who Cannot Attend
SLA's "Get Future Ready" meeting started June 12 and continues to June 15 in Philly. SLA members who are unable to attend the annual conference can participate in an excellent offering of sessions and a virtual exhibitor hall through SLA's Virtual Conference Component, something AALL has yet to figure out how to do.
As a virtual component attendee, you will have the opportunity to view, as well as participate in, the Closing General Session and a generous helping of Spotlight Sessions ... in real time! We will also have a virtual INFO-EXPO hall. This will give you the opportunity to meet with exhibitors that have signed up for the Virtual Hall.
Oh, my bad, weren't we supposed to vote for broadcasting a session or two for members who could not attend Philly 2011: Cream Cheese, Cheesesteak or Karaoke? Do note SLA's Virtual Conference costs $250 but that is substantially less than the cost of attending in person. Score one for SLA being "future ready" for professional library association meetings.
Sponsorship Dollars: SLA v. AALL. A quick check of where vendor sponsorship dollars are going reveals something interesting. While Bloomberg Government is an SLA sponsor, Bloomberg Law is not listed as a sponsor for our annual meeting. I guess we institutional buyers of legal resources just don't rate. Who is in charge at AALL HQ for pitching the "hard sell" for conference sponsorship? [JH]