The Centennial conference of SLA (aka the Special Libraries Association) is next week in Washington DC. Hard to believe such a progressive organization has been around for 100 years. That’s quite an accomplishment. As usual, there will be way too much going on and I will end up totally exhausted. There are continuing education sessions on Saturday and Sunday. The Exhibit Hall is open Sunday afternoon. I’ll be at the Information Today Inc. booth on Sunday if you want to catch up with me. Sunday evening is the opening session with Colin Powell speaking. Monday is crammed with sessions, demonstrations, business meetings, and lunch in the exhibit hall — unless you’re attending one of the many vendor lunches (I think I’ve been invited to at least 4).
Since librarians have been such early adopters of Twitter, I’m expecting the hash tag for the conference to be trending next week. That is, if we can figure out what the hash tag is. I’ve already seen #sla, #sla2009, #sladam, and #slakm. If every division decides to use its own hash tag and if a session is sponsored by multiple divisions, there won’t be enough room to say anything other than a list of hash tags in the 140 characters Twitter allots to a post.
At the Information Today team blog, we’re going to settle on the sla2009 tag. That just seems to be the most logical one to use.