SLA 2012 – see you in Chicago!

This really ought to be on Uncooked Data but it’s not worth resurrecting for one or two conference posts, so here, in amongst the religion and the running, will have to do.

SLA’s 2012 conference is imminent and I’m off to Chicago on Saturday morning. This will be my fourth conference and fifth event, since I was also lucky enough to attend Leadership Summit in January 2011. I’m really looking forward to catching up with people I know and meeting new folk too. It’s one of the benefits of living in the 21st century that I chat on social media to my SLA friends in the US as easily as I can those who only live a few miles away from me (and are in the same time zone!).

It’s going to be quite warm. I have packed my running kit but I wonder how long it’ll take me to acclimatise?

I’m not sure quite what my schedule will be – with so many sessions to choose from, it’s always hard to decide. My must-haves are all part of the Legal Division’s programming – 60 sites in 60 seconds, BNA/Bloomberg breakfast & business meeting, the Unconference session. I’m looking forward to the IT Dance Party and the other open houses and networking drinks. We’ve got our International Reception on Monday. I’m also thrilled to have been asked to be part of the closing panel session on Wednesday which is shaping up to be an interactive, interesting event.

I met three of the four Early Career award winners at SLA Europe’s summer party this evening and I’m hoping they’ll have as much fun at conference as I did with Bethan, Laura and Annie in 2009. It’s great to be able to pass on tips and advice so that all the first-timers from SLA Europe can squeeze as much learning, networking and fun as possible out of conference.

I have good intentions of blogging when I’m away, but I doubt very much that’ll happen until I get back and have a chance to reflect on all that goes on.

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