The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. The three chapters sponsoring this regional conference have over 650 members in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, and Montana.
The conference will be held over a day and a half on October 6 & 7, 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia. All events will be held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, a landmark hotel located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. A block of hotel rooms will be available for out-of-town delegates and sponsors. Attendance of 150 to 200 delegates are anticipated for our first regional conference.
An Information Professional ("IP") strategically uses information in his/her job to advance the mission of the organization. This is accomplished through the development, deployment, and management of information resources and services. The IP harnesses technology as a critical tool to accomplish goals. IPs include but are not limited to, librarians, knowledge managers, chief information officers, web developers, information brokers, and consultants.
Information Professionals work for information organizations, which are defined as those entities that deliver information-based solutions to a given market. Some commonly used names for these organizations include libraries, competitive intelligence units, intranet departments, knowledge resource centers, content management organizations, and others.