February 27-29, 2008
Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park
St. Petersburg, FL







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You are cordially invited to join the Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida and Caribbean chapters in hosting SLA’s South Atlantic Regional Conference (SARC) featuring our theme, “The Surreal Landscape: Information Professionals Mastering the Challenges of Time & Space.”  Embracing the themes of time and space, close to two hundred information professionals and knowledge specialists will gather to learn and discuss the surreal ways that our work environments have changed in the last few years and to embrace what lies ahead in the future. 

SARC will feature two very gifted keynote speakers. Stephen Abram and Dr. Graham Farmelo.  Stephen Abram, Vice President of Innovation at SirsiDynix and current President-Elect of SLA will share with us his thoughts on the future of libraries, technology, user behavior and the changing and evolving world in which we work.  We couldn’t think of a better opening day keynote speaker. Known to thousands of special librarians for his unique communication skills and ability to make the complicated seem simple, Stephen will surely place SARC attendees in the proper mindset for the thought provoking programs that will follow. 

Eminent scholar Dr. Graham Farmelo is our Friday morning keynote speaker. Besides serving as Senior Research Fellow at the Science Museum in London, Dr. Farmelo is an international consultant in the public dimensions of science and is author of the forthcoming, The Strangest Man, a biography of Nobel Prize winner Paul Dirac. Currently an adjunct professor at Northeastern University in Boston, Dr. Farmelo’s previous book, It Must be Beautiful: Great Equations of Modern Science, was one of the best selling popular science books in 2003. Dr. Farmelo, elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 1999, is sure to enlighten, inform and amaze us as he shares his research findings and unique perspective on the nature of information. We are most honored to have him speak to us.

From our Opening Reception at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park to an evening visit at the world-famous Salvador Dalí Museum, attendees can also choose from a wide variety of programs ranging from such topics as  “Mars and Venus for Information Professionals: Are your Stakeholders Hearing the Message You Intended to Send?” featuring Barbie Keiser and Ulla de Stricker to a panel discussion of “Second Life in the Library and Instruction World” moderated by Nancy Kellett.

As SARCIV Co-Chairs, we are counting on you to help us present a truly remarkable conference. Sponsorship and exhibition information can be found at other links on this page: And for this SARC, we are pleased to launch an e-zine containing vendor related information for the conference. If you would like to sponsor or exhibit, please contact either of us, or go directly to Ernie Evangelista, Fundraising and Vendor Relations Steering Chair,

Thank you very much,

Cynthia Barrancotto,
Sharon Schwerzel,

SARCIV Steering Committee Co-Chairs