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SLA Annual Conference

SLA 2017 Annual Conference

Friday, June 16, 2017 - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Phoenix, Arizona

Early Bird Discount ($585.00) Deadline Extended: Wed, March 31, 2017

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What will you learn and experience at SLA 2017?

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Check out the conference schedule to find out!

See the descriptions of educational sessions, continuing education courses, business meetings, special events, general sessions, and more that you can attend and the days/times they'll be offered. 

And while we're at it, there's one more thing... 

We're extending the Early Bird deadline to Friday, March 31.

We want to make sure you're able to take your time reviewing the schedule and discovering the many educational and networking opportunities that will be available at the SLA 2017 Annual Conference.

SLA 2017 Annual Conference June 16–20 (Friday–Tuesday)
in Phoenix, Arizona

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Part professional development bootcamp, part can't-miss networking event, the SLA Annual Conference finds new ways to deliver value every year to special librarians and info pros.

Professionally relevant educational sessions—handpicked for you.


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Join us for a memorable conference in the Valley of the Sun!
Our lowest rates are being offered now.

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Not an SLA member? Join SLA today and get a discount on your conference registration.

Remember, Early Bird rates will be offered until March 31!

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Make Your Hotel Reservations Today

SLA recognizes that you have a choice when making your hotel reservations to attend the SLA 2017 Annual Conference. We have worked to secure the best rates available with our conference hotels in Phoenix.

By staying in the room block you help SLA to meet our obligations to the conference hotels that allow the reduced rates shown below and at future conferences.

We appreciate your continued support!

Experient is the Official Housing Provider for the SLA 2017 Annual Conference.

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What's New in 2017?

Revised Conference Schedule
We’re pleased to introduce a revised conference schedule, featuring dedicated no-conflict time for education sessions.  Educational sessions are offered in 60-, 75- and 90-minute formats—time lengths chosen based on the latest adult learning models to ensure an optimal balance of attention and knowledge retention.

Three General Sessions
In addition to the customary opening general session on Sunday and Tuesday’s closing general session, Monday will also feature its own general session open to all conference attendees.


The majority of educational workshops and continuing education sessions in SLA 2017 are classified as relating to one of four thematic Streams: Leadership; Data Management; Intellectual Property; or Metrics, Analytics, and Assessment.

Main Street SLA

Main Street SLA is new for the SLA 2017 Annual Conference and serves as the conference hub for attendees—a place for building connections, idea exchange and to learn more about SLA and its community. Kiosks in Main Street SLA enable individual SLA units (chapters, divisions, and caucuses) to showcase and promote their work and share newsletters, calendar of events, etc.

Health and Wellness Activities
You asked for it, so we’re making it happen!  This year’s conference will offer wellness activities to keep your mind and body active and energized during the conference!

SLA 2017 Annual Conference

Friday, June 16, 2017 - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Early Bird Discount ($585.00) Deadline Extended: Wed, March 31, 2017

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Rev. March 2017