News Division Program for the
Special Libraries Association Annual Conference 2009
June 14 - 17, 2009 in Washington, DC
Additional details about the conference, including information about hotels and online registration, is available on the Special Libraries Association Web site Washington, DC 2009. SLA offers special registration deals, like a discount for early registration (which ends Friday, April 3) and a special price for one day attendance. Tickets for most ticketed events are available through SLA's registration system or sold at the conference.
If you have questions about the News Division activities available during the SLA Annual Conference, please contact Amy Disch, Conference Planner for the News Division. Her e-mail address is adisch[at]dispatch.com
More information about News Division offerings at the conference will appear on this page as information about them becomes available.
Presentations and notes are being linked from this page as they become available.
Photos from the conference: Uncaptioned pix from Alice Pepper.
A few people may be blogging the conference on NewsliBlog,
the News Division's weblog.
General Information about Washington, DC
Getting Around Washington, DC
What to Wear
What to Attend
SATURDAY JUNE 13, 2009
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
TOUR / RECEPTION AT NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
NPR Librarian Kee Malesky will host News Division members for a tour of NPR’s
facilities and library. The event will also include a reception with various NPR personalities. NOTE: This tour is open to only News Division unit members, and advance RSVP is required. Please RSVP to Kee Malesky at kmalesky[at]npr.org no later than June 1, 2009. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
Location: NPR, 635 Massachusetts Ave., NW
SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2009
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
CE COURSE: DOING MORE WITH LESS
Learn some secrets about doing more with less from experienced practitioners. News
library managers, librarians, and some technical experts come together to share
useful knowledge, like prioritizing tasks, nifty tools, and being more
efficient. Participants will also pick up some tips about managing in times of
change and may learn a bit about defending their funding and staff.
Ticketed Event: Ticket #550: $199 SLA members, $299 non-members
Moderator: Jessica Baumgart, Quality Assurance Engineer,
Speakers: Linda Henderson, former Library Director, The Providence Journal (Linda's presentation);
David Cappoli, Digital Resources Librarian, UCLA; Anne Holcomb, Online Content Editor,Kalamazoo Gazette; Maureen Clements, Broadcast Librarian, National Public Radio; Derek Willis, The New York Times; Sandi Fox, Research Librarian, NewsHour
Location: Convention Center, Room 144C
7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
NEWS DIVISION SILENT AUCTION AND
FIRST-TIMERS MEET AND GREET
NOTE ROOM CHANGE
Location: Lagoon Level (1B) in the Penn Quarter AB, Grant Hyatt Washington
MONDAY JUNE 15, 2009
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
PAINLESS (NO, REALLY!) NEGOTIATING
Many more things are negotiable than we may think; in fact, much of life involves
negotiation, and the effects of not negotiating can be cumulative. This
presentation helps you identify who is "the boss of you," develop
your ability to reframe challenging situations, and build tools to enhance your
negotiation skills and approach every situation as negotiable.
Moderator: Carolyn Edds, News Researcher, St. Petersburg Times
Speaker: Mary Ellen Bates, President and
Founder, Bates Information Services
Location: Convention Center, Room 147B
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
CENSUS 2010: NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER'S CENSUS (Sponsored by Bernan, Geographic Research, Inc., LexisNexis)
If you've ever used Census data on citizenship, employment status, or occupation,you've used the long form of the Decennial Census. The long form of the
decennial census is no more - it has been replaced by the American Community Survey. Join us for a crucial discussion of the 2010 Census and the differences
between it, past censuses, and the ACS. We will also review geographic aspects of the Census and focus on the implications of these changes for people who use Census products. Shared program with the Social Science Division, Advertising & Marketing Division, Government Information Division, Geography & Map Section of DSOC, Public Policy Section of DSOC, Retired Members Caucus
Moderator: Elana Broch, Princeton University
Speakers: Debbie Griffin, U.S. Census Bureau; Mike Ratcliffe, U.S. Census Bureau; Constance Citro, Committee on National Statistics of the National Academies; Arnold Jackson, U.S. Census Bureau
Location: Convention Center, Room 150A
3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
NEWS DIVISION BUSINESS MEETING
The News Division leadership reports to the members of the division, discusses
progress and plans for the future.
Moderator: Ron Larson, Wisconsin History Day by Day
Location: Convention Center, Room 156
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
NEWS DIVISION AWARDS BANQUET
The News Division presents its annual awards.
Ticketed Event #680: $90 SLA members, non-members
Location: Top of the Hill, One Constitution Ave. NE. NOTE: Top of the Hill is located in the Minuteman Memorial Building, owned by the Reserve Officers Association.
Vormelker-Thomas Student Award acceptance speech by Theresa Lepine, Dominican University
TUESDAY JUNE 16, 2009
7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
MORE WITH LESS: SUCCESSFUL TIME MANAGEMENT PRACTICES (Sponsored by
In an era of downsizing and tight budgets, how do you make the most effective use
of your time and prioritize in a way that offers the best value for your library
and your organization? This session will offer practical tips for doing just
Moderator: Leslie Norman
Speaker: Pat Wagner, Pattern Research,
Location:Convention Center, Room 141
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
THE ROLE OF SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES IN RESEARCH (Sponsored by Dow Jones & Company)
Washington Post researcher Meg Smith leads a discussion on using social
networking sites for research and the ethics involved in doing so.
Moderator: Leigh Montgomery, Librarian, The Christian Science Monitor
Speaker: Meg Smith, Researcher, The Washington Post
Location: Convention Center, Room 144A
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
RESEARCH METHODS FOR JOURNALISTS (Sponsored by ReferenceUSA)
When CUNY (City University of New York) opened its Graduate School of Journalism in fall 2006, a first semester course in Research Methods was required of all students. Now in its third year, the Research Methods course has been merged into the school's fundamental Craft curriculum. The speakers will compare the student outcomes of both pedagogical approaches, as well as present findings from a survey about research education and training conducted among journalism school library directors. They will also present findings from a survey of major media libraries about research education and training on the job.
Moderator: Anne Mintz, City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism
Speaker: Consuella Askew, Associate Professor, Chief Librarian, City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism
Location:Convention Center, Room 144B
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
ONION EDITOR CALLS FOR AN END TO READING (Sponsored by LexisNexis)
From "The Onion" to "The Daily Show" and the "Colbert Report," consumers are increasingly shifting the way they look at
"news." Join the editor and founder of "The Onion" as he
pontificates on the changing media habits of consumers. (Shared program with the Advertising & Marketing Division)
Speaker: Scott Dikkers, Editor-in-Chief, The Onion)
Location: Convention Center, Room 143C
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
NEWS DIVISION OPEN HOUSE
An open house at the Newspaper and Current Periodical Room at the Library of Congress. NOTE: This open house is open to only News Division unit members, and advance RSVP is required. Please RSVP to Amy Disch at adisch[at]dispatch.com
no later than June 1, 2009.
Speaker: Georgia Higley, Head, Newspaper Section, Serial & Government Publications Division, Library of Congress
Location: Library of Congress, the Newspaper and Current Periodical Room; 101 Independence Ave. S.E.
General Information About Washington, DC
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What to Attend
Go to anything that interests you. The majority of the sessions are open to
anyone, regardless of division, caucus, or chapter affiliation. If an event is
only for people from a certain division, caucus, or chapter, it will almost
always say so.
Walk through the exhibit hall at least once. Some conference-goers plan several
hours in their schedule to visit the vendors. Vendors help defray the cost of
the conferences and many support SLA activities outside of the conference, so visiting their booths lets them know that their presence is appreciated. It's also a great opportunity to learn about products and professional development resources.
The vendors often have free goodies, like pens, highlighters, and sticky-notes,
that are good to grab. Some libraries get their year's supply of pens in the
exhibit hall. Some people recommend bringing an extra shipping box to send
stuff back to the office or home after the conference because it's easy to get
overloaded with free stuff and conference handouts. Sharing conference goodies
with coworkers can be a great way to earn brownie points.
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Last Updated: 06/25/09