SLA 2012 News Division Programming

The SLA Illinois Chapter members put together this site with information about Chicago for SLA members attending the annual conference.  Check it out at

Saturday, July 14:
Note the tour begins at 3:00, not 4:00 as previously posted!
3:00 – 5:00 pm Tour of the Pritzker Military Library. Tickets are $3.50 if paid in advance, $5.00 at the door. Contact to reserve your spot and get payment information. Tour will be cancelled if we don’t meet minimum. If you are planning to attend, contact Debra Bade in advance so she can have a headcount.

The Pritzker has a large collection of books and research materials related to military history and throughout the year sponsors a variety of author events, book clubs etc. More info here:

Sunday, July 15:
5:15-7:15 p.m.:  SLA General Session and Awards Ceremony. Keynote speaker for the opening session will be Guy Kawasaki, author, and co-founder of, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the Web, columnist for the Open Forum of American Express, and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures.
Speaker: Guy Kawasaki, Sponsored by: Dow Jones & Company. CC Arie Crown Theater
7:00-10:00 p.m.: News Division Silent Auction and Open House in the Suite. Join us for our annual fund-raising auction and special welcome to new conference attendees. Suite fee of $20 can be paid at the door. The News Division suite will be located in the Palmer House-Hilton Hotel at 17 East Monroe Street, in room 9128.

Monday, July 16:
8:00-9:30 a.m.: WikiLeaks Controversy (Government, News, and Military Divisions). The Wikileaks scandal headlined worldwide news in 2010-2011 and highlighted issues of government classification, information policy, and information ethics. This session will explore various facets of the controversy.
Speaker: Patrice McDermott, CC E450B.

10:00-11:30 a.m.: The New State of Journalism: Insights from James O’Shea. Jim O’Shea, founder of Chicago News Cooperative, former editor of the Los Angeles Times, and former Managing Editor of the Chicago Tribune will speak on the current state of journalism and about his recent book “The Deal from Hell: How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers.” Jim will do a book signing in the Exhibit Hall immediately following this session.
Speaker: James O’Shea, Chicago News Cooperative founder. Moderator: Debra Bade. Session sponsored by: LexisNexis. CC E450A.

11:45 a.m.: Jim O’Shea book signing in Exhibit Hall.

4:00-5:30 p.m.: Annual News Division Business Meeting. This meeting is open to and recommended for all News Division members.
Moderator: Elizabeth Edwards, OAK Information Services. CC E267.

7:00-10:00 p.m.: Annual News Division Awards Reception and Banquet will be held in the Wine Room at Kendall College, one of the nation’s top culinary arts schools. Gaze at Chicago’s stunning skyline while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar at the reception, followed by a buffet meal prepared by Kendall chefs. Award honorees this year include Charlie Campo (Joseph F. Kwapil Memorial Award); Dana Gordon and Chris Hardesty (Agnes B. Henebry Roll of Honor Award). Event sponsors: LexisNexis, Acquire Media, and Bloomberg Law/Bloomberg BNA. Kendall College is located in the Goose Island neighborhood of Chicago at 900 N.North Branch Street near Halsted.
This is a $55 ticketed event.  If you plan to attend, please contact Kathryn Pease so she can have an accurate RSVP count.

Update on 07/16/2012: The suite will be open after the banquet to continue the bidding in the silent auction.  The suite is located in Room 9128 at the Palmer House, 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago–across Michigan and west on Monroe from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Directions to Kendall College:

By Public Transportation:

Blue Line
Take the Blue Line to Grand Ave; Exit at the corner of Grand and
Halsted; Take the Halsted Street bus (#8) heading North (or walk 2-3
blocks North); Exit at Branch Street stop; Kendall College campus is
located on the West side of the street

Brown Line
Take the Brown Line to Chicago Ave; Take the Chicago Ave bus (#66)
West to Halsted; Walk one block North to N. North Branch Street;
Kendall College campus is located on the West side of the street

Red Line
Take the Red Line South to North and Clybourn; Walk to North and
Halsted; Take the Halsted Street bus (#8); Exit at Branch Street stop;
Kendall College campus is located on the West side of the street

By Car:
From the north and northwest
From the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/I-94) exit at Division Street and
turn left (east). Turn right on Halsted. Turn right on N. North Branch
Street. Kendall College campus will be on your left.

From the west
From the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290), turn onto the Kennedy
Expressway (I-90/I-94) heading toward Wisconsin. From the Kennedy
Expressway (I-90/I-94) exit at Division Street and turn right (east).
Turn right on Halsted. Turn right on N. North Branch Street. Kendall
College campus will be on your left.

From the south
From the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/I-94) continue as the expressway
becomes the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/I-94). Exit at Division Street
and turn right (east.) right on Halsted. Turn right on N. North Branch
Street. Kendall College campus will be on your left.

Tuesday, July 17:
8:00-9:30 a.m.: From InfoPro to Info Hero: 5 easy ways to turn information into insight. (Solo, News, Pharm,  and Technology Divisions). It’s no longer enough to efficiently and cost-effectively find the best information. Now we also have to add value to our research products, and develop the services that our clients can’t find elsewhere and can’t imagine living without. In this fast-paced session, Mary Ellen Bates provides at least five simple techniques for providing more insight and value in what you send your clients.
Speaker: Mary Ellen Bates, Bates Information Services Inc. Moderator: Patrick Clapp. Sponsored by: ProQuest & Dialog, Springer. CC E350.

10:00-11:30 a.m.: Global Economic Outlook: The Global Economy and a day in the life of an EIU Researcher. (Business & Finance and News Divisions). Robin Bew, chief economist and editorial director of the Economist Intelligence Unit, will present his views on the state of the global economy and share what a “day in the life” is like for a leader in this worldwide business intelligence organization.
Speaker: Robin Bew, Economist Intelligence Unit. Sponsored by:  Economist Intelligence Unit. CC E450A.

10:00-11:30 a.m.: SLA Hot Topic: Aligning Resources for Maximum Insight-Answers, Insights and Ideas. (LexisNexis) Information professionals are critical to any organizations knowledge value-chain; LexisNexis is pleased to have an opportunity to discuss the present and future of enterprise information services with the exceptional librarian and author Kee Malesky of NPR on Tuesday, July 17th at 10am. This conversation centers on the radical transformation of our profession from providing of answers to collaborating to spur innovation and new ideas. Our conversation with Kee begins with the question of how traditional skills are the foundation for refocusing our jobs; creating a mantle of innovation turning our libraries into idea incubators. It’s an exciting time for info-pros and we are lucky to draw on Kee’s unique experiences researching across disciplines and subjects, the innovative culture of NPR combined with her great success as an author. This session is an open conversation, LexisNexis encourages you to bring questions for Kee and to participate with your own examples and experiences. Kee is the author of, All Facts Considered: The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge. By the way…Scott Simon has called Kee “source of all human knowledge” Look forward to seeing you in Chicago!
Speaker: Bobby Schrott, LexisNexis Sponsored by: LexisNexis. CC E265

2:00-3:30 p.m.:Digitization and Archive Developments. (News Division and Archives Caucus).  This session will focus on digitization projects working with audio, images and posters, and will discuss digitization guidelines.
Speakers:  Steven Puglia, Digital Conversion Services Manager at Library of Congress; Janel Kinlaw, Librarian at National Public Radio; and Kyle Henke, Digital Collections Librarian at Columbia College.  Moderator: Debra Bade. CC E451B

4:00-5:30 p.m.: Success Stories of Solos. (SOLO, News Division). Success is measured in a variety of ways. In a reception-style atmosphere, participants will share their stories of solo librarianship success. Find out how others have broken down walls and created innovative services, and share your own story! Attendee participation is encouraged.
Speakers: Kevin Adams, ESR; Hildy Dworkin, NYC Department of Social Services; Carla Robinson; Tanya Whippie, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Moderator: Patrick Clapp. CC E266.

Wednesday, July 18:
8:00-9:30 a.m.: News Division Continuing Education Session.  Annie Anderson, from the Public Insight Network of American Public Media, will provide news researchers, journalists, and other attendees with a high level overview of PIN and share how it helps newsrooms do smart, targeted crowd-sourcing. PIN currently has more than 130,000 sources around the country and 60 partner news organizations.
Speaker: Annie Anderson, Public Insight Network of American Public Media. Moderator: Nina Johnson.
This is a ticketed event. Price: $35.00 Member /$30.00 Student Member / $45.00 Non-Member.
CC E253B.

12:00-1:30 p.m.: Digital Asset Management: Techniques for Indexing Non-Textual Content (News and Taxonomy Divisions.) This session will provide an overview and case studies of using controlled vocabularies and metadata schema to index and manage non-textual content including video, still images, and audio files. Speakers will focus on the unique standards, best practices, tools, and challenges of DAM and address how the DAM approach differs from (and integrates with) the management of textual content.
Speakers:   Randall Marcinko, CEO, MEI; David Riecks, Founder of; and Laura Fu, Digital Asset Specialist, Sears Holding Company. Moderator: Leigh Montgomery, Christian Science Monitor. CC E451A.

2:00-4:00 p.m.: Closing Session – Future Now: A Panel Discussion. News Division member and SLA past-president, Donna Scheeder, will moderate this session with a panel of information pros to discuss popular conference topics and ideas/issues related to the future of our profession. Sponsored by: Springer. CC E450.

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