Tuesday, October 7, 2008

SLA - WCC Clagary Event: Stephen Abram - Building Capacity for Change: Preparing Us and Our Enterprises for New Information Strategies

SLA WCC is pleased to present Stephen Abram, President, SLA

Building Capacity for Change: Preparing Us and Our Enterprises for New Information Strategies
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Calgary Chamber of Commerce

Your ticket includes the infamous Chamber of Commerce appetizer buffet. There will be a cash bar.
5:00 Registration - cash bar and canapé buffet opens, mingling, eating, drinking
6:00 Stephen Abram’s presentation
7:00 More mingling, eating & drinking
8:00 Wrap-up

Building Capacity for Change: Preparing Us and Our Enterprises for New Information Strategies
Expanding our libraries’ capacity to adopt dozens and potentially hundreds of new technologies and web innovations annually is the challenge of our age. Are we able to step up the pace? What are the best and most effective ways to choose the right technologies to test and pilot and which new ones show the greatest promise? How can we position ourselves as the right advisors in our organizations? What is the next generation of the social web?; Web 3.0?; Google Earth?; a mobile world? What are the new rules for placing ourselves as experts and 'in the loop'? Can we really truly compete in this world of free and fast with our slower and considered ways? Can authoritative and authentic information and service win?

Stephen Abram, MLS, is the President 2008 of SLA and the past-President of the Canadian Library Association and Vice President Innovation for SirsiDynix and Chief Strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute. He has been VP of Corporate Development for Micromedia ProQuest and Publisher Electronic Information for Thomson. He ran libraries for Suncor, Coopers & Lybrand, Smith Lyons Torrance Stevenson and Mayer and Hay Group. Stephen has been listed by Library Journal as one of their first "Mover and Shakers", the 'key' people influencing the future of libraries and librarianship. He has been awarded SLA's John Cotton Dana Award as well as being a Fellow of the SLA. He was Canadian Special Librarian of the Year and Alumni of the Year for the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information Studies. He was President 2002 of the Ontario Library Association as well as sitting on the SLA Board of Directors as Director and Secretary. He gives over 90 international keynote talks annually to library and information industry conferences and writes articles and columns for Information Outlook, Feliciter, Access, Multimedia & Internet @ Schools, and Library Journal. He is the author of ALA Editions' bestselling Out Front with Stephen Abram. His blog, Stephen's Lighthouse, is a popular blog in the library sector.

To pay by credit card (preferred), go to our online announcement at http://units.sla.org/chapter/cwcn/programs/programs.shtml and follow the PayPal links.
$10 for SLA members, students, and those between jobs
$15 for non-members
To pay by cheque, complete the online registration form at http://units.sla.org/chapter/cwcn/programs/regform2004.htmand mail it with your payment (cheque made out to SLA WCC), to:
Pat Sandercock
Regional Sales Manager, Swets
43 West Jensen Place SW
Calgary, Alberta
T3H 5W9

The Calgary Chamber of Commerce 100 6 Avenue SW
The chamber is one block from the C-Train Line and should you choose to drive, convenient parking is available at the James Short Parkade
Thank you to our generous program sponsors FPInfomart and ProQuest.
Pat Sandercock
Calgary Director, SLA Western Canada Chapter

Pat Sandercock, MLS
Regional Sales Manager
Calgary Alberta