Friday, October 3, 2008

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

Join us for an evening of dinner and conversation with
SLA President Stephen Abram
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Sorrentino's Downtown
10162 - 100 Street

Stephen Abram

Stephen Abram, MLS, is President 2008 of the Special Libraries Association and the past-President of the Canadian Library Association. He is Vice President Innovation for SirsiDynix and Chief Strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute. He was Publisher Electronic Information at Thomson after managing several libraries. Stephen was listed by Library Journal as one of the top 50 people influencing the future of libraries. He has received numerous honours and speaks regularly internationally. His columns appear in Information Outlook and Multimedia and Internet @ Schools, OneSource, Feliciter, Access, as well writing for 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.

The Western Canada Chapter of SLA wishes to thank CASLIS-Calgary, CLLG and FLA for their assistance with this special event.

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?

5:30pm: Registration & Mingling
6:00pm: Dinner starts, more talk/mingling time to follow
8:30pm: Wrap-up

Insalata Mista Or Zuppa Del Giorno

Chicken Penne Arrabbiate - Penne tossed with chicken in a spicy tomato sauce, fresh herbs and chili flakes
Conchiglie - Pasta shells stuffed with spinach and ricotta salata finished with a porcini mushroom rag├╣ cream jus and shaved parmigiano-reggiano

Guests will pay for their own drinks.


$30 for SLA members, students, and those between jobs $35 for non-members. Please send your registration by October 24, 2008.

To pay by cheque, print and complete the Registration Form at and mail it with your payment to (cheque made out to SLA WCC):

Weiwei Shi
Edmonton Director
4-30Q Cameron Library
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2J8

To pay by secure online credit card payment, Please go to our online announcement at
and follow the Paypal links (at the bottom of the page).

Thank you to our sponsors FPInfomart and ProQuest for generously supporting this event.