Call for Speakers: SLA-SD 2012 Fall Seminar

The San Diego Chapter of the Special Libraries Association is seeking speakers for our annual fall professional development seminar. The event will be held on Friday, October 5, 2012 at Marina Village Conference Center, San Diego, CA. This year’s theme is:

Spotlight on the User: Enhancing Value through User-Centric Design and Innovation

Are you excited about sharing your knowledge, methods, and insights for optimizing user experience and satisfaction with the services you provide? Presentations should be approximately 45 minutes in length and cover concepts, techniques, and real-world applications. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

  • user expectations in today’s changing world
  • assessment techniques to identify user preferences and behaviors
  • user-centric design of spaces, programs, services
  • information architecture and website design to optimize user experience
  • innovative and value-added services
  • mobile and other technologies: taking library content and services to the user
  • the embedded librarian model: taking librarians to the user
  • social media: promoting user participation, contributions, and feedback
  • user-centric techniques for reference interviews, instruction, and training
  • targeting communications to different demographics and user groups
  • becoming a customer advocate and library champion

Proposals are welcomed from information professionals in all types of environments and at all professional levels. Past fall seminar information is available at Membership in SLA is not required. If you have colleagues or others in your network who might be interested, please let them know about this opportunity!

Please submit your proposal to by August 17, 2012. It should include:

  • Speaker information: name, affiliation, and contact information for all speakers
  • Presentation description: a title and brief summary (500 words or less)
  • Format: individual speaker, team presentation, panel discussion, interactive exercise, etc.

The seminar committee will notify all speaker candidates of their proposal acceptance status by August 24. Please mark the event date, October 5, on your calendar. Further details and registration information will be posted in August on the SLA-SD website,


Kathy Elliott and Jean Miller

Directors, SLA San Diego Chapter

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