Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Call for Speakers: SLA-SD 2014 Fall Seminar (The Data Storm: How to prepare, how to survive)

Call for Speakers: SLA-SD 2014 Fall Seminar

The San Diego Chapter of the Special Libraries Association is seeking speakers for our annual fall professional development seminar to be held Friday, October 24, 2014 at Marina Village Conference Center, San Diego, CA.

The 2014 theme is: 
The Data Storm: How to prepare, how to survive 

According to IDC, from 2005 to 2020, the digital universe will grow by a factor of 300, from 130 exabytes to 40,000 exabytes, or 40 trillion gigabytes (more than 5,200 gigabytes for every man, woman, and child in 2020).  From now until 2020, the digital universe will about double every two years. 

What are the implications of this data storm?  What is the best way to organize data so that it can be easily found?  What is the role of the information professional in this digital universe?  

We are looking for presentations that provide insight on best practices, practical applications, solve problems, explore these topics, provide best practicesexemplify how you utilize your expertise and skills through best practicesto ensure organizational success, and in particular how you leverage specific tools, competencies, methods, and characteristics to deliver results that go above and beyond. Presentations should be approximately 45 minutes in length and should cover the topic both conceptually and with demonstrations/discussions of real-world applications. Proposals may address, but are not limited to, the following suggested topics as specifically focused on data management:
  • Data management
  • Security/privacy concerns
  • Data access policies
  • Legal requirements
  • Big data, thick data
  • Democratization of data
  • Data analytics and data visualization
  • Information professionals – what are our responsibilities in the digital age?
  • Project Management 
Proposals are welcomed from information professionals working in all types of environments and at all professional levels. 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. All proposals welcome!

Proposals should include:

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

Please submit your proposal to SLA.SD.FallSeminar@gmail.com by Monday, August 18, 2014. The seminar committee plans to select presentations by September 8, 2014 and will notify all speaker candidates of their proposal status.

Be sure to mark Friday, October 24th on your calendar now! Further details and registration information will be posted in August on the SLA-SD website, http://sandiego.sla.org/.

Isabelle Garcia
2014 Director, SLA San Diego Chapter