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Conference Buzz: Special Libraries Association (SLA) 2011
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) held its 2011 Conference on June 12-15 in Philadelphia, PA. The conference theme was "Future Ready", with an emphasis on the need for information professionals to be ready for the future in the midst of all the changes that are buffeting the industry now.The opening keynote speaker was Thomas Friedman, columnist for the New York Times, winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, and author of The World is Flat (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005). According to Friedman, the major challenge to America today is the merger of globalization and information technology. The global economic playing field is being leveled, and America is not ready for it.