This week the Special Libraries Association (SLA) announced another partnership that will bring a value-added service to its members. SLA News Connections now includes access to open Web content driven by the RSS feed reader from NewsGator. Members of SLA can access the content through the “Resources” tab on the SLA home page. NewsGator is also offering free educational Webinars and a special SLA member discount on their solutions for businesses.
I had a few minutes to chat with Janice Lachance, CEO of SLA, and John Crosby, SLA’s chief marketing and communications strategist. They said this latest partnership is part of the organization’s strategy to tap into relationships that might be elusive for individual members. SLA is creating partnerships with leading tech firms so its members can have a “hands on lab” to try out new services.
Janice was also excited about the forthcoming launch in 2007 of the organization’s new certificate offerings in competitive intelligence (CI). These recent developments are in line with the 3 missions of SLA: networking, advocacy, and learning. And, of course, we had to discuss the recent announcement that former Vice President Al Gore will deliver the opening keynote address during the 2007 SLA Annual Conference in Denver. Janice and John both beamed over this coup, and talked eagerly of how appropriate it was for him to address SLA members. Janice said: “His dedication to good information has resulted in his visionary leadership on leading edge issues such as the environment, and the use of technology as an educational and economic driver. Al Gore has always been a person ahead of his time.”