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By Robin Neidorf


If winter is getting you down, start looking forward to the SLA Annual Conference, to take place in San Diego in June. If your budget doesn't quite cover your aspiration to attend and you are in the early stages of your career, learn about SLA Europe's Early Career Conference Awards and consider applying.


Where I live in Minnesota, we've been coping with a deep freeze, which makes it that much more enjoyable to start thinking about this year's SLA Annual Conference, scheduled for June in sunny San Diego

It can be difficult to budget time and money to attend events like this, despite their enormous value for learning, networking and staying in tune with the emerging topics of the industry. SLA Europe makes an effort to ease the difficulty for a few information professionals, with its Early Career Conference Awards. This year, four awards will be given  jointly with the Leadership & Management, Business & Finance, Legal, and Pharmaceutical & Health Technology divisions.

The awards cover conference registration, travel and hotel expenses to attend the annual conference.

Interested professionals in their first five years post-degree and current students in an LIS programme who have never been to an SLA annual conference are encouraged to review the application guidelines and submit an application by 15 February 2013.


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Robin has been working with FreePint since 2004, and, since joining full time in 2006, is responsible for strategic planning, product development, relationship management, research and communications. She currently heads the FreePint Research division.

Robin Neidorf ran a research and communications consulting business for 10 years, prior to joining Free Pint Limited. As a consultant, she focused on strategic planning, using information to make better decisions, and creating effective audience-focused communications across different media.

Robin has worked with a wide range of organisations in the for-profit and non-profit sector. She has developed online communities, publications and distance learning modules for a range of business purposes. She is the author of Teach Beyond Your Reach: An instructor's guide to developing and running successful distance learning classes, workshops, training sessions and more (second edition, Cyber Age, 2012) and the co-author of E-Merchant: Retail Strategies for e-Commerce (Addison-Wesley, 2001).

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