SLA Sponsors Forum to Explore the Future of Research for the Special Library Community

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A one-day forum on "The Future of Research for the Special Library Community" will be held on March 22, 1995, preceding the Great Lakes Regional Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The purposes of the forum are to determine the research needs and establish the research priorities of special librarians.

According to Ann W. Talcott, past chair of the SLA Research Committee, "In a period of limited resources, it's essential to focus them on research which will help special librarians the most. Researchers need to know what practicing special librarians want."

The forum is sponsored by the Research Committee of the Special Libraries Association in cooperation with the Advisory Group on Aerospace Research & Development, the American Association of Law Libraries, the American Society for Information Science, the International Federation for Information & Documentation, and the Medical Library Association.

A morning panel will discuss "Research: The Present," from three perspectives. The panelists are: Julia Peterson, director, Cargill Information Center (the association perspective); Barbara Spiegelman, manager, Technical Information & Communication, Westinghouse Electric Corporation (the consumer perspective); and Dr. …