Once again this year I'll be one of the official bloggers on the SLA Conference Blog. The conference is in Denver and I'll be there June 3-6.
Two keynote speakers have been invited: one is a serious commentator on modern society, and the other is a comedian. Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert cartoon, has earned plaudits for getting at the heart of many problems associated with today's business culture. Al Gore, a firebrand preacher of the Church of Global Warming Alarmism, will entertain us with his over-the-top "we're all gonna die" shtick and no doubt highlight some passages from his new highly-partisan book as well. I know he'll win a few laughs from me.
One thing I'll watch for over the course of the conference is if it devolves into some sort of ALA-lite Republican bashathon, or if that is restricted merely to the opening session wag. By inviting Bill Clinton (who reneged) and now Gore, I can only assume this is where the SLA folks are taking us--defenestrating the idea of a politically non-aligned association in favor of a liberal relative of ALA, although I can't imagine the point of doing that. I can't recall any prominent Republican as a keynote speaker, which I think would be mandatory now if SLA had any concerns about perceptions of its political leanings. Could be a watershed conference, no doubt about it.