Meade to Speak at SLA 2019 Annual Conference

Thought Leader Select’s Paul Meade has accepted an invitation to speak to the members of the Special Libraries Association at their annual conference in Cleveland.

Taking place June 14-18 at Cleveland’s Huntington Convention Center. Attendees will spend the first two days of the conference working on continuing education and certificate courses, while the last three days will feature keynote speakers coming from a variety of academic and professional settings. Throughout the entire conference, members will enjoy learning about topics affecting the librarian profession in the context of special libraries.

Paul MeadeThe Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners in business, government, academic, and other “specialized” settings. Those who manage information and/or knowledge resources for organizations and their stakeholders—such as business executives, government agency staff, university faculty and students, association members, nonprofit funders, and law firm partners—will find a professional home in the SLA.

Paul Meade is the founder and President of Thought Leader Select. After serving in the life sciences industry for nearly three decades, Paul launched thought leader select as a research and consulting company built on the concept that better research on the medical community would help companies optimize their relationships with thought leaders in medicine. Paul and his two co-founders, Lisa Smith and Kristen Smithwick, have devised dozens of research methodologies for studying key opinion leaders, centers of excellence, integrated health systems, speakers, and allied health professionals. He is considered an expert in digital research methods, a key area of performance for today’s information professional.

For his presentation, Paul will share with attendees multi-step methods for locating and leveraging key opinion leaders in medicine.

“I’m thrilled to share what we do with organizations like the SLA,” Paul said. “It’s important that those of us who search for information share their methodologies and results to help everyone achieve their best work. We enjoy every opportunity to share what we do at Thought Leader Select, and I’m looking forward to meeting members of the SLA and learning more from them as well.”

For more information on the Special Libraries Association and the benefits of membership, visit

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