SLA-SD 2013 Fall Seminar: Registration Now Open!

The 2013 SLA-SD Fall Seminar offered great networking opportunities.

The 2013 SLA-SD Fall Seminar offered great networking opportunities.

Our 2013 Fall Seminar attendees enjoyed a day of interesting and informative presentations.

Our 2013 Fall Seminar attendees enjoyed a day of interesting and informative presentations.

SLA-SD 2013 Fall Seminar:

Connecting the Dots of Creative Innovations…

When: Friday, October 4, 2012, 8:00 AM – 4:15 PM

Where: Starboard Room, Marina Village Conference Center, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109 [map]


Are you eager to learn about creative projects and innovations pursued by colleagues in diverse facets of librarianship and information services? Do you find yourself looking for new ideas to spark your own workplace initiatives? If so, please join the Special Libraries Association San Diego chapter at our annual fall seminar. The seminar will include an invigorating day of presentations by speakers from a variety of information settings, who will share insights, real-life examples, and practical tips on how their innovations are making an impact in their organizations.

Attendees will also have opportunities to explore a vendor showcase, hear short vendor presentations, and enjoy a delicious continental breakfast, box lunch, and snacks catered by Panera Bread.


8:00 – 8:30    Registration, Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45    Welcome

Talitha Matlin, SLA-SD President

8:45 – 9:30    KEYNOTE — Our Next Chapter: San Diego Public’s New Central Library

Bruce Johnson, MLS, San Diego Public Library Deputy Director of the Branch Libraries Division

Bruce Johnson will start off the day on a high note by introducing one of the latest big innovations in the San Diego library community: the San Diego Public Library Central Library Expansion Project. Attendees will hear an inside perspective on the planning, reorganizing, and re-envisioning of the new downtown Central Library.

The next chapter in San Diego Public Library’s story is about leveraging, establishing partnership and working differently to provide superlative service.  From the challenge of raising $65 million in private funds to securing and retaining a $20 million construction grant administered by the State Library and working with the San Diego Unified School District with the establishment of a new charter high school in the Library the New Central Library features a variety of technological innovations from automated materials handling to the Gigabyte Passive Optical Network (GPON).

9:30 – 10:00    Beyond the Needs Assessment: How a Knowledge Audit Informs Strategic Planning

Cindy Shamel, MLS, President, Shamel Information Services

A knowledge audit provides the kind of information an organization requires in order to address organizational goals.  It includes an implementation plan and feeds into an overall strategy for knowledge management.  This presentation provides background on the knowledge audit process and actual project outcomes, using real life examples.

10:00 – 10:30    Search Log Analysis: Surfacing Information Seeking Trends & Narratives

Tim Gallati, MLIS, Senior Librarian, Qualcomm, Inc.

This presentation will discuss a unique and ambitious initiative currently underway at the Qualcomm Library to analyze and report on the information seeking trends within the company.  The presentation will detail particulars of the initiative (as inspired by the Google Zeitgeist) and it will discuss why the library is the ideal place to house this initiative.  Attention will be put to reviewing specific strategies, tools, and methods including text mining, taxonomies, keyword analysis and beyond.

10:30 – 11:00    Break, Vendor Showcase

11:00 – 11:45    Visually Connecting the Dots: Video Information Delivery at Qualcomm

Scott Brown, MA, MLIS, Manager of Library Services, Qualcomm, Inc.
Shannon Malcolm, JD, MLIS, Senior Librarian, Qualcomm, Inc.

Librarians from Qualcomm, Inc. will demonstrate InfoHacks—Qualcomm’s innovative, on-demand videos teaching effective research skills to support learning unconstrained by location and time—and ResearchViews, which use video to enhance deliverables by providing a complete package of analysis, presentations, and video so users are able to focus quickly on the most relevant information.

11:45 – 12:45    Lunch, Vendor Showcase

12:45 – 1:30    Vendor Presentations, Chapter Update

1:30 – 2:15    The CSUB Faculty Excellence Showcase: Collaborative Information Sharing

Johanna Alexander, MBA, MLIS, Librarian, California State University Bakersfield

Attendees will learn about the CSUB Faculty Excellence Showcase, a collaborative information initiative developed at California State University, Bakersfield. The project was implemented to highlight the scholarship and achievements of CSUB faculty but is relevant and adaptable to many organizations. The presentation will cover Showcase features as well as design and implementation issues.

2:15 – 2:30    Break, Snacks, Vendor Showcase

2:30 – 3:15    Knowledge Creation and the Expanding Role of the 21st Century Library

Kathlin Ray, MLIS, Dean of Libraries and Teaching & Learning Technologies, University of Nevada, Reno

Learn how one library is rediscovering its relevance to its academic communities by removing over half of its print collections, radically redesigning user space and providing 3D printing services to the entire campus. Using the DeLaMare Engineering and Science Library at the University of Nevada, Reno as a case study, this presentation will discuss how UNR Libraries applied theoretical models of learning and innovation to a real world problem and transformed DeLaMare Library from a dusty little-used backwater into a lively incubator for collaboration, innovation and knowledge creation.

3:15 – 4:00    Cultural Intelligence: Are You Culturally Competent?

Michele A. Lucero, MLS, MBA, Director of Client Development, LAC Group

This program will discuss an overview of cultural intelligence (CQ), its four capabilities and how it may be applied within your organization. It is only recently that cultural intelligence has surfaced as an element that can increase job performance, personal well-being, cross-cultural adjustment and profitability. It is essential that information professionals recognize their CQ level and how they can use it within their role as an information professional.

4:00 – 4:15    Closing, Evaluations

Helene Idels & Amy Jankowski, SLA-SD Directors


Registration includes presentations, a vendor showcase, continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Act fast — the early bird rate ends Friday, September 27!

  • SLA members: $70
  • Non-members: $85
  • Students/unemployed/retirees: $35


Registration has now closed.

If you have any questions about registration, please contact Lauren Rasmussen at


Registration: Lauren Rasmussen,

Seminar information: Helene Idels & Amy Jankowski,

Thanks to our generous exhibitors:

Thanks to the contributions of our exhibitors, who help make the Fall Seminar possible! Each exhibitor will have a table at the seminar, and attendees will have several chances to visit with these vendors throughout the day.

  • Click Scan Share
  • EOS International
  • IEEE
  • ProQuest
  • Soutron Global

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