Summer Update

SLA-San Diego has been in motion on several fronts these hot summer months:

  • Director Isabelle Garcia and her committee members Pat Alderman and Charlotte King-Mills have set an exciting and timely theme for our annual fall seminar and we should have an inspiring day: The Data Storm: How to prepare, how to survive.  Presentations will address topics related to the implications of the surge of data and the role of the information professional in the world of data. This is a fascinating and important topic, with great opportunities for professional growth, and I encourage you to plan on attending. Save the date: Friday, October 24, 2014 at Marina Village Conference Center, San Diego, CA. More details are found on the chapter blog.
  • Zemirah Lee has organized our 5th Annual Words Alive Book Drive. For details, visit here and please do consider hosting a collection box at your workplace! We’ll collect these at a happy hour event being planned for August.
  • Congrats to our MARC My Words! May Madness team members Zemirah Lee, Jennifer Silverman, Natalie Lopez, Tim Gladson, Amy Jankowski, and Lauren Rasmussen for their strong 7th place finish. You did us proud and had a lot of fun doing so!!
  • We had a great turnout for the May program on Virtual Reference and Research Services organized by SLA-SD President-Elect Amy Jankowski. Panels from Ashford University (AU) and the University of San Diego provided insightful strategy and examples. Thanks to SLA-SD chapter member and AU Library Director Elizabeth Grossman for hosting at AU San Diego headquarters.
  • We held our Q2 SLA-SD board meeting in early May. Minutes are available on the blog.

It was wonderful to see a number of our chapter members at SLA annual in Vancouver. Programming was as usual quite strong, as were pre-conference seminars. Spotlight sessions highlighted a different theme each day – embedded information services, leadership services, and big data. Quick take sessions offered 15-minute practical tips on various topics, including tips for your LinkedIn resume, networking, analytical tools, and more.  You can review the Contributed Paper series here.

I attended the open Executive Board meeting session in Vancouver. Most of the reports presented there are available in pdf with the agenda, available here . Two items of note:

  • The Board, under recommendation of the Cabinet leaders, has recommended an amendment to the bylaws recognizing the Joint Cabinet as an official body of SLA.  This reflects the way we have been operating and provides all unit leaders a chance to meet together and communicate with the board. Bylaw amendments are currently being reviewed by the Bylaws committee and are expected to be presented to the board for a vote in July and inclusion on the electronic ballot in September. Stay tuned for more information on this.
  • Some questions were raised about the SLA Headquarters Building Sale – answers are found on the FAQ posted to the national website.

Finally, thanks to our blog team – Jamie Lee and Tim Gladson – for making timely updates to the blog. We appreciate the fabulous informational posts on topics like GIS. Also, thanks to Donna Dutton, Employment Chair, for so diligently posting job and internship openings.

Stay tuned for information on an August event!

Jill Blaemers, SLA-SD President, 2014






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