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SLA-San Diego Q1 Board Meeting Date Set for Feb 5th

The SLA-SD Executive and Advisory Board will hold our first board meeting of the year on Friday, February 5th at 2:00PM (Pacific).  The meeting will take place virtually via GoToMeeting.  All chapter members are welcome to participate. To attend please use the the information below:

San Diego Chapter Board Meeting. Fri, Feb 5, 2016 2:00PM – 4:00PM PST

The initial meeting of the year is a great one to attend to meet the new Chapter officers and committee chairs who will report on activities and plans for 2016. We’ll discuss goals for the coming year as a group, the proposed budget, and committee needs. The full proposed agenda can be found here: Agenda-Q1-SLA San Diego Board Meeting

Please contact me with any questions. I hope to “see” you there!

Britt Mueller
britt.mueller@gmail.com
SLA-SD 2016 Chapter President

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A New Year message from 2016 SLA-SD President

Hello and happy new year to all SLA San Diego members!

As the new SLA San Diego Chapter President, I wanted to reach out and introduce myself as well as remind members of some upcoming events. I know that this year will bring many opportunities to network and connect with your San Diego colleagues, and 2016 certainly promises to be an exciting as well as challenging year for SLA.

First, an introduction. Many of you may be surprised to see me in the role of President this year. I was appointed by the 2015 Chapter Board to fill the vacancy created by Eileen Schnur’s resignation. As such, I haven’t had the chance to work with many of you recently, but I look forward to working closely in 2016. The President role is one that I have filled before (2011), and although times have changed, I look forward to serving again. On a personal note, I am taking the role at the same time as pursuing a very new career path. After 14 years as Senior Director and head of the Qualcomm Library I am now pursuing several avenues, including my own information consulting business called InfoLiquidity. You can see more by taking a look at the incoming executive board bios on the SLA Chapter website.

So now, for some upcoming dates and events that you should all be aware of:

Leadership Bootcamp (Online, no cost)
January 26th and 27th
The Leadership Bootcamp is designed for SLA members involved or interested in association leadership, but all members are free to attend. It’s a great way to learn more about SLA and its future direction.
http://www.sla.org/attend/leadership-boot-camp/

Web Chat with SLA President Tom Rink (Online, no cost)
February 1st
This web chat will allow SLA members to ask questions of leaders about any topics of interest.
http://calendar.sla.org/index.php?eID=622

SLA San Diego Board Meeting
February
The first of four Board Meetings will be held in February 2016. Exact time and meeting details to be announced soon. During the meeting, Board members will report on and discuss chapter activities and plans, review finances, and address any new and old business. All are welcome to attend.

Of course this is just the start of what looks to be a very full year of programming and events. Keep checking back on the website frequently!

Best,

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Britt Mueller, SLA-San Diego President 2016

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Congratulations to our 2015 SLA-SD Scholarship Recipient!

We’re very pleased to announce that Sharesly Rodriguez is the recipient of the SLA-SD 2015 Scholarship!

Sharesly is pursuing her MLIS degree at the iSchool, San Jose State University.  She is a recent graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a BA in Legal Studies and Sociology.  She has experience working in a variety of library settings, including academic and law libraries, and public records archives.

In addition to a busy school and work schedule, Sharesly has agreed to serve as the SLA-SD Chapter Student Liaison for 2016.  Thanks, Sharesly, and welcome!

 

sharesly

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Introducing….SLA-San Diego 2016 Executive Board

Meet the incoming members of the SLA-San Diego 2016 Executive Board:

Chapter President: Britt Mueller (Principal, InfoLiquidity)

Britt Mueller is Principal of the consulting organization, InfoLiquidity, which seeks to optimize the flow and financial return on information for content creators, consumers, and organizations. Before she established InfoLiquidity, Britt was Sr. Director and lead for the Library & Information Services department for Qualcomm Inc., a global Fortune 500 company focused on advanced wireless technologies. Her group served an employee population of over 30,000, providing just-in-time, globally accessible information, research and analysis toward increased productivity and competitive advantage. Before Qualcomm, Britt headed the corporate library for a HR consulting firm, and served as a faculty librarian at the University of Oregon. She is a long-time member of the Special Libraries Association and served a prior term as President of the San Diego chapter in 2011. Britt has served on numerous advisory councils, is a former member of the ITIMG (Industrial Technical Information Managers Group), and has authored a number of papers and presentations on meeting information needs in research and corporate environments.

President-Elect: Greg Sorini (Manager, Library Services, Qualcomm)

Greg Sorini manages the enterprise content portfolio at Qualcomm where he began his library career in 1997. A graduate of San Jose State’s MLS program, Greg began as a library intern working on the implementation of the Qualcomm Library’s first ILS.  Since then he has managed the technical services team, been part of the Library’s research team, and been an integral part of relocating the Library three times. In his current role, Greg manages the Library’s content budget and ensures that Qualcomm’s information portfolio meets the needs of the company as it evolves.  He is a past SLA-SD Fall Seminar Director and is looking forward to re-engaging with local colleagues.

Treasurer: Jennifer Silverman (Assistant Librarian, West Coast University)

Jennifer Silverman is Assistant Librarian for the Orange County Campus of West Coast University in Anaheim, CA.  Jennifer began her work in libraries as a Library Student Assistant with San Diego State University in 2006. Her library experience includes: cataloging items and conducting outreach at the San Diego Zoo Library, providing reference and research services at the Rancho Bernardo Library for the City of San Diego, and volunteering at the Temple Adat Shalom Library.  Jennifer has been serving as SLA-SD’s Treasurer since 2014 and is looking forward to another two years as a member of the executive board.

Secretary: Teri Vogel (Science and Engineering Librarian, University of California, San Diego)

Teri has been the librarian for Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical and NanoEngineering  at UC San Diego for 10 years, and before that was the Chemistry and Biology Librarian at Georgia State University. She first got involved with SLA through the Chemistry Division, first as webmaster from 2002-2008, and then as Chair-Elect/Chair/Past-Chair from 2009-2011. More recently, Teri has been involved with the American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Information as a member of the Education Committee and Bulletin assistant editor.

Director: Zemirah Lee (User Engagement Librarian, National University)

Zemirah Lee joined SLA-SD in 2011 as a student while completing her MLIS from San Jose State University. She served on the Advisory Committee in 2013 as the new Student Liaison after winning the SLA-San Diego Student Scholarship just prior to graduating with her degree in 2014. She immediately secured a position at UC Irvine as an Education & Outreach Librarian before coming back home to San Diego to work at the National University Library as the Health and Human Services Librarian. In addition to her active local involvement with SLA-SD, Zem is also on the Executive Board of the Southern California Instruction Librarians and has been a continuous member of ALA, CARL, ACRL and SLA since 2011.

Director: Beth Autin (Librarian, San Diego Public Library and San Diego Zoo Global)

Beth first joined SLA in 1998 and served as SLA-SD Membership Chair from 2006-2008. She is very excited to be back on the SLA-SD Board, serving as one of our two Directors, and welcomes your Fall Seminar ideas! Beth has over 15 years of experience helping organizations efficiently access and manage information. Her variety of career experiences includes working as a librarian in biotech companies, law firms, public libraries and as an independent information consultant to the pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostics industries. She joined the library team at San Diego Zoo Global in 2015 and is currently Associate Director – Library Services.

On behalf of the 2015 Nominating Committee, thanks to our nominees for agreeing to serve, and we look forward to an exciting year!

- Jill Blaemers, SLA-San Diego Past President 2015

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Taking Reservations! Join us at the December Holiday Dinner

SLA-SD annual holiday dinner and business meeting is December 9th: Registration open! closed … see you tonight!

All are welcome.  Join the SLA SD President & members of the chapter as we review our achievements in 2015. This is a great opportunity to learn about what makes our chapter so special!

Where: Apollonia Greek Bistro, La Jolla  Directions 

When: Wednesday, Dec 9th    6 – 8 pm

First Course:
Feta Bruschetta and Mediterranean Salad

Second Course (Choice of Entree):
Moussaka • Riganato • Falafel Plate

Dessert: Baklava and Galacto-Boureko

Choice of Beverage:
Coffee • Tea • Soft Drink • Milk • Lemonade

Cost $20 (including tax and tip)

Questions?  Please contact Eileen Schnur  (SLA-SD President Elect, 2015)   eyeleensbox@yahoo.com

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Autumn Update From the President

A Warm Hello, SLA-SD Members!

With October now in full swing, is it more than high time to come together for a recap of the year so far and share a summary of our chapter’s activities, both past and planned for the future. It has been a whirlwind since taking the reigns as SLA-SD Chapter President in January, and at last, I’m writing to take stock of what we’ve accomplished as a chapter so far this year, connect with happenings at SLA HQ, and look forward to our final plans on the calendar this fall and winter.

Some highlights of SLA-SD Board activities so far in 2015:

President Elect Eileen Schnur put together a creative and fun set of chapter programs so far this year, including:

  • March: A tour of the NOAA SW Fisheries facility and library, followed by dinner at El Pescador Fish Market in La Jolla
  • July: Our chapter’s first ever webinar, “Creating the Future for Information Professionals the Peter Drucker Way, led by Bruce Rosenstein and hosted by Safari Books Online
  • October: A tour of the California Surf Museum, followed by dinner at Ruby’s Diner on the Oceanside Pier

Eileen also organized several happy hours get-togethers this year, including two “mixers” co-hosted by SANDALL and a mid-summer happy hour to kick off the SLA-SD’s annual children’s book drive. All together, these events brought unique learning and networking opportunities to our chapter members. Thanks to Eileen for all of her time and hard work in organizing our chapter programming this year!

Student liaison Marie Myers organized a successful 6th Annual Words Alive Book Drive from June – October this year. In total, Marie helped collect 255 children’s books to donate to Words Alive, and we thank her for all of her hard work!

Marie is also administering the chapter’s 2015 Student Scholarship competition, through which SLA-SD seeks to award a local San Diego County MLIS student interested in a career in special libraries with $1,000 plus a one-year student membership in SLA-SD. The successful applicant is also asked to participate on next year’s 2016 SLA-SD advisory board as the Student Liaison. This year’s application deadline is Monday, November 9, 2015. Please spread the word to any local MLIS/MLS/MIS students!

Past-President Jill Blaemers has been working tirelessly on this year’s nominating committee as she aims to find candidates for all vacant executive board positions, including President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and two Directors. Any SLA-SD member interested in volunteering to run for any of these positions is encouraged to contact Jill for more information.

Directors Penny Coppernoll-Blach and Deborah Kegel are currently moving full steam ahead in the final planning and organization stages for our anual SLA-SD Fall Seminar, scheduled for Friday, October 30th. This year’s seminar theme is Forging Forward: Techniques & Technologies for Gauging Success, and Penny and Deborah have a great slate of speakers lined up to talk about diverse topics related to evaluation and assessment. Registration for the Fall Seminar is now open – but act fact, as registration closes at the end of the day on Friday, October 23! This event is always our biggest program of the year, and we’re hoping for another success in 2015. Please share the seminar announcement with any colleagues who may be interested!

Our full SLA-SD Executive and Advisory Boards have been putting great effort into providing engaging resources, communications, and programming for you, and I extend my thanks to everyone for all of their time and hard work so far in 2015! This includes several new Advisory Board members who we welcomed to our team this year, including Elizabeth Grossman as Vendor Relations Chair, Kelly McKeever as Membership Chair, and Kristi Ehrig-Burgess as Hospitality Chair, each of whom has been a great addition to SLA-SD.

Please keep your eye out for more news on the SLA-SD Blog (sign up here!) and listserv (sign up information here). In addition, all are welcome to attend SLA-SD quarterly board meetings and/or access approved board meeting minutes on our Blog.

Beyond our local chapter, 2015 has been a big year for SLA as an organization. For better or for worse, now is a time of strategic change. As communicated by SLA HQ to all members, the organization is at a point of analysis and restructuring – in large part due to financial difficulties, which have grown significant enough to require a critical examination and swift change. In an effort to provide SLA members with a “one stop shop” for information about significant events and initiatives happening with the SLA Board and HQ, a Key Board Initiatives page was created, with links to relevant reports and discussions. In SLA President Jill Strand’s message for 2015, she emphasized the theme “Lean into the curve,” which indeed the organization has, as we all face inevitable change head-on.

At the beginning of 2015, the organization hired two Change Consultants on a contract basis (Cindy Shamel, of SLA-SD, and Ulla de Stricker) to review the organization and surrounding climate in its current state and create recommendations for the board in building a road map for positive change moving forward. The Change Consultants finalized and delivered their ”SLA Recommendations Report” to the SLA Board in May of this year, followed by much discussion and commentary by SLA leaders and members, including a June discussion session organized by our local SLA-SD chapter. After the open comment period closed in June, all comments were reviewed and shared among the SLA Board members. After a thorough Board review of the Recommendations Report and member comments, the Board voted to “receive” the report (meaning Board members read the report and acknowledge work done but no action had been taken on it).

In July of this year, the Board voted to receive a new edited version of the Change Consultants’ original Recommendation Report, titled “Board-Revised Recommendations”, updated in part in response to a review of member comments. In July, the Board also voted to accept a high-level document titled the “Road Map for the Future of SLA”, prepared jointly by the SLA Board and HQ staff; the road map includes a general summary of steps by which the Board will move SLA forward. This document was accepted, which means the Board approves the content and direction of the document and will work toward implementation. The Change Consultants were also directed to work alongside the Board and HQ staff to prepare a detailed, multi-phase implementation plan for the general road map. This detailed plan is currently in development and will be shared with all SLA members upon completion.

So far, we have already seen bits and pieces of significant change in SLA, including the announcement that SLA will engage the services—at least temporarily—of an Association Management Company (AMC) rather than hire new executive leadership at this point to replace former CEO Janet LaChance. SLA also announced a significant member dues restructuring this month.

More news of change will certainly be on the horizon, and all SLA members are encouraged to be engaged in discussion on these important issues.

All that said, it has been a big year for SLA as an organization, and a good year for SLA-SD as a chapter. I look forward to seeing and connecting with many of you at the Fall Seminar later this month. Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions about the chapter or open up a conversation about ideas for the future—we love receiving feedback from our members! Please also be on the lookout for an announcement about our annual SLA-SD Holiday Dinner and Business Meeting, which will be scheduled for a weekday in the first two weeks of December – details to be announced in early November via our blog and listserv.

Thank you again for your engagement and support so far this year. SLA-SD would be nothing without its active volunteers and members!

Best,

Amy Jankowski
2015 President
SLA San Diego Chapter

Amy Jankowski, SLA-SD 2015 President

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SLA-SD Scholarship Application due November 9th

https://flic.kr/p/a3CYzE (Cindy Schultz)

photo: flic.kr/p/a3CYzE (Cindy Schultz)

A reminder to our students out there that the San Diego Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA-SD) is accepting applications for our 2015 Student scholarship. The deadline is Monday, November 9, 2015, and the scholarship is for $1000 plus a one-year student membership in SLA-SD.The annual scholarship is awarded to a San Diego County resident currently enrolled in any ALA-accredited Master’s degree program.

If you are:

  • a resident of San Diego County
  • enrolled in an ALA-accredited Master’s degree program
  • interested in pursuing a career in special libraries.

To be considered, please submit:

  • a personal statement of 500-1000 words discussing your interest in special libraries and your future career goals
  • a current resume, which should include MLS/MLIS/MIS coursework you’ve completed to date and your anticipated graduation date.

Upon selection, the scholarship recipient must submit proof of enrollment in an ALA-accredited Master’s degree program (unofficial transcript) and proof of residency in San Diego County (copy of driver’s license or voter registration card).

The scholarship recipient will also be invited to join the SLA-SD Advisory Board as Student Liaison.

When registering for the one-year SLA student membership, the recipient MUST become an affiliated member of the San Diego Chapter of SLA.

To submit an application, please email your personal statement and resume (.doc(x) or PDF) attachments to m2slis13@gmail.com by November 9, 2015. Please use the subject line “SLA-SD Scholarship Application.”

The winner will be notified by late November. The scholarship will be officially awarded at the chapter’s Holiday Dinner in December.

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Children’s Book Drive – final call

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to our book drive for Words Alive, the non-profit literacy advocacy organization in San Diego. We have a terrific collection of children’s books to donate this fall, just in time for the Read Aloud programs across the county.

If you’ve hosted a book collection box at your library or organization, please contact  student coordinator Marie Myers to arrange for books to be picked up.

Words Alive child's artwork

 

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Join Us! We’re going to the Surf Museum…

We are very excited to have arranged for a special group tour at the California Surf Museum on Monday, October 5th for our next SLA-SD Chapter program. The California Surf Museum serves as an international repository and resource center on the lifestyle sport of surfing through capturing, preserving, and chronicling its art, culture and heritage for the education and enjoyment of future generations. During our visit, we will be taken through many exhibits which include, Gems from the Vault, The Art of Kevin Short, A Brief History of Surfboards, and exhibits on both Bud Brown, Bethany Hamilton.   For more information you can visit their website: http://surfmuseum.org

Your surf adventure doesn’t have to stop there!  Bring your comfortable shoes.  After the tour, we will walk over for a bite to eat at Ruby’s Diner at the end of what I hear is the longest pier on the West Coast with 360’ views of the ocean surf.  http://www.rubys.com/locations/oceanside/index.html

Entrance to the museum is $5.00 If you are a member of the SLA-SD Chapter it is free!

Parking is available on the street just outside the museum.

Tour starts promptly at 3:00 and will wrap up in an hour.

Sign up for this program and/or to join us for a social event at Ruby’s by going to our online registration form at:  http://goo.gl/forms/U6A6a8nW9q  Hope to see you there!

Eileen Schnur

SLA-SD, 2015 President-Elect

 

Questions about registration process? Kristi Ehrig-Burgess at: kerhigburgess@mengei.org

Questions about the details of this event? Eileen Schnur at:  eyeleensbox@yahoo.com

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Apply for the SLA-SD 2015 Student Scholarship!

A reminder to our students out there that the San Diego Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA-SD) is accepting applications for our 2015 Student scholarship. The deadline is Monday, November 9, 2015, and the scholarship is for $1000 plus a one-year student membership in SLA-SD.

The annual scholarship is awarded to a San Diego County resident currently enrolled in any ALA-accredited Master’s degree program.

If you are:

  • a resident of San Diego County
  • enrolled in an ALA-accredited Master’s degree program
  • interested in pursuing a career in special libraries.

 

To be considered, please submit:

  • a personal statement of 500-1000 words discussing your interest in special libraries and your future career goals
  • a current resume, which should include MLS/MLIS/MIS coursework you’ve completed to date and your anticipated graduation date.

 

Upon selection, the scholarship recipient will also be required to submit proof of enrollment in an ALA-accredited Master’s degree program (unofficial transcript) and proof of residency in San Diego County (copy of driver’s license or voter registration card).  When registering for the one-year SLA student membership, the recipient MUST become an affiliated member of the San Diego Chapter of SLA.

To submit an application, please email your personal statement and resume (.doc(x) or PDF) attachments to m2slis13@gmail.com by November 9, 2015. Please use the subject line “SLA-SD Scholarship Application.”

The winner will be notified by late November. The scholarship will be officially awarded at the chapter’s Holiday Dinner in December.

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