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Summer Book Drive

Thanks to everyone who attended our social hour, we’re off to a terrific start on the book drive for Words Alive, the non-profit literacy advocacy organization in San Diego.

If you’d like to host a book collection box at your library, you can download our announcement below — or design your own!  We hope to gather again at summer’s end (date/location TBD), where you can bring collected donations, or you can contact student coordinator Marie Myers and arrange for books to be picked up.

 

Book Drive announcement
Download the book drive announcement (PDF).

 

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Chapter Social Hour – this Wednesday Night

The San Diego Chapter kicks off the summer with a social hour this Wednesday!

 

Happy Hour

June 24th

4 – 6 pm

Rock Bottom logo

8980 Villa La Jolla Dr.

La Jolla,CA 92037

Bring your favorite children’s book to share!

children's book covers

SLA-SD is hosting a summer book drive in partnership with Words Alive, a nonprofit reading and literacy advocacy organization based in San Diego. We’re collecting new and gently-used books for children and youth to benefit the community literacy programs of Words Alive.

We’ll kick off our book drive at our June 24th social hour, so bring your favorite children’s book to share or donate. Our drive will culminate in a donation collection/social at summer’s end (date/location TBD).

Please consider hosting a collection drop box at your workplace.

Words Alive logo

For more information, contact student liaison/book drive coordinator Marie Myers at marie.myers@sjsu.edu. To learn more about the mission of Words Alive, please visit the website www.wordsalive.org.

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June 24th Social Hour and Book Drive Kick-off

Remember to save the date:

Happy Hour/ Book Drive kick-off

June 24th

4 – 6 pm

Rock Bottom logo

8980 Villa La Jolla Dr.

La Jolla,CA 92037

Words Alive child's artwork

SLA-SD is hosting a summer book drive in partnership with Words Alive, a nonprofit reading and literacy advocacy organization based in San Diego. We’re collecting new and gently-used books for children and youth to benefit the community literacy programs of Words Alive.

Bring your favorite children’s book to our June 24th social hour!

We’ll kick off our book drive at our June 24th social hour, so bring your favorite children’s book to share or donate. Our drive will culminate in a donation collection/social at summer’s end (date/location TBD).

Please consider hosting a collection drop box at your workplace.

For more information, contact student liaison/book drive coordinator Marie Myers at marie.myers@sjsu.edu. To learn more about the mission of Words Alive, please visit the website www.wordsalive.org.

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SLA Strategic Recommendations: SLA-SD Discussion Session, Monday, June 8 @ Ashford University, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Dear SLA-SD Members,

 

As you know, SLA President Jill Strand recently announced that the SLA Change Consultants, Cindy Shamel and Ulla de Stricker, who were engaged by SLA to provide strategic recommendations in areas such as marketplace positioning and viability, membership revenue and growth, and conference modeling forwarded their report to the board – See more at: http://www.sla.org/governance/board-of-directors/key-initiatives/sla-recommendations-report/#sthash.WKU2UFdA.dpufwere tasked with providing strategic recommendations to the organization in areas such as marketplace positioning and viability, membership revenue and growth, and conference modeling, forwarded their report to the SLA Board. The report is currently available to all SLA members through the following link: http://www.sla.org/governance/board-of-directors/key-initiatives/sla-recommendations-report/ (SLA login required to access report). If accepted and enacted, many of these recommendations will translate into significant changes in the organization. It is an exciting time to be an active member, and all are encouraged to engage in this discussion of our future!

 

SLA has provided several opportunities for member feedback, including:

 

  1. By e-mailing your comments to the secretary of the board, Tara Murray, who will organize the comments by recommendation and forward them to the board on a weekly basis;
  2. By submitting questions for consideration at a virtual Town Hall for SLA members on May 27 – recording now available through Key Board Initiatives page: https://www.sla.org/governance/board-of-directors/key-initiatives/, “Change Consultant” section (SLA member login required)
  3. By sharing your thoughts in person during the comment periods at the board meeting in Boston on Saturday, June 13, prior to the start of the SLA 2015 Annual Conference;
  4. By speaking directly with board members throughout the conference; and
  5. By asking questions during the annual business meeting, to be held at SLA 2015 on Tuesday, June 16, at 5:00 p.m. (This will mark the cut-off for the board to receive comments.)
In an effort to engage our chapter members – and ourselves – in this discussion, SLA-SD will be holding a discussion session on the evening of Monday, June 8, 4:30 – 6:00 pm at Ashford University. During this time, members are encouraged to discuss the recommendations’ strengths and weaknesses; address strong points, concerns, confusion, and additional ideas; and ask questions among each other to clarify how these recommendations may affect us as individuals and as a chapter.

 

Example questions:

 

  • How will the recommended changes to business partnerships / vendor sponsorship rules (centralizing requests for funding; sharing revenue 50/50 with HQ) affect our ability to fund SLA-SD Chapter programs (particularly Fall Seminar)? (section 3.1)
  • Regarding recommended changes to SLA’s educational products and services — such as positioning SLA as a lifelong career school for members — is there a strategy to encourage broader recognition of the value in SLA certifications and coursework by employers and other related industries? (section 4)
  • How do the recommended changes to leadership training (eliminating the January in-person Leadership Summit and replacing this with web-based training) affect our future leaders? Will web training be sufficient, or even better? (section 5.1.a)
  • Should content management of the SLA Annual Conference be entrusted to a single professional (or two), shifting content selection away from SLA units? Would this planning position be outsourced, or should this individual be a member or otherwise affiliated with SLA? (section 5.1.c)
  • What are your thoughts on the recommended consolidation and standardization of SLA Divisions? How would these affect members — positively and negatively? (section 6.1.a)
  • What implications do the recommended changes to Chapter organization have for our San Diego Chapter? (section 6.1.b)
  • Are the recommendations for securing immediate operating funds for  SLA Headquarters appropriate? Should SLA HQ plan to access unit funds to avoid deficit? (section 7.1)
Discussion attendees are encouraged to come prepared by reading the full recommendations and noting any particular areas that merit discussion. We will have several copies of the recommendations on hand just in case they’re needed. If anyone is unable to attend but has discussion points to offer, please send them along to me, and I will pose them to our group.

 

Event Summary
What: SLA Strategic Recommendations Discussion Session
When: Monday, June 8, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Where: Ashford University
           8620 Spectrum Center Blvd
           San Diego, CA 92123
           Map: https://goo.gl/RLZpjS
           **Note: Elizabeth Grossman, Ashford’s Senior Director of Library Services, will greet attendees in the Ashford lobby beginning at 4:15 pm. We will be meeting in a 10th floor conference room. Light refreshments of cookies, coffee, and water will be served!
Questions: contact ajankowski@sandiegozoo.org, 630.251.3735

 

Please RSVP to Amy at: ajankowski@sandiegozoo.org

 

Thank you – and I hope to see you next week!

 

Amy Jankowski
2015 President
SLA San Diego Chapter

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SLA-SD Annual Business Meeting Recap

SLA-SD Annual Business Meeting Recap

Happy Holidays SLA-San Diego! We had a great turnout for a fun holiday dinner and business meeting at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza in Del Mar on December 9. The business portion of the meeting centered on a recap of chapter’s activities, awards ceremony, and installation of the 2015 board. I’ll outline the program here as a final President’s Update for 2014. In wrapping up the year, special thanks were given to Executive and Advisory Board members for all their efforts and initiatives in the past year:

  • President-Elect Amy Jankowski orchestrated some great tours, programs and happy hours this year – we toured the Central Library and the Braille Institute Library, and had an informative panel presentation on virtual reference at Ashford University. Several happy hours were held in conjunction with, and separately from, regular programs – a special thanks to Cindy Shamel for organizing events at local breweries.
  • Past President Talitha Matlin did above- and beyond-work – she updated the Chapter Practices Manual, and organized a special award for SLA membership and fall seminar attendance for a nonprofit librarian. As a result of this we welcomed Kristi Ehrig-Burgess to SLA-San Diego. Talitha also headed the Nominating Committee, resulting in the excellent slate of offices for 2015.
  • Treasurer Jennifer Silverman did a fabulous job as Chapter Treasurer – and learned a great deal about budgeting and finance as a result. She is looking for a committee person so please consider this as a learning opportunity and jump on in!
  • Secretary Kathy Elliott made our lives easier with her reliable and timely keeping of the minutes.
  • Director Isabelle Garcia, with her committee of Pat Alderman and Charlotte King-Mills, gave us an outstanding fall seminar. We appreciate all their efforts and thank them so very much!
  • Eileen Schnur held the Business Partner position, and her work in garnering sponsorship support surely helped the chapter stay in the black for 2014.
  • Communications Chair Jamie Lin, along with Tim Gladson, kept our blog lively with regular updating. We appreciate Tim’s substantive contributions over the course of the year!
  • Student Liaison Zem Lee graduated from SJSU SLIS in May and took on a new position at UCI, and still managed to pull together a productive book drive (380 books!!) and organize the scholarship process.
  • Employment Chair Donna Dutton continues to keep us apprised of employment opportunities – thanks for the timely and regular posting of job listings.
  • Hospitality Chair Lauren Rasmussen Banovz did her usual amazing job managing registration for our events and welcoming attendees.
  • Ali Hennessy and Kate Vigderson held down membership – thanks for their efforts too!

Treasurer Jennifer Silverman then presented the budget YTD and balance sheet. If anyone would like to have a copy of those documents, please contact Jennifer.

Next Zemirah Lee presented the Scholarship Award to our newest member and 2015 Student Liaison Marie Myers. Marie is a second-year MLIS student at SJSU and a freelance web developer.  Formerly, she worked with the San Diego Web Team, building web applications for the sandiego.gov site.  Her interests are special collections and archives, digital curation, and information retrieval and access. Currently she volunteers at the San Diego Natural History Museum’s Research Library, assisting in a metadata transcription project for the archives’ historical photographs collections.

I was delighted to present President’s Awards to two chapter members who perform outstanding service to the chapter:

  • Lauren Rasmussen, our Hospitality Chair, provides amazing service – ensuring reliable and timely registration for our events – and does it with great charm. Though we did put back up support in place, Lauren continued to handle fall seminar registration through the week of her wedding – that’s above and beyond, and organized!
  • Cindy Shamel, a long-time chapter member who has served in multiple capacities, continues to provide wonderful counsel, mentoring, leadership, and fellowship to us all. Her efforts are often quiet and unassuming, but they are most appreciated!

Past President Talitha Matlin next installed the new members of the 2015 incoming board:

  • President Elect Eileen Schnur
  • Director Penny Coppernoll-Blach
  • Director Deborah Kegel

The meeting adjourned with the passing of the gavel to 2015 President  Amy Jankowski. I know it’s going to be a great new year for SLA-San Diego!

 

Happy Holidays to all!

Jill Blaemers, SLA-San Diego President, 2014

 

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SLA-SD 2015 Slate for Open Positions

Open positions for 2015 San Diego Chapter Board of Directors include President Elect and Co-Directors. 

The Nominations Committee, chaired by Past President, Talitha Matlin, are pleased to announce the following slate:

President Elect

Eileen Schnur is the Director for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Command Library (SPAWAR).  She served as the Reference and Outreach Librarian in dual command capacity with Naval Postgraduate School and SPAWAR before assuming the role as Director.  She started out her career as a Library Media Coordinator for a k-8 school.   Eileen has also gained experience as an academic librarian, working for Texas A & M’s Bell Library as a Reference Librarian just out of library school.  Her current professional volunteer experience includes serving on the Executive Board as the elected Navy/Marine Corps Service Director for SLA’s Division of Military Libraries, as well as SLA-SD Chapter’s Vendor Coordinator. She also holds certifications as a teacher and school librarian in the states of California and North Carolina. 

Co-Directors

Penny Coppernoll-Blach is the Biomedical Reference Librarian at the UC San Diego Library, where she has worked for over 12 years.  She has also held positions at CP Kelco, Dialog, and University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences.  She was a Director for SLA-SD back in 2006 and has also served in the past as Membership Chair for several years.

Deborah Kegel has worked at UCSD Libraries for over 25 years. She currently serves as Librarian for Astronomy, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics; and is the Physical Sciences and Engineering Reference Coordinator. Prior to this, her job responsibilities included Head of Public Services, Interim Department Head, and Collections Coordinator for the UCSD Science & Engineering Library. Deborah earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and mathematics at Wake Forest University, and an MA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the MLS at Indiana University. Professional affiliations include Special Libraries Association, Physics-Astronomy-Math Division and San Diego Chapter; and the American Society for Engineering Education, Engineering Libraries Division.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the SLA-SD Nominating Committee,

Talitha Matlin

Cindy Shamel

Amy Jankowski

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SAVE THE DATE: SLA-SD Annual Business Meeting & Holiday Dinner, Dec 9

Please plan to join SLA-San Diego for our annual Business Meeting & Holiday Dinner on Tuesday, December 9th at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza in Del Mar!

The evening will include a wrap-up of our 2014 activities, a short awards ceremony, the presentation of our slate of Chapter Officers for 2015, and a family style dinner. It will also be a great opportunity to connect with colleagues and celebrate an excellent year for SLA-SD!

Details:

Location: Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, Del Mar
Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Address: 12925 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130
Map and restaurant information: http://www.sammyspizza.com/location/del-mar/

Stay tuned! Registration information, including cost and food details, will be sent out next week.

We hope to see you there!

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Event Recap: Braille Institute’s San Diego Center Library Tour & Happy Hour

Event Recap: Braille Institute’s San Diego Center Library Tour & Happy Hour

On Tuesday, September 23, a group of curious SLA-SD members and colleagues gathered at the Braille Institute’s San Diego Center location in La Jolla to tour the organization’s library. Librarian Louise Zuckerman hosted our group and discussed the various library and community services that the nonprofit Braille Institute provides free of charge to the blind and visually impaired.

Our afternoon kicked off with a walk-through of the library stacks, which primarily feature audio media on flash drives circulated within hard plastic cartridges that can be sent through the mail for expanded accessibility; audio cassettes and braille books are also available. We then learned about electronic handheld magnification devices used to enhance sight for the visually impaired and viewed a number of models housed in the Library for patron use. Moving into the facility’s computer labs, our group learned about the various programs used to teach typing and make general computer, iPad, and iPhone use more accessible to those with visual impairments. Concluding the tour, we saw some of the table-top magnification devices, the NLS digital talking book player, and other assistive technologies in action. Along the way, we spoke with a technology lab assistant, a low vision consultant, and the facility’s Executive Director, Richard M. Ybarra, to get a well-rounded understanding of the Braille Institute as well as the role that the library plays within the various programs and services the organization provides.

After an interesting and informative time at the Braille Institute, our group headed over to happy hour at Seasons 52 for lively conversation and networking. Thanks to all who came out to make this a great event! For those of you who couldn’t make it, we hope to see you at our next SLA-SD Chapter event!

For more information about the Braille Institute’s San Diego Center location and library, please visit http://www.brailleinstitute.org/sandiego/

For a list of free iPhone and iPad apps developed by the Braille Institute — including VisionSim, an app developed “in order for people with healthy vision to experience the world through the eyes of a person experiencing one of nine degenerative eye diseases” — please visit: http://www.brailleinstitute.org/digital/mobile-applications.html

Braille Institute's San Diego Center Executive Director Richard M. Ybarra talks to our group about the organization's work, programs, and growth.

Braille Institute’s San Diego Center Executive Director Richard M. Ybarra talks to our group about the organization’s work, programs, and growth.

A view of the stacks at the Braille Institute Library, featuring shelves of popular literature in digital audio cartridge format

A view of the stacks at the Braille Institute Library, featuring shelves of popular literature in digital audio cartridge format

Librarian Louise Zuckerman demos the NLS Digital Talking Book Player, a machine free to all qualifying individuals through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)

Librarian Louise Zuckerman demos the NLS Digital Talking Book Player, a machine free to all qualifying individuals through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)

A view of the Braille Institute's courtyard, with one of two fountains that use different water sounds to indicate physical orientation to visitors with visual impairments

A view of the Braille Institute’s courtyard, with one of two fountains that use different water sounds to indicate physical orientation to visitors with visual impairments

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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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Call for Speakers: SLA-SD 2014 Fall Seminar

The San Diego Chapter of the Special Libraries Association is seeking speakers for our annual fall professional development seminar to be held Friday, October 24, 2014 at Marina Village Conference Center, San Diego, CA.

The 2014 theme is:

The Data Storm: How to prepare, how to survive

According to IDC, from 2005 to 2020, the digital universe will grow by a factor of 300, from 130 exabytes to 40,000 exabytes, or 40 trillion gigabytes (more than 5,200 gigabytes for every man, woman, and child in 2020).  From now until 2020, the digital universe will about double every two years.

What are the implications of this data storm?  What is the best way to organize data so that it can be easily found?  What is the role of the information professional in this digital universe?

We are looking for presentations that provide insight on best practices, new applications and technologies, implementation strategies within your organization, and current research methods and theories.

Presentations should be approximately 45 minutes in length and should cover the topic both conceptually and with demonstrations/discussions of real-world applications. Proposals may address, but are not limited to, the following suggested topics on data management:

  • Data management
  • Security/privacy concerns
  • Data access policies
  • Legal requirements
  • Big data, thick data
  • Democratization of data
  • Data analytics and data visualization
  • Information professionals responsibilities in the digital age
  • Project Management

Proposals are welcomed from information professionals working in all types of environments and at all professional levels. Membership in SLA is not required. If you have colleagues or others in your network who might be interested, please let them know about this opportunity. All proposals welcome!

Proposals should include:

  • Speaker Information: name, position title, affiliation, and all contact information for all speakers
  • Presentation description: a title and brief summary of proposed presentation (500 words or less)
  • Format: individual speaker, team presentation, panel discussion, interactive exercise, etc.

Please submit your proposal to SLA.SD.FallSeminar@gmail.com by Monday, August 18, 2014. The seminar committee plans to select presentations by September 8, 2014 and will notify all speaker candidates of their proposal status.

 

Be sure to mark Friday, October 24th on your calendar now! Further details and registration information will be posted in August on the SLA-SD website, http://sandiego.sla.org/.

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