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Summer Update

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

  • Director Isabel 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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Spring Update

Greetings SLA-SD!

Hope everyone’s 2014 is going wonderfully!

Several members stepped forward in response to our call for committee volunteers and we thank them very much: Pat Alderman and Charlotte King-Mills, who will assist Fall Seminar director Isabelle Garcia; and Tim Gladson, who is assisting Jamie Lin with blog management. In a recent post, Tim highlighted a few valuable resources on the SLA website that are available to members – if you missed it, visit here.

President-Elect Amy Jankowski would appreciate having a volunteer work with her to develop programming and help with event logistics. We had a great group in attendance at the first program of the year: the March 20 tour of the Central Library followed by an informal happy hour. Thanks Amy for organizing this fun event!

Subsequent to the February 2, 2014 board meeting, the Executive Board had a series of business items to complete and these actions have now been incorporated into the minutes (Thanks Kathy Elliot!). The minutes are now posted for your perusal on the blog.

As one of these tasks, the Executive Board approved the 2014 budget via electronic vote. We are happy to share that with SLA-San Diego members, but decided against posting it to the open web. Contact me or Treasurer Jennifer Silverman for a copy. In recognition of the healthy state of chapter finances, including reserves, we allowed some budget to help offset having to change member fees for regular programming. We also have money in the budget this year that is to be utilized specifically for member social events, based on a vote of the 2013 board. These funds are largely available as a result of the efforts of the 2013 Convention Planning committee, led by Kathy Quinn, and especially to Bobbi Weaver’s work in raising donations for the raffle baskets – thanks again to Kathy and all those who participated!

We’ve also made a few modifications to the Chapter Practices Manual, and Past President Talitha Matlin has finalled these changes and updated a few links in the manual.  It is posted to the website here. Thanks Talitha! The manual is an excellent resource for understanding how the chapter functions and what the roles and responsibilities are for chapter leaders. Please do peruse  and consider in particular if there are leadership areas, either executive or advisory board, that may be of interest to you.

As a reminder, I also encourage everyone to register on the blog to receive email notices and/or RSS updates when new items are posted to the blog. You can sign up for either tool by clicking on the relevant links under “Keep in Touch” on the right-hand side of the home page .

Feel free to send comments and suggestions anytime! I look forward to seeing you at the next SLA-San Diego event!!

Jill Blaemers, SLA-SD President 2014

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Tour the new SDPL Central Library with SLA-SD on March 20!

Join SLA-SD to tour the San Diego Public Library’s new Central Library facility! On Thursday, March 20, we’ll be getting together for a guided group tour of the new downtown library to see the innovative spaces and resources now open to the public. After the tour, all are welcome to attend a no-host happy hour two blocks over at TOAST Enoteca & Cucina!

We will meet in the Central Library’s first floor lobby at 3:45 pm, and the tour will begin at 4:00 pm, lasting approximately one hour. The tour involves both stairs and escalators, but an accessible tour can be arranged if we are notified in advance of any mobility limitations.

Advance registration for the tour is required, as group size is limited. SLA-SD members receive priority registration. Nonmembers are welcome as well, but will be assigned to a wait-list until March 10 to allow chapter members adequate time to register. Please contact Lauren Rasmussen at lauren.rasmussen.sla@gmail.com with your reservation and indication of whether you are or are not an SLA-SD member. The register deadline is Wednesday, March 12 – act fast to reserve your spot!

More Happy Hour details coming soon!

Can’t wait to start exploring the Central Library? Take a virtual tour online here: https://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/locations/centraltours.shtml

Find Central Library parking information here: https://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/locations/centralparking.shtml

 

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Leadership Summit Update

Amy Jankowski, 2014 President-Elect, and I went to SLA Leadership Summit in Memphis, January 14-17. Chapter and Division leaders attend this summit to learn about SLA resources, governance, and tools. The agenda and more detail are available here: http://www.sla.org/attend/leadership-summit-http://www.sla.org/attend/leadership-summit-2014/

We received several compliments and thanks for SLA-SD’s host chapter activities and help during the 2013 Annual Conference – thanks again to all!

A few highlights:

Open Board Meeting: Agenda and reports are available here: http://www.sla.org/governance/board-of-directors/mtg-info/15-january-2014-board-of-directors-meeting/ The documents mentioned below can be accessed via this link.

  • Executive session:
    • Valerie Perry was elected by board to fill Division Chair vacancy, due to death of Ann Koopman
    • Passed a balanced budget; details were not distributed.
    • 2014 is final year of 3-year strategic plan; review started.
  • Conference Re-Envisioning Task force established was established two years ago to address declining attendance. Final report and recommendations delivered.
  • Financial wrap-up. Numbers not yet available for 2013. SLA continues to have cash flow problems and took out a $300K+ loan during 2013 to meet obligations. Changes to session formats will include Quick Talks, Spotlight sessions, and closing session will be a Ted Talk format.
  • Unit treasurers’ wiki has been relaunched, along with discussion list, and newsletter. Incoming treasurers will be signed into the wiki in February.
  • Committee members then summarized reports that are available in full on the SLA website.
    • Public Relations Advisory Council: See report “The Evolving Value of Information Management based on Financial Times Survey”:  http://ftcorporate.ft.com/sla/ . Communication tools are also available on Public Relations wiki.
    • Chapter Cabinet: 2013 annual reports and 2013 financial reports due January 31. Nearly 50% of branches had budget shortfalls
    • Online Content Advisory Council – Twitter users should watch for #SLATALK discussions; see discussion archive.
    • Student Ambassadors – Suggest more collaboration between First Five, Fellows and Student Groups.

Highlights of Summit sessions:

  • Presidential Vision and Theme: Concept of extending our borders, as an organization and as professionals. Theme is “Beyond Borders” – Watch SLA website for detail.
  • Membership Tips:
    • Recognize Past President contributions and encourage continued participation.
    • Partner with other organizations locally and with divisions for programming.
  • State of the Association: Membership is holding steady; finances are tight. Everyone is encouraged to complete the Every Member Survey in February.
  • Treasurers Report: Expenses and income are in alignment.
  • Other sessions included Demystifying Running for the Board and Tips on Using the SLA website. Note that there are many resources available for membership. The links in the bottom footer are useful for navigation.
  • No business for either Chapter or Joint Cabinet.

 

Jill Blaemers, SLA-SD President 2014

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SLA-San Diego Q1 Board Meeting Date Set for Feb 1

The SLA-SD Executive and Advisory Board will hold our first board meeting of the year on February 1, 2014, 10am-noon, in the Board Conference Room of the Grossmont Healthcare District, 9001 Wakarusa Street, La Mesa, California. Click here for directions .  The second and third quarter board meetings will be conducted virtually and the fourth will be held as part of the annual holiday event.

All chapter members are welcome to participate.

Chapter officers and committee chairs will report on activities and plans for 2014. We’ll discuss goals for the coming year as a group, the proposed budget, and committee needs. Initiatives of the 2013 board, led by President Talitha Matlin, and our amazing 2013 conference committee spearheaded by Kathy Quinn with the able assistance of Bobbi Weaver and a host of other chapter members,  have left us in a very positive financial position – many thanks to all! The new board will consider how to make the most of this position to benefit our membership while prudently maintaining the chapter’s financial security for coming years.

I’ve updated the blog with names and positions of Executive and Advisory Board members. If you are interested in volunteering for committee work, by all means let us know!

Please do consider attending on February 1 to learn more about how the chapter operates. I’d appreciate your letting me know if you will be attending. Also, note that parking is available at the facility; however, please do not park in spaces marked for staff or library use.

 Please contact me anytime with questions or suggestions.

 Jill

 Jill Blaemers, SLA-San Diego President 2014

 

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San Diego Chapter receives the Chapter Membership Award for “Highest number increase” in 2013

President-Elect Amy Jankowsi and I are in Memphis at the 2014 SLA Leadership Summit. San Diego Chapter has received the Chapter Membership Award this afternoon as runner-up for “Highest number increase” (with nine new members) for 2013!!!

Congrats and thanks to everyone for their recruitment efforts in 2013! Many thanks especially to our 2013 President Talitha Matlin for her leadership, and to our Membership Co-Chairs Ali Hennessey and Kate Vigderson of course!! Let’s all carry this energy into our member recruitment and development efforts for 2014.

Winner was the Arabian Gulf Chapter with 154 new members! Our congratulations to this chapter as well.

We’ll be reporting with an update on Leadership Summit activities, news, and presentations next week, so stay tuned.

Jill Blaemers
SLA-San Diego President 2014

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SLA-SD annual holiday dinner and business meeting Dec 4: Registration open!

Please plan on joining SLA-San Diego for our annual business meeting and holiday dinner on Wednesday, December 4th, at Apollonia Greek Bistro in La Jolla.

Where: Apollonia Greek Bistro, La Jolla

Date: Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013, 6 pm – 8 pm

Menu:

Appetizers:  Hummos, spanaki lemonato, and pita bread

Choice of entrée: Chicken Kebab, Gyros Plate, or Imam Bayaldi

Dessert: Baklava and Galacto-Boureko

For menu descriptions and directions, please visit http://www.apolloniabistro.com/

Both open parking and garage parking are available.

Cost $25 (including tax and tip)

Registration:




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SAVE THE DATE: SLA-SD Annual Business Meeting and Holiday Dinner December 4

 

Please plan on joining SLA-San Diego for our annual business meeting and holiday dinner on Wednesday, December 4th, at Apollonia Greek Bistro in La Jolla. We’ll be sending out menu options and cost, along with registration details, next week.

Where: Apollonia Greek Bistro, La Jolla

Date: Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013, 6 pm – 8 pm

Directions: http://www.apolloniabistro.com/location.html

Both open parking and garage parking are available.

Jill Blaemers
 SLA-San Diego President-Elect 2013
 jblaemers@cox.net 

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Thursday, Nov. 7, 4:30-6:30pm: Membership Happy Hour

Join Ali Hennessey, Membership Committee co-chair, for networking and SLA membership information during happy hour at Urbn Coal Fired Pizza and Bar in North Park. Urbn has a happy hour from 4-6 featuring discounted beers and cocktails. Pizza appetizers will be provided.

Take this opportunity to catch up with fellow SLA members or to learn more about SLA membership and networking benefits – like this one!

The details:

Thursday, November 7, 2013

4:30 – 6:30pm

Urbn Coal Fired Pizza and Bar in North Park

3085 University Avenue San Diego California 92104

http://www.urbnnorthpark.com/

Contact: Ali Hennessey at: alilhennessey@gmail.com

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