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Hello 2017 from SLA-SD President Greg Sorini

Hello 2017 from SLA-SD President Greg Sorini

Happy New Year to you all and I hope your holidays were pleasant.

I wanted to take a moment to say hello as I take on my new role as President of SLA-San Diego.  I’ve met some of you last year as President-Elect and look forward to working with more of you this year.  As you know SLA has undergone some big changes this last year, putting a new management company in place, the appointment of RBC as new wealth managers, the sale of the headquarters building, SLA Connect as the new communication platform and an increasing national membership.   All positive changes resulting in a new energy around SLA.

Locally, we have some new Board members.  Welcome to Isabelle Garcia (President-Elect), Susan Alden (Archivist), Andrew Blatchford (Membership Chair) and Ana Bellini (Student Liaison).  And thank you to all of those Board members who are staying on for another term.  I’m hoping that 2017 will prove to be a banner year for our local chapter, that we can grow our membership and continue to offer opportunities to network and learn.

Our first Board Meeting will be in February, exact date and time to follow.  This is an open meeting during which Board members will report on chapter activities and discuss new and old business.  All are welcome to attend.

There are a couple of projects that I’d like to focus on this year:

  • Developing a more active social networking presence, especially with library school students
  • Examining and updating SLA-SD’s archives and archival process

I’d also love to hear about anything that you would like to see happen with our chapter.  Feel free to reach out to me with ideas and suggestions.

SLA Headquarters has some upcoming virtual trainings that you should take advantage of.  Be sure to take a look at these and more on SLA Connect.  NOTE: Times listed are EST.

January 18, 2017, 1 – 3:30pm EST: Virtual Leadership Summit

February 8, 2017, 12 – 1pm EST: Unit Toolkits & Communications

Regards,

Greg Sorini

SLA-San Diego President 2017

gsorini@qualcomm.com

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Congratulations to our 2016 SLA-SD Scholarship Recipient – Ana Bellini!

We are please to announce that Ana Bellini is the recipient of the SLA-SD 2016 scholarship.

Ana is in her final semester of the MLIS program at the iSchool, San Jose State University.  She has a BA in Film and Visual Culture from the University of California, Riverside. After many years of working in fundraising and marketing for nonprofits in San Diego, she switched careers to focus on her schooling and family. She has experience working in a public library and is currently working as the Medical Library Technician at Scripps Mercy’s Health Science Library.

Ana has also agreed to serve as 2017’s SLA-SD Chapter Student Liaison and looks forward to being involved with the Chapter’s work.

Thank you for being involved Ana and we welcome you to SLA-SD.

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Fantastic Opportunity for Information Studies Students! SLA San Diego Chapter 2016 Student Scholarship

Apply Now!

San Diego Chapter 2016 Scholarship

The San Diego Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA-SD) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2016 student scholarship. The scholarship includes $1000 plus a one-year student membership in SLA as a San Diego Chapter member

To quality, applicants must:

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

To be considered, please submit:

  • Personal statement of 500-1000 words discussing your interest in special libraries and your future career goals
  • Current resume including any 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 shareslyr@gmail.com by November 18, 2016. 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.

2016-10-18 http://sandiego.sla.org

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SLA San Diego Q3 Board Meeting to take place on Sept 14!

All San Diego SLA members are welcome and encouraged to attend the online Q3 Board Meeting on Sept. 14th at 4:00 pm. If you have ideas, thoughts or suggestions please consider joining us. This particular meeting will also provide information and updates on the planning for our upcoming Fall Seminar. 

Attending is easy through the online GoToMeeting software. Here are all the details: 

SLA San Diego Q3 Board Meeting

Wed, Sep 14, 2016 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Pacific Daylight Time

Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/816078365

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States : +1 (312) 757-3121

Access Code: 816-078-365

First GoToMeeting? Try a test session: http://help.citrix.com/getready

Agenda:

Call to order

Roll call

Approval of 2016 Q2 Meeting minutes

Officers Reports

  • President : Britt Mueller
  • Past-President: Amy Jankowski
  • President Elect: Greg Sorini
  • Secretary: Teri Vogel
  • Treasurer: Jennifer Silverman
  • Directors: Beth Autin & Zem Lee

Committee Reports

  • Archivist: Kate Vigderson
  • Communications: Jamie Lin
  • Hospitality: Kristi Ehrig Burgess
  • Membership: Kelly McKeever
  • Nominating: Amy Jankowski
  • Student Liaison: Sharesly Rodriguez
  • Vendor Liaison: Elizabeth Grossman
  • Employment: Open

Old Business

New Business

Action items surfaced during Officer and Committee reports

Announcements

Adjournment

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SLA Q2 Board Meeting to Take Place on June 28th!

The SLA-SD Executive and Advisory Board will hold our second board meeting of the year on Tuesday, June 28th from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM(Pacific).  The meeting will take place virtually via GoToMeeting.  All chapter members are welcome and encouraged to participate. To attend please use the the information below:

SLA San Diego Board Meeting
Tue, Jun 28, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/918988453

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 918-988-453

This will be a great meeting to attend as we will be doing an update on the SLA Conference that just wrapped up last week in Philadelphia and will also provide some discussion and information on the SLA Connect platform. Of course, updates from Board members and the Advisory Council will also be included.

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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Great Opportunity To Make a Difference in San Diego!

Hello SLA San Diego,

We have a great opportunity available for you to make a difference in the San Diego community! Our SLA-SD Student Liaison, Sharesly Rodriguez, is spearheading our annual Words Alive book drive and needs your help.

Words Alive is a fantastic organization that collects new or gently used books for children and Sharesly’s goal is to collect 200 or more this year through donation boxes. She is looking for SLA folks who can help create collection boxes (about the size that holds printed paper) and host them at work or within their communities.

This is a fun and worthwhile effort and a great way to meet other SLA San Diego members.  If you’re interested, please contact Sharesly directly at shareslyr@gmail.com.  I hope we get a record turnout!

Britt Mueller
2016 SLA San Diego President

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Details About the Words Alive Book Drive:

Words Alive collects new or gently used books for children and youth (birth through high school) in English and Spanish for children from low income or disadvantaged communities. The books are to help awaken or sustain a love for reading. Ultimately, children from disadvantaged communities have an opportunity to build their home libraries.

My goal as student liaison for this year is to collect 200 or more! I am looking for members who wish to hold or set up collection boxes. Ideally, the boxes should be the size of box that holds printed paper and can be decorated.  SLA members are encouraged to bring donation boxes to work or spread the word within their communities.

Adult books, textbooks, references books, magazines, self-help books, and torn and worn out books will not be accepted.

Information on book donation proceeds:

http://www.wordsalive.org/#!libraries-project/catb

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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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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 2015 Q3 Virtual Board Meeting, Friday, Sept.11, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Hello SLA-SD Members,

With summer wrapping up, it’s high time to convene for our third quarter SLA San Diego Chapter Executive & Advisory Board Meeting, scheduled for Friday, September 11, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (duration depends on the flow of the meeting, with a 2 hour max). 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 — it’s a great way to learn more about our chapter, including ways in which you can get more involved if interested.

The meeting will be held virtually via GoToMeeting. See below for call-in information:

SLA-SD Q3 Board Meeting
Friday, September 11, 2015, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/914609101

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States +1 (408) 650-3131
Access Code: 914-609-101

A draft meeting agenda is available for download here: SLA-SD_2015_Q3_Board_Meeting_Agenda_Draft

Thank you for your time! — And let me know if you have any questions!

Amy Jankowski
2015 President
SLA-SD Chapter
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