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SLA-SD 2014 Non-Profit Librarian Scholarship

The San Diego Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA-SD) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for a special 2014 scholarship for non-profit librarians. The purpose of the scholarship is threefold:

  1. to provide a one-year membership in SLA-SD;
  2. to cover the cost of attendance to the SLA-SD Fall Seminar (to be held on Friday, October 24, 2014);
  3. to encourage participation in SLA-SD governance by non-profit librarians.

The scholarship winner shall serve on an SLA-SD committee of their choice during 2014-15.

In order to qualify, applicants must:

  • be a resident of San Diego County
  • be employed as an information professional at a non-profit (or not-for-profit) organization

To be considered, applicants must submit:

  • a personal statement of up to 250 words discussing their interest in special libraries and how they would benefit from attending the SLA-SD fall seminar
  • a current resume

Upon selection, the recipient will be required to submit proof of residency in San Diego County (copy of driver’s license or voter registration card). To submit an application, send your personal statement and resume as PDF attachments to tmatlin(at)csusm(dot)edu by Monday, September 8, 2014. Please use the subject line “SLA-SD 2014 Non-Profit Librarian Scholarship Application.” The winner will be notified in late September. The scholarship will be officially awarded at the Fall Seminar.

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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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May Madness Results!

Hey SLA folks! A way overdue message from your semi-victorious May Madness team, MARC My Words! After 6 weeks of brutal (ok, not so brutal, but stimulating!) competition, your rookie team held strong and came in seventh out of the 17 fierce teams competing. Our un-official rivals, Central Ohio’s Dewey Decimators who beat us to our initial team name, came in 10th. For full results, visit the SLA May Madness website here.

The brave team members who represented our chapter nobly were Zemirah Lee, Jennifer Silverman, Natalie Lopez, Tim Gladson, Amy Jankowski, and Lauren Rasmussen. A good time was had by all every week as we got together to eat, drink, and play merrily. Next year, the plan is to break into the top 5, or maybe even to take the SLA-MM crown for the San Diego Chapter! If you didn’t get a chance to this year, consider helping us to an even greater victory next year.

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SLA 5th Annual Book Drive with Words Alive!

WordsAlive_posterSLA-SD is hosting a summer book drive during the months of July and August in partnership with Words Alive, a nonprofit reading and literacy advocacy organization. Words Alive needs to collect new and gently used children’s books in English and Spanish, primarily for ages 0-10, and they need our help to do it! Please consider hosting a collection drop box at your workplace. It’s easy and Words Alive will provide the drop boxes and promotional flyers. Our goal is to get drop boxes set up at locations throughout San Diego. The book drive will culminate at our next happy hour in August (date and location to be determined). If you’d like to help with this important project by hosting a drop box, please contact Zemirah Lee, book drive coordinator, at zem.g.lee@gmail.com by Monday, August 4, 2014.

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Summary & Presentation Materials: SLA-SD’s Virtual Reference & Research Services Panel

On May 28th, librarians from Ashford University (AU) and the University of San Diego (USD) delivered an excellent overview of innovative strategies for providing reference and instruction services virtually. The event was generously hosted at AU’s San Diego headquarters.

Elizabeth Grossman, AU’s Senior Director of Library Services, together with librarians Dana Haff and Rebecca Nowicki, discussed the unique challenges of providing information literacy services to an all-online student body. She discussed several analytics and metrics evaluations performed by her team to assess the value of library services and target those services most effectively. Tools and methods included a Qualtrics survey, Google Analytics of website traffic, and phone/chat metrics (using Desk Tracker, LivePerson chat transcripts, and Avaya phone reports). Among other findings, the librarians discovered:

  • students preferred asynchronous instruction over live interaction with a librarian
  • student demand for library services peaked on Sunday afternoons and evenings (when library staff is not available for customer service), and on Monday afternoon and evenings (when library staff is now available)
  • live chat provided the highest ROI of all contact methods, measured by percentage of time the service was used out of time the service was available

As a result of these observations, library staff scheduling has been optimized to meet student demand. The library team has also adjusted its call-center system for fielding incoming calls. They now rotate staff members into phone-reference duties throughout the week, allowing staff members dedicated time for other projects without interruptions. (Before, several librarians were available during their entire shifts, with calls trickling in sporadically).

AU’s librarians have also increased the impact of their services by working with the school’s online course system. When answering a student reference request, they can log directly into the student’s course and see what the actual assignment and learning objectives are. They also relate reference requests to the course that generated the request, allowing them to see which courses are most difficult and warrant extra information literacy instruction. The library team then develops targeted video tutorials and subject guides to be embedded directly into specific course learning modules. Instructional tools AU has used include: Articulate Storyline (which includes a map-building feature), Sparkol VideoScribe, Adobe Captivate, Adobe After Effects, LibGuides, and Springshare LibAnswers (an FAQ knowledge base which includes analytics and a call center style platform for routing new questions). Through targeted course-level instruction, the librarians have significantly replaced one-on-one reference and instruction with instructional tools available to the entire student body.

Librarians Anna Russell, Jane Larrington, and Judith Lihosit from USD’s Pardee Legal Research Center (PLRC) rounded out the evening by demonstrating and comparing several screencasting solutions. They began by explaining the benefits of “flipping” classes—that is, having students watch lecture videos at home before class, then use class time for exercises, questions, and discussion. They proceeded to discuss several technical and administrative issues to consider before you start screencasting, and presented some pros and cons of numerous products on the market. In general, the more features your project requires, the more expensive the requisite software and the more difficult that software is to learn. Lastly, the PLRC librarians demonstrated how you can use PowerPoint as a substitute for screencasting software for very simple projects. Although PowerPoint only produces still images rather than capturing a dynamic screen, you can create projects very quickly and be assured that your users will be able to access the files. Another benefit to using PowerPoint is that the audio is recorded separately for each slide. If you need to go back and update or add a slide, you may easily make those edits in the PowerPoint file and create a new video file. If you need to demonstrate complicated maneuvers, you can create short screencasts (less than 5 mins.) with another screencasting program (like Jing or Screenr) and insert the video file into your PowerPoint.

 

-Tim Gladson, SLA San Diego Communications Committee

Presentation Materials

Ashford University Library Group

USD Pardee Legal Research Center Group

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2013 SLA-SD Fall Seminar

2013 SLA-SD Fall Seminar

The 2013 SLA-SD Fall Seminar offered great networking opportunities.

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2013 SLA-SD Fall Seminar

2013 SLA-SD Fall Seminar

At the 2013 SLA-SD Fall Seminar, we enjoyed a day of informative presentations.

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May Program: Virtual Reference & Research Services Panel

Virtual Reference & Research Services Panel

When: Wednesday, May 28, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Where: Ashford University, 8620 Spectrum Center Blvd, San Diego, CA 92123 [map: http://goo.gl/kmKSBW]

Why: It’s a great local professional development opportunity!

Cost: Free to SLA members and nonmembers

Are you interested in learning what local librarians are doing to meet the needs of library users virtually? On Wednesday, May 28 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm, join SLA-SD for presentations and discussion on virtual reference and research services, featuring librarians from Ashford University and the University of San Diego. The panelists will discuss the ins and outs of screencasting, virtual tutorials, and other tips and tricks they use to meet the needs of their users via the web. The audience will have a chance to ask questions and discuss the topic at hand.

Presenters include:

Ashford University Library

Elizabeth Grossman, Director of Distance Learning

Rebecca Nowicki, Digital Services Librarian

Dana Haff, Digital Services Librarian

Presentation: Using Technology to Provide Reference Services to Online Students at Ashford University

University of San Diego

Anna Russell, Electronic Resources Law Librarian

Jane Larrington, Reference Librarian

Judith Lihosit, Head of Reference

Presentation: Screencast Tools for Virtual Reference & Research Demos

The program will be held Wednesday, May 28, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, at Ashford University in Kearny Mesa, 8620 Spectrum Center Blvd, San Diego, CA 92123 [map: http://goo.gl/kmKSBW].

Directions & Parking: Ashford’s Kearny Mesa location is just west of I-163, between exits Balboa (south) and Clairemont Mesa Boulevard (north). From either exit, take Kearny Villa Road to Spectrum Center Blvd, heading east. Once on Spectrum Center Blvd, you’ll see the large 11-story Ashford University building on the north side of the road. Drive past the building and turn left at the first light, Sunroad Centrum Ln. Next, turn right at the entrance to the large parking lot. Ask the parking attendants for directions to visitor parking spaces as well as the main entrance to the building. A librarian will greet attendees in the lobby, where all will be required to sign in at the security desk and procure a visitor badge.

Light refreshments will be served for your enjoyment!

Please RSVP by contacting Lauren Rasmussen at lauren.rasmussen.sla@gmail.comto help us get an accurate headcount. We hope to see you at there!

 

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Recap: SDPL Central Library Tour

Recap: SDPL Central Library Tour

The weeks have flown by, and it feels like just yesterday that an enthusiastic group of SLA-SD members and friends headed to the San Diego Central Library for a guided tour of the new space on March 20. Though most public tours of the library are led by volunteers, we were lucky enough to be treated to a tour led by several San Diego Public Library staff members, who gave us the inside scoop on library work and all the planning that went into the state of the art facility.

The building’s architecture, art, inviting spaces, creative programming, and more combine into what is now a welcoming and busy space for San Diegans looking to read, research, use computers, hold and attend special programs, explore, and more. Several spaces stood out to many of our tour-goers, perhaps most notably including the automated book sorting room, equipped with a “smart” conveyer belt mechanism that is able to sort returned books into bins by subject as well as library branches. The children’s and teen’s library spaces were also well received, with bright colors and innovative spaces, including a teen gaming room, children’s craft area, and much more than may be expected from an average library. The library also has an IDEA (Innovation & Digital Expression Activity) Lab, equipped with 10 high-end computers with an array of technical software as well as two 3-D printers available for public use.

Our tour group was also excited to see two library special collections areas. One, the Marilyn and Gene Mark Special Collections room, houses the library’s California Collection, including several display cases exhibiting pieces of San Diego history. The other, the Sullivan Family Baseball  Research Center, includes rotating feature items from what is the second largest baseball research collection in the United States, after the Baseball Hall of Fame. The library is also home to a small art gallery that exhibits work by local artists.

Aside from the innovative and expansive library resources, the group was also impressed to see the building’s various special event facilities, including a state-of-the-art auditorium and theater space, courtyard, rooftop terraces, and sizable Shiley Special Events Suite. Perhaps one of the most iconic spaces in the building, the Helen Price reading room,  with study space, vaulted ceilings, and a panoramic view of the city beyond, is also available for events.

Though the tour was thorough, I think we all agreed that it will be best to revisit the Central Library on our own soon to explore its spaces in more depth. There is much more to see than an hour-long tour can offer!

If you weren’t able to make it in person, take a chance to browse through a collection of photo highlights.

 

Interested in more details? Peruse the SDPL’s own floor by floor description of the Central Library: SDPL_Central Library_Floor by Floor Guide

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SLA-SD Samples Local Brew

Yesterday, SLA-SD got together for a fun networking happy hour at Ballast Point in Scripps Ranch, where attendees got to taste some of the brewery’s craft beers and take a tour of the Ballast Point facilities.

Ballast Point brewing started in 1996 as the “back room brewery” at the Home Brew Mart.  It has grown to 25,000 square feet on Old Grove Road in Scripps Ranch where they brew, bottle, and sell craft beers, specialty beers, and six distilled spirits.  During our tour the brewery workers were bottling Ballast Point Big Eye IPA.  Based on sales volume, Ballast Point is the third largest craft brewer in San Diego County and the 46th largest in the country.  Ballast has a new production facility under construction off Miramar Road.  The new facility will have a chilling room (cooler) as big as the entire floor of the Old Grove production area.

Happy hour events allow group members (and non-members!) to get together and talk about topics of interest in a casual environment and get to know each other better to strengthen our chapter as a whole. A good time was had by all.

Thanks to Cindy Shamel and Ali Hennessey for organizing such a great event! Look for updates regarding the next SLA-SD happy hour coming soon.

Smiles all around!

Smiles all around!

Librarians and company soak up info on brewery tour.

Librarians and company soak up info on brewery tour.

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