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May Madness

Now that March Madness is over, it’s time for the real competition to begin!

SLA’s May Madness kicks off on April 28th. For those of you who missed the fun last year, May Madness is a virtual trivia tournament started last year to get together chapter members for some fun competition against other chapters through the ease and flexibility of virtual weekly quizzes.

Here are the details:

* 6 weekly, hour-long quizzes of 20 questions each, starting on April 28th

* The quizzes will open each Monday morning and close Thursday at 8pm GMT

* Results will be posted on the weekend of each week

* The number of team members can vary each week; we know everyone is busy!

* You may not look up the answers in books, internet sources, databases, etc. Give the best answer based on what your team members already know. Be creative if you don’t know!

* Each quiz will be scored based on the number of correct answers. Correct answers are worth 2 points each. Scores are accumulative.

*Your team wins the title of The Best & Brainiest Trivia Champs for that year

The San Diego Chapter’s team, the Dewey Decimators, will be vying for the crown, trying to unseat last year’s champs, the Bourbon Warriors from Kentucky. The Decimators will meet weekly, specific times TBD, via a combination of virtual platforms and in-person meet ups. There’s still time to register and help SLA-SD to victory! E-mail the Decimators Team Captain, Lauren Rasmussen, at if you want in on the action.

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Membership Happy Hour

Membership Happy Hour

Please join fellow chapter members and local craft beer enthusiasts for a happy hour event:

Tuesday April 22

Ballast Point Brewery

10051 Old Grove Rd

San Diego, CA 92131

We’ll start gathering around 5 PM, but feel free to come whenever you are able to. For those interested, there will be a brewery tour at 6 PM.

This is a great opportunity to meet or reconnect with other chapter members in a casual and social setting.

See you at Ballast Point!

Ali Hennessey

Membership Committee Co-Chair


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Networking Happy Hour at Toast Enoteca, March 20

Greetings SLA-SD Members and Friends!

Come and join us for a no-host networking happy hour this Thursday, March 20, 2014, immediately following the SDPL Central Library tour! Around 5:15pm, we’ll head over to Toast Enoteca & Cucina (‎), just two blocks west of the Library and one block north of Petco Park, for networking, socializing, and sustenance. Directions from the Central Library to the happy hour location are available here:

Toast Enoteca & Cucina
927 J St, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 269-4207

We are happy to report that we received a great response from our members and associates for the SDPL Central Library tour but didn’t have to turn anyone away. If you can’t make it to the tour, swing by and join us at the happy hour after work anyhow for a laid back chance to chat with fellow information professionals about projects, new opportunities, library trends, job hunting, and beyond!

RSVP to Amy at to help in estimating the group size.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Webinar: Every day Leadership for Solo and Special Librarians

–> San Diego… please note: Webinar time is 2 pm PST on March 11 <–

The SLA Solo Librarians Division and the SLA New York Chapter have teamed up to present a webinar series with veteran library trainer Pat Wagner of SIERA (

The first webinar is now open for registration, please see the webinar details and registration URL below.

Everyday Leadership for Special and Solo Librarians

Tuesday, March 11, 2014  5 to 6 pm ET

Regardless of your position in your workplace, you can be a leader: someone with vision, character, and influence who is comfortable with risk, even if you don’t have a team or staff reporting to you. Do you have a big-picture view of your library workplace? Do you think about the future and talk about your vision for better technology, improved customer service, and superior information products? Do people want to follow your lead? Do they listen to your ideas and take you seriously?

- Introduction: How Is Leadership Different from Management for a Special Librarian?
- The Key Idea: Anyone Can Inspire Innovation, Including Solos
- How Do Special Library Leaders Manage Risk Within Their Institutions?
- What Is The New Destination You Are Working Toward?
- How Do You Influence Change When You Are Not In Charge?
- Character Counts: What Are The Virtues Of Leadership?
- What Can You Do, Every Day Regardless of Your Position

- Focus on future outcomes, not just today.
- Become a positive influence for change in your workplace.
- Attract and build an ad hoc team for achieving big goals, even if you are a solo.

Pat Wagner has been a trainer and consultant for libraries since 1978. She is a frequent speaker at national library conferences and SLA, AALL, and MLA chapter meetings around the US and Canada. She is known for her practical and good-humored programs.

Webinar Fees

$5 – Members of Solo Division and SLA NY
$5 – Co-sponsors:  SLA New England, DC, Georgia and Illinois Chapters, and the Leadership and Management Division

$10 – SLA Members

$20 – Non-members


Register in two easy steps:

1.  Pay the webinar fee using the SLA NY website and PayPal at:

2.  Register for the webinar using the URL sent to you in your confirmation message.

*Paid registrants may access a recording of the webinar so sign up even if you can’t attend in person.

Questions?  Contact Solo Division Past Chair Tom Nielsen at:


Mark your calendar for three other webinars in the series:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 5 to 6 pm ET

The Tools of Influence for Special and Solo Librarians

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – 5 to 6 pm ET

Fifteen Reasons to Quit Your Special or Solo Library Job (or Ask Someone Else to Leave)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 – 5 to 6 pm ET

Solo Project Management:  When You are the Whole Team

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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 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:

Find Central Library parking information here:


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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:

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: 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”: . 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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Webinar: Ebooks in Corporate/Special Libraries

Ebooks in Corporate/Special Libraries: A Review — Taught by James M. Matarazzo & Toby Pearlstein
Date: February 27, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: $25

Register information is here:

Articles, conference presentations, and announcements on ebook usage in school, public, and academic libraries have become regular features in the literature. And this is by no means a U.S.-based phenomenon. In fact, in 2011, the global strategic management consulting firm Bain & Co. issued a report covering six countries (U.S., Japan, Germany, France, U.K., and South Korea) across three continents. This study focuses primarily on mass market publishing but provides some useful insight for corporate library purposes as well. Readers “tend to read more when equipped with digital readers” and in encouraging news for publishers, “the vast majority of those readers will pay for e-books.”

Despite the broadened base of ebook delivery channels and the growth in consumption of content via multiple devices, the impact does not seem to have greatly affected corporate libraries yet. The authors decided to look into this matter to answer the question of whether we have reached the point at which ebooks represent a necessary component of the corporate content portfolio. Do information services departments need ebooks to continue to contribute to their organizations’ success? Or, put another way, can corporate librarians afford to ignore the value of ebooks as a component of the services they provide their customers?

In this webinar the presenters will cover the following topics:

* Ebook Adoption in Special Library Settings
* Survey Results
* More Barriers (Customer Appetite [End User or Researcher]; Cost/Acquisition Models/Deployment)
* Incentives (Mobility; Cutting Edge; Cost Savings and Usage Measures)
* Putting It All in Perspective
* Mini Case Studies (The Insurance Company wants to give Ebooks a go; Fidelity Center for Advanced -Technology; The Vendor Perspective)
* Appendix (Survey Instrument)
* Recommended readings

James M. Matarazzo is a fellow of the Special Libraries Association (SLA). He received SLA’s Professional Award in 1983 and again in 1991 when he also received SLA’s President’s Award. Matarazzo was president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (2000-2001) and is the vice president of the H.W. Wilson Foundation, Inc.

Toby Pearlstein has 30 years of experience as an information professional in both the public and private sector; including state and regional organizations, as well as a global professional services firm.

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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


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

Both open parking and garage parking are available.

Cost $25 (including tax and tip)


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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


Both open parking and garage parking are available.

Jill Blaemers
 SLA-San Diego President-Elect 2013 

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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

Contact: Ali Hennessey at:

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