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Registration Open: SLA-SD Annual Business Meeting & Holiday Dinner, Dec 9

Please join SLA-San Diego for our 2014 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. We hope to see you there!

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, menu, and restaurant information: http://www.sammyspizza.com/location/del-mar/

Family Style Menu Includes:

Appetizer: Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, & Lebni Cheese
Salad: Caesar & Greek (vegetarian)
Pizza: Burrata & Pesto (vegetarian), LaDou’s Barbecue Chicken, & Spicy Italian Sausage
Beverages: Choice of coffee, tea, or soft drinks

Cost: $25.00 per person (includes dinner, tax, gratuity), advance registration required.

Space is limited – Register now via PayPal to reserve your spot! Click link below:




 

Registration Deadline is Friday, December 5, 2014

Questions? Please contact:

Amy Jankowski, President Elect, regarding event details
Lauren (Rasmussen) Banovz, Hospitality Chair, regarding registration logistics

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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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SLA-SD Chapter Networking Event: October 9 at Green Flash Brewery

Mark your calendars for our upcoming SLA San Diego Chapter networking event!

When: 

October 9 – Thursday – 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Where:

Green Flash Brewery

6550 Mira Mesa Blvd

San Diego

Map link

About: http://www.greenflashbrew.com/home/

What:

Network, chat, and kick back with SLA-SD members and friends.

No need to RSVP.  Just show up.  Bring friends and colleagues!

 

Questions? Comments? Suggestions?

Contact Cindy Shamel

Shamel Information Services

cshamel[at]shamelinfo[dot]com | +1 858 673 4673

 

We hope to see you on the 9th!

 

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September Program: Tour and Talk at the Braille Institute’s San Diego Center Library & Happy Hour, 9/23

On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 23, beginning at 4:00pm, SLA-SD is coordinating a tour and talk at the Braille Institute Library in its San Diego Center location, led by librarian Louise Zuckerman. SLA members and nonmembers alike are invited to join us in what is sure to be an enlightening program! This is a great event for anyone curious about nontraditional library services, reaching disabled populations, and niche collections. This unique library and service facility is located in University Town Center area of La Jolla, just north of the UTC mall, with plenty of free parking on facility grounds.

Information about the Braille Institute:

The Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss.”

The San Diego Center location provides many free services to individuals with sight loss who reside in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Services include adult classes, youth programming, low vision rehabilitation consultations, and a robust library. Within the library, services include browsing collections, a patron computer, wifi, reader’s advisory, CCTV magnification stations, digital resources, and more!

After the tour, which will last approximately one hour, all are invited to attend a Happy Hour at nearby Seasons 52 in the UTC shopping center at 5:00pm! Not able to make it to the Braille Institute but want to stop by for Happy Hour? Great! There will be some great conversation with library colleagues, plus excellent food and drink specials!

What: Tour and Talk at the Braille Institute’s San Diego Center Library & Happy Hour

When: Tuesday, September 23, 4:00pm Tour start time, 5:00pm Happy Hour start time

Where: Braille Institute, San Diego County Center Regional Branch
4555 Executive Drive
San Diego, CA 92121
Map Link: http://goo.gl/lFT168

Happy Hour Location: Seasons 52
4505 La Jolla Village Dr C1
San Diego, CA 92122
Map Link: http://goo.gl/4Ypd7I
Restaurant Link: https://www.seasons52.com/en/locations/CA/San-Diego/4529

 

Plan to attend? Great! Please RSVP to Amy Jankowski at ajankowski[at]sandiegozoo[dot]org (or by phone at 630-251-3735) so we can get an estimate of our group size. Can’t attend the tour but want to join for happy hour (~5:00pm)? Fantastic! Please also RVSP to Amy so we can provide a reservation estimate.

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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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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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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 (www.toastenoteca.com/‎), 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: http://goo.gl/f8Ydrq

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 ajankowski@sandiegozoo.org to help in estimating the group size.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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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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