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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:

Happy Hour Location: Seasons 52
4505 La Jolla Village Dr C1
San Diego, CA 92122
Map Link:
Restaurant Link:


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:]

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:].

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 (‎), 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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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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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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SLA-SD 2013 Fall Seminar: Registration Now Open!

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

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

Our 2013 Fall Seminar attendees enjoyed a day of interesting and informative presentations.

Our 2013 Fall Seminar attendees enjoyed a day of interesting and informative presentations.

SLA-SD 2013 Fall Seminar:

Connecting the Dots of Creative Innovations…

When: Friday, October 4, 2012, 8:00 AM – 4:15 PM

Where: Starboard Room, Marina Village Conference Center, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109 [map]


Are you eager to learn about creative projects and innovations pursued by colleagues in diverse facets of librarianship and information services? Do you find yourself looking for new ideas to spark your own workplace initiatives? If so, please join the Special Libraries Association San Diego chapter at our annual fall seminar. The seminar will include an invigorating day of presentations by speakers from a variety of information settings, who will share insights, real-life examples, and practical tips on how their innovations are making an impact in their organizations.

Attendees will also have opportunities to explore a vendor showcase, hear short vendor presentations, and enjoy a delicious continental breakfast, box lunch, and snacks catered by Panera Bread.


8:00 – 8:30    Registration, Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45    Welcome

Talitha Matlin, SLA-SD President

8:45 – 9:30    KEYNOTE — Our Next Chapter: San Diego Public’s New Central Library

Bruce Johnson, MLS, San Diego Public Library Deputy Director of the Branch Libraries Division

Bruce Johnson will start off the day on a high note by introducing one of the latest big innovations in the San Diego library community: the San Diego Public Library Central Library Expansion Project. Attendees will hear an inside perspective on the planning, reorganizing, and re-envisioning of the new downtown Central Library.

The next chapter in San Diego Public Library’s story is about leveraging, establishing partnership and working differently to provide superlative service.  From the challenge of raising $65 million in private funds to securing and retaining a $20 million construction grant administered by the State Library and working with the San Diego Unified School District with the establishment of a new charter high school in the Library the New Central Library features a variety of technological innovations from automated materials handling to the Gigabyte Passive Optical Network (GPON).

9:30 – 10:00    Beyond the Needs Assessment: How a Knowledge Audit Informs Strategic Planning

Cindy Shamel, MLS, President, Shamel Information Services

A knowledge audit provides the kind of information an organization requires in order to address organizational goals.  It includes an implementation plan and feeds into an overall strategy for knowledge management.  This presentation provides background on the knowledge audit process and actual project outcomes, using real life examples.

10:00 – 10:30    Search Log Analysis: Surfacing Information Seeking Trends & Narratives

Tim Gallati, MLIS, Senior Librarian, Qualcomm, Inc.

This presentation will discuss a unique and ambitious initiative currently underway at the Qualcomm Library to analyze and report on the information seeking trends within the company.  The presentation will detail particulars of the initiative (as inspired by the Google Zeitgeist) and it will discuss why the library is the ideal place to house this initiative.  Attention will be put to reviewing specific strategies, tools, and methods including text mining, taxonomies, keyword analysis and beyond.

10:30 – 11:00    Break, Vendor Showcase

11:00 – 11:45    Visually Connecting the Dots: Video Information Delivery at Qualcomm

Scott Brown, MA, MLIS, Manager of Library Services, Qualcomm, Inc.
Shannon Malcolm, JD, MLIS, Senior Librarian, Qualcomm, Inc.

Librarians from Qualcomm, Inc. will demonstrate InfoHacks—Qualcomm’s innovative, on-demand videos teaching effective research skills to support learning unconstrained by location and time—and ResearchViews, which use video to enhance deliverables by providing a complete package of analysis, presentations, and video so users are able to focus quickly on the most relevant information.

11:45 – 12:45    Lunch, Vendor Showcase

12:45 – 1:30    Vendor Presentations, Chapter Update

1:30 – 2:15    The CSUB Faculty Excellence Showcase: Collaborative Information Sharing

Johanna Alexander, MBA, MLIS, Librarian, California State University Bakersfield

Attendees will learn about the CSUB Faculty Excellence Showcase, a collaborative information initiative developed at California State University, Bakersfield. The project was implemented to highlight the scholarship and achievements of CSUB faculty but is relevant and adaptable to many organizations. The presentation will cover Showcase features as well as design and implementation issues.

2:15 – 2:30    Break, Snacks, Vendor Showcase

2:30 – 3:15    Knowledge Creation and the Expanding Role of the 21st Century Library

Kathlin Ray, MLIS, Dean of Libraries and Teaching & Learning Technologies, University of Nevada, Reno

Learn how one library is rediscovering its relevance to its academic communities by removing over half of its print collections, radically redesigning user space and providing 3D printing services to the entire campus. Using the DeLaMare Engineering and Science Library at the University of Nevada, Reno as a case study, this presentation will discuss how UNR Libraries applied theoretical models of learning and innovation to a real world problem and transformed DeLaMare Library from a dusty little-used backwater into a lively incubator for collaboration, innovation and knowledge creation.

3:15 – 4:00    Cultural Intelligence: Are You Culturally Competent?

Michele A. Lucero, MLS, MBA, Director of Client Development, LAC Group

This program will discuss an overview of cultural intelligence (CQ), its four capabilities and how it may be applied within your organization. It is only recently that cultural intelligence has surfaced as an element that can increase job performance, personal well-being, cross-cultural adjustment and profitability. It is essential that information professionals recognize their CQ level and how they can use it within their role as an information professional.

4:00 – 4:15    Closing, Evaluations

Helene Idels & Amy Jankowski, SLA-SD Directors


Registration includes presentations, a vendor showcase, continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Act fast — the early bird rate ends Friday, September 27!

  • SLA members: $70
  • Non-members: $85
  • Students/unemployed/retirees: $35


Registration has now closed.

If you have any questions about registration, please contact Lauren Rasmussen at


Registration: Lauren Rasmussen,

Seminar information: Helene Idels & Amy Jankowski,

Thanks to our generous exhibitors:

Thanks to the contributions of our exhibitors, who help make the Fall Seminar possible! Each exhibitor will have a table at the seminar, and attendees will have several chances to visit with these vendors throughout the day.

  • Click Scan Share
  • EOS International
  • IEEE
  • ProQuest
  • Soutron Global

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SLA-SD 2013 Fall Seminar: Call for Speakers Deadline Extended (August 5)

**The deadline to submit application has been extended! Submit your application by Monday, August 5, 2013 to be considered as a presenter at this year’s SLA-SD Fall Seminar!**

Call for Speakers: SLA-SD 2013 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 4, 2013 at Marina Village Conference Center, San Diego, CA.

 The 2013 theme is:

Connecting the Dots of Creative Innovations…..

As an information professional, you are an integral member of your organization, and we want to know how your creative innovations are making an impact. We are looking for presentations that exemplify how you utilize your expertise and skills to ensure organizational success, and in particular how you leverage specific tools, competencies, methods, and characteristics to deliver results that go above and beyond. 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 as specifically focused on information and organizational readiness:

  • New technology strategies
  • Collaborative information sharing
  • Research methods
  • Data curation
  • Competitive intelligence
  • Mobile technology
  • Distance reference
  • Strategic planning
  • Procuring funding
  • Diversity awareness
  • Volunteer recruitment
  • Disaster preparedness

Proposals are welcomed from information professionals working in all types of environments and at all professional levels. Membership in SLA is not required. Many of you have expertise in one or more of the areas listed above, or know someone who does, and we encourage you to send us a proposal soon. 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 by Monday, July 22, 2013 August 5, 2013. The seminar committee plans to select presentations by August 19, 2013 and will notify all speaker candidates of their proposal status.

Be sure to mark Friday, October 4th on your calendar now! Further details and registration information will be posted in August on the SLA-SD website,

Interested in circulating this Call for Papers to your colleagues? Please feel free to share the PDF version as well: Click_Here_for PDF.



Amy Jankowski and Helene Idels

2013 Directors, SLA San Diego Chapter

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