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Career Development; Networking and Resume Writing Recap

It was a small but enthusiastic group who gathered at Qualcomm to listen to Qualcomm Staffing Specialist Vivian Smith present tips on networking, using LinkedIn and creating a winning resume.  Ms. Smith was energetic and very personable and had provided some great information.

She pointed out that everyone you know is in your network and that you currently have a large enough network to find a job.  Contacts can be business associates, former co-workers, friends, family or teachers.  As with any sort of networking, when looking for a job you need to put yourself out there and let people know you are looking for a position.  You may get turned down, often politely, but each attempt is more practice.

Using LinkedIn is a great way to make connections; after all, that was it original purpose.  Make sure your profile is current, includes an appropriate profile picture and if you are looking for a job, make sure that your jobs preferences are set correctly.  LinkedIn isn’t the only social media site recruiters and managers look at when seeking candidates.  Make sure your virtual presence is clean and professional.  If it’s on the Internet, it will be seen by potential employers.

A resume is the vehicle used to get you a job interview.  There are some unbreakable rules of resume writing.  No typos, use proper grammar and do not lie are a few.  Keep the resume to 1-2 pages and don’t make the resume too dense, busy or cute.  Don’t include a cover letter unless it is requested, especially when submitting a resume through an automated system.  Include both paid and unpaid experiences, if they are relevant to the job you are applying for and if you have a gap in your resume, address it; you will be asked about it in an interview.

So the session was very helpful.  All of us will dig deeper into LinkedIn and review resumes, even if we aren’t currently looking for a position.  It’s always better to be ready than scramble at the point of need.

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SLA-SD June event 6/23/16; Career development – Successful Resume writing and electronic networking

Successful Resume Writing and Electronic Networking

  • Thursday June 23rd 4-5:30 pm
  • Qualcomm – 5775 Morehouse Dr. San Diego, 92121 – Room QRC-119B
  • Entrance instructions below
  • Refreshments served on-site
  • Bring your laptop for hands on LinkedIn practice
  • Register by Monday June 20th

Whether you are looking for a new position, want tips on keeping your resume polished and up to date or want to make the most of sites like LinkedIn, this session will offer a wealth of information to help you achieve that goal.  See resume templates and examples and learn what to emphasize to make sure your application stays at the top of the stack.  You’ll learn how to use job boards, LinkedIn and other social media to enhance your job search.  Do you have your personal ‘elevator pitch’ down?  If not, find out how to develop it.

The session will be led by Vivian Smith, Staffing Specialist at Qualcomm.  Ms. Smith has 15+ years of HR and Recruiting experience with the last 10 specializing in technology.  She has been with Qualcomm for five years working with various teams in the company recruiting and hiring top talent.  She encourages attendees to bring their resume and laptop to get the most out of the session.

SLA-SD members attend for free.  Non-members $15, students $5, CASH ONLY PLEASE.

To arrive at the event:

  • Enter Qualcomm from Morehouse Drive, tell security at the gate that you are here for Library event; ask for directions to building QRC
  • Park in any available space in parking structure to the right of security gate
  • Proceed to building QRC lobby, receptionist will have badges ready (badges have WiFi connection information)
  • Qualcomm Library staff will lead you to QRC-119B
  • Plan to arrive a little early to get signed in and WiFi established

Sign up for this program by going to our online registration form.

Questions about the registration process or details of this event? Greg Sorini at:

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San Diego History Center & Lore Behind the Roar Exhibit

Ken Allen Lore Behind the Roar SDHCWe have so many great treasures right here in our own backyard.  Members of SLA-SD and SANDALL (San Diego Area Law Librarians) took the time to explore a few on Tuesday, May 24, enjoying guided tours of the San Diego History Center (SDHC) Photo Collection, Research Library & Archives and current exhibit, The Lore Behind the Roar.

After gathering in the Atrium, we started down the stairs and into the Research Library and Archives.  Curator Tara Centybear shared the work behind The Lore Behind the Roar, an exhibit exploring the 100-year history and evolution of the San Diego Zoo.  Curators and staff from the SDHC worked closely with staff from San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG), combing through the SDZG Library & Archives, Photo Archives, and the Zoo and Park grounds, including the Institute for Conservation Research and Scripps and Paul Harter veterinary hospitals.

Next, Chris Travers, Director of the Photograph Collection, shared a few highlights from 2.5 million images, which is one of the largest regional photography collections in the United States.  The collection dates back to the 1860’s and is well preserved.

We continued our journey back in time with a presentation by Jane Kenealy, Archivist.  San Diego “firsts” in the collection include the first three volumes of the San Diego Union and the first book of recorded deeds.  The Archives also houses nautical maps and other early, although less accurate, San Diego area maps and interesting ephemera, such as old Padres programs.  Jane also shared a document signed by Abraham Lincoln, a news clipping book of suspicious deaths (1921-1926), Panama-California Exposition posters and several other amazing items.  With over 45 million documents, it couldn’t have been easy to pick a few favorites.


We could have easily spent the rest of the afternoon in the Research Library and Archives, but instead continued upstairs to view The Lore Behind the Roar.  We learned the San Diego Zoo was started by Panama-California Exposition physician Dr. Harry Wegeforth.  A San Diego resident and life-long animal lover, he was inspired by the roar of a lion from the Exposition’s menagerie.   “Wouldn’t it be splendid it San Diego had a zoo…I think I’ll start one,” he said to his brother.  The early years were not easy, and several colorful stories unfold in the exhibit galleries.

Diablo the Python Lore Behind the Roar SDHCThe exhibit also takes us to the present day and conservation success stories, such as the California condor.  Once reduced to a mere 22 in the wild, there are now over 400.  San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) currently works in more than 35 countries across six continents.  Next to the Safari Park in Escondido, SDZG’s Institute for Conservation Research is home to the Frozen Zoo®,  over 10,000 living cell cultures, oocytes, sperm, and embryos representing nearly 1,000 taxa.

It was a packed afternoon and we continued our exploration of local treasures at a Balboa Park favorite, Panama 66, the outdoor restaurant at the San Diego Museum of Art.  We enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the SDHC, the San Diego Zoo and spend time with our SANDALL colleagues.

As always, big thanks to Kristi Ehrig-Burgess and Greg Sorini for organizing, along with Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran from SANDALL.  We thoroughly enjoyed our time and appreciate the wonderful hospitality of  the SDHC staff.

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The Lore Behind the Roar! 100 Years of the San Diego Zoo and Library Tour at the San Diego History Center

  • Tuesday May 24th 3-4:30
  • Balboa Park Casa de Balboa 1649 El Prado, Suite 3
  • Limited to first 22 sign ups
  • Bring a children’s book for the kickoff of the Words Alive Children’s Book Drive
  • No-host happy hour at Panama 66 afterwards
  • Parking behind the Organ Pavilion


You are all familiar with the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park.  Well this year it is celebrating 100 years!  We have organized a guided tour of The San Diego History Center’s Library and exhibit “The Lore Behind the Roar! 100 Years of the San Diego Zoo”.  This extraordinary exhibition tells the story of the Zoo’s humble 1915 beginnings to its evolution as a major tourist attraction and cultural touchstone. Get a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Zoo’s role in the San Diego community and its conservation efforts worldwide.


The SDHC Library is home to books, objects and an extensive photographic collection documenting San Diego’s history.  They were instrumental in putting together this exhibit and providing many of the materials.


Join us as Jane Kenealy, SDHC Archivist, leads the tour of the San Diego History Center Document Archives.  She will introduce the collections and explain how the materials are incorporated into recent and upcoming exhibitions. There will also be the opportunity to view materials used to support the current ”Lore Behind the Roar” exhibition.”


The Library visit will be followed by a docent led tour of the Lore Behind the Roar! exhibit.  Full of interactive features, visitors can “ride” on a vintage zoo tour bus, hear stories from long-time zoo employees, live the life of a zookeeper, explore the extensive animal and plant collection, and learn things they didn’t know about the world’s most popular zoo!


Entrance is free for SLA-SD members; $8 for non-members.  Sign up by May 20th, space is limited to 22 attendees.


This will be a joint event with SANDALL, so come meet new colleagues.


Please join us after the tour for a no-host happy hour at Panama 66 at the San Diego Museum of Art.


This will also be the kickoff of the Words Alive Children’s Book Drive.  In partnership with Words Alive, an organization committed to reading and literacy advocacy in disadvantaged communities, SLA-SD is collecting new or gently used books for children and youth (birth through high school) in English and Spanish. Bring your favorite children’s books to donate!


Sign up for this program and/or to join us for an informal social event at Panama 66 by going to our online registration form.

Questions about registration process? Kristi Ehrig-Burgess at:

Questions about the details of this event? Greg Sorini at:

Questions about the Words Alive Children’s Book Drive? Sharesly Rodriguez at:

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Gemological Institute of America Exhbit and Library Tour Recap April 21, 2016

Gemological Institute of America Exhbit and Library Tour Recap April 21, 2016

It was a beautiful day in Carlsbad.  Just right for looking at gems and jewelry at the Gemological Institute of America.  And thanks to Chris Rogers, SLA-SD member and Research Librarian at the GIA, that’s just what we did.  We had a very good turnout, 19 attendees all eager to visit this unique facility and library.  After signing in, each of us received an audio device and the freedom to take a self-guided tour of the Rotunda, Atrium and Museum.  We were treated to all manner of creativity involving gems and precious stones.  Highlights included a 1935 Chinese ivory carving which took three years to carve (created before ivory trading was banned) and a Symphony in Gemstones, made up of hand-carved instruments in tourmaline, turquoise, lapis, tiger-eye, black onyx and quartz.  There was a dazzling array of rough stones, polish20160421_144756ed stones and exotic and whimsical jewelry, each piece beautifully displayed and described to give the viewer a wealth of information about 20160421_143253the designs and creative process.

After our exhibit tour, we gathered at the entrance of the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center or RTL for short.  We were met by Dona Dirlam, Library Director who introduced us to the Library and gave us a little of its history.  The Library began as a one person operation in 800 square feet.  Books were organized by subject; diamonds, colored gemstones, jewelry etc. no call numbers.  Dona contacted the LA chapter of SLA to get help and advice on setting up the Library.  RTL now occupies 8000 square feet, has a staff of 17, most with graduate gemological certifications and contains over 57.000 books, 150,000 photographs and more than 700 periodicals.  It is a closed stack library but available for use by GIA staff, researchers and students and the public.  It is the world’s premier resource for gem and jewelry-related studies. 20160421_144406

To tour the library, our group was split into two and led by Paula Rucinski, Library Manager and Agustus Pritchett, Research/Reference Librarian.    We were shown the stacks which contained books on math, design, jewelry, geology, even books on animals for designers who want to capture their likenesses in jewelry.  At the heart of the collection is the John and Marjorie Sinkankas Gemological and Mineralogical Collection which is housed in the Cartier Rare Book Repository and Archives.  The room is kept at a constant 60 degrees and 40% humidity to preserve the collection of one of a kind books, hand drawn jewelry designs, GIA course curriculum from the 1930s, auction house catalogs and their oldest item, a 1496 edition of Pliny’s Natural History.


The Library has undertaken a digitization project headed by Sarah Ostrye, with a goal of digitizing at least 200 rare books per year.  They have an elaborate two camera setup allowing for up to 250 pages an hour to be captured and eventually turned into PDF and ePub files.  20160421_152409To date there are 176 books digitized and 167 uploaded.  These are available for viewing from the Library’s catalog at

Many of us didn’t know that the GIA existed in Carlsbad.  However, everyone was thrilled to experience the exhibits and see behind the scenes of the RTL.  Several of us adjourned to Karl Strauss afterwards for dinner and socializing.  All in all a very rewarding afternoon.


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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  I hope we get a record turnout!

Britt Mueller
2016 SLA San Diego President


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:!libraries-project/catb

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Gemstones, Jewelry, Carvings and more…Tour the Gemological Institute of America 4/21/16

Gemstones, Jewelry, Carvings and more…Tour the Gemological Institute of America 4/21/16

GIA Museum and Library Tour (5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008)

  • Thursday April 21, 2016; 2-4 pm
  • All guests will need to bring photo ID
  • Check in with Security at gate upon arrival to get parking pass; let them know you are here for the SLA Tour and show ID.  Security will direct you where to park
  • Proceed to reception area to check in (you’ll need your ID again)
  • The self-guided tour will start at 2:00.  Library tour will start at 3:00
  • Afterwards gather at Karl Strauss Brewing Company (5801 Armada Drive, Carlsbad) for a no-host happy hour.

Join us for a sparkling tour the GIA museum, exhibits and Library on April 21st at 2pm.  The GIA, located in Carlsbad, offers professional education in gemology and a museum featuring rotating exhibits of unique jewelry, precious material carvings and sculptures, cut gemstones and the 426 lb Bahia, playfully called the “world’s largest pendant.”  It is also home to the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library, the world’s premier resource for gem and jewelry-related studies.

We will meet at the GIA and take a self-guided audio tour of the museum and exhibits.  This will be followed by a librarian led tour of the Liddicoat Library.  The library contains more than 57,000 books, 150,000 photographs, 700 periodicals, jewelry renderings, cutting diagrams and GIA course materials.  The renowned Cartier Rare Book Repository and Archives holds many rare books spanning more than 500 years.  The library is in the process of digitizing its rare books to make them available online for everyone.

After the GIA tour we will meet at Karl Strauss Brewing Company in Carlsbad for a no host happy hour.

Sign up for this program and/or to join us for an informal social event Karl Strauss by going to our online registration form.

Directions to GIA from San Diego:

  • I-5 North
  • Exit Palomar Airport Rd
  • Turn right onto Palomar Airport Rd
  • Turn left onto Armada Dr
  • GIA will be on your left

Questions about registration process? Kristi Ehrig-Burgess at:

Questions about the details of this event? Greg Sorini at:

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Mingei International Museum; Asafo Flags of Ghana

Mingei International Museum; Asafo Flags of Ghana

I have to admit that I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Asafo Flags of Ghana exhibit at the Mingei International Museum.  I was very pleasantly surprised to learn about these important parts of the culture of Ghana.  We had a nice turnout on a beautiful Tuesday.  With free museum Tuesdays and Spring Break, parking was a little more challenging than expected, but everyone found a spot and made it to the museum on time.

We were welcomed to the museum by Christine Knoke Hietbrink, Head Curator/Director of Exhibitions.  She explained that the name Mingei is a combination of two Japanese words meaning Art of the People which describes the type of exhibits and art work the museum displays.  The Mingei started in UTC with 5000 square feet of space but moved to its beautiful 41,000 square foot facility in Balboa Park in 1996.  It now features weaving, rugs, pottery, glass, small sculptures and other arts and crafts from over 140 countries.

Our tour was led by Docent Carol Hinrichs who walked us around the flags, told us of their history and helped us understand what the flags represented.  There are 36 Asafo flags in the Mingei’s permanent collection, all hand sewn and used at some point by Ghanaian Asafos.  An Asafo is a group or “company” within a village or city.  Smaller cities may have one or two Asafos while larger cities may have many more.  Each flag tells the story of its Asafo.  They feature animals and people, weapons and mythic creatures.  Reflecting the fact that the Ghana people often speak in proverbs, the flags carry proverbial messages.  In fact, the true meaning of some of the symbols is not always known.  However, it is certain that the flags depict the status, wealth and strength of the Asafos.

In Guana, the flags are not hung on poles but actively used, even today, in energetic ceremonial dances to taunt rival Asafos.  Their use was evident by frayed edges or patched portions of the flags on exhibit.  In Ghanaian culture, only men were and are allowed to make the flags, touch the flags and dance the flags.  Carol pointed out the ironic fact that the Mingei’s flags were collected by and are now cared for by women.

After touring the flag exhibit, Kristi Ehrig-Burgess,

Asafo FlagsLibrary, Archives and Digitization Manager, took us into her world.  As her title indicates, Kristi wears many hats.  She runs the Library, which is open to museum members, docents, scholars and volunteers.  It houses 10,000 books on folk art, crafts and design and over 30 years of institutional archive materials, documenting past exhibits, site plans, meeting minutes and more.  Her goal is to digitally document the archives and the 26,000 objects in the collection and make much of it available online.  There are already 5,000 objects available via the Mingei’s website and she hopes to have almost all of the collection completed and online in a year.  She has an army of interns and volunteers at her disposal to help in this monumental task.

We ended the evening at Panama 66, the outdoor restaurant at the San Diego Museum of Art where we enjoyed food and conversation under the pleasant glow of their heaters.

Thanks to Kristi for helping to organize the visit and take us inside a wonderful exhibit and Library.  We hope to see you on April 21st  at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad.  Details will be coming soon!


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SLA-SD event; Asafo Flags at the Mingei International Museum 3/22/16

SLA-SD event; Asafo Flags at the Mingei International Museum 3/22/16

Join us for an intriguing look at a very unique exhibit, the Asafo Flags from Ghana at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park.  This is an exhibition of thirty-seven flags from the West African country of Ghana. A recent donation to Mingei International, these colorful flags dating to the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries feature graphic imagery and appliqued designs on solid cotton grounds. More details on the exhibit can be found on the Mingei website.

The tour will begin with a brief introduction from the Curator and Director of Exhibitions Christine Knoke Hietbrink and continue with an in-depth look at selected works with a Museum docent. This will be followed by a tour of the Museum’s Frances Hamilton White Art Reference Library where Chapter Hospitality Chair Kristi Ehrig-Burgess will discuss how archives and digitization projects relate to the Museum’s collections and Mission.  The event is free to all attendees.

Afterwards gather at Panama 66 at the SD Museum of Art next door for a no-host happy hour.

Asafo Flags from Ghana at The Mingei International Museum (1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101.)

  • Tuesday March 22, 2016
  • 4-5:30 pm at the Mingei Museum,
  • Parking is available behind the Organ Pavilion.  The tour will start promptly at 4:00.
  • Afterwards gather at Panama 66 at the SD Museum of Art for a no-host happy hour.

Sign up for this program and/or to join us for an informal social event at Panama 66 by going to our online registration form.

Questions about registration process? Kristi Ehrig-Burgess at:

Questions about the details of this event? Greg Sorini at:

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Taking Reservations! Join us at the December Holiday Dinner

SLA-SD annual holiday dinner and business meeting is December 9th: Registration open! closed … see you tonight!

All are welcome.  Join the SLA SD President & members of the chapter as we review our achievements in 2015. This is a great opportunity to learn about what makes our chapter so special!

Where: Apollonia Greek Bistro, La Jolla  Directions 

When: Wednesday, Dec 9th    6 – 8 pm

First Course:
Feta Bruschetta and Mediterranean Salad

Second Course (Choice of Entree):
Moussaka • Riganato • Falafel Plate

Dessert: Baklava and Galacto-Boureko

Choice of Beverage:
Coffee • Tea • Soft Drink • Milk • Lemonade

Cost $20 (including tax and tip)

Questions?  Please contact Eileen Schnur  (SLA-SD President Elect, 2015)

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