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NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center Library Tour!

Come with us on a tour of NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center Library in La Jolla!

This is one library tour you won’t want to miss! “Location, Location, Location and library resources”, as they say. Expect to see breathtaking views of the La Jolla Cove, dynamic architecture (building completed in 2013), all wrapped around a way cool library collection!

The SWFSC is the research arm of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service in the Southwest Region. Center scientists conduct marine biological, economic and oceanographic research, observations and monitoring of living marine resources and their environment. Center scientists also conduct research on the impacts of environmental variability and climate change on marine ecosystems and on fishery and conservation socio-economics. The ultimate goal of these scientific efforts is to ensure that the region’s marine and anadromous fish, marine mammal, marine turtle, seabird, and invertebrate populations remain at sustainable and healthy levels, as functioning parts of their ecosystem and to enhance the quality of life for the public. The SWFSC maintains libraries at their facilities in La Jolla and Santa Cruz. Although the primary mission is to serve the research needs of SWFSC staff, the La Jolla and Santa Cruz libraries also provide services to the NMFS Southwest Region, other libraries, fishing industry, and the public by appointment.

Our Kind Host

Notable Career: Library Director, Debra Losey has been the librarian for SWFSC for most of her career. She holds an MLS from University of Michigan’s School of Library Science. Libraries were her favorite habitat since grade school. She worked for her local public library, worked for a cooperative library system while in college, worked for a Federal Library (NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory Library), then spent some time at NOAA’s Boulder Laboratories Library in Colorado before coming to SWFSC.

Notable Hobbies: Debra also enjoys helping the local dog rescue group SecondChanceDogRescue.Org as a volunteer, foster, and as their Materials Coordinator of donated reusable items. For fun, Debra likes to upcycle old technology, discards and remnants–like broken aerial reconnaissance cameras, old movie projectors, computers, jeans, fabric, beads into unique jewelry or wearable items.

When: Monday, March 30th at 4:00-5:30

Where: 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive 92037

Please note that space limited for the tour at a 15 person maximum. We will maintain a wait list after we reach capacity. Sign up today to join us. Send your request for participation by Friday March 20th to Lauren Rasmussen at: As this is a government facility we are visiting, in order for a smooth visit on March 30th, please bring a U.S. government issued ID (Driver’s License, Passport) that matches the name on your registration. (Update: As of this morning (3/13), we have reached tour capacity and RSVP’s will be added to the waitlist.)

Fun Read-Ahead Material: An Overview of the replacement project that resulted in the new Lab/Library.

No-host dinner to follow! Let’s go from ocean to market. We would like to appreciate the ocean environment to the next level by going down to El Pescador in LaJolla for a delectable fish sandwich directly after the tour. El Pescador is located at 634 Pearl St, La Jolla, CA 92037 ( No reservations, just drop ins at 5:30 when the tour wraps up.

-Eileen Schnur, Your 2015 SLA-SD President Elect

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Join us! SLA-SD & SANDALL Happy Hour

Ready to get together?


Wednesday, March 4,  5-7pm

Playa Grill & Margarita Bar

2401 Fenton Parkway

San Diego, CA 92108

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Eat, drink and mingle with friends and colleagues!

Great networking opportunities!

Happy hour specials include 50% off drinks and appetizers!


Contact Eileen Schnur (SLA) or Michele Knapp (SANDALL)

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SLA-SD Annual Business Meeting Recap

SLA-SD Annual Business Meeting Recap

Happy Holidays SLA-San Diego! We had a great turnout for a fun holiday dinner and business meeting at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza in Del Mar on December 9. The business portion of the meeting centered on a recap of chapter’s activities, awards ceremony, and installation of the 2015 board. I’ll outline the program here as a final President’s Update for 2014. In wrapping up the year, special thanks were given to Executive and Advisory Board members for all their efforts and initiatives in the past year:

  • President-Elect Amy Jankowski orchestrated some great tours, programs and happy hours this year – we toured the Central Library and the Braille Institute Library, and had an informative panel presentation on virtual reference at Ashford University. Several happy hours were held in conjunction with, and separately from, regular programs – a special thanks to Cindy Shamel for organizing events at local breweries.
  • Past President Talitha Matlin did above- and beyond-work – she updated the Chapter Practices Manual, and organized a special award for SLA membership and fall seminar attendance for a nonprofit librarian. As a result of this we welcomed Kristi Ehrig-Burgess to SLA-San Diego. Talitha also headed the Nominating Committee, resulting in the excellent slate of offices for 2015.
  • Treasurer Jennifer Silverman did a fabulous job as Chapter Treasurer – and learned a great deal about budgeting and finance as a result. She is looking for a committee person so please consider this as a learning opportunity and jump on in!
  • Secretary Kathy Elliott made our lives easier with her reliable and timely keeping of the minutes.
  • Director Isabelle Garcia, with her committee of Pat Alderman and Charlotte King-Mills, gave us an outstanding fall seminar. We appreciate all their efforts and thank them so very much!
  • Eileen Schnur held the Business Partner position, and her work in garnering sponsorship support surely helped the chapter stay in the black for 2014.
  • Communications Chair Jamie Lin, along with Tim Gladson, kept our blog lively with regular updating. We appreciate Tim’s substantive contributions over the course of the year!
  • Student Liaison Zem Lee graduated from SJSU SLIS in May and took on a new position at UCI, and still managed to pull together a productive book drive (380 books!!) and organize the scholarship process.
  • Employment Chair Donna Dutton continues to keep us apprised of employment opportunities – thanks for the timely and regular posting of job listings.
  • Hospitality Chair Lauren Rasmussen Banovz did her usual amazing job managing registration for our events and welcoming attendees.
  • Ali Hennessy and Kate Vigderson held down membership – thanks for their efforts too!

Treasurer Jennifer Silverman then presented the budget YTD and balance sheet. If anyone would like to have a copy of those documents, please contact Jennifer.

Next Zemirah Lee presented the Scholarship Award to our newest member and 2015 Student Liaison Marie Myers. Marie is a second-year MLIS student at SJSU and a freelance web developer.  Formerly, she worked with the San Diego Web Team, building web applications for the site.  Her interests are special collections and archives, digital curation, and information retrieval and access. Currently she volunteers at the San Diego Natural History Museum’s Research Library, assisting in a metadata transcription project for the archives’ historical photographs collections.

I was delighted to present President’s Awards to two chapter members who perform outstanding service to the chapter:

  • Lauren Rasmussen, our Hospitality Chair, provides amazing service – ensuring reliable and timely registration for our events – and does it with great charm. Though we did put back up support in place, Lauren continued to handle fall seminar registration through the week of her wedding – that’s above and beyond, and organized!
  • Cindy Shamel, a long-time chapter member who has served in multiple capacities, continues to provide wonderful counsel, mentoring, leadership, and fellowship to us all. Her efforts are often quiet and unassuming, but they are most appreciated!

Past President Talitha Matlin next installed the new members of the 2015 incoming board:

  • President Elect Eileen Schnur
  • Director Penny Coppernoll-Blach
  • Director Deborah Kegel

The meeting adjourned with the passing of the gavel to 2015 President  Amy Jankowski. I know it’s going to be a great new year for SLA-San Diego!


Happy Holidays to all!

Jill Blaemers, SLA-San Diego President, 2014


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librarians (2) (Sammy's) 12-9-14

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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!


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:

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.

Registration for the event closed 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!


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:

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

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


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


Green Flash Brewery

6550 Mira Mesa Blvd

San Diego

Map link



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:

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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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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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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