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2017 Fall Seminar – Presentations and Registration

Library Budgets Today: Making Lemonade from Lemons

Register to join us for a rewarding day of learning at the San Diego Chapter of the Special Libraries Association’s annual professional development seminar.  Registration is now open! Our detailed program and agenda are coming soon.

Friday, September 29 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido, CA 92025

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Register by September 18, 2017: Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks!  Please email with any dietary restrictions or preferences, including vegetarian and gluten-free.

This year’s seminar will focus on innovation, progress, initiative, and adaptability when times call for increased creativity.   Learn from librarians who have improved their services, spaces, outreach and marketing, processes, and/or user experiences with innovative techniques, ideas or programs.  And there will be ample networking opportunities to share how your library creates opportunities when surprises and challenges arise.

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Library vs. library: Recreating and Adding Value

Dolly Goulart, Research Director, Corporate Strategy, Qualcomm

The Qualcomm Library went through significant change earlier this year, ultimately resulting in its closure. The Research function remained, transferred to the business. No longer called the Library, it is still a library – and has had some very quick successes in its new home. The presentation will focus on our now critical need to partner, our continued process for stretching budget dollars, and the improved systems in place to do more with less. It’s the ultimate challenge situation – cutting the function, while still meeting the needs of the business – even when the need wasn’t so clear at the time.


No Building & (Almost) No Budget: How the Haiti Reads Library Transformed from a Brick & Mortar to a Virtual Library

Bobbi Weaver, California Western School of Law

In 2009, Haiti Reads established a library in the Port-au-Prince, but it was damaged by the 2010 earthquake.  While searching for a new location, Haiti Reads structured a “Virtual Library” on its web site with links to free online resources, which people could access via smartphones.  The library moved several times since 2010 due to various limitations.  It became apparent that a print collection was not sustainable, and it was then distributed to educators in Haiti.  Currently, Haiti Reads is refining the resources on its web site.  This presentation will focus on the development of the Virtual Library and future plans for the organization.


The GIS Working Group, Not Just for Geographers: How to Leverage the Campus GIS to Enhance Curriculum and Library Resources Cost Effectively

Ann Fiegen, Librarian for Business & Economics, Kellogg Library, California State University San Marcos
Allen Risley, GIS/Research Specialist, California State University San Marcos

Faced with high demand for demographic, lifestyle and business survey data most often only available in expensive marketing databases a partnership with the Geographic Information System (GIS) campus services offered a practical solution for students who needed spatial data for their assignments and projects. The web-based solution allowed for those with no GIS experience to use sophisticated data tools in ESRI’s ArcGIS software and Business and Community Analyst Online. Thanks to a culture of innovation and collaboration use of GIS has expanded across campus. Examples of southern California community based projects will be included.

Lightning Rounds


Bringing the Library to its Users: Pop-Up Displays and Holiday Book Bags

David Feare, User Engagement Librarian, National University Library
Lauren Fox, User Engagement Librarian, National University Library

Have you ever got hooked on a product based on a sample? Outreach and marketing has become an increasingly important part of libraries as we look for ways develop relationships with faculty, students, and staff. While a lot of this marketing is done from behind a computer, the National University Library’s Marketing Working Group decided to try something different by bringing the library directly to its intended users. This lightning round will highlight how pop-up displays and a holiday book bag campaign have been used to market the library, increase awareness, and cultivate relationships with faculty, students, and staff. We will explore the results, challenges, drawbacks, and opportunities associated with these efforts.


How Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Makes a Difference in Your Professional Environment

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran, University of North Texas / CulturalCo

As workforces become more diverse, we face the challenge of managing increasingly diverse interactions. Many organizations apply the framework of “cultural intelligence” (CQ)—a person’s capability to adapt to new cultural settings or an unfamiliar cultural context. Rooted in academic research, CQ is a globally recognized way of assessing and improving effectiveness in culturally diverse situations. Leading organizations in business, education, government, and healthcare use CQ. This session will give an overview of CQ and its application within the information profession. It is designed for any individual that interacts with diverse cultures in any organizational segment.


Open-Source Tools for Opening Hearts and Minds

Young Lee, Reference & Digital Resources Librarian, University of La Verne College of Law Library

Getting users to invest time for learning can be difficult in this on-the-go, attention span challenged world.  Offering engaging, mobile-friendly experiences using interactive fiction, timelines, and presentations can help: 

* Provide repetition by presenting information in multiple ways and modes;
* Utilize cognitive disfluency to encourage processing information, making it more sticky; and
* Elicit empathy to promote human context and emotional scaffolding of information.

In a whirlwind Lightning Round, an overview of one such project will be given along with an introduction to the open-source tools used to create it. 


1 University, 10 Campuses: Sharing Marketing Materials Across the University of California

Gayatri Singh, Reference & Information Services Coordinator, and Librarian for Communication, UC San Diego Library
Antoinette Avila, Library Assistant Supervisor, and Ask a Librarian Manager, UC Irvine Libraries

Libraries across the University of California work together when it comes to collection development, interlibrary loan, cataloging, digitizing projects, and more. The Digital Reference Shared Service Team coordinates the shared virtual chat reference service across the 10 UC campuses. The team’s main focus is to staff the service, but slowly we expanded the reach to share marketing materials. This lightening session will highlight collaborative projects including videos, and other promotional materials. We will discuss challenges and opportunities of working across a campus system. We will include design resources where attendees can find inspiration and templates for marketing materials.


Speaker Bios

Antoinette Avila manages the University of California Ask a Librarian chat service working with fellow UC colleagues to ensure that UC patrons experience quality chat reference service. She has been managing Ask a Librarian chat since 2014 while continuing in her role as an integral team member in the Reference Department at UC Irvine. Antoinette also works as an Adjunct Librarian at Long Beach City College. Antoinette holds a MLIS from San Jose State University.

David Feare is a User Engagement Librarian at National University, a private, nonprofit institution in San Diego, CA. He currently enjoys leading social media and outreach efforts while maintaining his extensive hat collection. There’s a lot more to say and not a lot of room to say it, but he’s happy to tell you more!

Ann Fiegen, Librarian for Business & Economics, California State University San Marcos – She is the liaison to the College of Business Administration where she works with the College’s Senior Experience Teams to solve business projects sponsored by local companies and nonprofits. She is a GIS enthusiast because it’s visual, interactive, and just plain fun to use.

Lauren Fox is a User Engagement Librarian and the liaison to the School of Engineering and Computing at National University, a private, nonprofit institution in San Diego, CA. She has a strong interest in outreach, marketing, and new technologies, and has used this interest to organize all kinds of fun events. In fact, she’s probably brainstorming another one right now!

Dolly Goulart, Research Director, Corporate Strategy, Qualcomm –  With nearly 20 years of experience in competitive market information and custom research, Dolly’s focus is on enabling business leaders to make better decisions through sound competitive information & analysis. The team partners heavily with strategic and cross-departmental groups to provide business critical research deliverables within a robust information infrastructure. Dolly thrives on developing solutions to better enable decisions and strives to break down information silos to improve the flow of knowledge & insights.

Young Lee is the Reference & Digital Resources Librarian at the University of La Verne College of Law Library where, in addition to reference and all things digital, his primary duties include teaching legal research. Fortunately, his personal interests in technology, game design, and human cognition come in handy, constantly finding their way into his instructional and outreach efforts.

Allen Risley, GIS/Research SpecialistIITS, California State University San Marcos – Allen Risley is the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Specialist for California State University San Marcos’ Instructional & Information Technology Services department. His work includes providing technical support for CSUSM’s academic and administrative GIS users, instructional support for faculty teaching GIS and presenting guest lectures to classes on the use of GIS technology. When Allen isn’t immersed in maps and computers he likes to throw Frisbees in the park.

Gayatri Singh is the Reference & Information Services Coordinator, and Librarian for Communication at the UC San Diego Library. Previously, she was a reference librarian at UC Irvine, and reference and instruction librarian at UC Riverside. Her research interests include teaching and learning, student outreach and engagement, and diversity and social justice in librarianship. Gayatri is professionally active in ACRL, APALA, and CARL. She holds an MLS degree from UNC Chapel Hill.

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran is based in the Los Angeles area and is a Lecturer and LIS Coordinator with University of North Texas. She serves as President and CEO of CulturalCo, LLC focusing on areas of cultural competency, emotional and cultural intelligence, and conflict resolution. She is a certified cultural intelligence facilitator through the Cultural Intelligence Center. Dr. Villagran earned her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University with her dissertation focusing on cultural intelligence. /

Bobbi Weaver is the Foreign & International Law Reference Librarian at California Western School of Law where she has worked since Oct. 1997. She received her M.S. in Library Science from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC. Since Dec. 2008, Bobbi has been active in Haiti Reads (, a U.S. nonprofit organization that has provided educational materials and support to communities in Haiti.




Soutron Global

Wolters Kluwer

More coming soon!

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Hear it From the Source – Library Hiring Managers Panel; 7/21/16 – SLA-SD July event

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear directly from the people who make hiring decisions in four types of libraries.

Library Hiring Managers Panel

  • Thursday July 21st 4-6 pm
  • Qualcomm – 5775 Morehouse Dr. San Diego, 92121 – Room N-550C
  • Entrance instructions below
  • Refreshments served on-site
  • Qualcomm Library tour and networking after the panel
  • Register by Friday July 15th
  • SLA-SD members attend at no charge.  Non-members $15, students $5, CASH ONLY PLEASE

Our distinguished panel will provide insight into each of their library’s working environments and describe what they look for in a successful job candidate.  This interactive session will give you insight into public, corporate, academic and law libraries and is a great opportunity for you to ask questions of these library leaders. Panelists are:

  • Misty Jones, Director, San Diego Public Library
  • Dolly Goulart, Director, Library Services at Qualcomm
  • Elizabeth Grossman, Manager of Research and Library Operations, Bridgepoint Education
  • Tiffany O’Neil, Director, Knowledge Management & Records, Procopio
  • Panel Moderator; Jill Blaemers, Information Consultant

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

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 N
  • Park in any available space in parking structure to the right of security gate
  • Proceed to building N lobby, receptionist will have badges ready
  • Qualcomm Library staff will lead you to N-550C

Questions about details of this event? Greg Sorini at:

Questions about the registration process? Kristi Ehrig-Burgess

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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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Surf Museum Tour Wrap up!

What a delightful time with colleagues! Our small group really got the most out of the tour and dinner gathering.  Our host and avid surfer, Kramer (pictured in the museum below), was full of knowledge and information to share about what it was like to surf with the greats!  He also gave us a wonderful walk through tour of the entire museum that serves as an international repository and resource center on the lifestyle sport of surfing. We viewed all the exhibits which included, Gems from the Vault, The Art of Kevin Short, A Brief History of Surfboards, and exhibits on both Bud Brown, Bethany Hamilton.  We were all amazed at the extent of the collection and the unique pieces that so many surfers have donated to the museum over the years.  Thanks for sharing in this wonderful event! Eileen Schnur SLA-SD President Elect  2015 Surf Museum 2 Surf Museum 1 museumSurf Museum 3

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UCSD Librarian Shadow Day


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SLA-SD Workshop Event: Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Health Information from NIH & NLM

Please register to attend the next SLA-SD event, Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Health Information from NIH & the National Library of Medicine.

At this informative workshop, attendees will:

  • Learn to find health information during Emergencies
  • Find answers to medical questions (PubMed, Medline Plus, Toxnet, Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders [W.I.S.E.R.]. Radiation Emergency Medical Management [R.E.M.M.], etc.)
  • Learn about SD County PHS Emergency Services
  • What should be in an Emergency Kit and Library Mutual Support Planning


  • Naomi Broering, MLS, MS, Dean of Libraries, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM)
  • Gregory Chauncy, MBA, EE, Health Info Instructor at PCOM
  • Saman Yaghmaee, MA, Health Services Project Coordinator, Public Health Services, HHSA County of San Diego

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Time: 4:30-5:30 pm

Hologic Gen-Probe Auditorium
10210 Genetic Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

The Gen-Probe building occupies a block fronting Mira Mesa Blvd. From Mira Mesa Blvd, turn on Sequence Drive and into the parking lot. Continue straight to the Building 1 Lobby and sign in with Security. Please do not go to Building 2.

Cost: $7 SLA members / $12 non-members / Free unemployed or students
**The registration fee covers the cost of refreshments which will be available before and after the workshop.**

Register via PayPal.


For assistance with registration, contact Lauren Rasmussen at

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SLA-SCC Workshop Sept. 28th

An invitation from SLA-SCC:

Hold the date for this year’s SLA Southern California’s Professional Development Workshop, which has been rescheduled for Friday, September 28th at the Southern California University of Health Sciences in Whittier.

The workshop will have two sessions: the morning program will focus on Six Sigma, a strategy for using statistics to improve the quality of your organization; the afternoon program will be on strategic planning for your information center.

The workshop will be reasonably priced, and will include lunch and other refreshments.

More information will be forthcoming.

David Cappoli

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April 24th SLA-SD is partnering with SANDALL to offer an Exciting Spring 2010 Workshop!

Informavore: human behavior in the modern information society


Social media is changing society.  Facebook  is due to hit 600m
users this year, and more than 4 million people access Twitter on their mobile
phones, a jump of 347% over last year. *  Join us at the beautiful USD
campus for a Saturday morning of questions and answers about the social,
ethical and legal issues of this new form of information consumption.  Our
featured speaker, Dr. Michael Kalichman, Director of USCD’s Research Ethics
Program, will discuss issues of privacy and personal control in relation to
social media and search engines.  Who is doing the filtering and creating
the algorithms? Who is watching us?  To what extent does the invdividual
or company have control over what is viewed by the public?   What
rights and responsibilities do individuals and companies have regarding the use
of social media? 

We’ll follow Dr. Kalichman’s talk with a presentation on the terms and
conditions of social media by Associate Professor of Law Julie
,  Director for the Center for Law, Technology and
Communications at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.   We’ll
also discuss the legal issues of social media in the workplace from the
perspective of corporate counsel. 

We’ll finish with a panel discussion of
current issues of social media as it affects librarians and information



Saturday, April 24, 2010 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m

University of San Diego, Legal Research Center, Room
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA   92110

all others

breakfast and lunch


The Pardee Legal
Research Center is the second building on your left as you enter the Main
Entrance (also called the “East Entrance”). On Saturday there may not be anyone
at the parking kiosk to direct you to parking, so here is a nifty campus map
that allows you to zoom in and look around for parking locations.

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SLA-SD February program meeting – Research Tips & Techniques (call for participation!)

Our first SLA-SD program meeting of the year is scheduled for February 18th. By popular demand (based on the recent survey results), we will begin the new year with the topic – “Research Tips and Techniques”. We’d like to ask for your participation in this meeting. Send us your favorite publicly available research tool or technique, with a few words about it and why you think it’s useful. The Programming Committee will accept the most relevant 6 to 10 submissions. If yours is accepted, you will be asked to present this at the February 18th meeting for 5-10 minutes and provide a one-slide/one page handout to accompany your presentation for the attendees.


Please send your “tip” to Kaitlyn Means ( Deadline is Jan 25th. The Program Committee will build the program meeting agenda based on the submissions. If the same idea is submitted by multiple persons, the “first come, first serve” rule will be used to decide on the presenter. All submitters will be notified by February 1st as to whether they will be on the agenda.


We’re hoping for an exciting, interactive, and interesting meeting and look forward to hearing from you.

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Free Technology Training On Demand

Did you know that SLA offers its members free access to technology training?  Through the SLA subscription to Atomic Learning we can access software training tutorials on-demand.  Atomic Learning offers tutorials on Access, Acrobat, ActivStudio, Blackboard, Dreamweaver, Endnote, Excel, FileMaker, Firefox, Flash, GIMP, Google Docs, OpenOffice, Publisher, Twitter, and Word – just to name a few.  Many tutorials are closed captioned.

Make 2010 your year to grow, and share your experience by posting a comment.

Atomic learning_logo_home To access Atomic Learning, log in to the SLA web site.  From the Resources tab choose Innovation Lab and click on Atomic Learning Videos. 

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