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Volunteer Opportunity: Information Specialist

Organization: Researchers Implementing Conservation Action, La Mesa, CA

Reports to: President

Position Overview: Information Specialist (volunteer), creates environmental databases and bibliographies

Specific Tasks:

  • Searches literature for relevant citations
  • Acquires relevant articles
  • Creates spreadsheet/database for holdings to facilitate access by wildlife researchers and managers
  • Helps assign keywords to articles and populate spreadsheet/database

Time Requirement: Hours flexible; a minimum of four hours per week


Physical: Ability to visit libraries and enter data using a computer keyboard

Skills/Education/Experience: Basic computer proficiency, good working knowledge of spreadsheet and database software as well as basic organizational skills and good attention to detail

Contact: Dr. Jeff Lincer at or (619) 668-0032

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Volunteer Opportunity: Visual Resource Assistant, The San Diego Museum of Art Library

Department: Education/Library

Reports to: Manager, Library & Archives

Position Overview:Assist with the maintenance of the library’s visual resource collection

Specific Tasks:

  • Help sort, identify and classify photographs (prints, negatives, transparencies)
  • Scan images, process in Photoshop and archive images
  • Help develop metadata and prepare scanned images for upload to our DAMS

Time Requirement:Hours flexible; a minimum of four hours per week


Physical: Ability to navigate stairs, move boxes and binders of photographs, and enter data using a computer keyboard

Skills/Education/Experience: Basic computer proficiency, good working knowledge of flatbed scanning procedures and software as well as Photoshop, some experience with a DAMS, basic filing skills, and good attention to detail

Contact: Bethany or apply online at:

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Volunteer Opportunity: Archival Assistant, The San Diego Museum of Art Library

Department: Library

Reports to: Manager, Library & Archives

Position Overview:Digitally scan printed materials in archives and format for Internet viewing

Specific Tasks:

  • Digitally scan printed archival materials (catalogs, newsletters, and other ephemera)
  • Process scanned images in Photoshop to maximize legibility and general appearance
  • Link processed images with OPAC records so that patrons can view full-text files via the Internet

Time Requirement:Hours flexible; six to eight hours per week (two shifts of three or four hours) would be optimal


Physical: Ability to navigate stairs and reach all areas of the library, and to use a computer keyboard

Skills/Education/Experience:  Good working knowledge of flatbed scanning equipment and software as well as Photoshop, good general computer skills and ability to learn the use of the library’s catalog software (OPAC), good competence in spelling, and good attention to detail.

Contact: Bethany or apply online at:

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Volunteer Opportunity: Stacks Assistant, The San Diego Museum of Art Library

Department: Library

Reports to: Manager, Library & Archive

Position Overview: Assist library staff in maintaining book stacks

Specific Tasks:

  • Shelve newly cataloged materials, materials checked in after use by patrons, and materials used in library by patrons
  • Maintain shelves by periodically scanning books, periodicals and catalogs to ensure that they are  shelved in proper order and re-shelving any that are out of order
  • Call to the attention of library staff any books that appear to be mis-cataloged, damaged, or in need of new labels
  • Photocopy ephemeral materials (newspaper or periodical articles) and prepare photocopies for filing in vertical files

Time Requirement: hours flexible; a minimum of four hours weekly is required to meet the workload

Qualifications:Physical: Ability to climb stairs and move heavy books on and off of shelves

Skills/Education/Experience: a fundamental knowledge of the Library of Congress call number system, general knowledge of art history (periods, styles, nomenclature), and good attention to detail; library work experience would be an asset.

Contact: Bethany or apply online at:

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Laura McMahon is our new Employment Chair

It is my pleasure to announce that

Laura McMahon is  our new Employment Chair  

 Laura has an MLIS from San Jose State University and a BA in English from San Diego State University and is currently Assistant Librarian at Hologic Gen-Probe.  Laura will be keeping you up to date with employment postings and news.  Please send job or position announcements or employment related information to Laura to post on SLA-SD Employment or Career Connections pages.  Welcome, Laura, and thank you!
Posted by Carla Hernandez, SLA-SD Chapter President

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San Diego Law Library Launches New Volunteer Program

From the 9/26/2012 San Diego Law Library newsletter:

The Law Library has launched its first ever formal volunteer program. We know people in the community WANT to help – many libraries have these groups and depend on them to survive. Volunteer opportunities are available in all departments and at all branches. Potential volunteers can get a Volunteer Application form from any staff member or by emailing

Qualified applicants will be invited to a volunteer orientation. The orientation will consist of filling out required paperwork, meeting staff, tour of the downtown library, an introduction to the different departments, and the different types of volunteer opportunities available.

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Stepping up…

New SLA-SD Archivist – Kate Vigderson

I am happy to announce that Kate Vigderson has volunteered to take on the role of Chapter Archivist.  Kate will replace Marisela LaPlante, who has very capably filled this role since May of 2010.  Thank you for your service, Marisela and thank you, Kate!  Kate graduated from the San Jose State University – School of Library Science with an emphasis in archival studies. Please contact Kate if you have any chapter-related documents that she can place in the archives, including officer correspondence, meeting minutes, financial records, program handouts, etc. or if you have specific questions about what types of materials should be archived. Kate will continue to serve in her role as Membership Committee Co-Chair until the end of the year.

Ali Hennessy has volunteered to be co-chair of the Membership Committee and will work with Kate on our membership drive initiative and support member relations activities.  Ali was profiled in our Spring edition of the SLA San Diego Newsletter.  Thank you for stepping up and welcome, Ali!

Employment Chair  – Vacant

Katie Frey, has recently accepted a position in the Boston area and has resigned as Employment Chair.   We wish Katie all the best and thank her for serving our Chapter the last 15 months or so.   If you or anyone you know would be interested in filling this role, please contact me.  This is a great way to network with other librarians and information specialists and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  The role requires no previous experience ;).  Interested?  Email me to find out more….

Wanted!  Chapter Treasurer

The Nominating Committee is looking to fill several key Executive Board Member positions: Treasurer, and President-Elect (among others) with term start of January 2013.  Adele Barsh – our current Treasurer – shared her insights about this position in our Spring Newsletter.  Please contact Britt Mueller, SLA-SD Past President, to find out more or to nominate yourself or to recommend a colleague.

Posted by Carla Hernandez

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Information Specialist Opportunity – Irvine, CA

Sr. Information Specialist (Information Retrieval)

Supports the corporation’s goals by providing accurate and relevant scientific and technical information taking into consideration research data, marketing strategies, and federal regulations. Researches and evaluates worldwide literature using computer technology for information retrieval in scientific and medical areas essential to company and its subsidiaries. Jointly responsible for retrieval of proprietary information to support the high-priority requests, e.g. audit or litigation support. Responsible for the working with the business to maintain the integrity of proprietary databases (including Company Product Literature). Responsible for periodic updates to the FDA on marketed products and the production of the electronic WATCHES.


1. Researches and evaluates worldwide literature using computer technology for information retrieval in scientific, technical, and medical subject areas. Special emphasis is placed on information retrieval and data analysis for Regulatory submissions and Pharmacovigilance reporting. This includes highly complex information retrieval in support of R&D and Sales/Marketing objectives. Coordinates product bibliographies with Company Product database for constant upkeep. Appraises and organizes resulting information to ensure a relevant and complete research report. Judgment is exercised to determine final analysis, interpretation and presentation of information retrieval package.

2. Executes searches of internal databases for partner document requests using company databases and systems.

3. Publishes in appropriate media (electronic mail, company Portal) Current Awareness alerts (such as 1stScience) in select subject areas. Schedules and produces the bulletins regularly and on time. Solely responsible for content accuracy, format, and relevancy of selections. Expected to supervise related workflow to ensure timeliness of publication. Expected to use own judgment when changes are warranted, either in format or volume/content. Provides periodic updates to the FDA on marketed products. Provides professional liaison to Regulatory Affairs.

4. Performs value-added indexing of articles by selecting appropriate subject keywords to describe article content, assuring accuracy of indexing terms for easy retrieval. Responsible for the working with the Business Services group to maintain the integrity of the in-house databases for published literature and company products by verifying input and providing timely and accurate updates to reference databases. Keeps informed of systems and procedural upgrades and changes and writes systems documentation and SOPs. Schedules assignments in an organized and effective manner and reliably meets major project deadlines.

5. Keeps informed of developments in the pharmaceutical industry and information/computer science through printed source material, workshops and seminars and by participation in activities of professional organizations with a view to improving the services and operations of the department. Cooperates as a team member with GLIS staff in performing any duty essential to the achievement of efficient department operations.


Education and Experience:

Experience equivalent to a four-year college education with an emphasis in Life or Physical Sciences.

Computerized literature search experience and knowledge of biomedical information resources is required, as is a working knowledge of information systems and/or computer programming. This level of knowledge would normally be gained through a graduate degree in one of the above areas and two years of experience in a pharmaceutical or other complex information intensive environment, or a bachelor’s degree and four years’ relevant experience.

Familiarity of information systems, including database design principles, and experience in management and implementation of text information systems are helpful. Demonstrable knowledge of current information technology including library automation systems, online databases, web interfaces, collaboration networks, LANs, CD-ROM systems, imaging technology, and PC proficiency are expected.

Excellent analytical and communication skills are necessary in order to articulate concepts and interpret ideas both verbally and in writing.

The ability to work effectively and productively as a member of a team contributing to the establishment of joint task objectives under minimal supervision is essential. Expected to exhibit a strong personal commitment to the objectives defined.

Essential Skills and Abilities:

Demonstrable expertise in literature searching using commercial database vendors and web search engines. Ability to analyze retrieval for relevance and communicate both verbally and written results of findings.

Ability to determine quickly and accurately relevancy of scientific literature content to marketed products. Target precisely controlled vocabulary thesaurus to literature content for relevant information retrieval.

Skillful negotiating and diplomatic communication style are necessary when balancing corporate guidelines with scientists’ deadlines.

Excellent keyboard skills are required.

*Katie Cyboron*
Senior Business Development Director | TRAK Records and Library
Direct: 619-230-7692 | Cell: 202-491-8537
Fax: 619-230-7685

*National Records Management and Library Placement Firm*
Washington, DC: 202-261-7200 | San Diego, CA: 619-230-7692
New York City:  646-557-6772 | National:  888-399-8725

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Thank You from Words Alive!

A big “Thank You” to everyone who helped collect books for our 3rd Annual Words Alive Book Drive!  We were able to collect 45 new and gently used books for the Words Alive community literacy programs.  Amanda Bonds, the Community Literacy Programs Manager, informed me that SLA-SD is the “longest habitual book drive partner” of Words Alive!

Some of the books you generously donated have already been distributed to children and youth from underserved communities across San Diego County.  Every book will be in the hands of young readers by the end of May.

The majority of the books donated for children 2-5 years of age will be used to create or grow collections of Lending Libraries at Child Development Centers where Words Alive volunteers read aloud each week.  These libraries provide access to books for children and their families allowing them to explore books together at their homes.

To learn more about Words Alive, their mission and how you can help, go to

Click on the link below to view the “Thank You” letter from Words Alive:

Thank You from Words Alive!

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3rd Annual SLA-SD Book Drive!

SLA-SD members have a wonderful opportunity to support the Words A!ive children’s literacy programs with the 3rd Annual SLA-SD Book Drive! Please consider bringing new or gently used books in English or Spanish for ages 0-18 with you to our April Social Event (Date, time and place TBA). If you can’t join us for the social, you’re very welcome to contact Jessica Olson (SLA-SD Student Liaison and book drive coordinator, to arrange a pick-up or you can drop them off Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm at the Words A!ive offices:

5111 Santa Fe Street, Suite 219
San Diego CA 92109.  

Let’s give as many people as possible an opportunity to share the gift of reading with children!  To learn more about Words A!ive, their mission and how you can help, go to


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