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SLA San Diego Q3 Board Meeting to take place on Sept 14!

All San Diego SLA members are welcome and encouraged to attend the online Q3 Board Meeting on Sept. 14th at 4:00 pm. If you have ideas, thoughts or suggestions please consider joining us. This particular meeting will also provide information and updates on the planning for our upcoming Fall Seminar. 

Attending is easy through the online GoToMeeting software. Here are all the details: 

SLA San Diego Q3 Board Meeting

Wed, Sep 14, 2016 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Pacific Daylight Time

Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States : +1 (312) 757-3121

Access Code: 816-078-365

First GoToMeeting? Try a test session:


Call to order

Roll call

Approval of 2016 Q2 Meeting minutes

Officers Reports

  • President : Britt Mueller
  • Past-President: Amy Jankowski
  • President Elect: Greg Sorini
  • Secretary: Teri Vogel
  • Treasurer: Jennifer Silverman
  • Directors: Beth Autin & Zem Lee

Committee Reports

  • Archivist: Kate Vigderson
  • Communications: Jamie Lin
  • Hospitality: Kristi Ehrig Burgess
  • Membership: Kelly McKeever
  • Nominating: Amy Jankowski
  • Student Liaison: Sharesly Rodriguez
  • Vendor Liaison: Elizabeth Grossman
  • Employment: Open

Old Business

New Business

Action items surfaced during Officer and Committee reports



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SLA Q2 Board Meeting to Take Place on June 28th!

The SLA-SD Executive and Advisory Board will hold our second board meeting of the year on Tuesday, June 28th from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM(Pacific).  The meeting will take place virtually via GoToMeeting.  All chapter members are welcome and encouraged to participate. To attend please use the the information below:

SLA San Diego Board Meeting
Tue, Jun 28, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 918-988-453

This will be a great meeting to attend as we will be doing an update on the SLA Conference that just wrapped up last week in Philadelphia and will also provide some discussion and information on the SLA Connect platform. Of course, updates from Board members and the Advisory Council will also be included.

Please contact me with any questions. I hope to “see” you there!

Britt Mueller
SLA-SD 2016 Chapter President

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Registration Coming Soon – Exceeding our Patrons’ Expectations

The San Diego Chapter of the Special Libraries Association’s annual professional development seminar to be held on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 1936 Quivira Way, Marina Village Conference Center, San Diego, California.

The 2016 theme is:

Exceeding our Patrons’ Expectations: The Engagement-Centered Library

How is your library creating extraordinary experiences that inspire curiosity, promote collaboration, and transform learning and research? Are you trying some innovative practices; looking at user-focused strategies; and honing in on strategic partnerships to cultivate personal, academic and organizational success with your library patrons? What measures have you put in place to try and become more engaged with your users?

This year’s Seminar will focus on how librarians coordinate the libraries’ user experience and engagement efforts, for both the online and physical library environments. We are looking for presentations that share knowledge and insights about the tools, methods, and skills that help us learn more about ways to contribute to best practices in library user engagement. Proposals that demonstrate audience engagement will be more favorably considered.

Proposals will be accepted in two formats: Individual/Group Presentation and Roundtable Discussion topics for moderator-facilitated group discussion.   Presentation and Roundtable Discussions may address, but are not limited to, the following topics as specifically focused on practices/concepts:

  • Changing organizational structures and staffing models
  • Examining the impact of emerging digital technologies and web services
  • Transforming scholarly communication
  • Emphasizing space as service
  • Conducting effective service assessment
  • New definitions and philosophies of public services
  • Enhancing teaching and learning
  • Collaborative efforts outside of the library
  • Adjusting library strategy to match organizational changes & challenges

Proposals are accepted from information professionals working in all types of environments; SLA membership is not required. Please include in your proposal submission:

  • Speaker information: Name(s), affiliation, contact information
  • Description: a title and brief summary of your presentation or Roundtable topic (up to 500 words)
    • Presentation format – individual speaker, team presentation or panel discussion
    • Roundtable – your interest in moderating or suggested moderator

Presentations should be approximately 30-45 minutes in length for Individual/Group Presentation and 15-20 minute discussion time for Roundtables. Please submit your proposal to us at by June 24, 2016 July 1, 2016. The seminar committee will select presentations by July 15, 2016.

Be sure to save the date for September 30 on your calendar. Further details and registration will be posted in July on the SLA-SD website http://sandiego.sla/org and via email.

We hope to see you there!

Beth Autin & Zem Lee


**Questions are welcome, just ask!**



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Save the Date! SLA-SD 2016 Fall Seminar – September 30, 2016

Save the Date: SLA-SD 2016 Fall Seminar

Friday, September 30, 2016

Click here to visit the SLA-SD Fall Seminar website

Presentation summaries, speakers, bios & registration

 Mark your calendars! The San Diego Chapter of the Special Libraries Association will be holding our annual professional development seminar on Friday, September 30, 2016, at Marina Village.

This event is a great opportunity to meet librarians and info pros from all walks of information curation, organization, and specialization.  And if you’re in the San Diego area, it’s local!  If you’re not located in San Diego, the end of September is a great time to visit–please don’t tell anyone…local’s secret!

Our 2016 theme is…

Exceeding our Patron Expectations: The Engagement-Centered Library

How is your library creating extraordinary experiences that inspire curiosity, promote collaboration, and transform learning and research? Are you trying some innovative practices; looking at user-focused strategies; and honing in on strategic partnerships to cultivate personal, academic and organizational success with your library patrons?

We’ll be sending out our call for proposals soon. We look forward to hearing your ideas and hope to see you there. It’s shaping up to be an exciting event!

Beth Autin & Zem Lee, Directors

marina villagePhoto courtesy of Marina Village


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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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The LMD Career Advancement Award deadline is coming up fast. Please consider applying for this great opportunity!

SLA’s Leadership and Management Division’s Career Advancement Award is designed to inspire new professionals who are looking to develop their own leadership and management abilities, and will be presented to an individual in the first five years of her or his information career.

The winner will be provided with financial support and mentorship to attend SLA’s Annual Conference. The Award includes one full Conference registration, complimentary tickets to all LMD ticketed events, registration to a pre-Conference LMD sponsored workshop (if offered), and $1500 US for travel expenses.

Applicants should submit a proposal describing a concept for a project or initiative inspired by LMD’s professional development activity. The winning proposal will:

  • characterize the target audience, delivery mechanism, focus, and learning outcomes expected
  • demonstrate an interest in furthering LMD’s strategic goals

Submit your proposal by March 1, 2016 midnight EST to Deb Hunt at

So don’t delay – this is your chance to participate in developing and implementing a new project, to increase LMD members’ professional skill sets, and to earn the opportunity to travel to the SLA Conference and meet information professionals from all parts of the globe. For all the details visit:

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SLA-San Diego Q1 Board Meeting Date Set for Feb 5th

The SLA-SD Executive and Advisory Board will hold our first board meeting of the year on Friday, February 5th at 2:00PM (Pacific).  The meeting will take place virtually via GoToMeeting.  All chapter members are welcome to participate. To attend please use the the information below:

San Diego Chapter Board Meeting. Fri, Feb 5, 2016 2:00PM – 4:00PM PST

The initial meeting of the year is a great one to attend to meet the new Chapter officers and committee chairs who will report on activities and plans for 2016. We’ll discuss goals for the coming year as a group, the proposed budget, and committee needs. The full proposed agenda can be found here: Agenda-Q1-SLA San Diego Board Meeting

Please contact me with any questions. I hope to “see” you there!

Britt Mueller
SLA-SD 2016 Chapter President

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Introducing….SLA-San Diego 2016 Executive Board

Meet the incoming members of the SLA-San Diego 2016 Executive Board:

Chapter President: Britt Mueller (Principal, InfoLiquidity)

Britt Mueller is Principal of the consulting organization, InfoLiquidity, which seeks to optimize the flow and financial return on information for content creators, consumers, and organizations. Before she established InfoLiquidity, Britt was Sr. Director and lead for the Library & Information Services department for Qualcomm Inc., a global Fortune 500 company focused on advanced wireless technologies. Her group served an employee population of over 30,000, providing just-in-time, globally accessible information, research and analysis toward increased productivity and competitive advantage. Before Qualcomm, Britt headed the corporate library for a HR consulting firm, and served as a faculty librarian at the University of Oregon. She is a long-time member of the Special Libraries Association and served a prior term as President of the San Diego chapter in 2011. Britt has served on numerous advisory councils, is a former member of the ITIMG (Industrial Technical Information Managers Group), and has authored a number of papers and presentations on meeting information needs in research and corporate environments.

President-Elect: Greg Sorini (Manager, Library Services, Qualcomm)

Greg Sorini manages the enterprise content portfolio at Qualcomm where he began his library career in 1997. A graduate of San Jose State’s MLS program, Greg began as a library intern working on the implementation of the Qualcomm Library’s first ILS.  Since then he has managed the technical services team, been part of the Library’s research team, and been an integral part of relocating the Library three times. In his current role, Greg manages the Library’s content budget and ensures that Qualcomm’s information portfolio meets the needs of the company as it evolves.  He is a past SLA-SD Fall Seminar Director and is looking forward to re-engaging with local colleagues.

Treasurer: Jennifer Silverman (Assistant Librarian, West Coast University)

Jennifer Silverman is Assistant Librarian for the Orange County Campus of West Coast University in Anaheim, CA.  Jennifer began her work in libraries as a Library Student Assistant with San Diego State University in 2006. Her library experience includes: cataloging items and conducting outreach at the San Diego Zoo Library, providing reference and research services at the Rancho Bernardo Library for the City of San Diego, and volunteering at the Temple Adat Shalom Library.  Jennifer has been serving as SLA-SD’s Treasurer since 2014 and is looking forward to another two years as a member of the executive board.

Secretary: Teri Vogel (Science and Engineering Librarian, University of California, San Diego)

Teri has been the librarian for Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical and NanoEngineering  at UC San Diego for 10 years, and before that was the Chemistry and Biology Librarian at Georgia State University. She first got involved with SLA through the Chemistry Division, first as webmaster from 2002-2008, and then as Chair-Elect/Chair/Past-Chair from 2009-2011. More recently, Teri has been involved with the American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Information as a member of the Education Committee and Bulletin assistant editor.

Director: Zemirah Lee (User Engagement Librarian, National University)

Zemirah Lee joined SLA-SD in 2011 as a student while completing her MLIS from San Jose State University. She served on the Advisory Committee in 2013 as the new Student Liaison after winning the SLA-San Diego Student Scholarship just prior to graduating with her degree in 2014. She immediately secured a position at UC Irvine as an Education & Outreach Librarian before coming back home to San Diego to work at the National University Library as the Health and Human Services Librarian. In addition to her active local involvement with SLA-SD, Zem is also on the Executive Board of the Southern California Instruction Librarians and has been a continuous member of ALA, CARL, ACRL and SLA since 2011.

Director: Beth Autin (Librarian, San Diego Public Library and San Diego Zoo Global)

Beth first joined SLA in 1998 and served as SLA-SD Membership Chair from 2006-2008. She is very excited to be back on the SLA-SD Board, serving as one of our two Directors, and welcomes your Fall Seminar ideas! Beth has over 15 years of experience helping organizations efficiently access and manage information. Her variety of career experiences includes working as a librarian in biotech companies, law firms, public libraries and as an independent information consultant to the pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostics industries. She joined the library team at San Diego Zoo Global in 2015 and is currently Associate Director – Library Services.

On behalf of the 2015 Nominating Committee, thanks to our nominees for agreeing to serve, and we look forward to an exciting year!

- Jill Blaemers, SLA-San Diego Past President 2015

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Autumn Update From the President

A Warm Hello, SLA-SD Members!

With October now in full swing, is it more than high time to come together for a recap of the year so far and share a summary of our chapter’s activities, both past and planned for the future. It has been a whirlwind since taking the reigns as SLA-SD Chapter President in January, and at last, I’m writing to take stock of what we’ve accomplished as a chapter so far this year, connect with happenings at SLA HQ, and look forward to our final plans on the calendar this fall and winter.

Some highlights of SLA-SD Board activities so far in 2015:

President Elect Eileen Schnur put together a creative and fun set of chapter programs so far this year, including:

  • March: A tour of the NOAA SW Fisheries facility and library, followed by dinner at El Pescador Fish Market in La Jolla
  • July: Our chapter’s first ever webinar, “Creating the Future for Information Professionals the Peter Drucker Way, led by Bruce Rosenstein and hosted by Safari Books Online
  • October: A tour of the California Surf Museum, followed by dinner at Ruby’s Diner on the Oceanside Pier

Eileen also organized several happy hours get-togethers this year, including two “mixers” co-hosted by SANDALL and a mid-summer happy hour to kick off the SLA-SD’s annual children’s book drive. All together, these events brought unique learning and networking opportunities to our chapter members. Thanks to Eileen for all of her time and hard work in organizing our chapter programming this year!

Student liaison Marie Myers organized a successful 6th Annual Words Alive Book Drive from June – October this year. In total, Marie helped collect 255 children’s books to donate to Words Alive, and we thank her for all of her hard work!

Marie is also administering the chapter’s 2015 Student Scholarship competition, through which SLA-SD seeks to award a local San Diego County MLIS student interested in a career in special libraries with $1,000 plus a one-year student membership in SLA-SD. The successful applicant is also asked to participate on next year’s 2016 SLA-SD advisory board as the Student Liaison. This year’s application deadline is Monday, November 9, 2015. Please spread the word to any local MLIS/MLS/MIS students!

Past-President Jill Blaemers has been working tirelessly on this year’s nominating committee as she aims to find candidates for all vacant executive board positions, including President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and two Directors. Any SLA-SD member interested in volunteering to run for any of these positions is encouraged to contact Jill for more information.

Directors Penny Coppernoll-Blach and Deborah Kegel are currently moving full steam ahead in the final planning and organization stages for our anual SLA-SD Fall Seminar, scheduled for Friday, October 30th. This year’s seminar theme is Forging Forward: Techniques & Technologies for Gauging Success, and Penny and Deborah have a great slate of speakers lined up to talk about diverse topics related to evaluation and assessment. Registration for the Fall Seminar is now open – but act fact, as registration closes at the end of the day on Friday, October 23! This event is always our biggest program of the year, and we’re hoping for another success in 2015. Please share the seminar announcement with any colleagues who may be interested!

Our full SLA-SD Executive and Advisory Boards have been putting great effort into providing engaging resources, communications, and programming for you, and I extend my thanks to everyone for all of their time and hard work so far in 2015! This includes several new Advisory Board members who we welcomed to our team this year, including Elizabeth Grossman as Vendor Relations Chair, Kelly McKeever as Membership Chair, and Kristi Ehrig-Burgess as Hospitality Chair, each of whom has been a great addition to SLA-SD.

Please keep your eye out for more news on the SLA-SD Blog (sign up here!) and listserv (sign up information here). In addition, all are welcome to attend SLA-SD quarterly board meetings and/or access approved board meeting minutes on our Blog.

Beyond our local chapter, 2015 has been a big year for SLA as an organization. For better or for worse, now is a time of strategic change. As communicated by SLA HQ to all members, the organization is at a point of analysis and restructuring – in large part due to financial difficulties, which have grown significant enough to require a critical examination and swift change. In an effort to provide SLA members with a “one stop shop” for information about significant events and initiatives happening with the SLA Board and HQ, a Key Board Initiatives page was created, with links to relevant reports and discussions. In SLA President Jill Strand’s message for 2015, she emphasized the theme “Lean into the curve,” which indeed the organization has, as we all face inevitable change head-on.

At the beginning of 2015, the organization hired two Change Consultants on a contract basis (Cindy Shamel, of SLA-SD, and Ulla de Stricker) to review the organization and surrounding climate in its current state and create recommendations for the board in building a road map for positive change moving forward. The Change Consultants finalized and delivered their ”SLA Recommendations Report” to the SLA Board in May of this year, followed by much discussion and commentary by SLA leaders and members, including a June discussion session organized by our local SLA-SD chapter. After the open comment period closed in June, all comments were reviewed and shared among the SLA Board members. After a thorough Board review of the Recommendations Report and member comments, the Board voted to “receive” the report (meaning Board members read the report and acknowledge work done but no action had been taken on it).

In July of this year, the Board voted to receive a new edited version of the Change Consultants’ original Recommendation Report, titled “Board-Revised Recommendations”, updated in part in response to a review of member comments. In July, the Board also voted to accept a high-level document titled the “Road Map for the Future of SLA”, prepared jointly by the SLA Board and HQ staff; the road map includes a general summary of steps by which the Board will move SLA forward. This document was accepted, which means the Board approves the content and direction of the document and will work toward implementation. The Change Consultants were also directed to work alongside the Board and HQ staff to prepare a detailed, multi-phase implementation plan for the general road map. This detailed plan is currently in development and will be shared with all SLA members upon completion.

So far, we have already seen bits and pieces of significant change in SLA, including the announcement that SLA will engage the services—at least temporarily—of an Association Management Company (AMC) rather than hire new executive leadership at this point to replace former CEO Janet LaChance. SLA also announced a significant member dues restructuring this month.

More news of change will certainly be on the horizon, and all SLA members are encouraged to be engaged in discussion on these important issues.

All that said, it has been a big year for SLA as an organization, and a good year for SLA-SD as a chapter. I look forward to seeing and connecting with many of you at the Fall Seminar later this month. Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions about the chapter or open up a conversation about ideas for the future—we love receiving feedback from our members! Please also be on the lookout for an announcement about our annual SLA-SD Holiday Dinner and Business Meeting, which will be scheduled for a weekday in the first two weeks of December – details to be announced in early November via our blog and listserv.

Thank you again for your engagement and support so far this year. SLA-SD would be nothing without its active volunteers and members!


Amy Jankowski
2015 President
SLA San Diego Chapter

Amy Jankowski, SLA-SD 2015 President

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Join Us! We’re going to the Surf Museum…

We are very excited to have arranged for a special group tour at the California Surf Museum on Monday, October 5th for our next SLA-SD Chapter program. The California Surf Museum serves as an international repository and resource center on the lifestyle sport of surfing through capturing, preserving, and chronicling its art, culture and heritage for the education and enjoyment of future generations. During our visit, we will be taken through many exhibits which include, Gems from the Vault, The Art of Kevin Short, A Brief History of Surfboards, and exhibits on both Bud Brown, Bethany Hamilton.   For more information you can visit their website:

Your surf adventure doesn’t have to stop there!  Bring your comfortable shoes.  After the tour, we will walk over for a bite to eat at Ruby’s Diner at the end of what I hear is the longest pier on the West Coast with 360’ views of the ocean surf.

Entrance to the museum is $5.00 If you are a member of the SLA-SD Chapter it is free!

Parking is available on the street just outside the museum.

Tour starts promptly at 3:00 and will wrap up in an hour.

Sign up for this program and/or to join us for a social event at Ruby’s by going to our online registration form at:  Hope to see you there!

Eileen Schnur

SLA-SD, 2015 President-Elect


Questions about registration process? Kristi Ehrig-Burgess at:

Questions about the details of this event? Eileen Schnur at:

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