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Breaking news – County Supervisor Greg Cox will help celebrate SLA-SD’s 50th anniversary

I'm excited to announce that Supervisor Greg Cox is coming to the 50th Anniversary Party this Saturday.

He will present a proclamation honoring the Chapter.

Supervisor Cox represents the 1st District, which stretches from the U.S. -Mexico border to Pacific Beach and includes the Corvette Diner where the celebration will be held.

It's rumored that Supervisor Cox is a whiz at San Diego trivia. He's been an elected official in the county for more than three decades – first as a council member and mayor of Chula Vista, and since 1995 as a member of the San Diego County board of Supervisors. So if there are local history questions in the trivia contest, he might be hard to beat.  

-Merrie Monteagudo, SLA-SD Public Relations representative



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50 Years of Excellence in Information Service Delivery

On August 6, 1960 SLA Headquarters notified San Diego specialized librarians of authorization for a local chapter.  W. Roy Holleman with Scripps Institute of Oceanography served as the chapter's first president.

This year the chapter will mark its 50th Anniversary.  The 50th Anniversary Team has already formed and begun work on when and how to celebrate. 

The team is lead by Bobbi Weaver of the California Western School of Law.  Members include Daria DeCooman of Elsevier, Elizabeth Grossman of Qualcomm, Grace Viola of Latham & Watkins, Michelle Frost of Grant Thornton, and Martha McPhail of SDSU.

If you have any comments, suggestions, or history to share, contact the team.  Stay tuned for news of anniversary plans.

In the meantime, take advantage of your bragging rights.  You are a member of an historic organization with a long time track record for providing professional information services to organizations throughout San Diego County and for providing its members with career building professional development opportunities.

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Mary Ellen Bates and Debbie Hunt Visit Local Library

Mary Ellen Bates and Debbie Hunt visited the Latham & Watkins law library in San Diego on Thursday, October 8.  Bates, recently elected as Division Cabinet Chair Elect to the SLA Board and Debbie Hunt, currently serving on the board as director, came to San Diego to speak at the Chapter’s Fall Seminar.

SLA Grace

On invitation from Grace Viola (right), Information Resources Coordinator at Latham & Watkins, Chapter President Cindy Shamel (left) accompanied Debbie (second from left) and Mary Ellen (second from right) to the L&W library.  Along with a tour of the library, beautifully situated on the 18th floor of the One America Buidling downtown, we had the chance to chat with staff, including Brent Naritomi, Manager; Melinda Briggs, Reference Librarian; and Jessica Foltz, Information Resources Technician.  The Library serves local L&W lawyers and staff and provides support to other L&W offices throughout the world.

Thanks to Grace, Brent, Melinda, and Jessica for sharing your library and your time.

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Proclamation from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

At the West Coast Chapters Reception at the SLA Annual Conference in Washington DC, Libby Trudell, Public Relations Chair of the San Andreas Chapter surprised attendees with a proclamation from the Governor of California.

 Download Governor's Proclamation which reads as follow:

IMG_1145TO:  Special Libraries Association
It is a pleasure to extend my congratulations as you
celebrate your centennial.

Over the past 100 years, you have become the foremost
association for information professionals throughout the world.  By
providing education, advocacy and networking, you empower your members and the organizations
they serve to make informed decisions.  These corporate academic and government
groups thrive because of you hard work, and I commend your dedication to

Thank you for your fantastic contributions to our Golden State. 
Your California members proudly serve many of our institutions and businesses,
and I applaud them for helping others to achieve their goals and improve the
state we call home.

On behalf of all Californians, I send my very best wishes for
a memorable observance and every future success.


Arnold Schwarzenegger

Libby Trudell displays the Proclamation with San Diego Chapter Past President, Kathy Quinn (left.)

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Let’s celebrate our chapter’s history!

To participate in the SLA centennial celebration this year, and to get ready for our chapter’s 50th anniversary next year, a compilation of our chapter’s history is in the making.

Already, you can see a synopsis of our chapter’s history on the SLA website’s SLA Historical Timeline.

This synopsis indicates that our chapter was founded in 1960, and further says: “The San Diego Chapter of SLA provides professional development
opportunities, facilitates networking among its members, and promotes
within the San Diego area the profession of specialized librarianship.
Chapter traditions include an annual professional development seminar,
an annual scholarship supporting an MLS student, and support of
international librarianship.”

On May 31, 2009, I’m submitting to SLA Marketing Director Jeff Leach a more complete history of our chapter. He’ll post our longer history on the SLA website’s Stories and Histories page.

And during the rest of this year, I’ll keep growing our chapter’s history – adding to it as many milestones as I can identify. Chapter milestones include honors received or conferred by the chapter or its members, publications authored or edited by members, and SLA regional or national offices held by members.

Please, won’t you help me grow our chapter’s history? If you have milestones to add to our history, or if you’d like to see the milestones spreadsheet I’ve compiled so far (and then perhaps offer corrections or additions), write to me at 

With your help, we’ll capture a more complete picture of our chapter’s history, and we’ll celebrate the accomplishments of our chapter and its amazing members through the decades.

Daria DeCooman

SLA-SD Chapter Archivist

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Recognition for Geisel Library at UCSD

from the UCSD website:

UC San Diego’s Geisel Library Named Among 25 Most Modern Libraries in World

Iconic Flagship Building is One of Only Two Academic Libraries Worldwide to Make the List

Geisel Library, the University of California, San Diego’s main library building, has been named one of the 25 most modern libraries in the world.  The distinctive modernist building, which resembles a hovering spaceship, was noted—along with the others on the list compiled by—for “sleek architecture and the latest technology.”

Rest of the story


Submitted by SuHui Ho, SLA-SD Treasurer

SuHui’s comment: I work in the Geisel Library building. I have to admit when I saw the building for the first time 6 years ago, it looked a bit odd because of its futuristic design. But I got to love it. The building looks like a sparkling diamond at night, when all the lights are on – a spectacular sight. Come to visit the library when you have a chance. The library offers free Walk-in tours and Self-guided Tours

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San Diego Air & Space Museum

April 7, 2008 Press Release from San Diego Air & Space Museum:

San Diego Air and Space Museum Announces New Online Catalog

The San Diego Air & Space Museum now offers a way for the public to search the contents of its Library & Archives’ extensive collection of items related to aviation, space history and technology. AeroCat, the Museum’s new online catalog, offers immediate Internet access to thousands of items and can be searched through the Museum’s website.

“We’re excited about sharing these invaluable resources. We have now made available the Museum’s collection 24-hours a day and this will be especially gratifying for international inquiries,” said the Museum’s head archivist, Katrina Pescador. “The Library & Archives will come alive for researchers and aviation enthusiasts around the world.”

Recognized nationally and internationally by researchers, media and students alike, the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Library and Archives is the third largest aerospace library in the nation and holds many unique, rare and one-of-a-kind items. The collection also holds the depth and breadth of San Diego’s rich aviation heritage, consisting of books, periodicals, films and videotapes, more than two million photographs, aircraft manuals and drawings, and along with other archival materials. Although only the book collection is currently searchable online, other types of materials will be added throughout the year.

The cataloging software developed by EOS International is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. EOS, with more than 3,000 clients worldwide, is a leader in library automation software for specialized libraries such as the Museum’s.

The San Diego Air & Space Museum, located at 2001 Pan American Plaza, is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and accredited by the American Association of Museums. It opened in San Diego’s Balboa Park in the early 1960s, but lost its entire collection of aircraft, artifacts, and library and archival materials in a devastating fire in 1978. It has been rebuilding its collections since reopening in the Park’s historic Ford Building in 1980 and is now able to offer world class aerospace exhibits, an extensive library and archives, and a nationally acclaimed aircraft restoration and preservation program.

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