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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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Big Data Consultant, Competent Systems, Inc. — San Diego, CA

Competent Systems, Inc. is a leading IT enabler headquartered in Atlanta providing a broad range of Information Technology (IT) solutions for corporations, business and individuals across the country.

We are seeking a Big Data Consultant for our California based direct client. Competent Systems is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity!


  • 3+ years hands-on experience with Big Data technologies (Hadoop, HBase, Lucene, etc.)
  • Experience working with 20+ TB datasets
  • Python would be a plus.
  • Good understanding of SQL and relational databases (UDB or Sybase preferred)
  • Hands-on experience in application development (Java or C++ preferred)
  • Experience multitasking (2-3 simultaneous projects) 


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent communication skills, analytical ability, strong judgment skills.
  • Good verbal and written communication especially while dealing with cross functional teams


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Rights Clearance Analyst, UC San Diego Health System — San Diego, CA


Under general supervision of the Director of the Digital Library Development Program, incumbent is responsible for researching copyright holders and securing rights clearances for materials the UC San Diego Library will reformat, preserve, and/or make publicly accessible in digital form. Candidate will also analyze existing rights statements and clearances for collections under consideration for digitization, taking into account goals of access and/or preservation, and access restrictions managed through the Digital Asset Management System (DAMS). Serve as primary resource in the Library on rights clearance issues.


  • Demonstrated experience in the area of rights clearance or related field.
  • Strong knowledge of copyright policies and practices, intellectual property rights, and/or licensing agreements.
  • Experience researching and assessing rights statements and clearance for digitization.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong negotiating and decision making skills. Ability to seek and implement innovative solutions.

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Library Manager, Kaiser Permanente — Oakland, CA

Working for an organization with the size and resources of Kaiser Permanente Northern California means having the potential to positively affect the health and well-being of entire communities. From our financial, business, and IT experts, to our RNs, allied health professionals, and physicians, we work together to provide the best care experience to our members and the communities we serve. As one of the most diverse regions in the country, Northern California offers everything from the majestic Sierra Mountains, to breathtaking Yosemite, to world-renowned Napa Valley. Here, you’ll discover the cultural and recreational diversity that makes Northern California one of the most desirable places in the world to live and work. As Northern California’s largest health plan, Kaiser Permanente provides you with the resources and opportunity to build a rewarding career in an environment that supports your success. Join us.

Manages the operations of a Medical Library in a Medical Center to provide high quality, cost effective information services to the medical staff and all medical center employees for patient care, education, and work-related study and research. Manages integrated on-line library and directs and conducts manual and on-line data searches using electronic information sources to acquire and disseminate information to end-users.

Essential Functions:

• Selects and acquires texts and journals to ensure a current and up-to-date collection of material to support the needs of end-users. Provides literature unavailable in the library through a nation-wide system of interlibrary borrowing or on-line searches. Maintains accurate cataloging; Directs the daily operations of the medical library and manages the professional and clerical staff.

• Recruits, interviews, hires, develops, counsels, and evaluates library personnel. Ensures technical expertise and staff competency; Utilizes the internet and other current technology to locate, evaluate and organize data for library users in a way that maximizes usefulness for end users; Plans for future space, equipment and staffing needs; Orients users on library’s facilities, services, resources, and equipment.

• Instructs users (employees and members) on use of periodical indexes, on-line databases, reference tools and policies and procedures; Oversees the maintenance and enhancement of Library’s computer systems and monitors operation of internally and externally developed systems; Develops and implements policies and procedures for the operation and maintenance of the library.

• Monitors department’s compliance with regulatory standards and recommendations; Establishes ongoing quality assurance program to continually improve information services in response to changing needs; Maintains good relations with other departments/libraries to enhance services and ensure linkage of services through individual, team and group interaction and local, community, regional and national level.

• Collaborates with peers internally and externally to establish and achieve common goals; Represents Kaiser Permanente on committees and at conferences in the community and at the state and national level as well as at Professional Associations and Peer Groups; Develops and administers the operating and capital budget and controls expenditures in accordance with budgetary limits while maintaining agreed upon services.

• Kaiser Permanente conducts compensation reviews of positions on a routine basis. At any time, Kaiser Permanente reserves the right to reevaluate and change job descriptions, or to change such positions from salaried to hourly pay status. Such changes are generally implemented only after notice is given to affected employees.


For more information or to apply, contact <> and reference job #309105.

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Librarian, User Engagement National University — San Diego, CA

National University is the second largest, private, nonprofit institution of higher learning in California. Founded in 1971, National University offers more than 100 accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees and credential programs in six schools, and boasts a network of 30 campuses throughout California. The University’s award winning Library System serves and supports the educational needs of students, faculty and staff.

Under the direction of the Associate Director, Library Instruction & User Engagement the Librarian, User Engagement serves as a liaison to assigned University School. The incumbent will provide library instruction; develop tutorials and learning materials under the direction of the Lead Librarians for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs. The Librarian liaisons support faculty research, program development, and program initiatives for student success and retention. Will also participate in collection development and team initiatives under the direction of the Associate Director. This position requires the participation in operations of the Library Help Desk including answering reference and information queries from all library users (desk, phone, text, email, and online).

Additional duties/responsibilities include:

  • Instruction & Tutorials: In collaboration with the Library Instruction & User Engagement Leads for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, participates in library instruction initiatives; provides live instruction (in-person and online); serves as subject matter expert (SME) and creates tutorial scripts & storyboards; and develops other instructional resources as assigned.
  • Consultations: Provides research consultations to students in research and capstone classes; participates as embedded librarian in key online classes to support student research.
  • Research Guides: Develops and maintains course & program for liaison area.
  • Research: Provides research & scholarship assistance to National University System faculty members: creates bibliographies, reserve reading lists, and support faculty research and publication by providing literature searches.
  • Participates in institutional research projects as assigned by the Associate Director Collections & User Experience.
  • WestMed College: Provide library support for affiliate programs: faculty research and instruction.
  • Reports& Statistics: Prepares monthly statistics and reports.
  • Professional Development & Continuous Improvement: Maintains current knowledge through reading and continuing education on trends and developments in academic library services and resources. Maintains active membership and involvement in local, state, regional, and national professional associations and societies. Attends relevant professional meetings as a representative of National University.


  • Masters of Library Science or Library and Information Science degree, from American Library Association accredited program or International equivalent; Master’s Degree in a non-library/information science area as evidence of scholarly training and understanding of the U.S. university system preferred; Coursework towards teaching credential or instructional design preferred.
  • At least one (1) year of experience answering reference questions in person, and online through e-mail.
  • At least one (1) year of experience providing library instruction for undergraduate and graduate level students
  • Experience working with adult learners
  • Documented experience in designing and developing information literacy-based library instruction including assessment of skills and learning outcomes
  • Experience in collaboration with individual faculty members on information literacy outcomes and library instruction
  • Experience and/or coursework on library instruction pedagogy
  • Experience with instructional design theory, trends, and technologies such as Camtasia/Captivate, course management systems, and related emerging technologies
  • Experience in using synchronous delivery systems for library instruction
  • Experience using data collection software for reporting instruction and reference transactions
  • A record of participation in professional associations
  • Experience with academic electronic resources, Integrated Library Systems (ILS), and Internet scholarly
  • Demonstration of student-centered service philosophy and experience working with a diverse population online and in person
  • Thorough professional writing skills; working knowledge of report or technical writing
  • Ability to communicate effectively, and to speak before large and small groups
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Must be able and willing to work evenings and weekends

Application Information

Contact: National University
Online App. Form:
Email Address:

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Now Accepting Applications for 2014 SLA-SD Student Scholarship!

The San Diego Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA-SD) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for its 2014 scholarship. The scholarship is $1000 plus a one-year student membership in SLA-SD.

In order to qualify, applicants must:

• Be a resident of San Diego County

• Be enrolled in an ALA-accredited Master’s degree program

• Have an interest in pursuing a career in special libraries

To be considered, applicants must submit:

• A personal statement of 500-1000 words discussing their interest in special libraries and future career goals

• A current resume, which should include MLIS coursework completed to date and anticipated graduation date

Upon selection, the recipient will also be required to submit proof of enrollment in an ALA-accredited Master’s degree program (unofficial transcript) and proof of residency in San Diego County (copy of driver’s license or voter registration card). Upon registration for the one-year SLA student membership, the recipient MUST become an affiliated member of the San Diego Chapter of SLA.

To submit an application, send your personal statement and resume as .doc (or .docx) attachments to by Monday, November 24, 2014. Please use the subject line “SLA-SD Scholarship Application.”

The winner will be notified in early December. The scholarship will be officially awarded at the chapter’s Holiday Dinner in December.

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Event Recap: Braille Institute’s San Diego Center Library Tour & Happy Hour

Event Recap: Braille Institute’s San Diego Center Library Tour & Happy Hour

On Tuesday, September 23, a group of curious SLA-SD members and colleagues gathered at the Braille Institute’s San Diego Center location in La Jolla to tour the organization’s library. Librarian Louise Zuckerman hosted our group and discussed the various library and community services that the nonprofit Braille Institute provides free of charge to the blind and visually impaired.

Our afternoon kicked off with a walk-through of the library stacks, which primarily feature audio media on flash drives circulated within hard plastic cartridges that can be sent through the mail for expanded accessibility; audio cassettes and braille books are also available. We then learned about electronic handheld magnification devices used to enhance sight for the visually impaired and viewed a number of models housed in the Library for patron use. Moving into the facility’s computer labs, our group learned about the various programs used to teach typing and make general computer, iPad, and iPhone use more accessible to those with visual impairments. Concluding the tour, we saw some of the table-top magnification devices, the NLS digital talking book player, and other assistive technologies in action. Along the way, we spoke with a technology lab assistant, a low vision consultant, and the facility’s Executive Director, Richard M. Ybarra, to get a well-rounded understanding of the Braille Institute as well as the role that the library plays within the various programs and services the organization provides.

After an interesting and informative time at the Braille Institute, our group headed over to happy hour at Seasons 52 for lively conversation and networking. Thanks to all who came out to make this a great event! For those of you who couldn’t make it, we hope to see you at our next SLA-SD Chapter event!

For more information about the Braille Institute’s San Diego Center location and library, please visit

For a list of free iPhone and iPad apps developed by the Braille Institute — including VisionSim, an app developed “in order for people with healthy vision to experience the world through the eyes of a person experiencing one of nine degenerative eye diseases” — please visit:

Braille Institute's San Diego Center Executive Director Richard M. Ybarra talks to our group about the organization's work, programs, and growth.

Braille Institute’s San Diego Center Executive Director Richard M. Ybarra talks to our group about the organization’s work, programs, and growth.

A view of the stacks at the Braille Institute Library, featuring shelves of popular literature in digital audio cartridge format

A view of the stacks at the Braille Institute Library, featuring shelves of popular literature in digital audio cartridge format

Librarian Louise Zuckerman demos the NLS Digital Talking Book Player, a machine free to all qualifying individuals through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)

Librarian Louise Zuckerman demos the NLS Digital Talking Book Player, a machine free to all qualifying individuals through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)

A view of the Braille Institute's courtyard, with one of two fountains that use different water sounds to indicate physical orientation to visitors with visual impairments

A view of the Braille Institute’s courtyard, with one of two fountains that use different water sounds to indicate physical orientation to visitors with visual impairments

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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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Collection Management & Special Project Specialist, UC San Diego Health System – San Diego, CA


Under the direction of the Social Sciences Collection Coordinator, is responsible for independently managing all United States, California, San Diego, European Community, Maps and GIS collections and processing functions for the Geisel Library, includes analyzing, planning, developing, modifying and implementing collection management procedures. Supervises student assistants, oversees and allots resources for hiring, training, evaluation and scheduling of student employees. Meets with CDM staff as needed to establish priorities and resolve collections problems. Works with the Documents, Maps, and GIS Librarians and other program staff including CARS, RRAS, and MS to manage assigned collections. Plans and implements projects in support of documents, GIS and map collections. Keeps statistics and writes reports as needed.

  • Must be able to tolerate dust, mold, and mildew; with protective gear (gloves, mask, etc.) as necessary.


  • Working knowledge of technical processing procedures of library materials, including serials, sufficient to recognize, refer and/or resolve issues.
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems sufficient to search and modify records, with the ability to identify and resolve discrepancies.
  • Working knowledge of Library of Congress subject headings, classification system, with the ability to coordinate shelving of materials utilizing the varied and complex classification schemes.
  • Skill in creating job descriptions, and hiring, training, supervising, delegating, scheduling, and evaluating employees.
  • Ability to perform job effectively under minimal supervision and exercise initiative and judgment within the department’s mission and goals.

UC San Diego is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or religion or other legally protected status.

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