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SLA Annual Conference Report – Britt Mueller, SLA San Diego President

SLA 2016 Annual Conference Report from  Britt Mueller, 2016 President SLA San Diego Chapter

Overall Impression:

There was a real sense of renewal and energy at this conference. The hard work and many efforts to manage change over the past year and a half seem to have resulted in a cohesive sense of direction. With the new management structure in place and a new Board there was a push to continue the work to make SLA financially viable, meaningful for members, and highly relevant to information professionals overall.

A nice part of this conference was a really useful Conference App that was easy to use and provided a lot of information on sessions and events in a useful manner.

The conference numbers have not been finalized, but as of May reporting:

  • 1,891 registrants including 907 full registrants, 562 Exhibitors, and 143 one-day or CE only.
  • This does represent about a 15% decline from 2015 attendance numbers from the same time period.

AMC (Association Management Consultants) . New Executive Director and New Staff:

Financial Reporting and Support for Units and Unit Treasurers:

  • First, there is a new wealth manager for the pooled fund that looks very promising. It is the RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) and they have been brought in to take a much broader look at the pooled fund needs. They also have significantly lower fees than the old fund managers and there is a promise of a high level of transparency and communication.  They had only been brought on the week prior to the conference, but overall SLA is hoping that the pooled fund can see better returns and be better constructed to meet the longer term financial needs of the organization and the units.
  • Second, SLA is encouraging using a unified structure that relates to simplifying and unifying some of the unit treasurer requirements. One such effort is making sure there is a common SLA signer (in the current case, Michele Jerome, SLAs interim COO). They are also unifying around annual reporting, audit and key controls. They seem to be considering encouraging units to use a a common bank.
  • They will have a lot of financial and budgeting resources on the new communication platform, SLA Connect, including the new Unit Financial Handbook.

Chapter Unit Meeting:

San Diego Chapter representation from President, Britt Mueller and Incoming President, Greg Sorini. Both present for roll call.

Most of the discussion at the Chapter Unit Meeting was around a motion to re-instate the mid year leadership forum meeting to be in person rather than online. This meeting usually took place in January and unit leaders were invited to attend to network with others in SLA and obtain working knowledge of the organization and guidance on best practices as SLA leaders. SLA created this as a virtual “boot camp” this year, and had a much larger turnout. The motion that eventually passed was that the Chapter Units recommend that the Board consider reinstating the mid year leadership meeting to take place as an “in-person” conference.

SLA Connect

The new platform is being widely rolled out and members are encouraged to use it and communicate to their membership via the Connect platform. List serve communications will be discontinued as of August 1st 2016. At present you must be a member to access SLA Connect. There are discussions underway as to different levels of access potentially being offered in the future.

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What is SLA Connect? Video Overview

 

 

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San Diego History Center & Lore Behind the Roar Exhibit

Ken Allen Lore Behind the Roar SDHCWe have so many great treasures right here in our own backyard.  Members of SLA-SD and SANDALL (San Diego Area Law Librarians) took the time to explore a few on Tuesday, May 24, enjoying guided tours of the San Diego History Center (SDHC) Photo Collection, Research Library & Archives and current exhibit, The Lore Behind the Roar.

After gathering in the Atrium, we started down the stairs and into the Research Library and Archives.  Curator Tara Centybear shared the work behind The Lore Behind the Roar, an exhibit exploring the 100-year history and evolution of the San Diego Zoo.  Curators and staff from the SDHC worked closely with staff from San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG), combing through the SDZG Library & Archives, Photo Archives, and the Zoo and Park grounds, including the Institute for Conservation Research and Scripps and Paul Harter veterinary hospitals.

Next, Chris Travers, Director of the Photograph Collection, shared a few highlights from 2.5 million images, which is one of the largest regional photography collections in the United States.  The collection dates back to the 1860’s and is well preserved.

We continued our journey back in time with a presentation by Jane Kenealy, Archivist.  San Diego “firsts” in the collection include the first three volumes of the San Diego Union and the first book of recorded deeds.  The Archives also houses nautical maps and other early, although less accurate, San Diego area maps and interesting ephemera, such as old Padres programs.  Jane also shared a document signed by Abraham Lincoln, a news clipping book of suspicious deaths (1921-1926), Panama-California Exposition posters and several other amazing items.  With over 45 million documents, it couldn’t have been easy to pick a few favorites.

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We could have easily spent the rest of the afternoon in the Research Library and Archives, but instead continued upstairs to view The Lore Behind the Roar.  We learned the San Diego Zoo was started by Panama-California Exposition physician Dr. Harry Wegeforth.  A San Diego resident and life-long animal lover, he was inspired by the roar of a lion from the Exposition’s menagerie.   “Wouldn’t it be splendid it San Diego had a zoo…I think I’ll start one,” he said to his brother.  The early years were not easy, and several colorful stories unfold in the exhibit galleries.

Diablo the Python Lore Behind the Roar SDHCThe exhibit also takes us to the present day and conservation success stories, such as the California condor.  Once reduced to a mere 22 in the wild, there are now over 400.  San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) currently works in more than 35 countries across six continents.  Next to the Safari Park in Escondido, SDZG’s Institute for Conservation Research is home to the Frozen Zoo®,  over 10,000 living cell cultures, oocytes, sperm, and embryos representing nearly 1,000 taxa.

It was a packed afternoon and we continued our exploration of local treasures at a Balboa Park favorite, Panama 66, the outdoor restaurant at the San Diego Museum of Art.  We enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the SDHC, the San Diego Zoo and spend time with our SANDALL colleagues.

As always, big thanks to Kristi Ehrig-Burgess and Greg Sorini for organizing, along with Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran from SANDALL.  We thoroughly enjoyed our time and appreciate the wonderful hospitality of  the SDHC staff.

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Exceeding our Patrons’ Expectations – Call for Proposals

Update: 6/23/16 —

Proposal Deadline has been extended to: July 1, 2016. Notifications of accepted proposals July 15, 2016.

Thanks!

Beth & Zem, Fall Seminar Directors

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The San Diego Chapter of the Special Libraries Association is seeking speakers for our 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 SLA.SD.FallSeminar@gmail.com 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

Directors

SLA.SD.FallSeminar@gmail.com

**Questions are welcome, just ask!**

 

 

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Regional Librarian- Education Coporation of America, San Diego, CA

Would you like to work for one of the most progressive companies in the career education industry? Are you excited about giving committed students the skills they need to be successful? Then consider joining us at Brightwood College. 

Brightwood College is an institution of higher education dedicated to providing quality programs that integrate curriculum with professional skill development, empowering students to achieve their lifelong personal and professional goals. 

We keep education relevant by employing staff and instructors with real-world experience in the field, who bring their career backgrounds to the classroom. Our programs are continually assessed by faculty, staff and members of the business and education communities to help ensure students studies align with their career goals. Programs offered by Brightwood College focus on local employment needs, in areas such as allied health, nursing and technical and professional programs. 

Summary 
Coordinates the LRC assistants and activities for regional campuses; familiar with state regulations and accreditation standards for Learning Resource Centers; visits each campus once per quarter; trains the LRC assistants to assess and meet information needs of campus students and faculty; works with the LRC assistants to develop and share activities to stimulate student interest and develops research skills using printed, electronic and all other available resources by performing the following duties: 

Key Job Responsibilities: 
· Information Literacy and LRC Instruction 
· Plan and implement instruction on LRC use and information literacy based on carefully developed objectives for students and faculty. 
· Work with Library Assistants to develop faculty course assignment support. 

Administrative 
· Work with Compliance to ensure ACICS accreditation standards are met for the regional Learning Resource Centers. 
· Work with the Executive Director to prepare an annual LRC budget. 
· Facilitate the campus’ LRC Committee and review minutes of Group communication. 
· Rotate attendance among campuses to attend Faculty meetings and In-service activities. 
· Review campus system to document circulation, accession of new materials, and any other evidence required for accreditation. 
· Train and evaluate work-study students and Group LRC assistants. 
· Maintain professional affiliations and participates in professional growth opportunities. 

Collection Maintenance and Development 
· Develop policies and procedures for maintaining and developing the resource center holdings in a variety of formats. 
· Implement approved policies and procedures. 
· Review policies and procedures regularly. 
· Select books, multi-media resources, electronic database and other resources to enhance student research 
· Organize the collection in an understandable format within accrediting agency acceptable practices. 
· Ensure that the collection is current, appropriate and supportive of current curriculum. 
· Create opportunities for the campus community to be involved in selection of resources. 
· Suggest appropriate materials to students for classroom assignments and personal reading. 

Facility and Environment 
· Ensure a welcoming environment for students and faculty. 
· Plan for space, seating, technology. 


Minimum Qualifications: 
· Master’s degree in Library Science 
· 4-7 years of experience and/or training 
· Experience in Library Administration 
· Microsoft Office Suite products, basic computer literacy 
· Ability to lead a team, provide oversight and supervision 
· Able to manage direct and indirect subordinates

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Gemstones, Jewelry, Carvings and more…Tour the Gemological Institute of America 4/21/16

Gemstones, Jewelry, Carvings and more…Tour the Gemological Institute of America 4/21/16

GIA Museum and Library Tour (5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008)

  • Thursday April 21, 2016; 2-4 pm
  • All guests will need to bring photo ID
  • Check in with Security at gate upon arrival to get parking pass; let them know you are here for the SLA Tour and show ID.  Security will direct you where to park
  • Proceed to reception area to check in (you’ll need your ID again)
  • The self-guided tour will start at 2:00.  Library tour will start at 3:00
  • Afterwards gather at Karl Strauss Brewing Company (5801 Armada Drive, Carlsbad) for a no-host happy hour.

Join us for a sparkling tour the GIA museum, exhibits and Library on April 21st at 2pm.  The GIA, located in Carlsbad, offers professional education in gemology and a museum featuring rotating exhibits of unique jewelry, precious material carvings and sculptures, cut gemstones and the 426 lb Bahia, playfully called the “world’s largest pendant.”  It is also home to the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library, the world’s premier resource for gem and jewelry-related studies.

We will meet at the GIA and take a self-guided audio tour of the museum and exhibits.  This will be followed by a librarian led tour of the Liddicoat Library.  The library contains more than 57,000 books, 150,000 photographs, 700 periodicals, jewelry renderings, cutting diagrams and GIA course materials.  The renowned Cartier Rare Book Repository and Archives holds many rare books spanning more than 500 years.  The library is in the process of digitizing its rare books to make them available online for everyone.

After the GIA tour we will meet at Karl Strauss Brewing Company in Carlsbad for a no host happy hour.

Sign up for this program and/or to join us for an informal social event Karl Strauss by going to our online registration form.

Directions to GIA from San Diego:

  • I-5 North
  • Exit Palomar Airport Rd
  • Turn right onto Palomar Airport Rd
  • Turn left onto Armada Dr
  • GIA will be on your left

Questions about registration process? Kristi Ehrig-Burgess at: kehrigburgess@mingei.org

Questions about the details of this event? Greg Sorini at:  gsorini@qualcomm.com

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Head of User Services – Tenure Track – CSUSM University Library

The University Library at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) seeks an innovative Head of User Services to provide leadership in developing, evaluating, and implementing innovative, user-focused academic information/resource services for the University community as well as fostering an environment of responsive, welcoming services and spaces.

Reporting to the Dean of the Library, the Head of User Services provides leadership, guidance, and strategic direction in an evolving landscape of resource sharing, media, and copyright. This position explores emerging user services technologies, leads the User Services unit in evaluating and implementing new services when appropriate, and contributes to the development of forward-thinking approaches to the delivery of excellent public services in an organization committed to contributing to the teaching, learning, and research endeavors of the university through electronic resources and access.

The User Services unit includes the functional areas of circulation, course reserves, interlibrary loan/resource sharing, stacks management, and media, as well as multiple physical and online services.

For more information, please see http://www.csusm.edu/facultyopportunities/listings.html

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Reminder: SLA-SD Event; Asafo Flags @ Mingei International Museum 3/22/16

Join us for an intriguing look at a very unique exhibit, the Asafo Flags from Ghana at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park.  This is an exhibition of thirty-seven flags from the West African country of Ghana. A recent donation to Mingei International, these colorful flags dating to the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries feature graphic imagery and appliqued designs on solid cotton grounds. More details on the exhibit can be found on the Mingei website.

The tour will begin with a brief introduction from the Curator and Director of Exhibitions Christine Knoke Hietbrink and continue with an in-depth look at selected works with a Museum docent. This will be followed by a tour of the Museum’s Frances Hamilton White Art Reference Library where Chapter Hospitality Chair Kristi Ehrig-Burgess will discuss how archives and digitization projects relate to the Museum’s collections and Mission.  The event is free to all attendees.

Afterwards gather at Panama 66 at the SD Museum of Art next door for a no-host happy hour.

Asafo Flags from Ghana at The Mingei International Museum (1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101.)

  • Tuesday March 22, 2016
  • 4-5:30 pm at the Mingei Museum,
  • Parking is available behind the Organ Pavilion.  The tour will start promptly at 4:00.
  • Afterwards gather at Panama 66 at the SD Museum of Art for a no-host happy hour.

Sign up for this program and/or to join us for an informal social event at Panama 66 by going to our online registration form.

Questions about registration process? Kristi Ehrig-Burgess at: kehrigburgess@mingei.org

Questions about the details of this event? Greg Sorini at:  gsorini@qualcomm.com

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SLA-SD Events Survey

Hello all,

As President Elect, I would like to gather some feedback about events that would be beneficial to the Chapter.  Please take a minute to complete this short survey and let us know areas of interest for events as well as the Fall Seminar.

Thanks in advance for your opinions.

Greg

Greg Sorini

858-651-2487 | gsorini@qualcomm.com

 

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Distance Education Librarian – Part Time — Bridgepoint Education, San Diego, CA

Position Summary:

The Distance Education Librarian position is a Part-time (20hrs) employment opportunity. The position will require weekend and evening hours. This position is located in San Diego, California. The Distance Education Librarian may participate in reference, outreach, library instruction, assessment activities, and/or other responsibilities required to support a multi-institutional organization. This innovative, leading edge, and forward thinking Distance Education Librarian position is grounded in the best qualities of traditional libraries and libraries designed to serve today’s learners in an online environment. This individual must embrace high quality library services, student-centered solutions, and a commitment to responding to the needs of all learners. This professional must also be a continuous learner who is comfortable learning new technologies and in developing effective approaches to supporting nontraditional learners.

Essential Job Duties:

• Providing reference and research assistance and library instruction to online students via email, phone and chat
• Collaborating with Executive Deans, faculty, course developers, curriculum staff, and other university departments at Ashford University to integrate information literacy and library instruction into the curriculum
• Developing and delivering webinars for students on research and information literacy topics
• Serving as a library liaison to one of the four Ashford colleges
• Developing electronic training materials and research guides that focus on information literacy and library usage
• Engaging with faculty and staff to identify resource needs and promote the library’s resources and services
• Providing tier-1 technical support related to library resources

Additional Job Duties (include but are not limited to):

• Developing and implementing library marketing and outreach initiatives that target students, faculty and staff
• Designing strategies to assess the impact of library services on student learning
• Assisting with other ongoing library assessment activities, such as surveys and focus groups
• Collaborating on collection development initiatives, including analysis of usage statistics for current holdings, analysis of alignment of collection with programs and curriculum, and evaluations of potential new acquisitions
• Additional tasks as assigned

Minimum Requirements:

• Reference experience in a university, college or public library environment
• Demonstrable experience with using online library databases
• Experience with providing library instruction or creating instructional materials for students or patrons in a university, college or public library environment
• Knowledge of current issues and trends in information literacy
• Strong commitment to customer service
• Proven dedication to student learning and success
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills
• Ability to effectively collaborate in a team environment
• Proficiency with modern information technology

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience doing email, phone or chat reference in a university, college or public library environment
• Experience providing information literacy instruction
• Experience working with faculty on instructional initiatives
• Experience with non-traditional, first-generation college students
• Experience servicing a diverse student body

Education:

• MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution

 

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