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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:

Questions about the details of this event? Greg Sorini at:

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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.

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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:

Questions about the details of this event? Greg Sorini at:

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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 Sorini

858-651-2487 |


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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


• MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution


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Management Assistant (Analysis) (OA)– Department of Veterans Affairs, San Diego, CA

The Management Assistant actively assists the Veterans Service Center Manager (VSCM) by performing administrative and technical work and independently resolving problems associated with the administrative and operations functions of the Veterans Service Center (VSC). Specific duties include:

  • Controls and prepares recurring and special reports, studies, and analyses as may be required by the VSCM/AVSCM.
  • Completes all requests for system access, deletions and changes for the VSC employees.
  • Maintains files of correspondence, official issues, laws, regulations, decisions, local and Central Office reports; acts as a Veteran Service Center librarian, and in the capacity, keeps administrative and reference material current; also responsible for VSC division timecards.
  • Communicates personally, in writing, by e-mail and over the telephone with the general public, congressional officials, travel agents, training coordinators, management staff, and other VARO employees.
  • Assists with the preparation of all VSC employee travel and data maintenance of VSC employee travel budgets. Serves as Locked File Custodian, responsible for maintenance, oversight, and daily control of Locked Files.
  • Maintains VSCM manuals, handbook, electronic record and folders, and other related materials to assures materials are readily retrievable.

The Management Assistant also performs administrative personnel functions for the Veterans Service Center, to include:

  • Maintains employee records;
  • Ensures timely completion and submission of placement follow-ups, within-grade certifications, and official time reports; initiates personnel action requests (SF 52);
  • Prepares overtime worksheets;
  • Updates and maintains organization and functional charts;
  • Maintains confidentiality of sensitive records and information;
  • Maintains position descriptions and performance standards;
  • Maintains a personnel listing of VSC employees and Cascade plans.

Work Schedule: Standard 5 day, 8 hour, full time (40 hours per week) schedule; Monday – Friday; 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

Position Description #: 006280; 066280; 056280

Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.


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Taking Reservations! Join us at the December Holiday Dinner

SLA-SD annual holiday dinner and business meeting is December 9th: Registration open! closed … see you tonight!

All are welcome.  Join the SLA SD President & members of the chapter as we review our achievements in 2015. This is a great opportunity to learn about what makes our chapter so special!

Where: Apollonia Greek Bistro, La Jolla  Directions 

When: Wednesday, Dec 9th    6 – 8 pm

First Course:
Feta Bruschetta and Mediterranean Salad

Second Course (Choice of Entree):
Moussaka • Riganato • Falafel Plate

Dessert: Baklava and Galacto-Boureko

Choice of Beverage:
Coffee • Tea • Soft Drink • Milk • Lemonade

Cost $20 (including tax and tip)

Questions?  Please contact Eileen Schnur  (SLA-SD President Elect, 2015)

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Surf Museum Tour Wrap up!

What a delightful time with colleagues! Our small group really got the most out of the tour and dinner gathering.  Our host and avid surfer, Kramer (pictured in the museum below), was full of knowledge and information to share about what it was like to surf with the greats!  He also gave us a wonderful walk through tour of the entire museum that serves as an international repository and resource center on the lifestyle sport of surfing. We viewed all the exhibits which included, Gems from the Vault, The Art of Kevin Short, A Brief History of Surfboards, and exhibits on both Bud Brown, Bethany Hamilton.  We were all amazed at the extent of the collection and the unique pieces that so many surfers have donated to the museum over the years.  Thanks for sharing in this wonderful event! Eileen Schnur SLA-SD President Elect  2015 Surf Museum 2 Surf Museum 1 museumSurf Museum 3

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Reference Librarian Part-time, Temporary–University of San Diego, San Diego CA

This is a part-time, temporary, non-benefit based position with an assignment end date of May 31, 2016.

Copley Library seeks a part-time reference librarian to provide reference services to USD students, faculty, and staff.

Detailed Description
Copley Library seeks a part-time reference librarian to provide reference services to USD students, faculty, and staff. The part-time reference librarian will be responsible for providing both in-person and online reference assistance during assigned shifts at the reference services desk. This is an hourly position with the possibility of a maximum of 18 hours per week. This position reports directly to the Head of Reference Services.

Work Schedule:

This position includes two weekend shifts (Saturdays 11 am – 5 pm and Sundays 3-9 pm). Additional hours/shifts may be available depending on reference scheduling needs and candidate availability.

Job Requirements

  • ALA-accredited Masters degree in Library Science.
  • Experience providing reference services in an academic library.
  • Experience teaching the effective use of online and print research resources.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience providing reference services via chat, email, text message, and other virtual methods.
  • Experience using the LibAnswers online reference services platform.

Background check:   Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.  Serious candidates are encouraged to request official transcripts to help expedite the hiring process.

Additional Details
Salary: $21.00 per hour

Hours: This position includes two weekend shifts (Saturdays 11 am – 5 pm and Sundays 3-9 pm). Additional hours/shifts may be available depending on reference scheduling needs and candidate availability.

Closing date: Open until filled

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Principal Librarian, City of Escondido, Escondido, CA

Under administrative direction, assists the Deputy City Librarian and performs highly responsible administrative duties related to library functions; plans and oversees major library division activities including, but not limited to, Adult and Children’s Services; Media and Technical Services; and/or, Literacy Services and the Technology Center.   Assists the Director of Library and Community Services and the Deputy City Librarian in planning, organizing, and coordinating assigned activities with other departments, community agencies, support groups and the general public.  Supervises mid-management and technical staff in various classifications as assigned.

Assumes management responsibility for system-wide service and functional areas of the Library.  Plans, supervises, administers, coordinates, and evaluates the delivery of system-wide services and programs for assigned areas of responsibility.

Assumes responsibility for and directs the overall operations of assigned services, activities, and divisions for system-wide collection development, budget, facilities, space planning, services, and programming in multiple program areas.

Participates in the analysis, development, and implementation of strategic goals, objectives, work standards, work flow projects, and priorities.

Serves as a member of the Library’s management team.

Assures alignment of division-level goals and objectives with overarching Library and City goals.

Directs, coordinates and reviews the work plan for assigned professional, paraprofessional and clerical library staff and volunteers; assigns work activities and projects; monitors work flow; reviews and  evaluates work products, methods and procedures.  Reviews and participates in the resolution of personnel matters.

Meets with staff to identify and resolve problems and issues and identifies opportunities for improving service delivery methods, policy and operating procedures.

Participates in the development and administration of assigned program budget; forecasts, and identifies funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures within designated budgets and recommends adjustments as necessary.

Assists in applying for outside funding for library programs; gathers appropriate information; prepares applications for library services, materials, and program grants.

Assists in developing bid specifications for materials, equipment and/or services; administers assigned contracts; supervises the ordering of library equipment.

Assists with planning for the operation and maintenance of the Library’s automation system and related computer equipment; analyzes and evaluates usage of electronic services and provides recommendations for future needs.

Conducts a variety of studies and investigations; oversees and participates in the production and delivery of operations manuals, staff reports, studies, statistical reports, memoranda, and correspondence.  Analyzes demographic data for staff reports.

Participates in public information programs regarding Library services; participates in the development of marketing plans; assists in representing the Library to other City departments, the community, and professional organizations; prepares press releases; advocates the importance of the Library and its effectiveness in helping individuals, families, and other organization through collaborative programs and projects.

Serves as staff liaison and represents the Library to various groups, meetings and committees as assigned.  Establishes and maintains community partnerships with service organizations and agencies serving the community.  Coordinates assigned activities with those of other divisions in the Library and Community Services Department and outside agencies and organizations.

Prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence as requested; attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of library science; monitors developments related to library operations and technology; evaluates the impact of new developments and recommends improvements to existing programs and procedures.

Assists in addressing safety and security issues to ensure a safe and healthy environment for community and employees.

Responds to and resolves citizen inquires and complaints.

Serves as Deputy City Librarian as needed.

Performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of:
Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a modern library.
Principles and practices of library organization, system development, and service delivery.
Principles and practices of organizational management.
Principles and practices of program development and administration.
Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
Public library funding sources and fundraising techniques.
Principles and practices of grant writing.
Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
Pertinent local laws, codes, regulations, and those of professional organizations such as the American Library Association (ALA) and the California Library Association (CLA).
Library facilities and space planning principles and techniques.
Advanced principles and practices of library science including collection development principles and strategies and programming.
Library automation principles and practices including technological trends and hardware and software systems as applied to library activities.
Customer service, public relations, and outreach methods and techniques.
Community needs and interests and their relationship to library materials and services.

Ability to:
Oversee and participate in the management of assigned service areas of the Escondido Public Library.
Supervise, direct, and coordinate the work of professional and technical library staff.
Select, train, and evaluate staff.
Participate in the development and administration of goals, objectives, and procedures for assigned service areas.
Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
Prepare and administer major library division budgets.
Conduct accurate and thorough research and prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
Analyze, assess, and address community needs related to the Library and recommend plans for modifying or extending library services, programs, and activities to meet community needs and requirements.
Facilitate, develop, and work with groups to create partnerships and coalitions.
Assist in developing and coordinating library projects.
Operate modern office equipment including computer hardware and software related to office and library management systems.
Prepare effective public relations and publicity materials for media and community publications.
Effectively present information and respond to questions from board, committee, and commission members, outside groups and organizations, and the general public.
Exercise independent judgment within established policy guidelines.
Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


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