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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 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



**Questions are welcome, just ask!**



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2013 SLA-SD Fall Seminar

2013 SLA-SD Fall Seminar

The 2013 SLA-SD Fall Seminar offered great networking opportunities.

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2013 SLA-SD Fall Seminar

2013 SLA-SD Fall Seminar

At the 2013 SLA-SD Fall Seminar, we enjoyed a day of informative presentations.

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2012 Fall Seminar Wrap-Up

What you’ve all been waiting for … here are links to the six fantastic UX (User Experience) presentations we enjoyed at the SLA-SD Fall Seminar on October 5, 2012.

Keynote – Old Wine in New Bottles: UX Demystified (Gretchen McNeely)
(this is a large PDF and may take several minutes to open)

The SDSU Reference Design Project (Linda Salem)

Designing Mobile Services: Two Innovative Case Studies from UC San Diego (SuHui Ho & Marlo Young)

Library on the Move: Advocating for Patient Education through the Health Information Ambassador Program (Jackie Davis)

Building a User-Centric Website by Integrating Course Enrollment Data (Ian Chan)

Creating and Marketing Research Guides with the User in Mind (Catherine Deane)

We thank all our outstanding speakers, vendors and participants for an informative, productive, and fun professional development day. For those who were unable to attend, the program below provides a nice overview. We also have several pictures on our home page, and others will be posted soon.










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SLA-SD Fall Seminar: Register by Sept. 24 for Earlybird Pricing

A gentle reminder … you can save $5 by registering for the 2012 SLA-SD Fall Seminar on/before Monday Sept. 24. The final day registration will be accepted is Sunday Sept. 30.

The seminar, Spotlight on the User: Enhancing Value through User-Centric Design and Innovation, will take place on Friday, October 5 at Marina Village Conference Center in San Diego. We have an outstanding slate of speakers on this cutting-edge topic. Please visit http://sandiego.sla.org/2012/08/register-for-sla-sd-fall-seminar/ for program details and registration.

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SLA-CSCA Professional Development Day

You are all invited to head north on September 28 and join our Southern California chapter colleagues at the SLA-CSCA Professional Development Day:

Utilizing Six Sigma Tools & Strategic Planning for Information Professionals

Brought to you by the generous sponsorship of EBSCO

September 28 – 8:30am-4:30pm

Southern California University of Health Sciences
16200 E. Amber Valley Drive

Details and registration: http://southerncalifornia.sla.org/2012-professional-day-september-28/

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Fall Seminar registration is up and running!

Did you try to register for the October 5, 2012 SLA-SD Fall Seminar and encounter a misbehaving (or missing) PayPal button? Our apologies! PayPal is back and working. You can find seminar details and register at your convenience at http://sandiego.sla.org/2012/08/register-for-sla-sd-fall-seminar/. Please keep in mind: prices go up by $5 after September 24, and September 30 is the final day registration will be accepted.

We hope you will share the link with all your library/information professional colleagues. It’s going to be a great seminar–you won’t want to miss it!

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Register today for the October 5 SLA-SD Fall Seminar!

2012 SLA-SD Fall Seminar


Spotlight on the User: Enhancing Value

through User-Centric Design and Innovation


When: Friday, October 5, 2012, 8:00 AM – 3:45 PM

Where: Marina Village Conference Center, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109


Are you eager to learn concepts, tools, and methods to optimize user experience (UX) and satisfaction at your library or information service? Please join the Special Libraries Association, San Diego, at our annual fall seminar. Outstanding speakers from a variety of settings will share insights, real-life examples, and practical tips on UX for information professionals. Attendees will also have opportunities to explore a vendor showcase, hear short vendor presentations, and enjoy a delicious continental breakfast, box lunch, and snacks catered by Panera Bread.


8:00 – 8:30     Registration, Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45     Welcome

Carla Hernandez, SLA-SD President

8:45 – 9:45     KEYNOTE — Old Wine in New Bottles: UX Demystified

Gretchen McNeely, MLIS, Content Strategist, BLDG25, and Principal, Gretchen McNeely

Gretchen will introduce user experience (UX) and present tools and case studies from a corporate perspective. Prepare for an entertaining and informative presentation from a dynamic independent researcher, UX consultant, and content strategist who also sidelines as a stand-up comedian!

9:45 – 10:15   The SDSU Reference Design Project

Linda Salem, MA, MLS, Head of Reference Services, San Diego State University

Intentionally principled planning was the key to success in a minimal-budget transformation of the SDSU reference services area in 2012, improving user experience with state-of-the-art technology and study spaces. Linda will review the process and lead us in a mini planning and design exercise.

10:15-10:45    Break, Vendor Showcase

10:45 – 11:45  Designing Mobile Services: Two Innovative Case Studies from UC San Diego

SuHui Ho, MA, MLIS; Digital Services Librarian, University of California, San Diego
Marlo Young, MLS; Virtual Education Coordinator, University of California, San Diego

SuHui and Marlo will review the recent UX-optimized design of a mobile website for the UCSD Library and the use of a social location-based mobile platform to design an interactive orientation to the library and core services. The presentation will cover the development cycle, metrics, and lessons learned.

11:45 – 12:45   Lunch, Vendor Showcase

12:45 – 1:30     Vendor Presentations, Chapter Update

1:30 – 2:00        Library on the Move: Advocating for Patient Education through the Health Information

Ambassador Program

Jackie Davis, MLIS, Health Librarian, Sharp HealthCare

The Health Information Ambassador Program is a librarian-volunteer partnership designed to deliver accurate information to patients at the bedside. Jackie will describe the program and share qualitative and quantitative data that demonstrate the benefits of this innovative, patient-centered approach.

2:00 – 2:15     Break, Snacks, Vendor Showcase

2:15 – 3:00     Building a User-Centric Website by Integrating Course Enrollment Data

Ian Chan, MLS, Web Development Librarian, California State University, San Marcos

The CSUSM Library integrates course enrollment data within its web site to provide students with a targeted research experience. Ian will describe data selection and extraction, the use of Drupal to generate a customized user profile, privacy issues, and ways to safeguard student information.

3:00 – 3:35     Creating and Marketing Research Guides with the User in Mind

Catherine A. Deane, JD, MA, MLIS, Reference Librarian, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Catherine will present her winning methods for creating and marketing research guides, with a focus on usability and marketing to students. These methods will be applied in a group exercise to analyze and propose improvements to a selection of research guides provided by seminar attendees.

3:35 – 3:45     Closing, Evaluations

Jean Miller & Kathy Elliott, SLA-SD Directors


Registration includes presentations, a vendor showcase, continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

  • SLA members: $65 ($70 after September 24)
  • Non-members: $80 ($85 after September 24)
  • Students/unemployed/retirees: $30 ($35 after September 24)


The registration deadline was September 30, 2012. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

If you have any questions about registration, please contact Lauren Rasmussen at lauren.rasmussen.sla@gmail.com.


Registration: Lauren Rasmussen, lauren.rasmussen.sla@gmail.com

Seminar information: Jean Miller & Kathy Elliott, sandiego.director@gmail.com

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SLA-SD Fall Seminar: August 17th proposal deadline

cartoon of woman running a race

Race for the finish line!

Final call! August 17th is the last day to submit a presentation proposal for our October 5th SLA-SD Fall Seminar, “Spotlight on the User” (Call for Speakers). Have you made a change to your website, physical space, services, or programs to make the experience more user-friendly? Please share what you’ve learned from the process! You won’t want to miss this seminar–we have a dynamic keynote speaker, Gretchen McNeely, who will give us an overview, tools, and specific case studies to help us optimize user/customer experience in our libraries and organizations.

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Tempus fugit!

It’s time to polish up that idea you’ve been mulling over for a presentation at the October 5th SLA-SD Fall Seminar, “Spotlight on the User: Enhancing Value through User-Centric Design and Innovation.” This is an excellent opportunity to share your knowledge, experiences, and unique perspective with a diverse group of information professionals from southern California and Arizona. Please see http://sandiego.sla.org/2012/06/call-for-speakers-sla-sd-2012-fall-seminar/ and submit your proposals no later than August 17th. Thanks!

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