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2019 SLA-SD Fall Seminar Call for Proposals

The SLA San Diego Chapter Fall Seminar is back!  Read on for event details and our call for proposals.

Date and Venue

This year’s seminar will be held on Friday, October 11, at Marina Village. It is a great venue and offers beautiful spaces to explore on breaks.   Just look!

Photo courtesy of Marina Village

Theme and Call for Proposals

Alone Together: Building a Community of Librarians

Often working in a “special” library can mean being the lone information expert in your organization or your specific role. The goal of this year’s seminar is to bring together information professionals from disparate environments, backgrounds, and organizations to address the challenges this always changing, and sometimes strange, profession brings with it. How can we work together to create meaningful relationships and knowledge sharing practices to build your community of experts helping experts? How can we leverage our connections, resources, and skills to make our services more valuable and visible in our organizations?

We call for proposals by those who have improved their services, collections, spaces, outreach, and marketing practices.  We are looking for presentations that share knowledge and insights about the tools, methods, practices, and skills that help us learn more about ways to succeed in situations where we find ourselves in need of support, ideas, or personal/professional growth. How does your special, academic, or public library respond to challenges or create opportunities when you find yourself alone in your space, your initiative, or your growing skill set to adapt to everyday situations or long-range planning? We encourage leaders who have experience with innovative techniques, strategies, ideas or programs that foster inclusion and diversity within the profession to come share what they know.

Proposals will be accepted in two formats: Individual/Group Presentation (30-45 minutes) and Round Table Discussions (20-25 minutes). Presentations and Round Table Discussions may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Isolation: A Library of One
  • Remote Work: A Library Without Walls
  • Getting Buy-In: Building Consensus For New (or Unpopular) Ideas
  • Visibility: Promoting Yourself Within Your Organization
  • Visibility: Promoting the Library (When No One Knows What You Do)
  • Futurism: What Will Information Services Look Like in 10 years? 25 years?
  • Increasing Efficiencies: How Can You Do More When You Are a Solo Operator?
  • Suddenly Alone: What to Do When You Find Yourself Alone in Your Role?
  • Navigating Non-Traditional Library Roles or Tasks: Breaking Out of Traditional Roles and Expectations for Librarians

Proposals are accepted from information professionals working in all types of environments; SLA membership is not required. Speakers will receive complimentary registration. Please include in your proposal submission:

  • Speaker information: Name, affiliation, contact information
  • Description: A title and brief summary of your presentation or round table discussion (up to 500 words)
    • Presentation format – individual speaker, team presentation, panel discussion OR Round Table
    • Note: Presentations should be approximately 30-45 minutes in length for Individual/Group Presentations and Round Table discussions, please be prepared to facilitate your presentation up to 3 times for 20 minutes.

Please submit your proposal to us at by Friday, May 1, 2019. The seminar committee will select presentations by Wednesday, May 15, 2019.   Contact us at with any questions.

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SLA-SD Fall Seminar – Friday, October 11, 2019 – Save the Date!

Good news, the SLA-SD Fall Seminar is back!  Mark your calendars for Friday, October 11, 2019 and plan to join us at Marina Village on San Diego’s beautiful Mission Bay.

Watch for updates regarding our theme and call for speakers.

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Some important updates

Hello, San Diego friends!

Some news that will be of interest to you:

Unfortunately, there will be no Fall Seminar this year, because our Director positions were unfilled. We depend on chapter volunteers in order to bring you active professional development and programming. We are looking for volunteers to fill several vacant positions for next year. A call will be going out in the near future. If you’d like to take on a more active role within this organization, please reach out to us. Our contact information can be found on the right-hand portion of this site under “Contact Us”.

This website will be moving to a new platform within the next few weeks as part of an entire organizational shift from WordPress to HigherLogic. For those of you who subscribe to this blog via email, but are not members of SLA or the San Diego Chapter, you may find that the email digest service will stop working. I will try to set it up so that this is not the case, but I am not sure yet how it will all play out.

Save the Date! We are working on a fun, members-only event for November 10th. Details coming!

Wishing you all a very Happy Fall! (Even though we all know it’s going to get really hot again in a few weeks…)

Until next time,

Jamie Lin
SLA San Diego Chapter

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Website update / Raffle winner / Who’s going to Baltimore?

Hi San Diego! We, and the rest of SLA, were recently hacked. The remedy, which included a large-scale migration, took this site offline for a bit. We’re back!

I wanted to share here that the winner of our April new-member campaign is Sarah DeWitt, who is currently a student at SJSU. She will be attending the annual conference in Baltimore next month, and we’re delighted to have her as a member of our chapter. Congratulations, Sarah!

Who else from San Diego is attending the conference? Please let us know! We’d like to try and organize a get-together.

  • Isabelle Garcia, your president, will be attending.
  • I, Jamie Lin, your president-elect, will also be attending. I am presenting on Wednesday at 9 a.m. My session is called “A Sexy ‘Bility: Designing for Online Accessibility.”
  • Michele Villagran, your secretary, will also be attending and presenting on Monday at 4 p.m. “Bring Culture Back: Managing Unconscious Bias to Strengthen Your Corporate Culture”
  • Cindy Shamel will be presenting on Tuesday at 9 a.m. “How to Get Started as a Consultant”

Additionally, our chapter is hosting the Western States Chapters Reception on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

We are a small, but mighty chapter! I’m so pleased at our representation at the conference this year. Please let me know if you are attending… and if you are presenting!

Stay tuned for more…
Warmest regards,

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SLA-SD February Board Meeting

All members are welcomed to join the SLA-SD February board meeting.  One particularly important topic that will be discussed and voted on is programming for this year.  Since the chapter was not able to fill the Director position, we are proposing eliminating the Fall Seminar and scheduling multiple, smaller events.  We’d love to get input from the members on this important change to the chapter’s programming.

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  1. Call to Order (Isabelle Garcia)
  2. Establishment of Quorum (Isabelle Garcia)
  3. Adoption of the Agenda (Isabelle Garcia)
  4. Introductions (All)
  5. Report of the President-Elect (Jamie Lin)
    • 2018 member programming options/suggestions
  6. Approval of Minutes from December 1, 2017 Annual Business Meeting (Michele Villagran)
  7. Report of the President (Isabelle Garcia)
  8. Report of the Treasurer (Dianna Parsons)
  9. Report of the Past President (Greg Sorini)
  10. Report on SLA Leadership Symposium (Michele Villagran)
  11. Advisory Board Reports
    • Archivist: Susan Alden
    • Hospitality: Kristi Ehrig-Burgess
    • Employment: Chris Rogers
    • Membership: Andrew Blatchford
    • Vendor Relations: Elizabeth Grossman
    • Communications: Beth Autin
    • Student Liaison: Barbara Chappell-Brown
  12. Old Business
  13. New Business
  14. Adjourn

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New Year’s message from SLA-SD President

Happy New Year SLA-SD chapter members!

My name is Isabelle Garcia and this year I have the privilege of leading our chapter as President.  My goal for this year is to grow the membership by discovering and delivering cutting edge programming that returns value to our members.  My vision for the future of our chapter is a vibrant, highly engaged membership that values the power of networking and learning that this professional organization can provide.

I invite everyone to contribute to this vision by sharing your ideas, expertise, and time to this very important organization.  We cannot succeed without your participation and encouragement.

For those of you that were unable to attend our annual business meeting in December, below are this year’s executive and advisory board members.  A big thank you to all our board members for agreeing to serve in leadership positions.  I am looking forward to hearing your ideas and working together!

Executive Board:

  • President: Isabelle Garcia
  • President-Elect: Jamie Lin
  • Past President: Greg Sorini
  • Treasurer: Dianna Parsons
  • Secretary: Michele Villagran
  • Directors: None, position open

Advisory Board:

  • Archivist: Susan Alden
  • Hospitality: Kristi Ehrig-Burgess
  • Employment: Chris Rogers
  • Membership: Andrew Blatchford
  • Vendor Relations: Elizabeth Grossman
  • Communications: Beth Autin
  • Student Liaison: Barbara Chappell-Brown

In closing, I hope that life’s noises are kept to a low roar this year and that each of us finds the time and energy to help shape the future of our chapter.

Feel free to contact me directly with questions/concerns/thoughts.



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SLA-SD Annual Business Meeting & Holiday Dinner

Please join us for this year’s annual business meeting and holiday dinner at Apollonia Bistro in the UTC. During this meeting, we will elect 2018 officers, award the Chapter’s scholarship, and vote on other items.

Date: Friday, December 1st

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

First Course: Feta Bruschetta

Second Course: Greek salad

Third Course (Choice of Entree): Moussaka • Chicken Kebab • Falafel Plate

Desserts: Baklava & Galacto Boureko

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

Prix Fixe Menu:

$26.95 per person


Questions? Please contact Isabelle Garcis (SLA-SD President Elect, 2017)

SLA-SD Holiday Dinner 2017

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Fall Seminar; Register Now; Library Budgets Today: Making Lemonade from Lemons

Hi all,

We are quickly approaching SLA San Diego’s Fall Seminar.  It will take place Friday September 29th at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.  The topic for this year’s event is Library Budgets Today: Making Lemonade from Lemons.  I encourage you to sign up for this professional development seminar.  It will feature presentations from corporate, academic and law libraries.  Further details are below.  Additional information and registration is available at

Register by September 18, 2017: Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks!  Please email with any dietary restrictions or preferences, including vegetarian and gluten-free.

This year’s seminar will focus on innovation, progress, initiative, and adaptability when times call for increased creativity.   Learn from librarians who have improved their services, spaces, outreach and marketing, processes, and/or user experiences with innovative techniques, ideas or programs.  And there will be ample networking opportunities to share how your library creates opportunities when surprises and challenges arise.

I hope to see you there.

Greg Sorini

President, SLA San Diego

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Book Drive! 11 Days Remain!

SLA San Diego Members,

Just a reminder that only 11 days remain for our book drive!  Time is flying by and soon we will need to collect all the books to deliver to Words Alive!

I had one person let me know they’ve set up a collection at their work and another was even able to send me a book through Amazon shipping!  Please keep working on those donations to that our chapter can help and make a difference for these children in our community!

Below is a breakdown of the basics:

The types of books we are looking for:

  • books for children ages 0-8 years in English and Spanish.

What they cannot use: adults books, reference, textbooks self-help, cookbooks, activity books for kids, overly worn/damaged books, or magazines

Our drive will run through the months of June and July, culminating in a donation collection at during the July Happy Hour, most likely July 21st). 

If you cannot make this deadline please contact Isabelle or myself to arrange to ship it to us or to to arrange another pickup/drop off option.


  • Find gently used books a library sales, garage sales, and Salvation Army book stores
  • Shop Better World Books or Amazon for deals on kids books, eliminating the need to browse at stores
  • Check out the Barnes & Noble “Bargain Books” and sale bins
  • Check in with friends and family with children who might have outgrown their old books
  • Use social media to help spread the word! Use Facebook, Instagram and/or Snapchat to post a picture of yourself with your donation of books and ask others to help support your cause

Thank you,

Ana Bellini

SLA-SD Student Liaison

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2017 Fall Seminar – Presentations and Registration

Library Budgets Today: Making Lemonade from Lemons

Register to join us for a rewarding day of learning at the San Diego Chapter of the Special Libraries Association’s annual professional development seminar.   Our detailed program and agenda is now online.

Friday, September 29 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido, CA 92025

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Register by 12:00 PM, September 19, 2017 : Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks! We will be sending an email and form to share additional information about the event and gather any dietary restrictions or preferences, including vegetarian and gluten-free.  Also, please feel welcome to contact with any questions about our event.

This year’s seminar will focus on innovation, progress, initiative, and adaptability when times call for increased creativity.   Learn from librarians who have improved their services, spaces, outreach and marketing, processes, and/or user experiences with innovative techniques, ideas or programs.  And there will be ample networking opportunities to share how your library creates opportunities when surprises and challenges arise.


Library vs. library: Recreating and Adding Value

Dolly Goulart, Research Director, Corporate Strategy, Qualcomm,

The Qualcomm Library went through significant change earlier this year, ultimately resulting in its closure. The Research function remained, transferred to the business. No longer called the Library, it is still a library – and has had some very quick successes in its new home. The presentation will focus on our now critical need to partner, our continued process for stretching budget dollars, and the improved systems in place to do more with less. It’s the ultimate challenge situation – cutting the function, while still meeting the needs of the business – even when the need wasn’t so clear at the time.


No Building & (Almost) No Budget: How the Haiti Reads Library Transformed from a Brick & Mortar to a Virtual Library

Bobbi Weaver, California Western School of Law

In 2009, Haiti Reads established a library in the Port-au-Prince, but it was damaged by the 2010 earthquake.  While searching for a new location, Haiti Reads structured a “Virtual Library” on its web site with links to free online resources, which people could access via smartphones.  The library moved several times since 2010 due to various limitations.  It became apparent that a print collection was not sustainable, and it was then distributed to educators in Haiti.  Currently, Haiti Reads is refining the resources on its web site.  This presentation will focus on the development of the Virtual Library and future plans for the organization.


The GIS Working Group, Not Just for Geographers: How to Leverage the Campus GIS to Enhance Curriculum and Library Resources Cost Effectively

Ann Fiegen, Librarian for Business & Economics, Kellogg Library, California State University San Marcos,
Allen Risley, GIS/Research Specialist, California State University San Marcos,

Faced with high demand for demographic, lifestyle and business survey data most often only available in expensive marketing databases a partnership with the Geographic Information System (GIS) campus services offered a practical solution for students who needed spatial data for their assignments and projects. The web-based solution allowed for those with no GIS experience to use sophisticated data tools in ESRI’s ArcGIS software and Business and Community Analyst Online. Thanks to a culture of innovation and collaboration use of GIS has expanded across campus. Examples of southern California community based projects will be included.


Digitizing Special Collections on a Next to Nothing Budget

Kelly Zackmann, Senior Librarian, Ontario City Library

In 2007, the Ontario City Library happened to participate in a statewide self-reported survey of preservation issues of its audiovisual collections. Fast-forward to today–as a result of this survey the library has nearly 200 digital audiovisual recordings accessible online, and another 400 still images are to come. The cost? Next to nothing. Kelly Zackmann of the Ontario City Library will discuss how she was able to participate in statewide initiatives with nominal effort and little money, and how it has sparked buy-in from the library’s stakeholders leading to funding for new projects. She’ll share information on how your organization may be able to participate too.


Lightning Rounds


Bringing the Library to its Users: Pop-Up Displays and Holiday Book Bags

David Feare, User Engagement Librarian, National University Library
Lauren Fox, User Engagement Librarian, National University Library

Have you ever got hooked on a product based on a sample? Outreach and marketing has become an increasingly important part of libraries as we look for ways develop relationships with faculty, students, and staff. While a lot of this marketing is done from behind a computer, the National University Library’s Marketing Working Group decided to try something different by bringing the library directly to its intended users. This lightning round will highlight how pop-up displays and a holiday book bag campaign have been used to market the library, increase awareness, and cultivate relationships with faculty, students, and staff. We will explore the results, challenges, drawbacks, and opportunities associated with these efforts.


How Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Makes a Difference in Your Professional Environment

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran, University of North Texas / CulturalCo

As workforces become more diverse, we face the challenge of managing increasingly diverse interactions. Many organizations apply the framework of “cultural intelligence” (CQ)—a person’s capability to adapt to new cultural settings or an unfamiliar cultural context. Rooted in academic research, CQ is a globally recognized way of assessing and improving effectiveness in culturally diverse situations. Leading organizations in business, education, government, and healthcare use CQ. This session will give an overview of CQ and its application within the information profession. It is designed for any individual that interacts with diverse cultures in any organizational segment.  Session Handout


Open-Source Tools for Opening Hearts and Minds

Young Lee, Reference & Digital Resources Librarian, University of La Verne College of Law Library,

Getting users to invest time for learning can be difficult in this on-the-go, attention span challenged world.  Offering engaging, mobile-friendly experiences using interactive fiction, timelines, and presentations can help: 

* Provide repetition by presenting information in multiple ways and modes;
* Utilize cognitive disfluency to encourage processing information, making it more sticky; and
* Elicit empathy to promote human context and emotional scaffolding of information.

In a whirlwind Lightning Round, an overview of one such project will be given along with an introduction to the open-source tools used to create it. 


1 University, 10 Campuses: Sharing Marketing Materials Across the University of California

Gayatri Singh, Reference & Information Services Coordinator, and Librarian for Communication, UC San Diego Library
Antoinette Avila, Library Assistant Supervisor, and Ask a Librarian Manager, UC Irvine Libraries

Libraries across the University of California work together when it comes to collection development, interlibrary loan, cataloging, digitizing projects, and more. The Digital Reference Shared Service Team coordinates the shared virtual chat reference service across the 10 UC campuses. The team’s main focus is to staff the service, but slowly we expanded the reach to share marketing materials. This lightening session will highlight collaborative projects including videos, and other promotional materials. We will discuss challenges and opportunities of working across a campus system. We will include design resources where attendees can find inspiration and templates for marketing materials.


Speaker Bios

Antoinette Avila manages the University of California Ask a Librarian chat service working with fellow UC colleagues to ensure that UC patrons experience quality chat reference service. She has been managing Ask a Librarian chat since 2014 while continuing in her role as an integral team member in the Reference Department at UC Irvine. Antoinette also works as an Adjunct Librarian at Long Beach City College. Antoinette holds a MLIS from San Jose State University.

David Feare is a User Engagement Librarian at National University, a private, nonprofit institution in San Diego, CA. He currently enjoys leading social media and outreach efforts while maintaining his extensive hat collection. There’s a lot more to say and not a lot of room to say it, but he’s happy to tell you more!

Ann Fiegen, Librarian for Business & Economics, California State University San Marcos – She is the liaison to the College of Business Administration where she works with the College’s Senior Experience Teams to solve business projects sponsored by local companies and nonprofits. She is a GIS enthusiast because it’s visual, interactive, and just plain fun to use.

Lauren Fox is a User Engagement Librarian and the liaison to the School of Engineering and Computing at National University, a private, nonprofit institution in San Diego, CA. She has a strong interest in outreach, marketing, and new technologies, and has used this interest to organize all kinds of fun events. In fact, she’s probably brainstorming another one right now!

Dolly Goulart, Research Director, Corporate Strategy, Qualcomm –  With nearly 20 years of experience in competitive market information and custom research, Dolly’s focus is on enabling business leaders to make better decisions through sound competitive information & analysis. The team partners heavily with strategic and cross-departmental groups to provide business critical research deliverables within a robust information infrastructure. Dolly thrives on developing solutions to better enable decisions and strives to break down information silos to improve the flow of knowledge & insights.

Young Lee is the Reference & Digital Resources Librarian at the University of La Verne College of Law Library where, in addition to reference and all things digital, his primary duties include teaching legal research. Fortunately, his personal interests in technology, game design, and human cognition come in handy, constantly finding their way into his instructional and outreach efforts.

Allen Risley, GIS/Research SpecialistIITS, California State University San Marcos – Allen Risley is the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Specialist for California State University San Marcos’ Instructional & Information Technology Services department. His work includes providing technical support for CSUSM’s academic and administrative GIS users, instructional support for faculty teaching GIS and presenting guest lectures to classes on the use of GIS technology. When Allen isn’t immersed in maps and computers he likes to throw Frisbees in the park.

Gayatri Singh is the Reference & Information Services Coordinator, and Librarian for Communication at the UC San Diego Library. Previously, she was a reference librarian at UC Irvine, and reference and instruction librarian at UC Riverside. Her research interests include teaching and learning, student outreach and engagement, and diversity and social justice in librarianship. Gayatri is professionally active in ACRL, APALA, and CARL. She holds an MLS degree from UNC Chapel Hill.

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran is based in the Los Angeles area and is a Lecturer and LIS Coordinator with University of North Texas. She serves as President and CEO of CulturalCo, LLC focusing on areas of cultural competency, emotional and cultural intelligence, and conflict resolution. She is a certified cultural intelligence facilitator through the Cultural Intelligence Center. Dr. Villagran earned her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University with her dissertation focusing on cultural intelligence. /

Bobbi Weaver is the Foreign & International Law Reference Librarian at California Western School of Law where she has worked since Oct. 1997. She received her M.S. in Library Science from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC. Since Dec. 2008, Bobbi has been active in Haiti Reads (, a U.S. nonprofit organization that has provided educational materials and support to communities in Haiti.

Kelly Zackmann is a senior librarian with the Ontario City Library where she manages the Robert E. Ellingwood Model Colony History Room, acquiring, processing, and preserving all special collections materials, and she serves as the primary reference librarian for local history. Kelly has been with the Ontario City Library since 2005. She holds an MLIS from San Jose State University and is a certified archivist.





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