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What do Librarianship, User Experience, Virtual Reality, and Silence have in common? 

What do Librarianship, User Experience, Virtual Reality, and Silence have in common?

Please join SLA-San Diego in a conversation with Tim Gallati, as he describes his journey from tech librarian to VR meditation spaces, and on to the Vatican. This is going to be a very fun and interesting chat. Hope you can join us!


What do Librarianship, User Experience, Virtual Reality, and Silence have in common?

Friday, August 3rd, 9 a.m. PST


This conversation will take place via Zoom.

Registration is required.


Tim Gallati received his MLIS from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and his M.Div from Harvard University. His interests in technology, librarianship, and silence have led him to some very unique experiences. Tim’s professional background is in corporate and academic libraries, where his responsibilities included analytics, user experience research, and curating virtual reality experiences.

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GIA Museum Tour — Recap

GIA Museum Tour — Recap

If you missed the tour of the GIA Museum, please make a mental note to attend any future tour opportunities here! The event was delightful, educational, and filled with beautiful and historic jewelry. 

Our private tour began with the library. Two of our board members, Chris (jobs) and Dianna (treasurer) work at the GIA Library, and joined us for this portion of the tour. (By the way, congratulations are in order to Chris, who recently received her Graduate Gemologist degree!)  Paula Rucinski, the library manager, walked us through its collection and archives, pointing out the variety of materials on the shelves, and shared stories of the library’s digitization project.

For the past few years, the library has been digitizing its rarest books. These files are now available to the public via the Internet Archive. The library’s catalog links directly to digitized copies of rare books such as Pliny’s Natural History from 1496, and a gorgeous, hand-written and hand-illustrated book of British Mineralogy by Martha Proby.

Unfortunately, no photography was permitted in the Jewels of India exhibit, or I would have taken photos of both the gems and the informational displays detailing the history behind them.

The exhibit was stellar, not only for the jewels, but also for the detailed educational information included with each item. For instance, there was a wonderful educational display describing the idea of “navaratna” — sacred gemstones representing aspects of Hindu astrology, as well as examples of navaratna in the jewelry on display. More information on this exhibit can be found on the GIA’s Jewels of India page.

Here are some photos of our tour! Thank you again to everyone at GIA for your hospitality, and for giving us each a copy of a book on gemstones.

A 400 lb art piece made of three pieces of rutilated quart, hanging from the ceiling and illuminated by narrow windows.

This 400 lb “pendant” of rutilated quartz is stunning to behold, but one thing especially cool about it is that twice a year, on the vernal and autumnal equinox,  the sun shines through the quartz and creates a beautiful rainbow along the stairway across the building!

A large slice of pink and green Liddicoatite

Liddicoatite, named after GIA founder Richard Liddicoat, is a distinctive type of tourmaline, a gemstone that can be found in San Diego. The museum had several gorgeous examples of tourmaline, including a two-finger butterfly ring carved from watermelon tourmaline.  I especially love the concentric triangles (or it can look like a Mercedes Benz symbol) within this stone.

A woman with her palms on a glass display case of trillion-cut gemstones

Cindy found some trillion-cut pink gems that matched her outfit perfectly.

Miniature musical instruments carved from a variety of gemstones

Lapis lazuli, rose quartz, malachite, rutilated quartz, turquoise, obsidian, black onyx, what else? Oh yeah, YES PLEASE.

Our small, but thoroughly captivated, group!

Do you think this statue of Richard Liddicoat is life-size?

SLA members pose for a photo at the GIA

Be sure to join us next time!

-Jamie Lin, SLA San Diego President-Elect

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California Revealed

California Revealed will be holding workshops here in June to review the steps of participating in their program! It’s a great introduction to the project, and they will review digital preservation basics too.  San Diego area librarians and archivists – it’s right here in Balboa Park!  If California Revealed is sounding familiar, yes, this is one of the initiatives highlighted at the SLA 2017 Fall Seminar.
From California Revealed:
Our next round of digitization will be this fall. Are you ready to submit your nominations?
Please join us in June (and please tell your colleagues):
  • Sacramento, California | Friday, June 8, 2018 | 11am-4pm | California State Library
  • Los Angeles, California | Thursday, June 14, 2018 | 11am-4pm | Los Angeles Public Library 
  • San Diego, California | Friday, June 15, 2018 | 11am-4pm | San Diego Air and Space Museum 
  • San Francisco, California |  Friday, June 22, 2018 | 11am-4pm | San Francisco Public Library 
RSVP hereHope to see you soon!

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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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Register Now for a Private Tour: Jewels of India Exhibit at GIA – May 10, 2018

Please Join SLA-SD for a private tour of the Jewels of India exhibit at the Gemological Institute of America

Click Here or on the image to register

Please join SLA-SD for a private tour of the Jewels of India exhibit at the Gemological Institute of America.

This tour will be followed by a tour of the GIA library.

May 10th, 2018

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

GIA is located at 5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008


Click Here or on the image to register



Registration is required.

Space is limited.

Preference will be given to SLA-SD members.  (Become a member!)


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Let’s talk about…. What Library School Didn’t Teach Me

You are invited!

APRIL 20th, 2018 … 12 pm PST … Register Here


ATTN: current LIS students, former LIS students, potential LIS students, and new professionals!

Please join SLA-San Diego for a lively and candid panel discussion. Panelists represent the areas of public, academic, archives, and corporate librarianship.

Plus! Find out how you can enter to win $1000 to attend the 2018 SLA Annual Conference in Baltimore, where Carla Hayden will deliver the keynote address.


Register Here


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SCIL Works 2018 — Call For Proposals!

Our friends at SCIL (Southern California Instruction Librarians) would like you to be aware of their upcoming event. They are actively seeking proposals for:


SCIL Works 2018: Where Virtual Meets Reality: The Intersection between Instruction and Our Virtual Campus Communities


Event Date:

Friday, February 23, 2018

This annual mini-conference offers librarians the opportunity to share their best practices, innovative pedagogy, and creative solutions with colleagues. SCIL Works 2018 will focused on the ways in which we bring instruction out of the classroom and into virtual places.

Location: West Los Angeles College

Please complete the Proposal Submission Form by 5:00 pm, Friday, December 15th.  All submissions will be blind-reviewed by a panel. Presenters will be notified that their submissions have been accepted by December 19th. If you have questions about submitting, please contact Amanda Roth, SCIL Chair.



We are accepting proposals for presentations in one of three formats:

– Workshop: A 50-minute workshop where the presenter shares best practices and practical applications about a topic that encourages audience participation in the form of engaging discussions or activities.

– Presentation: A  20-minute presentation where the presenter shares his/her research or an effective program or practice with participants, with an additional 5 minutes for Q&A.

– Lightning Round: A live, 5-minute poster session or slide deck. This presentation could briefly describe a program or initiative, highlight an online tool or tutorial, or exhibit an assessment process or instrument.



If you have questions about submitting, please contact Amanda Roth, SCIL Chair.

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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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Embedded Librarianship and Digital Asset Management at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific

On behalf of SLA-Southern California Chapter, we would like to extend an invitation to SLA-SD’s members to join us for an exciting professional development event about Embedded Librarianship and Digital Asset Management at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific! Please come and invite your friends, colleagues and students for an “under the sea” edutainment adventure next Friday, October 13th. For more information, please go to:

and register this week!

Don’t forget! You don’t have to attend the SLA-SCC Professional Development event to come to the Happy Hour at Bubba Gump Shrimp starting around 4:00pm. Please RSVP by email to Bally Dailey at and put “Happy Hour” in the subject line.

See you soon!


Belinda Beardt

​Advanced Information Management (AIM)

The Library & Information

​ Science​
​Recruiting and ​

Staffing Specialists

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Where: University of California, Berkeley
When: May 18-19, 2018

(Please excuse any cross postings – we are just really excited for this event!)

The next STELLA Unconference is in the works! The unconference will take place at the University of California Berkeley on Friday May 18 – Saturday May 19, 2018. This free event welcomes current or aspiring science, technology, engineering and medical/health librarians and those interested in STEM librarianship! In the unconference spirit, YOU will drive the agenda and determine what discussions and breakouts will take place. We will be updating the STELLA website as more information becomes available.

STELLA registration will open in October. Previous STELLA meetings have attracted STEM librarians from all over the country. We hope to see you at STELLA 2018!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact UC Berkeley organizers* Lisa Ngo or Samantha Teplitzky.

*UC Berkeley organizers: Lisa Ngo, Samantha Teplitzky, Becky Miller, Anna Sackmann, Elliott Smith

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