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Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference

Mark your calendars!

The 18th annual Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference will take place September 12-13 2019, at PCC – Sylvania in Portland, Oregon.  Look for registration opening in April 2019.  Deadline for Proposals is March 8, 2019

Our Keynote speaker this year will be Nancy Pearl, the well-known Seattle-based librarian, literary critic, author, and action-figure.

Call for Session Proposals

The NWILL Conference Program Committee invites proposals for lightning rounds (7 minutes) and regular sessions (45 minutes) of interest to interlibrary loan and resource sharing practitioners.

The following topics are of interest to the Program Committee and have been requested by previous attendees, and we welcome proposals on other topics as well:

  • ILL for public, small, and special libraries

  • Copyright & licensing

  • Marketing ILL

  • ILL 101

  • Collaborating (between departments or other libraries)

  • Leadership skills, such as “managing up” and student management

  • Succession planning

  • ILL through the years

  • Serving diverse populations

  • Improving the user experience

  • International borrowing & lending (IFLA vouchers, postage, etc)



Would you like to be involved in a panel discussion?  Can you do a 5 – 7 minute presentation on a topic below and feel comfortable answering questions or leading a discussion with a group of 3 – 5 other people?  Let us know!

  • ILLiad, Tipasa, WSILL, and other alternatives

  • Innovations and trends

  • ILL workflows

  • Consortial borrowing

  • Other – Feel free to suggest a topic!  If enough are submitted on a single topic we’ll consider additional panels!


Those whose proposals are accepted will receive free or discounted registration.

Submit your proposals here – Deadline for Proposals is March 8, 2019

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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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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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MLA Joint Meeting call for proposals

From our Medical Library Association colleagues….


Have a paper or poster that you are eager to present?  We want to hear from you!

 The Northern California/Nevada Medical Library Group and the Medical Library Group of Southern California/Arizona are accepting paper and poster proposals for our 2018 Joint Meeting.  Our meeting theme is: “Crossing the Canyon: Bridging Divides & Navigating Waters.”  

 Share your voice and be heard! The deadline for Paper, Poster, Special Content, and Lightning Talk proposals is November 1. The Joint Meeting will be held in January 21-24, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Embassy Suites by Hilton. For details, visit:

 Registration information is coming soon.

 Plenary Speakers have been confirmed and include:

Acting Director, National Library of Medicine (retired), previously NLM Deputy Director, Betsy Humphries, M.L.S.

President, Medical Library Association, and Director, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System, Barbara Epstein, M.S.L.S.

17th Surgeon General of the United States, Chief of Health Innovation at Canyon Ranch, and Distinguished Professor at University of Arizona, Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS.


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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

©California Center for the Arts, Escondido. All rights reserved.


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.





Soutron Global

Wolters Kluwer

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Call for Proposals – SLA-SD 2017 Fall Seminar

Library Budgets Today: Making Lemonade from Lemons

This year our focus will be on innovation, progress, initiative, and adaptability when times call for increased creativity. We call for proposals by librarians who have improved their library services, spaces, outreach and marketing, processes, and/or user experiences with innovative techniques, ideas or programs. How does your special, academic, or public library respond to or create opportunities when surprises and challenges arise?

We are looking for presentations that share knowledge and insights about the tools, methods, and skills that help us learn more about ways to optimize challenging situations.  Proposals will be accepted in two formats: Individual/Group Presentation (30-45 minutes) and Lightning Round (5-10 minutes).   Presentations and Lightning Rounds may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

A curious herbal. London : Printed for Samuel Harding, 1737-1739.. CC BY 2.0


Partnering for mutual benefit

How did you structure a shared service or work together on a project, creating more than a whole from two halves?

Doing more with more

Share a case where you had a better situation than initially expected and were able to leverage it into a far greater service, program, or facility.

Perseverance, preservation and turn-around stories

How did you prove your value and successfully make a case for your budget?

Alternative service agreement structures

Share your smart shopping, deal making, and no-loser solutions.

Creative technology wins

Open source options that worked for you, ways to leverage technology, and “outside of the box” ideas for systems and/or services.

New funding streams and strategies

Examples of successful crowdfunding, charge-backs, fundraising and/or development partnerships.



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, affiliation, contact information
  • Description: A title and brief summary of your presentation or Lightning Round topic (up to 500 words)
    • Presentation format – individual speaker, team presentation or panel discussion OR Lightning Round

Presentations should be approximately 30-45 minutes in length for Individual/Group Presentations and 5-10 minutes for Lightning Rounds. Please submit your proposal to us at by  June 26, 2017 June 30, 2017. The seminar committee will select presentations by July 6, 2017.

Be sure to save the date for September 29 on your calendar. This year’s seminar will be held at the beautiful California Center for the Arts, Escondido!

©California Center for the Arts, Escondido. All rights reserved.

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


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Friday, September 29 – SLA-SD 2017 Fall Seminar

We are very excited to announce the date, venue, and theme for the Special Libraries Association, San Diego Chapter 2017 Fall Seminar.

This event is a great opportunity to meet librarians and information professionals from all walks of information curation, organization, and specialization. And, if you’re in the San Diego area, it’s local! If you’re not located in San Diego, the end of September is a great time to visit–please don’t tell anyone… local’s secret!

Date: Friday, September 29

Theme:  Library Budgets Today: Making Lemonade From Lemons

Venue:  The California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Click here for registration, speakers, presentations, and more! 


A curious herbal. London : Printed for Samuel Harding, 1737-1739.. CC BY 2.0

This year our focus will be on innovation, progress, initiative, and adaptability when times call for increased creativity. We call for proposals by librarians who have improved their library spaces, outreach and marketing, processes, and/or user experiences with innovative techniques, ideas or programs. How does your special, academic, or public library respond to or create opportunities when surprises and challenges arise?

We’ll be sending out our call for proposals soon. We look forward to hearing your ideas and hope to see you there. It’s shaping up to be an exciting event, and we’re looking forward to exploring a great new venue.  It’s sure to inspire creativity!

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2017 Digital Initiatives Symposium at USD May 1&2 2017

Join University of San Diego’s Copley Library for the Fourth Annual Digital Initiative Symposium May 1 & 2, 2017

The full schedule is now available at:

Register now through April 17, 2017 at:

1 Gorgeous Location

1 Continental Breakfast

1 Buffet Lunch

1 Wine & Cheese Reception

2 Keynote Addresses

2 Days of Dynamic Programming

3 Workshops

3 Panel Presentations

4 User Group Meetings

4 Birds of a Feather Dinner Groups

12 Concurrent Sessions

+ 16 Poster Presentations

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Prospect Development 2017 — Call for Speakers

Speak at Prospect Development 2017, July 26-29, or at the Data Analytics Symposium, July 26-27, in Anaheim, CA. 

APRA (Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement) is seeking presentations in the following areas: Data Analytics Prospect Research Relationship Management Campaigns Partnerships, Leadership and Management The Data Analytics Symposium Conference Committee is seeking presentations targeting both the Start-Up and Enterprise tracks.

Submissions are due by October 31 and selected speakers will be notified in January 2017.

Submit your proposal here.

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Fall Seminar hourly program

The Fall Seminar schedule is now available online. I’ve updated the Registration page with this information.

Hope to see you there!

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