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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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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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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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Part-Time Assistant Librarian for E-Commerce Publishing Company

Please see details here.

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LIBRARIAN (TEMPORARY/PART-TIME) The City of National City Library

The City of National City Library currently has one (1) temporary, part-time vacancy for their Local History Room.


Under direction, to plan, organize, and oversee the operation of the Kile Morgan Local History Room; perform professional library work in local history; responsible for research services and provide effective access to the archival collections; and perform related duties as required.

—  Up to 19 hours a week
—  Afternoons
— Some evenings and weekends may be required

Key Responsibilities:
  • Provide reference and research services by email, telephone, mail, and in person.
  • Evaluate records and prepare record-keeping systems for preservation and retention of records
  • Catalog, process, manage, and maintain archival collections in a variety of formats
  • Create and maintain accessible computer archives and databases
  • Compile finding aids, reference guides, statistics and reports
  • Promote work through exhibitions, presentations, talks and visits
  • Coordinate and lead digitization projects
  • Establish and administer policy guidelines concerning public access and use of materials
  • Write and administer grants
  • Coordinate educational and public outreach programs such as tours and instructional workshops
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Completion  of a standard course in an accredited library school  with concentration in archival studies or coursework in archives and manuscript management and two (2) years of professional experience in a library; OR
  • Master’s degree in library science and one (1) year professional archival experience.

To apply please visit:

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Reminder: SLA-SD Annual holiday dinner and business meeting; Registration Deadline 11/29/ at noon

Hi all,

There’s still time to register to join us at Apollonia.  Hope to see you there!

SLA-SD annual holiday dinner and business meeting is December 1st

All are welcome.  Join the SLA SD President & members of the chapter as we review our achievements in 2016. This is a great opportunity to learn about what makes our chapter so special!

Where: Apollonia Greek Bistro, La Jolla  Directions 

When: Thursday, Dec 1st  5:30 – 8 pm (Socializing and networking 5:30-6:00)

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 Greg Sorini  (SLA-SD President Elect, 2016)

SLA-SD Holiday Dinner 2016

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Last Call – 2016 Fall Seminar Registration

Wednesday, September 28, is the last day to register for the 2016 SLA-SD Fall Seminar, Exceeding our Patrons’ Expectations: The Engagement-Centered Library.  Click the link to register and learn more about the event.

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SLA Annual Conference Report – Britt Mueller, SLA San Diego President

SLA 2016 Annual Conference Report from  Britt Mueller, 2016 President SLA San Diego Chapter

Overall Impression:

There was a real sense of renewal and energy at this conference. The hard work and many efforts to manage change over the past year and a half seem to have resulted in a cohesive sense of direction. With the new management structure in place and a new Board there was a push to continue the work to make SLA financially viable, meaningful for members, and highly relevant to information professionals overall.

A nice part of this conference was a really useful Conference App that was easy to use and provided a lot of information on sessions and events in a useful manner.

The conference numbers have not been finalized, but as of May reporting:

  • 1,891 registrants including 907 full registrants, 562 Exhibitors, and 143 one-day or CE only.
  • This does represent about a 15% decline from 2015 attendance numbers from the same time period.

AMC (Association Management Consultants) . New Executive Director and New Staff:

Financial Reporting and Support for Units and Unit Treasurers:

  • First, there is a new wealth manager for the pooled fund that looks very promising. It is the RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) and they have been brought in to take a much broader look at the pooled fund needs. They also have significantly lower fees than the old fund managers and there is a promise of a high level of transparency and communication.  They had only been brought on the week prior to the conference, but overall SLA is hoping that the pooled fund can see better returns and be better constructed to meet the longer term financial needs of the organization and the units.
  • Second, SLA is encouraging using a unified structure that relates to simplifying and unifying some of the unit treasurer requirements. One such effort is making sure there is a common SLA signer (in the current case, Michele Jerome, SLAs interim COO). They are also unifying around annual reporting, audit and key controls. They seem to be considering encouraging units to use a a common bank.
  • They will have a lot of financial and budgeting resources on the new communication platform, SLA Connect, including the new Unit Financial Handbook.

Chapter Unit Meeting:

San Diego Chapter representation from President, Britt Mueller and Incoming President, Greg Sorini. Both present for roll call.

Most of the discussion at the Chapter Unit Meeting was around a motion to re-instate the mid year leadership forum meeting to be in person rather than online. This meeting usually took place in January and unit leaders were invited to attend to network with others in SLA and obtain working knowledge of the organization and guidance on best practices as SLA leaders. SLA created this as a virtual “boot camp” this year, and had a much larger turnout. The motion that eventually passed was that the Chapter Units recommend that the Board consider reinstating the mid year leadership meeting to take place as an “in-person” conference.

SLA Connect

The new platform is being widely rolled out and members are encouraged to use it and communicate to their membership via the Connect platform. List serve communications will be discontinued as of August 1st 2016. At present you must be a member to access SLA Connect. There are discussions underway as to different levels of access potentially being offered in the future.

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