Happening this Sunday, 3/6, REGISTER HERE
SLA-SCC members, if you're interested in archives, learning about the history of special librarianship (and Southern California) in context, and/or planning parties, please register for this event on 3/6/22. We are seeking both new and longtime members.
The goal is to form a committee to plan a proper celebration of the Southern California Chapter of Special Libraries Association's Centennial! 100 years! While we officially became a Chapter of SLA in 1927 ...
On March 6, 1922, a group of special librarians meet at the Realty Board Room in Los Angeles and decided to organize. They elected a President and appointed a liaison to SLA. They adopted a constitution on April 10th and appointed a Periodicals Committee on May 8th. Pretty remarkable, just 3 years after a global pandemic, right?
So while the timing with the present-day pandemic didn't work out quite right for us to plan a big celebration on March 6th this year, there are many other milestones to celebrate between now and 2027 - 100 years after we officially became part of SLA.
This initial brainstorming session will commemorate that fateful first meeting, and kick-off planning for how to use our legacy to empower special librarians in the future. Some potential tasks for committee members might be:
- Reviewing the SCC digital archive for significant figures, milestones, and for local response to current events (we have newsletters going back to 1938: how did wartime impact this profession? - when did the internet enter the conversation? - what types of institutions had libraries in 1958? - how did we gather to network and develop as professionals over the years?)
- Collaborating with the Archives Committee (more info coming soon) to review/exhibit significant items from the physical archive to commemorate our history
- Ideas you bring to this session could help fulfill your needs for experience in this area – if you're looking for a project to build your resume, this could be it.
Can't wait to learn and celebrate with you.