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June/July 2019 Chapter eNotes

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June/July Message From The Board

DC/SLA has had a busy summer and it's only getting busier. We had a great time at the SLA annual conference, and hope that chapter members who went did as well. We plan to have a conference recap event shortly.

Speaking of conferences, we're excited to officially announce and open for registration the first annual DC/SLA Breakthrough Conference: Preparing Today's Librarians for Tomorrows Possibilities. Join us on September 12th at the International Monetary Fund and in collaboration with the World Bank Group Library to explore possibilities and opportunities for the future of our profession. Students, retired members, and non-members are welcome, so share with your networks and join us for an exciting event on September 12th!

We hope you'll also join us for the other upcoming events this summer, including a dine around, non-fiction book club meeting, a joint DC and VA chapter family friendly networking event, and a cyber-security workshop.

Enjoy your summer and stay cool!

The 2019 DC/SLA Board


Member Spotlight: Bruce Rosenstein

The Power of Reinvention and Networking 

Many librarians and information professionals will reinvent themselves in the coming years. That was the theme of a DC/SLA panel that I moderated and helped organize on May 15th, at the DC headquarters of LexisNexis. The powers of reinvention and networking are also focal points in The Special Library/Information Center, the course I will teach July 2-August 8, and which I’ve taught as an adjunct professor since 1996, at the Catholic University Department of Library and Information Science.

We will bring the outside world in to the class with guest lecturers, as well as other information professionals for an invitation-only symposium. Students will complete an assignment in which virtually and after-the-fact, they will report on the 2019 SLA annual conference, and interview two participants of their choosing. Finally, students will be required to do site visit projects based on interviews at special libraries where they do not have previous connections.

Library school can be life-changing. That was my experience when I was a student in the CUA program, during the 1980s. The assigned textbook in my library management class, Peter Drucker’s Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, sparked my intense interest in Drucker’s life and work. This led to writing about and interviewing him extensively when I later worked for USA TODAY, and eventually to interviewing him for my two books, Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker's Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life (published ten years ago), and Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way, in 2013.

Whether or not you take formal or informal classes, or embark on new degrees, professional reinvention can be one of your most valuable assets.

Bruce Rosenstein:



Upcoming DC/SLA Events

We've got so many exciting events coming up this Summer and Fall!

Dinner and A Movie: Group Outing to the LOC's showing of "Mary Poppins" 

Thurs., July 11, 2019
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
Santa Rosa Taqueria
313 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20543
RSVP  for dinner

Join the Washington DC Chapter of the Special Libraries Association as we go to watch Marry Poppins at the Library of Congress' outdoor film festival. The film will begin at sunset – roughly 8:30 PM. Before the movie we will meet at 6:30 for dinner at Santa Rosa Taqueria (313 Pennsylvania Ave SE). Around 7:45 we will head to the north lawn of the Jefferson building to find a place sit on the grass and enjoy the movie.

Please reserve your ticket for the Library of Congress' event at: Our RSVP is to let us know you will be joining DCSLA for a dinner before the event so that reservations can be made at the restaurant.

July Programming Committee Meeting

Wed, July 17, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Teaism Penn Quarter
400 8th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004

Please come share your ideas with us and help us to plan some great events. We will be discussing upcoming events such as:

Organizing Regional Dine Arounds & Happy Hours;

Organizing library tours;

Organizing webinars;

Organizing panel discussions;

and more!

If you are interested in helping plan any of these events but are unable to make it to the meeting, please reach out to us at dcslanewprograms[at] We are always looking for more volunteers.'

Tour of Crystal City and Dine Around

Mon, July 22, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID)
2121 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

Walk the future of Amazon at National Landing! Come join DCSLA and the staff of the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) for a walking tour of Amazon’s new HQ2 in the National Landing area, including sneak previews of proposed plans. The tour will start at 5:30 PM, and it will last approximately one hour and 15 minutes. It will be followed by dinner (separate checks) about 7:00 PM at Ted’s Montana Grill.

Non-Fiction Book Club

Tue, July 23, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Zorba's Café
1612 20th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
RSVP Here!

The Washington DC Chapter of the Special Library Association will be discussing The Library Book by Susan Orlean.

VA and DC Chapter Family Friendly Networking Event

Sun, August 4, 2019
10:50 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220

Join the Virginia & Washington DC Chapter of the Special Libraries Association for a family friendly networking event which will meet at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). This is an opportunity for parents and grandparents who may not normally make our social networking events to have a chance to meet and network with other librarians in the region. All are welcome to attend.

SLA Annual Conference Recap

If you weren't able to make it to the annual conference or just want a refresher, join us on August 7th at Bloomberg! More details and registration soon!

Cyber Security for Libraries Workshop

August 10th 10AM-5PM
Columbus School of Law The Catholic University of America
3600 John McCormack Road Northeast
Room 204
Washington, DC 20017
Led by Ruth Capezzone from Irradient Technologies, Inc.
RSVP by May 22nd Here!

Join DC/SLA as we learn from Ruth Capezzone of Irradient Technologies, Inc. about cyber-security and how librarians can help protect their libraries and the valuable information they hold. Libraries are not immune from attack: American Libraries magazine wrote about one such attack that happened at Spartanburg County Public Library in 2018 and The Guardian wrote about another attack on a library that happened in St. Louis in 2017.

This timely workshop will cover topics such as: IT Security Fundamentals, Privacy, What Hackers Are After and How They Do It, How to Protect Yourself and Stay Safe Online, & Integrating IT Security in Libraries. This workshop is a condensed version of a larger class of workshops that Ruth teaches to corporations, businesses, nonprofits and other interested parties.

There are a maximum number of fifty seats available, so, please, reserve your seat early!

The Breakthrough Conference: Preparing Today's Librarians for Tomorrow's Possibilities

Thurs., September 12, 2019
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT
International Monetary Fund HQ2
1900 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20431

Join DC/SLA, the World Bank Group Library, and the International Monetary Fund Library for a one day conference hosted at the IMF! 

This  conference will address questions such as:

How will librarians break through the challenges posed by rapid technological change and meet new demands?

What can librarians do to advance the creation, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge in the AI age?

How will/should librarians prepare for coming technological and economic changes?

What strategies for understanding and implementing technological change should be discussed? And,

How can librarians use new technologies to show greater return on investment within their institutions?

Come explore these questions with us. We may not have the answers, but, with your help, we will break through to the future! Join us at the International Monetary Fund on September 12th to learn with your fellow library and information professionals.

Registration includes a lunch provided by the International Monetary Fund Library and a post-conference networking reception sponsored by the World Bank Group Library.



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