Recent Events

The SLA San Diego Chapter Fall Seminar is back! Questions? Email   

Alone Together: Building a Community of Librarians

Often working in a “special” library can mean being the lone information expert in your organization or your specific role. The goal of this year’s seminar is to bring together information professionals from disparate environments, backgrounds, and organizations to address the challenges this always changing, and sometimes strange, profession brings with it. How can we work together to create meaningful relationships and knowledge sharing practices to build your community of experts helping experts? How can we leverage our connections, resources, and skills to make our services more valuable and visible in our organizations?  Let's gather together and learn from 16 colleagues representing 18 institutions and organizations!

Date and Venue

This year’s seminar will be held on Friday, October 11, at Marina Village. In addition to a full day of continuing education and networking, attendees receive breakfast, lunch, and snacks with a view. Out-of-town guests will save 15% on nearby hotel rates using this link.

Marina Village
Photo courtesy of Marina Village

8:00 - 8: 45 a.m.     
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.     
Welcome: Jamie Lin, SLA San Diego Chapter President

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.   
Keynote Panel: Defining Community

Scott Brown, Senior Cybrarian, Oracle
Kim Dority, President, Dority & Associates
Khalilah Gambrell, Senior Technical Product Manager, EBSCO Information Services

10:00 - 10:45 a.m.   
Real World - Gensler

This is the true story of a solo Librarian, picked to live with one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies” of 2018, to support 100 designers to see what happens when library services stop being routine and the Librarian becomes embedded. Oh, and did we mention there are no books? This session will share a behind the scenes look at the first year of a professional Librarian working at San Diego’s largest architecture firm.

Kara West, Resource Librarian, Gensler San Diego

10:45 - 11:15 a.m.   
Morning Break and Vendor Showcase

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   
Renovation, Relocation, Recalibration

What happens when there is a shift in your work environment? Discover how librarians and archivists found creative ways to succeed in unique circumstances.
  • Mingei International Museum closed to undergo a complete renovation. Kristi shares adventures navigating this new landscape and explores how lessons learned in limbo could change the trajectory of her work and this Museum’s library and archives.
  • Anne is well over a year into a transition to a mostly remote worker, learning a lot about flexibility, isolation and connection, important business practices, and even telepresence robots.
  • Aditi returned to government archives after three years in academia. Hear her tale of starting in a new position in a newly created archives program in a newly constructed facility and building the systems to serve the information needs of the public.
Kristi Ehrig-Burgess, Library, Archives and Digitization Manager, Mingei International Museum
Anne Hall, Senior Librarian & Archivist, Research Library & Archives, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, CA
Aditi Worcester, County Archivist, San Diego County Archives

12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Starting From a Seed: Growing Big Projects From Small Ideas Through External Funding and Collaboration
In this presentation, two librarians from CSUSM will discuss how to leverage collaboration with partners outside the library to make impactful projects happen. The presenters will use their own experience of how they went from a small, unfunded idea about developing a library internship to submitting a large, multi-campus federal grant. During the session, attendees will identify potential projects at their own institutions that might “grow big” through collaboration. Presenters will then guide attendees through a brainstorming session to identify knowledge gaps and the potential partners in attendees’ networks who might help to fill those gaps.

Tricia Lantzy, Health Sciences and Human Services Librarian, CSU San Marcos University Library
Talitha Matlin, STEM / Interim First Year Programs Librarian, CSU San Marcos University Library

12:45 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch, Network & Explore

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Vendor Presentations

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Round Table Discussions

Becoming a de-facto distance librarian: Performing information services in non-traditional spaces
When assisting patrons online, librarians often encounter grey areas with requests from patrons outside of their organization. For example, a Vietnam-based NGO creating an environmental children’s library sought assistance from the San Diego Zoo Global Library. Though they are not officially affiliated with SDZG, their need for a trained librarian was clear, and I have since become their de-facto distance librarian. Thus, I will be leading discussions on navigating information services within non-traditional contexts, how the ease of online tools challenges the idea of the “official” patron, and what we as a community can do to address this trend. 

Ariel Hammond, Intern/Volunteer, San Diego Zoo Global Library & Archives; Master of Information candidate, Rutgers University

Can I Stay in My Pajamas All Day?
Join us in a roundtable discussion of the pros, cons, and best practices of remote work. What are some ways to build a cooperative, familiar, trusting team in a remote environment? How can remote workers remain visible in a remote environment? What are some of the struggles (or benefits) of supervising remote employees (or having a manager who works remotely)? How do you stick to a schedule, combat loneliness or isolation, and maintain a healthy work/life balance while working remotely? How can remote work be improved, and is it really as great as it seems? 

Karin Mente, Distance Education Librarian, Zovio

Mentoring and Providing Opportunities for Future Professionals
Discuss the value of mutually-beneficial mentoring relationships and how we can provide the best experiences for the growth and development for tomorrow’s information professionals.

David Cappoli, Director of Web Operations, UCLA School of Law

Obtaining New Skills in Isolation: Archiving on an Island and Creating a Community of Local Information Professionals
Archivists around San Diego County find themselves working for organizations that may employ one archivist or librarian to handle multiple roles. Working on islands we are isolated in our positions. This round-table discussion intends to initiate a dialogue among archivists, librarians, and curators in creating a network of San Diego County information professionals willing to meet periodically, brainstorm, share resources, ideas, and collaborative projects. We intend to increase each participant’s toolbox of resources with a new social network of like-minded people in our field with a willingness to initiate collaborations and work together in sharing resources, both historic and professional. 

Renato Rodriguez, Archivist, San Diego History Center
Vickie Stone, Curator of Collections, Coronado Historical Association

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Afternoon Break & Snack

3:15 - 4:00 p.m.
San Diego LIBROS: Let’s Connect and Collaborate
LIBROS is the San Diego chapter of REFORMA, a national organization that advocates for library services and resources to Spanish speakers and Latinos. We will discuss the work our chapter has accomplished in collaborating with and fostering relationships with community organizations, artists, and library folks across the border, as well as the challenges that have come up in re-envisioning the way LIBROS can meet its mission. With plans to continue this growth, we seek to meaningfully engage and expand connections and collaborations with San Diego library communities.

April Ibarra Sisqueiros, Adjunct Librarian, Southwestern College; Vice Chair, LIBROS
Itza Vilaboy, Library Intern, San Diego Mesa College; Chair, LIBROS

4:00 - 4:15 p.m.
SLA San Diego Chapter Update

Jamie Lin, SLA San Diego Chapter President
SLA San Diego Executive Board

4:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Closing, Raffle Drawings & Evaluations

A big thank you to our 2019 Fall Seminar Sponsors!

Breakfast Sponsor

Lunch Sponsor

Backstage Library Works



Soutron Global

World Scientific Publishing

Presenter Bios

Scott Brown
 is a Senior Cybrarian at Oracle, where he works with strategic teams and initiatives across the company to make better decisions with information. He has a strong background in research and information work in high-tech settings, having previously worked at Qualcomm and Sun Microsystems. Scott is the author of Social Information: Gaining competitive and business advantage using social media tools, serves as adjunct faculty with the iSchool at San Jose State University in California, and teaches regularly for other information science programs. He was inducted as an SLA Fellow in 2012, and has over 10 years supporting the Competitive Intelligence Division.
Keynote Panel: Defining Community 

David Cappoli is a member of the Communications team at UCLA Law overseeing school-wide web content and digital newsletters. Within SLA, David has been president and treasurer of the Southern California Chapter, served on a number of committees, and chaired the 2016 conference planning council. He was inducted as an SLA Fellow in 2013, and received SLA’s Rosie Award in 2018. Most importantly, David advises the SLA student chapter at UCLA.
Roundtable: Mentoring and Providing Opportunities for Future Professionals

Kim Dority is president of Dority & Associates, an information strategy and content development company. In addition to her Dority & Associates client work, she consults with numerous LIS grad schools and their students to help them launch dynamic, rewarding, and sustainable careers. She is the author of dozens of articles and several books on library and information science career topics, including Rethinking Information Work: A Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals, 2d ed (2016). Ms. Dority created and manages the LinkedIn “LIS Career Options” group, with 13,000+ members from 80 different countries. She received SLA’s Rosie Award, recognizing outstanding commitment to teaching and professional development, in April 2017.
Keynote Panel: Defining Community 

Kristi Ehrig-Burgess is the Library, Archives and Digitization Manager at Mingei International Museum. She develops strategies, policies and procedures for the Museum’s Library and Archives and provides staff and researchers with facilitated access to the Museum’s book collection, institutional archives and special collections. Kristi holds a BA in Art History, has 14 years of experience working in the Museum field, is a member of SAA and serves as the Hospitality Chair for the San Diego Chapter of SLA.
Presentation: Renovation, Relocation, Recalibration

Khalilah Gambrell is a Senior Technical Product Manager with EBSCO Information Services. She works with designers, developers, and librarians from all over the world on FOLIO, an open source library services platform. Prior to FOLIO, she defined user and technical requirements for EBSCOhost and EBSCO Discovery Service platforms, and has worked on user research and accessibility initiatives. Khalilah is a long-time member of the SLA New England Chapter. She has been chapter president twice and currently serves as programming co-chair. She is also a member of SLA's Nominating Committee and Technology Advisory Council and was inducted as an SLA Fellow in 2017.
Keynote Panel: Defining Community 

Anne Hall is a Sr. Librarian and Archivist at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She is a Certified Archivist, and holds a MLIS and BA in American Studies. Anne has enjoyed developing a breadth of experience, holding positions in school, public, academic, and special libraries. Prior to the Fed, Anne worked in the Wells Fargo Corporate Heritage Division. She is a member of SLA, SAA, and SCA.
Presentation: Renovation, Relocation, Recalibration

Ariel (Arie) Hammond
Though she has a background in literature, Ariel specializes in technical services and organizing information. At San Diego Zoo Global she assists the Library & Archives with cataloging, digitization, data management, and research. She is currently serving on the technology committee for Wildlife Insights, a new camera trap platform, and is organizing a conference for the camera trap community. She also serves as the SLA San Diego Membership Chair, and works to connect librarians and library-science students in the Southern California region.
Roundtable: Becoming a de-facto distance librarian: Performing information services in non-traditional spaces

April Ibarra Siqueiros is a bilingual community college librarian at Southwesern College and artist. She has served as Treasurer and Website Manager for LIBROS, the San Diego Chapter of REFORMA, and plans to serve as Vice Chair for 2019-2020. She is a co-author of a chapter for a forthcoming book titled, Borders & belonging: Critical examinations of LIS approaches toward immigrants, which focuses on the narratives of San Diego and Tijuana librarians. April’s interests include Spanish/bilingual library services, zines, user experience and visual design, and incorporating them into librarianship.
Presentation: San Diego LIBROS: Let’s Connect and Collaborate

Tricia Lantzy is the Health Sciences and Human Services Librarian at California State University San Marcos. She has a MS in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego. Her current research focuses on assessing student learning in library settings and investigating the link between student learning outcomes and high impact practices.
Presentation: Starting From a Seed: Growing Big Projects From Small Ideas Through External Funding and Collaboration

Talitha Matlin is the STEM / Interim First Year Programs Librarian at California State University San Marcos. She has an MLIS from San Jose State University and a BA in Linguistics and Communication from the University of California, San Diego. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Learning, Design, and Technology from SDSU. Her current research examines the application of instructional design pricnciples to non-traditional educational settings. 
Presentation: Starting From a Seed: Growing Big Projects From Small Ideas Through External Funding and Collaboration

Karin Mente
Distance Education Librarian, Zovio – With Ed Tech company, Zovio, Karin works towards making information literacy instruction scalable, accessible, and innovative. She supports the students of Ashford University and serves as the liaison to the Forbes™ School of Business & Technology and College of Liberal Arts. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin.
Roundtable: Can I Stay in My Pajamas All Day?

Vickie Stone
As the Curator of Collections at the Coronado Historical Association, Vickie promotes the prosperous history of Coronado through the preservation of historical artifacts and archives in the museum's collection. Before arriving in Coronado, she successfully completed her Master of Arts Degree in Museum Studies at Indiana University/Purdue University in Indianapolis. During and after her studies, she worked with numerous history collections in Colorado, Alaska, and Indiana.
Roundtable: Obtaining New Skills in Isolation: Archiving on an Island and Creating a Community of Local Information Professionals

Renato Rodriguez is the current Archivist at the San Diego History Center where he manages the Documents Archive, Architectural Collection, and Map Library. Renato received his Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies and MLIS from the University of Washington in 2013 and has been working in Balboa Park ever since. Previous to his work as an Archivist, Renato was an Associate Producer with Oregon Public Broadcasting and PBS for Great Lodges of the National Parks, FRONTLINE, and the History Detectives. His work with the History Detectives drove him to pursue an MLIS and work full-time immersed in history.
Roundtable: Obtaining New Skills in Isolation: Archiving on an Island and Creating a Community of Local Information Professionals

Itza Vilaboy is a bilingual staff member at San Diego City College (Student Services) and San Diego Mesa College (Mesa College Library) and writer. She is a Library and Information Sciences student. As the Acting Chair of LIBROS, the local chapter of REFORMA (an affiliate of the American Library Association, established 1971), a nonprofit library outreach organization (c. 1985), she has developed initiatives to support organizational growth and community engagement in San Diego and Tijuana. Recent publications include AZTLÁN: A Journal of Chicano Studies, THE LIBRARIANS art exhibition catalog (Taller California July 2009), and a forthcoming chapter (co-authored with April Ibarra Siqueiros) focusing on San Diego and Tijuana librarians for a forthcoming book titled, Borders & belonging: Critical examinations of LIS approaches toward immigrants (Library Juice Press May 2020).
Presentation: San Diego LIBROS: Let’s Connect and Collaborate

Kara West
A San Diego native, Kara earned her MLIS from San Jose State University and a B.A. in Art History from UC Santa Cruz. She is currently the Resource Librarian for Gensler’s San Diego office. Equally happy in a library or museum, she has a fear of being more than 10 feet from a cardigan and frequently finds herself giddy over material culture, researching how stuff is made, and answering reference questions.
Presentation: Real World - Gensler

Aditi Worcester is the County Archivist for San Diego County. She earned her Master's degree in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and worked at the Texas State Archives for three years before moving back to San Diego. She has worked at community archives, academic libraries as well as government archives. Her research interests include exploring metadata practices focused on equity and inclusion, and the role archives play in terms of identity formation and community building. 
Presentation: Renovation, Relocation, Recalibration

Links to Presentations

RoundTable Notes

Other Stuff

Movers and SkatersMovers and Skaters

Librarians and their families are welcome to join SLA-SD for a roll-icking good time at SkateWorld (6907 Linda Vista Rd) on Sunday, February 23, from 11 AM to 2 PM.


A $5 cash donation per skater is suggested (not required) to help SLA-SD continue planning events like this going into the future.


We'll also do a hardcover book exchange — bring a book you've finished and exchange it for another hardcover book at the party!


Pizza will be provided. You’re welcome to purchase drinks at the rink or bring your own bottled water.


Places are limited so secure your spot by RSVPing to: In your RSVP, please specify how many skaters and how many non-skaters are in your party.


See you there!

Meetin' in the Middle

San Diego
2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706


Head up or down to Orange County and visit with our sister SLA chapter at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana on 11/16. We’ll enjoy a docent-led tour of the featured exhibition “Dimensions of Form: Tamayo & Mixografia” and have plenty of time to explore the collections in other galleries before and after the tour. When the museum closes at 4pm, we’ll reconvene off-site for a drink or early dinner, and conversation.


10:00am: Museum opens (feel free to arrive as early as you’d like and explore on your own, have lunch, etc.)

12:30pm: Meet-up for tour

1:00pm: Docent-led tour of “Dimensions of Form: Tamayo & Mixografia”

2:00pm: Take a Public Gallery tour, or Explore the museum galleries on your own

4:00pm: Leave museum to reconvene nearby for a drink or early dinner


[Event has ended]


Want to bring a friend? This event is open to all! Feel free to share with anyone you'd like to bring along or who would like to spend a Saturday afternoon with some very special librarians. Here's the link to share with non-members:

Email Shelly or Andrew

SLA-SD Holiday Dinner 2019

Athena wants baklava
It is that special time of the year for our annual...
Special Libraries Association 
San Diego Chapter's
Dinner / Meeting at 
Apollonia Greek Bistro
Members, allies, and all are welcome to join us on...

Friday, December 13th 
For a “ Feast of the Gods,” good conversations, and camaraderie. We will also have our last Quarterly chapter meeting and usher in our new volunteers (thanks volunteers!) and plot great things for 2020.
Starts at 6:00 PM 
Dinner / Meeting at 6:30 PM
$25 USD for 
Two-Course Greek Feast

1st Hummus with Pita and Tabuleh

2nd Choice of:
2-A - Gyros Plate
2-B - Chicken Kabab 
2-C - Falafel Plate

Also includes:
Baklava and Galacto-Boureko 

Beverages include Coffee, Tea, Soft Drink, Milk, Lemonade
Dietary Modifications such as No Dairy, etc. accepted by servers at the time of the event.
8650 Genesee Avenue #106
San Diego, CA 85364
I look forward to another excellent time at Apollonia: the place we have every holiday party since I became active in the SLA SD Chapter because it is so amazing.
Discussion Thread Digest
Log in to see this information

Either the content you're seeking doesn't exist or it requires proper authentication before viewing.