Archived Events

Newer Past Chapter Events (2019) at the bottom of this list.

Past Chapter Events - This is only a list (no links)


Nov 03 2018 Gersten-Sternheim Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser

August 25
Chapter Board Meeting

August 19
2018 SLA Conference wrap-up, lunch and Exhibitions at Skirball Cultural Center

July 30 Karen Gersten-Sternheim Memorial Scholarship applications due

April 05 CSUN Special Collections and Archives Tour

Feb 10
Chapter Board Turnover meeting

Jan 19
UCLA Student Lunch


Dec 7
Chapter Holiday Event @ San Antonio Winery with tour, dinner and evening speaker, Martha Barnett of the A Way with Words podcast

Nov 18
Chapter Board Meeting

Oct 31
Holloween Area Lunch – 11:30

Oct 13
Chapter Professional Development Day at Aquarium of the Pacific

Oct 13
Happy Hour at Bubba Gump in Long Beach

June 29
Post-conference debriefing, Location Toscanova in Century City

June 1
Westwood Happy Hour

June 03
Chapter Board Meeting

Mar 09
Deadline to apply for Travel Stipend

Mar 02
Happy Hour for Drea Douglas

Feb 23
Metro Library Tour & LA Traxx Happy Hour

Feb 18
Chapter Board Meeting

Jan 28
Executive Board Meeting


Dec 01
Chapter Holiday Party

Nov 10
Evening event and library tour at the La Brea Tar Pits

November 6 – Noon
Chapter Board Meeting – Location – LAC Group Headquarters – 10390 Santa Monica Blvd STE 240- LA 90025

Sep 23
Professional Development Day

Sep 23
Happy Hour at Forbidden City in Long Beach

Aug 14 – Sternheim Scholarship Event at Skirball Cultural Center-
Awarding of Scholarship with Silent Auction & Raffle

July 31 – Sternheim Scholarship applications due

July 30 – LA County Arboretum and chapter board meeting

July 20 – Happy Hour in Orange

June 29 – Conference Debrief and Happy Hour at Clifton’s Cafeteria

May 25 – A Day in the life of a Special Librarian

April 19 – SLA-SCC Chapters Networking Happy Hour

March 20 – Far West Side SLA-SCC Visit to Andy Warhol Exhibit and Duke’s Restaurant

February 6 – Manzanar Event at Skirball

January 21 – Downtown Los Angeles Happy Hour

December 4 – Chapter Holiday Party at Proud Bird

October 29 – Happy Hour at District-LA

November 15 – Natural History Museum

September 25-Chapter Professional Development Day

August 22 -Gersten-Sternheim Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser

July 25 – Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll revolution at the Skirball

May 21 – Happy Hour at Smithhouse

May 17 – Visit the USS Iowa in San Pedro

April 17 – Meet the Interim Directors

March 28 – Visit Pro-Tek Vaults

February 19 – Happy Hour in Century City

January 16 – Happy Hour Downtown


December 11 – Annual Holiday Event

November 14 – Happy Hour in Long Beach

November 02 – Gersten-Sternheim Event

September 24 – Echo Park Happy Hour 6pm

August 7 – Downtown Happy Hour

July 19 – Rosenthal Estate Tour and Wine Tasting

May 15 – SLA President Elect Jill Strand visits the Southern California Chapter

May 09 – Happy Hour at Forbidden City in Long Beach

May 02 – Happy Hour @ Hammer Museum

April 17 – Happy Hour @ Rush

March 15 – Annenberg Space for Photography

February 12 – We love our members happy hour


December 12 – Joint SLA-SCC/LACASIS Holiday Event

December 11 – 6th-annual-digital-family-reunion-invitation

November 14 – Professional Development Day

October 23 – Downtown Happy Hour

October 12 – Combined Gersten-Sternheim Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser & Annual Awards Event

August 23 – CNN Tour

August 3rd – Volunteer at the Natural History Museum

July 27 – Gary Baseman at the Skirball

July 13 – CAAM and Museum of Natural History combined tour

July 10 – Happy Hour in Culver City – hosted by Grace  Rosales!!

June 30 – Gersten-Sternheim Memorial Scholarship Deadline

February 28 – Trivia Night

January 19 – Creating The United States: An In-Depth Look At Our Nation’S Founding Documents


December 5 – Holiday Party

November 14 – Exposition Park 2fer: Library Open House at CAAM and NHM

October 11 – Awards Dinner

September 28 – Professional Development Day

September 15 – Dim Sum and Institute for figuring

September 07 – Happy Hour at La Palapa in Long Beach

August 19 – Gersten-Sternheim Fundraiser

August 18 – Day of Service @ Natural History Museum

July 15-18 – SLA Annual Conference in Chicago

Board Meeting – June 9

Lunch in Long Beach – June 1

Day of Service at Natural History Museum – April 7

ONE Archives – March 10

Caffe Primo – January 19


Digital Family Reunion – December 10, 2011

Holiday Event – December 07, 2011

All-School Student Holiday Party – December 01, 2011

NAVAIR China Lake Tour and Library Visit – November 18, 2011

Annual Business and Awards Dinner – November 10, 2011

Mayme Clayton Museum – November 05, 2011

Best Practices – Discussion with four authors – November 03, 2011

Houdini at Skirball – August 24, 2011

Gersten-Sternheim Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser – August 21, 2011

Meet and Greet – Karl Strauss Brewery – August 13, 2011

Women in Spirit – Mt. St Mary’s – August 10, 2011

Tour of Autry Museum – July 30, 2011

Geezer’s in Santa Fe Springs – June 02, 2011

Tour of Edwards Air Force Base – May 10, 2011

Professional Development Day – May 06, 2011

LAX Flight Path Museum – April 16, 2011

Happy Hour at 320 Main in Seal Beach– April 12, 2011

Happy Hour at Jax in Glendale – March 31, 2011

Sara Tompson at LA84 – March 23, 2011

Tour of ESRI – March 15, 2011

Happy Hour at Shanghai Red’s – March 1, 2011

Happy Hour Downtown – February 17, 2011

Lynn Boyden – Information Architect – February 10, 2011

2010 and prior Events


SLA-SCC Award winners for 2011

The 2011 SLA-SCC Chapter Award winners announced

I would like to present to you the SLA-SCC Award winners for 2011.  Awards were presented at the Annual Business Meeting and Awards Dinner which was held Thurs., Nov. 10th, at the Ports O’ Call Restaurant in San Pedro.  The new 2012 SLA-SCC Board members were also introduced.  Photos of the evening are available at:

The 2011 SLA-SCC Award winners are as follows:

The 2011 Billie Connor Award, Southern California Chapter, Special Libraries Association:

JOAN DUBIS for her service to the Chapter over the years in several different capacities.  She was the Publications Chair that oversaw a major overhaul of our website in 2005/06.  She served as Publications Chair in the late 1990’s as well.  Joan also served on the Nominations Committee a couple of years ago and was on this year’s Professional Development Committee held at the Boeing facility in Seal Beach.  For this event, she was responsible for all site and logistics coordination.

The 2011 Meritorious Service Award, Southern California Chapter, Special Libraries Association:

EDWARD VAZQUEZ for his efforts in tracking down and urging reluctant sponsors to follow through with their pledges .

JACKIE PRENTICE for suggesting the idea of using advertising (or sponsorship) as a means of revenue for the Chapter newsletter. Jackie set up the program’s guidelines and procured the newsletter’s initial sponsor.

CHRISTIAN GRAY for helping to put on one of the most successful professional days ever. Christian single-handedly lined up the speakers and did an excellent job as emcee. His efforts in organizing and presenting the Professional Day made the day pleasant, educational and fun.  He is also recognized for assisting Jackie Prentice in implementing the Chapter newsletter sponsorship program.

SUE BREWSAUGH for her role in helping to put on this year’s very successful Professional Day.  Sue saw to the presentation details including providing the host facility and arranging for the catering. Her hostessing and organizational skills helped make the day run seamlessly and effortlessly.

MARIA BRAHME for her tireless efforts the past 2 years to revitalize the mentorship program. She put a lot of energy into personally contacting potential mentors and mentees, even reaching beyond the Chapter in her search for mentors.  She also worked with Chapter President Robin Dodge on last year’s mentorship event.

And our new award:

The 2011 Student Meritorious Service Award, Southern California Chapter, Special Libraries Association:

GRACE ROSALES for her role in founding the UNT/CSUN SLA student chapter.  She also served as its President 2009-2011.  She has been a very productive and effective participant in SLA, as well as a representative voice of the organization’s student population.


Future 365 is closer than it seems

This week the SLA Board is posting on the Future Ready 365 blog about the new strategic vision and looking for input!

Sara Tompson’s post is up today:

Mary Ellen Bates’ on the conference was posted yesterday:

Please read and comment on all you can, since SLA is us!



SLA award nominations

I’d appreciate if you share this reminder with your unit-lists that the deadline to nominate for SLA Awards is just 2 days away, Thursday 1 December. Nominations received before midnight eastern standard time will be accepted. I’m happy to answer any questions or assist with problems.

Award-descriptions and criteria:

Nomination form:

We look forward to recognizing our members’ achievement and dedication at the ‘SLA Oscars,’ as one Hall of Fame inductee called the ceremony last year. The more (nominations received), the merrier!




Digital Family Reunion 2011, December 8th, 6 – 11pm.

Clear your calendars folks, there’s parties to attend! After you attend our own holiday party on the 7th, you can keep right on partying the next day. The SLA-SCC has partnered up with the Digital Family Reunion this year to bring you a discounted registration for this fun event. This is a chance to network with colleagues beyond our immediate profession and to do some outreach to people and companies who need to know what we do and how we can help them. I hope you’ll consider joining me and representing SLA and the information profession at the Digital Family Reunion.

SLA-SCC President, 2011

Digital Family Reunion ’11 Holiday Party
Thursday, December 8th, 2011
Wokcano Restaurant, Santa Monica, CA

We are all connected. Plug in. Celebrate.

For the fourth year running, we’ll celebrate the connectedness of our vibrant digital media industry in Southern California at the fourth annual Digital Family Reunion. Whether you were there at the beginning, lived through the dot-com era, emerged after the crash or started your career in digital yesterday, you are a part of the Digital Family.

And you are invited to participate in the industry’s holiday event of the season, where the most dynamic and well-connected media, entertainment, technology and finance professionals in Southern California gather each year in celebration of our industry and each other.


Tickets: $30 with SLA-SCC discount code DFR47.

Passed appetizers, no-host bar, Entertainment.

For more information visit:



All-School Student Holiday Party, December 1st, 6pm, West Hollywood Public Library

The SLA Southern California Chapter would like to invite you to a very special holiday event, for students by students.
Co-sponsored by the Los Angeles County Library and LA as Subject, and organized by and for the student groups of the CSUN/UNT, UCLA, and SJSU library school programs, this party aims to bring together local students of all library, information, and archival programs to mix and mingle and celebrate the holidays together. Alumni and professionals are welcome to attend as well, and you need not be affiliated with the local programs to attend. We welcome students and alumni from any out-of-state or online library, information, or archival program.
WHEN: December 1st, 6:00 – 8:30pm
WHERE: West Hollywood Public Library
Dinner and drinks will be provided. Attendees will have exclusive access to the West Hollywood Public Library during the event.

Attendance is FREE if you are currently enrolled in a library, information, or archival program or if you’ve graduated within the last 5 years.Professionals are welcome, and may register for $15. (There is no need to pre-pay. Cash and checks will be accepted at the door).
The evening is for connecting so it will be fairly unstructured. Some options in the planning thus far include the following ideas:
-Gathering points for library students and alumni from an institution to find each other.

-Chats with the consultant who shepherded the West Hollywood Library design and project to completion.

-Speed chat with library professionals – a fun and fast way to meet and chat with some information professionals about their jobs and anything else you want to ask them. Think of it as ‘speed dating’ for your career investigations and aspirations.

-A learn-more-about-your-colleagues scavenger hunt event.
These are subject to change so you have to show up to find out what happens!
The West Hollywood Library is located at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069. (310) 652-5340Three (3) hour validated parking is available in the parking facility on the west side of the library for the first 90 attendees. Enter the parking facility from either San Vicente Blvd or Robertson Blvd. Parking is available nearby as well but read the signs for any street parking restrictions.

Please RSVP by November 28th to Robin Dodge,, 213-624-1200 x3376. 



Newsletter September/October 2011

September / October 2011 VOLUME 36 NUMBER 5

As the year winds down, I’m looking forward to the holidays, and transitions, and maybe even a bit of rest and relaxation. Well, that last bit probably won’t happen any time soon. I’m not a rest-and-relaxation sort of girl, and besides, there’s still a few irons in the fire…..

Read the full newsletter.




Joint Holiday Dinner – December 7, 2011


Date:           Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Speaker:   Wes Hagen

Wes Hagen is the vineyard manager and winemaker for Clos Pepe Vineyards and Estate Wines, as well as Axis Mundi Wines, Clos Pepe’s second label.  Wes retired from a lucrative career in public education to become a winemaker in 1996.  His early training came from UC Davis’ Extension program, his work in 1996 at Babcock Winery, and from a decade of home winemaking in Southern California.

Wes wears a lot of hats in the wine biz.  He manages the vineyard at Clos Pepe and makes the wine for the Estate and Axis Mundi labels with his wife, Chanda.  Wes also writes a regular column for WineMaker Magazine, and has written for the Burgundy Report, Color and Aroma Magazine and a feature article in the Los Angeles Times Magazine.  Wes has served as a professional wine judge for fifteen years, chairing panels at 4 different International Wine Competitions.  Wes won the central Coast Winegrower of the Year in 2001-2002, and has successfully petitioned the Federal Government for the establishment of two American Viticultural Areas, the Santa Rita Hills and Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA’s, and is working on a third:  Ballard Canyon AVA.  Wes puts in extensive effort in promoting Clos Pepe and the Santa Rita Hills as a premier Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wine growing area.

Wes also loves educating the public on the subject of wine and wine history, and gives tours and tastings by appointment at Clos Pepe.  He is a local industry leader in the use of social networking and web 2.0. Wes can be reached via email at, is on Facebook as Wes Hagen, and has an impressive Twitter following at .  In his free time Wes enjoys hiking, drinking, photography, creative writing, playing Latin and African percussion, studying Shaolin Kung Fu and playing video games.

Wes will be speaking on the history of Southern California winemaking with a strong emphasis on Santa Barbara.




Maddalena Restaurant

Event:              5:00pm            Tour of Winery (Optional, please arrive by 5:00pm)

6:00pm               Social with Wine & Appetizers


Chardonnay, Riesling, and Cabernet Sauvignon

6:45pm               Dinner

Maddalena Salad

Chicken Marsala with Penne


Wild Mushroom Ravioli

Seasonal Vegetables

Assorted Desserts

Pinot Grigio and Merlot

Iced Tea

7:30pm               Speaker: Wes Hagen

Cost:           $50 Students

$75 SLA & ASIS&T Members

$75 Non-Members who register with a SLA & ASIS&T Member

$90 Non- SLA or ASIST Member


Register Today!  Registration deadline is Monday, November 28, 2011.  Register by mail with the form below or Register online at

No refunds will be given after November 28, 2011.


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Make checks payable to LACASIST, and mail check and form to:  Bo-Gay Salvador

Make your check payable to “LACASIST”

Form and check to be received no later than November 28th to:

LACASIST – Bo-Gay Salvador

P.O. Box 13102

Marina Del Rey, CA 90295



Chapter Election Results

Please congratulate the winners of this year’s SLA Southern California Chapter elections:

For President-Elect: Drea Douglas
For Secretary: Shawn Stamm
For Communications Director: Michele Fricke
For Director-at-Large: Grace Rosales

Your 2012 Chapter Executive Board will be:

President: William Lee
President-Elect: Drea Douglas
Past President: Robin Dodge
Treasurer: Peter Johnson
Secretary: Shawn Stamm
Communications Director: Michele Fricke
Director-at-Large: Grace Rosales

Thank you for voting, and much appreciation goes to the Nominations Committee members, Teresa Bailey, Alison Becker and Sara Tompson.

And please consider volunteering for an Advisory Board position in 2012 – contact William Lee if you’re interested.



Chapter events updates

We know you’re busy, and e-mail is easy to overlook, so here’s another reminder of some upcoming chapter events.

The Annual Business and Awards Dinner

I took the liberty of reserving a few more spots for the November 10 Annual Business and Awards Dinner, so we can get the best price.

I kept the price to last year’s price so we could all have a good time and have some money to attend the other chapter events.  So come support the chapter, honor our awardees, and network with your colleagues BEFORE the holiday crush begins.   Come enjoy an evening in beautiful San Pedro; it’s easy to get there – and there is no 405 construction.  Send in your reservation today, or sooner.

NAVAIR China Lake

A few seats have opened up on the $10.00 limo to China Lake.  It’s going to be a real fun day and we’ve worked out a great deal to spare you the driving.




Current and Future Programs


Jan. 11, 2007

Presentation by Kim Dority on Building a Resilient LIS Career – in conjunction with the UCLA Student Chapter


February 9, 2007

Area lunch & tour of the California School of Culinary Arts


Winter 2007

Area lunch & tour of the California African American Museum

Expo Park / Downtown L.A.

Winter 2007

Area lunch & tour of Yahoo Music

Santa Monica

Feb. 21, 2007

Designing Unforgettable Training


Mar. 14, 2007

Area Lunch


April 13, 2007

Social Networking Program with a Keynote by Janice Lachance, SLA CEO


May 11, 2007

Tour of Edwards AFB and Libraries

Edwards AFB – Rosamond

Spring 2007

Area lunch

O.C. – TBA


Dialog Quantum 2 Seminar on Negotiation



Lunch and tour of the Getty Conservation Institute

Getty Center, W.L.A.


Area lunch

Downtown L.A.


Area lunch

El Segundo


Area lunch

Burbank / Glendale


Area lunch

Orange County – TBA


Past Programs


Sep. 18 2006

Area Lunch


Oct. 4, 2006

Area lunch & tour of Environmental Systems Res. Inst. (ESRI)


Oct. 16 – Nov. 16, 2006

Libraries & Competition Pt. 1: Intelligence for Management & Strategy – Replay only

Virtual – Click U.

Oct. 17, 2006

Presentation by Rebecca Vargha, SLA President

Taix Restaurant,
Echo Park

Oct. 23 – Nov. 22, 2006

Smart Search Update – Replay only

Virtual – Click U.

Oct. 26, 2006

Area lunch

Century City

Oct. 30, 2006

Night of the Living Dead … Data

LAPL Sherman Oaks Branch

Nov. 17, 2006

Area Lunch


Nov. 20 – Dec.20, 2006

Competitive Intelligence & Data Mining – Replay only

Virtual – Click U.

Nov. 20 – Dec.20, 2006

Writing for Publication – Replay only

Virtual – Click U.

Dec. 14, 2006

Joint Holiday Dinner with LACASIS,
Featuring NBC4 Journalist Beverly White

Proud Bird, LAX Area

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  • Annual Chapter Business Meeting

    Dec 15, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PT)
    This year's official SLA-SCC Board and Chapter Business Meeting will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 12 noon to 2:00pm. Thanks once again to Shelly Ray for allowing us access to the LA Metro Library. You will need to RSVP by Friday December 14 in order to be on the security list to gain entry into the library. The location is the LA Metro Library at One Gateway Plaza, 15th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

    Executive and Advisory Board members, please send your reports to both Linda Galloway and Mary Sohn Lee.
    Please send any additional agenda items along with your RSVP to
    Los Angeles, CA, United States