Upcoming SLA SoCal Events

  • 10/26/21 - Sharing Sources and Services: The LAPL and Hollywood Researchers

    Oct 26, 18:00 - 19:00 (PT)
    Please join us for an event with Aaron Rich, PhD in cinema studies, who will discuss his dissertation on Hollywood studio research librarians and his recent article, “Sharing Sources and Services: The LAPL and Hollywood Researchers.” You can read the article HERE.

    Beginning in the mid-1910s, the American film industry relied heavily on the collections of visual materials in the Los Angeles Public Library to help producers, directors, and craftworkers find image references to support the creation of their movies. Not only did this lead to the creation of in-house collections of illustrated books and assorted visual media at each major production company, but it helped the LAPL develop and grow its own picture collections for patrons inside and outside Movieland. This reciprocal relationship led to the creation of a librarian ethos in Hollywood libraries in which studio research departments would share materials with filmmakers and libraries of rival firms. Unlike the corporate mindset that dominated the executive ranks of studios, these researchers believed in their service role for the many film workers with reference questions who needed timely assistance regardless of their employer.


    About the Presenter:

    Aaron Rich received his Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. His dissertation, "The Hollywood Research Library: Visual Knowledge in the Republic of Images," examined the critical role of visual research in the production of Hollywood movies and how American cinema relied on images from a long history of Western representation. Now an independent scholar, Rich recently began a Masters in Library and Information Science in USC's Marshall School of Business.

  • 11/17/21 - Day in the Life of an Entertainment Archivist

    Nov 17, 17:00 - 18:00 (PT)
    Banner for November 17, 2021 - Day in the Lieft of an Entertainment ArchivistHillary Howell, Director of Premium Archival Services for Iron Mountain Entertainment Services (IMES), joins SLA Southern California for a talk about her career as an entertainment archivist.

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    Hillary is an entertainment archivist with an extensive background managing all the aspects of studio and production company collections. While getting her Master’s degree in Moving Image Archive Studies from UCLA, Hillary interned for the Women in Film Foundation and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Archive. Working at studios as diverse as New Line Cinema, The Jim Henson Company, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, NBCUniversal and Lionsgate Entertainment, Hillary curated diverse collections of media assets as well as props, costumes, photography and ephemera. Some career highlights include discovering and restoring a Jim Henson animated short called “Alexander the Grape” from found audio recordings, animated scene trims and storyboards; restoring serial killer props from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for display in the Bruckheimer offices; and preserving the John Wick films so they can be enjoyed by future generations.
    When she is not at work Hillary knits, sews, binges Parks and Recreation and plays with her dog Jane Pawsten.

  • 12/1/21 - Panel on Professional Development and Publishing

    Dec 1, 17:00 - 18:00 (PT)
    Save the date for 12/1/21 at 5pm PT - Professional Development from the publishing process to final product, and how we engage as scholars, academics, and professionals. Join us for a panel discussion on publishing as information professionals. More information coming soon!

  • Save the Date - 3/6/22 - Centennial of SLA Southern California

    Mar 6, 15:00 - 18:00 (PT)
    The Southern California Chapter of SLA was born when the first meeting was held on March 6, 1922 at the Realty Board Headquarters on South Spring Street with about 20 people in attendance. In response to the chapter’s request, affiliation with the National SLA was granted in 1927.
    The annual membership dues were $1 and regular dinner meetings were about 35 cents ... read more about SLA-SCC history

    Y'all, we're turning 100 in 2022. I don't know about you, but I'm ready to party twice to celebrate - March 6, 2022, for the centennial of the conception of SLA Southern California, and 2027 for the official induction of the chapter into SLA. Save the dates! This will be a exciting return to "normal" celebrating what our chapter does best - creating opportunities for new and seasoned members to connect. Can't wait to see and celebrate with you. **Confetti**
    Stay tuned for updates.