Bay Area Library and Information Network and SLA SF Bay Area Region Chapter are proud to present:

What: George Oates of the Internet Archive: What is an Open Library?
When: Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Where: Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704.  (510) 848-7800.

The web allows libraries to describe and expose their collections in unprecedented ways. George Oates, head of the Internet Archive’s Open Library project, will explore some of the exciting benefits that placing books into a network affords us as she outlines the upcoming redesign of the web site.

Oates is an award-winning, world-renowned web designer. A member of the founding team that built Flickr, she is fascinated by collaboration, organic information systems and virtual society. After creating the innovative Commons program ( as a way for institutions around the world to share their photographic collections on Flickr, she now finds herself ensconced in the world of librarianship, heading up the Open Library project at the Internet Archive.

SLA-SF will also present awards to its 2009 recipients: Jaye Lapachet (Professional Achievement Award), Linda Yamamoto (Special Projects Award), and Anne Hall (Horizon Award).


5:30-6:30 p.m.             Registration, networking and appetizers
6:30-7:15 p.m.            SLA-SF and BayNet announcements and awards presentation
7:15-8:30 p.m.             Program with Q&A following


A variety of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres will be served, as will non-alcoholic beverages. Beer and wine will be available for purchase from a no-host bar.


Public Transit: Berkeley City Club is about six blocks from the Downtown Berkeley BART station.

Parking: Street parking is difficult. There are parking lots at in the Sather Gate Public Garage at 2450 Durant Ave. (BCC will validate for 50% off) and at UC Berkeley (the closest lots are the Bancroft Fulton and the Ellsworth structure). There may also be parking at First Presbyterian Church on Channing Way between Telegraph and Dana and Douglas Parking (behind and across street from BCC).

Cost: $25 for BayNet/SLA members, $30 for non-members and guests, and $20 for students, retired, and unemployed.

DEADLINE: Please register online or mail your check by Tuesday, January 26.

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