Photograph by Peter Martin Jørgensen
Photograph by Peter Martin Jørgensen

Please join us at our annual joint meeting with the Special Libraries Association, San Francisco Bay Region Chapter for an evening with Sarah Houghton, Director of the San Rafael Public Library, a Library Journal Mover & Shaker as a Trendspotter in 2009 and the award winning author of the Librarian in Black blog.

Sarah will share her thoughts in a presentation “The Wrong Love: Why We Need to Stop Telling People to Love Libraries” discussing how much of library marketing across the world is focused on reminding people that they love libraries, or soliciting them to say outright that they love their libraries and their librarians. Sarah believes that we are having the wrong conversation. The conversation we should be having is how much “we in libraries love our communities.”

Bio: Sarah Houghton is best known as the author of the award-winning Librarian In Black blog. Since 2012 the Director for the San Rafael Public Library Sarah is a big technology nerd and believes in the power of libraries to change lives. Combined, they make a fearsome cocktail. Sarah is a frequent speaker for online and realspace worldwide events for libraries and other institutions. Sarah has been called an iconoclast, a contrarian, a future-pusher, and a general pain in the ass. She takes great pride in each.

Plus: Bring your business cards to enter the drawing for gift certificates from Buffalo Bill’s Brewery and a wine tasting at Concannon Winery.

CSUEB Oakland Center
1000 Broadway #109
Oakland, CA 94607

Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

5:30 -6:30 p.m. Registration networking and appetizers
6:30 – 7:00 p.m. SLA-SF and BayNet announcements
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Program with Q&A



  • Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
    If you wish to purchase wine or beer please be prepared to show proof of age.
  • What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
    The venue is a block from the 12th St Oakland Center BART station.
  • Driving directions
    Parking map of nearby possibilities. Note: Of the parking garages only the Marriott garage is open after 8PM and offers valet parking for $20
  • Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
    Contact Beth Wrenn-Estes,
  • Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
    Yes, but the registration is used to print a name tag
  • Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
  • What is the refund policy?
    No refunds after January 26, 2015
  • The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?
    Yes, the name tag can be corrected at the event