Editorial Note

We are pleased to present you with our Fall 2012 newsletter. Starting with the Spring 2012 edition the BayNet newsletter is issued electronically. We believe that by doing so we can reach a much broader audience as well as offer a more dynamic and interactive medium to our readers. Not to mention we are also saving trees!

The Newsletter is free to all BayNet members. If you have an article you would like to submit for publication or a topic suggestion (or a rave or a rant!), please contact our editor, Mildred Arencibia. All article submissions must receive approval from the editor/board and are subject to editing. Articles previously published will not be accepted for publication.

Submitting authors retain all rights to their articles and agree that the full contents of the BayNet Newsletter will be published online at the BayNet Web site.


President’s Message

2012-13 marks BayNet’s 30th anniversary of serving information professionals from all varieties of organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am excited about our continuing ability to provide a unique opportunity for networking and professional development that extends across the invisible boundaries of our respective library types (academic, public, school, and special).

At the 2012 BayNet Annual Meeting in May, our keynote speaker, David Silver, Associate Professor of Media Studies and Environmental Studies at the University of San Francisco, spoke about collective curiosity and how libraries are ideally positioned for tomorrow’s learners.

Along the same vein, I strongly believe BayNet promotes collective curiosity among its members.

We provide programs and tours at well-known and not-so-well-known locations and invite speakers, from both inside and outside the library world. These programs help uncover the hidden roots of our common soil, as depicted in our “Ecology of Libraries” poster designed by Katherine Becvar, an artist and Adjunct Reference Librarian at the College of San Mateo, and executed by designer Tawny Dovico.

A prime example of the not-so-well-known is our next event. On November 1st, we are offering a tour of the SFO Aviation Museum and Library. While promoting the tour, I have been told on several occasions, “I didn’t know SFO had a library”. I am thrilled when this happens, as it is proof that we have taken another step in breaking down those invisible boundaries and providing an opportunity for us to cultivate our collective curiosity as Bay Area information professionals.

In closing, I’d like to leave you with a couple of questions to ponder.
At my institution, Holy Names University, we are in the midst of a groundbreaking library visioning process. During several recent focus groups, we asked participants from our campus community, “What is the one word you would use to describe the library?” Some of the popular responses included “sanctuary”, “welcoming”, “resourceful” and “inspiring”.

The question inspired me to think about your libraries and the responses you would receive if you were to ask this question in your communities. I believe because our similarities are often our strengths, it is very likely that these same words, or their synonyms, would surface. So I ask you, what is the one word you would use to describe your library? And, taking it one step further, what is the one word you would use to describe BayNet? Would these answers dig up more hidden roots in our library soil?


Nicole Greenland
Associate Director For Library Technology
Paul J. Cushing Library, Holy Names University


In this Issue:

Upcoming Events

Save the date for BayNet’s Annual Meeting coming in the Spring of 2013



OnCallLib Listserv – A brand new listserv intended to facilitate discussion on the use of on-call library workers in the Bay Area

Discovery & Go Museum Passes – Many libraries in the Bay Area are participating in this great program offering free museum passes to many regional museums and archives

Art exhibit with a library bent! – Visit The Frank Bette Center for the Arts from October 5 through December 22 to enjoy the exhibit Reflections in which Xequina Berber has submitted a piece entitled The Librarian’s New Shoes



Creating inspiring art programs for libraries – Sarah Naumann, a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Mills College, describes the adult literacy and arts program she created at at Berkeley Public Library as described in the chapter “Adult Literacy Programs and Art” written for the book Bringing the Arts into the Library

Criss cross applesauce  – Blanche Chase, a library professional, relates her experience as a volunteer at a San Francisco school library

Libraries around the world – Board of directors member Jo Falcon, a Reference and Cataloging Librarian at Golden Gate University Library, flaunts pictures from a far, far away library

Review of the San Francisco State University Tour and Speed Networking event – We asked some of our board of directors members who attended the sold-out event to give us the scoop

Review of Expanding Your Career Potential workshop – Our editor reviews the workshop just in case you are still on the fence about attending

Review of The Future of Libraries 8.0: Creating Our Own Future – Katie Melville, a Librarian with Pleasanton Public Library, recently attended a workshop on The Future of Libraries, an annual event focusing on innovations that are taking place in our regional libraries. Here she reviews the event which included presentations about a Library-Managed E-book platform, Open Source Integrated library systems, a Print-on-demand service called I-Street Press and Interactive Local History projects in San Jose and San Francisco.


Book Reviews

The great library staff at Livermore Public Library lets us take a peak into what they are reading


Hot Career Tips

Networking at events:

  • Aim to really connect with 3 people
  • Write key things about the people you meet on the back of their business cards

Networking in LinkedIn:

  • Keep your profile up to date
  • Ask connections for recommendations
  • Ask connections for introductions
  • Regularly run targeted job searches
  • Use profiles to gain insight on a company before an interview
  • Join groups (e.g. ALA’s LISJObs) and contribute a comment, question or post at least twice a month