EVENT: Thirsty Thursday

We’re well into the new year, time to reconnect with your Bay Area library colleagues. Join BayNet for cocktails and conversation at DaDa Bar in the Financial District.

Location: DaDa Bar, 65 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104
Date/Time: Thursday, February 23, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Cost: Free

Register online!

[Conference Report] Making College Connections: Librarians working together to prepare students for college and beyond

At ALA Midwinter on January 22nd in Atlanta, the Transitions to College Committee of the Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) met and discussed challenges in preparing students for college. A mix of public, school, community college, and university librarians shared ideas for making the transition smoother for all students.

According to the multi-type library committee, “libraries can be a powerful influence in helping students prepare for the high school to college transition. They can be even more powerful when they work together.” To that end, the committee has made a resource map to help foster relationships between librarians at varied institutions to discuss and collaborate on transitions-related projects.

The map, intended to serve as a starting point for collaboration, seems like a great place for BayNet members to share expertise. Currently only a few Bay Area institutions are included on the map.

As a librarian in an independent high school, I am particularly interested in working with first year experience librarians and other college librarians to ensure that my students are well prepared for research skills they’ll need in college. I think dialogue between K-12 and college librarians as well as public librarians working with school-age students can target critical thinking and critical searching skills amongst the students we serve. Special libraries could also add to the conversation, sharing information seeking trends and information literacy needs seen in their libraries.

To view the map or add yourself to it, visit the Connecting Librarians for K-20 Transitions site here: Connecting Librarians for K-20 Transitions.


Post Written by Sarah Levin; Librarian, Urban School of San Francisco; President, Bay Area Independent School Librarians

[Event] The Art of Tea at the South San Francisco Public Library

Where: South San Francisco Public Library 840 W Orange Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

When: Saturday January 28th at 2:00 pm


Ruby Ming, a docent from the Asian Art Museum’s Community Speaker Program, will deliver an educational and entertaining multimedia talk about the art of tea and the many different traditions of Chinese tea practice. Characteristics of these tea traditions and ceremonies will be described and illustrated through various forms of art allowing attendees to visualize the significance of tea as an art form in Asian culture.

Post submitted by Anissa Malady, Librarian II at South San Francisco Public Library

[Announcement] California Conference on Library Instruction 2017

On May 5th, 2017 the California Conference on Library Instruction will return to the University of San Francisco. Registration information is available here and you can view the full conference program here. Early bird tickets are $50, regular tickets will be $62. The conference sold out quickly last year so we advise purchasing tickets at your earliest convenience.

The 2017 conference theme is New Directions in Library Instruction and Scholarly Communications.

College and university libraries are taking an increasing role in guiding scholarly communications activities on their campuses. As scholarly communications have evolved in the direction of open access and sharing of data, information literacy instruction continues to evolve in order to adapt to a rapidly changing research environment. These major shifts offer ripe territory for collaborative innovation at the crossroads. Join us for a day of presentations devoted to compelling work happening at the intersection of information literacy and scholarly communication. Our honored keynote speaker is Cassidy R. Sugimoto who will be presenting a keynote titled Defending and Disrupting the Scholarly Ecosystem. Learn more about her via our Keynote Presentation page.

Visit cclibinstruction.org for more information. We hope to see you on May 5!

Post submitted by Ryne Leuzinger, Research and Instruction Librarian at Cal State Monterey Bay.

News: Alert from Stanford Libraries on Book Thief

Be On Alert

Between May and November of 2016, approximately 120 books were stolen from the Stanford University Libraries. The thief was arrested in November, but promptly posted bail. He was identified as Barry Nelson Brams (pictured here), a white male, around 60 years in age and 5 feet 10 inches in height.

Mr. Brams would visit the library to inspect books on the new book shelf and then return to steal items once they had been placed in general circulation. He removed RFID tags, book pockets and barcodes and obscured property stamps with a black marker. He hid RFID tags and other materials removed from books on the top shelves of the stacks and in other books.

Because of the systematic nature of the theft and the extent of the loss, we are alerting area libraries in case Mr. Brams decides to target other academic or public libraries. If you have questions or would like additional information about this case, please contact Robert N. Schwarzwalder ( rns@stanford.edu or 650-723-2025 )