Event: NorCal IUG Conference 2018

Friday, October 26, 2018 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)
St. Mary’s College of California
1928 Saint Mary’s Road
De La Salle Hall / Hagerty Lounge
Moraga, California 94575
United States

NorCal IUG Conference 2018 – Friday, October 26th, 2018
Registration fee: $30 per person. Register HERE

Registration fee includes a wonderful program with Innovative and IUG presentations as well as a coffee service and lunch.

Attendees must pre-register online by Friday, October 19th.  NorCal IUG cannot accommodate same-day registration.

Questions about the NorCal IUG registration process should go to:

·         Shannon Meaney-Ryer at smm20@stmarys-ca.edu

·         Vanessa Walden at vwalden@marincounty.org

9:00 – 9:30              Registration with coffee & light refreshments (included with your registration fee)

9:30 – 9:45              Welcome – Vanessa Walden and Shannon Meaney-Ryer

9:45 – 10:30            Innovative update, Q&A – Innovative representives:

10:30 – 10:45          Break

10:45 – 12:15          Presentations from NorCal IUG libraries

  • Wrangling Renewals: Getting Your Print Subscriptions Under Control / CJ McCort and Sarah Frieldsmith, Sacramento Public Library

Do you have centralized magazine purchasing for multiple locations with differing subscriptions? Do you need to produce selection lists? Make reports on expenditures? Update annual budgets? All at the click of a mouse? Come see how you can leverage Microsoft Access to get it all under control. Also includes optional loading of order and check-in records. Sample database provided.

CJ McCort is the Acquisitions and Collection Development Supervisor for the Sacramento Public Library; Sarah Frieldsmith is the Integrated Library Systems Supervisor for Sacramento Public Library.

  • Why should I become a Link+ member? LINK+ Update and Operations Overview  / Katie Carter, Santa Clara City Library

Are you looking for a way to streamline your interlibrary loan process while still providing your patrons with access to a wide range of materials?  LINK+ provides your patrons with a convenient and easy way to request materials from over 60 public and academic libraries in California and Nevada.  Find out about the benefits of becoming a member during this LINK+ update and operations overview.

Katie Carter is a Senior Library Assistant with the Santa Clara City Library.  She has served as the chair of the LINK+ Operations Steering Committee since 2016.

  • Statistics with Decision Center. / Dan McMahon, MARINet Administrator, Marin County Free Library

MARINet has used Decision Center (and before that Encore Reporter) for over 7 years.  We use Decision Center both for routine circulation statistics, and for answering more detailed queries about the effect of policy changes, or for being aware of general trends.  Typical statistics we pull from Decision Center include:

o    How much are our self checks used?

o    What is the most popular item requested at each library?

o    How busy is each library by hour, each day of the week?  (Impact on staffing.)

o    How much material moves between locations within the consortium each year?

12:15 – 1:25            Lunch on DSL Lawn and Tours  (included with your registration fee)

1:30 – 2:50              Breakout Sessions

  • 1:30 – 2:10 Sierra/Millennium A (choose one)
    • Systems & API
    • Acquisitions & Serials
  • 2:15 – 2:50 Sierra/Millennium B (choose one)
    • Cataloging & Resources
    • Circulation/Resource Sharing
  • 1:30 – 2:50 Polaris

2:55 – 3:00              Wrap up from steering committee, evaluation, and outreach for leadership opportunities in NorCal IUG


Event: CSLA Northern Workshop – Chronicle & Scholastic Books, Burlingame Library

CSLA NORTHERN Region 4 Presents:

Library Workshop

WHAT: CSLA Northern Region – Section 4 Workshop

COST: $10.00

DATE: Saturday, October 20th

LOCATION: Burlingame Public Library, Lane Room

DIRECTIONS: Directions to the Burlingame Public Library

TIME: 9:30 to noon

ATTENDEES: All Northern Section librarians (and anyone else who wants to come) limited to first 80!!

PRESENTERS: Chronicle Books & Scholastic will present new fall titles


  • 15-20 minutes to Chronicle Books
  • 15-20. minutes Scholastic Books
  • 45 minutes in grade alike to share your favorite new books (2 max) and your favorite recent lessons (2 max).
  • 45 minutes Small discussions happening simultaneously and attendees could rotate between the sessions: Maker Space, Book Expedition Groups, and 90 Second Newbery.
  • Reflection- next steps

GIVEAWAYS: Chronicle Books will have ARCS to give away for all grade levels

DISCOUNTS: Books, Inc. (one block away) will give a 20% discount on any purchases made that day

David’s Teas in Burlingame 10% discount for attendees

FLYER: Click here to download flyer

Cancellations: No refunds will be made, but substitutions are welcome. Please contact Sally James or Kay Hones via email to provide information about substitutions.

CSLA Northern Region Section 4 Representatives

Sally James

Kay Hone

Event: Night Tour of the Mechanics’ Library, San Francisco

Monday, September 17th at 6:00pm

On September 17 @ 6pm the Mechanics’ Institute – the oldest library in the state designed to serve the public – is hosting a tour of its facilities. Find out more about this pioneering library, chess room, and cultural event center while enjoying wine and apps. No reservations required. Meet on the 3rd floor. Bring a friend!

The Mechanics’ Institute of San Francisco was founded in 1854 with four books and a mission to start an organization to serve the vocational and social needs of the city’s mechanics, artisans, and industrialists. Within a few years the Institute was offering classes in mechanical drawing, industrial design, electrical science, and applied mathematics; had started a chess club and had acquired a magnificent library that slaked San Francisco’s voracious appetite for technical and pleasurable reading material.

Today the Mechanics’ Institute continues as a membership organization boasting a fantastic general-interest library, active cultural event calendar, and world renowned chess club. It is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker in search of a place for literary pursuits, thinking, research and study.

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member the Tour of the Institute will orient you to our building, include an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership. Tours typically take 45 to 60 minutes.

A wine and cheese reception will follow the tour

Event link can be found here

Event: (Postponed) How to Rise to the Top of the Resume Pile

How to Rise to the Top of the Resume Pile

Event has been postponed. Stay tuned for more updates!!

Join BayNet & SLA in our event to help you promote to the next level in your career. Attend this event if you are interested in learning how to prepare for your next interview, understand what hiring managers are looking for, and how your resume stacks up against the competition.

We will be providing peer & professional feedback on your resume during the event, along with a panel discussion on the soft skills needed to interview.  Join a diverse range of library professionals from BayNet & SLA as we help prepare you for your next interview.

Deb Hunt, Library Director from the Mechanics’ Institute Library will begin with a keynote on career agility. For most of her career, Deb has zigged and zagged in and out of libraries, pursuing parallel careers in digital asset management, knowledge management and beyond utilizing transferrable skills she wrote about in The Librarian’s Skillbook: 51 Essential Skills for Information Professionals. In 2013, she returned to libraryland as Library Director at the Mechanics’ Institute (www.milibrary.org). She has authored numerous articles, presented at many conferences, teaches online and in-person courses in knowledge management and has received several professional awards. In 2013, Deb served as international President of the Special Libraries Association.

Castro Valley Library (BART accessible!)

3600 Norbridge Ave. Castro Valley, CA 94546

Friday, September 21st

Check-in starting at 12:30, program 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Register Here:


Event: 2nd Session – Paranormal & Occult Library Tour @ Adocentyn Research Library


Our first session filled, so we’ve added a 2nd tour of the Adocentyn Library. Join your fellow Baynet members for a unique library tour in the East Bay! Saturday, October 13th 3-5pm.

RSVP Here:

The Adocentyn is a Paranormal and Occult library/Archive & research center houses one of the largest collections of Witchcraft, Paranormal, Paganism, Occult, Cryptozoology, UFO and Spiritualist books in the country. A small reading room is available for public use, and they have thousands of rare books and unique reference titles to choose from.

The Library draws upon the sizable private libraries of several board members and it hopes to one day become the premier Paranormal research center in the Western US. The Collection started small, with a collection of about 13,000 books but had exceeded its shelf space and is looking to relocate to a larger facility.

The tour will be led by Curator, Donald Hudson ‘Don’ Frew , who has been representing Wicca in interfaith work since 1985 and has served on the Executive Committee of the Berkeley Area Interfaith Council, on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio, in the Assembly of the World’s Religious & Spiritual Leaders at of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and on the Global Council of the United Religions Initiative. He is the founder & Director of the Lost & Endangered Religions Project.

Frew has broached regular cooperation with law enforcement agencies and skeptic’s organizations, confronting the “Satanic Hysteria” of the 1990s. Since 1985 Frew has worked with San Francisco police Inspector Sandi Gallant as a consultant on the occult, growing over the years to collaborate with law enforcement agencies around the country. Frew served as an occult expert/consultant on the McMartin Preschool Trial, the Leonard Lake serial killings, and the Matamoros murders, among others.