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.

Volunteers Needed: Resume & Job Agility Workshop, BayNet & SLA

BayNet & SLA will be hosting a resume and career agility workshop on Friday, September 21st and we need volunteers! We are looking for current managers/directors from various library fields (Public, Special, Academic, Law, etc.) that would be interested in the participating in the following ways:

  1. Resume review & feedback for attendees
  2. Speaking about what you look for in candidates for your field
  3. Panel discussion on interviewing tips
  4. Promote the “why” that makes your area of librarianship unique

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Brian Edwards at bedwards@aclibrary.org

The program is tentatively scheduled for 1-5pm at Castro Valley Library – conveniently located in the East Bay next to BART!


Event: ALA Spectrum Button Making Day

Spectrum Meetup: Button Making Day

Saturday, July 28th 12pm

You are invited to an afternoon of button making and ice cream to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ALA Spectrum Scholarship! Join us on July 28th at 12pm at Fenton’s Ice Cream Nut Tree in Vacaville, and we’ll get some ice cream to go fuel our button making endeavors. Button maker, button supplies, and button designs will be provided. You are also welcome to make your own buttons!

Fenton’s Creamery is located in: Nut Tree Plaza

1669 E Monte Vista Ave. Vacaville, CA 95688

For more information on supporting the Spectrum scholarship, visit: