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:


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!


[Free Webinar and Workshop] Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery

Protecting Cultural Collections:

Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery

Part 1:  ON-LINE WEBINARS – Prevention & Preparedness (archived 2½ hours total)
Part 2:  IN-PERSON WORKSHOP – Response & Recovery

Belmont, CA:  Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. – Notre Dame de Namur University, Gellert Library

The workshop is FREE.  Participation in the in-person workshop requires viewing the archived Part 1 webinars BEFORE attending the Part 2 in-person workshop AND completing the workshop assignments. Any exception requires the permission of the instructor. Link to the webinars will be provided upon registration.

Sponsored by Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS)

Co-Sponsored by California Preservation Program (CPP)

Instructor: Julie A. Page, Co-Coordinator, CPP and WESTPAS


The “Protecting Cultural Collections” training is presented in a sequence of two archived webinars plus one in-person workshop to produce the following outcomes:

  • Complete a disaster response & collection salvage plan
  • Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively
  • Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections
  • Understand practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency
  • Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, photos & objects

The webinar sessions and the in-person workshop are scheduled to enable participants to prepare short assignments between sessions, resulting in a completed disaster plan. Participating institutions will be invited to join an informal network of WESTPAS trained personnel to provide mutual aid in the event of emergencies involving collections in your region.

Who should attend:    Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of cultural institutions.  By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop’s disaster preparedness goals. When possible, please commit two attendees so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.

Cost:    No charge to the institution.  Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the California State Library.  Mileage reimbursement funds are available to staff (paid or volunteer) from California organizations, with annual operating budgets of less than $250,000, for travel in excess of 100 miles round trip to attend the workshop.

Registration:     Pre-registration required. Register online for the IN-PERSON session at: WESTPAS workshop   http://tinyurl.com/ot4kve2

For registration assistance contact: Wendy Cao,  caow@plsinfo.org

For general & content information contact Julie Page  jpage@calpreservation.org

Submitted by Grace Kim from Notre Dame de Namur University

[Conference Report] Reinvention: Thriving in the 21st Century

On November 4-6, the Mechanics’ Institute hosted 51 colleagues from Wales, Australia, Canada, England and the U.S. for the Reinvention Conference. Reinvention was the fourth in a series of international conferences for independent and subscription libraries, mechanics’ institutes, athenaeums, mercantile libraries, schools of arts, and working men’s institutes and the first one held in North America.

Our keynoters and speakers wowed us. Keynote speakers were:

  • Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and Founder of the Internet Archive, who spoke about “Bringing Our Libraries Digital”
  • Lee Rainie, Director of Research at the Pew Research Center, who spoke about “The Reinvention Recipe: One Part Desperation. One Part Aggravation. One Part Decimation. One Part Liberation”
  • Nina Simon Executive Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, who spoke about “The Art of Relevance”

We shared challenges, solutions and ideas for continuing to thrive, including grant research, rebranding for the future, disaster planning, analog libraries in a digital world, capital campaigns, measuring performance indicators, relevance and much more.

Sometimes we had to strain to understand accents, as we all spoke different flavors of the English language. We learned, with a bit of envy, that the Gladstone Library (in Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales) is a “residential” library, with 26 bedrooms, which include access to the 250,000 items in the library and breakfast.

In another presentation, we learned that a former Mechanics’ Institute in Heptonstall, England, that is now a private residence, is on the market for £340,000 ($420,415), which sounds like a steal compared to the San Francisco Bay Area housing market!

All presentations are available online here: https://www.milibrary.org/reinvention/content/presenters

We at the Mechanics’ Institute learned a lot too about putting on a conference, including lodging, meals, and other logistics. Most of all, we learned that we are of the same tribe and are facing common challenges, being creative in overcoming them and that we can learn so much from one another.

Post submitted by Deb Hunt, Library Director at the Mechanics’ Institute Library in San Francisco