EVENT: If a Picture Paints a Thousand Words… with Shelly Schoo

KellySchooPicStrong graphics and data visualizations go a long way toward making your message more compelling and impactful. What are the critical aspects to creating high-impact PowerPoint presentations? During this session, you will learn the foundations for building a persuasive narrative as well as how to better use PowerPoint to convey your message clearly and meaningfully.

In 2013, Shelly Schoo received her Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. In addition to her MLIS, Shelly holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Yale. Currently she works at Intuit (developer of Turbo Tax and Quickbooks) in Mountain View, where she leads a team responsible for Channel and Field Sales training. Prior to joining Intuit, Shelly worked primarily in the legal and high tech industries, spending 15 years at Hewlett Packard in a variety of senior leadership positions.

When: Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch, Berkeley Public Library, 1901 Russell St, Berkeley, CA 94703 
Cost: BayNet members – $5.00; Non-Members – $10.00

Register online.

June 3 at SFPL: Artistic, Colorful and Unconventional: A visual tour of San Francisco’s queer art scene

Photo courtesy of LSE Library

Photo courtesy of LSE Library

The San Francisco Public Library’s James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center are proud to present a presentation by Jeff Gunderson and Jim Van Buskirk entitled: Artistic, Colorful and Unconventional: A visual tour of San Francisco’s queer art scene. The presentation will focus on the important role played by the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and chronicle it’s nearly 150 year history, covering  the GLBTQ artists of all stripes who have attended the SFAI.

In honor of this event, Jeff and Jim co-authored a piece concerning the process of assembling this presentation, from digging through the archives and collaborating with the LGBTQ community, to the moral considerations necessary to appropriately honor the LGBTQ artists they would be celebrating. Below is a preview of the article, which will be published in its entirety in the Summer 2015 BayNet Newsletter:

Jeff: Last Fall I was asked by Charles Demarais, the President of the San Francisco Art Institute to present a talk about the School’s relationship with the LGBTQ community.  I think it was his and others’ understanding that the SFAI had been a safe haven and fertile ground for LGBTQ artists during the school’s 140+ year history.  Charles wanted me to give evidence of this thesis in a presentation to SFAI Alumni, which was to take place in November 2014.  It is understandable how administrative folk here on campus—the President, the fundraisers, the public relations people and others—had gotten this idea of the SFAI as refuge as I had always made sure when the topic came up to rattle off names of well-known and terrific LGBTQ artists who had attended and or taught at the school.  This included Jess, Minor White, Bernice Bing, Jerome Caja, Annie Leibowitz, etc.  But I am afraid I had promoted the impression that these artists as well as many other LGBTQ artists had thrived here at the SFAI campus when I am sure many of them must have struggled mightily amidst prejudice and homophobia and succeeded in spite ofobstacles hurled at them from fellow students, faculty and staff.

Jim: Our process, I think we can safely say, was organic. Jeff showed me what he had come up with so far and we began brainstorming more names. Did so-and-so identify as queer? Did such-and-such artist have an association with SFAI, either as an instructor, student, or staff member? We combed through exhibition catalogs, books, websites, and the archives. We realized that it would be wise to get as much opinion from current faculty as possible. Whenever we mentioned the project to someone, they became excited and often offered another potential name. Julie Blankenship, a former SFAI student, artist, and Executive Director of Visual AID, was a particularly helpful resource.  Realizing that this needed to be a visual presentation (SFAI is an art school!), we searched for images of each artist as well as a representative sample of their work. Jeff scanned images from books and documents, and Jim contacted possible participants. Knowing we could never be comprehensive, we nevertheless tried to follow up on every suggested name. Moments of sadness punctured our enthusiasm as we realized many of the names had been lost to AIDS.

No one could quite believe that this important aspect of both local queer and institutional history had not previously been documented.  We also recognized potential pitfalls of the project. To what extent did we risk misrepresenting and/or “outing” individuals? For example, Minor White, now celebrated as a pioneering “gay” photographer, was likely not “out” during his tenure at the SFAI.  Reinforcing the “it’s complicated” phenomenon: Angela Davis came out as a lesbian in a 1997 interview, but had earlier married one of her male SFAI students. We continued to ask ourselves: were we uncovering underdocumented material or just fueling the flames of gossip under the guise of historical research.

To see the presentation, head to the San Francisco Public Library on June 3rd from 6:00 – 7:30pm. And keep an eye out for the Summer 2015 BayNet Newsletter which will be publishing Jeff and Jim’s article in its entirety.

Released: BayNet Newsletter Spring 2015

The most recent issue of the BayNet Newsletter has been released! You can find the current issue at https://baynetlibs.org/news/current-newsletter

In the Winter 2015 issue:

Are We Burying Our Heads in the Sand by Elise Wong: Becoming a Librarian isn’t as easy as it used to be. Elise Wong gives us some information as to why that is and some things aspiring librarians can do to make the best of the situation.

Things to Love About the Castro Valley Public Library by Ariel Gilbert-Knight: BayNet hosted an event at the Castro Valley Public Library to show off its new building. Ms. Gilbert-Knight fills us in on some of her favorite things she saw during the tour.

Day of the Book Writer’s Conference Round-Up by Diana Wakimoto: Held at JFK University in Pleasant Hill, BayNet sponsored a talk given by Jason Dezember entitled “Do Books Furnish a Room?”. Diana Wakimoto tells us whether or not that’s true, and also some highlights of the event.

And Monica Cromarty is Awarded the First BayNet Professional Development Grant by Margot Hanson and Collin Thormoto: Monica Cromarty was awarded the first ever grant distributed by BayNet to help fund her professional development pursuits. Check the issue to see what she’s doing with her new-found funds.

If you’d like to submit an article for publication, and it is highly encouraged, in the Summer 2015 BayNet Newsletter, please see the Submission Guidelines for more detailed information. Hope you enjoy the issue!

Collin Thormoto
BayNet News Editor

BayNet Professional Development Grant

BayNet is excited to announce a new pilot project—a Professional Development Grant. This year we will start by awarding a grant of up to $500 to a BayNet member, which can be used for professional development opportunities such as travel, conference registration, etc. This would be a great way to cover the cost of registration for this year’s ALA conference in San Francisco, for example!

Please review application requirements and download the BayNet Grant Application. The application deadline is Friday, April 24, 2015.

Remember, applicants need to be BayNet Members, so please join if you haven’t already!

Released: BayNet Newsletter Winter 2015

The most recent issue of the BayNet Newsletter has been released! You can find the current issue at https://baynetlibs.org/news/current-newsletter

In the Winter 2015 issue:

Getting to Know Your Profession Better by Elise Wong: Learn the benefits of participating in a mentorship or menteeship from someone who’s been there. Don’t forget that BayNet has a mentoring program, too!

BayNet/SLA-SF 2015 Joint Meeting by Collin Thormoto: Some notes from the presentation given by Sarah Houghton, Library Director at the San Rafael Public Library.

BayNet Visits the Western Railway Museum by Collin Thormoto: BayNet organized a visit to the Western Railway Museum. Check out what it’s all about and consider joining us for our next event

And a Mills College Librarian Receives the I Love My Librarian Award: Michael Beller, head of reference and access services was recently celebrated by the ALA. Congratulate him if you see him!

If you’d like to submit an article for publication, and it is highly encouraged, in the Spring 2015 BayNet Newsletter, please see the Submission Guidelines for more detailed information. Hope you enjoy the issue!

Collin Thormoto
BayNet News Editor