[Event] SLA Event in San Francisco Wednesday, August 30

Wednesday, August 30, 2017. 5:30-7:30 PM
Patriot House Pub
2 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco

The San Francisco Bay Region Chapter of the Special Libraries Association invite you to our Fall Happy Hour. Are you a student or new to the Bay Area? Are you a librarian and want to meet new librarians in the area? Come join us for an evening with friends and colleagues. Meet librarians from all walks of life and find out what the SLA in the Bay Area is about.

The event will be free for new and prospective members, students, and for current members who bring along one or more prospective member. The fee for all others is $10.

Come and join us for an evening with friends and find out just what SLA in the Bay Area is all about. The first drink is on us! We hope to see you there.

To register as a FREE attendee, please email Sarah Cook at president-elect@sanfrancisco.sla.org with your name, current SLA membership status, and who you’re going to bring. If you’ll be paying $10 for this night of drinks and frivolity, you can send a check made out to San Francisco Bay Chapter of SLA to me at:

Sarah Cook
44 Montgomery St.
32nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

Or you can pay by cash or check the night of the event. Either way, please email me to let me know you’re coming.

Please RSVP by August 28.

Can’t wait to see you!!

Grace Kim, Academic Relations Chair
Sarah Cook, President-Elect


SLA-SV Presents A Night to Remember with State Librarian, Greg Lucas

Register for our Joint Meeting with the SF Bay Region Chapter


Thursday, May 28, 2015, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Fattoria e Mare, 1095 Rollins Rd, Burlingame, CA


Please join us for a night to remember with special guest California State Librarian, Greg Lucas! This is a unique opportunity to hear a leader of libraries speak. Prepare to be engaged!


Greg Lucas was appointed California State Librarian by Governor Jerry Brown on March 25, 2014. Besides collecting and preserving California’s history and culture, the State Library – founded in 1850 – provides access to books for visually impaired Californians and conducts research into an array of areas at the request of lawmakers and the governor. The State Librarian also advocates for literacy, librarians, and California’s 1,185 libraries.

California possesses one of the most important history collections in the United States. The collection begins with artifacts dating to 1540 and continues through the present. There are books, newspapers, lithographs, and campaign memorabilia as well as 4,500 maps and 250,000 photographs.

Previously, Greg was a senior editor at Capitol Weekly and a freelance writer. He created the blog, California’s Capitol, www.californiascapitol.com, in 2007. He is also a Friends of the California Archives board member.

During 19 years covering the state Capitol for the San Francisco Chronicle, Gregwrote nearly 3,000 articles on everything from presidential politics to the introduction of prune burgers in school cafeterias. He was also a ride operator on Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Stanford University and a Masters degree in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California.

Agenda for Thursday, May 28, 2015

  • 5:30 – 6:30 Registration, networking and appetizers
  • 6:30 – 7:00 SLA-SF announcements
  • 7:00 – 8:00 Program with Q&A following


A variety of delicious foods in a buffet-style

SLA Program Cost

Early Bird Special 

  • $30 for members
  • $50 for non-members
  • $25 for student/retiree/between jobs members

Late registration (after May 15, 2015)

  • $35 for members
  • $55 for non-members
  • $30 for student/retiree/between jobs members


Fattoria e Mare, 1095 Rollins Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010, (650) 342-4923


Please register by Friday, May 22, 2015.   Space is limited so please register as soon as possible.

Register here.

Sarah Houghton on Library Marketing

sarah_houghton2This past Thursday at the Oakland campus of California State University, East Bay, BayNet and the Special Libraries Association – San Francisco Bay Chapter (SLA-SF) held their joint annual meeting. Appetizers and drinks were made available to attendees (both of which were fantastic) during the networking portion of the meeting. Librarians from all walks of life rubbed shoulders and squeezed into a hallway — so as to be closer to the food and drink — for the better part of an hour, trading stories and getting to know each other.

After everyone had enjoyed their fill and settled into their seats, a raffle was held in which three gift certificates to Buffalo Bill’s Brewery in Hayward as well as a trip for eight to wine tasting at Concannon Vineyard. And once the victors received their lovely gifts, the main attraction settled into her place at the head of the room.

Sarah Houghton, Director of the San Rafael Public Library and also known as the Librarian in Black, gave a presentation entitled: “The Wrong Love: Why We Need to Stop Telling People to Love Libraries”. The primary thrust of the presentation is that the current marketing tactics being embraced by libraries and librarians in the United States is flawed. Instead of asking people to love their libraries, we should instead be telling our patron communities how much we love them.

For those of you who weren’t there, firstly I hope you had a good excuse, and secondly keep an eye out for an article in the next BayNet Newsletter for a detailed run-down of Ms. Houghton’s suggestions. But even if you only take away the idea that the way we talk about libraries should change from “Please love Libraries” to “Libraries love you”, then things are already moving in the right direction. For more information, check out her blog post which inspired the presentation: The Wrong Love

The presentation was engaging and insightful and drove people to ask many good questions, perhaps a few more than Ms. Houghton was prepared for, but better too many than too few, right? I thoroughly enjoyed the event and I hope that those who were able to attend felt the same way. Keep an eye here for announcements about more BayNet events in the future, like the upcoming Day of the Book Writer’s Conference at JFK University. Hope to see you there!

EVENT: Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) and the Mission-Specific Focus

Information professionals and San Francisco Bay Region Chapter SLA members can now register for the Next Click U course: Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) and the Mission-Specific Focus.

You can hear Dale Stanley and Guy St. Clair talk about the course and about PKM here (Audio).

The course begins August 10, and includes three online lectures, on August 10, 17, and 24.

Also included is a facilitated live discussion (online) on Wednesday, August 19, with Guest Participant Libby Trudell, Senior Vice President, Market Development at Dialog, a ProQuest Company. Trudell is a recognized leader in KM/knowledge services, and just recently completed a term on SLA’s Board of Directors. She will join participants to discuss her experience and recommendations for PKM applications in the workplace.

Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) and the Mission-Specific Focus concludes with a course wrap-up and thematic discussion (online) on Thursday, August 27. All programs begin at 3:00 PM EDT.

EVENT: Solo Librarians Meeting on July 15th

Open to non-members.

The Solo Librarians of the San Andreas Chapter of SLA invite you to join them at their next meeting on Wednesday, July 15th. Anyone with an interest in libraries is welcome, including students and recent grads of the MLIS programs.

Carol Chatfield will be hosting the meeting at 6 P.M. on Wednesday, July 15th at The Career Development Center, 563 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.  Detailed information about the location and parking is here.

Carol will give a tour of the Career Resource Library at the Career Development Center. We will also have a panel of librarians that attended SLA 2009 in Washington DC to share their impressions and experiences.

You are welcome to bring a snack or dinner to the meeting.  There is a kitchen with water, ice, and a soda machine ($1.25/bottle) next door to the conference room.

Those who are planning to attend need to contact Sonia Dorfman by July 10th at sdorfman@neuropace.com or (650) 237-2784.