Fall 2014

December 11


Come hear about our plans for Spring 2015 and beyond. Tell us what you would want to see. Join our Executive Committee or volunteer your talents in other ways.

We are looking for:

  • A social media coordinator
  • A membership coordinator

If you just want to drop in or talk about school, that will be great too!

And for something fun… we will be announcing a contest!

November 19

Ask a Law Librarian #SLAtalk chat

More information:

Join us for our third Twitter chat on special librarianship — Ask a Law Librarian

On November 19, 2014, from 6:00PM (PST) to 7:00PM (PST), a special #SLAtalk will be dedicated to law librarianship. The SJSU SLASC guest tweeter, Tracy Maleeff — @LibrarySherpa (Twitter), www.librarysherpa.com (blog) and www.linkedin.com/intzmaleeff— will lead the discussion. This Twitter chat will be a fun and informal event allowing students to interact with law librarians from around the world (one of our panelists will be joining us from Australia!).

We invite you to join us, whether you are a librarian who wants to answer questions about talk about your career path, a student with an interest in law librarianship, or just interested in learning about the different career paths available in special libraries.

Our panelists for the chat will be:

Kate Irwin-Smiler
Reference Librarian
Wake Forest University School of Law
Winston-Salem, North Carolina USA

Tracy Z. Maleeff
Library Resources Manager
Duane Morris LLP
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

Philip Mullen
Library and Information Services Manager
K&L Gates
Sydney, Australia

Kim Nayyer
Librarian, Diana M Priestly Law Library
Instructor, Legal Research and Writing
University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Eve Ross
Legal Information Professional
McNair Law Firm
Columbia, South Carolina USA

See more at: http://calendar.sla.org/index.php?eID=394

November 11

Ask An Art Librarian #AskAnArtLibrarian

San Jose State University’s iSchool SLA student group is committed to supporting the interests of our members by offering innovative programming related to special librarianship. To this end, we are pleased to present a series of Twitter chats with librarians from various disciplines allowing students to connect with those in their areas of interest and ask questions about what it’s like to work in the field.On November 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM (PST), our program topic will be #AskAnArtLibrarian, a fun and informal event allowing students to interact with art and visual resources librarians from around the country. We invite you to join us, whether you are a librarian who wants to answer questions and talk about your career path, a student with an interest in art and visual resources librarianship, or just interested in the arts in general.

We would like to promote this event being held by the Bay Area NMRT:

Bay Area members!  The weather might be sizzling hot right now, but why not celebrate the (hopefully) cooler weather later in the month by joining the ALA New Members Round Table for a networking social at the fabulous San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose?  Everyone is welcome to join in on October 24th at 6:30 PM.  Check out the event invite for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/288002834729971/?ref_dashboard_filter=hosting

Sonya Sotomayor Book Discussion


In conjunction with iSchool’s ALA Student ChapterCampus Reading, the ASIS&T Student ChapterSLISConnect, and the CLA Student Interest Group, we are pleased to present a discussion of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir “My Beloved World” in conjunction with her visit to San Jose State this October.  Read the book and join us for an evening of lively conversation on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM (Pacific).

Discussion link:  http://tinyurl.com/mb83vm9

October 2

Ask a Medical Librarian- Twitter Chat with #medlibs chat

More information:

Are you curious about the medical librarianship field? Bring your burning questions to share with #medlibs chat and the SJSU Special Libraries Association Student Group on Thursday, October 2 from 9-10 pm EDT (6-7 pm PDT).

All questions you have about medical librarianship are welcome, from what do medical librarians do all day, to issues and concerns medical libraries face. Never participated in a Twitter Chat before? No problem! Just tweet a question to #medlibs during the chat. Don’t be shy!

For more information about how Twitter Chats work, check out The Ultimate Guide to Hosting a Tweet Chat and How to Participate in a Tweet Chat. The chat will be archived at medlibschat.blogspot.com.

Come and join us!

We are excited to help spread the word on the following event!

SJSU ASIS&T Student Chapter Event: Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

The SJSU ASIS&T Student Chapter is pleased to announce our first LIS-related Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. Anyone is invited to participate and make a difference in the content of this heavily-used (over 400 million unique visitors each month) information resource. As of July 2014 there were nearly 33 million articles on the Wikipedia platform, with 15,000 new articles added every day and 27 million links redirecting users to additional resources. That’s a lot of potential information to edit and enhance…and there’s always new LIS topics and recent developments to add, too!

Participation is a great way to learn more about the (not-too-techy) technical side of Wikipedia, improve the platform as a data source, and improve the visibility of librarians who are engaged with Wikipedia and other information resources of interest to/used by the global community.

The Edit-a-Thon will be held virtually and asynchronously. Participants should register with SJSU ASIS&T (see below) and can make edits Monday, September 29 through Sunday, October 5. Not sure how to create a Wikipedia account or how to edit entries? The event Getting Started Guide can be found here: http://bit.ly/1wdEdna (PDF) and http://bit.ly/1CDS6ja (web page).

Event registration: http://bit.ly/1ocYqnU  (it is important that all participants register prior to making any edits to Wikipedia.)

Please visit the event website for complete details: http://bit.ly/Wrrdh2

September 9th

ePortfolio or Thesis: What’s Right for You?

Hosted by SJSU ASIS&T Student Chapter
Co-Sponsored by SJSU SLA Student Chapter

Trying to decide whether the ePortfolio or Thesis option is right for you? Not sure what is involved with each type of project?

SJSU ASIS&T Student Chapter is proud to host our first Career Development event of the fall 2014 semester: ePortfolio or Thesis: What’s Right for You? with our co-sponsors the SJSU SLA Student Chapter. Dr. Debbie Hansen and Dr. Michelle Holschuh Simmons will be speaking about their experiences working with students completing ePortfolios and theses. Both projects may seem overwhelming, but with preparation and planning these culminating experiences are valuable learning tools. They will describe what is involved with each type of project, the workflow and requirements, and the pros and cons. They will also share some best practices and the ways culminating experiences can be used after graduation. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.

Speaker Bios

Holschuh ImageDr. Michelle Holschuh Simmons is a Lecturer in the SJSU iSchool and she was the Consulting Librarian for the Arts and Humanities at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, for four years. Michelle was a recipient of the WISE Excellence in Online Teaching Award in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 and she was was awarded the iSchool Outstanding Teacher Award in 2011. Michelle is the co-chair of the iSchool Curriculum and Program Development Committee with Dr. Linda Main. Michelle lives in Monmouth, Illinois, with her husband Bob, who teaches in the Department of Classics at Monmouth College, and their four sons, Ben, David, Marc, and Alex.

Hansen imageAn iSchool faculty member since 1989, Dr. Debra Hansen currently teaches in the areas of archives, oral history, history of books and libraries, and information and society. She earned an MLIS from UCLA in 1983 and her doctorate in 1988 from the University of California, Irvine, where she specialized in 19th century American social and women’s history. Dr. Hansen’s research lies at the intersection of history and library science, focusing on the professionalization and feminization of librarianship in the West. Her scholarship has been published in Libraries and CultureLibrary Trends and other LIS and history periodicals as well as in edited anthologies and historical encyclopedias.

March 5th

Rachel Berrington: Alternative Careers for Librarians

Rachel Berrington is the Director of IEEE’s Client Services, nine professional librarians who are responsible for global customer outreach, training and awareness.

The seminar was very well attended and fascinating!

April 2

Stephen Abram: Influencing Skills for Special Librarians

Stephen Abram, MLS, a strategy and direction planning consultant for libraries and the information industry, is principal of Lighthouse Partners, an associate of Dysart & Jones. He is also CEO of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries.He is a library trend watcher, keynote speaker, innovator and author of Stephen’s Lighthouse blog. He has held executive leadership positions at Cengage Learning (Gale), SirsiDynix, Thomson, ProQuest and IHS. Stephen is also a former SLA president and SJSU SLIS faculty member; and he’s currently a member of the SJSU SLIS International Advisory Council.