November 15

Tracy Z. Maleeff – Sharpening Career and Networking Skills for Fun & Profit

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Congratulations, you will have an MLIS degree soon! Now, what? Whether library and information science is your first, second, or third career, learn how there are skills to be honed that you can use in both your professional and personal life. Learn tricks and tips about networking, public speaking, and research that can help you reach your life goals. Our speaker, Tracy Z. Maleeff, will share her story of recognizing her transferable Installed Plugin skills along her career path as well as how fine-tuning her networking skills brought great results.

Speaker Bio:

You may know Tracy Z. Maleeff as @LibrarySherpa on Twitter. A former law firm librarian, Tracy now has her own independent information professional business, Sherpa Intelligence. She provides research and social media consulting services to clients, with a focus on the information security industry. A long-time member of the Special Libraries Association, Tracy was named an SLA Fellow in 2015 and was also the recipient of the 2014 Dow Jones Innovate Award and the 2016 Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Innovations in Law Librarianship Award. She can be found online at or

April 26

Aaron Schmidt – UX for Libraries

Design is more than choosing pretty colors. It’s all about solving problems and even if you don’t know it, you are a designer. Schmidt will introduce the concept of User Experience (UX) thinking and illustrate how it can help improve your website, programs, services, and more. After this interactive workshop you’ll have a keener critical eye, and a framework with which you can make your library the most important place in your community.

aaronschmidtspring2016In the past fifteen years Aaron Schmidt has been a circulation clerk, reference librarian, and library director. Currently he is the principal of Influx Library User Experience Consulting, is a lecturer at the San Jose School of Library and Information Science, and writes a column called “The User Experience for Library Journal. Current projects include a UX guided overhaul of the Chapel Hill Public Library and coaching 10 libraries in Florida through UX improvement projects . Schmidt serves on the editorial board for Weave: the Journal of Library User Experience, and he coauthored the book “Useful, Usable and Desirable,” a guide to applying UX to libraries. He has presented internationally on the topic of library innovation and design.

March 22

Tracy Z. Maleeff – Technical Tools and Information Security for Librarians

Learn what applications, programs and websites are useful for librarians and information professionals in the real working world. In this one-hour webinar, Tracy Z. Maleeff (@LibrarySherpa) will give a high-level overview of the resources that will enhance your professional development. The second-half of the program will feature information security. Learn the vocabulary, best practices and resources on how to be safe with your personal and professional passwords and data. All combined, this hour will leave you with a foundation on which tech to use and how to utilize it safely in the workplace.

Tracy Z Maleeff2Tracy Z. Maleeff is a new independent info pro, the owner of Sherpa Intelligence LLC – your guide up a mountain of information. Prior to starting her own business, Tracy worked as a librarian primarily in law firms, with some experience in both the corporate and academic worlds. She earned her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and has undergraduate degrees from both Temple University (magna cum laude) and the Pennsylvania State University. An active SLA member holding many leadership positions, she was the recipient of the 2014 Dow Jones Innovate Award. Most recently, she was named an SLA Fellow in 2015. She is a member of the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu and writes for the cybersecurity portal She actively Tweets as both @LibrarySherpa and @InfoSecSherpa. Check our her “Tuesdays With Motivation” series on her blog.

March 2

Julie Takata – SFO Aviation Museum & Library Tour with SLASC & ALASC

Where: International Terminal (near A gates), San Francisco International Airport

ALASC & SLASC collaborated for this in-person tour of the SFO Aviation Museum & Library, hosted by the Curator-in-Charge of Collection Management, Julie Takata.

An architectural adaptation of the Airport’s 1930’s passenger lobby, the SFO AM&L is located in the International Terminal, near the A gates. According to their website, the SFO AM&L collection “focuses on air transport with an emphasis on the West Coast and the Pacific Region.” This combination museum and library “provides unique opportunities for learning about the development of commercial aviation and the role it plays in our everyday lives.”

Learn more about the SFO Aviation Museum & Library:

February 11

SJSU Student Group Panel

ALASC, ASIS&T, iSchoolConnext, SAASC and SLASC presented in this panel about SJSU iSchool student associations. Check out the recording here! (Note: this link is different than the usual SLASC recording link.)

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February 8

Dr. Michelle Chen – Information Visualization Meets LIS: Opportunities and Challenges

Information visualization is considered one of the prime emerging technologies for large-scale data analysis and is an important topic for information professionals to understand. It deals with analyzing, displaying, communicating and interpreting massive amounts of abstract data effectively and efficiently via visual representations. In this webinar, Dr. Chen will present and discuss how information visualization can be used to help libraries and librarians utilize the abundant data resources (to which they now have more and more access) to provide better patron services through enhanced collection analysis, resource allocation, and user engagement.

MichelleChen JPG copyMichelle Chen, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor from the School of Information at San José State University. Prior to joining the iSchool, she taught in several different universities, including the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Connecticut and the University of San Francisco. Her primary areas of research and teaching interests include information visualization, data mining, social media, and online user behavior. In particular, she is interested in studying the value of virtual platforms as informational and social media and the role of today’s networked environment on shaping user behavior. Dr. Chen is also a member of SJSU’s Silicon Valley Big Data and Cybersecurity Center.