November 7

Demystifying Conferences with guest speaker Dr. Michael Stephens

Have you ever been interested in attending an LIS conference to enhance your professional skills and development? For many, conferences present themselves as overwhelming or even intimidating events. Dr. Michael Stephens, Associate Professor at SJSU’s School of Information, will debunk preconceptions and fears about conferences and will illuminate the benefits they offer to information professionals.

October 3 

Competency O and International Librarianship with Guest Speaker Melanie Sellar

What does it mean to “do” international librarianship? Given that higher education institutions are increasingly formalizing internationalization into their strategic plans and that LIS programs, like the SJSU School of Information, are responding by encouraging the inclusion of more international perspectives throughout the curriculum, it is useful to look at the who, why, and how of international librarianship. In order for IL to be studied, practiced, and funded in ways that are appropriate to its potential, this guest lecture will discuss some of its misconceptions, and advocate for more intentional, reciprocal, and reflective applications.

August 29

What I Wish I Knew Then

Come join iSchool Special Library Association for a welcome back to school social and chat. Our “experienced” students and alumnae will discuss what they wish they had known when they started the program. Ask questions, get to know others in the program and enjoy some social time.

February 6

There’s a Special Library for THAT?

Join SLASC for an exploration of different types of libraries! We had student and alumni members representing everything from medical libraries to the Yosemite Library and beyond. Following the panel presentations, we opened the floor up for socializing and general discussion.  Come explore the LIS world with us and learn about what’s special about special libraries and SLA.

March 13

W8H: Creating Successful Allies with Social Media

Social Media is ubiquitous in today’s world, and the ability to connect from the palm of your hand allows organizations to extend their reach quickly and easily. Librarians have endless choices of tools and platforms, but the most important factor in your success is a well-designed social media plan. W8H and Prof. Jennifer Jumba will help you think critically about what tool to select, how to use it, and how to effectively build allies in your community.

May 1

The End of Term Archive: Collecting & Preserving the .gov Information Sphere

In the fall of 2016, a group of institutions – Internet Archive, Library of Congress, CA Digital Library, and libraries from the University of North Texas, Stanford University, and George Washington University – organized to preserve a snapshot of the federal government website. Jefferson Bailey from the Internet Archive and James Jacobs from Stanford University Libraries will discuss the project’s methods for identifying and selecting in-scope content, strategies for capturing web content, and access models for collected content.