May 2024

Dark Archives with Megan Rosenbloom

On May 8, SLASC met with author and librarian Megan Rosenbloom, whose book Dark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin (2020) explores the practice of binding books with human skin. Megan spoke about current events around anthropodermic books around libraries in the United States and ethical considerations being made by librarians who find these items in their collections. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s MLIS program, Megan also talked about her journey from journalism into medical librarianship to her current role as Collections Strategy Librarian for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and how she found opportunities to learn about and work with rare books. This event was not recorded.

April 2024

Books Behind Bars: A Conversation with San Quentin’s Librarian

Have you ever wondered how incarcerated individuals access library resources? On April 24, SLASC spoke with librarian Gabriel Loiederman, who has served as librarian at San Quentin State Prison in California since 2018. Before embarking on his library career at San Quentin, Gabriel wore many hats. He brought the hustle and bustle of New York City to his work as a bike courier and then channeled his organizational skills as a cataloger for the Internet Archive in Boston.

February 2024

SLASC Alumni Panel

On February 26, we welcomed back SLASC Executive Committee alumni Lauren Kime, JonLuc Christensen, Sereen Suleiman, Tina Kremzner-Hsing, Hannah Martin, and Amy Nykamp for a look at their journey through the iSchool and where their careers have taken them into records management, public librarianship, and digital asset management, and how they have remained involved with the Special Libraries Association. View recording here.