On hiatus

I’m on hiatus!

As you can probably tell by the infrequency of my recent blog posts, I’ve been taking a break from blogging.

beach with rocks and surf

Kalamitsi beach, Lefkada island, Greece.

I will keep you posted as things change.


Family Science & Astronomy Festival + Makerspace at College of San Mateo, Sat 10/4 #Free

College of San Mateo Library is hosting several Makerspace events at this year’s Family Science & Astronomy Festival at CSM.

Please join us Saturday October 4, 2014! The event is free and open to the public.

Schedule of Events

College of San Mateo
1700 West Hillsdale Boulevard
San Mateo, CA 94402

Contacts: Lorrita Ford | Mohsen Janatpour

New job for Fall 2014

College of San Mateo Library

I’m happy to announce that I’ve got a new gig for Fall 2014! I am Cataloging, Online and Digital Resources Librarian at College of San Mateo. I just completed my first week, and I’m excited to be joining their team.

The campus is beautiful; the students are fantastic; and the faculty, staff and administrators have all extended a warm welcome. I’m looking forward to the new adventure.

College of San Mateo view of Bay

A view from near the library, overlooking San Francisco Bay.

Tour of Stanford’s Archive of Recorded Sound coordinated by Info Pros Social Club 4/18/14 *RSVP required*


The Information Professional’s Social Club is kicking off Spring with a tour of Stanford University Libraries’ Archive of Recorded Sound.

The Archive of Recorded Sound houses recordings, film & video, and print & manuscript resources including items dating back to the 1800s, when recorded sound was in its infancy. Sound recording formats include wax cylinders, shellac and vinyl discs, magnetic wire recordings, tapes, CDs and more. Additionally, the archive features a remarkable collection of phonographs and other playback equipment.

The tour will be followed by a social networking event at Russo Cafe, within easy walking distance of the Archive.

  • What: Tour and Meetup
  • Where:
    Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound
    541 Lasuen Mall
    Braun Music Center
    Stanford, CA 94305-3076
    (650) 723-9312
  • When: Friday April 18th, 3:30 pm
  • Why? Because learning and meeting people is fun!

We hope you will be able to join us for this special event.

Due to limited space RSVPs are required. Please fill out the RSVP form to assure your spot.

Please contact Stephanie Roach < stephanie.roach@lislady.com > of the IPSC with any questions.

The IPSC’s mission is to promote networking between information professionals of all walks, this includes seasoned professionals, new graduates, and students of information science, libraries, archives, and museums. Our informal meet-ups are designed to stimulate conversation, share employment experiences and educational advice, and above all make new friends.

RDA preconference at CLA Annual registration closes Friday 10/18 5pm


Back by popular demand!

Last year’s RDA pre-conference workshop was sold-out and we are happy to offer an updated RDA training workshop again!

Please join us for the 2013 California Library Association pre-conference workshop “Basic Cataloging with RDA,” presented by Luiz Mendes (CSU Northridge) and Kevin Balster (UCLA), sponsored by the CLA Technical Services Interest Group and co-sponsored by the CLA Chinese American Librarians Interest Group. The pre-conference workshop will be held on Sunday, November 3, from 8:30AM-4:30PM.

RDA, the new cataloging standard, was implemented by the Library of Congress on March 31, 2013, and California librarians are now challenged to implement and integrate RDA into their local catalogs. This workshop will offer a basic introduction to cataloging with RDA, will focus on print monographs, and will cover both description and access. Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises which will include use of tools and documentation in support of cataloging with RDA. Attendees will access the latest national documentation on policies, decisions, best practices, and training materials related to RDA. Through guided participatory exercises they will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed for the effective implementation and integration of RDA into the fabric of their libraries.

RDA pre-conference workshop pricing: $90 non-members: $65 members; $50 student members

Registration for the full CLA Conference is not required for (or included in) this pre-conference workshop, but if you plan to attend the CLA 2013 conference don’t forget that pre-registration is required, and ends at 5:00PM on Friday, October 18!

Please see the CLA Annual website for online registration information, or download the registration form as a PDF: 


Stephanie Roach
Vice Chair

Technical Services Interest Group
California Library Association

Info Pros Friday Night At the Museum – 3/22 6pm @OaklandMuseumCA @sfcarts

The Information Professionals Social Club will meet-up at the Oakland Museum of California / Off the Grid’s “Friday Nights @ OMCA” night market for a fun filled evening of food trucks, beer, music, and good-times. Museum tickets are half-price (5pm-9pm) if you want to go in and enjoy.

Friday Nights @ OMCA, food trucks, people & good times

Join the Informaion Professionals Social Club for a night of food trucks, beer, and good times at Friday Nights @ OMCA!

We’ll meet up at 6pm at the corner of 10th/Oak (just one block from BART), then enjoy some food truck goodness!

What: IPSC meetup
Where: Friday Nights @ OMCA (corner of 10th/Oak, Oakland, CA)
When: 6pm, Friday March 22, 2013
Why: Good times!

Please RSVP & submit any questions on Facebook or by email (stephanie.roach@lislady.com) to Stephanie Roach.

For more information about Friday Nights @ OMCA: http://www.museumca.org/event/friday-nights-omca-6

For more information about Off the Grid and their weekly markets schedule: http://offthegridsf.com/

Info Pros Post Thanksgiving meet-up in Oakland, 11/30


Hey everyone! The Information Professionals Social Club is having a post-Thanksgiving dinner at Barney’s Gourmet Burgers on College Ave in Oakland, 7:30pm November 30th, and we want to see you there. Tell us what you’re thankful for over all natural Niman Ranch beef burgers, or one of several amazing vegetarian dishes for our non-meat eating friends. To join us and meet other Bay Area information professionals and students, please RSVP on Facebook or to either Stephanie Roach or Cyndi Varady. We hope to see you there!

Barney's BurgerWho: Info Pros Social Club
WhereBarney’s Gourmet Burgers, 5817 College Ave, Oakland
When: Friday November 30, 2012 @ 7:30p
Why: Because we like you!

IPSC’s mission is to promote networking between information professionals of all walks, this includes seasoned professionals, new graduates, and students. Our informal meet-ups are designed to stimulate conversation, share employment experiences and educational advice, and above all make new friends. Like us on Facebook.

Happy Thanksgiving!

LIS Lady, Stephanie Roach, explores social media use by groups of info pros in poster session at CLA conference

Social media use infographicNovember 3, 2012 I presented a poster session, Social Media Use in the Bay Area Library Student and Professional Community, at the California Library Association’s annual conference in San Jose, CA. The session felt like a success. The survey results and data analysis as well as the poster infographic are available on the LIS Lady website.


Social Media Use in the Bay Area Library Student and Professional Community explores the use of social media by San Francisco Bay Area professional networking groups. Social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and Pinterest will be evaluated for social media presence by library professional groups. Specific strategies in use by group administrators will be identified, and use of platform specific tools such as timelines, events, hangouts, etc. This poster session establishes a baseline for use of social media by San Francisco Bay Area library professional groups, and serves as an exploratory study providing data revealing directions for future research.

The poster session includes figures quantifying use of social media by San Francisco Bay Area library student and professional groups. Group administrators were surveyed to discover strategies and methods for utilizing social media platforms, and group profiles were evaluated to discover which tools are being utilized.