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.

Poster Session Proposal Accepted by California Library Association – Social Media Use Among LIS Groups #CLA12 #defygravity


Good news!

My poster session proposal was accepted for the California Library Association‘s 2012 annual conference. I’ll be doing research on use of social media by San Francisco Bay Area student and professional groups in the library and information science community.

More details to come soon!

Conference Logo - Defying Gravity - CLA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2012

Webinar: Web of Languages – Usability, AJAX & jQuery 5/30/2012


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Web of Languages: An Introduction to Usability and Developing Web Applications with AJAX and jQuery

Webinar*, Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 1:00pm-4:00pm PDT


Web of Languages” introduces the basic to early intermediate librarian, library staff member, student, web developer or administrator to usability, as well as developing applications with AJAX and jQuery. Sarah Houghton will provide perspective on web usability with an overview of web development techniques for library websites and web applications; Derek Christiansen will define AJAX and present a number of SJSU applications of AJAX; and Cary Gordon will discuss the uses of jQuery in web development. The purpose of the program is to introduce these technologies and techniques so that librarians and library staff can better understand and visualize what is possible using these web development techniques.


Sarah Houghton, Acting Director, San Rafael Public Library

Derek Christiansen, Web Technologist, San José State University School of Library and Information Science (SJSU SLIS)

Cary Gordon, Cherry Hill Company

Registration Details:

Early bird registration (Mail-in registrations must be received by the CLA office by 5pm, May 15, to receive the early-bird registration rate):

  •     $35 non-members
  •     $25 CLA members
  •     $20 student members

After May 15:

  •     $45 non-members
  •     $35 CLA members
  •     $30 Student member

Registration and full program information is available on CLA’s website (

Deadline: May 29, 2012


Contact Suzanna Conrad ( or Stephanie Roach (

This Spring Fling program is sponsored by
California Library Association’s
Information Technology and Technical Services Interest Groups

*Online via WebEx.

LIS Lady, Stephanie Roach, currently serves as the Event Coordinator for the CLA’s Technical Services Interest Group.

CLA Technical Services New Leader Award Opportunity

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Technical Services Interest Group New Leader Award

Sponsored by Brodart Company

$500 is available to be awarded to the successful applicant to help cover registration, travel, and lodging expenses for attending the CLA Annual Conference in San Jose, November 2-4, 2012.


  • Be a current California Library Association member, or join by application deadline.
  • Be currently enrolled in a library-degree program; be a recent library/information school graduate; or have no more than five years of post-master’s degree experience.
  • Be able to attend CLA Annual Conference and work virtually in between.


  • Attend CLA Technical Services Interest Group Membership Meeting and one or more TSIG programs at CLA Annual Conference.
  • Be willing to serve on a Technical Services Interest Group committee or taskforce, or as a candidate for Technical Services Interest Group office, following the CLA Annual Conference.

To apply:

Submit a brief statement (no more than 350 words) describing career goals and interest in Technical Services and the CLA Technical Services Interest Group via email message or email attachment (preferred) to:

  • Mary Cohen

DEADLINE is May 31, 2012.

You may include your curriculum vitae or resume in addition to the professional interest statement, but that is not required.

For more information about the CLA Technical Services Interest Group, visit:

For more information about the California Library Association, CLA membership, and the upcoming CLA Conference, visit:

Library students and first time CLA members are eligible for reduced dues. Students, support staff, and unemployed librarians are eligible for reduced conference registration fees.

For more information about Brodart Company, visit:

For any other questions about the Technical Services Interest Group New Leader Award contact:

  • Mary Cohen
  • Technical Services Dept. Head
  • Palos Verdes Library District
  • 701 Silver Spur Road
  • Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
  • (p) 310-921-7519 | (f) 310-541-6807 | (e)

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

Next week (Feb 14-18) I’ll be attending the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF Region VII) Conference, to be held in Arcata, CA at Humboldt State University. I’ll attend workshops on dramaturgy and theater design/production. I’m excited, and feel lucky to go. I’ll write updates of the workshops I’ve attended after the conference.

Stay tuned!

Official conference twitter channel: @HSURegion7ACTF

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Grapes of Wrath, Technology, Research, and Dramaturgy

My dramaturgical project at Chabot College’s Department of Theater Arts is keeping me quite busy. Since the beginning of the project, I’ve observed auditions, met the company, attended a few rehearsals, begun research, and am putting together a “look book” for the use of the director, cast and crew. What a wonderful opportunity to bring together my love of theater and literature with my professional ambitions as a researcher/librarian. Further, I get to put it all together in a blog format, for which I’m creating a taxonomy that keeps it organized and easily searchable in ways that relate specifically to the production of the play, and hopefully make it more useful and accessible as a company resource.

One of my goals with this project is to bring the information I find to the students involved in the production of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath where they play out their virtual lives and in formats they will use online. Most communication outside of the rehearsal process is via Facebook. In addition to posting information on the Grapes of Wrath blog, information goes up on Twitter (#ChabotTheater) and of course, on the company Facebook group page. YouTube and other video sources have also proved valuable.

Fortunately, many wonderful images are available from the Library of Congress, as part of the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) images found in the American Memory Collection: America from the Great Depression to WWII: Black and White Photographs from the FSA-OWI 1935-1945. This is an excellent resource that is primarily in the public domain because most of the images are government documents photographed by government employees. And of course, so many of the images from this collection have become iconic, such as the image below by Dorothea Lange.

Dorothea Lange. 1936. Migrant Mother Series. Reproduction number: LC-USF34-9058-C (film negative).

"Destitute peapickers in California; a 32 year old mother of seven children. February 1936." (retouched version)

John Steinbeck and The 1962 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm [Video]

John Steinbeck receives the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature.

The 1962 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm – Media Player at

The 1962 Nobel Prizes were delivered on 10 December 1962, in a glittering ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall, to four British scientists, an American professor and an American novelist. The 80-year old Swedish King Gustaf VI Adolf presented each recipient with a Nobel Medal and Diploma: for Chemistry to Max F. Perutz and John C. Kendrew; for Physiology or Medicine to Francis Crick, James Watson and Maurice Wilkins; and for Literature to John Steinbeck.

No sound, 1 minute.

I am beginning my research as dramaturge for the Spring 2011 production of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath by Frank Galati. Directed by Dov Hassan for the Chabot College Department of Theater Arts.

More updates to come!

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