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

Research Survey – Social media use by SF Bay Area information professional groups

Are you an officer or social media administrator for a San Francisco Bay Area information professional group? If so, please consider filling out this survey. I will present findings at California Library Association annual conference next month.

Want to know more?

Full details including a description, definitions, links to the survey, etc. are available on my website. An excerpt from my proposal is below:

Social Media Use in the Bay Area Student and Information Professional Community will explore 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 will establish a baseline for use of social media by San Francisco Bay Area information professional groups, and serve as an exploratory study that will provide data revealing directions for future research.

Findings will be presented in a poster session at the 2012 California Library Association annual conference in San Jose, CA, November 3, 2012, from noon-1pm.

Info Pros May meet-up, FIVE Bar, Berkeley CA, 5pm, 5/26


Come join the Information Professionals Social Club for our May meet-up at FIVE, in Berkeley. A Modern American Bistro & Bar, FIVE features a stylishly reinvented menu of familiar favorites. Please RSVP either to Stephanie RoachCyndi Varady, or on the Facebook event page, so we’ll know how many will join us.

What? IPSC May Meet-Up
When? 5pm Saturday 5/26
Where? FIVE; Hotel Shattuck Plaza; 2086 Allston WayBerkeley, CA 94704
The 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.

Join the Info Pros Social Club at our San Francisco Meet-up, 2/29 at 6pm



Bay Area information professionals are invited to the Information Professionals Social Club February meet-up. We will be dining at Lalita Thai Restaurant in San Francisco on February 29, 2012 at 6pm. If you would like to join us, please RSVP at our Facebook event page or to either Cyndi Varady or Stephanie Roach.

IPSC Meet-Up

February 29th, 6pm

Lalita Thai Restaurant & Bar
96 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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.

The IPSC was co-founded by LIS Lady, Stephanie Roach.

LIS Lady Update: The Exciting Life of an Unemployed Information Professional

Wow! February has been a whirlwind, and I haven’t posted nearly as much as I’d hoped. Apologies to those who have checked in during my absence! So here is the update:

Since graduation in December, I’ve been very busy. I’ve looked and applied for jobs, set interviews with temp agencies, revised and revised my resume and curriculum vitae, and am checking in with and building my professional network. All of this has continued up through February, and now (already!) into March. But along the way, I have created opportunities for professional development, publication, and presentations–some of which I’ve already posted about on LIS Lady.

In January, I continued my research on the intellectual property concerns surrounding pre-1972 sound recordings. This topic has been of interest to me since my Summer 2010 internship at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. As a result, I submitted commentary (#53) to the US Copyright Office as part of their “Study on the Desirability of and Means for Bringing Sound Recordings Fixed Before February 15, 1972, Under Federal Jurisdiction.” This project is also featured on the SJSU School of Library and Information Science website this week, as part of their community profiles series, where it will be archived, if you don’t catch the story now.

I delivered a presentation on Monday to the Society of American Archivists Student Chapter at SJSU during their monthly online “Meetup.” I spoke about making the most of the internship experience. Using examples and stories from both of my internships I talked about the benefit of framing the experience with learning outcomes, facing challenges, and developing a professional identity and professional network. Finally, and most importantly, I talked about ways to pay the experience forward, in order to make our professional community and professional life all the more vibrant. This concept is exciting to me because I believe that even those like myself, who are just launching a career as an information professional, can bring new ideas and energy to the profession.

During these last months I’ve also been exploring my own new idea, the crossroads of librarianship and theatre, which is dramaturgy. Dramaturgs often work with playrights in the development of new plays, and will provide research and support during the process to help make the play be the best it can be as it is finally produced. However, dramaturgs also may work on older/existing plays, again by providing context and research support.

I’ve been working with the cast and production staff for Chabot College‘s April 2011 production of John Steinbeck’s the Grapes of Wrath, by Frank Galati. I am serving as a dramaturg, and have created a blog, among other things to help provide everyone with pertinent information about the period. This has been supplemented by great work from the director, Dov Hassan; the music director, Dennis Chowenhill; and others, including a history professor at Chabot College. It is a dynamic collaboration. The play runs April 14-16, and 20-24.

Additionally, many production members, including myself, went to the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival February 14-18 in Arcata, CA, where we were able to attend workshops and see plays. It has been a very rewarding experience.

So, it has been a busy few months. But very exciting.