Info Pros Meet-up in San Francisco @ The Library Bar 4/21/12


Anniversary Meet-up: You’re Invited!

The Information Professionals Social Club is turning one, and would love to share our anniversary with all of you over drinks and tasty tidbits at The Library Bar, located in the Hotel Rex down in the Civic Center of San Francisco on the 21st at 5 pm. The Library Bar hosts a library themed menu, featuring American-European fusion cuisine, and specializing in old school cocktails like Sidecars, Manhattans, and Old Fashioned. Join the IPSC for a grownup library experience without the grownup responsibilities of work or school. . . for a few hours anyhow.

Please RSVP to either Cynthia Varady or Stephanie Roach or visit our Facebook event page and RSVP there. Feel free to leave us a message in the comment section!

Eat, Drink and Be Nerdy,

Information Professionals Social Club

The Library Bar
562 Sutter Street,
San Francisco, CA 94102
T 415-433-4434 | F 415-433-3695
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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.


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.

IPSC lunch meet-up: Noon 3/25 @ Buffalo Bill’s in Hayward – Join us!


You are invited to join the Information Professionals Social Club for our March meet-up. We will meet at noon, on Sunday March 25, 2012 for lunch at Buffalo Bill’s in Hayward.

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Join the Information Professionals Social Club at Buffalo Bill's Sunday March 25, 2012 at noon!

Buffalo Bill’s helped launch the microbrewery renaissance in the early 80’s, with the introduction of Buffalo Beer and other recipes. Their goal is to create and serve “homemade, hearty libations with character and integrity.” The restaurant features gourmet grill selections and pizza.

Come out and join us! Please RSVP on our Facebook event page or via email to Stephanie Roach or Cyndi Varady.

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.

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)

CLA Spring Fling: Music Cataloging Workshop Announcement

Cataloging Musical Scores and Sound Recordings Workshop

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Presented by CLA’s Technical Services Interest Group in partnership with the Music Library Association, Southern California Chapter

This workshop, part of the California Library Association (CLA) Spring Fling  program, is now open for registration at the CLA Spring Fling page. Space is limited, please sign up early!

Date: Friday, April 13, 2012
Time: 8:30am-noon, 1:00pm-4:30pm
Location: John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, Room B526, CSU Los Angeles and online via WebEx

Workshop content

This full-day workshop will focus on cataloging notated music and musical sound recordings.
Presenters will give overviews of the issues unique to musical formats, followed by discussions of how these general principles are dealt with in AACR2. Basic RDA principles will then be presented, with a focus on areas dealing with notated music and musical sound recordings.
Presenters will focus on the cataloging rules and give a brief introduction to some of the peculiarities of print scores and audio formats. The instruction format will allow time for attendees to work on problems and ask questions of the instructors.

Registration opens February 27, 2012

Attendees may register to participate in person or online. Registration deadline is April 6, 2012. Complimentary coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided during breaks for in-person attendees.

Early bird registration / After March 30

$95 / $120
$70 / $95 CLA or MLA member
$40 / $65 Student Member


Nancy Lorimer, Head of Music Technical Services, Stanford University
John Redford, Music and Media Librarian, Biola University
Hermine Vermeij, Music Cataloger, UCLA

Speaker description:

Nancy Lorimer holds a BMus, Music History and MLIS from the University of Western Ontario, and an MMus from the University of Edinburgh. She is former Chair of the Bibliographic Control Committee of the Music Library Association (MLA), and is currently a member of the Subject Access Subcommittee and Form/Genre Task Force in MLA and Chair of the Northern California Chapter of MLA. At Stanford, she is responsible for the acquisition and cataloging of music materials in all formats. Along with other Stanford catalogers, she currently performs all her original cataloging using RDA and recently began training a participant in the NACO music funnel in RDA headings.

John Redford holds a BMus from the University of Glasgow, an MM from the University of Redlands, a DMA from the University of Arizona, and an MLIS from San Jose State University. His responsibilities at Biola include copy and original cataloging of music and non-print materials, music collection development, reference and bibliographic instruction. He serves as an adjunct professor of piano literature and has also taught a music research methods course.

Hermine Vermeij holds an MLIS from UCLA and a BA in Music from UC Santa Cruz. She currently chairs the Music Library Association (MLA) Subject Access Subcommittee and is the MLA liaison to the ALA Subject Analysis Committee. She is active in genre/form projects within both MLA and ALA. In 2010 she participated as part of the MLA/OLAC group in the U.S. National Libraries RDA Test, cataloging scores and sound recordings using RDA. At UCLA she catalogs material for the Music Library as well as social sciences monographs in German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Icelandic, and Tagalog.

Program Contacts:

Bie-hwa Ma
UC San Diego Libraries

Stephanie Roach
John F. Kennedy University Libraries



This workshop is part of CLA’s Spring Fling program series:
training, networking and more!

Workshop Flyer – PDF

LIS Lady is the CLA Tech Services Interest Group Event Coordinator


Coming soon to LIS Lady blog: CLA Spring Fling event announcements and information about how you can apply for the CLA TSIG New Leader Award.

Some of you may recall that last fall I received the California Library Association (CLA) Technical Services Interest Group (TSIG) New Leader Award. In my emerging role as a new leader, I have taken on new responsibilities with CLA TSIG that I will begin to feature on my blog. I am the Spring Fling Event Coordinator for TSIG and will assist in the selection of the 2012 New Leader Award.

Stay tuned for details!

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.

How I Got My New Library Job – Part 2: Organizational Success

New Year, New Job

My new job at John F. Kennedy University Libraries is going well. I genuinely love it. I’m feeling more and more comfortable with my primary job duty of cataloging (50% of my job), and am little by little, getting introduced to everything else. I find opportunities to learn and think all the time. It is quite satisfying. I mean, how lucky am I?

But Does Luck Have Anything to do With it?

It doesn’t hurt. But, honestly? Between the external and internal factors that affect hiring in libraries and archives (the economy, administrative priorities, etc.), luck is not to be relied on. More important, is self-awareness, organizational efficiency and focus.

Initially, my job search was unfocused. However, after I assessed my strengths and weaknesses, needs and future goals, I was better able to target my search to positions that were a better match for me. Because they were a good match for me, I was also a better match for the organizations hiring for these positions. This gave me a better shot at landing an interview. An added bonus, was the time saved by targeting my search more narrowly. Once I began getting short term jobs through a temp agency, time was in short supply, and I needed to get organized in order to increase my efficiency. My approach was methodical, and involved the use of organizational tools, my mobile device, and cloud computing.

Finding Organizational Success

To get organized, I started by prioritizing my job search activities, and making sure they were accessible to me where I was, whether at home or on the go. Because I was now working while searching for a job, this meant I was very busy, and at times, needed to use my commute (via light rail and bus) and breaks as productive parts of my day. I found myself needing to use my mobile phone, as well as computers at home, and on occasion, at work.

Bear in mind that to me, the job search is a process much broader than just looking for job postings and sending out applications. I include thorough research about each hiring organization as well as social networking online and in person, keeping abreast of current LIS issues, staying informed about related areas of interest, and other professional development activities.

Finding Focus: Reducing Distractions and a Consistent Daily Routine

In managing all of this, I organized my personal space and my digital space, and kept both as clutter free as possible, to decrease potential distractions. I also developed a consistent daily routine (as much as possible while working temp jobs) which helped me to fit in all the various activities I wanted to get to. For example, I used my daily commute for social media use and reading LIS and technology themed articles and blog posts.

These activities for me were closely related, as I like to discover and share information on Twitter. But this can be a big distraction for me, if I don’t deliberately limit how much of it I do. When I used social media in the morning, I could use the rest of the day to focus on my job and job search.

Each day, I also needed to recharge. As much as possible, I would use my lunches for just that, lunch. This gave me a chance to clear my mind and relax. Even enjoy, and get outside. Sometimes, I’d lunch with a colleague, and sometimes alone. Either way, lunch was often refreshing and reinvigorating, which allowed me to stay focused and motivated. However, there were times when a deadline was looming and I would use this time to work on an application packet, instead. In those instances, it was really important that both my physical and digital spaces were easy to use.

Efficiency through Organization

Physical Space. This may seem very basic, but I made an effort to keep my physical space neat and tidy to reduce distractions while I worked. I also kept my desk well stocked with the supplies I needed (printer paper and ink, for example) so I wouldn’t run out when they were needed most. I kept a binder with print-outs of the information for the jobs I had already applied for (filed by application date), a folder for those I was planning to apply for (filed by priority/deadline), and folders as necessary for information about jobs I was in the process of applying for.

Digital Space. Cloud computing tools such as Google Apps and Diigo proved very useful to me as I navigated the use of my phone and multiple computers during my day to day job search. With Diigo, I was able to manage bookmarks from wherever I might be. I regularly used Gmail, Docs, and Calendar as part of my daily regimen, but also used Reader to manage my RSS feeds. My best use of the cloud was an Excel spreadsheet, which I uploaded to Google Docs so I could access it on the go. It included three tabs: 1) an application status sheet, with a prioritized, detailed listing of each job I planned to apply for; 2) a job search resource list; and 3) a volunteer position information and status sheet. The application status sheet included fields for position information (job title, location, keywords, links, full time or part time, etc.) and application status (references, dates, deadlines, notes, etc.).

Another useful document I created for each job I applied for was a fact sheet, which served as a tool to organize my research about each position and hiring organization. I then used it as a checklist when writing my cover letter and resume or c.v. for each application packet. This proved useful as an easy reference, so I could address each point in the job description and requirements. Additionally, because there is no guarantee that the person doing the initial application review and screening is an information professional or specialist in one’s field, I believe it is important to match the language of the institution from the website, mission and vision, and job description as best as possible. I mirrored this language in each fact sheet, so I could accurately reflect this language as part of my application packet.


Finding tools that work for you is important. I recommend job seekers take some time to discover the best tools for their routine. Organization, efficiency and focus all work together to make the job search process more successful.


Bay Area Info Pros! Join IP Social Club at Spice Monkey in Oakland, CA 1/29/12


Celebrate Oakland Restaurant Week 2012 with the Information Professionals Social Club! We will be visiting Spice Monkey for brunch Sunday January, 29 at 11am. Featuring global fusion cuisine, Spice Monkey is a “spice house that combines several world flavors and seasonings to create unique mouth watering dishes.” To join us and meet other Bay Area information professionals, please RSVP on our Facebook event page or to either Stephanie Roach or Cyndi Varady. We hope to see you there!

Spice Monkey
1628 Webster Street @ 17th
Oakland, CA 94612

Information Professionals Social Club Meet-Up
Sunday, January 29th, 11AM

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.

How I Got My New Library Job – Part 1: Becoming Self-Aware

New Year, New Job

Hard to believe I am two weeks in to my new job as an information professional, and its only January 15th. I have entered a new phase of my life. I have a job in my chosen field and am working full-time in an academic library, which is right where I want to be.

I started as Technical Services Librarian at John F. Kennedy University‘s Robert M. Fisher Library January 4th, 2012. It has been amazing… I am learning new things, in my element, and looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that come my way. That said, I have had a number of job seeking librarians, LIS students and paraprofessionals ask me how I did it.

While I wasn’t on my game every instant, and occasionally I let the job search get to me (who wouldn’t in today’s job market?), ultimately, my strategy paid off. I found a library job that suited me within the timeline I set for myself. Additionally, my efforts at social networking ended up providing me with contacts for support and further professional development.

How I Got My New Library Job

So how did I do it? I used a holistic approach. I wanted to understand not only the job market and the jobs I was applying for, but I also wanted to understand myself, what I wanted, as well as my strengths and weaknesses.

A False Start and a Reality Check

However, I should back up a little. At first I launched right in to the job hunt. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a plan or even a system in place to organize the search. Needless to say this approach didn’t work… And deep down, I knew it wasn’t going to. So, I decided to get serious.

Facing the reality of searching for a job during a time when state and local budgets have been cut and many libraries, archives and other organizations hiring information professionals have experienced hiring freezes, reduced hours, and other service cuts as a result, is daunting. I knew that I needed to get serious in order to find a job that I would really like. Honestly, I didn’t know that I would even have that luxury. I knew that the job market was so tough that I might not be able to pick and choose. But I hoped that I would be able to. I thought, maybe if I really focus, and work my tail off to get my name out there through social networking, refining my online presence and essentially develop a professional brand for myself, I just might be able to get what I wanted out of my first professional position as an information professional.

I started reading and thinking. I checked out online resources through my alma mater, SJSU School of Library and Information Science, I visited professional association websites and followed job resource listings on blogs and social networking sites. I read How to Stay Afloat in the Academic Library Job Pool edited by Teresa Y. Neely (which I recommend). Basically, I informed myself about how to look for a job. Not only did this process give me a much needed wake-up call, but it invigorated me. It gave me tools to formulate a plan and ultimately, to experience job seeking success.

It also made me realize that I would have to identify just what “job seeking success” would look like for me. So, in addition to my ongoing efforts to learn about the job market and job search strategies, I started to look inward.

Using Self-Awareness as a Job Search Tool

I began by thinking about the basics of my life. What needs did I have to meet in order to be happy and healthy. Food, shelter, health insurance, time with my husband, time to develop professionally through writing and leadership, etc. What did I want my life to look like down the line, say in five years, or ten years. After identifying what I wanted, I was better able to determine the kind of job I wanted. I mapped out an ideal scenario for myself, and set a deadline for getting a first professional position that met these criteria. I gave myself a year to get a job in a Bay Area academic library working in technical services (using my academic emphasis at SJSU SLIS) or reference (using my many years of customer service experience from the retail world). This wasn’t an arbitrary time frame. I chose something that worked for me based on finances. I also knew that after just a few months I would have to work part-time during my search in order to make ends meet.

Next, I began to evaluate myself professionally. I identified my strengths and weaknesses so I would be able to play up my strengths, and develop areas I perceived as weaknesses. The end results of this process of self-evaluation turned out to be a huge asset during my job search. I understood myself better, and in the end it became easier to identify jobs that were a good match for me. This meant that I could more easily show the search committee what I could bring to the job during the application and interview process.

In order for this to work, of course, I had to be honest with myself. And, I had to be optimistically willing to try new things. I found it was easy to “play up to my strengths”–I already enjoyed fine tuning my web presence, working on my website and finding relevant blogs to read through my Twitter feed. I could spend all day on those things. It was harder for me to reach out to information professionals in person. So, I decided to make a concerted effort to do just that. I contacted temp agencies and went on a couple of interviews. I collaborated with colleague Cyndi Varady of Dueling Librarians and co-founded the Information Professionals Social Club. I scheduled lunches with colleagues from school and reached out to some of my instructors from SJSU SLIS. All of a sudden, even though I was unemployed, I was legitimately busy.

I had heard it said before, but it wasn’t until I was in this position that I realized looking for work is a full time job. Applying for jobs, social networking, and professional development is a handful to juggle. Yet, I found myself happier as a result of keeping busy, feeling productive, and having the support of those in my growing professional network. I attribute much of this to my efforts to understand not only the job market, but myself.

Then, just when I finally had a handle on submitting applications, having professional lunches, keeping up on LIS topics via the blogosphere, and organizing the IPSC, I got a temp job. Game changer. This gave me more reason to prioritize and work at managing my time effectively. In Part 2 of How I Got My New Library Job I will talk about how facing this challenge changed my approach for the better.