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

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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!

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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!

Info Pros meet-up in San Francisco 10/28 2pm at Radish

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Howdy all!

We would be honored if you would join the Information Professionals Social Club for a lovely mid-day meal at Radish, Sunday October 28th, 2012 at 2pm. Located in San Francisco’s hip Mission district, Radish “features an eclectic American menu with high quality, seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients” infused with a Southern flavor. Yum! We can’t wait, and we hope you’ll be there to help us enjoy all this wonderful restaurant has to offer. Please RSVP on Facebook or to either Cyndi Varady or Stephanie Roach. See you there!

What: Information Professionals Social Club October Meet-up
Where: Radish 3465 19th St. San Francisco, CA 94110 415.834.5441
When: Sunday, October 28th, 2012 2pm

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

Stephanie Roach & Cyndi Varady

Co-founders
Information Professionals Social Club

Join the Info Pros Social Club for dinner in Oakland, CA 9/24 6pm #SpiceMonkey

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The Information Professionals Social Club will be visiting Spice Monkey for dinner Monday September 24, 2012 at 6pm, and you are invited to join us. 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 and students, please RSVP on our Facebook event page or to either Stephanie Roach or Cyndi Varady. We hope to see you there!

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What? Information Professionals Social Club Meet-Up
Where? Spice Monkey / 1628 Webster Street @ 17th / Oakland, CA 94612
When? Monday 9/24/2012 6pm
Why? Fun!

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

 

New Venue! Info Pros meet-up at Cafe Flore in San Francisco, 8/28 6pm #eatdrinkbenerdy

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You are invited to join the Information Professionals Social Club  at Cafe Flore for their August meet-up. Cafe Flore is on several “Best of” San Francisco lists. Indulge in the Tuesday night cocktail special (2 for 1 Margaritas), delicious grub, and always upbeat atmosphere. IPSC will provide stimulating conversation about the information professional world. Use this opportunity to meet well seasoned, new, and aspiring information professionals and catch up with old friends, all the while enjoying tasty food and splendid drinks at this all ages cafe.

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What: IPSC August Meet-up
Where: Cafe Flore* /
2298 Market Street
San Francisco
, CA USA 94114 /
(415) 621-8579
When: Tuesday, Aug. 28th @ 6pm

Please RSVP to event organizers Stephanie Roach or Cyndi Varady, or on the IPSC Facebook event page .

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.

*Please note this post was updated to reflect a change in venue for the event, originally scheduled for 21st Amendment Brewery, which was unable to accommodate our group.

Bay Area info pros meet-up (Oakland, CA) #librarians #ipsc

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Information Professionals Social Club July 2012 Meet-up

Conga Lounge, Oakland, CA

You are invited to come join the Information Professionals Social Club for our July meet-up at one of Oakland’s best Tiki Bars. Just blocks from Rockridge BART, we’ll send off co-founder Cyndi Varady to Canada in style with Mai Tais. The event officially starts at 6pm, but feel free to come early and enjoy the Conga Lounge‘s happy hour from 5-7. Invite your library, museum, archive and other information professional friends and colleagues to join us there!

What? IPSC Meet-up
Where? Conga Lounge; 5422 College Avenue; Oakland, CA
When? Tuesday, July 24th 6pm

RSVP to either Stephanie Roach or Cyndi Varady or on Facebook. Hope to see you there!

Like us on Facebook!

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

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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.

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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.

A Technical Services Librarian’s Comments on Eli Pariser’s “The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding From You”

Overview of The Filter Bubble

Eli Pariser’s The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding From You (2011, Penguin) is an overview of the effects of the current trend of algorithmic personalization on not only search results and information feeds online (particularly Google and Facebook), but on the psyche of internet users everywhere–and of course, on democracy.

In a personalized world, we will increasingly be typed and fed only news that is pleasant, familiar, and confirms our beliefs–and because these filters are invisible, we won’t know what is being hidden from us. Our past interests will determine what we are exposed to in the future, leaving less room for the unexpected encounters that spark creativity, innovation, and the democratic exchange of ideas. –Publisher description (full)

I found the book after watching Pariser’s TED Talk (Feb. 2011) on the topic, which is effective and to the point. The book though, is worth the read as it takes the argument beyond the surface, and into the depths: Pariser willingly explores the dangers of this trend to our democracy.

Commentary

Eli Pariser’s The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding From You got me to thinking about how librarians should respond to the Internet trend towards personalization, and particularly the role of technical services librarians in partnership with instruction librarians. I believe that information literacy education, and perhaps a degree of information activism, are key to responding to personalization in such a way that users are able to meet their information needs online, and that also encourages online innovators to develop the Internet responsibly. Users must understand how they are affected by personalization online, so that they can seek information widely, in an unbiased way and push for services that serve them rather than passively use those that seek first, to advertise to them.

Library users like Google, and expect to use tools like Google (if not Google itself) in order to find the information they need, whether for work or school, home or play. Thus, they need to understand how Google and the other online platforms they use on a day-to-day basis work in ways that affect them. Librarians and other information professionals have a clear teaching responsibility in this regard. We can also advocate for a learning environment in which teaching information literacy is understood to be important. Further, we can partner with information technology specialists and innovators to make sure that the online search environment empowers individuals and thus fosters democracy.

Teaching information literacy, according to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), “enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning.” And having that control is key. Once control is taken out of the hands of the users, it becomes harder for information needs to be met. It is noteworthy that control can be hidden behind complex technology, coding languages and algorithms at work in online information retrieval systems. In this environment it becomes harder to see that control has been lost at all. Control and information literacy are linked.

An information literate individual is able to: Determine the extent of information needed; Access the needed information effectively and efficiently; Evaluate information and its sources critically; Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base; Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose; Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally. (ACRL, 2000)

How can an individual become information literate if they are not able to meet the above criteria defined by ACRL because the technology involved and search process itself is not transparent enough? Or because we as information professionals aren’t doing a good enough job of teaching information literacy? Or because we aren’t pushing back, and working to change the online information landscape so that it doesn’t become a danger to democracy?

In recognizing the overlap between information literacy and information technology (concepts such as fluency with information technology have been proposed to express this), the effectiveness of information literacy can be improved (ACRL, 2000). Still, I can’t help but wonder if there is a disconnect in the library landscape, between technical services and public services and the teaching of information literacy / information technology fluency. It would be interesting to study whether or not this is so. Because IT and e-resources often land squarely in the domain of technical services, is there a lost opportunity to collaborate with those in public services who are in charge of instruction?

Links

ACRL: Information Literacy Competency Standards in Higher Education (Jan. 2000)
National Research Council. Being Fluent with Information Technology (1999)
Ted Talk: Beware the Filter Bubble (Feb. 2011)
New York Times Review (June 2011)
The Filter Bubble website
Google Books Preview

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

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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.

Criteria:

  • 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.

Requirements:

  • 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
  • mcohen@pvld.org

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:

http://www.cla-net.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=24

For more information about the California Library Association, CLA membership, and the upcoming CLA Conference, visit: http://www.cla-net.org

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: http://www.brodart.com/

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) mcohen@pvld.org