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Plan to attend the SIRLS Homecoming Event November 3

Posted by Editor on October 17, 2011

The Dickinson Lectures
The Ares Auditorium (Room 164)
The James E Rogers College of Law
Thursday 3 November 4:00-5:30 PM (also via PodCast) with Reception to follow.

4:00-4:10  Introductions >  Mary Feeney, The Alumni/ae Association Board

4:10-4:40  Ruth Kneale:  Embed Yourself: The Librarian is IN!

Kneale is Systems Librarian for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope in Tucson, Arizona. Prior to that, she was the Librarian and Webmaster for the Gemini Observatory in Hilo, Hawaii, and the Gemini 8m Telescopes Project (what observatories are before they grow up) in Tucson. Basically, she’s a librarian in geek clothing, whose first program was created using BASIC on a TRS-80 with a tape drive. Ruth holds a master’s degree in Information Resources and Library Science from the Universityof Arizonaand a Bachelor of Science in astronomy and physics.  Ruth has written on computer topics for Information Outlook and Computers in Libraries, and has spoken about embedded librarianship at the Special Libraries Association annual conference. Her co-authored article on the topic appeared in the March 2011 issue of C&RL News. Read the rest of this entry »


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AzLA scholarship opportunity

Posted by Editor on June 21, 2011

The Arizona Library Association (AzLA) is awarding five scholarships for free conference registrations to the 2011 Arizona Library Association’s Annual Conference to be held at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson on November 28-30, 2011. You must be a member of AzLA to be considered for a scholarship. Applications are now being accepted until September 1, 2011. The application process is easy; just write in 300 words or less how you will benefit from attending the conference. Send your composition in the body of an email to Bonny Bruce, a member of the AzLA Membership Committee. In the subject line, use: AzLA 2011 Conference Scholarship Application. Bonny’s email address is:  Other information to include in the application is at:

The Membership Committee will review all applications and select the winners by September 16, 2011.

Marly Helm, 2011 AzLA Membership Committee Chair


Marly Helm,  MA/LS, MPA

Associate Librarian

Arizona State Museum  University of Arizona

1013 E University Blvd  POB 210026

Tucson, AZ  85721-0026

520-626-3647 (wk)   520-621-2976 (fx)


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LIS Online Career Fair–Jan 12, 9 am Phx Time

Posted by Editor on December 2, 2009

Are you a new library school graduate – or mid-career and looking for a change? Are you wondering how to improve your career skills or ready to try a certificate program?  Looking to refresh your resume?  Alliance Library System and TAP Information Services invite you to join us for the first annual LIS Online Career Fair.  Join us online in OPAL on Tuesday January 12, 2010 for an exciting day of learning how to start or to rejuvenate your library career in tough times!  The day will kick off at 10 am central time/11 am Eastern/8 am Pacific and run through 4:30 pm central/5:30 pm Eastern. You will have your choice of a variety of informational and interactive programs which will assist you with your career no matter where you are.

The conference keynote speaker is Rachel Singer Gordon, webmaster of, the largest library career site  and job database, and consulting editor at Information Today Inc., Books Division.  Rachel’s talk, “Career Building in a Down Economy,” will help librarians focus on what they can do to keep themselves moving forward professionally in a down economy.  While professional literature discusses what librarians can do to help their communities and patrons, it does not give much information as to what librarians can do to help themselves.  Rachel will address the ways in which the economy affects librarians professionally, how to control reactions and frustration, how to deal proactively with current events, and how to move forward effectively in tough economic times.

Other speakers include:  Christi Confetti Higgins, Sun Microsystems; Cindy Hill, Hill Information Consulting; Morgan Cadwalader, Alliance Library System; Kitty Pope, Alliance Library System; Barbara McFadden Allen, Career on Institutional Cooperation; Meredith Farkas, Norwich University; Rose Chenoweth, Alliance Library System; Jim Rettig, University of Richmond; Marianne Steadley, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science and more!

For more information on this conference, check out .   Thecost of the one day online event is $29 for graduate library students;  $39 for librarians, and for a group, the price is $79.

For more information, please contact Lori Bell at ALS at<> or Tom Peters at TAP Information Services at<>.

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Free AZLA Conference Registration by Volunteering!

Posted by Editor on October 20, 2009

logo smallbulb_2009For the 2009 Annual Conference, December 7-9, AzLA is starting a Student Volunteer Program. Library school students will have the opportunity to receive free conference registration in exchange for (only) three hours of volunteering.  Volunteers will be assigned duties when they arrive for their shifts.  Duties include but are not limited to: staffing the registration desk, hospitality desk or AzLA booth, speaker liaison, and other duties as needed.  The only requirements to participate in this program are to be a current student in a library school program and a current AzLA member.  (Student membership in AzLA is only $30 annually.) We have extended the deadline to November 6th.  See conference info here:  Form is HERE– 2009 Student Volunteer Application.

This is a great networking opportunity!!!

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Reminder–Thursday Phx Friends with Leslie!

Posted by Editor on June 19, 2009

Don’t forget note you should have received from Leslie:

Dear SIRLS Students, Alumni, Friends:

You are invited to a Phoenix Friends of SIRLS ‘gathering’ next Thursday, 5:30pm, June 25th, room 1252, bldg 1, at the College of Medicine in downtown Phoenix.  I will speak about jobs during a recession, using the new social networking tools (Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, Blogs, Second Life, etc) for a variety of purposes (networking, recruiting for SIRLS students, etc), my experiences in the profession as a special and academic librarian and as an employee for a library vendor, and anything else of interest to the group!

I’d like to extend a special invitation to SIRLS alumni to discuss next steps on our way to restarting a SIRLS Alumni Association.  SIRLS is eager to provide a venue for alumni that will help you advance in your LIS careers.

Applicants and prospects are also welcome!  We can answer your questions about the MA and PhD programs, our certificate program in Digital Info Management, and our CE courses.

I’m looking forward to chatting with all of you! Please let me  know via an email reply to me at  or to Jacque Doyle, my hostess, at, about topics of interest for the 25th.

Many thanks to Jacque Doyle for making this happen!



Parking lot is off 7th St, north of Van Buren

Parking lot is off 7th St, north of Van Buren

There IS a Diamondbacks game that eve at 6:40; print this off to show attendant and/or security you are not here for the game!!! Room 1252 is in Bldg 1, closest to 5th Street and VB. Library is on main floor.  Call 602 827 2062 if you are unable to get in and no one is near the front door.

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Special Library Association Reception, April 5.

Posted by Editor on March 30, 2009

Dear SLA Members, SIRLS Students, Alumni, and Friends:

You are invited to a reception for Special Library Association (SLA) members, SIRLS students and alumni, and library friends and colleagues hosted by SLA and Information Today this Sunday, April 5th, at 5pm at the Cholla patio at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale.

SLA is a Learning Partner for Information Today’s tenth annual Buying & Selling eContent Conference on 5-7, April at the Camelback Inn (to which you are also invited). SLA CEO Janice LaChance and I will attend the Reception.  Please join us to socialize and network in this beautiful setting with other SLA members from the area, as well as staff from Information Today and SLA.

If you plan to attend the SLA/Information Today reception, please RSVP to Stacey Bowers at at your earliest convenience.

I look forward to seeing you at the Reception!

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Michael Stephens Recently at PPL…

Posted by Editor on March 16, 2009

Michael presented a most interesting and very interactive lecture on March 10, sponsored by the Maricopa Library Council. I found myself entralled by his many ideas and examples of “hyperlinked” and thoroughly integrated libraries AND librarians from around the world.  Anali Maughan Perry has a wonderful synopsis of his many engaging points at her blog: Many thanks Anali!)  Check it out!

Download his entire presentation at

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Confererence Report: Technology in Libraries: Providing Access, Linking Communities

Posted by Editor on March 11, 2009

by April Frost

Last Friday, I enjoyed the MLGSCA’s Technology in Libraries Symposium in Cerritos, CA. Here are some of the highlights:

Keynote: “The Evolving Library,” by Michelle Kraft, Senior Medical Librarian, Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library & author of The Krafty Librarian blog. Michelle spoke about the library as an ecosystem and discussed the two main types of library user groups, their diverse types of learning and information retrieval, and how they both use the same library. The GenX-ers and younger make up the Net Generation, who require technology, are comfortable with peer learning and learn by experimentation. This group includes students and is starting to include doctors (don’t mind noise). The Baby Boomers and older make up the Net Learners, who are comfortable with linear learning, following directions (or handouts), and do not need technology to achieve desired results. This group includes seasoned doctors, who are used to the traditional (quiet) library setting, in which they can read paper journals and articles. Accommodating these two groups, who have vastly different learning objectives, in one library, is possible because both groups are driven by food and prizes, even if different types of food and prizes are required for each group. By luring all users into the library, the librarian can then demonstrate and direct both groups of users to the information that suits them best. Michelle provided us with great examples and realistic approaches to reaching, and providing for, both groups.

Papers: The contributed papers were divided into two rooms. I chose the room with topics of: Using GoogleDocs to streamline collaboration, E-resources available on mini screens and mobile devices, and Using online instruction to teach evaluation skills. All papers were very well presented and provided a sampling of what is working in today’s medical libraries.

Posters: The posters were displayed in the atrium area outside of our meeting rooms. They were very impressive, and included many similar topics to the papers, including collaboration and training tools, as well as creating customized web pages that are based on each group’s needs.

Afternoon Speakers: There were two simultaneous afternoon speakers. I chose, “Online Health Communities in Social Media and Virtual Worlds,” by Patricia F. Anderson. Her presentation focused on how social networking can be used to reach homebound and caregiver groups, who may not normally be able to attend a traditional support group. She gave examples of how Flickr and SecondLife are being used to allow homebound users to participate in consumer healthcare groups, such as Autism and Cancer support, and applications for medical librarians within similar communities.

All presentation materials from the symposium will be posted on this site:

Cerritos Public Library: After the symposium, I took a tour of the beautiful Cerritos Public Library. It opened in 2002, and has a theme for everyone! This Wikipedia article describes the library very well. There are photos available on the Library’s web site; you have to use the “Back” button to go through them. Other than almost being hit by a police car (I was in the crosswalk in front of the library, on foot!), I had a wonderful time.

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Don’t forget Archives Dedication–Thursday, Jan 15, 9 am!

Posted by Editor on January 7, 2009

Polly Rosenbaum State Archives and History Building Dedication
The Friends of Arizona Archives invite you to attend the dedication of the Polly Rosenbaum State Archives and History Building.This event is presented by Mortenson Construction and Gila County.

  • Thursday, January 15, 2009
  • Remarks and Ribbon Cutting 9:00 a.m.
  • Honorable Ken Bennett, Master of Ceremonies
  • Tours 10:00 a.m. to Noon
  • 1901 West Madison Street at 19th Avenue


Parking available at the State Capitol, Records Building, Wesley Bolin Plaza, and on adjoining side streets where permitted.

Refreshments will be served, including cake from Polly Rosenbaum?s 100th birthday cake’s recipe.

Please RSVP by January 7 if you plan to attend. Specify whether you would like to take a tour of the facility after the ceremony. RSVP via email to or by phone to 602-770-5057. More information (pdf).
AZ Republic Article on New Archives Building, January 5, 2009

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