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Chapter Members Celebrate (and Crowd the Photo Booth) at DC/SLA 75th Jubilee Gala

Chapter Members Celebrate (and Crowd the Photo Booth) at DC/SLA 75th Jubilee Gala

By Alicia Pappas, DC/SLA Treasurer-Elect and Lead Organizer of 75th Jubilee Gala

On Saturday, November 7th, over 90 DC/SLA members got together at Maggiano’s in Chevy Chase, DC to celebrate 75 years of our chapter’s excellence!  An evening complete with dinner, dancing, and even some photo booth fun!  Check out the album to see a collection of the night’s attendees making silly faces and lasting memories.

Much of the current board was in attendance and even got in on the fun by squeezing into the photo booth!  Our chapter’s current president, Deena Adelman, addressed the crowd to thank volunteers past and present.  With a focus on our Jubilee year’s events and activities, we need to take this momentum into the next year and use it to promote and further improve the benefits our members receive.

While SLA as a whole undergoes major changes and developments, it is important for us to reflect on our history and what’s brought us to this place.  Many of our past presidents were at the event and reminded many of us how special this organization is, with dedicated and loyal members who continue to work toward a valuable network of information professionals in DC.

Check out the Flickr album from the Gala!
2015 DC/SLA 75th Jubilee Gala

[If you appear in a photo in this album and you wish for us to take it down for privacy reasons, please email communications@dc.sla.org]

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Recap – 31 Apps in 31 Days – October’s #DCSLATreats

Recap – 31 Apps in 31 Days – October’s #DCSLATreats

By Rick Kowalski

Last month, the DC/SLA Communications team shared their favorite can’t-live-without apps via our Twitter and Facebook accounts. (If you aren’t connected to those accounts – please connect!)

For those of you who missed the apps, here is a full list of the ones we recommended. You’ll probably need to clear out some space on your phone to make room for these:


Can’t remember all your passwords? or running out of ideas for new passwords. 1Password is an app that stores, creates and logs into your apps and websites.


A good one if you’re looking for something fun to watch this weekend, and if you have access to streaming services like Hulu, Amazon Prime or Netflix. Tells you where you can download, stream, or buy movies and TV shows.

Day One

Day One is a simple way to journal. It’s as easy as tweeting. Journal photos, thoughts, tag them, search them, view in a list, gallery or calendar formats. Add weather, location, photo, text, time and tags to each entry.  Sync automatically between devices. Available in IOS and Mac desktop versions.


Available for Apple, Android, Windows and available online, Duolingo is a free gamified environment for learning up to 21 foreign languages.

eclick presenter

Tried keynote and looking for another presentation app? What about eclick presenter? You can even ask attendees to answer questions during your presentation


Keep your notes, checklists, voice/photo memos and news clips all in one space – the cloud – accessible across all your devices. Great for keeping all your devices on the same page.


Quick and comprehensive legal research app, Fastcase “puts a comprehensive national law library and smarter and more powerful searching, sorting, and visualization tools at your fingertips.”


Are there any old Google Reader users who don’t love Feedly? Manage your RSS feeds with this versatile app available on multiple platforms. #dcslatreats

Flu Near You

Flu Near You is a website and mobile application that tracks the spread of the flu through participant reported symptoms. The data is gathered and updated weekly.


Info Pros can quickly build newsletters with Goodbits.


Start your day with a management tip from Harvard Business Review. See how many tips you can put into action each week!

Heads Up!

Info Pros are often great at trivia and clues. Try Heads Up! Guess the card on your forehead from your friends clues.

Hopper – Air Fare Predictions

Know when to fly & buy, instantly identify cheap dates, buy or wait with confidence and get notified when it’s the best time to purchase


Turn your smartphone into an instant road friendly navigator for low visibility conditions.Hudway projects an eay to view realtime image onto your windshield to help driving in unsafe conditions.

IFTTT (If This Then That)

If This Then That is here to connect your favorite apps. Trigger actions in one app when something happens in another app.


What does information profressional mean? Look it up in the InfoSci-Dictionary app for Android or iPhones. While you’re at it, find concise definitions for over 79,000 other terms in our field provided by IGI Global.


Need to access or edit a presentation quickly? Try Keynote. This presentation app, made for IOS devices, allows you to edit slides, add transitions, and even animated charts all from your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

Khan Academy

Need to get a quick refresher course on a wide range of subject matter? Pick a course in Khan Academy to get you started. Khan covers seven broad subject areas.


We can’t talk about professional development without mentioning LinkedIn! Get the app to network on-the-go.


Say you get a spark of inspiration for some library outreach but you aren’t at your desk. What do you do? Moodboard to the rescue! Quickly assemble graphics and information in a stylized poster that can be printed for your library or information center!


Need to continue your research without wifi? Use OfflinePagesPro to download/save websites


Are you a podcast junkie? Try Overcast!


Helping with math homework but maybe you forget the order of operations? Try the app PhotoMath! Take a picture of the math problem, get the answer with the work shown!


Find an article you want to read later? Put it in your Pocket! This app quickly saves and organizes articles you want to read (with tagging capability!). Great for infopros during a search, or for personal reading.

Push Bullet

Bridge the gap between your devices with Push Bullet, an app that allows you to access files and information across your devices.


The biggest trivia game in the world. Every topic you can imagine. Play against strangers or your friends. Available on all platforms.


The simplist alarm clock app with no annoying clutter and beautiful sounds to wake up to. One of the most talked about alarm apps.


Sometimes you just need to get around the DC metro area quickly. “Call” Uber with the Uber app. Select your type of ride and payment (including tip!) is automatically pulled in from your credit card.


Love the filters on instagram but aren’t as into the social aspect? Try VSCO Cam. Their beautiful presets (i.e. filters) will elevate the photos taken on your phone from average to awe-inspiring


How do info pros find the fastest way home through DC traffic? Waze! Save time with this community based traffic app.


Create, organize, and share (or delegate) your to-do lists with this intuitive app.

[Photo Credit: “App Store.” Cristiano Betta. CC BY 2.0]

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Celebrate With Us At The DC/SLA 75th Jubilee Gala!

Celebrate With Us At The DC/SLA 75th Jubilee Gala!

DC/SLA is celebrating 75 years!


Please join us for dinner, drinks, and dancing at our upcoming Jubilee Gala!

And please spread the word; tell your colleagues and fellow members.

Tickets are free for all members of the DC/SLA chapter; guest pricing is varied.

Saturday, November 7, 2015
6:30p.m. – 9:30p.m.
Maggiano’s – Chevy Chase
5333 Wisconsin Avenue | Washington DC
Dress: Cocktail Attire

Register for the DC/SLA Jubilee Gala today!

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DC/SLA As a Global Voice: The Triumph of an Association

DC/SLA As a Global Voice: The Triumph of an Association

A Personal Account By Zeinab Mansour

As the Washington, DC Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) celebrates its 75th Jubilee, it is important to reflect on the tremendous role the association plays as an internationally-minded organization. We have affirmed our commitment to international issues since the association’s creation in September 1940 and provided a forum for major global issues of concern. One cannot ignore its extraordinary efforts through the years, most significantly, the “Global 2000 Initiatives.” The association played a vital role in reaching out to librarians from developing countries, providing educational and training opportunities in order to enhance their professional development. Over the past year, we have focused on war-threatened areas.

Crowd at World Heritage Event - Bloomberg RoomThe information professionals took a stand against the recent destruction of cultural heritage sites in Iraq and Syria. The March 10, 2015 rally in front of  the White House  included activists and diplomats protesting the brutal and systematic destruction of cultural heritage sites in Iraq and Syria. The  information professionals were among the crowd carrying banners and calling on the international community to condemn such  devastating  destruction to world heritage sites.  The protesters urged the international community not to standby and witness such  destruction: indeed, it is “a war crime against humanity,” as stated by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon.

Continuing on this theme, on October 1, 2015, a forum was convened at the Bloomberg BNA in Crystal City, Virginia. The program, entitled “World Cultural Heritage Sites at Risk: Preservation Efforts in Iraq & Syria” included three prominent speakers who shared their stories of their roles in preservation efforts.

The forum began with the moderator of the program, Mr. Michael Albin, retired Librarian at the Library of Congress who once served  in Egypt and participated in the preservation efforts in Iraq. Mr. Albin discussed the “Vulnerability of Libraries & Archives and Ongoing Efforts in Restoration of What’s Been Damaged.”

Heritage1 all speakersThe second speaker was Mr. George Papagiannis, External Relations & Information Officer in UNESCO New York Office. In his presentation, entitled, “Legal and  Organizational Contribution of UNESCO to the Preservation of Antiquities in Iraq & Syria,” Mr. Papagiannis shared his passion for collaboration on this important issue and UNESCO’s critical role.

The final speaker was Dr. Mary Jane Deeb, Chief  of  the African and Middle Eastern Division at the Library of Congress.  She shared her work on the historic and cultural importance of specific sites in Iraq and Syria.

The audience included information specialists, Middle Eastern scholars and cultural activists, all united in the urgency to counter the systematic destruction of heritage of mankind. The question and answer session expressed the audience’s great concern for the international community to act and form a united front to face this major threat to the  world’s treasures.

The remarkable forum reflects the association’s role in raising awareness of crucial global issues in mobilizing support among members of the international community. It constitutes a call for partnership to face together the grave threat to the world’s cultural heritage. By providing such a forum, the association has strengthened its global voice.

Michael Albin World Heritage Event“If you’re looking for inspiration you can find it right here this evening at the DC-SLA meeting.”  – Michael Albin

In this celebration of the 75th Jubilee, it is also a recognition of the association’s triumph in its evolving role as a true player of global dimensions.

[Zeinab Mansour, Retired Librarian, The Peterson Institute for International Economics.

She is a member of the DC/SLA International Relations and Encore Caucus.]

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Washington Library at Mount Vernon Welcomes DC-Area Librarians, Faculty, and Scholars

Washington Library at Mount Vernon Welcomes DC-Area Librarians, Faculty, and Scholars

By Carol Abrams

[Carol Abrams is earning her MIS degree at the University of Tennessee.]

To celebrate two years of George Washington’s presidential library at Mount Vernon, the library staff invited librarians, faculty, and scholars at nearby institutions for a special look at the library and its collections. Dozens of guests learned about the library’s holdings and opportunities for collaboration during this exclusive event on October 1. The event was held at the library, which is located on a 15-acre site just outside the main entrance to Mount Vernon. The 45,000 square foot complex includes a reading room, a rare books and manuscripts room, a scholars’ residence and a conference wing. Its design blends into the wooded landscape.

The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington holds a treasure trove of original Washington books, manuscripts, and selections from the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association archive. It has more than 15,000 items, including approximately 2,500 rare 18th- and 19th-century volumes, a growing collection of books that were owned by Washington, and some 500 letters, ledgers, and account books that bear Washington’s writing or signature.

There are many opportunities for DC-area information professionals to enjoy the special collections and facilities, but before describing them, I will share a quote from America’s first president that is sure to delight DC/SLA members.

“Knowledge is, in every Country, the surest basis of public happiness.” (January 8, 1790)

In welcoming the group, Sarah Myers, the access services librarian, said that what makes this library shine are the personal relationships that users can develop with the librarians, historians, material culture experts, archaeologists, and horticulturalist there. “We’re friendly librarians,” she said. Everyone is welcome to visit the library for research or recreational reading as long as they make an appointment. To do so, please email the librarians at fwslibrary@mountvernon.org or call 703-780-3600.

The three take-aways from the visit are the resources, the partnership opportunities, and the public events.


The library’s collection covers George Washington, Martha Washington, Mount Vernon, Colonial America, the American Revolution, the Confederation Years, slavery, domestic economies, the Early Republic, life in the eighteenth century, decorative arts, and historic preservation.

In June 2012, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association broke auction records by acquiring George Washington’s personal copy of the Constitution. The volume is the centerpiece of the Library’s collection of rare books and manuscripts.

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Since the library opened, it has made other acquisitions such as a previously undocumented 90-page ledger containing the financial records of Washington’s friends and neighbors, William and George William Fairfax. The ledgers are dated 1742, 1748, 1763, and 1772, reflecting various stages in Washington’s life prior to the American Revolution. Chief Librarian and Archivist Mark Santangelo described the scholarly value of these ledgers this way, “The Fairfaxes were an elite Virginia family. Washington did business with them regularly, and he followed their lead as he sought to establish himself as a member of the Virginia gentry. He wanted to keep up with his neighbors, and these ledgers tell us what he bought from the Fairfaxes – sugar, fabrics, thread, draperies, in order to do so.”

Other recent acquisitions include a detailed account written just five months before Washington’s death in which he lists and describes 40 of the enslaved individuals who worked at his estate. Also, the library now has a rare circa-1860s ambrotype showing visitors to Washington’s Tomb. “There is a possibility that Civil War photographer Mathew Brady took this photograph, and that he’s standing there among the group,” said Santangelo.

The following are noteworthy access points to e-resources.

The Library Catalog: Find and explore the library’s collection of 20,000 secondary sources and item-level descriptions of many of the 6,000 manuscripts.

Digital Encyclopedia: Refer to 400 footnoted, scholarly articles on the totality of Washington’s life and experiences.

Digital Collections from Mount Vernon: Peruse Washington family papers; Mount Vernon farm, distillery, and gristmill reports; Mount Vernon publications; and Mount Vernon staff reports and speeches.

Partnership Opportunities

Mount Vernon-Washington Library (8)The library offers residential research fellowships and paid internships for graduate students. Grad students might contribute to the Digital Encyclopedia through scholarly editing, digital publishing, and multimedia creation. Joe Stoltz, the digital services librarian, manages the library’s digital humanities projects and databases, including the Digital Encyclopedia, and welcomed tech savvy grad students to contact him. Several librarians, in special collections and archives, for instance, are receptive to hosting practicums for Master’s Degree candidates in Library and Information Sciences.

The library welcomed university faculty to reach out and cited one partnership with a local professor wherein his students wrote articles – on spec – for the Digital Encyclopedia.

Public Events

The Library offers monthly Ford Evening Book Talks featuring authors and historians discussing their latest books about George Washington and our nation’s Founding Era. These lectures are held in the evening and are free and open to the public (registration is required).  November 12’s book talk features “Under This Roof: The White House and the Presidency – 21 Presidents, 21 Rooms, 21 Inside Stories” by Paul Brandus.

Please refer to the website for all of the public events and programs hosted by the library.

At the Library’s opening in 2013, Pulitzer-Prize-winner David McCullough spoke about Washington’s leadership. He said, “When we choose leaders, we should always take a careful look at how they’ve handled failure. George Washington is the prime example of someone who got back up, kept the faith, and kept going.”

[Some material in this article comes from the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon’s publication Washington’s Vision Comes to Life: Celebrating the Library at Mount Vernon (2014)]

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