Washington, DC Chapter

Complete Event List (2011-Present)

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This page shows all of the DC/SLA events created since 2011, sorted to show the most recent (or future) event first.

DC/SLA Jubilee Gala


Save the Date

DC/SLA is celebrating 75 years!

Jubilee Gala

Saturday, November 7, 2015

6:30p.m. – 9:30p.m.


5333 Wisconsin Avenue | Washington DC

Price: $0.00

Date: November 7, 2015

5333 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC
20015 Map and Directions

DC/SLA Board Meeting

Due to a scheduling conflict, the October Board Meeting will be held on Oct. 8th, 6pm-8pm.


MacroSys, LLC
1901 N. Moore St., Ste 602
Arlington, VA 22209
Closest Metro: Rosslyn

GotoMeeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/589366685
Phone: +1 (571) 317-3112
Access Code:589-366-685

Price: $0.00

Date: October 8, 2015

MacroSys, LLC
1901 N. Moore St.
Arlington, VA
22209 Map and Directions

World Cultural Heritage Sites At Risk: Preservation Efforts in Iraq & Syria

Please save the date for an exciting DC/SLA Jubilee program sponsored by the International Relations Committee, "World Cultural Heritage Sites At Risk: Preservation Efforts in Iraq & Syria."


"Vulnerability of Libraries and Archives and Restoration of What's Been Damaged" - Michael Albin (moderator), Library of Congress (ret.)

"Library of Congress Efforts to Preserve Library Collections in Iraq" - Dr. Mary-Jane Deeb, Chief of Africa and Middle East Division, Library of Congress

"Legal & Organizational  Contribution of UNESCO to the Preservation of Antiquities in Iraq & Syria" - Dr. George Papagiannis, External Relations and Information, UNESCO

Location to be announced

Please contact Program Planning Chair Layla Heimlich (Layla.Heimlich@gmail.com) or Julia Leggett (irc.dcsla@gmail.com) with questions



Price: $0.00

Date: October 1, 2015

Business Information Finders lunch at WebSearch University

Attending WebSearch University (or will you be in Arlington on September 18)?

Come to the "Introduction to the Business Information Finders group" (BIF) lunch on Friday, September 18, 2015.  We will meet at the WSU registration desk at 12 noon or as soon as we are released for lunch.

WebSearch Univ. conference
DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC-Crystal City
300 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

Contact Peggy Braly at peggy.braly@exim.gov with questions and to RSVP.

Price: $0.00

Date: September 18, 2015

Webinar: Improving Information Exchange in Workplaces

Please join us for another webinar with Pat Wagner of SIERA (sieralearn.com), brought to you by the Solo Division and New York Chapter and co-sponsored by the DC SLA Chapter.  Registration is now open, details below.
Improving Information Exchange in Workplaces

Thursday, September 10, 2015 -  5 to 6 pm ET

Information silos (self-contained units with little communication or interaction) are too common in even small organizations and plague large businesses and agencies.  If employees are either punished, ignored, or not rewarded for taking the time to check in, communicate, and collaborate, why should they bother?  Are there specific actions that workplace leaders can take to improve idea exchange?

  • Introduction: What Is The Value Of Information Exchange?
  • The Key Idea: It Is Not A Waste Of Time To Converse
  • Analysis: How Well Does Your Workplace Support Information Exchange?
  • Useful Communication Or A Loss of Productivity?
  • Informal Structures: Parties And Proximity
  • Formal Structures, Meetings, Committees, And Joint Projects
  • Running A Successful Information Event

  • Discover and eliminate mistakes and miscommunications.
  • Use fresh eyes to contribute to project success.
  • Better allocate resources between teams, departments, and programs.

Pat Wagner has been a trainer and consultant for libraries since 1978. She is a frequent speaker at national library conferences and SLA, AALL, and MLA chapter meetings around the US and Canada. She is known for her practical and good-humored programs.

$5 - Members of Solo Division and SLA NY 

$5 - Members of Co-sponsoring Units:  

- Divisions:  Leadership and Management and Petroleum and Energy Resources;

- Chapters:  Alabama, DC, Hudson Valley, Michigan, North Carolina, New England and San Francisco

$10 - SLA Members

$20 - Non-members

Register in two easy steps:
1.  Pay the webinar fee using the SLA NY website and PayPal at:  


2.  Register for the webinar using the URL sent to you in your confirmation message.

*Paid registrants may access a recording of the webinar so sign up even if you can't attend in person.
Questions?  Contact SLA NY Professional Development Chair Tom Nielsen at: tnielsen@metro.org.
Mark your calendar for the last webinar in the series:

Tuesday, November 12, 2015 - 5 to 6 pm ET

How to Manage Your Local Node In a Global Workplace

Price: $20.00

Date: September 10, 2015

DC/SLA Board Meeting

Board meetings are open to all DC/SLA members and can be attended in person or virtually.

Time: 6pm-8pm EDT


MacroSys, LLC
1901 N. Moore St., Ste 602
Arlington, VA 22209
Closest Metro: Rosslyn

GoToMeeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/536030333
Phone: +1 (805) 309-0033
Access Code: 536-030-333

Price: $0.00

Date: September 3, 2015

MacroSys, LLC
1901 N. Moore St.
Arlington, VA
22209 Map and Directions

SLA Candidate Webinar - President elect

SLA elections are coming up in September.   Listen to the candidates for the office of president-elect and make choices about our future leadership.  Mark your calendars and register now to participate in this live webinar program, or plan to listen to the recording before you vote.  Audience questions will be taken during the events, and you may also send your questions in advance to the series moderator through this form:

Candidates for President-Elect: Dee Magnoni and Karen Reczek

Webinar Date and Time: Thursday, August 27th - 2:00-3:00 pm EDT

Registration Link:

Want to know more about the candidates for President-elect and Treasurer now? Visit

This page includes candidate bios, photo, social media links, and answers to a series of questions for the candidates.

Price: $0.00

Date: August 27, 2015

DC/SLA Board Meeting

We are taking a break in June and July from Board meetings. DC/SLA's next Board meeting will be Thursday, August 6th, from 6-8pm. Meetings are open to all DC/SLA members and can be attended in person or virtually.


MacroSys, LLC
1901 N. Moore St., Ste 602
Arlington, VA 22209
Closest Metro: Rosslyn

GoToMeeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/605850797
Phone:  +1 (805) 309-0033
Access Code: 605-850-797

Price: $10.00

Date: August 6, 2015

MacroSys, LLC
1901 N. Moore St.
Arlington, VA
22209 Map and Directions

Nonfiction book club

You are invited to join the nonfiction book club to discuss Whoever tells the best story wins: how to use your own stories to communicate with power and impact by Annette Simmons.

The author herself will join us via Skype.

The discussion will take place Wed., July 29, at Teaism (Penn-Quarter).

Price: $0.00

Date: July 29, 2015

Teaism @ Penn Quarter
400 8th St. NW
Washington, DC
20004 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Meet the Candidates for SLA President-Elect


Come meet Dee Magnoni and Karen Reczek, candidates for SLA President-Elect, at a happy hour reception at the Continental Pool Lounge's Green Room in Rosslyn on July 22nd, beginning at 6:00.

Hear the candidates talk about their visions for SLA, and share your hopes for our association!

Registration link: http://dc.sla.org/events/?ee=361

Continental is located in Rosslyn, Virginia at 1911 North Fort Meyer Drive, on the corner of North Moore Street and Lee Highway. It is one block North of the Rosslyn Metro Station, and just across the Key Bridge from Georgetown.  Free rooftop parking is available after 6pm Mon-Fri.

Map: http://continentalpoollounge.com/location/

Questions?  Contact Layla Heimlich (Layla.Heimlich@gmail.com)

Price: $0.00

Date: July 22, 2015

Available Spaces: Unlimited

SLA Annual Conference Recap

Miss the annual conference?  Couldn't get to Boston?  Were there just so many sessions you couldn't get to everything?  Then join us on Thursday, July 16 for the annual SLA Annual Conference Recap, as members speak about the sessions they attended and their experiences at the conference in Boston.  The presentation portion of this event is also being offered virtually (see below).

At the event you will learn about:

  • The SLA Annual Conference – Notes From a First-Time Attender (Jocelyn McNamara)
  • Thoughts on the SLA Annual Conference (Tracy Maleef, Chair of the Annual Conference Advisory Council)
  • Everything you always wanted to know about negotiating with vendors (Michael Gruenberg)
  • Competencies and Embedded Librarians (David Shumaker)
  • “Leading from the Middle” and “Upping the Ante on Change” (Chris Vestal)
  • Physics – Astronomy – Mathematics section and roundtables (Elaina Vitale)
  • The SLA consultants’ recommendation report (Deena Adelman)

There will be plenty of time afterwards for questions and discussion

When: Thursday, July 16, 2015, 5:30pm-8pm  (6:45-8 for virtual attendees)


5:30-6:30 Drinks and networking

6:45-8 Presentations

Where: Jenner and Block, 1099 New York Avenue, N.W.. Suite 900

Closest metro stations: Metro Center (Blue, Orange, Red, Silver lines) or McPherson Square (Blue Orange, Silver lines

Cost: $15 DC/SLA members; $25 Non-members; Free for virtual attendees

Registration: Please register below for the on-site event by Monday, July 13th. Space is limited!

Questions? Please contact Layla Heimlich at events@dc.sla.org

Price: $0.00

Date: July 16, 2015

Jenner & Block
1099 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC
20001-4412 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 59

Finding Shared Value for U.S. Foreign Policy

DC/SLA Invites you to attend the Inaugural Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture at the Library of Congress entitled "Finding Shared Values for U.S. Foreign Policy" at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 8th in the Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress.

You will hear an insightful conversation between two former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell on how policymakers and elected officials from different political parties have historically found common ground and cooperation in the areas of foreign policy, diplomacy and itneratnional relations.  The program will be moderated by Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News.

The event is free and open to the public.  No RSVP required.  Seating is first-come, first-served. For more information about the program, please visit the event website at http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2015/15-109.html




Price: $0.00

Date: July 8, 2015

Library of Congress - Jefferson Building
10 First Street SE
Washington, DC
20540 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Global Adventure: Tips and Advice on Getting a Top-Notch Library Job and Career Overseas

find your dream job



Global Adventure: Tips and Advice on Getting a Top-Notch Library Job and Career Overseas,

Tuesday, June 30

Networking begins at 5:30, program begins at 6:30

It’s a wonderful world.  In today’s global economy, there are many exciting job opportunities for the open-minded librarians and information professionals beyond the boarder.  Where are they?  How to find them?  What are the dos and don’ts in your foreign job interviews?

Come to this program to get the answers.  Take a journey with two seasoned librarians to explore your potential international career opportunities anywhere outside USA.  You will learn their tips and advice on all things considered in landing a library job overseas, their success stories and the lessons learned.

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular webzine and jobs list INALJ.com(formerly I Need a Library Job). Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in the international job market.  Naomi has spoken at many library conferences and the MLIS programs in universities, including the ALA, SLA, OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, the University of the Emirates, Dubai, National Press Club, Washington D.C. Virginia Library Association Annual Meeting, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Lillian Gassie, MLIS, is the Assistant Director of the Knowledge Services Group, Congressional Research Service (CRS), Library of Congress.  Prior to joining CRS in February 2011, she was the Head of Information Services at the NATO Undersea Research Center (NURC), now known as the Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation, in La Spezia, Italy.  During her 5-year stint at NURC, Lillian hired two information professionals and participated in recruitment panels for other positions. She will share her experience both as a job seeker as well as a hiring official in an international organization.

Sharon Lenius, M.A. Library Science, is a retired Federal Librarian. Federal library experience occurred early in her career serving with the Army Library Program in Aschaffenburg, Germany. Public library experiences reflect her “gypsy life” as the spouse of an Army Officer — Indianapolis Marion County Public Library, Burlington County (NJ) Public Library, and Fairfax County Public Library (VA). Prior to her retirement, she was the Digital Resources Librarian for the Headquarters, Joint Staff, National Guard Bureau. Currently Sharon is active with the DC Chapter of SLA serving as the Lead Program Planner for the Military Libraries Group, a sub-committee under the Chapter. In 2012, Sharon received SLA Hall of Fame Award.
Julia Leggett, MLIS. Moderator. Chair of International Relations Committee, DC/SLA. Acquisitions Librarian, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress
Layla Heimlich, MILS, Co-Moderator, Chair of Program Planning, DC/SLA. Medical Librarian, William B. Glew, MD, Health Sciences Library, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

This program is produced by the International Relations Committee (IRC) of  the Washington D.C. Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (DC/SLA).  For more information, please contact Julia Leggett at irc.dcsla@gmail.com or Layla Heimlich at layla.heimlich@gmail.com.

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to register for the webinar.  To register for the webinar, you must click on the registration link here AND register below to submit payment.

Webinar registration:


Webinar ID: 131-574-827


International jobs

Price: $5.00

Date: June 30, 2015

Drexel University, D.C. Office
801 17th St., NW
Washington, DC
20006 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Discover America's Treasures: Smithsonian Scavenger Hunt

Discover America’s Treasures at this DC/SLA 75th Jubilee Event – Saturday, June 27, 2015

Join “adventurous” DC/SLA Members on SDorothys_Shoesaturday, Jun 27, 2015 at the National Museum of American History (14th & Constitution) at 4 pm for a National Treasures Scavenger Hunt.*

If the United States had a giant attic, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History would be the place….and it provides the location for a most eclectic scavenger hunt. The recently renovated galleries are packed with memorabilia representing all eras and aspects of American life.   You’ll search for Lincoln’s top hat, Clinton’s saxophone, Julia Child’s kitchen, monstrous machines, early cars, two full-size locomotives, vintage cars, the flag that inspired the national anthem, Dorothy’s ruby slippers, Fonzie’s jacket, Mr. Rogers’ sweater, and Kermit the Frog.

And, since this is DC in late June, what is NOT to like about an inside, air conditioned, Saturday afternoon adventure with friends! This Scavenger Hunt is provided by Watson Adventures.


Lincolns_Hat     Register now….. these specially priced tickets are limited.

     Members** - $15; Guests - $25.

     Meeting Point: 3:30 pm at Info Desk from Constitution Ave Entrance


The Museum is located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW (Federal Triangle Metro)

Questions?  Contact Sharon Lenius (leniussa@gmail.com) or Layla Heimlich (Layla.Heimlich@gmail.com)


* This is an adults only tour

**DC/SLA 75th Jubilee VIP Member event.

“After Party” Dinner location – TBA

Price: $0.00

Date: June 27, 2015

Available Spaces: Unlimited

SLA Annual Conference (Boston)

Price: $0.00

Date: June 14, 2015

International Perspectives: Terrorism in Cyberspace, the Dark Future?

cyber terrorism

The International Relations Committee of DC/SLA invites you to attend a book talk and presentation by Professor Gabriel Weimann entitled " Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Dark Future?"  Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at Noon, Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress.

Gabriel Weimann is a professor of communication at the University of Haifa, Israel and a world renowned expert in his field. The war on terrorism has not been won, he argues in his new book, Terrorism in Cyberspace (Columbia University Press and the Wilson Center, 2015). Jihadist terrorist ideology continues to spread on the Internet through websites and social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more. In this book, Weimann highlights the recent trends in online terrorism and outlines the emerging threats and the possible counter measures.

The program is produced by the Science, Technology and Business Division and the Hebrew Language Table at the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The program is free and open to the public.

The International Relations Committee of DC/SLA proudly supports the program by publicizing it among its members. For more information, please contact Julia Leggett at irc.dcsla@gmail.com



Price: $0.00

Date: June 10, 2015

Library of Congress - Madison Building
101 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC
Metro: Capitol South Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

The Right to Be Forgotten and Other Hot Topics in Privacy

The Right to Be Forgotten and Other Hot Topics in EU and U.S. Privacy and Security

Presenter: Don Aplin, Sr. Legal Editor Privacy & Security Law Report, Bloomberg BNABBNA logo RGB blue_K 300dpi copy

Don Aplin will talk about hot topics in privacy law in the US and the EU, including issues such as:

  • The landmark European Court of Justice right to be forgotten ruling, which EU privacy regulators and US privacy activists would like to see extended outside the borders of the EU bloc.
  • Major privacy reform initiatives in the EU amid continuing concerns about U.S. surveillance and the ability of U.S companies to adequately ensure the privacy of personal data transferred out of the EU.
  • Large-scale data breaches in the US and cybersecurity preparedness
  • New US regulatory attention to the Internet of things and big data analytics


12:00 noon    Lunch (provided by Bloomberg)

12:20 - 1:30    Program

This event will be held at the Bloomberg Government Washington DC offices:

1101 K Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005

Questions?  Contact Layla Heimlich at Layla.Heimlich@gmail.com

Price: $0.00

Date: June 3, 2015

Bloomberg Government
1101 K Street, NW
Washington, DC
20005 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 22