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.

Nonfiction book club

Price: $0.00

Date: October 18, 2016

Zorba's Cafe
1612 20th St NW
Washington, DC
USA Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Visit to US Export Assistance Center, Arlington, VA

Please join BIF & SLA business librarians in learning about US Export Assistance Center services, Oct. 17, 2016 at 2:45 pm

US Export Assistance Center
1501 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1225
Arlington, VA 22209 

Our host: Chris Higginbotham
Please RSVP to Peggy.Braly@exim.gov
For more information, please see:

Business Information Finders (BIF) is an informal affiliate of the Special Libraries Association DC Chapter.

Price: $0.00

Date: October 17, 2016

US Export Assistance Center
1501 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1225
Arlington, VA
22209 Map and Directions

Happy Hour at Crumbs and Whiskers, the Georgetown cat cafe

By popular demand, we’re having a happy hour at Crumbs and Whiskers. This event is limited to 15 people, but we can schedule another session if there’s enough interest. We’re allowed to bring our own food and drinks, but have been asked to bring things that don’t tend to spill bits of food like Chipotle. Perhaps we can just order pizza, I’ll post more information as we get closer to the event.

Thursday, October 13th 6:00-7:15 PM


3211 O St NW, Washington, DC 20007(202) 621-7114

Any questions: Jon Fiencke fiencke@hotmail.com

Price: $18.00

Date: October 13, 2016

Available Spaces: 5

Trends and Tools in Special #Libraries

"Relevant trends from the greater library field (and what special libraries can learn from them"

Every year IMLS funds thousands of library projects throughout the U.S., including some of the most 
innovative work in the field.  This session will point to the top trends and tools that are emerging 
from grant-funded and other work in public and academic libraries.  Learn how they are reinventing 
themselves as centers of learning, crowdsourcing hubs, and facilitators of community conversations.  
While corporate and government libraries are generally ineligible for IMLSgrants, you’ll gain a broader 
perspective of the field at large, and you might even leave with ideas that work in your library.

Teri, Senior Program Office, State Programs, at Institute of Museum and Library Services and Madison Bolls, together
represent the broadest view of IMLS library funding. Teri helps manage the Grants to States program, which 
funds over 1,500 library projects a year in communities across America.  Teri works extensively with state 
libraries and makes several site visits a year into the field.  Before her latest move to the Grants Administration
office Madison helped manage multiple discretionary grant programs, which are awarded on a competitive basis following 
peer review. These funds support some of the most innovative work in the field, result in open source tools that can be 
adopted by others, and ensure that training for the current and future library workforce remains robust.  
Both Teri and Madison also support the agency’s work to shape policy and have a birds-eye view of library 
trends happening across the U.S.  Before they worked at IMLS, Teri and Madison worked in federal library 
environments and both have been longtime SLA members.

Price: $10.00

Date: September 20, 2016

955 L’Enfant Plaza North, SW
Washington, DC
USA Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 34

BIF lunch at WebSearch University

"Introduction to the Business Information Finders group" (BIF) lunch.

Wed., Sep. 14, 2016. We will meet at 12 noon near the Registration Desk or as soon as we are released for lunch. WebSearch Univ. conference

DoubleTree by Hilton Crystal City
300 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

You do not have to be registered for the WebSearch U. conference in order to come to the lunch.
Everyone will pay for his/her own lunch and beverage.

Last year we had a nice time meeting new people and sharing stories.

Price: $0.00

Date: September 14, 2016

DoubleTree by Hilton Crystal City
300 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA
22202 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Saturday in the Park

Join us at the National Zoo for a day of learning and fun.

Come early, leave late.  The group activities start at 11:00.

11am 11:20am Elephant Training Demonstration Elephant Outpost Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals!
11:30am 11:50am Meet-a-Great Ape Keeper Great Ape House Learn about the fascinating world of apes. A keeper will speak about gorillas or orangutans.
12:00 pm 1:00 pm Lunch Panda Overlook on Asia Trail Bring your own or pick something up from one of these food locations.   (The Panda Overlook is near the 1:15 activity)
1:15pm 1:35pm Sloth Bear Enrichment Demonstration* Sloth Bear Exhibit Each day around 1:15 p.m. keepers toss novel foods and enrichment items to the Sloth Bears. Stop by to learn more about enrichment at the Zoo.   *This demonstration is weather dependent.

See here for the full list of daily programs.

Zoo Map - National Zoo - Smithsonian


Special thanks to our event sponsor!

Special Exhibit – "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea," a larger-than-life exhibit of 17 marine wildlife sculptures—from jellyfish to sharks—made entirely of plastic pollution directly recovered from oceans.

Placed throughout the Smithsonian's National Zoo, these massive sculptures represent the more than 315 billion pounds of plastic in oceans, illustrating the devastating effects of the ocean's deadliest predator—trash. (Map)

Price: $0.00

Date: August 20, 2016

National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC
20008 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

SLA DC Happy Hour at RFD

Come on out for one of our informal happy hours at RFD on Tuesday, August 16th. RFD has been one of the more popular places over the past couple of years for meet ups. They don't have the "Taco Tuesday" special anymore but have a variety of happy hour drink specials. Please use the online registration form so we can get an approximate number of attendees.

RFD 810 7th St NW Washington, DC 20001

RFD http://www.lovethebeer.com/events.html

Nearest Metro Gallery Place Chinatown

for information contact Jon Fiencke: fiencke@hotmail.com

Price: $0.00

Date: August 16, 2016

Available Spaces: Unlimited

SLA Conference Recap

Miss the annual conference?  Couldn't get to Philadelphia?  Were there just so many sessions you couldn't get to everything?  Then join us on Thursday, July 28 for the annual SLA Annual Conference Recap, as members speak about the sessions they attended and their experiences at the conference in Philly.

Prior to the conference recap, there will be an opportunity to meet the following candidates for 2017 SLA Board of Directors:


Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect

Sponsored by Reed Elsevier Reed Elsevier

Price: $10.00

Date: July 28, 2016

Bloomberg BNA - Arlington
1801 South Bell Street
Arlington, VA
22202 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Nonfiction Book club

Please join the nonfiction book club as we discuss Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian by Avi Steinbert

The discussion will take place at Zorba's near the Dupont Circle metro station.


Price: $0.00

Date: July 26, 2016

Zorba's Cafe
1612 20th St NW
Washington, DC
USA Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Murder at the National Gallery Scavenger Hunt

Not going to Philadelphia? Let’s have fun in DC! Join other DC/SLA members for an afternoon solving a mystery at the National Gallery, followed by a dine-around.

The Murder at the National Gallery Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 2:00PM

The National Gallery of Art

Enter at 6th and Constitution Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20565

A murdered curator has left behind a cryptic trail of clues connected with secrets in works of art. As your team gathers answers about the art, you begin to piece together a sordid tale about greed, lust, pride, revenge and treachery, all revolving around the museum’s planned multimillion-dollar purchase of a Da Vinci. The murder victim knew too much—and now it’s up to you to learn what he knew and discover what drove one of four suspects to commit murder. To find out, you’ll have to crack a secret code left in the victim’s appointment calendar. Can you figure out who dunnit?

Be prepared for a challenging hunt, lasting about 2.5 hours. Scavenger hunt is coordinated by Watson Adventures.

Dine-around to follow at Austin Grill, 750 E Street, NW.

Space is limited; sign up today!

Price: $10.00

Date: June 11, 2016

National Gallery of Art
6th Avenue & Constitution Ave
Washington, DC
20565 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 2

DC SLA Happy hour and pre-conference mingle @Bar Deco

Come out for a happy hour to socialize with other members of DC SLA or to meet up with other conference attendees to make plans. Bar Deco has a happy hour menu featuring appetizers and a variety of beverages. Please use the online registration form so we have an idea of how many people are coming. conveniently located downtown by Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop.

Bar Deco 717 6TH ST NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20001


Any questions contact Jonathan Fiencke at fiencke@hotmail.com

Price: $0.00

Date: June 7, 2016

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Coloring, Conversation, and Conference

Coloring:  Bring your favorite coloring design book and pencils or use materials available via DC/SLA.   If you color outside the lines, no problem!

Conversation:  Talk about various library issues - What's Up with SLA, a New CEO for SLA, The plans for the DC MLK Library, What DC Public Librarians are doing,  Prison Library, Library Management Issues, Professional Development and Where to Get It - or whatever those at your "coloring table" would like to discuss.

Conference:  SLA 2016 in Philadelphia - Learn who is attending, Chapter Members as presenters, hosting, facilitating, etc. Interesting programs and events.

National Geographic Society is located at 1145 17th St NW.
- The closest metro is Farragut North or Farragut West.
- If you come from 17th St., walk through the building and across the courtyard into the next building, past the cafeteria and up the steps. The library is on the right.
- You can also enter from the M street courtyard. Please note the 16th street doors will be locked.

You should not need to check in with Security -- there will be a sign in table outside the library.

Price: $10.00

Date: May 19, 2016

National Geographic Society
1145 17th St N.W.
Washington , DC
USA Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 26

Medical Maker Space – Tech Strategy at NIH - Webinar

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

Join SLA Toronto Chapter to learn from James King, Information Architect and Branch Chief at the US National Institutes of Health Library, the internal research library supporting the staff at the largest biomedical founder in the world. James will discuss the technology strategy that has been developed to drive the future developments in data, collaboration, and virtual learning. James will also discuss two of the library’s current initiatives – Custom Information Solutions, a geek squad team building data-rich websites for disease spaces, and the Technology Hub, a sandbox learning and maker space designed to experiment with 3D printing, data visualization, modeling, GIS, and bioinformatics analysis.

James will be presenting from Toronto; this is a webinar only.  To register, go to:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4366507394231046659.  Once you have registered, you will receive an email with further instructions for logging into the webinar.

Price: $0.00

Date: May 17, 2016

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Foreign Embassies Walking Tour with Library of Congress African Area Studies Specialist Laverne Page

image of dupont circle station

The International Relations Committee (IRC) of DC/SLA invites you to a two-hour walking tour on Saturday, May 7, 2016 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  The tour will be led by Laverne Page, Area Specialist, African and Middle East Division, Library of Congress. You'll visit some of the most beautiful embassies in Washington D.C. and experience samples of foreign culture and educational programs.

We'll meet at DuPont Circle North Metro Station at 9:30 a.m., then walk to the nearby embassies.  The following embassies will be open for visitors: Afghanistan, African Union, Albania, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Korea, Kosovo, Libya, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Due to time constraints, we can only visit a few of the embassies mentioned above.   Our tour ends at noon, but you will be enjoying yourself so much that you will want to branch out and continue touring on your own in the afternoon.

The tour is free but space is limited. Please register at http://dc.sla.org/events/?ee=398  by Thursday, May 5, 2016.

Julia Leggett




Price: $0.00

Date: May 7, 2016

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Nonfiction Book Club--Joint DC SLA/AGLISS event

This year the Association of Graduate Library and Information Students of Catholic University (AGLISS) selected The Shallows:  What the Internet is doing to our Brains by Nicholas Carr as their common read.

This book has been selected for the next DC-SLA book club with AGLISS co-sponsoring the event.

If you can't attend the event in person, AGLISS will be hosting a simultaneous Twitter chat on the night of. Follow along from home via #ReadCUA. Or join any of their other upcoming Twitter chats on the following dates:
March 29th, 2-8pm with @elwags
April 12th, 6-8pm with @emilyeclough
May 5th, 8-10pm with @SavsNolan

Jessica Fomalont, DC-SLA book club chair
Emily Wagner, AGLISS President

Price: $0.00

Date: April 26, 2016

Zorba's Cafe
1612 20th St NW
Washington, DC
USA Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

World Cultural Heritage Sites at Risk: Lecture Series II

The Washington, DC Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (DC/SLA)

in partnership with Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center


World Cultural Heritage Sites at Risk: Lecture Series II

Preservation Efforts in Libraries & Archives in the Middle East

April 21, 2016

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

1100 16th Street NW, Washington, DC


Jesse A. Lambertson, Librarian, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Library


Michael Albin– Independent Researcher

John Van Oudenaren– Director for International Programs, World Digital Library, http://www.wdl.org/en/

Jesse A. Lambertson– Librarian, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Library

Peter Herdrich– Co-Founder, The Antiquities Coalition, https://theantiquitiescoalition.org/

George Papagiannis (yet to be confirmed) – Director, UNESCO External Relations and Information Liaison Office


5:30 - 6:30 pm Refreshments, Tour of the Library and Oman Cultural Exhibition

6:30 - 7:30 pm Panel Discussion

7:30 - 8:00 pm Q & A Session

Registration is required.

Please register by April 18, 2016

Required: Please e-mail Jesse Lambertson (jlambertson@sqcc.org) with your affiliation upon registering.


Price: $10.00

Date: April 21, 2016

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
1100 16th st, NW
Washington, DC
USA Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 48

SLA Happy Hour at Penn Commons

Come on out for our April happy hour, conveniently located downtown by the Verizon Center and the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro. Penn Commons has a variety of food and drink happy hour specials.

Please use the online registration form so we know how many people are coming. If you have any questions contact Jonathan Fiencke at fiencke@hotmail.com.

701 7th St NW

Price: $

Date: April 19, 2016

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Job Search Workshop: Writing Job-Winning Resumes & Giving Great Interviews!

Entering or re-entering the job market? Looking for a new or better job? The SLA Maryland Chapter will again be hosting its popular Job Search Workshop, this year in partnership with DC/SLA and the District of Columbia Library Association.

During this half-day workshop, seasoned information professionals will share winning strategies, provide individualized reviews of resumes and offer tips on how to perfect your interviewing technique. The Workshop will be a back-to-basics review of employment fundamentals with a twist . . . speak to multiple reviewers and current librarians in a speed mentoring environment.

Register today for this free Workshop so that you can be prepared, self-confident and in top form to tackle today’s competitive work environment!  You can participate in person, listen via Webcast or connect with an expert for a post-Workshop resume review.

NOTE: When on-site participation is full, we will refer registrants to webinar access only.

Directions: University of Maryland at College Park is near the College Park Metro.

Questions? Contact: Lila Faulkner (DC/SLA) at Lila.Faulkner@usdoj.gov, or Qaddafi Sabree (DCLA) at qsabree@hotmail.com.

With special thanks to our generous sponsor - LAC Group

Price: $0.00

Date: April 16, 2016

University of Maryland - Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Dr.
College Park, MD
20740 Map and Directions

Military Libraries Field Trip - Workhouse Arts Center

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The Military Libraries Group of DC/SLA invites all members and guests on a Field Trip to the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA (site of the former DC prisons). A special exhibit, the Warrior Way art exhibit curated by Martin J. Cervantez, Artist in Residence at the Workhouse. “In It Together: Service Members, Community, and Dialogue Through Art.” Admission is free.

WHAT: Field Trip to view special exhibit of military veteran’s art

WHERE: Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA, 9518 Lorton Rd, Lorton, VA 22079, Building 12 – Admin Building and McGuireWoods Gallery. (703) 584-2900 http://www.workhousearts.org/

WHEN: April 16, 2016 – Saturday, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

HOW: Drive – Free Parking Pick up from Franconia Springfield METRO Station, Blue Line, 10:30 am. Contact Sharon Lenius leniussa@gmail.com for ride information

WHY: It is spring and we think this exhibit is a worthwhile destination.

DIRECTIONS: Workhouse Arts Center – in southern Fairfax County, Entrances to the Workhouse campus are on Lorton Road and Ox Road.
MISC: We will also be touring Galleries 5 & 6 to visit with artists following the Warrior Way viewing.
Join us for a late lunch in nearby historic Occoquan.

For additional information, please contact Sharon Lenius leniussa@gmail.com

Price: $0.00

Date: April 16, 2016

Workhouse Arts Center
9518 Lorton Rd
Lorton, VA
USA Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

April 14th Board Meeting and Dine Around

Please join the DC/SLA Board for a combination Board meeting and Dine Around.  The event starts at 5:30 with a short meeting followed by networking and socializing with the Board and fellow SLA members.

The event will take place at Mackey's, 1823 L St, NW

Price: $0.00

Date: April 14, 2016

Mackey's Public House
1823 L St NW
Washington, DC
20036 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited