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

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

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: 68

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

SLA DC Happy Hour, Taco Tuesday at RFD

Come out and join us for a happy hour at RFD. There is no charge for this event, there was a mistake before that said the cost was $10.
On Tuesdays there are specials on Tacos and canned beer ($2 tacos and 2 cans of beer for the price of 1). One of our more popular events last year, conveniently located by the Veriozn Center and Gallery Place/Chinatown metro. Register using the form below so we know how many people are coming. Any questions contact me, Jon Fiencke at fiencke@hotmail.com

RFD Washington 810 7th St NW Washington, DC 20001


Price: $0.00

Date: June 2, 2015

Available Spaces: Unlimited

BIF Tour of Martin Luther King Library

Join BIF (Business Information Finders) and other members of the library community on Monday, May 18, for a tour of the Martin Luther King Public Library, including: a review of databases related to business and entrepreneurship, and a demonstration of 3D printing.

We will gather at 9:45 am at the Library entrance.  The tour will last about 1 hour.

Up to 20 registrations will be accepted.  Please register by e-mailing peggy.braly@exim.gov by May 8, 2015


Martin Luther King Public Library

901 G St NW

Washington, DC 20001

Across the street from Gallery Place / Chinatown subway station.

Price: $0.00

Date: May 18, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. NW
Washington, DC
20001 Map and Directions

Webinar: What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do: Conflict First Aid

Thursday, May 14, 2015
5:00 to 6:00 pm ET
Pat Wagner of Siera. Learn. Teach. Inspire
Every encounter is different, but some communication strategies work most of the time with most people in most situations. Professionals who deal with conflict accumulate a bag of tricks to fall back on when there is not time to thoroughly assess a situation, or when the first five strategies don’t work. The more methods you master, the more confident you will feel in otherwise difficult situations.
  • Introduction: What Are The Basic Principles Of Managing Workplace Conflict?
  • The Key Idea: Sometimes All You Can Do Is Deal With Symptoms
  • Know You Can Always Leave And/Or Call For Help
  • Lower The Emotional Temperature
  • Stop Trying To Be Right
  • Provide Choices For All Involved
  • Stay Respectful Regardless Of The Other Person’s Behavior
  • Feel more resourceful and confident in difficult workplace situations.
  • Research and practice new strategies to add to what you already know.
  • Be more effective when dealing with people who are angry or upset.
Divisions - Leadership and Management Division and Petroleum and Energy Resources
Chapters - Hudson Valley, North Carolina, Michigan, DC
To Register:
1. Fill out the form found at this link:
2. Pay via Paypal
3. Follow the the instructions in confirmation the email.
Questions?  Contact Layla Heimlich at Layla.Heimlich@medstar.net

Price: $0.00

Date: May 14, 2015

DC/SLA Board Meeting

DC/SLA's Board meetings occur the first Thursday of every month from 6-8pm (except for June and July when there are no meetings). 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/774785581
Phone:  (571) 317-3122
Access Code: 774-785-581

Price: $0.00

Date: May 7, 2015

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

TED Talks Curated by DC/SLA Past Presidents


Join DC/SLA for information gleaned via TED Talks selected by DC/SLA Past Presidents.  Lots of valuable insights, time for thoughtful questions.

Registration Check In/Networking/Light Refreshments – 5:30

Program from 6:30 p.m.

Location:   Drexel University, Washington DC Office (Lafayette Towers, 801 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006)

Nearest METRO: Farragut West – Blue, Orange & Silver lines, Farragut North – Red line.

Questions?   Contact Sharon Lenius at   leniussa@gmail.com

Price: $0.00

Date: May 5, 2015

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

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Baghdad Twist: Film Screening & Talk by Filmmaker Joe Balass

baghdad twist

The International Relations Committee of DC/SLA invites you to attend a free public program featuring a film screening of Baghdad Twist and a talk by filmmaker Joe Balass, Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress.

Baghdad Twist is a visual memoir of a family's life in Iraq before escaping to a new home in Canada, in the fall of 1970.  Featuring a unique, never before seen collection of archival images, home-movies and family photographs from Baghdad, the film pulls back the curtain on Iraq's once thriving Jewish community, its perilous final years and its remarkable ability to find solace in the shadow of fear.

Baghdad-born filmmaker Joe Balass takes us on a poetic journey through the fragmented memories of an Arab-Jewish exile.  This powerful collage forms a complex portrait of a time and place that no longer exists.

The program is produced by the Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division and the Hebrew Language Table of the Library of Congress.

The International Relations Committee of DC/SLA proudly promotes and publicizes the program.

For more information, please contact Julia Leggett at ircdcsla@gmail.com.


Price: $0.00

Date: May 5, 2015

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

Available Spaces: 99

Nonfiction book club

You are invited to join the nonfiction book club to discuss David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell.

The discussion will take place Wed., April 29 at Zorba's near the Dupont Circle metro on the red line.

Price: $0.00

Date: April 29, 2015

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

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Library Leaders Summit: Making An Impact & Proving Value

The 2015 Library Leaders Summit is an interactive, intimate experience for senior managers and leaders.  This 2-day summit allows library directors, CEOs, and CIOs of academic, public, government, and special libraries to problem-solve, discuss, reflect and network with colleagues.

The theme of this year’s summit is Making an Impact & Proving Value.  Assessing and communicating value continue to be challenging for all library leaders and decision makers. Traditional input and output performance measures no longer provide sufficient understanding, if they ever did, of how to determine and communicate the value of our libraries to the funding stakeholders in our communities, campuses, corporations, and governments.

This year's Summit will be held at the Washington Hilton.  For more information, and to register, see: http://www.librarysummit.com/DC2015/

SLA is a learning partner for this event.

Price: $0.00

Date: April 27, 2015