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.

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: Venable LLP’s 6th floor  location, 575 7th  St, NW, Washington, DC 20004

(Rosa Mexicana is on ground floor of this building)

METRO:  Gallery Place/Chinatown – Red, Yellow & Green Lines

Price: $10.00

Date: May 5, 2015

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Skills Gaps - What's an Info Pro To Do?

Learn about what you can do to learn new techniques, special certificate programs and more from a panel of experts representing area LIS,  iSchools and SLA.  Professional Development is your key to success as an Info Pro.

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

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

Registration Check In/Networking/Light Refreshments – 5:30, Program from 6:30 p.m on.

Price: $10.00

Date: March 31, 2015

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

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 2013, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Drexel University Washington DC Office and Webinar

Entering or re-entering the job market soon?  Looking for a new or better job?  The SLA Maryland Chapter is pleased to again be hosting its popular Job Search Workshop.  This year’s Workshop will be a back-to-basics review of employment fundamentals: resume writing and interviewing!

It’s no secret that a well-written resume is essential for standing out from the pack – no matter if it is for your first foray into the job market or to land that dream job you’ve spent your professional career preparing for.  Whatever your situation, you’ve got to get your foot in the door first!  Getting the job comes next, after going through interviews and sometimes follow-up interviews.  As with every skill you've ever learned, you have to learn the interview technique and then practice, practice, practice.  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.   Register today for this free Workshop so that you can be prepared, self-confident and in top shape to tackle today's competitive work environment!  Register here.

Participate Onsite, Online, or Sign up for a post-Workshop resume review! 

Register here to participate  

*Note:  If you are an expert willing to help job seekers, please add your name to the list  to provide resume reviews that day or in the future.



10:00    Coffee & Register

10:30    Speakers

11:15    Resume Reviews

12:30    Networking & Lunch on the rooftop overlooking our Nation’s Capital!

Questions?  Contact: Nancy Faget at: zemogogog@yahoo.com

Special thanks to these organizations helping to support the Workshop

Maryland SLA


DC/SLA Chapter

Drexel University: College of Computing and Informatics


Register here to participate  


Price: Free Event

Date: March 21, 2015

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

75th Anniversary Showing of the Grapes of Wrath (FREE!)

GrapesOfWrathJoin in the 75th Celebration of the award winning film “Grapes of Wrath” (1940) by joining DC/SLAers at  the Packard Campus Theater of the National AV Conservation Center of the Library of Congress in  Culpeper, VA for a FREE showing.

Carpool from the Vienna METRO, South Side, at the end of the Orange Line for 10 a.m. pick up or take an early spring drive thru the “greening” Virginia countryside.  Tour Culpeper's Davis Street area for shopping and lunch at "It's About Thyme" at noon.

Showing starts at 2 pm at the Library of Congress's AV Conservation Center and Packard Theater (Library of Congress, Packard Campus, 19053 Mount Pony Road).  Running time: 129 minutes.

More Info @ http://www.loc.gov/avconservation/packard/location.html

Register NOW!  Questions?   Contact Sharon Lenius at   leniussa@gmail.com


Price: Free Event

Date: March 14, 2015

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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 link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/499529085

You can also dial in using your phone:
+1 (805) 309-0012
Access Code:499-529-085

Price: Free Event

Date: March 5, 2015

Library of Congress Lunchtime Tour of Foreign Language Collections

You are cordially invited to join DC/SLA International Relations Committee members for a special lunch time tour of the foreign language collections at the Library of Congress.

Visit the foreign language reading rooms at the Library of Congress Part I: Asian, African & Middle East Language Collections and Reading Rooms. Foreign area studies specialists will be onsite to guide the tour with their insights and anecdotes about the collections from Africa, Asia and the Middle East in the Library of Congress.

Meet at the African & Middle East Reading Room, LJ220, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress at 12:30 p.m.

The program is free, but space is limited.  Please make your reservation as soon as possible by email at irc.dcsla@gmail.com.



African & Middle East Reading Room: 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.    The African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED) was created in 1978 as part of a general Library of Congress reorganization. For AMED it combined three sections -- African, Hebraic, and Near East, which cover 77 countries and regions from Southern Africa to the Maghreb and from the Middle East to Central Asia.  Each section plays a vital role in the Library's acquisitions program; offers expert reference and bibliographic services to the Congress and researchers in this country and abroad; develops projects, special events, and publications; and cooperates and participates with other institutions and scholarly and professional associations in the US and abroad.

Asian Reading Room: 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. The Asian Reading Room is the primary public access point for researchers seeking to use the Asian collections of the Library of Congress in the many languages of Asia. The reading room covers the area from the South Asian subcontinent and Southeast Asia to China, Japan, Korea, and Mongolia. With over 3 million books, periodicals and newspapers, a large number of manuscripts, and electronic media, the collections are the most comprehensive sources of Asian language materials outside of Asia. Area Specialists and Reference Librarians provide in-depth reference assistance on questions concerning Asia.

Maps: Getting Around the Library of Congress

Directions to the Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/visit/directions/

Campus Map of the Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/visit/maps-and-floor-plans/campus-map/

Price: Free Event

Date: February 27, 2015

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

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Silver Spring SLA DC and MD Chapter Joint Happy Hour

Silver Spring SLA DC and MD chapter joint happy hour

Wednesday February 25th starting at 5:15, we'll be there until at least 7:30

McGinty's Public House
911 Ellsworth Drive Silver Spring, MD 20910

near Silver Spring Metro and Silver Spring MARC, near Regal Majestic movie theatre

Happy Hour specials: $4 margaritas and martinis, $3.50 house wine $3 Yuengling and Shocktop $5 food menu

Please use the online registration form to RSVP so we can have an idea about how many people are coming.

Let me know if you have any questions at fiencke@hotmail.com

Jon Fiencke



Price: Free Event

Date: February 25, 2015

Available Spaces: Unlimited

BIF dine around at Heavy Seas in Arlington

Business Information Finders (BIF) is hosting a dine-around at Heavy Seas in Arlington.  It's an Alehouse walking distance of the Rosslyn Metro (about 4 blocks).  There are lots of options for vegetarians, fans of pub grub, wine lovers, some cocktails too.

We welcome new and old members and other interested people from DC/SLA.  We'll be  brainstorming directions for BIF in 2015 and sharing about our libraries’ issues, upcoming projects, overall welfare in the new year.  The agenda is very open and suggestions are welcome.

If you have ideas for future meetings, or something you want to discuss at this meeting, please let us know when you RSVP.  Thanks!

So come out and have fun!

Please RSVP to peggy.braly@exim.gov

Heavy Seas Alehouse

1501 Wilson Blvd (at corners of N. Oak & 18th St N)
Arlington, Virginia 22209


Price: Free Event

Date: February 17, 2015

DC/SLA 2015 Kickoff

Join us on Wednesday, February 11th  from 6:00-8:00pm at the Cleveland Park Library to kick off a year of programs that will help members reflect, relax, connect, grow, and move forward with purpose.

Catch up with colleagues, network, and learn about:

  • Ways you can leverage your DC/SLA membership
  • Volunteer opportunities available
  • Events the chapter will hold throughout the year
  • Plans for the chapter's 75th anniversary
  • Takeaways from Leadership Summit
  • And more!

There will also be time for members to ask questions and provide input on chapter activities.

All current and prospective members are encouraged to attend this free event. Refreshments will be provided.

Please register below.

Questions? Send an email to events@dc.sla.org

Price: Free Event

Date: February 11, 2015

Cleveland Park Library
3310 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC
20008 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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 509
Arlington, VA 22209
Closest Metro: Rosslyn

GoToMeeting link:  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/692581565

You can also dial in using your phone:
+1 (773) 945-1032
Access Code:692-581-565

Price: Free Event

Date: February 5, 2015

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

SLA Leadership Summit Welcome Reception

The SLA Maryland Chapter has extended an invitation to all SLA members for the Leadership Summit Welcome Reception on Thursday, January 22 in Baltimore. DC/SLA is co-sponsoring this event. If you are signed up to attend the Summit, the reception is of no charge to you and there is no need to register. If you are not signed up for the Summit but would like the chance to network with Summit attendees and SLA leaders, please see: http://maryland.sla.org/2015/01/05/invitation-to-leadership-summit-welcome-reception/

Hope to see you there!

Deena Adelman
DC/SLA President

Price: Free Event

Date: January 22, 2015

Hyatt Regency Baltimore
300 Light Street
Baltimore, MD
21202 Map and Directions

SLA Leadership Summit

Are you interested in mingling with leaders from the SLA Board, chapters, and divisions? Do you want to hear about the state of the association, learn about the basic structure and operations of SLA, and discover best practices from other units? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then consider attending the SLA Leadership Summit in Baltimore, January 21-23. To register and obtain additional information, please see: https://www.sla.org/attend/leadership-summit-2015/registration/

DC/SLA will be sponsoring the afternoon refreshment break on Jan. 22nd and co-sponsoring the Welcome Reception that same evening, so you have two more reasons to go! Note that even if you do not register for the Summit, you can register separately for the Welcome Reception.

Hope to see you there!

- Deena Adelman

DC/SLA President

Price: Free Event

Date: January 21, 2015

Hyatt Regency Baltimore
300 Light Street
Baltimore, MD
21202 Map and Directions

Nonfiction Book Club

You are invited to join the nonfiction book club to discuss Buying and Selling Information, A Guide for Information Professionals and Salespeople to Build Mutual Success by By Michael L. Gruenberg.  We will have a special guest:  the author himself.

Please join us Jan. 14, at Teaism in Penn Quarter.

Price: Free Event

Date: January 14, 2015

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

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Military Reference & Research: Sources and Resources


This program will showcase the many hidden gems within the Military Libraries sphere that are accessible to the public. In the morning, Military Reference is featured as info pros reveal places and spaces that are unique to the Military Community.  The afternoon session provides insight into various research resources of the military as well as some of the Federal Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC) partners.  It will be a day of "Military Alphabet Soup" ..... with explanations!

When: Thursday, December 11, 8:30am-4pm

Location: Library of Congress - Madison Building, Dining Room A (Closest Metro: Capitol South)

Price: $25 (includes Continental Breakfast and refreshments during 2 breaks)

Registration: Please register below by Monday, December 8, COB. Space is limited. THIS PROGRAM HAS REACHED CAPACITY. TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITLIST, PLEASE GO TO: http://dc.sla.org/events/?ee=317

If you are paying via FEDLINK, there is a two step registration process: 1) Register below selecting "FEDLINK Paid Attendee"  2) Contact Elinda Deans (ehar@loc.gov) regarding use of your FT account for this Dec 11, 2015 Program.

Questions? Contact Sharon Lenius at leniussa@gmail.com

Thank you to our sponsors ElsevierGale/Cengage LearningMorningstar, and Peterson's!

Price: Free Event

Date: December 11, 2014

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

Holiday Party and Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the DC/SLA Holiday Party and Annual Meeting!

Join us on December 9th as we celebrate the end of another great year! Catch up with colleagues, make new connections, and enjoy great food and drink at the National Press Club. We will also have a brief business meeting to summarize DC/SLA's achievements this year, recognize the 2014 Board, present awards, and look ahead to the new year and new board.

We will top off our year of Community and Fundamentals by hosting a book drive for the US Tribal Libraries. There are over 280 tribal libraries throughout the United States, including 37 tribal college libraries.  They serve as community centers, tribal archives, reading rooms, and homework centers for specific American Indian tribes.  Many of these libraries are supported by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, but are in great need of materials to share with their communities. Additional details are below.

Thank you to our event sponsors LexisNexisSafari Books Online and Special Counsel Information Governance !

DATE:  Tuesday, December 9, 2014

TIME: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Meeting/Presentation portion will start at approximately 7:00pm)

LOCATION: The National Press Club (Holeman Lounge), 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045

Closest Metro Station:  Metro Center (red, orange, silver, and blue lines)

Directions: http://www.press.org/about/visit-us

PRICE: Retired/Student/Unemployed members: $15; Other SLA members and DCLA members* $20; Non-members $40
*DCLA members get DC/SLA pricing through a reciprocal agreement

Not a member? Consider joining! Annual Membership Dues start as low as $40: https://www.sla.org/access-membership/join-sla/

REGISTRATION: Please register below by Wednesday, December 3rd.

QUESTIONS? Contact Deena Adelman at events@dc.sla.org


More Information about the Book Drive:

Topics of Interest:

1. Children’s literature

2. Fiction – Westerns

3. American Indian/Native American literature – Fiction and Non-fiction

4. Non-fiction – related to outdoor activities (i.e. gardening, hiking, camping, etc.)

We’ll have a donation box at the event for people to leave their books. For questions about the US Tribal Book Drive please contact Asheleigh Perry aperryster07@gmail.com

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the event you can still participate in the book drive by purchasing books for the US Tribal Library Wishlisthttp://amzn.com/w/2U8Y8XF8BPVNI

Price: $20.00

Date: December 9, 2014

National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC
20045 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Webinar: Solo Project Management: When You are the Whole Team

Solo Project Management: When You are the Whole Team
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
5 to 6 pm ET

The SLA Solo Librarians Division and the SLA New York Chapter have teamed up to present a webinar series with veteran library trainer Pat Wagner of SIERA (sieralearn.com). DC/SLA is a co-sponsor of this series.

The final webinar is now open for registration, please see the webinar details and registration URL below.

Program Description

Most project management models assume you have co-workers and employees to share the work. But if you are working alone, normal strategies like delegation become problematic. How do you negotiate with bosses and customers, juggle obligations, and modify the time-space continuum (or clone yourself)?


  • The Key Idea: Evaluate Your Resources, Ask For What You Want
  • Do You Say Yes To Everyone?
  • Even Solo Librarians Need A Written Plan
  • Negotiating With Internal And External Customers
  • Good Intentions (Late Hours) Hide Information About Resources
  • Case Studies


  • Evaluate accurately what can be done with the resources you have.
  • Better communicate limits to bosses and customers.
  • Sort priorities and improve focus.


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.

Webinar Fees

$5 – Members of Solo Division, SLA NY
$5 – Members of Our Co-sponsors:  DC, Georgia and Illinois Chapters and the Leadership and Management Division
$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 Solo Division Past Chair Tom Nielsen at: tnielsen@metro.org.

Price: Free Event

Date: November 18, 2014

Career Happy Hour

The DC/SLA Employment and Career Resources Committee invites members interested in seeking/giving career advice or making connections to a happy hour at Science Club in the Farragut/Dupont area. This is an unstructured happy hour but attendees are encouraged to exchange business cards and resumes.

When: Thursday, November 13, 6:00-7:30 pm

Where: Science Club, 1136 19th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036

Closest Metro stations: Farragut North/West and Dupont Circle

Price: Everyone pays his/her own tab.

Questions: employment@dc.sla.org

Registration (below) is appreciated.

Price: Free Event

Date: November 13, 2014

Science Club
1136 19th St. NW
Washington, DC
20036 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Writing Series: Blogging for Work, Blogging for Life

Why blog? Blogging can help you build your presence in the professional community, grow your expertise on topics of professional and personal interest, expand your career options, develop professional connections, and satisfy your creative spirit. Our three panelists will share their blogging journey and what they’ve learned along the way. Whether you’ve never written a blog post before or you’re a seasoned blogger, this program will provide insight and inspiration from three very different perspectives.

When: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 6-8pm (6-6:30 food, drinks, and networking). Presentations and virtual viewing will begin at 6:30pm EST.

Where: LexisNexis, 1150 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 (closest metro stations: Farragut North and Farragut West) and virtually via GoToMeeting

Onsite (includes food and drink): Retired/Student/Unemployed: $5, SLA member $10, Non-member $15
Virtual: SLA member: $5, Non-member $15

Registration: Please register below and make sure to select the appropriate price option. Virtual attendees must also register through GoToMeeting at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/597015152

A recording of the webinar will be made available to all paid virtual and onsite registrants.


Elizabeth Lieutenant
M.S.L.I.S. Candidate and Graduate Assistant
Catholic University of America

Elizabeth began in blogging in 2013 right after she was accepted to library school. During her first year as a library school student, she participated in the SLA Social Sciences Division's "What I'm Learning in Library School" blog series and coauthored a piece for Hack Library School. She has also published seven of her blog posts in the 2013 Best Practices for Government Libraries.


Marie Kaddell, M.L.S., M.S., M.B.A.
Senior Information Professional Consultant

Marie has been blogging since 2000. She authored a personal blog for 8 years, sharing the funny side of life for a working mom living in suburbia. In 2006 she took her blogging skills to work and started the Government Info Pro blog as a resource for government librarians. Recently, she took her blogging skills to a whole new place – an author blog: Make Mine Paranormal. Writing under her maiden name, Marie Michelle Coleman, Marie recently released the first book in a paranormal romance/urban fantasy series – Bespoken. Her blog serves as part of her author platform. Marie will be presenting on workplace blogging and the strategic use of your blogging experience.

Aileen M. J. Marshall, M.L.I.S, M.A.
Knowledge Management/Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
The DHS Program/ICF International

Aileen has been blogging since 2010, about a year after she started Library School. Blogging about traditional librarianship at first, she branched out when she discovered her passion for non-traditional librarianship. About four months ago, she re-designed and transitioned her blog Picturesque to reflect her personal writing: She is currently working on her first Science Fiction novel and shares experiences about writing and editing a story/manuscript, among other things. She also just started a new blog called A Journey Towards Health And Beauty, which chronicles her experiences switching to cruelty-free, organic and mostly vegan personal care and other products as well as lifestyle changes. Aileen will be presenting on the challenges of finding your own voice and branding your blog.

Christian I. J. Minter, M.L.I.S
National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow
Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Christian has been blogging for six years. She is the author of two personal blogs: Silver Blades & Pink Slippers shares her experience as an adult figure skater, and Climbing the Stacks chronicles her adventures in the world of librarianship. Christian will be presenting on utilizing blogging as a student and new librarian, and finding the balance in sharing your personal and professional life online.

Price: $10.00

Date: November 12, 2014

1150 18th Street NW
Washington, DC
20036 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

DC/SLA Board Meeting

DC/SLA's Monthly Board meetings are open to any DC/SLA member. People can attend in person or virtually via webex

Webex info:


To start this meeting


1. Go to https://reedelsevier.webex.com/reedelsevier/j.php?J=742906663


Teleconference information


Provide your phone number when you join the meeting to receive a call back. Alternatively, you can call:

Call-in toll-free number (Premiere): 1-8662130427  (US)

Show global numbers: https://www.myrcplus.com/cnums.asp?bwebid=8369444&ppc=2425247795&num=18662130427

Attendee access code: 242 524 7795


Price: Free Event

Date: November 6, 2014

1150 18th Street NW
Washington, DC
20036 Map and Directions

Happy Hour at Clarendon Grill

DC/SLA Happy Hour

Wednesday October 29th starting at 5:15

Clarendon Grill
1101 N Highland St Arlington, VA 22201, across the street from Clarendon Metro

Please RSVP to Jon Fiencke (fiencke@hotmail.com) so we can get an approximate number of attendees.

Happy Hour Specials:
$1.75-$3.00 drafts/bottles 5-8 PM
Half price bottles of wine until 9
Half price burgers

Price: Free Event

Date: October 29, 2014

Clarendon Grill
1101 N Highland St.
Arlington, VA
22201 Map and Directions