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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.

Strengthening Your Interview Skills

Strengthening Your Interview Skills

Have you ever left an interview wishing you had answered the questions more effectively? Could you have approached a promotion discussion in a different way? How did you prepare for the interview? Using the techniques presented in this interactive workshop, you will strengthen your answers to interview questions and help prepare for questions you’re likely to be asked. How? Through practice!

On February 27, DC/SLA member Susan Antos, an expert in training and human resources, will hold an interview workshop designed to hone your skill in answering questions. Come with your resume and a willingness to answer questions!

About Susan Antos

Susan Antos is a librarian and a training and human resources professional. She has offered interviewing skills workshops for applicants and interviewers, and has coached individuals, to hone their skills. Most recently, she has offered her workshop “Interview Skills that Win Jobs” at the Takoma Park Branch of the District of Columbia Public Library and for the Washington, DC Chapter of Dress for Success. From May 2011 to June 2013, she worked with over 800 unemployed workshop attendees through the Virginia Workforce Center.

Susan has worked in the training and human resources field in banking and higher education. Using her experience and transferring her skills, she earned her MSLIS from Catholic University and transitioned into a career as an association librarian. In 2013, Ms. Antos relocated from Fredericksburg. VA to Washington, DC. As of December 2014, she has been on assignment for the LAC Group as a Research Librarian at the International Monetary Fund.


Saturday, February 27, 2016; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

9:00-9:30 / Networking & Refreshments

9:30-11:30 / Interview Workshop

11:30-12:00/ Q & A


Location: Drexel University - Washington, DC Office, Lafayette Tower, 801 17th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20006

Metro Stations: Farragut West (Blue, Silver & Orange Lines) and Farragut North (Red).


Advance registration required by Tuesday, February 23.


Please contact Lila Faulkner, Lila.Faulkner@usdoj.gov (202-305-4540).

Price: $30.00

Date: February 27, 2016

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

Available Spaces: 15

Nonfiction book club

You are invited to join the nonfiction book club discuss BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google by  John Palfrey.

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

Price: $0.00

Date: February 2, 2016

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

Available Spaces: Unlimited

IFLA Outlook: 2015, 2016 & Beyond

" Libraries: A Call to Action" - IFLA Presidential Theme

Price: $10.00

Date: January 20, 2016

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

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Holiday Party and Annual Meeting

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

Join us on December 15th as we celebrate the end of another great year! Catch up with colleagues, make new connections, and enjoy great food and drink at Front Page. We will also have a brief business meeting to summarize DC/SLA's achievements this year, recognize the 2015 Board, present awards, and look ahead to the new year and new board.

DATE:  Tuesday, December 15, 2015

TIME: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Meeting/Presentation portion will start at approximately 7:00pm

LOCATION: Front Page, 1333 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Metro: Dupont Circle

Retired/Student/Unemployed members: $10; Other SLA members* $15; Non-members $25

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

Price: $15.00

Date: December 15, 2015

Available Spaces: Unlimited

INFO/EXPO at the Military Libraries Training Workshop

MLG_Workshop_LogoYou are cordially invited to attend the


Part of the Military Libraries Training Workshop

Dec 8, 2015,

DoubleTree Hotel, Arlington, VA

Complimentary Lunch, from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Free DoubleTree Hotel Shuttle from Pentagon Metro Stop (Blue/Yellow line) at bus stop near Ritz Carlton

Please register below to meet with outstanding representatives from library product industries! Not everyone can attend an annual conference.  This grouping of exhibitors, all with expertise working with the Federal government and commercial customers, is aimed at interested information professionals and the library community in general.

Industry Representatives

IEEE Xplore Digital Library    WT Cox Subscriptions and Information Services    Peterson’s Recorded Books

IHS       ProQuest     Elsevier   Gale Cengage Learning     Safari Books Online    Lynda.com     EBSCO     LexisNexis     East View

Copyright Clearance Center    Mango Languages     EOS International     TEI Landmark Audio     Morningstar

Assoc of Computing Machinery (ACM)     Thomson Reuters     Taylor & Francis     Boopsie    Deep Web Technologies     Bloomberg BNA     Blackstone Audio

PTFS     SAGE    Transparent Language     COMEX Systems     Baker & Taylor    Gaylord Archival       Newsbank       ICE Publishing     IGI-Global

Third Iron-BrowZine       Springer     Demco


Price: $0.00

Date: December 8, 2015

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Introduction to SLA Connect (Webinar)

DC/SLA has been selected as the first chapter to try SLA Connect, the new community for communication and collaboration. Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, December 2nd, 11am-12pm EST to learn more about this resource.

Please register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6958553276758172929.

The webinar will be recorded and made available to all members at a later date.

If you have any questions, please send an email to communications@dc.sla.org.

Price: $0.00

Date: December 2, 2015

CANCELLED - The Louisiana Maneuvers: A Nation Prepares for War

You are invited to attend a special presentation sponsored by the Military Libraries Group of DC/SLA:  "The Louisiana Maneuvers:  A Nation Prepares for War" on Thursday, Nov 19th, from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Drexel University facility in Washington, DC.
It has been nearly 75 years since the United States Army began a special call up of the National Guard for The Louisiana Maneuvers.  This field exercise began a new method in command structure and cooperation between the regular Army and the National Guard located in every state but answering to the state governor.  The Maneuvers began with a "table top exercise" demonstrating the relationship of units.  General Marshal and General McNair both believed that we could not fight the last war, WW l all over again.  New training doctrine was needed.
The program will be presented by LTC Sharon Lacey, formerly of the US Army Center for Military History.
COST:  $10 per person -  all attendees
LOCATION: Drexel University in DC, 801 17th Street, N.W.
METRO:  Farragut West on Blue, Orange and Silver Lines (take 17th St Exit)
Question:   Contact Sharon Lenius at leniussa@gmail.com

Price: $10.00

Date: November 19, 2015

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

Beyond the Job Description: What traits do employers value?

Beyond the Job Description: What traits do employers value?

To get a job or advance in your career, you must go beyond just meeting the job qualifications.  You must also exhibit the soft skills (less tangible skills such as conflict resolution) employers want to see in their employees.  Employers want the best of both worlds: an employee who is not only proficient in the job functions, but also has the qualities (such as reliability or initiative) to be outstanding.

Come hear our panel of experts discuss the traits they value.  They will discuss the qualities that, in their work environments, can turn a potentially good employee into an exceptional one.  They will also address how a job candidate can demonstrate those skills during the hiring process.

Whether you are trying to get a job, keep a job, get promoted, or have a more successful career, you will benefit from hearing about the skills you need to thrive in your career.


Blane K. Dessy, Director of National Enterprises, Library of Congress


Dr. Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Coordinator, National Library of Medicine

Karin Johnsrud, Assistant Librarian for Research Services, Supreme Court of the United States

Abigail Ellsworth Ross, President of RoFinCo, LLC

Jennifer McMahan, Deputy Director, Library Staff, United States Department of Justice

Amanda J. Wilson, Director, National Transportation Library


Monday, November 16, 20156:00 – 8:00 p.m.

6:00 – 6:30 pm / Networking & Refreshments

6:30 – 8:00 pm / Panel Discussion and Q & A


Location: Jenner & Block, 1099 New York Avenue NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC.

Metro Station: Metro Center (Blue, Red, Silver & Orange Lines).

Public Parking: 1099 New York Avenue NW.  Parking garage is located on 11th Street – Cost is $7.00 with 5 pm entry (Garage closes at 11 pm)

REGISTRATION: Advance registration required by Sunday, November 15.

QUESTIONS: Please contact Mariana Long, Mariana.Long@usdoj.gov (202-616-0991), or Lila Faulkner, Lila.Faulkner@usdoj.gov (202-305-4540).


Price: $20.00

Date: November 16, 2015

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

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Webinar: Custom Information Solutions at the National Institutes of Health

Webinar: Custom Information Solutions at the National Institutes of Health
Speaker: James King, Chief/Information Resources and Services Branch
Date/TimeFriday November 13 201512-1 pm (ET)
Charge: FREE

This webinar is hosted by the IT Division and cosponsored by the Washington DC Chapter.

Register nowhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6663220053687537153

For details, please visit http://it.sla.org/2015/09/webinar-november-13-custom-information-solutions-at-the-national-institutes-of-health/

In response to the changing needs at NIH, the Library’s Informationist service has been expanded into several non-traditional areas including bioinformatics, data services, bibliometrics and custom information solutions. This webinar explores the development of the custom information solutions service that offers digitization, technical consulting services, web development, database architecture, and taxonomy development for research groups at NIH.

James King, the speaker of the webinar, is an active IT Division and Washington DC Chapter member, as well as the 2015 SLA Chapter Cabinet Chair of the Board of the Director. James will lead the insider (virtual) tour of the NIH Library that showcases the development of the custom information solutions service for research groups at NIH.

Price: $0.00

Date: November 13, 2015

DC/SLA Board Meeting

This month's board meeting will be held on Thursday, November 12th, 6pm-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/826256509
Phone: +1 (646) 749-3112
Access Code: 826-256-509

Price: $0.00

Date: November 12, 2015

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

Webinar: How to Manage Your Local Node In A Global Workplace

The SLA New York Chapter and Solo Librarians Division are pleased to present our final 2015 webinar with Pat Wagner of SIERA (sieralearn.com), generously co-sponsored by nine other units (Thank you!).  Registration is now open and details are below.

How to Manage Your Local Node In A Global Workplace
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 5:00 to 6:00 pm ET

You might live in Florida and commute to Georgia, but your work team is spread over the entire planet. If bosses, co-workers, employees, customers, and vendors live in different times zones, speak different languages, and need to communicate with different equipment and protocols, what does it mean to manage relationships and resources?


  • Introduction: The Communication Overhead Of Working At A Distance
  • The Key Idea: Even Small Enterprises Need More And Better Communication
  • Who Makes Decisions For The Entire Worknet, And How?
  • How To Establish Rapport And Goodwill
  • What Are The Expectations Of The Other Person And Their Office Or Team?
  • Evaluate Communication, Particularly During Project Deadlines: Is This Working?
  • Evaluate Technology At Least Once A Year: Is Everyone Upgrading Together?


  • Improve productivity among virtual co-workers
  • Coordinate communication to lower management costs.
  • Build positive workplace relationships even at a distance.
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 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

Price: $25.00

Date: November 12, 2015

DC/SLA Jubilee Gala


DC/SLA is celebrating 75 years!

Jubilee Gala

Dinner, Drinks, and Dancing

Saturday, November 7, 2015

6:30p.m. – 9:30p.m.


5333 Wisconsin Avenue | Washington DC

Cocktail Attire

Get Your Tickets

Thank you to our sponsors ProQuest and Special Counsel!

Price: $0.00

Date: November 7, 2015

5333 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC
20015 Map and Directions

SharePoint / CMS Networking Interest Group.

Please join us for the first meeting of the SharePoint (or other CMS) Networking Interest Group.  This is an opportunity for you to meet other DC SLA members and information professionals with a common interest, to share information, and gain knowledge.

The meeting will take place on:

Thursday, November 5, 6:00-7:00pm.

1150 Eighteenth Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C.  20036.

Anyone who currently uses or plans to use SharePoint or any other content management system, has an interest in CMSs, or likes to learn about other libraries’ practices/services should plan to attend the meeting.  All are welcome.  There’s no need to have experience in or knowledge of this area. Lexis has kindly offered us the use of their conference room for this informal get-together.  Internet access is available so please feel free to bring/show examples of what you're doing or pass around information.  It's not required, but the option is there.

What’s SharePoint?  Microsoft SharePoint is a widely adopted online platform that helps you share work, manage documents, organize projects, build apps and websites, collaborate online, and share resources.

The meeting is free to all DC/SLA members.

Please RSVP or register if you plan to attend.

Would you like to meet other librarians that share your interest?  Please contact Lila Faulkner, Co-Chair, Career Development Committee (US DOJ, Law Librarian, Lila.Faulkner@usdoj.gov).


Price: $0.00

Date: November 5, 2015

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

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Nonfiction book club

You are invited to join the nonfiction book club to discuss The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson

The discussion will take place Wed., Oct. 28, at Zorba's near Dupont Circle metro on the red line.

Price: $0.00

Date: October 28, 2015

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

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Trivia Night: Third Annual Battle of the DC Librarians



Monday, October 26, 2015

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Trivia will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.!







Register today to represent your organization as we go head to head in a night of trivia!



410 7th St NWHill Country

Chinatown or Archives Metro – Red/Green/Yellow)



Price: $0.00

Date: October 26, 2015

Search Engines for Business Researchers

The Ex-Im Bank Research Library & Archives is presenting a very special program on Monday, October 19, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., given by senior Business & Industry reference librarian from the Library of Congress, Ms. Jan Herd.

Search Engines for Business Researchers will be a detailed and informative discussion on the use of specialized search engines for business research.  An organized research methodology will be taught.

Because there is such a wealth of information, this is planned as a 3-hour program with a break in the middle.  You may bring a brown bag lunch.

Interested information professionals and librarians are welcome to join Ex-Im Bank staff.  You don’t need to be a member of SLA or the Business Information Finders group (BIF) to attend.

Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

811 Vermont Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20571

The Bank is bordered by H & I Sts., 15th & Vermont Ave., NW, across the street from the Vermont Ave. - White House exit, McPherson Square Metro Station.

There is no charge but please RSVP to katherine.kane@exim.gov by Oct. 15, 2015

Read more about Ms. Jan Herd at:


Price: $0.00

Date: October 19, 2015

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

Click here for the PDF version

As of 9/30, there are just a few spots left! Please register below.

Please bring a photo ID to present to security.

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


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

Thursday, October 1, 2015
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Bloomberg BNA, 1801 South Bell Street, Arlington, VA 22202
Across from Crystal City Metro station.
Free parking after 4pm at garage on 18th St. (garage says “CrystalCityShops@1750, Public Parking”)

 Iraqi Manuscript

Credit: Library of Congress

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),
"Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations.  Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration."

Join us for this important program featuring distinguished Middle East experts from UNESCO and the Library of Congress.


Vulnerability of Libraries and Archives and Restoration of What's Been Damaged
Michael Albin, Former Librarian at the Library of Congress

Legal & Organizational Contribution of UNESCO to the Preservation of Antiquities in Iraq & Syria
George Papagiannis, Head of UNESCO External Relations and Information Liaison Office in New York

Library of Congress Efforts to Preserve Library Collections in Iraq
Mary Jane Deeb, Chief, African & Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress


5:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Refreshments and Networking
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm: Panel Discussion
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Q&A Session

*****Please register by September 29th below.*****

This program is presented by the DC/SLA International Relations Committee.

Questions? Please send an email to events@dc.sla.org and irc.dcsla@gmail.com.

 DC-SLA Logo


Please make sure to select the appropriate price category below.

Price: $0.00

Date: October 1, 2015

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

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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

SLA/Websearch University happy hour Crystal City Sports Pub

We're having an impromptu happy hour which will coincide with the Websearch University conference in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington. Meet up at the Crystal City Sports pub from 5:30-7:30 to mingle with the conference attendees and other DC SLA members. Weekdays from 4-7 there are $5 menu items and drink specials.

There is not cost for this event (everybody will pay for their own food and drinks) but please use the registration form below so we can get a head count so we can reserve an area or table, and try to bring cash to more easily divide up the bill. I'll keep an eye out for people as they arrive (always good to look for others carrying library conference swag).

The Crystal City Sports Pub is about half a mile south of the Crystal City Metro station, across Route 1. This is a little under a mile from the DoubleTree hotel where the conference is being held:
529 23rd St South Arlington, VA 22202. phone#703-521-8215.

If you have any questions contact me, Jon Fiencke at fiencke@hotmail.com phone#703-593-8018


Price: $0.00

Date: September 16, 2015

Available Spaces: Unlimited