Washington, DC Chapter

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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.

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 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

Price: $0.00

Date: November 7, 2015

5333 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC
20015 Map and Directions

DC/SLA Board Meeting

This month's board meeting will be held on Thursday, November 5th, 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/589366685
Phone: +1 (646) 749-3112
Access Code: 826-256-509

Price: $0.00

Date: November 5, 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 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

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.

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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

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

International Author Talks & Book Signings at the National Book Festival

The 15th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, September 5th, 2015.

DC/SLA International Relations Committee invites you to celebrate the joy of reading with international authors from many foreign countries in the world.

Join us in the International Pavilion, attend author talks and book signings at the book festival.

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



Price: $0.00

Date: September 5, 2015

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Plance NW
Washington, D.C. Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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