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

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

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: 6

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

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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

Ken Liu on Chinese Science Fiction:Conformance, Estrangement and Translation

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Ken Liu, winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards, translated Nebula-winning The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin. His own work includes The Grace of Kings and the just-released The Paper Menagerie. He will discuss the origin of Chinese SF through translation of Western works; his translation of The Three-Body Problem and its reception by readers in the West; and the theoretical framework of “translation” in his work, which melds Western and Chinese epic traditions.   A display of books by Liu Cixin and Ken Liu will be available in the Asian Reading Room, Library of Congress (LOC).  To learn more about the Asian Language Collections at the LOC, visit http://www.loc.gov/rr/Asian

The program is co-hosted by the Library of Congress Professional Association What If... Science Fiction and Fantasy Forum, the Asian Division of the Library of Congress and the International Relations Committee of DC/SLA.

The program is free.  Seating is limited.  Please register at http://dc.sla.org/events/?ee=391


Price: $0.00

Date: April 8, 2016

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

Available Spaces: Unlimited

SharePoint Networking Interest Group

Please join us for a meeting of the SharePoint Networking Interest Group.  This is an opportunity for you to meet other DC/SLA members with a common interest and share your experiences and/or interest in this area.

Time & Date:
Tuesday, March 22, 12:00-1:30pm.

US DOJ, Patrick Henry Library, 601 D St, NW, Washington, D.C.  20530.

Who should attend:
Any DC/SLA member who currently uses or plans to use SharePoint or any other content management system, has an interest in this area, or likes to learn about other libraries’ practices/services should plan to attend the meeting.  All are welcome.  There’s no need to have any experience.

This is an informal get-together.  Please bring your lunch (dessert provided).  Internet access is available so we invite you to 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 distribute resources.

The meeting is free and open to DC/SLA members only.

Please register if you plan to attend.

Questions?  Please contact Lila Faulkner, Chair, Career Development Committee (US DOJ, Law Librarian, Lila.Faulkner@usdoj.gov).

Price: $0.00

Date: March 22, 2016

Available Spaces: 8

Get Your Game on at the DC/SLA March Happy Hour

Avoid the crowds, grab a drink and get your game on at a pre-St Patrick’s Day happy hour on Tuesday, March 15 at the Board Room DC. The Board Room has a large collection of vintage board games.

Date: March 15, 2016
Time 6-8 pm
Location: The Board Room , 1737 Connecticut Avenue NW, DC 20009
Website: http://boardroomdc.com/
Closest Metro Stop: Red Line - DuPont Circle

Price: $0.00

Date: March 15, 2016

The Board Room
1737 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC
20009 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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 Thursday, February 25.


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: 1

Librarian’s Guide to Trade Data, Part 1 – USA Trade Online

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The webinar will start at 2:00 and last 60 minutes.

Enjoy a Trade Data webinar with fellow librarians away from the distractions of your own Information Center.  Those who wish to stay for an Ex-Im Bank Research Library tour, please stay after the webinar.

This is the first in a series of four webinars in Trade Data.  For further details, go to the Federal Depository Library Program website.


We’ll provide cookies. Bring your own tea, coffee, etc.  This event is jointly sponsored by Business Information Finders (BIF) and Export-Import Bank of the US.

Please register by February 19th by sending your first name, middle initial, and last name, and your citizenship to Katie Kane at Katherine.Kane@exim.gov.  Access will be limited to the first 20 registrants.

On the day of the event, visitors will check in at the security desk upon entering the building, where they will also need to present a valid photo ID.

The Export-Import Bank is located at 811 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20571. The building is located north of Lafayette Park, south of K St., between H & I (Eye) Streets, NW on Vermont Ave NW.

By Metro: Ex-Im Bank is directly across the street from the Vermont Ave. / White House exit of McPherson Square Metro Station (orange/blue/silver lines).

Price: $0.00

Date: February 24, 2016

Ex-Im Bank
811 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC
20571 Map and Directions

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