Dr. Michele Villagran
Presented on 10-17-2022
Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran is an Assistant Professor with the San José State University School of Information focusing on cultural diversity. Her research focuses on diversity and social justice issues in library and information science and cultural intelligence phenomena within libraries. Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran is based in the Los Angeles area and also serves as the CEO of CulturalCo, LLC consulting in areas of diversity & inclusion, cultural competency and cultural intelligence, emotional intelligence, and conflict management.
She is a certified advanced cultural intelligence facilitator and unconscious bias facilitator through the Cultural Intelligence Center and a Conflicts Dynamic Profile consultant. Dr. Villagran has more than 25 years of information profession experience including work in both the public and private sectors. Dr. Villagran earned her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University with her doctoral work focusing on cultural intelligence. She also received a Master of Dispute Resolution and Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine. At the University of North Texas, Dr. Villagran received her M.L.S. degree in Legal Informatics and M.B.A. in Strategic Management. Dr. Villagran holds offices and serves on committees in many professional associations in the library and information science, legal, dispute resolution and education fields.
Presented on 9-7-2022
Join us for a conversation with Clara Cabrera about how she balances her career as a law librarian with her service to professional organizations such as SLA, in particular all her work in developing programming on issues surrounding diversity, inclusion, equity and access.
Presented on 9-6-2022
Join Jordan Burghardt, Director of Engagement for the Special Libraries Association, to learn more about student membership benefits and how to best take advantage of them. Topics will cover educational resources, professional networking, and career opportunities.
Julianna Robbins and Stan Wang
Presented on 5-11-2022
Stan Wang from OC Public Libraries and Julianna Robbins from the California State Library are excited to join the SJSU SLASC for a conversation about Sustainability, Climate Justice, and the Environment in California libraries. Current findings from the new CA Sustainable Libraries initiative will be shared, examples of environmental programs and partners discussed, and what’s next will be explored.
Laura Fisher and Samuel Russell
Presented on 4-19-2022
Join us for a panel discussion with Laura Fisher, Chief Archivist at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA and Samuel Russell, Library and Archives Collection Manager at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, FL. They will be sharing the educational and professional backgrounds that lead them to their current roles as archivists in special libraries, in addition to sharing what it is like to work as an archivist in special libraries.
Presented on 4-4-2022
The wonderful thing about becoming an information professional, is that you can go just about anywhere in your career. Your interests, skills AND courage will take you. It takes guts, risk and passion, but the rewards are amazing. In this webinar, Deb will share going to places she never imagined in her career and how you can too.
Presented on 3-14-2022
Christine has been the Instruction and Outreach Librarian in UC Davis Library’s Archives and Special Collections (ASC) since 2016 where she leads the development of and is responsible for ASC’s instruction and outreach programs. She designs library services and education programs that enhance access to and understanding of rare books, manuscripts, and archival materials. Her interests are promoting and developing skills in primary source literacy.
Presented on 3-7-2022
A presentation from Sabah Eltareb, Principal Librarian and Assistant Director at the California State Library’s California Research Bureau. As you are working your way through Library School, it’s never too early (or late) to be thinking about what you are going to do after you graduate, and about options to leverage your education and experience into a challenging and meaningful career.
Presented on 2-23-2022
Newly retired from the University Library at Santa Clara University, Susan shares a summary of her 43-year library experience covering two types of libraries-special libraries (23 years) and academic libraries (20 years). In this presentation, Susan covers such topics as: the background of her career choices, the major roles and responsibilities of each position, what she loved and found rewarding about her work, and advice for students getting on their library degree. She also covers the differences between working in a special library versus an academic library.
Presented on 1-30-2022
Jada Jones is a military librarian and branch manager. She graduated with her MLIS from UNC Greensboro in 2015, which seemed a natural progression following her Bachelor's Degree in History. She has had a very unique career, which began with a year as a graduate assistant with the Smithsonian Institutional Archives. After graduation, Jada began working for the US Food and Drug Administration for a grant-funded outreach program that gave local area youth the opportunity to develop mobile health apps for the agency. She then spent time working in the Public Affairs Office. There she provided library services to a department that didn't know that they needed them. While with the FDA, Jada earned a graduate certificate in project management and became PMP (Project Management Professional) certified. Jada then began her military librarian career with the US Air Force in Okinawa, Japan. She spent 2 years there and then accepted a management position at an Air Force Base Library in Germany, where she currently works.
Presented on 11-9-2021
Basia Delawska-Elliott is a Health Sciences Education and Research Librarian at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. She serves as an engagement librarian for educational, research, and clinical units at the University. Before starting at OHSU, Basia worked as a medical librarian at Providence Health & Services, one of the largest health systems in the country. Basia serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Library Board. She is active in the Medical Library Association and the Pacific Northwest Chapter/MLA, and a senior member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. Basia was one of the 4 founders of the revived SJSU SLASC.
Presented on 10-5-2021
Always taking a holistic approach to information science, Tess (she/her/they/them) sees herself as a career transitionist, one who can shape-shift roles into a meaningful career that’s flexible & seemingly impervious to life’s challenges. Please join us to discuss how to guide a career transition, get your foot in the door of LIS careers, and complete the e-Portfolio!
Presented on 9-12-2021
The talk, “Finding Joy Again” will be a presentation on how librarians keep returning to the idea of “taking care” as we move into a post-pandemic world. After taking care of ourselves, our families and friends, and others in the world, we return to tending to the needs of our users: offering a safe space for every person who comes through our doors to learn and grow, designing welcoming spaces for folks to come together to collaborate and exchange ideas, creating thriving digital communities, and providing participatory services to promote learning and well-being. What we want for everyone we serve is Joy. We want our users to experience joy. That’s what the library should be about: the joy of learning; the joy of exploring, the joy of experience, and the joy of simply being immersed in an amazing story. This session will engage with participants around these concepts and get us all thinking about what it means to offer joyful library services.
Christina Taylor Gibson, Maureen Brunsdale, and Courtney "Jet" Jacobs
Presented on 4-12-2021
This special event hosted by the SLA Student Chapter featured a presentation by Christina Taylor Gibson on Merle Evans and Circus Music from the Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland, a presentation by Maureen Brunsdale on the Circus & Allied Arts Collection at Illinois State University, a presentation by Courtney "Jet" Jacobs on the digital collections of UCLA, and an aerial silks performance by SLA Student Chapter member Allison Chase Williams.
Presented on 3-1-2021
Megan Jones is the Curator of the Sonoma County Wine Library and was appointed to the position in July 2017. Raised in Napa, her past experience includes Research Librarian at the Napa County Historical Society, Program & Marketing at St. Helena Public Library, and in addition spent time working with the Napa Valley Wine Library Collection. Megan holds a master's degree in library and information science from San Jose State University with a focus on Management, Digitization and Preservation of Cultural Heritage and Records. She received her bachelor's in history from the University of California, San Diego.
Presented on 2-8-2021
Tess McCarthy is a Career Transitionist—essentially one who can shape-shift roles into a meaningful career that’s flexible & seemingly impervious to life’s challenges. Her current title is Digital Asset Management Systems Librarian and taxonomy consultant to Walmart eCommerce. This talk, “Shameless self-promotion: selling yourself during pandemic times,” is a presentation on how she got a job she loves during an epically challenging point last year when the crisis hit the Bay Area. She’ll discuss strategy used, transferable skills, job prospects in the market today for information workers & what shameless self-promoting really is about—and it’s not what you think it is!
Presented on 11-16-2020
Kim Dority shares insight and advice on how to use your time in Graduate School to help build career opportunities.
Presented on 10-12-2020
Judith Jordet talks with the SJSU SLASC about using data driven management in her work with the Department of Corrections as a Library Coordinator, and how it can be used to help in working with any Special Library within a mission-driven entity (such as Hospital, Church, or Corporations).
Presented on 9-28-2020
JonLuc Christensen talks to the SJSU SLASC about the fundamentals of Records Management and Archiving to understand the areas of overlap between the two fields. Using these fields as examples, the presentation is developed to be broad enough to apply to any subfield or workplace of the library or information profession. Christensen also discusses the value of professional development and his own personal path of professional growth.
Presented on 11-24-2019
SJSU Associate Professor Michael Stevens talks with us about the importance of compassionate librarianship and the emotion-based soft skills important to a successful career in libraries.