Washington, DC Chapter

Archive | 75th Jubilee

Chapter Members Celebrate (and Crowd the Photo Booth) at DC/SLA 75th Jubilee Gala

Chapter Members Celebrate (and Crowd the Photo Booth) at DC/SLA 75th Jubilee Gala

By Alicia Pappas, DC/SLA Treasurer-Elect and Lead Organizer of 75th Jubilee Gala

On Saturday, November 7th, over 90 DC/SLA members got together at Maggiano’s in Chevy Chase, DC to celebrate 75 years of our chapter’s excellence!  An evening complete with dinner, dancing, and even some photo booth fun!  Check out the album to see a collection of the night’s attendees making silly faces and lasting memories.

Much of the current board was in attendance and even got in on the fun by squeezing into the photo booth!  Our chapter’s current president, Deena Adelman, addressed the crowd to thank volunteers past and present.  With a focus on our Jubilee year’s events and activities, we need to take this momentum into the next year and use it to promote and further improve the benefits our members receive.

While SLA as a whole undergoes major changes and developments, it is important for us to reflect on our history and what’s brought us to this place.  Many of our past presidents were at the event and reminded many of us how special this organization is, with dedicated and loyal members who continue to work toward a valuable network of information professionals in DC.

Check out the Flickr album from the Gala!
2015 DC/SLA 75th Jubilee Gala

[If you appear in a photo in this album and you wish for us to take it down for privacy reasons, please email communications@dc.sla.org]

Posted in 75th Jubilee, Event Recap1 Comment

Celebrate With Us At The DC/SLA 75th Jubilee Gala!

Celebrate With Us At The DC/SLA 75th Jubilee Gala!

DC/SLA is celebrating 75 years!


Please join us for dinner, drinks, and dancing at our upcoming Jubilee Gala!

And please spread the word; tell your colleagues and fellow members.

Tickets are free for all members of the DC/SLA chapter; guest pricing is varied.

Saturday, November 7, 2015
6:30p.m. – 9:30p.m.
Maggiano’s – Chevy Chase
5333 Wisconsin Avenue | Washington DC
Dress: Cocktail Attire

Register for the DC/SLA Jubilee Gala today!

Posted in 75th Jubilee, EventsComments Off on Celebrate With Us At The DC/SLA 75th Jubilee Gala!

DC/SLA History: 75th Jubilee Digital Photo Exhibit Now Online

DC/SLA History: 75th Jubilee Digital Photo Exhibit Now Online

By Rick Kowalski

Earlier in the year, the DC/SLA Archives Committee searched for an online archiving tool for sharing some of the photos throughout the chapter’s 75 years. After trying a few options, they chose Omeka as the tool for the task.

The photo archive is now live at http://dcslajubilee.omeka.net. There are a few photos from as early as 1950s, and naturally there are more from recent years. We don’t have any from the 90’s at the moment. Were we all too busy surfing the information superhighway??

This is a work in progress, so expect to see more photos in the near future!

Do you have photos from DC/SLA history that you would like to share? We know there must be more pictures out there, and we suspect some of you know more about the ones that are already posted. Please let us know by contacting dcsla.archives@gmail.com.

[photo shown above: DC/SLA, “Opening Ceremony of the Housing and Urban Development Library,” Celebrating 75 Years of DC/SLA, accessed September 11, 2015, http://dcslajubilee.omeka.net/items/show/9.]

Posted in 75th Jubilee1 Comment

Hunting for National Treasures at the Museum

Angela Gini Tim Liz American History Scavenger HuntBy Rick Kowalski, DC/SLA Communications Secretary

Saturday’s torrential downpours may have kept many people home for the day, but a handful of area information professionals, myself included, made it out to another DC/SLA  75th Jubilee event. The Watson Adventures scavenger hunt at Smithsonian National Museum of American History was a fun way to exercise our sleuthing skills and to get a chance to learn about some of the hidden gems in the collection.

When the scavenger hunt kicked off, we were split into several teams that would be competing against one another. (My team was “Rick’s Rovers”). Each team had 2 hours to find the answers to 30 questions/clues about the museum. I’m not at liberty to give details about any of the clues, as these are well-protected secrets of Watson Adventures. I can tell you that there were some very challenging clues, and what we were looking for was often well concealed. The devil was in the details and the hints were often riddle-like. When the answer wasn’t obvious, we had to talk through our thought processes and deliberate on our speculations – just the type of teamwork and problem-solving that I enjoy.

We were certainly not the only people in the museum. The building was a major attraction to thousands of tourists that were trying to keep dry. The steady flow of foot traffic created an obstacle course as our group flitted about the displays. I was initially worried that we wouldn’t have enough time to answer all the questions with all the maneuvering around the crowds, but we finished with about 20 minutes to spare.

The DC/SLA teams were up against some stiff competition; another group won first place, but the info pros scored very well and were very close behind.

The scavenger hunt was a fun way to experience the museum. We didn’t have time to take in every detail, but I was able to make mental notes of some of the displays that I’d like to revisit.

Luckily, the rain let up enough for our walk over to Elephant & Castle afterwards, and we were able to reward ourselves with a nice big dinner.

Keep on the lookout for future DC/SLA 75th Jubilee events. Rumor has it that there may be another TED Talks discussion, and don’t forget the Jubilee Gala on November  7th at Maggiano’s.

You can read about past Jubilee events here.

Posted in 75th Jubilee, Event RecapComments Off on Hunting for National Treasures at the Museum

TED Talks Curated by DC/SLA Past Presidents

TED Talks Curated by DC/SLA Past Presidents

By Jan Zastrow

More than 20 members and friends convened for the DC/SLA 75th Jubilee program at Drexel University’s DC office the evening of Tuesday, May 5. The program was unusual, and I hope the first of many more:  three illustrious past presidents from our chapter—Lyle Minter, Anne Caputo and Marie Kaddell—introduced specially selected TED talks (that’s Technology/Entertainment/Design) that we watched as a group and then discussed how they might relate to InfoPros. TED talks started way back in 1984 (who knew?) and their motto is “Ideas Worth Spreading”—and indeed they are!

Eileen Deegan introduced the speakers after a special shout-out to Drexel for again hosting us in its beautiful digs (the view of the White House from the rooftop is awesome!) with thanks to Sharon Lenius, for organizing this creative Jubilee event.

IMG_0559First up was Anne Caputo (DC/SLA President 2002-2003; SLA President 2010), who chose Susan Cain’s talk titled “The Power of Introverts” (2012) because many in our field are indeed introverted. That just means you gain energy and refuel by spending time alone—not that you‘re unsociable or don’t like people! Cain believes there’s a bias in our society toward extroverts. Introverts need a quiet, contemplative environment in order to create. Nowadays, the “ideal student” is thought to be an extrovert even though introverts get better grades! At work introverts are not really seen as leaders despite many historical examples such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Gandhi. A few lucky folks are “ambiverts”—in the middle of the spectrum—but that’s rare in our culture. Western society has always valued the “man of action” over the “man of solitude” and our contemporary society emphasizes personality over character. How can we turn this around? Cain suggested we:

  • “Stop the madness” for constant group work. We need much more privacy, freedom and introspection at both school and work;
  • “Go to the wilderness” as did religious leaders of yore who would retreat for insight and inspiration. A modern-day equivalent: unplug your devices and get inside your own head for a while;
  • Learn what’s important to you, what you “carry around in your suitcase,” i.e. your bag, your interests, your passion—whether that’s books, skydiving or …. champagne glasses!

IMG_0564Next came Lyle Minter (DC/SLA President 1993-1994), who chose “Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe,” by Simon Sinek (2014). Sinek pondered why some people are willing to risk their lives for others. He claims it comes from the necessity for a feeling of trust and cooperation based on prehistoric days when humans came together for protection from danger. Today it’s the same in the business world—good leaders make sacrifices so their staffs can thrive. Minter used a flipchart to note our comments as to what that means for us: our staff should feel valued and receive positive feedback/acknowledgement; there should be good “customer service” both for our patrons and in our interactions with one another;  and a sense that we’ve” got each other’s back” and are working toward a common cause.


Last but certainly not least was Marie Kaddell (DC/SLA President 2013), who generously filled in for Mary Talley (DC/SLA President 2011) who was unable to attend.  This intriguing talk by Brian Dettmer was titled “Old Books Reborn As Art” (2014), and it really got our crowd talking! Dettmer cuts up books to make art—they literally become 3D sculptures. Amazing … beautiful … but a little disconcerting to see our beloved tomes “bowdlerized” (look it up! 🙂 ) We tend to think of books as a kind of body, as a technology, as a tool. Dettmer uses them as landscape, carving through the pages with an X-Acto knife to reveal pictures and highlight text. While he doesn’t think the book will ever die, he says it will change and become “freer” now that so much information is available in digital formats. He thinks the book of the future will be an art form, saying it could “lose its day job” and become something else

Many in the audience admitted to feeling a twinge seeing these books sliced up, but since Dettmer was using obsolete reference books such as old dictionaries and encyclopedias we mostly liked the result. One of us even posited that maybe that’s what books were always meant to be … and it just took us five centuries to figure it out! All these TED talks and many more—over 1,000—can be viewed at www.ted.com.

Finally, details of our 75th Jubilee Gala were announced by current DC/SLA President Deena Adelman: save Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, for a celebratory feast at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Friendship Heights.  Hope to see you all there … and certainly before!

Jan Zastrow
DC/SLA Communications Team

Posted in 75th Jubilee, Event Recap1 Comment

DC/SLA Tweets

Photos on flickr