2016-02-01 Capital Librarian

Capital Librarian




Black Cat, February 9, 7 p.m.

A Valentine's Day happy hour/dance party brought to you by... librarians!

Join DCLA for music, cocktails, and fun on Tuesday, February 9 at Black Cat. Send a bookish valentine (about loving libraries) to your DC Councilmember! We will have a "Blind Date With a Book" raffle for folks who donate at the event. (Don't know what that means? Come to bibliodiscotheque and you will find out!)

This event is a fundraiser for the Scholarship Fund at DCLA! $5 suggested donation, no one will be turned away.

From the Emerging Technologies Committee:


ePADD: Email Archiving, or Offices in the Age of Spam


by Paul Kelly

Welcome to what will hopefully be a recurring dispatch from the Emerging Technologies Committee. This month, we wanted to turn DCLA members onto an awesome tool that can help cultural heritage institutions come to grips with email archiving. If you’re involved in electronic records management, read on.

Consider the offices of the past, with filing cabinets, hanging folders, interoffice mail, and external correspondence. Perhaps it’s stating the obvious, but the common element here is paper, and library professionals are historically pretty good at dealing with that. But do you have a work email account? Do you use it for official business? In the past, would that business have been conducted via paper correspondence? If so, what are you currently doing with those emails? Printing them? Nothing at all? What should we be doing? This stuff is important – you’d think we’d be doing something.

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MLK Day of Service | January 19, 2016




IFLA Columbus 2016: Call for demos (March 18 Deadline)

If you use social networks in your institution or if you have out of the ordinary methods for sharing knowledge for everyday work, this “call for demos” is for you! Tell us how you use social media to share the best practices of your organization, to involve colleagues in new projects, to connect your library with other projects at your institution, to improve your work processes, and to create team spirit. We want you to present your success stories and share with the public live, on stage, with a computer and a use case in a very practical way.

Submission criteria:
  • An abstract explaining your method in a few words
  • A live demo of your concept in 5 minutes through internet (or video)

On the day of the open session, your presentation will be a 20-minute live demo and a 10-minute live exchange with your audience.

We look forward to hearing your ideas! Send it to or send it to the KM section through our FB page.


Registration for National Library Legislative Day 2015 is Open!

This two-day advocacy event brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their Members of Congress to rally support for libraries issues and policies. As with previous years, participants will receive advocacy tips and training, along with important issue briefings prior to their meetings.

Sign up now for International Peer Mentoring & Networking with the International Librarians Network

Applications for the next round of partnerships will close at midnight on Monday, February 15, 2016. Numbers are limited, so apply early to ensure you don’t miss out.

Job & Internship Board


Victor Benitez


Paul Kelly

DCLA Board


New & Returning DCLA Members

Maphon Ashmon, LOC
Christianne Beasley, Simmons College student
Michelle Biwer, Illinois University student
Nicholas Brown, CUA student
Shirley Loo (sustaining bronze member)
Sony Prosper, Simmons College student
Sadie Raines, Catalog Technician
Janelle Ricks, DCPL
Erika Rydberg, Labs at DCPL
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