San Diego Area Law Libraries
Annual Report 2010/2011

It’s never a bad day in San Diego. So put on your sandals and sun block, and read along as I tell you all about our adventures in Southern California this past year.

Our theme this past year was “Connect”, and we did so on many levels.

We know our members can’t always attend in-person meetings, so we bring the meeting to the member, using uStream technology to broadcast the presentation as it happens, for viewing from any Internet-connected computer. We record a version for later viewing too and place it on our SANDALL blog Our uStream team, Grace Chilingirian and Saad Ali, made all the technology happen.

Connecting also meant reaching out to our library school students and pairing them with mentors in their field. Alison Coltin and Grace Chilingirian worked tirelessly to develop our SANDALL Buddies program, with the able assistance of Benita Ghura. We had social gatherings and job shadows and one-on-ones between mentors and newbies that were thoughtful and productive. SANDALL Buddies runs during the school year.

We also continued with our monthly B3 (Breakfast, Blogs and Beyond) gathering, where we meet every third Sunday for good coffee and breakfast at a local restaurant and have intense discussions about new technologies and their impact on us as information professionals. We’ve even created a blog to track our chats, at (thanks Heather Phillips for creating this blog!).

Of course, we also continued with exciting lunchtime presentations and workshops that had a little bit of something for everyone. Our “brownbag” topics ranged from searching for Genghis Khan’s tomb, to competitive intelligence, to getting organized, to RDA Cataloging. Our workshops expanded our technological savvy, with a full day workshop on mobile apps for law librarians in October and a half day Saturday workshop in April on creating your own social media “go-kart”. Our spring workshop was held in the sparkling new Thomas Jefferson School of Law building, a dazzling piece of architecture in downtown San Diego. We were also very excited to have AALL President Joyce Janto visit us for the weekend.

Of course, our “connecting” theme would not be complete without some awesome social events. Our annual beach cleanup was held again in November in Encinitas, followed by breakfast with a view of the Pacific. In December, we reserved a room at the Coyote Café in Old Town for margaritas and the best Mexican food north of the border, followed by salsa dance lessons. And in the spring, we held our annual picnic at Kate Sessions Park, complete with games (including the famous lemon roll relay) and a raffle that supports our scholarship program. Throughout our social programming, we also give back to the community, with food and book drives and raffles throughout the year.

Respectfully Submitted by
Betsy Chessler
SANDALL President, 2010-2011

Many thanks to my amazing, energetic, organized SANDALL board for 2010-2011:
Jane Larrington, Vice President
Benita Ghura, Treasurer
Saad Ali, Secretary
Bob Richards, Past President.

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