First SLA-UCLA Meeting of Fall 2016!

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) UCLA student chapter will be hosting its first meeting together with Young Adult and Children’s Services (YACS) on Wednesday, October 5th at 12:40 PM in the IS Lab. Please join us if you have any interest in repositories with specialized holdings and/or patrons, such as the following potential site visits:

  • UCLA Herbarium in the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
  • UCLA Donald R. Dickey Bird and Mammal Collection (may contain antelopes)
  • UCLA Music Library
  • UCLA Biomedical Library
  • UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Collections, including
  • minerals, fossils, and the UCLA Meteorite Gallery
  • UCLA Special Collections
  • The Magic Castle
  • Disney Corporate Archives

We heartily welcome any and all suggestions, so if you’ve got someplace special in mind, just let us know. If you are interested in SLA but are unable to attend the meeting, please feel free to send Christina an email at

Christina & Molly

Co-Chairs, SLA UCLA Student Chapter

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Welcome Soirée to Introduce LIS Clubs

The class of 2017 in the UCLA School of Information Studies have gathered and joined forces to create a special welcoming for the incoming students, the class of 2018. On Monday September 19th in the LIS Building (Room 111) at 6pm, officers and members of the many clubs within our department will present informal introductions on why incoming students may want to get involved in some of our clubs.

The SLA-UCLA chapter is associated with the national organization, the Special Libraries Association. We often collaborate with the Southern California chapter of SLA and are looking into getting involved with other local school chapters. Our events vary from informal mixers to tours. Last year we toured the Getty Research Institute, the UCLA Law Library, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Library and more. This upcoming year will include some magical and unusual tours to really live up to our name regarding special libraries!

We look forward to meeting and welcoming the new cohort and hope you will be able to attend our upcoming tours and events for the 2016/2017 year.


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SLA Southern California Holiday Party

Students are invited to SLA Southern California’s Holiday Party where they may be able to jump start their careers in the information profession with some great networking opportunities.

And students receive a discount of more than 20% off of the registration rate for members – what a deal!

2015 SLA Southern California Holiday Party

Friday, December 4th, 6:30pm
At the Proud Bird, 11022 Aviation Boulevard, L.A.

Registration Information

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Apply for the Karen Gersten-Sternheim Memorial Scholarship

2014 SLA Southern California Chapter

Karen Gersten-Sternheim Memorial Scholarship Annoucement


The Scholarship Committee of the Southern California Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA-SCC; is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2014 Karen Gersten-Sternheim Memorial Scholarship.


The award was established in May of 1993 at a special board meeting called by chapter President John Shea, shortly after Karen’s death; the first money was awarded in 1996. Karen, a UCLA library professional, dedicated much of her career to the success of library school students. The award includes complimentary invitations to the SLA-SCC annual fundraiser meeting, the awards dinner and the annual business meeting.



$3,000 stipend check will be presented to the recipient at the Annual Fundraiser Dinner.



  • Applicants must be members of the SLA-SCC – membership information may be found online at:
  • Applicants must demonstrate an interest in a career in special libraries, and must be currently enrolled and taking classes in an American Library Association (ALA) accredited Masters in Library and/or Information Science program.  Also, at the time of application, the student’s graduation date should be no earlier than December 2014.
  • There is no geographic restriction on the school in which the applicant is enrolled. However, applicants must be permanent residents of California or Nevada, and must submit a photocopy of their valid California or Nevada State I.D. card, driver’s license, or voter registration card.


Application Procedure

  • The completed application form available online at:
  • A copy of your valid California or Nevada State I.D. card – or driver’s license – or voter registration card
  • A 1,500-2,000 word essay describing:  1) Your interest and experience in special librarianship; 2) your professional goal(s) and the skills and experience you believe will get you there; 3) the benefits for your career growth that you anticipate SLA membership will bring; and, 4) how you plan to participate and contribute to SLA-SCC
  • Three (3) signed letters of academic and professional recommendation (one letter must be from a faculty member in your library or information studies master’s degree program)


Applications are due June 30, 2014 via email to Michael Qiu, Scholarship Committee Chair, at


For more information or to access the application, please visit


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Margaret Herrick Library Tour



We hope everyone has had a great quarter! This fall, SLA took a tour of the Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills. The MHL, which is part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the go-to library for all things related to film and film history. We got a chance to see Alfred Hitchcock’s movie notes, the Lion’s wig from The Wizard of Oz, set designs for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and many other amazing items! 

Thanks to Meg Ocampo and Jenny Romero for leading the tour. And thanks to Cindy Mediavilla for the photo.

Stay tuned with more tours in the coming months!

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Last Chance! – 15th Annual UCLA IS Dodger Night

It’s almost here! Get your tickets this week!
The SLA Student Chapter at UCLA presents: 15th Annual UCLA Information Studies Night at Dodger Stadium!
Sunday, April 28, 2013 – 1:10pm at Dodger Stadium
Come see the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Milwaukee Brewers. Come one, come all! This event is not only open just to IS department folks: bring your family and friends!
Tickets (Top Deck Seats):
  • $15.00 if paying by cash or check (please download the 2013 Dodger Ticket Order Form and fill it out and return to Jennifer Clark on the 2nd floor reception area of the IS building by 4:00 PM, April 19)
  • Get tickets from us in person on Wednesday 4/24 or Thursday 4/25 from 12:30 to 1:30 in the IS Commons
  • $16.00 if paying via Paypal (please e-mail for the order link) – please note that if you need your tickets mailed, you should place a Paypal order no later than tomorrow Monday 4/22

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15th Annual UCLA IS Night at Dodger Stadium

The SLA Student Chapter at UCLA presents:
The 15th Annual UCLA IS Night at Dodger Stadium!
Sunday, April 28, 2013 – 1:10pm at Dodger Stadium
Your Boys in Blue vs. Milwaukee Brewers (as if you cared about the opponent)
Tickets (Top Deck Seats):
  • $15.00 if paying by cash or check (please download the 2013 Dodger Ticket Order Form and fill it out and return to Jennifer Clark on the 2nd floor reception area of the IS building by 4:00 PM, April 19)
  • $16.00 if paying via Paypal (please e-mail for the order link)
Come one, come all! This event is not only open just to IS department folks: bring your family and friends!


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UCLA SLA Jim Henson Studios Tour

UCLA SLA Jim Henson Studios Tour

A great time was had by all at the UCLA SLA Jim Henson Studios Tour! The tour was led by Hillary Howell, an alumni of the Moving Image Archival Studies program in the UCLA Information Studies Department. You can read a full write-up of the tour by UCLA SLA member Ashley Soo in this month’s SLA Southern California newsletter! Also, thanks to Emily McNish for the photo!

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SLA @ UCLA and ARTiFACTS Joint Winter Quarter Meeting!

SLA @ UCLA and ARTiFACTS are teaming up to bring you the following meeting which is open to all UCLA MLIS and MIAS students. It will be chock full of fun, food, and information!

What: SLA/ARTiFACTS Winter Meeting to talk about upcoming events, tours, mixers, career panel, open officer positions for 2013-14, and much more!

When:  Wednesday February 27 from 12:30-1:25

Where: GSE&IS Room 111

And of course – PIZZA PROVIDED!

The meeting will take place after morning classes.

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Clark Library Tour on Feb. 19 at 2:00pm

The SLA and SAA UCLA chapters are teaming up to host a tour of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. The Clark Library is one of UCLA’s major libraries for rare books and manuscripts, with particular strengths in English literature and history (1641-1800), Oscar Wilde, and fine printing. It’s a beautiful place worth visiting especially if you have interest in rare books, archives and special collections!

The tour will be at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, the 19th of February. The library is located in the West Adams district and so carpooling will be ideal! 

Please RSVP ( and mention if you will be needing a ride, can provide a ride to others, or will just meet us there. Visit the link below for location and further information about the Clark!

Image  Photo created by the UCLA Library and used with permission. The Regents of the University of California continue to hold copyright for all UCLA Library Web site content.

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