UCLA MLIS Student Welcome Event!

Welcome Party

Check our Facebook event page, as we’ll be posting more information as we get closer to the event!


Hope you can all make it – we are looking forward to meeting all of you!


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End of School Year SLA Happy Hour!

SLA happy hour 20170601

SLA happy hour 20170601

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Spring ’17 Quarterly Meeting

All UCLA IS students interested in SLA positions and activities, please join us for our quarterly meeting this Wednesday, May 3rd at 12:30pm in room 111 in the Information Studies building.

We will be discussing the very important issues of what to do with this year’s IS Scholarship Fund and setting up officer positions for next year!

If you can’t make it, but have an interest in an officer position, let us know! Hope to see you there (also, make sure not to miss the pizza)!

P.S. There are still t-shirts available for sale in the IS Lab!



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SLA-UCLA Tours the Mildred E. Mathias Herbarium and Botanical Garden at UCLA

A group of SLA-UCLA members had the opportunity to tour the elusive Herbarium on the UCLA campus this past week. None of us had been to the Herbarium, located in the Botany building on campus, and many had never been to the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden. The Herbarium and Botany building is located next to the gardens, overlooking the lovely paths and regional groupings of plants. Our guide for the three story Herbarium was Mr. Thomas Huggins, a trained ecologist who works for the Herbarium. The Herbarium was established in the 1930s, then located on north campus UCLA. It is the 3rd largest herbarium in the UC system behind UC Davis and UC Berkeley.

We began on the first floor where most the cataloging is done in an in-house designed Filemaker database. Much of the metadata entered is conferred from the specimen notes themselves and confirmed with the Jepson Manual, a California based herbarium authority. UCLA undergraduate students do most of the cataloging of specimens. Mr. Huggins then showed us the Herbarium’s small library filled with fascinating and technical books on botany – these books are for the Herbarium’s use only.

We then perused the preservation lockers filled with dry specimens (liquid specimens are also made on occasion, but we did not get to see them in any organized fashion). The organization system used throughout these “vaults” is based on a specimen type hierarchy rather than any numbered or tracked system most archives use to locate items on a shelf. Mr. Huggins described to us a beautiful system that exists between all herbariums called “specimen flux”, basically a trading of specimens between institutions depending on who needs them or any other myriad of research interests.

The Herbarium and Botanical garden’s namesake is Mildred E. Mathias, an expert in carrots, a dedicated botanist and true adventurer! Mr. Huggins showed us her original office, kept the way she left it since she passed away in 1995. Mildred discovered over 100 types of carrots in her life, authored over 100 articles on botany and had her own gardening television program at one point.

In the end, we all agreed that the Herbarium would be a great place for a UCLA MLIS graduate student to do field work in. Their collections would benefit from the touch of an archivist, however, Mr. Huggins and his dedicated staff are doing an amazing job of keeping track of this important data and history. Please visit the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden next time you have an hour to spare on the UCLA campus: https://www.botgard.ucla.edu/about-mildred/

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SLA-SCC La Brea Tar Pits Tour!

When: Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 6pm

Where: La Brea Tar Pits and Museum | 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90036

Thanks to chapter member Richard Hulser, SLA-SCC will be attending the Extinction! event at the La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 on Thursday, November 10 at 6:00pm on the West Side, with the addition of a tour of the new Natural History Museum Library Space at the Tar Pits by Richard prior to the official event.

Please register for the event ASAP – as tickets are going fast!

All the info is here: http://southerncalifornia.sla.org/november-10-evening-outing-at-the-la-brea-tar-pits/

Your Facebook RSVP is appreciated but not official. Please visit that link for all the official RSVP info.

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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 christinat@ucla.edu.

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; http://southerncalifornia.sla.org) 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: http://www.sla.org/content/membership/joinsla/index.cfm.
  • 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: http://southerncalifornia.sla.org/student-programs/2014_sla-scc_scholarship-html
  • 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 qium@usc.edu.


For more information or to access the application, please visit http://southerncalifornia.sla.org/student-programs/2014_sla-scc_scholarship-html.


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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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