Early Bird registration ends this Friday, April 19 for the SLA 2013 Annual Conference in San Diego June 9-11.

Come network with colleagues, learn about the newest industry trends and find out how news research and archive centers just like yours are surviving and even thriving in 2013.

Merrie posted about this link from the Business & Finance Division and the Baseball caucus. It has information about transportation, food and things to do in San Diego. It includes a downtown map.


Sunday, June 9

Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, the News Division is co-hosting two programs at the same time on Sunday.  We all have tough choices to make!

11:45am               Google and Beyond! Gathering Competitive Intelligence
Speaker: Sean Campbell, Co-owner, Cascade Insights
Moderator: Michel Bernaiche, Director – Program Development, Aurora WDC
(Convention Center, Room 14A)

11:45am               SPOTLIGHT SESSION: Position your Career and your Library for The Next Information Boom
Speaker: Jack Plunkett, CEO, Plunkett Research, Ltd
Moderator: Karen MacDonald, Business Librarian, Kent State University Libraries
(Convention Center, Room 6AB)

  • A fast-paced and authoritative look at the changes, technologies and trends that will shape the near future, this presentation is based on Jack Plunkett’s book, “The Next Boom: What you absolutely, positively have to know about the world between now and 2025.” The book won a Gold Medal in the Business Book Awards competition sponsored by Axiom and INC Magazine. This presentation is appropriate for librarians in academia, business, law, science and government agencies.
    Presented By Business & Finance Division, News Division

Monday, June 10

8:30am News Division Annual Business Meeting
Moderator: Debra Bade, Chair, SLA News Division 2013
Location:  Embassy Suites Hotel downtown ( 601 Pacific Highway ). We will meet in the veranda area in the lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotel.

 10:00am               SPOTLIGHT SESSION: Organizing Knowledge
Speaker: Patrick Lambe, Principal Consultant, Straits Knowledge
Moderator: Janice Keeler, Manager, Knowledge Management, NERA Economic Consulting
(Convention Center, Room 6A)

12:00pm               Storytelling across Multiple Platforms
Panelists include Talitha Baker from Invisible Children and InsideClimate News Executive Editor Susan White, whose team just won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and who has edited three Pulitzer-winning packages in the past few years.
Speakers: Talitha Baker, Tour Booking Manager, Invisible Children
Tom Mallory, Homepage Editor, U-T San Diego
Susan White, Inside Climate News
(Convention Center, Room 8)

  • Today’s consumers are using new technologies and platforms to find information they are seeking. Companies and nonprofits must use their content to tell compelling stories through these new media. Panelists from Invisible Children, a social action nonprofit that leapt into the national spotlight with the Kony 2012 campaign, and two evolving media organizations will present examples of, and ideas for, good storytelling on websites, through social media and through video, and will help attendees understand the impact of mobile technology.
    Presented By DSOC Nonprofit Sector Section, News Division

 6:30pm                 UT San Diego Tour and Reception
Location: San Diego Union-Tribune building 350 Camino de la Reina, San Diego
Note: Please enter at the front of the U-T building, behind the flagpoles, and await an escort to the Headliners Club.

  • The Union-Tribune Building is about 15 minutes away by car/taxi and within 10 minutes walking distance of the Green Line Trolley.
    To reach the Union-Tribune building by trolley, take the Green Line (Santee) from the Convention Center Station.
    Get off the stop at Fashion Valley Transit Center. The Fashion Valley  stop is about a 7-10 minute walk from the U-T. Head east under the trolley line along the river, turn right at the first street Avenida del Rio, make a second right at the stoplight onto  Camino de la Reina. The U-T building will be on your right.
    Or you can walk downstairs and catch a cab for three blocks or transfer to the MTS Bus route 6 (North Park/30th & Univ.) and travel one stop  to Camino De La Reina at Avenida Del Rio. The trolley ride will take approximately 20 minutes. Contact for assistance reaching the location.On Monday night there is a baseball game at Petco Park opposite the Convention Center, so the trolley station may be crowded, although you will be heading away from most of the traffic. One-way Trolley tickets, available for $2.50 from ticket vending machines, are good for travel for two hours from the time of purchase on any MTS Trolley. Transfers between trolley and bus and Round trips are not allowed with a one-way ticket. Purchase your ticket before boarding the Trolley from the ticket vending machines at each station. Regional Day Passes are $5 and available from ticket vending machines.
  • The event will open at 6:30 with a Tour of the U-T, silent auction and drinks on the 5th floor balcony, facing the sunset.
    The tour will visit the U-T TV studio, U-T San Diego newsroom, and print production facilities and take approximately 45 minutes. If you prefer to skip the tour, which may involve some stairs, you are welcome to head straight up to the bar!

7:30pm                 News Division Awards Dinner

  • This year’s celebration will take place at a catered dinner in the Headline’s Club high above Mission Valley.  Come and celebrate the achievements of Division leaders!  Our Kwapil winner is Justin Scroggs. Catherine Kitchell and Derek Willis will receive Henebry Awards to honor their long-standing contributions to the organization.
    Sponsored by: Bloomberg Law/Bloomberg BNA
    Please RSVP for the banquet to Catherine Kitchell at

Location: Headliner’s Club
San Diego Union-Tribune Building
350 Camino de la Reina, San Diego, CA 92108

Tuesday, June 11

10:00am               South of the Border: Research and Library Resources in Mexico
Moderator: Sandra Dibble, Reporter, Mexico and Border Issues, Union Tribune
Speakers: Kenn Morris, President, Crossborder Group Inc.  Kenn Morris Presentation: PDF or PowerPoint 2010
Lynne Walker, Vice President, Institute of the Americas
(Convention Center, Room 14B)

  • Our speakers will offer research tips and resources useful in researching Mexican businesses, and border-related policy issues, along with a look at freedom of information and transparency in Mexico’s open records laws.
    Presented By News Division, Sponsored by EcoAméricas

2:00pm                 Corporate Libraries: Adding Value in the Workplace
Author and consultant Joe Matthews outlines the building blocks for delivering content and experiences that users want. A graduate course in just 90 minutes!
Speaker:   Joe Matthews, JRM Consulting Inc.
(Convention Center, Room 8)

  • Author and consultant Joe Matthews will discuss how libraries add value to their corporations every day, how they can better communicate that value, and how they can make even greater contributions in the workplace. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Bottom Line: Determining and Communicating the Value of the Special Library and Listening to the Customer (co-authored with Peter Hernon). Presented By News Division

Historic News Librarian Photos

Tim Rozgonyi, Research Director at the Tampa Bay Times, posted to NewsLib these historical photos from a conference held at the Times many years ago:

I recognize a few of the librarians in these pictures.  Perhaps this was a gathering of the Florida News Libraries Association?

He also included a cartoon composed many years ago by a former staff artist.  It’s a portrait of the St. Petersburg Times Library:

Check it out!

News Library News: Summer 1993

News Library News: Summer 1993 (Vol. 15 No. 4)

Megafile Quickly Defeated: Limited Access Remains A Long-Term Battle by Ginny Everett
The Aside Bar by Mona Hatfield
People by Barbara Hijek
Notes From The Chair by Donna Scheeder
It’s “-30-” for Chair John Cronin by John Cronin
Do you have an attitude? Good — then I have a job for you! by Elizabeth Whisnant
Student stipend winner a defender of the role of news librarians (Julie Bolding)
Rhydwen Continuing Education Program: Developing and Marketing Information Products and Services
Today’s Good Photo Collection The Roadbed For Tomorrow’s Digital Image Superhighway by Elaine Raines
CD-ROM information: A fun new toy, an effective new tool
Looking to 2000: A Seven Year Countdown
Marketing with CD-ROM: A New Spin On Existing Sales Opportunities
Awards Banquet Highlights Conference Fun
Digital Imaging … worth ten thousand words! by Mona Hatfield
What The President Meant To Say…(Here’s what he really said) by Margot Williams
Bringing You The News: Resources in Radio Libraries and Archives
Looking Ahead to Atlanta by Mary Kate Leming
Minutes of the Annual Business Meeting Monday, June 7, 1993
And the winners are… (new officers)
Treasurer’s Report by Lu-Ann Farrar
IRE Regional Conference ‘Computing: The News Frontier’ set for Oct. 21-24

News Library News from Spring 1991

I am finally getting back to a scanning project I started a long, long time ago. I hope to make some progress each week on this project.  I am scanning in the old issues of News Library News.  Tonight’s issue is from Spring 1991, also known as Vol. 13, No. 3. Read it here.

The contents, some of which are rather timely:
Dealing With The Digital Darkroom by Michael E. Schroeder
And The Winners Are (new officers elected)
Stop The Presses (Late-breaking news notes from all over by Teresa Leonard)
The Aside Bar (NLN has changed a great deal in the past year…by Elizabeth Whisnant)
Notes From The Chair (If misery loves company, the guest room is overflowing. But I urge you not to give up.  Keep going back to your fountainhead of travel funds by Lany Walden McDonald)
People (Who’s doing what in News Libraries by Mona Hatfield)
San Antonio Pull-out (A complete convention guide. Travel tips, schedule and program guide. Articles written by Margaret Neu, Judy Zipp, and more)
Common Ground (Money is tight. Money is really tight. There’s a special library conference next month. Should you go?  ABSOLUTELY by Elizabeth Marchak)
What You Didn’t Know (The not-so-secret fact of life for online information searches is that even full-text information retrieval systems rarely carry every article published by a newspaper or magazine by John Buckman)
Broadcast Libraries (Is this the perfect time to establish a Special Interest Group for Broadcast Librarians? by Debra K. Bade)
Who We Are (Jeanette Curby, head librarian at the San Antonio Light, is hosting a tour of the Light’s library, but she’s done much more work behind the scenes.)
Quick & Dirty (The government makes available various sales estimates not published in the Monthly Retail Trade Reports. For a minimum charge, sales estimates can be obtained for major businesses by Eileen Effrat)


SLA 2012 News Division Programming

The SLA Illinois Chapter members put together this site with information about Chicago for SLA members attending the annual conference.  Check it out at

Saturday, July 14:
Note the tour begins at 3:00, not 4:00 as previously posted!
3:00 – 5:00 pm Tour of the Pritzker Military Library. Tickets are $3.50 if paid in advance, $5.00 at the door. Contact to reserve your spot and get payment information. Tour will be cancelled if we don’t meet minimum. If you are planning to attend, contact Debra Bade in advance so she can have a headcount.

The Pritzker has a large collection of books and research materials related to military history and throughout the year sponsors a variety of author events, book clubs etc. More info here:

Sunday, July 15:
5:15-7:15 p.m.:  SLA General Session and Awards Ceremony. Keynote speaker for the opening session will be Guy Kawasaki, author, and co-founder of, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the Web, columnist for the Open Forum of American Express, and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures.
Speaker: Guy Kawasaki, Sponsored by: Dow Jones & Company. CC Arie Crown Theater
7:00-10:00 p.m.: News Division Silent Auction and Open House in the Suite. Join us for our annual fund-raising auction and special welcome to new conference attendees. Suite fee of $20 can be paid at the door. The News Division suite will be located in the Palmer House-Hilton Hotel at 17 East Monroe Street, in room 9128.

Monday, July 16:
8:00-9:30 a.m.: WikiLeaks Controversy (Government, News, and Military Divisions). The Wikileaks scandal headlined worldwide news in 2010-2011 and highlighted issues of government classification, information policy, and information ethics. This session will explore various facets of the controversy.
Speaker: Patrice McDermott, CC E450B.

10:00-11:30 a.m.: The New State of Journalism: Insights from James O’Shea. Jim O’Shea, founder of Chicago News Cooperative, former editor of the Los Angeles Times, and former Managing Editor of the Chicago Tribune will speak on the current state of journalism and about his recent book “The Deal from Hell: How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers.” Jim will do a book signing in the Exhibit Hall immediately following this session.
Speaker: James O’Shea, Chicago News Cooperative founder. Moderator: Debra Bade. Session sponsored by: LexisNexis. CC E450A.

11:45 a.m.: Jim O’Shea book signing in Exhibit Hall.

4:00-5:30 p.m.: Annual News Division Business Meeting. This meeting is open to and recommended for all News Division members.
Moderator: Elizabeth Edwards, OAK Information Services. CC E267.

7:00-10:00 p.m.: Annual News Division Awards Reception and Banquet will be held in the Wine Room at Kendall College, one of the nation’s top culinary arts schools. Gaze at Chicago’s stunning skyline while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar at the reception, followed by a buffet meal prepared by Kendall chefs. Award honorees this year include Charlie Campo (Joseph F. Kwapil Memorial Award); Dana Gordon and Chris Hardesty (Agnes B. Henebry Roll of Honor Award). Event sponsors: LexisNexis, Acquire Media, and Bloomberg Law/Bloomberg BNA. Kendall College is located in the Goose Island neighborhood of Chicago at 900 N.North Branch Street near Halsted.
This is a $55 ticketed event.  If you plan to attend, please contact Kathryn Pease so she can have an accurate RSVP count.

Update on 07/16/2012: The suite will be open after the banquet to continue the bidding in the silent auction.  The suite is located in Room 9128 at the Palmer House, 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago–across Michigan and west on Monroe from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Directions to Kendall College:

By Public Transportation:

Blue Line
Take the Blue Line to Grand Ave; Exit at the corner of Grand and
Halsted; Take the Halsted Street bus (#8) heading North (or walk 2-3
blocks North); Exit at Branch Street stop; Kendall College campus is
located on the West side of the street

Brown Line
Take the Brown Line to Chicago Ave; Take the Chicago Ave bus (#66)
West to Halsted; Walk one block North to N. North Branch Street;
Kendall College campus is located on the West side of the street

Red Line
Take the Red Line South to North and Clybourn; Walk to North and
Halsted; Take the Halsted Street bus (#8); Exit at Branch Street stop;
Kendall College campus is located on the West side of the street

By Car:
From the north and northwest
From the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/I-94) exit at Division Street and
turn left (east). Turn right on Halsted. Turn right on N. North Branch
Street. Kendall College campus will be on your left.

From the west
From the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290), turn onto the Kennedy
Expressway (I-90/I-94) heading toward Wisconsin. From the Kennedy
Expressway (I-90/I-94) exit at Division Street and turn right (east).
Turn right on Halsted. Turn right on N. North Branch Street. Kendall
College campus will be on your left.

From the south
From the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/I-94) continue as the expressway
becomes the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/I-94). Exit at Division Street
and turn right (east.) right on Halsted. Turn right on N. North Branch
Street. Kendall College campus will be on your left.

Tuesday, July 17:
8:00-9:30 a.m.: From InfoPro to Info Hero: 5 easy ways to turn information into insight. (Solo, News, Pharm,  and Technology Divisions). It’s no longer enough to efficiently and cost-effectively find the best information. Now we also have to add value to our research products, and develop the services that our clients can’t find elsewhere and can’t imagine living without. In this fast-paced session, Mary Ellen Bates provides at least five simple techniques for providing more insight and value in what you send your clients.
Speaker: Mary Ellen Bates, Bates Information Services Inc. Moderator: Patrick Clapp. Sponsored by: ProQuest & Dialog, Springer. CC E350.

10:00-11:30 a.m.: Global Economic Outlook: The Global Economy and a day in the life of an EIU Researcher. (Business & Finance and News Divisions). Robin Bew, chief economist and editorial director of the Economist Intelligence Unit, will present his views on the state of the global economy and share what a “day in the life” is like for a leader in this worldwide business intelligence organization.
Speaker: Robin Bew, Economist Intelligence Unit. Sponsored by:  Economist Intelligence Unit. CC E450A.

10:00-11:30 a.m.: SLA Hot Topic: Aligning Resources for Maximum Insight-Answers, Insights and Ideas. (LexisNexis) Information professionals are critical to any organizations knowledge value-chain; LexisNexis is pleased to have an opportunity to discuss the present and future of enterprise information services with the exceptional librarian and author Kee Malesky of NPR on Tuesday, July 17th at 10am. This conversation centers on the radical transformation of our profession from providing of answers to collaborating to spur innovation and new ideas. Our conversation with Kee begins with the question of how traditional skills are the foundation for refocusing our jobs; creating a mantle of innovation turning our libraries into idea incubators. It’s an exciting time for info-pros and we are lucky to draw on Kee’s unique experiences researching across disciplines and subjects, the innovative culture of NPR combined with her great success as an author. This session is an open conversation, LexisNexis encourages you to bring questions for Kee and to participate with your own examples and experiences. Kee is the author of, All Facts Considered: The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge. By the way…Scott Simon has called Kee “source of all human knowledge” Look forward to seeing you in Chicago!
Speaker: Bobby Schrott, LexisNexis Sponsored by: LexisNexis. CC E265

2:00-3:30 p.m.:Digitization and Archive Developments. (News Division and Archives Caucus).  This session will focus on digitization projects working with audio, images and posters, and will discuss digitization guidelines.
Speakers:  Steven Puglia, Digital Conversion Services Manager at Library of Congress; Janel Kinlaw, Librarian at National Public Radio; and Kyle Henke, Digital Collections Librarian at Columbia College.  Moderator: Debra Bade. CC E451B

4:00-5:30 p.m.: Success Stories of Solos. (SOLO, News Division). Success is measured in a variety of ways. In a reception-style atmosphere, participants will share their stories of solo librarianship success. Find out how others have broken down walls and created innovative services, and share your own story! Attendee participation is encouraged.
Speakers: Kevin Adams, ESR; Hildy Dworkin, NYC Department of Social Services; Carla Robinson; Tanya Whippie, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Moderator: Patrick Clapp. CC E266.

Wednesday, July 18:
8:00-9:30 a.m.: News Division Continuing Education Session.  Annie Anderson, from the Public Insight Network of American Public Media, will provide news researchers, journalists, and other attendees with a high level overview of PIN and share how it helps newsrooms do smart, targeted crowd-sourcing. PIN currently has more than 130,000 sources around the country and 60 partner news organizations.
Speaker: Annie Anderson, Public Insight Network of American Public Media. Moderator: Nina Johnson.
This is a ticketed event. Price: $35.00 Member /$30.00 Student Member / $45.00 Non-Member.
CC E253B.

12:00-1:30 p.m.: Digital Asset Management: Techniques for Indexing Non-Textual Content (News and Taxonomy Divisions.) This session will provide an overview and case studies of using controlled vocabularies and metadata schema to index and manage non-textual content including video, still images, and audio files. Speakers will focus on the unique standards, best practices, tools, and challenges of DAM and address how the DAM approach differs from (and integrates with) the management of textual content.
Speakers:   Randall Marcinko, CEO, MEI; David Riecks, Founder of; and Laura Fu, Digital Asset Specialist, Sears Holding Company. Moderator: Leigh Montgomery, Christian Science Monitor. CC E451A.

2:00-4:00 p.m.: Closing Session – Future Now: A Panel Discussion. News Division member and SLA past-president, Donna Scheeder, will moderate this session with a panel of information pros to discuss popular conference topics and ideas/issues related to the future of our profession. Sponsored by: Springer. CC E450.