BayNet annual meeting and free event May 20: A Day in the Life of a Special Librarian

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BayNet is proud to host four special librarians from the Bay Area at this year's Annual Meeting. First-hand accounts from a panel of Special Librarians will illustrate the place librarians have in your health, the law of the land, and preserving and publicizing the heritage of the Bay Area.

About the speakers:

Peggy Tahir’s presentation “Life of a Medical Librarian in UCSF Clinical Library Services” will illustrate how a librarian contributes to your health! Peggy regularly works with clinicians and supports UCSF’s clinical services by: attending a bi-monthly clinical conference; providing evidence-based resources for challenging cases; providing research support for the Hospitalists; meeting with clinical researchers, as well as students, to develop the complex search strategies needed for conducting systematic reviews of the literature; and teaching literature searches and information management skills in residency training programs.

Taryn Edwards’ presentation “Passion, Pride and Principle: The Birth of the Mechanics' Institute” begins on the night, “December 11, 1854 two scores of men in the building trades met in the tax collector's office to thrash out a plan to create a Mechanics' Institute similar to ones that existed in the Eastern United States, Australia, and Great Britain.” From the beginning, the directors knew what sort of institution they wanted: A library with open stacks so all the books were accessible; a game room where members could spread out their chess and checker boards; classes that would stretch the mind and teach new skills; an organization that welcomed everyone regardless of race or gender; and for it all to cost as little as possible. 161 years later the San Francisco Mechanics' Institute is one of the oldest libraries in the West, and more importantly, one of the first truly "public" institutions of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Meredith Elliason will present “Unlocking the Past: The Librarian as a Communicator of Evolving Institutional History”. Meredith is a historian and storyteller, weaving themes of educational equity chronicled in the University’s colorful history into instructional material and presentations for the campus community and beyond. She will share how she has uncovered and conveyed this unfolding narrative via various venues, both in print and online. Her book San Francisco State University (Arcadia Publications, 2007) chronicles the early history of San Francisco State University with historical material from various archives.

Mark Mackler’s presentation “Inside the AG’s Library” will take you on a short journey of how a secondary school teacher made it from a Western Massachusetts classroom to the Attorney General’s Office in San Francisco. Mark will also discuss: the effect that the California Attorney General’s work can have on your everyday life; the contribution of the AG’s Library to the arguments in three recent United States Supreme Court cases; and a few recent reference questions.

This event is free!
Registration is required.

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided

When: Friday, May 20, 2016, 9am – 12pm
Where: Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St. @ Grove