February 2017 Board Meeting

February is already here! Now that we’re out of the holiday chaos, we’re back to meeting in person (and of course online via Zoom).

  • Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Place:
    • In-person. Atlantic Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant, 500 N Atlantic Blvd Ste 200, Monterey Park, CA. Located within the Atlantic Times Square and can be found on the second floor above 24 Hour Fitness.
    • Online. Join us via Zoom. We’ll be bringing a tripod and hope that the place won’t get too rowdy to broadcast.

Here’s a rough agenda:

  • Upcoming meetups:
    • Feb 18, World IA Day Los Angeles unofficial afterparty
    • March 10, Code4lib conference unofficial afterparty
    • April meetup
    • May meetup
    • June unconference
  • Awards and scholarships:
    • McKinley scholarship
    • Travel funds

Are we expecting you? RSVP on Meetup.com

December 2016 Board Meeting

We’re meeting virtually for the winter holidays.


  • Recap of the Pre-Holiday Mixer on Nov 30, 2016
    • Meetup topics for 2017
    • What went well?
    • What went wrong?
    • What could we do differently to improve?
  • Sponsoring events:
    • Status and action items for sponsoring World IA Day Los Angeles
    • Status and action items for sponsoring Code4Lib
  • Travel scholarships and McKinley Awards
    • Action items for providing travel scholarships for the IA Summit 2017

2016 Pre-Holiday Mixer

This event will be at the BJs in Westwood. There are drinks for purchase at the bar and appetizers will be provided. There is no fee to attend. This is a 21+ event.

Parking: A few public lots are available around the area, metered street parking and some residential parking. Please read parking signs carefully.

Join us — let’s start making LACASIS&T chapter better.

November 2016 Board Meeting

In a couple of weeks, we’ll be meeting again at the Pasadena Public Library for our second board meeting for 2016-2017. We hope you can join us.

Last month, we had a heart-to-heart discussion about what LACASIS&T meant to us and why or how we should keep it going. We had a great mix of members who attended including veteran members who have been with the Los Angeles chapter for more than 15 years to recent MLIS graduates.

The meeting is rather small, but let us know if you’ll be attending via Facebook or the form below.

  • Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016
  • Time: 10am – 12 pm or later
  • Location: Pasadena Public Library
  • RSVP via Facebook Event


  • McKinely scholarships
    • Funding
    • Timing
    • Procedures & tasks
  • Board health & membership
    • ID recruitment targets (ASIS&T Lists) with future time commitment
    • Determine methods & action items
    • Can we sponsor a newly appointed librarian’s ASIS&T membership?
    • Bring back monthly board meetings?
  • Visibility & Marketing
    • Sponsoring existing events, sponsoring social events, hosting our own events
      • Include LACASIS&T survey of needs
      • WIADLA17
      • Dim Sum? End of Year Party?
      • LACASIS&T poster session with appetizers and drinks
  • Student Chapters outreach

Museums, Libraries, and Archives – Oh My! A Technological Perspective

Have you wondered what it is like to work in a museum and in a library and archives department within the institution? Interested in learning more about the interdisciplinary approaches to such an institution?

SJSU ASIS&T and co-sponsors Society of American Archivists SJSU SLIS Student Chapter and Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS&T are excited to welcome Richard P. Hulser, Chief Librarian at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, to discuss the wonderful world of technology in museum libraries.

  • Date: Dec. 4, 2014
  • Time: 6:00 pm

Topics during this session will include the opportunities and challenges of working in a natural history museum and the various ways information management and library training are a great base for success.

For more information and participant link: http://bit.ly/ASISTCollab

Is Drupal Right for Your Library?

We’ll start by discussing:

  • How to evaluate the goals for your website project to choose the right platform.
  • Why Drupal is a great fit for library websites (and even some scenarios when it might not be).

Then we’ll will dive deeper with tutorials on a couple Drupal modules:

  • Workbench: Get everyone on your team involved in the website without putting your content at risk.
  • Features: Taking Drupal site configuration management to the next level.

Finally, we’ll end with a panel that will talk about their own Drupal implementation experiences and address questions from the audience.

  • Kristian Allen UCLA Library Programmer – familiar with Drupal and Islandora
  • Elaine Blakeman USC Library Programmer – familiar with Drupal CMS because of pending Library redesign
  • Caroline Cube, UCLA Library Computing Resource Specialist  – familiar with Drupal as power editor because of completed UCLA Library redesign

Registration Details

  • It’s free!
  • Attend online via Google Hangout on Air / YouTube. Are you going? Let us know.
  • Attend on-site at General Assembly, 1933 S. Broadway, 11th Floor , Los Angeles, CA 90007 (Google Map). Bring your laptop for a post-workshop install/troubleshooting session.

Eventbrite - LACASIS&T + GA: Is Drupal Right for Your Library?

Childcare Assistance

Do you need childcare assitance while you’re attending the workshop? Let us know! LACASIST is offering free childcare services for on-site attendees as part of our pilot project to enable parents/guardians to attend our FREE events/workshops. Contact us at lacasis@gmail.com

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Transit and Parking Info

General Assembly is located in The Reef building. There are 1,126 on-site and adjacent visitor parking spaces. Parking is $10.00 a day, 9am to 6pm. After 6pm, the rate drops to $5.00. The parking lot across the street is $9.00 a day There is metered street parking along Broadway and is $1 per hour, free after 6pm, and free on Sundays. General Assembly is close to Metro bus stops and a Blue line Metro station.

About the Speaker

Tommy Keswick has been working with Drupal for over 6 years and is an active member of the Drupal community in Los Angeles. At both camps and user group meetings in LA, he has presented on a variety of topics with an emphasis on getting new users of Drupal up and running. He also frequently contributes support and patches back to the Drupal community.

A librarian by training, Tommy is devoted to using open source solutions to help libraries and other organizations achieve the mission of increasing access to information and knowledge resources. He has also has presented on using Drupal in libraries at a number of library conferences.

More about Tommy: https://chillco.com/about/tommy-keswick

About Our Partners

General Assembly

At General Assembly, we are creating a global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love, by offering full-time immersive programs, long-form courses, and classes and workshops on the most relevant skills of the 21st century – from web development and user experience design, to business fundamentals, to data science, to product management and digital marketing.

Established in early 2011 as an innovative community in New York City for entrepreneurs and startup companies, General Assembly is an educational institution that transforms thinkers into creators through education in technology, business and design at fourteen campuses across four continents.

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