Hi all,

Please excuse any duplication. April's nearing its end but there are still plenty of events to attend! We have quite a bit lined up for May too.

* Lubuto Library Project’s Zambian Language Literacy Project Brown Bag Lunch
Date: April 20, 12-1pm
Location: Bread for the World Institute, 425 3rd St. SW, Suite 1200, Washington DC 20024
The Lubuto Library Project was one of 12 groups chosen from several hundred applicants worldwide to be awarded a grant from EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Project, for which EIFL received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to encourage innovation with information technology in public libraries. Lubuto's project addresses the critical need that the educational system cannot meet for a means to teach all Zambian children to read in their original language. This same problem is widespread in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in countries with dozens, even hundreds, of different languages. Lubuto libraries reach out-of-school children and can help them toward reading by read-aloud and storytelling programs, but tools for reading teaching in Zambian languages are not available. Youth who had been using the One Laptop Per Child XO laptops in Lubuto libraries and experienced Zambian reading teachers have been trained in the OLPC application Etoys and now work each week to create early reading programs in seven Zambian languages. The project creators use six XO 1.5 laptops, which were granted to Lubuto Libraries by the OLPC Foundation. The open source reading programs can run on other platforms and in addition to being made available to Lubuto Library users on XO laptops will be posted on the LubutoCollections.org website to inspire the creation of similar programs in other African countries and languages. Mike Lee of Sugar Labs, Washington DC, USA and One Laptop Per Child organization, Boston, MA, USA and Jane Kinney Meyers, President of the Lubuto Project will present the project, demonstrate some of its output and discuss its impact during a brown bag lunch.

* Dine Around
Date:  April 21
Host:  Susan Fifer Canby
Restaurant:  Jackie's
Restaurant Address:  8081 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
Restaurant telephone number:  (301) 565-9700
Restaurant website:  www.jackiesrestaurant.com
Closest Metro station:  Silver Spring (Red Line)
Arrival time:  6 PM
RSVP:  [log in to unmask]
Reserve by April 16.
Sponsored by the Encore Caucus of SLA.

* Moving in Management and Team Leadership Roles Part 2-ClickU
Date: April 26, 1-2:30pm
Location: DowJones- 1025 Connecticut Ave, NW  11th Floor, Suite 1100 - Washington, D.C. 20036- (Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West; between L & K Street on Connecticut)
Guests must present a photo ID to the guard in the lobby.
This session will focus on specific competencies that will help participants make the successful transition to new responsibilities, including balancing priorities and avoiding burnout, even as projects, urgencies and priorities shift; delegating and coaching employees to help them build on their strengths; and communicating at the right time and in the right way.
FREE for SLA members attending at the Onsite location (Dow Jones) sponsored by DC-SLA Chapter.
$25 FEE  for NON-SLA members attending at Onsite location (Dow Jones) sponsored by DC-SLA Chapter
Please RSVP Gregory Bailey at [log in to unmask] and Register at: http://units.sla.org/chapter/cdc/committees_files/clicku.html (Limited to 30 people)

* DC/SLA Professional Book Club
Date: April 26 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Teaism, 400 8th St. NW - Closest Metro Archives Stop
Hamlet's BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age by William Powers.
About the book:
Our discombobulated Internet Age could learn important new tricks from some very old thinkers, according to this incisive critique of online life and its discontents. Journalist Powers bemoans the reigning dogma of digital maximalism that requires us to divide our attention between ever more e-mails, text messages, cellphone calls, video streams, and blinking banners, resulting, he argues, in lowered productivity and a distracted life devoid of meaning and depth. In a nifty and refreshing turn, he looks to ideas of the past for remedies to this hyper-modern predicament: to Plato, who analyzed the transition from the ancient technology of talking to the cutting-edge gadgetry of written scrolls; to Shakespeare, who gave Hamlet the latest in Elizabethan information apps, an erasable notebook; to Thoreau, who carved out solitary spaces amid the press of telegraphs and railroads. The author sometimes lapses into mysticism—In solitude we meet not just ourselves but all other selves—and his solutions, like the weekend-long Internet Sabbaths he and his wife decreed for their family, are small-bore. But Powers deftly blends an appreciation of the advantages of information technology and a shrewd assessment of its pitfalls into a compelling call to disconnect.
Find it at Amazon - Find it at DCPL

Please RSVP to [log in to unmask] if you plan to attend.

* Association Roundtable Brown Bag Lunch
Date: April 27, 12-1:30pm
Location: TBD
Information discussion of the Association Information Services Caucus. Group meets monthly. Topic TBD

* DC/SLA Fiction Book Club
Date: April 27, 6-7pm
Location: Please RSVP: Barbara Folensbee-Moore at [log in to unmask]
The topic for April will be books that take place in one day - this is within a 24 hour period or on the same actual day.  There are several web sites with very nice lists of books to recommend - see below.
http://www.onlinedegreeprograms.com/blog/2011/11-excellent-novels-that-take-place-all-in-one-day/
http://www.readinasinglesitting.com/2010/11/22/list-books-that-take-place-over-a-single-day/
* Dine Around
Date:  April 27
Host:  Lisa Haakon Pogue
Restaurant:  Bistrot Lafayette
Restaurant Address:  1118 King Street
Alexandria, VA
Restaurant telephone number:  (703) 548-2525
Restaurant website:  www.bistrotlafayette.com
Closest Metro station:  King Street (Blue & Yellow Lines)
Arrival time:  6 PM
RSVP:  [log in to unmask], (703) 861-7247

* Dine Around
Date:  April 27
Host:  Peggy Garvin
Restaurant:  Indique Heights
Restaurant Address:  2 Wisconsin Circle
Chevy Chase, MD
Restaurant telephone number:  (301) 656-4822
Restaurant website:  www.indiqueheights.com
Closest Metro station:  Friendship Heights (Red Line)
Arrival time:  6:30 PM
RSVP:  [log in to unmask]

* Joint Spring Workshop
Date: April 29, 8:30am - 3:15pm
Location: Library of Congress, Mumford Rm., 6th Fl, Madison Bldg. 101 Independence Ave., SE- Closest Metro Capital South
Do you have a strategic plan for your library? How do you know if your library is supporting your organization's strategic goals? In this time of fiscal uncertainty, how can you develop a strategic plan that will ensure your library is valued and essential to your organization's future?
This one day workshop should help you answer these questions, and, if you don't have a strategic plan for your library already, enable you to have the basic tools to develop one that makes sense in the context of your organizational goals.
Keynote Speaker: DeEtta Jones, DeEtta Jones and Associates, Raynna Bowlby, Associate, Library Management Consulting

$60.00 - Chapter Members
$85.00 - Non-Chapter Members
$25.00 - Students/Retirees/Unemployed
Includes continental breakfast and lunch.
Tax ID number is 13-5404745
Register and pay at: http://units.sla.org/chapter/cdc/events_files/jsw2011.html
* Dine Around
Date:  May 3
Hosts:  Karen Eggert and Greta Ober-Beauchesne
Restaurant:  Elephant & Castle
Restaurant Address:  900 19th Street, NW (I & 19th Streets)
Washington, DC
Restaurant telephone number:  (202) 296-2575
Restaurant website:  www.elephantcastle.com
Closest Metro station:  Farragut West (Blue & Orange Lines)
Arrival time:  6 PM
RSVP:  Karen Eggert- [log in to unmask], (202) 623-6419
      Greta Ober-Beauchesne- [log in to unmask], (202) 623-6413

* Dine around
Date:  May 4
Hosts:  Eileen Deegan & Priscilla Lujan
Restaurant:  Vapiano Ballston
Restaurant Address:  4401 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA
Restaurant telephone number:  (703) 528-3113
Restaurant website:  www.vapianointernational.com/vapiano/locations/us-locations/us-locations.html.
Closest Metro station:  Ballston (Orange Line)
Arrival time:  6:30 PM
RSVP:  [log in to unmask]
RSVP by May 2.

DC/SLA Board Meeting
Date: May 5, 6-8pm
Location: Dow Jones, 1025 Connecticut Ave, NW, 11th Floor, Suite 1100, Washington, D.C. 20036

* Dine Around
Date:  May 5
Host:  Maria Lanzeritsch
Restaurant:  La Lomita Dos
Restaurant Address:  308 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC
Restaurant telephone number:  (202) 544-0616
Restaurant website:  www.washingtondc.menupages.com/restaurants/la-lomita-dos/
Closest Metro station:  Capitol South (Blue & Orange Lines)
Arrival time:  6:30 PM
RSVP:  [log in to unmask], (202) 707-4892
Reserve by April 29.
Sponsored by the Taxonomy Division of SLA.

* Dine Around
Date:  May 10
Hosts:  Aimee Babcock-Ellis, Britney Crawford, and Amelia Nuss
Restaurant:  Vapiano Chinatown
Restaurant Address:  623-625 H Street, NW
Washington, DC
Restaurant telephone number:  (202) 621-7636
Restaurant website:  www.vapianointernational.com/vapiano/location/us-locations/us-locations.html
Closest Metro station:  Gallery Place/Chinatown (Green, Red, & Yellow Lines)
RSVP:  [log in to unmask]
Sponsored by the Students & New Professional Committee of DC/SLA.

* DC/SLA Fiction Book Club
Date:  May 18, 6-7pm
Location: Please RSVP: Barbara Folensbee-Moore at [log in to unmask]

New Professionals/Student Happy hour
Date: May 19, 6-8pm
Location:Trusty's Full Service 1420 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE -Near Potomac Ave Metro station
RSVP or questions to Carrie Port ([log in to unmask]) or Cheri Widowski ([log in to unmask]) or just show up!

* Association Roundtable Brown Bag Lunch
Date:  May 25, 12-1:30pm
Location: TBD
Information discussion of the Association Information Services Caucus. Group meets monthly. Topic TBD

* Speed Mentoring
Date:  May 25, 6-8pm
Location: Jenner & Block, 1099 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Information discussion of the Association Information Services Caucus. Group meets monthly. The DC/SLA, the DCLA's New Librarians Committee, the Federal and Armed Forces Libraries (FAFLRT) and the Federal Library and Information Centers Committee (FLICC) Human Resources Working Group invite new and transitioning professionals to a Speed Mentoring event, Wednesday, May 25th. Modeled on speed dating, speed mentoring is a low-stress, fun way to make connections with leaders in the profession and explore career directions. Over the course of the evening, you will have the opportunity to meet with up to six mentors for one-on-one, 10 minute conversations, in which you can showcase and get feedback on your skills and qualifications, ask for career advice, or learn more about a mentor's field of practice. Join us at Jenner & Block, 1099 New York Ave NW. Registration opens at 5:45; networking and refreshments start at 6:00; speed mentoring begins at 6:30. Closest Metro station is Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange lines). Since space is limited, we will confirm your registration within 24 hours, and you will be sent information for payment through PayPal or by check at that time.

Register at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GDBDZML

Cost is $10 for students and unemployed or retired members of DCLA, DC/SLA or ALA; $15 for members of DCLA, DC/SLA or ALA; $20 for non-members.


Cheers,
Chris
--
Christopher M. Vestal
DC/SLA 2011 Communications Secretary
Phone: (540) 227-0718
"Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first." --Ernestine Ulmer