Information Amateurs Social Club

Posted on 12 April 2010 at 7:25 am in Events, IASC.

Back before graduation, my student colleagues and I were invited to occasional student organization sanctioned happy hours or other social events. When I met up with new Stanford metadata specialist (and former SLIS classmate) Greg Borman for a pint last month we realized we were no longer part of that network of current students, and if we wanted to approximate something similar (ie, keep in touch with our peers socially), we’d have to organize it ourselves.

Thus the idea of the Information Amateurs was born. Early career (ish) professionals getting together to swap stories and job seeking hints, all over a libation or perhaps two. This is a non-discriminatory concept;  I like breaking down silos, so public, academic or special librarians are all welcome, as are archivists, current students or various other denominations.

The first Information Amateurs Happy Hour is going to be Friday, April 30th at the Latin American Club in San Francisco’s Mission District (22nd Street at Valencia). It’s entirely possible it might be just Greg and I. Or 30 people could show up in a crowded bar. So far the invite list includes people I just met this weekend at CARL, people I haven’t run into since a class a couple years ago, some of my closest friends in the profession, and people I’ve never even met that are connected through Greg.

If you’re reading this and haven’t been invited, you’re invited. If you’re interested, contact me via the options on my “about” tab or just respond to this Facebook invitation.

If we get a big response, the Information Amateurs Social Club will officially be born.

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  1. Comment by Miss Grace on April 12, 2010 at 7:58 am.

    Am I invited?

  2. Comment by Jess on April 12, 2010 at 8:28 am.

    So when are you having one in DC?

  3. Comment by Daniel Ransom on April 12, 2010 at 12:08 pm.

    @Miss Grace: You most certainly are, Jenny. Time for you to put your MLIS to use.

    @Jess: perhaps we can franchise the idea out to DC? You are welcome to take charge…

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