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Join DC/SLA for it’s Writing Series: Librarians as Authors August 12 6-8pm at Teaism in Penn Quarter

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Writing Series: Librarians as Authors

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One of the most fundamental skills a librarian can have, no matter their work setting, is writing. Writing itself is such a broad topic that DC/SLA is handling this skill with our Writing Series!

Join us for at Teaism in Penn Quarter for an evening of networking, refreshments, and fun in our second installment, Writing Series: Librarians as Authors. Librarians deal with acquiring, curating, and weeding books and ebooks all the time, but how many of us have made the leap into writing a book? Longtime DC/SLA members Kee Malesky and Bruce Rosenstein have taken the plunge, so we’ll be spending the evening learning from them and celebrating their success! We’ll provide snacks as both librarians speak briefly about their experiences as an author. They’ll then be available for networking and book signings. They won’t have hard copies of their books for sale at the event but you can purchase them from the links below:

To buy Kee’s books before the event:

To buy Bruce’s books before the event:

But that’s not all! Since this  year our focus is on Community and Fundamentals we’ll also be hosting a book drive for the US Tribal Libraries. There are over 280 tribal libraries throughout the United States, including 37 tribal college libraries.  They serve as community centers, tribal archives, reading rooms, and homework centers for specific American Indian tribes.  Many of these libraries are supported by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, but are in great need of materials to share with their communities.

Topics of Interest:

1. Children’s literature

2. Fiction – Westerns

3. American Indian/Native American literature – Fiction and Non-fiction

4. Non-fiction – related to outdoor activities (i.e. gardening, hiking, camping, etc.)

We’ll have a donation box at the event for people to leave their books. As a reward for your generosity, people registering as a book donor get FREE registration to the event! For questions about the US Tribal Book Drive please contact Asheleigh Perry

When: Monday, August 12th, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Location: Teaism at Penn Quarter 400 8th St. NW, Washington DC 20004

Closest Metro Station:  Archives/Navy Memorial (Green/Yellow line) –

Price:  General Admission: $10

Book Donor Registration: FREE!


Questions contact: Chris Vestal at

About the Authors:

Kee Malesky has been answering questions for NPR reporters, editors, and hosts since 1984. Her brain became stuffed with so many bits of information, that she has published two collections – All Facts Considered (2010) and Learn Something New Every Day (2012). More about Kee and her books at

Bruce Rosenstein is Managing Editor of Leader to Leader and a lecturer at The Catholic University of America Department of Library and Information Science. He is the author of Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker’s Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life (Berrett-Koehler, 2009) and Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way (McGraw-Hill, November, 2013).

Christopher M. Vestal
Government Consultant, LexisNexis
DC/SLA 2013 President-Elect


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"Ike and Dutch: Mentor, Protégé, and Common Sense by Dr. Gene Kopelson" presentation at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

Published on Feb 24, 2017

As Ronald Reagan traveled across the United States campaigning for the highest office in the land, the Governor of California possessed an ace in his hand unmatched by his opponents: the ear and advice of former president Dwight D. Eisenhower. Reagan was in constant contact with Ike, following his advice at every turn and going so far as to base his entire 1966 campaign on his mentor’s own successful run years before. Eisenhower’s astute view of internal Washington politics, foreign affairs, military matters, and the swirling pool of primary rivals, provided his protégé the fuel he needed to learn, and eventually win, the war of words. In his latest book, Reagan’s 1968 Dress Rehearsal: Ike, RFK, and Reagan’s Emergence as a World Statesman, Dr. Gene Kopelson outlines the story of Reagan’s first presidential bid with an in-depth look behind the scenes. On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Dr. Kopelson gave a lecture titled, “Ike and Dutch: Mentor, Protégé, and Common Sense,” to delve deeper into the relationship between Reagan and his mentor and how it not only shaped Reagan’s future campaigns, but his presidency, as well.

In his lecture at the USAHEC, Dr. Kopelson uses never-before-tapped audio clips, interviews with the original 1968 campaign staff, Eisenhower’s personal diary, and material straight from personal correspondence to show how Eisenhower influenced Reagan’s politics and eventually, his far-reaching presidential policies. From Reagan’s hawkish views on Vietnam to his perspective on the Arab-Israeli situation, his groundbreaking steps with Gorbachev and the Soviets to nuclear defense, Eisenhower and Reagan had a close and personal relationship which changed America’s future.

Lecture Date: February 15, 2017

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