June 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 12) Association News

OLA Roundtables

Did you know that in addition to Divisions, Committees, and Task Forces, Oregon Library Association members have the option to participate in over a dozen roundtables? Document Interest (DIGOR), Outreach (ORT), Library Technology (LibTechRT), and Social Responsibilities (SRRT) are just a small sampling of the interests covered. Visit the OLA website and take advantage of this opportunity to foster community, share ideas, keep abreast of current issues and much more! There’s something for everyone. 

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June 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 12) Happenings

It’s Time for Summer Reading

Libraries across the state and the nation are diving into Summer Reading once again! This year all Oregon public, volunteer and tribal libraries are part of the Collaborative Summer Reading Program (CSLP).  The program encourages people of all ages to keep their minds active and healthy over the summer through reading and library engagement. The 2014 general theme is science!

The slogans are:

  • Children’s: Fizz, Boom, Read!
  • Teen: Spark a Reaction
  • Adult: Literary Elements

 

Visit the CSLP website for resources and tips on how to engage your library’s readers. You can also contact one of your CSLP representatives for more information:

Rick Samuelson, CSD Summer Reading Chair: ricks@wccls.org
Danielle Jones, CSD Summer Reading Incoming Chair: jones.danielle.jones@gmail.com 
Katie Anderson, CSLP Oregon State Representative: katie.anderson@state.or..us

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June 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 12) Opportunities for Engagement

Digital Directions Registration

DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
July 21-23, 2014
Portland, Oregon

Register Now – Seats are going fast
We expect to sell out before the deadline this year!

Join colleagues from institutions large and small for 2 days of instruction on basics and best practices for creating good digital objects, collections, and initiatives. Network with colleagues who have similar challenges, interact with faculty one-on-one, and visit one of America’s greatest cities.

Complete agenda and faculty list now available.

For complete information and to register: Visit the website.

Book Mending Workshop

The OLA Support Staff Division (SSD) is hosting a book mending workshop this summer. Registration is limited to 10 participants, so head over to their website soon if you want to secure a spot!

Where: 250 Winter St. NE , Salem, OR 

When: Friday, July 18th 9:00am-4:00pm

Cost: $60

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June 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 12) Library News

Research Supports School Librarians’ Impact on Student Learning

Changes in Oregon law and other trends point to the necessity of licensed school librarians and their positive impact on student learning. The passage of the Strong School Libraries Act, or Oregon House Bill 2586, means that school districts are required to account for “strong school library programs” in the continuous improvement plans (CIP) that they must submit to the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). A school district must show in its plan that it provides all students and staff in each school equitable access to:

  •  A comprehensive library program which provides instruction in information literacy and research proficiencies, promotes integration of digital learning resources, advances reading engagement, and creates collaborative learning opportunities with teachers.
  •  A professionally-developed and well-managed school library collection of current and diverse print and electronic resources that supports teaching and learning, college and career readiness, and reading engagement.

Licensed school librarians, sometimes referred to as library media specialists or teacher librarians, positively impact student reading, writing, and information literacy skills in K-12 education. Yet, their numbers have dropped at an alarming rate.

Data collected by the Oregon State Library in Salem show that the number of licensed school librarians in Oregon has dropped from 818 full-time equivalent in 1980 to only 144 in 2013. That is an 82% decrease. Conversely, the number of students per librarian has increased significantly. In 1980 there was one librarian per 547 students compared with almost 4,000 students per librarian in 2013. As a result, some students may never come in contact with a licensed school librarian during their K-12 years.

The sizeable drop in numbers runs counter to the impact of school librarians on learning. Numerous impact studies point to increased reading and writing test scores when a full-time licensed librarian is employed in schools. A 2012 report entitled Creating 21st Century Learners: A Report on Pennsylvania’s Schools found that both reading and writing test scores increase significantly when a full-time licensed librarian is employed at a school. Furthermore, students at a school with a full-time licensed librarian are nearly three times as likely to score an advanced score on the state’s standardized writing test. An Oregon study, Good Schools Have School Librarians, found that if staffing, collections, and funding of library media programs grow, reading scores rise.

As school districts recover from lean budget years, they will need to respond to the Strong School Libraries Act by strengthening their school library programs. In response to the need for more instructional support with the new Common Core Standards, some districts in Oregon are currently bringing back school librarian positions. Medford School District in southern Oregon recently posted three job openings for licensed school librarians. More positive changes like this one are needed in all areas of our state.

Ultimately, this issue has to be addressed locally. Community members and parents can play a role in this trend by working with school districts to raise awareness of the importance of strong school libraries. Specifically, they can ask questions about the staffing and programming in their child’s school library. For example, are the students in your neighborhood school served by a licensed school librarian? What information literacy and research instruction is your child receiving? Ask to review your school district’s response to the CIP. Does the library section match the program you know exists?

For more information about how you can get involved, contact Nancy Sullivan, Oregon Association of School Libraries President, at president@oasl.olaweb.org or Penny Hummel, Oregon Library Association President, at phummel.ola@gmail.com, or consult the Oregon Association of School Libraries webpage on this topic.

Candice Watkins / Library Director / Clatsop Community College

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June 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 11) Association News

Intellectual Freedom Champion Award

On May 28th, Senator Ron Wyden was honored with the Intellectual Freedom Champion Award. Proceedings took place at the US Bank Room at Multnomah County Central Library. The award was granted by the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Oregon Library Association to recognize “the contribution made by an individual or institution that has actively promoted or defended intellectual freedom in Oregon.” The Oregon Library Association selected Senator Wyden in recognition of his “forceful and sustained campaign to protect the privacy rights of Americans and others around the world in relationship to government surveillance.”

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Following the award, Senator Wyden hosted a roundtable discussion on the subject of net neutrality, the idea that all Internet traffic travels at the same speed. Senator Wyden’s position is that Big Cable companies want to end net neutrality by dividing the Internet into fast and slow lanes, harming individuals and businesses alike. Joining Senator Wyden for the discussion was Multnomah County Library Director Vailey Oehlke (on behalf of the Public Library Association); Michael Sherrod, Director, TCU/Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows Program at Texas Christian University and member of the Executive Board of the Urban Libraries Council; Puppet Labs CEO/Founder Luke Kanies; and Antony Falco, Founder at Orchestrate.io

Public Libraries Division Board Nominations

The Public Library Division (PLD) of OLA represents all public libraries in Oregon. The purpose of the PLD is to promote public library service and development, to promote the potential for increasing cooperation among public libraries, to represent the interests and concerns of public libraries in relation to the Oregon Library Association and the Oregon State Library and to develop legislative priorities for public libraries and other issues as may be pertinent to the Division.

We are currently seeking candidates for the PLD Executive Board for the 2014-2015 year. New positions will begin in September 2014 and are open to members of OLA who support the purposes of the Division. We are seeking nominees for two Director-at-Large positions (2 year terms), Secretary (1 year term) and Vice Chair/Chair Elect (3 year term). For more information about the responsibilities of these positions, please visit the OLA website.

Joining the PLD Executive Board is a great way to meet new people and network with public library staff from around the state. Current Board members come from the Oregon coast, central Oregon, the Willamette Valley and the Portland Metro area.

Please contact me at pamn@wccls.org by June 13, specifying the Board position you are interested in. Remember, you must be a member of OLA and the Public Library Division to be considered. Elections will be held in July. Looking forward to hearing from many of you! -Pam

Pam North / Library Manager / Sherwood Public Library

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June 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 11) Happenings

Multnomah County Reader’s Advisory Campaign

Multnomah County Library has launched a new cutting edge reader’s advisory campaign called My Librarian. The service is designed to “foster personal connection between a librarian and reader.” Funding through a grant from the Paul B. Allen Grant has allowed the library to build and provide video chat, blogs, phone calls and email options for connecting with library staff who share their love of reading. Interested in learning more? Visit the website and see for yourself or read more about it here

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June 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 11) Opportunities For Enrichment

Beyond Borders: An Evening with Kate Arnold

Please join the Oregon Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) for a stimulating evening with SLA’s President, Kate Arnold. Kate will share insights on librarians and information professionals she has gleaned over her first six months in office. Fresh from SLA/INFO-EXPO in Vancouver, she’ll bring us up-to-date on what happened at the conference, including updated competencies for information professionals.

Kate brings an international perspective to the world of information professionals. She’s currently the Information and Support Programme Lead at Macmillan Cancer Support in the U.K. and has traveled internationally in her positions as President-Elect and President of the international SLA.

We’ll meet at the beautifully renovated Architectural Heritage Center for Kate’s talk. Dinner will be catered by Pacific Pie Co. and we’ll have a variety of beverages for you to choose from.

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Time: 6pm -8pm
Place: Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
Cost: SLA Members – $25, students – $15, guests – $35
Registration Deadline: June 12, 2014

To RSVP and choose what kind of pie you’d like, and to pay, please go to this page this page. It’s a two part process so be sure to select your pie and pay using PayPal.

The deadline to register is June 12, 2014.  If you prefer to pay by check or cash, please contact Sue Mecklem @ susanmecklem@gmail.com before the deadline. Questions? Just ask!

Digital Directions Registration

DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
July 21-23, 2014
Portland, Oregon

Register Now – Seats are going fast
We expect to sell out before the deadline this year!

Join colleagues from institutions large and small for 2 days of instruction on basics and best practices for creating good digital objects, collections, and initiatives. Network with colleagues who have similar challenges, interact with faculty one-on-one, and visit one of America’s greatest cities.

Complete agenda and faculty list now available.

For complete information and to register: Visit the website.

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