OLA Honors & Awards Call for Nominations
Yes, it’s time to nominate your colleagues for OLA Honors & Awards!
Who has done an outstanding job or taken on a project or been responsible for a success in our libraries this year? Tell us about those talented, dedicated individuals whose commitment to excellent library service has made a difference. The OLA Honors & Awards Committee want to know who those individuals (or groups) are and we want you to tell us!
Nominations may come from all types of libraries and from all kinds of librarians, staff and supporters.
Nomination letters (with no more than six letters of support) are due Friday, March 13, 2015.
These awards will be presented to recipients at the 2014 OLA Conference Luncheon Banquet in Eugene on Friday, April 17, 2015
Here are the details on each award:
- Oregon Librarian of the Yearmay be awarded to any Oregon librarian who has been working in an Oregon Library for at least two years in a paid professional position. The nominee must demonstrate excellence in library service in his or her community and to Oregon libraries. The nominee must be a member of OLA.
- Oregon Library Employee of the Yearmay be awarded to any Oregon library staff member who has worked in an Oregon library for at least two years as a paid staff member and demonstrated excellence in library service in his or her community.
- Oregon Library Association Distinguished Service Awardmay be awarded to any Oregon librarian or library staff member, who has been in the profession for 15 or more years, has worked in Oregon libraries for at least ten years, and is currently a member of OLA, for exceptional service over a period of years.
- Oregon Library Supporter of the Yearmay be awarded to any volunteer, volunteer group, library Friend, board member, government official, or other individual who is not a paid library staff member and who has demonstrated excellence in supporting and promoting Oregon libraries.
If you need more info, read the awards guidelines and let me know if you have questions. Take a look at the awards webpage.
Your letter (e-mail) of nomination should include the following information, if pertinent, and be as informational as possible:
- Name, contact information, current position for nominee
- Award for which you are nominating the person or group
- Description of why your nominee should be selected for an OLA Award
- OLA activities: committee appointments, etc. Past positions held and summary of major accomplishments (for Distinguished Service Award)
- Your name and how you can be reached if the committee has questions
Please send nominating letters and supporting letters by Friday, March 15, 2013, to:
Leah Griffith, HAS Chair
We prefer e-mail, but you can also send via mail to me at:
Newberg Public Library
503 E. Hancock
Newberg, OR 97132
E-mail or call me at 503-537-1256 if you have any questions. We will be looking forward to your nominations.
OLA Honors & Awards Call for Nominations Holiday Greetings & Timely Reminder from OLA PLD Board
‘Tis the season to be jolly. To have visions of budgets, of materials, services and staffing assessments and of technology and facilities plans dancing through our heads. Bright and shiny strategic plans need to be reviewed, or created, and our commitment to advocacy needs to be re-kindled. Need some direction? Some inspiration? A document to serve as a benchmark for change and improvement? Look no further than the new Standards for Oregon Public Libraries! The OLA Public Library Division wants to remind you to visit the Standards often.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!
The OLA Public Library Division Board
Lampman Award Call for Nominations
If you know of an Oregon author, librarian or educator who has made a significant contribution in the areas of literature and/or library service for the benefit of the children of Oregon, make a nomination! The Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award, presented by the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association, at the OLA Annual Conference, is given in memory of the noted Oregon teacher, journalist and author of children’s books. Established in 1982, it is Oregon’s most notable children’s library service award. The award recipient is announced at the Evelyn Sibley Lampman Breakfast at the annual OLA Conference. Nominations are due no later than January 31, 2015 and eligibility requirements can be found online. Submissions most often take the form of a letter and should be submitted to the Lampman Committee Chair, Carol Reich at Hillsboro Public. Submissions should include: * Nominee’s name* Nominee’s title, address, phone, and email address* A description of the nominee’s significant and lasting contributions over the years that have benefited the children of Oregon Carol Reich | Reader Services Manager | Lampman ChairCity of Hillsboro, Oregon | Hillsboro Public Library503-615-6514 | www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/Library
Children’s Services Division Mock Caldecott Workshop
Save the date! On January 10, 2015 we will hold a Mock Caldecott Workshop at the Salem Public Library from 9-4.
This year promises to be an event you won’t want to miss. Attendees will learn about Visual Thinking Strategies from Kim Aziz who will lead us in an interactive session using their methods of teaching children how to think using images in art to help foster the kind of thinking tools sought in the Common Core Standards. Attendees will also get a crash course in Caldecott Criteria before heading into small group discussion of eleven picture books. Be part of the vote for Oregon’s Mock Caldecott title!
Visit www.olaweb/csd/ for a reading list and online registration
OLA Volunteer Opportunities
Looking for lightweight ways to get involved in OLA? Do you get more jazzed about working on a specific project than serving on a committee?
The OLA Website has a list of units that are seeking project-based help from volunteers. Projects range from helping to maintain oregonauthors.org, to creating a contact list of staff at Oregon K-12 libraries, to adding content to Northwest Central, and much more! Descriptions of projects and the people to contact about them are on the volunteer page.
OLA Membership Committee Chair
CSLP Teen Video Challenge
The Cooperative Summer Library Program (CSLP) has released their announcement of the 2015 Teen Video Challenge. Here are the model release forms and the Oregon entry form! The forms must be submitted and postmarked by February 13, 2015. You can submit the forms completed to me at the address below or via email to email@example.com. You can read more about the contest and get some good tips for teen auteurs on our website. You can also access more materials from CSLP by logging in to their website. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503)554-7732. Thank you for helping to make this opportunity available for teens in your area!
CSLP Liaison 2014-2016
Member Profile: Adrienne Doman Calkins
Greetings! I’m Adrienne Doman Calkins, the new Library Manager at Sherwood Public Library, a member library of Washington County Cooperative Library Services. Sherwood Public Library is the southern-most library in Washington County, where we serve a population of over 22,000 people. I started here in July and have been thrilled to join such a strong team of library enthusiasts and to be a part of the City of Sherwood’s thriving urban renewal district. I moved to Sherwood from Olympia, Washington, with my husband and our now 9-month-old son. This has been like coming home. I grew up in McMinnville, where I first fell in love with libraries in storytimes and later as a Summer Reading teen volunteer. My husband grew up outside of Forest Grove. We are enjoying the family-friendly atmosphere here in Sherwood, gorgeous landscape, and being close to our roots.
I have experience working in public, academic & specialty libraries, as well as for a library vendor. I recently earned my MLIS from San José State University, which I was working on while in my last position as the Senior Circulation Supervisor at Olympia Timberland Library. Prior to working for Timberland Regional Library, I worked as the Circulation Manager at Oregon College of Art and Craft, where I also earned a post-baccalaureate degree in Book Arts. My bachelor’s degree is from University of Oregon, and yes, I also worked for the UO Libraries all through my undergrad.
Before life became all about raising a baby, my husband and I both used to love to climb mountains, rock and ice. These days I’m just happy if I get to sleep in on the weekend, but am looking forward to taking our son snowshoeing at Mt. Hood this winter.
I’m deeply passionate about empowering staff, library advocacy, access, training design, leadership development, information visualization, and team-building. I am excited to be involved in library programming, outreach, and community partnerships in this new position. While in Washington, I enjoyed being involved in WLA and look forward to getting to being involved in OLA.
You can also find me online @innerlibrary or linkedin.
Photo credit goes to Jenny Swanson.
OLA Supports Net Neutrality
The OLA Intellectual Freedom Roundtable and the Library Development and Legislative Committee have been working diligently to promote OLA’s support of net neutrality, an official statement of which was approved by the OLA Executive Board in August. The statement reads:
The Oregon Library Association believes that preserving an open Internet is essential to our nation’s freedom of speech, educational achievement, and economic growth. Oregon libraries are leaders in providing Internet access within their communities and are committed to ensuring people who use the Internet have equal access to online information and services. Allowing commercial entities to prioritize some Internet traffic and/or block other traffic based on commercial interest is not in the public interest. The Oregon Library Association strongly supports the FCC’s adoption of enforceable policies based on the Net Neutrality Principles provided by the American Library Association and other organizations. These principles include:
- Protect Against Unreasonable Discrimination: Every person in the United States should be able to access legal content, applications, and services over the Internet.
- Prohibit Paid Prioritization: Public broadband providers and ISPs should not be permitted to sell prioritized transmission to certain content, applications, and service providers over other Internet traffic sharing the same network facilities.
- Provide Transparency: Public broadband network operators and ISPs should disclose network management practices publicly.
- Adopt Enforceable Policies: Policies and rules to enforce these principles should be clearly stated and transparent.
The Oregon Library Association supports these and the other principles of net neutrality because an open Internet is essential for an informed public and a healthy democracy.
You can read the statement on the Intellectual Freedom Roundtable’s website.
Also, OLA is currently working with Senator Wyden, a strong supporter of net neutrality, to promote this statement along with a relevant toolkit aimed at promoting action in Oregon communities, http://tinyurl.com/p7ujdtv.
The FCC is still accepting public comments. Please encourage library users and community members to comment through the following avenues:
- Dear FCC (made possible by the Electronic Frontier Foundation)
- Act.freepress.net (made possible by FreePress)
- email@example.com (dedicated email address to FCC for net neutrality comments)
- www.fcc.gov/comments (official FCC page for submitting comments through the Electronic Comment Filing System)
Mock Sibert Workshop
The Oregon Library Association’s Children’s Services Division is sponsoring a brand new workshop in order to help you develop evaluation skills and understanding about what makes nonfiction for youth excellent.
We are very lucky to be joined this year by author, Marc Aronson! Aronson will be doing a special afternoon session for workshop participants, but can be attended independent of the workshop.
Aronson won the first Sibert Award in 2001 with his book Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado. He is the leader in the field in writing fantastic nonfiction books for youth of all ages. Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science; Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies; and If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge are just a few of his books that have really raised the bar on great nonfiction storytelling that truly inspires readership in youth. Not only does he publish great books for kids, his column with School Library Journal, Consider the Source shows librarians the possibilities of nonfiction in their libraries, and he is the expert resource in helping libraries navigate the Common Core standards.
With the amount of great nonfiction being published for youth, and the push in schools to use more information texts in curriculum, has there ever been a better time to explore our passion and evaluation skills for great nonfiction?
Without further ado, please allow me to introduce:
2014 Children’s Services Division Mock Sibert Workshop
Saturday December 13th, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Wilsonville Library, Wilsonville, OR
The 2015 CSD Mock Sibert Workshop follows up on the long-standing CSD tradition of offering high quality Mock workshops. This time around, we will be presenting a look at one of the newer ALA Youth Awards: The Robert F. Sibert Medal is a book award of the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association. It is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.
Join your friends and colleagues from around Oregon for a day of fun and learning!
The morning will include:
- An overview of the experience of serving on the ALA Sibert Committee and how to judge nonfiction using the Sibert Award criteria
- Breaking into discussion groups for a lively discussion of a selection of nonfiction titles published in 2014. Each group will pick a winner and honor titles.
- Reconvening as a large group for more lively discussion to crown the 2015 CSD Mock Sibert Medalist.
Then enjoy an inspiring and enlightening afternoon in conversation with one of the leaders in the field in both the publication and use of nonfiction for youth.
Registration Deadline is Sunday, December 7th, 2014
Cost for workshop is $15 (includes lunch), afternoon session free to CSD members $10 for nonmembers.
Feel free to contact Danielle Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions you might have.
Do you see your library through tech-colored glasses? If you’re involved with systems, interfaces, technology education – or just curious about them – come meet your comrades in OLA’s LibTech RoundTable. We’re having a social at the SE Portland Lucky Lab, 915 SE Hawthorne, on Wednesday, November 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Meet, mingle, talk tech and share ideas and interests! For more information, see our wiki.
Sarah Jesudason / Secretary / LibTech RT
Oregon Authors Committee Seeks Volunteers
The Oregon Authors Committee is seeking new volunteers! Our charge is to collect and preserve bibliographic data on Oregon authors, which we share through the site oregonauthors.org. The time commitment is approximately one hour per month, with up to three virtual meetings annually and a meeting at the OLA conference. If you would like to contribute your skills to this effort, please contact the committee co-chairs, Sheryl Eldridge (email@example.com) and Rachael Short (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde History Conference
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde will hold a History Conference from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 14, at the Tribal Gymnasium (9615 Grand Ronde Rd., Grand Ronde). Conference speakers include Ken Ames, Stephen Beckham, Robert Boyd, Tom Connolly, Rebecca Dobkins, David Lewis, Jennifer O’Neil, Mark Tveskov, and more. To attend or obtain further information, email Reina Nelson (email@example.com).
The Oregon Community Foundation is soliciting proposals for a statewide needs and opportunities assessment of Oregon’s public libraries. The purpose of the research project is to answer the following questions:
- What are the roles that Oregon’s libraries currently play in their communities (education and literacy, civic and community engagement; economic and workforce development)?
- How can Oregon’s libraries contribute to creating resilient communities?
- What role do libraries play in Oregon’s early childhood system (early childhood education, early childhood health and well-being, parental education, etc.)?
- What promising practices, programs and strategies are Oregon’s libraries using to fulfill these roles?How can these practices be encouraged?
- What are the challenges to fulfilling the roles Oregon’s libraries should play in their communities?
- What are promising practices, programs, and strategies being implemented outside of Oregon?Could these approaches work for Oregon libraries?
- How can we best measure the impacts and success of different programs?
The research will begin in January 2015 and will be complete by July. The Oregon Community Foundation hopes that this research will identify clear needs and promising practices that can be replicated across Oregon communities. Once the research is complete, it may lead will help inform OCF and its various donors on potential for grants to Oregon’s libraries. may request that OCF develop and manage a discrete grant-making opportunity to which they will contribute approximately $200,000 each year for 5 years.
Please contact Kirsten Kilchenstein (firstname.lastname@example.org) at OCF for more information.