OASL Recognizes the Greatness in our Ranks
At the recent Oregon Association of School Libraries Fall Conference, several members were recognized for their contributions to school libraries throughout Oregon. The OASL Award Winners were: Catherine Sergeant (District Librarian Award, Jefferson County School District), Heidi Pramuk (Elementary Library Media Teacher Award, Lincoln Elementary, Woodburn School District), Elizabeth Beazizo (Secondary Library Media Teacher Award, West Salem High School, Salem-Keizer School District), Bev Whiting (Library Paraprofessional Award, Rex Putnam High School, North Clackamas School District). Congratulations to this fantastic group that gives so much to the children of Oregon.
In addition, Debi Briggs-Crispin (Rosemont Ridge Middle School, West Linn School District) received the Distinguished Library Service Award for School Administrators.
Allen Kopf was awarded our OASL Lifetime Membership Award for his outstanding service to OASL and the children of Oregon. -Ruth Murray, Portland State University
Update from the Children’s Services Division
It’s been a busy autumn! On October 19th Tigard Public Library hosted the CSD Fall Workshop, attended by over 70 people, including a few from Washington. The morning was a lively session on brain development research presented by Joann Contini, followed by STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) for preschoolers. This session was a group presentation giving many different approaches to working with young children. Attendees left energized to try out new ideas in their communities!
Don’t miss out on some fantastic opportunities coming up for those working with youth: Storytime Meet-up, Mock Geisel and more! -Korie Jones Buerkle, Newberg Public Library
Mock Geisel Workshop Launched
The Oregon Library Association’s Children’s Services Division is sponsoring a brand new workshop in order to help members develop a solid understanding about what makes beginning reader books excellent. Without further ado, please allow me to introduce:
2014 Children’s Services Division Mock Geisel Workshop
Saturday December 14th, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Multnomah County Library, Midland Branch
The 2014 CSD Mock Geisel 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 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award 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 American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States 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 Geisel Committee (provided by Janet Weber, 2014 Geisel Committee Member)
- A look at how to judge beginning readers using the Geisel Award criteria (provided by Jackie Partch, 2012 Geisel Committee Member)
- A special presentation on the question of “What Makes a Beginning Reader Excellent from a Reading Instruction Perspective” (provided by Reading Specialist Barbara Steinberg, M.Ed)
The afternoon will be spent in lively discussion of a selection of beginning readers published in 2013, followed by a vote to crown the 2014 CSD Mock Geisel! The real 2014 Geisel Award will be announced during the ALA Midwinter Meeting on January 27, 2014.
If you have ever wanted to take a little more time to explore beginning readers and how to turn new readers onto books, this is the workshop for you! The registration Deadline is Sunday, December 8th, 2013. -Rick Samuelson, Youth Services Librarian
Washington County Cooperative Library Services
Library Directors Meet
The Oregon Public Library Directors’ Meeting, organized by the OLA Public Library Division, will be held on Friday, November 22 at the newly-renovated Hillsboro Public Library. Morning refreshments will be available starting at 9:30am. The meeting will begin at 10am.
State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen and OLA President Penny Hummel will start the day off. Topics include the new Oregon Public Library Standards and an update on the Oregon Collaborative Reference Project. Ample time is scheduled for updates from all libraries represented. Boxed lunches will be available to pre-order or you are welcome to BYO. The meeting will conclude at 2pm with Hillsboro Public Library Director, Mike Smith offering tours of the building. You still have time to RSVP to Pam North firstname.lastname@example.org – by November 8, please! -Pam North, Washington County Cooperative Library Services
Lampman Committee 2014
The Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award was established in 1982 to honor a living Oregon author, librarian, or educator who has made a significant contribution to Oregon in the fields of children’s literature and library services. It is awarded annually by the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association.
Nominations for the Lampman Award will open November 1st. The Lampman Committee for the 2014 award is:
- Chair – Becky Pearson,McMinnville Public Library
- Carrie Bushman, La Grande Public Library
- Jane Corry, Multnomah county Library
- Drucilla Curtis, Klamath Public Library
- Susie Goolsby, The Dalles Wasco Library
- Julie Handyside, Seaside Public Library
- Josie Hanneman, Deschutes Public Library
- Pam Johnson, Umatilla Public Library
- Sharon McCrum, Waldport Public Library
- Krist Obrist, Monmouth Public Library
- Kim Olson-Charles, Emporia
- Eila Overcash, Summit High School, Bend
- Mary Parra, Nellie Muir Elementary School, Woodburn
- Carol Reich, Hillsboro Public Library
- Kathy Street, Arlington Elementary School
Support People for Oregon Libraries PAC
Oregon needs elected officials who understand the unique role our libraries play in our communities. While OLA cannot support candidates, People for Oregon Libraries can. This political action committee funds library supportive candidates for the Legislature, as well as local library ballot measures.
You can contribute online or you can mail your check made out to People for Oregon Libraries to People for Oregon Libraries, c/o Nan Heim Associates, 833 SW 11th Avenue, #315, Portland OR 97205
Questions? Contact any of the board members of People for Oregon Libraries listed below or Nan, OLA’s lobbyist, at email@example.com.
Michele Burke, firstname.lastname@example.org
Abigail Elder, email@example.com
Penny Hummel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Webster, email@example.com
Thank you for helping to strengthen libraries! -Michele Burke, Chemeketa Community College Library
Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant Opportunity
Help advance our profession by advancing your research! YALSA is pleased to support the Frances Henne / YALSA / VOYA Research Grant, an annual competition that awards recipients $1000 in seed money to support small-scale research projects. The deadline for applying is December 1.
The proposed research must respond to YALSA’s vision, mission, goals, and research agenda; applicants must also be YALSA members. Proposals are limited to two pages plus an additional page for biographical information.
The 2013 Henne Research Grant supported work by Drexel doctoral student Rachel Magee, who examined how teens use (or do not use) technologies, how the values and relationships surrounding teens and technology impact that use and what that means for the role of information in teens’ lives.
Dr. Carol L. Tilley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, chairs this year’s jury. She is joined by Robert Bittner, Simon Fraser University; Dr. Don Latham, Florida State University; Maribel Lechuga, Kitsap Regional Library; and Dr. Cindy C. Welch, University of Tennessee.
ALSC announces Día Family Book Club Mini-grant Applications
Apply for a Día Family Book Club mini-grant! Intended as an expansion of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), the Día Family Book Club program is a reading program that engages children and families in the shared reading and discussion of contemporary children’s literature that reflects our common plurality.
Up to 15 mini-grants will be awarded at $2,000 each to public libraries that demonstrate a need to better address diversity within their communities through Día Family Book Club programs. For more information, mini-grant guidelines and the application form, please visit http://dia.ala.org/dia-2014-mini-grants-available. The deadline to accept mini-grant applications is Nov. 30, 2013.
Christy Davis Chosen as Klamath County Library Director
Christy Davis was recently selected to be the Director of the Klamath County Library Service District. The District serves 65,000 residents in a 6,000 square mile county by providing library services through 12 branches. Christy appreciates the service foundation built by Andy Swanson, who retired in February of this year. She is most grateful for inheriting an outstanding team of library staff who are dedicated to providing excellent library services. Christy has held six progressively responsible positions in her 17+ years of serving at the library, beginning in February of 1996 when she was hired to administer the LSCA (now LSTA) grant-funded story van project, a program that brought story times and early literacy training into home and institutional daycares in the Basin.
Christy grew up in the university town of Bloomington, Indiana. The youngest of four children, she spent many, many of the Saturdays of her formative years at her local public library in Bloomington. She attended Indiana University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with a minor in Art History, and recently completed her Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management, where she graduated with honors among 35 students in the school’s Oregon cohort program. is married to Kevin O’Neil, a licensed clinical acupuncturist and internet entrepreneur. Together, they share a love of animals and live music, healthy gourmet cooking, and of course, reading. She thinks the three best things about living in Klamath are the library, the people, and the sunshine.
Michele Burke Honored
Michele Burke, OLA Past President and Reference Librarian at Chemeketa Community College, was among four individuals recently recognized as Emporia State University Outstanding Recent Graduates.
According to The Emporia Gazette, the Outstanding Graduate Award recognizes career achievements, community service, and dedication to Emporia State. In addition to her service within OLA, Michele was instrumental in the founding of the Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon, and was named a Library Journal “Mover and Shaker” in 2013. Congratulations, Michele!
Conference Planning – It’s Never Too Early!
The OLA 2014 Annual Conference will be held at the Salem Convention Center in Salem on April 16-18, 2014. If you are planning on attending the OLA Conference, you should consider staying at the Grand Hotel. The top reasons for staying at the conference hotel are:
- More time – It’s the center of conference activity! You’ll be able to network easily with other conference attendees. It’s a quick trip to get to the program and functions, and just as quick to nip back to your room for a break. You’ll have a better conference experience.
- Relaxation – To unwind, you can choose fine dining, a relaxing glass of premium wine in the lounge, a refreshing swim in the indoor pool and spa, or an exhilarating workout in the fitness center.
- Conference Banquets – Staying at the conference hotel will make it easier to attend either or both of the Banquets on Wednesday and Thursday evening.
- Supporting the OLA Conference - The Conference receives complimentary rooms based on the number of rooms that are reserved. These rooms are used for speakers and this helps keep the price of conference registration down.
- Enjoy Salem – Take time to enjoy all that Salem has to offer. To find out more, visit the Travel Salem website.
The direct website for booking the hotel is http://booking.ihotelier.com/istay/istay.jsp?groupID=1112448&hotelID=13141 If making a reservation by phone or through the hotel’s website, use the group code of OLA2014. A deluxe king is $119 plus tax and a deluxe double queen is $129 plus tax.
OYAN Mock Printz Workshop
Hey YA Fans, It’s time to register for 2014 OYAN Mock Printz Workshop. The workshop is an opportunity for YA literature lovers to congregate and discuss some of the year’s best books. Virtual participation will also be available via GotoMeeting (details at a later time). As always, we encourage you to bring teens. Here are the details:
Mock Printz Workshop
January 18, 2014,1-5:00 p.m.
Free (snacks provided)
Location:US Bank Room,Central Library,801 SW 10th Ave.,Portland, OR 97205.
To register: Email Susan Smallsreed with name, library and email address for all participants you want to register.
Here are the books under consideration:
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowel
- In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
- Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler
- September Girls by Bennett Madison
- Winger by Andrew Smith
- Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
- Boxer/Saint by Gene Luen Yang
- Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
- Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
- If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Questions? Just ask. Now, get reading! -Susan Smallsreed, Multnomah County Library
Horner Exchange 2013
As part of the Horner Exchange Project, three Oregon librarians are currently traveling to Fujian Province, China, for a three week visit to libraries and cultural centers. They will be learning about the state of librarianship in public and university libraries as well as giving presentations in their areas of expertise.
If you would like to follow their adventures, Patricia French (Multnomah County Library), Angela Lee (Washington County Cooperative Library Services), and Lori Wamsley (Portland Community College, Cascade Campus) will be blogging about their experiences.
The Horner Library Staff Exchange Project is an exchange of library staff between Fujian Province, China, and Oregon, for the purpose of sharing professional knowledge about library and information science. It was established through a generous gift from the late Dr. Layton Horner to the Oregon State Library, and continues through a partnership between the Oregon State Library and OLA’s International Relations Round Table. Our international partners are the Fujian Provincial Library and the Fujian Library Association. Fujian is Oregon’s sister province in China and the Fujian Provincial Library maintains a sister library relationship with the Oregon State Library. -Nancy Hoover, Marylhurst University
Calling all Book Geeks!
This year’s OASL Fall Conference provides so many opportunities to get your Book Geek on! With this incredible line up, what are you waiting for? Register today!
YA award-winning author A. S. King will be presenting on Friday, 2:45-4:15, at the Friday night dessert, and then will join in the dance party happening at the Dublin Pub.
Carmen Bernier-Grand will charm us during Saturday’s luncheon and will be presenting with Rosanne Parry at Saturday’s Session 3, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Kadir Nelson will be presenting a session from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday and also delivering a Saturday night lecture in the beautiful Moyer Theatre.
You will also have the opportunity to meet and attend sessions led by the following authors:
- Barry Deutsch, April Henry, Barbara Kerley,
- Robin Koontz, Rosanne Parry, Dawn Prochovnic,
- Nicole Rubel, Elizabeth Rusch, and Lisa Schroeder
Check out the OASL Fall Conference! -Nancy Sullivan, President, OASL
Librarians Share Storytime Fun
One recent Monday night, thirteen children’s services people, both new and experienced, from the north end of the Willamette Valley met at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne in SE Portland. We laughed at our storytime nightmares, both dreams and reality. We learned how others handle chatty or texting moms, how Wilsonville does two-person storytimes, which we all now want to go and see. We learned about books that work, crowd control strategies, and other people’s routines.
I brought along shakers, my parachute and scarves, and some conversation starter ideas, but we never got to them. It was so much fun and we learned so much from each other that another one is planned in Salem on Monday Nov. 4th, 7:00pm upstairs at McMenamin’s Thompson Brewery and Public House. It would be so wonderful if we could have them all over the state! If you want to host one feel free to contact me or Korie Buerkle and we’ll help in any way we can. -Jane Corry, Multnomah County Library
OSU Seminar Series Launches
OSU Libraries’ Library Faculty Association invites you to the inaugural event of the 2013-2014 Library Faculty Seminar Series, a presentation by Richard Sapon-White, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at OSU.
Topic: Librarianship in the Land of Fields: Report of a Sabbatical in Poland
Summary: Supported by a Fulbright Grant, Richard spent 2012-2013 living in Warsaw, Poland where he taught library science courses at the University of Warsaw and lectured throughout Poland and the Czech Republic. He also collected amber by the Baltic Sea, drank Polish chocolate, and tried – sometimes successfully – to speak Polish. Richard will talk about his professional and personal experiences in what is sure to be an enlightening and entertaining presentation. Please join us!
When: Friday, October 11, 2013, 10:00-11:30 AM (refreshments provided)
Where: Valley Library 3622, Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms, Oregon State University, Corvallis campus. (http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/visit)
For more information contact: Amanda Whitmire at Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-737-3133
Help Cornelius Get A New Library
This November 5, the Cornelius Public Library has a bond measure on the ballot to construct a new library to replace it’s woefully undersized one of 3,025 square feet. The bond is for $2.4 million, about $59 per household. The library will also need to raise $2.4 privately. The special thing about this project is that the voters’ $5 per month leverages another $8 million from our partner, a senior housing developer managing the project and including two floors over the library of affordable senior housing.
Make New Friends – A Tale From the Trenches
Got books, need library! That’s the lament from the Friends of the Jefferson Public Library. The sky isn’t falling, but according to a recent engineering report our library, housed in the 150 year old Conser House, just might. The determination that the building is “…severely structurally deficient….” rang loudly in our ears.
What shall we do? Who will help? Of course! When in doubt, ask a librarian! They will search and research your every question. Need to know? Ask your local librarian to chat with the worldwide circle of experts. And don’t forget those super supporters of libraries, that group known as The Friends of Libraries.
With all that knowledge, support, expertise, and sage advice – what was the first step? A needs assessment, of course! We already knew the existing library had a number of spatial and structural constraints that impacted its ability to serve the community. Clearly, one of the most obvious issues resulting from substandard space was a lack of shelf space to house traditional and new media collections. Further, the compact nature of the library resulted in narrow aisles, restricting accessibility for individuals with mobility issues. Finally, with only 800 square feet of library space, it was impossible to simultaneously offer active and contemplative programing. Additionally, the local school district, facing revenue shortfalls, eliminated the elementary and middle school librarian positions. The unintended consequences of this decision added to the figurative and literal collapse of the building.
Then the long-term dream of this rural community of 3,000 emerged. Construction of a new library on an alternate site would allow for the Historical Society to repair and refurbish Conser House. If the museum was able to vacate the Community Center and move to the Conser House, it would free up much-needed space and allow the Community Center to undertake additional programs. Finally, the increased square footage of the Library and the Community Center would enable number of programs offered community-wide to be greatly increased.
But where will the money come from? The community determined that it wanted a library with no debt on opening day. A challenge, yes indeed. Once again, those Friends of the Library put their heads together and, voila!, a plan was in place. Authors were solicited, businesses saw the advantages to them, community organizations rallied, gifts were made to remember loved ones, a Festival of Flowers brought the town together to celebrate progress, the City of Jefferson contributed the land, and if it isn’t nailed to the ground, we sell it. To date we have the land, $200,000 in cash, $400,000 pending in grant requests, and plans in place for the remaining efforts. Groundbreaking is close!
Please visit a website during National Friends of the Library week, October 20-26 (ours is jeffersonoregonfol.com) and leave a message of support along with a donation to honor the great work accomplished by library legionnaires everywhere. Libraries are the doorways to everywhere, and together we can keep them open! -Linda Baker, President, Jefferson Friends of the Library