Archive for August, 2007
It’s back to school time again! And not just for students, but for those of us in libraries too. Read about a fun library training program that Deschutes Public Library has implemented in the Cool Ideas section. Also, be sure to check out several of the conference and training options covered in this edition of the Hotline. Just a reminder, the Hotline is now available as a blog. Visit it at http://olahotline.wordpress.com/.
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ACRL-Oregon Scholarship for Fall Conference
ACRL-Oregon Scholarship Information for Fall Conference (Pack Forest)
ACRL-OR will award two scholarships to the ACRL Washington and Oregon Joint Fall Conference (Oct. 25-26, 2007) at the Pack Forest Conference Center in Eatonville, Washington. The scholarship will cover the registration fee for the conference, which includes room and board, and a $30 remittance to assist in covering travel expenses.
Applicants must be:
- A member of OLA or willing to join before the conference
- A librarian working in a library in Oregon or a student in an ALA-accredited library program who lives in Oregon
- A first-time attendee of Pack Forest
Download and complete the scholarship application (MS Word format) at http://www.olaweb.org/acrl/scholarshipapp.doc
Applicants need to:
- Write an essay, not to exceed 500 words, that describes your interest in academic libraries and in the theme of the conference. The theme of the conference is: “The Visible Librarian: Establish Your Presence on Campus.”
- Provide a resume with your application.
- Submit via email attachments all application materials. MS-Word files preferred.
Applications are due September 14, 2007. Scholarship recipients will be announced by October 5, 2007.
ACRL Scholarship Web page: http://www.olaweb.org/acrl/scholarship.htm
Address applications and questions to:
Elizabeth Breakstone, firstname.lastname@example.org OR Garrett Trott, email@example.com
The Grant Institute’s Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop will be held at Portland State University, September 26 – 28, 2007. Interested development professionals, researchers, faculty, and graduate students should register as soon as possible, as demand means that seats will fill up quickly. All participants will receive certification in professional grant writing from the Institute. For more information call (888) 824 – 4424 or visit The Grant Institute at http://www.thegrantinstitute.com.
Registration – $597.00, tuition includes all materials and certificates.
Each student will receive:
- The Grant Institute Certificate in Professional Grant Writing
- The Grant Institute’s Guide to Successful Grant Writing
- The Grant Institute Grant Writer’s Workbook with sample proposals, forms, and outlines
1) On-Line – Complete the online registration form at www.thegrantinstitute.com under Register Now. We’ll send your confirmation by e-mail.
2) By Phone – Call (888) 824 – 4424 to register by phone. Our friendly Program Coordinators will be happy to assist you and answer your questions.
3) By E-mail – Send an e-mail with your name, organization, and basic contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reserve your slot and send your Confirmation Packet.
Banned Books Week
Thank you to the libraries who have responded to say that you will be participating in the 2007 Oregon Celebration of the Freedom to Read. If I responded to your posting, you are on the list of participants who will receive “I read banned books” buttons and other useful information. If you have not yet responded, it is not too late. We will need a complete list of participating libraries no later than September 14th so that we can get the buttons to you before Banned Books Week begins. Last year we had enough buttons to provide each participating library with at least 50 buttons (or less if that is what the library requested). This year our donor has provided more buttons so participant should be prepared to let us know how many buttons you will need. I am going on vacation until September 2nd. When I return I will send out another message seeking confirmation of the list of participants. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate in this statewide celebration. I look forward to hearing from you all.
Candy Morgan, email@example.com
Online Northwest Proposal Deadline
PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 10, 2007
WHAT IS ONLINE NORTHWEST? Online Northwest is a one-day conference focusing on topics at the intersection of libraries, technology and culture. The conference is sponsored by the Oregon University System Library Council.
WHEN IS THE CONFERENCE? Friday, February 22, 2008
WHAT TOPICS ARE APPROPRIATE? The coordinating committee seeks presentations that discuss how technology is being applied within library settings and how technology is affecting library patrons and services. We strongly encourage academic, public, school, and special librarians to submit proposals. All topics relating to technology and libraries are welcome,
- Assessing the impact of technology on patrons or services
- User interface design and evaluation
- Implementation of Web 2.0 technologies in libraries
- Collection development and assessment
- Resource sharing (e.g. ILL, document delivery)
- Information literacy and instruction
- Metadata design, application, or evaluation
- Management of electronic resources or digital repositories
- Computer programming and development of computer applications to
- support delivery of library services
HOW DO I SUBMIT A PROPOSAL? Please submit a 150-250 word abstract describing the presentation content and intended audience via the online submission form available
For examples of past presentations or more information, see:
WHERE IS THE CONFERENCE?
CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Corvallis, Oregon (on the Oregon State University campus)
Book Repair – Basic Training
This two-day course is designed to provide information and hands-on experience in basic book and paper repair for general (non-rare) library collections. Participants learn about treatment decisions, repair options and supplies. They will practice a variety of repair techniques in the supervised, hands-on portions of the workshop. Topics and techniques covered include:
- Surface cleaning and paper repair.
- Attaching loose pages.
- Book structure.
- Paperback reinforcement.
- Endsheet replacement.
- Selecting supplies and equipment.
Site & Date
Siuslaw Public Library – Florence (Oregon) October 18-19, 2007, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day (Lunch on your own.)
$300 for BCR members
$400 for nonmembers
Voucher: BCR training vouchers may not be used for this workshop!
Amigos Instructor: TBA
BCR Registration Form:
Bobbi Navarro, (800)397-1552×126
New OSU Libraries AUL
Faye Chadwell has been appointed to the position of Associate University Librarian for Collections and Content Management at the Oregon State University Libraries as of August 20.
Chadwell served previously at the University of Oregon’s Libraries for the last 12 years. At the University of Oregon she managed the Collection Development and Acquisitions Department as a full Professor. Prior to her work in Oregon, Chadwell worked for 6 years at the University of South Carolina. She comes to her new post with over 18 years of experience in higher education librarianship serving in successive positions of increasing responsibility over her career. Chadwell brings with her strong management and collections experience, agility and adaptability to change and a passion for libraries with key interests in the role of women, particularly minority women, in society.
Chadwell has written and presented on the topics of licensing, collection assessment, diversity in libraries, and intellectual freedom; she has also contributed articles to several reference sources about African American women and women scientists and compiled multiple bibliographies on the topic of women in science and feminism and science. In spring 2007, she was named editor of Collection Management. Chadwell has served as president of the Oregon Library Association (OLA), chaired OLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee, and co-chaired the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table. In 2003, she was the recipient of the 2003 Richard and Mary Corrigan Solari Library Faculty Fellowship Award, given to University of Oregon library faculty for noteworthy contributions to the UO, the region, and the international community of scholars.
At OSU Libraries, Chadwell will be responsible for providing leadership to the Archives, Collection Development, and Technical Services Departments as well as the Marilyn Potts Guin Branch Library, at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Continuing to advance the discovery and promote the use of OSU’s rich library collections, whether traditional or digital, will be a fundamental aim of her collaboration with library colleagues.
Chadwell holds a BA and MA in English from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She received her MLS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL.
Jackson County Libraries Update
Jackson County Libraries will likely re-open in November. They were closed April 6 due to a lack of funding, caused by the loss to Jackson County of 23 million dollars of federal revenue for the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (formerly known as O & C funds). In May a local option property tax levy of .66 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation to re-open the libraries failed. Then Congress authorized a one-year extension of the Secure Rural Schools…Act. Although the County Budget Committee had stated in December 2006 that if a one-year re-authorization was passed the funds would not be used to re-open libraries, the Budget Committee reversed its position under a proposal to fund the libraries for the remainder of the current fiscal year and two more years by contracting with LSSI. The proposal was developed after an RFP was issued and responded to by LSSI and by SEIU, the union which covers most employees of Jackson County.
The proposed contract would operate the libraries at approximately half the previous open hours, using the one-year re-authorization funds for the 2 years of operation. The contract with LSSI is currently being negotiated. Under the proposal the Central Medford library, and the Ashland, Central Point, Eagle Point, and Rogue River branches would each be open 24 hours per week. Six more branches would be open 16 hours per week and four would be open 8 hours per week. A number of services provided prior to the closure would not be provided or would be provided at some level by volunteers, such as Outreach to the Homebound. Local jurisdictions and organizations have been invited to augment the hours of their local branches under this proposal. The City of Ashland has a measure on the September 18 ballot, originally placed there to fund re-opening the Ashland Library when it appeared that the county had no funds to re-open the libraries. The Ashland City Council this week affirmed its continued support of passage of the library levy, vowing to collect only a portion of the levy (which was for up to .58 per thousand) to augment the base level of hours and services in the County’s proposal. The Committee to Open Ashland Library (COAL), co-chaired by Amy Blossom, former Ashland Librarian, and Pam Vavra, is working hard to pass the levy, which requires a double majority. Other librarians deeply involved in COAL include John Sexton, Amy Kinard, Ann Magill, Bill Street, and Anne Billeter. The City of Talent had planned to place an advisory measure on the November ballot, proposing a $4.00 per household utility fee to re-open the Talent branch library. Talent is now considering reducing the amount of the proposed utility fee in order to augment the 16 hours per week in the County’s proposal. The Talent branch library was the twelfth of the 15 Jackson County branch libraries to be built with bond measure funds passed in 2000. It was opened February 26 and closed 6 weeks later along with the other 14 Jackson County library branches. It is an integral part of the Talent Civic Center complex, which includes a new City Hall opened last Sunday, a Commons, the Talent Historical Society in the old library building, and a Community Center. The precincts which passed the May library levy were Ashland (by a 72% margin), Talent, and the Rogue Valley Manor.
–Anne Billeter, former Jackson County Library manager of the South Region (Ashland, Phoenix, and Talent) and manager of Children’s and Young Adult Services.
Congratulations New Graduates!
We would especially like to honor our Jefferson County Library Director, Sally Beesley, for achieving her MLS degree! The staff at the Jefferson County Library in Madras,Oregon, are very proud of Sally. Congratulations to all the other graduates as well!
Jackie May, 541-475-3351
Deschutes Public Library Implements E.T., a Learning 2.0 Program
The Deschutes Public Library has an exciting Learning 2.0 program for staff called “Embracing Technology,” or—E.T. Our training is modeled after the Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenberg County’s program called “23 Things”: http://plcmcl2-things.blogspot.com/ .
We shaped the program to fit our own library system’s needs. For instance, as part of our launching strategy, we created a contest about E.T., the movie, and blended it with Embracing Technology. Those who responded got a prize (we wanted there to be incentive opportunities both at the beginning and end of the training). We also trimmed the experience from 23 to 14 “things,” and we have a second program of only 8 items specifically designed for our Circulation Staff who have less time in their schedules to spend with a computer.
The purpose of the training is to provide staff with opportunities to explore and to have hands-on experiences with new technology and tools, such as blogging, YouTube, Flickr, and more.
The self-paced training runs over 9 weeks (5 weeks for Circulation), with most staff setting up blogs to chart their progress and record their thoughts and ideas. Those who complete the program in the designated time receive a reward—a movie gift certificate.
What do you (or other staff) like about it?
This training is a great way to encourage curiosity and exploration. It also helps us to be on the same page as our patrons who are using these tools in their own lives. It also dovetails into the DPLS learning environment culture—where we are exploring and encouraging staff to be curious and constantly managing their own learning.
Staff love the prizes, and while they are not as splashy as those from the Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenberg County (they were giving away MP3 players), they provide incentive and enjoyment for accomplishments made along the way. We hear lots of comments like “wow—that’s cool!” while others admit “I’m glad I know about it, but I don’t know if I’ll ever use it.”
If you’d like more about this exciting program, please contact any one of the project team members: Wylie Ackerman, E-Services Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org); Liisa Sjoblom, Adult Services Librarian (email@example.com), Marian Thomas, HR Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org), April Witteveen, Teen Services Librarian (email@example.com).
The Hotline will begin a new feature section this edition called “Cool Ideas.” This section will feature new technologies, innovative ideas, or new tools Oregon librarians are trying out. Check out this new section and feel free to pass cool ideas of your own on to Hannah Gascho Rempel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One “cool idea” we are trying here at the Hotline is to post the Hotline News in another format. For those of you who prefer to read your news on a blog, receive news updates via RSS feed, and respond to news items in a comments section, please navigate on over to http://olahotline.wordpress.com/ and let us know what you think.
The Support Staff Division of OLA has put together an all-day, Basic Book Mending Workshop for August 24th, at Portland State University. The cost is $60 for SSD members and $70 for non-members. The cost covers the book mending kit, (which you get to take back with you) an SSD book bag and two breaks, one in the morning and one in the after noon. *Lunch is “on your own”. You may bring your lunch or a handout will be given to those participants requesting information on local places to eat.
Once again the workshop is based on “first come” and is limited to 10 participants. The Deadline to register is August 17th. Please e-mail Diane Bolen at email@example.com or call 503-370-6673, additional information will be sent to you. Payment can be made after you register.
The annual Stories by the Sea Storytelling Festival will be held at the Performing Arts Center in beautiful Newport September 21, 22, and 23. This year’s featured storytellers are Elizabeth Ellis, Elaine Grinnell, and Debra Harris-Branham.
Elizabeth Ellis is a riveting storyteller who specializes in Appalachian tales, Texas tales, and stories of heroic American women. She has been a storyteller-in-residence at the International Storytelling Center and is a recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Association.
Elaine Grinnell is an elder of the K’lallam tribe who lives on the land of her ancestors in Sequim, WA. She teaches classes in Native American basketry, cooking and drum making. Her storytelling includes legends, creation stories, and fish stories.
Stories by the Sea will begin on Friday evening with a ghost story swap. Saturday’s events include storytelling workshops by the featured storytellers, an afternoon storytelling matinee for children and an evening storytelling concert for adults. The festival concludes Sunday with an inspirational story swap and a picnic lunch with Northwest storytellers.
For more information, check the festival Web site, www.olaweb.org/csd/stories.html, or call Rebecca Cohen at (541) 265-3109. Stories by the Sea is sponsored by the Oregon Library Association, the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, the Newport Public Library, the Whaler Motel, and the Jeannette Hofer Literacy Fund.
The Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse (OIFC) website has been updated. Please check out the changes at http://oregon.gov/OSL/LD/intellectual.shtml.
On the OIFC website you will find resources to help you:
- Deal with challenges to materials in your library.
- Develop library policies to prevent formal challenges.
- Establish procedures for dealing with formal challenges when they occur.
- Learn more about intellectual freedom issues in school, academic, and public libraries.
- Find out what books have been challenged in Oregon in the last 19 years.
- Report challenges at your library to OIFC.
If you have any question contact Katie Anderson, Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator; 503-378-2528, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The library community is cordially invited to attend the graduation ceremony for the Oregon VI cohort of Emporia State University’s School of Library & Information Management (SLIM), to be held on Saturday, August 25th, 2007, at 1:00 pm at Portland State University (PSU), Smith Center Ballroom. For a PSU map, see:
Parking is $4 on Saturdays in parking structure #1.
The commencement speaker will be “The Lipstick Librarian”, Linda Absher – - also known to Oregonians as the Humanities/Social Sciences Librarian at PSU. Oregon State Librarian, Jim Scheppke, and OLA Past President, Aletha Bonebrake, will also be featured speakers.
Questions? Contact Perri Parise ( email@example.com ); 503-223- 8280 or 800-236-7302.
Free “Take-at-your-own-rate library courses. ‘Library U’ courses offer a great solution for anyone looking for staff development or wanting a bit of professional development themselves. Check out the course listings – there is an amazing breadth of topics, covering the basics to advanced. Courses are presented in brief modules online that take about an hour to complete.
‘Library U’ courses were developed through a Gates Foundation Training Grant and Illinois State Library LSTA funds and are now available to everyone. While some courses, “Laws that Affect Libraries”, for example, are geared for Illinois libraries, modules such as “Weeding the Library Collection”, or “Master of Disaster; Developing a Disaster Plan” apply to libraries everywhere. Go to http://learning.libraryu.org/home/ and take a look. This is a treasure trove for library staff!
The training is for librarians who plan to take shifts staffing L-net at partner libraries. Librarians will receive hands-on training with L-net’s chat software, e-mail software, and instruction on techniques for communicating effectively online with patrons and providing reference services online. Training is a two-day event. Attendance at both days is required to staff the service; day two builds upon the training provided on day one.
These trainings are also open to librarians who would like to apply to participate in our volunteer program, typically staffing the service from home computers. The training is free, but space is limited and advance registration is required. If you would like to attend, contact Emily Papagni, firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.988.5433
New library media standards were adopted on August 1st in Pendleton. Cheryl Livneh, Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University, comments, “I would like to give my thanks and appreciation to everyone who worked on this project. I believe you did a great service to the PreK-12 students of Oregon, by ensuring that there are a current, rigorous set of standards for library media specialists and that people must go through a program, not just take an exam.” You can find these new standards at http://olaweb.org/hotline/vol13/new_lms.pdf.
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Corvallis-Benton County Public Library Uses a New Visual Search Tool
Have you ever worked with someone who didn’t understand a concept until you showed them a picture? Have you ever wished you could view catalog search returns in something other than a list format? At Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, they have provided patrons with a way to do just that. Aquabrowser is an alternative interface to the library catalog that allows the patron to do a more visual search. After entering a keyword, it displays a “cloud” of related concepts, meanings and spellings.
Carrie Ottow, CBCPL Adult Reference Librarian reports, “it’s great because it almost always returns hits. If it doesn’t have any hits, it has a spell checker that suggests other spellings. For example type in fibromialjia – it says “did you mean fibromyalgia.” It’s easy to use, patrons just type in a keyword, and it’s easy narrow results based on a format (books, music, movies, etc.), author, subject, language or series.”
The Aquabrowser catalog has been receiving a lot of use, even though it isn’t the default view from their homepage. Patrons who see Aquabrowser at the desk are very enthusiastic about it. CBCPL hopes to switch and have it be the default catalog soon.
Check it out yourself at http://library.ci.corvallis.or.us/aquabrowser/