August 15, 2007 (Volume 13, no. 20) – Happenings
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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