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April 15, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 12) – From the Editor

Just a reminder, you can read the OLA Hotline two different ways!  You may receive the email version and/or you may read the Hotline in blog format at http://olahotline.wordpress.com/(which means you can also receive the Hotline through your RSS feedreader).

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April 15, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 12) – OLA News


OLA website’s New look / Call for Fall OLAQ Articles / PLD Scholarship / Oregon Author’s Bibliography / Disaster Preparedness Workshop / Events for Book Lovers at OLA/WLA / OLA/WLA Conference Tips


Check Out the New Look of olaweb.org

Take a peek at olaweb.org and you’ll see a whole new look to OLA’s website after ten years. Our website is now being housed at MemberClicks, which is also the service that maintains the OLA membership database, calendar and most of the forms. There are many features that are only available to OLA members, such as viewing the membership directory. There are still some spots that are being tweaked and refined, but we are working diligently to get everything moved to the new server.

And you may well ask who is this “we” that has worked and is working on this new site. The members of the Web Site Design Task Force have been Wade Guidry, Mo Cole, Darci Hanning, Kevin Moore and myself. We also have many people involved with updating and maintaining the OLA units web pages, known as the OLA Webbies – thanks OLA Webbies!

If you have any ideas for information you would like to see available on the site, ideas for what you would like to see answered under the OLA FAQs, or notice any glaring hiccups with the site, please let me know at ola@olaweb.org

- Steph Miller, OLA Web Member Manager

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Call for Articles for the Fall 2008 OLAQ

Abigail Elder of Multnomah County Library and I have found ourselves guest editing the Fall issue of the Oregon Library Association Quarterly and we are hoping to make this issue a practical guide for new and current librarians on how to get a job in Oregon libraries, how to keep the job you have and how to change careers within librarianship. Do you have some ideas on what you think new or current librarians should know? Write an article for OLAQ!

The deadline for submissions to the Fall 2008 OLA Quarterly issue on professional development has been extended to July 1st.

Details for writing an article can be found at http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=64570&orgId=ola

Some ideas for articles (if you’re interested in picking up one of these topics, please do!):

  • Have you considered becoming a manager?
  • Why a great librarian still might not get the job (Looking at the librarian positions from an organizational perspective)
  • Getting a degree beyond an MLS
  • What else can I do with an MLS degree?
  • A day in the life of a librarian in different positions (law librarian, cataloger, IT, small library director, corporate librarian, etc)

Please contact us as soon as possible with your idea – Steph Miller at ola@olaweb.org

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PLD Scholarship Opportunity

The Public Library Division of OLA is offering up to $500 in scholarship money to one or more recipients to support attendance at the PNLA Leadership Institute in October 2008. For information about the Leadership Institute, visit the PNLA website at http://www.pnla.org/.

The full application form includes the specific requirements. Two of the most important are that the application is due April 30, 2008 and the applicant must be a member of the Public Library Division at the time of application.

If you have any questions please contact:

Carol Uhte, PLD Chair, 503.988.4223, carolu@multcolib.org

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New Oregon Author’s Bibliography

The new Oregon Authors Bibliography 2006-2007 is now available from the OLA website under the Publications section!

https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=ola&formId=27383

This double issue holds over 350 entries with Oregon books and Juvenile literature clearly marked for you. This is an invaluable reference resource for building your collection! The double issue costs $30.00! Get your copy now!

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Disaster Preparedness Workshop

MayDay! MayDay! MayDay!

Who can forget the devastating photos from Hurricane Katrina? And did you know that the literary archives of Helen Keller were lost in the destruction of the World Trade Center? These recent disasters underlined the need for disaster preparedness for libraries and cultural heritage institutions. The Society of American Archivists took action by creating the MayDay initiative in 2006 to encourage organizations that hold literary and cultural resources in trust take at least one step towards preparing for a disaster. On Thursday, May 1, thousands of libraries, museums and archives throughout the United States will take time to do just this.

The PORTALS DIRG Committee and the OLA Preservation Roundtable invite you to a Disaster Response Plan Workshop. We’ll have templates available if you are just starting, or you can share your plan with others. We’ll share information about local resources and training opportunities. We’ll swap stories of our own experiences with disasters, great and small, and together, we will take that one small step towards ensuring the protection of our heritages.

What: MayDay Disaster Response Workshop

When: May 1, 2008 from 10:00am to Noon

Who: Sponsored by the Disaster Response Group of the Portland Area Library System and the Oregon Library Association Preservation Roundtable

Where: Oregon Historical Society’s Madison Room, 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon

RSVP: Email to: Shawna.Gandy@ohs.org

What to Bring: Yourself; your institution’s plan (if you have one); Disaster Preparedness and Response resources to share. Refreshments provided.

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Events for Book Lovers at OLA/WLA

We’ve got a great lineup of events for book lovers at this year’s OLA/WLA conference!

Portland‘s landmark independent bookstore is sponsoring an Evening At Powell’s City of Books on Wednesday, April 16th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm (immediately following the Opening All Conference Reception). Enjoy refreshments, tours of the Rare Book Room and use your 20% discount coupon (provided to all conference attendees, courtesy of Powell’s)

For more information and driving directions, check: http://wla.org/olawla2008/powells.html

What could be more fun than meeting three of Oregon’s liveliest and most talented authors at the OLA/WLA joint conference? You’ll get your chance at the Oregon Authors panel from 2-4 p.m. Friday April, 18. Come early to get a seat and be sure to stay until the end; local authors Nicoles Mones, Cai Emmons, and Chelsea Cain will be sharing stories and highlighting their recent books, then sticking around to sign books and chat one-on-one. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Our Keynote and Banquet speakers will also be staying after their presentations to sign copies of their books.

*On April 17, immediately following his presentation, Keynote

Speaker Thomas Frank will be signing copies of his books: What’s the Matter With Kansas, One Market Under God, and The Conquest of Cool.

*Dr. Stuart Robertshaw will be bringing a selection of his books

to sign after the Banquet presentation on April 18.

For more information about the program, events, registration and hotels, check out the conference website at: http://wla.org/olawla2008

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OLA/WLA Conference Tips
The 2008 OLA/WLA Joint Conference in Vancouver, Washington is just around the corner! Here are ten time-tested tips for getting the most out of your conference experience.

1. Kick off your conference the fun way – at the All Conference Reception and Meet & Greet. On Wednesday, April 16 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm In the Hilton Heritage B room you can mix, mingle, eat, drink and find out more about OLA and WLA.

2. Wear comfortable shoes! This probably goes without saying, but it’s easy to underestimate how much you’ll try to see and do while you’re there. There are two conference venues: the Hilton Vancouver, and the Red Lion at the Quay, more than 70 workshops and events, book signings and don’t forget the time you’ll spend in the exhibits!

3. Speaking of the exhibits, be sure to visit the vendor booths and thank the exhibitors for coming to our conference. Feeling lucky? While you’re in the exhibit area be sure to pick up a raffle entry form for the Exhibitors’ Raffle. Winners will be drawn throughout the conference; check the Raffle Board in the Discovery room to see if you’re a winner.

4. Take some time to check out the local shopping attractions. Our location in Vancouver, Washington gives you two great cities to visit for the price of one. If you’re not sure what to do, all registered attendees will receive a discount coupon for Powell’s City of Books. In addition, some attendees will receive a discount from Barnes and Noble. Thanks to Powell’s and Barnes and Noble for their support!

5. Not sure if you want IFIG or NGIN? Unclear on the difference between TRIP and TSRT? All of those librarian acronyms are decrypted for you on page 5 of your printed program!

6. Rest your feet and catch up with friends old and new in the Networking Lounge, located in the Hilton Ash room. Over at the Red Lion, moms will find a space just for them in the Mothers’ Room (in the Poolside Room).

7. Show that you’re a hip librarian and raise money for the OLA MLS scholarship fund at the same time! Buy a temporary tattoo from the OLA Past Presidents Round Table in the Conference Center Lobby. Proceeds will help support future librarians!

8. If you are staying at the conference hotels, pack your workout wear to take advantage of the complimentary fitness facilities.

9. Be sure to fill out the conference evaluation!

10. Have fun!

Anne-Marie Deitering, anne-marie.deitering@oregonstate.edu

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April 15, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 12) – Happenings


Cultural Competency / PNLA Leads Institute / Connecting Communities Conference / BCR Workshop / PNLA Annual Conference


State Library Staff Strive to Increase Cultural Competency

Increasing the cultural competency of staff at the State Library was an agency-wide goal during 2007. In response to Executive Order 05-01 from Governor Kulongowski, which charged agencies to “improve the skills and competency necessary to effectively manage affirmative action and diversity issues”, staff planned and carried out a full year training experience. There were 12 sessions, which included a book discussion group (Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie), four sessions devoted to a video review and discussion and two panel presentations. The Session, Developing Culturally Competent, Inclusive Libraries,included four Oregon librarians who presented projects and/or practices their libraries were implementing to create culturally competent, inclusive services for specific groups within their communities. Another presentation, given by Chinese librarians from the Portland area, prepared staff for a later visit by librarians from the Fujian Province in China. This initiative was so successful that it has been renewed for another year and a permanent staff committee has been established to handle event planning. Read more about the activities of the 2007 State Library Cultural Competency Initiatives at www.Oregon.gov/OSlor by clicking this link, http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/CCI_Summary_2007.doc.

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PNLA Leads Institute

The third PNLA Leads Institute is scheduled for this fall, and applications are currently available on the PNLA Website http://www.pnla.org. This week-long institute is a great opportunity to explore your potential and develop leadership qualities in an enriching retreat environment.

Here are the details:

DATES: Sunday (evening) October 26th through (noon) Friday, October 31st

FACILITATORS: Becky Schrieber & John Shannon, Schreiber Shannon Associates QUALIFICATIONS FOR APPLICANTS:

*Employed in a library organization within PNLA’s seven state/provincial region: Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington

*At least five years work in a library setting

*Current member of PNLA or one of the affiliated state/provincial library associations

*A completed application which will be evaluated via the process outlined below *Recommendation, based upon leadership potential and abilities, by sponsoring library which also indicates level of support

SELECTION PROCESS: The application is available via the PNLA website http://www.pnla.org/. Application period closes on April 30, 2008. Applicants will be evaluated by the leadership institute committee consisting of the institute coordinator and PNLA board which includes state/provincial representatives to PNLA. Up to 4 qualified individuals from each state/province will be recommended for priority invitation. The total invited applicants will be 32.

LOCATION: Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Road, Sandpoint, ID, 83864. Schweitzer Mountain Resort is nestled at the base of the Selkirk Mountains, in the Idaho panhandle, and overlooks Lake Pend Oreille – one of the largest freshwater lakes in the West. The resort is 86 miles outside of Spokane, Washington and about 45 miles south of the Canadian border. The retreat atmosphere ensures release from the demands of everyday professional life and guarantees minimal distractions in order for participants to make the most of the week long intensive institute. PNLA Leads participants are expected to attend the week-long institute without family members. Further information about the facility is available at http://www.schweitzer.com/.

COSTS: Registration for association members is $600 thanks to a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services http://www.imls.gov/ and PNLA and state/provincial association support. Registration includes: lodging, meals, institute materials and activities. Attendees pay their own transportation costs. Roundtrip shuttle to Schweitzer from the Spokane airport will be available at cost.

For questions about PNLA Leads or the application process, contact Mary DeWalt: mdewalt@adalib.org

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Connecting Communities Conference

Information and registration is now available for the Connecting Communities Conference to be held October 2-3, 2008 on the campus of Oregon State University. The conference is designed for people working in community-based nonprofits and agencies who wish to increase their ability to reach and engage Latino youth and families. For more information go to http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/connectingcommunities2008

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BCR Workshops

OCLC WorldCat Collection Analysis

http://www.bcr.org/training/schedule/programdetail.php?programid=137

Description:

This two-day online workshop gives participants a general overview of the WorldCat Collection Analysis service. This service allows institutions to use their WorldCat holdings data to analyze the current status of their collection as well as compare it to collections at other institutions.

NOTE: Regardless of whether you attend as an individual or as a group, the fee for this online workshop will be charged for each person who views the session. All participants must submit a registration form.

Who Should Attend?

New subscribers to the WorldCat Collection Analysis service as well as anyone interested in subscribing to WorldCat Collection Analysis.

Dates and Times:

May 6-7, 2008 (10:00 AM.-12 Noon) Mountain Time This class is taught on two consecutive days. Students need to attend both sessions to get the most out of the workshop.

Fees:

BCR members – $100

Nonmembers – $150

Voucher: 1 BCR training voucher

Register for all BCR workshops at:

http://www.bcr.org/training/workshops/register.html

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PNLA Annual Conference

Said, hey babe, Take a walk on the wild side! …And make plans today to come to PNLA’s

2008 Annual Conference, August 6-9, in Post Falls Idaho! You’ll meet some of the most adventurous librarians in the Pacific Northwest-and they’re not just the presenters!

They are everyday-kind-of librarians like Karen Keller (see her walking on the wild side at http://www.pnla.org/events/conference08/PNLAmarch.pdf). Even better, print this flier, post it in your library, and encourage your colleagues to attend too.

Jealous? Then send a picture of you showing your adventurous side to Conference Chair Kathy Watson, kwatson@marshallpl.org, and you may be featured in our next flier.

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April 1, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 11) – Message from the President

The things you learn in libraries.  I had the pleasure of spending a recent Saturday morning in the basement of the Oregon State Library going through old editions of the OLA News (the forerunner to the Hotline).  Truth be told I was supposed to be inventorying the issues, my OLA Archives work party task, but I couldn’t resist sitting down and reading the 30th anniversary issue (which was published in December 1982).

It’s always interesting to see the past’s anticipation of the future. I was amused to find an advertisement for a bookmark design contest on the theme Oregon Libraries 2001;  the announcement text asks: “Will library users consult computers instead of books?” “Will there be robots to turn the pages in big dictionaries?” “Will automated card catalogues tell you exactly what shelf to check to find the book want?”. I was also interested in the 1982 dues rates. I’ve been thinking a lot about our dues as the board will be recommending a dues increase during the business meeting at the upcoming conference.  This is only the second increase since 2001, and I was interested to see how our proposed rates track with historic dues levels.  Using the Measuring Worth web site (http://www.measuringworth.com/index.html), developed by Samuel Williamson, a World Bank economist, I find that the proposed rates are lower relative to 1982 dollars. (It’s also interesting to note that the highest salary band in 1982 was $25,001 and over.)

So other than the need to keep up with inflation, why are we proposing a dues increase?  Quite simply because our organization needs funds. In several of the past years, we have moved money from reserves to cover a deficit in the budget.  Our revenue sources are membership dues and annual conferences.  While the opportunity to meet with librarians from the region is a great way to advance our profession, develop relationships and just have fun, the revenues from joint conferences are lower.  We’re also moving into a couple years where there will be competing regional conferences: the national ACRL in Seattle in 2009 and the national PLA conference in Portland in 2010.  So, given these realities, the board is proposing a dues increase so that the excellent work of our organization in continuing education and in advocacy can continue.

Sarah Beasley, beasleys@pdx.du

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April 1, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 11) – OLA News

 

Tattoos Help MLS Students / OLA Website Photos Needed / OLA/WLA Conference Tips / Joan Frye Williams’ OLA/WLA Pre-Conference

Tattoos Help MLS Students

Dateline: Thursday, April 17, 2008, 12:30 p.m.:

Mudflap Couple make flap at library conference

Unable to maintain their finger-length distance any longer, the Mudflap Couple created quite a stir today when they put down their books, stretched out their fingers, and turned towards each other. Embraces and other signs of passion followed. Shocked conference attendees discreetly turned their heads in the other direction while one quick witted fellow threw a blanket over them, followed by a bucket of water. Catcalls and whistles were heard in the background.

“I don’t know what came over me!” Mudflap Boy exclaimed. “I was at a really good part of my book, this Madame Bovary thing, and all of a sudden I was beside myself. And then I was beside Mudflap Girl!”

Mudflap Girl agreed. “I was just reading this Jackie Collins romance when I was overcome with an urge to surge.”

As they got themselves arranged back into their tattoo, a seasoned librarian was heard to say, “The power of books-it’s really something!”

Be a part of the story-purchase a temporary tattoo (or two or three even!) at the Past Presidents Round Table Fundraising event of 2008! We’re raising funds for the OLA MLS Scholarship Fund. Cost of the tattoos will be 1 for $3 or 4 for $10. The proceeds from the sale of Mudflap Girl and Mudflap Boy (borrowed from the Wyoming State Library) and many other Archie McPhee Librarian tattoos will go directly to furthering the education of one of your colleagues. These funds support Oregon residents who attend the Emporia State University MLS Distance Program and the University of Washington’s iSchool.

Join us at the event that puts the fun back in fundraising!

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OLA Website Photos Needed

We need your photos!

The OLA Website Redesign Taskforce is redesigning the OLA website to be more accessible, more navigable and – just as important – more attractive! As part of the aesthetic overhaul, we will put images of Oregon libraries in the banner at the top of the site. Every time a visitor comes to the OLA website or refreshes the page, a new picture of a different Oregon library will appear in that banner. In technical terms, this is called a “rotating GIF”.

We would like to use your photos of your beautiful library, external or internal shots, librarians in action, willing patrons – your preference! This will be a great way to promote your library and connect it to the community of Oregon libraries.

We would also like any scans of old photos that reflect the history of libraries in Oregon. Who doesn’t enjoy marveling at the fashion styles of the past? “Wow, look at that hair!”

Please send your digital photos or scans to Kevin Moore at kevinwmoore@gmail.com.

Thanks for your help!
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OLA/WLA Conference Tips

The 2008 OLA/WLA Joint Conference in Vancouver, Washington is just around the corner! Here are ten time-tested tips for getting the most out of your conference experience.

1. Kick off your conference the fun way – at the All Conference Reception and Meet & Greet. On Wednesday, April 16 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm In the Hilton Heritage B room you can mix, mingle, eat, drink and find out more about OLA and WLA.

2. Wear comfortable shoes! This probably goes without saying, but it’s easy to underestimate how much you’ll try to see and do while you’re there. There are two conference venues: the Hilton Vancouver, and the Red Lion at the Quay, more than 70 workshops and events, book signings and don’t forget the time you’ll spend in the exhibits!

3. Speaking of the exhibits, be sure to visit the vendor booths and thank the exhibitors for coming to our conference. Feeling lucky? While you’re in the exhibit area be sure to pick up a raffle entry form for the Exhibitors’ Raffle. Winners will be drawn throughout the conference; check the Raffle Board in the Discovery room to see if you’re a winner.

4. Take some time to check out the local shopping attractions. Our location in Vancouver, Washington gives you two great cities to visit for the price of one. If you’re not sure what to do, all registered attendees will receive a discount coupon for Powell’s City of Books. In addition, some attendees will receive a discount from Barnes and Noble. Thanks to Powell’s and Barnes and Noble for their support!

5. Not sure if you want IFIG or NGIN? Unclear on the difference between TRIP and TSRT? All of those librarian acronyms are decrypted for you on page 5 of your printed program!

6. Rest your feet and catch up with friends old and new in the Networking Lounge, located in the Hilton Ash room. Over at the Red Lion, moms will find a space just for them in the Mothers’ Room (in the Poolside Room).

7. Show that you’re a hip librarian and raise money for the OLA MLS scholarship fund at the same time! Buy a temporary tattoo from the OLA Past Presidents Round Table in the Conference Center Lobby. Proceeds will help support future librarians!

8. If you are staying at the conference hotels, pack your workout wear to take advantage of the complimentary fitness facilities.

9. Be sure to fill out the conference evaluation!

10. Have fun!

Anne-Marie Deitering, anne-marie.deitering@oregonstate.edu

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Joan Frye Williams’ OLA/WLA Pre-Conference

Leave the Stereotypes Behind : New Tools for Shaping the Library Experience,

9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 16

Managers and frontline staff learn new service techniques to transform the library into a more vibrant – and sustainable – destination. Library futurist Joan Frye Williams demonstrates that we can’t rely on “business as usual” when our customers are presented with increasingly attractive alternatives to meet their informational and recreational needs: up-to-the minute information on the Internet; bookstores with plenty of parking, lattes, shiny books, movies-on-demand and more.

Progressive libraries have shown that top quality service has as much to do with hospitality, merchandising, and point-of-need transactions as with offering the right content. And frontline staff are the key to our customers’ service experience. So while we shouldn’t sell out, we might want to “sell up.” Come find out how. www.wla.org/olawla2008/

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April 1, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 11) – Happenings

Oregon VR Summit / PAIL Meeting / Early Literacy Training / Online Presentations / Governor’s Volunteer Awards

2008 Oregon Virtual Reference Summit


Registration for the 2008 Oregon Virtual Reference Summit in Salem is now open!

The Oregon Virtual Reference Summit brings great speakers to talk about virtual reference and it’s context in Oregon. It is a great opportunity for virtual reference practitioners in Oregon to meet face to face. Our keynote speaker will be R. David Lankes, director of the Information Institute of Syracuse, associate professor in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and fellow with the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy

When? May 9, 2008, 9:30 am – 4:30pm

Where? At the Eola Northwest Viticulture Center, 215 Doaks Ferry Road NW, Salem

For full program information, visit http://www.oregonlibraries.net/summit To register, visit http://www.oregonlibraries.net/summit/2008/register
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PAIL Meeting

Hold the date – PAIL Meeting Tues May 13, 6:30 -8:30 p.m.

The next PAIL Meeting (Portland Area Information Literacy Group) will be Tuesday 5/13 from 6:30 -8:30 PM. It will be held in the PSU library, room 160.

Topics we’ll be discussing are:

  • Oregon Information Literacy Proficiencies & the Portland Connection
  • The new AASL Standards for the 21st Century
  • Academic Librarians and Librarians & Student Success & Retention
  • The New Improved OSLIS Site

As usual, RSVPs are appreciated (schroedr@pdx.edu), but not necessary. Drop-ins are always welcome.

A link to PSU’s location & parking http://www.pdx.edu/map.html
If you’re driving Parking Structure #P1 at 6th Ave. and Harrison is a good one to use. Enter from 6th Ave. only.

Hope to see you there – Bob Schroeder

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Early Literacy Training Session

CCRLS is bringing nationally known Saroj Ghoting to Oregon for an all day early literacy training session called “Fun and Facts of Early Literacy in Storytime.” Saroj is the co-author of Early Literacy Storytimes @ your library: Partnering with Caregivers for Success published by ALA Editions and is a consultant for ALSC and the Public Library Association on the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library? early literacy initiative.

There are a limited number of places available for this program, which will be held on Friday, May 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Salem Public Library. The cost to attend the six-hour training is $50. Please contact BJ Quinlan if you have questions or if you would like to register to attend. (503-588-6039 or bjquinlan@cityofsalem.net )

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Librarian in Black Online Presentations

Thursday, May 8, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.

“Online Marketing for Libraries” Presented by Sarah Houghton-Jan

Host: TAP Information Services

Online Location: OPAL Online Auditorium

Join Sarah Houghton-Jan, the Librarian in Black blogger, in exploring how libraries can market their collections and services online. In the Web 2.0 environment, library staff need to think about outreach differently. Users spend more time online in both solitary and social endeavors. This session will cover how to find potential users online and reach out to them with the services and resources they need. Attendees will go away with a lengthy checklist of ideas to take back to their libraries to successfully create an ongoing online marketing plan. Please note: This program will last approximately 90 minutes.

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 1:00 p.m.

“Technology Training and Competencies for Libraries” Presented by Sarah Houghton-Jan

Host: TAP Information Services

Online Location: OPAL Online Auditorium

Join Sarah Houghton-Jan, the Librarian in Black blogger, in exploring how libraries can provide tech training for staff. Every library on the planet struggles with technology training for staff. In this session, learn how to create a set of useful technology competencies, catered to your individual library and its technologies. Also learn how to use these competencies, and the staff’s assessments, to build a self-sustaining staff technology training program. You will hear about the purpose and benefits of competencies and technology training, get a review of the process of creating competencies lists, and the implementation process, including assessment. Please note: This program will last approximately 90 minutes.

For links to these and other upcoming OPAL online programs, please visit

http://www.opal-online.org/progschrono.htm

TAP Information Services, tpeters@tapinformation.com

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Oregon Governor’s Volunteer Awards

2008 Oregon Governor’s Volunteer Awards

Nominate a volunteer or program!

Do you know an outstanding volunteer? Do you want to highlight the great work of a volunteer program? Nominate them for the 2008 Oregon Governor’s Volunteer Awards.

Nominations are open now. Categories include: adult, senior, youth, volunteer program, youth volunteer program or group, employee volunteer program and statewide volunteer program.

Nominations due May 8th.

For more information and to download the nomination form, visit our

website: http://www.oregonvolunteers.org or call us toll-free 888-353-4483

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April 1, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 11) – Contributions

Library News from 1908

From the 1908 edition of “Public Libraries.”

“Library Copyright League.”

A report from W. P. Cutter, who appeared before the committee on patents in Congress the last of March, states that it was very evident at the time that the attitude of the publishers toward the librarians had somewhat changed and equally evident that the committee’s attitude toward the publishers had changed also.

The chairman of the committee announced during the progress of the hearing that they would sanction no legislation which would give control over the resale of books once sold by the publishers, and that they were working to protect the public to the fullest extent.

The chairman of the Senate committee stated that the Copyright league need only ask for what the libraries wanted, for it was almost certain that anything opposed by the libraries would not receive favorable consideration by the committee, and even if it did, no measure limiting their privileges could be passed by either the House or the Senate.”

[This was concerning an effort by publishers to keep libraries from buying used books.] (May 1908, p 179)

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Charles W. Smith, of the University of Washington library, has prepared an expansion of the Dewey decimal classification for the history of the Pacific Northwest. It has been reprinted in pamphlet form at the request of the libraries in that locality. It is not expected that its field of usefulness will extend outside of the region of Old Oregon, but it covers that territory very completely.

(May 1908, p 180)

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Wanted-A Librarian-A library in a northern Michigan community, which is largely engaged in mining and smelting iron ore, wants a librarian. The duties assigned to the librarian in this place partake, very largely, of the nature of the work that is done in settlements. There are two classes of people in the town, those connected with the works and those who own the works. The first are largely foreigners, Poles and Bohemians. The librarian will be expected to organize improvement circles, girls’ clubs, sewing classes and whatever means may be used to give the young people of the place ambitious ideas of good living, friendliness and good feeling. The salary to being with is $75 a month. The only drawback to the position is the lack of facilities for comfortable living.

(May 1908, p 186)

This column is made possible by the forward-thinking lending policy of the University of Oregon library, which allows its bound periodicals to be borrowed via SUMMIT.

Tony Greiner tony_greiner@hotmail.com

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