Archive for September, 2008

September 15, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 22) – News


ACRL Awards / Intellectual Freedom Committee Seeks Members / SSD Welcomes New Officers / OLA at League of Oregon Cities Meeting / OLA Conference 2009: Call for Proposals / 2008 Performer’s Showcase / OASL Joint Conference Banquet / ACRL-OR Conference

*** ACRL Awards
Nominations and applications for ACRL awards are due December 5, 2008!  These special recognitions enhance the sense of personal growth and accomplishment of ACRL members, provide membership with role models, and strengthen the image of membership in the eyes of employers, leadership, and the academic community as a whole.

Complete details about ACRL awards can be found in the 2009 awards press release (http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2008/September2008/ACRL2009nominations.cfm) or the Awards section of the ACRL Web site (http://www.ala.org/acrl).

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*** Intellectual Freedom Committee Seeks Members
The new year has just started (OLA’s new year, that is) and the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) has two open membership positions to fill immediately. If you’re interested in tackling such issues as censorship, Internet filtering, challenges to library materials, patron privacy and confidentiality, or open access to information, then contact Bob Kingston, IFC Chair, at bob.kingston@pcc.edu to learn more about how to get involved.  Representatives from public or school libraries are encouraged to join.

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*** SSD Welcomes New Officers
Congratulations to the newly-elected SSD officers for the upcoming year. They are: Cathy Zgraggen, Chair, Deschutes Public Library; Susan Gilmont, Chair-Elect(vice chair), Hatfield Marine Science Library; Kristyn Johnson, Recorder, Eugene Public Library; Rea Andrew, Treasurer, Newberg Public Library; Margaret Harmon-Myers, Archivist, Eugene Public Library.

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*** OLA at the League of Oregon Cities Annual Meeting
OLA Legislation and Development Committee is working with the State Library and L-Net to staff a booth at the League of Oregon Cities Meeting in Salem in early October.  We will be highlighting library services to children and our increased importance during hard economic times. We also intend to remind attendees of that public management of public libraries serves our communities best.  If you have a great brochure or program on economic development, outreach to small businesses, resume building, etc. please send these to Alice LaViolette at the Oregon State Library.  If you have questions, contact Janet Webster – janet.webster@oregonstate.edu or 541-867-0108.

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*** OLA Conference 2009: Call for Programs
Planning for the 2009 OLA Conference is underway! The conference, April 1-3, 2009, returns to the Salem Conference Center in Salem, OR. This year’s theme is: Oregon Reads: One State, Many Stories and you are welcome to incorporate the theme into your proposals, if you feel inspired to do so.

The Program Committee is now accepting preconference and program proposals. The OLA Conference will continue its tradition of asking you to secure a sponsor from an OLA unit for your proposal. The deadline for OLA preconference and program proposals is: SEPTEMBER 22, 2008.

Please use the web forms at http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=74389&orgId=ola to submit your proposals. The Program Committee will acknowledge receipt of proposals within three business days. Final preconference and program decisions will be made by the OLA Conference Committee and announced by October 31, 2008.

OLA 2009 will once again feature showcases! The deadline for showcase submission will be in November. A separate call will go out for showcase proposals.

Key conference information is available at: http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=74389&orgId=ola.

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*** 2008 Performer’s Showcase
September 27, 9:30 am – 5 pm
Salem Public Library

The Performer’s Showcase occurs once every two years, so don’t miss your chance to see these talented children’s performers.  Please don’t forget to pass this information on to other folks in your community – teachers, PTA leaders, Parks and Recreation staff, and others – who might be interested in learning about children’s performers.

Performers from all over the Northwest will preview 5 minutes of their work. Each audience member receives a manual that includes one page of information about each performer and provides all the information needed to schedule an event.

Please note the extended hours, which are necessary due to the tremendous response we’ve have from performers this year.  The lunch will be brown bag, as the lunch break is only one-half hour, so don’t forget to bring your lunch with you.  Doors will open at 9:00 a.m.

The cost to attend is $10, payable by check or credit card through the CSD page on the OLA website or link directly at https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=ola&formId=48996.  Please register no later than Saturday, September 20 in order to allow time for the printing of a sufficient number of manuals.  Contact BJ Quinlan at 503.588.6039 or email if you have questions.

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*** OASL Joint Conference Banquet
The public is invited to attend a special event on Friday, October 10, 2008
at the Ballroom of the Portland Convention Center, 777 NE ML King Blvd., where Pulitzer Prize winning author Frank McCourt  will be the conference banquet speaker at the joint conference of the Oregon Association of School Libraries and the Washington Library Media Association.

Banquet attendees not attending the conference may purchase tickets for the
McCourt banquet by credit card at www.oemawlma2008.org. Ticket price is
$50, with or without the meal.  For additional information, contact Carol Mackey at Mountain View High School: 360-604-6142.

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*** ACRL-OR Conference
Plan to attend the academic division’s annual conference at Menucha, themed The Once and Future Catalog.  The library catalog is in a state of transition, as new products have emerged to revolutionize the patron’s experience in using this key finding tool for our collections.   We will learn from libraries across the country that have led the way in transforming their library catalogs, as well as librarians from our region who can share their experience with local next generation catalog options.  Please join your colleagues for two days of interesting discussion, beautiful scenery, and great company.  For more information, see our website: http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=64393

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September 15, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 22) – Happenings


 Online Northwest Proposals / Downtown Librarians Meeting / Sherrer Memorial Lecture / OR-SLA Event / MARC 21 Course / Just for Copy Cats Course / ACRL E-Learning Opportunity

*** Online Northwest conference: call for proposals
Online Northwest is a one-day conference focusing on topics that intersect libraries, technology and culture.  The conference is sponsored by the Oregon University System Library Council.  The 2009 conference will be held at CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Corvallis, Oregon (on the Oregon State University campus) on Friday, February 13, 2009.

Proposal Submission Deadline: Monday, September 29th, 2008

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, including:

  • Tagging used in libraries (OPAC, library thing, flickr, etc.)
  • Change/innovation & organizational culture (as it relates to technology)
  • User interface design and evaluation
  • Implementation of Web 2.0 technologies in libraries
  • Resource sharing (e.g. ILL, document delivery)
  • Information literacy and instruction (distance ed. and technology use)
  • Management of electronic resources, digital repositories, or digital archives
  • Programming and development of computer applications to support delivery of library services
  • Using social features in library technology
  • Other topics related to technology in libraries are welcome

Submit proposals: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=xr85d9JF_2f0Bxrv5IvZGdlA_3d_3d.  For examples of past presentations or more information, see: http://www.ous.edu/onlinenw/

Check out updates on our blog and subscribe to our twitter:
Blog link: http://onlinenw.blogspot.com/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/onlinenw

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*** Downtown Librarians Meeting
Next Tuesday, September 16, Judy Jindrich will host the Portland Downtown Librarians brown bag lunch. We will meet on Tuesday from noon till one at Norse Hall, which is located at 111 NE 11th, at the corner of Couch and NE 11th. The building has a large “Dance Tonight” neon sign on its corner.  There is a parking lot but it’s often full at lunch time. Tri-Met bus routes 12 and 19 will get you there from downtown. Enter at the front of the building, and take a set of stairs to the right to the library.

Judy will have coffee, water, tea, and rumor has it, some Norwegian treats. The library has a collection of beautiful old Norwegian books, including old bibles. She’ll take us for a tour of the building, which has the best dance floor in Portland!  Please RSVP by Tuesday morning to me at susanmecklem@dwt.com if you plan to attend.

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*** Sherrer Memorial Lecture
Please join us for the 9th Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture in Library Service, which takes place on Friday, September 26, at 3:00 pm in the Gordon H. Smith Hall in Albany Quadrangle on the campus of Lewis & Clark College.

Susan Gibbons, Vice Provost and Dean of River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester, NY, will present this year’s lecture, “Aligning Academic Libraries with Real User Needs.”  Gibbons’ innovative work with anthropologist Nancy Fried Foster to study the research behavior of undergraduates has gained attention from libraries around the world. Their findings have been presented in the co-edited book Study Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester (ALA, 2007) and covered by the Chronicle of Higher Education (8/17/07).  She will speak about her experiences with this project and the illumination and guidance it has provided in offering library services in the new century.

The Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture in Library Service was established in 1999 to commemorate the contributions and legacies of a respected friend, colleague, and champion of service who served as Director of the Aubrey R. Watzek Library from July 1993 to September 1998, when she passed away.  For further information, please see http://library.lclark.edu/lib/sherrer.htm

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*** Oregon Special Libraries Association Event

Please join ORSLA for a Competitive Intelligence Seminar in Salem, Oregon. Amelia Kassel, expert searcher, trainer, consultant, and research analyst will provide an overview of the CI field while covering new roles for info pros and some key CI techniques and sources.

Brunch, Salem, Oregon
Date: Sat., Sept 27, 10am – 1pm
Location: J. James Restaurant http://www.jjamesrestaurant.com (downtown Salem, across street from Salem Convention Ctr)
Fee: $20 for ORSLA members; $30 for non-members; includes brunch and Competitive Intelligence presentation.

Sophisticated competitive intelligence activities are primarily the purview of information professionals in large corporate settings with some public, academic and law librarians aware of the field. CI can also be used in nonprofit settings by development and prospect researchers who must compete for dollars and major donors. Fundamentally, CI is important for understanding the marketplace and positioning libraries and information centers in a competitive world. CI research provides critical information for clients and users who must understand the competitive landscape and require market intelligence, whether a business is large or small.

To register for this event, complete the form located at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=MMwylV9tj_2bhHssUB6l9AHg_3d_3d
Deadline to register for the event is September 17, 2008. If you have questions please contact Jennifer Jenkins at jennifer.jenkins@hp.com.

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*** MARC 21 in Your Library – OCLC Cataloging Course
MARC 21 in Your Library is an introduction to all things MARC. It defines what the coding standard is and clarifies how it ties in with our cataloging rules to work in your library’s catalog. Upon completion of the course, you should be able to read a MARC record, speak the MARC language, and understand how errors in MARC coding affect an OPAC.

This one-day, in-person class is not only intended for beginning catalogers; it also has appeal to a broader audience of library professionals. Acquisitions people, managers, even library directors, could also benefit from this class. Aside from understanding the basis of the records that form the backbone of library information systems, it will also provide them with the ability to communicate more effectively with the folks in and around their institution who already “speak MARC.”

For a complete description and to register for upcoming sessions of this course, please click on the links below:
October 22, 2008
(Registration deadline: 9/24/08)
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Location: Portland (Oak Grove), OR

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*** Just for Copy Cats – OCLC Cataloging Course
Just for Copy Cats is a two-day, in-person, basic introduction to copy cataloging, which primarily covers four subject areas: finding cataloging records you can copy; some of the challenges of doing so; some of the neglected database issues involved; and a brief look at important editing. Upon completion of this course, you should be able to find and copy book records that accurately reflect your items.

For a beginning cataloger, this workshop is the second step in your journey to excellence (your first step should be MARC21 in Your Library). A more experienced copy cataloger might also benefit from the course, finding nuggets of new information previously undiscovered.

For a complete description and to register for upcoming sessions of this course, please click on the links below:
October 23-24, 2008
(Registration deadline: 9/25/08)
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Location: Portland (Oak Grove), OR

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*** ACRL E-Learning Opportunity
Register for now for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) e-learning course, “Virtual Reference Competencies Part 1,” to be offered September 29 – October 17, 2008.

ABOUT THE COURSE
The technical competencies essential or desirable for virtual reference librarians to acquire or to improve on are the foundation of virtual reference service provision. Virtual reference service is built on a technical infrastructure. The Internet, the World Wide Web, e-mail, Web chat, Instant Messaging, and all the associated supportive technology and software are the environment in which virtual reference librarians work. In “Virtual Reference Competencies: Acquire and Improve Technical Skills and Knowledge,” participants will engage in learning activities, supported by readings as well as lecture and discussion to acquire and improve the technical competencies required by effective virtual reference librarians.

INSTRUCTOR
Diane Kovacs, Kovacs Consulting
The instructor has been teaching virtual reference related concepts and skills online and in-person for more than 14 years. She is the author of The Virtual Reference Handbook: Interview and Information Delivery Techniques for the Chat and E-Mail Environments Neal-Schuman Publishers (2007) published concurrently in the United Kingdom by Facet Publishers (2007)  and The Kovacs Guide to Electronic Library Collection Development:  Essential Core Subject Collections, Selection Criteria, and Guidelines  (Neal-Schuman, January 2004).  Additional Biographical Information is available at http://www.kovacs.com/aboutus.html.

REGISTRATION
Registration for this seminar is now open. For additional information and a link to the online registration form, visit: http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlproftools/virtualref.cfm

ACRL and ALA members will receive a registration discount. The seminar is limited to 60 participants, so register early. Payment may be made by credit card or purchase order (PO) only.

ACRL member: $135
ALA member: $175
CACUL member: Can $195 (charges will be made in U.S. dollars)
Nonmember: $195
Student: $60

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September 1, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 21) – News


OLA President Installed / OLA Conference 2009: Call for Programs / Oregon Reads on “Battle of the Books” / 2008 CSD Performer’s Showcase / CSD Fall Workshop / OLA MLS Scholarship Recipients Give Thanks / Banned Books Week

***OLA President Installed

I was honored to be installed as your OLA President on Friday, 8-29-08.  After the OLA Board meeting at Eugene Public Library, a reception with flowers, cake, music, and well-wishers became the installation event.

In case you didn’t know installation consists mainly of passing on the OLA gavel, encased in an Oregon myrtlewood box, which is itself ensconsed in a brown suede bag for carrying ease. Our state library association has not developed elaborate rituals to recognize the transition from vice-president to president, and president to past-president. Handing over the gavel is our one act symbolizing hopes and dreams for a year of successful projects. I’m glad there’s no standing on ceremony in receiving this office. The simplicity makes it much easier to see all the leaders supporting the office of president.

OLA is all of us — officers, committee and round table chairs, task force appointees, and members — working together, collaborating and communicating, doing our best to strengthen libraries, the profession, and library services. Much appreciation to Sarah Beasley for handing over the gavel and for wielding it so well this past year as OLA President.

—Mary Ginnane

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*** OLA 2009 Conference: Call for Programs

Planning for the 2009 OLA Conference is underway! The conference, April 1-3, 2009, returns to the Salem Conference Center in Salem, OR. This years theme is: Oregon Reads: One State, Many Stories and you are welcome to incorporate the theme into your proposals, if you feel inspired to do so.

The deadline for OLA preconference and program proposals is: SEPTEMBER 22, 2008. Please use the web forms at http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=74389&orgId=ola to submit your proposals. The Program Committee will acknowledge receipt of proposals within three business days. Final preconference and program decisions will be made by the OLA Conference Committee and announced by October 31, 2008.

OLA 2009 will once again feature showcases! The deadline for showcase submission will be in November. A separate call will go out for showcase proposals.

Key conference information is available at: http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=74389&orgId=ola with additional information coming soon.

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*** Registration Open for ACRL Joint Conference

Registration for the 2008 ACRL-OR & ACRL-WA Joint Fall Conference “The Once & Future Catalog” is now open.   

The library catalog is in a state of transition, as new products have emerged to revolutionize the patron’s experience in using this key finding tool for our collections.   We will learn from libraries across the country that have led the way in transforming their library catalogs, as well as librarians from our region who can share their experience with local next generation catalog options.  Please join your colleagues for two days of interesting discussion, beautiful scenery, and great company.

The conference will be held October 23-24 at the Menucha Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon. For more complete information about conference speakers, the daily schedule, accommodations, facilities, directions, etc. go to: http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=64393.

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***Oregon Reads 2009 books on “Battle of the Books” list

September is Library Card Sign-up Month and many of you are probably making school visits to promote library cards to children in your community. This is also a great time to talk about Oregon Reads 2009 and the activities you are planning for your library.

Both Oregon Reads children’s titles, “Apples to Oregon,” by Deborah Hopkinson, and “Bat 6,” by Virginia Euwer Wolff, are also on the 2008-2009 booklist for the Oregon “Battle of the Books”  (http://www.oema.net/OBOB/Booklists.html). This provides additional incentive for participation in both programs. For more information on Oregon Reads 2009, visit the website at http://oregonreads2009.org/.

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*** 2008 Performer’s Showcase

Youth library staff are in for a treat at this year’s Performer’s Showcase, which will be held on Saturday, September 27 at Salem Public Library.  Response from youth performers has been overwhelming this year, necessitating extending the showcase hours, which will be from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Come prepared for a wild ride, with 80 five-minute performances that promise something for everyone. 

Pre-registration is necessary in order to assure that enough manuals will be printed for each registered attendee.  The cost to attend will be $10 and the registration form will soon be found on the OLA CSD website at http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=61033.  Please contact BJ Quinlan at 503-588-6039 or bjquinlan@cityofsalem.net if you have questions.

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*** OLA CSD Fall Workshop

Youth librarians – mark your calendars and save the date for the OLA CSD Fall Workshop on Saturday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The CSD Program committee is hard at work and will be announcing the location and program line-up very soon.

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*** OLA MLS Scholarship Recipients Give Thanks

The OLA MLS Scholarship Selection Committee recently received notes of thanks from three of our recent scholarship recipients.  Thank you, Cherie, Michael, and Annie, for letting OLA members know how much your awards mean to you.  We’re all wishing you a great academic year!
— Gary Sharp, OLA MLS Scholarship program

Dear OLA members,
Thank you so much for awarding me with a scholarship for the 2008-2009 school year!  There are no words to express how grateful I am for your support and financial assistance.  I look forward to being an active member of the Association for many years to come.

Sincerely,
Cherie Rainwater
MLIS candidate, University of Washington

OLA Scholarship Committee:
I
 am writing to express my profound appreciation for my selection as a 2008 – 2009 OLA scholarship recipient.  It’s an amazing honor to receive the support of the organization as I set out into the world of librarianship and I will do my best to pay back your generosity through being the best librarian I can be and striving to make sure libraries remain strong and vital institutions in the future.

 Thank you – both for your support of me as well as for all that OLA does to support libraries in this state. Please let me now if there’s anything I can do to help support and contribute to the organization’s mission.

Michael Braun Hamilton
EmporiaState University

Dear Members of the Oregon Library Association,
I am honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Oregon Library Association scholarship award.  Thank you for this generous contribution to my pursuit of an MLIS degree at the University of Washington.  With your support, I expect to complete my degree in June of 2009.

I am a native Oregonian and upon receiving my degree, I will actively seek a position at a public library in Oregon to begin my career as a children’s librarian.  I hope that my Spanish language skills will help public libraries in Oregon continually improve services to Spanish speaking patrons, especially children and parents.  Additionally, I will continue to be a member of the Oregon Library Association in my career and hope to become actively involved in the organization.

Again, I am greatly appreciative of this award, and will never forget the OregonLibrary Association’s support of my education and career goals.

With much appreciation,
Annie Lewis
Universityof Washington

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*** Banned Books Week
Celebrate the Freedom to Read in Oregon; Banned Books Week 2008 September 27 – October 4

The Oregon Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee, the Oregon Association of School Librarians (OASL) Intellectual Freedom Committee, and the ACLU of Oregon will once again be working together to promote the celebration of the freedom to read in Oregon libraries and bookstores during Banned Books Week (September 27 – October 4, 2008) and the entire month of October.  

Oregon libraries and bookstores are eligible to participate if they plan to have an exhibit, program or any other activity to celebrate the freedom to read anytime from September 27 – October 4, 2008.  Participants will receive free bright yellow “I Read Banned Books” buttons, ideas for ways to celebrate the freedom to read and a list of books challenged in Oregon from 1979 – June 2008 with the reasons for the challenge. Participants will also be asked to submit a short report on their Banned Books activities.

If you wish to participate, contact Candace Morgan: cd_df_morgan@msn.com. Include the name of the contact person and mailing address. If your library participated in Banned Books Week 2007 you do not need to resend this information unless your contact person has changed.  We will assume that libraries that participated last year will do so again this year.

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September 1, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 21) – Happenings


Reading for Healthy Families / Public Library Directors Meeting

***Reading for Healthy Families

The Oregon State Library and the Oregon Commission on Children and Families are excited to announce Reading for Healthy Families Oregon: Building Communities of Learning (RFHF), an early literacy and community engagement effort.

Children’s library staff apply to attend two separate two-day RFHF training sessions and receive training in the evidence-based Every Child Ready to Read @ your library®, outreach to high-risk families, and special topics such as working with English language learners, conducting early literacy story times, and working with people with special needs.

After the training, each participating children’s library staff will have the knowledge, skills, and materials to provide early literacy education, support, and resources to at least 15 families over the course of a year. And, their library will be able to report this on their Public Library Statistics as “early literacy training”, one of the three library youth services best practices identified by the Statewide Early Literacy Initiative.

RFHF will foster partnerships between your library and Healthy Start programs in your county which will help children’s library staff develop or expand library outreach services to high-risk families in your community.

To learn more about the many benefits RFHF can bring to you and to the families in your community, go to the RFHF website: http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/LD/youthsvcs/rfhf.home.page.shtml

If you have any questions please contact: Joann Contini, RFHF Project Coordinator at 503-761-2506 or joanncontini@comcast.net.

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***Public Library Directors Meeting

A Public Library Directors Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 17, 2008 in the Oregon State Library first floor meeting room (102 & 103) 250 Winter St, Salem, OR. The meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. The tentative agenda is first introductions and sharing and second planning for future meetings. Lunch will be catered. During lunch Michael Gaston will share his experiences working in Oregon libraries one more time. Michael will soon be retiring.

After lunch there will be time to hear from the State Library, hear about L-Net, and Open Source ILS. Molly Raphael will then review the bringing diversity to library service and workplace and the significance of receiving Arthur Flemming Civil Rights Award.

Please RSVP before October 1st so that plans can be made for a “network” breakfast and happy-hour/dinner. Please call either Andy at 541-882-8896 or e-mail aswanson@co.klamath.or.us or MaryKay at 503-378-5012 or e-mail dahlgreen_marykay@oslmac.osl.state.or.us. Hope to see you all in November!

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