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
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.
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.
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.
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/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
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.
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.
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
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,
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: email@example.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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