Archive for October, 2008

November 1, 2008 (Vol. 15, No. 1) – Message from your OLA President

“I have just got a new theory of eternity.” (Albert Einstein, on listening to a long after-dinner speech, quoted in Washington Post 12 Dec 78)

No, this quote doesn’t refer to being OLA President! I was searching for relevant quotations on listening and couldn’t resist sharing this one even though the reference to listening is indirect. Why listening? I want to draw attention to OLA Support Staff Division’s example of listening to their membership in a way that also helps the larger organization.

The SSD Board voted in September to place a moratorium on SSD division dues. Since the OLA dues increase was passed last April input to the SSD Board led them to come up with an elegant solution. SSD’s income from annual SSD conferences reflects multiple years of financial success so the Board determined they could forego division dues for a while. I admire the listening that led to this win-win decision: OLA will be more fiscally secure and individual SSD members will experience less impact. A very fine leadership example for all of us to listen to!

Mary Ginnane, OLA President
mary.j.ginnane@ci.eugene.or.us

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November 1, 2008 (Vol. 15, No. 1) – News

Get Published! / Oregon Reads Update / Stubborn Twig Fundraiser / PNLA Leadership Participants / TSRT Workshop

*** Professional Development Opportunity – Get Published!
Do you have an opinion or expertise on the evolution of library catalogs and the trend towards 2.0 or NextGen versions? Write an article for the OLA Quarterly! The Spring 2009 issue will be focused around this theme and offers you a chance to gain writing experience while making a contribution to the Oregon library community. Articles do not have to be long – they can be as short as 500-1000 words! Take this opportunity to voice your opinion on how changes in this key tool are changing the face of our work.

Possible ideas for articles could include, but are not limited to:

  • A range of views and examples of library catalogs that answer the “why can’t you be more like Amazon?” challenge.
  • A “MARC format must die!” opinion piece.
  • Next generation catalogs and coming changes – Worldcat Navigator and similar changes in the public library realm.
  • Survey of efforts in our region to move to newer catalogs.
  • History of the catalog since the advent of the Web in the mid-1990s.
  • Comparing results from usability tests of online catalogs.
  • A descriptive essay from a “user on the street” about the wonders and perils of searching a library catalog.

This issue will be guest edited by Laura Zeigen, but a co-editor from the public library realm is being sought. If you are interested in contributing an article or serving as a co-editor, please contact Laura Zeigen by November 7th at zeigenl@ohsu.edu or 503-494-0505. Instructions for Authors can be found at: http://web.memberclicks.com/mc/page.do?sitePageId=64570&orgId=ola.

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*** Update on Oregon Reads
More good news for Oregon Reads 2009, our statewide community reads program. Oregon Public Broadcasting has generously agreed to partner with us in getting out the word about the program. OPB will be offering in-kind service in the form of radio spots about Oregon Reads from January through April, 2009, with peak promotional times occurring in January before the kick-off; in March around Spring Break; and in April for the finale. In addition, the January OPB Member Guide will contain information about Oregon Reads and OPB will promote our events in their weekly e-newsletters. Other promotional activities with OPB are still being considered, and we will report them as they are agreed upon.

The other great news is that Lauren Kessler’s “Stubborn Twig” will be available as a downloadable audiobook from Overdrive through the Library2Go program. Maximum copies are being ordered, so it will be an “always available” title.

Linda V. Malone
lmalone@westlinnoregon.gov

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*** Stubborn Twig Fundraiser
There are less than 40 copies of the Stubborn Twig remainders available at the low cost of $8.00!!!  Please go to the OLA website for information about this special sale that supports Oregon Reads 2009: https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=ola&formId=43160.

For more information about this special fundraiser for Oregon Reads, contact Kimberly Willson-St.Clair at willsons@pdx.edu or 503.725.4552.

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*** Selected Oregon Participants for the PNLA Leadership Institute 2008
The PNLA Leadership Institute 2008 is taking place at Schweitzer Mountain Resort near Sandpoint, Idaho October 26-31.  The six participants from Oregon include:

  • Sheryl Eldridge-Newport
  • Traci Glass-Eugene
  • Lori Moore-Newberg
  • Sara Ryan-Multnomah
  • Rick Samuelson-St. Helens
  • Susan Stone-Mt. Tabor MS

The Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) Leadership Institute is designed to provide opportunities for emerging library leaders in the Pacific Northwest to cultivate their leadership skills and potential.

Submitted by Dana Campbell
Youth Services Librarian
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
Oregon PNLA Representative

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*** Tech Services Round Table Workshop
Fundamentals of Library of Congress Classification
November 19-20, 2008, 8:30-5:00
Oregon State University, Corvallis

Trainers:
Lori Robare, University of Oregon
Richard Sapon-White, Oregon State University

This two-day workshop provides authoritative standardized training in the principles and practices of Library of Congress Classification (LCC). The course includes background on the development and structure of LCC and on the elements that make up a call number, as well as guidance in shelflisting practice and the use of essential tools. Emphasis is on basic skills and on application of LCC in areas most often used by generalists, including a special focus on schedules H, N, and P. The workshop concludes with a session on local decisions and on proposing new class numbers through SACO.

Target audience: The course is designed to cover basic skills.  It will be useful to those who are new to classification using LCC but who have some basic knowledge of cataloging and the MARC 21 formats.  While not designed to cover advanced or specialized topics, the course will also be a useful review for experienced catalogers, especially those who supervise or train other catalogers.

Registration is limited to 20 attendees.  Cost is $85 for the two-day workshop, including lunch and a manual.  To reserve your space, please return the registration form, preferably by e-mail or reserve your space by calling (503)725-4627.  Registration is not final until payment has been received.  Confirmation of registration will be sent upon receipt of payment.  Please send the completed form to nkb@pdx.edu or call (503)725-4627.

Please make check or money order for $85.00 payable to OLA TSRT and mail it to:

Nancy K. Black
Portland State University
Library East-Serials Cataloging
1825 SW Broadway
Smith Center, RM 209
Portland, OR 97201

Deadline for registration is November 10, 2008. Confirmation of registration will be sent upon receipt of payment. Directions and parking information will be included with your confirmation.  For more information, please contract Nancy Black at (503)725-4627 or at nkb@pdx.edu

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November 1, 2008 (Vol. 15, No. 1) – Happenings

Maureen Hayes Award / Soaring to Excellence Training / Pharmacology Workshop / Weblive Local Holdings Training / WorldCat Collection Analysis Training / ACRL Immersion Program Announcement / Wanted: a Business Librarian

*** Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award Application
Maureen Hayes knew the importance of bringing children and an author/illustrator together and the impact it can have on their lives. In 2005 the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, established the Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award, funded by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. This award honors Maureen Hayes life-long effort to make such visits reality. The award provides up to $4,000 towards the honorarium and travel costs of a writer/illustrator to visit a location where children might otherwise never have this amazing opportunity. 

Applicant must be an ALSC member, work in conjunction with other organizations, be able to supply administrative support, facilities and visibly promote this presentation as a distinctive event.  For more information visit the ALSC website http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/profawards/hayesaward/index.cfm  or contact Linda Ernst lindaern@kcls.org.  Applications can be found here (in Word): http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/profawards/hayesaward/09MaureenHayes1.doc. All applications must be received by December 1, 2008.

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*** Soaring to Excellence Training
“Reversing the Ratchet: Basic Technology Adoption Strategies for Library Workers”

Speaker: Steven Bell
Cost: Free to all library staff of Oregon libraries
Date: Friday, November 7, 2008 starting at 9:00a

Description: Are you feeling more pressure in your library to keep up with the latest technologies? Library workers must constantly learn the latest techno-tweaks to their familiar information systems, but they also face ongoing tension from the expectation that every new technology must be applied to enhance library services. In a technology landscape where gadgets, gizmos, software and Web 2.0 innovations hit us at an ever accelerating pace, how do we successfully manage technology adoption in our libraries?

This Soaring to Excellence presentation addresses the challenge of the technology ratchet and how to keep it from tightening its grip on library workers. Steven Bell will share ideas and techniques for regaining control over library technology with an exploration of better ways to identify, adopt and leverage the technologies that make sense for us and that create a better library user experience for our communities. With the right attitude and approach every library worker can develop a personal professional development strategy for keeping pace with the technology curve.

This teleconference is 90 minutes in length. Visit http://bcr.org/training/partners/teleconferences/index.html for additional information or contact BCR directly via email at info@bcr.org Additional materials are available at: http://tinyurl.com/6rzvfs.  This webcast is being made available free of charge to staff from Oregon libraries through a statewide membership to BCR (http://www.bcr.org), paid for by the Oregon State Library with LSTA funds.

An online archive of this presentation will be available for up to 30 days after the original broadcast date. Please visit http://bcr.org/training/partners/teleconferences/index.html for more information.  A DVD of this webcast should be available for you to check out from the State Library about one month after the date it was broadcast. DVDs of previous Soaring to Excellence webcasts are available at State Library (http://catalog.willamette.edu/screens/opacmenu_s2.html) through your library’s establish interlibrary loan process. Learn more about these DVDs and other Library and Information Science professional resources at our blog (http://osl-lis.blogspot.com).

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*** Pharmacology Workshop
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Drugs But Were Afraid to Ask…
Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 pm 
PCC Cascade, TEB 226
705 N. Killingsworth Street
Portland, OR 97217
For directions and parking information, see http://www.pcc.edu/about/locations/cascade/.

Workshop description:
Pharmacology questions are complex and intimidating. This workshop will teach you how to effectively handle questions and find information concerning drugs and their usage. Topics to be covered include:

  • how to identify the various names and codes that can be used to refer a specific drug
  • the concept of pharmacologic actions and how these can be used to help answer questions
  • how to break down a question into the specific aspects of a drug’s identity, usage, regulation, and economic potential

This training will also review print and electronic drug information resources available to librarians and the general public, and identify the strengths and weaknesses of each one to answer the specific aspects mentioned above.

Workshop participants will receive 4 Medical Library Association continuing education contact hours that can be applied to a Consumer Health Information Specialization – http://www.mlanet.org/education/chc.

Presenter:
Andrew Hamilton is a Senior Reference & Instruction Librarian at the Oregon Health & Science University Library.

Cost:
Student/retiree rate: $30.00
Regular rate: $40.00

Registration:
Register at www.portals.org

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*** Weblive Local Holdings Workshop
Local Holdings Record Maintenance with the OCLC Connexion Browser
Online http://www.bcr.org/training/schedule/programdetail.php?programid=138

Description:
This three-day online course provides participants with the skills required to maintain local holdings data for serial items in WorldCat by using the Connexion Browser interface. Local Holdings Record Maintenance replaces the Union Listing service. Adding Local Holdings Records (LHRs) will increase the efficiencies in Resource Sharing activities by providing specific information about your journal and magazine ownership.

Topics covered include:

  • Searching efficiently for LHRs by institution and group
  • Learning to navigate search results, as well as adding, deleting and updating LHRs
  • Implementing Agent services

Minimal instruction in the MARC Format for Holdings Data will be provided. Those who wish comprehensive instruction on MFHD should take BCR’s SCCTP Serials Holdings workshop.

NOTE: This course is designed for individual participation. 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 register separately.

Who Should Attend?
Anyone who previously performed Union List service for individual institutions or as agents or anyone interested in adding item level information to WorldCat.

Sites & Dates: Online – WebLive
11/11/2008
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
11/12/2008
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
11/13/2008
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
All times listed are in Mountain Time.

Fees:
BCR members — $135.00
Nonmembers — $185.00
1 BCR training voucher accepted as payment.

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

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*** WorldCat Collection Analysis Training
WorldCat Collection Analysis
Online 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.

Libraries can evaluate their collection by age, language, material format and audience level through a subject matrix based on classification scheme. Comparisons against other institutions (individually or in groups) are based on overlap and uniqueness. Participants will view demonstrations of these functionalities and discuss the ways these data can be used in their library setting. Administration functions of the service will also be reviewed.

NOTE: This course is designed for individual participation. 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 register separately.

Who Should Attend?
New subscribers to the WorldCat Collection Analysis service as well as anyone interested in subscribing to WorldCat Collection Analysis.

Sites & Dates:
11/19/2008       
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
11/20/2008       
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
All times listed are in Mountain Time.

Fees:
BCR members — $110.00
Nonmembers — $160.00
1 BCR training voucher accepted as payment.

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

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*** ACRL Immersion Program Announcement
The ACRL Institute for Information Literacy announces the invitation to apply for its Immersion ’09 Program.  2009 will bring a new structure to the Immersion Program. Teacher Track and Program tracks will continue to be offered together in summer 2009, and for the first time, Intentional Teacher and Assessment tracks will be offered simultaneously in late fall 2009.  This new schedule blends Immersion programs with similar formats and lengths to offer a more cohesive Immersion experience.  It also allows Teacher and Program graduates to continue their experience by applying for Assessment or Intentional Teacher programs to be held in the fall.

Applications are now being accepted for Immersion ’09 Teacher and Program Tracks!  December 8, 2008 is the deadline to apply.

TEACHER TRACK. The Teacher Track focuses on individual development for those who are interested in enhancing, refreshing, or extending their individual instruction skills. Curriculum includes classroom techniques, learning theory, leadership, and assessment framed in the context of information literacy.  Participants selected for the Teacher Track will prepare a description of an instructional situation and a related presentation in advance of the Immersion program.

PROGRAM TRACK. The Program Track focuses on developing, integrating, and managing institutional and programmatic information literacy programs. Participants selected for the Program Track will develop individual case studies in advance of the Immersion program. Change dynamics, systems thinking, institutional outcomes assessment, scalability, and the integration of teaching, learning, and technology will be brought to bear on analyzing the various programmatic challenges presented in the case studies. Immersion participants will be expected to develop the case studies into an action plan for implementation at the home institution.

LOCATION AND DATES
Immersion ’09 will be held at the Eckerd College Conference Center and Lodge in Eckerd, Florida, July 26-31, 2009.

CURRICULUM
Visit www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/index.cfm (Click “Immersion ’09”) for complete details about the program tracks, including curriculum, learning outcomes, and more.

HOW TO APPLY
Application instructions are online at www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/index.cfm (Click “Immersion ’09”).  Acceptance to Immersion ’09 is competitive to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation.  The application deadline is Monday, December 8, 2008. 

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for Teacher Track applicants only.  Details are available online. 
Questions concerning the program or application process should be directed to Margot Conahan at 312-280-2522; mconahan@ala.org.

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*** Wanted: An Excellent Business Public Librarian
DUN & BRADSTREET PUBLIC LIBRARIAN SUPPORT AWARD NOMINEES SOUGHT

The Dun & Bradstreet Public Librarian Support Award is an annual award of $1,000 to support the attendance at Annual Conference of a public librarian who has performed outstanding business reference service and who requires financial assistance to attend the ALA Annual Conference. The candidate must be a member of ALA. If not a RUSA/BRASS member, the recipient must join RUSA/BRASS upon being selected to receive the award. The recipient shall have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career as a business reference librarian and the potential to be a leader in the profession.

Criteria

  • The candidate must be a member of ALA. If not a RUSA/BRASS member, the recipient must join RUSA/BRASS upon being selected to receive the award.
  • The recipient shall have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career as a business reference librarian and the potential to be a leader in the profession. This may be demonstrated by involvement in special projects, creation of a business website, outstanding services to the community, publications and related activities. Award will be based on service to the community and on demonstration of need for financial assistance to attend the ALA Annual Conference.
  • Recipient must be willing to participate in BRASS activities at the ALA Conference for which the award has been made and write a short statement following the Conference on his or her experience, to be published in RUSA Update.

Applications are to be made in writing to the chair of the Dun & Bradstreet Public Librarian Support Award by December 1, 2008.

Please include:

  • Name of applicant or nominee and relevant background information
  • Description of service(s) being provided to the public and/or business community.
  • Description of the impact of these services.
  • Explanation of the applicant’s/nominee’s contribution to the service(s) offered.
  • Discuss plans, if any, for continuity or sustainability.

Include in application/nomination packet:

  • Printed copies, URLs, or electronic copies on storage devices that identify marketing materials, programs, services, evaluations, etc.
  • Support letters from managers, library director, board of trustees, community partners, etc.
  • Additional documents highlighting the organization and/or individual.

Send application packet to and request more information from: 
Mark E Andersen, Chair
Dun & Bradstreet Public Librarian Support Award
Chicago Public Library
Business Science Technology Division
400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL   60605
Fax (312) 747-4975  phone (312) 747-4470

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October 15, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 24) – Message from OLA Web Manager

*** Not Getting Your OLA Hotline?
Let me begin with apologizing for running late with getting this issue of the OLA Hotline out – before I knew it, it was October 18th!  Where did the summer go?!?

Secondly, I am sending this out to all OLA members who receive mass emails not just those signed up for the OLA Hotline, because of the following issue…

I have had some reports that OLA members believe they are signed up to receive the Hotline, but it hasn’t been showing up in their email.  I have checked with MemberClicks, the software company for OLA, but they aren’t detecting any issues on their end.  I’m hoping you will help me solve this issue.

In order to receive the Hotline in your email, the following items need to be in place:

  • You are an OLA member in good standing.  Not sure about your membership?  Drop me an email at ola@olaweb.org.
  • Your OLA profile allows you to receive Hotline and mass email.
    To log into your OLA profile:
    -Select Login in the upper right hand corner of www.olaweb.org
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    Enter your OLA username and password (If your not sure what these are, click Forgot your password? on this screen.  If this doesn’t work, contact me at ola@olaweb.org)
    -Once logged in, select My Profilein the left hand menu
  • To edit your profile & sign up for Hotline
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    Select Edit (there’s a pencil in front of this link) – you are now on the Profile screen (you’ll notice that the Profile tab is yellow)
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    Scroll down to Email address for Elists (this is the email account that the Hotline will go to – edit if you wish)
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    Under Elists Offered, make certain that OLA Hotline is selected (to make multiple selections, hold the Ctrl key)
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    Scroll down and select Save
  • To receive mass emails from OLA
    -Select Edit again
    -Select the My Contact Preferences tab
    -Under Contact Preference, click the radio button for I want to receive emails sent to multiple recipients.
    -Scroll down and select Save
  • The email account noted under “email address” for ELists in your OLA profile needs to allow mass emails from ola@olaweb.org.
    Make certain that your email account allow mass emails from the olaweb.org domain
    Check your spam filter/junk folder for emails from ola@olaweb.org
    Check with your IT department to see if they these emails are being blocked (either because this email goes out to a mass audience and/or because it is coming from ola@olaweb.org, or for some other reason)

After checking on all these items, if you still don’t receive the OLA Hotline (it usually comes out around the 1st and 15th of each month), please contact me at ola@olaweb.org and I will try to get to the bottom of this. If you know of someone running into this difficulty, please forward this Hotline to them.

Thanks!
Steph Miller, OLA Web Member Manager, ola@olaweb.org

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October 15, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 24) – News

 Volunteer at Wordstock / ALA Councilor Blog / Join WARRT! / Measure 56 Letter to the Editor / Stubborn Twig Fundraiser / OYAN Fall Meeting / CSD Fall Workshop

*** Volunteer and Get in Free at Wordstock
Oregon Reads 2009 still has some volunteer openings left for staffing our booth at Wordstock on November 8-9. http://www.wordstockfestival.com/#/page_id=111&article=123/   Volunteers get in free, so it’s a great opportunity to have a look around at all the fabulous exhibits.

Please contact Linda Malone (lmalone@westlinnoregon.gov) for more information and to sign up for a two-hour shift. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday, from 10-6, at the Portland Convention Center.

Thank you,
Linda V. Malone, Oregon Reads 2009 Committee

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*** Check out the ALA Councilor Blog!
Are you interested in knowing more about the American Library Association?  Ever wondered what happened during Council at the ALA Midwinter and Annual Conference?Even if you are not able to attend the ALA Midwinter or Annual Conference, you can still find out what is happening just by checking out the new ALA Oregon Chapter Councilor Blog: http://oregoncouncilor.blogspot.com/.

If you have any questions about ALA, feel free to either post or email me directly at sagers@pdx.edu

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*** Join WARRT!
WARRT (Wise and Retired Round Table) is welcoming like-minded friends who just can’t stop serving the noble mission of libraries even after retirement.  Any OLA member, retired from any profession, who would like to stay involved in our wonderful library community – at conferences, at Legislative Day, at special get-togethers – can opt for free membership, which we hope will lead to continued friendships and a willing team of experience to support OLA goals and OLA activities. 

This new Round Table, founded at Convention last April, is now an official unit of OLA.  It just got the nickname of the ‘Emeritus OLA Society,’ which gives it plenty of heft.  And so it should.  The idea is to tap into the vast pool of wisdom of library-loving retirees to support our libraries in any way we can think of.  There are already a few ideas afoot, but we need a few more Emeriti to join the party.

Just e-mail Aletha Bonebrake, retired May, 2007, at alethaboneb@msn.com. You will receive a beautiful certificate of membership, followed by an invitation to a formation meeting sometime in the near future. 

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*** Measure 56 Letter to the Editor
Dear Librarians,
OLA believes it is important to support passage of the measure to reform the Double Majority.  OLA has a pro argument for Measure 56 in the Voters’ Pamphlet, but letters to editor from local voters is more powerful still.  The Legislative Committee has prepared this sample letter for those of you who want to reinforce this support by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper.  This sample has a word count of 228.  Use it as is, or feel free to customize it if you have a local story to tell. Let’s get the word out!

George Bell and Aletha Bonebrake, OLA Legislative Committee

To the Editor:
For years now, the Double Majority has been the bane of local government.  Service issues have passed in elections across the state, but failed enactment because the voter turnout was less than 50%.  Measure 56 will remedy that grievance.

The Double Majority rewards the non-voter for inaction and punishes the voter who conscientiously studies the ballot and votes. That situation is undemocratic and must be changed.

A 2006 League of Oregon Cities study found that 141 of 1,117 local government measures failed because of the Double Majority provision; however 80% of them had a 40% or greater voter turnout.  Further, half of the measures would have passed even if the number required to reach 50% had all voted no.

A Deschutes County police measure in 2001, for example, drew 22,000 yes votes, with 7,000 against, but failed because of a 45% turnout. There are similar situations in every area of Oregon. 

Measure 56 removes the 50% participation requirement for the May primary and November general elections in any year, but keeps the provision for all other elections.  The measure is widely supported by newspaper endorsements across Oregon, and is also supported by the League of Oregon Cities and other associations.

The Oregon Library Association strongly endorses Measure 56.  It is an essential modification of the existing law that will permit more voter flexibility in considering local service measures. 

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*** Stubborn Twig Fundraiser
There are 100 copies of the Stubborn Twig remainders available at the low cost of $8.00!!!  Please go to the OLA website for information about this special sale that supports Oregon Reads 2009:
https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=ola&formId=43160

For more information about this special fundraiser for Oregon Reads, contact Kimberly Willson-St.Clair at willsons@pdx.edu or 503.725.4552.

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*** OYAN’s Fall Meeting
You’re invited to OYAN’s Fall Quarterly Meeting on October 24th, 2008, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Tualatin Public Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin, OR 97062. Contact Aimee Meuchel (503) 691-3074 for directions. http://www.ci.tualatin.or.us/departments/communityservices/library/

At OYAN meetings we discuss OYAN business; upcoming events and conferences; books and materials; and library programs of interest to teens. OYAN is a membership organization that exists to provide a network of communication and growth among people who provide library services to teens; to increase awareness of teen library services in the state of Oregon; and to promote cooperation school and public libraries.  If you are interested in learning more about OYAN or becoming a member please visit our division’s website at http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=61034.

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*** CSD Fall Workshop
Please join us on Saturday, November 1 at Tualatin Public Library for the OLA CSD Fall Workshop.  We have a great day planned, including a two hour presentation by Laurie Danahy, Early Childhood Education Specialist from the Oregon Department of Education, called “Early Numeracy at the Library.”  What is early numeracy?  Learn what the research says about it and how librarians can incorporate early number and math concepts into our library storytimes.  Laurie has provided many Head Start trainings on this topic and will also discuss other ways that libraries can promote this important aspect of early brain development.

We will also take time in the afternoon to share wonderful new fingerplays, songs, flannelboards, and props that have made a storytime especially successful and for this, we need YOU!  Please write up one item to share and email it to Karen Fischer at kfischer@cityofsalem.net.  She will organize all the great ideas into a handout for Workshop attendees.  We’ll take an hour to allow demonstrations of your great ideas for the entire group.

Don’t forget to bring one or more items for our silent and oral auctions, with proceeds used to provide scholarships to attend professional meetings for Youth Services librarians.

The cost to attend this day’s event is $20 and includes lunch.  Please register on the OLA CSD website at http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=61033  no later than Wednesday, Oct. 29. Contact BJ Quinlan, bjquinlan@cityofsalem.net or 503.588.6039, if you have questions.

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October 20, 2008 at 2:33 pm Leave a comment

October 15, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 24) – Happenings


MLA Scholarship Opportunity / Call for Presenters: Student Success and Retention Conference / Portland Downtown Librarians Meeting / Searching WorldCat Workshop / FirstSearch Admin Module Workshop / OCLC Licensing and Negotiations Course / Fundamentals of LCC Workshop

*** Medical Library Association Scholarship Opportunity
Applications are now being accepted for the 2008 MLA Scholarship, which provides up to $5000.00 to a library school student interested in a career in health science libraries. Applications available online at http://mlanet.org/pdf/grants/schol_app_20050712.pdf.

E-mail Shandra Protzko, Jury Chair, at protzkos@njc.org with questions.

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*** Call for Presenters: Student Success and Retention Conference
It’s time to submit a proposal for a presentation at the 2009 Student Success and Retention Conference! This year’s theme, “Access and Success for All”, is your chance to share your exemplary program, project or partnership. This conference draws teams of Faculty, Student Services staff, and Administrators from Community Colleges, the Oregon University System (OUS), and independent colleges and universities throughout Oregon. This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Kay McClenney, the Executive Director of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). It is an outstanding opportunity to come together to discuss common issues, achievements, and challenges related to student access and success. 

Email Bob Schroeder, Schroeder@pdx.edu, if you have questions or would like to submit a proposal.  From Bob: ” Colleagues – consider presenting at or attending this conference. Roberta Richards, Sue Phelps and I did last year and it was fun mingling with others involved with student success. The library is key to student success and retention – we just need to get the word out! This is a great place to discover other offices on campus that the library can partner with.”

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*** Portland Downtown Librarians Meeting
This month’s Downtown Librarians’ brown bag lunch will be held on Friday, October 24, from noon until 1-ish. We will have a special visitor, Gloria Zamora, president elect of the SLA (Special Libraries Association). Geoff Wexler, Senior Archivist at the Oregon Historical Society, will be hosting our meeting, and will talk to us about OHS’s collection. We encourage ORSLA members to attend this lunch to meet Gloria, and to hear about the wonderful materials at the OHS.

The Oregon Historical Society is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue, between Main and Madison. There are many public transportation options including the streetcar, numerous bus lines, and the MAX. Parking can be difficult at lunchtime downtown.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Geoff at Geoff.Wexler@OHS.org.

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*** BCR Workshop: Searching WorldCat
Increase your comfort level and optimize the powerful tools available in the FirstSearch reference and Resource Sharing interface. This workshop will address how to access FirstSearch, search WorldCat, navigate and manipulate lists of records, developing search proficiency.

NOTE: This course is designed for individual participation. 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 register separately.

Who Should Attend?
This workshop is appropriate for those working with WorldCat Resource Sharing (ILL) and those using FirstSearch for reference activities.

Sites & Dates Online –  WebLive:
10/29/2008   10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
All times listed are in Mountain Time.

Fees:
BCR members — $60.00
Nonmembers — $80.00
1 BCR training voucher accepted as payment.

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*** BCR Workshop: FirstSearch Admininstrative Module
The functions of the FirstSearch Administrative Module can leverage your investment in your FirstSearch subscription and your visibility on the open web. This workshop will cover the various customization options for the patron interface. Participants will also learn to create links between authorizations, local catalogs, and Open URL services as well as enable deep linking to local catalog records to WorldCat.org. Statistical reports for reference and WorldCat.org will also be covered.

NOTE: This course is designed for individual participation. 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 register separately.

Who Should Attend?
This workshop is appropriate for those working with WorldCat Resource Sharing (ILL) and those using FirstSearch for reference activities.

Sites & Dates Online – WebLive
10/30/2008 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
All times listed are in Mountain Time.

Fees:
BCR members — $60.00
Nonmembers — $80.00
1 BCR training voucher accepted as payment.

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 *** OCLC Western’s Licensing and Negotiations for Librarians Online
This two-hour online session will provide an overview of the basic characteristics of license agreements for online databases frequently used in libraries. Through reading and discussing sample licenses we will define general licensing terms, identify problem clauses, provide you with the ability to spot good and bad licenses, and gain a better understanding of eContent contracts. We will also discuss the fundamentals of negotiation skills and techniques and identify the appropriate situations in which to use them.  This workshop is perfect for any library staff member whose responsibilities include database licensing and negotiations.

Topics covered include:

  • Defining general licensing terms
  • Identifying problem clauses
  • How to spot good and bad licenses
  • Gain a better understanding of eContent contracts
  • Basic fundamentals of negotiation skills and techniques

For more information and to register, please click on the link below: 
Thursday, November 6, 2008 (Registration Deadline: 10/29/08)
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Location: WebEx Online Meeting

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*** Fundamentals of Library of Congress Classification Workshop
This workshop is sponsored by the Tech Services Roundtable of OLA.
November 19-20, 2008, 8:30-5:00
Oregon State University, Corvallis

Trainers:
Lori Robare, University of Oregon
Richard Sapon-White, Oregon State University

This two-day workshop provides authoritative standardized training in the principles and practices of Library of Congress Classification (LCC). The course includes background on the development and structure of LCC and on the elements that make up a call number, as well as guidance in shelflisting practice and the use of essential tools. Emphasis is on basic skills and on application of LCC in areas most often used by generalists, including a special focus on schedules H, N, and P. The workshop concludes with a session on local decisions and on proposing new class numbers through SACO.

Target audience: The course is designed to cover basic skills. It will be useful to those who are new to classification using LCC but who have some basic knowledge of cataloging and the MARC 21 formats. While not designed to cover advanced or specialized topics, the course will also be a useful review for experienced catalogers, especially those who supervise or train other catalogers.

Deadline for registration is November 10, 2008.  Confirmation of registration will be sent upon receipt of payment.  Directions and parking information will be included with your confirmation. For more information, please contact Nancy Black at (503)725-4627 or nkb@pdx.edu.

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October 20, 2008 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

October 1, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 23) – President’s Message

President’s Message

“Great ideas begin when you finally say “yes.” (MaryAnne Radmacher)

This quote is on my mind as September ends because this month many members have been saying yes to requests to be involved in OLA. Their responses are not just “yes.” I’m hearing “yes, I’m honored”, “yes, thank you for asking”, “yes, this sounds like fun.” And, of course, “yes, my work life feels overloaded but so is everyone’s so I’ll try it!”

My job as OLA President would be a lot harder if members didn’t say yes. I so appreciate the willingness exhibited. I wonder who is out there who would like to be asked but I don’t know it. Please ask–I’m sure OLA will figure out a way to say “yes” to you!

Mary Ginnane
OLA President
mary.j.ginnane@ci.eugene.or.us

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