Archive for April, 2009

April 17, 2009 – Special Edition in Memory of Judith Krug

Oregon Memories / IF Toolkit / Conferences and Cats / Consistent InspirationLinks

***Oregon Memories and Appreciation
On behalf of Oregon libraries I sent the following message to ALA’s collection point for memories about Judith Krug at “rememberingjudith@ala.org“. Please share your tributes about Judith Krug by using the “leave a comment” tool below.

Judith Krug was a big help when the Oregon State Library established the Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse in 1987. She supported us through challenges against “If Beale Street Could Talk” at a combined middle-high school library, through the dark days of the first round of the culture wars when the Oregon Citizens Alliance targeted books about homosexuality in statewide and local anti-gay initiatives (1992-1994), and when “Daddy’s Roommate” and “Heather has Two Mommies” were challenged in multiple public libraries. Intellectual freedom trainings sponsored by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, and well-presented by Judith and others had a ripple effect in Oregon as the content was shared and repeated in the state. Other substantial contributions developed with Judith’s leadership that continue to be well-used in Oregon are the interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights and the Intellectual Freedom Manual. Judith was always generous in agreeing to attend state conferences and we in Oregon had the pleasure of hosting her a number of years ago. After that conference I remember a sunny deck, a home-cooked meal, lively laughing discussion by the librarians and lawyer in attendance, and there one of Judy Krug’s secrets was revealed — she never went to the grocery store! All shopping for the family was done by her husband. Party talk or not–it was a fun revelation about a goddess!

To Judy’s colleagues in the Office for Intellectual Freedom and ALA, we are sorry for your loss.

Mary Ginnane
OLA President

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***Intellectual Freedom Toolkit
Judith’s trip to Oregon to help launch the OLA Intellectual Freedom toolkit was a turning point for many libraries – there was wonderful attendance at that workshop and the IF Committee subsequently received inquiries from libraries (particularly small ones) about the best way to implement policies which guaranteed that the principles of Intellectual Freedom be upheld.

One of my favorite “Judy stories” comes from a couple of years ago at a workshop she presented at Multnomah County Library.  In making a point about the futility of censorship, she recounted a tale about a neighborhood swimming pool where parents were trying to come up with measures to ensure the safety of their children . . . should they build a six foot chain link fence . . . should they hire a full-time lifeguard (and so on).  Judy said, “don’t you think it would just be easier to teach the children to swim”?

Mary Norman,
Corvallis-Benton County Library
Former member, OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee

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***Conferences and Cats
I remember her trip to Oregon as part of the IF Toolkit presentation.  She and I kept up and I would run into her at ALA often.  She was such a force and deserves national attention… she could be a tough lady too when toughness was needed. There’s a story about Judy coming out to Oregon and staying at a colleague’s house. Judy apparently fell in love with her cat.  I had a hard time seeing her as a cat person.  Way too cosmopolitan or citified somehow.

There was a great article on her in the NY Times which is a big deal for anyone’s obit. 

Faye Chadwell
Valley Libraries, Oregon State University
Former Chair, OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee

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***Consistent Inspiration
A memory of Judy I have was running into her at ALA one time during a Council session, re-introducting myself and having her tell me that she knew very well who I was…She was so no-nonsense and so consistent in her defense of intellectual freedom, what an incredible inspiration.

MaryKay Dahlgreen
Oregon State Library
Former coordinator of the Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse and OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee member

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April 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 12) – OLA News

OLA Conference a Success / Books for China Project Update / PLD Board Candidates Needed / ACRL-Or Board Candidates Needed / Free Disaster Response Workshop

***OLA 2009: A Success!
The 2009 OLA Conference was a big success. The evaluations so far have been very positive, and the buzz at the event was great.

One thing that really helps a conference succeed is the support of sponsors. In times like these, those sponsorships are harder to come by and even more appreciated. Here are the sponsors and what their contributions supported:

BCR – the program “Telling the Database Story”
Emporia State University SLIM Program – Thursday’s Business Lunch
Emporia State University SLIM Program – Friday’s morning break
OCLC Western – Thursday’s afternoon break
Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) – Thursday’s morning break
Public Library Association (PLA) – Friday’s Awards Lunch
Friends of the Salem Public Library – Thursday’s All-Conference Reception
Swets – contribution to the general Conference fund
Technical Furniture Systems – Thursday’s Showcases

A big “thank you” to all these sponsors for helping make our conference a success!

—Robert Hulshof-Schmidt, Chair, OLA 2009 Conference Committee, robert.hulshof-schmidt@state.or.us

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***Books for China Project Off to a Great Start!
Good work, Oregon libraries!  The Books for China Project has collected 104 boxes of books to ship to China this coming fall, about 10% of our 1000 box goal.  Keep those boxes coming! 

The Oregon State Library (OSL) is the Books-for-China collection site.  If your library has access to a van or truck, please transport your books to OSL yourself if possible. You may deliver books to OSL Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Please call ahead if you are delivering a large shipment.)  For questions about delivering books to OSL, please call Joel Henderson at OSL, 503-378-2814. You may also ship books to:

        Oregon State Library
        Books-for-China Project
        250 Winter Street NE
        Salem, OR  97301-3950

You may also send small shipments through the Orbis Cascade Alliance Courier.  Please limit boxes to 1 cubic foot (such as a 19x15x6 standard Baker & Taylor box) and 35 pounds if shipping via the courier. (If delivering books on your own, boxes may be larger, but please not heavier.) There are also limits on the number of boxes you can ship by the courier, so please contact Teresa Landers, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 541-766-6995 if you want to use this method.

—Richard Sapon-White, OLA IRRT Chair, Richard.sapon-white@oregonstate.edu

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***PLD Board Candidates Needed
Interested in getting more involved with the Oregon Library Association?  A great way to start is by becoming a member of the Public Library Division board.  For more information about PLD, go to our website -

http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=61035.  There you can learn more about what we do by reading the meeting minutes, newly revised by-laws, and yearly reports.

So the Public Library Division would like to invite you to nominate new members of the PLD board this coming year or feel free to nominate yourself.  We will have three open Director At Large positions to fill.  Please respond to Carol Uhte (carolu@multcolib.org).  Voting will start early in mid-May and be open until early June.

Nominees must be a current member of the Public Library Division (or you can pledge to join within a few months) and OLA.  We will need a short biography (it goes out with the ballot) of anyone nominated. 

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!

Robin Beerbower, PLD Chair, Salem Public Library, 503-588-6089

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***ACRL-Oregon Board Candidates Needed
ACRL-Oregon is looking for candidates to stand in its spring 2009 elections!

Want to contribute to advancing academic librarianship but don’t necessarily have the funds to participate nationally? Run for ACRL-Oregon office and make your mark for Oregon!

Open elected officer positions include:

Please send nominations/self-nominations to the Board’s Nominating Committee:

Anne-Marie Deitering (Anne-Marie.Deitering@oregonstate.edu)
Janet Tapper (jtapper@wschiro.edu)

Nominations Deadline: Friday April 24th, 2009
Ballots emailed: Friday May 1st, 2009
Election Results announced: Monday, June 15th, 2009

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*** Free May Day! Disaster Response Workshop
Sponsored by the Portland Area Disaster Response Group (DIRG) and the Oregon Library Association Preservation Roundtable

Friday, May 1, 10am-12pm
Portland State University   Millar Library   Room 160
1875 SW Park Avenue, Downtown Portland

Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, floods, building collapse — we are all susceptible to natural and manmade disasters. In our post-911, post-Katrina world, we all know the importance of being prepared. A specific plan of action that aims to reduce immediate and continued threats and salvage already-damaged items could make all the difference to compromised collections. But did you know that your ability to act – and to pay for that action – hinges on requirements set forth by your institution’s insurance policy?  Have you factored insurance into your disaster plan?

DIRG and the OLA Preservation Roundtable invite you to May Day! 2009, a free workshop for all concerned about disaster planning and response for your library, archive, historical society, or museum, regardless of your level of preparedness. This year’s workshop will highlight important aspects of insurance, as well as a variety of useful resources to get your own plan in tiptop shape. If you have an updated plan, outdated plan, or no plan, we are here to help and to provide resources and expertise. Please reserve a spot now!  And of course, refreshments provided.

RSVP to Kris Kern, kernk@pdx.edu.

Visit the new DIRG website:  http://sites.google.com/site/disasterresponsegroup/

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April 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 12) – Happenings

PNLA News / MCL Presents Jon Scieszka / Oregon Poet Laureate Event / Reference USA Webinar

***PNLA News
Congratulations to Marly Stapp at Fern Ridge Library.  Marly was the winner of a basket full of YRCA 2010 Nominees (24 books/ valued at $300) and thank you to all of the conference participants who took time to complete the PNLA Questionnaire. 

Are you looking for an excuse to travel to Missoula, Montana this August?  The Pacific Northwest Library Association will be celebrating its 100th anniversary from August 5-7, 2009at the annual conference.  What a great opportunity to visit Big Sky Country. For further information about the conference and for on-line registration, visit the PNLA Website at www.pnla.org

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***Multnomah County Library Presents Jon Scieszka
Get your tickets now for the 2009 Multnomah County Library Children’s Author Lecture.
This year’s author is Jon Scieszka, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and author of The Stinky Cheeseman and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and editor of Guys Write for Guys Read.

Monday, April 20, 2009
7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
First Congregational Church
1126 S.W. Park Ave., Portland
Tickets
$12 Adult
$6 Student (K-12)
Tickets are on sale at Library Administration and Central, Gresham, Hillsdale, Hollywood, Midland, Sellwood-Moreland and St. John’s libraries. Tickets are also available at Annie Bloom’s Books and A Children’s Place Bookstore.  To order tickets by mail or for more information, call 503.988.5402.

After his talk, Mr. Scieszka will autograph his books, which will be available for purchase from Annie Bloom’s Bookstore. Ticket sales support the library’s outreach to local schools, providing books, transportation, lecture tickets and a chance to meet the author to hundreds of students from schools that normally could not afford an author visit. This year’s beneficiaries are students at Grout Elementary.

The Children’s Author Lecture is made possible in part by The Library Foundation with support from McCormick and Schmick’s and Riverdale School District.

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***Oregon Poet Laureate Event Celebrates Oregon Reads 2009
Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Inada takes the stage with Willamette University professor Linda Tamura to tell two entwined stories from the life of Toyo Suyemoto, a Japanese-American writer and poet who worked in a library located inside a Japanese internment camp during World War II.  “The Topaz Public Library” is a readers theater piece that will have its world premiere:

7 p.m.Thursday, April 16
Loucks Auditorium
Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE
The event is free and open to the public.

Inada has interspersed Toyo Suyemoto’s memories of the Topaz Public Library with the story of her life before and during the internment as well as her poetry, all to striking effect.

Inada, the current Oregon Poet Laureate, is a third-generation Japanese American born in Fresno, California who spent part of his childhood in internments camps in California, Arkansas, and Colorado. He is an emeritus professor at Southern Oregon University and authors of three books of poetry, “Before the War,” “Legends from Camp,” and “Drawing the Line.”

Linda Tamura is an orchard kid from Hood River, Oregon who was a young adult when she finally understood the impact of World War II on her family. She is the author of Oregon Book Award finalist, “The Hood River Issei: An Oral History of Japanese Settlers in Oregon’s Hood River Valley,” a book drawn from interviews of the members of her grandmother’s generation in Hood River. Tamura is on the faculty of the School of Education at Willamette University and is one of three co-editors in chief of The Oregon Encyclopedia, (www.oregonencyclopedia.org).

The books of both performers will be available for purchase at the event through a partnership with The Willamette Store.

“The Topaz Public Library” is a part of a two-month series of programs planned in conjunction with Oregon Reads 2009, focusing on the book, “Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese-American Family” by Lauren Kessler.

More information about this event and about all the Oregon Reads 2009 activities at Salem Public Library is available at 503-588-6052 or www.salemlibrary.org

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***Reference USA Webinar
Traffic counts in libraries are up with more people needing to use library services for career/job searching.  At the same time, companies are moving towards having the first interaction (submitting resumes and applications) be on-line.  ReferenceUSA is the perfect compliment to that effort.

Make the most of your ReferenceUSA database subscription.  ReferenceUSA is hosting a free web meeting for all librarians throughout Oregon.  The primary topic will include, but is not limited to helping job-searching patrons.  Learn how to use ReferenceUSA throughout the process.

Here are the topics covered:

  • Preparing Resumes, Cover Letters, Applications and References
  • Opportunities: Preparing a ‘self-marketing’ plan
  • Due Diligence: Researching companies
  • Preparing for the Interview

Other Considerations:

The on-line webinar can vary due to your available time up to approximately one-hour and is filled with practical advice and useful suggestions on how to give library patrons the winning edge in their job/career search efforts.   You do not have to subscribe to this in order to attend.  You may also arrange for an individual presentation.  Tentative time: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 11am.  Seats are limited to 30 per web meeting.  To register for this or to set a different time, please contact:

—Mark Heisterkamp, ReferenceUSA OR/WA, 800-808-1113  x3786, mark.heisterkamp@infousa.com

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April 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 11) – News

OLA Conference Tips / Writers Needed for OLA Quarterly / Join the PLD Board!

***OLA Conference 2009: Helpful Tips
The 2009 OLA Conference is almost here!  This year there are several changes that you need to know about.  We have included the changes as well as some tips to help you get the most out of your conference experience.
 
One State, Many Bags-There will not be conference bags available this year.  Instead we are encouraging conference attendees to bring their own bag.  You are welcome to bring a library bag to use yourself or swap for a different one.  This can also include a bag from a library or from an earlier conference.  You can also donate extra library bags that you no longer need.  You can bring other types of bags to use yourself, but we can only take donations of library related bags.  Don’t forget to bring paper and a pen or pencil to take notes.

Directions- You can find directions to the Salem Conference Center at http://www.salemconferencecenter.org/directions.php
 
Parking Map-Parking is available at the Salem Conference Center/Phoenix Grant Hotel (access from Liberty Street), in the Pringle Parking Garage (access off High Street, top level only) or in the Liberty Parking Garage (access off Liberty Street, evenings and weekends only).  The parking map is available online at http://www.salemconferencecenter.org/pdf/Parking_Map.pdf

Our goal is to provide a greener conference this year so there will be a minimal of handouts available at the conference.  You will be able to find conference handouts online at www.nwcentral.org listed under resources.  Conference programs are available and will be given to each conference attendee.
 
There won’t be an internet café available this year, but there will be free wireless in the Salem Conference Center. 
 
Wear comfortable shoes!  The Salem Conference Center is fairly large and you will want to spend time walking through the exhibits.  A map of local restaurants offering discounts to conference registrants is also available at the registration desk.  All you need to do is show your conference badge to receive a discount.  It includes Alessandro’s Ristorante & Galleria; The Beanery; Blue Pepper Internet Café & Art Gallery; Cascade Baking Company; Governor’s Cup Coffee Roasters; J. James Restaurant; La Margarita Company Restaurant & Grill; Marco Polo Global Restaurant and Wild Pear Restaurant.  The walking map is also available on line at http://data.memberclicks.com/site/ola/OLA_Walking_Map.pdf
 
Support the OLA MLS Scholarship fund by buying a temporary tattoo from the OLA Past Presidents Round Table.  Proceeds will help support future librarians.
 
Be sure to fill out the conference evaluation which will be available online after the conference.  You will receive the link by email.

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***Writers Needed for OLA Quarterly
The President’s Conference Issue (Summer, 2009) is in development, and I am seeking writers and reporters on the conference theme of “Oregon Reads: One State, Many Stories.” This can be broken up into Oregon Reads AND One State, Many Stories. Some ideas:

  • the conference experience of various categories of library staff (paraprofessional, new professional, seasoned professional, retired librarian, board member, school, public, academic, special); could be written in blog format
  • a presenter edits their presentation or showcase for publication
  • an attendee interviews a presenter/speaker/author for more in-depth perspective on their subject
  • a vendor’s conference experience
  • the story of why someone is not at the conference–and what happens in the library when others are gone
  • your library’s experience with Oregon Reads
  • your library’s experience with a library reading promotion or other community reading project

I’d also like to include sidebars with shorter stories about “why/how you became a librarian or came to work in a library”; or “the story of a meaningful library interaction you’ve had which is emblematic of the profession’s ideals”; or professional literature/websites you’ve been reading/viewing that you’d like others in the profession to know about.

The due date for the finished articles is May 15, 2009.

Thanks for considering this request. I hope you are intrigued to help create a story filled issue! Let me know what type of article/reporting you are thinking of.

Mary Ginnane
OLA President
Editor, OLA Quarterly, Summer, 2009

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***Join the PLD Board!
Want to Become a Leader?  Join the Public Library Division Board!

I’ll bet you didn’t know that the “P” is PLD also stands for “Promotion”!  No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke.  Being an officer of the Public Library Division can have its rewards.  For example, both Todd Dunkelberg (Deschutes) and Abigail Elder (Tualatin) obtained their current library director positions AFTER they became directors-at-large for PLD! 

If you are interested in furthering your library career and becoming an emerging leader of the library world, consider becoming an officer of the Public Library Division.  This spring we will be seeking candidates for directors-at-large.  We can’t guarantee that you will become a library director or even receive a job upgrade, but being on the board will give you the opportunity to network with colleagues in the Oregon library world and you will also meet many nice people. The only requirements are that you work in a public library and that you want to help shape public libraries of the future. Attend the business meeting at the OLA conference on April 2 (5:30-6:30, Santiam 1) to find out more or email me for more information.

Thanks and see you at the conference!

Robin Beerbower (admitting that I have never received a promotion but truly enjoy being involved with OLA and being considered a “leader”)
Salem Public Library
Public Library Division Chair
rbeerbower@cityofsalem.net

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April 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 11) – Happenings

Open Access Archive at OSU / Library Challenges Webcast / Greening Your Library Conference / Timberline Acquisitions Institute / Pendleton Library Wins Grant / Nominate a Star!

***Open Access Archive at OSU
Faculty members at Oregon State University Libraries are granting open access to their scholarship and knowledge.

On March 6, library faculty adopted a policy that requires deposit of final published versions of scholarly works in the libraries’ institutional repository, ScholarsArchive@OSU (http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/) . This is the first open access mandate adopted by a library faculty in the United States, according to Michael Boock, head of digital access services for OSU Libraries.

Since 2004, OSU Libraries has worked to collect the university’s scholarship in digital form to ensure greater accessibility and long-term preservation of the scholarship. ScholarsArchive@OSU, which recently ranked fourth among U.S. digital repositories, contains dissertations, theses, a wide variety of university technical reports, working papers and series and increasingly, published articles, papers and presentations. The current contributions come from across campus, and are contributed on a voluntary basis.

The new policy means that the 42 library faculty will automatically contribute all of their scholarship to the archive, which will not be the case for faculty in other departments, who can continue to contribute on a voluntary basis.

No later than the date of publication or distribution, library faculty members will deposit an electronic copy of the final published version of their works in an appropriate format (such as PDF) to ScholarsArchive@OSU. The policy applies to articles, conference papers and proceedings, substantial presentations and internal reports of interest to a broader audience that are authored or co-authored by library faculty members.

“As faculty members at Oregon’s land grant university the library faculty believes they have a responsibility to share their expertise and research with the public,” Boock said. “As librarians, they believe in the widest possible access to information and its long-term preservation. The policy they’ve adopted supports these goals.”

For more information, please contact Michael Boock (Michael.boock@oregonstate.edu) or Janet Webster (janet.webster@oregonstate.edu). 

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***Library Challenges and Opportunities Webcast
Please read on for information regarding the next upcoming installment from the Library Challenges and Opportunities 2009 webcast series!

Title: Diversity Beyond the Obvious
Speaker: Mary Evangeliste
Cost: Free to Library Staff of Oregon Libraries
Date: April 3, 2009, 9:00a – 10:30a

Description:  Mary Evangeliste, Director of User Services & Outreach at Gettysburg College and co-founder of Fearless Future: Marketing & Design for things that matter, brings together two distinguished scholars of diversity in libraries to present their recent research and to engage in a lively conversation with you on the topic. We will discuss how diversity in all its manifestations can make the library profession stronger and more vital.

Our panel will investigate and discuss the following questions:

  • How can we recruit and retain diverse librarians?
  • How can we create inclusive library environments in which all types of employees and learners feel welcome and involved?
  • How do we foster an environment within our profession to include representatives of all of our constituencies?
  • How do our practices in libraries reflect the diverse nature of our communities?

Mary will be joined by Dr. Teresa Y. Neely, Associate Professor and Director, Access Services, University Libraries, University of New Mexico and Dr. Karen E. Downing, the Foundation and Grants Librarian at the University of Michigan. Please join us for in-depth discussion on the benefits of diversity in libraries.

This webcast is 90 minutes in length. Visit http://bcr.org/training/partners/teleconferences/index.html for additional information or contact BCR directly at info@bcr.org

Location: View the training via webcast from your personal computer or a computer you can access easily. Or you may attend a group session at a location near you. Please review the host sites http://bcr.org/training/partners/teleconferences/sites/oregon/diversity.html  to find a convenient location.

How to Register: Register online at http://bcr.org/training/partners/teleconferences/registration.html – registration is FREE.

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***Greening Your Library Conference
Celebrate Earth Day by learning how to make your library more sustainable! Sustainability professionals and experienced library staff will provide the tools you need to lighten your library’s environmental footprint. You can attend the whole day or one session only.

Friday, April 24, 2009
Green Buildings and Sustainability Design,  9:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Green Library Operations,  1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
U.S. Bank Room
Multnomah County Central Library
801 SW 10th Ave, Portland OR

Cost:
Morning session only (Green Buildings and Sustainability Design): $40
Afternoon session only (Green Library Operations): $40
Full day: $70

Registration:
Register at http://portals.org

Morning Session 9:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Green Buildings and Sustainability Design

  • New Construction and Major Renovations – Ralph DiNola, Green Building Services
    • Understanding the Context: Why We Need Green Buildings
    • The LEED Green Building Rating System
    • Green Strategies and Integrated Design
  • Case Study Presentation: LEED Certified Hillsdale Library – Kacey Jurgens, THA Architecture, and Ralph DiNola, Green Building Services
  • Organizational Sustainability – Elaine Aye, Green Building Services
    • Understanding Your Current Baselines: How Green Is Your Library?
    • Green Policies & Programs
    • Keys to Successful Implementation
    • Tracking Your Progress
  • Library Environmental Team (LET) at Multnomah County Library – Grant Swanson
    • Creating a Library Green Team
    • Working with the County and Suppliers
    • Creating Sustainable Organizational Processes

 Afternoon Session 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Green Library Operations

  • Conducting an Environmental Audit – Judith Norton, OHSU Library
  • Recycling in the Workplace: Creating Convenience, Opportunity, and Motivation – Pete Chism, Metro’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
  • Greening Operational Practices at Multnomah County Library – Grant Swanson and Wes Stevens
    •  Functions of LET – Library Environmental Team
    • Recycling at MCL: MIX recycling, collection methods, composting, etc.
    • Rigid Plastics: collecting, sorting, routing, and storing
    • Waste Prevention and Paper Reduction Plans
  • Green Cleaning Supplies – Mike Dubesa, Multnomah County Materiel Management
  • Tips and Tactics – practical strategies from various libraries
  • Tour of Central Library’s Eco Roof (optional)
  • Resources for the Sustainability-Minded – Diane Sotak, University of Portland

Do you have a green practice at your library that you would like to share in a 5-minute presentation? Send your suggestion to Roberta Richards at rrichard@pcc.edu.  If your practice is a good fit for the workshop, you can attend the afternoon session at no cost, or the whole day at half price!

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***Timberline Acquisitions Institute
Registration is now being accepted for the 9th Annual Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge.  Come join us for this three-day conference in a gorgeous Northwestern setting.  The Institute offers a small, informal, and stimulating forum for discussing the methods and madness of building and managing library collections.  This year’s keynote speaker is Terry Reese, Gray Chair for Innovative Library Services, at Oregon State University Libraries in Corvallis, Oregon.  Terry will be speaking on open data and open source and the importance of encouraging integration between vendors and the library developer community.  Rounding out the Institute will be multiple sessions focused on handling the acquisition of e-resources, managing personnel, and building digital and cooperative collections.

The conference will be held May 16-19, 2009, on the grounds of Timberline Lodge (http://www.timberlinelodge.com/visit/) Timberline Lodge is located one hour east of Portland, Oregon, on the slope of Mount Hood (http://www.flickr.com/photos/35087720@N04/3253447195/).  The registration form is available at http://libweb.uoregon.edu/ec/aitl/2009registrationForm.pdf .

Total Institute costs (excluding transportation) have not increased this year.  Your registration includes all conference expenses including opening reception, refreshments during breaks, and all meals from dinner Saturday through breakfast Tuesday. Please also fill in your room request. The cost will depend on the type of room <http://libweb.uoregon.edu/events/aitl/rooms.html> reserved and if you are sharing a room.  We forward your request to Timberline Lodge and they will use your credit card information to secure the first night’s stay.

We will accept registrations through April 16 so be sure to register early. The conference website at http://libweb.uoregon.edu/events/aitl/ provides additional information on the preliminary program, FAQ, and rates.   For more information, please contact Scott Smith, Alibris, at scott.alan.smith@comcast.net.

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***Pendleton Library Wins ICMA Grant
ICMA (International City/County Management Association) is pleased to announce the awarding of $500,000 in grant funding to nine cities, towns, and counties to support new projects developed by local governments that utilize public libraries to address critical local needs and provide services that strengthen their communities. The Public Library Innovation Grants are funded through ICMA’s partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Pendleton Public Library (http://www.pendleton.plinkit.org/) was awarded a grant for their new program, Wired for Safety.  This project will ride the crest of increased teen energy in the library and throughout the community. Using a mix of technology (a city-wide wireless network and other enhancements) and expanded services (programs for teens and community safety involvement programs), the project will partner the strength and security of local law enforcement with the empowering culture of the public library to create an environment for accessing information that is comfortable and welcoming for a diverse demographic mix of citizens. The project will pool both human and financial resources from the city of Pendleton police department, public library, facilities department, and additional grant funds to achieve the goals of this project.

Congratulations!

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***Nominate a Star on National Library Workers Day!
Nominate a Star on National Library Workers Day! http://www.students.ala.org/studentmemberblog/?p=157

National Library Workers Day is on April 14, 2009. NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. The [ALA Allied Professional Association] receives more than 500 Stars submissions each year. Stars are stellar library staff! Take time to nominate a star today! You can nominate a great library school student! A great student worker! A great supervisor! Yourself!

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April 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 11) – The Welcome Committee

***Oregon State University Libraries Welcomes Jennifer Nutefall
Jennifer Nutefall has accepted the position of Associate University Librarian for Innovative User Services at the Oregon State University Libraries beginning April 20.

Nutefall holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Library Science from Syracuse University, attended the ACRL Harvard Leadership Institute in 2007 and recently attained a Master in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

With over 11 years of experience in higher education librarianship, Nutefall brings to OSU her skills in leadership, supervision, outreach and collaboration. She was the Instruction Coordinator at George Washington University, Washington DC during the past 7 years. One of her significant accomplishments at GW was the establishment of a faculty/librarian partnership for the University Writing 20 courses, a theme-based 4-credit freshmen writing course that every new student attends. 

At OSU Libraries, Nutefall will have a major role in shaping the newly implemented public services reorganization consisting of two major departments – Research and Innovative Services and Instruction and User Services. She will play key roles in policy decisions, organizational and strategic planning, project oversight, resource allocation, and the future direction of the libraries and library services.

If you would like to help welcome a new library staff to the Oregon library community, please send your article to the OLA Hotline Editors

April 2, 2009 at 10:16 am Leave a comment


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