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September 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 21) – President’s Message

***President’s Message
We’ve all heard the phrase “Big Shoes to Fill,” and that is especially true for me this year.  Mary Ginnane is now OLA’s Past President and she will go down in history as one of our organization’s finest leaders.  Mary embodies the leadership skills we all have read about.  She is immensely knowledgeable as to the intricate details of OLA Divisions, Committees, Task Forces and Round Tables.  She is personable, well spoken and modest to boot!  She ran OLA meetings using a combination of diplomacy, humor and grace.  I have learned much from this fine woman.  Please give her thanks for the endless hours and contributions she made (and continues to make) to OLA.  Thank you, Mary!

Connie Anderson-Cohoon
OLA President 2009-2010

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September 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 21) – News

Association ManagementLibrary Summit Celebration / Tech Petting Zoo / TSRT Cataloging Workshop / ORSLA Meeting / GPO Spotlight

***Association Management
After discussion at the OLA Board Retreat, and a progress report at the August 24th Board meeting, a plan for the transfer of OLA association management from Professional Administrative Services of Salem, Oregon to Roberts Business Services of LaGrande, Oregon received support. There will be more to announce after the October 2nd Board meeting.  The basic message right now is that the Board is optimistic that a sound plan for both business services and web and member management will result.

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***Library Summit Celebration
Celebration! On Mount Hood!!! On September 8th some Oregon Library Association members along with other library community members celebrated the successful implementation of projects funded by the Betsy Priddy Donor Advised Fund of the Wichita Falls Community Foundation. The celebration at Silcox Hut was generously planned and funded by Betsy Priddy. Among the invited guests were consultants from the Fund who shared tips with the attendees about building on success with future grants.

Two of the celebrated projects were administered by the Oregon Library Association: the Amo Leer project which provided a core collection of Spanish language and bilingual children’s materials to 20 Oregon libraries serving populations under 20,000; and the HOLA (Helping Oregon Libraries Achieve) project which assisted staff from rural and small libraries to join OLA and benefit from conference attendance. Leah Griffith and Jim Scheppke deserve recognition for the initial contact and planning with Betsy, as do the members of the Amo Leer and HOLA special committees.

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***Present at the Technology Petting Zoo! 
The Technology Petting Zoo, brought to you by OLA’s Public Library Division, is a day set aside for all librarians (even technophobes!) to explore innovative technologies and their use in the public library setting.  The Technology Petting Zoo will be held Friday, November 13th, 2009 at the Tualatin Public Library.  Proposal Submission Deadline: Monday, October 5th. Informal proposals are acceptable.

The Public Library Division Board is seeking short presentations (20-45 minutes) to introduce new devices and technologies and demonstrate how they can be used in the library setting.  Hands-on time with electronic devices like flip cameras, gaming systems, iPods, and netbooks will be offered in the afternoon. 

Wild ideas are welcome (as are slightly more boring ones). Please use your imagination! We would love to hear your ideas, even if they are not completely “fleshed out” to start with. Library School students are encouraged to submit proposals.

Some potential presentation topics:

  • YouTube Book Reviews
  • Loaning laptops in  the library
  • Library catalogs for mobile devices
  • Netbooks and the future of print
  • “Friending” the Library
  • Tagging
  • User generated reviews in the catalog
  • Circulating Xbox, PS2 and Wii games
  • Downloadable books, audio books, videos

Submit proposals to Su Ikeda: opalsu@gmail.com or email if you have questions.

See you at the Zoo!

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***Tech Services RT Offers Basic Cataloging Workshop 
Workshop announcement:
Basic Subject Cataloging Using LCSH
November 16-17, 2009   8:30-5:00
Multnomah County Library – Central Library, U.S. Bank Room

This two-day workshop is designed to give attendees a solid foundation in the principles and practices of subject cataloging using LCSH, an introduction to the most important tools, and practice in formulating heading strings using subdivisions. It will be useful for those who are new to subject cataloging with LCSH but who have some basic knowledge of cataloging and the MARC 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. Some familiarity with MARC is helpful.

Trainers:
Adam Schiff, Principal Cataloger, University of Washington
Lori Robare, Assistant Head, Metadata Services and Digital Projects, University of Oregon

Cost of the two day workshop is:

  • Early Registration (September – October 15) $60
  • Registration (October 16 – November 10)      $80

This includes the workshop manual (lunch is on your own; a list of nearby places will be provided)
Registration is limited to 25 attendees.

To reserve your space, please obtain a registration form by emailing olatsrt@gmail.com, then send payment to the address below.  Registration is not final until payment has been received.   

Please make check or money order for your registration payable to OLA TSRT and mail to: 
Tiff Thornton
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1299

Confirmation of registration will be sent upon receipt of payment.   Directions, parking, food and lodging information will be included with your confirmation.  For more information, contact Megan Dazey at olatsrt@gmail.com

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***ORSLA Annual Meeting and Dinner
The Oregon chapter of the Special Libraries Association would like to invite you to a special evening of food, enlightenment, and networking.

What: The Oregon SLA Annual Meeting and Dinner
Where: Elephant’s Deli NW, in the Garden Room
Cost: $30 for students; $35 for members; $40 for non-members

Our speaker will be Aaron Schmidt (http://www.walkingpaper.org/), the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the DC Public Library, and an engaging, innovative presenter.

We would be delighted if you could join us for this event. More details forthcoming – watch your inbox!

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***GPO Spotlights OR Federal Depository
Each month the Government Printing Office (GPO) highlights the exceptional activities of federal depository libraries as they promote citizen access to government information. DIGOR is pleased that GPO chose to spotlight Oregon’s cooperative regional federal depository (http://www.gpo.gov/libraries/spotlight.htm). 

 Documents librarians at the cooperating libaries include DIGOR past chair Arlene Weible (State Library), DIGOR chair-elect and webmaster Ted Smith (University of Oregon), and DIGOR past secretary Valery King (Oregon State University).

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September 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 21) – Happenings

Radical Reference Meeting / PLA Boot Camp / Sherrer Lecture / Oregon Day of Culture / 1st Ammendment Exhibit

***Radical Reference Collective Fall Meeting
I hope you have all been enjoying the last hurrah of summer. The Fall Portland Radical Reference Collective meeting will be Wednesday September 16th from 6:30 – 7:30 PM at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in downtown Portland. Please join us to meet other progressive library workers, students, and library lovers and talk about how we can help make Portland a better place, one information piece at a time. The meeting is open to all so come and bring friends!

If you have anything specific that you’d like to talk about, please email me and I will add it to the agenda. (Note I will be out of town with limited email access 9/5 – 9/12, lanamt@gmail.com).

If you haven’t already, please join our Facebook group! We’ll be using this site to connect virtually and announce upcoming events and meetings. 

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***Applications sought for PLA Results Boot Camp 5
Applications are now being accepted for the Public Library Association’s (PLA) intensive library management training, Results Boot Camp 5, to be held October 12-16, 2009, in Seattle, Washington.  The deadline has been extended thru September 18, 2009.

This weeklong, interactive workshop will include both individual and group activities, and will focus on current library issues using case studies describing real library situations.  By the end of the week, participants will have the skills necessary to develop and implement a strategic plan in their library.  Additionally, participants will be able to:

  • Identify community needs
  • Understand and explain the new public library service responses
  • Write goals and objectives that will enable measurement of progress toward  achieving your strategic plan
  • Incorporate outcome measures in a strategic plan
  • Identify and select the most effective activities to support the priorities in a strategic plan
  • Identify current staff workload and skills and determine the staffing requirements to accomplish selected activities
  • Understand the issues that affect the allocation of collection, technology, and facilities resources in a Results environment
  • Review current library policies, regulations, and procedures to ensure that they support the strategic plan
  • Manage change in your library more effectively

Boot Camp 5 will be presented by Sandra Nelson and June Garcia, both of whom have written books in the PLA Results series of publications.  Participation is limited to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. Acceptance to the Results Boot Camp 5 is competitive.

PLA Results Boot Camp 5 will be held at the Hyatt at Olive 8 Hotel in Seattle, Washington. 

Additional course information, pricing, and applications are available via the PLA Boot Camp 5 web page.  For more information on this and other continuing education programs sponsored by PLA, contact the PLA office at 800-545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLAs Web site, www.pla.org.

PLA is a division of the American Library Association. 

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***2009 Sherrer Lecture
The Aubrey R. Watzek Library at Lewis & Clark College is pleased to announce that Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, Dean of University Libraries at the University of Washington, will present the 2009 Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture in Library Service on Friday, September 25 at 3 PM in Gordon Smith Hall on the campus of Lewis & Clark College. A reception will follow the lecture.

Betsy’s presentation, entitled “Straws in the Wind:  Emerging Models of Library Service” is abstracted below:

  • The service models that defined excellence in academic libraries throughout the 20th century have been challenged by the transformation in information search and discovery, changes in scholarly publishing and distribution, a new generation of faculty and students with any time any place expectations, the rise of consortial and collaborative approaches, e-everything, network scale libraries and processes, and an economic crisis of historic proportions.  There are enough straws bending (perhaps even breaking) in the wind to prompt a fundamental redefinition of excellence in academic libraries in the 21st century.  This lecture will present a compelling case for new models of library service, a lively examination of early pilots and exemplars, and collective opportunities for innovation and exploration.

For directions to campus, please see:  http://www.lclark.edu/visit/directions/
For parking information, see: http://www.lclark.edu/visit/parking_and_transportation/visitor_parking/
For further information about the Sherrer Lecture, see: http://library.lclark.edu/lib/sherrer.htm

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***Oregon Day of Culture
Oregon Day of Culture is Thursday, October 8, with events from October 1 – 8 included in the celebration.
 
The website for Oregon Day of Culture, www.oregondayofculture.org <http://www.oregondayofculture.org> , is nearing completion.  It will launch Wednesday, September 16 and will include a searchable database to which you can post any of your events, taking place from October 1 – 8, 2009.  
 
You will receive another email on Wednesday confirming that registration is officially open.  You will have until Friday, September 25 to post your Oregon Day of Culture events.  Registration will close at end of day on Friday, September 25.
 
The event registration form is easy and quick to complete.  It will allow you to post multiple events, to select a discipline and type of event.  It will include designations for public and private events.  So that means you can post organizational and community cultural events that are open to the public as well as private events, such as a book club meeting, drumming class, a cultural volunteer project, or an Oregon Day of Culture house party.
 
The website will include a toolkit with materials to help you promote your participation in Oregon Day of Culture.
 
Event coordinator Kirk Mouser is the lead contact for Oregon Day of Culture events but he cannot post your events for you.  Please do not send event information to him, or to the Cultural Trust.
 
However, if you have ideas about speaking engagements, banner placement, media interviews or other ways to get the word out about Oregon Day of Culture, please contact him at:kirk@kirkmouserenterrpises.com, 971-653-9596.

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***First Amendment Exhibit Available 
The Freedom Museum seeks enthusiastic library partners to host the provocative new exhibit Libraries and the First Amendment. The exhibit was designed to be a flexible, low-cost, customizable display that libraries of any size can accommodate.

Libraries who wish to host the exhibit are furnished with a complimentary Exhibit Framework Kit and given access to an array of supplemental exhibition materials. The Freedom Museum provides exhibition support to partner libraries and can offer suggestions for installation and care of the exhibit. In exchange for the exhibit resources and support, partner libraries are asked to provide the Freedom Museum with regular updates and feedback about the exhibit.

To inquire about becoming a library partner, send an email to Libraries@FreedomMuseum.US.
http://www.freedominlibraries.org/Exhibit_Hosting.aspx 

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September 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 21) – Past President’s Message

***Past-President’s Message

“I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.” George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) 1871

The end of my OLA President’s term does end any further potential for social offence from excessive use of marginally applicable quotations in these monthly messages!

But seriously…the end of the term also provides the opportunity to highlight OLA accomplishments, and re-state my appreciation and thanks to our OLA leaders and participants who achieved these accomplishments: Oregon Reads statewide sesquicentennial reading program; a profitable OLA annual conference; Oregon Authors website launched; activities to be environmentally conscious carried out (more conference calls among other actions); successful Library Legislative Day held; positive legislative session with the passage of HB 2586, and only a modest reduction in the Ready to Read program; Amo Leer grants awarded for Spanish language kids collections; Capwiz made available for national and state advocacy efforts; HOLA recipients attended conference; a national award received for the Intellectual Freedom Committee and partners; pilot project of an online OLA Quarterly completed and membership surveyed about the experiment; booths at the League of Oregon Cities conference and Wordstock; future OLA conference sites secured; successful SSD annual conference; education and support built for the national support staff certification program; IMLS grant for preservation assessment awarded to Oregon Museums Association with OLA as a partner; book collection for Fujian province libraries begun with the State Library’s partnership; OLA scholarships from LSTA funds given to MLS student recipients; outstanding OLA Award winners recognized; Vision 2020 planning process begun; and transition in association management underway.

It’s been an active year for OLA, and an honor for me to be a leader while these amazing activities were underway. Thank you for entrusting me with this position. Thank you to the members who worked on all the projects and activities. Thank you to the members who continue to join/renew/support our state’s library profession organization. Libraries and library service to Oregonians are stronger for it.

Mary Ginnane, Past-president

mary.j.ginnane@ci.eugene.or.us

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September 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 21) – News

Oregon Library Support Staff Certification Scholarships / SSD’s New Executive Committee / OLA and PLA / PLD Scholarships for PLA / ACRL-OR Scholarships for Fall Meeting

***Oregon Library Support Staff Certification Scholarships
An anonymous donor has given $1,000 to help five Oregon library support staff members apply for national certification in 2010. Certification scholarships apply $200 towards the $350 application fee to enter the ALA-APA Library Support Staff Certification Program.

  • The scholarship is open to any SSD member having a high school diploma, at least one year of library experience, and who has been employed within the last three years in an Oregon library. (Note:  the usual limitation of one SSD award in 18 months applies.)
  • Applicants will be responsible for the remaining cost of the registration fee.

For more information on the LSSCP, see: http://www.ala-apa.org/lsscp/index.html

Note:  there is a real scramble going on with the LSSCP to get ready for the Fall term test classes and the official start in January, 2010.  I’ve written to the field test sites, and many of their classes have not yet been approved for LSSCP.  *As soon as* we get the word, we will let everybody know about approved classes.  SSD scholarships not dedicated to conferences can be used for classes.  Also, please note that it is not necessary to take classes in order to gain certified status – there is a portfolio method available to show what you know.   Certification is an exciting development, and there will be much more to add about this program and its implications for Oregon support staff.

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***SSD Announces Executive Committee
Congratulations to SSDs newest Executive Committee Members elected in August:

  • Susan Bacina, Oregon State University – Incoming Chair
  • Jessica Rondema, Oregon State Library – Recorder
  • Margaret Harmon-Myers, Eugene Public Library – Archivist
  • Susan Gilmont, Guin Library, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University, will be stepping up to the Chair position effective September 1, 2009.

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***OLA and PLA
You may have received a card mailed by the Public Library Association recently announcing the 13th PLA National Conference in Portland on March 23-27, 2010. We want to remind OLA members that any OLA conference-like activities will be held in conjunction with PLA. There will not be a separate OLA Conference in 2010. The OLA Board wants Oregon library staff to benefit from the proximity of this national conference and we promote attendance at PLA’s conference.

PLA is helping us co-sponsor two pre-conferences: one on March 23 (full day) and one on March 24, 2010 (half day). Sara Ryan, Teen Services Specialist from Multnomah County Library and Traci Glass, Teen Services Librarian at Eugene Public Library have planned an amazing full-day preconference on graphic novels and libraries. Aaron Schmidt, Digital Initiatives Librarian for the DC Public Library, has planned an exciting half day preconference on gaming and libraries.

OLA will host a banquet for awards and OLA business on March 24, 2010 at Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub in Portland. Sara Charlton, Library Director at Tillamook County Library is the Conference Chair for OLA and she and the Board are strategizing success for these pre-conferences to contribute to OLA’s income. Keep watching the OLA Hotline for more information and start budgeting now for PLA attendance.

There will be a PLA-offered registration category for exhibits and receptions that will be a much reduced price. That’s one way to attend if other registration categories appear out-of-reach. More to come!

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***PLD Offers Scholarships for PLA Conference
This coming year Oregon library staff has the exciting opportunity to attend the Public Library Association national conference being held in Portland, March 23-27, 2010.  If you would like to attend but simply can’t afford the registration fee and a hotel, have we got a deal for you!  The Public Library Division is pleased and excited to offer not one but TWO scholarships to attend!  Each stipend will be for $500 and can be used for registration fees, lodging, and meals, and any PLD member working full or part-time in a public library who has never attended a national conference (ALA or PLA) is eligible to apply.  Not a PLD member?  Not a problem!  If you are an OLA member, you can immediately join PLD by going to the link on the application form (PLD membership fee is $10/year).  The deadline for registration is September 10 and you will be notified by the end of September which should give you plenty of time to register and book a hotel.

The application form is available on MemberClicks – https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=ola&formId=64810

Check here for more information on the PLA conference: http://www.placonference.org//general_information.cfm

If you have any questions, please contact Robin Beerbower at rbeerbower@cityofsalem.net or 503-588-6089. 

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***ACRL-OR Scholarship
ACRL-OR will award two scholarships to the ACRL Washington and Oregon Joint Fall Conference (Oct. 29-30, 2009) at the Pack Forest Conference Center in Eatonville, Washington. The scholarship will cover the registration fee for the conference, which includes room and board, and a $30 remittance to assist in covering travel expenses.

Applicants must be:

  • A member of OLA or willing to join before the conference
  • A librarian working in a library in Oregon or a student in an ALA-accredited library program who lives in Oregon
  • A first-time attendee of Fall Conference

Complete the online application form (link below), which includes a written essay (500 words maximum) outlining your reasons for wanting to attend the conference and your interest in academic libraries: Scholarship Application Form

Applications are due September 11, 2009. Scholarship recipients will be announced by October 9, 2009.

Questions?  Contact Tracy Sharn (TScharn@cgcc.cc.or.us) or Camila Gabaldon (gabaldoc@wou.edu).

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September 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 21) – Happenings

L-Net Trainings / NWIUG Meeting / Geoscience Librarianship / I Love My Librarian! / Free Workshop with Nancy Pearl / Blackstone Audio and Jackson County Libraries

***L-Net Trainings
Introductory training on L-net, Oregon’s Statewide Digital Reference Service, is scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 15, 9:00 – 4:00
    Eugene Public Library
    100 West 10th Ave.
    Eugene, Oregon 97401
    Registration closes September 10
  • Monday, September 28, 9:00 – 4:00
    City of Corvallis computer lab
    501 SW Madison Ave.
    Corvallis, OR 97333
    Registration closes September 21.

The training is for librarians who plan to take shifts staffing L-net’s chat and email service. Librarians will receive hands-on training with L-net’s chat software, e-mail software, and instruction on techniques for communicating effectively online with patrons and providing reference services online.

There are two ways to get involved with staffing L-net:
1 – Partner libraries: Reference staff at Oregon libraries may staff the service as partner libraries. Librarians who do so staff the service at their libraries.
2 – Volunteers: If you have reference experience, you may apply to be a volunteer. Volunteers typically staff the service from home computers. If you would like to participate in the volunteer program, contact me for information about how to apply to be a volunteer.

The training is free, but space is limited and advance registration is required. If you would like to attend, contact me and let me know if you would like to staff L-net at a partner library or as a volunteer.  If you’re interested in the training, but unable to attend on this date, please contact me. I’m continuing to schedule additional trainings around the state.

Emily Papagni, emilyp@multcolib.org

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***NWIUG Meeting
Registration is open for the 15th annual Northwest Innovative Users Group meeting, September 10-11, in Salem, Oregon.  Workshops include Populating License Records, Customizing Print Templates for MilCirc and Setting up WebBridge.  There are programs on a variety of topics, from webpub.def to Unicode.   There will be something for everyone.  We even have III guru Bob Duncan speaking twice!

Join your colleagues for a wine & cheese reception on the Thursday evening.  To register for the conference, find lodging information or view the draft conference schedule, please visit our website at http://www.nwiug.org.  Registration closes Friday, September 4.

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***Geoscience Librarianship 101
“Geoscience Librarianship 101” – a one-day introduction to earth science information resources and their organization – will be presented by the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. Registration is free, and open to all information professionals as well as students in library and information studies.

Clara P. McLeod (Washington University in St. Louis) is the coordinator for this year’s workshop, which features presentations by three experienced geoscience librarians. Lisa Dunn (Colorado School of Mines) will discuss collection development and managing electronic resources. Lura E. Joseph (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana) will provide an overview of reference and instructional services. Linda Zellmer (Western Illinois University) will speak about maps and geographic information systems, both data sources and applications. There will be ample opportunities throughout for open discussion and networking.

The program is set for 10:15 AM to 5:30 PM in PSU’s Branford P. Millar Library, Room 160, 1875 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon. There is no charge for the seminar, but pre-registration is required and space is limited. The deadline to register is October 1, 2009. To reserve your place or to request additional information contact Shaun Hardy, GSIS Publicity Officer, telephone 202-478-7960, e-mail shardy@ciw.edu.

Geoscience Librarianship 101 is made possible in part through the generous support of the Portland State University Library and ESRI. The Geoscience Information Society is an international professional organization devoted to improving the exchange of information in the earth sciences. Information about the Society may be found at its website http://www.geoinfo.org./

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***I Love My Librarian Award
Nominations are now open for the 2009 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award: http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian/home.cfm

The award invites library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations will run through October 9 and are being accepted online at ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.

Up to 10 librarians will be selected. Each will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a $500 travel stipend to attend an awards ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times in December. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award winner’s library.

Last year, more than 3,200 library users nationwide nominated a librarian, and 10 librarians received the award. For more information on last year’s winners, visit http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian/home.cfm

Carnegie Corp. of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote “the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” For more than 95 years, the foundation has carried out its founder’s vision of philanthropy by building on his two major concerns: international peace and advancing education and knowledge. Each year, the private grant-making foundation invests more than $100 million in nonprofit organizations to fulfill Mr. Carnegie’s mission, “to do real and permanent good in this world.”

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***Free Workshop with Nancy Pearl
Opening Doors:  Opening Books, Providing Effective Reader’s Advisory Service, presented by Nancy Pearl.  This free training is offered by the Washington State Library, and any area librarians interested in readers advisory are invited to attend.  It takes place on September 22 at the Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way in Vancouver, Washington.

In order to effectively match up a reader with just the right book, it’s helpful to understand how to apply the concept of “doorways” in suggesting reading material.  This session will focus on defining, identifying, and using doorways in RA situations.  We’ll also discuss how mood and motivation affects whether or not a reader will enjoy a particular book. Finally, Nancy will be offering tips on how to grow your knowledge of books and how to conquer “desk paralysis.”

 In the afternoon, discover booktalking!  Everywhere we go we have the opportunity to share our love for good books to read. Learn how to booktalk with your library users, whether it’s a presentation for a community group or talking one on one to an individual in the library stacks.  Or outside the library, while you’re working out at the gym, talking to family members on the phone, waiting in the grocery line, or having lunch with friends.  In this workshop we’ll discuss the elements of good booktalks; how to structure a booktalk; and what’s important to include (and not include).

 This is a 5 hour workshop, morning session is from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, followed by a lunch break, the afternoon session is from 1:30-3:30 PM.

Register at:  http://www.secstate.wa.gov/library/libraries/training/trainingView.aspx?event=517&audience=state

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***Blackstone Audio Donation to Jackson County Library Foundation
As a way of helping out in these difficult economic times, Blackstone Audio held a special event on Saturday, July 25, 2009, at their facilities in Ashland, Oregon, that benefitted their local libraries. Blackstone raised $20,000 and presented a check in that amount on August 6 to Jackson County Library Foundation Executive Director Shelley Austin.

Over 1,400 people attended the event as Blackstone opened its warehouse to the public and sold thousands of copies of more than 300 select titles of CD, cassette, and MP3-CD audiobooks at $5 each (cassettes were 2 for $5), with half the proceeds from each sale going to the Library Foundation.

In addition to the audiobook sale, there were activities for the whole family, with all of the proceeds from the activities going entirely to the Library Foundation. There was demand for each of the activities, particularly for recording in Blackstone’s studios and auditioning to be a narrator, so much so that Blackstone had to schedule people to continue to record for several days beyond the day of the event. This was the first time ever that Blackstone opened up its recording studios and the public was able to record in them and to audition as narrators.

Other activities included a “narrator” dunk tank, which got quite a workout; autograph signings and “meet and greet” with narrators Tony Heald, Eddie Lopez, Grover Garner, James Adams, Pam Ward, Rebecca Rogers, Tai Sammons, and Tom Weiner; readings of children’s stories; a raffle, with over 69 donated prizes from local area merchants and restaurants; face painting; massages; live music by local bands; food and refreshments and hula hooping.

Craig Black, Blackstone’s founder and owner said, “Most of our audiobooks normally sell from $30 to over $100, but we wanted to give people in our area who have limited funds, but also a real interest in audiobooks, an opportunity to acquire our audiobooks for a much lower price. And, being huge supporters of libraries, we wanted to give a significant portion of the money we raised to the Library Foundation.

Executive Director of the Jackson County Library Foundation Shelley Austin commented, “The Jackson County Library Foundation was thrilled to be the recipient of the Blackstone Audio Fair proceeds! This is the very type of partnership we seek to develop with businesses as the Foundation serves all libraries in Jackson County — and all of them love audiobooks. Events like this that incorporate families and all types of readers, with all kinds of fun, and that ultimately support all the libraries are a perfect fit for us.”

To have these wonderful products available to our patrons, and then to receive the generosity of Blackstone Audio via the Family Fair, is an incredible thing. We are grateful for all the support Blackstone has extended to the Library Foundation, who will in turn, donate the proceeds to each library branch in the county. We all win in this partnership! Thank you, Blackstone!”

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