Archive for December, 2009

December 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 27) – President’s Message

***President’s Message
One of the best things about being a librarian is the reward of helping someone find something they really need.  We all know how frustrating it can be to be without pertinent information, particularly during a time of crisis.  A representative of the federal Disaster Assistance program contacted me the other day to ask for our help.  This program was established after the Hurricane Katrina disaster and is designed to be a one-stop shop for disaster information.  Tuck this away for that rainy day when something bad comes to your community.  Or, better yet…link to it from your library’s web site.  A description of the program follows.  Thanks for your help. 

Disaster survivors who need assistance following a presidentially declared disaster that has been designated for individual assistance can now go to DisasterAssistance.gov  to register online.  DisasterAssistance.gov is a user-friendly Web portal that consolidates information about assistance available from multiple government agencies in one place, making it easier for survivors to research and apply for disaster assistance.  As a community information and technology resource, libraries can help increase awareness of and provide access to the DisasterAssistance.gov Web portal. 

-Connie Anderson-Cohoon
OLA President
anderson@sou.edu

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December 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 27) – News

DIGOR Remembers Ted Smith / HOLA Awards Stipends for PLA / Mock Caldecott Results / Call for Nominations: Lampman Award

***Documents Interest Group of Oregon Remembers Ted Smith
Ted Smith, Documents Librarian at the University of Oregon Knight Library, died December 3.  Ted was an enthusiastic champion of government publications who excelled at working with students. He was also webmaster and chair-elect of the Documents Interest Group of Oregon. 

Colleagues and co-workers knew him as a man of integrity, humor, and courage.  We will miss him.

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***HOLA Committee Sends Library Workers to PLA
Thanks to a generous donation, the Oregon Library Association’s HOLA (Helping Oregon Libraries Achieve) Committee  is pleased to announce that the following libraries have received stipends to sent staff to the Public Library Association Conference in Portland in March.     Congratulations!

Independence Public Library                                      Milton-Freewater Public Library
Cottage Grove Public Library                                       Willamina Public Library
Curry Public Library                                                        Josephine Community Libraries
Lake County Library District                                        Stayton Public Library
Southern Wasco County Library (Maupin)            Harney County Library
C. Giles Hunt Memorial Library  (Sutherlin)          Hoodland Public Library
Clatskanie Library District                                            Waldport Public Library
Junction City Public Library                                        Port Orford Public Library
Warrenton Community Library                                  Rainier City Library

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 ***CSD Announces Mock Caldecott Award
Each year, CSD members gather to discuss and vote for outstanding picture books.  This year, the winners are:

  • CSD Mock Caldecott – The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
  • CSD Mock Caldecott Honor Books – Pouch! by David Ezra Stein, and Mermaid Queen by Shana Corey, Illus. by Edwin Fotheringham

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***Call for Lampman Award Nominees
Please consider nominating an Oregon author, librarian, or educator for the 2010 Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award!

We are seeking nominations of outstanding Oregon authors, librarians or educators who have made significant contributions in the areas of literature and/or library service for the benefit of the children of Oregon.

The Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award, presented by the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association at the OLA Annual Conference, is given in memory of the noted Oregon teacher, journalist and author of children’s books.

 Nominations will be accepted until Thursday, January 14, 2010.

To be eligible for the award:

  • The person shall reside principally in Oregon.
  • The award shall be given for personal accomplishments to recognize the individual’s contribution and shall not be conferred upon an individual representing the accomplishments of many.
  • Only living persons may be considered for the award.

When submitting a nomination please include the following information. 

  • Nominee’s name
  • Nominee’s title, address, and phone (if known)
  • Description of the nominee’s significant and lasting contributions over the years that have benefited the children of Oregon

Please e-mail or send your nomination to:

Stephanie Lind
Head Librarian for Outreach & Youth Services
Washington County Cooperative Library Services
111 NE Lincoln, MS 58A
Hillsboro, OR 97124
stephaniel@wccls.org

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December 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 27) – Happenings

Call for Proposals / Year End Giving / Amo Leer Celebration / Research Methods Workshop / Text Message Reference WorkshopThe Big Read Grant Opportunity

***Call for Proposals: The Acquisitions Institute
The Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge is seeking proposals for audience-engaging presentations or panels on all aspects of library acquisitions and collection management.  The Acquisitions Institute is the pre-eminent Western North America conference on acquisitions and collection development. The Institute is a small, informal and stimulating gathering in a convivial and glorious Northwestern setting.  This three-day conference focuses on the methods and madness of building and managing library collections and information content.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is December 30, 2009.   Send an abstract of 200 words or less to:
Faye A. Chadwell
Oregon State University Libraries
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501

See The Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge for more information at http://libweb.uoregon.edu/ec/aitl/.

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***Year End Giving with a Tax Break – Remember People for Oregon’s Libraries
Oregon needs elected officials who understand the unique role our libraries play in our community. While OLA cannot support candidates, the People for Oregon’s Libraries can. This political action committee funds library supportive candidates as well as local library ballot measures. You can take your donation as a tax credit ($50 for individuals and $100 for couples). Make your check out today to “People for Oregon’s Libraries” and mail them to Nan Heim, the OLA Lobbyist at Nan Heim/Associates, 833 SW 11th Avenue, Suite 315 Portland, OR 97205. Thanks for your support!  If you have questions, contact Nan (nanheim@nanheim. com) or Janet Webster (janet.webster@charter.net)

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 ***Amo Leer Celebration
On Tuesday, December 8th, the Cornelius Public Library celebrated the addition of their Amo Leer collection.   The Amo Leer (I Love to Read) collection is made up of 700 books aimed at 3rd grade readers and younger that were provided to twenty Oregon Libraries through the generosity of the Betsy Priddy Fund of the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation.    The donation, made through the Oregon Library Association, provided each library with books as well as funds to celebrate and publicize the additions to their libraries.   Small public libraries have found it difficult to build a book collection for families with a first language of Spanish. When families visit the library, it’s important they find books available in their native language. Thus, parents will have the opportunity to encourage their little ones to read more and help them develop good reading skills to succeed in school.

The Amo Leer, or I Love to Read, project offers a collection of culturally appropriate books to encourage Latino families to read with their children. Libraries are also providing families with informational materials to support developing proficient readers. It is expected that this program will help children and their families become life-long users of the library and avid readers by having a good book selection in their native language.

The Cornelius celebration made it to the Univision TV station:  http://www.kunptv.com/video_player.asp?clipurl=video/12-08-09 Delia Libros espanol.wmv&headline=Donación de libros en español

The other libraries with Amo Leer collections are:

La Grande Public Library                                Umatilla Public Library
Cottage Grove Public Library                       Driftwood Public Library
Seaside Public Library                                     Junction City Public Library
City of Harrisburg Library                              Nyssa Public Library
Independence Public Library                      Jefferson Public Library
Sheridan Public Library                                  Oregon Trail Library District
Cornelius Public Library                                 Fern Ridge Library District
Stayton Public Library                                     Milton-Freewater Public Library
Lane Library District                                         Baker County Library District
Mary Gilkey Library (Dayton)                      Mt. Angel Public Library

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***Academic Libraries Research Methods Workshop
Alliance Research Interest Group
Research Methods Workshop
Friday, February 19, 2010  |  10:00am – 2:00pm

The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize academic librarians with reasons for doing quantitative or qualitative research, with a focus on stepping through an example of the qualitative research process. This workshop is being put on by the Orbis Cascade Alliance Research Interest Group (RIG). The RIG facilitates communication and discovery between institutions, providing a forum for discussion and development of collaborative research related to all aspects of library work.  This research methods workshop will include:

  • An examination of the philosophy of research methods and designing research questions
  • The methods and ethical issues involved in working with subjects and collecting data
  • Walking through the steps of analysis of a project, including dealing with confidential data and developing useful categories
  • How to use data from an initial piece of research and decide what to focus on or research further
  • Overview of how text analysis is done with tools such as NVivo.
  • We will be using data from the “open comments” box on a LibQual survey to examine and go through these steps of analysis as an example of how to go through the process.

The presenter will be Dr. Renee Guarriello Heath, University of Portland.  Prof. Heath, Ph.D. (University of Colorado, Boulder, 2005) has studied power and decision-making in community stakeholder groups since 1997. Her work on community collaboration has been published in major communication journals and annuals including the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly, and Communication Yearbook. Her most recent qualitative project, a study of voice and participation in policy setting, has been accepted as a top four paper in the Organizational Division of Western States Communication annual meeting to be presented in Alaska in March, 2010. She consults and trains diverse groups seeking collaborative skills. In addition to her graduate-level teaching in diverse communication research methods, Heath has trained academic groups on qualitative data collection and analysis.

Registration information:
$35 Registration fee (includes lunch)
Registration Form – REGISTER HERE
Workshop webpage

Workshop Location:
OHSU West Campus – Wilson Conference Center Room 407
20000 NW Walker Rd, Beaverton, OR 97006

Directions:
The entrance to the West Campus is at the intersection of NW 185th Avenue and Holly Lane, approximately 1.3 miles south of the 185th (Rock Creek) exit on Hwy 26, the Sunset Highway. The entrance to the campus is on the west side of 185th Avenue between Walker Road and Baseline Road. Wilson Clark Center for Lifelong Learning is the name of this building and is #3 on the map. Click here for Map

Questions?
Please contact Laura Zeigen (zeigenl@ohsu.edu, 503-494-0505) or Janet Crum (crumj@ohsu.edu, 503-494-0691).

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***Text Message Reference Workshop
Text Messaging Reference: Enhancing Reference Services with SMS

Live Webcast
February 23, 2010
11 a.m Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern
1.5 hours
Registration is now open!

Presenter:
Joe Murphy, Yale University Science Libraries.  Libraryfuture on Twitter

Text messaging (also known as SMS) is now one of the most popular ways people connect with friends, family, and information. Our 21st century patrons can get information on the go by SMS from answer services and search engines. Some libraries are also providing reference services via this important mode of communication by offering Text Messaging Reference. Joe Murphy of the Yale Science Libraries explores why it is so important for libraries to include text messaging in their suite of reference services and how SMS can easily integrate into and enhance existing traditional and 2.0 library services. This session introduces and covers the emerging field of SMS reference, shares practical tips and best practices, and the management, technology, and assessment considerations for this cutting edge service. Attendees will learn how to choose the best technology for SMS reference at their institution, what the advanced managerial considerations are, and what is on the horizon for mobile reference services utilizing SMS.

Learning Outcomes: 
Participants will: 

  • Fully understand text messaging, its nature and popularity, its role in the world of information, scholarly communication, higher education, and libraries. 
  • Become familiar with the basic and advanced uses of text messaging in order to design successful applications of it for extending and enhancing reference services in their libraries.     
  • Learn the full suite of skills for designing and implementing text messaging reference services, and will gain the skills for providing reference via text messaging with a variety of technologies. 
  • Be familiar with the basic and advanced management and technological considerations in order to implement carefully planned services with text messages at their libraries.    

Registration fees:
ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
CACUL member: Can$90 (charges will be made in U.S. dollars)
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.

Register with Credit Card.  You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

Register by PO.  Download and complete the PO registration form.

Submit the form along with your actual PO to ALA registration (fax or mail; see form for details).
You will not be considered registered for the course until both your PO and the registration form have been received and processed by ALA registration.
Member rates apply to personal memberships only.

Want to join ACRL or ALA? Complete the online membership form, available on the ALA Web site. If you join ALA/ACRL within five days of registering, we will adjust your fee (please fax a copy of your completed registration form to ACRL at 312-280-2520).

Payment may be made by credit card or purchase order (PO) only.
If paying by PO, the PO number is required at the time of registration.

Class size is limited to 60 participants. Full refunds will be granted up to 14 days prior to the start of the seminar.

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***The Big Read Grants
As Oregon Reads 2009 comes to an end this month, many Oregonians are asking “What is the Oregon Reads title for 2010?” 

As you know, there are no future plans for another statewide community reading program.  Oregon Reads was a onetime project of the Oregon Library Association to celebrate the sesquicentennial in local libraries across the state.  Oregon Reads served as an opportunity for libraries to gain experience conducting a community reads program, and spark interest in local reading programs.

Is your library interested in conducting another local community reads, but you need funding and support materials?  The Big Read is an excellent grant opportunity!

The Big Read grant recipients receive:

  • $2,500 to $20,000 to fund their project
  • Reader’s Guides–many are available in Spanish
  • Teacher’s Guides with lesson plans for middle and high school students.
  • Audio Guides
  • Publicity materials such as posters, banners, and bookmarks.
  • Training in working with partners, developing a PR strategy, and other topics to help you conduct your own community reads project.

Recipients must choose 1 of 30 titles available from The Big Read.  The list of possible titles is at: http://www.neabigread.org/books.php.  For more information go to The Big Read website: http://www.neabigread.org/

Application deadline: February 2, 2010 (if you receive this grant, your library would conduct The Big Read sometime between September 2010 and June 2011.)

Applications are online at: http://www.neabigread.org/application_process.php

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December 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 26) – News

OLA Archives Volunteers / OLA ORT Update / ORSLA Holiday Event

*** OLA Archives Committee Volunteers Needed
Interested in OLA history? Have an urge to organize? Want to spend fun time at the State Library? The Archives committee needs a few good volunteers to assist with reorganizing the archives and adding new material. Work will begin in early 2010 and work times will be based on the availability of the committee. To volunteer or get more information, contact Robert Hulshof-Schmidt, Archives Committee chair, 503.378.5030 or robert.hulshof-schmidt@state.or.us.

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***OLA Outreach Round Table Update
The Outreach Round Table needs a few good members!  Please read the following and contact Cynthia Peterson if you are interested in participating or just have an interest in breathing some new life into this OLA round table.  Thanks!
Robin Beerbower, Salem Public Library

I have missed networking with Outreach staff, so I offered to help OLA get the ORT going again.  We don’t want the ORT to go away, so I’m going to do my best to get us networked again.

A few quick questions: (Please send responses to me by Dec. 6, then I’ll compile and send to the group.) 

  • Are you interested in a formal meeting? If yes, in Salem? How about February 26?
  • Would a network list on our OLA-ORT website be a good way to stay current with other outreach programs? I could ask OLA about the possibilities of this.
  • Would blogging work better for you and your staff? I could ask OLA about the possibilities of this.
  • Does your outreach program have a website? If yes, please provide the link.
  • Do you have thoughts about what you’d like to see from the ORT?

Thank you!
Cynthia Peterson
Outreach Librarian for Homebound & Jail Services
Washington County Cooperative Library Services
ph. 503-648-9785 
Email:  cynthiap@wccls.org 

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***An ORSLA Holiday Event!
Come celebrate the holidays together at our Oregon Special Libraries Association December Tea. Take a few minutes away from that busy schedule, relax and mingle with friends and colleagues.
 
The afternoon tea will feature Vailey Oehlke, Multnomah County Library Director, presenting her “Vision of the future of libraries / at a library designed for the future,” and includes a behind-the-scenes tour of Concordia University’s Library, which opened August 2009. Ask the architect about its concepts and designs.

Cindy Romaine, our current Chapter President, will soon be moving to her new position as President-elect of SLA. Take this opportunity to let her know your priorities for SLA.

Date:      Friday, December 11, 2009 from 3p – 5p.
Place:    George R. White Library, Concordia University-Portland (directions)
RSVP:    Please RSVP to Judy Anderson by Sunday, December 6, 2009, to assist us in planning.

Generously sponsored by:  Group Mackenzie, Information Express, and OCLC.

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December 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 26) – Happenings

Call for Proposals / Year End Giving / Portland Archives Workshop / Online NW Registration

***Call for Proposals: The Acquisitions Institute
The Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge is seeking proposals for audience-engaging presentations or panels on all aspects of library acquisitions and collection management.  The Acquisitions Institute is the pre-eminent Western North America conference on acquisitions and collection development. The Institute is a small, informal and stimulating gathering in a convivial and glorious Northwestern setting.  This three-day conference focuses on the methods and madness of building and managing library collections and information content.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is December 30, 2009.   Send an abstract of 200 words or less to:
Faye A. Chadwell
Oregon State University Libraries
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501

See The Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge for more information at http://libweb.uoregon.edu/ec/aitl/.

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***Year End Giving with a Tax Break – Remember People for Oregon’s Libraries
Oregon needs elected officials who understand the unique role our libraries play in our community. While OLA cannot support candidates, the People for Oregon’s Libraries can. This political action committee funds library supportive candidates as well as local library ballot measures. You can take your donation as a tax credit ($50 for individuals and $100 for couples). Make your check out today to “People for Oregon’s Libraries” and mail them to Nan Heim, the OLA Lobbyist at Nan Heim/Associates, 833 SW 11th Avenue, Suite 315 Portland, OR 97205. Thanks for your support!  If you have questions, contact Nan (nanheim@nanheim. com) or Janet Webster (janet.webster@charter.net)
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***Portland Area Archives Workshop
Local Treasures – Special Collections and Archives in the Portland Area

Friday, December 4th , 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Central Library, U.S. Bank Room
Multnomah County Library
801 S.W. 10th Avenue, Portland 97205Workshop Description:
The Portland area is rich in primary documents and historical records. Learn about the wonderful resources available in local archives and special collections, and their availablity to the public, in this training at Multnomah County Central Library. Archivists and librarians will be available to talk about their collections, including these local treasures:

  • Oregon Historical Society Research Library has gathered one of the most comprehensive collections of local, state, and regional history in the country, with holdings that chronicle the history of the Oregon Country from early exploration to the present day. Collection strengths include: European discovery, exploration, and settlement; Native Americans; local history, family history, and genealogy; the fur trade; agriculture, timber, mining, and fisheries; performing arts; business; architecture and building history; politics and government; religion; and transportation
  • City of Portland Archives and Records Center is the official repository for records created by or for the City of Portland and its agencies.  The collections provide important historical evidence of the development of city government since 1851. Research subjects documented by the collection include public policy, urban planning, parks, land use, public works, economic development, public safety and social issues. The collection includes reports and studies, correspondence and memoranda from city agencies, and elected officials, maps and plans, and nearly 750,000 photographic images of City projects and personnel.
  • The Multnomah County Archives contains records documenting county activities from its formation in 1854 until the present. The collection of records, maps and drawings, audio recordings and microfilm provide historical evidence of the Board of County Commissioners, Community Justice, Community Services, County Human Services, Health, Library Services, defunct agencies, and much more.
  • Central Library’s John Wilson Special Collections houses the rare book and other special collections of Multnomah County Library. Six core collections include those devoted to the book arts and the history of the book; children’s literature; natural history; Pacific Northwest history; literature with particular strengths of Charles Dickens and D. H. Lawrence; and Native American literature.
  • Oregon Jewish Museum: As the only Jewish museum in the Pacific Northwest, the Oregon Jewish Museum houses the largest collection of the documented and visual history of the Jewish people of Oregon in existence. The Special Collections Archives contains personal papers, institutional records, and ephemeral material dating from 1850 to the present, representing 450 individuals, families and organizations and businesses.
  • Oregon State Library: In addition to a strong collection of materials on Oregon history and culture, the Oregon State Library has an extensive collection of Oregon documents (documents published by State and Territorial governments) which include monographs, serials, audio-visual items and maps from 1851 to the present. The State Library also has manuscripts and photographs from the WPA Writers Project and a collection of 5000-plus photographs primarily of Oregon government officials and buildings, and the Salem area.

Educate yourself about these wonderful resources, and then share your knowledge with your library users or students!

Cost:
Student rate: $25
Regular rate: $35

Register at http://www.portals.org/events/local_treasures/registration.html

Questions?  Contact Roberta Richards at 503-977-4571 or rrichard@pcc.edu

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***Registration is now open for Online Northwest 2010!
Online Northwest is a conference addressing issues at the intersection of libraries, technology and culture.  The 2010 Online Northwest conference will be held on February 5th, at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the Oregon State University campus, Corvallis, Oregon.

There is a special recession registration fee of only $75 this year.  This rate is available through early bird registration closing on January 15th, 2010. Registration after January 15th and on site will be $130.  Register online:   https://secure.oregonstate.edu/ocs/register.php?event=396

This year’s Keynote speaker is Brandon Schauer, co-author of the book Subject to change: Creating great products and services for an uncertain world. Brandon Schauer is an experience design director for Adaptive Path. He speaks, writes, trains, and practices experience design as a differentiator for business strategy. Brandon’s passion for finding and understanding the unmet needs of customers has led him to diverse environments, from the homes of cancer patients to tunnels beneath Walt Disney World. This insight with customers — plus a solid grounding in business analysis and a mastery of design methods — allows Brandon to help organizations define and design more meaningful experiences for their customers.  Visit his blog at http://www.brandonschauer.com/blog/ for more information.

Online Northwest 2010 will include presentations on a wide range of topics such as web traffic and campus trends, unified discovery and what TV chefs can teach librarians about presentation style. Lightning talks will also debut this year. Sign up to give a 5 min talk when you register.

https://secure.oregonstate.edu/ocs/register.php?event=396

Online NW Important Dates:
Conference: Feb. 5th, 2010
Early bird registration deadline: Jan.15, 2010 Refund deadline: Jan. 15, 2010

Online northwest on the web: http://www.ous.edu/onlinenw
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/OnlineNW
Our blog: http://onlinenw.blogspot.com/
Registration: https://secure.oregonstate.edu/ocs/register.php?event=396

Visit http://www.ous.edu/onlinenw/ or contact OSU Conference Services For more information.
Phone: 541-737-9300, Toll free: 800-678-6311, email: conferences@oregonstate.edu

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