Archive for June, 2011
*** Call for Writers for the OLA Quarterly 2011 Fall Edition
Service is a word that brings many things to mind. There’s service to community, country, God, and mankind. We all receive service; both good and bad. We in the library community, perhaps as much as any profession there is, are in the business of “service”.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word “service”? How does the concept of service affect your work, your life? In a different direction, how do we define service quality? Can we? Do libraries offer a unique flavor of service? Does service mean something different to us by generations?
Share your thoughts, musings, perhaps… grumblings, about this open-ended word Service that has such impact on our lives for the Fall edition of the OLA Quarterly.
Please send a brief summary (250 words or less) of your proposed article by July 1, 2010 to Janet Tapper at firstname.lastname@example.org . I will notify authors by July 15 and articles will be due by August 1, 2011. Publication is September 15, 2011. Looking forward to hearing from you!
For a list of guidelines for potential authors, check out: http://web.memberclicks.com/mc/page.do?sitePageId=64570&orgId=ola.
Back issues of OLAQ are available on OLA’s website at http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=64573&orgId=ola.
Congratulations to incoming Vice-President/President-Elect Anne-Marie Deitering (OSU) and incoming Members-at-Large Isaac Gilman (Pacific University) and Amy Hofer (PSU).
Congratulations as well to the following appointees:
- Legislative Appointee Stephanie Debner (PCC Community College)
- Private College Representative Jim Holmes (Reed College)
- Judith Norton (OHSU) who is fulfilling a one-year term as Member-at-Large.
Thank you to all candidates for your willingness to run and to serve!
The ACRL Oregon Board
- Chair – Kris Lutsock, McMinnville PL
- Co-Vice-Chairs/Chairs-Elect – Aimee Muechel, Tualatin PL & Traci Glass, Eugene PL
- Secretary – Ruth Allen, Multnomah County Library
- Newsletter Editors – Mark Richardson, Cedar Mill Library; Ian Duncanson, Beaverton City Library; and Josie Hanneman, Deschutes County Library
- Web Editor – K’lyn Hann
- Cooperative Summer Library Program Liaison – Lisa Eliot, Tigard PL
- Past Co-Chairs – Susan Smallsreed & K’lyn Hann
Thank you to OYAN members for voting and we hope to see you at Newport Public Library on July 22nd for the Summer OYAN Membership Meeting.
*** Helping Alabama Libraries
In the aftermath of the historic storms of April 27, 2011, the Alabama Library Association has established a special account to serve as a collection point for those wanting to help the numerous libraries and communities affected by the storms. These funds will be distributed by the Association Executive Council with input from the Alabama Public Library Service, Alabama School Library Association and the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries.
Those interested in joining in the rebuilding efforts may send assistance to Alabama Library Association, c/o Special Projects Account, 9154 Eastchase Parkway, Suite 418, Montgomery, AL 36117. Please direct any questions to Dena Luce, Association Administrator, at 334-414-0113 or email@example.com.
- Vice-President/President-Elect: Abigail Elder, Library Manager, Tualatin Public Library.
- Secretary: Arlene Weible, Government Documents and Technical Services Librarian, Oregon State Library.
- Treasurer: Liisa Sjoblom, Community Librarian, Downtown Bend Public Library.
OLA will be served well by these new officers. Much appreciation to the other candidates on the slate: Eva Calcagno, Teresa Ferguson, and Joanna Rood. Also sincere thanks to Edward House and Maureen Cole who served with me on the Nominating Committee. Thanks to all of you who voted. We are now up to 42% of our membership casting ballots. Let’s continue to improve that in future years.
Connie Anderson-Cohoon, OLA Past-President, firstname.lastname@example.org
***WANTED: OLAQ Guest Editors
Guest editors and themes are needed for the Fall 2011 and all four 2012 OLA Quarterly issues! Do you have a library-related issue you are passionate about or that you think needs more attention? Are there emerging trends or changes that have you excited? Consider exploring these further by guest editing an issue of the OLA Quarterly! To see OLAQ deadlines go here: http://web.memberclicks.com/mc/page.do?sitePageId=64567&orgId=ola
And as a guest editor, or co-editor, you won’t be alone! The OLAQ Coordinator is there to help guide you through the process – we have your back! See the Instructions for Guest Editors to learn more: http://web.memberclicks.com/mc/page.do?sitePageId=64569&orgId=ola
Contact Diane Sotak (email@example.com or 503-943-8047) if you have a theme in mind and would like to volunteer as a guest editor for any of these issues, or to recommend someone else. Guest editing the Fall 2011 issue could be the perfect summer project for you!
Our lobbyists, Nan Heim and Amy Goodall, suggest that the session is a WAKE UP call for all of us. With the budget situation, every program is being scrutinized. No longer are libraries viewed as an accepted good like Mom and Apple Pie. Legislators and others are questioning whether multiple specialized libraries are needed and even whether libraries are becoming obsolete in our digital environment.
So, the OLA Legislative Committee will explore how we can develop and deliver our message that libraries are essential in this day and age. Our message needs to go beyond our value to children; that one is easy to deliver.
It’s a challenging session and a busy one.
- The State Library Budget took a cut, although not as deep as some other agencies. The reduction in Ready to Read that was implemented in the state’s across-the-board budget cuts in 2010 was not restored, leaving R to R grants at 78 cents per child (or less depending on final calculations). A serious budget note was added to the State Library’s budget calling for a task force involving the State Library, the Secretary of State, the Chief Justice, the Governor, the State Archives, the Oregon University System and the Department of Education. The task force is charged with evaluating the redundancy, efficiencies and consolidation of various state funded libraries. We will need to closely monitor this.
- The School Library Task Force Bill died in committee. Nan and Amy tried valiantly to move it, even introducing a second bill in the Senate after the House bill died. This is disappointing as this was a follow-up to our successful bill in the last session. Other school related bills threaten school library programs including the suspension of the required annual CIP.
- The Public Records bill died. The bill protected the library exemption, but the exemption will continue even though the bill died.
- HJR 34, proposing an amendment to Oregon Constitution relating to prohibiting persons from furnishing explicit materials to minors, had two hearings. At this point, it doesn’t look like it will move forward. OLA testified in opposition.
- HJR 35, proposing an amendment to Oregon Constitution relating to freedom of expression, would have changed the language to reflect the US Constitution hence weakening our clause. This had a hearing and OLA testified. This measure died in committee.
- HB 2367, sponsored by Rep. Nancy Nathanson, allows counties with populations under 400,000 to provide or contract for law library services, rather than to administer a specific law library facility. It also requires the State Court Administrator to survey counties about their law libraries and law library services every year.
- HB 2367 has now passed both the House and Senate. Law librarians seemed to be divided on this bill. OLA’s position is that we support having law library services available to all Oregonians. HB 2367 may actually help achieve that goal better in counties where the existing law library is sometimes books of statutes in the courthouse basement.
- HB 2710 revises court fees, including those that fund law libraries and law library services. As amended in committee, the bill would allow counties to determine how much fee revenue to allocate for law library and other services. As the session winds down, HB 2710 is in the Joint Ways and Means Committee and passage of the bill is uncertain.
Many thanks to all of you who have testified at hearings, communicated with your legislators and are involved. Keep it up!
***OLA Support Staff Division Conference
Registration is now open for the 2011 Support Staff Division Conference. It is will be held July 15th at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. Cost of attendance is $70 for OLA members and $85 for non-members.
Don’t miss out on this great value for important and timely sessions including
- Basic Book Repair for Libraries,
- What to Say: Customer Service in Difficult Situations,
- How to Get the Training You Need: Professional Development Options for Oregon Support Staff
- A Day in the Life of A Library Assistant
- Marketing Your Library: Strategies for the 21st Century
- Managing Stress for Healthy Workplaces: a presentation by Phil Mandel.
We will also be featuring a “Technology Petting Zoo” for hands-on learning about e-readers, downloadable music, iPads and more! Registration includes free admission to the Oregon Garden, breakfast, and a boxed lunch to take on a garden stroll.
The deadline for registration is July 8th.
For more information about the conference and to register, please visit
***Oregon Virtual Reference Summit
The 6th ANNUAL Oregon Virtual Reference Summit is FAST APPROACHING! You have until Monday, June 6th to pre-register! Watch the Trailer and Register TODAY! http://www.oregonlibraries.net/summit
This is a One-Day Conference with Registration @ ONLY $50.00
Covered in registration costs:
- Beauty and Discovery ~ set at the majestic and scenic Colombia Gorge Discovery Center
- Morning Pastries and Fruit with beverages (coffee, tea, hot cocoa)
- Soup & Salad Bar Lunch ~ Fresh assorted greens, hard boiled eggs, ham and turkey, fresh fruit and vegetables, potato salad, pasta salad, assorted cheeses, sunflower seeds and croutons, served with your choice of soup and fresh baked breadsticks (vegetarian/vegan options available)
- Afternoon Snack and Dessert
- Opportunities to meet with speakers, learn about trends in Reference and Technology, gain practical knowledge
- Chances to catch up and meet new colleagues
Exploring the evolving state of library services, information access, and reference, this year’s conference will address the technologies, strategies, and issues concerning the future success and efficiency of libraries of all types across the nation.
A few things to look forward to at this year’s conference:
- Keynote Speaker, Jessamyn West author of Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide
- Hear from students – how they use technology and how we can better serve them!
- Have fun and reaffirm our service guidelines, service philosophy and best practices in our peer review session:
“What is the composition of Martian soil?” or, What we can learn from memorable transcripts?
- Resources and Digital Archives you can use shared in our Gems of the Pacific Northwest session
- More than 10 super-fast and savvy Lightning Talks to get you thinking and moving to provide better services!
- The Digital Divide ~ A participatory discussion led by Jessamyn West and our very own Caleb Tucker-Raymond
- Mobile, embedded and online – a program addressing how we meet patron needs ~ includes Reader’s Advisory guidance!
- AND MORE!!!
Join your colleagues for this special event!