April 1, 2012 (Vol. 18, No. 6) – OLA News
OLA Annual Conference Nears
If you haven’t been to the Riverhouse Convention Center before, you are in for a treat. The Riverhouse Convention Center is located on the beautiful Deschutes River-a lovely site for this year’s conference.
Need some ideas for what to do, where to eat, or where to shop while you are in Bend for the 2012 OLA Conference? Discover Bend Oregon by checking out the Visit Bend website.
And don’t forget online registration for the conference ends on April 17th!
Volunteers Still Needed for OLA Conference
Planning to attend the 2012 OLA Conference? Have some down time? Please consider volunteering. We are looking for people to direct traffic, count attendees at programs, assist at the registration table and any other “duties as assigned” that may come up. Contact: Cathy Zgraggen/Deschutes Public Library –Supervisor, La Pine Public Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541.312.1094
Proposed Bylaws Revisions
At the general business meeting at the OLA conference, the Executive Board is proposing several revisions to the OLA Bylaws (Chapter 2 of the Procedure Manual). These changes include the following:
- Administrative changes to make Round Table bylaws simpler.
- Allowing more methods for calling membership and Executive Board meetings.
- Cleanup that will be necessary if the OASL/OLA merger is approved.
- Moving specific committee information into other areas of the Procedure Manual
- Enabling electronic meeting participation and voting for all OLA boards, committees, divisions, and round tables.
- A few other minor wording changes for consistency.
The full text of the revisions can be found here.
Please feel free to contact OLA Parliamentarian Buzzy Nielsen if you have questions, email@example.com or 541-387-7062.
Options for Statewide Collaborative Borrowing
The OLA Resource Sharing Committee is hosting a conference session Friday, April 27th from 8:30am to 10am to discuss recommendations for a voluntary, patron-initiated borrowing program between libraries. The goal of the program is to create a process through which Oregon libraries can establish reciprocal agreements with other libraries to allow free, direct borrowing by their patrons. In 2011, the OLA Board charged the Resource Sharing Committee to investigate options for establishing collaborative borrowing between libraries.
A draft proposal will be presented at the conference session and OLA members are encouraged to attend in order to help the Resource Sharing Committee shape the program so that it works for the majority of libraries and their patrons. While Oregon may not have a statewide library card, how close can we come to achieving statewide access? The Resource Sharing Committee will propose a program to the OLA Board for implementation in 2013.
If you have questions you may contact the Resource Sharing Committee members:
Eva Calcagno, Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Calcagno@wccls.org
Ed Gallagher, Albany Public Library, firstname.lastname@example.org
John Hunter, Woodburn Public Library, email@example.com
Buzzy Nielsen, Hood River County Library District, firstname.lastname@example.org
Robin Shapiro, Portland Community College, email@example.com
Stephen Skidmore, Siuslaw Public Library, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Sowell, Oregon State University, email@example.com
Jane Tucker, Astoria Public Library, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan White, Scappoose Public Library, email@example.com
Update from Washington, DC
ALA’s Legislative Scorecards are out for 2011. These show how our Congressional delegation responded to library issues. Here’s the bottom line:
Blumenauer, Wyden and Merkley signed the support letters for LSTA.
Walden co-sponsored legislation requiring the GPO to make information available on the web.
If you get a chance, thank those who support our interests.
ALA’s Legislative Day is coming up – April 24th. We have a good delegation going to DC. April 23rd will be the briefing day – our chance to hear what issues are hot and which are not. On Tuesday, we have office visits scheduled with our representatives and senators. Contact me if you want more information about the issues or if you would like to support our efforts through messages to your congresspeople. -Janet Webster, OLA Legislative Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org .
ACRL Oregon Seeks Leaders
Looking for an opportunity to get more involved with an active professional organization and to work with a great group of people? Look no farther! Run for a position in ACRL-OR’s upcoming spring election.
The open positions are:
Vice-President/President Elect (3 year term)
2 Members-at-Large (2 year term, position description)
To nominate yourself, send an email with the following information to Jim Holmes email@example.com or Judith Norton firstname.lastname@example.org. To nominate someone else, email that person’s name and email address to Jim or Judith.
Please provide a biography that includes the following information (as applicable):
Your education–list in chronological order institutions attended, degrees conferred, and dates awarded.
Your present position–list your title, the name of the library and college or university and the dates of employment.
Previous positions, if desired–list no more than two, the most recent first.
Professional activities, such as memberships and positions held in national, state and/or regional library organizations (indicate name of organization, offices held and dates of service).
Honors, special projects, publications, and/or presentations–list no more than two recent examples of each of these.
Candidates for Vice President/President Elect also need to include a Candidates’ Statement explaining why you would like to be elected, which should be no more than 200 words.
Vice-President/President Elect candidates must be members of OLA and ACRL-Oregon and national ACRL.
Member-at-Large candidates must be members of OLA and ACRL-Oregon.
Elections will be May 1 – May 20. Let us know if you’d like to run by April 16, 2012!
Candidates for CSD Board Sought
Hey Oregon Youth Services staff…We need YOU!
It’s that time of year, Spring is around the corner (um, I sure hope so anyway) and CSD needs to add to our great team. It’s time to nominate candidates for the CSD Board (Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association).
The A – B – C’s of CSD:
A – Awesome opportunity to get involved and help shape the future of CSD and children’s library services in Oregon (and beyond!)
B – Build your network of colleagues across the state [and across the nation!]
C – Connect – Collaborate – Celebrate!
Have you, even briefly, considered joining in the fun of being a part of the Children’s Services Division Board? Have you ever thought, “Gee, I’d like to help out but…”:
- I’m just too busy
- My library is too small
- I’ll think about it…..for next year
- I don’t know what I can do to help out
- Everybody’s busy. You’re not alone. There are many great CSD Board alumni (and current Board members) to connect with for support and guidance.
- We welcome people from all different sized libraries; there are different opportunities that might work for you (not all of them requiring election to an office), just ask!
- Guess what? It IS next year. Now’s the time to take that step and join in the fun!
We can help you figure out how you can help.
Candidates are needed for the following positions:
Summer Reading Chair-Elect (travel to Atlanta, GA in April 2013 for CSLP Annual Meeting!)
Secretary (not an elected position, appointed by CSD Chair)
Nominations are being accepted NOW! Yes, you can nominate yourself. You must be a member of CSD. Email CSD Chair Deeda Chamberlain with your interest ~ Deeda.Chamberlain@ci.woodburn.or.us
OLA/OASL Proposed Merger – Third in a Series of Four Merger Benefits: Serving Our Common Client/User/Patrons!
The election considering the merger of the Oregon Association of School Libraries into OLA as a division will be held at the business meeting (Thursday, April 26, 2012 lunch) at the OLA Annual Conference in Bend. The OASL membership has already approved merging at their October conference. April will be OLA’s chance to vote. The ballot resolution will be communicated in advance to OLA members. In the Hotlines preceding the OLA election merger benefits will be featured. The full proposal about the merger can be found on the OLA home page at www.olaweb.org. If you have questions contact OLA Board members or members of the OLA-OASL Joint Committee on School-Public Library Cooperation (contact information on the website.)
Promoting reading and providing information literacy instruction is not simply a K-12 pursuit. Early childhood literacy, public library student support, college and university instruction, and lifelong adult learning are integrally tied to K-12 education and school library services. The intersection of common clients and libraries points to the need for all library staff to work collaboratively in order to effectively serve the needs of all. Merging OASL as a division into an organization that already includes public and academic divisions refreshes the possibilities for cross-library input into service issues. One example: information literacy guidelines for students from pre-kindergarten through their college years and beyond (development efforts well underway) can be enhanced through collaborative skills development.
Submitted by Mary Ginnane, Past-president, email@example.com, and the OLA-OASL Joint Committee on School-Public Library Cooperation
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