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November 1, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 21) OLA News

OASL Recognizes the Greatness in our Ranks

OASL Award Recipients

OASL Award Recipients

At the recent Oregon Association of School Libraries Fall Conference, several members were recognized for their contributions to school libraries throughout Oregon.  The OASL Award Winners were: Catherine Sergeant (District Librarian Award, Jefferson County School District),  Heidi Pramuk (Elementary Library Media Teacher Award, Lincoln Elementary, Woodburn School District), Elizabeth Beazizo (Secondary Library Media Teacher Award, West Salem High School, Salem-Keizer School District), Bev Whiting (Library Paraprofessional Award, Rex Putnam High School, North Clackamas School District). Congratulations to this fantastic group that gives so much to the children of Oregon.

In addition, Debi Briggs-Crispin (Rosemont Ridge Middle School, West Linn School District) received the Distinguished Library Service Award for School Administrators.

Allen Kopf was awarded our OASL Lifetime Membership Award for his outstanding service to OASL and the children of Oregon.  -Ruth Murray, Portland State University

Update from the Children’s Services Division

Joann Contini illustrates the complexities of the brain.

Joann Contini illustrates the complexities of the brain.

It’s been a busy autumn! On October 19th Tigard Public Library hosted the CSD Fall Workshop, attended by over 70 people, including a few from Washington. The morning was a lively session on brain development research presented by Joann Contini, followed by STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) for preschoolers. This session was a group presentation giving many different approaches to working with young children. Attendees left energized to try out new ideas in their communities!

Taylor Worley participated in Mock Caldecott workshop activities at OASL

Taylor Worley participated in Mock Caldecott workshop activities at OASL

Don’t miss out on some fantastic opportunities coming up for those working with youth: Storytime Meet-up, Mock Geisel and more! -Korie Jones Buerkle, Newberg Public Library




Mock Geisel Workshop Launched
The Oregon Library Association’s Children’s Services Division is sponsoring a brand new workshop in order to help members develop a solid understanding about what makes beginning reader books excellent.  Without further ado, please allow me to introduce:

2014 Children’s Services Division Mock Geisel Workshop
Saturday December 14th, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Multnomah County Library, Midland Branch

The 2014 CSD Mock Geisel Workshop follows up on the long-standing CSD tradition of offering high quality Mock workshops.  This time around, we will be presenting a look at one of the newer ALA Youth Awards.  The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is a book award of the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association. It is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

Join your friends and colleagues from around Oregon for a day of fun and learning!

The morning will include:

  • An overview of the experience of serving on the ALA Geisel Committee (provided by Janet Weber, 2014 Geisel Committee Member)
  • A look at how to judge beginning readers using the Geisel Award criteria (provided by Jackie Partch, 2012 Geisel Committee Member)
  • A special presentation on the question of “What Makes a Beginning Reader Excellent from a Reading Instruction Perspective” (provided by Reading Specialist Barbara Steinberg, M.Ed)

The afternoon will be spent in lively discussion of a selection of beginning readers published in 2013, followed by a vote to crown the 2014 CSD Mock Geisel!  The real 2014 Geisel Award will be announced during the ALA Midwinter Meeting on January 27, 2014.

If you have ever wanted to take a little more time to explore beginning readers and how to turn new readers onto books, this is the workshop for you!  The registration Deadline is Sunday, December 8th, 2013. -Rick Samuelson, Youth Services Librarian
Washington County Cooperative Library Services

Library Directors Meet
The Oregon Public Library Directors’ Meeting, organized by the OLA Public Library Division, will be held on Friday, November 22 at the newly-renovated Hillsboro Public Library. Morning refreshments will be available starting at 9:30am. The meeting will begin at 10am.

State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen and OLA President Penny Hummel will start the day off. Topics include the new Oregon Public Library Standards and an update on the Oregon Collaborative Reference Project. Ample time is scheduled for updates from all libraries represented. Boxed lunches will be available to pre-order or you are welcome to BYO. The meeting will conclude at 2pm with Hillsboro Public Library Director, Mike Smith offering tours of the building. You still have time to RSVP to Pam North – by November 8, please! -Pam North, Washington County Cooperative Library Services

Lampman Committee 2014
The Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award was established in 1982 to honor a living Oregon author, librarian, or educator who has made a significant contribution to Oregon in the fields of children’s literature and library services. It is awarded annually by the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association.

Nominations for the Lampman Award will open November 1st. The Lampman Committee for the 2014 award is:

  • Chair – Becky Pearson,McMinnville Public Library
  • Carrie Bushman, La Grande Public Library
  • Jane Corry, Multnomah county Library
  • Drucilla Curtis, Klamath Public Library
  • Susie Goolsby, The Dalles Wasco Library
  • Julie Handyside, Seaside Public Library
  • Josie Hanneman, Deschutes Public Library
  • Pam Johnson, Umatilla Public Library
  • Sharon McCrum, Waldport Public Library
  • Krist Obrist, Monmouth Public Library
  • Kim Olson-Charles, Emporia
  • Eila Overcash, Summit High School, Bend
  • Mary Parra, Nellie Muir Elementary School, Woodburn
  • Carol Reich, Hillsboro Public Library
  • Kathy Street, Arlington Elementary School

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October 15, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 20) OLA News

Michele Burke Honored

Dean Gwen Alexander, Michele Burke, and Associate Dean Andrew Smith, Emporia School of Library and Information Science

Dean Gwen Alexander, Michele Burke, and Associate Dean Andrew Smith, Emporia School of Library and Information Science

Michele Burke, OLA Past President and Reference Librarian at Chemeketa Community College, was among four individuals recently recognized as Emporia State University Outstanding Recent Graduates.

According to The Emporia Gazette, the Outstanding Graduate Award recognizes career achievements, community service, and dedication to Emporia State.  In addition to her service within OLA, Michele was instrumental in the founding of the Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon, and was named a Library Journal “Mover and Shaker” in 2013. Congratulations, Michele!

Conference Planning – It’s Never Too Early!
The OLA 2014 Annual Conference will be held at the Salem Convention Center in Salem on April 16-18, 2014.  If you are planning on attending the OLA Conference, you should consider staying at the Grand Hotel.  The top reasons for staying at the conference hotel are:

  • More time – It’s the center of conference activity! You’ll be able to network easily with other conference attendees. It’s a quick trip to get to the program and functions, and just as quick to nip back to your room for a break. You’ll have a better conference experience.
  • Relaxation – To unwind, you can choose fine dining, a relaxing glass of premium wine in the lounge, a refreshing swim in the indoor pool and spa, or an exhilarating workout in the fitness center.
  • Conference Banquets – Staying at the conference hotel will make it easier to attend either or both of the Banquets on Wednesday and Thursday evening.
  • Supporting the OLA Conference -  The Conference receives complimentary rooms based on the number of rooms that are reserved.  These rooms are used for speakers and this helps keep the price of conference registration down.
  • Enjoy Salem – Take time to enjoy all that Salem has to offer. To find out more, visit the Travel Salem website.

The direct website for booking the hotel is  If making a reservation by phone or through the hotel’s website, use the group code of OLA2014.  A deluxe king is $119 plus tax and a deluxe double queen is $129 plus tax.

OYAN Mock Printz Workshop
Hey YA Fans,  It’s time to register for 2014 OYAN Mock Printz Workshop. The workshop is an opportunity for YA literature lovers to congregate and discuss some of the year’s best books. Virtual participation will also be available via GotoMeeting (details at a later time). As always, we encourage you to bring teens. Here are the details:

Mock Printz Workshop
January 18, 2014,1-5:00 p.m.
Free (snacks provided)
Location:US Bank Room,Central Library,801 SW 10th Ave.,Portland, OR 97205.

To register: Email Susan Smallsreed with name, library and email address for all participants you want to register.

Here are the books under consideration:

  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowel
  • In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
  • Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler
  • September Girls by Bennett Madison
  • Winger by Andrew Smith
  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  • Boxer/Saint by Gene Luen Yang
  • Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
  • If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Questions? Just ask. Now, get reading! -Susan Smallsreed, Multnomah County Library

Horner Exchange 2013
As part of the Horner Exchange Project, three Oregon librarians are currently traveling to Fujian Province, China, for a three week visit to libraries and cultural centers. They will be learning about the state of librarianship in public and university libraries as well as giving presentations in their areas of expertise.

If you would like to follow their adventures, Patricia French (Multnomah County Library), Angela Lee (Washington County Cooperative Library Services), and Lori Wamsley (Portland Community College, Cascade Campus) will be blogging about their experiences.

The Horner Library Staff Exchange Project is an exchange of library staff between Fujian Province, China, and Oregon, for the purpose of sharing professional knowledge about library and information science. It was established through a generous gift from the late Dr. Layton Horner to the Oregon State Library, and continues through a partnership between the Oregon State Library and OLA’s International Relations Round Table. Our international partners are the Fujian Provincial Library and the Fujian Library Association. Fujian is Oregon’s sister province in China and the Fujian Provincial Library maintains a sister library relationship with the Oregon State Library. -Nancy Hoover, Marylhurst University

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September 15, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 18) OLA News

OLA 2014 Conference Proposal Deadline Nears

Transformations are happening both inside today’s libraries and out in surrounding communities. Keeping faithful users happy while attracting non-users is a challenge we need to meet in order to keep our libraries robust and vital.

The Oregon Library Association Conference Committee is looking for program and pre-conference proposals for the 2014 Conference – The Inside Out Library -  to be held at the Salem Convention Center in Salem, April 16-18.  The conference committee is especially seeking programs that relate to innovation, transformation and outreach.

At this point the program does not have to be fully organized; you can give us a general idea of the program and speakers (if known), and fill in the other details asked on the proposal form.  Each program or pre-conference must be sponsored by an OLA unit, but if you have great program idea and don’t have a sponsor, the Program Committee will attempt some matchmaking. Proposals are due by September 23.   Here’s the Pre-conference Proposal Form and the Program Proposal Form.

Contact Judith Norton, Conference Program Committee chair, if you have questions. Many thanks from the program committee! - Suzanne Sager, Portland State University

LDLC Rethinks Priorities

The Library Development and Legislation Committee is revising OLA’s Legislative Agenda.  This is our guide to what we tackle and how we tackle it in the legislative arena.  The OLA Board approved the agenda and then, as issues arise, the Committee can respond quickly without additional approval from the Board.

In the latest version, we have kept our long standing guiding principles, added the Vision 2020 goals and narrowed the focus of current issues to those we anticipate in 2013/14.  We would appreciate your input and thoughts.  This draft is on the Committee’s web page. It will be presented to the OLA Board on October 4 for approval.  Please contact  the committee co-chairs with questions, comments and suggestions – Janet Webster or Abigail Elder. Janet Webster, Oregon State University


Greetings–I wanted to invite everyone to come to the OYAN training on science in the library from 10 AM – 12 noon at the Beaverton Library on October 25th.  Jo Oshiro, Program Coordinator of the Oregon Pre-engineering and Applied Sciences and Ryan Collay, director of OSU’s SMILE program will be talking about how to bring STEM and STEAM concepts into your library programs for teens and tweens.  They will talk about ways to emphasize and develop these concepts in the programs you are already doing as well as show us some hands-on activities that you can do in the library with teens.  With next summer’s reading theme being science related, there is no better time to start thinking about ways to bring science and engineering concepts to your teens.  If you can, please stay for our quarterly OYAN meeting which will go from 1-4 PM later that same day.

Also, I know our presenters would like some help identifying good YA fiction and nonfiction science related texts.  If you have recommendations for them, please email me the titles and I’ll compile a list for them (and us).  Thanks, Mark Richardson, Incoming OYAN Chair, Cedar Mill Library

Graphic Rave List Revealed

I am very excited to announce the titles that made it onto our 2013 Graphic Rave list – OYAN’s annual list of the best graphic novels, comics and manga for teens.  These 16 titles had to be nominated as well as go through 2 rounds of voting to be included on this very prestigious list.  Without further ado – here they are – your 2013 Graphic Rave books!

  • Batman, Vol. 1:  The Court of Owls – Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo
  • Batgirl, Vol. 1:  The Darkest Reflection – Gail Simone & Ardian Syaf
  • Captain Marvel, Vol. 1:  In Pursuit of Flight – Kelly Sue DeConnick, Dexter Soy & Emma Rios
  • Hawkeye, Vol. 1:  My Life as a Weapon – Matt Fraction & David Aja
  • Wonder Woman, Vol. 1:  Blood – Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang
  • Glitter Kiss – Adrianne Ambrose & Monica Gallagher
  • The Adventures of Superhero Girl – Faith Erin Hicks
  • Curses!  Foiled Again – Jane Yolen & Mike Cavallaro
  • Drama – Raina Telgemeier
  • Tokyo Babylon Book 1 – CLAMP
  • A Wrinkle in Time:  the Graphic Novel – Hope Larson
  • Comic Book History of Comics – Fred Van Lente & Ryan Dunlavey
  • Saturn Apartments – Hisae Iwaoka
  • All New X-Men, Volume 1:  Yesterday’s X-Men – Brian Michael Bendis & Stuart Immonen
  • The Infernal Devices:  Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare & HyeKyung Baek
  • Baby’s in Black:  Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and the Beatles – Arne Bellstorf

Thanks! Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library

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September 1, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 17) – OLA News

Oyez, oyez! The Legal Reference Round Table Wants YOU!
The Legal Reference Round Table (LRRT) is on a mission to drum up membership and increase its involvement in the OLA organization – c’mon, you know you want to join! One easy reason? It’s free!

A little history: Five years ago, the LRRT was established with a diverse membership made up of public, academic, and law library workers. The main goal of the round table then – and now – was to offer a forum for members to share ideas and pose questions regarding legal reference service. Generally, we wanted to create a support system for those who find themselves, frequently or not, having to respond to patrons’ unique legal requests.

So, sure, maybe you don’t work in a public law library (yes, we’re still alive and well!) and get asked legal questions all day long like me. But I know many of you, regardless of library setting, have occasionally encountered patrons who need some legal guidance. For example, how do you answer questions dealing with:

  • tenant rights in getting a deposit back?
  • drafting a will?
  • disputing a creditor’s charge?
  • finding the “right” form for filing a divorce?

If you were on the LRRT, you could commiserate, ask questions, and brainstorm ideas with other members on the issue. We in the law library world could share what’s worked for us. Someone with government expertise might know the exact state agency that can address a specific topic. Another member might also be a volunteer for a legal non-profit group that offers useful tips applicable to libraries.

As an LRRT member, there aren’t really any crazy obligations to participate other than just talking with other members! At least to start ;) But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

For now, please consider simply joining the LRRT – did I mention it’s FREE? – and see what we’re all about. Get in on the action as we look for new ways to enhance our contribution to OLA and to provide reliable legal reference support to all Oregon library workers. If you’re already an OLA member, it’s easy to add the LRRT to your membership here.

As public law libraries continue to face budget cuts, it’s inevitable that public and academic libraries will see the impact of these reductions in their own patron base. The Legal Reference Round Table could play a strong role in helping all libraries cope with these changes. As Chair, I will be requesting input and proposing strategies for increased communication and collaboration with other units. Please consider joining LRRT and become a part of its success! -Sue Ludington, Washington County Law Library

OBOB Gets New Look
obobOregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) has an updated logo!  This new design will replace the former one of the knight, and will be used in all publicity, including the OBOB wiki.  Hav Havran, a professional graphic artist, was asked by De Ann Orand, an OBOB Executive Board member, to modernize the OBOB logo and he’s drawn a crisp, new design of two teams of children pulling open the pages of a book.

And speaking of OBOB, here are 12 ways, developed by Nancy Spaulding of the Cedar Mill Library, that public libraries can support their local OBOB teams:

12. Get OBOB: include multiple copies of OBOB titles in your library collections – don’t forget audiobooks.

11. Make OBOB easy to find: mark your OBOB books with a special sticker (nab the nifty NEW logo on the OBOB website).

10. Make OBOB even easier to find: shelve OBOB books together for easy access.

9. List OBOB: reproduce and distribute the OBOB title list (download the brochure from the OBOB website).

8. List OBOB-digital: include the titles on your library’s webpage or blog about them.

7. Link OBOB: link the OBOB titles from your webpage or blog to your library catalog.

6. Spread the word: let local schools and teachers know the OBOB books are available at your library. Find locally participating schools and OBOB contacts in the Registrations Received and Paid document on this wiki.

5. Give the books: include OBOB titles in prize book giveaways (like summer reading).

4. Have a challenge: challenge kids to write their own OBOB questions. Stick ‘em on a bulletin board, have a question round-robin OBOB event, post them on your website.

3. Host OBOB event #1: host OBOB book discussion groups at the library.

2. Host OBOB event #2: hold just-for-practice battles at the library over winter break

1. Volunteer: send library staff to the school and/or regional tournaments.

For more information about the OBOB, please refer to the OBOB website.

OLA Oregon Authors Committee Seeks Volunteers
The Oregon Authors Committee is seeking volunteers to add authors and titles to our website.  Three or four times a year committee members will receive news clippings about recent publications by Oregon authors.  After verifying information with authoritative bibliographic sites, we add basic descriptive and subject information to each title.  Committee members are free to add known authors from their communities, or enhance partial bibliographies of favorite authors.  Our committee also sponsors the Two-Minute Oregon Booktalk at the annual OLA Conference, and represents OLA at Wordstock.

Committee membership is for a term of three years, with renewable terms.  If you are interested, please contact the Oregon Authors Chair, Sheryl Eldridge, at

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August 15, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 16) – OLA News

OASL Announces Annual Conference
The Oregon Association of School Libraries is “Branching Out’ and sending an open invitation to all educators to join them for the annual Fall Conference, October 11-12.  We’re thrilled that the conference is moving to Portland for 2013, hosted by Jesuit High School in southwest Portland.  This year’s conference features A.S. King, Kadir Nelson, Carmen Bernier-Grand, Suzie Boss, Peter Pappas, and more! Highlights include:

  • Author A. S. King Friday, October 11th at 6:30 pm, Sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. Jesuit High School, 9000 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, Author Dessert tickets $20.00.

Growing up in Pennsylvania, Amy Sarig King (who writes under the name A. S. King) was an avid reader and thought about being a writer. What motivated her to sit down and start typing on her Swedish typewriter was reading one book a day for six months, with Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses physically moving her into the writer’s chair. Along her circuitous career path, she has been a rare poultry breeder, photographer, master printer, contractor, summer camp counselor, adult literacy teacher, and pizza delivery driver. After writing seven novels over a fifteen year time span, King’s first book, The Dust of 100 Dogs, was published in 2009. Her subsequent writing has won numerous awards. Please Ignore Vera Dietz was a 2011 Printz Award Honor Book, as well as an Edgar Award nominee, while Everybody Sees the Ants was one of YALSA’s 2012 Top Ten Books for Young Adults and an Andre Norton Award finalist. Her last YA novel, Ask the Passengers, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for young adult literature, a Lambda Literary Award, and a spot on School Library Journal’s Best Books 2012 list. Three new books will be published in 2013 with King’s work in them (two anthologies and a novel, Reality Boy), which we certainly won’t want to miss.

  • Author/ illustrator Kadir Nelson lecture, Saturday, October 12th at 7 pm, Sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. Jesuit High School, 9000 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, Lecture tickets, available to the public,  $20.00.

Portland is excited to enjoy the work and words of Kadir Nelson, most recently author-illustrator of the children’s biography Nelson Mandela, as well as Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, and the award-winning We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. In addition, his gorgeous oil paintings have illuminated other authors’ work, including Martin Luther King, Jr.’s illustrated I Have A Dream, Matt de la Pena’s A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis, and Carol Boston Weatherford’s Moses and Ellen Levine’s Henry’s Freedom Box, for which he won a Caldecott Honor Medal. Nelson has garnered both the Coretta Scott King Illustrator and Author awards, a Sibert medal, the NAACP Image Award, the CASEY award for best baseball book, as well as having his fine art collected by major public and private institutions worldwide.

PLD Board Officer Election Reminder
Thank you to all that have already voted for your 2013 PLD Board Officers, for those that have not, please take a minute to do so.  Election closes at midnight on Friday, August 16.

Your current Public Library Division Board would like to invite you to vote on the open positions we have this coming year (2013-14). Follow this link and check out the great roster of candidates.

We have been happy to serve you this year and many of us are looking forward to doing so in the coming year as well.  If you have any problems or questions, please contact me, Su Liudahl, at pldsu.ola@gmail. – Su Liudahl, PLD Chair  (2012-2013)

2014 Oregon Library Association Conference – SAVE THE DATE
The 2014 Oregon Library Association conference will be held April 16-18 at the Salem Conference Center. -Suzanne Sager

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August 1, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 15) – OLA News

OLA Annual Retreat

OLA Annual Board Retreat Attendees

OLA Annual Board Retreat Attendees

Elected board members, division leaders, and round table, committee, and interest group chairs met this week at the annual OLA board retreat. The retreat, which has met at the Silver Falls State Park Conference Center for many years, serves to introduce leaders to each other, to provide information to new leaders on how OLA works, to reflect on what has been accomplished over the past year, and to establish goals for the upcoming year. Topics that commanded interest this year included how OLA can attract more members and persuade them to become active members; how OLA units can best communicate, both to their own membership and to other OLA members; and identifying instances where units’ functions overlap, creating opportunities for efficiencies and collaboration.  Expect to hear about these, as well as many other timely issues, as the year progresses.

OLA leaders at work...

OLA leaders at work…

...and at play

…and at play

ACRL Scholarships
ACRL-Oregon is offering two scholarships to this year’s Fall Conference.  Applying is easy — go to the form below and answer the questions.  You will need to write a short (500 words or less) essay expressing your interest in attending the conference and in academic librarianship.

Any ACRL-Oregon member is eligible to apply for the scholarships, though preference will be given to individuals who have not attended a Fall Conference.  In addition, all librarians who live in Oregon and work in Oregon libraries are eligible to apply.

ACRL-Oregon and ACRL-Washington take turns hosting the fall conference, which is very well-attended by regional academic librarians. This scholarship will cover your registration and housing costs in full.  The 2013 conference will be held at the Pack Forest Retreat in Eatonville, Washington on October 24-25.

The application deadline is Sunday, September 15, 2013.  Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity! The deadline to apply is  Sunday, September 15, 2013.  (11:55pm).  Submit your application here. -Robin Champieux, Oregon Health & Science University

ACRL Award Nominations Sought
Nominations are now open for the 2013 ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence.  This annual award highlights the impact that Oregon academic librarians have by recognizing outstanding people and projects.

Please take a few minutes to nominate your outstanding colleagues! Nomination Deadline: Saturday August 31, 2013. There will be a short ceremony to honor the winner(s) at the ACRL-Oregon/Washington Fall Conference!

Scope & Eligibility:

The ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence recognizes an individual or group who achieve excellence in the field by significantly improving Oregon academic libraries or librarianship.  The award should recognize an initiative or project completed in the last three years. You may nominate any individual or group that includes at least one employee of an Oregon academic library.  Nominees do not have to be ACRL-Oregon members.

Winners will receive an engraved plaque be recognized in a ceremony at the ACRL-Oregon/Washington Fall Conference, and receive one complementary registration to the ACRL-OR/WA Fall Conference.

Past Winners:

  • 2012: Terry Reese and the Libraries of Oregon Project
  • 2012: Isaac Gilman, Marisa Ramirez and the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication
  • 2011: Oregon Digital Newspapers Project | UO Libraries
  • 2010: John Helmer | Orbis-Cascade Alliance
  • 2009: Janet Webster and Michael Boock | OSU Libraries

The nomination deadline is Saturday August 31.  There will be a short ceremony to honor the winner(s) at the ACRL-Oregon/Washington Fall Conference! -Robin Champieux, Oregon Health & Science University

Oregon Reads 2014 Website Launches

Your OLA Oregon Reads 2014 Steering Committee is pleased to announce the launch of the Oregon Reads 2014 website.

We have been working for months to provide participating libraries with a comprehensive information resource to help them plan a successful community reading program in 2014. The website features information on the six Oregon Reads 2014 book selections. The website also features a speakers bureau with listings for seven outstanding speakers who have agreed to make presentations in libraries next year. Included are Kim Stafford, William Stafford’s son and author/editor of several Oregon Reads selections, and two Oregon Poets Laureate.

The website also has a selected bibliography of Stafford books and a Resources page with lots of useful information for participating libraries. We will be adding Resources to the website in the future and making other improvements in the months ahead.

If your library has not signed up to participate in Oregon Reads 2014, it’s not too late to do so. Contact Sara Charlton  for a participation form. -Jim Scheppke, Oregon Reads 2014 Committee

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July 15, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 14) – OLA News

OLA’s Social Responsibilities Round Table, Now with a Web Presence!
When you have a free moment (what’s that?), please stop by the new SRRT Round Table page on the OLA website.  You may find it something you want to be a part of.

Being socially responsible implies that we have an ethical obligation to act in the best interest of those in our society. This obligation can take on many forms, for example, through SRRT’s various task forces (from feminism to environmentalism, and others worth checking out). Being socially responsible is also a personal matter. As librarians, however, as we practice the organization and diffusion of information within our service population and beyond, we inherently share a bond in our mission to serve in a socially responsible manner. This effort extends to our community members and passersby, our tax payers and those who find themselves unable to pay taxes during a period of time, our youth and our seniors, those who are legal immigrants and those without documents, and many, many more valued members of our society too numerous to list.

Getting to know our communities can seem like a daunting task, but it lies at the heart of this Round Table. The late Dr. Elfreda Chatman and Victoria Pendleton said that “it is…difficult, if not impossible, to respond to information needs if we do not have a clear understanding of the situations that generated those needs”*. Having that context largely depends on the interest we have in discovering our communities, and particularly the small worlds that exist within them. We can start by asking “who are the library users and nonusers, and why?” The why is always the toughest to get at, and the most interesting and rewarding.

If you believe that taking the time to build relationships with all different groups of community members (maybe challenging your comfort zone in the process) is essential to fulfilling our social responsibility, and that all individuals deserve knowledgeable, sensitive, and equitable library service, then the SRRT is for you. Join today, or the next time you renew your membership. -Tracie Kreighbaum, Emporia State University

*Pendleton, V. E. M. & Chatman, E. A. (1998). Small world lives: Implications for the public library. Library Trends, 46(4), 732-751.

ALA Conference Report
ALA Annual was held in Chicago this year, and in a rare twist, Chicago was actually cooler than Oregon.  This was my last trip to ALA Council as the OLA representative to ALA, and besides learning interesting viewpoints from my fellow councilors, I learned there is always more to learn about parliamentary procedure!

One of the first resolutions passed was in support of ALA President-Elect Barbara Stripling’s Declaration for the Right to Libraries petition plan.  This is an initiative to garner community-wide support for libraries.  Hopefully, you will see more about this initiative at a more local (Oregon) level, as the hope is that signatures will be added to the petition from across the country.  A toolkit on this project should be coming out later this summer.

Other proposals that were passed included the unanimously supported (as who can really contest it) ALA’s commitment to basic literacy, and a resolution commending the Freedom to Read Foundations’ recognition of videogames as worthy of First Amendment protections.  After broadening the geographic scope of disasters included, a resolution praising library services to the community in times of a disaster (think Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, wildfires in Colorado, although not just natural disasters were discussed) passed.

Some of the more controversial resolutions discussed included one on explicitly refraining from prayer in ALA meetings, and a multi-day discussion on a resolution supporting (and then un-supporting) whistleblower Edward Snowden.  The resolution on prayer passed (moments of silence are still okay), but the resolution on Snowden was replaced with a substitute resolution more broadly speaking to support for open and transparent government (this is where the lessons in parliamentary finessing came in).

I want to just briefly express my thanks to the Oregon Library Association community for giving me the opportunity to be the OLA Chapter Councilor to ALA.  It has been a privilege to serve and meet representatives from other state chapters, as well as other ALA divisions and groups.  Based on my interactions with other state councilors, I believe that OLA is in a pretty healthy place in regards to membership, engagement and overall health of our association.  While there are always things we can learn about and add to our arsenal (this is my brief plug for Library Snapshot Day), I value how well we really do work together overall.

Thanks!  And as always, feel free to ask me any follow up questions. -Hannah Gascho Rempel,

Children’s Services Division Welcomes New Board Members
After successfully navigating the recruitment and election jungle, CSD is happy to welcome six new board members. I thought I’d share one personal and one professional fact about each of them.

Heather McNeil of Deschutes Library District is our Chair-elect. “I was raised as an army “brat” so have lived around the world, and still love to travel.  Kenya is my favorite.” She says that the best part of the job for all those years is being silly with a room full of toddlers.

Becky Pearson of McMinnville Public Library is Evelyn Sibley Lampman Chair. “I enjoy lots of outdoor recreational activities but I never want to go sky diving.” She loves creating and planning programs and events for people of all ages.

Taylor Worley of Creswell Public Library is our new Memberclicks and Web person. “I had never been to a beach before last year and now my weekends are torn between mountains and beaches. (First world problems)” She graduated from Emporia State this past December.

Rebecca Mayer of West Linn Public Library will be our new secretary. She just walked a half-marathon in May and rediscovered her first love while recuperating: video games. “I’ve actually only been a youth services librarian for about six months. I’ve many different jobs here, as I tend to always say yes when they ask me. :) by far, working with children has been my favorite.”

Denise Willms of Willamina Public Library is our board representative on the ORCA committee. “I am a true GEEK !  I can quote Dr. Who, I play online MMORPG’s and tech for two libraries.” Her favorite part of the job is having a child/young adult come back with a book she recommended to them and say “This was the best book ever !”

Danielle Jones of Tualatin Public Library is Summer Reading Chair elect. While in library school at UW she got to work on a research project that is looking to create a universal assessment tool for gauging early literacy benchmarks in library storytimes; there is still one more year to the study.  “One of my favorite things to do is booktalk to youth.  I love combing elements of storytelling with getting youth excited about books, and have been a booktalker for Multnomah County Library’s Books 2 U outreach service for almost five years.”

These new members will be joining Korie Buerkle our new Chair;  Rick Samuelson, Summer Reading Chair; Katie Anderson from the State Library; and Karen Fischer, our Performers Showcase Coordinator and me as Past Chair. Our board will include a student, two recently minted MLS’s and some of us with years of experience, at both large and small libraries. Being involved in CSD has been very rewarding and if you think you’d like to get more involved, there are lots of opportunities. Contact either me or Korie, and we can find something for you, big or small.  -Jane Corry, CSD Chair

July 20, 2013 at 10:16 am Leave a comment

July 1, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 13) – OLA News

OLA Announces 2013 MLIS Scholarship Award Recipients
In June, OLA awarded scholarships to these talented MLIS students.   This year’s scholarship recipients are all attending or are about to attend Emporia State University’s SLIM programs. Congratulations to those receiving scholarships:

Cheryl Bemiss, Eugene
Michael Henderson, Milwaukee
Christina King, Portland
Deanna Kohn, Aloha
David Lev, Portland
Mahalia Songchild, Springfield
Lora Worden, Portland

OLA’s MLS Scholarship Selection Committee members carefully reviewed all the eligible scholarship applications OLA received from the Oregon Student Access Commission.  The committee held its annual Scholarship Selection meeting in Salem on June 5, and the committee’s recommendations were approved by the OLA Executive Board when it met the Creswell Public Library on June 7.

Thanks to OLA’s Scholarship Selection Committee members:  Debbie Brodie (Beaverton), Gretchen Leslie (Forest Grove), Anne Pearson (Portland), Terry Rohe (Portland), Carol Ruggeri (Newport), and Gary Sharp (North Bend).

In early October, the scholarship committee will publicize the opening of the scholarship application process for the 2014-15 academic year. To apply, see OLA’s eligibility rules and application at (Oregon Student Access Commission).  OLA’s scholarship program is #471 in OSAC’s scholarship catalog.

The Oregon library Association’s MLIS Scholarship Program is supported in whole or part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library, and through the generosity of OLA members who contribute to the scholarship fund. OLA members are encouraged to make donations to support OLA’s scholarship program by using the MLIS Scholarship Contribution Form at in the Membership section. -Gary Sharp, Chair, OLA MLIS Scholarship Committee

Reference Round Table Officers Introduced
Two new officers will be taking on leadership of the Reference Round Table for the term beginning September 2013.

RRT’s new Chair is Morgan Sohl, Reference Librarian at Driftwood Public Library, and the new Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect is Jerianne Thompson of Tualatin Public Library.

Chair Morgan Sohl grew up in Portland, but left the Northwest to attend college, first at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and later at Indiana University, where she earned her MLS.  After working four years at the Rapid City Public Library in South Dakota she returned to Oregon in 2012, and now works as a Reference Librarian at the Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City.

Vice-Chair/Chair Elect Jerianne Thompson, is the Public Services Supervisor at Tualatin Public Library,  where she oversees services for adults and youth. A Tennessee native, she is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  -Erin Finot

Nominations Sought for Outreach Round Table
The Outreach Round Table is now accepting nominations for the Vice-Chairperson/Chairperson-Elect for September 2013-August 2014. The Vice-Chairperson/Chairperson-Elect shall be responsible for taking and preparing minutes; assisting the Chairperson in planning workshops, meetings, and projects; and assuming the responsibilities of the Chairperson if he/she is unable to continue in that position. In 2013-2014 the Vice-Chairperson will work closely with the Chairperson to plan 1-2 workshops during the year for ORT members and participate in planning any program sessions offered during the 2014 OLA Conference.

About the Outreach Round Table: The ORT provides a framework for information sharing, continuing education and moral support for library workers currently providing outreach services; and to offer opportunities for networking and encouragement to libraries wishing to expand or develop library outreach services. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to library service to people of all ages who can no longer use a library facility due to either a physical or mental impairment, people who live in rural or remote area without a library, non-English speakers, the incarcerated, the homeless, and low-literacy adults. More information can be found on the ORT webpage:

If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else, please send me an email with a statement of interest and a brief bio. We will accept nominations through July 10th then call for a vote shortly after. If you have further questions before deciding, please send me an email -Annie Lewis, Tualatin Public Library


Oregon Intellectual Freedom News Database Launched
The OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee is proud to announce that a database of newspaper articles about intellectual freedom issues in Oregon is now available. The database includes 462 newspaper articles from 1946 – 2010, with additional articles being added regularly.  Most articles are about challenges to library materials and other censorship-related issues.

The database can be searched by keyword, article title, newspaper name, date, city/location, name of challenged book or material, organizations, schools, or individuals involved.  Articles can also be browsed by date.  While not all inclusive, this repository covers a wide range of challenges which have occurred in Oregon over the past 50+ years.

Search results provide an abstract of the article, keywords, newspaper, date, location, participants, and outcome.  Full text of the articles will be added and made available for download as permission is obtained from individual newspaper publishers.  Currently the full text of an article can be requested by contacting the coordinator of the Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse, currently Katie Anderson (

This database can also be accessed from links on the Intellectual Freedom Toolkit on the OLA website and Northwest Central.   The Oregon Intellectual Freedom News Database is made available through a partnership of the Oregon State Library, the OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee, and Pacific University, which is hosting the site.  Special thanks to these individuals for their contributions:

Katie Anderson, Oregon State Library
Isaac Gilman, Pacific University
Judy Anderson, Concordia University
Krista Reynolds, Concordia University
Crystal Grimes, Project Intern
Pamela Hubbard, Project Intern
Kristine Roshau, Project Intern

Thanks to all these partners for making this resource available. -Katie Anderson, Oregon State LIbrary

July 1, 2013 at 10:10 am 1 comment

June 15, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 12) – OLA News

OLA Election Results Announced
Please join us in congratulating the winners of the recent OLA election:

Candice Watkins

Candice Watkins

Vice-President/President-Elect: Candice Watkins.  Candice is the Library Director at Clatsop Community College Library in Astoria, Oregon.  She has been been a member of OLA’s Advocacy Taskforce and has served as vice-chair of ILAGO, the Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon.  In her “Why I Want to Win this Race” statement, Candice said, “libraries are transformative places and librarians indispensable professionals to communities.  Librarians understand this value, and we work tirelessly through a variety of channels to communicate that worth and accomplish our respective missions.

Oregon Library Association harnesses many voices and hands to express the irreplaceable value of all types of libraries and librarians. It would be a privilege to represent OLA in this work and help all libraries in Oregon showcase our philosophy and achieve our goals.”

April Witteveen

April Witteveen

Secretary: April Witteveen, Deschutes Public Library.  April has been  an active OLA member, serving as OLA Hotline Editor, OYAN Chair, and a member of the OLA Rebranding Project Committee.  In 2012, April was the recipient of the OYEA!: OYAN You’re Excellent Award, presented  annually to an individual, library, organization, program, or initiative that has made a positive and significant contribution to teens in libraries in the state of Oregon.

Valery King

Valery King

Treasurer: Valery King, Oregon State University Libraries & Press.  Valerie has been active in OLA for many years, serving on multiple Conference Committees, and has also served in every imaginable capacity in DIGOR, the Documents Interest Group of Oregon.  In her campaign statement, she admits that she “actually kinda likes spreadsheets!”



Suzanne Sager

Suzanne Sager

ALA Chapter Representative: Suzanne L. Sager, Portland State University Library.  Suzanne’s involvement in OLA has included stints as ALA Representative, OLA Conference Communications Chair, Chair of the Support Staff Division, and OLA Treasurer.  In her campaign statement, she described the role of the ALA Chapter Representative as one who serves “as the bridge between the libraries in Oregon and ALA Council, while keeping OLA members informed of what ALA is doing.”

Thank you to all of the candidates in this election. -Abigail Elder and Emily Papagni,
OLA Nominating Committee

Oregon Reads 2014 Book Selections Finalized
The OLA Oregon Reads 2014 Steering Committee is happy to announce the six books that have been selected for our statewide community reading project celebrating the William Stafford Centennial in 2014. There are four adult book selections and two books for younger readers.

earlyEarly Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford
by Kim Stafford
Graywolf Press, $16 paperback


ask meAsk Me: 100 Essential Poems (available late 2013)
by William Stafford, edited with an introduction by Kim Stafford
Graywolf Press, $16 paperback


downDown in My Heart: Peace Witness in War Time
by William Stafford, introduction by Kim Stafford
Oregon State University Press, $15.95 paperback


everuEvery War Has Two Losers: William Stafford on Peace and War
by William Stafford, edited with an introduction by Kim Stafford
Milkweed Editions, $16 paperback


osageThe Osage Orange Tree, A Story by William Stafford (available late 2013)
by William Stafford, illustrations by Dennis Cunningham
Trinity University Press, price not set


Everyone Out There Knows: A Big Foot Tale (available fall 2013)
by William Stafford, illustrations by Angelina Marino-Heidel
Arnica Creative Services, $15 hardback, $9 paperback, $15 Spanish/English hardback

When the Committee began planning Oregon Reads 2014 we did not think we would be able to offer Stafford books for younger readers, but we are thrilled that we can offer two forthcoming books: The Osage Orange Tree for teens and Everyone Out There Knows for young children.

Libraries can select any of these books for their community reading programs. The committee is also finalizing a list of distinguished authors who are willing go speak at library programs in 2014. Watch for that announcement soon.

Nearly 100 public, academic and school libraries are planning to host community reading programs next year. Is your library one of them? Please email if you have questions about Oregon Reads 2014.

OLA Mentoring Program Announces Revised Mentee Criteria
In an effort to more broadly meet the needs of librarians in the state, the criteria for mentees participating in the OLA Mentoring Program have been revised. Now, if you have an MLS, but are currently working in a non-professional capacity in a library or information organization, we encourage you to participate in the program. We also want to open up the program to those who do not have an MLS, but are working in professional positions in libraries or other information organizations. We recognize that especially in rural areas, some people who are working in professional positions may not have the credentials, but likely still have the professional development needs. We want to support you.

Our new mentee requirements are below. If you meet them and have professional development goals you’re trying to meet, we encourage you to apply to to be paired up with a mentor.
To become a mentee, you must meet ALL of the following requirements:
Be an OLA Member.
Hold an MLIS or equivalent (MSIS, MLS, etc.) AND/OR have been in a professional library position(s) for fewer than five years
Currently be working in a library in some capacity (volunteer, paraprofessional, professional).
Commit to at least one year (or nine months for librarians on nine-month contracts) with the program. Mentors and mentees can continue their relationship beyond the required time period if they choose.
Have a strong interest in professional development.
Be willing to share goals and challenges.
Be open to feedback and advice.
Additional links:
Mentee application
Information about the mentoring program and its requirements
Guidelines and best practices for being a mentor
Have questions? Contact us at – Meredith Farkas, Portland State University Library,Shirley Sullivan,Beaverton City Library,Emily Papagni, Multnomah County Library

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May 15, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 10) – OLA News

OLA Board Elections
The 2013 OLA Board Election is now open.  Please take a moment to cast your vote and choose who will lead OLA in continuing its important role of leading and supporting Oregon libraries. Voting will close at midnight, June 3.

Follow this link to read about the candidates, and follow this link to access your ballot. In order to vote, you will need to log into your OLA account.

If you have any difficulties with the form please contact  If you have any question about the election or want to become more involved in OLA, contact Abigail Elder ( or Emily Papagni (
Thank you for your participation! -Abigail Elder and Emily Papagni, OLA Nominating Committee

2013 Horner Staff Exchange Update
Thank you Oregon libraries and Fort Vancouver Regional Library! Delegates from Oregon’s sister province of Fujian, China, visited area libraries for three weeks to exchange professional knowledge about library and information science.  Our visitors this year were Ms. Ye Jianqin and Ms. Yang Ruiying from Fujian Provincial Library, Ms. Xue Hanqiu from Xiamen Municipal Library and Ms. Liu Minrong from Fuzhou University Library.

Our guests’ itinerary was very full, and we are grateful to all the libraries that were able to host our visitors.  Our visitors arrived in time to attend the WLA/OLA Conference and banquet on April 25. They visited the environmentally friendly Rieke Elementary campus and were serenaded by the students before heading to Wilson High School and participating in World History classes . They toured the remodel of the library at the University of Portland, and later gave a presentation to a class at the Emporia State University SLIM program where they were met with an enthusiastic response and questions from our soon to be MLSs.

They headed south to the Mt. Angel Abbey Library, the Oregon State Library including the Legislative and Law libraries, OSU, the new Monroe Branch of Corvallis-Benton, UO and Eugene Public. The visit ended in Portland with visits to PCC, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, PSU, Fort Vancouver Regional Library and Multnomah County Library.

For fun, there was lots of shopping at the Woodburn Outlets, the Tulip Fields, the Oregon Garden, a night at the Symphony, and an unofficial overnight in Seattle to go to Seattle Public, Suzzallo Library at UW and Chihuly Garden and Glass.  -Nancy Hoover, Marylhurst University

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