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November 1, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 21) Opportunities for Engagement

Support People for Oregon Libraries PAC
Oregon needs elected officials who understand the unique role our libraries play in our communities.  While OLA cannot support candidates, People for Oregon Libraries can.  This political action committee funds library supportive candidates for the Legislature, as well as local library ballot measures.

You can contribute online or you can mail your check made out to People for Oregon Libraries to People for Oregon Libraries, c/o Nan Heim Associates, 833 SW 11th Avenue, #315, Portland OR 97205

Questions?  Contact any of the board members of People for Oregon Libraries listed below or Nan, OLA’s lobbyist, at nanheim@nanheim.com.
Michele Burke, chickencreek@gmail.com
Abigail Elder, abielder@gmail.com
Penny Hummel, pennyhummel@gmail.com
Janet Webster, janet.webster@charter.net

Thank you for helping to strengthen libraries! -Michele Burke, Chemeketa Community College Library

Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant Opportunity
Help advance our profession by advancing your research! YALSA is pleased to support the Frances Henne / YALSA / VOYA Research Grant, an annual competition that awards recipients $1000 in seed money to support small-scale research projects. The deadline for applying is December 1.

The proposed research must respond to YALSA’s vision, mission, goals, and research agenda; applicants must also be YALSA members. Proposals are limited to two pages plus an additional page for biographical information.

The 2013 Henne Research Grant supported work by Drexel doctoral student Rachel Magee, who examined how teens use (or do not use) technologies, how the values and relationships surrounding teens and technology impact that use and what that means for the role of information in teens’ lives.

Dr. Carol L. Tilley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, chairs this year’s jury. She is joined by Robert Bittner, Simon Fraser University; Dr. Don Latham, Florida State University; Maribel Lechuga, Kitsap Regional Library; and Dr. Cindy C. Welch, University of Tennessee.

ALSC announces Día Family Book Club Mini-grant Applications
Apply for a Día Family Book Club mini-grant!  Intended as an expansion of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), the Día Family Book Club program is a reading program that engages children and families in the shared reading and discussion of contemporary children’s literature that reflects our common plurality.

Up to 15 mini-grants will be awarded at $2,000 each to public libraries that demonstrate a need to better address diversity within their communities through Día Family Book Club programs. For more information, mini-grant guidelines and the application form, please visit http://dia.ala.org/dia-2014-mini-grants-available. The deadline to accept mini-grant applications is Nov. 30, 2013.

October 31, 2013 at 9:27 pm Leave a comment

June 15, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 12) – Opportunities for Engagement

Preservation Project Workshop Offered
Do you want to get a preservation grant to take care of your collections? Many institutions have used grant-funded projects to enhance the level of care they can provide for their collections, and sometimes even to jump start their preservation programs.

Creating and Funding Preservation Projects to Enhance Collection Care, co-sponsored by Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS) and the Oregon Historical Society, is a free, one-day workshop that takes place on August 1 at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. Lead by workshop instructor Barclay Ogden, Preservation Department Head at the University of California at Berkeley, the program will begin with information on identifying and setting priorities among collection needs. With a clear sense of needs, the second part of the workshop reviews sources of grant funding available to your institution. The third part of the workshop addresses the key preservation questions asked on grant applications – participants answer the questions on behalf of their institutions, building the elements of a proposal for their own collection. The workshop emphasizes working collaboratively with colleagues to develop and receive feedback on project proposals.

By the end of the workshop day, participants will have:

  • Outlined a preservation project proposal specific to their institution
  • Identified possible funding sources
  • Tested their ideas with other workshop participants

Who should attend: Administrators and staff responsible for care of the collection in all types of libraries, museums and archives, with an emphasis on small-to-medium sized institutions without preservation grant writing experience. By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop’s goals to develop and submit proposals for preservation projects to enhance collection care. When possible, TWO attendees from an institution should attend so they can work together on project development.

Cost: No charge to the institution. WESTPAS is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Registration: Pre-registration required. Register online at: WESTPAS Workshop.

For registration assistance contact: Alexandra Gingerich. For general & content information contact Kristen Kern.

Online Northwest Call for Proposals Now Open!
Online Northwest seeks proposals for 45-minute presentations, panel sessions, or hands-on workshops, as well as 5-minute lightning talks (panels and workshops are new presentation formats for Online Northwest – see details below).

Proposals on all topics relating to technology and libraries are considered, such as:

  • Information discovery
  • Mobile computing
  • eBooks
  • Shared ILS and consortial resources
  • Linked data and the Semantic Web
  • Cloud computing
  • Virtual research environments
  • User Experience Design
  • Technology competencies
  • MOOCs and open education
  • Digital publishing and institutional repositories

Other topics related to technology in libraries are welcome!
The 2014 conference will be held Friday, February 7, 2014 at CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Corvallis, Oregon (on the Oregon State University campus). 2014 Call for Proposals ends October 14th , 2013.
For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit the NEW Online Northwest website at www.onlinenorthwest.org.

June 15, 2013 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

May 1, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 9) – Opportunities for Engagement

OLA Quarterly President’s Issue Call for Articles
Make it, shape it, move it, take it…creativity happens in libraries. We see patrons and
employees alike jazzed up and busy working on “stuff.” Mash-ups, maker spaces, images and ideas, writing, posting, collecting evidence and crafting arguments; even our information literacy  outcomes are full of creativity. Look at the creative potential in these two IL outcomes: a) manipulate and manage information using appropriate tools and technologies and b) create, produce, and communicate understanding of a subject through synthesis of relevant information.

We create virtually real communities, really virtual communities, and dialogue about things like, well, real and virtual communities. Self-publishing happens (and gets donated!), and never mind the librarian DIY ethos (knit much?). Whether it’s digital or dancing, library people find stuff, use  stuff, and make stuff, including memories that add to a sense of library ownership.

For the next issue of the OLA Quarterly we invite articles about creative happenings and how the library honors the artistic artifacts and energy.

Please submit article proposals to: michele.burke@chemeketa.edu. For more info on article submission deadlines and guidelines visit: http://www.olaweb.org/ola-quarterly  or contact OLA Quarterly Editor, Sara Kelso.

Mentoring Program Announced
Hello! Are you looking to give back to your library community?  Would you like to help support an early-career librarian’s professional trajectory?  OLA is excited to provide librarians with at least five years of professional experience the opportunity to mentor new professionals.  Mentoring has been shown to be beneficial to the careers of both mentors and mentees.

This one year (or nine-month if preferred) pilot program will match you with an early-career librarian based on your skills and desire to help maintain a dynamic library profession.  You determine how you would like to communicate — by phone, email, video conference, or in person – on a schedule you determine.

Please visit the following links below to get more information, guidelines for mentoring, and to apply:  OLA Mentoring Program, Mentoring Guidelines, Mentor Application. For more information, contact us at Contact us at mentor@olaweb.org. Meredith Farkas, Portland State University Library; Shirley Sullivan, Beaverton City Library; Emily Papagni, Multnomah County Library
Membership Committee Facilitates Engagement
Did the annual conference pique your interest in getting actively involved with OLA?  Or have you wondered how to get started working with OLA library folk for a long time, but been unsure of how to do so?

The OLA Membership Committee maintains a web page that lists current openings for volunteers.  We’ve got something for everyone – short-term projects, long-term projects, jobs that don’t require travel, and jobs for library school interns.

Current OLA units looking for help include positions with the Children’s Services Division, Intellectual Freedom Committee, Support Staff Division, Northwest Central, and the Communications Committee. The full list of volunteer job openings is at
http://www.olaweb.org/page/volunteers.

We update the page as new volunteer jobs become available.  However, all OLA units always welcome new volunteers.  If you’re unsure of how to get involved, just contact the Chair of the OLA unit that interests you.  That Chair will be grateful for your help and will find a role for you!  Contact info for each group is at http://www.olaweb.org/ola-units.

And once you take the step to get involved you’ll be surprised and amazed by what happens next.  You’ll meet kind, supportive colleagues. You’ll build new skills.  You’ll feel the gratification that comes with making a contribution.  You’ll have fun.  You won’t look back. You’ll wonder, ‘why did I wait so long?’ Emily Papagni, Multnomah County Library

April 30, 2013 at 10:46 pm Leave a comment

March 15, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 6) – Opportunities for Engagement

Nominees Sought for Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee
The LSTA Advisory Council of the Oregon State Library is now accepting nominations for the following three vacancies on the Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee (SDLAC). Terms are for three years; they begin on July 1, 2013 and end on June 30, 2016.

  • Position #7 – Public Library Serving over 100,000
  • Position#8 – Academic Library from a Private Academic Institution
  • Position#9 – Resource Sharing Network

If you have questions about the institutions/systems eligible for each of the position, please contact Arlene Weible, 503-378-5020. Self-nominations are encouraged. If you are interested or know someone who may be, please read further and/or pass along this message.

Process and Timeline:

  • Nominations are being accepted online only at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SDLAC2013. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 12, 2013, 5:00 pm.
  • Once confirmed, the slate of nominees will be presented by the State Library staff to the LSTA Advisory Council at their May 9-10, 2013 meeting. Appointees will be notified by the State Library as soon as possible after the LSTA Advisory Council Meeting.

Expectations:

  • The LSTA Advisory Council seeks representatives with experience in database licensing and with the use and/or selection of databases.
  • Involvement in SDLAC will include representing your constituent group by attending meetings, participating on a listserv, participating in the database vendor selection process, and providing feedback on the success of the statewide database licensing program. For more information about the program, consult the Statewide Database Licensing Program web site.
  • The Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee is required to meet at least once a year. Currently the committee meets more frequently, since it is in the process of working on a new 5 year contract. Attendance can be in person in Salem or via teleconference. Reimbursements cannot be made for travel or substitute staff.

Any other questions?  Please feel free to contact me. – Arlene Weible, Oregon State Library, 503-378-5020 or arlene.weible@state.or.us

Free Webinar Focuses on Outreach to Homeless
The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) and the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) will host a webinar expanding on the tips and tools in “Extending our Reach: Reducing Homelessness Through Library Engagement,” the latest outreach toolkit from OLOS and SRRT. This webinar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Central time on Thursday, March 21 and is free and open to all who are interested in transforming libraries by building meaningful library experiences for all, especially poor and homeless patrons.

This free webinar will feature Lisa Gieskes, coordinator of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty Task Force, and Julie Winkelstein, Ph.D., University of Tennessee – Knoxville, who will explore resources, best practices and model programs geared towards creating positive library experiences for those experiencing poverty and homelessness.

Information on accessing the webinar can be found on OLOS’ Online Learning page, http://www.ala.org/onlinelearning/unit/olos.

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March 1, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 5) – Opportunities for Engagement

Collections Care, Disaster Preparedness Trainings Offered
Oregon Heritage will conduct 28 days of training related to collections care and disaster preparedness in all regions of the state this year.

“Hundreds of Oregonians and dozens of libraries, archives and museums, passionate about their state, will benefit from this free training, which is supported by a Connecting to Collections grant from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services,” said project director Kyle Jansson. The Oregon Library Association is a partner in the project.

The first 14 days of training will take place from April 14-May 17 in Astoria, Bend, Coos Bay, Medford, Pendleton, Philomath and Portland. Each community will have two days of training. The first will be about collections care and management. The second will beabout disaster preparedness. People may sign up for one or both days of training.

The collections care workshop will cover the topics of collection policy, preservationplanning, collections assessments, environmental controls, collections problem solving, and solving conundrums through networking.

The emergency preparedness workshop includes connecting with emergency responders, disaster planning, identifying threats and resources, collections
prioritization, and involving the public in disaster preparedness,

The workshops will include lectures, hands-on activities, discussions, guest presentations, and small-group work. They are designed for archives, libraries and museums and will be relevant to people with little collections experience as well thosewith more significant experience.

A second round of workshops in the fall will develop the training topics further.

For the schedule of spring trainings, visit the Connecting to Collections website.

The Excitement is Brewing for the Library 2.013 Conference
The dates are set for the Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference. The third annual global conversation about the future of libraries is scheduled for October 18-19, 2013. The conference will once again be held entirely online around the clock in multiple languages and time zones. Everyone is invited to participate in this FREE forum designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among informationprofessionals worldwide.

This year, there will be eight conference strands covering a wide variety of timely topics such as, MOOCs, e-books, maker spaces, mobile services, embedded librarians, greenlibraries, and more! Doctoral students will also have their own strand for presenting their research. Plus, there will be a new strand dedicated to virtual library tours.

In addition, building upon the Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference opening keynote presentation by Dr. Sandra Hirsh, professor and director at the San Jose StateUniversity School of Library and Information Science, there’ll be a strand dedicated to the evolving roles and opportunities for information professionals.

You can view all the conference strands in detail on the Library 2.013 website. Pinterest fans are also encouraged to follow the Library 2.013 Pinterest board.

The for presentation proposals goes out in early April. The Conference begins: October 18, 2013

To ensure you don’t miss a beat, register as a member of the Library 2.0 network, and you’ll be kept informed about conference news and updates. (You do not have to join the Library 2.0 network to participate in the conference.)

As a reminder, recordings of the Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference presentations are still available for viewing at your convenience. You can access the presentation recordings at: http://www.library20.com/page/library-2-012-sessionrecording-links-and-information

The San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science is a founding partner of the annual Library 2.0 global conference series. The nationally ranked school offers two fully online master’s degrees, a fully online certificate program, and a doctoral program: Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA), Post-Master’s Certificate in Library and Information Science, and the San Jose Gateway PhD Program. Learn more about the school’s programs and lifelong learning opportunities at: http://slisweb.sjsu.edu

Women of Library History
Is there a woman in librarianship who was near and dear to you and your library’s heart? Who has made history at your library? Perhaps a group of women who helped shape you or your community’s interaction with libraries? Maybe even someone whose portrait you pass every day?

In celebration of Women’s History Month this March 2013, the Feminist Task Force would like to invite submissions to highlight valued women in libraries. This is the perfect time of year to remember the contributions of these important women in librarianship—perhaps the founder or other woman (or group of women) who was significantly involved with your local library.

The FTF will host a blog at womenoflibraryhistory.tumblr.com with daily postings of historic women of librarianship throughout the month of March.

Why? Highlight the legacy that you still see alive today and share a piece of your library’s history with your patrons and library lovers everywhere in celebration of Women’s History Month. The write-up will be perfect for your library.s own blog. Its inclusion with the submissions of other libraries to this project will illustrate the breadth of contributions women have made to their communities through libraries.

To submit:
Email an image and brief write-up about a historic* woman or group of women of librarianship to womenoflibraryhistory@gmail.com. If you are including this as a post on your own library’s blog, be sure to include the link to your blog so we may include that in our posting to connect viewers to your library. If there is a book or other websites related to your submission, please pass that information along as well. Submissions will be accepted immediately and throughout the end of March.
*While we fully appreciate that there are women who have recently done and/or are currently doing amazing things for libraries, only submissions regarding historic women of libraries will be included at womenoflibraryhistory.tumblr.com. However, if there is interest we would be more than happy to also collect submissions for a companion(sister!) site to highlight and celebrate women MAKING history in libraries! Please let us know if you have any questions or input regarding this.

The Feminist Task Force is proud to bring voice and efforts to the intersection of feminist perspectives with issues related to libraries, librarianship, information services, and ALA. To find out more and get involved, please visit us on any of our websites and virtual spaces:

• Discussion list: http://libr.org/ftf/ftflist.html
• Wiki: http://ftfinfo.wikispaces.com
• ALA Connect: http://connect.ala.org/node/65369
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/121097054767

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February 15, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 4) – Opportunities for Engagement

Oregon Heritage MentorCorp Seeks Leaders
The Oregon Heritage MentorCorps is a statewide cooperative effort focused on the collections of library, museum, and archival organizations. Funded in part by a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, members of the Northwest Archivists, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Library Association, Oregon State Library, Oregon State Archives, Támastslikt Cultural Institute, and Oregon Heritage created the heritage MentorCorps.

Heritage Mentors are being sought to provide information and training in collections care and emergency preparedness for libraries, museums and archives in their region.
A Heritage Mentor brochure, job description, and program application can all be found on the program’s website.   Please note:  the application deadline has been extended! Oregon Heritage has a strong pool of applicants, but still looking for applicants located especially in central and eastern Oregon.

As part of the Connecting to Collections grant, free two-day regional training workshops for anyone interested in collections care and management and emergency preparedness are being held throughout the state both Spring and Fall 2013. The first day of of each two-day event will be for collections care and management, while the second will be about emergency preparedness. All OLA members are encouraged to attend either one or both days.

Final scheduling and registration will be announced Feb 15 on the Oregon Heritage Commission website.

Questions?  Please contact Kyle Jannson, Coordinator, Oregon Heritage Commission,
503.986.0673 or kyle.jansson@state.or.us

NWILL Call for Proposals
Mark your calendars! The 12th annual Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference will take place September 11-13, 2013, in Portland, Oregon at Portland Community College – Sylvania Campus! Look for registration opening early in May.

Xavier Helgesen, co-founder of Better World Books, will be this year’s keynote speaker.

The NWILL Conference Program Committee invites proposals for sessions of interest to interlibrary loan and resource sharing practitioners.

The following topics are of interest to the Program Committee, but we welcome proposals on other topics as well:

  • Managing your ILL statistics
  • Sustainable ILL, greening practices
  • Coping with fewer resources
  • ILL for public libraries
  • Succession planning
  • Libraries without books, what does it mean for ILL?
  • Keeping track of licensing of e-content for ILL
  • Training staff and students

Check our Program page for more information and to submit a proposal. Deadline: March 4th, 2013.

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January 15, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 2) – Opportunities for Engagement

Wanted: Conversation Project Leaders
Danielle Allen, former Dean of Humanities at the University of Chicago and author of Talking to Strangers, suggests: “Engage a stranger in conversation across a racial, ethnic, or class divide and one gets not only an extra pair of eyes but also an ability to see and understand parts of the world that are to oneself invisible.” The Conversation Project from Oregon Humanities is all about talking to strangers. And right now, recruitment efforts are open for Oregon leaders who want to facilitate public discussions as part of this statewide program, funded in part by the Oregon Cultural Trust.

The Conversation Project offers Oregon nonprofits free, educational public discussion programs about important topics that affect our daily lives. The goal for the program is that diverse communities statewide—neighbors and strangers alike—have the opportunity to engage in humanities-based, public conversations that are timely and relevant.

Through March 8, 2013, Oregon Humanities is seeking humanities scholars, artists, community leaders, innovators, provocateurs, and other engaged thinkers to be conversation leaders for our 2013–15 season. Great Conversation Project leaders are smart, passionate about ideas, able to listen to others, and curious—individuals who understand the role of the humanities in the public sphere, but who are also teachers at heart, regardless of their day job.

Since 2009, this public engagement opportunity has offered Oregon scholars the chance to travel the state and share their passion for ideas with Oregonians from all walks of life— enhancing civic discourse and broadening their own perspectives in the process. A current conversation leader from Portland State University recently told Oregon Humanities, “Thanks for setting up all these amazing opportunities. I was just thinking the other day how incredibly different my life would be if I hadn’t decided to take the chance and apply.”

For more information, including the full Request for Proposals and online application, visit oregonhumanities.org.

Call for Proposals: Oregon Virtual Reference Summit 2013
The Oregon Virtual Reference Summit Planning Committee invites you to submit proposals for programs at the 2013 Oregon Virtual Reference Summit which will take place on May 3, 2013 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon. 

The Summit is Oregon’s annual conference dedicated to reference, service, and technology.  Sponsored by L-net/Answerland, the Summit is a one-day conference which strives for a fun, friendly, inclusive environment with reference-focused content appropriate for all skill levels, library types, and experiences.  Presenters and attendees do not need to staff L-net/Answerland; all are welcome.

Examples of past programs can be found at http://www.oregonlibraries.net/summit.
Proposals may be submitted via a web form located at http://www.answerland.org/summit/2013/program-proposal.  Programs need to be 60 minutes in length.  Presentation formats which include a participatory element are encouraged.

Proposals will be accepted until January 28, 2013.  Notification of acceptance will be made by February 22, 2013.  Presenters will receive free registration and travel reimbursement up to $200 for individuals traveling more than 55 miles. -Courtney Terry,
OVRS Planning Committee

InfoCamp Registration Open
Registration is open for InfoCamp PDX, a one-day unconference for the information community. InfoCamp is for librarians, user experience designers, information architects, web developers and others who are excited about utilizing technology to connect people with information. The event will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the UO White Stag building, in downtown Portland.

This year we’re very excited to announce Amber Case as the InfoCamp PDX 2013 Keynote speaker. Amber Case is a researcher exploring the field of cyborg anthropology and the interaction between humans and technology. She is the founder of Geoloqi (geo-low-key), Inc., a company bringing the future of location to the world. She’s spoken at TED and around the world, and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, WIRED and more. Geoloqi was acquired by global mapping company Esri in Oct 2012.

Visit the website to learn more and to register: http://portland.infocamp.org

You can also find InfoCamp PDX on Facebook and on Twitter (@infocampPDX/#InfoCampPDX). -Allie Flanary, Faculty Librarian, Portland Community College Library

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