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April 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 8) Association News

2014 OLA Conference -This Week!

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Online registration has ended for the 2014 OLA Conference which will be held at the Salem Convention Center.  You can still register onsite with a credit card or by check.

Register rates are available online.  It is also possible to register for meals only.   Preconference and program information can be found on OLA’s conference web pages.

Find driving directions, parking map and more on our Hotel Information & Maps page.

Key Dates:

  • Pre-conferences: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
  • Conference: Thursday-Friday, April 17-18, 2014

We’re looking forward to seeing you there! -Suzanne L. Sager, Portland State University

Ten Conference Tips

The following tips will help you to have the best conference experience possible:

1. Parking: The Salem Convention Center & Grand Hotel has complimentary underground parking, and the Pringle Parkade has complimentary parking for the Salem Convention Center on the roof top. Refer to this map for other public parking options.You may also consider carpooling. Libs-Or and SSD are both good places to look for someone to carpool with.

2. Dress in layers: It is important to be comfortable so be prepared for meeting rooms that may be either too hot or too cold.

3. Wear comfortable shoes! This almost goes without saying, but the conference center is on two levels and the lobby floors are not carpeted.

4. Please remember to bring a tote bag, briefcase, or bookbag in which you can carry your conference program and any other materials you may pick up from the vendors.

5. Visit the vendor booths and thank the exhibitors for coming to the conference. Give special thanks to all of our sponsors (a list is in the printed program).

6. Twitter.  Let your colleagues know what’s happening at the conference with the OLA Twitter feed. The conference account is @OLAinsideout and the hashtag is #ORLib14.

7. Coffee and pastries will be available for purchase at the east end of the Gallery between 7:00 and 9:00 am.

8. Be sure to fill out the evaluation letting us know what you think of the conference. This information is very useful in planning future conferences.

9. OLA President’s Banquet.  If you haven’t purchased a ticket to the President’s Banquet, but would like to hear Josh Hanagarne “The World’s Strongest Librarian”, speaker only tickets will be available at the door for $15. His talk will begin at approximately 7:30 pm. Please have exact change or a check made out to OLA.

10. Consider becoming more involved with OLA by volunteering to be on a committee. Attend “The Inside Out Organization” that is scheduled on Thursday, April 17 at 4:00 – 5:30 pm.  You can also attend one of the committee meetings that are scheduled on Thursday, April 17 at 5:30 – 6:00 pm to learn more.  The meeting locations are available in the program. For more information on the committees, visit the website.”

And above all, have fun!  Ask questions of the volunteers who will be roaming the hallways or of the volunteers at the registration desk.

Win a One-Year OLA Membership!

The OLA Membership Committee wants you to have some extra fun at this year’s OLA conference! At the registration table you can pick up an OLA People Bingo card, then chat and mingle with your colleagues. Once you complete at least one bingo (we’re counting only horizontal, vertical, and/or diagonal bingo lines), return your card to the registration table. We’ll do a drawing at 4pm Friday afternoon to give away one personal, one-year OLA membership as well as 4 gift cards to Powell’s Books (good at both brick and mortar and online stores). This is just for fun–we hope you enjoy learning something new about your fellow attendees! –Emily Papagni

Oregon Library Association Raffle

Win a two-night stay at the Sylvia Beach Hotel! If that isn’t enough of a reason to go online RIGHT NOW and purchase your tickets for the annual Oregon Library Association Raffle to benefit the Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN), consider these other fabulous prizes! A $25 gift certificate to McMenamins, an eclectic South Coast Basket, a $25 gift

certificate to the HUB (Hopworks Urban Brewery), a CD and DVD package from Portland Taiko, a gift card for a 12, hanging basket from Al’s Garden Center, admission to the Oregon Zoo, a beautiful matted art photograph Elvire Sanchez Kisser, MFA, and so much more!

See the complete list and make your purchase online now!

Online sales will continue until 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 15. Any tickets still available at that time will be available for purchase from an enthusiastic OYAN member the annual OLA Conference in Salem. There’s a 700 ticket limit, so it is wise to act quickly!

The actual drawing will take place on April 18 just before lunch at the conference. You need NOT be present to win, so buy whether you are attending the conference or not. We?ll get the items to the winners. -Sonja Somerville

ACRL-OR Reception at OLA Conference

Will you be at the OLA 2014 Conference in Salem next month? If so, come hang out with us!

ACRL-OR invites you to a reception on Wednesday, April 16 from 5:00 p.m.– 7:00 p.m. at Bentley’s Grill (Bentley’s is conveniently located next to the Salem Convention Center).  Light appetizers are provided, and a cash bar will be available. All conference attendees are welcome!

We look forward to seeing you on April 16th! Please direct questions to Isaac Gilmanor Hannah Rempel.

Pre-Conference Offering

Hello fellow OLA members! Have you asked yourself this question about patrons you’ve encountered? Or, do you have employees coming to you asking you how to handle “difficult patrons”? If so, then this pre-conference is for you! Mental health and substance use disorder specialists Kathy Prenevost and Mark Schorr will help demystify the patron behaviors that we struggle to understand and deal with. This promises to be a high energy, interactive presentation that will provide you with practical tools for your library tool belt.

For more information about this pre-conference click here. Thanks and see you at the conference! -Stephanie

Stephanie Lind | Program Supervisor for Outreach & Youth Services

Washington County, Oregon | Washington County Cooperative Library Services

 

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April 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 8) Happenings

Emporia Alumi Reception at the OLA Conference

Alumni, students, and friends of Emporia State University?s School of Library & Information Management are invited to a reception during the OLA Conference. The reception will be held on Thursday, April 17th, from 5:30 ? 7:00 pm at the Phoenix Grand Hotel/Salem Conference Center.  The event will be held in “The Boardroom”, which is just off the reception desk in the hotel and right by the entrance into the conference center. Questions? Contact Perri Parise – pparise@emporia.edu or 503-223-8280.

Oregon Reads 2014 News

Picture4The Oregon Library Association Oregon Reads 2014 Steering Committee, in partnership with the Oregon State Library, is pleased to donate sets of seventeen copies of William Stafford’s The Osage Orange Tree to eight Oregon school libraries. The short story was recently published as a hardback book with illustrations by Portland artist Dennis Cunningham and is one of six featured titles in Oregon Reads 2014. Applicants planned collaborations with teachers that will support a variety of outstanding lessons and activities. Congratulations to the following recipients:

 

Library Staff School District City
Nancy Sullivan Madison High School Portland Public Schools Portland
Jim Tindall The Dalles High School North Wasco County School District The Dalles
Peggy Christensen Marshfield High School Coos Bay School District Coos Bay
Erin McCaslin Kooyman Ashbrook Independent School n/a Corvallis
Leslie Hatcher Brown Middle School Hillsboro School District Hillsboro
Holly Gardner Wilsonville High School West Linn-Wilsonville School District Wilsonville
Arla Melzer Sherman County Jr.-Sr. High School Sherman County School District Moro
Ayn Frazee Rosemont Ridge Middle School West Linn-Wilsonville School District West Linn

More about Oregon Reads 2014:

Oregon Reads 2014 is a yearlong reading engagement program commemorating the centennial of Oregon’s most celebrated poet, William Stafford. Six books by or about Stafford are featured, including a recently-published picture book based on a Big Foot poem, for elementary level, and a short story about young love, for middle school and up. Many libraries have events planned, and students and staff in your library and school are encouraged to participate. Check out these resources for ideas.

More about The Osage Orange Tree:

Picture2William Stafford won the general public poetry and prose divisions of a literary contest celebrating Oregon’s centennial in 1959. The prose entry was the short story, “The Osage Orange Tree.” For the centennial celebration of Stafford’s birth, the story was published as a hardback book with linocut illustrations by Portland artist Dennis Cunningham. This is from the description on Amazon:

“…is about young love complicated by misunderstanding and the insecurity of adolescence, set against the backdrop of poverty brought on by the Great Depression. The narrator recalls a girl he once knew. He and Evangeline, both shy, never find the courage to speak to each other in high school. Every evening, however, Evangeline meets him at the Osage orange tree on the edge of her property. He delivers a newspaper to her, and they talk—and as the year progresses a secret friendship blossoms…”

Liberty Through Literacy

Future librarians are hard at work!

The Oregon Student Chapter of the American Library Association recently learned about a need for books at the Marion County Correctional Facility and the Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility. Since then they have been hard at work organizing an effort to supplement those collections. These young professionals are making a difference in our communities. Let’s give them a hand! Learn more about their efforts or get in touch with them on their website.

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April 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 8) Opportunities For Enrichment.

Local REFORMA Chapter Support

Join us on Thursday April 17, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., during the OLA conference. We will get together at lunch time to discuss the creation of a new chapter of REFORMA in Oregon.

Look for a sign with the word REFORMA in the lobby of the Salem convention center (near the registration table) where we can get together and walk to a nearby restaurant. If any of you knows of a place to have something to eat and talk, just let us know. Have a great week. Nos vemos, -Martin Blasco

Register now for ILAGO Summit

Registration is now open for the Information Literacy Summit. Please join the Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon (ILAGO) on May 10 at Linn Benton Community College for a stimulating day of Information Literacy discussion!

Register and find more details on the ILAGO website. -Cancice Watkins, Clatsop Community College

InfoCamp PDX

Don’t forget to register for InfoCamp PDX 2014! You can go here to put down $65 for 2 days of info-fun! Learn more by visiting the website.

InfoCamp PDX 2014 is:

Saturday, May 3 from 1 – 7:30 pm

Sunday, May 4 from 8 am – 5 pm

at Portland’s Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave. Saturday will focus on collaborative information problem solving for local organizations and wrap with InfoParty—a seriously geeky party. Sunday will follow a typical InfoCamp format with a keynote speaker, pitches for participant-led sessions and a plenary activity/prize giveaway. See you there!

Register now for the Oregon Virtual Reference Summit!

The 2014 Oregon Virtual Reference Summit will be held Friday May 16th, 8am-5pm in Bend at the Seventh Mountain Resort.

The Summit is Oregon’s annual conference dedicated to reference, service, and technology. It is a one-day conference that strives for a fun, friendly, inclusive environment with reference-focused content appropriate for all skill levels, library types, and experiences. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet virtual reference staff from around the state face-to-face and exchange ideas. Presenters and attendees do not need to staff Answerland; all are welcome. Register here!

- Morgan Sohl, 2014 OVRS Planning Committee

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April 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 8) People.

New Member Profile: Angelica Novoa De Cordeiro

My name is Angelica Novoa De Cordeiro. I started working at Canby Public Library as Bilingual Library Assistant in 2010. I live in Canby with my husband and my pet Lucky, a parakeet that adds some noise to our quiet house.

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My background does not have much to do with libraries but a lot with helping people. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and attended  a Master program in Psychotherapy in Mexico. While attending undergraduate school I worked in a preschool daycare center as a teacher’s aide. I worked as a psychotherapist for several years and also worked as a junior high and high school teacher in a private school. Before I moved to the US, I did ten months of volunteer work in a nonprofit organization in Tijuana, Mexico, where most of the population are immigrants from Mexico and many other countries from central and South America. I arrived in California where I worked as a babysitter for a multicultural family. (The father was a Japanese second generation immigrant and the mother emigrated from Ethiopia.  In 2008 I moved to Oregon and worked as a Spanish teacher at a multicultural private school.

I have several hobbies. In the summer, I enjoy the outdoors.  I walk to work, go kayaking, fishing, camping, and enjoy all the other fun things that you can do in Oregon. During the winter, I spend my time inside building puzzles and reading. I like to read nonfiction, but I also enjoy fiction. One of my favorite fiction authors is Kate Morton. I enjoy reading in Spanish and English but I find that I do not enjoy reading translations as much. I like living in Oregon; nevertheless, I still miss the warm weather and the city of Guadalajara.

Working in the library has given me the opportunity to meet and learn from lots of amazing librarians. As part of my work I have had the incredible opportunity of attending Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL /Feria Internacional del Libro). I found that Guadalajara FIL is a great place to do networking with public and academic librarians from different places in the US who are working on Spanish collections and doing outreach to the Spanish community. In addition to FIL Guadalajara I have learned much from networking with OLA and with national and NW REFORMA participants. I would love to see an Oregon REFORMA Chapter. I encourage all of you who work with the Spanish population to make it happen.  It would be wonderful to have an active REFORMA group from which we can learn and have support and also have retreats close to home (Oregon).

The years that I have worked in the community where I live have been delightful. I find it comforting and homey. Seeing the people that I serve at places like the store, the park, the pharmacy, places aside from the library or my outreach events; makes me feel a part of the community. I have become friends with people from all kinds of backgrounds. It makes me want to do my best for all of them. I love to work for my community.

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April 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 7) Association News.

The 2014 OLA Conference Is Fast Approaching! 

Registration continues for the 2014 OLA Conference which will be held at the Salem Convention Center.  You can register online with a credit card or by check.  Once you have completed your registration form and have chosen a payment option, you will receive a confirmation page.  If paying by check, please include a copy of the confirmation page with your check and mail it to the address noted on the page.

Early bird registration ends tomorrow!  It is also possible to register for meals only. Preconference and program information can be found on OLA’s conference web pages.

Reservations can also be made at the Phoenix Grand Hotel either online or by calling 1-877-540-7800.  Rates are $119 for a room with a king size bed or $129 for a room with two queen size beds (plus 10% tax and fees).  Be sure to supply the attendee code of OLA2014.

Key Dates:

Pre-conferences: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Conference: Thursday-Friday, April 17-18, 2014

Early registration ends Sunday, March 16, 2014

Online registration ends Friday, April 4, 2014

Onsite registration will be available, checks & credit card payments only (no cash). We’re looking forward to seeing you there! -Suzanne L. Sager, Portland State University

ACRL-OR Reception at OLA Conference

Will you be at the OLA 2014 Conference in Salem next month?  If so, come hang out with us!

ACRL-OR invites you to a reception on Wednesday, April 16 from 5:00 p.m.– 7:00 p.m. at Bentley’s Grill (Bentley’s is conveniently located next to the Salem Convention Center).  Light appetizers are provided, and a cash bar will be available. All conference attendees are welcome!

We look forward to seeing you on April 16th! Please direct questions to Isaac Gilman or Hannah Rempel.

Pre-Conference Offering

Hello fellow OLA members! Have you asked yourself this question about patrons you’ve encountered? Or, do you have employees coming to you asking you how to handle “difficult patrons”? If so, then this pre-conference is for you! Mental health and substance use disorder specialists Kathy Prenevost and Mark Schorr will help demystify the patron behaviors that we struggle to understand and deal with. This promises to be a high energy, interactive presentation that will provide you with practical tools for your library tool belt.

For more information about this preconference click here

Thanks and see you at the conference! -Stephanie
Stephanie Lind | Program Supervisor for Outreach & Youth Services
Washington County, Oregon | Washington County Cooperative Library Services

Conference Sessions Sneak Peeks

Here are a couple of samples. Take a look at the complete conference program schedule too!

Plaintiffs, Pills, and Passports: How to Reply to Legal, Medical, and Government Services Questions

Description: As libraries increasingly embrace expanding roles in their communities, they are asked for help with many types of information needs, including those that may require more expertise than a library professional can offer. While there are lines that library staff cannot cross, particularly in the areas of law and medicine, it is important to consider what can be done to assist library patrons that have extra needs. Librarians with expertise in the fields of law, health, and government information will present common reference scenarios. Attendees will learn strategies and tips for working with difficult reference situations to produce positive outcomes.

Presenters: Arlene Weible, Oregon State Library; Judith Hayes, Tuality Healthcare Libraries; Sue Ludington, Washington County Law Library; Neil Miller, Lane County Law Library

Sponsors: DIGOR, LRRT, RRT

A Digital Collections Plan for Oregon

Description: In 2013 the State Library commissioned an analytical report on the coordination

and collaboration of digital collections and projects across the state. This session will provide an overview of that report and share current planning activities. Come join us for this information session.

Presenters: Danielle Plummer, Consultant; Mary Kay Dahlgren, State Librarian; John Russell, Scholarly Communications Librarian. Sponsor: TSRT

The S.A.V.V.I.E.S.: A New Tradition from H.A.S.

The first of the SAVVIES submissions are in! I’m eagerly anticipating all you other libraries out there who will be bragging about what you’ve been doing this year. Let’s see-I know Shute Park owes me a photo and a blurb. Who else improved facilities? Had a fantastic program (Deschutes-was that 1500 people for Cheryl Strayed?)? Need to brag about some amazing staff (Libraries with Emerging Leaders?)? Figured out how to provide more with less? Done something nifty with a grant? I know you’re out there-please be thinking about how you can shine a light on something you’re up to. The rest of us will learn from this and…bragging is good!
Shared Achievements Victories Ventures Innovations Endowments &Successes

Here’s how easy it will be: send us your nomination of a local success (i.e. a children’s area expansion, an award from a civic organization, a building project) along with a photo and a little bit of information. We’ll combine these successes into a presentation and share with OLA members at the annual conference (i.e. power point at awards luncheon) and post on the web site afterwards.

Go ahead-nominate yourself! Nominate a friend who is shy! Go around your director and nominate your library! We want to hear about noteworthiness of all sorts! Send all nominations with a photo and some information to mcole@orcity.org (please use subject line: SAVVIES). Deadline is April 7, 2014. Questions? Same email will get you answers! Flood us with your success stories-we know you have them! -Maureen Cole, Oregon City Public Library

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April 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 7) Happenings.

Oregon Book Award Winners

Literary Arts congratulates the winners of the 2014 Oregon Book Awards!

  • ELOISE JARVIS MCGRAW AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
    Graham Salisbury of Lake Oswego: Calvin Coconut: Extra Famous (Wendy Lamb Books)
  • LESLIE BRADSHAW AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE
    Kari Luna of Portland: The Theory of Everything (Philomel Books)
  • FRANCES FULLER VICTOR AWARD FOR GENERAL NONFICTION
    Paul Collins of Portland: Duel with the Devil (Crown Publishers)
  • SARAH WINNEMUCCA AWARD FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION
    Jay Ponteri of Portland: Wedlocked (Hawthorne Books)
  • PACIFIC NORTHWEST COLLEGE OF ART GRAPHIC LITERATURE AWARD
    Barry Deutsch of Portland: Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite (Amulet Books)
  • STAFFORD/HALL AWARD FOR POETRY
    Mary Szybist of Portland: Incarnadine (Graywolf)
  • KEN KESEY AWARD FOR FICTION
    Ursula K. Le Guin of Portland: The Unreal and The Real: Collected Stories: Vol 1 & 2 (Small Beer Press)
  • READERS CHOICE AWARD
    Amanda Coplin of Portland: The Orchardist (Harper Perennial)
  • STEWART H. HOLBROOK LITERARY LEGACY AWARD
    Vince and Patty Wixon of Ashland
  • C.E.S. WOOD DISTINGUISHED WRITER AWARD
    Vern Rutsala of Portland

WALT MOREY YOUNG READERS LITERARY LEGACY AWARD
Ellen Fader of Portland

Oregonians are passionate about books. And ideas, and great writing. Literary Arts shares this passion. Our mission is to engage readers, support writers and inspire the next generation with great literature. The programs of Literary Arts include: Writers in the Schools, Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships, Portland Arts & Lectures and Delve: Readers’ Seminars. For more information about the programs of Literary Arts please contact us at 503.227.2583 or visit literary-arts.org

Emporia Alumni Reception at the OLA Conference

Alumni, students, and friends of Emporia State University’s School of Library & Information Management are invited to a reception during the OLA Conference. The reception will be held on Thursday, April 17th, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Phoenix Grand Hotel/Salem Conference Center.  The event will be held in “The Boardroom”, which is just off the reception desk in the hotel and right by the entrance into the conference center.

Questions? Contact Perri Parise – pparise@emporia.edu or 503-223-8280.

Get Kids to Vote for the BCCCA

From March 15th – April 10th, 2014  Elementary aged children can vote for their favorite Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Awards (BCCCA) book!

Encourage your elementary aged students to vote for their favorite BCCCA book from March 15th – April 10th. Any elementary aged children who have read OR listened to TWO or more of this year’s(2013-2014) BCCCA titles are allowed to vote through their favorite school or public library.

For the list of this year’s 2013-2014 BCCCA nominations please click here.  Keep in mind that a couple of the BCCCA nominations are also cross-over titles on the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) Elementary list.

Please collect the votes at your school or library site. There are paper ballots that you can download from our website  or you can create your ownballots. Once you have the votes for your building all tallied, remember to submit all votes for all titles, and submit them using the electronic online ballot.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact the BCCCA Chair, Libby Hamler-Dupras  elfgirl@Q.com. Thank you for promoting reading with the Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Awards.   On April 12th, Beverly Cleary’s birthday, we will announce the 2014 BCCCA winner, plus announce the nominations for the 2014-2015 BCCCA!
OBOB Needs Your Help

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Volunteers are needed for the 2014 Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) State Tournament on Saturday, April 12, 2014! The OBOB State Tournament will be held on the Chemeketa Community College’s Salem campus located at 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem, OR  97305.

Elementary, Middle School and High School teams of students are traveling from throughout our state to attend this annual event.  These teams have already won at their local school level AND at their Regional Tournament. For more information on the state’s biggest reading club for students, go to our website.

Please let us know if you’d like to volunteer by sending an email to obobstatevol@gmail.com and we’ll send you more pertinent information.  Volunteer check in will be at 8:00 AM and there will be a mandatory training for all volunteers on April 12th @ 8:30 AM so you’ll learn how to be a scorekeeper or a timer.

2014 OBOB STATE TOURNAMENT
Grade Level: Divisions 1, 2, and 3
Battle Date: Saturday,  April 12, 2014
Location: Chemeketa Community College 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem, OR  97305
Start Time:   8:00 AM Adult Volunteers sign-in
8:30 AM  Mandatory training for all volunteers

Libby Hamler-Dupras and De Ann Orand

Co-Managers 2014 OBOB State Tournament

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April 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 7) Opportunities for Enrichment.

Get Involved and Reap the Benefits

The editor of the OLA Quarterly, Sara Kelso, wrote an article about the value of participating in professional library associations. Hack Library School published it at: http://hacklibschool.wordpress.com.

Sara makes her points eloquently. It’s well worth a read for anyone who would like a little inspiration. – Emily Papagni

Local REFORMA Chapter Support

Hi Everyone:

Some librarians who work with the Latino and Spanish speaking community in Oregon have showed interest in creating a new REFORMA chapter in our state. We will meet in the main lobby of the Salem Convention Center (where the OLA conference will take place) on Thursday 17 or Friday 18 (it depends on the date chosen by the majority of those interested -check the link for the Doodle poll) and have an informal meeting during lunch time. For those of you that are not familiar with REFORMA, you can visit their link here.
Please, select the date that you can make it in this survey.

Martin Blasco
Outreach Librarian for Latino and Multicultural Services
Washington County Cooperative Library Services
OSU Libraries’ Faculty Association Workshop Offering

OSU libraries’ faculty association is pleased to invite you to the April Library Faculty Association Seminar Series. Hannah Rempel, Instruction and Science Librarian, and Margaret Mellinger, Instruction and Emerging Technologies Librarian, both at OSU Libraries, will present “Bibliographic Management Tools Adoption and Use.”

Summary: Some of the most popular workshops offered in the Graduate Student & Faculty Workshop Series at OSU Libraries are sessions on bibliographic management software (EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley). While those of us who teach these workshops are familiar with the software itself and often help users troubleshoot issues, we don’t normally get to see how users incorporate the tool into their regular research routines or how using the software affects their research processes. We also miss out on an even more basic question – how do users choose a particular tool and what makes them stick with it? To find out more about how users incorporate these research productivity tools into their workflows, we used interviews, journal prompts, and user-recorded screen capture videos. We will discuss the results of this study, a research methodology that can be used to gain a window into researchers’ workflows, and a model for understanding how users adopt productivity technologies.

Date: Friday, April 11, 2014

Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Place: Valley Library 3622, Willamette Seminar Rooms, Oregon State University, Corvallis campus. (http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/visit)

For further information contact Sue Kunda at sue.kunda@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-7262.

Register now for ILAGO Summit

Registration is now open for the Information Literacy Summit. Please join the Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon (ILAGO) on May 10 at Linn Benton Community College for a stimulating day of Information Literacy discussion!

Register and find more details on the ILAGO website. -Cancice Watkins, Clatsop Community College

Register now for the Oregon Virtual Reference Summit!The 2014 Oregon Virtual Reference Summit will be held Friday May 16th, 8am-5pm in Bend at the Seventh Mountain Resort.

The Summit is Oregon’s annual conference dedicated to reference, service, and technology. It is a one-day conference that strives for a fun, friendly, inclusive environment with reference-focused content appropriate for all skill levels, library types, and experiences. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet virtual reference staff from around the state face-to-face and exchange ideas. Presenters and attendees do not need to staff Answerland; all are welcome.  Register here! -Morgan Sohl, 2014 OVRS Planning Committee

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April 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 7) People.

We Remember Gretchen Krista Leslie

Gretchen Krista Leslie passed away last Thursday, March 20, 2014, from ALS, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gretchen was born in Walla Walla, Washington, March 25, 1951, to her parents Emily Ellen and Lynn R. Leslie. She is survived by her husband Tom Headley, son Thomas Headley III and his wife Candy McLay.

Gretchen spent most of her career in the high tech industry, working as a research librarian and information analyst for Battelle Memorial Institute, Mentor Graphics, Intel, Lattice Semiconductor, and IEEE Inc.

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Gretchen joined ORSLA in 1995 and was an active participant from the beginning. By 1996 she was serving as chair of the Consulting Committee, and she was elected president-elect for the 1997-1998 year, serving as ORSLA President in 1998-1999. She was a dedicated ORSLA member, and was awarded the chapter’s Kathy Greey Memorial Award in 2002. She continued to volunteer and served as the as Public Relations chairperson in 2008 and assisting us in reviewing our governing documents more recently.

Gretchen was active in the industry associations, participating in IEEE, Inc. and ACM’s Library Advisory Groups. She was active in the Oregon library community, serving a three year term on the Oregon State Library’s Library Services and Technology Act Advisory Council, advising on the funding of public library projects. She was also instrumental in the setup of an online resource for Oregon library staff called NWCentral.org, serving with the team from 2006 through 2013.

But her favorite activity was her time on the Oregon Library Association’s MLIS Scholarship Selection Committee from 2006 – 2013, reviewing scholarship applications and recommending candidates for funding for their Masters programs in librarianship. She loved to see the candidates complete their graduate programs and move into a professional career.

Gretchen’s hobbies included reading trashy popular novels which she called “the antidote to the technical and marketing data she had to encounter in her work life.” She spent many happy hours canoeing and camping with her family, exploring Oregon State Parks, attending operas, tending to her cats, and growing gardens full of lilies and roses.

There will be a short memorial service for Gretchen on Friday April 11th at 2pm at the Mountain View Memorial Gardens, 499 Watercrest Road, Forest Grove, OR in the mausoleum.

Cindy Romaine | Romainiacs Intelligent Research | 503.810.4890 | romainiacs.com |

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March 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 6) Association News.

2014 OLA Conference Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2014 OLA Conference which will be held at the Salem Convention Center.  You can register online with a credit card or by check.  Once you have completed your registration form and have chosen a payment option, you will receive a confirmation page.  If paying by check, please include a copy of the confirmation page with your check and mail it to the address noted on the page.

Early bird registration ends tomorrow!  It is also possible to register for meals only. Preconference and program information can be found on OLA’s conference web pages.

Reservations can also be made at the Phoenix Grand Hotel either online or by calling 1-877-540-7800.  Rates are $119 for a room with a king size bed or $129 for a room with two queen size beds (plus 10% tax and fees).  Be sure to supply the attendee code of OLA2014.

Key Dates:

Pre-conferences: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Conference: Thursday-Friday, April 17-18, 2014

Early registration ends Sunday, March 16, 2014

Online registration ends Friday, April 4, 2014

Onsite registration will be available, checks & credit card payments only (no cash). We’re looking forward to seeing you there!             -Suzanne L. Sager, Portland State University

Conference Sessions Sneak Peeks: From ACRL-OR & the Support Staff Division

Academic Libraries and Student Affairs: Developing New Partnerships to Support Student Learning

In an effort to demystify the academic library to first year students and provide additional avenues to introduce library services and resources outside of academic classes, Lewis & Clark’s Watzek Library has placed a focus on developing its relationship with the Division of Student Life. This collaboration has resulted in new library outreach programs for students at the College, and fostered a stronger partnership between library and Student Life staff with student academic success at its center. The session will highlight these new collaborative programs, with plenty of time for discussion and participants to share their experiences with academic library and student affairs partnerships.

Presenters: Elaine Gass Hirsch, Lewis & Clark College Watzek Library; Jenny Bornstein, Lewis & Clark College Watzek Library

Sponsor: ACRL-OR.

Collective Insight: Driven by Shared Data

In recent years people and organizations have begun utilizing data in new and exciting ways, leveraging dramatic changes in technology and the network. Data is an essential driver of success, part of a broader trend toward data-driven insight and integration of libraries into the wider Web. This integration is vital for the “inside-out” library, whose users have made an “attention switch” and a “workflow switch.” How do we share and use data within libraries and the internet to gain greater insight, and turn our collections and services outside the library to where our users are?

Presenters: Eric Forte, OCLC

Sponsor: ACRL-OR

Condition check:  is your library’s print collection looking.. “loved”?
ANNOUNCING:  The OLA Support Staff Division and the Library Preservation Round Table will present an all-day Basic Book Mending Pre-Conference workshop on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Oregon Library Association Conference in Salem. Help refresh worn books and add years to their circulating lives!

This workshop will introduce basic book repair methods and materials through hands-on instruction and is intended for beginners. Procedures covered will include reattaching loose pages, cover repair and reattachment, hinge and spine repair. Please note that procedures in this class are intended for circulating collections and not for rare or
valuable books and documents.

We will also discuss collection maintenance and strategies for avoiding damage and streamlining conservation processes. The materials fee for the workshop provides a mending toolkit which participants may take home;paper, bookcloth, and adhesives will be provided. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to bring their own books to work on.

Presented by Carolee Harrison(Special Collections and Archives Technician) and Kristen Kern (Fine and Performing Arts Librarian),
Portland State University Library.

MORE INFORMATION about the pre-conference and general conference
REGISTRATION and rate information(Early registration rates until 3/16!)

GRATITUDE:  Rea Andrew, the Support Staff Division, and the Preservation
Round Table. Thank you, and see you in April! – Carolee Harrison- PSU Library

Awards Season! Opportunities to Acknowledge Achievement & Contributions

The S.A.V.V.I.E.S.: A New Tradition from H.A.S.

Can we stand one more acronym? Yes, we can! The H.A.S. (Honors, Awards, and Scholarships) Committee exists to recognize outstanding achievement and this happens through a number of awards which are presented each year.

However, we know that there are a lot of fabulous successes which happen every year which we could and should be sharing and celebrating. This year we’re starting a new tradition and sharing those successes at our annual conference. That’s where SAVVIES comes in. It stands for: Shared Achievements Victories Ventures Innovations Endowments & Successes

Here’s how easy it will be: send us your nomination of a local success (i.e. a children’s area expansion, an award from a civic organization, a building project) along with a photo and a little bit of information. We’ll combine these successes into a presentation and share with OLA members at the annual conference (i.e. power point at awards luncheon) and post on the web site afterwards.

Go ahead-nominate yourself! Nominate a friend who is shy! Go around your director and nominate your library! We want to hear about noteworthiness of all sorts! Send all nominations with a photo and some information to mcole@orcity.org (please use subject line: SAVVIES). Deadline is April 7, 2014. Questions? Same email will get you answers! Flood us with your success stories-we know you have them! -Maureen Cole, Oregon City Public Library

OYEA!

Do you have an awesome person at your library providing excellent services to the teens in your community?  Now is the time to recognize that person!!  Talk to their teens, write us a letter, and get them nominated!

Nominations for the 2014 OYAN You’re Excellent Award will be accepted through March 31! 

Nominations for this coveted award are open until March 31st.  Please include the following: Nominee’s name, nominee’s contact information, description of the nominee’s positive and significant contributions to teens in libraries in the State Of Oregon and any accompanying letters of support (okay to send them separate from the nomination). Mail or email your letter of nomination and letters of support to: traci.l.glass@ci.eugene.or.us or Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401.

March 15, 2014 at 8:40 am Leave a comment

March 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 6) People.

Congratulations to Nadia, Answerland Volunteer!

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Oregon’s Statewide Virtual Reference service, Answerland, recognizes volunteer Nadia Abdullah for her excellent virtual reference work while staffing the service in September 2013. Nadia’s transcript is online here.

The question that Nadia answered is one that was submitted to the service via text message. The challenges of answering a reference
question in a text message environment include the need to send brief answers, limiting use of web addresses (since patrons may not have smart phones), and making it clear to the patron that the person answering the question is human, and a friendly human at that. Nadia excelled on all counts.

In this conversation, the patron asked for help finding a children’s book about the Pendleton Round-Up. Nadia provided the title of a book that, while not a children’s book, has many photographs of the Round-Up. She also offered to have a children’s librarian research the question further and send additional resources via email. The patron
shared her email address and received additional information later the same day (to which the patron replied, saying thank you and stating that she was impressed and amazed).

The Quality Team is impressed with Nadia’s skill in finding a suitable book for the patron, her thoughtfulness in offering follow-up help, and her friendly manner. And she did all of this in the concise space allowed for text messages.

As an expression of our appreciation, Nadia was presented with flowers
and a certificate. Please join us in congratulating her!

The Answerland Quality Team:
Stephanie Debner (Mt. Hood Community College), Joanna Milner (Multnomah County Library), Hillary Ostlund (Hillsboro Public Library), Emily Papagni (Multnomah County Library)

March 15, 2014 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

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