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August 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 15) Association News

Calling All Performers!

The Oregon Library Association’s Children’s Services section is sponsoring the eleventh Showcase of Performers. Previous showcases have provided librarians, parks and recreation staff, teachers and others who schedule children’s programs the opportunity to see first-hand a wide variety of performing artists. Feedback from performers has been tremendously positive because the showcase enables them to display their talents before many prospective “buyers” at one time.

The Showcase will be held at Salem Public Library from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Each performer will be given only five minutes to demonstrate a representative sampling of his or her work.

If you know performers who are interested in attending the Showcase, please forward their contact information by August 1, 2014 to Karen Fischer at or by calling (503) 588-6039. Karen will make sure they have all the information necessary to be included in the Showcase Directory and to reserve a performance time slot.

OLA Joins AmazonSmile

shopOLA has joined the AmazonSmile foundation and now giving to OLA is easier than ever! AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon where the only difference in the shopping experience is that .5% of the price of eligible purchases can be donated to OLA or another charitable organization of your choice. There are no additional costs to the buyer or to OLA. If you would like to find out more about the AmazonSmile Foundation and how it operates visit their website. Register at and help OLA smile!

See To Read

see to readEye tests are mandated by law for children ages seven and under before entering public school or a prekindergarten program. Fortunately, the Oregon Library Association has partnered with The Elks Children’s Eye Clinic, the Oregon State Elks Association and the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation to provide free See To Read vision screenings for children ages 3-7. These screenings will be held at public libraries all over the state during the next few months. View the online calendar and join in the mission to improve our children’s vision!

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August 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 15) Opportunities for Enrichment

Western States Government Information Virtual Conference *Free*


The Western States Government Information Virtual Conference is now OPEN for registration and takes place August 6th-8th! We invite you to sit back, relax, and pick from the programs that interest you the most!

Highlights include…
*  Keynote Speaker Rich Harwood from the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

*  Partnering with the DPLA to promote your local digital content

*  Improving access to Western state’s issues such as water rights and natural disasters

*  Locating international statistical resources

*  Information on the Citizenship Corner Project

*  Promoting your documents during National History Day

*  And much, much more….

Space is limited and participants are highly encouraged to attend these sessions as a group. Visit the conference website for more details.

Odds and Ends…
*  This is a FREE conference but please register for each session that you plan to attend
*  Make sure that your technology works! Test your Adobe Connect connection here.
*  Register early! Register NOW!

Focus On Children and Young Adults Institute

The Focus on Children and Young Adults Institute seeks to provide a foundation of professional knowledge about youth services necessary for the operation of small public libraries.  Participants will attend several training sessions over the course of three and a half days.  The sessions concentrate on the principles of public library services to children and teens, and how to put those principles into practice. Training sessions are presented by highly skilled, experienced Youth Services Librarians in Oregon.  Presenters are typically active members of the Oregon Library Association’s Children’s Services Division (CSD) and Oregon Young Adult Network(OYAN).

Registration is limited to 25 people. Preference will be given to library youth services staff who do not have a Masters in Library Science Degree and library staff who work with youth in small, rural libraries.

Dates: September 21-24, 2014

Location: Menucha Retreat Center (Corbett, OR)

Cost: $75 (includes lodging and meals)

Registration Forms: download in word.doc or .PDF format

Registration Deadline: Submit registrations forms by August 4, 2014 to Ferol Weyand at:

  • (email)
  •         503-378-6439 (FAX)
  •         250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301 (mail)

The sessions will be:

  • Language, Literacy and Early Brain Development (Katie Anderson presenting Joann Contini’s session)
  • Early Literacy 101 (Rick Samuelson)
  • Storytime Best Practices (Rick Samuelson)
  • Afterschool Programs for the Elementary Set (Korie Jones Buerkle)
  • Becoming Thinkers (Barbara Steinberg)
  • Outreach (Maria Aguilar)
  • Summer Reading (Emily David and LuCinda Gustavson)
  • Everyone Serves Teens (Deborah Gitlitz)
  • Selling it in the Stacks to Teens (Ruth Allen)
  • Teen Programming (K’Lyn Hann)

Questions about registration? Contact Ferol Weyand at 503-378-2525

Questions about the Focus Institute? Contact Katie Anderson 503-378-2528

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August 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 15) People.

Megan Dugan

My name is Megan Dugan and I am the Library Manager at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. I started this position in July 2013, after working more than 20 years for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District in Vancouver, Washington. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Washington State University – and I’m not going to tell you what year I graduated. I’m currently enrolled in the Emporia MLIS program.

My husband is Bryan Dugan; we have an 18 year old son Bodhi, and a 13 year old daughter, Devi. Most weeknights we can be found driving our daughter to a basketball practice or tournament game. We’re also into computers, cooking and yoga; I have been a certified yoga instructor since 2006.

I’m reading Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival by Peter Stark. I prefer non-fiction or fiction that reads like non-fiction (Philip Roth and Edward Rutherfurd). I joined OLA this year because I am new to the Oregon library community and wanted to become more involved. Many of you have already helped me to learn my new job and navigate the differences between academic and public libraries


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June 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 12) Association News

OLA Roundtables

Did you know that in addition to Divisions, Committees, and Task Forces, Oregon Library Association members have the option to participate in over a dozen roundtables? Document Interest (DIGOR), Outreach (ORT), Library Technology (LibTechRT), and Social Responsibilities (SRRT) are just a small sampling of the interests covered. Visit the OLA website and take advantage of this opportunity to foster community, share ideas, keep abreast of current issues and much more! There’s something for everyone. 

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June 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 12) Happenings

It’s Time for Summer Reading

Libraries across the state and the nation are diving into Summer Reading once again! This year all Oregon public, volunteer and tribal libraries are part of the Collaborative Summer Reading Program (CSLP).  The program encourages people of all ages to keep their minds active and healthy over the summer through reading and library engagement. The 2014 general theme is science!

The slogans are:

  • Children’s: Fizz, Boom, Read!
  • Teen: Spark a Reaction
  • Adult: Literary Elements


Visit the CSLP website for resources and tips on how to engage your library’s readers. You can also contact one of your CSLP representatives for more information:

Rick Samuelson, CSD Summer Reading Chair:
Danielle Jones, CSD Summer Reading Incoming Chair: 
Katie Anderson, CSLP Oregon State Representative:

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June 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 12) Opportunities for Engagement

Digital Directions Registration

DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
July 21-23, 2014
Portland, Oregon

Register Now – Seats are going fast
We expect to sell out before the deadline this year!

Join colleagues from institutions large and small for 2 days of instruction on basics and best practices for creating good digital objects, collections, and initiatives. Network with colleagues who have similar challenges, interact with faculty one-on-one, and visit one of America’s greatest cities.

Complete agenda and faculty list now available.

For complete information and to register: Visit the website.

Book Mending Workshop

The OLA Support Staff Division (SSD) is hosting a book mending workshop this summer. Registration is limited to 10 participants, so head over to their website soon if you want to secure a spot!

Where: 250 Winter St. NE , Salem, OR 

When: Friday, July 18th 9:00am-4:00pm

Cost: $60

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June 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 12) Library News

Research Supports School Librarians’ Impact on Student Learning

Changes in Oregon law and other trends point to the necessity of licensed school librarians and their positive impact on student learning. The passage of the Strong School Libraries Act, or Oregon House Bill 2586, means that school districts are required to account for “strong school library programs” in the continuous improvement plans (CIP) that they must submit to the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). A school district must show in its plan that it provides all students and staff in each school equitable access to:

  •  A comprehensive library program which provides instruction in information literacy and research proficiencies, promotes integration of digital learning resources, advances reading engagement, and creates collaborative learning opportunities with teachers.
  •  A professionally-developed and well-managed school library collection of current and diverse print and electronic resources that supports teaching and learning, college and career readiness, and reading engagement.

Licensed school librarians, sometimes referred to as library media specialists or teacher librarians, positively impact student reading, writing, and information literacy skills in K-12 education. Yet, their numbers have dropped at an alarming rate.

Data collected by the Oregon State Library in Salem show that the number of licensed school librarians in Oregon has dropped from 818 full-time equivalent in 1980 to only 144 in 2013. That is an 82% decrease. Conversely, the number of students per librarian has increased significantly. In 1980 there was one librarian per 547 students compared with almost 4,000 students per librarian in 2013. As a result, some students may never come in contact with a licensed school librarian during their K-12 years.

The sizeable drop in numbers runs counter to the impact of school librarians on learning. Numerous impact studies point to increased reading and writing test scores when a full-time licensed librarian is employed in schools. A 2012 report entitled Creating 21st Century Learners: A Report on Pennsylvania’s Schools found that both reading and writing test scores increase significantly when a full-time licensed librarian is employed at a school. Furthermore, students at a school with a full-time licensed librarian are nearly three times as likely to score an advanced score on the state’s standardized writing test. An Oregon study, Good Schools Have School Librarians, found that if staffing, collections, and funding of library media programs grow, reading scores rise.

As school districts recover from lean budget years, they will need to respond to the Strong School Libraries Act by strengthening their school library programs. In response to the need for more instructional support with the new Common Core Standards, some districts in Oregon are currently bringing back school librarian positions. Medford School District in southern Oregon recently posted three job openings for licensed school librarians. More positive changes like this one are needed in all areas of our state.

Ultimately, this issue has to be addressed locally. Community members and parents can play a role in this trend by working with school districts to raise awareness of the importance of strong school libraries. Specifically, they can ask questions about the staffing and programming in their child’s school library. For example, are the students in your neighborhood school served by a licensed school librarian? What information literacy and research instruction is your child receiving? Ask to review your school district’s response to the CIP. Does the library section match the program you know exists?

For more information about how you can get involved, contact Nancy Sullivan, Oregon Association of School Libraries President, at or Penny Hummel, Oregon Library Association President, at, or consult the Oregon Association of School Libraries webpage on this topic.

Candice Watkins / Library Director / Clatsop Community College

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