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Calling all Book Geeks!
This year’s OASL Fall Conference provides so many opportunities to get your Book Geek on! With this incredible line up, what are you waiting for? Register today!
YA award-winning author A. S. King will be presenting on Friday, 2:45-4:15, at the Friday night dessert, and then will join in the dance party happening at the Dublin Pub.
Carmen Bernier-Grand will charm us during Saturday’s luncheon and will be presenting with Rosanne Parry at Saturday’s Session 3, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Kadir Nelson will be presenting a session from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday and also delivering a Saturday night lecture in the beautiful Moyer Theatre.
You will also have the opportunity to meet and attend sessions led by the following authors:
- Barry Deutsch, April Henry, Barbara Kerley,
- Robin Koontz, Rosanne Parry, Dawn Prochovnic,
- Nicole Rubel, Elizabeth Rusch, and Lisa Schroeder
Check out the OASL Fall Conference! -Nancy Sullivan, President, OASL
Librarians Share Storytime Fun
One recent Monday night, thirteen children’s services people, both new and experienced, from the north end of the Willamette Valley met at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne in SE Portland. We laughed at our storytime nightmares, both dreams and reality. We learned how others handle chatty or texting moms, how Wilsonville does two-person storytimes, which we all now want to go and see. We learned about books that work, crowd control strategies, and other people’s routines.
I brought along shakers, my parachute and scarves, and some conversation starter ideas, but we never got to them. It was so much fun and we learned so much from each other that another one is planned in Salem on Monday Nov. 4th, 7:00pm upstairs at McMenamin’s Thompson Brewery and Public House. It would be so wonderful if we could have them all over the state! If you want to host one feel free to contact me or Korie Buerkle and we’ll help in any way we can. -Jane Corry, Multnomah County Library
OSU Seminar Series Launches
OSU Libraries’ Library Faculty Association invites you to the inaugural event of the 2013-2014 Library Faculty Seminar Series, a presentation by Richard Sapon-White, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at OSU.
Topic: Librarianship in the Land of Fields: Report of a Sabbatical in Poland
Summary: Supported by a Fulbright Grant, Richard spent 2012-2013 living in Warsaw, Poland where he taught library science courses at the University of Warsaw and lectured throughout Poland and the Czech Republic. He also collected amber by the Baltic Sea, drank Polish chocolate, and tried – sometimes successfully – to speak Polish. Richard will talk about his professional and personal experiences in what is sure to be an enlightening and entertaining presentation. Please join us!
When: Friday, October 11, 2013, 10:00-11:30 AM (refreshments provided)
Where: Valley Library 3622, Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms, Oregon State University, Corvallis campus. (http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/visit)
For more information contact: Amanda Whitmire at Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-737-3133
Help Cornelius Get A New Library
This November 5, the Cornelius Public Library has a bond measure on the ballot to construct a new library to replace it’s woefully undersized one of 3,025 square feet. The bond is for $2.4 million, about $59 per household. The library will also need to raise $2.4 privately. The special thing about this project is that the voters’ $5 per month leverages another $8 million from our partner, a senior housing developer managing the project and including two floors over the library of affordable senior housing.
Make New Friends – A Tale From the Trenches
Got books, need library! That’s the lament from the Friends of the Jefferson Public Library. The sky isn’t falling, but according to a recent engineering report our library, housed in the 150 year old Conser House, just might. The determination that the building is “…severely structurally deficient….” rang loudly in our ears.
What shall we do? Who will help? Of course! When in doubt, ask a librarian! They will search and research your every question. Need to know? Ask your local librarian to chat with the worldwide circle of experts. And don’t forget those super supporters of libraries, that group known as The Friends of Libraries.
With all that knowledge, support, expertise, and sage advice – what was the first step? A needs assessment, of course! We already knew the existing library had a number of spatial and structural constraints that impacted its ability to serve the community. Clearly, one of the most obvious issues resulting from substandard space was a lack of shelf space to house traditional and new media collections. Further, the compact nature of the library resulted in narrow aisles, restricting accessibility for individuals with mobility issues. Finally, with only 800 square feet of library space, it was impossible to simultaneously offer active and contemplative programing. Additionally, the local school district, facing revenue shortfalls, eliminated the elementary and middle school librarian positions. The unintended consequences of this decision added to the figurative and literal collapse of the building.
Then the long-term dream of this rural community of 3,000 emerged. Construction of a new library on an alternate site would allow for the Historical Society to repair and refurbish Conser House. If the museum was able to vacate the Community Center and move to the Conser House, it would free up much-needed space and allow the Community Center to undertake additional programs. Finally, the increased square footage of the Library and the Community Center would enable number of programs offered community-wide to be greatly increased.
But where will the money come from? The community determined that it wanted a library with no debt on opening day. A challenge, yes indeed. Once again, those Friends of the Library put their heads together and, voila!, a plan was in place. Authors were solicited, businesses saw the advantages to them, community organizations rallied, gifts were made to remember loved ones, a Festival of Flowers brought the town together to celebrate progress, the City of Jefferson contributed the land, and if it isn’t nailed to the ground, we sell it. To date we have the land, $200,000 in cash, $400,000 pending in grant requests, and plans in place for the remaining efforts. Groundbreaking is close!
Please visit a website during National Friends of the Library week, October 20-26 (ours is jeffersonoregonfol.com) and leave a message of support along with a donation to honor the great work accomplished by library legionnaires everywhere. Libraries are the doorways to everywhere, and together we can keep them open! -Linda Baker, President, Jefferson Friends of the Library
September! My favorite time of the year. Although it’s been decades since I bought new school clothes and supplies, I still personally experience fall as the time for new beginnings.
As I begin my adventure as the new President of the Oregon Library Association, I’m mindful of several important things. First among them is the OLA mission: to provide “advocacy, education, leadership and collaboration to continually strengthen Oregon’s libraries and the communities they serve.” The breadth of activities we support through OLA is sometimes daunting, often amazing and always rewarding. Anyone who cares about Oregon libraries should care about OLA!
Secondly, as I reflect upon my first year on the OLA board as Vice-President/President-Elect, I’m so thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues throughout the Oregon library community as we work together to make Oregon libraries the very best they can be. In this process, I’ve made many new friends and have learned so much from fellow OLA members who work in library environments that are quite different than my own. This is the joy of getting involved—expanding my understanding of what Oregon libraries are all about, and building personal connections along the way. I look forward to continuing this process in the year to come.
Finally, I am very excited to achieve a long-held goal this month, thanks to the good work of OLA. Each fall, my husband and I go to the Oregon Coast for our vacation. Each year, we dream about building or owning a beach house, and I fantasize about one of the first things I would do if I owned that beach house, which would be to go to the adorable little public library in that community and get my very own library card. This year, the wonderful news is that even without the beach house, I can still get the library card–thank you, Oregon Library Passport Program! I can’t wait.
So, here’s to new beginnings–and new library cards! -Penny Hummel, OLA President
2014 Annual Conference – The Inside Out Library – Call for Proposals
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.
Contact Judith Norton, Conference Program Committee chair, if you have questions (email@example.com or 971-207-9735). Many thanks from the program committee!
Pre-conference Proposal Form: https://ola.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_148522
Program Proposal Form: https://ola.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_148531
OLA at Wordstock
The Oregon Authors Committee will have a booth at Wordstock on October 5 and 6. Roxanne Nagy will be coordinating volunteers. The event will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. She is looking for people to serve 4 hour shifts. We get 2 free passes, so if you serve a shift, you can walk around the events when you are not at the booth.
One of our members is creating bookmarks for us to hand out, and we’ll also get information about Oregon Reads 2014 to pass out. This will be an opportunity to promote OLA, Oregon libraries, and the Oregon Authors website.
If you are interested, please respond to Roxanne at firstname.lastname@example.org and put ‘Wordstock’ in the subject line.
Children’s Services Division Fall Workshop, “STEAM”
You know about the national push for more education on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. You also know library children’s services staff have learned to utilize their unique position in the lives of children by reaching out to families through early literacy and training before the child enters school. Now it’s time to bring these two together. Children are born learning, so introducing STEAM concepts before children reach school makes sense. But just like with early literacy, it’s important not only to provide learning opportunities, but also to identify the intentionality behind STEAM programming to parents and caregivers.
The Children’s Services Division’s Fall Workshop on Saturday, October 19th will begin with trainer and consultant Joann Contini discussing new brain research and its relevancy to services provided by children’s services staff, followed in the afternoon by STEAM programming ideas – big and small – for preschoolers and younger. For staff who already incorporate STEAM into their storytimes and programming, this workshop will be an opportunity to glean new ideas and resources from colleagues.
Workshop registration details will soon be available here. -Korie Jones Buerkle, Newberg Public Library
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.
OSU Adopts Open Access Policy
By a unanimous vote of its Faculty Senators, on June 13 OSU became the first
university, public or private, in the Pacific Northwest to adopt a university-wide open access policy.
OSU has a long history of supporting open access to its research. Since 2006, graduate students have been required to deposit a copy of their thesis or dissertation into the university’s open-access repository, ScholarsArchive@OSU. All OSU Extension & Agricultural Experiment Station publications and OSU Forest Research Laboratory publications are available in the ScholarsArchive@OSU as well. OSU library faculty were the first university librarians in the nation to pass an open access policy for their own work and similar policies were soon passed by College of Earth, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences and the College of Forestry. Read more at: http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2013/jun/osu-adopts-university-wide-open-access-policy. – Michael Boock, OSU
Hillary Ostlund Honored
Answerland, Oregon’s Statewide Virtual Reference service, recognizes Hillary Ostlund at Hillsboro Public Library for her excellent virtual reference work while staffing the service in April 2013.
In Hillary’s transcript, the patron was looking for resources for a research project on photography careers. Hillary sent the patron links to authoritative websites for the patron’s topic and targeted catalog searches from the patron’s home library system; she gave brief, but effective, instructions to the patron on how to place holds on books from the patron’s library catalog. Hillary also directed the patron to a database that would have good job information, as well as Photoshop tutorials. When she asked if the patron had enough to get started on the project, the patron asked for help in locating colleges that offered photography programs, since part of the assignment was to contact a college for information. Hillary sent some website links for photography program information and recommended checking college directories at the library, mentioning that a librarian would be able to help the patron find and use these types of books. Hillary also helped the patron to understand how to find a college’s contact information, so the patron could write the college for the information needed for the project.
The Quality Team is impressed with Hillary’s excellent service throughout this interaction. She asked reference interview questions throughout to ensure that she was getting the patron the needed information. As soon as she had sent several links to the patron, she asked for the patron’s email address so the patron would get a copy of the transcript with all the links; at the end of the chat, she reiterated that she would add the email address to the chat, so the patron would get the transcript. Throughout the chat, Hillary had a very positive attitude with the patron and offered options and advice at every step of the interaction. Her ending to the chat exemplifies her attitude to the patron: “I’m so happy you came to the library chat service for help… Good luck with your research!” She ended the chat by extending an invitation to the patron to come back anytime.
As an expression of our appreciation, Hillary was presented with flowers and a certificate. Please join us in congratulating her! The Answerland Quality Team: Stephanie Debner, Mt. Hood Community College Library; Barbara O’Neill, Washington County Cooperative Library Services; Emily Papagni, Multnomah County Library
University of Portland Library: Renovation Update
The fifteen month library renovation is nearing completion and the building is expected to reopen on August 12. The fifty year old building has been transformed into a more open and inviting learning space that supports today’s students with current technologies, study and collaborative spaces, and after-hours access to the building. The official Open House celebration is scheduled for September 27 – more invitation details will be sent to the library community closer to that time. If you happen to stop in before then, please say hello! For the immediately curious, photos documenting the progress are here: http://wordpress.up.edu/library/photos/ -Diane Sotak, University of Portland Library
Oregon Spirit Book Award Winners Announced
The Oregon Council of Teachers of English is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Oregon Spirit Book Award. This award is given yearly to the author of a distinguished contribution to picture books, juvenile, young adult, graphic novels or non-fiction literature that engages and encourages readers’ imagination, discovery, and understanding, reflecting the spirit and values held by Oregonians.
The Oregon Council of Teachers of English is an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English. The Oregon Council has been in existence since 1913; the award was established in 2005.
Presentation of awards will be made at the OCTE Fall Conference at Wilsonville High School on October 5, 2013.
Awards this year include:
Winner: Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic by Ginnie Lo
Honor: Wild About You! by Judy Sierra
Winner: The Secret Chicken Society by Judy Cox
Winner: The Raft by S. A. Bodeen
Honor: The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
Winner: Mighty Mars Rover by Elizabeth Rusch
Honor: Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
Honor: Those Rebels, John & Tom by Barbara Kerley
Winner: Earthling by Mark Fearing
Honor: Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite by Barry Deutsch
Honor: Squish: The Power of a Parasite by Jennifer and Matthew Holm
Congratulations to the authors, editors, and publishers of these fine books!
OLA Launches Mentoring Program
The OLA Mentoring Program is a pilot project designed to help early career librarians grow professionally by being paired with seasoned librarians willing to share their professional experience and guidance. Mentors and mentees will be partnered based on similar interests, professional experience, and/or goals. The mentoring relationship will develop over the course of a year (or nine months) and contact can take place in-person or over phone, email, or web conferencing.
If you are an early career librarian with less than five years of professional experience, please consider applying to be paired up with a mentor. As this is a member benefit, membership in OLA is required. For this pilot, mentees must be in a professional position in a library or related information setting. We have a limited number of mentors for this pilot and will pair mentors and mentees based on the order in which mentee applications are received and the availability of mentors to match a mentee’s specific goals. Matches between mentors and mentees will be made on a rolling basis, so if you are not paired with a mentor in the first round, we will pair you when a mentor who is a good match becomes available.
OLA is excited to support this new pilot statewide mentoring program, but the program will only be successful if mid-to-late career librarians choose to participate. If you have five years of professional experience and are an OLA member, please consider volunteering your time for one year (or nine months if preferred) to support an early-career librarian and strengthen the library in which he or she works. Click here to become an OLA Mentor.
Have questions? Contact us at email@example.com. -Meredith Farkas, Portland State University Library; Shirley Sullivan, Beaverton City Library; Emily Papagni, Multnomah County Library
RRT Seeks Nominations
The Reference Round Table is seeking nominations for the officer positions of Chair and Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, for the term beginning September 2013. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the statewide reference community and in OLA leadership. Officers must be members of both OLA and the RRT. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest or with any questions you may have.
-Erin Finot, Reference Round Table Chair
Scholarship Fundraiser a Success at OLA Conference
The OLA Past Presidents Round Table raised $2,000 during the OLA/WLA Conference for the association’s MLIS Scholarship Program! Since this year’s conference was a joint conference with Washington, PPRT elected to fundraise by ‘self-solicitation’ rather than raise money through temporary tattoos or other methods as in previous years.
A big thank you to all the Past Presidents who donated: Maureen Cole, Janet Webster, Jim Scheppke, Sarah Beasley, Mary Ginanne, Rob Everett, Ed House, Carol Ventgen, Aletha Bonebrake, Faye Chadwell, Abigail Elder, June Knudson, Connie Anderson-Cohoon, Carol Hildebrand, Mary Devlin and Terry Rohe. What a fantastic job by the Past Presidents and what great support for the scholarship program.
Many thanks also to everyone who contributes to the scholarship fund when renewing OLA memberships. Contributions to the MLIS scholarship program can be made when renewing your membership via Memberlicks, or by mailing your tax-deductible contribution to: Oregon Library Association, MLIS Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 3067, La Grande, OR 97850 -Gary Sharp
OLA Board Election Closes Soon
There is less than a week left to vote in the 2013 OLA Board Election. Thank you to all those who have already voted. If you have yet to do so, 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.
If you have any difficulties with the form please contact email@example.com. 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