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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: ricks@wccls.org
Danielle Jones, CSD Summer Reading Incoming Chair: jones.danielle.jones@gmail.com 
Katie Anderson, CSLP Oregon State Representative: katie.anderson@state.or..us

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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 president@oasl.olaweb.org or Penny Hummel, Oregon Library Association President, at phummel.ola@gmail.com, or consult the Oregon Association of School Libraries webpage on this topic.

Candice Watkins / Library Director / Clatsop Community College

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June 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 11) Association News

Intellectual Freedom Champion Award

On May 28th, Senator Ron Wyden was honored with the Intellectual Freedom Champion Award. Proceedings took place at the US Bank Room at Multnomah County Central Library. The award was granted by the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Oregon Library Association to recognize “the contribution made by an individual or institution that has actively promoted or defended intellectual freedom in Oregon.” The Oregon Library Association selected Senator Wyden in recognition of his “forceful and sustained campaign to protect the privacy rights of Americans and others around the world in relationship to government surveillance.”

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Following the award, Senator Wyden hosted a roundtable discussion on the subject of net neutrality, the idea that all Internet traffic travels at the same speed. Senator Wyden’s position is that Big Cable companies want to end net neutrality by dividing the Internet into fast and slow lanes, harming individuals and businesses alike. Joining Senator Wyden for the discussion was Multnomah County Library Director Vailey Oehlke (on behalf of the Public Library Association); Michael Sherrod, Director, TCU/Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows Program at Texas Christian University and member of the Executive Board of the Urban Libraries Council; Puppet Labs CEO/Founder Luke Kanies; and Antony Falco, Founder at Orchestrate.io

Public Libraries Division Board Nominations

The Public Library Division (PLD) of OLA represents all public libraries in Oregon. The purpose of the PLD is to promote public library service and development, to promote the potential for increasing cooperation among public libraries, to represent the interests and concerns of public libraries in relation to the Oregon Library Association and the Oregon State Library and to develop legislative priorities for public libraries and other issues as may be pertinent to the Division.

We are currently seeking candidates for the PLD Executive Board for the 2014-2015 year. New positions will begin in September 2014 and are open to members of OLA who support the purposes of the Division. We are seeking nominees for two Director-at-Large positions (2 year terms), Secretary (1 year term) and Vice Chair/Chair Elect (3 year term). For more information about the responsibilities of these positions, please visit the OLA website.

Joining the PLD Executive Board is a great way to meet new people and network with public library staff from around the state. Current Board members come from the Oregon coast, central Oregon, the Willamette Valley and the Portland Metro area.

Please contact me at pamn@wccls.org by June 13, specifying the Board position you are interested in. Remember, you must be a member of OLA and the Public Library Division to be considered. Elections will be held in July. Looking forward to hearing from many of you! -Pam

Pam North / Library Manager / Sherwood Public Library

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June 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 11) Happenings

Multnomah County Reader’s Advisory Campaign

Multnomah County Library has launched a new cutting edge reader’s advisory campaign called My Librarian. The service is designed to “foster personal connection between a librarian and reader.” Funding through a grant from the Paul B. Allen Grant has allowed the library to build and provide video chat, blogs, phone calls and email options for connecting with library staff who share their love of reading. Interested in learning more? Visit the website and see for yourself or read more about it here

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June 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 11) Opportunities For Enrichment

Beyond Borders: An Evening with Kate Arnold

Please join the Oregon Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) for a stimulating evening with SLA’s President, Kate Arnold. Kate will share insights on librarians and information professionals she has gleaned over her first six months in office. Fresh from SLA/INFO-EXPO in Vancouver, she’ll bring us up-to-date on what happened at the conference, including updated competencies for information professionals.

Kate brings an international perspective to the world of information professionals. She’s currently the Information and Support Programme Lead at Macmillan Cancer Support in the U.K. and has traveled internationally in her positions as President-Elect and President of the international SLA.

We’ll meet at the beautifully renovated Architectural Heritage Center for Kate’s talk. Dinner will be catered by Pacific Pie Co. and we’ll have a variety of beverages for you to choose from.

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Time: 6pm -8pm
Place: Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
Cost: SLA Members – $25, students – $15, guests – $35
Registration Deadline: June 12, 2014

To RSVP and choose what kind of pie you’d like, and to pay, please go to this page this page. It’s a two part process so be sure to select your pie and pay using PayPal.

The deadline to register is June 12, 2014.  If you prefer to pay by check or cash, please contact Sue Mecklem @ susanmecklem@gmail.com before the deadline. Questions? Just ask!

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.

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June 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 11) Library News

Oregon City Passes Bond Measure

Measure 3-435 was approved earlier this month with support from 70% of Oregon City voters. The $6 million bond will finance a much needed expansion of the city’s Carnegie library with a 15,000 square foot addition to be finished by the summer of 2016. Learn more here.

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Illustration courtesy of THA Architecture 

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May 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 9) Association News

Conference Wrap-up

Many thanks for evCapture2eryone who supported this year’s OLA conference. It was another successful event! If you haven’t already, please take moment and share your feedback via the online evaluationform.

Wish you had taken more notes or didn’t attend this time around? Don’t fret! Visit the resources page at nwcentral.org for access to presentation materials, handouts and other materials made graciously available by the many talented presenters. Look for information about awards presented at the conference in the next edition!

Lampman Award Winner

Oregon Library Association Announces 2014 Lampman Award Winner

The Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association has selected Lee Farren from Ukiah, Oregon to receive the 2014 Lampman Award.

The Lampman Award honors a living individual who has made a significant contribution to the children of Oregon in the areas of literature or library service.  The Lampman Award is named after Evelyn Sibley Lampman, an Oregon author and educator, and has been awarded annually since 1982.

Capture3Lee Farren was excellent choice for this year’s Lampman Award.  For the past 10 years she has touched the hearts of the children of Ukiah encouraging them to engage in reading, writing, art and literature. She has made a real difference for the children of this small Oregon community, and has helped lessen the load for the other adults who work with these children.

Lee earned her teaching certificate and media specialist endorsement at Western Oregon University then headed out to be a school librarian in Harrisburg.  After a year she moved on to Milton-Freewater where she stayed for eleven years. She taught art and language arts in Milton-Freewater while continuing her own education and receiving her MTE from Eastern Oregon University.

Since 2001 Lee has been volunteering in Ukiah, Oregon; a community of approximately 250 people where everyone’s effort count and make a difference daily.  Lee is an inspiration to all of those around her. Literacy is Lee’s passion and she shares this passion with the elementary school children of Ukiah every week, showing them what it looks like to love books.

“Lee sees need, and uses her knowledge and kindness to help in a wide variety of ways” says Daniel Korber, Ukiah Schools Superintendent. Lee wears many hats in Ukiah: school Budget Committee member, story time organizer and leader, art instructor, art show coordinator, mentor to students, library book recommender, writer and editor of the City of Ukiah Newsletter , tutor for English language learners, Writer’s Workshop co-creator and leader, book club participant, and the puppeteer who gets George to inspire her youngest students.

Norma Barber, English teacher at Ukiah Middle and High School, says of Lee, “Through all of this work, Lee had never bragged that she is a published writer, that she is a freelance writer, that she is a past school librarian, or that she has taught writing.  She simply works at her craft, and as she does, she demonstrated that reading and writing are important aspects of our lives.”

Lee was nominated for the Lampman Award by Daniel Korber, Norma Barber, Melinda Scarlett and Sherri Contreras.

Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award

This is the 12th year of the annual Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award (BCCCA) sponsored by the OLA Division of OASL (Oregon Association of School Libraries).

The 20Capture413-2014 winning title with the most elementary children’s votes is—

8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel / (divided by) 1 Dog = Chaos by Vivian Vande Velde

We would like to thank all of the elementary library media centers and the public libraries for their participation and continued support in promoting this contest!

On behalf of the members of the Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Awards Committee, we would also like to announce the list of the 2014-2015 BCCCA Nominations:

Branford, Anna.  Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot.  AR 5.2

Cheng, Andrea.  The Year of the Book.  AR 3.6

Cox, Judy.  The Secret Chicken Society.  AR 3.2

Hest, Amy.  Letters to Leo.  AR 3.2

Peterson, Brenda.  Leopard and Silkie: One Boy’s Quest to Save the Seal Pups. AR 3.6

Spinelli, Jerry.  Third Grade Angels.  AR 2.9

The list of the 2014-15 BCCCA Nominations will be posted shortly on the BCCCA website, along with the power point presentation, sample bookmarks, etc.  For more information on the BCCCA program, please go to  http://ola.memberclicks.net/bccca-home

Thank you,

Libby Hamler-Dupras, BCCCA Chair, elfgirl@Q.com

Oregon Readers Choice Award Winners

The 4th annual Oregon Reader’s Choice Award, co-sponsored by 3 OLA divisions (OASL, CSD, OYAN), along with the Oregon Reading Association and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.

This year there were 2635 students who read the books and voted for for the award. We had 60 schools participate, representing 24 school districts, the Portland Archdiocese, and independent private schools. We also had 6 public libraries participate, representing 4 library districts. All of the names of the participating institutions will be posted on the OLA website, on the ORCA blog.

Upper Elementary (Junior) Division Winner, out of 1831 votes: Pie by Sarah Weeks

Middle School (Intermediate) Division Winner, out of 487 votes: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson

High School (Senior) Division Winner, out of 253 votes: Divergent by Veronica Roth

I would like to thank all of the libraries and schools that participated, plus the members of the ORCA committee for making all of this happen. I do firmly believe that this award has proven to be a great program to promote reading among children and young adults throughout the state. I do hope that all of you will help to promote the ORCA to Oregon youths where you can.

Thanks, Stuart Levy, 2012-2014 ORCA Chair

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I am pleased to announce the titles chosen by this year’s committee from the list of books nominated  by students and teachers from around the state.  The list of nominees for the 2015 ORCA Award can be found at http://oregonreaderschoiceaward.wordpress.com/.  They are:

Upper Elementary

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket
Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Middle School

Storybound by Marissa Burt
Titanic : Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
Ungifted by Gordon Korman
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Beyond Courage by Doreen Rappaport

High School

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Dodger by Terry Pratchett
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I would like to thank the committee members for their hard work.  They are Elizabeth LaShomb Christley, Lisa Elliott, and Teena Nelson from  the Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN), Beth LaForce, Marie LeJeune, Karren Timmermans from the Oregon Reading Association (ORA), Melanie Hetrick, Jessica Marie, Denise Willms from OLA’s Childrens Services Division (CSD), Kathryn Harmon, Kiva Liljequist, Laurie Nordahl of the Oregon Association of School Librarians (OASL) and Kira Porton of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA).

Nina Kramer, ORCA Chair 2014-2016

Bingo Awards
Thank you to everyone who played Bingo at the OLA conference. We hopethat you had a good time getting to know some of your colleagues.

Congratulations to the winners! They have been contacted with the good news and the good news is that 4 Powell’s gift cards valued at $50 each go to:

Kathryn Alexander (Tualatin Public Library), Jeanne Ramsten (Multnomah County Library,
Cedate Shultz (Everest College Library),Jennifer Snoek-Brown (Mount Hood Community College)

And the grand prize of a one-year personal membership in OLA goes to:

Heather Sears (Fern Ridge Public Library)

Many thanks to April Witteveen and Lisa Molinelli for the work theydid putting the Bingo game together on behalf of the OLA MembershipCommittee! – Emily Papagni

Stay in the Know

Have you ever wanted to know more about the behind-the-scenes workings of OLA?  It just so happens that there are many ways you can keep in the know! OLA Board meetings are always open to the public. Times and locations are posted on the OLA website and you can also look back on the meeting minutes. The OLA website also contains helpful documents such as the latest financial budget sheet. Finally, feel free to contact board members or division chairs if you aren’t finding the information you need. OLA is here to serve you!

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Pictured: President Penelope Hummel & Chair BJ Toewe

 

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May 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 9) Happenings

Get Involved! An Update about Strong School Library Programs and CIPs

In March, OASL and the State Library reported about developments around school districts having to account for “strong school library programs” in the continuous improvement plans (CIP) that they submit to the Oregon Department of Education every three years. An ad hoc committee of OLA, OASL, and OLA Legislative Committee members has formed to reach out to school districts. The goal is to share information with key individuals and organizations to help inform them about the inclusion of school libraries in CIPs and to point them to resources to help them develop their library programs. This would include sending letters to the superintendents whose district CIPs are due at the end of June, sending letters to select education service district personnel who often help draft CIPs, and posting a press release.

The strategy also involves developing a cadre of volunteers to serve as local contacts in communicating this message to superintendents, ESDs, and school boards. The local, volunteer contacts would work with the State Library, OLA, andOASL to offer information about how to address the OAR requirements. Ideally, volunteers will come from outside the K-12 system and could be academic librarians, public librarians, or even college writing faculty. For example, academic librarians and writing faculty could communicate with superintendents to relate the effects of lack of information literacy skills on students as they navigate the higher education world. In addition to the immediate goal, this type of interaction and connection would establish meaningful contact with school districts that could lead to a more promising relationship between a college library/college and local schools. At a time with an increased stress on Accelerated Learning options between high school and college, this local link could prove invaluable for multiple reasons. If you would like to volunteer as a local contact for your ESD, please contact Candice Watkins, Library Director at Clatsop Community College.

If you have any questions or want to get involved in the overall effort, please contact JenniferMaurer, the School Library Consultant at the State Library.

May 2, 2014 at 10:32 am Leave a comment

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