November 1, 2014 (Vol.21, No.1) People

New Member ProfileAzalea Ebbay 

I just joined OLA SSD this past month and I’m excited to get started. I’m currently a library page at Multnomah County Library’s Central Library. I’m a member of MCL’s Intellectual Freedom Committee and I also write for our reader’s advisory blog Embarrassment of Riches. This I started my MLIS at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Information Studies. I haven’t decided what I want to concentrate or specialize in.

When I’m not working, I like cooking, spending too much time on tumblr, and playing the pinball game Medieval Madness.


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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

June 15, 2014 at 4:43 pm Leave a comment

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