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.


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!


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.

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May 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 9) Opportunities for Enrichment

Oregon Information Literacy Summit

The Oregon Information Literacy Summit is less than three weeks away now – May 10th, 2014 at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany. Now in its 8th year, the Summit is a great place to catch up with colleagues, share ideas and learn from each other.

Check out the programto see the stimulating sessions you’ll have to look forward to. Registration is just $30 (or $25, if you’re a student) and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

The Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon (ILAGO) looks forward to seeing you there!

Tracy Scharn, Instruction Librarian

Hamersly Library, Western Oregon University

Register now for ILAGO Summit

Registration is 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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May 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 9) People

Ember Stevens

Ember Stevens Ember is an OLA member and was recently awarded a 2014 Multnomah County Citizen Involvement Award for her work with the Belmont Library. Here’s what the staff there had to say about her:

“Ember Stevens’ contributions at the Belmont Library cover two extremely important and complimentary areas. As our instructor for ‘“eBooks & Audiobooks: Hands on Help” Ember helps countless patrons navigate the changing landscape of downloadable library resources. Her approachable and engaged style has impressed our staff to such a degree that they have requested shadowing her during these sessions. As well, Ember is our fearless Pageturners leader. In this capacity, Ember has created a space where everyone’s input is equally valued and honored. Ember is truly an asset to our community and we are very happy that she has made Belmont her destination of choice in volunteering these past 2+ years. Our patrons and staff are richer for it! Thank You, Ember.”

Ember Stevens, MA Assistant to the Dean of Graduate Studies Portland State University


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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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