Governor Recognizes El día de los niños/El día de los libros
Governor John Kitzhaber has officially proclaimed that April 30, 2013 is El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) in Oregon. The American Library Association describes Día as “a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
As celebrated by libraries and librarians, Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, a celebration which took hold in 1925 following the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. Each country selected its own day for the celebration with Mexico and many other Latin American countries choosing April 30.”
Every year more Oregon sites sponsor Día celebrations, many of which can be found on ALA’s 2013 El día de los niños/El día de los libros site. Additionally, there may be schools and libraries in your local area that are not registered, but do have programs involving children and families.
Oregon has been well represented with winners of the national Mora Award for Día celebrations. Our winners have been Multnomah County Library, Corvallis Public Library, and Springfield Public Library.
ALA has become the national Día home with extensive information and resources.
The upcoming OLA/WLA Annual Conference will have a session: Reaching Out to Diverse Communities: Children’s Day / Book Day.
Oregon Battle of the Books Receives Morey Award
Cheryl Strayed and Storm Large were in good company at the Oregon Book Awards ceremony on April 8, when the Oregon Battle of the Books was presented the Walt Morey Young Readers Literary Legacy Award. Named for the author of Gentle Ben and other notable children’s books, the Morey award is presented to a person or organization in recognition of significant contributions that have enriched Oregon’s young readers. Accepting the award on behalf of OBOB, Mary McClintock described how the Battle of the Books has grown from a program used in a few school districts to a statewide program in which hundreds of schools participate and thousands of young readers are engaged.
According to the OBOB website, the Oregon Battle of the Books is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant. Students in 3rd-12th grade, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints. The mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students.
Proposed Bylaws Change
The OLA Executive Board will be recommending a bylaws amendment to the membership, to be voted on during the OLA Business Meeting/Lunch on Thursday, April 25, at 12.00p at the OLA/WLA 2013 Conference in Vancouver. Several OLA divisions, round tables, and the Board itself have expressed a desire for the kind of equal opportunity protection to be involved in the organization as is afforded to many of us at our places of employment and other areas of our lives. As such, the Board is recommending adding the following section to the Membership Article in the OLA Bylaws:
2.033 Equal Opportunity
2.0331 Membership in the Association and involvement with any of its Divisions, Round Tables, boards, or committees is unrestricted by consideration of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, veteran status, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, family relationship, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.
The entire OLA bylaws can be read here:
Successful passage of this amendment requires a two-thirds vote in favor by the Active and Honorary Life members present at the Business Meeting.
If you have any questions about this proposed amendment, please don’t hesitate to contact me. -Buzzy Nielsen, Hood River Library
Scholarship Recipient Announced
The DIGOR Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Sara Kelso is the recipient of the DIGOR Scholarship to the 2013 OLA/WLA Joint Conference in Vancouver, WA. Sara is a part-time circulation employee with two libraries in Washington County and a first-year MLIS student at San Jose State University. She is interested in services for underserved and socially disadvantaged individuals, a group in great need of access to and understanding of government information and resources. We are happy to help Sara attend the conference and take advantage of the learning and networking opportunities it offers. Congratulations Sara!
DIGOR is also sponsoring a program at the conference: Mining the Wealth of Demographic Data: American FactFinder, by Charles Rynerson, Oregon State Data Center Coordinator, Population Research Center, Portland State University. The session is on Thursday, April 25, from 4:00-5:15 pm.
DIGOR will also have an informal lunch meeting at the conference on Friday, April 26, 2013, at 12:15 pm at the Main Event Sports Grill. Please RSVP to Arlene Weible by April 25, 2013, as space at the restaurant is limited. For more information, please consult the DIGOR web site.
Equitable Access to Legal Information Update
OLA has a policy goal of assuring all Oregonians have access to important legal information. I have written in earlier Hotlines about the efforts of our fall task force addressing this policy issue. During those discussions, the one item of agreement was a more efficient means to manage and license electronic resources so they were available to all counties within their courthouses as well as in appropriate publicly accessible libraries. At one point we suggested that this would need $350,000 annually to do well.
As the current Legislative session swung into action, OLA was approached about the
outcomes of our task force and if there were any ideas that might be doable in improving access to legal information statewide. We suggested limited funding for electronic resources at $350,000 for the biennium. We also suggested that this could come from the County Law Libraries proposed allocation of $7.4 million or 4.7% of that budget item. Those county libraries with no staff or less than .25 FTE have a current allocation of approximately $780,000 for the biennium (2011 statistics from Martha Renick). Reallocating portion of that so more people had more access in currently unserved or underserved counties seem to make sense.
Some of you may have a read a posting to the Libs-Or from six county law librarians concerning OLA’s position on access to legal information throughout the state. As OLA’s Library Development and Legislative Committee chair, I am responsible for identifying opportunities to move OLA policy forward. Our lobbyist, Nan Heim, and other members of the Committee work with me on this task. In recommending funding for electronic resources, we are aware of reluctance in rural counties for any loss of jobs as well as other uses for the current county law libraries allocation. We remain convinced
that the OLA policy of equitable access to legal information and this small step towards that goal are worthy endeavors. -Janet Webster, Oregon State University.
Legislative Day 2013
Thanks to all who participated in our annual Library Legislative Day. We had several first timers and made lots of office visits. Our display of children’s books in the Galleria was well-staffed by BJ Toewe (Salem Public) and Sara Charlton (Tillamook Public) with assistance from those of us passing through on our way to offices. Legislators enjoy selecting a book or books that OLA then sends to the library of their choice. This year, many were tied up in meetings and hearings, so some of us took books to their offices. Our lobbyist, Nan Heim, carried around a bag of books this past week as legislators who couldn’t attend the event found out that they could still get in on the book party. It’s a great way to remind them about what we do and who we serve.
For those of you who could not attend and for those you want to follow up, Legislative Committee member Emily Ford has sample letters around several library issues. Please consider using these as a base, adding your perspective and story, and emailing them to your legislator. A continued presence by the library community in the minds of our legislators is effective! The sample letters can be found on the OLA website.
Thanks again to all who participated in Legislative Day, physically and virtually.
-Janet Webster, OLA Library Development and Legislation Committee
Alumni, students, and friends of Emporia State University’s School of Library & Information Management are invited to a reception during the joint OLA/WLA Conference. The reception will be held on Thursday, April 25th, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay (100 Columbia Street, Vancouver, WA).
Questions? Contact Perri Parise - email@example.com or 503-23-8280.
2013 Horner Staff Exchange
Delegates from Fujian, China, our sister province to the state of Oregon, will be arriving for a three-week visit to area libraries for the purpose of the exchange of professional knowledge about library and information science. In accordance with the MOU signed between the Oregon State Library and the Fujian Provincial Library, every three years, four delegates from Fujian visit Oregon in the spring and three delegates from Oregon (Pat French, MCL; Lori Wamsley, PCC; and Angela Lee, WCCLS ) will visit Fujian in the fall.
The members of the OLA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) have been busy planning for this year’s delegates. Our visitors will arrive in time to attend the WLA/OLA Conference and the Banquet on April 25. Be sure to say hello if you see them at the conference. They will be visiting Wilson High School on April 26 to participate in World History classes. Later that day they will tour the remodel of the library at the University of Portland. Saturday includes a visit to a class at Emporia State University SLIM program. Monday April 29 finds the visitors at Mt. Angel Abbey Library. Tuesday April 30 will find them at the State Library and time to see the legislature in action. May 1 and 2 will be at OSU; back to Portland for a visit to PCC Sylvania on May 3. UO and Eugene Public are on the docket for May 6 and 7. Then they come back to Portland and PSU on May 8. Their last two days, May 9 and 10, are spent at Fort Vancouver Regional Library and Multnomah County Library.
The OLA IRRT will be hosting a farewell banquet for our visitors on Friday May 10 and anyone from the library community is invited to honor and say goodbye to our guests. Details will follow on the time and location. The food is Chinese and always delicious!
Phew! That is a whirlwind visit! We wish we had more time to show them all around this beautiful state and all our wonderful libraries! Thanks to all those libraries who are pitching in to host our guests. -Nancy Hoover, Marylhurst University
Register now for OVRS
We are still accepting registrations for the Oregon Virtual Reference Summit on May 3rd, 2013. Go here to register: www.answerland.org/summit
Did we mention it was taking place at the Oregon Garden (beautiful!)?
Did we mention our keynote speaker is super dynamic and engaging (Eli Neiburger!)?
Did we mention the other great programs that you’ve come to expect from OVRS (We’re celebrating 10 years!)?
Did we mention what a great opportunity OVRS is for networking with fellow Answerlanders (we’ve got a button maker!)?
Good, so you know that you don’t want to miss it! Register today, and sign up for a lightning talk – just you, 5 minutes and a captive audience for whatever you want to share about virtual reference, libraries, or what the kids are doing these days. Sign up during registration at www.answerland.org/summit before April 29th.
Thanks, see you there! -Courtney Terry, OVRS Planning Committee, McMinnville Public Library
New Member Profile-OLA Welcomes Lea Anna Hoffman
A native Oregonian, I recently graduated from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s LIS Program May 2012. While I was there I focused on academic librarianship and teaching information literacy. My internships were at Portland State University, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Leeward Community College in those fields. I’ve found that I really enjoy the public service aspect of librarianship with teaching as well as reference work.
Hawaiʻi was a great place to spend a couple years studying. It’s hard to beat the quick access to the beach and constant warm weather, but I missed the Pacific Northwest. When I moved back to Oregon I spent a couple months organizing Cascade Heights Public Charter School’s library over the Summer. I’m currently working at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide Inc. as a temporary Research Analyst which I’m enjoying.
Prior to my Master’s, I graduated from University of Oregon with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Music History. During my last year of my undergrad I spent a Summer in the heart of Italy in Perugia studying Italian which was amazing, although my Italian has fallen to the wayside. I love traveling and seeing the world, hopefully I can make it onto another continent again soon. In my free time I like to read, go to concerts, watch movies, spend time with friends and family and find fun things to do around Portland. I’m currently reading Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. The Italian that pops up throughout it is really fun for me. I’d be interested in OLA’s academic/ACRL division. Although I’m not working at an academic library now, it still really interests me.
Hello Oregon Library People,
A brief follow-up to my announcement about Lead the Change, a Library Journal leadership development training and education opportunity. Lead the Change will be in Oregon on April 16, and Multnomah County Library has agreed to host the event at the Central Library in Portland. One of OLA’s goals is to support leadership training. Lead the Change is a leadership opportunity for library staff at every level and will feature our very own Eva Calcagno, Director of Washington County Cooperative Library Services. Do you have to hold down the fort while colleagues attend the OLA conference? Maybe Lead the Change will work with your schedule!
Here’s a link to the information and registration page. I hope you’ll consider attending and let us know how it goes!
Legislative Day Rescheduled
Our annual legislative day is fast approaching. We had to move the date to April 8th as a major pro/anti gun rally is scheduled for April 4 and we just didn’t want to compete. WE apologize for the inconvenience and to those who cannot make it now as well as those who need to reschedule appointments. Please contact Nan Heim, OLA’s lobbyist, if you need help making of changing appointments. Use the wiki to record your appointments and get more information.
The issue briefs are available on the OLA website.
Ready to Read Grant Program and the State Library Budget HB 5022. When speaking with legislators and staff about the Ready to Read Grant program, please emphasize who you are working with your communities and mention any assessment/evaluation you are doing.
Access to legal information HB 5016. One point of agreement in the Task Force on legal information was more coordinated and efficient access to electronic legal information. Nan is working on getting some funding for legal resources through the State Law Library.
Information Literacy. There is no bill for this, but it’s a general point of discussion for why the state should support school and academic libraries.
Social media privacy HB 2654 & SB 344. This is an emerging issue and one that OLA has not fully discussed. The IF Committee recommends supporting the bill. THe Legislative Committee welcomes your input. We will try and have a discussion about this over lunch on the 8th.
Schedule for the Legislative Day
8:00-2:30 Displays (Galleria)
8:00-4:00 Individual Appointments with legislators
9:00 Issue Briefing – State Library Room 102-103
11:30-1:30 Lunch (pay for your own) Goudy Commons, Willamette University
-Janet Webster, Oregon State University
Register Now for Information Literacy Summit
Registration for the Oregon IL Summit on April 20 in Bend at the OSU-Cascades Campus is now available.
The cost of the Summit (continental breakfast and lunch included) is only $25. The Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon (ILAGO) has, for the past several years, provided the Information Literacy Summit as an inexpensive means for academic and school librarians, writing faculty, and others interested in Information Literacy instruction to gather and discuss issues of importance to them. We hope to see both old and new friends and colleagues in Bend on April 20 at our annual gathering of the Oregon Information Literacy community. For the day’s schedule and directions to the campus, please visit: http://ilago.wordpress.com/oregon-il-summit-2013/
Thanks to the Oregon Library Association and the Library Instruction Round Table for their sponsorship and assistance. Please feel free to refer any questions to Bryan Miyagishima at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Registration Now Open for Collection Care Workshops
Workshops that enable libraries, archives and museums along the Oregon coast to care for their collections better, including preparing for disasters, will take place April 15-16 in Coos Bay.
“These training sessions will enable the volunteers and staff of these organizations to give better care and protection for the important books, records and treasures they hold for the public,” said project director Kyle Jansson.
People may attend one or both days of training. Pre-registration is required for these free workshops.
The collections care workshop on April 15 will cover the topics of collection policy, preservation planning, collections assessments, environmental controls, collections problem solving, and solving conundrums through networking.
The emergency preparedness workshop on April 16 includes connecting with emergency responders, disaster planning, identifying threats and resources, collections prioritization, and involving the public in disaster preparedness,
The workshops will include lectures, hands-on activities, discussions, guest presentations, and small-group work. They are designed for archives, libraries and museums and will be relevant to people with little collections experience as well those with more significant experience.
For more information and registration, visit the Connecting to Collections website.
For more information, email email@example.com or phone 503-986-0670.
The workshops are funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to a coalition of statewide organizations, including the Oregon State Library and the Oregon Library Association, led by the Oregon Heritage Commission. -Kyle Jansson, Coordinator, Oregon Heritage Commission
You can register online with a credit card or by check. Once you have completed your registration form and have chosen a payment option, you will receive an email. If paying by check, please include a copy of the email with your check and mail it to the address noted on the page.
Reservations can also be made for the Hilton Vancouver either online through the conference website or by calling (360)993-4500. The Hilton Vancouver is located at 301 West 6th Street, Vancouver, Washington. Rates are $124 per night for a single or double occupancy and $144 per night for triple occupancy. The group name is OLA/WLA 2013 Joint Conference and the group code is WLM. Additional lodging is available at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver, located at 100 Columbia Street, Vancouver, Washington. Reservations can be made by calling (360) 694-8341.