April 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 7) People.

We Remember Gretchen Krista Leslie

Gretchen Krista Leslie passed away last Thursday, March 20, 2014, from ALS, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gretchen was born in Walla Walla, Washington, March 25, 1951, to her parents Emily Ellen and Lynn R. Leslie. She is survived by her husband Tom Headley, son Thomas Headley III and his wife Candy McLay.

Gretchen spent most of her career in the high tech industry, working as a research librarian and information analyst for Battelle Memorial Institute, Mentor Graphics, Intel, Lattice Semiconductor, and IEEE Inc.


Gretchen joined ORSLA in 1995 and was an active participant from the beginning. By 1996 she was serving as chair of the Consulting Committee, and she was elected president-elect for the 1997-1998 year, serving as ORSLA President in 1998-1999. She was a dedicated ORSLA member, and was awarded the chapter’s Kathy Greey Memorial Award in 2002. She continued to volunteer and served as the as Public Relations chairperson in 2008 and assisting us in reviewing our governing documents more recently.

Gretchen was active in the industry associations, participating in IEEE, Inc. and ACM’s Library Advisory Groups. She was active in the Oregon library community, serving a three year term on the Oregon State Library’s Library Services and Technology Act Advisory Council, advising on the funding of public library projects. She was also instrumental in the setup of an online resource for Oregon library staff called NWCentral.org, serving with the team from 2006 through 2013.

But her favorite activity was her time on the Oregon Library Association’s MLIS Scholarship Selection Committee from 2006 – 2013, reviewing scholarship applications and recommending candidates for funding for their Masters programs in librarianship. She loved to see the candidates complete their graduate programs and move into a professional career.

Gretchen’s hobbies included reading trashy popular novels which she called “the antidote to the technical and marketing data she had to encounter in her work life.” She spent many happy hours canoeing and camping with her family, exploring Oregon State Parks, attending operas, tending to her cats, and growing gardens full of lilies and roses.

There will be a short memorial service for Gretchen on Friday April 11th at 2pm at the Mountain View Memorial Gardens, 499 Watercrest Road, Forest Grove, OR in the mausoleum.

Cindy Romaine | Romainiacs Intelligent Research | 503.810.4890 | romainiacs.com |

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March 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 6) Association News.

2014 OLA Conference Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2014 OLA Conference which will be held at the Salem Convention Center.  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 a confirmation page.  If paying by check, please include a copy of the confirmation page with your check and mail it to the address noted on the page.

Early bird registration ends tomorrow!  It is also possible to register for meals only. Preconference and program information can be found on OLA’s conference web pages.

Reservations can also be made at the Phoenix Grand Hotel either online or by calling 1-877-540-7800.  Rates are $119 for a room with a king size bed or $129 for a room with two queen size beds (plus 10% tax and fees).  Be sure to supply the attendee code of OLA2014.

Key Dates:

Pre-conferences: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Conference: Thursday-Friday, April 17-18, 2014

Early registration ends Sunday, March 16, 2014

Online registration ends Friday, April 4, 2014

Onsite registration will be available, checks & credit card payments only (no cash). We’re looking forward to seeing you there!             -Suzanne L. Sager, Portland State University

Conference Sessions Sneak Peeks: From ACRL-OR & the Support Staff Division

Academic Libraries and Student Affairs: Developing New Partnerships to Support Student Learning

In an effort to demystify the academic library to first year students and provide additional avenues to introduce library services and resources outside of academic classes, Lewis & Clark’s Watzek Library has placed a focus on developing its relationship with the Division of Student Life. This collaboration has resulted in new library outreach programs for students at the College, and fostered a stronger partnership between library and Student Life staff with student academic success at its center. The session will highlight these new collaborative programs, with plenty of time for discussion and participants to share their experiences with academic library and student affairs partnerships.

Presenters: Elaine Gass Hirsch, Lewis & Clark College Watzek Library; Jenny Bornstein, Lewis & Clark College Watzek Library

Sponsor: ACRL-OR.

Collective Insight: Driven by Shared Data

In recent years people and organizations have begun utilizing data in new and exciting ways, leveraging dramatic changes in technology and the network. Data is an essential driver of success, part of a broader trend toward data-driven insight and integration of libraries into the wider Web. This integration is vital for the “inside-out” library, whose users have made an “attention switch” and a “workflow switch.” How do we share and use data within libraries and the internet to gain greater insight, and turn our collections and services outside the library to where our users are?

Presenters: Eric Forte, OCLC

Sponsor: ACRL-OR

Condition check:  is your library’s print collection looking.. “loved”?
ANNOUNCING:  The OLA Support Staff Division and the Library Preservation Round Table will present an all-day Basic Book Mending Pre-Conference workshop on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Oregon Library Association Conference in Salem. Help refresh worn books and add years to their circulating lives!

This workshop will introduce basic book repair methods and materials through hands-on instruction and is intended for beginners. Procedures covered will include reattaching loose pages, cover repair and reattachment, hinge and spine repair. Please note that procedures in this class are intended for circulating collections and not for rare or
valuable books and documents.

We will also discuss collection maintenance and strategies for avoiding damage and streamlining conservation processes. The materials fee for the workshop provides a mending toolkit which participants may take home;paper, bookcloth, and adhesives will be provided. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to bring their own books to work on.

Presented by Carolee Harrison(Special Collections and Archives Technician) and Kristen Kern (Fine and Performing Arts Librarian),
Portland State University Library.

MORE INFORMATION about the pre-conference and general conference
REGISTRATION and rate information(Early registration rates until 3/16!)

GRATITUDE:  Rea Andrew, the Support Staff Division, and the Preservation
Round Table. Thank you, and see you in April! – Carolee Harrison- PSU Library

Awards Season! Opportunities to Acknowledge Achievement & Contributions

The S.A.V.V.I.E.S.: A New Tradition from H.A.S.

Can we stand one more acronym? Yes, we can! The H.A.S. (Honors, Awards, and Scholarships) Committee exists to recognize outstanding achievement and this happens through a number of awards which are presented each year.

However, we know that there are a lot of fabulous successes which happen every year which we could and should be sharing and celebrating. This year we’re starting a new tradition and sharing those successes at our annual conference. That’s where SAVVIES comes in. It stands for: Shared Achievements Victories Ventures Innovations Endowments & Successes

Here’s how easy it will be: send us your nomination of a local success (i.e. a children’s area expansion, an award from a civic organization, a building project) along with a photo and a little bit of information. We’ll combine these successes into a presentation and share with OLA members at the annual conference (i.e. power point at awards luncheon) and post on the web site afterwards.

Go ahead-nominate yourself! Nominate a friend who is shy! Go around your director and nominate your library! We want to hear about noteworthiness of all sorts! Send all nominations with a photo and some information to mcole@orcity.org (please use subject line: SAVVIES). Deadline is April 7, 2014. Questions? Same email will get you answers! Flood us with your success stories-we know you have them! -Maureen Cole, Oregon City Public Library


Do you have an awesome person at your library providing excellent services to the teens in your community?  Now is the time to recognize that person!!  Talk to their teens, write us a letter, and get them nominated!

Nominations for the 2014 OYAN You’re Excellent Award will be accepted through March 31! 

Nominations for this coveted award are open until March 31st.  Please include the following: Nominee’s name, nominee’s contact information, description of the nominee’s positive and significant contributions to teens in libraries in the State Of Oregon and any accompanying letters of support (okay to send them separate from the nomination). Mail or email your letter of nomination and letters of support to: traci.l.glass@ci.eugene.or.us or Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401.

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March 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 6) People.

Congratulations to Nadia, Answerland Volunteer!


Oregon’s Statewide Virtual Reference service, Answerland, recognizes volunteer Nadia Abdullah for her excellent virtual reference work while staffing the service in September 2013. Nadia’s transcript is online here.

The question that Nadia answered is one that was submitted to the service via text message. The challenges of answering a reference
question in a text message environment include the need to send brief answers, limiting use of web addresses (since patrons may not have smart phones), and making it clear to the patron that the person answering the question is human, and a friendly human at that. Nadia excelled on all counts.

In this conversation, the patron asked for help finding a children’s book about the Pendleton Round-Up. Nadia provided the title of a book that, while not a children’s book, has many photographs of the Round-Up. She also offered to have a children’s librarian research the question further and send additional resources via email. The patron
shared her email address and received additional information later the same day (to which the patron replied, saying thank you and stating that she was impressed and amazed).

The Quality Team is impressed with Nadia’s skill in finding a suitable book for the patron, her thoughtfulness in offering follow-up help, and her friendly manner. And she did all of this in the concise space allowed for text messages.

As an expression of our appreciation, Nadia was presented with flowers
and a certificate. Please join us in congratulating her!

The Answerland Quality Team:
Stephanie Debner (Mt. Hood Community College), Joanna Milner (Multnomah County Library), Hillary Ostlund (Hillsboro Public Library), Emily Papagni (Multnomah County Library)

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March 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 6) Happenings.

ORCA Voting

Continues through March! People can vote for their favorite Oregon Reader’s Choice Award book. Please encourage your students and your patrons to vote for their favorite ORCA book. As long as they have read two or more books in any of the three divisions, then they are allowed to vote in that division. Since there were a number of crossover books, any student who competed in OBOB is eligible to vote in the ORCA.

People have until March 31st to vote. Please collect the votes at your school or library.

There are paper ballots that you can download from the ORCA website, or you can create your own. You also could do an electronic ballot, if you would rather. I have made a Google form for my students to use for voting that I am willing to share. Google has now changed how they can be shared, so you cannot easily just use mine. If you want an electronic ballot, which you can modify to only show some of the divisions, please email me with your Google account and I can make one for you. (Yes, you have to have a Google account to use this particular electronic ballot.) Once you have the votes for your building all tallied, please submit them using this Google form. Please submit your overall votes by April 4th. Thank you SO much for promoting reading through the Oregon Reader’s Choice Award.

Later in April we will announce the winners, plus the titles for the 2015 ORCA Divisions.

-Stuart Levy, ORCA Chair

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March 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 6) Opportunities for Enrichment.

Register now for ILAGO Summit
Registration is now 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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March 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 6) Library News.

Library DIY Now Open Source

PSU Library has recently released the Library DIY infrastructure as an open source platform for creating point-of-need instructional content. Library DIY is a system of learning objects designed to give students the quick answers they need to continue with their research or library use. This award-winning project can now more easily be replicated at other institutions.

Library DIY joins other valuable PSU Library-developed open source initiatives, including the contextually aware library widget in every D2L course homepage and the study room reservation system. The library widget in particular has been used by other libraries to connect their resources to their learning management systems.

Thanks to the team that developed Library DIY, including Meredith Farkas, Lisa Molinelli, Kim Willson-St. Clair, and Amy Hofer, as well as Mike Flakus and Nathan Mealey in Library Technologies, for building and making open source a well-regarded project other libraries and organizations want to use and adapt.

Shute Park Brach Library Re-Opens

Less than a year after swinging sledgehammers kicked off the demolition of the original Shute Park Branch Library’s interior, a new, more beautifully-designed community gathering spot is set to open on Saturday, March 15 – forever redefining the Shute Park Library’s ability to serve the Hillsboro community.

Originally built and opened in 1975, the Shute Park Branch Library has undergone extensive renovations over the past 10 months. Historic restoration specialist David Wark, of Hennebery Eddy Architects, worked to enhance the Shute Park Library’s original, open design in creating a visible and inviting space that features lower stacks, a reflective ceiling, light-finished wood and considerable natural light.

• Originally opened in 1975
• Closed for renovations in May 2013
• 10 months of renovation work
• 15,000+ square feet
• 57,000 books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and other items
• 57 parking spaces
• 140 new seating places
• 280 first lines from books, poems and songs grace the new glass wall entrance on the west side

Underneath the finishes and design work, all building systems have been replaced: heating and air conditioning, roof, electrical, plumbing, security and data. Seismic reinforcements can be seen in diagonal beams across some north windows and t-beams running overhead east and west.

Led by new Branch Manager Hillary Ostlund, a team of employees has moved over from the Hillsboro Main Library to begin a new era of serving Hillsboro book lovers at Shute Park, just as the Hillsboro Public Library celebrates 100 years of operations.

Image• Natural light floods the building

• Seismically reinforced structure
• New roof, heating, air conditioning systems, electrical, plumbing, security, data systems

• New meeting room can be reserved for before- and after-hours events
• Tom and Gayle Hughes Conference Room may be reserved during Library hours
• Reader board provides information about library programs and services

• Additional features for children, including an early-literacy kiosk and additional furniture
• Bestseller display of books and DVDs stocked by the Friends of the Hillsboro Public Library
• New Tuality Healthcare Plaza features a public art project of mosaic tiles by local artist Lynn Adamo 

Shute Park Library’s grand opening comes just nine months after the opening of the Main Library’s second floor, which added more than 36,000 square feet of useable space.

“With two new library buildings that Hillsboro can be proud of,” said Library Director Mike Smith. “It’s a great way to celebrate a centennial.”

The two-part capital project cost $9.5 million, with $500,000 in support from the Hillsboro Library Foundation and a $25,000 donation from the Friends of the Library to purchase bestselling books and DVDs.

You are invited to join Mayor Jerry Willey and many others in celebrating the Grand Opening of the renovated Shute Park Branch Library on Saturday, March 15 at 10 am.


Mon – Wed: 10 a m – 8pm

Thur – Sat: 10 am – 6 pm
Closed on Sundays

Message From the State Librarian March 14, 2014

The 2014 Legislative Session has been completed and there are a couple of items that will impact the State Library and our transformation process that I want to share with you.

You may remember that in the last session, the Legislature held back 2% of every agency’s general fund dollars.  I’m happy to report that the 2014 Legislature restored 57% of that holdback.   The $18,616 that was restored to our budget will be used for 2014-15 Ready-to-Read grants.

As a reminder of the timeline of reorganization activities to date:

During the 2011 Legislative session the Workgroup on Libraries and Archives in Oregon State Government was established in response to Budget Note #1 of Senate Bill 5521, which requested that the Oregon Governor’s Office, Secretary of State, and Chief Justice jointly develop options pertaining to the consolidation and improvement of library and archives services.  That work resulted in a report  to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means in the 2012 Session that outlined a number of recommendations to be implemented over several years.

In January of 2013 a reorganization committee was formed that included OSL staff and stakeholders, with assistance from the office of the Chief Operating Officer. At the conclusion of the 2013 Legislative session the State Library had the following note attached to their budget bill (HB 5022):
The State Library and the Department of Administrative Services are directed to submit to the Legislature in February of 2014 a detailed strategic business plan for the reorganization of the State Library. The two agencies are directed to report to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means throughout the interim on the reorganization planning efforts. Additionally, the State Library is directed to hold vacant any current or future vacated or unfilled positions until the Legislature in 2014 approves a reorganization plan for the agency.

At that point, the State Library, working with the office of the COO, engaged the consulting firm Mass Ingenuity to oversee the transformation project. This project is fully documented on this website . The result of this work was the Oregon State Library Transformation Project Report to the Interim Joint Committee on Ways and Means which was submitted to the Interim Subcommittee on General Government of the Joint Ways and Means Committee.

The Interim Subcommittee on General Government responded with a report, created by Senator Steiner-Hayward and Representative Nathanson that outlined changes to be implemented by the State Library, State of Oregon Law Library, State Archives, and Oregon Historical Society.  The office of the COO provided two project managers to work with the four principal organizations on implementation planning.

In the February 2014 Session:
The Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means will be establishing a Legislative workgroup “to modernize the delivery of state library services by improving access to public information, eliminating duplicative services and costs, increasing utilization of digital resources, and increasing collaborative partnerships across entities. The workgroup shall recommend draft legislation for introduction in the 2015 legislative session for the reorganization of state library services, which should, where possible; incorporate national best practices pertaining to library reorganizations.”

The membership of that work group will be decided by the Co-Chairs and will include “Legislative members, and other members chosen to represent the interests of state library service users and employees.”  I will share information about the membership of the work group as soon as it is announced. There will be an opportunity for public input and I will keep you apprised of that as well.

Since the Legislative session has ended, I am taking this opportunity to take a vacation to Denmark. I will be out of the office from March 17th through March 27th and will provide an update when I return. -MaryKay Dahlgreen Oregon State Librarian

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January 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 2) People

New Member Profile – Julie Bramman

Julie Bramman

Julie Bramman

Hi! I’m Julie Bramman and I’m the librarian for NCTI/AMR, a network of paramedic colleges operating around the country. I provide reference service by email and train students to use the electronic resources provided through our subscription to LIRN. I completed my MLS from Emporia in December 2008. Additionally, I work full time as a school secretary at Cascade Locks Elementary.

Prior to this, I worked as librarian at Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow. Being a federal librarian was a fantastic experience, one I highly recommend! I worked with people of all ages and rank–I even helped the Base Colonel sign up for a Transparent Languages account on his iPad. Military families live a mobile lifestyle, so I emphasized electronic resources provided through the Marine Corps Library Program and Navy Knowledge Online and became a convert myself–I now prefer to read on a Kindle rather than hold a heavy book.

Last spring I volunteered for Battle of the Books–I was so impressed by the dedication of the high school teams! Because I had a long list of books to read in preparation, I used the experience to teach myself how to obtain resources through apps from Blio, OverDrive, OneClick, and 3M Cloud Library from Multnomah, Hood River, and Ft. Vancouver library systems. In August I began studying Spanish using the Pimsleur language program, LiveMocha, podcasts, and games. As a child I used the library to explore the world and I love that I can still find so much content that inspires and challenges me as an adult.

In my spare time I take discards and create new items from the contents–whether it’s a journal, or gift tags, greeting cards, or gift bows using the beautiful, funny, or quirky illustrations inside. I have taught two sessions on gift tag construction at Holgate and Rockwood libraries and volunteered at Rockwood for nearly two years prior to attending grad school.

I joined OLA because I wanted to support an organization whose information I value and trust. I am connected to and inspired by what’s happening in libraries around the state through information provided by the OLA Hotline and website.

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