October 15, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 19): HAPPENINGS

OSU Library Faculty Association Seminar Series:

Michael Boock, Associate Professor and Scholarly Communications Librarian at OSU Libraries and Press will deliver the first presentation in this year’s Seminar Series. The topic is: A Fulbright and Librarian in Bulgaria.” He will speak on October 18 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Valley Library, VLib 3622 – East Willamette Industries Seminar Room.

For more information, contact Cara Key at cara.key@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-7988.

October 15, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 19): CONFERENCE

Call for Session and Pre-conference Proposals / 2020 OLA Conference:  Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

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The Oregon Library Association conference will be held April 29-May 2 at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes in Bend. As we celebrate 80 years since OLA’s beginnings at Timberline Lodge in June 1940, the theme for the 2020 OLA Conference will be: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion.

 The deadline for session and pre-conference proposals is fast approaching: this Friday, October 18!

With your contribution, we hope to build a slate of content that is engaging, informative, diverse, and inspiring.

Pre-conference proposal form: https://forms.gle/VALsSPspsBPyezD7A

Conference session proposal form: https://forms.gle/cjHD53QyCNUB5H4a9

Questions? Please contact:

  •         Caren Agata, Program Co-Chair, caren.agata@state.or.us
  •         Rinny Lakin, Program Co-Chair, erinl@multco.us

Read on for more information:

Submissions are open to anyone, regardless of membership status.

 Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are at the center of our work in libraries.  Libraries are a cornerstone of democracy, providing free and open access to services and resources for everyone in our local communities. This year’s OLA conference will explore EDI in many connotations and intersections, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical and mental abilities, body size, religious beliefs, political ideologies, and geography.

 The conference is an opportunity for OLA to have focused conversations surrounding EDI, learn from one another, provide professional and personal growth, and share the important work we are doing to help create equitable and inclusive communities in Oregon.

October 15, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 19): CONFERENCE

New OLA Conference Scholarship for Technical Services Staff

The Technical Services Round Table (OLA TSRT) will offer a new scholarship (up to $600) in time for the first winner, to attend OLA 2020 in Bend, OR.  Watch for Details in November!

Staff/support staff in technical services who are members of both OLA and the Technical Services Round Table will be eligible. The scholarship may be used to offset registration and other conference-related expenses for OLA. 

Meanwhile, click through https://www.olaweb.org/membership to join OLA and TSRT or add TSRT to your existing OLA membership.

October 1, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 18): PEOPLE

From the OLA President

On October 4 OLA’s Executive Board will meet at Hood River Library to discuss new and continuing business, including the Macmillan embargo on libraries’ access to new ebooks, OLA’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force, and strategic planning.  Board meetings also provide opportunities for OLA units and individual members to share information, ideas, and concerns, and all members of OLA are always welcome and invited to attend, either in person or online via Zoom.

Who, you may ask, serves on the OLA Board and when does it meet?  Voting members of the Executive Board consist of the OLA President, Vice President/President-elect, and Past President, as well as the elected Treasurer, Secretary, and ALA Chapter Councilor.  The President appoints a Member-at-Large, and the current chairs of ACRL-OR, Children’s Services Division, Oregon Association of School Libraries, Oregon Young Adult Network, Public Library Division, and Support Staff Division round out the 13 voting members.  OLA’s Parliamentarian, Association Manager, and the State Librarian serve as three additional non-voting members of the Board. To view the current members and a list of bimonthly board meetings for 2019-2020, see OLA’s Executive Board/Current Officers.

Meeting agendas and information on attending virtually are available on the Board Meetings page of OLA’s website.  On the October 4 agenda I want to point out the Open Forum at 2:00, where any member is invited to introduce items and participate in the meeting.  The Open Forum is a standing part of every board meeting and I encourage OLA members to be aware of this opportunity to engage with the Executive Board.

Thank you,

Elaine Hirsch

olapresident@olaweb.org

September 15, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 17): ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLA Quarterly: Call for Submissions

The Oregon Library Association Quarterly is seeking submissions for the Fall 2019 issue. The OLAQ is a professional journal that showcases the writing and work of library employees in Oregon, and it is indexed in LIS databases.

The theme for the upcoming issue is Youth Services Take Over OLA Quarterly! Of course, youth services are well-represented in most issues, but this time we’re taking over the whole publication. The guest editor will be April Spisak, Head of Youth Services at the Albany Public Library. I’ve been passionate about libraries as a patron, as an instructor, and as a librarian. I’ve been working in youth services for almost 20 years, and as an instructor I told my students repeatedly that they had to advocate for themselves and for their work, and that I considered sharing our experiences and knowledge to be a core aspect of librarianship, a key element in “beyond four walls” librarianship.

It is in that spirit that I invite all potential authors to email me with your ideas for articles at: april.spisak@cityofalbany.net  

I’d like to see articles that explore innovative programming or outreach, new ideas about youth services librarianship, explorations of third space in your children’s or YA areas, and introspective thought pieces that explore what you thought youth services was if that is a contrast with your job experience, or what you’d like to be able to do within your role. If we could get together in a big room and chat, we’d want to talk about successes, ideas, and goal-setting. I’m envisioning this issue as a version of that – what do we want to say to each other, and what do we want to make sure non-youth services librarians know about the work we do?

Proposals will be due by September 24th, and then you’ll have about a month to get me your first draft (October 25th). I’m looking for articles around 1,000-1,500 words, and images and creative work are, of course, always welcome. I’ve been an OLA Quarterly fan since I moved to OR, and I am thrilled to work with authors in this capacity.

Thank you!

 

September 15, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 17): HAPPENINGS

Central Oregon Social 

Dear library / book folks of Central Oregon:

You are invited to the Central Oregon Library Social!

When: Sunday, November 3rd  5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Where:  Broken Top Bottle Shop, 1740 NW Pence Lane, Bend OR

Come and meet your regional colleagues and like-minded geeky people – we look forward to seeing you there!

 

September 15, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 17): HAPPENINGS

OYAN is hosting a free workshop on serving youth who are facing housing instability in Oregon. It will be at the Gresham Library on October 18th. The time is TBD. But we are aiming for late morning. Our quarterly meeting will follow.  

For more information, you can contact Keli Yeats at keliy@multcolib.org or 503-988-5396 or Rachel Timmons at rachel@teenlibrarian@gmail.com or 541-387-7073

 

September 15, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 17): CONFERENCE

2020 OLA Conference: Eighty & EDI

The Oregon Library Association conference will be held April 29-May 2 at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes in Bend. As we celebrate 80 years since OLA’s beginnings at Timberline Lodge in June 1940, the theme for the 2020 OLA Conference will be: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion.

The conference committee is now accepting session proposals — with your contribution, we hope to build a slate of content that is engaging, informative, diverse, and inspiring.

Program proposal deadline: October 18th, 2019.

Program contacts will be notified of selection decisions by November 30th, 2019.

Submissions are open to anyone, regardless of membership status.

Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are at the center of our work in libraries.  Libraries are a cornerstone of democracy, providing free and open access to services and resources for everyone in our local communities. This year’s OLA conference will explore EDI in many connotations and intersections, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical and mental abilities, body size, religious beliefs, political ideologies, and geography.

The conference is an opportunity for OLA to have focused conversations surrounding EDI, learn from one another,  provide professional and personal growth, and share the important work we are doing to help create equitable and inclusive communities in Oregon.

Pre-conference proposal form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd1tiiEr42g_ZcPHDBspJ1GKHj2oZ8B2wIjaFv-9MnVQwOr1Q/viewform 

Conference session proposal form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf95JkAv_AYF9Rt6d8v6NtX9Ev2slPKqPdmzTOCUZpRDI-4Zw/viewform

Questions? Please contact:

  •         Caren Agata, Program Co-Chair, caren.agata@state.or.us 
  •         Rinny Lakin, Program Co-Chair, erinl@multco.us

September 1, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 16): ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLA Quarterly: The Future Organization of Things

A brand new issue of the OLA Quarterly is now available!  Please find individual links to articles by your colleagues below.

The Guest Editor is Ray Zill of OSU and the theme is The Future Organization of Things.

Please download and read the full issue here: https://commons.pacificu.edu/olaq/vol25/iss1/

From the Guest Editor, by Ray Zill. https://commons.pacificu.edu/olaq/vol25/iss1/3/

The Future of Cataloging (for the Rest of Us): Forecasting for Production-Level Cataloging, by Lori Van Deman.

https://commons.pacificu.edu/olaq/vol25/iss1/4/

Beyond the Subject: Non-Topical Facets for Exploration and Discovery, by Kelley McGrath.

https://commons.pacificu.edu/olaq/vol25/iss1/5/

Leveraging Cataloging and Collection Development Expertise to Improve OER Discovery, by Clare Sobotka, Holly Wheeler, and Heather White.

https://commons.pacificu.edu/olaq/vol25/iss1/6/

From Selection to Shelf: A Process Improvement Experience, by Lorie Vik.

https://commons.pacificu.edu/olaq/vol25/iss1/7/

Out With the Old, in With the … ArchivesSpace, by Laura Buchholz.

https://commons.pacificu.edu/olaq/vol25/iss1/8/

It’s Automatic: Library Automation as a Catalyst For Transformation, by Michelle Lenox.

https://commons.pacificu.edu/olaq/vol25/iss1/9/

Know How to Play the Accordion, but Don’t (and Other Things I Learned While Implementing a Discovery Layer: A Top Ten List), by Amy Mihelich.

https://commons.pacificu.edu/olaq/vol25/iss1/10/

Three Tips for Creating Local Technical Services Trainings, by Stephanie Milbrodt.

https://commons.pacificu.edu/olaq/vol25/iss1/11/

Abstract by Ray Zill: Oregon librarians are on track with current developments in technical services, but that is no simple task. This issue of OLAQ is dedicated to cataloging, metadata, archival description, and all the various ways we organize our collections. Authors reveal their thoughts on the practical implications of future cataloging methods, faceted vocabulary, and new tools. They share tales of migration and automation, implementing new discovery layers, optimizing access to open educational resources, providing affordable training, and more. In this incredibly instant culture, our work is crucial in providing efficient access to information resources. Come explore the important, yet oftentimes invisible, work of organizing things. What does the future hold?

Fortify your knowledge of libraries with the experience and wisdom of your colleagues!

Contact the authors with questions! Use these new ideas to serve your communities!

See if someone you know wrote an article!

Thank you,

OLA Communications

September 1, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 16): PEOPLE

From the OLA President

Greetings, OLA colleagues!  As the Oregon Library Association begins a new year with a new Executive Board and unit leadership, I want to introduce myself as your OLA President from September 2019 – August 2020.  I look forward to working with you as we continue to come together to strengthen Oregon’s libraries and the communities we serve.

I have been involved in OLA for over twenty years, and have held various roles and positions in the association.  I’m occasionally asked why I’m interested in serving as OLA President, and the honest answer is because I was asked to run in the election!  OLA is where I’ve focused my professional service throughout my career, and I know each one of us makes an important difference to its success. For me, running for an elected position was a responsibility of my commitment to OLA.  My day job, by the way, is Associate Director of Watzek Library at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.

This year equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI)  is a specific area of focus for OLA. Related initiatives include the next issue of the OLA Quarterly, which will highlight some of the important work a variety of libraries are doing to help create equitable and inclusive communities.  An EDI Task Force has been created by the OLA Board to develop an EDI Plan for the association, and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion has been set as the annual conference theme to provide a concentrated opportunity for OLA members to engage in related conversations.

Please save the date for the upcoming conference in Bend, which runs April 29-May 2, 2020. We will also celebrate the 80th anniversary of OLA’s beginnings at Timberline Lodge in 1940!

I am constantly inspired by my innovative, socially concerned, and dedicated OLA colleagues.  Please let me know if you have ideas to share about OLA or would like to become more involved in the association.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Elaine Hirsch

olapresident@olaweb.org

OLA president handoff
Photo caption: OLA President Esther Moberg and President-elect Elaine Hirsch during the ceremonial passing of the OLA gavel at the August 23 Executive Board meeting.