November 15, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 1) Association News

OLA’s Reference and Legal Reference Round Tables to Offer Statewide Training on Fastcase and EBSCO’s Legal Information Reference Service

Heard the news? As featured in the November 2015 issue of the State Library Newsletter, the State of Oregon Law Library (SOLL) has invested in two legal research databases and is making them freely available to all Oregonians via the SOLL website. This is such an awesome service!

These two databases, Fastcase and EBSCO’s Legal Information Reference Service (“Nolo”), offer indispensable resources to library patrons who are researching a legal problem, building a legal case, or engaged in law studies. Truly, they’re incomparable and often essential.

The SOLL online guides linked above provide the access points for both databases; equally useful within the guides are the description of contents, additional resources, and tips offered by Law Library staff. (BTW, those very same staff are more than happy to answer any questions, too – given them a holler sometime!)

But wouldn’t it be cool to have some expert-led, hands-on training for your library’s staff on these two, rather unique, resources? That’s right, in-person training in a computer lab setting that would give you practical experience in knowing when and why you’d refer patrons to the databases as well as how to use them effectively.

The Reference and Legal Reference Round Tables are currently in talks with the State Law Library to develop a collaborative and comprehensive Nolo and Fastcase training program, with the goal of taking the training “on the road” to various libraries and/or regions beginning early next year. Chairs of both units welcome feedback from OLA members; we are especially eager to hear from folks who might be interested in contributing their time or training expertise in support of the project. Please send comments and questions to Sue or Thea by December 11.

For the rest of you, stay tuned – training on Fastcase and Nolo will soon be coming to a library near you!

Sue Ludington | Chair, Legal Reference RT

Thea Evanstad | Chair, Reference RT

Cathryn Bowie | State Law Librarian

November 15, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 1) From the Vice President

Notes from the new Vice President

Since assuming the position of Vice President of OLA in August this year, I have really been enjoying that steep learning curve that everyone warned me about. I thought it might be slightly interesting to some of you (I hope…) to hear a small snippet of what it’s like to hold this position so far.

These musings piggyback on Jane Corry’s recent submission to the OLA Hotline, her “OLA President’s Diary”. So, my apologies for that—I prefer to think of this as taking inspiration as opposed to plagiarism…I hope you share that perspective.

As Jane wrote, we had a great retreat in July, which is a time for the outgoing and incoming unit chairs, and others, to meet and set the course for the coming year. This was the first step in the fabled “hazing” process I’d heard about for incoming VPs (certainly not so bad)—the logistical set up of said retreat, and leading the evening hike. To my amazement, it went quite well! There was no room assignment or food aversion that we couldn’t handle–though the people at Silver Falls deserve the credit for that. But, armed with my spreadsheets, I felt as though I made a small contribution to the event, and I felt that it was a very productive experience, thanks to the participation and engagement of our amazing OLA members.

Vice President duties also encompass a fair bit of committee participation: I’ve been serving on the OLA Executive Board, of course, as well as the Conference Committee and the Legislative Committee. I’m also participating in the Strategic Planning task force (or is it a special committee? I will have that down pat by the time I take on the presidency, I promise). These opportunities have connected me to dedicated people that serve in different capacities in OLA. That is by far been the best part of the work: I have met and collaborated with the most interesting and brilliant people in Oregon’s vibrant library-land.

While all our members in OLA have other commitments and an outside life, I continue to be inspired by the level of dedication and how willing people are to help and share their talents. This is what has drawn me to OLA for these past years, and it energizes and excites me now that I’m taking on a new role. I promise to keep everyone posted on what’s going on for me as VP, and please contact me if you have suggestions or ideas for OLA moving forward.

Elsa Loftis, M.L.I.S., OLA Vice President
Director of Library Services | Oregon College of Art and Craft

November 15, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 1) Library News

ACRL Washington & Oregon Annual Joint Fall Conference Wrap Up

Each fall academic librarians, library school students, and library staff from across the Pacific Northwest gather in the woods for the ACRL Washington & Oregon Annual Joint Fall Conference. This year it was ACRL Washington’s turn to host at their beautiful Pack Forest venue. ACRL Washington arranges concurrent sessions when they host, so I was only able to experience a few of the many sessions that were offered. As always, I found myself inspired (and frankly overwhelmed) by all the great work going on across Oregon and Washington. Investigate for yourself the lively twitter conversation fueled by the presenters of 17 different sessions!

As this year’s ACRL Oregon President, I also had the honor and privilege of publicly presenting the 2015 ACRL Oregon Award for Excellence to John Schoppert, Director of Library Services at Columbia Gorge Community College, in recognition of his leadership on the Gorge Open (GO) OER Project. Congratulations, John!

(John Schoppert holds Open Source textbooks used at Columbia Gorge Community College. Photo by Mark Gibson, The Dalles Chronicle, 2015)

Interested? Inspired? Come join us in 2016 when ACRL Oregon hosts at Menucha. See you there!

Uta Hussong-Christian
ACRL-OR President, 2015-2016
Associate Professor | Science Librarian
Oregon State University Libraries & Press

November 15, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 1) People

Member Profile: Bob Jonas


After twenty-one years working as a school librarian ––seventeen overseas––I still had no idea that this would be the year to pack up and head into the sunset. After four years in Beaverton, Oregon and seven in China––Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong, three years in Santiago, Chile, three years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and my final overseas post in Erlangen, Germany, father time was getting the retirement red carpet ready. Fortunately, Susan found her own magic carpet, welcoming her to a great new adventure as the high school librarian at Vashon High School on Vashon Island, Washington. It all seemed to happen too fast. When I now check my social media connections, with slight foreboding, friends around the world are returning to exotic locales I no longer will fly off to this August. I can’t help but wonder.

As crazy and astonishing as we find our home country to be, I am betting we are home to stay. We have two gorgeous granddaughters and a group of family and friends we have long ignored and lost touch.  We both have professional roles we wish to continue in ways that will always connect us to kids–Susan at school, me at home, pounding away at a keyboard on the next YA novel, ready at a moment’s notice to visit schools or professional conferences.

One surefire way to reconnect with librarians and the educational establishment in the Northwest was to renew my membership with PNLA, WLMA, and OASL. I presented at PNLA at the beginning of August and have more to share at OASL in Coos Bay, as well as WLMA in Yakima early this fall, and hopefully, at OLA in the spring.

My day–to–day routine will hopefully extend what I have been doing since the time I was a kid and librarian–writing, telling stories, inspiring kids to read and write and love the library. As the author of two published books and more in the planning stages, I hope to continue my efforts––in one degree or another––for as long as there are kids in need of inspiration and who are willing to listen.  My new book, Imposter will be out late fall and the sequel is rapidly taking shape. ChinAlive, my first YA thriller, is available on just about every online seller including Amazon, Powell’s, IndiBound, KOBO, and Barnes and Noble. Whether as storyteller, author, librarian, or traveler–or any combination–I hope to reach kids as a presenter or as a volunteer in any way I can. For friends and family who keep asking what I plan to do in retirement, take heart––I WILL NOT BE BORED.

November 1, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 23) From the President

OLA President’s Diary

10/29/15 Entry:

It has been suggested that perhaps a “what’s going on” from the president happen on a quarterly basis. So starting today I’m keeping track. Considering that it is the end of October, I’ll look back and try and to remember what has happened already.

We had the leadership retreat in August. If you don’t already know, the old and new OLA board meets for 2 days every summer at the beautiful Silver Falls Conference Center to look back at the year, initiate new board members and plan for the next year. One of the big outcomes was a push to look at doing some strategic planning to focus our energy a bit. As an all volunteer organization we all have real jobs too.

Later in August, Candice led her last meeting as President and I started paying closer attention. At that time a Special Committee was formed to decide how to proceed with the strategic planning process. The amazing Sara Q Thompson has been organizing us around that effort and we plan to issue our final report to the board at the December 4th meeting. By the way, all members of OLA are welcome at board meetings.

Another thing I have been involved in is the Conference Committee. With every contact I’m more impressed with the chair, Liisa Sjoblom. She is experienced, organized, and open. The conference will be in Bend. It will be grounded in sound educational theory and I’m interested in also making it fun.  Any educator knows that humans learn best while having fun.

10/31/15 Entry:

Yesterday the Program subcommittee of the Conference Committee met to whittle down 94 program proposals into 44 slots. Led by Michele Burke and Sara Q Thompson, we made a lot of progress.

One thing I didn’t really think about before becoming president was that in addition to the regularly scheduled meetings, of which there are many, things pop up that have to be dealt with quickly. This week we sent a letter to the New England board that accredits colleges, which left off any mention of libraries. Vice President Elsa Loftis wrote it, the board voted on it and I signed and sent it all within 48 hours.

I don’t want to make it sound like I’m complaining. As I tell people who ask me why I’m doing this, it’s the most concentrated learning I’ve done since grad school. It’s exciting, fun, and I’m constantly amazed at all the wonderful people I’m getting to know.

Jane Corry
Youth Librarian-Belmont Neighborhood Library | Multnomah County Library
Oregon Library Association President

November 1, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 23) Association News

2016 Horner Exchange Delegates

Please join the OLA International Roundtable Horner Exchange committee in congratulating our 2016 Horner Exchange delegates:

  • Jian Wang (translator) is an Electronic & Continuing Resources Librarian at Portland State University.

  • Richard Sapon-White is Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at Oregon State University.

  • Veronica Vichit-Vadakan is a Systems Librarian at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.

  • Victoria Heidushchke is our alternate, should one of the delegates be unable to go.  She is the Library Experience Coordinator at Oregon State University.

The OLA IRRT Horner Exchange committee looks forward to hosting four delegates from the Fujian Provincial Library in late spring of 2016.

Our delegates will travel to the Fujian Province in late October or early November.  The delegates will be joined by Mary Kay Dahlgreen, State Librarian at the Oregon State Library,  and Rosalind Wang, retired, Multnomah County Libraries and Portland State University,  during part of the Exchange visit, so we’ll have quite an impressive group of Oregon librarians visiting the Fujian Province next fall.

The Horner Library Staff Exchange Project is an exchange of library staff between the Fujian Province, China, and Oregon, for the purpose of sharing professional knowledge about library and information science. It was established through a generous gift by the late Dr. Layton Horner to the Oregon State Library and continues through a relationship with the Oregon Library Association International Relations Roundtable. Our international partners are the Fujian Provincial Library and the Fujian Library Association. Fujian is Oregon’s sister province in China, and the Fujian Provincial Library maintains a sister library relationship with the Oregon State Library.  The 2013 blog and 2010 blog provide a look into the most recent trips to the Fujian Province libraries.

Congratulations delegates!

Lori H. Wamsley, Ph.D.

Faculty, Education Dept./Library Assistant Program | Portland Community College, Cascade Campus

November 1, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 23) Library News

Libraries Transform
On October 29th the American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman officially launched Libraries Transform, a national public awareness campaign that will highlight the transformative nature of our nation’s libraries and elevate the critical role libraries play in the digital age.
As part of the national launch, Feldman will tour a variety of libraries in Washington, D.C. to view the power of libraries in action and to gather best practices that will be shared with the library profession and the public at large.
Rapid advances in technology are fueling a library renaissance.  No longer just places for books, libraries now offer an assortment of free digitally-based programs and services including 3-D printing, ebooks, digital recording studios and technology training. Such tech-based resources are transforming lives through digital literacy and lifelong learning, contributing to education, employment, entrepreneurship, engagement and empowerment. Yet libraries are often overlooked as catalysts for powerful individual and community change.
“Today’s libraries are not just about what we have for people, but what we do for and with people,” said Feldman.  “The goal of the Libraries Transform campaign is to change the perception that ‘libraries are just quiet places to do research, find a book, and read’ to a shared understanding of libraries as dynamic centers for learning in the digital age. Libraries of all kinds foster individual opportunity that ultimately drives the success of our communities and our nation.”
For more information about Libraries Transform please visit
Follow #LibrariesTransform on Twitter.
Don Wood | Program Officer | Chapter Relations Office | American Library Association

November 1, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 23) People

Member Profile: Erica Findley

I am the Cataloging | Metadata Librarian at Multnomah County Library. I received my MLS degree in 2008 from the Portland (OR) satellite program of Emporia State University. I have been an active member in the American Library Association where I am currently an at-large member of of the ALA Council and a member of the ALCTS Leadership Development Committee. I am passionate about libraries and believe that it is part of my role as a professional to advocate relentlessly for the work we do. Because of this, I also volunteer as a Board Member for EveryLibrary. We are a non-candidate national Political Action Committee that assists with campaigns for library funding measures on the ballot. The future of our libraries is dependent on stable funding.

My favorite part of attending the OLA conference is meeting other library workers from Oregon. Sharing ideas and hearing about projects in other libraries is a great way to professionally recharge. I have met with the Legislative Committee a couple of times and am interested more in how I can become involved with local political issues that impact libraries. It would be an honor to serve as a committee member and support this involvement statewide.

I am currently reading the first trade of Hitman by Garth Ennis and John McCrea which I consider a *Batman-Lite* comic. It was recommended by my husband who hopes to increase my interest in super hero comics. Aside from reading *mostly* non-superhero comics I just started playing Dungeons and Dragons, watch a lot of anime, record two podcasts for fun not fame, and do my best to take care of our two cats.


October 15, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 22) Association News

2015 OYAN Fall Workshop
OYAN’s fall workshop on Friday, October 23rd, 10 a.m. – noon at the Hillsboro Public Library (2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro, 97124). Following the workshop, we’ll have lunch and then our OYAN business meeting from 1:00 – 4:00. You do not need to attend the meeting to attend the workshop, and vice-versa. We hope you can join us! Please RSVP to Ian Duncanson ( if you’re planning on attending the workshop in the morning. There is no charge for the workshop.

“Building Developmental Relationships With Youth,” presented by Meghan Perry from the Institute for Youth Success:

Participants will:

  • Learn the characteristics of developmental relationships
  • Learn skills to promote positive interactions with youth
  • Practice practical application of these new skills.

In the interactive training “Building Developmental Relationships with Youth, we’ll explore how library staff can build more powerful relationships in their daily interactions with young people. We’ll discuss Developmental Relationships as defined by the Search Institute, using process-focused encouragement rather than outcome-based praise, and using supportive communication skills.

October 15, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 22) Library News

PNLA Quarterly Call for Submissions

PNLA Quarterly is the official journal of the Pacific Northwest Library Association. We are seeking contributions to the Winter 2016 issue!


New Voices is the focus of the winter issue of PNLA Quarterly (80.2, Winter 2016). For this issue we invite LIS students, new professionals, and those who work closely with new librarians and library staff in the PNLA region (Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, and Washington) to submit content. Articles may be theoretical, research-based, or practice-focused. We especially encourage authors to draw on fresh perspectives, explore future visions, and pose wildly innovative ideas.

Deadline for submissions to is January 15, 2016.

Authors are asked to:

  • Submit manuscripts of between 1,000-6,000 words electronically in Microsoft Word file format;
  • Use Verdana 11 point font and 1.15 spacing;
  • Include a 50-100 word biographical sketch and their preferred contact information;
  • Adhere to guidelines in the 6th edition of the Manual of Style of the American Psychological Association (APA). This rule applies in terms of format and references;
  • Obtain any necessary written permission to use copyrighted material, and to pay any and all relevant fees. Appropriate credit should be provided in the manuscript;
  • Submit original work that has not been previously published and is not under consideration for publication in another journal;
  • Please indicate on the manuscript if you would like your article to be peer-reviewed;
  • Contact the PQ editors at with any questions regarding these instructions, the publication process, schedule, or the appropriateness of a proposed article topic.

PNLA Quarterly is an open access journal. In that spirit, PQ authors retain the copyright to their works. PQfacilitates the distribution of its authors’ intellectual property in a professional manner to enhance the process of scholarly communication, and to advance the sharing of information in and beyond the library profession and the PNLA region.

As PNLA Quarterly moves toward re-implementing the peer-review process for selected sections of its content, we invite library professionals in the region to serve as peer reviewers. Please contact the PQ editors at if you are interested.

ISSN: 0030-8188