January 15, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 1): ASSOCIATION NEWS

Yes, it’s time to nominate your colleagues for OLA Honors & Awards!

Who has done an outstanding job or taken on a project or been responsible for a success in our libraries this year?   Tell us about those talented, dedicated individuals whose commitment to excellent library service has made a difference.  The OLA Honors & Awards Committee wants to know who those individuals (or groups) are and we want you to tell us!

Nominations may come from all types of libraries and from all kinds of librarians, staff and supporters.

Nominations are open for the following awards: 

  • Oregon Librarian of the Year
  • Library Employee of the Year
  • OLA Distinguished Service Award
  • Oregon Library Supporter of the Year 
  • OLA EDI Anti-Racism Recognition Award (New award!)

Nomination letters (with no more than six letters of support) are due Friday, March 19, 2021

These awards will be presented to recipients virtually, and their pre-recorded acceptance and remarks will be shown at the 2021 OLA Virtual Conference on Friday, April 23, at 2pm.

Here’s the details on each award:

  1. Oregon Librarian of the Year may be awarded to any Oregon librarian who has been working in an Oregon Library for at least two years in a paid professional position. The nominee must demonstrate excellence in library service in his or her community and to Oregon libraries. The nominee must be a member of OLA.
  1. Oregon Library Employee of the Year may be awarded to any Oregon library staff member who has worked in an Oregon library for at least two years as a paid staff member and demonstrated excellence in library service in his or her community.
  1. Oregon Library Association Distinguished Service Award may be awarded to any Oregon librarian or library staff member, who has been in the profession for 15 or more years, has worked in Oregon libraries for at least ten years, and is currently a member of OLA, for exceptional service over a period of years.
  1. Oregon Library Supporter of the Year may be awarded to any volunteer, volunteer group, library Friend, board member, government official, or other individual who is not a paid library staff member and who has demonstrated excellence in supporting and promoting Oregon libraries.
  1. OLA EDI Anti-Racism Recognition Award (New award!) may be awarded to any Oregon Library or library employee with an outstanding commitment to anti-racism. Nominee must show a proven track record of creating antiracist change in their library or library system in  at least in one of the areas below
  • Contribute to the success of an initiative that empowers oppressed minorities and disadvantaged individuals. 
  • Help destroy systematic/structural racism in their library or library systems.
  • Inspire and encourage Anti-Racism culture at their libraries, presenting, implementing or revamping EDI processes, procedures, terms, conditions and code of conduct to better reflect anti-racism principles.
  • Advocate, participate in outreach and community work dedicated to oppressed minorities and disadvantaged individuals.
  • Creates a pipeline for BIPOC to become library staff.

If you need more info, read the awards guidelines and let me know if you have questions. Take a look at https://www.olaweb.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=251

Your letter (e-mail) of nomination should include the following information, if pertinent, and be as informational as possible:

   * Name, contact information, current position for nominee

   * Award for which you are nominating the person or group  

   * Description of why your nominee should be selected for an OLA Award  

   * OLA activities: committee appointments, etc.

   * Past positions held and summary of major accomplishments  (for Distinguished Service Award)

   * Your name and how you can be reached if the committee has questions

Please send nominating letters and supporting letters by Friday, March 19, 2021, to:

             Elsa Loftis, HAS Chair 

             e-mail:   olaawards@olaweb.org

E-mail or call me at 503-725-5780 if you have any questions.  We will be looking forward to your nominations.

Elsa Loftis, Portland State University, Chair

Leah Griffith, Newberg Public Library, Retired, Past-Chair 

Esther Moberg, Seaside Public Library

Sonja Somerville, Salem Public Library

Karen Muller, Hillsboro Public Library

Susan Stone, Portland Public Schools

January 15, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 1): ASSOCIATION NEWS

The OLA Staff Training Round Table announces the following upcoming training:

Curated with Care: Engaging Volunteers at your Library

Thursday, January 28th from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., via Zoom

Learn the basics of recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers from experienced Volunteer Coordinators from North Plains Public Library and Multnomah County Library. No matter the size of your library, you’ll take away scalable ideas to implement for robust volunteer engagement. There will also be time to share your brilliant ideas as well as ask questions.

Presented by: Liza Dyer, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at Multnomah County Library and Carol Aldrich, Library Assistant / Adult services and volunteers at North Plains Public Library
Register to receive a Zoom link and a reminder:  Engaging Volunteers at Your Library

January 15, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 1): ASSOCIATION NEWS

Join ACRL-Oregon for a free webinar on January 29, 2021

ACRL-Oregon offers free webinars on topics relevant to academic library staff. Our next webinar, “Free Film Studies Resources for Academic Libraries,” will be presented by Elizabeth Peterson, University of Oregon, on Friday, January 29, 2021, at 11:00 AM Pacific time.

Free Film Studies Resources for Academic Libraries

This presentation will introduce a variety of freely available resources for U.S. film studies. Participants will learn about finding credible background information on films, digital collections of primary sources, open access scholarly journals, and streaming video.

Registration is open to all library staff, but we are limited to 100 attendees in the session, so register soon! 

https://forms.gle/j6tUC3NrXA3qLyPo7

We also plan to record the webinar and make it available on our YouTube channel. If you register, we will email you a link to the recording after the session. Questions about our webinars can be directed to ACRL-Oregon President Rachel Bridgewater at acrlor@olaweb.org.

 About the speaker:Elizabeth Peterson is a Humanities Librarian and subject specialist for Cinema Studies, Comparative Literature, and Theater Arts at the University of Oregon, where she has worked since 2006. She has a MLIS is from San Jose State University, a M.A. in English/Film Studies from the University of Oregon, and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Santa Cruz. She is co-creator and editor of the Oregon Theater Project (otp.uoregon.edu), a digital humanities project that documents the history of film exhibition and moviegoing in Oregon.

January 15, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 1): LIBRARY NEWS

Congrats Mt. Angel Public Library on being selected to participate in the STAR Net STEAM Equity Project! This project is bringing culturally responsive and gender equitable STEAM learning to library patrons, especially Hispanic/Latino populations. 

http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2020/12/12-rural-public-libraries-selected-receive-funding-offer-bilingual-exhibitions?fbclid=IwAR1J375OfUy964KopPKPH6wh776lKKz2OUe2ozXLrAqUU9vuJpL_nEI9MRw

January 15, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 1): CONFERENCE

The OLA Conference is back and at its best!  Our theme is Equity, Diversity, Inclusion.

We missed connecting with colleagues from across the state last year, and so we’ve made it easier than ever before to engage in this year’s event.  

Registration opens February 1st, 2021.  Stay tuned to this page for more information: https://oregonlibconference.org/2021/registration/

OLA Student / Retired / Unemployed members = $35 for all 3 days

OLA individual member = $50 for all 3 days

Non-member = $75 for all 3 days

We are also offering several discount tiers for organizations and groups. Please see the cost sheet on our Registration page for details. We encourage all library workers, friends, and trustees to take advantage of this great opportunity to learn together.

Just think: No travel! No hotel! No convention center food!  Grab your favorite snacks and join us online April 20 – 23 for inspiring keynotes, eye-opening sessions, and – yes! – social activities.  Recordings will be available through August 2021.Have questions?  Please reach out to olaconference@olaweb.org

December 15, 2020 (Vol.28, No.14): Opportunities for Enrichment

ALA 2021 Midwinter Meetings & Exhibits Virtual Conference

The American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world, holds the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in January. The conference draws thousands of leaders and staff, educators, writers, publishers, Friends of libraries, trustees, special guests, and exhibitors from the library and information industry for meetings, programs, discussion groups, events, in-depth conversations and exhibits. 

When:

January 22- January 26, 2021 

Where: 

Virtual Conference (Online)

Conference Website 

Registration is OPEN and will close on January 15, 2021, Noon Central.

Registration Rates: Please pay special attention to the red box for ALA Members who are having hardship due to Covid19.  

Highlights include:

  • Symposium on the Future of Libraries, offering sessions on future trends to inspire innovation in libraries
  • News You Can Use with updates that highlight new research, innovations, and advances in libraries
  • Interactive author events
  • Awards celebrations
  • The Library Marketplace: Exhibitors, Stages & Resources with NEW Presentation Stages
  • Live Chats
  • Networking opportunities
  • and more!

December 15, 2020 (Vol.28, No.14): Opportunities for Enrichment

Oregon State University Seminar Series, “Partnerships for remote support of students”

Join us OSU for their first 2020/2021 OSU Library Faculty Seminar Series presentation, “Partnerships for remote support of students” delivered by Nicole Hindes, OSU HSRC; Beth Filar Williams, OSU Libraries & Press; and Sagan Wallace, OSU Libraries & Press


In March 2020 the pandemic closure hit the OSU campus (and the world) and we were pushed into a quick reaction to support students – remotely!  Leaning on the relationship previously established between OSUL and the Human Services Resource Center, we determined we could partner to better support all students. Though the HSRC usually supports about 10% of the student body, with a pandemic closure suddenly all students became HSRC students because of the unexpected remote situation. This LFA talk will discuss how we put the OSU strategic plan’s values into action over the last nine months to support students—from offering digital course reserves to mailing laptops.   

When: Friday, December 18, 10:00 – 11:00 am

Where: Virtual Zoom

Register in advance for this seminar:
https://oregonstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RmwNPzrJR-6bq7uweqY_2g

Upcoming OSU Library Faculty Seminar Series presentations:

  • January 29th: “Teaching Truth and Trust in an Era of Digital Dissensus” delivered by Mike Caulfield, Director of blended and networked learning, WSU Vancouver
  • February 19th: “Using Technology to Create Safe Study Spaces during COVID-19” delivered by Lucinda Amerman and Margaret Mellinger, OSU Libraries & Press
  • June 18th: “Critical Cataloging and Personal Names” delivered by Jane Sandberg, Electronic Resources Librarian, Linn Benton Community College

Direct questions to Laurie Bridges & Diana Park- 2020/2021 LFA Seminar Series Coordinators 

Laurie Bridges, Instruction and Outreach Librarian / Associate Professor

Oregon State University

OSU Libraries and Press

+1.541.737.8821

December 15, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 13): ASSOCIATION NEWS

Upcoming event: Practical Training Resources for your Staff

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.   

Join members of the OLA Staff Training Round Table to learn about the excellent resources available to Oregon library staff in an upcoming Zoom session, Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.   

The session will include:

Register to receive a link and a reminder:  Practical Training Resources For Your Staff    

Professional development for library staff is more important than ever as libraries adjust to providing service during a pandemic.  Some staff may have more opportunities to participate in training while working remotely.  This is a great time to learn about the most practical, effective and affordable training resources for you and your library.

Please bring your questions and your recommendations about great training resources.

Register to receive a link and a reminder:  Practical Training Resources For Your Staff    

December 1, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 13): ASSOCIATION NEWS

Upcoming event: Practical Training Resources for your Staff

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.   

Join members of the OLA Staff Training Round Table to learn about the excellent resources available to Oregon library staff in an upcoming Zoom session, Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.   

The session will include:

Register to receive a link and a reminder:  Practical Training Resources For Your Staff    

Professional development for library staff is more important than ever as libraries adjust to providing service during a pandemic.  Some staff may have more opportunities to participate in training while working remotely.  This is a great time to learn about the most practical, effective and affordable training resources for you and your library.

Please bring your questions and your recommendations about great training resources.

Register to receive a link and a reminder:  Practical Training Resources For Your Staff    

December 1, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 13): OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Now open! Libraries Lead with Digital Skills funding opportunity for Oregon libraries

Libraries Lead with Digital Skills is an initiative of ALA and PLA, sponsored by Google, to ensure that public libraries across the nation receive ongoing access to free tools and resources to help everyone across America grow their skills, careers, and businesses. Funding is available to support programming, outreach, and education in local communities using the Grow with Google program. The program provides training curricula and resources to address the digital skills gap for­­­­­­ small business, job seekers, and more!

Oregon public libraries are now eligible to apply for a $1,000 grant to integrate Grow with Google resources into a new or existing workshop, class, or event. Accepted libraries will receive marketing support, technical guidance, tools and more to help ensure the event’s success.

Libraries across the country have used funds to provide job search tools, help formerly incarcerated individuals as well as veterans re-enter the job market with new skills, prep patrons for a G Suite certification exam and assist small business owners expand their reach online.

The application process is easy. Just submit your program or event idea via a simple application. Here is a PDF version of the application for preview.

More details about the Grow with Google program and examples from other states that have participated in the program are available on the Libraries Lead with Digital Skills site.   

The deadline for applications from Oregon is December 16, 2020. For any questions, please email minigrants@alawash.org.