August 15, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 15) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Thompson wins OLA Leadership Development Scholarship

Sara Q. Thompson, recently appointed Adult Services Manager for the Deschutes Public Library, was awarded $500 from the Oregon Library Association to cover expenses for the Library Management Skills Institute (LMSI), held July 25-27 at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City. The three day institute focused on facilitative leadership, decision making, coaching, and organizational change. One of the main learning outcomes of LMSI is to “identify what motivates people and explore options for increasing staff engagement.”

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Sara plans to use the techniques and strategies used at LMSI in her work at Deschutes Public Library and with her involvement in OLA. She is currently a member of the OLA Website Task Force and is involved in planning the inaugural Leadership Institute of the Oregon Library Association (LIOLA), to be held in Pendleton May 16-19, 2018.



Applications for the OLA Leadership Development Scholarship are reviewed three times a year to support OLA members in developing their leadership abilities. The next application deadline is November 30, 2017.   

Elaine Hirsch
OLA Leadership Committee, Chair
Associate Director of Watzek Library, Lewis & Clark

August 15, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 15) ASSOCIATION NEWS

The 2018 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award is ready for you!


As the summer draws to a close and with it, many Summer Reading programs, you might be wondering where to steer your patrons next to keep their reading enthusiasm high. We have got the perfect solution for you: the Oregon Reader’s Choice Award!

Your ORCA committee (comprised of members of CSD, OYAN, ORA, OASL, and PNBA) has been hard at work preparing materials to support all libraries interested in participating in the Oregon Reader’s Choice Award. The first place to visit is the ORCA web site ( where you will find a list of the 2018 nominees. If you haven’t seen them yet, allow me to whet your appetite with a list of these fantastic titles:

Upper Elementary Division (grades 3-5):

  • Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • George by Alex Gino
  • My Near Death Adventures (99% True!) by Alison DeCamp
  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  • Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper
  • The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John
  • Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones

Middle School Division (grades 6-8):

  • The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose
  • Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
  • Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai
  • Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff
  • Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson
  • The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
  • Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
  • The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

High School Division (grades 9-12):

  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  • The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

When visiting the web site, make sure you check out the “Resources” tab. There, you’ll find bookmarks and booktalks for all the titles, copies of the logo and spine labels, as well as Prezis and an editable brochure (Go ahead! Add your library’s name and print it for your patrons!) with authors, titles, jackets, and blurb for all books in all divisions. Check out past nominees and winners (once again, congratulations to the 2017 winners: El Deafo, The Crossover, and I’ll Give You the Sun), peruse the photo gallery, and find inspiration in the “Promotional Ideas” tab.

We think you’ll be as pumped with the 2018 nominees as your committee members! Please join us in having some serious fun with this year’s Oregon Reader’s Choice Award titles.


Please contact ORCA Chair Kiva Liljequist at

August 15, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 15) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Ihrke Alison


I began my library career over six years ago, in my small hometown public library, as the Summer Reading Program assistant. It was a temporary job that I never wanted to end! And I guess my coworkers didn’t either. By the end of the SRP, I was offered a full time position as Circulation Supervisor, and stayed with the Spirit Lake Public Library for over two years.

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I currently work as a full-time Library Services Coordinator and a part-time Reference and Instruction Librarian for Clackamas Community College. I feel fortunate to be at CCC, where our small, talented staff get to dabble in a little bit of everything in the library world! I assist patrons at the reference desk, supervise circulation staff, manage acquisitions and cataloging, collaborate campus wide, teach one shot library instruction classes, and develop and maintain the annual budget … just to name a few! To say our days are a busy whirlwind would be an understatement!


I relocated from small town Iowa to big city Oregon in November 2013. My parents still live back in Iowa, but I’m happy to be close to my sister and her husband, and my cat nephew out here in Portland! My sister and I enjoy challenging ourselves with hikes each summer and have a never ending list of trails we want to try out!

I picked up running when I moved out here, finishing my first half marathon the same weekend I graduated with my Master’s degree in May 2015! Instead of going to Madison to walk in the ceremony, I decided to head to Disneyland and run across the finish line of the Tinkerbell Half Marathon! Since then, I’ve stuck with the sport and am an active member in a weekly run club, and spend way too much of my money on workout clothes and race entries!

Running is even how I met my significant other! We are constantly active and love adventuring together! A few of our favorite things include going to baseball games, beer/cider fests, OSU football games (season tickets), renovating his house, and of course we go for runs and do races together! We also recently climbed Mount St. Helens for our anniversary!

And of course I’ve always had a love of reading. Growing up, my mom always had something new to read, and I quickly picked up her habit from a young age! Recently, Audible has been my best friend during my commute! The history major in me loves that I’m easily plowing through Philippa Gregory’s Plantagenet and Tudors series! I’m fairly diverse in what I’ll pick up, from growing up devouring Harry Potter to Stieg Larsson’s psychological Millennium series thrillers, from Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder series to Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. If it grabs my attention, I’ll give it a try!

I’m excited for the opportunities OLA has to offer its members, and look forward to more annual conferences, New Member events, and getting to know my fellow Oregon Librarians!


August 1, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 14) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Spring Issue of OLA Quarterly

The latest issue of the OLA Quarterly is available here.

Volume 23, Issue 1 is entitled OLA Today: Oregon Librarians Respond to Changing Times

Read how Oregon librarians are getting involved with civic engagement and politics, source evaluation, contentious topics in the library and more.

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August 1, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 14) LIBRARY NEWS

Oregon library employee awarded national scholarship

Megan Hoak, teen services coordinator of The Dalles-Wasco County Library, was recently the recipient ALSC’s Bound to Stay Bound Scholarship for $7500, which will allow her to attend library school virtually at Valdosta State University in the Fall.

The following is the ALSC press release:

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced six scholarship winners for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Four winners were awarded the Bound to Stay Bound Books scholarship, which is made possible by Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. All four recipients will receive $7,500 in scholarship aid for the 2017-2018 academic year. The four recipients are: Vincent Thomas Hyland, attending Long Island University; Megan Ashley Hoak, attending Valdosta State University; Keshia Latrice-Carol Nash-Johnson, attending San Jose State University; and Melissa Sue Wise, attending University of North Texas.

Hyland is a multilingual NYC public school teacher who has received a Fulbright scholarship. Hoak presents as an active student and engaged library worker, who currently creates teen and preschool programs. Nash-Johnson is an active ALA member, who currently works in Santa Monica as a library page. Wise, who speaks French, Japanese, and Spanish, currently gives multilingual tours for Austin Public Library.

Two winners were awarded the Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship which is made possible by contributions from librarians, professionals and others associated with the field of children’s literature. This award is worth $7,500 in scholarship aid. The two recipients are: Cynthia Pauline Rogers, attending Emporia State University and Naomi Grace Giles, attending Longwood University.

Rogers became a social studies teacher and later, a school librarian. She coordinated the local public library’s Summer Reading Program. Giles is a bilingual math teacher who is looking to return to the workforce as a school librarian. Not only did she teach for several years, she also helped develop a math curriculum for the county, and volunteered for several youth organizations.

Each year, ALSC provides the Bound to Stay Bound Books and Melcher Scholarships to help advance the profession of children’s librarianship. Recipients must complete their academic work at an ALA-accredited institution. Recipients are also expected to accept positions after graduation in the field of library service to children for at least one year.

ALSC, a division of the ALA, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit ALSC’s website at

The 2017 ALSC Scholarship Committee includes: Robin J. Howe, Chair, Kent (Washington) Library, King County Library System; Katie M. Eckert, Free Library of Philadelphia; Elizabeth Hanisian, Virtual Member; Jean A. Hatfield, Virtual Member; Allison W. McLean, Elkhart (Indiana) Public Library; Jane B. Marino, The Nyack (New York) Library.

Courtney Jones, Awards Coordinator


American Library Association

August 1, 2014 (Vol. 24, No. 14) PEOPLE

New member profile: Mark Peterson

Allow myself to introduce myself…

My name is Mark Peterson, and I used to be an academic librarian. I still am, but I used to be too.

I am currently the Collection Development Coordinator at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham. Prior to that I was Library Director at Klamath Community College in Klamath Falls for two years, and before that I worked part time at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany and Oregon State University in Corvallis.

I received my MLS from Emporia State University in 2009, and a BA in history from The University of Oregon in 1998.

I love my job! Working with students as they explore and engage with each other and their larger communities, seeing them develop into the person that they’ve always known they could be and  accomplish things that they maybe never thought possible is the greatest thing in the world.

Before becoming a librarian, I worked as a welder and machinist in a fabrication shop.

When I was 19, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel through Europe. I started in Norway, where I attended the wedding of a friend, and from there traveled south by train through The Netherlands, Germany, and France. It was my first time traveling alone, and was such a transformative experience! While visiting the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, I was admiring a lovely painting of a bridge when a docent approached and asked me whom I liked better, Monet or Manet. I said “I like mayonnaise.” She just stared at me so I said it again, only louder. Then she left. I guess she went to try to find some mayonnaise for me. Alas, I never saw her again.

When I get out of the library I enjoy Cuban salsa dancing (‘Casino’), all things culinary, and, of course, reading ☺

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My top 5 favorite books of all time are-

  • The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern (the good parts version, abridged by W. Goldman)
  • The Great Shark Hunt by Hunter S. Thompson
  • Something Good For A Change by Wavy Gravy
  • The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  • The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer

I joined OLA in order to participate in the Library Instruction Round Table, but I know that OLA offers a plethora of opportunities in areas such as reference, membership outreach, and Oregon authors that I am open to participating in as they arise.


July 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 13) ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLA Children’s Services Division – Vote!


It’s time to vote for your next CSLP Representative! This person will represent Oregon children’s librarians and staff at the national Collaborative Summer Learning Program conference and help shape future summer reading themes and resources. They will also manage distribution of summer reading manuals for all Oregon libraries. Please vote for one of these fantastic candidates by Sunday, July 30! (You must be a member of CSD to vote.)


Stayed tuned for part two of our elections, where we will vote for the Incoming Chair for the Children’s Services Division! Happy summer reading!

Rebecca Mayer
CSD Chair, 2016-17

July 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 13) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Join the OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee

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The OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee currently has two open positions and is seeking new members.

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about intellectual freedom and excited about sharing information and support with libraries and library staff in Oregon. We are hoping to increase the diversity of our committee in terms of geographic area, cultural background, and type of library (especially public and school libraries).

To apply, please send a letter of interest (no longer than one page) to Ross Betzer, the current chair of the committee at Include information about: the areas of intellectual freedom that interest you, your availability to participate in committee work, and the work and life experience which you would bring to the committee. The deadline for applying is Friday, July 28, 2017.

The Intellectual Freedom Committee is a 9-member standing OLA committee with the charge of supporting the library community’s commitment to the freedom to read, open access to information, and other intellectual freedom issues throughout the state. Ongoing projects of the committee include:

  • supporting Banned Books Week;
  • sponsoring sessions at the OLA conference on IF issues;
  • supporting libraries that receive a challenge to their materials;
  • providing information on IF issues through listserv communication, social media, web tool kits, and other resources;
  • providing a searchable database of news reports related to intellectual freedom issues in Oregon;
  • honoring Intellectual Freedom Champions;
  • working with the Legislative Committee and the OLA Board on topical issues that arise, such as net neutrality.

The IFC meets approximately six times a year, plus a short meeting at the OLA annual conference. Most committee members participate remotely, either via GoToMeeting or conference call.

What’s in it for you? Among other things, you will receive: the satisfaction of helping colleagues around the state, an opportunity to meet and work with smart librarians outside of your own library, and the chance to contribute to the preservation of intellectual freedom.

If you have any questions about the committee, please feel free to contact me with them!

*Ross Betzer*
Chair – OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee
Local Resource/Catalog Librarian – Multnomah County Library

July 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 13) HAPPENINGS

Leadership Institute of the Oregon Library Association

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The Leadership Committee is excited to announce the inaugural session of the Leadership Institute of the Oregon Library Association (LIOLA). This retreat will be held Wednesday, May 16, 2018 to Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Pendleton, Oregon. Twenty-four participants from all classifications who work in Oregon libraries will participate. They will end the experience with an understanding of the competencies necessary for effective leadership, a better understanding of their own leadership vision, and a professional network of Oregon library leaders and mentors. Mark your calendars now to save the dates, May 16-19, 2018, and watch the Hotline for more details, including the application process, in September.

Melissa Little
Beaverton City Library

July 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 13) LIBRARY NEWS

Legislative Update

You did it!

Thanks to the calls, emails and office visits, funds were restored to the Ready-to-Read Grant program for the next biennium. The OLA Library Development and Legislative Committee thank all of you who made an effort to tell your story about how you use these state dollars. Now, please thank your state legislators and invite them to the library to read a story, do a puppy show or put on a washable tattoo. They would love to hear from you and get a photo!

Also, a big thanks to our lobbyists, Nan Heim and Amanda Dalton. They are our voice in Salem when we cannot be there.

Janet Webster and Abigail Elder, co-chairs
OLA Library Development and Legislative Committee