April 15, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 7): ASSOCIATION NEWS

Children’s Services Division Events

Spring Workshop Series: Programming

1. The Spring Workshop continues.  Our next watch & read is about programming in general. Click here for the content. Remember, you can watch or read any of the links, or none! These resources aren’t going away so feel free to bookmark them. 

2. If you can, join us for a debrief/sharing on April 30, 11 AM-1PM. The Zoom Link is pasted and highlighted at the top of the shared Google Doc.

3. The last in our workshop series, EDI in services, is coming soon! The debrief for that will take place May 7, 11AM-1PM.

Spring Workshop Fundraiser

The Children’s Services Division is pleased to announce our first ever virtual auction fundraiser. You can support the mission and purpose of the CSD by making a purchase at our virtual auction.  Browse the collection for an impressive selection of quality books. Your purchase helps us fund future scholarships and workshops.   For more information, go to our blog postGo directly to the virtual auction.

CSD Open Positions

Are you interested in impacting children’s library services and programming? Are you passionate about serving children?  Do you know someone who is?  Please consider nominating yourself or someone else for the OLA, Children’s Services Division Board.  Work with your peers to make children’s libraries a better place.  You learn new things along the way.  Email: csdpastchair@olaweb.orgPlease go to our latest blog post for more information.

Position openings:

  • Incoming CSD Chair
  • Performer’s Showcase
  • Secretary
  • Mock Workshop Co-Chair
  • Communications/Social Media Committee Members

April 15, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 7): ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Public Library Division (PLD) of OLA is proud to announce this year’s winner of the Pearl Award – Lanel Jackson of the Multnomah County Library.

The Pearl Award is presented annually by the PLD board to a deserving individual employed in any capacity in an Oregon public library who has displayed exceptional effort and excellence. The award honors someone who, like a pearl in an oyster, agitates, creates change over time, and is highly valued. While the PLD board received many excellent nominations, Lanel stood out especially as a change-maker with innovative ideas that she put into action in service to the community and the library.

Lanel was nominated by several of her colleagues for being “the embodiment of the qualities the Pearl Award was created to honor.” Within the Multnomah County Library, Lanel “broaden[s] library staff’s understanding of how issues of race, racism, white supremacy, and systems of power impact our work.” From hosting staff salons on books by Black authors to helping design an Employee Decompression Space to co-founding the library’s Black Cultural Library Advocates staff newsletter, Lanel has been a leader in empowering, educating, and caring for library staff.

Lanel’s colleagues also lauded her for “bringing more access and awareness of library services to the Black community in Portland.” Highlights include innovative programming, like a screening of “The Wiz” with a panel discussion of its importance in the Black community, and ensuring equitable spaces through “facilitating the removal of racially insensitive art” to be replaced with multicultural art.

Please join the PLD board in congratulating Lanel!

April 15, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 7): ASSOCIATION NEWS

The deadline for applying to the Leadership Institute of the Oregon Library Association (LIOLA) has been extended to April 30! 

This is a great opportunity to learn about change, strengths-based leadership, advocacy and leading from any position.

All Oregon Library Association (OLA) members who meet the eligibility criteria and who are interested in leadership (formal or informal) are encouraged to apply. LIOLA is relevant for people who lead from anywhere, whether or not they are in a management role. Registration is $250, and scholarships are available. 

Eligibility criteria: 

  • Current membership in OLA
  • Current employment in a library
  • Employment in a library setting for at least three years
  • One (1) professional letter of reference
  • Attend and participate fully in the entire virtual institute, complete any pre-institute readings and/or homework, and contribute to post-institute assessments and meetings

Please contact Amy Honisett with any questions!

April 15, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 7): CONFERENCE NEWS

OLA 2021 Virtual Conference

If you have registered for the OLA 2021 Virtual Conference is NOW!!!!!  Communication has started with attendees to download the conference app, etc.  Sessions start on Tuesday, April 20.  Here is the registration form link to get signed up, http://olaweb.org/ola_conf_registration_2021

If you have already registered, in order to participate in the conference you must download the conference app, which is provided by Whova.  Email was sent out to registered participants on Saturday, 4/10.  Check your email and if you haven’t downloaded the conference app, it is encouraged you do so NOW!!!  For those registering late, you will be added to the attendee database nightly and that email will be sent to you at that time.

Hope to see you at the conference.

OLA Conference Committee

April 15, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 7): CONFERENCE NEWS

On Thursday, April 22, during the virtual OLA conference, we’ll be holding the annual OLA business meeting from 2.45-3.45p. During the business meeting, you’ll have an opportunity to hear updates about OLA, the State Library, and more. We encourage you all to attend not only to hear more about what OLA has been up to, but also to have your voice heard on five issues on which we’ll be voting:

  • Making REFORMA Oregon, a current Round Table of OLA, into a division of OLA, giving it more say on the OLA Executive Board.
  • Making the EDI/Antiracism Committee, currently a special (i.e. temporary) committee, into a permanent committee of OLA.
  • Renaming the Honors, Awards, and Scholarships Committee to the Awards Committee.
  • Revising the bylaws to allow the OLA membership to vote on creating new divisions via online ballot, rather than only during a membership meeting.
  • Amending the bylaws to require the turnout for an online vote on a bylaws amendment to match the turnout required for a vote during live meeting on a bylaws amendment.

Please see this document [LINK to PDF] for details on each of these matters.

Some of these votes may seem bureaucratic, but they address important issues of whose voices are heard in the Association and ensuring that there are accessible ways for OLA members’ votes to be heard, even if they cannot attend a live meeting. So please attend the meeting and vote! Note: Only current OLA members may vote on these matters, and we need at least 10% of the membership to be at the meeting (between 90-100 members) in order for these measures to pass. Even if you’re not a current OLA member, though, it would be great to have you at the annual business meeting!

If you have any questions on any of these matters, you may contact OLA Parliamentarian Buzzy Nielsen at olaparliamentarian@olaweb.org or 971-375-3486.

April 15, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 7): CONFERENCE NEWS

OLA Virtual Trivia Night

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Join us for OLA Virtual Trivia Night!

6:30 pm on Whova, the Conference Platform

FREE with OLA Conference Registration

Think you’ve got what it takes? Our Library Quizmasters are just waiting to stump you. Maybe you’re a local champ – but how much do you REALLY know when you’re up against librarians from all over the state? Show off your smarts! Win awesome prizes! And remember, it’s just a game. In truth, it’s less about the competition and more about getting to socialize virtually at our first virtual conference. May the odds be ever in your favor!

Haven’t registered yet? It’s not too late!

Visit https://oregonlibconference.org/2021/ now, with rates starting at just $35. Pretty decent “entry fee” for some awesome prizes waiting for YOU to claim them. Not to mention the full access to the conference AND archived recordings through August 31!

See you there! 

April 1, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 6): ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Leadership Institute of the Oregon Library Association (LIOLA) is happening this year – online from July 27 – 30, 2021. 

All Oregon Library Association (OLA) members who meet the eligibility criteria and who are interested in leadership (formal or informal) are encouraged to apply. LIOLA is relevant for people who lead from anywhere, whether or not they are in a management role. Registration is $250, and scholarships are available. 

Eligibility criteria: 

  • Current membership in OLA
  • Current employment in a library
  • Employment in a library setting for at least three years
  • One (1) professional letter of reference
  • Attend and participate fully in the entire virtual institute, complete any pre-institute readings and/or homework, and contribute to post-institute assessments and meetings

Deadline for application is April 15, 2021. Notification of status of applicants will be May 1, 2021.

Learn more and then register online
Please feel free to contact Amy Honisett with questions.

April 1, 2021 (Vol 29, No. 6): ASSOCIATION NEWS

ALSC (a division of ALA) is funding ALA and ALSC memberships for 10 library students or paraprofessionals:

To align with ALSC’s strategic objective of increasing the intentional recruitment and retention of a diverse membership while reducing barriers to participation, ALSC is funding the memberships of 10 BIPOC library students and 10 paraprofessionals/library support staff (current position or position held within the last year) who want to become more involved with our organization and within the children’s services profession. Recipients will receive one year ALA/ALSC membership along with opportunities for meaningful engagement including regular virtual meetings with other recipients, activities and discussions, mentorship, shadowing committees, and more. Applicants should identify as BIPOC and be a library student, a paraprofessional and/or library support staff member, currently employed or recently unemployed. To apply, please submit this application by April 12, 2021. The EDI Taskforce and ALSC Membership Committee will be reviewing applications. Applicants will be notified by June 1, 2021.

April 1, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 6): CONFERENCE NEWS

OLA 2021 Virtual Pre-conferences  Registration

Yes, next week, the two OLA Virtual Pre-conferences will be delivered.  To attend you must register.  On Monday, April 5, Zoom access information will be sent to all registrants for attendance at one or both of these pre-conferences.

April 6 | 9:00 – 1 pm   Inspirations, Burdens, and Other Lies: The Disability Community in the Library presented by Bryce Kozla, Librarian II, Washington County Cooperative Library Services and Jennifer Giovanetti, Adult Services Library Assistant III, Oregon City Library

April, 8 | 1:00 – 4:30 pm   EDI Antiracism Toolkit: what we have done, where are now and where we are going presented by Marci Ramiro-Jenkins, Librarina/EDI Antiracism Special Committee Chair and EDI Antiracism Special Committee members

For full description check out https://oregonlibconference.org/2021/preconference-programs/

To register for the pre-conferences submit this form https://oregonlibconference.org/2021/preconference-programs/