March 15, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 5): 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 want 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
             Library Supporter of the Year

Nomination letters (with no more than six letters of support) are due Friday, March 20, 2020 

These awards will be presented to recipients at the 2020 OLA Conference Luncheon Banquet in Bend on Friday, May 1, 2020.

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.

If you need more info, read the awards guidelines and let me know if you have questions. Take a look at

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 20, 2020, to:

             Elsa Loftis, HAS Chair 

We prefer e-mail, but you can also send via mail to me at:

Portland State University
Millar Library
Att: Elsa Loftis
951 SW Hall Street
Portland, OR 97201

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
Mo Cole, Oregon City Public Library, Retired
Susan Stone, Portland Public Schools

March 15, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 5): ASSOCIATION NEWS

Dear Friends of Oregon Libraries,

In order to better serve Oregon’s library community, the Oregon Library Association has prepared a survey and invites members and non members of OLA to participate.  The survey was developed by the OLA Strategic Planning working group, with input from the OLA Board, OLA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force, and OLA Fundraising Committee.  The survey will help provide baseline data and inform OLA’s strategic planning and future initiatives.

The survey should take about 10 minutes and all questions are optional.  As an incentive for participation, two $45 gift cards will be awarded to two individuals who chose to include their name and email address at the end of the survey. This identifying information will be kept separate from the survey responses, and all information collected will remain anonymous.

The survey runs from today through Tuesday, March 31.  Please let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for your consideration and participation.

Elaine Hirsch
Oregon Library Association President, 2019-2020

March 15, 2020 (Vol. 28, No 5): HAPPENINGS

COVID-19 Information for Oregon Libraries

The State Library of Oregon has created a page to provide information and resources about the coronavirus (COVID-19) as it relates to libraries. Libraries can take steps to slow the spread and help combat misinformation about the virus. Questions? Contact Library Support and Development Services at

March 15, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 5): CONFERENCE

2020 OLA Conference: Early Bird Registration and Alternative Hotels

The Oregon Library Association conference will be held April 29th through May 2nd at the Riverhouse OLA_80yrson 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.

Early-bird registration is now open through Friday, March 20, 2020!

 You can view the conference program and book your hotel by calling 1-866-453-4480 or visiting this unique booking link to reserve your room at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes at the OLA conference block rate. The block rate applies from April 28 through May 3, 2020.

 If the Riverhouse is booked for the nights of your planned stay, the following hotels are recommended as alternative options:

1/2-mile away from the Riverhouse

Sugarloaf Mountain Motel
Amenities include: breakfast, wireless internet, seasonal outdoor pool
See website for rates and to book.

 1.1  miles away from the Riverhouse

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriot
$126/night+tax for a Single King room or $132/night+tax for Double Queen
Amenities include: complimentary breakfast and in-room high speed internet access
Must book before April 8. Use the OLA booking link or call 1-541-318-1747 and mention you are with the Oregon Library Association

 1.2  miles away from the Riverhouse

The Signature Bend
From $119-159/night+tax depending on room choice
Amenities include: hot complimentary breakfast buffet, pool, bar on-site
Must book before April 6. Call 1-541-382-7011 and mention you are with the Oregon Library Association

 Visit our website for more information about the conference:

March 1, 2020 (Vol.28, No.5): OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Oregon Information Literacy Summit 2020: Call for Proposals

The 14th Annual Oregon Information Literacy Summit –

Saturday May 30, 2020, Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon.

Proposals will be accepted until March 13th.

ILAGO information literacy summit

The Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon (ILAGO)  invites you to submit proposals for the 14th annual Oregon Information Literacy Summit. This year we will be hosted by  Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon.

Please note:  The Reference Summit is the day before, Friday, May 29, at Lane CC.  The Information Literacy Summit follows, on Saturday, May 30, also at Lane CC. Each Summit will have their own registration. Do both! It’ll be a blast!

We invite a diverse range of presentations on information literacy across library environments. Programs can be of various formats including, for example: interactive workshops, guided discussions, panels, round table discussions, or poster presentations. Presentations are generally 45 minutes each, including Q & A. Longer programs/workshops will be considered on a case-by-case basis; if submitting a longer proposal, please include that in the Comments field.

The IL Summit typically has 50+ attendees who are eager to hear new ideas and ways to approach information literacy. Examples of topics that may be of interest include, but are not limited to: Equity in Library Instruction; Care and Feeding of library instructional programs; Mentoring librarians who are new to teaching in college settings; Collaborations between librarians and other instructional faculty; Information literacy across the curriculum and in the disciplines; Expanding critical thinking and information literacies in the K-16 continuum; IL teaching demonstrations; building info literacy activities into assignments, the librarian as consultant.

Program proposals will be accepted until March 13, 2020

Please submit your proposals here:

Please note: presenters are required to register for the conference.

Thank you!

Pam Kessinger, ILAGO Chair, 2019-2020

March 1, 2020 (Vol.28, No.5): OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Children’s Services Division’s Spring Workshop and Lampman Luncheon 

Join us for a day of celebration and learning at the Children’s Services Division’s Spring Workshop and Lampman Luncheon. Congratulations to our 2020 Lampman Award Winner, Korie Jones Buerkle.

Register now at

Registration to include lunch ends March 6, 2020

Saturday, March 14, 2020 – Lebanon Public Library

Topic:  Early Literacy, Language Development / Fostering Readers


  • 9:00 – 11:45 a.m. Morning workshop session
  • 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lampman Award Lunch
  • 1:30 –  3:45 p.m. Afternoon workshop session


  • Lampman Luncheon: $20;
  • Spring Workshop – non member (includes lunch): $35;
  • Spring Workshop – CSD member (includes lunch): $30;
  • Workshop Only: $20

More information and program details are available at the CSD website

Discounted registrations are available to current OLA members, one of the benefits of continuing your membership with this organization.

If you have any problems logging on to the registration form, do not hesitate to contact OLA’s Association Manager at

March 1, 2020 (Vol.28, No.5): OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Through the Eyes of Xiamen and Abeokuta 

OLA/IRRT is pleased to invite all to join us Friday, March 6, at 10 AM at Portland State University Library (ML-170) to hear of three Oregon librarians’ experiences while visiting libraries in Xiamen, China and Abeokuta, Nigeria.  This event is free and open to the public! Refreshments will be served.

Click HERE for more details.

Through the Eyes of Xiamen and Abeokuta

  • Elizabeth will present on how Xiamen libraries serve their patrons and how her perspective of library services changed.
  • Michael will share his engagement with Open Access promotion in Abeokuta, Nigeria, and discuss his experiences with Nigerian music, food, and popular culture.
  • Evan will focus on some highlights of his trip to Xiamen, including local sights and involvement with arts, culture, and food.

Time & Date: Friday, March 6, 2020, 10 am – 12 noon

Location: Portland State University Library, Room ML-170, 1875 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97201

About the speakers:

Elizabeth Moss: Senior Public Services Librarian (Youth Services focus) at Three Creeks Community Library, Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries

Michael Boock: Associate Professor/Scholarly Communication Librarian, Oregon State University Libraries & Press

Evan Brengle: Senior Branch Supervisor at La Center Community Library, Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries

Presented by Oregon Library Association/International Relations Round Table, Portland State University Office of International Affairs/Confucius Institute, and Portland State University Library.

March 1, 2020 (Vol.28, No.5): OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Apply now for YALSA’s new Joann Sweetland Lum Memorial Grant

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has announced the Joann Sweetland Lum Memorial Grant, which aims to annually recognize a librarian or a library employee who has a creative, innovative project that promotes literacy.

“I am excited that this opportunity, honoring my late wife, will go to a library with limited resources to develop a literacy program for young people,” commented Gregory Lum.

“One of Joann’s passions in life was her love for children’s literature, which she shared with my children and me,” stated Linda Mayhew, sister of Joann, “She always spent time reading to my children and even helped them to become authors by helping them create their own illustrated books.”

All literacy grant project ideas, regardless of how big or small, are welcome. Examples of literacy include, but are not limited to, digital, media, visual, computer, data, financial, civic/ethical, news, information, multicultural, and cultural literacy.

Any library personnel who work with young people (aged 10-19) in any type of library setting are eligible to apply for this $1,000 annual literacy grant. YALSA membership is not required; however, if chosen as a recipient, part of the grant funds must be used to join YALSA/ALA. Submitted applications will be reviewed by an award jury. One recipient will be chosen to receive the grant to implement their literacy project. Learn more and apply now through December 1.

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives.

For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail:

March 1, 2020 (Vol.28, No.5): OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Register now for the 2020 WLA Academic Library Conference

When: March 20, 2020

Where: Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

CLAWS (College Libraries Across Washington State) and ALD (Academic Library Division) will come together with their first-ever conference for library workers in academic libraries. This all-day event will be held at on March 20, 2020 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA.

The conference theme of “Deep Roots, New Growth” seeks to cultivate the fruit of academic library work while staying grounded in an ever-changing library environment. We find ourselves at a crossroads of new and emerging ways of accessing information in academic libraries and continuously challenging the library image on campus, while also staying connected to the bedrock principles of libraries. How do we remain responsive to a changing student population, as well as increasing focus on diversity and inclusion? How can we grow with the culture of our campus patrons and rise to meet the future needs of teaching and learning?

March 1, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 5): OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Library 2.020: Wholehearted Communities Online Mini-Conference

Washington Library Association is excited to announce Library 2.020 mini-conference: “Wholehearted Libraries”, which will be held online and is free.

When: Tuesday, March 10th, from 12:00 – 3:00 pm US-Pacific Standard Time.

We should bring our hearts to work, and qualities such as open-mindedness, emotional intelligence, and reflective action are all part of this process. Services steeped in humanism, compassion, and understanding should be the cornerstone of what we do, and why we do it, for all members of our communities, including the underserved. Not only do libraries need high tech, they also need staff who approach their work with a wholehearted attitude.

This mini-conference will explore the human side of 21st-Century information work. We will define what soft skills are, how and when to use various soft skills, types of training that can improve soft skills, and how to share emotionally engaging stories. Learn what libraries are doing now to extend services, create welcoming spaces, and engage users with soft skills such as compassion, empathy, creativity, curiosity, and finding balance.

Sessions will focus on how we can nurture a positive mindset in our employees, use the power of stories to promote understanding, and extend our reach into our global communities. Soft skills are heart skills.

This event is being organized in partnership with iSchool Associate Professor Michael Stephens.

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded. REGISTER HERE to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.

Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.

We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to participate in this event. The call for proposals is now open at

Participants are encouraged to use #library2020 and #wholeheartedlibraries on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.