April 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 8) ASSOCIATION NEWS

CSD Seeks Candidates

Children’s Services Division is seeking candidates for two offices, one appointed and one elected!


Are you looking to beef up a resume or application? Do you want some new ways to grow your professional development portfolio? Need opportunity for collaboration and creativity?  CSD has ways you can reach all of those goals! We’re looking for candidates for two positions with varying and manageable degrees of time commitment and responsibility, both to start Sept. 1st. Nominees must be current CSD members.

  • CSD Secretary – this one-year appointed position is a great way to get your feet wet, get involved, and stretch your professional wings! (See link for job description and timeline.)
  • CSD Incoming Chair – this elected position is a fantastic way to get some management experience, meet colleagues from around the state, and work with a fun, fantastic, and collaborative group of fellow board members who support library staff providing services to children and families in Oregon! You’ll spend a year as the Incoming Chair, learning the ropes, then serve as Chair a year, and as Past Chair for your final year. (See links for job description and timeline.)

Ready to nominate someone or volunteer?  Have questions? Contact CSD Chair Natasha Forrester Campbell at csd@olaweb.org or Incoming Co-Chairs Jeana Menger and Jane Corry at csdchairelect@olaweb.org. Nominations should be submitted by April 30th.



April 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 8) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Kristin Williams

Hello! My name is Kristin Williams and I am the Library Director at Athena Public Library. I am new to this position and really love the challenge of being back in the library world after an extended break. In my past I have been Director of an area historical society and museum, public library reference staff, and even managed a wine library for a while! I simultaneously earned my MLS and MA in History with the fifth cohort of Emporia State University’s Oregon based program and continue to be a booster for that program, especially because of the opportunities it offers for those of us in rural areas.

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Chris and I have been married for 16 years and have two children, Helen and Patrick. We’re just starting the excitement of middle school and all its accompanying activities so we spend many weekends and evenings at basketball games, track meets, drama performances, and homework tables. We’ve lived nowhere terribly exciting, unless you love wide open expanses of wheat fields (which we do). Eastern Washington and Oregon have been our home for these 16 years and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. 

In my spare time I’m deeply involved in the community, serving on the School Board, Little League Board, Parent-Teacher Organization, and volunteering in the elementary school library. I also love to run and I’m currently training for my second marathon (maybe I’ll see you in July at Wild Woman Marathon). I read everything and am currently enjoying a local-ish author, Patricia Briggs. Her books are new-to-me and represent a fun perk of this job … many book recommendations from customers.


April 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 8) CONFERENCE

OLA 2018 is Almost Here!


The 2018 OLA Conference begins Wednesday, April 18th with preconference sessions! See the full schedule here.

The conference hashtag is #ORLib18 (follow it on Twitter and Instagram) – please share your photos and experiences! See you in Eugene!


April 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 7) LIBRARY NEWS

Remembering Scott Alan Smith

The Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge Planning Committee is grieved to report that Scott Alan Smith passed away on March 12, 2018. Scott was a long time representative at various times for a number of vendors, including Blackwell North America and Blackwell’s, serving libraries in the Pacific Northwest as well as other regions of the nation and world. He worked for several years as director for the Langlois (Oregon) Public Library and later as a volunteer at public libraries near his Columbia Gorge home in Mosier. He was a founding member of the planning committees for the Feather River Institute (California) and the Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge. His work contributed significantly to advances in library acquisitions and the development of a community of practice. He was a masterful storyteller and a convivial and attentive host at the Institutes.  He will be missed by family, friends, and colleagues.

Nancy Slight-Gibney,
University of Oregon Libraries
Acquisitions Institute Planning Committee

April 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 7) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Register for the 2018 Oregon Reference Summit!

Registration is now open for the Oregon Reference Summit being held Friday, June 1, 2018 at The LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.


This is a one-day conference with reference-focused content appropriate for all skill levels, library types, and experiences. It is an excellent opportunity to meet reference staff from around the state face-to-face and exchange ideas.

Registration is $50 and includes breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks. There is an opportunity to apply for a scholarship that covers the full cost of registration – learn more and apply.

To register and view program information, please visit our website.

Registration closes Friday May 4th at 5pm.

We hope to see you there!


April 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 7) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Lisa Krynicki

I recently relocated to Bend, Oregon after living nearly all my life in Fairbanks, Alaska. Currently, I’m an attorney practicing law in Alaska remotely from Bend. I’ve been an attorney for over 15 years, but in 2012 I decided to change careers and enrolled in the library sciences program at Kent State University. Two years later, I graduated with my Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences degree. 

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During my last semester of library study, I participated in an internship with the University of Alaska Polar Regions Collections and Archives and loved it. After finishing my degree, I worked in the UAF film archives doing film preservation. I also worked in the digital branch of UAF’s oral history program, Project Jukebox. In 2013 I attended the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Train-the-Trainer program and subsequently presented components of the program at the Alaska Library Association Conference in 2014. I also taught Library and Information Science 101 for the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 2015.   

Unfortunately, my transition into librarianship was put on hold with the birth of my son James in 2015. Though I’m still practicing law, I hope to eventually make the jump back into librarianship and teaching, this time for good. 

My family and I moved here in September of last year after my husband Adam accepted a job as the Executive Director of the Innovation Center at Oregon State University Cascades. We have two children, our two-year-old son James, and our 18-year-old son, Connor. As a family, we enjoy camping, hiking, and general all-purpose outdooring when the weather allows for it. We hope to explore some of Oregon’s national parks this summer. I also enjoy reading and since we just purchased a house, I plan to try my hand at gardening this summer. I also plan to become more involved in the Oregon Library Association now that we are settled into our new home.

April 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 7) CONFERENCE

Don’t Forget to Register for the PLD Dinner!


On behalf of the Public Library Division board I’d love to remind everyone attending OLA 2018 to join us at the PLD dinner on Wednesday April 18th from 6-9pm. For just $55 you can enjoy a tasty meal, fascinating conversation and networking with your fellow public library folks, and timely insight from special guest speaker, Marnie Webb. Marnie will share experiences from her extensive work in and outside of the US  as CEO of Caravan Studios that will truly help libraries light the way to a bright future for their communities.

About Marnie Webb:
Marnie Webb is the CEO of Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Caravan Studios’ collaborative approach uses a theory of technology intervention to allow communities to respond to the issues they care about most. Caravan Studios has used this methodology to launch projects in the United States, Brazil, and Qatar. The work they do impacts survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence, youth who are in poverty, immigrant workers, and people who want greater food security. Caravan Studios has received funding from Microsoft Philanthropies, Vodafone Americas Foundation, Humanity United, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others.

Previously, Webb was co-CEO of TechSoup Global, a 28-year-old organization that distributes more than $600 million in donated technology to NGOs world-wide. In this role, Webb counseled Fortune 500 technology companies, such as Cisco and Microsoft, on philanthropic initiatives that align with their business objectives and recognize the creativity and innovation that nonprofits have to offer.

Named one of the Top 10 Silicon Valley Influencers by San Jose Mercury News, Webb is a sought after writer and speaker on innovation, community, and the social web. In 2008, she won NTEN “Person of the Year” award and was included in to the Nonprofit Times’ list of the 50 most influential leaders in the U.S. nonprofit sector and is the initiator of the NPTech tagging experiment. She’s even currently working on an air quality sensor project and is looking for Oregon public libraries as partners!

Hope to see you there!
Your 2017-18 PLD Board

April 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 7) CONFERENCE

Preconferences! At the 2018 OLA Conference!

We’re SO excited for the 2018 OLA Annual Conference, coming up in less than 3 weeks. According to all the recent activity on the OLA Conference Sched site, it appears you are too!


Please don’t overlook the awesome choices for preconferences: These half- and full-day programs are sponsored by OLA units and provide more in-depth exploration and hands-on experience than the Thursday and Friday programs.

Check it!

  • The one topic that never goes out of style? Budget and funding! How can libraries with minimal financial resources make a big splash, particularly with creative programming efforts? Join these public library mavens as they share ideas for creating budget-friendly “maker” programs, spaces, and more in Big Ideas, Small Budgets. Only $40!
  • Calling all librarian educators! Want to help students advance their critical thinking skills and positively engage in the process of inquiry throughout research projects? The panelists of this program, Metacognition and Reading Strategies to Bridge Students Toward Inquiry, bring vast experience with the Reading Apprenticeship and other frameworks, and want to pass that knowledge to you! Attendees will practice using various reading routines and metacognitive approaches – setting them up to successfully implement once back home. Tons to learn for only $55, with proceeds supporting ACRL-Or and the Library Instruction Round Table.
  • Anyone who works with teens has a terrific chance to learn more about autism and neurodiversity at this afternoon session titled Understanding Autism. Led by an accomplished behavior consultant, you’ll learn how to interact with people who experience autism as well as how to create supportive learning environments for these library patrons. Walk away with training tools, resources lists, and more! So much good stuff for $75, with proceeds supporting the Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN).

We look forward to seeing everyone in Eugene in just a few weeks!

-Sue Ludington, 2018 OLA Conference Program Chair

April 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 7) CONFERENCE

OYAN News: Understanding Autism Pre-Conference


OYAN is sponsoring a pre-conference, Understanding Autism, on Wednesday, April 18 from 1-5 pm at the OLA conference in Eugene. The fee is $75 and includes a training activity workbook, resource list, and a paper copy of the presentation slides.  This session is presented by Kelli Downey of Oregon Training and Consultation. The training will provide a good framework for anyone who would like to learn more about autism and neurodiversity. Participants will gain knowledge of the history of autism; diagnostic criteria and experiences shared by self-advocates; how autism impacts learning, communication, and behavior; and a positive approach to support people who experience autism.

If you are interested in attending Understanding Autism but in need of funding, apply for OYAN’s scholarship. The scholarship will cover up to $350 of the conference fees (including travel, food, and/or hotel expenses). OYAN has two scholarships available to youth/teen services library staff who work directly with teens and are an OYAN member. Recipients of OYAN scholarships must make a written report to OYAN for publication or at an OYAN meeting within three months of the conference.

The scholarship application form can be found on the OLA/ OYAN division website. Please email it to Julie Jeanmard at youthservices@cottagegrove.org for consideration.

The deadline for OLA scholarship applications is Friday, April 6.

OYAN scholarships may also be used for other local, statewide, or national conferences related to teen services.

April 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 7) CONFERENCE

OASL News: Jordan Sonnenblick @ OLA

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OASL members are in for a special treat at this year’s OLA Conference.

Jordan Sonnenblick, award-winning author of numerous fiction titles for teens and a former teacher, will be speaking with a school perspective when talking about matching kids with books.

There will be an Author Presentation Event and Book Signing: Friday, April 20, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and a Saturday morning session presentation: “Writing Is Life: Connecting Books to Your Students’ Experiences”.

L. Paige Battle
OASL President 2017-2018