September 15, 2016 (Vol.23 No.17) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

This Month’s Great List of 72 Free Webinars!

These training opportunities for this month were compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library. Do you have a free program that you would like to share? Add it to the Wyoming State Library calendar.

For upcoming WebJunction webinars check the WebJunction Events Calendar and visit the WebJunction Course Catalog for additional learning opportunities.1461772017997Webinar categories include: Advocacy, Assessment and Planning, Boards, Careers, Children and Teens, Collection Development and Management, Communication, Databases and eResources, Development and Managing Change, Fundraising, Library Spaces, Management, Outreach and Partnerships, Programming, Readers’ Advisory, and Reference.

Full descriptions and links to more information available here.

Hosted by the Oregon State Library
Darci Hanning -Technology Development Consultant, Oregon State Library

September 15, 2016 (Vol.23 No.17) LIBRARY NEWS

Reports: Public View on Public Libraries

Pew continues to survey the American public regarding their views on public libraries. Here’s the latest report, “Libraries 2016”.

Some snippets:

“Trends in visiting public libraries have steadied, and many Americans have high expectations for what their local libraries should offer”


“Large majority says that libraries should have programs to teach digital skills; many hope they provide comfortable reading and working spaces”

A portrait of those who have never been to libraries.
Complete Report (PDF)
More of their reports on libraries.

Darci Hanning -Technology Development Consultant, Oregon State Library

September 15, 2016 (Vol.23 No.17) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Leadership Development Scholarship

The Oregon Library Association is delighted to announce the new Leadership Development Scholarship.  Beginning Fall 2016, three scholarships, each up to $1000, can be awarded annually.resized-leadership-pinnedAll members of OLA, regardless of position or employment, are eligible to apply for the scholarship with the intended purpose to support leadership development of its members and contribute to the growth of leadership potential within OLA and libraries statewide.

Scholarship winners agree to provide service to OLA as a component of receiving a scholarship.  A recipient might assume a leadership role within a task force, round table, committee, or division; assist with Annual, SSD or OASL conference planning, or take ownership of an OLA Project.

This scholarship is intended for professional development, including online courses, face-to-face seminars or conferences, or any other format available in the areas of leadership development, conflict management, and communication. Examples of these opportunities are listed here, however scholarships are not limited to these programs.  Preference will be given to applicants and training opportunities that demonstrate potential for leadership participation within OLA.

The OLA Leadership Development Scholarship takes applications throughout the OLA fiscal year and awards scholarships three times during the year:

  • November 30
  • March 31
  • July 31

The committee will review the applications within two weeks after the deadline. An applicant should expect to hear back from the scholarship committee by December 15, April 15, or August 15.

Further information including the application and evaluation matrix are available here.

Elsa Loftis | OLA President 2016-17

September 15, 2016 (Vol.23 No.17) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Gretchen Kolderup

gretchenI’m Gretchen Kolderup, the Youth Librarian at the St. Helens Public Library. I just started in this new role in April after driving across the country with my husband and dog from New York, where I was the Manager for Young Adult Education and Engagement at the New York Public Library. I’ve worked in public libraries in the Bronx, Connecticut, and Indiana (where I grew up) and was a summer camp counselor before that — helping kids explore the world and be their most awesome selves is what I’m all about! I actually did my bachelor’s degree in math and started a PhD program in graph theory and combinatorics before realizing that librarianship would be a much better fit for me.

I’m really excited to be in Oregon and to get to know other librarians in the state. I was involved with the Connecticut Library Association but wasn’t able to be as active with the New York Library Association, and I missed that sense of connection with colleagues in the state. Most of my previous work was focused on teens; I’m now working with everyone from babies up through high schoolers, so I’m eager to build up my children’s services skills and professional network and to contribute to our professional community!

Professionally, I’m interested in how libraries can be essential, connected parts of their communities; how we work with underserved groups; how we can invite the community to co-create library services; and how we contribute to positive youth development. Libraries change lives!

I’m looking forward to getting to know Oregon — and all of you! — better in the coming months and years. Until I see you at an OLA event, you can find me on Twitter (@librarified) or via email (


Call for Proposals

The OLA 2017 Conference Call for Program Proposals is now open for this year’s theme: Thriving Together. Do you have a program, process, idea, or experience that demonstrates how your library is thriving in your community, with other organizations and libraries, and with your patrons? Please share it with your Oregon library colleagues in a fabulous and fun presentation at the 2017 OLA conference, April 19-22nd in Salem. We are welcoming proposals with or without sponsorship from an OLA division, committee, or roundtable. Wednesday pre-conferences do need sponsorship.

We are excited to extend the 2017 conference into Saturday to include Oregon Association of School Libraries members. We will therefore be looking at programs for regular sessions Thursday, Friday and Saturday (April 20-22). Please make sure to indicate on the proposal form whether or not you are available to present on Saturday. Saturday’s programs will have an emphasis on collaboration and subjects that have appeal to both OLA and OASL members and libraries.

Please review the rubric we will use in scoring the proposals.

Follow the link to the Call for Proposals where you will find all the pertinent information and the submission form. Or go straight to the submission form. The deadline is 10pm on Monday, September 26, 2016. Notifications will be sent out by Monday, October 24, 2016.

For any questions, contact the Conference Program Chair, Emily David at


OASL Fall Conference

We are excited to see you at the OASL Fall Conference, Friday and Saturday, October 14 and 15 at Summit High School in Bend. We have been working hard to create a conference that will be informational, inspiring, and fun. Friday will feature book talks for elementary by Danielle Jones and for secondary by Battisti and Benedetti. More than 40 Saturday sessions are scheduled, so visit the conference website to see descriptions and start planning your day.

Plan to display your fabulous successes during the poster session. So we can plan enough space, please complete the form.

Also on the conference website, you will find a link to reserve your room at the Hilton Double Tree. The conference price is $102/night. Just click the link to receive the special price. Half the rooms are already booked, so make your reservation soon.

It is not too late to register. Note: A late fee of $25 will be charged to registrations received after October 1, 2016.

Eila Overcash: Teacher-Librarian and Mentor Teacher at Summit High School


2016 Performers Showcase

Need help with children’s programming? The 2016 Performers Showcase is coming up on Saturday, September 24th. This showcase allows audience members to see a five-minute preview from between 70 and 90 magicians, musicians, storytellers, creative dramatics, jugglers, authors, and others who specialize in entertaining and educating children and families.

A $5 registration fee per adult covers the program costs, a printed Showcase program with space to write notes, and access to the downloadable Performer Directory with information on area performers, including pictures. Doors open at 8:30, showcase runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Salem Public Library’s Loucks Auditorium (585 Liberty St. SE). Register online.

Presented by the OLA Children’s Services Division and the Salem Public Library. For more information email Karen Fischer at Salem Public Library, or call 503-588-6039.


2016 ACRL-OR/WA Fall Conferences

Registration is open for the 2016 ACRL-OR/WA Joint Fall Conferences. This year’s conference will be held at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center on the Columbia Gorge October 27-28. This year’s theme is “Enhancing Creativity and Turning Inspiration Into Reality”.

For conference registration: Register for Menucha

To apply for conference scholarships: Menucha scholarship application form

To submit a proposal for a short talk or poster (deadline extended to September 2): Menucha proposal form for short talk or poster

Stephanie Debner-incoming ACRL-OR President and Faculty Librarian of Mt. Hood Community College


PLD board elections are in!

Congratulations to the following:

  • Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenny, Library Director of Driftwood Public Library, was elected as Chair-Elect.
  • Lorie Vik, Virtual Services Librarian of Eugene Public Library, was re-elected as Secretary.
  • And the following will fill the three open at-large positions:
    • Susan Bloom, Access Services Coordinator of Jackson County Library System
    • Kate Lasky, Executive Director of Josephine Community Libraries
    • Jerianne Thompson, Library Manager of Tualatin Public Library

Kevin Barclay Assistant Director of Deschutes Public Library


Want to know the latest book challenges in Oregon for banned books week?

The 2016 Annual Report on challenges to library materials in Oregon is now available! Last year (July 1, 2015—June 30, 2016) nine items were challenges at three public libraries and one school library in Oregon. Eight of the items were retained, the results of the ninth challenge are unknown. You can learn more about the Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse (OIFC) on the OIFC website.