September 15, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 14): ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLA Executive Board Officers 2021-22

Welcome to the new OLA Board, which began its term on September 1, 2021. We are happy to welcome REFORMA as a new division of OLA now represented on the OLA Board. 

OLA Board meetings are open to all OLA members. For details, see the OLA Board meeting section of the OLA website. Please email board members directly with any questions or concerns you may have. Not sure who to contact? Email olapresident@olaweb.org and I’ll get you pointed in the right direction. 

OLA Committee and Round Table Chair are also starting new terms. You can find their contact information in the OLA Units section of the website. 

The upcoming year will be a bit different, as we will not have an annual conference this year.  There will still be lots of opportunities to learn and connect with your Oregon library colleagues. The Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) conference is coming up on October 9, 2021, and the REFORMA National Conference will be  November 4-7, 2021. Look forward to more announcements about other opportunities throughout the year. 

Voting Members

President   Arlene Weible, State Library of Oregon   (email)

Vice-President/ President-Elect
Marci Ramiro-Jenkins, McMinnville Public Library (email)

Past President
Kate Lasky,  Josephine Community Library District   (email)

Treasurer
Stuart Levy, Parkrose High School  (email)
Term (two years:  2021 – 2023)

Secretary
Star Khan, Driftwood Public Library  (email)

Member-At-Large
Alma Plasencia, Salem Public Library (email

ALA Representative
Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney, Driftwood Public Library (email)
Term (three years: 2019-22)

Divisions – Current Chairs

Academic/ ACRL-Oregon
Emily Ford, Portland Community College  (email)

Children’s Services (CSD)
Susan Cackler  (email

Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL)
Grace Butler, Whitman Elementary School  (email)

Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN)
Denise Auld, Student/Multnomah County Library (email)

Public Library
 (PLD)
Halsted Bernard, Tigard Public Library (email)

REFORMA Oregon (REFORMA)
Eduardo Arizaga, Multnomah County Library (email)
Bobbye Hernandez, Multnomah County Library (email)

Support Staff (SSD)
Rinny Lakin, Multnomah County Library (email)

NON-VOTING MEMBERS
State Librarian 
(ex-officio)
Nancy Hoover, Acting State Librarian, State Library of Oregon (email)

P
arliamentarian
Buzzy Nielsen, State Library of Oregon  (email)

OLA Association Manager 
Shirley Roberts (email)

September 15, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 14): ASSOCIATION NEWS

The OLA Children Services Division Board is proposing bylaw changes.  The ballot here provides information on the bylaws that are up for revision and must now be reviewed and voted on by CSD membership.  There is also a reason provided for the revision within the ballot.  CSD members, please vote before 9/20/21.  Here is the link to the ballot. Please vote if you are a Children’s Services Division member.


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Deborah VanDetta, CSD Past Chair, csdpastchair@olaweb.org

CSD Board

September 15, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 14): HAPPENINGS

Join us for the 2021 Youth Services Summit on Saturday, September 25th for some fall camaraderie on all things youth services! We especially hope to see you in the morning to discuss what Summer Reading looks like next. Feel free to join us with coffee and snacks in hand. You are welcome to attend just one session, or stay for all topics. Most sessions will not be recorded due to the participatory nature of the presentations. Please tell us in advance here if you plan on coming!


Link to registration


Link to schedule


Need more information?  Check out our Youth Services Summit webpage.  This is a joint CSD and OYAN event.

August 15, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 13): LIBRARY NEWS

Creating Pathways to Oregon Historic Landscape Architecture Collections

By Liliya K. Benz, Special Projects Processing Archivist

The University of Oregon Libraries Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce that access to previously unavailable material related to prominent three Oregon landscape architects is now available. The project “Creating Pathways to Oregon Historic Landscape Architectural Collections” was completed during this last year. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Oregon.

The newly available material documents the working lives of the superintendent of parks in Ashland, Oregon, Chester E. Corry; the first woman to be elected fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Barbara Fealy; and the first women working in landscape architecture in Oregon, Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver. The collections contain hundreds of newly processed landscape architectural designs, plans, and drawings.

Landscape designs by Chester E. Corry for Phase III of an extension development of Lithia Park, Ashland, Oregon, entitled the “Proposed Root Park Extension Project,” circa 1960s.

Special Collections and University Archives processed 47.1 linear feet of archival material never before accessible to the public, create remotely accessible digital surrogates of select large-format drawings and plans, and stabilize collection materials for long-term storage and preservation.

Landscape designs by Barbara Fealy in unstable rolls before preservation, and designs preserved in appropriately sized housing awaiting transport to storage.

Description and requesting options for materials are available on the Special Collections and University Archives website (https://scua.uoregon.edu/ ). Digitally accessible materials are available on the University of Oregon Libraries’ digital repository, Oregon Digital (https://oregondigital.org/catalog).

August 15, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 12): ASSOCIATION NEWS

New OLA Critical Cataloging Repository

In order to facilitate work being done in libraries toward anti-racist, anti-oppressive librarianship, the OLA Technical Services Roundtable (TRST) has created a space for collaboration on using respectful and inclusive language in catalog records, including choosing language that people use to describe themselves. The OLA Critical Cataloging Repository is a spreadsheet which catalogers in Oregon can use to share changes that they are making to subject headings in their individual library catalogs. Look at the “Cover sheet” tab in the spreadsheet for more details. You will always be able to find a link to the repository, along with all sorts of other useful info, on the OLA TSRT website.

OLA Critical Cataloging Repository

August 15, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 12): OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

The 20th Annual Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference (NWILL) will once again be held virtually. 

The conference will be taking place virtually September 1st – 3rd.

A pre-conference workshop will take place on August 31st hosted by OCLC, titled “You had me at data”—Using statistics to up your ILL game.

NWILL is pleased to announce that our 2021 Keynote is Kaetrena Davis Kendrick; a prolific author, presenter, librarian, and lecturer whose research interests include professionalism, ethics, racial and ethnic diversity in the LIS field, and the role of communities of practice in practical academic librarianship. In 2019, Kendrick was named the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. She is co-editor of The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations (ACRL 2016) and her most recently published work is “The Public Librarian Low-Morale Experience: A Qualitative Study,” which received the 2020 Partnership Article Award. We invite you to learn more about Kaetrena’s mission and activities via her website.

This year’s program topics include: 

  • COVID innovations
  • CONTU alternatives in action
  • US Government Documents & ILL
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and ILL

Registration can be found at https://nwill2021.eventbrite.com 

A full program can be previewed at our website. Please check https://nwill.org for updates.

2021 Virtual Conference Fees

$36 – Standard Registration

$18 – Budget Conscious (This includes limited department budgets, if you are self-financing your attendance, if you are furloughed/unemployed, or a student)

$162 – Institution Registration (5-8 people from the same location) – a code will be provided to allow individuals to register from your institution

Registration is currently at 50%

Conference fees help us offset the cost of the tools used to hold the virtual conference and offer a full conference experience. As a small independent conference, we use the fees from one year to pay for the following year. At this time, we look forward to offering you a full conference experience next year in Portland, Oregon however this may change depending on world circumstances.

NWILL is a conference organized by an all-volunteer committee and supported by the community, with a handful of key sponsorships. This year our sponsors include Emporia State University (SLIM program), OCLC, Atlas Systems, ExLibris (RapidILL), Reprints Desk, San Jose State University iSchool, USC Library School, and Documents Delivered.

Have questions?  Contact someone on the NWILL Conference Planning Committee.

June 15, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 11): ASSOCIATION NEWS

Leadership Development Scholarships Available

The Oregon Library Association (OLA) Leadership Committee is offering Leadership Scholarships of up to $1,000.  All members of OLA, regardless of position or employment, are eligible to apply for the scholarship which is intended to support leadership development and contribute to the growth of leadership potential within OLA and libraries statewide.  You do not need to be a manager, or aspire to a management position, to qualify for a scholarship.

Three scholarships are awarded annually and a scholarship can be awarded to an individual only once per OLA fiscal year (September 1-August 30).  Priority for at least one scholarship will also be given to individuals from diverse cultural/ethnic backgrounds and/or historically marginalized groups.  In the past, recipients have used the scholarship to attend conferences, diversity training and The Leadership Institute of the Oregon Library Association (LIOLA).

Scholarship winners agree to provide service to OLA as a component of receiving a scholarship.  A recipient may assume a leadership role within a task force, round table, committee, or division; assist with Annual, Support Staff Division (SSD) or Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) conference planning, or take ownership of an OLA Project.

For further information, please review the FAQ and scholarship application evaluation. The next application deadline is June 30, 2021.

June 1, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 10): ASSOCIATION NEWS

Public Library Division Quarterly Meeting and Training

The Public Library Division (PLD) Board will host its next meeting and training over Zoom on Friday, June 18 at 10 a.m. Our topic will be Working with Library Boards and will feature a panel of library directors from around the state:

Jeremy Skinner, Curry Public Library

Kari May, Jackson County Library Services

MaryKay Dahlgreen, Lincoln County Library District

Sarah Strahl, Salem Public Library

Will O’Hearn, Eugene Public Library

While the topic is of most interest to library directors, any PLD member is welcome to join via Zoom. Please join us for what is sure to be a great discussion!

June 1, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 10): ASSOCIATION NEWS

Leadership Development Scholarships Available

The Oregon Library Association (OLA) Leadership Committee is offering Leadership Scholarships of up to $1,000.  All members of OLA, regardless of position or employment, are eligible to apply for the scholarship which is intended to support leadership development and contribute to the growth of leadership potential within OLA and libraries statewide.  You do not need to be a manager, or aspire to a management position, to qualify for a scholarship.

Three scholarships are awarded annually and a scholarship can be awarded to an individual only once per OLA fiscal year (September 1-August 30).  Priority for at least one scholarship will also be given to individuals from diverse cultural/ethnic backgrounds and/or historically marginalized groups.  In the past, recipients have used the scholarship to attend conferences, diversity training and The Leadership Institute of the Oregon Library Association (LIOLA).

Scholarship winners agree to provide service to OLA as a component of receiving a scholarship.  A recipient may assume a leadership role within a task force, round table, committee, or division; assist with Annual, Support Staff Division (SSD) or Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) conference planning, or take ownership of an OLA Project.

For further information, please review the FAQ and scholarship application evaluation. The next application deadline is June 30, 2021.

June 1, 2021 (Vol. 29, No. 10): ASSOCIATION NEWS

Public Library Division Accepting Executive Board Nominations

The Public Library Division (PLD) of the Oregon Library Association is seeking nominations for four positions on our executive board. The board meets every other month typically around the state. However, right now we are meeting virtually.  

The Public Library Division represents all public libraries in Oregon. We offer support through the creation of standards for public libraries. We also develop programs to support continuing education. Current and past projects include: 

– revising the OLA Standards for Public Libraries (meetings are in addition to regular board meetings) 

– organizing Public Library Directors Meetings and membership trainings  

– annual PLD banquet at the Oregon Library Association (OLA) conference and Pearl award 

The four positions currently open are as follows: 

·Chair-elect (3 year term; one year as chair elect, one year as chair, one year as past chair)

·Member at large position #1 (2 year term) 

·Member at large position #2 (2 year term) 

·Secretary (2 year term; take official meeting minutes)   

Any Public Library Division member is eligible to run for these positions. Terms begin in September. 

If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague, please fill out the online nomination form by July 1, 2021.