June 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 11) HAPPENINGS

OLA SSD (Support Staff Division) 2017 Conference

Making Field Goals: Adapting and Thriving in Library Service

Friday, July 28th 8:00am – 4:00pm @ University of Oregon

Hello from OLA SSD!

We’re delighted to announce that registration for the OLA SSD (Support Staff Division) 2017 conference is now open!

View our sessions and our fantastic speakers for the conference, check out the delicious menu, get lodging info, and of course, register:


This year’s theme is Making Field Goals: Adapting and Thriving in Library Service. We’re headed south for a field day at the University of Oregon in beautiful Eugene!

Registration includes your choice of sessions, full breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. Based on your feedback from last year, we’re thrilled to welcome back Evan Dumas, this year as our keynote! Start the day off with listening to him speak on “How Not to Burn Out” or “Whoops, too late, now what?” We have a FANTASTIC group of experts ready to speak to you on many diverse subjects. Also based on your feedback, we’re continuing with a mix of traditional presentations and panels, with a chance for audience participation. So if you sign up for a panel, come with your questions and comments!

Looking for ways to save? Register before June 17th for early bird rates. If you’re traveling from more than 150 miles (one way), you may be able to apply for a $50 travel assistance scholarship. Are your colleagues going? If your library/system registers three attendees, the fourth attendee may be eligible for free registration! To assist with the SSD scholarship fund, OLA SSD has some fantastic baskets to raffle at the conference so be sure to bring a little spending money.

Thank you for your interest in OLA Support Staff Division 2017 Annual Conference!

Connect with us:

Blog: http://ola-ssd.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/olasupportstaffdivision

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Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference

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Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 8:30 AM – Friday, August 11, 2017 at 3:00 PM (PDT) @  Portland State University

NWILL is a conference focused on interlibrary loan and resource sharing for library professionals and para-professionals. Program content ranges from practical, how-to sessions to philosophical discussions on the future of interlibrary loan and resource sharing. Speakers include regional interlibrary loan and resource sharing practitioners and professionals from across North America. Early bird registration ($175) is available through July 10th, 2017. Regular registration is $225.

This year’s program includes:

  • Copyright issues and interlibrary loan
  • Leadership and management in resource sharing
  • ILL workflow solutions for all library types
  • Emerging and changing technology in interlibrary loan and resource sharing
  • And more! Including our open forum Ask Anything sessions!

Our Keynote this year is John Chrastka from EveryLibrary:

EveryLibrary is the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types.

View the full program: http://www.nwill.org/node/84
Register for the conference: https://conference.atlas-sys.com/NWILL/Conference


We look forward to seeing you!

June 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 11) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Shun-Sho Fong 

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Shun-Sho Fong became a member of OLA in December 2016 and recently celebrated her first anniversary as a resident of Oregon and an employee at Crook County Library in Prineville, Oregon. In her position as a Youth Services Associate, Shun-Sho focuses the majority of her time on serving patrons in 6th-12th grades through programming and outreach, creating displays, managing the collection, and everything in-between. She occasionally gets the opportunity to work with elementary students and is getting involved in services for Spanish speakers, including adult Spanish collection development. Originally from the Midwest, Shun-Sho has worked in libraries for eight years, operating as a teen librarian assistant at a public library and a cataloger for a botanical garden’s special collection.

A career in libraries wasn’t originally on her agenda. After earning undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Mass Communications and Fine Arts from Creighton University, Shun-Sho worked as a program manager at an arts council. Following a chance encounter with an article about Jamie LaRue, she was inspired to apply for the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, from which she graduated with her MLIS in May 2016 with specializations in Data Curation and Special Collections.

Since joining OLA, Shun-Sho has connected with the Oregon Young Adult Network and begun volunteering for the Intellectual Freedom Committee and Oregon Battle of the Books. She hopes to continue working with these projects and pursue additional projects working with disadvantaged populations.

During her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, playing board games and watching movies with friends, combing through thrift stores, working on art, and, of course, reading. Currently, she’s enjoying an eclectic mix of books, including The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer, Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook by Shel Silverstein, and Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer.

June 1st, 2017 (Vol.24, No.10) ASSOCIATION NEWS

2017 Lampman Award Recipient

Heather McNeil: Storyteller, Author, and Youth Librarian

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Heather McNeil is the Youth Services Manager at Deschutes Public Library, a position she has held with gratitude for 19 years.  Even though most of her days are filled with planning, budget, and coaching, she maintains presenting Toddlin’ Tales Story Time four times a week in Bend because, “it’s the best part of my week.  I love those two-year-olds, to whom everything is fascinating and funny.” Heather received the Oregon Library Association’s Librarian of the Year Award in 2014.

Heather is also an award-winning professional storyteller, and she represented the United States at international storytelling festivals in Scotland and New Zealand.  She is the author of a book on early literacy, “Read, Rhyme and Romp: Early Literacy Skills and Activities for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents,” based on her 35 years of experience with story time, as well as being a Specialty Master Trainer on early literacy through Portland State University.

Heather also authored two books on folklore after collecting stories in Kenya and Scotland, and she is now working on a historical fantasy trilogy for teens.  She served on the 2005 Newbery Committee, the 2013 Wilder Committee, and is currently on the 2018 Caldecott Committee. Heather enjoys time with her daughter, Jamie Rose, her cats, and whatever wildlife wanders around her home outside of Bend.

2017 Lampman Committee Members:

  • Carrie Kasperick, Chair 
  • Monmouth Public Library
  • Linda Annable
  • Holly Campbell-Polivka
  • Kate Carter
  • Korie Jones-Buerkle
  • Esther Moberg
  • Marian Rose

The Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award was established in 1982 to honor a living Oregon author, librarian, or educator who has made a significant contribution to Oregon in the fields of children’s literature and library services. It is awarded annually by the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library  Association.

June 1st, 2017 (Vol.24, No.10) ASSOCIATION NEWS

OYAN Book Rave

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Every year, OYAN members choose their favorite novels for teens from the past two years. Nominations depend upon what the nominator thinks teens in Oregon will like to read or have been reading with enthusiasm, and the final list is created based on a vote of the OYAN membership. (For details, see the official selection process.)

The votes have been counted; Click here for the list!

The winning titles were booktalked at the Oregon Library Association conference in Salem.

A pamphlet is available in color [pdf] and black and white [pdf] to help you promote these titles to your teens.

Special thanks to Traci Glass at the Eugene Public Library for managing the nomination, voting, and pamphlet design process!

June 1st, 2017 (Vol.24, No.10) ASSOCIATION NEWS

OYEA Award Winner


Congratulations to the 2017 OYEA (OYAN’s You’re Excellent Award) winner Megan Hoak! Megan is the Teen Services Coordinator at the Dalles-Wasco County Public Library and, by the testimonials below from her teens, we’re convinced that she’s crushing it. She’s committed to her community, and it shows in both big and small ways. Read on to hear directly from her teens.

One teen wrote about her, “Megan Hoak is the best teen librarian I know. She knows what the community wants, and when she doesn’t she isn’t afraid to ask.”

In a handwritten note, another teen said:

“She inspires me to do my best, and I know she’ll listen to me if I have problems and try to help. I have trouble talking because I think I might say something wrong but I’ll do my best and get over my fear for her because I think she deserves the best in the whole entire world!”

One of her teen volunteers had a lot of great things to say about her:

“Megan Hoak is a strong, positive impact on me, the teens in our community, and our library. In the three years I’ve known her, she’s completely revamped the library’s teen services, created countless programs and groups based on popular suggestions and ideas, and turned the library into a space where teens feel welcome, loved, and encouraged….

“She also loves helping teens learn about, pursue, and share their interests with others in the community through the library. There are currently several teen-run programs she encouraged and supports. For example, she helped some friends and I start a fiber arts guild for youth that meets at the library every other week and is running strong….

“On the technology front, she’s delved into some completely new territory for our library — we’re in the process of building a teen space in the library funded by a grant she wrote, complete with “maker” (science and art) kits, a music- and video-recording studio, and extra computers….

“She cares deeply about us, and continues to be there for us to help work through whatever we’re dealing with. She’s touched countless lives.”

And yet another teen highlighted the personal impact she had on him:

“The multiple times I’ve forgotten to bring my coat, she would always tell me to bring a coat. She would show concern by going off on how many coats I need to wear or how I could get hypothermia but as usual I would still forget them. Until she finally got so worried that she got me a coat…. She has also been helping me with college applications and getting financial help. I bet if I didn’t have her help I wouldn’t have ever been ready for college. She’s one of the best teen advisors I know and one of my best friends.”

Congratulations, Megan! The award is so well-deserved.

June 1st, 2017 (Vol.24, No.10) LIBRARY NEWS

ACHS Announces New Online Instructional Design Librarian

Portland, Ore.—May 31, 2017—Academic Dean of the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS), Denise Dallmann, ND, MS, announces the appointment of Ashley Ehmig, MLS, as the college’s new Online Instructional Design Librarian.

Ehmig fulfills a new position at ACHS and will collaborate with the college’s instructional design team to further develop its information literacy and library support services. Ehmig will also provide one-on-one student support through the college’s online student success center.

“I am honored to be part of a team that is passionate about providing holistic health education through both online and on-campus education,” says Ehmig. “As a librarian, I am grateful that I am I able to work at a college that allows me to utilize my information literacy and research skills, and interact with passionate, hard-working students daily.”

Ehmig holds a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University and a Bachelor of Science in General Science from the University of Oregon. She has more than seven years’ experience including academic libraries, continuing medical education, and medical archives.

“We are thrilled to have Ashley as our new librarian and to serve on the instructional design team,” says Dallmann. “Her academic background in Library Science and her personal and professional experience with the Canvas Learning Management System, holistic healthcare, and medical education is a perfect fit for ACHS and our students. She has already instituted a weekly, live, online workshop series to help ACHS students further develop and/or refine their academic writing and research skills.”

For more information about this press release, contact Lauren Shapiro at publicrelations@achs.edu. For more information about library services at ACHS, email librarian@achs.edu.

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ACRL-WA/OR Joint conference

Mark your calendars for the 2017 ACRL Washington & Oregon joint conference!

The conference will be held from October 19th-20th – which is one week earlier than usual – at the Pack Forest Conference Center in Eatonville, WA.

This year’s theme is “Tried & True or Shiny & New?” so keep your eye out for additional information and a call for proposals coming out this summer.  You can also keep up with the conference on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/221475015034791

June 1st, 2017 (Vol.24, No.10) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Register for OASL Fall Conference

The Oregon Association of School Libraries is sending an open invitation to all educators to join us for the annual Fall Conference: Future Ready. Set. Launch!

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When: Friday & Saturday, October 13 & 14, 2017

Where: Jesuit High School in southwest Portland

What: High quality speakers, award-winning authors, workshops, Beaverton’s FutureBus and a makerspace playground, concurrent sessions, and exhibitors

Visit OASL 2017 Fall Conference for registration and information.

Early Registration by Sept. 8, 2017:

OASL/OLA members:  $199 full conference

Non-members:  $229 full conference

One day attendance:  $120

Registration beginning Sept. 9, 2017:

OASL/OLA members:  $225

Non-members:  $250

One day attendance:  $120

Register online up to the day before the conference.

Conference chair: glum@jesuitportland.org

Registration questions:  membership@oasl.olaweb.org

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OSU Oral History Presentation

Oregon State University Libraries, Library Faculty Association invites YOU to attend Friday’s (6/9) Seminar Series presentation at 10:00am –  Boswellizing OSU: On the Attempt to Create an Oral History of a Large Place, with Chris Peterson, Senior Faculty Research Assistant in Special Collections and University Archives Research Center at OSULP

Where: The seminar will take place from 10:00-11:30am in the Willamette Seminar Rooms (Valley 3622) on the 3rd floor of the Valley Library. Light refreshments will be provided. Please contact Beth.Filar-Williams@oregonstate.edu or Uta.Hussong-Christian@oregonstate.edu with any questions. Library visitor info (including campus map and parking info can be found online: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/visit

Virtual: We are webcasting the presentation, so  if you are not able to be physically present, please Join Using WebEx  remotely.

Abstract:  http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/119682/ The Oregon State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Project is the largest oral history initiative ever undertaken at OSU. Spanning more than four years, the project has captured the stories of over 100 OSU alumni from every decade since the 1930s; more than 100 faculty members representing each of OSU’s eleven colleges; some twenty OSU staff members; and another dozen current students. Project staff have collected more than 330 hours of interview content, and the dedicated web portal created to present “OH 150” contains more than 3.1 million words of transcription.

This presentation will tell the story of why the project came into being and how it evolved over time. In addition to a detailed discussion of who was interviewed and the major themes that arose as a result, the presentation will touch upon the tools that project staff used to create the collection’s unique web portal, which features access to video and audio files, contextual information, transcripts presented in two different formats, and the ability to sort interviews based on affiliation or topic.

The talk will also feature two films compiled from the collection: one serving as a demonstration for how the project might be used for research purposes, and the other highlighting several funny, poignant or especially insightful moments that emerged as a result of the interviewing process.

About the Presenter:  Chris Petersen has worked for the OSU Libraries since 1996, and has been a member of the library faculty since 1999. For more than six years he has been actively engaged with the practice of oral history and, in that time, he has conducted over 250 hours of interviews with scientists, diplomats, and a great diversity of people associated with Oregon State University. Since 2013 he has served as project director and lead oral historian for the OSU Sesquicentennial Oral History Project. He is also the editor and publisher of the Pauling Blog, which has been releasing original research on the life and work of Linus Pauling nearly every week since its founding in March 2008.

Uta & Beth

2016-2017 LFA Seminar Series Coordinators