December 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 24) HAPPENINGS

Intellectual Freedom Champion Award 2019 – Nominations Open

Do you know an Intellectual Freedom Champion?  Intellectual Freedom Champions can be in any type of library or they might not work in a library at all.  IF Champions stand up for the principles of intellectual freedom and help to protect our rights to read and research, help preserve our access to information, and maintain our privacy.  The award is given in recognition of the contribution made by an individual, institution, or group that has actively promoted or defended intellectual freedom in Oregon.

The Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Oregon Library Association is now accepting nominations for the next IF Champion Award to be presented at the April 2019 OLA/WLA Conference.  Nominations are due no later than Monday, February 11, 2019.

The nomination form and details about the process are available on the Intellectual Freedom Committee IF Champion web page.  If you have questions about the award or nominations, please contact the co-chairs of the OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee.

Thank you!

Krista Reynolds, IFC co-chair

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December 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 24) HAPPENINGS

2019 Leadership Institute of Oregon Library Association (LIOLA)

Apply Now!

Would you like to learn strategies to empower staff and develop accountability in yourself and others? Have you wished that you had a support system of other leaders in Oregon libraries who could help when new challenges arise? These benefits and more will result from participation in the Leadership Institute of OLA.  

We are currently taking applications for the second LIOLA to be held at The Village Green, in Cottage Grove, Oregon from June 18-21, 2019. LIOLA was developed by the OLA LIOLA Committee in partnership with Dietra Stivahtis of Vibrant Business Solutions.

If you are an emerging leader (or aspire to be!) serving in any capacity in a library, please apply!  Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

For more information please visit the LIOLA page or contact LIOLA Chair, Lori Wamsley, at: LIOLA@ola.org  

December 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 24) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Blake Kincaid

Hello library people! My name is Blake Kincaid and I currently work in Vancouver, Washington for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District (FVRL). I started working in libraries in 1992 as a page at the Gresham branch of the Multnomah County Library. For ten years I worked as a page and then a library assistant at Central, Woodstock, Hollywood, and Sellwood branches, as well as picking up sub shifts at most of the other MCL branches. I took the full tour. Then my family and I moved way out into the woods near rural Clatskanie, Oregon. I still managed to find a library job, and I worked as a library assistant in Astoria at the Clatsop Community College Library. That was an amazing opportunity to learn about so many back-of-house library operations. Although I was only there for one year, I was able to get hands-on practice with ILLs, periodical predictions, cataloging, and a full inventory project. In late 2003 I joined FVRL, promoted to supervisor in 2008, and promoted to my current position as Staff Development Coordinator in 2013. That was also when we moved back to Portland so our kid could socialize with more than just elk and coyotes.

So why join OLA now? After all these years I’ve finally made the leap and am a graduate student in the Emporia SLIM program in Portland. In roughly a year and a half I will be a librarian! I feel like I’ve done all the fun, rewarding things that can be done in libraries without an MLS, and now I’d like to do the rest. Librarians don’t get all the fun, but they do get to do a lot of amazing things. I’ve wanted to go back to school for a long time, but there always seemed to be a good excuse to not take the plunge: having a kid, moving to a new house, starting a new job. . . Then, earlier this year, I was invited by some wonderful Oregon librarians to present with them at a session at the OLA Annual Conference in Eugene. The whole conference was incredible, and any reservations I had about making the plunge back into school were gone. Now I’m jumping in with both feet, and I’m even involved in the newly formed OLA Staff Training Roundtable (you should join).  I’m excited to be involved with OLA and to work with other members to help libraries to thrive. Let’s do this thing!

December 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 23) HAPPENINGS

SAVE THE DATE

OASL/OLA Legislative Day 2019

Help! OLA needs new children’s books for the Legislative Day book giveaway.

During OASL/OLA Legislative Day, (Tuesday, February 12 at the State Capitol in Salem) your legislators will choose books from your donations to give to their local libraries – it’s a great way to encourage engagement and share the value for libraries. This year, we decided to ask everybody for books instead of the few people who have served on ALSC awards committees. Please select hardback books that highlight ORCA or Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award (or your personal favorite). Picture books are the most popular for folks who want to select something not on either of these lists.  

They will be stored by Ferol Wayland at the State Library.  You can send them to her at

ATTN: Ferol Wayland
State Library of Oregon
250 Winter St. NE
Salem, OR 97301-3950

In addition, if it’s easier for you, the people listed below will collect books.

Bend
Buzzy Nielsen
bnielsen@crooklib.org

Grants Pass
Kate Lasky
klasky@josephinelibrary.org

Multnomah County
Natasha Forrester-Campbell
natashaf@multcolib.org

Portland Metro
Katie Anderson
katiea@wccls.org

  • For those in the Portland area, Jean Menger and Jane Corry are holding a Books-n-Brew “book raising” event at Lucky Lab on Hawthorne on Tuesday, December 11, from 6 to 9. Socialize with other library folk over a beer and bring your book.

Salem
Ferol Wayland
ferol.weyand@state.or.us

Tillamook
Sara Charlton
charlton@co.tillamook.or.us

December 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 23) HAPPENINGS

2019 Leadership Institute of Oregon Library Association (LIOLA)

Apply Now!

Would you like to learn strategies to empower staff and develop accountability in yourself and others? Have you wished that you had a support system of other leaders in Oregon libraries who could help when new challenges arise? These benefits and more will result from participation in the Leadership Institute of OLA.  

We are currently taking applications for the second LIOLA to be held at The Village Green, in Cottage Grove, Oregon from June 18-21, 2019. LIOLA was developed by the OLA LIOLA Committee in partnership with Dietra Stivahtis of Vibrant Business Solutions.

If you are an emerging leader (or aspire to be!) serving in any capacity in a library, please apply!  Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

For more information please visit LIOLA 2019 or contact LIOLA Chair, Lori Wamsley, at: LIOLA@ola.org  

December 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 23) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Kris Wiley

Hello from Douglas County. I’m Kris Wiley, director of the new Roseburg Public Library, which we plan to open in early November after an extensive remodeling project. I moved to Oregon in June to take on the unique opportunity of developing a city library, and this adventure has been even more amazing than I could have dreamed.

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I’m an Iowa native and received bachelor’s degrees and a library degree at the University of Iowa (go Hawks!). I began my career as Reference Librarian at Satilla Regional Library System in Georgia and spent the past nine years at New Ulm Public Library in Minnesota as assistant director and director. Now I lead a small team of staff and a large team of volunteers in bringing public library services back to this community, which has been incredibly welcoming and supportive to this flatlander.

In my spare time I run, read, happily struggle with crossword puzzles, and explore my new home. I love books with great character development and mysteries with a strong sense of place. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you. Consider this an open invitation to visit Roseburg Public Library; you’re always welcome!

 

November 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 22) HAPPENINGS

Leadership Development Scholarships Available

FREE MONEY! Now that I have your attention…

The OLA Leadership Committee is once again offering Leadership Development Scholarships of up to $1000. These funds can be used for professional development opportunities intended to develop leadership skills. These can be specific to management training or other beneficial skills such as improving communication, developing conflict management skills, working with community partners, etc. In the past recipients have used funds to attend college courses in project management, attend the ALA Annual Conference, and participate in diversity training for leaders. Funds are available to individuals at any level in their organization.

The next deadline to apply is November 30, 2018. For more information, visit the OLA website.

November 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 22) HAPPENINGS

Save the Date: OLA Legislative Day 2019

Advocate for Libraries!

Tuesday, February 12
Oregon State Capitol
Salem, Oregon
7:30am to 3:30pm

During OLA Legislative Day, librarians and volunteers meet with their legislators to advocate for libraries. The OLA Library Development and Legislative Committee will schedule trainings, sign-ups, and more in January. For now, SAVE THE DATE.

AND DONATE! We need new children’s books for the Legislative Day book giveaway. During OLA Legislative Day, your legislators will choose books from your donations to give to their local libraries — it’s a great way to encourage engagement and share the value for libraries. Please select books that highlight ORCA or Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award (or your personal favorite). Picture books are the most popular for folks who want to select something not on either of these lists.

The State Library will be storing our donated books until Legislative Day. If you are traveling to Salem and can drop them off at the State Library, be sure to label the box “Legislative Day — books for giveaway.” If you are unable to drop off your donations, you can mail them to ATTN: Ferol Wayland at the State Library of Oregon, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301-3950 or contact Legislative Day Coordinator Kate Lasky at klasky@josephinelibrary.org for a list of regional drop-off spots.

Together, we can build value for Oregon libraries!

Kate Lasky
Josephine Community Library District

November 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 22) HAPPENINGS

OLA Quarterly Call for Papers

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The OLA Quarterly is looking for authors to contribute to the upcoming winter issue. The theme is Digital Depositories and Data Harvests.

Do you have a digital collection that you’re pushing to DPLA? Have you worked with Archives West? If so, please consider contributing to a special issue of the Oregon Library Association Quarterly on Digital Depositories and Data Harvests. It’s all about the sharing — the standards and systems and metadata that bring big data and important collections to the public.

The timeline is:

  • Call for papers: November 8th, 2018 [notice of intent]
  • Proposal deadline: December 1st, 2018 [title, abstract, headshot due]
  • First draft deadline: Jan. 15th, 2019 [about 2,000 words, 4 photos]
  • Publishing goal: Feb. 15, 2019

For more information and to express an interest, please contact the OLAQ’s guest editor, Maureen Flanagan Battistella, a librarian embedded in the Anthropology and Sociology Program at Southern Oregon University.

Thank you,
Charles Wood
OLA Communications Committee Chair