February 1, 2016 (Vol. 22, No. 5) Conference

Registration is now open for the 2016 OLA Annual Conference

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Join colleagues for educational programming, networking and a whole lot of fun at the Riverhouse Convention Center in sunny Bend, Oregon, April 20-22, 2016. Check out the slate of preconferences and programs.

Register for the conference by March 21st to get the best rates. You can register online with a credit card or by check.  Once you have completed your registration form and have chosen a payment option, you will receive a confirmation page.  If paying by check, please include a copy of the confirmation page with your check and mail it to the address noted on the page.

Registration Forms
(if you are attending a full-day or the full-conference, choose the “Full Registration” form): 
Hotel reservations can also be made at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes by calling 1-866-453-4480 (Sorry, NO online hotel reservations – phone only. We’re a bit old-school out here in the high desert).  Rates are $138.00 plus 14.4% tax and fees.  Be sure to let them know you are with the Oregon Library Association.

Key Dates

  • Early registration ends Monday, March 21, 2016
  • Online registration ends Monday, April 11, 2016
  • Pre-conferences: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
  • Conference: Thursday-Friday, April 21-22, 2016
  • Onsite registration will be available, check & credit card payments only (no cash). Note that we cannot guarantee meals with onsite registration.

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

February 1, 2016 (Vol. 22, No. 5) Opportunities for Enrichment

OLA wants to help you spiff up your resume and cover letter!

The Membership Committee and the New Member Round Table are joining forces to pilot a new program for OLA members – Resume & Cover Letter Review!

Volunteer reviewers will evaluate the applicant’s resume and representative cover letter and provide advice on these documents.  In addition, the reviewer can assess any possible experiences or skills that might the applicant more marketable for a desired position.

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For the winter quarter, participating is entirely virtual – you can use email, phone, GoToMeeting, Skype, Hangouts, or whatever works for you! Prefer to do this sort of thing face-to-face? We’ll be offering that option at the OLA Conference this Spring!

I would love advice on my cover letter and resume!  How do I sign up?

We’re ready to accept applications for those looking for advice and review! Here is the criteria for those seeking review:

Required:

  • OLA membership;

  • Ability to receive feedback from the OLA Member providing review.

Preferred:

I’d like to help!  How do I sign up?

We’re still looking for volunteer resume reviewers!  Does this describe you?

Required:

Preferred:

  • Recent experience on hiring and/or interview panels;

  • Currently in a position which often reviews candidate applications, such as a management position.

Have questions? Problems? You can use the Resume Review Program inquiry form to contact Resume Review Program administrators.

Best wishes,

Jenkins Lumpkin, OLA New Member Round Table

Meredith Farkas, OLA Membership Committee

February 1, 2016 (Vol. 22, No. 5) Association News

Yes, it’s time to nominate your colleagues for OLA Honors & Awards!

Who has done an outstanding job or taken on a project or been responsible for a success in our libraries this year? Tell us about those talented, dedicated individuals whose commitment to excellent library service has made a difference. The OLA Honors & Awards Committee want to know who those individuals (or groups) are and we want you to tell us!

Nominations may come from all types of libraries and from all kinds of librarians, staff and supporters.

Nomination letters (with no more than six letters of support) are due Friday, March 18, 2016. These awards will be presented to recipients at the 2016 OLA Conference Luncheon Banquet in Bend on Friday, April 22, 2016

 Here’s the details on each award:

 1.       Oregon Librarian of the Year may be awarded to any Oregon librarian who has been working in an Oregon Library for at least two years in a paid professional position.  The nominee must demonstrate excellence in library service in his or her community and to Oregon libraries.  The nominee must be a member of OLA.

 2.       Oregon Library Employee of the Year may be awarded to any Oregon library staff member who has worked in an Oregon library for at least two years as a paid staff member and demonstrated excellence in library service in his or her community.

 3.       Oregon Library Association Distinguished Service Award may be awarded to any Oregon librarian or library staff member, who has been in the profession for 15 or more years, has worked in Oregon libraries for at least ten years, and is currently a member of OLA, for exceptional service over a period of years.

 4.       Oregon Library Supporter of the Year may be awarded to any volunteer, volunteer group, library Friend, board member, government official, or other individual who is not a paid library staff member and who has demonstrated excellence in supporting and promoting Oregon libraries.

If you need more info, read the awards guidelines and let me know if you have questions.  Take a look at http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=58280&orgId=ola

Your letter (e-mail) of nomination should include the following information, if pertinent, and be as informational as possible:

  •  Name, contact information, current position for nominee
  • Award for which you are nominating the person or group
  • Description of why your nominee should be selected for an OLA Award
  • OLA activities: committee appointments, etc.
  • Past positions held and summary of major accomplishments  (for Distinguished Service Award)
  • Your name and how you can be reached if the committee has questions

Please send nominating letters and supporting letters by Friday, March 18, 2016, to:

Leah Griffith, HAS Chair, e-mail:   leah.griffith@newbergoregon.gov

We prefer e-mail, but you can also send via mail to me at:

Newberg Public Library
503 E. Hancock
Newberg,  OR  97132

E-mail or call me at 503-537-1256 if you have any questions. We will be looking forward to your nominations.

February 1, 2016 (Vol. 22, No. 5) Association News

Know someone providing top-notch teen services? Nominate them for the OYEA! Award!

Nominations for the 2016 OYAN You’re Excellent Award (OYEA!) are being accepted now through March 15, 2016.

This is a fantastic way to recognize work in Oregon libraries that has made a difference for teens. The OYEA! may be awarded to an individual, library, organization, program, or initiative that has made a positive and significant contribution to teens in libraries in the state of Oregon. The honoree will receive an engraved plaque and a $100 donation to the teen service program of their choice.

Here is how to nominate that person (or people) who just popped into your head:

·    Write a letter that includes the nominee’s name, nominee’s contact information, and a description of the nominee’s positive and significant contributions to teens in libraries in the State of Oregon.

·    Add any accompanying letters of support (it is OK to send them separately from the nomination)

·    Consider that we really look and give extra weight to letters of support written by teens.

Mail or email your letter of nomination and letters of support to: Sonja Somerville; Salem Public Library; 585 Liberty St. SE; Salem, OR 97304 or ssomerville@cityofsalem.net

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February 1, 2016 (Vol. 22, No. 5) Library News

Gayle Waiss, Florence First Citizen

Congratulations to Gayle Waiss, Assistant Director and Youth Services Librarian at the Siuslaw Public Library District, who was recently honored as Florence First Citizen at the annual Siuslaw Awards, sponsored by the Florence Chamber of Commerce.  Gayle, who has been employed by the Siuslaw Public Library District since 1998, was recognized for her long-standing community involvement, volunteerism and commitment to literacy. Rotary, the Rotary Foundation, Habitat and many other organizations in the Florence area have benefited from her spirit of giving back to the community.  Currently Gayle serves as the volunteer executive director of the Western Lane Community Fund.  In presenting the award, Florence Mayor Joe Henry said, “Gayle’s participation in organizations and projects all have a common thread;  to make a difference in the lives of youth in the Florence and Mapleton area.”

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February 1, 2016 (Vol. 22, No. 5) People

Remembrances of George H. Bell

The Oregon library community lost a fierce champion on December 29th when George Bell died. George was on the State Library Board from 1988 to 1995 and served as Chair of the Board in 1991-92 and 1994-95. George was an Honorary Life Member of OLA and was active on the Intellectual Freedom Committee and the Legislative Committee. His obituary in the Statesman Journal obituary in the Statesman Journal details his many other accomplishments and includes information about the celebration of life and opportunities for memorial donations.

George wrote a blog called Polwatch which is recommended to get a feeling for the intellect and passion of the man. Polwatch kept readers sharply and often humorously in touch with Oregon politics. In the autumn of his life he also shared political, journalism, and personal memories and musings on Polwatch. He was such a fine writer! George was also a poet. Some of his poems are in the Oregon Poetic Voices archive. The first one “An Interview with William Stafford: 1966” has such a lovely surprise at the end. The poems are all poignant given George’s passing especially “My Father’s Son” and “To Frankie on her 35th Birthday”. These are highly recommended to remember George. George’s writing also appears in The Oregon Encyclopedia.

George believed that libraries change communities, and that librarians were essential players in our society.  OLA went through a challenging and exciting time in the early 1990s. The State Library reshaped how LSTA funds were used in Oregon – sounds boring, but it’s how we got the Ready to Read program and a more responsive State Library in terms of competitive grants and sharing of expertise.  George was in the thick of the legislative negotiations as the State Library Board chair.

In 1992 the Oregon Citizens Alliance promoted a ballot measure that would have forbidden school and public libraries from collecting and loaning materials about homosexuality, among other impacts. Under the leadership of Deborah Jacobs, OLA President, and George chairing the Intellectual Freedom Committee OLA vigorously opposed Measure 9. In the wake of Measure 9’s defeat the American Library Association recognized the efforts of OLA with the State and Regional Intellectual Freedom Achievement Award. As a former assistant Secretary of State George was greatly relieved when queries from the Secretary of State’s office about OLA’s advocacy against Measure 9 were answered satisfactorily. Greatly relieved may be an understatement!

George contributed time to participate in trustee trainings and OLA conference panels. One librarian remembers a statement George said one time in a workshop that made an impression. “He was talking about going out and speaking to groups and he said “Dress to honor your audience. Show your respect to people you are speaking to and not look a mess.” I always remember that to this day as I just gave a speech Monday night.”

Citizen board members can be blunt (as indicated above!) They ask questions and need orientation and background information. They learn and offer strategic advice. They are sounding boards from the community. They thrive on serving. They love books and writing. Sometimes they go steps further and get significantly involved in the professional association. George H. Bell exemplified the citizen board member. He will be missed not just for his leadership and belief in people, but for his warmth, humor and intellect.  It was always an honor to be considered a pal by George.

Contributors: MaryKay Dahlgreen, Mary Ginnane, Sara Charlton, Janet Webster

Outward Bound by George Bell

I feel myself leaving you,
Tugged gently from the land,
Caught in an outward current.

Secret orders have been read,
And my lines already cast off–
There’s scarce time for goodbyes.

This long, unsought sea voyage–
I’ve been told nothing more–
Will cure all that ails me.

January 15, 2016 (Vol. 22, No. 4) Opportunities for Engagement

Seeking Reviewers for the New OLA Resume/Cover Letter Review Program

The Membership Committee and the New Member Round Table are joining forces to pilot a new program for OLA members:  Resume & Cover Letter Review!

This program is designed to provide guidance for OLA Members seeking positions within libraries and/or the information field. Resume review is intended to be a short-term partnership focused on providing feedback to the OLA Member seeking review. For those seeking a longer-term supportive relationship, the OLA Mentoring Program is open to all early-career library staff.

Volunteer reviewers will evaluate the applicant’s resume and representative cover letter and provide advice on these documents.  In addition, the reviewer can assess any possible experiences or skills that might the applicant more marketable for a desired position.

How exactly will it work?

Recruitment for volunteer reviewers and review-seekers will take place on a quarterly basis. Reviewers and applicants can communicate via whatever method (email, phone, web conferencing, in-person, etc.) works best for both participants.  In the Spring quarter, review sessions will be made only in-person at the Oregon Library Association Conference.

I’d like to help!  How do I sign up?

Here’s what we’re looking for in a volunteer resume reviewer:

Required:

Preferred:

  • Recent experience on hiring and/or interview panels;

  • Currently in a position which often reviews candidate applications, such as a management position.

I would love advice on my cover letter and resume!  How do I sign up?

The application for those seeking review will open up on February 1st. Stay tuned!

Here is the eligibility criteria for those seeking review:

Required:

  • OLA membership;

  • Ability to receive feedback from the OLA Member providing review.

Preferred:

  • Emerging information professional;

  • Recent MLIS graduate or currently enrolled in MLIS program.

What if I have questions? Problems?

You can use the Resume Review Program inquiry form to contact Resume Review Program administrators.

Best wishes,

Jenkins Lumpkin, OLA New Member Round Table

Meredith Farkas, OLA Membership Committee

January 15, 2016 (Vol. 22, No. 4) Association News

OLA Seeking Candidates for Three Offices
Are you interested in making a difference for Oregon libraries?  This is the perfect opportunity to step up and run for office!

Contact OLA Past President and Nominating Chair Candice Watkins at 503.298.8593 or candice.watkins@gmail.com to volunteer yourself or others for the following opportunities:

Vice-President/President-Elect/Past President (three year term):

  • Provide leadership to your statewide library association
  • Member of OLA
  • Voting member of OLA Board
  • Attend six meetings a year, plus summer planning retreat

Secretary (one year term):   

  • Document and disseminate minutes for OLA board and annual meetings
  • Member of OLA
  • Voting member of OLA Board
  • Attend six meetings a year, plus summer planning retreat.

ALA Councilor (three year term)

  • Regularly updates the OLA board and membership on issues under consideration by the ALA Council
  • Member of OLA and ALA
  • Voting member of OLA Board
  • Attend six meetings a year, plus summer planning retreat

December 15, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 3) Conference

Sari Feldman, ALA President 2015-2016

We are very excited to announce the keynote speaker for OLA 2016: Sari Feldman, President of ALA!

Her keynote will be titled “Libraries Transform – Amplifying the Story.” Read more…

Poster Proposals – Reviewing now through January 15th

Before the craziness of the holidays and the new year, get your OLA 2016 poster proposal submitted now so you have one less thing to worry about later. It’s a present to your future self! Read about the conference theme and details on poster sessions.