April 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 7) ASSOCIATION NEWS

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OLA Executive Board Meeting

April 19th at the Salem Convention Center

Hello Oregon Library Community!

I’m happy to announce that the OLA Board will convene on Wednesday at the Salem Convention Center for our pre-conference meeting! We will meet in the Hilton board room from 2:30-5:00pm. All are welcome. The agenda can be found on the OLA Board Meetings page.

We are not sure if we will have a need for virtual conference connection this time (it is a shorter meeting, and we hope that most people attend in person as part of the conference), but if you had hoped to attend via Go-To Meeting, please RSVP to me directly, so that I know to set that up. Remote meeting information will be posted to our board meeting page (link above) if we have RSVPs for the virtual option.

Thanks so much, and I’m very much looking forward to the conference, and hope to see you there!


Elsa Loftis
OLA President 2016-17

April 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 7) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Watching Sausage Being Made – The Oregon Legislature

Sometimes, it can be both fascinating and frustrating to watch legislation wind its way through the Oregon Legislature. That is the case this year with Senate Bill 1002, a bill that addresses accommodations for tutors, both private and free, in school, public and tribal libraries.

When brought to the attention of the OLA Library Development and Legislative Committee, we agreed that this was a local policy issue and most public libraries addressed the presence of private tutors and their students through the public space stage and meeting room policies. The LDLC presented our concerns to the Senate Education Committee’s chair, Arnie Roblan. We thought the bill would die or at least be amended to address our concerns. At the hearing last week, OLA’s lobbyist, Nan Heim, testified after some passionate testimony about a student and a tutor who were turned away from a school. The bill went to a work session held April 13.

Thanks to OLA members with senators on the Education Committee, it looks like public libraries will get removed from the bill. But, stay tuned! The sausage still needs to be ground through a vote in the Senate and then it moves to the House. It might even take a round through the Joint Ways and Means if it looks like there is a cost to providing access tutors. Who said that watching legislation was boring?  

Thanks to Jeremy Skinner (Gold Beach), Christie Davis (Klamath Falls), Abigail Elder (Beaverton), Ted Smith (Newport), Sami Pierson (Coos Bay), and Buzzy Nielsen (Prineville) for contacting their senators when I asked.

We will be waiting for awhile yet on the State Library Budget and whether we can get Ready to Read Grant funds reinstated at last year’s level. We’ll let you know if we need help.

Thanks to all for being willing to speak up for libraries.

Janet Webster
co-chair, OLA Library Development and Legislative Committee

April 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 7) HAPPENINGS

Expand your professional network! Contribute to OLA!  Volunteer to Join the Membership Committee TODAY!

Where should you most use your superpowers? Will you wield them for good?  Do you want to be heard? How loud do you want your voice to be? Find the answers by joining the OLA Membership Committee!

Membership Committee volunteers help shape OLA by advancing strategic initiatives and influencing the direction of Oregon libraries – one member at a time! Serving on a committee is one of the best ways to become involved and make an impact on the profession. If you’d like to become more engaged, you’re invited to volunteer TODAY!

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What are the perks? Sell it!

Membership Committee volunteer benefits include:

  • Build ties with library staff across the Oregon library landscape.
  • Enhance your leadership abilities.
  • Share your experiences with colleagues.
  • Develop new expertise or update your knowledge.
  • Advance the work of the association and the profession.

Whatcha need from me?

Membership Committee volunteers are required to:

  • Be a member of OLA.
  • Be willing and able to participate in committee activities.
  • Support the mission of OLA and the committee.

Questions? Contact Jenkins Lumpkin, Membership Committee Chair.

April 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 7) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Scholarships to Attend Oregon Information Literacy Summit

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The Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon (ILAGO) is pleased to announce that we are offering two scholarships of up to $100 for a library school student and an early career librarian to attend the annual Information Literacy Summit on May 13, 2017.

Application is open to any Oregon resident who fits one of these categories:

  • Library school student: must currently be enrolled in library school
  • Early career librarian: librarian (from any type of library) with less than 4 years professional experience

Application deadline is April 24, 2017. For details and to apply please visit our webform.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tracy Scharn: scharnt@wou.edu

April 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 7) CONFERENCE

Meet the Author & Signing: Maggie Stiefvater

Friday, April 21 • 5:00pm – 5:30pm

Loucks Auditorium, Salem Public Library

Author Event & Book Signing

NYT Bestselling author and Printz Award honoree Maggie Stiefvater talks about what an average work day looks like (featuring Internet shenanigans, goats, vomit, and fire), followed by a book signing. Readers may bring books from home or purchase them on-site.

This event is open to the public! Tickets will be available at the door for $20. Cash, credit/debit, and checks accepted.


April 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 7) CONFERENCE

Special Ticketed Event: President’s Party

Thursday, April 20 • 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Marion Room

Screen Shot 2017-04-15 at 10.37.25 AMThe President’s Party is an opportunity to unwind, socialize, and get to know some of your colleagues from all over the state. Come for the conversation, the community, or to start a conga line! Also, if you are so inclined, you have the option of trying something new this year … a few rounds of “speed networking!” This is perfect for those of us here to make new friends, contacts and grow our professional communities

Tickets will be available at the door for $25. Ticket includes light snacks, one free drink, and a no-host bar.


April 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 7) CONFERENCE

Returning to OLA’s Annual Conference 2017:  

Be a Conference Buddy!!


OLA Membership Committee & the New Member Round Table want to ensure that each First (or Few) Time Conference Goers’ (FTCG) experience at OLA Annual is meaningful, relevant, stress-free – and fun!!

Experienced conference goers attending OLA 2017 are invited to be a Conference Buddy for a first-time or few-time conference attendee just by providing advice and guidance. It’s really easy — you don’t have to have all the answers, just be willing to help a newbie out! If you’ve ever been to an OLA Annual Conference before and are willing to help a new person navigate the inner conference workings and learn more about OLA, that’s all it takes!

Hey, it’s my first (or third!) OLA Annual Conference! How do I get a Buddy?

  • Once you’ve filled out the form, you’ll be provided with a link to select a time that you’ll available to be paired up with a Conference Buddy.  

Buddy options are super flexible! Just sit with a Conference Buddy for lunch, a conference session, a business meeting, or a special event that you’d be attending anyway – so not a huge commitment in time and/or energy.  

I’d like to help a newbie out! How do I become a Buddy?

More experienced Conference Buddies will have a chance to sign up soon!! This is the perfect way to share your experience about OLA and expand an emerging library leader’s professional network in an informal, casual way.

What if I have questions? Problems?

Just use the OLA Conference Buddy Program Inquiries form to contact Conference Buddy & FTCG administrators with any questions.

See you in Salem for #ORLib17!!

Brought to you by:  

  • Bethany Grabow for the New Member Round Table
  • Jenkins Lumpkin for the Membership Committee

April 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 7) CONFERENCE

Seeking Resume Reviewers for the Resume & Cover Letter Review Program @ OLA Annual Conference!

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Sign up to be a Resume Reviewer or Seeker at OLA’s Annual Conference!

Are you an OLA Member currently looking for your next dream job? Or possibly just looking to brush off your resume and cover letter – the better to display your mad information and library science skillz? If so, stay tuned to this station, because we have just what you need to crush it!

Coming soon, the LIVE, IN-PERSON Resume/Cover Letter Review Program edition at the OLA Annual Conference!

The program, a partnership between the OLA Membership Committee and the New Member Round Table, is designed to provide guidance for OLA Members seeking positions within libraries and/or the information professional 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.

If you’re an OLA member on the job hunt, consider applying to be matched with a resume reviewer. Fill out the Form for Resume Review Seekers! For more information, check out: Resume and Cover Letter Review Program.

Questions? Ask via our email form and we’ll get back to you right away.

Brought to you by:  

  • Bethany Grabow for the New Member Round Table
  • Jenkins Lumpkin for the Membership Committee

April 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.6) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Letter from OLA President, Elsa Loftis

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March 24, 2017

To the Oregon library community and the residents impacted by the closure of the Douglas County Libraries:

As you are no doubt aware, we are approaching the date of closure for eleven public libraries in

the state of Oregon. On April 1, 2017, the libraries that serve the cities and towns of Canyonville, Drain, Glendale, Myrtle Creek, Oakland, Reedsport, Riddle, Sutherlin, Winston and Yoncalla will close their doors. The main library in Roseburg will close on May 30.

On behalf of the Oregon Library Association (OLA), I would like to express my sadness for the loss of the services and community support that these libraries provide. Local libraries are a vital presence for the public. They exist to support early learning and literacy for children, places for young adults to explore their interests; and they provide collections and services for adults to expand their skills and broaden their knowledge. A library is more than a building with books in it, it stands for service and democracy, equitable access to information, and a safe forum for ideas and community gathering.

OLA is aware of funding issues in Douglas county, which resulted in the complete defunding of the libraries. In November, Measure 10-145 that would have created a special tax district was rejected. The voters had to make some very difficult financial decisions, and unfortunately, the library is without a stable source of funding at this time. OLA leaders have been in contact with the county commissioners, the Oregon State Library, and the American Library Association about the situation so we are informed. We have done our best to make our members aware of the issue via posts in the OLA Hotline, on our Facebook page, and through listserv posts on Libs-OR. Our members have been present at support rallies and public hearings. We support the libraries of Douglas County and hope to offer any advice and guidance that we possibly can going forward.

Oregonians love their libraries. Funding them can be a challenge, we understand. We also know that in the past twenty years, four of our county library systems have faced similar situations and have revived thanks to the work of dedicated library champions–library workers, residents, elected officials, and local activists. We remain optimistic that Douglas County will find a way forward, but that it will take time and hard work. OLA reaffirms its mission which is to provide advocacy, education, leadership, and collaboration to continually strengthen Oregon’s libraries and the communities we serve; and we hope to help in any way we can.

Elsa Loftis

President, Oregon Library Association