The 2016 Horner Exchange Chronicles
The Horner Library Staff Exchange Program was established through a generous gift by the late Dr. Layton Horner for the purpose of sharing professional knowledge about library and information science between the United States and China. For the past 20 years, dozens of librarians have traveled between Oregon and Fujian province (Oregon’s sister province in China) as part of this program, developing professional skills as well as forging new friendships and cultural understanding. The Horner Exchange is supported by the Oregon Library Association’s International Relations Round Table and our international partners, the Fujian Provincial Library and the Fujian Library Association.
The second half of the 2016 Horner Exchange began on October 13th, with the Oregon delegation leaving for Fujian. You can follow along with the 2016 delegation with their blog: https://2016horner.wordpress.com/.
Check Out the Latest OLA Quarterly
The latest issue of the Oregon Library Association Quarterly is now available! The theme for this issue is Re-Envisioning with the Aspen Institute: Oregon Libraries Answer the Challenge, and the Guest Editors are Pam North and Ann Roseberry. The Aspen Institute’s critical report offered strategies for public libraries to succeed in these modern times, and Oregon librarians have written about how their efforts align with these suggestions.
You will also find some timely articles having to do with elections. In one article, Harold Hayes wrote about the ballot measure determining whether the Douglas County Library System will survive. Another article, written by Erica Findley and Kate Lasky, explains how the EveryLibrary PAC helps libraries around the countries win elections, and how their suggestions were applied to a campaign for Josephine County Libraries.
Charles Wood | OLA Quarterly Coordinator
OYAN Fall Workshop
Outcome-based evaluation: Putting teen programs on a level playing field with children’s programs
Friday, October 21, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Wilsonville Public Library
Teen programs typically get significantly less attendance than children’s programs so it’s difficult to use statistics to justify your time and budget. Outcome based evaluation is a way to find out the impact your program has on the teens who participate and communicate the value of your time and budget. At this presentation you will get an overview of outcome based evaluation and will work on developing an outcome based evaluation for one of your teen programs or services. Katie Anderson, Youth Services Consultant of the Oregon State Library, will present on outcome based evaluation. Come with one teen program or service you want to evaluate in your mind. Leave with desired outcomes for that program or service, ideas for evaluating it, and ideas for communicating the result to your library director and other stakeholders.
If you’d like to join us, please email Bobbye Hernandez (email@example.com) and let us know you are coming.
Come for the workshop and stay for the meeting! The Fall membership meeting will follow the programming workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. OYAN meetings are lively, fun and not just business! Share and learn about new books and program ideas with your colleagues and help strengthen teen services in libraries.
Bobbye Hernandez and Violeta Garza
2016-2017 OYAN Co-Chairs
Letter To Employers Of Clarion University Graduates
Graduates of the Master of Information and Library Science (MSLS) degree program at Clarion University are working all over the country. We are in the process of collecting data to assess the performance of our alumni in the workplace. If you supervise any employees who earned their MSLS degree at Clarion University, we would like to ask your assistance in a survey.
Please contact us immediately if you are willing to participate in this survey and we will send you further instructions. Please note that any employer who chooses to take our online survey will remain anonymous, and all responses will be aggregated.
Your assistance in helping us collect this important data will allow us to continuously assess and improve our program. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to participate or have further questions.
Dr. Linda L. Lillard | Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Information and Library Science | Clarion University
Oregon Reads Aloud
Oregon Reads Aloud is SMART’s statewide campaign celebrating the importance of getting kids excited and motivated about reading. It is themed after the title of their very own children’s book, a tribute to their life’s work of empowering Oregon children to read and succeed.
The book is a compilation of 25 read-aloud stories written and illustrated by Oregon authors and illustrators. Both the campaign and book aim to bring attention to the importance of reading engagement and motivation in a child’s literacy development, and to SMART’s work inspiring lifelong readers and learners.
Member Profile: Julie Dowen
I am presently one of two librarians at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, a law firm headquartered in Portland with offices in Seattle, Vancouver, Bend and Long Beach. I travel once a month to our Seattle office, our second largest, to oversee the library. I enjoy travel, but unfortunately our Long Beach and Bend offices are entirely made up of electronic resources requiring no visits to clean up their shelves! My main job is research, which can span from in-depth, case law research to general reference queries. I am also the cataloger for our collection, which was a little scary because I never studied cataloging in library school, but it turns out I very much enjoy it and our ILS makes copy cataloging really straight forward. In my previous life I was a photo-archivist with the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe; I loved the work but missed Oregon, which is where I grew up. I followed the job to Miller Nash and have now been here 11 ½ years.
I received a history degree from Gonzaga University and considered law school post-graduation. I moved east to Washington, DC and was hired as a circuit court clerk in Alexandria, VA. After spending time in the court system and experiencing the reality of a lawyer’s life I decided to scratch the law school idea. Fortunately, I happened into an internship with the Smithsonian, which was amazingly fun and educational, and decided I wanted to be an archivist/librarian. I then retreated to the much warmer climes of Arizona where I gained my MLS (and a nice tan) from the University of Arizona.
I am interested in all types of libraries and information related activities. I recently joined the OLA officially after a few years on the OLA list-serv. I am looking forward to meeting many of you and getting involved in the future!
OLA Strategic Plan 2016
It is with great excitement that I share with you the new OLA Strategic Plan! The OLA executive board voted to adopt the plan as presented last month. It was created with input from a great number of our members in the form of various focus groups around the state, a survey, and the work of a task force in concert with our consultants at the Coraggio group.
The strategic plan will help us hone our initiatives for the coming three years, and it is my hope, enable us to be more responsive and find innovative ways to support the library community of Oregon. Please take a look at our new strategic plan!
Elsa Loftis | OLA President 2016-17
ACRL Award for Excellence Winner
The ACRL-OR Board is proud to announce this year’s ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence winner, Amy Hofer, Coordinator for Statewide Open Education Library Services, for leading the Open Oregon Educational Resources project which has statewide impact on supporting open education resources (OER).
Find out more about Hofer’s work here.
Communications Coordinator, ACRL-Oregon
CSD Fall Workshop
It’s that time of year again! OLA’s Children’s Services Division is hosting its 2016 Fall Workshop at Multnomah County Library’s Midland branch on Saturday, October 29th from 9am-4pm.
This year, we will continue to brainstorm and explore new ideas to implement in our Summer Reading programs. We will also hear from the experts on the importance of diversity in children’s literature and library services.
Join us for a fast-paced day jam-packed with great information and opportunities to work with fellow youth library staff!
Registration ends Friday, October 14th.
Questions? Contact workshop coordinator, Kristy Kemper-Hodge at Kristy.email@example.com or 541-766-6489.
Rebecca Mayer | CSD Chair 2016-17