October 15, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 10): ASSOCIATION NEWS

Join us for the next Oregon Reference Summit virtual presentation!

Monday, October 26, 2020

2:30 – 3:30 pm

“Disrupting Whiteness & White Supremacy in the Library”

Elleona Budd, Multnomah County Library

In this presentation, participants will be taking a look at how whiteness and white supremacy have affected our library systems, and what we can do to be more aware of our internalized oppression(s). By analyzing our relationship to whiteness we are better able to understand the historical context behind race/social constructs, implicit biases, and how each of us play into a larger system of institutional/systemic/and structural racism. Once we are able to begin thinking about these, we are able to lessen the emotional burden on our patrons, and our colleagues in coming up with solutions on how to better diversify, and make equitable choices within our library systems. First, we will build some historical knowledge on what it means to be “white” in America, what has been lost by those who choose to pursue it, and how this social construct has led to the birth of racism. Then we will discuss how this influences our implicit biases, how pervasive these ideas are, and how this shows up in the library, and in our patron interactions. Lastly, we will discuss how we can better support one another, and mitigate some of the impacts that pursuing whiteness has on ourselves and our patrons. By looking at whiteness, we take the burden from our Black and Indigenous People of Color– both our colleagues, and our patrons. It allows us to look rather at our relationships with ourselves, and our history, rather than relying on others sharing their traumas, and harm, as well as othering those who are not among the dominant culture.

This webinar is free of charge, but advance registration is required. To register and learn more, go to tinyurl.com/OrRS2020.

We look forward to seeing you on the 26th!

October 15, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 10): ASSOCIATION NEWS

Staff Training feedback requested 

Help the Staff Training Round Table serve OLA members and libraries better.  Please give us your quick feedback on your library’s staff training needs.  

The Staff Training Round Table (STRT) is a resource for any library staff member who is involved with staff training at their library. Membership in this group will allow libraries across the state to discuss current training issues and best practices, share resources, and collaborate on building future training to meet the needs of an ever-evolving profession.

Since the OLA conference was canceled, we missed the opportunity to meet with you and brainstorm together about how STRT can best serve its members and the OLA community.  So please share your ideas and insights in one of these three ways.

  1. Drop in sessions with current or past members of the STRT Board.  Please join us for casual conversations to meet and share ideas at whichever time works best for your schedule.  No registration necessary.  
  • Session 1:  Monday, Oct 19th, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Join link:  Session 1
  • Session 2:  Monday, Oct 19th, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.  Join link:  Session 2
  • Session 3:  Friday, Oct. 23th, 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.  Join link:  Session 3 
  1. Short survey: Share your ideas and insights in this short survey: STRT survey
  1. Email your ideas to one of the STRT Board members.  We would love to hear whatever is on your mind, but here are some prompts:
  • What are the biggest training needs or challenges for you and your library?
  • Each year, the staff training roundtable holds content sessions for members to learn about staff training-related topics. What are some topics you would be interested in learning about?
  • How would you like to connect with training resources? (For example, e-newsletter, website, social media)
  • What else is on your mind about library staff training?

Please send your feedback or questions to any STRT Board member:  Roberta Richards rrichard@pcc.edu, Holly Freewynn hollyf@multco.us, or Rebecca Gabert RGabert@cityofsalem.net

OLA members can join the Staff Training Round Table with no fee at any time!  Login to OLA to add a round table here.  

Thanks and best wishes,

Roberta, Holly and Rebecca

October 15, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 10): LIBRARY NEWS

Oregon Wildfires and Libraries Update

Please consider supporting the Blue River community’s efforts to rebuild their Frances O’Brien Memorial Library.

The Eugene Public Library Foundation is hosting a trivia night event on October 24, 2020 where all proceeds will go to Blue River’s library. Details about the event can be found at https://eplfoundation.org/events/the-bookish-brain-trivia-night/ 

You may also donate directly without participating in the event.

As you can imagine, there is a lot of work that needs to be done before the community can start directly receiving donated books and materials. We will continue to pass along information about opportunities to support the community’s rebuilding efforts as we learn more about their specific needs.

October 15, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 10): OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Apply for the Joann Sweetland Lum Memorial Grant

This new, annual $1,000 grant aims to recognize a librarian who has a creative, innovative project that promotes literacy. Examples of literacy include, but are not limited to, digital, media, visual, computer, data, financial, civic/ethical, news, information, multicultural, and cultural. Learn more and apply by December 1.

October 15, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 10): CONFERENCE

OLA 2021 Conference Update

We’ve missed you!  But fear not, the OLA Conference is returning in 2021 in a shiny new virtual edition you can participate in from your home or office.

The 2021 Program Proposal is now ready for you to submit anew or resubmit a program proposal.

The 2021 OLA Conference will be held virtually in mid-April of 2021. With your contribution, we hope to build a slate of content that is engaging, informative, diverse, and inspiring! This year’s conference theme is “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.” We highly encourage program submissions that are related to this year’s theme in some way, but it is not absolutely required. Submissions are open to anyone, regardless of membership status.

Please complete this form and submit no later than 11:59 pm on October 31, 2020 (before midnight tolls on Halloween!). 

All submissions will be notified of proposal status by the end of November 2020. 

Please send any questions to olaprograms@olaweb.org  and stay tuned for more conference details, including the conference website.

October 1, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 9): ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLA Board Approves New Strategic Plan

In 2016, the OLA board adopted its first three-year strategic plan. In this plan, the board identified its vision, mission, reputation, unique role, areas of focus (goals), objectives (measurements), and initiatives (activities). In 2020, the board reaffirmed its vision, mission, values, and role, and updated the areas of focus, objectives, and initiatives. The new 2020-2023 strategic plan was adopted by the OLA executive board at its August 2020 board meeting. The year-long process to update the plan included input from OLA units, board members, the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Task Force, and the OLA membership through a survey distributed in February 2020. In the coming months, OLA members will be invited to develop and implement action steps to achieve OLA’s new initiatives. Please review the new strategic plan and email olapresident@olaweb.org if you have any questions or concerns.

October 1, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 9): ASSOCIATION NEWS

Did you know that the OLA Hotline relies on OLA members for news items?  If you have an item of interest that you’d like to share with the Oregon library community, please send it to olahotline@olaweb.org.  The OLA Hotline is by, for and about OLA and its members!  The newsletter is published on the 1st and 15th of each month. Deadlines are by 5:00pm on the 29th and 13th each month.  We’d love to hear from you.

October 1, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 9): LIBRARY NEWS

Oregon Wildfires and Libraries Update

OLA has been collecting information from Oregon libraries impacted by the recent wildfires across the state. 

The small volunteer library in Blue River was destroyed in the Holiday Farm Fire. We will keep the Oregon library community informed as we hear of opportunities to support this community as it seeks to rebuild its library.

In southern Oregon, we heard from Kari May, library director at the Jackson County Library District. Their branch libraries in Phoenix, Talent, Butte Falls, Eagle Point, and Shady Grove were in impacted areas but did not sustain damage. Most of the libraries have reopened and are busy assisting their communities as they as begin to recover.  

Kari also reports, “Three staff members at Jackson County Library Services are among the 2400 families who lost their homes in the Almeda Fire. Our hearts are with everyone in our community who lost their homes and businesses. Our communities have a long road ahead of us, and our libraries will be actively involved in helping people find the tools they need to rebuild their lives. The individuals on our staff who lost their homes have established Gofundme accounts for people who wish to support them.”

Each of the staff members who have lost their homes have created a GoFundMe page:

Kari also recommends the following organizations in the impacted areas if you would like to support community recovery. 

If you know of specific needs of impacted libraries or library workers, please share that information with OLA. We will continue to keep the Oregon library community informed about opportunities to support our colleagues. Contact Arlene Weible, OLA Vice-President, olavp@olaweb.org

September 22, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 8): ASSOCIATION NEWS

Executive Board Officers 2020-21

Welcome to the new slate of OLA board members, unit chairs, and ex-officio members. We are excited to start this new fiscal year with special attention to COVID response and support for librarians across the state. 

Note that due to the public health crisis and cancellation of the 2019 OLA Conference, REFORMA will be voted as a unit at the next in-person conference. In the interim, the member-at-large position is held for the chair of REFORMA as a voting board member.

Please email board members and divisions directly with any questions or concerns you may have.  


Kate Lasky, Josephine Community Library District   (email)

Vice-President/ President-Elect
Arlene Weible, State Library of Oregon (email)

Past President
Elaine Hirsch,  Lewis & Clark College, Watzek Library,   (email)

Lori Wamsley,  Mt Hood Community College Library,  (email)
Term (two years:  2019 – 2021)
Angela Parsons,  (email)

Star Khan, Driftwood Public Library (email

ALA Representative
Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney, Driftwood Public Library (email)
Term (three years: 2019-22)

Divisions – Current Chairs

Academic/ ACRL-Oregon
Rachel Bridgewater, Portland Community College / Cascade (email)

Children’s Services (CSD) Co-Chairs
Stephanie Goodwin  (email
Bryce Kozla, Washington County Co-op Library Services, (email

Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL)
Kate Weber, Grants Pass High School  (email)
Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN)
Keli Yeats, co-chair, Multnomah County Library (email)
Public Library (PLD)
Laura Kimberly, Newport Public Library (email)

Support Staff (SSD)
Sare Webster, Beaverton City Library (email)

State Librarian (ex-officio)
Jennifer Patterson, State Librarian, State Library of Oregon (email)
Buzzy Nielsen, Crook County Library  (email)

OLA Association Manager 
Shirley Roberts (email)

June 1, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 7) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Distinguished Service Award 

We are pleased to make the following announcement: 

The OLA Awards committee has the honor of giving the Oregon Library Association’s Distinguished Service Award to Sara Charlton! Sara has been a tireless advocate for Oregon libraries during her many years of service in libraries, including 29 years as Director of the Tillamook County Library. As a longtime member of OLA, and former OLA President, Sara has had an enduring impact on Oregon Libraryland. 

In her many letters of support, members of her community highlight the numerous ways in which Sara has embodied service, leadership, resourcefulness and indeed was even referred to as a “rock star”! I look forward to honoring Sara at the next OLA annual conference. Normally, this announcement would have happened when many of her colleagues could honor her in person–but due to all the rearrangements that have happened this year, we are recognizing her virtually at this time. We wanted to be sure to announce this award this year, however, in honor of her retirement. 

Congratulations Sara Charlton! 


OLA Awards Committee