AUGUST 15TH, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 15) Association News

2016 OLA Annual Reports

Prior to the annual board retreat, all divisions, committees, round tables and special assignments prepare a short report. These reports assist in the process of reflection and planning for the upcoming year of activity. They can also serve as a tool for all OLA annual reportmembers to learn about the work that is currently taking place within these crucial units.

OLA invites you take a few minutes to read through the annual report, which can be found and downloaded within the supporting documents of the July 25th-26th board retreat. If you happen upon any goals and/or projects that you would like to help support, please reach out to respective unit contact listed within the report.


AUGUST 15TH, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 15) Opportunities for Enrichment

NW Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference


Take advantage of the Early Bird Registration Fee, register NOW!

Early Bird Registration Deadline is Friday, August 12th for the 2016 Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference! Early Bird Registration fee is $175; Regular Registration is $225. The conference will take place in Portland, Oregon on September 8th and 9th, 2016, at Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus.

  • New! Library tours on September 7 | Register for tours of the Oregon Health and Science University Library, Federal Courthouse Library and Pacific Northwest College of Art Library
  • Professional Development for Student Employees: Creating and Supporting a Learning Culture | Kate Ball Jones
  • Copyright & Fair Use: What it Means and How to Educate Library Users | a panel discussion with Aaron Schwabach, Mari Cheney & James MacDonald
  • What Do They Know? The ILL Usability Project at Reed College | Eric Alwine, Annie Downey & Joe J. Marquez
  • Our popular Ask Anything and Lightning Round Sessions

Our Keynote this year is Char Booth, Associate Dean of the Library at California State University, San Marcos and an ACRL Immersion Institute faculty member.

Visit our website to view the full program at Register for the conference at

We look forward to seeing you!

Jessica Bower, MLIS
Assistant Librarian | Coordinator of Interlibrary Loan

AUGUST 15TH, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 15) People

New Member Profile: Beth Gilbert

My name is Beth Gilbert and I am an Adult Services Librarian at Hillsboro Public Library. I am a UC Santa Cruz alum (home of Sports Illustrated magazine’s top college mascot, Sammy The Banana Slug) and received my MLIS from San Jose State University. I am a Bay Area native but I have also lived in Melbourne, Australia where I was able to visit my favorite library thus far, the State Library of Victoria. My professional interests include reader’s advisory, outreach, instruction and digital literacy. When I’m not working or reading I’m playing softball or exploring the scenic areas around Portland. I had a fantastic experience at the OLA Annual Conference in Bend and am excited to be an OLA member.

beth gilbert

August 1st, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 14) Association News

OLA Quarterly Fall 2016 – Call for Submissions!

The fall issue of OLA Quarterly is dedicated to exploring user experience practices in Oregon libraries. By user experience, we mean looking at the whole of a user’s experience with a library as well as the human-computer interaction. What are you doing in your library to enhance the user’s experience? What tools is your library using or experimenting with? How do you assess the user experience? What has worked and what hasn’t worked? This issue is about the state of user experience in Oregon libraries.

The fall issue guest editor is Joe Marquez. He is the Web Services librarian at the Reed olaqCollege Library.

If you are interested in writing for OLA-Q, please submit your ideas (title and a brief description) via email to the guest editor for review. The guest editor will review submissions and respond to all authors in a timely manner. He can be reached at Please add “OLA-Q” in the subject line of your email.

Deadlines: all ideas for articles are due by August 15. If your idea is selected, final drafts of articles will be required by October 15. The fall issue will be out on November 15.

The article length averages 1,000 to 2,500 words. OLAQ authors retain the rights to their articles, and some have gone on to publish in magazines such as American Libraries.

For more information, see:
To take a look at the current issue, see:


August 1st, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 14) Association News

Library Leadership Development Opportunities

The OLA Leadership Development Committee would like to announce the following opportunities to enhance and develop your leadership capacities. Note the PLA Leadership Academy will be held in Portland March 20-24, 2017.

Please let us know if you apply for one of these opportunities.  In September OLA will announce a new Leadership Development Scholarship to help support participation in programs and trainings such as these.

The NAYA Oregon Lead Program deadline is August 10. The program, with monthly meetings from October through May, offers:

  • A chance to take part in a year-long curriculum to develop leadership skills
  • Long-term training to deepen community ties
  • Leadership, community organizing and advocacy learning from Native professionals

The PLA Leadership Academy deadline is September 16. The program, which meets in Portland on March 20-24, 2017, offers librarians an opportunity to build skills in:

  • Leadership and innovation
  • Community relationship and communication

Elaine Hirsch
Leadership Committee, Chair |Oregon Library Association

August 1st, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 14) Association News

2016 OLA Board Retreat

On July 25th and 26th, members of the OLA Board gathered at the Silver Falls Conference Center for an important opportunity to discuss the issues facing Oregon Libraries and to develop strategies for addressing those issues as an organization. The board retreat takes place annually and is used as a time to look at the business of the association and to identify emerging themes, ideas, projects and priorities.

This year, the association has undertaken the large task of strategic planning and the board devoted time to reviewing the outcomes of the planning and providing feedback.

Learn more about the discussion and work that took place at the retreat in upcoming editions of the hotline.


August 1st, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 14) Library News

Multnomah County Library Unveils New Logo

Multnomah County Library adopted a new logo on July 6th, 2016. The creation of the new logo was funded entirely by private dollars from the Friends of Library and implementation costs, such a new signage, are covered within existing budgets of the library. In order to make good use of taxpayer money, the library has also stated that they will continue to use existing materials with the previous logo, such as letterhead and business cards, until they run out. If you’d like to learn more about the new logo, visit the MCL website.


August 1st, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 14) Library News

Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden

Dr. Carla Hayden was approved by the Senate as the next Librarian of Congress during a vote held on July, 13th, 2016. Her nomination by President Obama yielded a positive and supportive response. The library community, including OLA, rallied behind her for the wealth of experience and knowledge that she brings. Dr. Hayden, the head of Baltimore’s public library system and former president of the ALA, is the first African-American to hold the post.


Picture courtesy of Dave Munch/ Baltimore Sun

July 1st, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 13) Association News

Registration for the 2016 Support Staff Conference ends July 10th!

Don’t delay! There are only a few days left to register for this exciting learning opportunity. This year’s conference will be held in beautiful Wilsonville, Oregon in the Holiday Inn Portland South. Easily accessible from the freeway and recently remodeled this location is equally convenient, comfortable, and modern.

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In addition to the presentation-style format you’re used to (one or two people presenting to an audience for the majority of the allotted time), we are hosting interactive, panel-style sessions as well.

These sessions will involve a short presentation on a theme by the panelists at the beginning, leading into a lightly moderated discussion involving everyone in the room for the majority of the time. You’ll be able to choose which style works best for you, so you can get the absolute most out of the conference.

Take a look at our sessions and presenters/panelists this year:

  • Keynote:
    • Passport to Oregon Libraries: a Brief History of Resource Sharing with Eva Calcagno
  • Presentation style conference sessions:
    • Managing Compassion Fatigue at Work with Evan Edward Dumas, MD
    • Responding to and Assisting People with Unique Needs with Elise Thompson
    • One of These Things is Not Like the Other – The Joy of a Diverse Environment with Sandra Valenti
  • Interactive panel style conference sessions:
    • Ergonomics in the Library with Victoria Eaton, OTD, OTR/L; Kaitlyn Blair, OTS; Kelsey Sandage, OTS; and Amy Van Goey, OTS
    • Customer Service Victories with Jennifer Steward and Angela Weyrens
    • Training guides, Techniques, and Manuals with Suzy Coleman, Shanel Parette, and Mike Farris
  • Plus:
    • The ever-popular Basic Book Repair for Libraries with Carolee Harrison
    • Our all new guided networking session: Supportlandia with Jane Corry

If you have any questions or comments about the conference, we’d love to hear them! Please email us at, or alternatively call Justyne Triest or Jennifer Patterson, conference committee co-chairs, at (503) 352-1426 and (503) 691-3074 respectively.

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July 1st, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 13) Library News

Answerland Update

Starting today, July 1st, Answerland service will be temporarily unavailable. The State Library began the process of acquiring new software for Answerland with an evaluation process that began in March. Although the evaluation named OCLC’s QuestionPoint as the Apparent Successful Proposer and started contract negotiations in early May, the two parties were unable to reach agreed upon terms before the current software expiration date of June 30th.


The good news is that the contract has now been signed and the interruption of service is projected to last less than one month. If you have questions about the interruption of service, please direct them to:

Tamara Ottum, Virtual Reference Librarian
Library Support & Development Services Division of the Oregon State Library