August 15, 2019 (Vol.26, No. 15): ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Public Library Division will host a Media & Messaging Training for library leaders on Thursday, September 5, and the fall Public Library Directors’ meeting on Friday, September 6, at the Wilsonville Public Library.

The Media & Messaging training has no registration fee. Pat McCormick of am:pm PR will present a training on media and messaging for libraries. The training will cover working with media, effectively developing and delivering your message, staying on message, and crisis communications. With 40 years of public relations and communications experience, Pat is a respected strategist and has provided counsel to the region’s largest industries and national brands. He is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from Portland’s Public Relations Society of America.

Following Pat’s presentation, library consultant Penny Hummel will facilitate a discussion about library communications, including internal communications and getting the word out about your library’s activities and services. Penny has a background in libraries, including serving as Marketing & Communications Manager for Multnomah County Library and director of the Canby Public Library. As a consultant, Penny has worked with more than 35 clients in seven states.

Registration deadline is Friday, August 30. Register Here:

The Public Library Director’s Meeting has a registration fee of $15 (including lunch and beverages) or $0 (with no lunch or beverages). Join public library directors from around the state to discuss pressing issues for public libraries. The meeting will include presentations about developing administrative rules establishing the minimum conditions for public libraries in Oregon, Census 2020, building public support for your library, and the GO Kids initiative. This is always a great day, so please join us!

Registration Deadline is Friday, August 30. Register here:

If you have any questions about this meeting and/or registration, please contact Jerianne Thompson at

August 15, 2019 (Vol.26, No. 15): OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

We Need Your Voices! Community-based Cultural Heritage Survey

We need help from colleagues like you to gather information about participatory archiving, which is the process of collecting and preserving materials in partnership with community members.

University Archives & Special Collections (UASC) in the Joseph P. Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston recently launched a two-year project, “Destination Preservation,” to build an accessible, adaptable, and engaging “roadmap” to guide libraries of all kinds and sizes through the participatory archiving process.

In order to create the best roadmap possible, we need your help!

We are seeking input from staff and volunteers representing a wide range of institutions committed to documenting shared cultural heritage, including libraries, archives, historical societies, museums, and cultural centers. We would be grateful if you would please complete our survey here to share your experiences and perspectives with us by September 15, 2019.

The survey is between 31 and 75 questions, and we estimate it will take about 35 minutes to complete. Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary.

Please complete the entire survey before closing your browser. While you can use the arrows in the bottom right corner to go back and change previous answers in the survey, you will not be able to exit and return to saved answers.

As a thank you for those who complete the survey, we will be raffling off the chance to win one of three $100 Amazon gift cards.

The results of this survey will inform the development of a suite of resources empowering libraries to plan participatory archiving programs with the communities they serve, preserve the resulting digital collections, and make those collections accessible to the public. You can learn more about the project and survey here.

Thank you for taking the time to help us by taking our survey! Please share the survey with your networks and any relevant stakeholders you think would benefit from the roadmap.

We’re excited to share what we learn from you all and look forward to creating a roadmap that incorporates your wisdom!

If you have questions about the survey, would like to participate in material reviews, or would like to receive a copy of the final survey results, please contact the Community Archiving Grant Project Manager, Sarah Collins, at

August 1, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 14): ASSOCIATION NEWS

Intellectual Freedom Committee Open Position

The Oregon Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee currently has one open position and is seeking a new member. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about intellectual freedom and excited about sharing information and support with libraries and library staff in Oregon.

To apply, please send a letter of interest (no longer than 1 page) to Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney, the current chair of the committee, at

Please include information about: the areas of intellectual freedom that interest you, your availability to participate in committee work, and the work and life experience which you would bring to the committee.

We especially encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The application deadline is Friday, August 23rd.

The Intellectual Freedom Committee is a 9-member standing OLA committee with the charge of supporting the library community’s commitment to the freedom to read, open access to information, and other intellectual freedom issues throughout the state.

Ongoing projects of the committee include:

  • supporting Banned Books Week
  • sponsoring sessions at the OLA conference on IF issues
  • supporting libraries that receive a challenge to their materials
  • providing information on IF issues through listserv communication, social media, web tool kits, and other resources
  • providing a searchable database of news reports related to intellectual freedom issues in Oregon
  • honoring intellectual freedom champions
  • working with the Library Development and Legislation Committee and the OLA Board on topical issues that arise, such as net neutrality

Members are asked to serve at least two years. The IFC meets approximately six times a year, plus a short meeting at the OLA annual conference. Committee members participate remotely, either via Zoom or conference call.  Applicants must be available to attend Friday 9:30 – 11:30 meetings.

If you have any questions about the committee, please feel free to contact us!

Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney & Krista Reynolds


August 1, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 14): OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Join ACRL-Oregon for a free webinar about data visualization on 9/13 at 10am.

ACRL-Oregon offers free webinars on topics relevant to academic library staff.

Our upcoming webinar is “Data Visualization: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How” and will be presented by Negeen Aghassibake, Data Visualization Librarian at the UW Health Sciences Library on Friday September 13th, from 10-11am Pacific.

Data Visualization: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How

This webinar is designed to be an overview of the fundamentals of data visualization. If you’re new to data visualization or are just curious about what it is and why it’s important, then please join us!

Registration is open to any library staff-person, but we are limited to 100 attendees in the session, so register soon!

We also plan to record the webinar and make it available on our YouTube channel. If you register, we will email you a link to the recording after the session.

August 1, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 14): OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Summer Reading Summit Registration

Get ready to be inspired, re-energized, and committed to Summer Reading in your library!

Head to Salem Public Library on Saturday, September 28th to celebrate all things summer.

This is your chance to join fellow youth librarians from across Oregon to learn, network, and support each other as we work to ensure all Oregon kids have a positive and meaningful summer library experience.

This event will be free and open to any public library staff in Oregon who work in some way with Summer Reading.

Register here: Summer Reading Summit Registration

For libraries sending staff from more than 50 miles away, up to two rooms for Friday and Saturday night lodging will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. We suggest signing up as soon as possible.

Sign up for a hotel here: Hotel Sign Up 

August 1, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 14): PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Jillian Coy

Hello! My name is Jillian Coy and I am currently the Teen Services Librarian at Forest Grove City Library.

I’ve been here since December 2018. Prior to moving to Oregon in December, I was an Adult Services Librarian in Tempe, Arizona. I’ve also been a Library Supervisor for the Residence Hall Libraries in Illinois and volunteered as a Jail Librarian.

I love that working with people constantly provides new opportunities for growth and learning—if I pay attention and am open to them. It feels like I learn something new about myself, the next generation, or our community every single day, and I sincerely hope that never stops. Also…having a career in which I spend many hours developing things like mini golf courses and Harry Potter scavenger hunts is just fun (usually).

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I’m particularly enthusiastic about libraries as wild community spaces; the energy and perspective that is really only possible when so many different folks are in one space is unlike anything else.

Finally, my new volunteer role as an OLA Quarterly editor has been a really enjoyable and fun way to get to know Oregon libraries—you all are doing such cool things!

As far as my non-library self goes, I’m a Michigander through and through (Go Green!), so I am passionate about the pop/soda and Chicago-style pizza debates. I’m also into calligraphy, am passionate about/volunteer as an advocate for sexual assault survivors, and about once every few weeks get inspired to attempt picking my Russian language skills back up.

Feel free to reach out, especially if you’ve got jokes or want to talk about how Chicago-style “pizza” is, in fact, a casserole.

July 1, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 13): ASSOCIATION NEWS

CSD Board Election Results

The people have spoken!

Thank you, CSD members, for voting in Bryce Kozla (WCCLS) and Stephanie Goodwin (Jackson County Library) as incoming co-chairs, and Nicole Newsom (Multnomah County Library) as CSLP Rep. Nicole, Stephanie, and Bryce will begin their terms Sept. 1, 2019.

Thanks also to Dena Chaffin (Silver Falls Library District) and Hilary Evart (Lake Oswego Public Library) for your willingness to run for CSLP Rep.

July 1, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 13): ASSOCIATION NEWS

CSD Events: Save The Dates!

Yes, it’s the throes of Summer Reading! But take five minutes now to mark your calendar with dates for these upcoming CSD events!

Summer Reading Summit

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019

Salem Public Library

Registration opens in July!

Mock Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Workshop

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020

Location TBD

Send an email to if you’re interested in being on the workshop committee! You also can nominate books for the committee to consider.

Spring Workshop + Lampman Award Lunch

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Location TBD

July 1, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 13): ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLA Leadership Committee

The OLA Leadership Committee would like to congratulate the 2019 LIOLA Cohort for their completion of the Leadership Institute held from June 18 – June 21 at the Village Green Retreat Center in Cottage Grove, OR.

Aja Bettencourt-McCarthy

Douglas Boedenauer

Molly Brandt

Ann Matsushima Chiu

Sarah Marsh Cunningham

Rya Fennewald

Crystal Garcia

Deborah Gitlitz

Jennifer Keyser

Laura Kimberly

Rinny Lakin

Michelle Lenox

Cecili Longhorn

Leigh Morlock

Angela Parsons

Colleen Sanders

Kelly Stormking

Arwen Ungar

Sare Webster

April Witteveen

Thank you to our mentors, MaryKay Dahlgreen, Courtney Gill, Amy Honisett, Nancy Hoover, Stuart Levy, Erin McCusker, Margaret Mellinger, and Esther Moberg.

The LIOLA Committee, chaired by Lori Wamsley, partnered with Dietra Stivahtis of Vibrant Business Solutions to facilitate the institute aimed at developing leadership skills for Oregon library staff.

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July 1, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 13): PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Amanda Bressler

Hello! My name is Amanda Bressler and I’m the Assistant Director of the Albany Public Library. Last summer I moved to Oregon from Boston, where I graduated from Simmons College with an MLS and a Master’s of Children’s Literature and started my library career.

In my time in Massachusetts, I worked at the Boston Public Library, a couple suburban libraries, and at the Massachusetts Center for the Book. My background is in youth services, and I am particularly passionate about outreach and services for the underserved. As Youth Outreach Librarian at the BPL, I managed an outreach program bringing books and authors to speak to incarcerated teens, among other outreach initiatives. I’m looking forward to finding ways to reach out to my new community in Albany!


When I’m not at the library, I am hanging out in Corvallis with my husband Phil and our two little ones, 4-year-old Penina and 6-month-old Judah, who keep me very busy. I like to hike and camp, and I cannot wait to explore Oregon more this summer. I enjoy traveling, seeing new places, learning new languages, and eating delicious food. I lived in Jerusalem for a year where my husband was doing some graduate studies, and I highly recommend that librarians live abroad for a time, if they can. I appreciated library services to immigrants and ELL communities in a different way after living somewhere that I didn’t speak the language or know much about the culture.

As a member of OLA, my priority is to get plugged into the library community in my new state. Don’t hesitate to reach out and introduce yourself!