January 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 2) ASSOCIATION NEWS


unnamedCongratulations to OASL member (and Past President) Nancy Sullivan – who has been confirmed as a National Board Certified Teacher.  

An NBCT certification is a long and demanding process; but, in Nancy’s words, is also an extremely fulfilling and rewarding accomplishment that serves to greatly improve and enhance one’s teaching practice.


L. Paige Battle
OASL President 2017-2018


January 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 2) HAPPENINGS

Professional Development Scholarship Announcement


ACRL-Oregon is delighted to announce a new round of Professional Development Scholarship awards. Thanks to a one-time matching-fund grant from the State Library of Oregon, ACRL-Oregon is able to offer up to $500 for each award for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Applications are accepted at three points throughout the year (see below for specific deadlines); we are currently soliciting applications for the February 28 deadline. Applications will be reviewed within two weeks after the application deadline.

How can the scholarship be used?  

The ACRL-Oregon Professional Development Scholarship may be used toward conferences, workshops, courses, seminars, or other learning opportunities (including e-learning opportunities) appropriate to the applicant. The funding priority is registration and transportation costs incurred by the applicant.

For examples of how past recipients have used their awards, see these posts on the ACRL-Oregon blog:

  • Kim Olson-Charles, Personal Librarian and First-Year Experience conference
  • Maureen Flanagan Battistella, American Association for State and Local History conference, presentation on digital collections of local history
  • Kate Rubick, ACRL national conference, panel presentation on library-faculty teaching collaboration using BEAM
  • Darci Adolf, e-course on copyright

Professional Development Scholarships will not be awarded for ACRL-OR/WA Fall Conference attendance as this annual event has its own scholarships.

Who is eligible?

  • All ACRL-Oregon members in good standing.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Professional Development Scholarship from ACRL-Oregon.

Who is not eligible?

Non ACRL-Oregon members.

How will applications be evaluated?

Please visit our FAQ page, which contains our evaluation rubrics and answers to frequently asked questions.

How do I apply?

Apply for the scholarship using this online form.


Applications will be accepted at three points throughout the 2017-2018 year:

  • February 28
  • April 30
  • November 30 (done)

For more information, contact the ACRL-OR Board President:

Steve Silver
ACRL-OR President, 2017-2018
Northwest Christian University

January 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 2) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant

The H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant is an annual award consisting of $3,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation given to a library organization whose application demonstrates greatest merit for a program of staff development designed to further the goals and objectives of the library organization.

More information available on the grant page.

The deadline is February 1 — Apply now!   

January 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 2) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Erin McCusker

Hello, Oregon Library Community! I am so happy to join you as the new District Director for the Umatilla County Special Library District (UCSLD) in Eastern Oregon. I began in July of 2017 and am currently in learning overdrive!

I started my professional library career in Idaho in the early 1990’s. Before that, I was a high school teacher with Weston-McEwen High School in Athena, Oregon. One of our sons was even born in Pendleton in 1990! Needless to say, working for UCSLD is like coming home.

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In Idaho, I worked for the Boise Basin Library District and eventually became the director. It was a wonderful rural library district and I learned how important a community’s library is to its residents and visitors. After getting my MLS as a distance student of Emporia State University, I worked for the Idaho Commission for Libraries as a library development consultant. When my husband Neil transferred with the Forest Service to Flagstaff, Arizona, I started working at the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library, eventually becoming a branch manager. Our next chapter led us back to Pendleton, where a friend let me know about the UCSLD director position, and here I am!

Neil and I have been married for 30 years and have two sons, Andrew and Stuart. We also have two cats, Esmeralda and Allegheny, who are natural, and quite amusing, hunters. Our sons have flown the coop, and Neil and I have had the great good fortune to be able to travel. In 2014 we traveled to Greece and Italy, and in 2015, to Taiwan to visit Andrew where he works teaching English. In 2017 we continued our adventures to England, Wales, Scotland and Paris. We love meeting new people and learning of their culture and history.

We recently bought a home in Pendleton and moved in just before Thanksgiving of 2017. We love our new home and our new community: the Farmer’s Market, the Great Pacific, the Center for the Arts, BiMart, the Sacred Hoop of Pendleton. I found a Nia class when I first moved to Pendleton and love the fusion of dance, yoga and martial arts. Check it out.

In my spare time I read, bead, sew, and knit in my “cavern o’ creativity”, as well as garden in the warmer months. My husband and I like to walk along the Umatilla River, camp, snowshoe, and watch movies. We also love traveling to the ocean as often as we can. Oregon and Washington wines appeal to us greatly, and we love wandering around sampling the region’s agricultural splendors.

I love the vibrancy of the Oregon library community and joined OLA soon after being hired. I recently responded to the call for new members for the OLA Leadership Committee. In fact, I just booked my hotel room for the conference in Eugene! Looking forward to meeting you all!

January 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 1) HAPPENINGS

Intellectual Freedom Champion Award 2018 – Nominations Open

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The Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Oregon Library Association is now accepting nominations for the next IF Champion Award to be presented at the April 2018 OLA Conference in Eugene. Nominations are due no later than Tuesday, February 18, 2017.

Intellectual Freedom Champions can be in any type of library or they might not work in a library at all. IF Champions stand up for the principles of intellectual freedom and help to protect our rights to read and research, help preserve our access to information, and maintain our privacy. The award is given in recognition of the contribution made by an individual or institution that has actively promoted or defended intellectual freedom in Oregon.

The nomination form, along with more details about the nomination process, can be found on the Intellectual Freedom Committee IF Champion web page. If you have questions about the award or nominations, please contact Ross Betzer, chair of the OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee.

January 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 1) LIBRARY NEWS

Oregon City Library Wins DeMuro Award


Restore Oregon Honors Preservation Design Excellence;

Recognizes 2017 DeMuro Award Winners

PORTLAND, OR – Restore Oregon celebrates and honors exceptional historic rehabilitation and compatible infill projects across the state through the DeMuro Awards. Selected for extraordinary quality, creative problem-solving, and community impact, The 2017 DeMuro Award recipients showcase preservation design and represent Oregon’s diverse culture and history in architecture:


OREGON CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY (1913), Oregon City – In the early 1900s, 31 cities across Oregon turned to steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to fund construction of their public library. Oregon City’s Carnegie Library was completed in 1913 for a cost of $12,500. The city needed to expand the library and constructed a stunning, yet compatible, addition that tripled the space while retaining the original historic structure.

Restore Oregon began the DeMuro Awards program in 2013 to publicly recognize the teams of architects, designers, contractors, and owners who are committed to restoring and honoring Oregon’s historic architecture and cultural heritage. “Inspired by the work of our late friend, Art DeMuro, Restore Oregon honors preservation projects and compatible infill across the state that exemplify excellence, creativity, problem solving, and community impact.” said Restore Oregon Executive Director, Peggy Moretti. “To honor his legacy, we honor teams – residential and commercial, urban and rural, private – and their commitment to the highest level of restoration, creativity, and craftsmanship.”

Visit the website to learn more about Restore Oregon’s DeMuro Awards (and view the other winners).

January 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 1) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Library Freedom Institute
Now Accepting Applications

The Library Freedom Institute (LFI) is an IMLS-funded collaboration between NYU and Library Freedom Project. We’ve created a privacy-focused six-month program for librarians to teach them the skills necessary to thrive as Privacy Advocates; from installing privacy software to influencing public policy. It’s completely free for participants, and the first cohort will begin in June 2018.

Participants will spend five hours per week on a combination of readings, webinars, exercises, class discussion, and assignments. LFI is a free online course with one in-person requirement, which will take place on a weekend in New York City. There is no cost to this program; including the weekend in NYC. LFI is primarily seeking public librarians, but we welcome applications from all librarians who do outreach in their communities.

See the Library Freedom Project website for more information.

December 15, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 23) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Kim Olson-Charles Awarded ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship

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Kim Olson-Charles, Concordia University

The first 2017-2018 ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship has been awarded to Kim Olson-Charles, the distance education and outreach librarian at Concordia University. This scholarship is designed to allow ACRL-OR members the chance to apply for awards to attend conferences, workshops, courses, seminars, or other learning opportunities three times throughout the year. Thanks to a one-time matching-fund grant from the State Library of Oregon, ACRL-Oregon is able to offer up to $500 for each award for 2017-2018 fiscal year. You can find out more about the multiple scholarship opportunities ACRL-OR provides on the ACRL-OR Scholarships page.

Kim will be using the award to attend the Personal Librarian and First Year Experience Librarian Conference in Cleveland, Ohio in March 2018. She plans on bringing back ideas and best practices to better engage faculty and students, and to augment Concordia’s new Personal Librarian Program, an element of the university’s strategy for student recruitment and retention. Kim will share her learning with the co-coordinator of the Personal Librarian Program, so that they can work together to establish more rigorous assessment and engaging activities for the students. We look forward to hearing more from Kim about this conference once she has returned!

Are you looking for support to attend a professional development event of your own? Applications for the ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship are reviewed three times a year.

The next deadline will be in early 2018; keep your eyes open for announcements about the exact date of the next deadlines.

Stephanie Debner
ACRL-OR Past President
University of Western States

December 15, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 23) HAPPENINGS

Mock Coretta Scott King Book Awards Workshop


CSD is starting the new year out with a professional development bang! Join us at the Mock Coretta Scott King Book Awards Workshop for an opportunity to:

  • increase your book evaluation skills
  • expand your reader’s advisory knowledge
  • get behind-the-scenes information on being on an ALA book evaluation committee, and win books and other fun prizes!

When:     Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 9:00am
Where:   Multnomah County Central Library
                 US Bank Room
                 801 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR

To get more information, including booklists and links for registration, check out the full info page on the Children’s Services Division website! The registration deadline is January 24, 2018.

Natasha Forrester Campbell, Youth Librarian,
​CSD Chair 2017-2018

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December 15, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 23) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Oregon Reference Summit
Save the Date!

Friday, June 1, 2018 – LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University

Join us at this one-day conference with reference-focused content appropriate for all skill levels, library types, and experiences! It is an excellent opportunity to meet reference staff from around the state face-to-face and exchange ideas.

Our keynote is Erin Berman, Innovations Manager at San Jose Public Library. A 2016 Movers & Shakers winner, Erin will speak about the shifting role of librarians in serving our customers’ information and literacy needs.

The Summit is an adaption of the Oregon Virtual Reference Summit, which was held annually from 2008-2015. (You can view presentations from the past OVRS programs on Northwest Central.)

This year’s Summit is sponsored by Answerland, the Oregon Library Association’s Reference and Legal Reference Round Tables, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Oregon.

Questions? Contact Tamara Ottum, chair of the Summit planning committee.