September 1, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 19) Association News

Oregon Library Association New Member Roundtable:

Emerge.   Grow.    Connect.

Are you new to the library world?  Or new to Oregon?  Curious about how to get more involved in OLA? Are you ready to take the plunge into the OLA deep end?  Or just wanting to peek behind the curtain? No matter where you are in your library story, there’s a place for you here!!

At the OLA Conference in April, the Board approved the re-introduction of the New Member Roundtable (NMRT) – which is fantastic news!  Now, we are calling all those bright-eyed newly minted OLA members, or any member who would just like to become more familiar with the inner workings of OLA:

Join Us at NMRT!!

Our objectives are simple:  to help association members become more actively involved and integrated within OLA, and to advance the overall professional development of 21st century librarians, library staff, and information professionals.  Help us enrich the ranks of OLA, while deepening your own connection to our life’s work.

Just click here to get started!  The best part?  It’s free to add NMRT to your OLA membership!!  Go for it – we’d love to have you!

Questions?  Need more information?  Kitten pictures to share?

Reach out to


September 1, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 19) Association News

OLA Conference Call for Proposals: Tell Your Story


The Oregon Library Association Conference Committee invites you to submit program and pre-conference proposals for the 2016 Conference, April 20-22 at the Riverhouse Hotel in Bend.

Our theme this year is Tell Your Story.

One of my favorite storytime books is Wait! I Want to Tell You a Story. It’s about a wombat that tells a story to a tiger to avoid being eaten. I like it because it’s really about the power of story. Stories can make you forget that you’re hungry or tired. They console us when we’re sad. Our stories are what make us who we are, as individuals, as institutions and as a society in general. It’s what connects us to each other. They’re how we learn. Basic and powerful.

– Jane Corry, OLA President 2015-2016

At this point the program does not have to be fully organized; you can give us a general idea of the program and speakers (if known), and fill in the other details on the proposal form. This year we are encouraging you to submit your ideas directly — no OLA Unit sponsorship is required. We also welcome proposals from OLA units. Sessions may be presentations, panels, or workshops. If your session idea does have any associated costs, it will still need a sponsoring unit.
Proposals are due by September 30.

Program Proposal Form
Preconference Proposal Form

Poster Proposal information and forms will be announced in November and due in January.

Questions? Please contact Michele Burke, Conference Program Committee Chair, by email at or by phone at 503.365-4711. Many thanks from the program committee!


September 1, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 19) Association News

OASL 2015 Statewide Conference

Welcome to the Coos Bay/North Bend Oregon Association of School Libraries Conference!

  • Conference Theme:  2020 Vision
  • Date: Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10

It is a jam packed 2 day conference with options for Friday only or Saturday only.  Come hear Mark Ray speak on new directions in school libraries.  Experience Benedetti & Battisti. Booktalkers extraordinaire, Who will share 100s of new YA.  Hear testimonies about maker spaces, catch up on the newly adopted Oregon School Library Standards and more!

New this year are the alternate reality game, storytelling by fireside, author’s breakfast, best practices for beginning librarians, and the chance to visit beautiful Coos Bay.

If you missed ALA, this is your chance to see Judy Schachner and her new book, Dewey Bob.

Find out more:

Schedule and registration

Susan Stone can answer all of your registration questions.

See you in Coos Bay!

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September 1, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 19) Library News

SLIM Oregon 14 Graduates

On August 30th thirty students from Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management were granted Master of Library Science degrees.  The ceremony was held in the Smith Center Ballroom at Portland State University.

Candace Morgan delivered the commencement speech.  State Librarian, MaryKay Dahlgreen, and OLA President, Candice Watkins, also presented inspiring words on behalf of the Oregon library community.

slim grad

September 1, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 19) Library News

I Love My Librarian Award

As you are all aware librarians touch the lives of the people they serve every day.  This year, New York Public Library is joining Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Times and ALA in asking members of the public to nominate their librarian for the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award!

10 librarians will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Nominations open through September 28, providing additional time for school and academic librarians whose institutions will just be getting back in session.

Visit I Love Libraries website to nominate a librarian.
i love librarian

September 1, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 19) People

Member Profile: Justyne Triest

Hello! My name is Justyne Triest and I work as an Interlibrary Services Assistant for Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. I’ve been in my current position nearly a year and it’s an awesome place to work. I work in borrowing and lending interlibrary loan, work with our student assistants, and am also on the library’s Web Design Team. I started working in libraries as an undergrad student at Linfield College and after graduating was lucky enough to work for them professionally for four years as their Evening Supervisor until 2014, where I worked in many different roles in the library. Prior to that I worked for a year as a bookseller. I have a B.S. in Sociology from Linfield, with a minor in History.

I’m originally from the Bay Area (yep, another California transplant!) but have lived in Oregon most of my life. I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather live than the Pacific Northwest. I live in Hillsboro with my fiancée, who works in the video/photography industry, and our two cats. Of course I enjoy reading, and I also count video gaming, walking/hiking, archery, traveling, and making pop-culture paper-cut art as some of my other hobbies.

I’ve found a really warm welcome to OLA and was thrilled to be on the conference committee for the OLA SSD 2015 conference.


August 15, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 18) What is this?!

But… but… this doesn’t look anything like the OLA Hotline!

You’re right! This is a beta run of a new and improved version of the Hotline. Way back in February this year, the Communications Committee sent out a survey to you, our dear OLA members. One of the comments that came up over and over was to get rid of the PDF attachment for the Hotline newsletter. So after looking at various options, we decided to try out MailChimp for a sleek new email template that uses the feed from our Hotline blog.

Thank you again for your feedback on the survey! We’ll continue to make improvements to OLA communications and tweaks to the Hotline. Let us know what you think at:

August 15, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 18) Association News

OLA Retreat

What’s your library love story? What one word would you use to describe a leader? How do we make sure institutional memory gets passed down when leadership changes every year? How do we engage more members? What should we do about memberclicks? How long should conference sessions be?

OLA Chairs at Retreat

On August 3rd and 4th the heads of all the Divisions, Committees and Roundtables, met and discussed these and other questions about how OLA can best support our members and other library people throughout the state. We come together to share our triumphs for the past year, look at what needs to be done and begin planning for the next year. It’s a chance for the new board members to begin getting to know eachother as well as what it’s like to be on the board.
Both incoming and outgoing unit heads  attended the annual retreat at the Silver Falls Conference Center. The weather was perfect, the food was pretty good and the company was fantastic.  — Jane Corry

August 15, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 18) Opportunities for Enrichment

The Horner Library Staff Exchange

The Horner Library Staff Exchange Project is an exchange of library staff between Fujian Province, China, and Oregon, for the purpose of sharing professional knowledge about library and information science. It was established through a generous gift by the late Dr. Layton Horner to the Oregon State Library and continues through a relationship with the Oregon Library Association International Relations Roundtable. Our international partners are the Fujian Provincial Library and the Fujian Library Association. Fujian is Oregon’s sister province in China, and the Fujian Provincial Library maintains a sister library relationship with the Oregon State Library.

The next Exchange will take place in 2016. In late spring of 2016, the Fujian Provincial Library will send four delegates to spend three weeks in Oregon. In late October or early November, the Oregon State Library will send three delegates to China.

If you are interested in applying for the Horner Exchange, please e-mail your: 1) resume and 2) application by September 15, 2015 to: and include ‘APPLICATION’ in the subject line.

If you you have any questions about the Horner Exchange, please send them to: and include ‘QUESTION’ in the subject line.

January 15, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 5) Association News

OLA Seeking Candidates for Three Offices
Are you interested in making a difference for Oregon libraries?  Perhaps running for OLA office is right for you this year.

Contact OLA Past President and Nominating Chair Penny Hummel at 503-890.0494 or to volunteer yourself or others for the following opportunities:

Vice-President/President-Elect/Past President (three year term):

  • Provide leadership to your statewide library association
  • Member of OLA
  • Voting member of OLA Board
  • Attend six meetings a year, plus summer planning retreat

Treasurer (two year term):

  • Oversee OLA finances (day to day work handled by OLA staff member)
  • Member of OLA
  • Voting member of OLA Board
  • Attend six meetings a year, plus summer planning retreat

Secretary (one year term):   

  • Document and disseminate minutes for OLA board and annual meetings
  • Member of OLA
  • Voting member of OLA Board.
  • Attend six meetings a year, plus summer planning retreat.

DIGOR OLA Conference Scholarship

The Documents Interest Group of Oregon (DIGOR) is offering a $250 scholarship for a librarian, library staff member, or library student who expresses interest in government information to attend the 2015 OLA Conference. We will accept applications starting January 15th. Priority will be given to applications received by February 15th. Final deadline is March 1, 2015. Access the application form here. The form can also be accessed on the DIGOR Round Table page at the OLA main page under OLA Units/Round Tables/DIGOR/Announcements. If you have questions about eligibility, please contact Dotty Ormes at

ORCA Title Nominations Open

The Oregon Reader’s Choice Award (ORCA) is looking for titles to be read and voted on in 2016. To qualify, a book must have been first published in the United States in 2013. To nominate a title, you must be a student in Oregon or you must work in a school or library in Oregon. The nomination form will be open until March 1. When you nominate, you will be asked for the title, the author’s name, and the division in which you think it belongs (Upper Elementary, Middle School or High School). If you know people who are not members of OLA but would be interested in nominating titles, please forward this on to them.  More information about ORCA and the timeline for nominating and voting on the 2015 titles can be found here.

-Nina Kramer, ORCA Chair, 

OLA Honors & Awards Call for Nominations

Yes, it’s time to nominate your colleagues for OLA Honors & Awards!

Who has done an outstanding job or taken on a project or been responsible for a success in our libraries this year? Tell us about those talented, dedicated individuals whose commitment to excellent library service has made a difference. The OLA Honors & Awards Committee want to know who those individuals (or groups) are and we want you to tell us!

Nominations may come from all types of libraries and from all kinds of librarians, staff and supporters.

Nomination letters (with no more than six letters of support) are due Friday, March 13, 2015.

These awards will be presented to recipients at the 2014 OLA Conference Luncheon Banquet in Eugene on Friday, April 17, 2015

Here are the details on each award:

  1. Oregon Librarian of the Yearmay be awarded to any Oregon librarian who has been working in an Oregon Library for at least two years in a paid professional position.  The nominee must demonstrate excellence in library service in his or her community and to Oregon libraries.  The nominee must be a member of OLA.
  2. Oregon Library Employee of the Yearmay be awarded to any Oregon library staff member who has worked in an Oregon library for at least two years as a paid staff member and demonstrated excellence in library service in his or her community.
  3. Oregon Library Association Distinguished Service Awardmay be awarded to any Oregon librarian or library staff member, who has been in the profession for 15 or more years, has worked in Oregon libraries for at least ten years, and is currently a member of OLA, for exceptional service over a period of years.
  4. Oregon Library Supporter of the Yearmay be awarded to any volunteer, volunteer group, library Friend, board member, government official, or other individual who is not a paid library staff member and who has demonstrated excellence in supporting and promoting Oregon libraries.

If you need more info, read the awards guidelines and let me know if you have questions.  Take a look at the awards webpage.

Your letter (e-mail) of nomination should include the following information, if pertinent, and be as informational as possible:

  • Name, contact information, current position for nominee
  • Award for which you are nominating the person or group
  • Description of why your nominee should be selected for an OLA Award
  • OLA activities: committee appointments, etc.
  • Past positions held and summary of major accomplishments for Distinguished Service Award
  • Your name and how you can be reached if the committee has questions

Please send nominating letters and supporting letters by Friday, March 15, 2013, to:

Leah Griffith, HAS Chair

We prefer e-mail, but you can also send via mail to:

Newberg Public Library / 503 E. Hancock / Newberg, OR 97132

E-mail or call me at 503-537-1256 if you have any questions.  We will be looking forward to your nominations.

Lampman Award Call for Nominations
If you know of an Oregon author, librarian or educator who has made a significant contribution in the areas of literature and/or library service for the benefit of the children of Oregon, make a nomination! The Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award, presented by the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association, at the OLA Annual Conference, is given in memory of the noted Oregon teacher, journalist and author of children’s books. Established in 1982, it is Oregon’s most notable children’s library service award. The award recipient is announced at the Evelyn Sibley Lampman Breakfast at the annual OLA Conference. Nominations are due no later than January 31, 2015 and eligibility requirements can be found online. Submissions most often take the form of a letter and should be submitted to the Lampman Committee Chair, Carol Reich at Hillsboro Public. Submissions should include: ·

  • Nominee’s name
  • Nominee’s title, address, phone, and email address·
  • A description of the nominee’s significant and lasting contributions over the years that have benefited the children of Oregon

Carol Reich | Reader Services Manager | Lampman ChairCity of Hillsboro, Oregon | Hillsboro Public Library503-615-6514 |