January 15th, 2017 (Vol.24 No.1) ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLA Seeking Candidates for Three Offices

Are you interested in making a difference for Oregon libraries?  Do you have a colleague you think would be right for one of these opportunities? This is your chance to step up and run for office!  Last year we adopted our strategic plan. You can help make it a reality.

Contact OLA Past President and Nominating Chair Jane Corry at (503) 988-6140 or olapastpresident@olaweb.org with questions 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Voting member of OLA Board
  • Attend six meetings a year, plus summer planning retreat

-Jane Corry, OLA Immediate Past President 2016-17

January 15th, 2017 (Vol.24 No.1) ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLA Leadership Development Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Suad Mohamed, recipient of the first OLA Leadership Development Scholarship!

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Suad Mohamed, a Somali Bilingual Library Assistant at Multnomah County Library, has been awarded $1000 from the Oregon Library Association to pursue a Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate. She recently took a Basic Project Management class through Multnomah County which sparked her interest in pursuing PMP certification. The scholarship will provide support for her to pursue the educational requirements of the certification through Project Management Institute (PMI) online education as well as the Women in Education Leadership program offered at Harvard University.

Suad’s position is the only one functioning to serve an underserved population of 10,000 Somali immigrants and refugees in Multnomah County. The certification will help her develop her management skills to perform to her fullest potential and benefit her library system and the greater community in general. She believes an essential step in being more intentionally inclusive and equitable is to increase the number of staff who work with specific populations and partner with community organizations that provide services to these populations.  Suad plans to use platforms like the OLA conference to continue to share her expertise and experiences, just as library colleagues share their expertise with her and others at the conference.  She is presenting on Equity and Inclusion with colleagues at the 2017 OLA Conference and her part will focus on inclusion as it relates to immigrant populations.

Applications for the OLA Leadership Development Scholarship are reviewed three times a year to support OLA members in developing their leadership abilities.  The next application deadline is March 31, 2017.

Elsa Loftis  OLA President 2016-17

January 15th, 2017 (Vol.24 No.1) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nominate a colleague for an OLA award

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 10, 2017.

These awards will be presented to recipients at the 2017 OLA Conference Luncheon Banquet in Salem on Friday, April 21, 2017.

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Here’s the details on each award:

  1.       Oregon Librarian of the Year may 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 Year may 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 Award may 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 Year may 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 award guidelines.

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 10, 2017, to Leah Griffith, HAS Chair, at Leah.Griffith@newbergoregon.gov. E-mail is preferred, but nominations can also be mailed to: Newberg Public Library 503 E. Hancock, Newberg, OR 97132.

Questions? E-mail or call Leah at 503-537-1256. We look forward to your nominations.

January 15th, 2017 (Vol.24 No.1) ASSOCIATION NEWS

2017 Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award Nominations

Nominate a special Oregon author, educator, or librarian who has made lasting or significant contributions to the children of Oregon or children’s literature for the Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award by January 31, 2017!

The Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award is presented annually by the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association at the OLA Annual Conference. The award is given in memory of Evelyn Sibley Lampman (1907-1980), noted Oregon teacher, journalist, and author of children’s books.

Nomination eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • The person shall reside principally in Oregon.
  • The award shall be given for personal accomplishments to recognize the individual’s contribution and shall not be conferred upon an individual representing the accomplishments of many.
  • Only living persons may be considered for the award.

Please include the following in the award submissions:

  • Nominee’s name
  • Nominee’s title, address, and phone (if known)
  • Description of the nominee’s significant and lasting contributions over the years that have benefited the children of Oregon.
  • Letters of support are welcome, but not required.

Nominations for the award shall be accepted from Children’s Division members, OLA members, and members of the Lampman Award Committee. Current Lampman Committee members are not eligible to be nominated.

Please send all nomination materials to Carrie Kasperick  at ckasperick@ci.monmouth.or.us or care of Carrie Kasperick at the Monmouth Public Library, 168 Ecols St. S., PO Box 10, Monmouth, OR 97361.

Nominations will be accepted through January 31st, 2017.

Award and current committee information.

Carrie Kasperick -Lampman Committee Chair (2016-2017)

Youth Services Librarian at Monmouth Public Library

January 15th, 2017 (Vol.24 No.1) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Jenn Weston

My name is Jenn Weston, and I’m the librarian at Pioneer Pacific College (as of July this year) in Wilsonville. I just moved to Oregon from Charleston, South Carolina this Spring and am loving it here! I graduated from the College of Charleston (in 2011) with an A.B. in History, B.S. in Anthropology, and a minor in Classics. After spending the next year working at a public library, I decided that I wanted to become a librarian and enrolled at the University of South Carolina. I graduated 14 short months later (August 2013) with my MLIS. Since receiving my master’s, I’ve quality checked ebooks for publishing companies, edited and written articles for a funerary magazine, worked as a Reference Librarian at a Technical College, and have cataloged thousands of rare books at the Charleston Library Society.

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My husband and I decided at the beginning of the year that we wanted to make a life change, so we both quit our jobs and drove across the country (you heard right – jobless!) Thankfully, we were both hired soon after moving!  We now live in West Salem with our rambunctious black lab and adorable cat. I enjoy playing video games, tabletop board games, painting, reading, binge-watching TV shows, and am an avid fan of the Carolina Panthers (which seems to be a rarity here – I actually called a bar to ask if they were playing a game, and they didn’t know who I was talking about even though they were in the Super Bowl last year!) I hope to get another Master’s degree in History (preferably in an Ancient Egyptian topic area), and eventually would like to continue on to get a PhD. My dream job would be to work at a historical library or museum such as the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago where I can help people with research on topics like Ancient Near Eastern history.

I’m currently part of the OLA Communications Committee and am a new Associate Editor for the OLA Quarterly. I look forward to being a part of the Oregon Library Association, and I’m hoping I continue to love living in Oregon!

December 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23 No. 23) ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLA Website Improvements

Hello Oregon Library Land!

Your Oregon Library Association is making some big changes to the olaweb.org website! This has been in the works for some time, as it was identified as a big priority during our strategic planning process. As I’m sure you can imagine, migrating our web presence is a big process, and the first step is to upgrade the membership software that we use, Memberclicks.

So, in the near future, you will be seeing some updates and changes to the OLA website. Your ideas and feedback are welcome. We are hoping for a fast and seamless transition.

Now for the fun part:

Do you want a photo of your library featured on the OLA webpage?

We would love to feature pictures of the wonderful libraries in Oregon (the events, activities, buildings) on the page. So please send me some photos! I’m told that image size needs to be 980 x 245 pixels. And of course, please only send photos that you have permission to use, with respect for rights, patron privacy, etc.

Thank you so very much!
Elsa Loftis -OLA President 2016-17

December 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23 No. 23) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Intellectual Freedom Champions Nominations

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Do you know an Intellectual Freedom Champion?  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 Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Oregon Library Association is now accepting nominations for the next IF Champion Award to be presented to the winning nominee at the April 2017 OLA Conference in Salem.  Nominations are due no later than Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

For more information, visit the Intellectual Freedom Committee IF Champion web page.  If you have questions about the award or nominations, please contact Krista Reynolds or Ross Betzer, co-chairs of the OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee.

Thank you!

Krista & Ross

Krista Reynolds, MLIS, M.Ed.  Head of Library Reference and Instruction, Concordia University

December 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23 No. 23) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Professional Development Scholarship Winner

The first 2016-2017 ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship has been awarded to Kate Rubick of Lewis & Clark College. This scholarship is designed to allow ACRL-OR members the chance to apply for awards of up to $250 to attend conferences, workshops, courses, seminars, or other learning opportunities three times throughout the year. You can find out more about the multiple scholarship opportunities ACRL-OR provides here on the ACRL-OR Scholarships page.


Rubick will use her award to attend the March 2017 ACRL National Conference in Baltimore, MD both to learn from other librarians using Joseph Bizup’s BEAM framework to teach research-based writing and to deliver a panel presentation on her own librarian-faculty teaching collaboration based on BEAM.

Rubick is looking to build community among librarians and faculty teaching with BEAM and to make the BEAM framework more widely known. To that end, Rubick notes in her scholarship application that she may turn her national talk and lessons learned into a short talk for the regional conference held by ACRL-OR and ACRL-WA. Be on the lookout for that future session! Rubick will also be scouting new ideas on instruction to share with the Instruction Team she chairs at Lewis & Clark’s Watzek Library.

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 is March 31, 2017.

~ Uta Hussong-Christian, ACRL-OR Past President

Oregon State University Libraries & Press

December 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23 No. 23) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

NW Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference

Mark your calendars!

The 16th annual Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference will take place August 10-11 2017, at Portland State University in downtown Portland, Oregon.  Look for registration opening sometime in April 2017.

John Chrastka, founder and Executive Director of EveryLibrary will be our Keynote speaker.

Call for Session Proposals

The NWILL Conference Program Committee invites proposals for lightning rounds (7 minutes) and regular sessions (45 minutes) of interest to interlibrary loan and resource sharing practitioners

The following topics are of interest to the Program Committee, but we welcome proposals on other topics as well:

  •  Managing your ILL statistics
  •  Sustainable ILL & green practices
  •  Coping with fewer resources
  •  ILL for public libraries
  •  Succession planning
  •  Keeping track of licensing of e-content for ILL
  •  Training staff and students
  •  Copyright and licensing
  •  Marketing ILL services
  •  Improving the User Experience

Submit your proposals hereDeadline for Proposals is February 24, 2017

Jessica Bower, MLIS  Assistant Librarian  Coordinator of Interlibrary Loan

December 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23 No. 23) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Sarah Strahl

I’m the relatively new Manager of Materials Services at Hillsboro Public Library. I moved to Hillsboro in March of this year from Chicago with my husband Pete, our cat Tuxedo rex, and our dog Winston. While living in Chicago I worked for the Ela Area Public Library District in Lake Zurich, IL where I started as a Teen Services Librarian in 2008 and ended as the Assistant Director of Technology and Technical Services. I attended Indiana University for both my undergrad and my MLS. Just finished reading The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater which I loved, but my forever favorite books are the subseries of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books featuring Tiffany Aching. Mostly in my free time I run away from Zombies with the Zombies, Run app. I also like to walk trails with my husband and dog (no zombies involved). I’m so happy to be a part of OLA! I’d love to help plan the conferences at some point, and of course there’s so much to gain and share as a part of PLD.