January 15, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 2): ASSOCIATION NEWS

The International Relations Round Table is currently planning for the visit of four librarians from Fujian Province, China, as part of the Horner Library Staff Exchange program. The visitors will be arriving in May and staying for two weeks to exchange library information and innovations in various locations around the state, including the State Library in Salem. This will mark more than 20 years of the Horner Exchange with Fujian Province. Oregon delegates are scheduled to be selected later in the year for travel to China in the fall of 2021.

While hosting the visiting librarians is an honor and a pleasure, it also is an expense that has exceeded the original generous gift made by the late Dr. Layton Horner. The IRRT planning committee recently instituted some cost-cutting measures, in agreement with the Fujian Provincial Library, so the budget won’t be depleted. The exchange has been shortened from three weeks to two weeks, and the time between exchanges has also been lengthened from three years to four to provide more time for fundraising activities.

Please help us keep this valuable international exchange program going. IRRT is asking for donations. Any amount is appreciated. This  LINK  takes you directly to the Oregon Library Association online giving form for the Horner Exchange Program. 

Thank you,

The IRRT Horner Exchange Program Committee

January 15, 2020 (Vol 28, No. 2): ASSOCIATION NEWS

Reminder! 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.

Nominations are open for the following awards: 

             Oregon Librarian of the Year
             Library Employee of the Year
             OLA Distinguished Service Award
             Library Supporter of the Year

Nomination letters (with no more than six letters of support) are due Friday, March 20, 2020 

These awards will be presented to recipients at the 2020 OLA Conference Luncheon Banquet in Bend on Friday, May 1, 2020.

Here are 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 https://www.olaweb.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=251

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 20, 2020, to:

             Elsa Loftis, HAS Chair 
             e-mail:   olaawards@olaweb.org
             We prefer e-mail, but you can also send via mail to me at:                             

Portland State University
Millar Library
Att: Elsa Loftis
951 SW Hall Street
Portland, OR 97201

E-mail or call me at 503-725-5780 if you have any questions.  We will be looking forward to your nominations.

Elsa Loftis, Portland State University, Chair

Leah Griffith, Newberg Public Library, Retired, Past-Chair 
Esther Moberg, Seaside Public Library
Sonja Somerville, Salem Public Library
Karen Muller, Hillsboro Public Library
Mo Cole, Oregon City Public Library, Retired

January 15, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 2): ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award nominations are open. Show your appreciation by nominating a Youth Services worker, a teacher, or an Oregon children’s author for this prestigious award. Previous winners include MaryKay Dahlgreen, Roland Smith, Katie Anderson, Barbara Kerley and Ursula LeGuin. Who wouldn’t want to join this Pantheon? If you are a member of OLA you can nominate your favorite inspiring person for this year’s award by emailing me. The deadline is January 19. 

Sincerely,

Jane Corry

CSD Evelyn Sibley Lampman Chairperson 2020

January 15, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 2): OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Join ACRL-Oregon for a free webinar – What is quantitative data good for? on Thursday, January 30th 2020 at 10am PST.

ACRL-Oregon offers free webinars on topics relevant to academic library staff. Our upcoming webinar is “What is quantitative data good for? Throwing great big noisy fusses about white colonial power structures.  *An ode to Ramona Quimby” and will be presented by M. Brooke Robertshaw, PhD, Assistant Professor and Assessment Librarian at Oregon State University on Thursday, January 30th, 2020, at 10am Pacific.

If you don’t know Ramona Quimby, through this presentation you will learn a bit more about her.  If you do know her, you know she is all about justice and fairness, but sometimes context needs to be changed so we can get to that space of justice. Thus, this webinar will discuss how, as a society, we got to a space where we are using quantitative methods as a tool of oppression, how we can rethink these uses, and ways to think about research as activism. Data, like Ramona’s rain boots, should be shown off, but it’s much prettier when we can rinse off some of the muck of white patriarchal colonialism. 

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

 https://forms.gle/rpZwQ8PMs3wZeYMX6

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.

January 1, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 1): ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLA Honors & Awards Call For Nominations 

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

Who has done an outstanding job, taken on a project, 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.

Nominations are open for the following awards:

  •  Oregon Librarian of the Year
  • Library Employee of the Year
  • OLA Distinguished Service Award
  • Library Supporter of the Year

Nomination letters (with no more than six letters of support) are due Friday, March 20, 2020

These awards will be presented to recipients at the 2020 OLA Conference Luncheon Banquet in Bend on Friday, May 1, 2020.

Here are the details on each award:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 20, 2020, to:

Elsa Loftis, HAS Chair

Email: olaawards@olaweb.org

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

Portland State University

Millar Library

Att: Elsa Loftis

951 SW Hall Street

Portland, OR 97201

Email or call me at 503-725-5780 if you have any questions.  We will be looking forward to your nominations.

Elsa Loftis, Portland State University, Chair

Leah Griffith, Newberg Public Library, Retired, Past-Chair

Esther Moberg, Seaside Public Library

Sonja Somerville, Salem Public Library

Karen Muller, Hillsboro Public Library

Mo Cole, Oregon City Public Library, Retired

January 1, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 1): ASSOCIATION NEWS

2019 Best of La Grande Awards

It is our pleasure to inform you that Oregon Library Association, Inc. has been selected for the 2019 Best of La Grande Awards in the category of Media.

For more information, visit the 2019 Best of La Grande Awards – Media page.

Best Regards,

La Grande Business Recognition

January 1, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 1): HAPPENINGS

Mock Geisel 2020 Workshop

OLA Children’s Services Division presents: Mock Geisel 2020 Workshop

When: Saturday, January 18, 2020

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:15 am Come early for coffee and books!

Where: Central Library, Multnomah County Library

811 SW 10th St, Portland

Register here.

Check out the 2020 OLA CSD Mock Geisel 2020 Book List

All are welcome!

  • Hone your skills in evaluating and recommending books for beginning readers.
  • Learn about the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for books for early readers
  • Practice evaluating books for beginning readers using the Geisel Award Criteria
  • Help to choose the CSD OLA Mock Geisel 2020 winner (and maybe some honor books too)!

The award recognizes the author and illustrator of a book for beginning readers who, through their literary and artistic achievements, demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading.

Guest speakers:

Jackie Partch

School Corps Librarian, Multnomah County Library

Serving on the ALA Geisel Award Committee

Katie Anderson

Youth Librarian, Washington County Cooperative Library Services

Fostering Readers: Resources to help you plan and implement fun research-based literacy programs for children in K-3rd grade who are learning to read.

Danielle Jones

Teen and Youth Librarian, Multnomah County Library

ALSC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force

Geisel: Reconciling the Man, the Award, and the Legacy

Scholarships are available for CSD members.

Certificate of participation available for continuing education credit upon request.

Questions:  csdmock@olaweb.org

–Lisa Taylor & Tara Morissette

CSD Mock Award Co-Chairs

January 1, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 1): PEOPLE

Leadership Development Scholarship Winner: Barbara Fischer

On behalf of the OLA Leadership Committee, I’d like to congratulate our most recent Leadership Development Scholarship winner, Barbara Fischer. Like many newer to the profession, she has taken on many roles to serve Oregon libraries. Barbara is currently a Library Clerk 1 at Waldport Public Library, a volunteer librarian at Waldport High School, and works as a teacher-librarian at the Seashore Family Literacy Center during summer. She has been awarded $1000 to attend the 2020 OLA Conference in Bend, OR. Like many of us, she’s excited about the learning opportunities around diversity, equity, and inclusion that the conference promises to hold.

The Leadership Development Scholarship provides funds for opportunities intended to support leadership development and contribute to the growth of leadership potential with OLA.

All members at any level in the profession are encouraged to apply. 

The committee has changed their dates of review for 2020. The next deadline for submission is February 28.

Once again, congratulations Barbara!

Melissa Little

Circulation Manager

Beaverton City Library | 12375 SW 5th St | Beaverton, OR 97005

503-526-2598 | http://www.BeavertonLibrary.org

My pronouns are: she/her/hers

January 1, 2020 (Vol. 28, No. 1): CONFERENCE

Keynote Speaker for 2020 OLA Conference: Sonja Ervin

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The OLA conference committee is pleased to announce that Sonja Ervin (Equity and Inclusion Manager, Multnomah County Library) will be the keynote speaker for the Opening Session.

From Ervin’s biography:

I am the library’s first ever equity and inclusion manager, and I lead efforts to ensure library services, programs, staffing, materials, and spaces are equitable, inclusive, and culturally responsive. My work involves leading staff in thoughtful discussions about equity and inclusion and outlining actionable steps to improve the library’s efforts both internally and for the community. I provide support and hold space for library staff who face experiences of racism and oppression. I am also the executive sponsor for the Black Cultural Library Advocate team.

Prior to joining the library, I engaged in street and shelter outreach, working with community members experiencing houselessness, addictions, and mental illness. I bring this experience to the library with the goal of expanding the ways the library can fulfill its commitment to welcoming and serving those in our community experiencing the greatest barriers.

Formal education: Masters in Counseling Education and Counseling Psychology. I believe that education is much more than school. It includes people’s lived experiences and the wisdom gained through those experiences deserve to be highly respected and valued.

What is your vision for the future of public libraries?

That every person, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or their current or past experiences and circumstances, feel connected and a sense of community as they walk through the library doors.

The conference Opening Session will begin on April 30, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. Conference registration will open in February — and remember, it’s never too  early to book your conference hotel.

January 1, 2020 (Vol. 28, No.1): CONFERENCE

Call for Poster Session Proposals / 2020 OLA Conference:

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

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The Oregon Library Association conference will be held April 29-May 2 at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes in Bend. As we celebrate 80 years since OLA’s beginnings at Timberline Lodge in June 1940, the theme for the 2020 OLA Conference will be: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion.

We are now accepting proposals for poster sessions, with a deadline of: Friday, February 28, 2020 for submissions. With your contribution, we hope to build a slate of content that is engaging, informative, diverse, and inspiring.

Session Proposal Form

Questions? Please contact:

Laura Kimberly, Poster Session Coordinator: l.kimberly@newportlibrary.org

Read on for more information:

Submissions are open to anyone, regardless of membership status. We are looking for submissions that address equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), which are at the center of our work in libraries.  Libraries are a cornerstone of democracy, providing free and open access to services and resources for everyone in our local communities. This year’s OLA conference will explore EDI in many connotations and intersections, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical and mental abilities, body size, religious beliefs, political ideologies, and geography.

The conference is an opportunity for OLA to have focused conversations surrounding EDI, learn from one another, provide professional and personal growth, and share the important work we are doing to help create equitable and inclusive communities in Oregon.