September 15, 2007 (Vol. 13, No. 22) – OLA News

SSD Website Move
Summer Reading Program Evaluation
Save School Libraries

SSD Website Move

The website for the Oregon Library Association Support Staff Division has moved! The new address is The good news is that even f you use the old address for the time being, you will be redirected to the new address.

Also, next year’s Support Staff Division conference will be held on July 18 at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn in Newport so mark your calendars.

Suzanne L. Sager,

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Summer Reading Program Evaluation

The 2007 Summer Reading Evaluation is now available online at

You can click either link or copy and paste the address to get to it, and you may want to first print the page out, gather the information requested and then return to the form to complete it. You’ll get an e-mail confirmation with all the info entered that you can print or save for your files. If you have anything you want to share that won’t fit in the form (photos, flyers, etc.), please send directly to me at molly at

The deadline will be Wednesday, October 17. If you have any questions or problems with the form, please drop me a line!

Molly L. Carlisle, OLA Children’s Services Division Summer Reading Chair / Chair-Elect, molly at

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Only TWO WEEKS Left to Save School Libraries

You still have time to contact Congress about the SKILLS Act. For more information, go to Remember, OLA has endorsed the ALA Resolution in support of this act. Contact information can be found at

Diedre Conkling, OLA

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September 15, 2007 (Vol. 13, No. 22) – Happenings

OPB Project
OSL via L-Net
Disaster Planning
OSU Faculty Seminar Series
Community/Neighborhood Analysis Workshop
Outreach Grant

OPB Project
OPB is working on a new project called thePublic Insight Network. We’re inviting people around the state to become ‘public sources’ for OPB. People in the Public Insight Network tell us about areas in which they have experience or expertise. Then, when we are working on a story related to their experiences, we ask them what they know about the topic, which angles haven’t been covered previously and who else we should talk to.

I believe that OPB would benefit greatly from being able to ask questions of library professionals, and I wanted to invite the recipients of the Oregon Library Association listserv to join the network. Anyone interested can sign up for the network or find more information at

Please let me know if you can help us out.

Scott Silver,

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The Dun & Bradstreet Public Librarian Support Award Committee is seeking nominees for this award to be presented at ALA 2008. The $1,000 award will support attendance at the Annual Conference for a public librarian who has performed outstanding business reference service and who requires financial assistance to attend the ALA Annual Conference. For additional information, see the following:

Applications are to be made in writing to the chair of this standing BRASS committee by December 1, 2007. Chair: Nelly Somerman,

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Refer Questions to OSL via L-Net
The State Library participates in L-net, the virtual reference service provided by Oregon libraries. In addition to staffing two shifts each week, OSL also serves as a referral library for questions relating to Oregon history, Oregon laws, state government issues or state and federal documents. Reference requests can be sent through the L-net email form. Use the pull-down menu to select “State Library of Oregon.”
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Oregonand Washington Disaster Planning Workshops

The Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS) is offering a series of disaster planning workshops in Oregon. There are some spaces still open in these free workshops, but pre-registration is required. This is an opportunity for staff in all types of archives and libraries to receive assistance in developing a disaster plan or revising their existing plan.

Protecting Library & Archive Collections: Disaster Preparedness, Response & Recovery
Part 1: Friday, September 21, 2007, 9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Part 2: Friday, October 26, 2007, 9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
La Grande Public Library
2006 4th Street, La Grande, Oregon

*Workshop instructor in Oregon is Kris Kern is the Preservation Librarian at Portland State University and is chair of the Portland Area Library System’s Disaster Recovery Group.

Additional workshops will be held in Eugene and Bend, Oregon in the Spokane area in 2008. Workshops are also being scheduled in Alaska, Idaho, and other Western states.

*Who should attend*: Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of libraries and archives. By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop’s disaster preparedness goals. When possible, please send two attendees from a library or archive so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.

*Cost*: No charge to the institution. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Washington workshops are co-sponsored by the Oregon State Library and the Washington workshops by the Washington State Library and Washington State Archives.

For more information and to register, go to: and click on WESTPAS schedule of workshops and the specific workshop.

For registration assistance contact: Kathy Krause krause@plsinfo. org
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OSU Libraries Faculty Seminar Series on October 12

The Library Faculty Association Seminar Series invites you to attend a presentation by Dr. Aaron Liston, Professor and Director of the OSU Herbarium. Dr. Aaron Liston will describe the results of a collaborative project between the OSU Herbarium and OSU Libraries to provide online access to type specimens (a pressed plant that documents the description of a new species) and the original published descriptions of these new species.

When: Friday, October 12, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (refreshments provided)
Where: OSU Valley Library, Corvallis, Willamette Rooms East & West on the 3rd floor

For more information about Dr. Liston please visit his professional page:
For a map of the OSU campus, please visit this page:

If you have any questions, please direct them to Laurie Bridges, 2007-2008 Library Faculty Seminar Series Coordinator, at 541.737.8821
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Community/Neighborhood Analysis Workshop
Learn how to use the Internet to locate the census data you need –
quickly and easily! The Beaverton City Library is hosting a free
workshop on how to access and use census data and maps for community and neighborhood analysis.

Instructor: Cam McIntosh, Information Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau
When: Tuesday, October 2, 2007, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Beaverton City Library Auditorium

Located at: 12375 SW 5th – at Hall & 5th Intersection
* Find data for a specific community or neighborhood
* Click on a map and link to data
* Create reference maps to show boundaries and features
* Compare demographic information between communities
* Find data by race, ancestry and ethnicity
* Produce thematic maps to reveal geographic patterns in
statistical data
* Use census data for community planning and grant writing
* Search by address
* Access 2006 American Community Survey data for areas with
populations of 65,000 or more

For more information, alternative formats, or other questions, please
contact: Jill Adams (503) 350-3613 or (503) 526-2577
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“Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved” grant

The “Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved” grant is sponsored by Candlewick Press in honor of author Kate DiCamillo and the themes represented in her books. A $5000 grant will be awarded to a library with exceptional outreach to underserved populations. Up to three Honorable Mentions may also be named. The grant proposal must be received by: December 3, 2007. The grant is administered by the Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers Committee (LSSPCC) of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
For more information contact Martha Simpson, Chair of the LSSPCC Committee, at
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September 15, 2007 (Vol. 13, No. 22) – Contributions

Oregon Books Reviewed by Tony Greiner

*Neil, Robert Dean. Clarence Darrow’s Unlikely Friend: Clarence True Wilson: Debaters but Always Friends. Portland, OR: Spirit Press, 2007. ISBN 1893075338

The slightly confusing title refers to an Oregonian, Clarence True Wilson, who lived for awhile in Oregon, was a prohibitionist, and opposed lawyer and “wet” advocate Clarence Darrow in a series of debates on the topic across the country. History is a funny thing: If prohibition had worked, Wilson would perhaps be regarded as a major reformer in our history. Now Wilson is forgotten, and Darrow is remembered mostly in a fictionalized version in the play and movie, “Inherit the Wind.”

But for us, the point is that Wilson was a prominent Methodist who lived in Portland during the prohibition years and this account (really a biography of Wilson) covers those years and all of Wilson’s life. The author, another Methodist preacher, lives in Oregon, and has spent a good part of his career in counseling alcoholics. However, the book has problems. Among these are the lack of an index, or a bibliography, and endnotes that are vague enough to cite things such as “Wilson Papers” without giving a box number or even a location of those papers. (How I wish there was more detail in the citation “Report of the Flying Squadron.”) But, this book is as good as we are likely to get until someone writes a PhD dissertation. For our largest libraries. Paperback, 220 pages, endnotes but no index.

Some photos. Spirit Press, Portland. 2007. $17

*Kohl, David Grant. A Curious and Peculiar People: A History of the Metropolitan Community Church in Portland and the Sexual Minority Communities of Northwest Oregon. Portland, OR: Spirit Press, 2006. ISBN 1893075540

This book, also from Spirit Press, has won the Silver Medal from the Independent Publisher’s Association. I reviewed it last year, but a reminder: This is much more than a church history, as it is also a history of homosexuals (mostly male) in Portland im the last century. Valuable for almost all of our colleges.

*Wuerthner, George. Wildfire: A Century of Failed Forest Policy. Sausalito, CA: Foundation for Deep Ecology by arrangement with Island Press, 2006. ISBN 159726069X

The title tells you about the book. It is a large and heavy illustrated coffee-table type book, interspersed with essays from various people (including former Oregon Congressman Les AuCoin) about how the fire-suppression policies of the last 100 years have been bad news ecologically and economically. Specific essays include one on the Klamath-Siskiyou region and salvage logging. The huge size (14 by 14, over 300 pages), and weight (more than 5 pounds) is unfortunate, as it makes it unlikely to be picked up (much less read) by anyone interested in the topic. Fortunately, “selected essays” from the book were printed in a more readable format, under the name Wildfire Reader. If you want some material on this topic, buy the reader. The picture book I saw is only for true believers who want to display their ideology. I didn’t see the Reader, but Wildfire has an index and bibliography.

Tony Greiner,

September 15, 2007 (Vol. 13, No. 22) – Cool Ideas

Greening Up the Library

Have you ever wondered how your work as a librarian could make the world a greener place? A variety of groups are working on ways that libraries and librarians can positively impact our environment. The ecolibrarian (http://ecolibrarian .org) shares ideas about how collection development and administration activities can become more earth-friendly. Another option is to attend unconferences. Unconferences are virtual conferences where presenters share their work both during the conferences and after the conference so that their talks are easily accessible. The reduction in travel to conferences results in a smaller carbon footprint.

An example of an upcoming library unconference is the Green Library Unconference which will be held on Earth Day, April 22, 2008. To find out more about this conference, you can contact the organizer, Steve Carr, scarr2@arlingtonva. us. Some additional ideas for greening up your library can be found at

If you have any additional ideas or examples to share about how you are greening up your library, please share them on the Hotline blog at