OLA/WLA Joint Conference 2008 – Program Showcases
Does your library have an innovative, unusual, or highly successful program that you’d like to share with your colleagues? Have you recently completed research or grant-funded work that would be of interest and use to the library community in Oregon and Washington? If so, you should consider participating in one of the OLA/WLA Joint Conference program showcases.
Showcases will consist of 12 to 15 drop-in sessions sharing a large room with display tables. Attendees can visit with the presenters one-on-one to discuss their programs, services, and projects. This allows a wide variety of participation from libraries and a more direct, focused interaction from attendees.
For the 2008 Joint Conference, we will be hosting showcases on the following four topics:
- Staff Training and Development – Laurel Steiner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Library User Instruction – Sue Kunda (email@example.com)
- Library Outreach Activities – Candise Branum (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Innovative and Grant-Funded Programs – Ann Reed (email@example.com)
Proposals for each topic will be reviewed by OLA and WLA representatives with expertise in that area.
Interested in presenting at a showcase? Please submit a completed Showcase Proposal (attached) to the appropriate contact above. For questions about specific showcases, please refer to the showcase coordinator. For general questions about the Showcase program, please contact Robert Hulshof-Schmidt OLA Program Co-Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.378.5030.
All proposals are due to the topic coordinator by January 31, 2008. The final list of showcases will be set by February 28, 2008.
Professional Development Opportunity – Get Published!
The OLA Publications Committee is looking for Guest Editors for the OLA Quarterly (Fall and Winter 2008 issues). This is a great chance to expand your editing and writing experience while making a contribution to the Oregon library community. Quarterly articles are organized around a theme. Some possible theme ideas from the Publications Committee are disaster planning, libraries in a post-911 world (i.e., Patriot Act, civil liberties), or the library as a forum for dialogue and exchange of ideas (particularly in the Web 2.0 environment). The Publications Committee is also open to your ideas. It’s much easier to pull together an issue on something that ignites your passion or peaks your interest! To see past issues and themes go to: http://www.olaweb.org/quarterly/index.shtml
Please consider making a New Year’s resolution to try your hand at guest editing the Quarterly. Contact Diane Sotak (email@example.com), Loretta Rielly (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Jey Wann (email@example.com) with your ideas and any questions.
What’s New and Cool at NWCentral? Just a Grant – That’s All
Hi everyone and welcome to December. Thank you for making 2007 a great year for NWCentral! Hope you’re ready to start writing 2008 very soon.
At NWCentral (http://www.nwcentral.org/), the Advisory Group recently learned that NWCentral will receive an LSTA grant from the Oregon State Library! We are thrilled our grant was funded because we want to make NWCentral an even better site for you to contribute to and use.
The LSTA funds will go to hiring consultants for usability testing, content rubric design, web design, content harvesting, and outreach. Each of these roles will contribute to NWCentral site becoming more user friendly with more content for your use and your continuing education and training needs.
We are very excited about the possibilities! Work with this grant will start in January 2008 and continue over the course of 2008.
Comments? Suggestions? NW Central is truly only as good as the site and the content on the site. You are instrumental in that. Please let us know! Below is the list of the Advisory Group. Feel free to write to any one of us.
This project is supported in whole or in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library. The NW CENTRAL pilot phase is being supported by the Portland Area Library System (PORTALS)
Pierina Parise, firstname.lastname@example.org
Remembering to Say THANKS to Your Legislators for Ready to Read Grant
In the coming weeks, most of Oregon’s public libraries will receive their Ready to Read grant. As the Chair of OLA’s Legislation and Development Committee, I want to urge all of you to thank your local legislator for supporting the Ready to Read program. Also, when you get a minute in the coming weeks, write a letter to your local paper about the Ready to Read program and what your library does with the money. Or, better yet, get one of your board members or parents write a letter. Increased awareness of this important program helps convince legislators that money is well spent. The December checks are a perfect opportunity to say thanks. Check out the OLA Legislative Committee’s web page for tips on how to celebrate Ready to Read – http://www.olaweb.org/org/lad.shtml#Ready%20to%20ReadAdvocacy.
Year End Giving – Remember People for Oregon’s Libraries
You just got your kicker check and am wondering what all to do with it. One idea is to donate to the People for Oregon’s Libraries, the political action committee that funds library supportive candidates as well as local library ballot measures. You can take your donation as a tax credit ($50 for individuals and $100 for couples). Make your check out today to “People for Oregon’s Libraries” and mail them to Nan Heim, the OLA Lobbyist at
833 SW 11th Avenue, Suite 315
Portland, OR 97205
Thanks for your support!
With the 2008 Conference fast approaching, the Public Library Division Board is soliciting nominations for our annual “OLE” Award. The OLE Award is presented by the Public Library Division to a deserving person employed in any capacity in an Oregon public library who has displayed exceptional effort and excellence. The annual Ole Award was so named in recognition of the recipients’ efforts to “take the bull by the horns” and get the job done.
Please send your nomination, along with a one-page statement about your candidate and why he or she is deserving of the award, to Carol Uhte by email or snail mail to: Woodstock Library, 6008 SE 49th, Portland, OR 97206.