Dec. 15, 2007 (Vol. 14, no. 4) – OLA News

OLA/WLA Program Showcases / OLA Quarterly Editors Needed / NW Central Updates / Thank Your Legislators / Year-End Giving / Nominations for PLD Award

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:

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 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.

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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:

Please consider making a New Year’s resolution to try your hand at guest editing the Quarterly. Contact Diane Sotak (, Loretta Rielly (, or Jey Wann ( with your ideas and any questions.

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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 (, 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,

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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 –

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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
Nan Heim/Associates
833 SW 11th Avenue, Suite 315
Portland, OR 97205
Thanks for your support!

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Nominate Someone for the PLD Ole Award

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.

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Dec. 15, 2007 (Vol. 14, no. 4) – Happenings

W e b L i v e    T r a i n i n g

OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing Basics

Online Description: 

Description:  This workshop consists of three modules. Each module is a 1.5 hour to 2 hour live Internet presentation. Practice and readings will be provided for participants to complete on their own.

Module I: Searching OCLC WorldCat in FirstSearch Increase your comfort level and optimize the powerful tools available in the FirstSearch reference and Resource Sharing interface. This workshop will address how to access FirstSearch, search WorldCat, navigate and manipulate lists of records, developing search proficiency. This workshop is appropriate for those working with WorldCat Resource Sharing and those using FirstSearch for reference activities.

Module II: Borrowing and Lending Activities Borrowing – Learn to create borrowing requests for returnable items such as books and DVDs and for non-returnable items (i.e. copies). This part of the session will demonstrate the use of custom holdings and local data records to create efficiencies in the interlibrary loan workflow.  We will also complete all actions required to bring a request through the entire interlibrary loan cycle.

Lending – Manage incoming requests and gain familiarity with the Request Manager categories. In this half of the workshop, you will learn to use batch processing in order to update and print requests in your lending cycle and administer your work more effectively.

Module III: Administrative Functions

Access the FirstSearch administrative module to create data records that eliminate repetitive data entry. Participants will devise constant data and saved notes, review the use and implementation of IFM (ILL Fee Management) as well as create custom holdings groups, custom holdings paths and direct request profile to improve service in all aspects of resource sharing. Time will also be spent updating and maintaining records in the ILL Policies Directory. Customization of the patron interface and the creation of links between authorizations, local catalogs and Open URL services will also be covered.

This workshop is appropriate for those who administer WorldCat Resource Sharing activities or FirstSearch reference activities.

Who Should Attend:  Library staff who want to acquire the basic skills needed to do OCLC ILL using WorldCat Resource Sharing.

How to Get Started:  The workshop is accessed from your own or your library’s computer using a Web browser. Details will be included in your confirmation letter after registration.

BCR will provide a microphone to you free of charge to use during WebLive workshops if you don’t already have one. Please indicate this on your registration form (comments box), and we will ship it to your attention.

Minimum requirements: Computer (minimum of 128 MB of RAM, although 256 MB is recommended); Internet Explorer 5.5 Web browser, Java enabled; speakers; and Internet access of 56k or above. A microphone connected to the computer is optional for the audio, which also is available by a long-distance phone bridge (not a toll-free number).

Dates:  January 15-17, 2008 (2 p.m.-4 p.m. MT) 

Fees:  BCR members – $50/module or $125 for all three modules if taken sequentially Nonmembers – $65/module or $175 for all three modules if taken sequentially

The presentation can be viewed and heard by a group of people at a single computer. If this is the case, please register only one attendee who will log in on behalf of the group (send a list of names for other participants).

Alternatively, the presentation can be viewed and heard by multiple people from the same institution at separate workstations. If this is the case, please register each individual attendee who needs to log in to the class.

 NOTE: Regardless of whether you attend as an individual or as a group, the price for each online module is $50 for each person who views the session.

BCR Registration Form:

Instructor Heather Clark:

About BCR:

Bobbi Navarro

Dec. 15, 2007 (Vol. 14, no. 4) – Cool Ideas

Oregon Battle of the Books
If you think kids these days are just playing video games and checking their MySpace accounts, think again.  OASL’s (Oregon Association of School Librarians) Oregon Battle of the Books program has kids devouring books in preparation for an epic showdown between schools.  The premise of the Battle of the Books is that students are assigned a list of books to read, they then read the books, discuss the books together, and then compete in a quiz-style format to see which school’s team knows the most about the contents of the books on the list.

Students are already warming up for the competitions which are set to start this spring.  Competitions will be held regionally, and the regional winners will meet at the state level for a final competition.  Check OASL’s website for the schedule: and plan to attend a Battle of the Books in your area.  Reports from last year indicate that students could hardly wait to beginning reading again in preparation for the next Battle of the Books.

Dec. 1, 2007 (Vol. 14, no. 3) – OLA News

Apply for OLA MLS Scholarships / Memberclicks Update

Apply for OLA MLS Scholarships Now
The application process is open for Oregon residents enrolled or planning to enroll full-time in a graduate course of study for the Masters in Library Science degree for the 2008-2009 academic year. Applications from eligible students are sought for over $20,000 in scholarship awards. Current recipients of OLA MLS scholarships may reapply annually for continuing funding for up to three years of awards.

The scholarship application process deadline is March 1, 2008. Before applying read OLA’s Scholarship Program guidelines and eligibility requirements. OLA’s scholarship application and requirements are available as an electronic eApplication, through the Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC), at

Select OSAC Scholarships under “Quick Links” on the left. OLA’s scholarship application requirements are described by entering a search for Scholarship Code 471 or for the Oregon Library Association. For the eApplication, go to

At the OSAC site, you can read about OLA’s program, and search the more than 340 scholarships OSAC manages. The scholarship application process is confidential, and there is no fee to apply. All OLA scholarship applications must be submitted to OSAC postmarked or hand-delivered no later than March 1, 2008. You can also apply by February 15, for an Early Bird opportunity at winning one of 20 $500 scholarships, awarded by lottery.

The OSAC office is located at 1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401. Applicants who submit their completed application by February 15, 2008 are entered into drawings for twenty-three $500 awards.

For questions about OLA’s scholarship and OSAC scholarship programs call 800-452-8807 ext. 7395 or by email at: awardinfo at

OSAC helps administer OLA’s application process. OSAC is the state agency that partners with private donors, foundations, and banks to administer more than 340 scholarship programs for Oregon students.

The Oregon Student Assistance Commission distributes 40,000 OSAC Scholarship Application Booklets to college financial aid offices and Oregon high schools. OLA’S scholarship information is also available in PDF and print form, with OLA’s scholarship program described on pages 17,of the OSAC booklet. Also, please read the information about additional documents required. See Step 9,on page 28.

Funding for this second round of scholarships is provided by a Library Services and Technology Grant administered by the Oregon State Library and through the generosity of OLA members who have donated to this new scholarship fund. OLA members are encouraged to make donations to support this new OLA initiative by using the MLS Scholarship Contribution Form at in the MemberClicks section.
—Gary Sharp, OLA MLS Scholarship Program
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Latest Memberclicks Update

Hello OLA Members!
If you have logged into your OLA account recently, you’ll have noticed the wonderful, new look – this will eventually be the new look for our entire OLA website! The MemberClicks menu and landing page have changed, but you still have access to the same services you have had in the past, just in different places. For example, to view the entire membership directory or to do a search, log in and use the options under “Membership.” Another common activity is updating your contact information and renewing your membership – these can now be found under the “Home” menu option. There is a little hiccup regarding the images, so if you are asked for a login to, just select Cancel.
More information about the update will be coming out as we complete the process – thank you for your patience! In the meantime, if you run into difficulties, please don’t hesitate to contact me with your questions.
–Stephanie Miller, OLA Web Member Manager
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Dec. 1, 2007 (Vol. 14, no. 3) – Happenings

The Big Read / PNLA Conference Proposals / 2008 Big Read Winners / 3M Professional Development Grant / OCLC Keeping Up Workshops / Outreach to Spanish Speakers Training

The Big Read

Join a nation of readers!

The Big Read, a national program to encourage literary reading and revitalize the role of literature in American culture, is accepting applications from non-profit organizations, including libraries and museums, to conduct month-long, community-wide reads between September 2008 and June 2009. Big Read participants will receive

* a grant ranging from $2,500 to $20,000,

* financial support to attend the national orientation meeting,

* educational and promotional materials for broad distribution,

* an Organizer’s Guide for developing and managing Big Read activities,

* inclusion of your organization and activities on The Big Read Web site, and

* the prestige of participating in a highly visible national initiative.

Approximately 300 organizations of varying sizes across the country will be selected for this cycle.

Deadline for Intent to Apply (strongly encouraged): January 11, 2008 Deadline for Applications: February 12, 2008

Go to <> to download the Guidelines and Application.

Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.341.0755 or e-mail

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest.

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2008 PNLA Conference Proposals

PNLA Conference 2008 – Libraries Get Wild! Beyond the Expected!

Date: August 6-9, 2008

Location: Templin’s Resort, Post Falls, Idaho

The program subcommittee of the 2008 planning committee is currently setting up conference programs, and is seeking formal program proposals from interested members and presenters. Programs are expected to be 90 minutes long.

Program tracks include:

Technology – Sharp Sticks

Outreach and Special Audiences (including Young Adult) – Smoke Signals Management/Special Issues – Mountain Climbers Instruction/Learning – Trail Blazers General Interest – Bear Stew

Please submit your proposal via e-mail to or via the webform at

The deadline for submitting proposal information is: Friday, December 21, 2007.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Elaine Watson,; 208-426-1737 or Rick Stoddart,; 208-426-1626

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2008 Big Read Winners

Congratulations to Libraries of Eastern Oregon (LEO), the Oregon Alliance for Arts Education (Clackamas County Libraries), and the Friends of St. Helens Public Library for receiving The Big Read grants for 2008. They are three of 127 organizations selected to participate in The Big Read between January and June 2008. Their grants range from $2,500 to $20,000 to promote and implement community-wide reading programs. They will also receive reader’s and teacher’s guides for the novel they have selected, audio guides that can be used as radio programming, publicity materials, an online organizer’s guide for running a successful Big Read program, and access to a comprehensive Big Read Web site. Each local program will include special events to encourage all types of readers to participate.

I am also pleased to announce that Fishtrap’s participation in The Big Read the past two years has led them to branch out with their own community reads program, Wallowa County Reads.

If your library is interested in learning more about The Big Read check out their website at

Katie Anderson,

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3M Professional Development Grant


Deadline: December 15, 2007


But you still have until December 15th to apply for the 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant. Members of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply to receive a grant, sponsored by 3M Library Systems, which will cover expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference, June 26 to July 2, 2008, in Anaheim, CA.

Take a look at the August 2007 issue of Footnotes to read about the ALA experiences of last year’s winners ( You will see how professionally rewarding attending an ALA conference can be.

The application form and further information about the grant is available on the NMRT website (

Remember, you must be a current member of NMRT in order to apply. To join NMRT, visit the ALA website ( and follow the “Join/Renew ALA” link to add to your ALA membership.

For further information about the grant, please contact:

Kate Hahn, Chair, 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee


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OCLC Keeping Up Workshops

OCLC Western has created a series of workshops designed to educate and inform our members about the relevant issues pertaining to Library 2.0 tools and concepts. The workshops are entitled “Keep Up!” and are presented in an online webinar format. Please find below more information about these exciting upcoming workshops:

Keep Up! Extending Library Services with Social Technologies

This initial session provides examples and context for libraries that have heard the term Library 2.0, but have yet to experience how these tools can serve your patrons. This course is a precursor to the series of “how-to” workshops that are scheduled to follow. There is no charge for this initial session, which is designed to help you determine which 2.0 tools are best for your library.

Register for this Keep Up! webinar session today:

Keep Up! Extending Library Services with Social Technologies


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST

Online-Live Meeting

Keep Up! Blogs, Wikis and RSS


You’ve heard the buzz about blogs, wikis and RSS, but how can they be effectively used in your library? Should they be? Do you have the technology, tools, or even the time to implement these collaborative communication tools in your organization? Learn what’s involved with blogging, wikis and RSS feeds from both the technology and human resources side of the equation. Learn how to decide whether a blog or a wiki would be a more effective solution.

This workshop is perfect for frontline staff who may be implementing and working with the technologies on a regular basis, and for managers who may be responsible for developing policies around the tools.

Register for this Keep Up! webinar session today:

Keep Up! Blogs, Wikis and RSS



Thursday, December 6, 2007

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PST

Online-Live Meeting

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PST

Online-Live Meeting

Keep Up! Podcasting Made Simple



Have you thought about podcasting as a way to communicate with your clientele, but thought it would be too hard? This session will make podcasting easy. If you have ever used a tape recorder, podcasting is within your grasp. It is fun, and your users will enjoy the format. We will cover the relationship between streaming audio and podcasting. You will learn how to plan for and create audio files, and post them as podcasts.

This workshop is perfect for any librarian or staff member who would like to present library training, advertising, or programming using audio files posted on the Web.

Register for this Keep Up! webinar session today:

Keep Up! Podcasting Made Simple



Thursday, January 17, 2008

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PST

Online-Live Meeting

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PST

Online-Live Meeting

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Outreach to Spanish Speakers Training

Library Development Services of the Oregon State Library, in partnership with WebJunction, Deschutes Public Library, Eugene Public Library, and Washington County Cooperative Library Service, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is pleased to offer library staff in Oregon the opportunity to attend a one day training session on outreach to Spanish speakers, especially as it relates to computer and technology access. We will be offering the training in nine locations. REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN FOR THE DECEMBER 7TH SESSION AT THE EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY. The workshops are free and include lunch, snacks, materials, and mileage reimbursement. To register for the training or for more information please go to the Library Development website:

We are also making arrangements for the 2008 trainings and will have that information available on the Library Development website by the end of December. We are currently planning sessions in Estacada, Mid-Willamette Valley, South Coast, Pendleton, Hood River, and Tillamook between February and May 2008.

MaryKay Dahlgreen, 503-378-5012

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Dec. 1, 2007 (Vol. 14, no. 3) – Oregoniana Reviews

Oregon Public Broadcasting has produced a video, “Oregon at War” that it has been running recently. Unlike many OPB offerings, this one is available for purchase, and at $20, a bargain. I have not seen it, but understand that it has interesting footage and comentary on things such as the Mexican farm-labor “bracero” program, training camps, and other things not normally part of World War II reporting.

Oregon at War
60 min on 1 DVD
List $19.95
Member $17.95

deMotier, Beren. “The Brides of March: Memoir of a Same-Sex Marriage.” DeMotier is one of the people who married during Multnomah County’s ill-fated legalization of same-sex marriages. Rebecca Ragain’s review in the Hollywood Star-News says Beren’s book is “accessible and humorous.” As far as I know, the only memoir of this interesting time in Oregon’s history. 147 pages, Pb, $15.95.
Available at Amazon, Broadway Books (1714 NE Broadway) and Barberama
(2935 NE Broadway.)

O’Toole, Randal. “The Best-Laid Plans.” O’Toole (who lives in Bandon) provides a refreshing opposition to the group-think of the Government Planning crowd. His “Vanishing Automobile and Other Myths” targeted the waste that accompanies light-rail and similar projects. He expands his scope in this volume to criticize excesses in government planning in general. How fresh to see pointed criticism on zoning laws that require dense housing, the myth that light rail leads to development (anyone who has taken the train to the Portland airport knows the barren field at “Cascades Station”); “Smart Growth” plans and other government efforts to control where and how we live. This book is not limited to Oregon, but does contain many pages on Oregon, and several chapters specifically on Portland. An essential purchase for academic libraries, and for our bigger public libraries. Cato Institute, 2007. Extensive index and end notes. $23. ISBN – 9781933995076
—Tony Greiner, PCC

Dec. 1, 2007 (Vol. 14, no. 3) – Cool Ideas

Food for Fines

Looking for a way to spread some holiday cheer this season?  You might try a “Food for Fines” program.  There are a variety of ways to implement this, for example the Williamsburg Regional Library system waived the fine on one overdue item for each non-perishable food item the patron brought in; Oregon’s Corvallis-Benton County Public Library is reducing fines by $1 for each canned food item brought in up to a maximum of $5, which is similar to a program run in Park City, Utah.  And not just public libraries have been participated in this program, American University’s Bender Library has been operating a Food for Fines program for twelve years.  The food goes to a local foodbank and patrons just might be a little more likely to pay off those fines!