Feb. 15, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 8) – OLA News

OLA/WLA Conference Registration / Lampman Award Nominations / CSD Workshop / SSD Conference

OLA/WLA Conference Registration Open

Join us! Registration is open now for the 2008 OLA/WLA Joint Conference. Plan to spend some time connecting with your colleagues from around the region

— April 16-18, in Vancouver, Washington.

With topics ranging from assessment and access to ubiquitous computing and rural libraries, the Joint Conference program has something for everyone. Here are just a few of the exciting sessions we have planned:

*Junk Food, Pirates and UFOs-Non-fiction Books They Will Want to Read

*Booktalking: From So-So to Sensational!

*How to Sell Your Ideas

*Ubicomp and Libraries: Current examples and evolving implications

*Passing a Successful Bond or Levy Election

*Open secrets regarding virtual reference in Washington and Oregon

*Experts? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Experts! Authority,

*Legitimacy and Liability in a Wiki World

Read about these programs and many, many more in the online program


Register soon – the early registration rate is available until March 1, 2008

Check out the conference website for more information about exhibits, hotels, registration and more. http://wla.org/olawla2008/

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Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award Nominations

Call for Nominations for the 2008 Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award

If you know an Oregon author, librarian or educator who has made a significant contribution in the areas of literature and/or library service for the benefit of the children of Oregon, nominate her or him for the 2008 Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award.

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

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, March 7, 2008.

To be eligible for the award:

*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.

Please send nominations and inquiries to Dan White, drwhite@co.douglas.or.us

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CSD Spring Workshop

The Children’s Services Division 2008 Spring Workshop will be held on Friday, March 14 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Salem Public Library. This is your chance to share your brilliant ideas for programs, activities, crafts and more, inspired by this year’s “Catch the Reading Bug” and “Metamorphosis” summer reading themes. In addition, the morning session will be “Building Early Literacy Skills Through Music,” presented by Rosalie Karalekas, Music Specialist in Salem-Keizer School District and professor at Western Oregon University. She will present an energetic, entertaining and informative workshop that will enhance our ability to incorporate more music into storytime presentations. Rosalie has spent much of her career developing interactive musical activities based on wonderful children’s books. You’ll be ready to use these great ideas in your very next storytime!

Registration is FREE, with a brown bag lunch on your own planned. The registration deadline is March 5 and the form is available on the OLA CSD website at http://www.olaweb.org/csd/. If you have questions about this workshop, please contact BJ Quinlan, CSD Summer Reading Chair, at bjquinlan@cityofsalem.net or 503.588.6039.

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SSD Conference

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the 2008 OLA/SSD Conference to be held Friday, July 18 in Newport! What a great excuse to visit the beautiful Oregon Coast!! Plus, you’ll be REJUVENATED through camaraderie with old and new friends, learning, discussing, listening, and brainstorming with your library support staff peers. We have a FANTASTIC conference in store for everyone this year and you won’t want to miss out! A promotional flyer

(PDF) is available for download on the SSD website to distribute around your library. Click on the following link for more details: http://www.olaweb.org/ssd/conference/

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Feb. 15, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 8) – Happenings

Directory of Library Studies Awards / BCR Trainings / NW ILL Conference / L-Net Training

Directory of Library Studies Assistance Awards
2008 Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory
Need additional financial assistance? The 2008 Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory is an annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries, academic institutions and foundations that give some form of financial assistance for undergraduate and/or graduate education programs in library and information studies.

For information on Scholarships available through ALA, visit http://tinyurl.com/2bb8cv or call the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4279.
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BCR Trainings

For a list of upcoming trainings offered through BCR, visit http://www.bcr.org/training/online/ Current training opportunities involve WorldCat Collection Analysis training, understanding the OCLC authority record, and cataloging using the OCLC Connexion Client Interface.

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NW ILL Conference

Mark your calendars! The 7th Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference will be in Portland, Oregon, September 18th and 19th, 2008, at Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus!

The theme this year will be “Alt.ILL: Alternative Models of Resource Sharing” and will look at how we can take sharing above and beyond traditional Interlibrary Loan. Following are some of the topics we anticipate bringing to you:

*Rethinking Resource Sharing

*Sharing More than Books: Training Models for ILL Staff

*Update on Montana Home Delivery Project

*Interlibrary Loan on a Shoestring

*Cool Tools: High-tech ILL Operations to Emulate or Envy

*And much more!

Registration will open in mid-April, and conference scholarships will again be available. For now, save those dates!

Bookmark the conference website and watch for more information:http://nwill.org/

Past conferences are archived on the site. See you this Fall!

Chelle Batchelor, mbatchelor@uwb.edu

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L-Net Trainings

Introductory trainings on L-net, Oregon’s Statewide Digital Reference Project, are scheduled for:

Monday, March 10 and Thursday, March 13, 9:00 – 2:30 both days Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus Library 12000 S.W. 49th Avenue Portland, OR 97219

The training is for librarians who plan to take shifts staffing L-net at partner libraries. Librarians will receive hands-on training with L-net’s chat software, e-mail software, and instruction on techniques for communicating effectively online with patrons and providing reference services online. Training is a two-day event. Attendance at both days is required to staff the service; day two builds upon the training provided on day one.

These trainings are also open to librarians who would like to apply to participate in our volunteer program, typically staffing the service from home computers. For information on how to apply to be a volunteer, contact Emily Papagni, emilyp@multcolib.org

The training is free, but space is limited and advance registration is required. If you would like to attend, contact

Emily Papagni, emilyp@multcolib.org

If you’re interested in the training, but unable to attend on these dates, please contact me. I’m continuing to schedule additional trainings around the state.

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Feb. 15, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 8) – Contributions

Library Newz from the Past

Taken from “Public Libraries”, Volume 11, 1906.

Susan B. Anthony has offered copies of all her books on the suffrage question to the Oregon library commission for the traveling libraries of  the state. (p40)

Cornelia Marvin, secretary of the Oregon commission library, has sent out a list of  wholesome juvenile books, with prices, for  holiday trade and for home libraries, together with some excellent facts about libraries. (p40)

The forty-second annual report of the Library association of Portland, Ore. gives an increase in the circulation in the library, notwithstanding the distraction of the Fair. The quality of books read has improved, the fiction per cent being on the decline; it is now less than 62 per cent. The circulation in the children’s department was 40,650V and through the schools, 9441V. The story telling is given as the chief cause of the decrease in fiction reading in this department, having dropped from 59 to 52 per cent. 10,914V. were prepared for the shelves and 7629 were cataloged. The work of the branches continues to grow. Thirteen distributing stations are in active work. (p475)

From “Public Libraries” Vol 13,  (1908)

Courtesy of the University of Oregon’s willingness to lend bound periodicals via SUMMIT.

“We should look closely after the books we put into the hands of our children. The characteristics of eighteenth century fiction are summed up in the following:

           Maria so attentive grew,

                        So Thoughtful and Polite;

            Her friends admired and loved her  too,

                        For all she did was right.

Perhaps the pendulum has swung a little too far the other way when we think of the numerous calls for “Peck’s Bad Boy,” of the deep interest in Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer and other realistic tales. Somewhere between these two extremes, we must find the books that are suitable for our boys and girls and will hold their interest.”

“In regards to book agents, there is only one rule, never to be violated, and that is, buy nothing whatever from an agent.”

-From a talk by Mrs. Sara Judd Greenman of the Kansas City Kansas Public Library. (January, 1908 p 25.)

News from the past is brought to you by Tony Greiner, who is getting kind of long in the tooth himself. tony_greiner@hotmail.com

Feb. 15, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 8) – People

UHREEN, Rose Ellen (Sloneker) died January 5, 2008 in Portland.  She was born in Meadeville, Missouri, attended schools in Medford, Oregon.  She married William Russell Uhreen, who preceded her in death.  She worked in libraries in Medford as well as Portland, retiring as the head librarian of the West Slope Library.  She was honored by the Oregon Library Association, receiving the Outstanding Service Award.  Family suggested a donation to a local library in lieu of flowers.  (Excerpted from the January 9, 2008 /Medford Mail Tribune/.)

Feb. 15, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 8) – Cool Ideas

National Library Support Staff Certification Program

Believe it or not, we may actually get a national library support staff certification program before I retire. I was starting to have doubts…

The national Library Support Staff Certification Program project is an attempt to establish nationally recognized professional standards for support staff. This project has been awarded a 3-year grant, and the first year is already half done. This is what they hope to accomplish:

*Finalize competencies in Year 1.

*Develop an assessment program in Year2 (starts July 1, 2008). Develop policies and procedures in Year 2.

*Field test the program in five organization types in Year 3.

So far, the draft competencies have been written.

Competencies cover the following areas:

  • Foundations of library services
  • Access services
  • Reference and information services
  • Technical services
  • Reader’s advisory services
  • Supervision and management
  • Public Programming services
  • Technology services
  • Communication and teamwork
  • Marketing services
  • Youth services

The goal of the competencies is not to establish everything everyone should know to do their job, but to establish a baseline–what every library worker should know and be able to do.

Certification won’t automatically lead to an increase in pay–the job market will have to take care of that. But it will do a number of positive things. It sets up the baseline standard of what support staff in libraries should know. It will improve library service–states such as Minnesota that have voluntary programs have already seen improvements in morale and performance. It can provide a refresher course for older employees, and a possible chance for promotion or recognition for other workers. It will help those who want it a chance to be a little better.

It has always seemed a bit crazy to me that the current job structure does not officially recognize any education for library workers between the high school diploma and an MLS. That’s a big gap. Certification might be a useful marker of an interim step.

You can find more information about the program at:

http://www.ala-apa.org/certification/supportstaff.html The FAQ page at http://www.ala-apa.org/certification/supportstafffaq.html is quite helpful. The project directors’ names and addresses are at the bottom of the page, and they welcome questions.

Susan Gilmont

Feb. 1, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 7) – OLA News

OLA/WLA Conference Showcases / PLD OLE Award / HOLA Grant / OYEA! Award / OLA MLS Scholarships / OLA/WLA Conference Registration / OLA Annual Nominations / SSD Conference / NW Central Updates

OLA/WLA Conference 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 75 – 90 minute drop-in sessions, focused on the topics listed below, in a large room with 12 – 15 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 (lsteiner@kcls.org)

*Library User Instruction – Sue Kunda (suekunda@hotmail.com)

*Library Outreach Activities – Candise Branum (cbranum@emporia.edu)

*Innovative and Grant-Funded Programs – Ann Reed (ann.reed@state.or.us)

Proposals for each topic will be reviewed by OLA and WLA representatives with expertise in that area. All proposals are due to the topic coordinator by February 15, 2008. The final list of showcases will be set by February 28, 2008.

Interested in presenting at a showcase? Please submit a completed Showcase Proposal Form to the appropriate contact above. For questions about specific showcases, pleaser refer to the showcase coordinator. For general questions about the Showcase program, please contact Robert Hulshof-Schmidt OLA Program Co-Chair, at robert.hulshof-schmidt@state.or.us or 503.378.5030.

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Nominate Someone for the PLD OLE AWARD

Do you know a fellow public library employee who has demonstrated exceptional effort and excellence in public library service this past year? Do you know someone who took the bull by the horns and got the job done? Do you know someone who has made significant achievements with little formal recognition?

Please help us recognize this person with the OLE award. Send your nominations to me, Public Library Division chair. Please provide a brief bio of the nominee with their significant and concrete achievements over the past year. Nominations will be reviewed by the PLD board and the award will be presented at the PLD banquet at the OLA conference. We can provide a small stipend to help defray the recipient’s cost of attending OLA and the banquet.
—Carol Uhte, PLD Chair, carolu@multcolib.org
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HOLA Grant for OLA/WLA Conference
The HOLA Grant is an all expenses paid trip to the annual OLA conference April 16-18 in Vancouver, WA. Libraries serving a population of 10,000 or less may apply for the HOLA Grant to send one of their employees to the conference. More information and applications are available on the OLA website at http://olaweb.org/hola.shtml. Applications are due February 15, 2008.

The grant will cover the cost of:
Registration for the OLA/WLA conference April 16-18, 2008.
Registration for a pre-conference session, if desired.
Meals and lodging during the conference.
Travel expenses to and from the conference-including gas, food, and lodging if necessary.
An experienced coach to answer your questions, introduce you to people, and help you get the most out of the conference.
An OLA membership for three years.
An OLA institutional membership for your library for three years.
If your library cannot remain open in your absence, you will be able to apply for additional funds to hire a substitute to keep your library open while you attend the conference.
The HOLA Grant was developed by OLA, and made possible with a generous gift from an anonymous donor. It is designed to provide opportunities in small, rural libraries to send an employee to the annual OLA conference. The conference provides training and resources for professional development. The employee attending will develop relationships with library staff across the state to consult with in the future when faced with a question or challenge at their library.

Contact Katie Anderson, HOLA Committee Chair, at katie.anderson@state.or.us or 503-378-2528 if you have any questions.
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Call for Nomination for the 2008 OYEA! Award
OYAN is looking to honor exceptional work done in the field of teen/young adult services in the state of Oregon. Nominations are now being accepted for an individual, library, organization, program, or initiative that has made a positive and significant contribution to teens in Oregon libraries.

A complete nomination will include nominee’s name and contact information, and a thorough description of the nominee’s contribution to teen services. We encourage the inclusion of any supporting letters that may be appropriate, especially from teens themselves.

All nominations should be sent to April Witteveen, OYAN’s Award Committee Chairperson, via email or post. Please also include the nominator’s contact information in case of questions. Nominations must be received by Friday, March 21, 2008.

Email: aprilw@dpls.us or April Witteveen, 601 NW Wall St., Bend, OR 97701

OYAN will host an OYEA! Award reception at the OLA/WLA joint conference honoring all nominees. The winning individual, library, or organization will receive a $100 honorarium, an award plaque, and an optional scholarship if financial assistance is needed to attend the award reception.

For a complete description of the award process, please see OLA Bylaws, Chapter 16B: http://www.olaweb.org/bylaws/oyea.shtml.

The Awards Committee looks forward to hearing about the great work being done for teens in Oregon libraries!
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OLA MLS Scholarships Available

Apply Now for Oregon Library Association MLS SCHOLARSHIPS

A new program for Oregon residents OVER $ 20,000 AVAILABLE FOR 2008/09

  • For eligible Oregon residents enrolled or planning to enroll full-time in a graduate course of study for the Masters in Library Science degree.
  • Apply by the March 1, 2008 deadline.
  • Applicants who submit their completed application by February 15, are entered into drawings for 20 $500 Early Bird awards.
  • Read OLA’s Scholarship Program guidelines and eligibility requirements at the Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC) website: http://www.GetCollegeFunds.org. Enter a search for Scholarship Code 471. Apply online: the application is available as an eApplication.
  • All applications must be submitted to OSAC postmarked or hand-delivered no later than March 1, 2008. OSAC’s office is located at 1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401.

Questions about OLA and OSAC scholarship programs?

Call: 800-452-8807 ext. 7395

Email: awardinfo@mercury.osac.state.or.us

Online: http://www.GetCollegeFunds.org

Funding for OLA scholarships is provided by a Library Services and Technology Grant, administered by the Oregon State Library, and by donations from OLA members. OLA members can make donations to support this new initiative by using the MLS Scholarship Contribution Form at http://www.olaweb.org, in the MemberClicks section.

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OLA/WLA 2008 Conference Registration

Join us! The 2008 OLA/WLA Joint Conference, Sharing More than a Border will be held in Vancouver, Washington, April 16-18.

Check out the conference website: http://wla.org/olawla2008

Come together with colleagues from around the Pacific Northwest. It’s been six years since our last joint conference, and we have a lot planned – you’ll have chances to: hear a wonderful assortment of programs, visit the exhibit floor, and enjoy a variety of social events. We are especially excited about our wonderful keynote and banquet speakers:

Thomas Frank, the editor of a cultural-political criticism journal called The Baffler, is the Opening Session and Keynote speaker on Thursday morning. He is the author of three books: What’s the Matter with Kansas? (2004), One Market Under God (2000), and The Conquest of Cool (1997). He has also written a number of magazine and newspaper articles and is now at work on a new book about conservative governance. His keynote address, “The Washington, D.C. Jitters,” will describe the ways in which conservatism has ruled in Washington for the last twenty-five years, and the consequences thereof.

Dr. Humor will tickle your funny bone at the Presidents’ Banquet Thursday evening. Dr. Stuart Robertshaw, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and an attorney, currently serves as the President and CEO of the National Association for the Humor Impaired. A national speaker and humorist, he is known throughout the nation as “Dr. Humor”®. Dr. Robertshaw has presented to over 700 business, government, healthcare, and education organizations in 37 states. In this presentation, he will share with you what he has learned about the psychological and physiological benefits of humor and laughter as they relate to the workplace.

Early registration ends March 1, 2008!
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OLA Annual Nominations

OLA’s Honors & Awards Committee seeks nominations for the following four awards. Nomination letters (with no more than six letters of support) are due on Thursday, March 20, 2008.

Tell us about those talented, dedicated individuals whose commitment to excellent library service has made a difference. Nominate them for one of OLA’s special awards, including the newest award, the Distinguished Service Award.

Be sure to read the awards guidelines, which were revised recently. Take a look at http://www.olaweb.org/bylaws/awards.shtml

These awards will be presented to recipients at the 2008 OLA Conference:

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 the association.

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 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.

4. 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.

Your letter of nomination should include the following information, if pertinent, and be as informational as possible:

*Provide nominees’ current position
*Past positions held and summary of major accomplishments
*OLA activities: committee appointments, etc.
*Brief description of other noteworthy accomplishments
*Your name and how you can be reached if the committee has questions

Please send nominating letters and supporting letters to Connie J. Bennett, Library Services Director, Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401 or connie.j.bennett@ci.eugene.or.us.
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SSD 2008 Conference

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the 2008 OLA/SSD Conference to be held Friday, July 18 in Newport! What a great excuse to visit the beach!! Plus, you’ll be REJUVENATED through camaraderie with old and new friends, learning, discussing, listening, and brainstorming with your library support staff peers. We have a FANTASTIC conference in store for everyone next year and you won’t want to miss out! Click on the following link for more details: http://www.olaweb.org/ssd/conference/.

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NW Central Updates

NW Central’s latest updates are available at: http://www.nwcentral.org

Please post new resources, speaker referrals, and upcoming events on NW Central! February is speaker update month! If you know of an effective speaker, please post or let one of the committee members know and they will be added!

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Feb. 1, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 7) – Happenings

USDA Distance Learning / Web 2.0 Webinars / American Indian Youth Literature Awards / BCR Training / OCLC Trainings / LSTA Grant Apps / PNLA Conference Proposals

USDA Distance Learning & Telemedicine Program Workshop

-Feb. 13, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

-Video Teleconference from 6 locations: Willamette ESD, 2611 Pringle Rd SE, Salem; Southern Oregon ESD, 101 N. Grape St, Medford; Umatilla-Morrow ESD, 2001 SW Nye Ave., Pendleton; Malheur ESD, 363 “A” St, W, Vale; High Desert ESD, 145 SE Salmon Ave, Suite A, Redmond; Union/Baker ESD, 10100 N. McAlister Rd, Island City

The USDA Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Program is specifically designed to meet the educational and health care needs of rural America through the use of advanced telecommunications technologies. The DLT workshop is intended to benefit rural educational and health organizations in Oregon that are interested in applying for DLT funding.

It will be conducted on Wednesday, February 13 by USDA Rural Development Utilities Program telecommunications general field representatives who will discuss the program and application particulars – supported by PowerPoint presentations, and who will answer questions from the participants. The USDA presenters will be Wes Lannen and Joe Bradley. Also, there will be representatives from several organizations that have been awarded DLT funding to discuss their projects and experiences.

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Elsevier Web 2.0 Webinars

Elsevier has started offering a number of free webinar training opportunities – some on their products, but a number are focused on current issues within librarianship (RSS feeds, academic libraries created online learning environments, etc – and they are taking suggestions for future workshop topics)

Their Training Desk website:


Robin Paynter, painter@pdx.edu

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American Indian Youth Literature Awards Announced

On January 15 the American Indian Library Association (AILA) announced the 2008 recipients of its American Indian Youth Literature Awards. This new literary award was established in 2006 to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Award winning titles present Native Americans in the fullness of their humanity in present and past contexts. Winning titles are selected in three categories: picture book, middle school, and young adults. Each winner receives $500 and a custom-made beaded medallion which will be present at ALA’s conference in Anaheim, CA. Go to the AILA website (http://aila.library.sd.gov/default.asp) for descriptions of the 2008 winning titles, authors, and awards event.

The 2008 American Indian Youth Literature Awards go to:

Picture Book: Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom by Tim Tingle, illustrated by Jeanne Rorex Bridge. Cinco Puntos Press, 2006.

Middle School: Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond by Joseph Medicine Crow. National Geographic, 2006.

Young Adult: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Little Brown Publishers, 2007.

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BCR Training on People Watching

“People Watching With a Purpose: Meeting Needs Before They Need It”

Speaker: Ann P. Bishop and Nancy Kranich

Cost: Free to Library Staff of Oregon Libraries

Date: Friday, February 8, 2008, 9:00a-10:30 a.m.


How many times have you planned and prepared a program or service based on what you thought was a community need?? And how many of these didn’t quite work out like you thought? Libraries, public, school, and academic, are re-visioning their roles in communities, moving beyond the rapidly outdated paradigm of creating services for patrons and students and instead partnering with community members in building meaningful experiences: whether those happen within the library’s walls, on a digital network, or in cultural and political spaces. Taking an asset-based, grassroots view, librarians and library educators advocate using a community informatics model toward library services, where significant, even delightful engagement can happen. In this program, we discuss this paradigm shift, why it’s so necessary, and what it looks like in the real world. This teleconference is 90 minutes in length. Go to http://bcr.org/training/teleconferences/ for additional information.

View the training via webcast from your personal computer or a computer you can access easily. Or you may attend a group session at a location near year. Please review the host sites (http://bcr.org/training/teleconferences/sites/oregon/PeopleWatch.html) to find a convenient location.

How to Register:

To register for the webcast, register online at (http://bcr.org/training/teleconferences/register.html).

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OCLC Training Opportunities

Check the OCLC Western Training website, http://www.oclc.org/western/training/region/all.htm, for a list of upcoming trainings on cataloging and metadata, collection management, digitization and preservation, librarianship, reference and public service, resource sharing, technology, and technology.

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LSTA Grant Application Info for 2009

The State Library is pleased to inform you that the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) “General Information and Grant Guidelines” packet for federal fiscal year 2009 is now available. Instead of sending a paper copy, we are sending this email to let you know where to access the packet. If you need a paper copy of the packet sent to you, please contact Mary Mayberry at (503) 378-2525 or mary.l.mayberry@state.or.us. Information about LSTA competitive grants in general can be found via: http://oregon.gov/OSL/LD/LSTAcomp.shtml.

Grant proposals are due at the State Library by 5:00 pm on April 11, 2008.

For multi-year grant projects seeking a second or third year of funding, please use the form found in Appendix D.

Grant applications need to be in accordance with the “Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Five-Year State Plan, 2008-2012” which is summarized in the packet as Appendix A. The full Plan and many other resources for LSTA grant applicants can be found on the Grants / Aid to Libraries page of the Oregon State Library website (http://oregon.gov/OSL/LD). Resources include information about past grants and Library Services and Technology Act Advisory Council minutes.

If you have questions about the Grant Guidelines, LSTA grant program, or have difficulty downloading a form, please feel free to contact Ann Reed, Federal Programs Coordinator. Ann can be reached at (503) 378-5027, or ann.reed@state.or.us.

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PNLA Conference Proposals

The deadline has been extended for Conference Proposals for the 2008 PNLA Conference in Post Falls, ID. Details are below…

The theme for the 2008 PNLA Conference is “Libraries Go WILD! Beyond the Expected! The conference is to be held August 6-9 at the Templin’s Resort in Post Falls, Idaho.


We have had a great response to the initial call for programming proposals but there are few spaces yet to fill. The deadline for the 2nd call for proposals is February 15th.

Please consider submitting a program proposal in one of these areas:

1. Technology (Sharp Sticks)

2. Collection Promotion and Outreach (Smoke Signals)

3. Management, Professional Development, and Special Issues (Mountain Climbers)

4. Instruction / Learning (Trail Blazers)

5. General Interest (Bear Stew)

If you have already submitted a programming proposal, we’ll get back to you in late February / early March (if not sooner) with an official response.

Programming slots are filling up fast. So don’t delay!

There is an online submission form for proposals available here:


Your proposal should include the following information:

Name, Affiliation, Position/title, Contact information, Program title, Format (single speaker, panel, hands-on, etc), Speaker needs, Equipment needs (if any), Program description and goals, Any special requirements or additional information:

Please contact Elaine Watson with questions or concerns.

ewatson@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-1737

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Feb. 1, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 7) – Cool Ideas

ILoveLibraries.org (http://www.ilovelibraries.org/) is a website designed for the people who use and love libraries. It’s meant to keep the public informed about everything libraries have to offer, as well as develop new ways to involve the public in their continued health and vitality. Links to YouTube movies and a Flickr library stream are available through this site.

ILoveLibraries.org is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) and it features the 65 Reasons to Love Your Library tool kit (PDF).  Developed by the Texas Library Association Public Relations Committee, under the leadership of Sue Haas, committee chair, 2003-2005, this tool kit is used by Texas libraries to develop local promotional campaigns. The elements of the 65 Reasons tool kit can be adapted to fit your library and your needs.