From the OLA President | CSD Spring Workshop | OYAN Raffle – Right Around the Corner! | Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award Nominations | Nominate Someone for the PLD OLÉ Award | Call for Nominations for the 2008 OYEA! Award | OLA/WLA Preconference: Leave the Stereotypes Behind | OLA/WLA 2008 Conference Registration | OLA Annual Nominations | SSD 2008 Conference
*** FROM THE OLA PRESIDENT
At the northern end of the Willamette Valley, spring has pretty convincingly sprung. Plum trees are pinking up, roses are being pruned and kids are skateboarding in shirt sleeves (including the one I saw yesterday doing so in a 2007 summer reading tee shirt). With spring here that can mean only one thing for OLA members: ANNUAL CONFERENCE. It has been exciting to see the work of the joint conference committees evolve over the last two years. Yes, you read that correctly, years; since the summer of 2006 librarians from Oregon and Washington have been observing themes, identifying speakers, inviting programming, nailing down countless details and in general getting ready for our once-every-five-years OLA/WLA joint conference.
And now it’s upon us. I look forward to seeing you April 16-18 in Vancouver. As well as a great slate of preconferences and two days of terrific programs, it’s going to be a great privilege during the year of a presidential campaign to hear Thomas Frank’s analysis of American politics. In this vein, I can’t help but wonder if the conference planners were on to something in selecting the other keynote, Stu Robertshaw, aka Dr. Humor, as the banquet speaker. Dr. Robertshaw is the President and CEO of the National Association for the Humor Impaired, an organization which has as its mission “to provide information . . . about the value and benefits of humor in order to improve the quality of life for all of us,” and to “help the world to learn to lighten up.” Now, really. Can you imagine a better conference? See you all next month.
Oregon Library Association, President
*** 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 email@example.com or 503.588.6039.
*** OYAN RAFFLE – RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!
The coming of Spring isn’t the only thing you have to look forward to…the annual OYAN Raffle at the Joint OLA/WLA Conference is just a little over a month away! This much anticipated event offers a chance to win fabulous prizes while supporting the Oregon Young Adult Network. The raffle is the primary fundraiser for OYAN, and provides invaluable financial support for scholarships, continuing education and OYAN initiatives. Show your support for library services to teens in Oregon by entering the raffle at the upcoming Joint Conference in Vancouver, WA!
Tickets will be sold for $5.00 each or in packages of 5 for $20.00. Sales will take place at the CSD/ OYAN booth during the Joint OLA/WLA Conference at the Hilton Vancouver Hotel. Roaming members of OYAN will also be selling tickets. If you are unable to attend this year’s conference, you can still participate in the annual raffle. For the option to pre-purchase raffle tickets, contact your library’s OYAN representative or contact Kristin Starnes, OYAN Vice-Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org).
See you in Vancouver!
*** EVELYN SIBLEY LAMPMAN AWARD NOMINATIONS
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 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, email@example.com
*** NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THE PLD OLÉ 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
*** 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.
Post: 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!
*** OLA/WLA PRECONFERENCE: LEAVE THE STEREOTYPES BEHIND
Managers and frontline staff learn new service techniques to transform the library into a more vibrant – and sustainable – destination. Library futurist Joan Frye Williams demonstrates that we can’t rely on “business as usual” when our customers are presented with increasingly attractive alternatives to meet their informational and recreational needs: up-to-the minute information on the internet; bookstores with plenty of parking, lattes, shiny books, movies on demand and more. Progressive libraries have shown that top quality service has as much to do with hospitality, merchandising, and point-of-need transactions as with offering the right content. And frontline staff are the key to our customers’ service experience. So while we shouldn’t sell out, we might want to “sell up.” Come find out how.
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Sponsors: Public Libraries Division (OLA) and OLA SSD
Joan Frye Williams
To register, go to http://wla.org/olawla2008/registrationrates.html
*** OLA/WLA 2008 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION
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/
*** 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:
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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 email@example.com
*** 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/.