March 15, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 10) – OLA News

ACRL-OR Board Candidates / OLA/WLA Book Lovers / SSD Conference

ACRL-OR Board Candidates

Attention ACRL-Oregon Members!

Want to make your mark on academic librarianship in Oregon? ACRL-OR Board is looking for candidates to run in our upcoming spring elections.

The open positions are:

* Vice-President/President Elect (3 year term)

* 2 Members-at-Large (2 year term)

To throw your hat in the ring, send an email with the following information to Garrett Trott (Vice-President/President Elect,

Please provide a biography that includes the following information (as applicable):

  • Your name
  • Your education–list in chronological order institutions attended, degrees conferred, and dates awarded.
  • Your present position–list your title, the name of the library and college or university and the dates of employment.
  • Previous positions, if desired–list no more than two, the most recent first.
  • Professional activities, such as memberships and positions held in national, state and/or regional library organizations (indicate name of organization, offices held and dates of service).
  • Honors, special projects, publications, and/or presentations—list no more than two recent examples of each of these.

Candidates for Vice President/President Elect should include a Candidates’ Statement explaining why you would like to be elected (maximum 200 words).


Vice-President/President Elect candidates must be members of OLA, ACRL-Oregon, and ACRL national.

Member-at-Large candidates must be members of OLA and ACRL-Oregon.

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Book Lovers Events at OLA/WLA Conference

We’ve got a great lineup of events for book lovers at this year’s OLA/WLA conference!

Portland’s landmark independent bookstore is sponsoring an Evening At Powell’s City of Books on Wednesday, April 16th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm (immediately following the Opening All Conference Reception). Enjoy refreshments, tours of the Rare Book Room and use your 20% discount coupon (provided to all conference attendees, courtesy of Powell’s)

For more information and driving directions, check:

What could be more fun than meeting three of Oregon’s liveliest and most talented authors at the OLA/WLA joint conference? You’ll get your chance at the Oregon Authors panel from 2-4 p.m. Friday April, 18. Come early to get a seat and be sure to stay until the end; local authors Nicoles Mones, Cai Emmons, and Chelsea Cain will be sharing stories and highlighting their recent books, then sticking around to sign books and chat one-on-one. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Our Keynote and Banquet speakers will also be staying after their presentations to sign copies of their books.

* On April 17, immediately following his presentation, Keynote

Speaker Thomas Frank will be signing copies of his books: What’s the Matter With Kansas, One Market Under God, and The Conquest of Cool.

* Dr. Stuart Robertshaw will be bringing a selection of his books to sign after the Banquet presentation on April 18.

For more information about the program, events, registration and hotels, check out the conference website at:

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OLA/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 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! Scholarships are available and registration will begin in April. 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:

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March 15, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 10) – Happenings

Interlibrary Loan Conference

Register now for the 39th Annual Interlibrary Loan Conference, “All Aboard the Wagon Train: Innovations in Resource Sharing,” scheduled for May 1-2, 2008, at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel in Lakewood, Colorado.

The schedule of speakers and events includes:

*  Keynote speaker, Brewster Kahle, U.S. Internet entrepreneur, activist and digital librarian, who will be discussing Internet Archive and the Open Content Alliance

*  Welcome remarks from Bill Knott, County Librarian, Jefferson County Public Library

*  Researcher and library consultant, Pat Wagner, of Pattern Research, Inc.

*  George Burke from BookSwim, the online book rental library club that lends paperback and hardcover books directly to your house without the need to purchase them

*  Nancy Sensel, University of Denver Law Library Interlibrary

Loan/Access Services Coordinator

*  Katie Birch, OCLC

Several conference programs are already scheduled – Copyright Basics 101 and Rethinking Resource Sharing (OCLC). BCR Executive Director, Brenda Bailey-Hainer, and Heather Clark, BCR member services librarian, will report on the “State of Loans in the Lone Star State,” a review of a recently completed Texas ILL study.

In addition, the Colorado Interlibrary Loan Committee is accepting nominations for the 2008 Colorado Excellence in Resource Sharing Award.

This newly created award recognizes the latest innovative trends implemented by Colorado interlibrary loan practitioners in both interlibrary loan and document delivery services. Nominations are due April 4. See the Nominating application form <>  for details.


<>  for the two-day event is affordable at only $85. Conference details, scholarship opportunities and hotel information are available on the conference Web site <>

March 15, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 10) – Contributions


“A Current event club has been organized by Jessie H. Millard, of the children’s department of the Public Library, Portland, Ore. A recent exhibition of wireless telegraphy held by this club aroused so much interest that a scientific club was organized.”  ( Public Libraries, February 1908, p 72)


“The woman who takes out of the public or subscription library a novel a day is only suffering from the perversion of an appetite which in its normal state is beneficial. It is possible that her husband does not read enough  for amusement, that his horizon is narrowed, his sympathies stunted by the lack of that very influence which, in excess, unfits his wife for the realities an duties of everyday existence. It came as a surprise to many to learn from Tennyson’s Life that the author of In Memoriam was a great novel reader. But certainly in his case the novel produced no weakening of the mental fiber.”

(“Lest we Forget: In the multitude of books, the few great books.”

Harry Lyman Koopman, librarian, Brown University. Public Libraries, April 1908, p 119.)


A street directory has been completed for the Public library of District of Columbia. This is a locality index of registered borrowers. By it the names of all persons residing oat the same street number are brought together on one card, whether or not they have the same surname. By means of this index, on receipt of the daily notices from the district health officer of new cases of contagious diseases it is possible to know all registered borrowers who have been exposed to infection and temporarily to withdraw privileges and enforce either disinfection or destruction of books in their hands.” (Public Libraries, April, 1908, p 151)


“Library news from1908 is brought to you courtesy of the University of Oregon Library’s progressive policy of circulating bound periodicals through Summit.

Tony Greiner, the compiler, can be reached at

Mar. 1, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 9) – People

Passing of Rose Ellen Uhreen | Passing of Pauling (Calendine) Howard | Wyma Rogers Retires | Steve Roskoski Named LJ’s Paraprofessional of the Year

Rose Ellen Uhreen (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/.)

Mrs. Pauline (Calendine) Howard of Sun City, Arizona, died February 15, 2008, at age 104. She was a graduate of Ball State Teachers College (Indiana) and of the Graduate Library School of University of Illinois. She became a specialist in government publications and held positions in the libraries of the University of Idaho, University of New Mexico, Reed College, Pacific University, and in the Washington State University. She was a Visiting Lecturer, Government Publications, University of Portland (Oregon) Graduate Library School and conducted workshops for the Oregon State Library and Oregon Division of Continuing Education.

She held honorary life memberships in the Oregon Library Association and in the Oregon Mycological Society. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Colonists and of the United States Daughters of the War of 1812. She was a charter member of the Sun City
Handweavers’ Guild.

Her husband Joseph A. Howard died in 1968. She was a beloved family member and is survived by several cousins and extended family. She requested that there be no funeral services. Her burial will be in Sparta Cemetery, Kimmell, Indiana. Notes and letter of remembrance
may be sent to cousin Karen Owen, P.O. Box 65535, Vancouver, WA. 98665

Oregon Librarian Friends,

I’m retiring as Director of the Newport Public Library as of May 1. April 30 is the last day of work that I plan for a good while. It has been an honor and privilege to work among you excellent Oregon librarians. You inspired me at the very beginning of my career and you still fill me pride. I plan to be at OLA/WLA for a couple of days, so let’s exchange contact information for after April 30.

The City of Newport will announce the job later this year. Let all the energetic and creative librarians you know to be watching the joblines. Meanwhile, beginning May 1, the inestimable and very capable Rebecca Cohen will be Interim Director.

Wyma Rogers, Director

Newport Public Library

Steve Roskoski, a library assistant at the Multnomah County Library, has been named by the editors of LJ as the winner of the 2008 Paraprofessional of the Year Award – read about it in the latest issue of Library Journal: .

Congratulations, Steve!

Mar. 1, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 9) – Contributions


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.

Mar. 1, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 9) – Happenings

Barron Prize for Young Heroes Seeks Nominations | Directory of Library Studies Assistance Awards | BCR Trainings | NW ILL Conference | L-NET Trainings | Thirteenth Off-Campus Library Services Conference | Serving Spanish Speakers in Your Library Workshop | OCLC Worldcat Resource Sharing Basics

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes seeks nominations for its 2008 awards. The Barron Prize honors young people ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Each year, ten winners across the U.S. and Canada each receive $2,000 to support their service work or higher education. Nomination deadline is April 30. For
more information and to nominate, visit

The Barron Prize is also offering librarians a comprehensive set of heroes materials, including a brand new documentary film, Dream Big, and a corresponding Young Heroes Activity Guide. For more information, visit

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 or call the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4279.

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

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

—Chelle Batchelor,

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,

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

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.

Central Michigan University is proud to sponsor the Thirteenth Off-Campus Library Services Conference April 23-25, 2008 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. The most recent conferences of this biennial conference have been held in Savannah, GA, Carefree, AZ, and Cincinnati, OH. Since Salt Lake City is in your region of the country we want to make sure that you are aware of the Conference.

Currently most universities have special online courses and programs for non-traditional students. This conference brings together librarians, library administrators, educators and staff who have a common interest in finding the best way to provide library services for students pursuing their education off- campus. The conference subject tracks focus on various aspects of library service to these students: teaching and learning, electronic information and delivery, collaboration, and administration/support services and research across all of these topics.

The conference opens on Wednesday afternoon, April 23, with discussion groups and registration followed by a more formal opening reception with Lynn Copeland from Simon Fraser University as the featured speaker. The next day and a half is filled with presentations from librarians and administrators/staff who are engaged on a day to day basis with off-campus students. Because it is a smaller conference presenters are happy to answer questions and discuss their ideas with attendees. A special feature is the dine-outs at local restaurants on Thursday evening to meet with friends and to create networking opportunities.

Go to the conference web site at to register and to find more information about the program. Early registration ends on March 7, 2008!

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 working in Oregon libraries 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 holding the workshop in four more locations during March and April. Workshops will be held at the Hood River Public Library on March 7, 2008, Pendleton Public Library on March 14, 2008, Tillamook County Library on March 19, 2008 and the Coos Bay Public Library on April 2, 2008. Each will be from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm. The workshops are free and include lunch, snacks, materials, and mileage reimbursement. To REGISTER for a workshop please go to the Library Development website:


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.

Dates: March 25-27, 2008 (10 a.m.-12 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

Voucher: 1 BCR training voucher for 1, 2, or all 3 modules

NOTE: Regardless of whether you attend as an individual or as a group, the price for each online module is $50 for each person at a BCR member library who views the session, and $65 for each person at a nonmember library who views the module.

This WebLive workshop will be taught by BCR Instructor Heather Clark:

Register for all BCR workshops at:

Mar. 1, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 9) – OLA News


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

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.

Sarah Beasley
Oregon Library Association, President



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 If you have questions about this workshop, please contact BJ Quinlan, CSD Summer Reading Chair, at or 503.588.6039.



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 (

See you in Vancouver!


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,


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,


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:

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


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

Cost: $95

Sponsors: Public Libraries Division (OLA) and OLA SSD

Joan Frye Williams

To register, go to

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.

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

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


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: