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

PLD Scholarship / SSD Conference Registration / OLA/WLA Presentations on Northwest Central / Lampman Award Winner

Reminder and deadline extension for PLD scholarship
The Public Library Division of OLA is offering up to $500 in scholarship money to one or more recipients to support attendance at the PNLA Leadership Institute in October 2008. For information about the Leadership Institute, visit the PNLA website at

The full application form includes the specific requirements. Two of the most important are that the application is due June 1st, 2008 (deadline extension) and the applicant must be a member of the Public Library Division at the time of application.

If you have any questions please contact: Carol Uhte, PLD Chair

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Registration for the 2008 SSD Conference is Now Open

Visit then click on the Events tab and the SSD logo for the
latest information on conference details and scholarships.

You can look forward to being REJUVENATED through camaraderie with old and new friends, learning, discussing, listening, and brainstorming with your library support staff peers. An enthusiastic keynote address by local storyteller Anne-Louise Sterry will invigorate you for the
fantastic breakout sessions to follow:

– Zines, Culture, & the Library
– Office Safety and Ergonomics Awareness
– Oregon Reads
– Social Internet – BIT Mobile
– Communication as Leadership
– OCLC Applications of FRBR
– “A Day in the Life” of a Library Assistant

Conference to be held Friday, July 18 in beautiful Newport, Oregon at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn. The registration fee includes a full buffet breakfast AND lunch! You won’t want to miss out – REGISTER NOW!!
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OLA/WLA Presentations Posted to NWCentral

Congratulations to the Oregon and Washington Library Associations on a successful conference last month!

If you were not able to attend the conference, missed a session, or just want to review what was covered, you will find many of the presentations and handouts from the conference have been posted on NWCentral ( ). You can search for a particular presentation by name or title, or enter OLA/WLA 2008 in the search box to see everything that has been posted. You can also browse by topic.

**Attention Conference Presenters** – – if you attempted to post your materials earlier and were not successful, please try again! A glitch in the login system has been fixed.

NWCentral will be conducting usability testing and refining the site this summer. We need your suggestions! Please send your feedback about NWCentral’s interface, content, functionality or anything else to .

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Carmen Bernier-Grand Wins Oregon Library Association’s Lampman Award

Oregon author Carmen Bernier-Grand is the most recent recipient of the 2008 Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award given by the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association. The award was announced at the recent Oregon Library Association’s annual conference. The Lampman Award is Oregon’s most notable and prestigious award for library service to children.

Originally from Puerto Rico, Carmen Bernier-Grand has lived with her family in Portland Oregon for over twenty years.

Her works, written for children and young adults include: “In the Shade of the Nispero Tree”; “Juan Bobo: Four Folktales from Puerto Rico”; and “Cesar, Si Se Puede!” a biography of Cesar Chavez.

Oregon is fortunate to be home for this nationally known author of fiction and non-fiction exploring and celebrating Latino culture

The Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award was established in 1982 to honor a living Oregon author, librarian, or educator who has made a significant contribution to Oregon in the fields of children’s literature and library services.

It is awarded annually by the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association. The award presentation was made at a special evening Evelyn Sibley Lampman reception during the recent Oregon Library Association Conference. The award is given in memory of Evelyn Sibley Lampman (1907-1980), noted Oregon teacher, journalist, and author of children’s books.

Dan R. White, Chair, Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award Committee

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May 15, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 14) – Happenings

Oregon Book Awards & Literary Fellowships / Disaster Preparedness Workshops / Help Fund Library Programming

Oregon Book Awards & Literary Fellowships – Deadlines in May and June

Portland, OregonLiterary Arts provides support and recognition to Oregon writers and publishers through Oregon Book Awards and Oregon Literary Fellowships. The submission deadlines for 2008 are fast approaching:

Oregon Book Awards Deadline: May 30, 2008
Oregon Literary Fellowships Deadline: June 27, 2008

Oregon Book Awards are presented annually for the finest accomplishments by Oregon writers who work in genres of poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama and young readers literature. The work may be nominated by the author, publisher or any member of the public.

Also offered are the following nomination-based Special Awards:

The Charles Erskine Scott Wood Distinguished Writer Award is presented to an Oregon author in recognition of an enduring, substantial literary career.

The Steward H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award is presented to a person or organization in recognition of significant contributions that have enriched Oregon’s literary community.

The Walt Morey Young Readers Literary Legacy Award is presented to a person or organization in recognition of significant contributions that have enriched Oregon’s young readers.

The deadline to apply for the 2008 Oregon Book Awards and Special Awards is May 30, 2008. Applications and guidelines are available at the Literary Arts web site,, or by contacting Susan Denning at or 503-227-2583.

Completed applications for the 2008 Oregon Literary Fellowships are due to Literary Arts by Friday, June 27, 2008. Fellowships are awarded in poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama and young readers literature. The minimum award amount is $2,500. Applications and guidelines are available at the Literary Arts web site, or by contacting Susan Denning at or 503-227-2583. There is no charge to apply for an Oregon Literary Fellowship.

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Protecting Library & Archive Collections: Disaster Preparedness, Response & Recovery

Part 1: Friday, July 25, 9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Part 2: Friday, September 12, 2007, 9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Crook County Library


Part 1: Friday, August 1, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Part 2: Monday, September 8, 2007, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Eugene Public Library

Workshop instructor: Kris Kern is the Preservation Librarian at Portland State University and is chair of the Portland Area Library System’s Disaster Recovery Group.

The “Protecting Library & Archive Collections” workshops are presented in a 2-part sequence by the Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS) to produce the following outcomes for disaster preparedness activities:

  • Complete a disaster plan by the end of Part 2.
  • Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively.
  • Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections.
  • Learn how to use practical decision-making skills during an emergency.
  • Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, and non-print media.

The workshop days are scheduled five weeks apart. Participants will prepare short assignments prior to the first session; between sessions, they will undertake additional assignments resulting in a completed disaster plan at the end of Part 2. Upon completion, the institution will be invited to join an informal network of WESTPAS trained personnel to provide mutual aid in the event of emergencies involving collections in the region.

Who should attend: Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of libraries and archives. By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop’s disaster preparedness goals. When possible, please send two attendees from a library or archive so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.

Cost: No charge to the institution. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Oregon State Library.

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Help Fund Library Programming
Librarians connect people to the greatest treasures that the world has to offer. While books and the Internet are only the beginning, librarians powerfully connect citizens to words and ideas, art and music, history and film, and connect one person to another through cultural programming and dialog.
Recognizing this important and central role for librarians and libraries, the American Library Association Public Programs Office established the Cultural Communities Fund, an endowment to support cultural programming in libraries. The National Endowment for the Humanities has offered a Challenge Grant of matching funds in response. There’s no better time to maximize an investment in cultural programming.
The five-year Challenge Grant campaign has a goal of raising $1,400,000, with yearly targets to receive matching funds from the NEH. With the assistance of the Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee (PCPAC), more than $1,000,000 has already been raised toward the Challenge Grant goal.

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May 1, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 13) – OLA News

OLA Names 2008 Award Winners / Check Out the New Oregon Authors Bibliographies / Buy Your Copy of Stubborn Twig Now / SSD Nominations Committee Seeks Candidates

OLA Names 2008 Award Winners

Oregon Librarian of the Year: Michael Gaston – Deschutes
Honorary Life Membership: Richard Turi – North Bend
OLA Distinguished Service Award: Jan Griffin – Eugene
Oregon Library Supporter of the Year: Stayton Public Library Foundation – Stayton

The Oregon Library Association honored award winners in a ceremony at the 2008 Joint Oregon Library Association (OLA)/Washington Library Association Conference (WLA) on Friday, April 18.

The Oregon Librarian of the Year is Michael Gaston, Director of Deschutes Public Library. Gaston was recognized for his exemplary contributions to libraries over the past 30 years. He has served as secretary, treasurer, and president of the Oregon Library Association. He led efforts to form both the Siuslaw and Deschutes library districts. Three libraries were built and 13 library funding measures were approved during his tenures at the two library systems. In accepting the award, Gaston, who will retire in January 2009, challenged the next generation of library staff to continue to “fight the good fight” to build Oregon’s public libraries.

The Honorary Life Membership award was presented to architect Richard Turi of North Bend. Turi has designed 23 library projects statewide, including new buildings, expansions, and remodels. His work comprises “an amazing legacy . . . that will never be equaled in the history of Oregon libraries,” according to State Librarian Jim Scheppke.

Jan Griffin of Eugene Public Library was honored with the Oregon Library Association Distinguished Service Award for “excellence in library service to her community.” Griffin has worked in Oregon libraries for over 35 years and has worked at Eugene Public Library since 1977. She has contributed greatly to the development of the Support Staff Division of the OLA, frequently as an officer, including her present position as Treasurer. This award recognizes Griffin’s “excellence in library service to her community.”

The winner of the award for Oregon Library Supporter of the Year is the Stayton Public Library Foundation. The non-profit group’s capitol campaign raised nearly 2.5 million to build a major addition onto the Stayton Public Library at no direct cost to City taxpayers.

For more information, contact the Oregon Library Association:
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Check out the New Oregon Authors Bibliography
Check out the new Oregon Authors Bibliography, 2006-2007, an Oregon Library Association publication. The series (1932-) identifies juvenile literature as well as books about Oregon and serves as a reference guide for collection development and speaker engagements for libraries.
This double issue with over 350 entries costs $30.00 and can be ordered online at the Oregon Library Association website:

If you need more information about this outstanding resource, please call Kim Willson-St. Clair, Oregon Authors chairperson, at 503.726.4552 or
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Buy Your Copy of Stubborn Twig Now
Buy your reading copies of Lauren Kessler’s Stubborn Twig to start planning for Oregon Reads 2009 now! This special edition of Stubborn Twig can be purchased online at the Oregon Library Association website:

The cost is $12.00 per copy (plus shipping) of the out-of-print trade edition that was published by the Oregon Historical Society. The new Oregon Reads edition will not be available from the OSU Press until October 2008.

If you need more information about this limited edition, please call Kim Willson-St. Clair, Oregon Authors chairperson, at 503.726.4552 or write to
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SSD Nominations Committee Seeking Candidates

The Oregon Library Association Support Staff Division (SSD) is seeking nominees for the following positions on the SSD Executive Committee. These are all great positions and a wonderful way to get involved with SSD and the Oregon Library Association. If you would like to run for office or would like to suggest someone as a potential candidate, please email Suzanne Sager at by May 31, 2008. If you are nominating another person, please include contact information.

Chair Elect (3 year commitment)-Serves as Chair-Elect in the first year, SSD Chair in the second year and Past-Chair in the third year. The duties of the Chair-Elect include assisting the Chair; becoming familiar with the by-law and procedures of the Association and Division; Chairing the SSD meetings in the Chair’s absence; and serving as the Chair of the SSD Conference Committee. The duties of the Chair include assuming responsibility for the general direction and program planning of SSD; attending the OLA Executive Board meetings as a voting member and reporting on the activities of SSD. The duties of the Past Chair include serving as the Chair of the Nominating Committee; securing a location for the following year’s conference and attending OLA Executive Board meetings in the Chair’s absence.

Treasurer (2 year commitment)-duties include maintaining records of all expenditures and profits for the division. The Treasurer has approval authority for all expenditures below $250 and obtains the signature of the SSD Chair for all expenditures above this amount.

Recorder (1 year commitment)-duties include recording minutes of the SSD Executive Committee meetings and providing copies of the minutes to the members of the committee before the next meeting.

Archivist (1 year commitment)-duties include maintaining all historical data, scrapbook and photo album of SSD Conference and other events; and keeping copies of the conference program and accompanying material.
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May 1, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 13) – Happenings

PAIL Meeting / ORSLA Professional Development Event / OCLC Western Online Trainings

PAIL Meeting

PAIL Meeting Tues May 13, 6:30 -8:30

The next PAIL Meeting (Portland Area Information Literacy Group) will be Tuesday 5/13 from 6:30 -8:30 PM. It will be held in the PSU library, room 160.

Topics we’ll be discussing are:

  • Oregon Information Literacy Proficiencies & the Portland Connection, Anna Johnson (MHCC)
  • The new AASL Standards for the 21st Century, Deanna Draper (PSU)
  • Academic Librarians and Librarians & Student Success & Retention, Roberta Richards (PCC) & Sue Phelps
  • (WSU)The New Improved OSLIS Site, Patty Sorenson (OSL)

Everyone is welcome – librarians, media specialists, students, and anyone else in the Portland area interested in Information Literacy. As usual, RSVPs are appreciated (, but not necessary. Drop-ins are always welcome.

A link to PSU’s location & parking
If you’re driving Parking Structure #P1 at 6th Ave. and Harrison is a good one to use. Enter from 6th Ave. only.

Hope to see you there – Bob Schroeder, PSU

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ORSLA Professional Development Event

The Oregon Chapter of SLA invites you to join us for an upcoming professional development opportunity. On Wednesday, May 7th, we will be presenting a replay of “Creating Indexes on Web Sites and Intranets,” by Heather Hedden of Hedden Information Management. This will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 at the law offices of Bullivant Houser Bailey, 888 SW 5th Avenue, #300 (conference room directly across from elevators).

The information management profession continues to evolve in the areas of technology and web site development. As web sites and intranets expand in size and complexity, users require additional means beyond the navigational menu and a site map to search for the information needed. Browsable A-Z indexes, a format familiar to many from the back of books, can provide highly accurate retrieval. Index entries are hyperlinked to the desired text within a web page or to an anchored point within the page. Participants will learn when and where an A-Z index is the best option for site searching, the basics of how to create a hyperlinked index, what software tools are available, and how to design and format indexes.

This presentation provides valuable information for all professionals interested in designing and editing the content of library web sites / intranets.

Pizza and refreshments will be served. The cost will be $7 for SLA student members, $8 for SLA members, and $10 for non-members. You may pay at the door either with cash or a check payable to ORSLA. Please be aware that space is somewhat limited, so it is important for you to RSVP by Monday, May 5th at the link below:

If you have any questions regarding this event, please feel free to contact me at, or Michelle Bagley at We hope you will be able to join us, and look forward to seeing you all there.

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OCLC Western Online Trainings

Check out OCLC Western’s new series of Local Holdings workshops. This series consists of four online workshops that walk particpants through reasons to add Local Holdings Records (LHRs) to WorldCat, principles and standards for creating high-quality LHRs, and step-by-step techniques using real-world scenarios to create LHRs. The online format is interactive, convenient and affordable. From exploring the current standards for electronic holdings records(Z39.71 and MARC Holdings) to creating records in OCLC’s WorldCat and selecting the best bibliographic records, our Local Holdings courses are a progressive, holistic approach to mastering the creation, interaction and maintenance of your library’s local holdings. OCLC Western also offers this series through customized, in-person training. For more information regarding custom training options, locations and pricing, please contact OCLC Western or at 1-800-854-5753.

See their list of upcoming trainings at:

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May 1, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 13) – Contributions

Library News from 100 Years Ago

The human race is born in sin and nurtured in carelessness. If anyone doubts this he has only to notice how many fines the Portland public library has collected in one year for books kept overtime and he will doubt no longer. The sum total of these delinquencies amounts to more than 28,000 days, which falls barely short of 77 years. The time thus sinfully passed in keeping books that other people want to read hidden away in bath tubs and coal scuttles if it were concentrated in two or three single lives might do wonders. Twenty years of it might be spent by another Gibbon in writing another Decline and fall, 20 more by some younger Spencer in working out a new and better theory of evolution , and still there would remain 37 years for a genius greater than either of these to employ in solving the problems of human misery and teaching us all how to be healthy and happy. What a world it might be if nobody kept library books longer than the rules allow!

Quoted from The Oregonian.  Appearing in the June 1908 Public Libraries. p 240

Library News from 100 Years Ago comes courtesy of the progressive bound periodicals lending policy of Oregon State University.

Tony Greiner,