August 15, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 20)– News

Call for Proposals for OLA 2009 / RFP: Project Manager for Amo Leer Grant / SSD Elections / CSD Performers Showcase / CSD Fall Workshop

*** Call for Proposals for 2009 OLA Conference
Planning for the 2009 OLA Conference is underway! The conference, April 1-3, 2009, returns to the Salem Conference Center in Salem, OR. This year’s theme is: Oregon Reads: One State, Many Stories and you are welcome to incorporate the theme into your proposals, if you feel inspired to do so.

The Program Committee is now accepting preconference and program proposals. Please refer to the Best Practices flyer for information on creating successful program proposals. The OLA Conference will continue its tradition of asking you to secure a sponsor from an OLA unit for your proposal. To aid you, the flyer also lists groups that can sponsor programs and contact information.

The deadline for OLA preconference and program proposals is: SEPTEMBER 22, 2008. Please use the web forms at to submit your proposals. The Program Committee will acknowledge receipt of proposals within three business days. Final preconference and program decisions will be made by the OLA Conference Committee and announced by October 31, 2008.

OLA 2009 will once again feature showcases! The deadline for showcase submission will be in November. A separate call will go out for showcase proposals.

Key conference information is available at: or, from >> Events >> OLA Conference 2009, with additional information coming soon.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need any assistance.
We’re looking forward to a great conference!
Jane Nichols, Chair, OLA 2009 Conference Programming Chair,

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*** Request for Proposal: Project Manager for Amo Leer Grant

The Oregon Library Association is accepting proposals for a Project Manager for the Amo Leer project of the Children’s Services Division (CSD) of OLA.  The Project Manager will manage all aspects of the Amo Leer project under the direction of the Amo Leer Task Force of the CSD.  The Project Manager will be under contract with the Oregon Library Association.
  • Attend all meetings of the Amo Leer Task Force (up to 5 during this time period)
  • Provide weekly e-mail updates to the Task Force on project activities
  • Develop the application for libraries to apply for materials
  • Distribute the application to all qualified libraries
  • Receive and review all applications and provide them to the Amo Leer Task Force
  • Contact all applicants and notify them if they have been selected or not for the Amo Leer project
  • Put out a bid to vendors to provide 20 sets ($9,000/700+ books each) of core Spanish/English and Spanish children’s books aimed at 3rd grade reading level and lower
  • Review the bids and make a vendor recommendation to the Task Force
  • Work with the Task Force to finalize the selection of materials
  • Manage the contract, obtaining the appropriate CSD and OLA signatures and appropriate filings with OLA for billing and payments    
  • Contact the participating libraries and assist them in selecting their materials
  • Order the materials and arrange for their delivery to the participating libraries
  • Consult with the participating libraries in adding these materials to their collections (cataloging data and jackets and other processing will be done by the vendor, etc).  The participating libraries will do any local processing and add the records to their catalog.
  • Develop, with input from the Amo Leer Task Force, promotional and training materials for the participating libraries to assist them in utilizing the collections in the best manner possible.  This will include a sticker to place on all materials noting the AMO LEER project.
  • Develop and print or upload web-based materials for promotion or training
  • Schedule and arrange for training sessions conducted by the Amo Leer Task Force members for the participating libraries
  • Develop the statistical report for participating libraries to begin their statistic gathering at time of the grant award and at the end of the grant cycle

 The Project Manager will work on this project from September/October, 2008 until April/May, 2009 (seven months), with time spent to be approximately 200 hours. (Please read the full description of the grant project.) 
The proposal should include:  experience and background managing projects, library experience and background, experience working with Spanish speaking communities, work plan and cost.

Please submit the proposal to:  Molly Carlisle,, Amo Leer Task Force chair, by Wednesday, September 17, 2008.  For questions:  

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*** SSD Elections
The SSD election ballot will be on the Support Staff Division webpage by Friday, August 15th.  All SSD members are encouraged to cast your votes!  The positions of Chair-Elect (three year commitment – 1st year as vice-chair; second year as chair; third year as past-chair), Recorder (one year position), Treasurer (two year position), Archivist ( one year position) are on the ballot as well as two member-at-large positions.  These all comprise voting positions on the SSD executive board. Any of you who are interested in having maximum input into the direction SSD takes for the coming year, give us a call/e-mail.   The positions of Chair-elect and member-at-large are without candidates at this timeSSD welcomes all interested members to attend board meetings or to contact board members with any questions or concerns you might have on any support staff topic.  If you are support staff but are not currently a member of SSD or OLA, scholarship funding is available, do inquire.  Check the SSD webpage for postings of the dates and locations of future board meetings.  We look forward to the continued participation of support staff throughout the state.  For more information, contact or
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*** CSD Performers Showcase
Youth library staff are in for a treat at this year’s Performer’s Showcase, which will be held on Saturday, September 27 at Salem Public Library.  Response from youth performers has been overwhelming this year, necessitating extending the showcase hours, which will be from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Contact BJ Quinlan for more information:

*** CSD’s Fall Workshop
Save the Date!  Youth librarians – mark your calendars and save the date for the OLA CSD Fall Workshop on Saturday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  We’ll be announcing the location and program line-up very soon.


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The Project Manager of the Amo Leer project will:


August 15, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 20)– Happenings

Weblive Training / Portland Radical Reference Collective Meeting / Disaster Preparedness Workshop for Libraries

*** Weblive Training: OCLC WorldCat Collection Analysis
This two-day online workshop gives participants a general overview of the WorldCat Collection Analysis service. This service allows institutions to use their WorldCat holdings data to analyze the current status of their collection as well as compare it to collections at other institutions.   See the online listing here:
NOTE: Regardless of whether you attend as an individual or as a group, the fee for this online workshop will be charged for each person who views the session. All participants must submit a registration form. 

Who Should Attend?
New subscribers to the WorldCat Collection Analysis service, as well as anyone interested in subscribing to WorldCat Collection Analysis.

 Dates and Times:
August 27-28 2008 (2:00 pm.-4 pm)
All times listed are in Mountain Time

This class is taught on two consecutive days. Students need to attend both sessions to get the most out of the workshop.

BCR members – $110
Nonmembers – $160
Voucher: 1 BCR training voucher accepted as payment

Register for all BCR workshops at:

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*** Portland Radical Reference Collective Meeting
Hello Portland area librarians and library workers,
Do you see library work as political or do you want a way to bring your politics into your library work? Do you want to use your library talent to assist other progressive causes in the area? Do you want to swap skills with peers and meet other Portland radical librarians and library workers? If so then please join us at the first Portland Radical Reference Local Collective meeting!

Radical Reference is a collective of volunteer library workers who believe in social justice and equality. We support activist communities, progressive organizations, and independent journalists by providing professional research support, education and access to information. We work in a collaborative virtual setting and are dedicated to information activism to foster a more egalitarian society.

It’s important to note that while reference is included in the title, the group is so much broader than reference. Past initiatives have included: outreach to communities, skill sharing, teaching workshops, suggesting changes to Library of Congress Subject Headings, and much more. The group is what we make it, and can grow and change depending on our and Portland’s needs.

WHAT: 1st meeting of Portland Radical Reference Local Collective
WHERE: Red and Black Cafe, 400 SE 12th Ave. and Oak (
WHEN: Wednesday, August 20th at 7pm

If you are interested in participating but can’t make it to the meeting, please email: so we can keep you in the loop for future events. For more information on Radical Reference please see:

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*** Disaster Preparedness Workshop for Libraries

Protecting Library & Archive Collections:

Disaster Preparedness, Response & Recovery
At the Beaverton City Library
Part 1: Thursday, October 16, 2008, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, November 13, 2008, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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 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 four 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.

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

Pre-registration required. Register online.

For Beaverton:

For registration assistance contact: Kathy Krause 
For general & content information contact: Julie Page

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August 15, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 20)– Notable people and libraries

*** News from Eugene Public Library

  • Eugene Public Library has selected Maureen Cole as our Public Services Manager. Mo has worked for Eugene Public Library as Technical Services Manager since May 2006. She is currently AIC Public Services Manager.   She is a past president of OLA.  Mo will be starting in her new position on August 17th.
  • Recent local television new story about use of public libraries during tough economic times:
  • To see EPL’s version of the Library Value Calculator, visit our website at at look at the announcement in “Latest @ the Library.”

August 1, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 19)- Happenings

Books for Children Grant Opportunity / Weblive Training / ACRL e-Course Offered / ACRL Webinar / Focus on Children and Young Adults Institute

*** Books for Children Grant Opportunity
The Libri Foundation is currently accepting applications for its final round of 2008 BOOKS FOR CHILDREN grants. The deadline is Aug. 15th.

The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children’s books to small, rural public libraries throughout the United States. Since October 1990, the Foundation has donated over $3,500,000 worth of new children’s books to more than 2,300 libraries in 48 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.

Application guidelines and forms may be downloaded from the Foundation’s website at:  For more information about The Libri Foundation or its Books for Children program, please contact Ms. Barbara J. McKillip, President, The Libri Foundation, PO Box 10246, Eugene, OR 97440. 541-747-9655 (phone); 541-747-4348 (fax); (email).

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*** Weblive Training
Local Holdings Record Maintenance with the OCLC Connexion Browser – Online

This online workshop provides participants with the skills required to maintain local holdings data for serial items in WorldCat by using the Connexion Browser interface. Local Holdings Record Maintenance replaces the Union Listing service. Adding Local Holdings Records (LHRs) will increase the efficiencies in Resource Sharing activities by providing specific information about your journal and magazine ownership.

Who Should Attend?
Anyone who previously performed Union List service for individual institutions or as agents or anyone interested in adding item level information to WorldCat.
Dates & Times:
August 12-14, 2008 (2:00 pm-4:00 pm).
All Times Listed are in Mountain Time.

This class is taught on three consecutive days. Students need to attend all three classes to get the most out of the workshop.
$135 for BCR members
$185 for nonmembers
1 BCR training voucher accepted as payment.
Register for all BCR workshops at:

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*** Academic Librarianship e-Course Offered through ACRL and Syracuse University
ACRL is partnering with Syracuse University and the Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) Consortium to offer WISE+: Contemporary Academic Librarianship, an online continuing education opportunity taught by ACRL Past President Julie Todaro this fall.
The three-month, asynchronous course examines 21st century academic libraries (community college, college and university) within the context of higher education, scholarly communication and the world of contemporary publishing. Course content includes issues related to the library’s social, political and legislative environments; managerial and administrative principles and practices including staff organization and supervision, fiscal and legal responsibilities, clientele/constituents, typical and unique services (ex. social networking, information literacy) and collections, physical and virtual settings, marketing and public relations; leadership; advocacy (within higher education and external to the organization); information technology; operational and strategic planning; evaluation and assessment; managing change; community, collaboration and partnerships; along with current issues (such as development and the competitive academy) and future trends in academic libraries.
Complete course details and a link to the syllabus are available at:
Seating is limited and the deadline for enrollment is August 10, 2008.

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August 5, 2008; 11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern; 1.5 hours
This workshop examines how librarians can further integrate themselves into the instructional process at their college or university by utilizing current and emerging instructional technologies to connect with faculty and students, designing instruction to enhance learning, and developing partnerships with staff from teaching and learning as well as teaching and technology centers. Registration now open!

Next Generation Information Commons
August 14, 2008; 11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern; 1.5 hours)
Some information commons are now more than ten years old and are in need of refreshing in terms of conception, configuration, technologies, and services. Others are so popular that additions are planned, either adjacent to the existing commons, on other floors, or in other buildings on campus. Through the use of principles and practical examples, participants will learn about trends in information and learning commons. A wide variety of photos will be used to illustrate the presentation. Registration now open!
For more information about these and other upcoming learning opportunities, please visit the ACRL eLearning page at Questions? Contact Jon Stahler via e-mail at or via phone at (312) 280-2511.

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*** Focus on Children and Young Adults Institute
Focus on Children and Young Adults Institute will continue in the tradition of previous Focus Institutes by providing a foundation of knowledge in the principles and practices of public library service for children and young adults.  The Focus Institute is sponsored by Oregon State Library, Library Development Services.
Sessions will include brain development, early literacy, children’s programming, teen services, booktalks, and more.
Registration Deadline: 8/4/08
The cost for this workshop is $90. This fee covers three nights lodging in a shared room, all meals, and resource materials.  Participants are expected to cover travel costs to and from Menucha.  Payment is due after you receive confirmation of acceptance into the Institute. For more information go to or contact Katie Anderson, 503-378-2528,
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August 1, 2008 (Vol. 14, No. 19)- OLA News

News from Oregon Reads Committee / OYAN/CSD Scholarship recipient describes ALA
/ SSD Conference A Success / Retreat to Advance / Stories by the Sea

*** News from Oregon Reads Committee
Oregon Reads 2009 is fast approaching! It’s not too early to begin planning your library’s participation. The Oregon Reads 2009 website has lots of great ideas on the “Information for Libraries” page: Find booklists, discussion guides, programming ideas and more to get you started. Oregon Reads 2009 kicks off in January, 2009.
Sales of Stubborn Twig have done well. There is a limited supply of the remainders of Stubborn Twig, so order while they last! Copies are available through the Oregon Reads website. This sale is a special OLA fundraiser for Oregon Reads 2009.
And now some exciting news for Oregon Reads! The program has received a generous grant of $15,000 from the Starseed Foundation. A portion of the funds is designated for author visits to rural areas by Virginia Euwer Wolff and Deborah Hopkinson. Details of the process will be determined at a committee meeting with the authors next month. Additional information will be posted on the Oregon Reads 2009 website.

*** OYAN/CSD Scholarship recipient describes ALA

Kristin Starnes, youth services librarian at Corvallis-Benton County Public Library and incoming OYAN Chair, attended the ALA Conference in June, with help from scholarships from both OYAN and CSD. She attended many sessions and created a fabulous wiki full of helpful info, tips, and links to other resources. Check it out:  It’s almost like you’re right there in Anaheim with her. Congratulations, Kristin, and thanks for sharing your experiences!

*** SSD Conference A Success

Over 100 attendees enjoy an informative and stimulating conference in Newport on July 18. The OLA Support Staff Division conference covered everything from ergonomics to Oregon Reads, from leadership to A Day in the Life of a Library Assistant. Keynote speaker Anne-Louise Sterry set the tone for the day, and many attendees spent the rest of the day with the mark of Aunt Lena on their faces.
The 2009 SSD conference will be July 17 at the Renaissance Inn in Keizer. If you have any ideas about potential speakers, topics you’d like to see covered, etc., please contact Jey Wann (outgoing SSD chair, or Cathy Zgraggen (incoming SSD chair
If you attended the conference in Newport and didn’t get a chance to fill out your evaluation, Cathy would still like to hear from you.
It’s time to choose the conference site for the 2010 SSD conference. If you have any ideas about potential sites (pro or con), or would particularly like SSD to come to your part of the state, Jey would like to hear from you.
As always, SSD is interested in new ways it can meet the needs of support staff in Oregon libraries. Visit our web site at for more information, and feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.
*** Retreat to Advance

OLA’s leadership — a mix of incoming and outgoing officers and committee and round table chairs — meets in retreat August 4 – 5, 2008 at Silver Falls Conference Center. This now-traditional annual planning retreat results in action items to advance library services to the public and the Oregon library profession.Jim Scheppke, Oregon State Librarian, will set the stage with an overview of the status of Oregon libraries. After hearing reports from OLA units, coverage of new leader orientation topics, and background about timely topics like Oregon Reads, the legislative agenda for the 2009 session, conference plans for 2009 and 2010, and Vision 2010 participants will frame an action plan together. Brainstorming about how to develop Vision 2020 is also on the agenda.

The Oregon Association of School Libraries meets at Silver Falls at the same time and both groups will participate in a joint agenda item that will focus on Oregon efforts to replicate the “Spokane Moms” Washington legislation success. OLA members will also support OASL’s fundraiser auction in an evening activity.

If you have ideas for the OLA leadership to consider for action in 2008-09 (either before or after the retreat) feel free to contact me at
— Mary Ginnane, Incoming OLA President

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*** Stories by the Sea

The 15th, and last, Stories by the Sea Storytelling Festival will be held at the Newport Performing Arts Center September 19th, 20th, and 21st. The featured storytellers this year are Mary Gay Ducey and Alton Chung.

Mary Gay Ducey is a descendant of spunky Southern women. She tells stories from Appalachia and many other cultures. Her three-hour workshop on Saturday morning will focus deeply on the four elements of story structure: character, place, incident, and voice. She will explore various approaches for each of these elements. Her Saturday performances will feature tales and songs from far and wide. Mary Gay has been a children’s librarian at Oakland Public Library for over 25 years. She has taught storytelling to students at the University of California at Berkeley and to hundreds of other people. Mary Gay is a co-founder of the Bay Area Storytelling Festival. She was inducted into the Circle of Excellence for the National Storytelling Network last year.

Alton Chung is a master of scary tales. His workshop on ghost stories will explore the elements of terror and building suspense. Participants will learn to tell scary stories for children, teens, and adults. Alton’s Saturday night performance will feature Heroes, true stories from survivors of the Japanese American 442nd Regiment that served in Europe during World War II. Alton grew up in the Hawaiian Islands. He uses his Japanese, Korean, and Hawaiian heritage to breathe fire into ancient Hawaiian legends and traditional Asian folktales. Alton was the first recipient of the J. J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Award from the National Storytelling Network. He has been chosen to perform at the 2008 National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Stories by the Sea also includes a Friday evening Ghost Story Swap and a Sunday morning story swap, Tales to Inspire. Both story swaps are free and open to all. Tickets for the Saturday performances are available at the arts center box office before each show. Registration forms for the festival workshops are available online at or by calling Rebecca Cohen at 541-265-3109.

The sponsors of Stories by the Sea are the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association, the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, and the Newport Public Library, with additional support from the Whaler Motel and the Jeanette Hofer Literacy Fund.

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