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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