*** Got Ideas? What Is Your Library Doing for OregonReads 2009
Oregon Reads 2009 is looking for libraries who are willing to share their community reads programming ideas with other libraries. Please email me with any of your fabulous ideas that we can post on the programming page of the Oregon Reads website: http://oregonreads2009.org/libraries.html. This is a statewide event and we hope that by offering as many ideas as possible, we can help ensure that even small libraries with limited staff and budget have the opportunity to do some programming around the event.
The Oregon Reads Committee and the State Library are busy creating “WOW!” packages to be mailed to all public libraries in Oregon next month. The packages will include posters, bookmarks and buttons which can be used by libraries to help promote their Oregon Reads programming.
Linda V. Malone, Oregon Reads 2009 Committee
*** Apply Now for 2009 – 2010 OLA MLS Scholarships
The application process is open for Oregon residents enrolled or planning to enroll in a graduate course of study for the Masters in Library Science degree for the 2009 – 2010 academic year. Applications from eligible students are sought for over $17,000 in scholarship awards. Current recipients of OLA MLS scholarships may reapply annually for continuing funding for up to three years of awards.
The scholarship application process deadline is March 2, 2009. Before applying, read OLA’s Scholarship Program guidelines and eligibility requirements. OLA’s scholarship application and requirements are available as an electronic eApplication, through the Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC), at www.GetCollegeFunds.org. Select OSAC Scholarships under “Quick Links” on the left. OLA’s scholarship application requirements are described by entering a search for Scholarship Code 471 or for the Oregon Library Association. For the eApplication, go to www.getcollegefunds.org/eapp.html
At the OSAC site, you can read about OLA’s program, and search the more than 340 scholarships OSAC manages. The scholarship application process is confidential, and there is no fee to apply. All OLA scholarship applications must be submitted to OSAC postmarked or hand-delivered no later than March 2, 2009. Be sure to read the eligibility rules, and submit all required documents.
The OSAC office is located at 1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401. Applicants who submit their completed application by February 16 are entered into drawings for twenty-three $500 Early Bird awards. The Early Bird awards are funded by private donations.
For questions about OLA’s scholarship and OSAC scholarship programs call 800-452-8807 ext. 7395 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
OSAC helps administer OLA’s application process. OSAC is the state agency that partners with private donors, foundations, and banks to administer more than 340 scholarship programs for Oregon students. The Oregon Student Assistance Commission distributes 40,000 OSAC Scholarship Application Booklets to college financial aid offices and Oregon high schools. OLA’S scholarship information is also available in PDF and print form.
Funding for this new round of scholarships is provided by a Library Services and Technology Grant administered by the Oregon State Library and through the generosity of OLA members who have donated to the scholarship fund. OLA members are encouraged to make donations to support this new OLA initiative by using the MLS Scholarship Contribution Form at www.olaweb.org in the MemberClicks section.
*** OLA Conference 2009
Mark your calendars now for the 2009 OLA Conference which will be held April 1-3, 2009 at the Salem Conference Center. The theme of the conference is Oregon Reads: One State, Many Stories. Justice Betty Roberts will be the keynote speaker. Joe Raiola, the Senior Editor of MAD Magazine will be the banquet speaker and his topic will be The Joy of Censorship.
Reservations at the Phoenix Grand Hotel can be made either online at http://reservations.ihotelier.com/crs/g_reservation.cfm?groupID=241271&hotelID=13141, or by calling 1-800-540-7800. Room rates are $109+ 10% tax for a king size bed or $119+ 10% for 2 queen size beds. Please remember to use the conference attendee code of OLA2009. Program and conference details are now being finalized so be sure to check the OLA Conference website for important updates. http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=74389
*** DIGOR Government Statistics Workshop
Do you wish you were better equipped to connect your users with current and relevant statistics? Finding and using free data from the US Government is the topic of a set of workshops offered on November 21 at George Fox University’s Portland Center.
In the morning session, Charles Rynerson will explain the effective use of American Community Survey (ACS) data from the Census Bureau. Charles is Coordinator of the Oregon State Data Center at PSU’s Center for Population Research.
Following a no-host lunch, Valery King, from the OSU Libraries, will teach the afternoon session on locating health, education and crime data, with an emphasis on U.S. Government resources.
The training will be hands-on, so attendees should bring wireless enabled laptop computers. The morning session begins at 9:30 in Room 255 of GFU’s Portland Center (for directions see: http://www.georgefox.edu/maps_loca/portland.html), and the afternoon session will begin at 1:15 pm.
Contact Tom Stave (UO) at (541) 346-3060 or Janis Tyhurst (GFU) (503) for more information. The workshops are sponsored by by DIGOR (the Documents Interest Group of Oregon) and George Fox University Library. Because spaces are limited, please pre-register here: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB228G6G4LEJ7.