November 15, 2008 (Vol. 15, No. 2) – OLA News

What is your library doing for OregonReads? / Apply for OLA MLS Scholarships / OLA Conference 2009 / DIGOR Government Statistics Workshop

*** 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:  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

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*** 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  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

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:

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 in the MemberClicks section.

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*** 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, 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.

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*** 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:, 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:

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November 15, 2008 (Vol. 15, No.2) – Notable People and Libraries

*** The Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services at OSU
After a national search, OSU Libraries has hired Terry Reese, Jr as the new holder of the Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services. Reese has been at Oregon State University since 2003. He is known nationally and internationally for his leadership in the investigation and application of new metadata and digitization standards to digital collections. His MarcEdit program has been adopted by libraries in the United States, in Australia, in France and in Pakistan. More recently he has, with former Gray Chair holder, Jeremy Frumkin, developed LibraryFind, an open source resource discovery tool, used by libraries in the United States and Europe. Terry is the author of numerous articles, he has presented widely, and he is the co-author of the book, Building Digital Libraries: A How-to-do-it Manual. He is an adjunct professor with the Emporia University School of Information.

The Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services is an endowed chair. The focus of the chair is to:

  • Identify innovative means for accessing and improving the delivery of information to the students, faculty, staff and other constituents of Oregon State University with the goal of moving Oregon State University Libraries to the forefront as an information provider.
  • Anticipate trends in technology relevant to Library Services.
  • Develop and implement a strategy for making print and digitized information more easily accessible to users of the Oregon State University Libraries.
  • Form and coordinate project teams of librarians, researchers and graduate students who will develop methods for adapting advances in information technology to meet the needs of researchers, students and the citizens of Oregon.

November 15, 2008 (Vol. 15, No. 2) – Happenings

Rural Communities Explorer Seeks Writers / Online Workshop: WorldCat Collection Analysis / Online Workshop: Copyright Basics for K-12 Schools  / PNLA Conference Program Proposals / ACRL Webcast: Retooling and Refining the Vision

*** Rural Communities Explorer Seeks Writers

Recently Oregon State University Libraries launched the Rural Communities Explorer portal ( on the Oregon Explorer website.  The portal is the result of collaboration between OSU Libraries, the OSU Rural Studies Program, and the Institute for Natural Resources. It includes information and mapping tools to help local citizens and policy-makers make better decisions about rural issues including vitality and change in Oregon’s rural communities.

Currently the project is looking for stories written about life in Oregon’s rural communities and we would very much appreciate you sharing this opportunity with your patrons.  All the details, including the full description of the Request for Stories project including guidelines, the submission form, and contact information are available on the Rural Communities Explorer website under the “Rural Oregon Stories” link.

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*** Online Workshop: 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.

Libraries can evaluate their collection by age, language, material format and audience level through a subject matrix based on classification scheme. Comparisons against other institutions (individually or in groups) are based on overlap and uniqueness. Participants will view demonstrations of these functionalities and discuss the ways these data can be used in their library setting. Administration functions of the service will also be reviewed.

NOTE: This course is designed for individual participation. 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 register separately.

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

Sites & Dates:
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – WebLive
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – WebLive
All times listed are in Mountain Time.

BCR members — $110.00
Nonmembers — $160.00
1 BCR training voucher accepted as payment.

Register now:

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*** Online Workshop: Copyright Basics for K-12 Schools

Widely available digital media present teachers and media specialists with new opportunities and challenges, particularly when it comes to the area of copyright. This online workshop will help teachers and media specialists traverse the murky waters of downloadable media, copyright law, fair use parameters and the TEACH Act. The workshop will include break-out sessions to interact with real world scenarios, as well as the opportunity to draft usage guidelines for your classroom, school or district.

NOTE: This course is designed for individual participation. 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 register separately.

Who Should Attend?
School media specialists and teachers who are interested in a clearer understanding of copyright in a school environment.

Sites & Dates:
Online – WebLive           
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
All times listed are in Mountain Time.

BCR members — $110.00
Nonmembers — $160.001
1 BCR training voucher accepted as payment.

Register Now:

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*** PNLA Conference Proposal Submission
Theme:             PNLA 1909-2009: A Century of Cooperation, A Legacy of Leadership
Date:                August 5-7, 2009
Place:               Holiday Inn Parkside, Missoula, MT
Deadline:           February 1, 2009

The program subcommittee of the 2009 planning committee is currently setting up conference programs and is seeking formal program proposals.  Programs are expected to be 90 minutes long (including set up and take down)

Program tracks include:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Cooperation and Collaboration
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • Library Services and Resources
  • Future Innovations

To submit programs, send the following information in a Word or RTF document to Jan Zauha at  Please use a subject line of PNLA 2009 proposal [your last name].

About you:

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Position/title
  • Contact information: including postal, e-mail, voice and fax numbers
  • PNLA member?

About your program:

  • Program title
  • Program description (no more than 100 words)
  • 3 Program goals or objectives
  • Appropriate track(s)
  • Program Format (single or double speaker, panel, hands-on, etc)

Program Logistics:

  • Speaker needs (if any)
  • Equipment needs
  • Preferred date of presentation (if any)
  • Any other special requirements or additional information

Questions? Contact Jan Zauha  or (406) 994-6554

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*** ACRL Webcast: Retooling and Refining the Vision
Date:  December 4, 2008 11 a.m Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter:  Joan K. Lippincott
Description: 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.

For more information on this event as well as registration, please visit the event page at Registration for this event is limited, so reserve your seat today!

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