January 15, 2008 (Vol. 15, No. 6) – President’s Message

*** Message from your OLA President
“We position ourselves to be where our users are physically and virtually and strengthen resource accessibility through use of innovative technologies … We carry the stones from the path of tradition and place them on the path to the future.” (excerpt from the Vision Statement developed by participants in the 2008 PNLA Leads, the Pacific Northwest Library Association’s biennial Leadership Institute.)

Inspiration struck me recently in the beautifully worded vision statement from the PNLA Leads Institute held in October 2008. Emerging leaders are thinking about access in the broadest way possible. Fortunately, OLA is sprinkled with emerging leaders who are helping juice up our services. January kicks off the availability of a major new technology application for an OLA service. The Oregon Authors website is now available at www.oregonauthors.org. It is a fantastic upgrade from the path of tradition (the printed Oregon Authors bibliography) to the path of the future offering enhanced and enriched features. Thank you to Kim Willson-St.Clair, Chair, and the entire Oregon Authors Committee for the vision and implementation. Take a look at the Oregon Authors website and be inspired by emerging leaders and grateful for federal funds! The site was built with assistance from an LSTA grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded by the Oregon State Library.

Mary Ginnane, OLA President


January 15, 2008 (Vol. 15, No. 6) – News

2009 OLA Conference / OLA MLS Scholarships / OYAN Quarterly Meeting / 2009 OLA Conference: Call for Showcases / PLD OLE Award Nominations / OLA/OASL Legislative Day

*** 2009 OLA Conference
Registration is now available for the 2009 OLA Conference which will be at the Salem Conference Center (200 Commercial Street SE, Salem, OR).  You can register online with a credit card or by check, simply click on either option.  Once you have completed your registration form and have chosen a payment option, you will receive a confirmation page.  If paying by check, please include a copy of the confirmation page with your check and mail it to the address noted on the page.
Register early to get the best rates.  Information and forms are available on the OLA website: http://www.olaweb.org/
Reservations can also be made at the Phoenix Grand Hotel either online or by calling 1-877-540-7800.  Rates are $109 for a room with a king size bed or $119 for a room with two queen size beds (plus 10% tax and fees)  Be sure to supply the attendee code of OLA2009.

Key Dates:
Pre-conferences: April 1, 2009  
Conference: April 2-3, 2009
Early registration ends February 21, 2009  

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*** OLA MLS 2009 – 2010 Scholarships Deadline – Apply Soon!
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 http://www.getcollegefunds.org/eapp.html. For questions about OLA’s scholarship and OSAC scholarship programs call 800-452-8807 ext. 7395 or by email at: awardinfo@mercury.osac.state.or.us.

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 https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=ola&formId=22034.

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*** OYAN Quarterly Membership Meeting
Join us for the Winter Quarterly OYAN Meeting on January 30th, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330. Contact Kristin Starnes (541) 766-6784 for directions.[map].

At OYAN meetings we discuss OYAN business; upcoming events and conferences; books and materials; and library programs of interest to teens. OYAN is a membership organization that exists to provide a network of communication and growth among people who provide library services to teens; to increase awareness of teen library services in the state of Oregon; and to promote cooperation school and public libraries. 

If you are interested in learning more about OYAN or becoming a member please visit our division’s website at http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=61034

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*** Call for Showcase Presenters: 2009 OLA Annual Conference (Deadline Extended)
Does your library have an innovative, unusual, or highly successful program that you’d like to share with your colleagues? Have you recently completed research or grant-funded work that would be of interest and use to the Oregon library community? If so, consider participating in one of the OLA Annual Conference program showcases.

Showcases will be held during morning and afternoon breaks and will consist of approximately 15 presenters, sharing a large area, with display tables. Attendees can visit with the presenters one-on-one to discuss their programs, services, and projects. This allows a wide variety of participation from libraries and a more direct, focused interaction from attendees.

For the 2009 OLA Annual Conference, we will be hosting showcases on the following three topics:

1.       Staff Training and User Instruction

2.       Library Outreach Activities

3.       Innovative and Grant-Funded Program

Interested in presenting at a showcase? Please submit a completed Showcase Proposal found on the 2009 OLA Conference website. For questions about the Showcase program, please contact Sue Kunda, 2009 OLA Showcase Coordinator, at sue.kunda@oregonstate.edu or 541.737-7262.

All proposals are due by February 6, 2008. The final list of showcases will be set by February 13, 2009.

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*** PLD OLÉ Award Nominations
Do you know someone who deserves special recognition?  Someone who has taken “the bull by the horns” and gotten the job done in extraordinary circumstances?  Or someone who has quietly gone the extra mile to contribute to library service in your community or to the greater library community? 

It is time to put forward your nominations for the Public Library Division’s OLE’ award! This year we are using a Member Clicks form.  Here is the link:

The deadline is Feb 15th 2009.  The OLE’ award is given out at the PLD dinner on Wednesday evening at the OLA conference.  Marc Acito, author of How I Paid for College and The Attack of the Theater People, will be doing a “book singing.” Come and join us.

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*** Save the Date: OLA/OASL Legislative Day in Salem
Start planning to attend OLA’s Legislative Day on Thursday March 5.  Here is the draft schedule and some information to help with your planning.

9-10am: Orientation and kick-off in the State Library Conference Room 102.  This is informal with Nan Heim and the Legislative Day Committee giving pointers and explaining the issues that are being discussed.  We will have this room all day, so feel free to stop by, pick up materials and relate how your office visits go.

8:30am – 1:30pm: Children’s book display and other library displays in the Galleria of the Capitol.  This is a chance for your senators to select a book to send to a library in their district. It’s also a chance for those who want to mingle with legislators as they pass through on their way to meetings.

7:30am -3pm: Legislative office visits. You can start scheduling these whenever you have a chance.  You will be at the mercy of your representative’s or senator’s schedule.  Also, you might end up meeting with a staff person if there are committee meetings or just too much going on.  Call the legislator’s office and request a 15 minute visit.  Be sure to coordinate with others who  may be going to the same office.  There should only be one library group per office.  Check the OLA Legislative Committee wiki for contact information and the schedule.  Once you make an appointment, fill it on the wiki or let Diedre Conkling know as she keeps the mater schedule.  http://olanetwork.wikispaces.com/.

11:30am-1:30pm: Lunch (buy your own) in the Goudy Commons at Willamette University (across the street from the Capitol).  We reserve a room so you can grab lunch and join your colleagues.  

Bring quarters if you parking on the street or in the underground lots. You can also buy $6.00/day parking permits in State Capitol Room 49; these permits are valid “When parked on CITY OF SALEM (on street) TWO, THREE & TEN HOUR PARKING METERS in the area bounded by D, Ferry, Church and 12th Streets.” – the quote is from one of these permits. You need cash as credit cards cannot be used to purchase the permits. There is a parking lot on the north end of the mall that is $6 for the day and you can use a credit card at the kiosk located in the lot or purchase them in Room 49 of the Capitol. http://www.leg.state.or.us/capinfo.

Children’s Books:
BJ Quinlan at Salem Public Library is collecting children’s books for the selection event.  Contact her with questions.

More information or questions?

Diedre Conkling, diedrec@charter.net
Sarah Charlton, charltonryan@earthlink.net
Gregory Lum, glum@jesuitportland.org
Janet Webster, janet.webster@oregonstate.edu

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January 15, 2008 (Vol. 15, No. 6) – Happenings

ORSLA Event / PNLA Conferene: Call for Programs / Libri Foundation Grants

*** Oregon Chapter of Special Libraries Association Event
The Oregon Chapter of SLA (ORSLA) invites you to join us for an upcoming professional development opportunity. On Wednesday, January 21st, we will offer a presentation by Cleon Cox on Public Speaking and Presentation Skills. Cleon has been involved with Toastmasters (http://www.toastmasters.org) for years, and will focus on:

—  Aspects of leadership and general communication that are integral to effective presentation
—  Overall public speaking / presentation competencies
—  Ways to most effectively establish an agenda, deliver talks and convey confidence
—  Techniques for speaking before a group and getting “the message across” so that it is heard
—  The importance of good listening skills

Pizza and refreshments will be served.

The cost will be as follows:
$10 for SLA student members
$15 for SLA members
$20 for non-members
You may pay at the door either with cash or a check payable to ORSLA.

Location: Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt Metolius Room. 1211 SW 5th Ave., 19th Floor, Portland (map)
Time: 6pm to 7:30pm

Please be aware that space is limited, so it is important for you to RSVP by Monday, January 19th. If you have any questions regarding this event, please feel free to contact Joan Truncali at bjtruncali@aol.com, or Michelle Bagley at mbagley@clark.edu.  We hope you will be able to join us, and look forward to seeing you there.

RSVP by January 19th at the link below:

This event is generously underwritten by your ORSLA chapter members.

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*** PNLA Conference 2009: Call for Program Proposals
Do you have a program that you would like to present or you need a motivation to get a program put together? .

Theme: PNLA 1909-2009: A Century of Cooperation, A Legacy of Leadership
Date: August 5-7, 2009
Place: Holiday Inn Parkside, Missoula, MT

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 jzauha@montana.edu.  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 jzauha@montana.edu or (406) 994-6554

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*** Libri Foundation Grants
The Libri Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2009 BOOKS FOR CHILDREN grants. 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.  In order to encourage and reward local support of libraries, The Libri Foundation will match any amount of money raised by your local sponsors from $50 to $350 on a 2-to-1 ratio.  Thus, a library can receive up to $1,050 worth of new children’s books.  After a library receives a grant, local sponsors (such as formal or informal Friends groups, civic or social organizations, local businesses, etc.) have four months, or longer if necessary, to raise their matching funds.

Applications are accepted from independent libraries as well as libraries which are part of a county, regional, or cooperative library system. A school library may apply only if it also serves as the public library (i.e. it is open to the everyone in the community, has some summer hours, and there is no public library in town). A branch library may apply if the community it is in meets the definition of rural.  If the branch library receives its funding from its parent institution, then the parent institution’s total operating budget, not just the branch library’s total operating budget, must meet the budget guidelines.

Application deadlines for 2007 are:  (postmarked by) January 23rd (extended), April 15th, and August 15th.  Grants are awarded January 31st, April 30th, and August 31st. Application guidelines and forms may be downloaded from the Foundation’s website at:  www.librifoundation.org.

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); libri@librifoundation.org (email).  Normal
office hours are:  Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific Time.

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