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***Oregon Administrative Rules
OLA received notice that the State Library Board of Trustees is holding a public hearing on February 20, 2009 to consider changes to Oregon Administrative Rules section 543-060. The proposed changes would enable the Board to assess and collect annual payments from some public and academic libraries to partially support statewide cooperative e-reference services. L-Net has been entirely supported by LSTA funds up until now.
The OLA Executive Board did not take a position on the rules changes. We felt that individual libraries could best communicate whether the proposed fees to partially subsidize L-Net are affordable or not.
Public comment can be sent to email@example.com or given in person at 12:30 p.m. in Room 103 of the Oregon State Library. More information can be found at http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/adminrules.shtml.
Hello FOFO Supporters,
I’m pleased to share that the “Save School Libraries” bill is moving forward. The draft has been accepted and we will have a bill number soon. Rep. Peter Buckley is our champion and we have already received support from ten other legislators as co-sponsors. Please contact your House Representative and ask him or her to support the bill as well. (Find your legislator here: http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/.)
Both the Oregon Library Association and the Oregon Association of School Libraries have put their time and energy behind this cause and we are grateful. So what’s next?
Please put Library Legislative Day on your calendar. On Thursday, March 5, 2009, I hope you will spend the day in Salem with your fellow school library supporters. Think about carpooling with family and friends and what a great way this is to engage in the political process. We will have a lot of fun and gain even more support for our cause! Details can be found here: http://olanetwork.wikispaces.com/OLA+Legislative+Day
PLEASE add you appointments here: http://olanetwork.wikispaces.com/OLA+Legislative+Day+Appointments
This is the time to present to PTA/PTO meetings and let parents and teachers know what we are doing and what they can do to help. Cards, letters, phone calls, and emails to legislators are a big help now, too. We want to create a buzz in Salem and all around Oregon.
There is a fact sheet posted on the FOFO website (wwww.fundourfutureoregon.org) along with a brochure and other support materials. Let me know if you have any questions.
***From the Legislation Committee: OLA Members Testify at the Capitol
The State Library’s budget received its hearing on February 3rd and 4th. Not exciting? Maybe not if you are not interested in receiving your Ready to Read Grant checks in December. The budget includes the funding for this program as well as Talking Books and Braille services and the rest of the State Library’s operations. OLA was well-represented by three members who took time out of their busy lives to tell the Legislature what Oregon’s libraries do for Oregon’s children. Thanks to Pam Pugsley (Stayton Public Library), Deeda Chamberlain (Woodburn Public Library) and Heather McNeil (Deschutes Public Library) for doing a splendid job on behalf of OLA.
The Coalition for School Libraries and Information Technology is championing HB 2586 that would require school districts to include goals addressing implementation of strong school library programs. The OLA lobbyist, Nan Heim, did a great job lining up co-sponsors. And, our thanks to Representative Buckley for sponsoring this bill. It’s about time we built some support for our school libraries. Join us on March 5th to convince your legislator about reading and information literacy for our children.
I would like to invite your library to be part of an exciting goodwill project between Oregon and our sister province of Fujian. We have an opportunity to ship much-needed English language books to China in a special arrangement coordinated by the Oregon State Library and the Oregon Library Association’s International Relations Round Table.
It is extremely difficult for Chinese libraries to purchase English language books. Academic libraries in China would like to fill gaps in their collections with American publications, but many titles are out-of-print. Public libraries would like to support English-language learning in children and young adults, yet cannot buy the desired books from overseas. With help from you and the Books-For-China Fund in New York, we can have a positive impact on the situation with very little expense to Oregon libraries.
Our goal is to fill a shipping container with good condition, quality books in the areas of science and technology, humanities and social sciences (titles older than 5 years in these areas are still okay), and books for children and young adults. Public libraries are encouraged to send fiction materials as well as nonfiction that is not outdated even though it is not considered to be “academic” level material. Books may be gathered from sources other than libraries (personal collections, book sale donations, etc.). Multiple copies are fine, but please do not use this project for advocacy of any particular agenda (political, religious, etc.). Please also understand that Chinese libraries are much more conservative in the materials they collect so we ask that you not donate books that include sexually graphic text or images. Also, please do not send outdated software manuals or materials of an ephemeral nature. The books will be shipped later this year, and distributed to academic and public libraries throughout Fujian.
The Oregon State Library (OSL) is the Books-for-China collection site. If your library has access to a van or truck, please transport your books to OSL yourself if possible. You may deliver books to OSL Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Please call ahead if you are delivering a large shipment.) For questions about delivering books to OSL, please call Joel Henderson at OSL, 503-378-2814. You may also ship books to:
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-3950
You may also send small shipments through the Orbis Cascade Alliance Courier. Please limit boxes to 1 cubic foot (such as a 19x15x6 standard Baker & Taylor box) and 35 pounds if shipping via the courier. (If delivering books on your own, boxes may be larger, but please not heavier.) There are also limits on the number of boxes you can ship by the courier, so please contact Teresa Landers, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 541-766-6995 if you want to use this method.
Please help us reach our goal of sending 1,000 boxes. If every small library in the state sent 4 boxes, every medium-sized library 6 boxes, and large libraries 15 boxes, we would fill the container! Thank you for being part of this exciting international goodwill opportunity.
***Oregon Reads Updates
Oregon Reads program evaluation forms are now on the website. Follow this link: https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=ola&formId=51981 or just click on “Library Evaluation Form” on the Oregon Reads homepage: http://www.oregonreads2009.org/ Please take the time to give us feedback on your programs to aid in planning future events and to help us fulfill our obligations to our donors.
Also, don’t forget to check the “Events Calendar” link on the home page for a listing of Oregon Reads author events scheduled throughout the state. If your library has author events not yet listed here, please email the information to Kimberly Willson-St. Clair [firstname.lastname@example.org], chair of the Oregon Authors Committee.
***Oregon 150 Booklist
To help commemorate Oregon’s sesquicentennial, the State Library is pleased to announce the Oregon 150 Booklist. The list consists of 150 books for children, teens and adults that describe the Oregon experience, including fiction, non-fiction, history, and poetry. The books are available in libraries and bookstores and are highly recommended for all Oregonians to read during the sesquicentennial.
“For 150 years, Oregon has been a state of readers and writers,” said State Librarian Jim Scheppke. “It’s no accident that we have some of the best libraries and bookstores anywhere in the country. It’s our hope that many Oregonians will use this reading list to spend time in 2009 reading and reflecting on the Oregon experience.”
The Oregon 150 Booklist is available on the State Library website at http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/OR150.shtml.
***Oregon Reads and then reads some more…
In anticipation of the upcoming OLA Conference, “Oregon Reads: One State, Many Stories,” April 1-3 at the Salem Conference Center, you will want pick up a copy of With Grit and by Grace: Breaking Trails in Politics and Law. This is the remarkable life story of Justice Betty Roberts, our conference keynote speaker. Betty Roberts was the first woman on the Oregon Supreme Court, and was also the first woman on the Oregon Court of Appeals.
The book tells her amazing story, beginning with her rise from Depression-era childhood on the Texas plains and her very traditional life as a wife and stay-at-home mom. Everything changed when she decided to go back to school and became a teacher, lawyer, state legislator, a candidate for governor and, eventually, a judge. Justice Roberts will host a book discussion, following the keynote. Once you have read With Grit and by Grace, you will not want to miss this chance to talk with the author about it. Reading the book is not required to attend the discussion, but is recommended.
***Oregon Reads Archive
Donate your library’s Oregon Reads event programs, pamphlets, newspaper articles, invitations, posters, and any other items you are using to promote local Oregon Reads 2009 programs to the archives of the Oregon Library Association (OLA) and the Oregon State Library (OSL). We need 4 copies of each item, 2 copies will go to OLA archives and 2 copies will go to OSL archives. If you have any questions email me at email@example.com.
Some examples include: Eugene Public Library Foundation’s invitation to a reception with Lauren Kessler, Multnomah County Library’s apple stickers that say “Read Stubborn Twig“, and Washington County Cooperative Library Systems Oregon Reads pamphlet.
Please send 4 copies of each item to:
Oregon State Library
c/o Katie Anderson
250 Winter St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
***OLA Annual Award Nominations
OLA’s Honors & Awards Committee seeks nominations for the following four awards. Nomination letters (with no more than six letters of support) will be due in 2009. Nominations are due Monday, March 16, 2009.
Tell us about those talented, dedicated individuals whose commitment to excellent library service has made a difference. Nominate them for one of OLA’s special awards, including the newest award, the Distinguished Service Award.
Be sure to read the awards guidelines, which were revised recently. Take a look at http://web.memberclicks.com/mc/page.do?sitePageId=66151
These awards will be presented to recipients at the 2009 OLA Conference:
1.Oregon Librarian of the Year may be awarded to any Oregon librarian who has been working in an Oregon Library for at least two years in a paid professional position. The nominee must demonstrate excellence in library service in his or her community and to Oregon libraries. The nominee must be a member of the association.
2.Oregon Library Employee of the Year may be awarded to any Oregon library staff member who has worked in an Oregon library for at least two years as a paid staff member and demonstrated excellence in library service in his or her community.
3.Oregon Library Supporter of the Year may be awarded to any volunteer, volunteer group, library Friend, board member, government official, or other individual who is not a paid library staff member and who has demonstrated excellence in supporting and promoting Oregon libraries.
4.Oregon Library Association Distinguished Service Award may be awarded to any Oregon librarian or library staff member, who has been in the profession for 15 or more years, has worked in Oregon libraries for at least ten years, and is currently a member of OLA, for exceptional service over a period of years.
Your letter of nomination should include the following information, if pertinent, and be as informational as possible:
- Provide nominee’s current position
- Past positions held and summary of major accomplishments
- OLA activities: committee appointments, etc.
- Brief description of other noteworthy accomplishments
- Your name and how you can be reached if the committee has questions
Please send nominating letters and supporting letters by Monday, March 16, 2009, to Faye A. Chadwell, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Content Management, 121 The Valley Library, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331-3453 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions, call me at 541-737-8528.
***Nominations for Lampman Award
It is not too late to submit your nomination for the 2009 Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award! We are seeking nominations of outstanding Oregon authors, librarians or educators who have made significant contributions in the areas of literature and/or library service for the benefit of the children of Oregon.
The Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award, presented by the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association at the OLA Annual Conference, is given in memory of the noted Oregon teacher, journalist and author of children’s books.
Nominations will be accepted until Friday February 20, 2009.
To be eligible for the award:
- The person shall reside principally in Oregon.
- The award shall be given for personal accomplishments to recognize the individual’s contribution and shall not be conferred upon an individual representing the accomplishments of many.
- Only living persons may be considered for the award.
When submitting a nomination please include the following information.
- Nominee’s name
- Nominee’s title, address, and phone (if known)
- Description of the nominee’s significant and lasting contributions over the years that have benefited the children of Oregon
Please e-mail or send your nomination to:
Dan R. White
Youth Services, Teen Librarian
Salem Public Library
P.O. Box 14810
Salem, OR 97309
Online registration is available at: http://www.olaweb.org Registrations received by February 28th will enjoy the early registration rate, but prompt payment is appreciated! Conference information is available on the website. If you have registration questions, please contact Garrett Trott at email@example.com or (503) 589-8116.
Reservations can also be made at the Phoenix Grand Hotel either online at http://www.phoenixgrandhotel.com/ 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. The hotel is likely to fill up, so make your reservation soon.
The Keynote Speaker this year is Justice Betty Roberts. Betty Roberts was the first woman on the Oregon Supreme Court, and was also the first woman on the Oregon Court of Appeals. Roberts’ recently published memoir, With Grit and By Grace: Breaking Trails in Politics and Law, is the story of her remarkable life, and it describes, first-hand, the hard won accomplishments that have marked the career of one of Oregon’s most important leaders. In her keynote session Thursday morning, Justice Roberts will share stories from her career and from the time spent writing and researching her memoir. In honor of her audience, Roberts will introduce us to the intricacies of her research process and the many librarians she met along the way-all the more reason that this session promises to inspire. Do not miss it.
In addition, after the morning break on Thursday, there will be an informal and more intimate discussion of With Grit and By Grace, which follows Betty Roberts’ rise from Depression-era childhood on the Texas plains to become a teacher, lawyer, state legislator, candidate for governor, and eventually, Oregon’s first woman Supreme Court Justice. In this follow-up to the keynote session, Justice Roberts will lead the discussion and answer questions. Reading the memoir beforehand is recommended, but not required.
***CSD/OYAN SRP Workshop
What: CSD / OYAN Summer Reading Club Workshop
When: Friday, March 13, 2009
Where: Salem Public Library, Loucks Auditorium
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lunch: Bring your own – Brown bag (water, soda provided)
Join us on Friday, March 13, 2009 (a lucky day!) for a great day full of learning and sharing. This year we are combining both CSD and OYAN so all ages, kids through teens, will be covered. Our featured presenter will be Diana Anderson who will guide us in our “Be Creative” and “Express Yourself” endeavors with her presentation, “Facing the Blank Canvas: Children, Tweens and Teens – Art Development and How to Encourage Creative Expression.”
Also on tap for the day – sharing. Your assignment: come prepared to share one or two great ideas you have for this summer’s themes, “Be Creative” and “Express Yourself.” Everyone who brings something to share with the group will be eligible for door prizes! In addition, if you have tips and ideas for gameboards, for streamlining sign-ups, ideas for getting sponsors or other “administrative” tasks please share these as well.
To save your spot at this free event please email your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 6th, include the number of people attending and the name of your library.
If you have any questions please email Krist Obrist, 2009 CSD Summer Reading Chair, at email@example.com.
***New Feature on SSD Web Page: Adventures in Library Land
Check out Adventures in Library Land brought to you by the OLA/Support Staff Division (http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=61036). We invite library support staff to submit articles of interest to our new Adventures in Library Land. Do you have a story to tell, a new bit of technology to share or perhaps important information for fellow support staff? Submit your article to firstname.lastname@example.org.