February 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 8) – News

Oregon Administrative Rules / Legislative Day Update / From the Legislation Committee / Books for China / Oregon Reads Updates / Oregon 150 Booklist / Oregon Reads Some More… / Oregon Reads ArchiveOLA Award Nominations / Lampman Awards Nominations / OLA Conference Registration / CSD/OYAN Summer Reading Workshop / Adventures in Library Land

***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 marykay.dahlgreen@state.or.us 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.

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 ***Legislative Day Update
From Nancy Sullivan of Fund Our Future Oregon.

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.

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***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.

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***Books For China
From State Librarian Jim Scheppke:

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
Books-for-China Project
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.

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***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 [willsons@pdx.edu], chair of the Oregon Authors Committee.

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***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.

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***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.  

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***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 katie.anderson@state.or.us.

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

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***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 faye.chadwell@oregonstate.edu. If you have questions, call me at 541-737-8528.  

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***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
Fax:  503-588-6055

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***OLA Conference Early Registration Ends Soon!
Early registration for the 2009 OLA Conference extended to February 28, 2009.

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 gtrott@corban.edu 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.

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***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)
Cost:    Free!

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 oregon.srp09@yahoo.com 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 oregon.srp09@yahoo.com.

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***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 cathyz@dpls.us.

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February 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 8) – Happenings

Hearn Collection at SOU / ODLC Accepting Applications / Online Consumer Health Workshop / The Hollywood Librarian on DVD

***Southern Oregon University receives Hearn Collection
Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University is pleased to announce that it is acquiring the Hearn Family History of Writing and Printing Collection.  The collection, donated by Lily Hearn and her family, includes examples of rare and valuable early writing and printing from various cultures and languages around the globe. 

The Hearn Family History of Writing and Printing Collection was originally acquired over several decades by Lily Hearn and her husband, Joseph Hearn.  After moving to Ashland to be near her son and his family, she decided that she would like the collection to be accessible to students and contacted Hannon Library.  

Deb Hollens, the English Librarian, is excited about the donation, “This is a great thing.  The Hearn Collection provides a new depth and diversity to our collection.  Undergraduate students can now see the breadth of writing across time, language, culture, and geography.  The Hearn Collection is also a perfect complement to the Margery Bailey Collection of Shakespeare and Renaissance publications.”  

Hannon Library will initially display the collection in the exhibit cases on the second floor adjacent to Special Collections/University Archives until a custom exhibit is created.   For questions about the Hearn Family History of Writing and Printing Collection, call 552-6836 or email cedarface@sou.edu.

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***Oregon Digital Library Consortium Accepting Applications
The Oregon Digital Library Consortium (ODLC) will be accepting applications for public library membership for fiscal year 2009-10. ODLC is a group of public libraries that contract for downloadable audio and video materials for library patrons’ use. Best-selling titles are available to library cardholders 24/7 from our website, and are playable on PCs, MP3 players and Macintosh products at home, in the office or from anywhere in the world.

If your public library is interested in joining the consortium, please see Procedures for Joining ODLC As of July 1, 2009, fill out a preliminary application form, and return it by March 1, 2009.

Please contact Jenny Berg, ODLC Chair, (bergj@ci.mcminnville.or.us) for applications or with questions.

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***Online Consumer Health Workshop
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR) is pleased to offer the online course: “From Snake Oil to Penicillin: Evaluating Consumer Health Information on the Internet” beginning on February 16 and ending on March 2nd with a live web conference (details below). Learn how to evaluate health information sites on the Internet using the following criteria: Accuracy, Authority, Bias, Currency and Coverage. More information about the course is available at http://cech.mlanet.org/node/300. You may register for the course at http://tinyurl.com/CERegistration. Instructions on how to be placed on a waitlist will be given at the registration website when the course is full.

This course has been offered several times in the past few years and has been very well-received.  Participants will receive 3 Medical Library Association continuing education contact hours that can be applied to their Consumer Health Information Specialization – http://www.mlanet.org/education/chc/

Nikki Dettmar – Acting Education and Assessment Coordinator, will be facilitating the course.  The course is asynchronous, meaning you can work at your own pace via a private class website, with the exception of a live web conference that will take place on Monday, March 2nd at 10am Pacific. An optional final project is available if you an unable to attend the conference… we understand the demands of library scheduling!

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***”The Hollywood Librarian” is Coming Out on DVD
We are pleased to announce that the Media Education Foundation has acquired the rights to *The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians through Film*, and is bringing out the film on DVD. They are now taking orders from both US and international customers through their web site at http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=138

The DVD is available for colleges and universities, as well as public libraries, high schools, and home use.  Public performance rights can also be purchased for future screenings, benefits and fundraisers.  The web site requires customers to register and log in either on behalf of their institution or as an individual. In addition to the full 96-minute film, the DVD contains English captioning for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and French and Spanish subtitles.  Also included are extended interviews, deleted scenes and a few other extras.

We are delighted with the support and partnership of the Media Education Foundation in bringing this to you at long last.  Please enjoy the film and feel free to spread the word.

Best regards,
Annie Seidl, Writer/Director

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February 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 8) – The Welcome Committee

Do you have a new staff member you’d like to introduce to OLA members?  Send your brief description to Communications Committee Chair April Witteveen: aprilw@dpls.us.

***Newport Public Library’s New Director, Ted J. Smith
Ted J. Smith has joined the Newport Public Library as its director starting the job in early January.  He replaces Wyma Rogers who retired last spring. Smith was selected from more than 30 applicants for the position. Smith was most recently the director of the Norfolk Public Library in Norfolk, Nebraska where he was very active in the Nebraska Library Association. He has more than 20 years experience in library service, and holds a Master of Library Science degree from Kent State University.  Welcome to Oregon!

February 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 7) – From the Web Member Manager

*** Got OLA Hotline?
Hello all OLA Members!  I am just checking to make sure that everyone who wants to receive the OLA Hotline gets it.  If you did not receive the January 15, 2009 OLA Hotline, but would like to continue receiving the Hotline in your email, please email me at ola@olaweb.org and I’ll will work on getting you signed up for it. Please make sure to:

  1. you are an OLA member (if you aren’t a member, join today: http://web.memberclicks.com/mc/page.do?sitePageId=58283&orgId=ola)
  2. send me the email from the email address in which you wish to receive the Hotline
  3. add the subject heading “Not getting the OLA Hotline” – the email link above has this subject heading embedded in it.

Steph Miller, OLA Web Member Manager

February 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 7) – News

Oregon Reads Film Preview / OLA Legislative Day / OLA Audio Books Preconference / Call for Nominations for OLA Board / Seeking Nominations for the Lampman Award / Adventures in Library Land / Save the Date: SSD Conference

*** Oregon Reads: Film Preview
Catch a free preview of the film “A Family Gathering,” by Lise Yasui, at the Oregon Reads website (http://oregonreads2009.org). Lise Yasui is the granddaughter of Matsuo Yasui, the central figure in Lauren Kessler’s Stubborn Twig. Yasui’s film explores the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and the lasting legacy that experience created for their descendants.

Hosting a film viewing and discussion night is one of the many event suggestions you can find in the programming ideas page of the Oregon Reads website. On the home page, just click on “Information for Libraries,” then “Programming.”  Also on the home page, click on “Virtual Bookclubs”  for a link to the Oregon Authors  virtual book club for Stubborn Twig.  Links to virtual bookclubs for all three Oregon Reads books will be posted on the Oregon Reads website as they become active, so check back often for updates.

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*** OLA Legislative Day
On March 5 we will be talking to Legislators about libraries and encouraging them to give their support to libraries.  Help us visit as many State Legislators as we can either in person or virtually.  Contact your Legislators’ offices and set a time on March 5 for you to spend about 15 minutes talking with them about libraries. If you have not made an appointment, now is the time to do it.  Legislators have very full schedules so making an appointment as early as possible gives you more of a chance to talk with them.  Of course, it is also good to talk with their staff if this is the only option available.  Staff members actively help their Legislators understand the issues.

If you have made appointments with your Legislators for meeting with them in Salem on March 5 please put the appointment information on the wiki,  http://olanetwork.wikispaces.com/OLA+Legislative+Day. Or you can send Diedre Conkling (diedrec@charter.net) the name(s) of your Legislator(s), the time of your appointment(s) and the names of anyone you know will be joining you on the visit.  You will be provided with talking points and any help you need.

Currently there are only 12 appointments that have been made that we know about.  It helps us know who has been contacted so that the Legislators don’t receive multiple contacts for the day.  Also, we need to know if an extra push needs to be given to some colleagues to make appointments with their Legislators. 

 Being a part of OLA Legislative Day really is fun.  I hope many of you are able to be a part of the event.  If you can’t make it to Salem on March 5 please set up another time to meet with them or send them an email on Legislative Day.  If you are going to make a virtual visit with your Legislator(s) please let us know about it as well.  And yes there is a column on the form on the wiki page for this.  You can find out more about the day at http://olanetwork.wikispaces.com/OLA+Legislative+Day

See you in Salem on March 5!

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*** OLA Preconference on Audio Books
LISTEN UP: Audio Books in the Library Pre-Conference

The Public Library Division is excited to offer the first OLA pre-conference on audio books.  Please join us for a jam-packed day of presentations by nationally known experts.  Below is a brief description of the program.  Check the OLA conference program page at www.olaweb.org for more information.

Whether for visually-impaired patrons, for commuters, or for people who just enjoy their literature out loud, audio books are in increasingly high demand.

  • When They Want “Listen-Alikes:” Listeners Advisory and Collection Development
  • The Future of Literary Listening: Are MP3 Players “So Yesterday?”
  • Put Yourself Out There: Podcasting Made Easy and Fun
  • On-Demand Audio: The Latest from Library2Go and Overdrive

Recorded Books will be onsite with behind-the-scene information, followed by a presentation from nationally known narrator and comedian Johnny Heller.

Robin Beerbower, PLD Chair

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*** Call for Nominations for OLA Board
Greetings, OLA Members. Your organization needs you.  As chair of the 2009 Nominating committee let me sound the call, OLA is looking for a few good leaders!

If you would like to work on library issues at the statewide level, sharing your ideas and energies, advocating for libraries, developing your professional knowledge and skills, and engaging with OLA members from around the state, have we got opportunities for you!  OLA will elect a vice president/president-elect, a secretary, and a treasurer.  The duties of these positions are described in the OLA bylaws: http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=61049.  

If you are interested in being a candidate or would like to nominate someone, please contact Sarah Beasley (beasleys@pdx.edu). Please submit names by February 20, 2009.

All candidates should be active members of OLA in good standing.

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*** Seeking Nominations for the Lampman Award
Help celebrate the 150th anniversary of Oregon by nominating an Oregon author, librarian, or educator for the 2009 Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award! 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.

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.  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. Box14810
Salem, OR  97309
Fax:  503-588-6055

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*** 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 cathyz@dpls.us.

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*** Save the Date: SSD Conference
Looking ahead to the summer, the annual Support Staff Division Conference will be held Friday, July 17, in Keizer, OR. 

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February 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 7) – Happenings

PAIL Meeting / Portland Radical Reference Meeting / Gamers and Information Literacy Conference / Central Oregon Early Literacy Conference / New ALA Advocacy Resource

*** PAIL Meeting 
Please join us at Portland State University for the next Portland Area Information Literacy (PAIL) group meeting.

When: February 24 from 6:30 -8:30 pm. “Laissez les Bons Informations rouler!” (Yes, it will be on Mardi Gras evening.)
Where: PSU Millar Library room 160 (first floor)

Everyone is welcome – public, high school and academic librarians, library school students or anyone else interested in information literacy. RSVPs are appreciated (just to get a general head count – schroedr@pdx.edu ) but feel free to just drop by if you’d like to.

 On the agenda will be:
1.  Portland Public Schools “Initiative for 21st Century Libraries in all our Schools”
– Susan Stone from Portland Public Schools
In order to help Portland students meet or exceed academic standards this initiative is aiming to:

  • Increase capacity for information literacy instruction, technology skills and improved library administrative services.
  • Capitalize on research which shows that school library programs raise student achievement scores in core disciplines, and cultivates life-long reading habits for students at all levels.

2.  “Info Lit Proficiencies for High School Students going to College – a Draft”
– Anna Johnson, Coordinator Information Literacy Instruction, Mt. Hood Community College

  • A group of high school and college librarians in the Portland area has developed a draft of what “Information Literacy” might look like for a graduating high school senior. These draft proficiencies are based on the work initially done over the past few years by the Oregon IL Summit, where 8 general proficiencies were developed for college juniors.

3.  “Emotion, Values and Information Literacy Standards”
– Bob Schroeder, Coordinator of Information Literacy, Portland State University

  • What does feeling have to do with research? Should we care? Should we have an Information Literacy Standard at ACRL that relates to the affective side of information and research? Pithy questions to be sure.

Hope to see you at this meeting! – Bob Schroeder  
A link to PSU’s and the Millar Library’s locations & parking http://www.pdx.edu/map.html
If you’re driving Parking Structure #P1 at 6th Ave. and Harrison is a good one to use. Enter from 6th Ave. only.

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*** Portland Radical Reference Meetup
Please join us for the February meeting of the Portland Radical Reference Collective this Monday the 2nd at 7pm at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in downtown Portland. We’ll be joined by special guest Debbie Rasmussen, publisher of Bitch magazine, who will be speaking on the state of independent publishing, feminist media, and battling censorship. Debbie will speak at 7pm and the meeting will continue at 7:30.

Also, if you haven’t already, please join our Facebook group! This group site is avaiable here. (Note: You’ll need to login to Facebook to join.) We’ll be using this site to connect virtually and announce upcoming events and meetings. 

The Portland Radical Reference Collective meets at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in downtown Portland on the 1st Monday of the month at 7pm. Upcoming meetings will feature speakers from the community. For more information on the group, check out our wiki.

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*** Gamers and Information Literacy Conference
Teaching information literacy to a generation of gamers.

Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. 
Portland Community College, Cascade Campus
TEB (Technology Education Building), Room 215
705 N. Killingsworth Street
Portland, OR 97217
For directions and parking information, see http://www.pcc.edu/about/locations/cascade/

Workshop description:
Video games are as important to contemporary teens and young adults as television and the radio were for their predecessors. In three parts, this training will explore how video games affect the ways that students access and interact with information.

  • Video games as medium:  First, we will examine how games communicate with and teach their players.
  • Gamers and info literacy: Second, we will discuss some key learning principles encountered by gamers and link these with practical classroom techniques for information literacy instructors. This part of the presentation will include guided discussions and sharing of the classroom experiences of the attendees.
  • Hands-on learning:  Third, attendees will have the opportunity to experience teaching and learning with video games first hand, using the popular game Portal.

This training is presented by information literacy instructors who work in academic libraries and most of our examples and scenarios are drawn from our personal experience in the classroom (and in the games.) However, we predict that most librarians who are curious about teaching, learning, and the current generation of gamers will find applications and connections to their professional practice. Please come and bring your curiosity and experiences with you to share!

Nicholas Schiller and Carole Svensson are frequent collaborators and co-authors of work on the connections between video games and library instruction. They presented together at the 2008 Lita Forum and co-authored a chapter in the forthcoming Neal Schuman title: Teaching Gen M: A Handbook for Librarians and Educators.  In March, together with Serin Anderson, they will be presenting their research on games and learning at the 2009 ACRL conference.

Student/retiree rate: $30.00
Regular rate: $40.00

Register at http://www.portals.org

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*** Central Oregon Early Literacy Conference
Mark your calendars, and save the date, for the Central Oregon Early Literacy Conference! 

The keynote speaker, and workshop presenter, is award-winning author Mem Fox.  Many of Mem’s wonderful picture books have all the rhythm, rhyme and repetition that make for a perfect book for learning to read.  Her adult book, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever is filled with anecdotes and advise just right for parents and care providers.  So come hear Mem entertain you with her clever wit, Australian charm, and extensive knowledge on early literacy. 

The conference will be at the Eagle Crest Resort on May 9, 2009, from 8:30-4:30.  Registration is $50 through April 1, and then will increase to $75, so register soon.  The rooms at Eagle Crest are $90.  The website for registration is at www.coliteracyconference.org.  

Be sure to register not only for the conference, but also for 2 of the 8 break out sessions, which feature topics such as early literacy in every day interactions with children; storytelling; best books for babies, toddlers and preschoolers; information about Reading for Healthy Families; dramatic play; creative art, and more.   Contact Heather McNeil, heatherm@dpls.us,  if you have questions about the conference.  See you in May!

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*** New ALA Resource on Advocating for Youth and Teen Library Services
A new Web-based resource has just been released that will help library advocates make the case for libraries in the lives of children and teens. “Add It Up: Libraries Make the Difference in Youth Development and Education” is available at http://www.ala.org/additup.

“A growing body of research and studies now proves what the library community already knows is true: libraries are indispensable in the lives of children and teens. The problem is that until now, it has been difficult to distill all that data into products that library advocates can easily use and funders can easily understand,” says Keith Michael Fiels, Executive Director of the American Library Association (ALA). “This new online resource does just that. The goal is to help library advocates articulate the positive, transformational impact that public libraries and school library media programs have on children and teens.”

Divided into three age groups, the resource contains top-level talking points, statistics to back them up and links to the bodies of research. This resource is part of the “Advocacy U,” ALA’s new initiative geared to providing tools, training and resources to library advocates to achieve real advocacy goals in real situations at the local level. Learn more at www.ala.org/advocacyuniversity.

The ALA Office for Library Advocacy created this project in partnership with theALA Office for Research and Statistics, and ALA’s three youth divisions: the American Association of School Librarians, The Association for Library Service to Children andthe Young Adult Library Services Association.

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