May 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 14) – OLA News

OLA Board Election Results / Oregon IF Committees Win Award / Two Open Positions on the OLA IF Committee / SSD’s Blog / SSD Seeks Nominations / Conference Information on NWCentral

***OLA Board Election Results
OLA is rich in its members which is nowhere more apparent than in the terrific slate of candidates who ran for executive board positions this year.  The 2009-2010 President-elect will be Rob Everett of Springfield Public Library; the 2009-2011 Treasurer will be Shirley Roberts of Eastern Oregon University; the 2009-2010 secretary will be Lorie Vik of Eugene Public Library.  Thanks to all who ran and who voted, and congratulations to OLA for a great new group of board members. 

Return to Top of News

***Oregon Intellectual Freedom Committees Win Award
“Celebrate the Freedom to Read” Oregon is the recipient of the 2009 SIRS-ProQuest State and Regional Achievement Award.  For details go to:

Congratulations to the Intellectual Freedom Committees of OLA and OASL and the ACLU of Oregon on your statewide Banned Books Week project.  Thank you for putting together and distributing resources for academic, school, and public libraries across Oregon to use to develop local Banned Books Week activities.  Celebrating Banned Books Week is an important activity for educating people about intellectual freedom rights and the freedom to read.  Hopefully this project continues to grow and we will soon see all Oregon counties participating! 

Return to Top of News

***Two Open Positions on the Intellectual Freedom Committee
Do you have a passion for intellectual freedom?  Do you have knowledge or experience that would be valuable to other libraries around the state?  Would you like to be involved in the Oregon Library Association’s advocacy and educational efforts related to intellectual freedom?  If you answered “yes” to any of these – we want you!  The OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee is looking to fill two positions, one available immediately, the other at the start of the 2009-2010 year in August. We are especially interested in applicants from public, school, or special libraries, but all are welcome. Current OLA membership is required to join the committee. For more information, please contact Bob Kingston, OLA Intellectual Freedom Chair (

Return to Top of News

***Check out SSD’s New Blog
Oregon Library Association Support Staff Division now has a blog: sup•port•abil•i•ty.  Check it out at:

Feel free to comment and explore this resource!

Return to Top of News

 ***SSD Seeks Nominations
It’s time for nominations for OLA Support Staff Division officers for 2009-2010. 

The Support Staff Division is a dynamic organization that represents the interests of library support staff in Oregon libraries.  Becoming involved in SSD gives you the opportunity to meet colleagues from other libraries, learn new skills, and get a broad perspective on library issues in Oregon.  SSD officers meet five or six times a year, and make use of teleconferencing for those who aren’t able to attend in person.  In addition, some funds may be available to reimburse officers for travel costs.

Positions available are:

  • Vice Chair/Chair Elect (3-year commitment):  Duties: Assists the Chair: becomes familiar with the By-laws and procedures of the Association and Division. Attends meetings and chairs meetings in the absence of the Chair; Assumes the office of Chair after one year as Vice Chair; (and assume office of Past Chair after that)
  • Recorder (1-year commitment):  Duties: Records minutes of the Division’s Executive Committee Meetings; Assures each Executive Committee member receives copies of the meeting minutes before the next meeting.
  • Archivist (1-year commitment):  Maintains all historical data, scrapbook and photo album of SSD conference and other events, including keeping conference programs and accompanying material.

Self- nominations are welcome!  If you nominate someone else, please be sure to check with them first.

For more information on SSD, visit our web page at, or our blog at   If you’re wondering if you should consider becoming active in SSD, be sure to take a look at Susan Gilmont’s “The Case for Involvement”.

To submit a nomination, please contact me by June 30, 2009.  Contact me, or any other SSD officer, if you have any questions.  Thanks for considering becoming active in SSD!

Jey Wann
Past Chair, OLA Support Staff Division

Return to Top of News

***Missed OLA Conference? Find Information on NWCentral!
Did you, your staff, or colleagues miss attending the Oregon Library Association (OLA) or Washington Library Association (WLA) annual conferences this year?  NW Central has many of the conference presentations and handouts online right now for you to read.

Just follow these easy steps:

  • Go to
  • In the Search Box, upper right hand corner of the display, enter  either  WLA 2009  or OLA 2009
  • Click the “Search” button
  • PRESTO!  Lots of presentations to select, click open, and read. Lots of handouts and resources you can use to save time in your library programs!
  • …and, you can print and post the attached flyer around your building to spread the word about OLA and WLA presentations available at

Come join and learn! Northwest Central is a community-driven online clearinghouse for library continuing education and collaboration serving library staff in Oregon, Washington, and beyond. The project was developed in 2005 by the PORTALS (Portland Area Library System) consortium with LSTA funding from the Oregon State Library. In June 2006 the pilot site was launched, and in November 2008, a redesign of the site by Insite Web Publishing was released.  Portland Community College Library provides hosting and administrative support for Northwest Central.

Return to Top of News


May 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 14) – Happenings

School Libraries Saved! / Ebsco Careers Database / Digitization and Museums Workshop / Time to Register for PNLA / ALA Seeks Nominations

***School Libraries Saved!
Kudos to Becky Fisher, Julie Hathaway, Connie Sims and Jane Koivisto (Northwest Center for Children’s Literature at Concordia University-Portland) for their efforts to fight for having Media Specialists in the Clatskanie Elementary & Middle High Schools.  Armed with a bit of research on the benefits shown for students who have librarians and media techs in their schools, Becky convinced their School Board to reinstate 2 media tech jobs for their schools. 

Excellent work everyone!

Return to Top of Happenings

***Free Access to Ebsco Careers Database
If you are a public library currently enrolled in the statewide database licensing program, read on for information on this great resources, free for the rest of 2009 and discounted for 2010.

EBSCO has decided to offer Career Library to any interested U.S. public library – at no cost for the rest of 2009. As of 2010, any U.S. public library can renew at 50% of the normal annual subscription price.

This offer is not available to schools, but we are allowing existing public library customers to take advantage. That means that any existing U.S. public library customer of Career Library will receive a credit that can be used toward the purchase of previously unavailable products, and upon renewal, their price for Career Library will be cut in half.

Career Library contains detailed information on more than 2,500 occupations, including interest and skills assessments, connecting results to the appropriate career cluster and/or occupation list. The surveys and assessments are based on the 16 federal career clusters (in English and Spanish). The system also includes state-specific resources, a resumé builder, and an Occupation Video Library (in English and Spanish).

If you’d like Career Library to be available in your library, please send us an email at:, and we’ll move quickly to set up this free access.

Return to Top of Happenings

***Digitization and Museums Workshop
REGISTER NOW!  BCR, AASLH Present Digitization and Museums Workshop

BCR’s digital initiatives consultant, Leigh Grinstead, and the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) are presenting AASLH’s workshop, “Digitization and Museums: Bringing Your Collections into the 21st Century,” June 3 through 5, in Boise, Idaho. This is a rare opportunity for cultural heritage professionals to experience one, two or three days of in-depth training on digitizing historic collections.

Join your colleagues and share in learning about issues surrounding the digitization of primary source materials on Day 1. Day 2 focuses on basic digital imaging techniques, and Day 3 introduces creating metadata for digital objects.

Pricing per day is $70 for AASLH members and $135 for nonmembers. Attend all three days for $200 members/$265 nonmembers.  Registration has been extended through May 18. Register today at the AASLH website ( For additional information, send an email to Bethany Hawkins (, AASLH program associate.

Return to Top of Happenings

***Time to Register for PNLA!
As you are making your plans for the summer don’t forget about your opportunity to attend the Pacific Northwest Library Association Conference in Missoula, Montana from August 5-7, 2009.  PNLA will be celebrating their 100th birthday.  For more information about the conference visit    Early registration closes June 27. 

A description of special events at the conference can be found at  Participants will have opportunities to network with librarians from around the Pacific Northwest, hear a dynamic keynote speaker, float the Clark River, support the PNLA Leadership Institute through a “Corks and Cans” event and raffle and enjoy some beautiful country. 

Start making your plans now!

Return to Top of Happenings

***ALA Seeks Nominations
The ALA 2010 Nominating Committee is soliciting nominees to run on the 2010 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-elect, ALA Treasurer and Councilor-at-large.

The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for President-elect, two candidates for Treasurer, and no fewer than 50 candidates for the 33 at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2010 spring election.

  • The President-elect will serve a three-year term: as President-elect in 2010-2011, as President in 2011-2012, and as Immediate Past President in 2012-2013.
  • The Treasurer will serve a three-year term, beginning after the 2010 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2013 Annual Conference.
  • The Councilors-at-large will serve three-year terms, beginning after the 2010 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2013 Annual Conference. 

The ALA President, Treasurer and Councilors also serve in corresponding roles in the ALA-Allied Professional Association [ALA-APA].  Individuals considering ALA-APA office are encouraged to consult with their employer regarding any restrictions regarding lobbying activities or service on the governing body of a 501(c)6 organization.

Members who wish to make nominations should submit the following information: nominee name; present position; institution; address; telephone; fax; and e-mail address.  Self-nominations are encouraged.  All potential nominees must complete the Potential Candidate Biographical Form available at  beginning June 1.  Nominations and forms must be received no later than August 15, 2009.

Nominations may be sent to any member of the 2010 Nominating Committee.  Committee members are: 

To encourage diversity and leadership development, the Committee will refrain from nominating any current Councilors for election to another term.  However, the Committee encourages all current Councilors who wish to continue their service to the Association to file as petition candidates.  Petitions will be available from Lois Ann Gregory-Wood, Council Secretariat, ALA, 50 E. Huron, Chicago, IL 60611, Email:, or during the 2009 Annual Conference or 2010 Midwinter Meeting.  Petitions require 25 signatures for names to be included on the 2010 ballot.

Return to Top of Happenings

May 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 13) – President’s Message

***Message From your OLA President
“A terrace nine stories high begins with a pile of earth.” (Lao-tzu)

Yes, it seems like there’s a pile of earth in front of OLA right now.

We learned just prior to the OLA conference that Professional Administrative Services, our association management company, is streamlining and needs to let OLA go as a client. While HB 2586, the strengthening school libraries bill, passed out of the Education Committee this week, a surprising threat to school libraries (and other school support activities) became known in SB 441 in the Senate Education and General Government Committee. Funding for the Ready to Read program in the State Library’s budget is an unknown outcome as the Legislature gathers input about budget priorities in the hearings sponsored by the Joint Ways and Means Committee.

Fortunately, “no OLA president is an island” and there are dedicated OLA and OASL members to work on “moving the earth” for all these challenges. We’re in a good position financially due to the excellent OLA conference in April–I give credit and appreciation to the great conference committee under Robert Hulshof-Schmidt’s leadership that planned and executed the 2009 conference. Thanks, Robert, Diana Purdie (Committee Administration), Jane Nichols (Program), Arlene Weible (Local Arrangements), Bill Kelm (Equipment), Michele Burke (Exhibits), Bev Ecklund (Exhibits), Suzanne Sager (Communications), Caleb Tucker-Raymond (Website), Abigail Elder (Meals), Sue Kunda (Showcase), Kate Rubick (Speakers), Garrett Trott (Registration), Robin Puccetti (Onsite Registration), and John Repplinger (logo design).

— Mary Ginnane, President,

May 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 13) – News

Oregon Reads Wrap-up / Vote for OLA Board / OYAN Membership Meeting

***Oregon Reads Wrap-up
Participating libraries, we need your input! Please don’t forget to file your Oregon Reads evaluation reports. You can link to the fill-in form on the website ( and complete and submit it online. Your valuable feedback helps us to assess the program and gain new ideas and insights for the future. And remember, the State Library is collecting archival materials related to Oregon Reads, so please send 4 copies of your promotional materials to:

Oregon State Library
c/o Katie Anderson
250 Winter St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

It’s not too late to offer your patrons the opportunity to add their own comments and ideas about the Oregon Reads experience. Place a link to the reader response form on your library’s website: These comments will be collated and made available to participating libraries, so you can gain valuable feedback about your local programs.

The Oregon Reads 2009 Committee thanks you for taking the time to provide us with this critical information.
— Linda V. Malone, Oregon Reads 2009 Committee

Return to Top of News

***Place Your Vote for the OLA Board!
Please vote in the OLA’s 2009-2010 officers’ election.  Follow this MemberClicks link to login and access your ballot:  Voting will be open through May 6, 2009.  If you have any problems voting, please email  If you have any questions about the election, or want to become more involved with OLA, please contact Sarah Beasely, Chair of the Nominating Committee at  Thank you for your participation!

Return to Top of News 

***OYAN Spring Membership Meeting
OYAN members are invited to our next meeting on Friday, May 8, 2009, from 11:00am – 3:00pm at The Newberg Public Library, 503 E Hancock St Newberg, OR 97132-2829.  At our meetings we discuss OYAN business; upcoming events and conferences; books and other library 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 website at: .  Find us on Facebook:

Return to Top of News

May 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 13) – Happenings

***Oregon Health Go Local Launch Party
What: Oregon Health Go Local Launch Party
When: Tuesday, May 12, 10:30-11:30
Where: 4th floor of the OHSU Library

Please join us in celebrating the launch of Oregon Health Go Local at the OHSU Library. Oregon Health Go Local is a free online directory of health resources, services, and facilities throughout Oregon. Oregon Health Go Local is a joint project of the National Library of Medicine and Oregon Health and Science University Library.  The Launch Party will include a demonstration of the new resource, and remarks by Dr. Donald Lindberg, Director of the National Library of Medicine; Neil Rambo, Acting Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region; and Gail Kouame, Consumer Health Coordinator of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region.  Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP or by calling 503-494-3915

Please also indicate if you will need parking for the event. Directions will be sent to you upon RSVP.