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!

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***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.

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***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.

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***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!

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***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.

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