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. 

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***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! 

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***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 (

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***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!

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 ***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

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***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.

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