June 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 16) – News

SSD ConferenceOregon Authors

***2009 SSD Conference Coming Soon!
Gateways 2009: Step up your game: Tools for your job 

Scholarships to attend are available: http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=61763

Registration now open — Check out SSD’s website and blog!

Contact Lori Davidson: davidsol@wou.edu.

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***Oregon Authors
Librarians & librarian supporters! Please forward this announcement to interested authors and  readers & writers groups:

The Oregon Library Association (OLA) and the Oregon Center for the Book have launched a new website for Oregon authors:  http://www.oregonauthors.org/
This website features Oregon authors’ books, their websites, and their photographs or covers of their latest books! If you would like to create your own page about your book publications, just click on Browse Authors on the left-hand column, then click on “send us your information” to register for your page at  the Oregon Authors website.

Once the Oregon Authors Committee of the OLA has vetted your information, you will receive a log on and password to access your webpage. Log on and add your titles with the bibliographic information, then submit the entries for verification by the Oregon Authors committee, who will in turn, edit for further citation information.  The Oregon Authors website is a great way to get the word out about your work!  The Oregon Authors Website is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

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June 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 16) – Happenings

SLA Conference Recap / Online Northwest: Call for Proposals / Disaster Preparedness Workshop / ALA Library Toolkits

***SLA Conference Recap from ORSLA
The Oregon Chapter of SLA (ORSLA) invites you to join us for an upcoming professional development opportunity. As many of you know, SLA will hold its Annual Conference in Washington, DC from June 14th – 17th. Several ORSLA members will be attending, as the conference will offer opportunities for networking, communication, learning and other professional development programs. They are eager to share their experiences with those of us who are unable to attend. Come join us on Tuesday, June 30th at 6pm to hear about conference highlights, sessions particularly relevant to our chapter, as well as a chance to discuss industry trends and key topics of interest to information professionals.  Pizza and refreshments will be served.

 The cost will be as follows:

  • $10 for SLAstudent members
  • $15 for SLAmembers
  • $20 for non-members

You may pay at the door either with cash or a check payable to ORSLA.

Please be aware that space is limited, so it is important for you to RSVP by Friday, June 26th. If you have any questions regarding this event, feel free to contact Joan Truncali at bjtruncali@aol.com. We hope you will be able to attend, and look forward to seeing you there.  This event is generously underwritten by ORSLA chapter members.

Please RSVP by June 26th at the link below: 

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***Online Northwest: Call for Proposals
Online Northwest is a one-day conference focusing on topics that intersect libraries, technology and culture.  The conference is sponsored by the Oregon University System Library Council.  The 2009 conference will be held at CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Corvallis, Oregon (on the Oregon State Universitycampus) on Friday, February 5, 2010

The coordinating committee seeks presentations that discuss how technology is being applied within library settings and how technology is affecting library patrons and services. We strongly encourage academic, public, school, and special librarians to submit proposals.  All topics relating to technology and libraries are welcome, including:

  •         Technology in tough economic times
  •         Tagging used in libraries (OPAC, librarything, flickr, etc.)
  •         Change/innovation & organizational culture (as it relates to technology)
  •         User interface design and evaluation
  •         Resource sharing (e.g. ILL, document delivery)
  •         Information literacy and instruction  (distance ed. and technology use)
  •         Management of electronic resources, digital repositories, or digital archives
  •         Programming and development of computer applications to support delivery of library services
  •         Using social features in library technology
  •         Other topics related to technology in libraries are welcome 

For examples of past presentations or more information, see: http://www.ous.edu/onlinenw/

Check out updates on our blog and subscribe to our twitter!

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***Disaster Preparedness Workshop for Libraries and Archives
Protecting Library & Archive Collections: Disaster Preparedness, Response & Recovery
Medford:  MedfordBranch Library, Jackson CountyLibrary Services, 205 South Central Avenue, Medford, OR  97501

Part 1: Thursday, July 23, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, October 8, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.           

Workshop instructor: Kristen Kern is the Fine & Performing Arts Librarian at Portland State University and co-chair of the Portland Area Disaster Response Group.

The “Protecting Library & Archive Collections” workshops are presented in a 2-part sequence to produce the following outcomes for disaster preparedness activities:

  • Complete a disaster plan by the end of Part 2.
  • Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively.
  • Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections.
  • Learn how to use practical decision-making skills during an emergency.
  • Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, and non-print media.

The workshop days are scheduled eleven weeks apart. Participants will prepare short assignments prior to the first session; between sessions, they will undertake additional assignments resulting in a completed disaster plan at the end of Part 2. Upon completion, the institution will be invited to join an informal network of WESTPAS trained personnel to provide mutual aid in the event of emergencies involving collections in the region.

Who should attend:    Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of libraries and archives.  By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop’s disaster preparedness goals. When possible, please send two attendees from a library or archive so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.

Cost:    No charge to the institution.  Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Oregon State Library.

Registration:    Pre-registration required: WESTPAS workshop http://tinyurl.com/bkfc44
Go to the correct month and date to find the online registration form.

For registration assistance contact: Kathy Krause krause@plsinfo.org
For general & content information contact: Julie Page jpage@westpas.org

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***Library Toolkits from ALA
The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services has created a number of useful tool kits, which are accessible from its OLOS Toolkit Directory. These tool kits address a wide range of topics, from how to assist non-English speakers and older adults, to how to support and advocate for rural and small libraries and tribal libraries, to gaming in libraries.  See http://www.students.ala.org/studentmemberblog/?p=259.

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June 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 16) – Welcome Wagon

*** New Performing Arts Librarian at Reed

Erin Conor has accepted the position of Performing Arts Librarian in the Reed College Library, beginning July 15. Erin holds a BM with Honors in Musicology from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, a M.A. in Musicology and a Master of Library and Information Science, both from the University of Washington.  She has served as Research Librarian for the Performing Arts at University of California Irvine Libraries.  Erin also has experience in reference, cataloging, and digital initiatives at the University of Washington.

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

***Message from your OLA President
“Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.” (Mark Twain)

But reading about library catalogs can! I’ve just finished the Spring, 2009 issue of our OLA Quarterly entitled “Library Catalogs and Other Discovery Tools.” What a great issue to remind me of what I love about being a librarian. There’s just so many interesting avenues to go down, things to learn, inspiration to be gained from these articles by absolutely-in-another-zone-than-I Oregon librarians. The explorations and decisions and re-thinking about catalogs and finding tools were intriguing to get familiar with. The accumulated effect impressed me with what collaborative, professional, forward-thinking, user-oriented people are fostering access to information in Oregon and Northwest libraries. My appreciation to editors Laura Zeigen and Janet Crum (OHSU), and authors Repplinger, Dahl, Larsen, Michel, Reese, Guidry, and Allison-Bunnell. Perpetual beta–my new approach to work and life (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perpetual_beta)!

Mary Ginnane, OLA President, mary.j.ginnane@ci.eugene.or.us

June 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 15) – News

More about the Intellectual Freedom Award / 2009 SSD Conference / Horner Library Exchange / Party for Teresa Landers

*** More about Intellectual Freedom Award
The last issue of the OLA Hotline announced the SIRS-Proquest State and Regional Achievement Award being given this year to the Celebrate the Freedom to Read coalition for a statewide Banned Books Week project. The coalition included the OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee, the OASL Intellectual Freedom Committee, the ACLU, and the Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse. The State Award was initiated in 1984 and awarded annually since then with only one year in which no award was given. Oregon groups have won one the State Award four times in these 24 years:  1991 – Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse; 1993 – Oregon Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee; 1999 – Oregon Coalition for Free Expression; and 2009 – Celebrate the Freedom to Read. Groups from Virginia, New York & Illinois have won the award 2 times but the Oregon ratio seems to be unique. Does this say something about a more restrictive climate here (certainly was in the early 1990’s heyday of the Oregon Citizens Alliance) or about an active library profession? Candy Morgan, member of the OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee with rich experience in intellectual freedom at national, state, and local levels responded, “I am not sure what it means — but I like to think that Oregon is special. Most certainly our Constitution provides greater protection of individual rights than the U.S. Constitution does and, as interpreted by Oregon Courts, more than most other states.” What do you think?

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***2009 SSD Conference Coming Soon!
Gateways 2009
Step up your game: Tools for your job 

Registration opens soon.  Check out SSD’s website and blog!
SSD website:  http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=61036
SSD Blog: http://ola-ssd.blogspot.com/

Questions?  Contact Lori Davidson: davidsol@wou.edu

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***2010 Horner Library Exchange
The Horner Library Staff Exchange Project is an exchange of library staff between Fujian Province, China, and Oregon, for the purpose of sharing professional knowledge about library and information science. It was established through a generous gift by the late Dr. Layton Horner to the Oregon State Library and continues through a partnership between the State Library and the Oregon Library Association International Relations Roundtable.  Our international partners are the Fujian Provincial Library and the Fujian Library Association.  Fujian is Oregon’s sister province in China, and the Fujian Provincial Library maintains a sister library relationship with the Oregon State Library.

The next exchange will occur in 2010.  In late spring of 2010, the Fujian Provincial Library will send four delegates to spend three weeks in Oregon. In late October or early November, the Oregon State Library will send three delegates to China. At least one delegate in each group must be fluent enough in Mandarin or Minnan dialects and in English to act as translator.

For the Oregon delegates the Horner Fund will pay most travel costs from Portland to Fuzhou. Delegates will be expected to contribute towards travel costs beyond an amount yet to be determined. The Fujian Provincial Library will provide housing, food, and some ground transportation within China. Individual delegates are responsible for a portion of the airfare, medical insurance and expenses, costs of passport and visas, personal expenses, souvenirs, and gifts for the libraries to be visited. 

Although there may be opportunities for sight-seeing, delegates are expected to work in the Chinese libraries by observing their practices, providing training and consultation, and sharing professional expertise. Delegates may choose to extend their time, at their own expense, to take in more sight-seeing.

Applicants for the Horner Exchange program must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be a current member in good standing of the Oregon Library Association and its International Relations Round Table. 
  • Have a demonstrated interest in, and involvement with, international librarianship and/or cultural exchanges.
  • Be employed by a library or library-related institution in Oregon. The interpreter may be a librarian who works or worked (if retired) in Oregon or Washington State.
  • Have, or be able to obtain, a valid passport which will not expire before 2012.
  • Be able to pay a portion of the airline costs, as well as other expenses.
  • Commit to involvement with the visit of the Fujian delegates to Oregon, in order to become acquainted with them before going to China.
  • Be willing and able to share experiences at an OLA or IRRT program.
  • Be in good health.
  • Be able to commit to a three-week trip to Fujian, probably in late October or early November 2010. Some flexibility may be needed in case of complications in paperwork.

Preference may be given to candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • While Chinese language proficiency is not required, it may be considered in making the final selection as the OLA IRRT is committed to including one person in each exchange who can speak Mandarin or Minnan dialect well enough to act as translator.
  • The final selection of exchange participants will represent a diverse set of skills to fill the stated needs of the Fujian Library Association.  An MLSdegree may be preferred.

Timeline for selection

  • Late May  – Call for applications
  • Aug 15, 2009- Deadline for receiving applications; submit your application electronically to siegelg@pdx.edu 
  • September – November – Review applications, check references, screen interpreter’s skill
  • December – Announce three delegates and two alternates

Some notes based on the 2007 exchange which may help you in your application decision:

  • Lodging will most likely involve individual rooms for each delegate.
  • Days are very full with scheduled activities – 14 hour days were the norm, including weekends. Weekends were mostly filled with sightseeing, but were still full days.
  • Ability to sleep in moving vehicles is useful.
  • Translators are always ‘on’ and should have boundless energy.
  • You will not, in general, be allowed to wander or explore on your own.
  • Meals are taken communally and range from semi-formal to very formal.
  • Fujian is a seacoast province and the diet reflects this; you will be treated to many local delicacies, with an emphasis on shellfish.

For more information or for application, contact Gretta Siegel: siegelg@pdx.edu, (503)725-4708.

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***Going Away Party for Teresa Landers
Teresa Landers, who has been Deputy Director of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library for the past 10 years, has been named Director of the Santa Cruz City-County Public Libraries in California.   Teresa has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Oregonlibrary community in many roles, including chair of the Public Library Division of OLA, founding chair of the Oregon Digital Library Consortium (Library2Go), OLA Conference Chair, a member of the Horner Library Exchange to China, and most recently as chair of the OLA Vision 2020 Committee.   She was 2007’s Oregon Librarian of the Year and also recipient of the PLD’s Ole Award.  We will miss her terribly.

A going away party for Teresa will be on Friday, June 5th, from 2-4 p.m. in the Board Room of the Corvallis Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis.     Please join us to say goodbye and to wish Teresa well in this new endeavor.   If you can’t attend but would like to send her greetings, they can be mailed to the above address or emailed to Teresa.Landers@ci.corvallis.or.us.   Teresa’s last day here is June 10th.

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June 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 15) – Happenings

Report from ALA Legislative Day / Oregon GoHealth Local / ACRL E-Learning Classes / Oregon Encyclopedia Project / Making Your Case at Home Webinar

***Report from ALA’s Legislative Day, 2009
Your Oregon delegation to the the ALANational Legislative Day found Capitol Hill more upbeat and welcoming than past years.  The seven member group had great geographic representative and well as coming from a variety of libraries.

  • Steve Hillis (Madras Public Library trustee)
  • Sara Charlton (Tillamook County Library District)
  • Rachel Bridgewater (Reed College, ACRL Oregon representative)
  • Connie Anderson-Cohoon (Southern Oregon UniversityLibrary, OLA President-elect)
  • Carol Dinges (Lebanon School District, OASL President-elect)
  • Jim Scheppke (Oregon StateLibrary)
  • Janet Webster (Oregon State Universities Libraries, OLA Legislation Committee chair)

The Monday briefing focused on funding, copyright and open access, telecommunication and the coveted stimulus money.  A session on being an effective advocate demonstrated useful dos and don’ts when meeting with legislators and legislative staff.  All of us commented later that the session helped us be comfortable during our office visits.

Tuesday armed with briefing papers and an overview of LSTA projects in Oregon, we visited six of our seven Oregonlegislators. We all trooped into Senator Merkley’s office for our first visit of the day.  We left satisfied that we had convinced his staff of the importance of LSTA.  We then split into two groups for visits to Representatives Blumenhauer’s, Schrader’s, DeFazio’s and Walden’s offices. We met with legislative aides for the most part.  Representative Walden met with Connie, Steve (both constituents), Jim and Carol for an extended conversation about libraries.  We reconnected at Senator Wyden’s office for the final visits.

Throughout, we focused on five topics:

  • Increasing the LSTA budget to $300,000
  • Increasing the Improving Literacy through School Libraries to $100,000 (This would make is a block grant so Oregon would get a guaranteed part of it.)
  • Incorporating the SKILS Act into the Reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind (This would recognize the need for school librarians.)
  • Copyright and Open Access to federally funded research (No on HR 801 – a bad change to copyright law, and yes on SR118 – open access to Congressional Research Service reports.)
  • Pass HR 1692 that exempts libraries from the lead testing requirement.

Many of these are perennial issues, but we always give them a new twist and present personal, local stories. This time, we focused in the Senators’ offices on the LSTA Dear Colleague Letter.  These letters are circulated prior to the finalization of budgets and indicate support for budget lines and changes.  The more signatures, the more support. In this tight budget year, there is much back and forth over what will get added and what cut.  Hence, the importance of lots of signatures on the LSTA Dear Colleague Letter.  Wyden always signs right away.  In past year, Senator Smith signed as well.  We convinced Senator Merkley to sign with help from all of you who called and emailed his office.  Oregon is one of the few states to have both senators on the letter.  

What can you do to help?

  1. Thank Senator Wyden and Merkley for signing the Dear Colleague letter in support of LSTA and ILSL. Use this link for easy access. http://capwiz.com/ala/or/home/
  2. During home visits, attend Town Hall meetings and thanks your representative for their support of libraries.  All are supportive.
  3. When OLA sends out message asking you to call or email your representative, please do it.  Don’t be afraid or intimidated.  Ask for the staff person listed below or email them directly.  They are the ones in those offices that know our issues.

Senator Wyden’s Office
Ben Widness, Legislative Aide
(202) 224-5244
Fax: (202) 228-2717

Senator Merkley’s Office
Caitie Whelan
Legislative Correspondent
(202) 224-3753
Fax: (202) 228-3997

Congressman Blumenhauer’s Office
Tyler Frisbee, Staff Assistant (Education)
Stephanie Cappa, Legislative Assistant (Technology)
(202) 225-4811
Fax(202) 225-8941

Congressman DeFazio’s Office
Emily Rohlffs, Legislative Assistant
Fax: 202-225-0032

Congressman Schrader’s Office
Jon Stern, Legislative Assistant
(202) 225-5711
Fax: (202) 225-5699

Congressman Walden’s Office
Lauren Flynn, Legislative Assistant
Fax: 202-225-5774

Thanks in advance for your support of libraries in the political process.

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***OregonGo Health Local
Oregon Health Go Local, a free online directory of health services and facilities throughout Oregon is now live! Please consider linking to this resource www.medlineplus.gov/oregon from your library’s resources page.

Oregon Health Go Local will help you support your patrons and community when health-related questions arise. There are two ways to get to Oregon Health Go Local. First, if you know about the resource you can link directly to it to find health services and facilities in your county. Browse either by location, service or facility type, or by specific health conditions.

The other way to access this resource is via MedlinePlus. Users viewing any health topic in MedlinePlus will be able to navigate to “Find Health Services for (health topic) in your area.” When a user selects Oregon from this menu, they will be connected with Oregon Health Go Local.

Please view the two short videos linked below for quick examples of how to use Oregon Health Go Local.

Have we missed a resource in your community? If so, please fill out the Suggest a Resource Form to let us know how we can better represent the health services and facilities in your county.

Oregon Health Go Local is supported in whole or part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library. This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal Funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services under contract NO1-LM-1-3516 with the University of Washington’s Regional Medical Library.

Contact us with questions at golocal@ohsu.edu

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***ACRL E-Learning Opportunities
Registration is now open for the following e-learning opportunities from ACRL.  Stretch your professional budget by registering now for these affordable distance learning courses and events! For more information on each course, including a link to online registration and registration fees, please visit the course page by clicking the course title.  Space is limited, so register now to reserve your seat! 

Keep up to date with upcoming e-Learning opportunities from ACRL via the new RSS feed!  Subscribe today at http://feeds2.feedburner.com/acrl_elearning.

  • Podcasting for Libraries (Live Webcast: June 2, 2009: 2PM Eastern/11AM Pacific)
    Podcasting is like an Internet radio show, or a blog with audio.  It uses the power of RSS syndication to automatically deliver new episodes to listeners.  There are millions of podcasts available, covering nearly any topic imaginable.  Any library can produce a podcast using free software and inexpensive hardware.  If you can post to a blog and talk into a microphone, you can create a podcast.  How can your library use podcasting as a tool for teaching, promotion, outreach and programming?

For more information, including a link to online registration, please visit the course page located at:

  • Virtual Reference Competencies (Multi-week Online Course: June 22 – July 31, 2009)
    In this six-week seminar, participants will engage in learning activities, supported by readings as well as lecture and discussion, to acquire and improve the technical competencies required by effective virtual reference librarians. During this course, engage in learning activities supported by readings as well as lecture and discussion, to practice and expand the communications competencies required by effective virtual reference librarians.

For more information, including a link to online registration, please visit the course page located at:

For more information about any of the above courses or webcasts, please contact ACRL Web Services Manager, Jon Stahler, at jstahler@ala.org.

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***Oregon Encyclopedia Project
Where did the name Oregon come from?  What was the Roseburg Blast of 1959? How did the Pendleton Roundup get started?  When did Mt. Mazama last erupt?  What was Vortex?

For the first time, people interested in finding out answers to these questions, and to thousands of others like them, will have a single, authoritative place to look. 

The Oregon Historical Society and Portland State University invite the public to “open their minds to Oregon” and contribute their knowledge of local history and culture to The Oregon Encyclopedia, a new on-line resource where information on the state’s significant people, places, events, and institutions will be available to anyone with access to the World Wide Web at http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org.

The Oregon Encyclopedia (www.oregonencyclopedia.org) will be hosting a Community Meeting at the Stayton Public Library to gather knowledge of local history and culture to add to its on-line resource.  The meeting is free and open to the public and will take place on Saturday, June 6 from 1-3pm at the Stayton Public Library.

If you’d like more information about The Oregon Encyclopedia, or to schedule an interview with the project Editors-in-Chief, please call Tania Hyatt-Evenson at 503.725.3990 or e-mail Tania at pdx05508@pdx.edu.

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***Making Your Case at Home Webinar
Sometimes the most effective and efficient way to gain a policymaker’s attention is to simply show them the benefits your library brings to the community you serve.  In this ALA Washington office webinar we’ll look at the best ways to make your case for library-friendly policies from the safety of your own neighborhood.  Whether you want to follow-up from your meetings at National Library Legislative Day or just want some fun ideas for connecting over the summer, this is the session for you! We’ll look at options for putting together site visits, attending townhall meetings and coordinating community sessions.  We’ll also discuss strategies for actually getting elected officials on board and excited about your work.

Title:  ALA Washington Office Webinar: Making Your Case at Home
Date:  Thursday, May 28, 2009
Time:  4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

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