August 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 20) – News

OLA Leadership Retreat / DIGOR Fall Meeting / CSD Save the DatesOYAN Meeting and Workshop / Horner Exchange Deadline Extended

***OLA Leadership Retreat
The OLA Board — many outgoing and incoming officers, division and committee chairs, and round table chairs – met for the annual OLA Leadership Retreat on August 10 – 11th at the Silver Falls Conference Center. The officers and OLA unit contacts reported on progress achieved in the past year, incomplete activities, and ideas for new activities in 2009-1010. The report on 2008-09 activity results will be available soon on the OLA website at Vice-President/President-Elect Connie Anderson-Cohoon facilitated the retreat, and will transform the meeting notes into the OLA plan for 2009-2010. A fun initiation for Connie into her presidency (with a Shakespearean theme due to her location in Ashland!) was held during an evening social. She will receive the gavel as President on August 24, 2009 at the next Board meeting.

I, as the almost past-president, thank all the OLA leaders and members for a great year. So many people carrying through on activities contributed to a banner year for the organization. Thank you so much for your contributions.

Mary Ginnane, OLA President,

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***DIGOR Fall Meeting
Greetings DIGOR members!  Our regular fall meeting will be a bit later than usual this year.  We will meet on Friday, October 23, 11:00-3:00, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland.  Meeting on this date will allow us to get a report from the Depository Libraries Council.  In the afternoon, we’ll tour the Southern Oregon Digital Archive’s facility.

More information on the meeting agenda will be available closer to the date.  For those not able to travel to Ashland, we’ll have a speaker phone.  And, for those traveling down I-5, carpooling is a good option.

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***CSD Members – Save the Dates
Plans are moving right along to offer youth services folks wonderful workshops this fall, so please mark your calendars to save the following dates:

  • Saturday November 7, 2009 – CSD Fall Workshop / Beaverton City Library
  • Saturday December 5, 2009 – Mock Caldecott Workshop / Springfield Public Library
  • Saturday January 9, 2010 – Mock Newbery Workshop / Multnomah County Central Library

As Rick Samuelson takes over as CSD Chair for 2009-2010, please join me in welcoming him to this new position and offering your support and help during the coming year.  Thanks for all each of you has done to make this past year a success for CSD.

BJ Toewe, outgoing CSD Chair

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***OYAN Fall Meeting and Workshop
Date: Oct. 16, 2009
Time: Workshop, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Membership Meeting, 1 – 4 p.m.
Location: US Bank Room, Central Library, Multnomah Co. Library, 801 SW 10th, Portland, OR

Ever talk with a teen about a book and watch eyes glaze over in boredom?  Attend this FREE workshop and learn to create/present booktalks that thrill and entice teens to read!  Cathy Schneider, from Multnomah Couty Library’s Books 2 U program and booktalker extraordinaire, will offer tips and tricks of the booktalk.  You’ll learn:

  • How booktalks differ from summaries;
  • 3 ways to talk about fiction;
  • How to talk up non-fiction;
  • How to create great “hooks” for books;
  • Hear demonstration booktalks; and
  • Practice your own.

Phew! All that in only 2 hours!  Then, stay for the networking!  After lunch on your own in downtown Portland, join your teen service peers at the quarterly OYAN membership meeting to network, share ideas, and plan ahead.  Come with your great ideas of titles to include in the 2010 OYAN Book Rave booklist.

To register for the workshop: By October 1, 2009, email Susan Smallsreed ( with name, library & email address.  No registration needed for the OYAN meeting.

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***Horner Exchanged Deadline Extended
We are extending the deadline for applications for the Horner Library Staff Exchange to Fujian, China for 2010.  Information about the Exchange and the application form for consideration can be found on the OLA website,, under the tab for the International Relations Round Table. 

Deadline for applications is now SEPTEMBER 15th.  It’s a wonderful professional development experience and we hope to see many applicants!  If you have any questions, please ask! Contact is

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August 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 20) – Happenings

PDX Downtown Librarians Lunch / NWIUG Meeting / Sustainable Scholarship Meeting / NW ILL Conference / PNBA Fall Show / Celebrate with Concordia U! / Banned Books Week Display

***Portland Downtown Librarians Lunch
The Bonneville Power Administration Library will be hosting the Downtown Librarians Brown Bag lunch on Wednesday, August 19th from noon to 1pm.

Rather than stay inside during such beautiful weather, we invite you to join us for a Lunchbox Concert: at Oregon Square (NE Holladay between 7th and 9th). Transportation: street parking is available, and the red and blue MAX lines let you off directly in front of the square.

Afterwards, we will walk two blocks to Bonneville for a tour of the library. Those interested in seeing the library must remember to bring their driver’s license, and we would recommend bringing in as little as possible, including cellphones. 

Please RSVP to Kaye ( so we know how many seats to save for the concert. 

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***NWIUG Meeting
Registration is now open for the 15th annual Northwest Innovative Users Group meeting, September 10-11, in Salem, Oregon. With workshops on Populating License Records, Customizing Print Templates for MilCirc and Setting up WebBridge, and programs on a variety of topics, from webpub.def to unicode, there’ll be something for everyone – even the whiners. (No, really, there’s a wine & cheese reception on the Thursday evening.) We’ve even got III guru Bob Duncan!

And remember, it’s still not too late to submit a program proposal and share those innovative workflows with your colleagues! Interested in moderating a forum? We still need moderators for the Cataloging, Circulation, and Electronic Resources forums.

To register for the conference, find lodging information or view the draft conference schedule, please visit our website at

Questions? Ask any member of the Steering Committee.

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***Sustainable Scholarship Conference
As part of our effort to inform, educate (and hopefully excite!) our faculty at Pacific University – as well as librarians, faculty and administrators at other institutions – we will be hosting a one-day conference this fall dedicated to scholarly communications issues.  The conference is open to all, and registration is free.

Call for Presenters:
 If you would be interested in sharing your knowledge/experiences by presenting, or by participating in a panel discussion, etc, we would be thrilled to have you.  A preliminary description of the conference, with suggested topics, is below.  Please contact me (Isaac Gilman) at by August 28 (sooner is fine too!) if you’re interested in presenting.  Include a brief summary/abstract (of no more than 300 words) of your presentation for the conference committee to review.  If you are interested in participating in a panel, please outline what topic(s) you are interested in discussing.

Invitation to Attend:
If you don’t feel up to presenting, but would like to attend – that would be great, too!  And if you’re already a scholarly communications expert…this could be an excellent opportunity for faculty and administrators at your institutions who haven’t had an opportunity to take part in a similar conference, or who would like to learn more about scholarly communication issues.

Conference Description:
Sustainable Scholarship: Open Access and Digital Repositories
 On Tuesday, October 20, 2009, Pacific University is hosting a one-day conference dedicated to exploring alternative models of scholarly communication – particularly those that can be supported through a digital repository platform.

Conference registration is free and open to anyone in the academic community with an interest in promoting open access initiatives at their own institutions. 

Conference sessions will include discussion of (among other topics):

  • digital repositories as open access publishing platforms
  • author rights
  • open educational resources (textbooks, etc)
  • implications of open access publication for faculty promotion/tenure
  • innovative uses of digital repositories to support and promote institutional goals

Registration is now open.  To register, please visit the conference site:

A complete schedule will be available on the site above by October 1, 2009.  If you would like more information or have questions, please send an email to Isaac Gilman at

This conference is sponsored by the Berkeley Electronic Press and Pacific University Library.

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***Northwest Interlibrary Loan Conference
The 2009 Northwest Interlibrary Loan & Resource Sharing Conference promises to be a great opportunity for professional development and networking! View the complete program, apply for a conference scholarship, and register online at:  The conference theme is “Resiliency and Resourcefulness.”

“Resiliency” focuses on change. Related programs will attempt to answers questions like: How do we flourish in times of change? How do we maximize our resources during difficult times? What do we need to succeed in our operations? For Summit members specifically, how has the use of Navigator impacted us during the past year? And for ILLiad users, how do we prepare for ILLiad 8.0?

“Resourcefulness” is about discovery. Programming will address the following questions and more: How do we help patrons (or ourselves!) find content on the web or in a depository? What about international ILL? How do we get material that is only available outside the U.S?

We will also be joined by Cyril Oberlander, this year’s keynote speaker, who will share with us his forward-thinking perspective on the “Future of Resource Sharing and Library Service.”

Register now to join us for all of this and more!  If you have any questions about the conference please contact the Conference Chair, Chelle Batchelor,

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***Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Fall Show
The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association again invites you to attend our fall show, which will again be held at the Holiday Inn at the Portland Airport, Thursday through Saturday, September 10-12.

Last year we offered educational sessions for librarians on the first day of exhibits, and found that that schedule was not attractive to librarians, who were as interested in the exhibits as the booksellers were.  This year, we are offering education aimed at librarians on the same day as the education for booksellers, Thursday, Sept 10, from 8:00 am (the basic intro for First-timers) until 5:15 pm

The education schedule for the day is posted on our web site here. Please remember that, although we do have one room set aside for education that we thought might most be of interest to librarians, everyone who attends the show is welcome to attend any sessions that you would like. For instance, we believe that the 2:30 session in Salon A, “Edelweiss: Interactive, On-line Publisher Catalogs,” with John Rubin, the founder of Above the Treeline, may be as important and informative to librarians as it is to booksellers, and we urge your appropriate staff to consider attending. We expect fewer and fewer publishers to produce and mail catalogs every year.

The show will also feature a terrific line-up of national and regional authors, and you are encouraged to attend as many of those author events as you would like. The complete show schedule is posted here, with the lists of authors who will speak at the Breakfasts, and the general show page on our site has links to pdfs of all of the author events and their schedules. We hope you will join us to hear the Celebration of Authors on Thursday at lunch and to pick up copies of those authors new books immediately after the presentations, and join us at the opening Nightcapper Party that evening, which is free to all show attendees. One of the favorite events at the show is the Friday night Feast of Authors, in which twenty authors move from table to table throughout your meal, discussing their new books, so that people at each table sit personally with six authors during the event. At the end of the event, every bookseller and librarian attending receives a bag of books containing a selection of signed copies of the books discussed by the authors at the Feast, with at least a dozen signed books in every bag. All author events at the show feature free signed books or advanced readers editions given to attendees of the events.

On Saturday after the Book & Author Breakfast, on the floor of the exhibits we will also have volunteers helping booksellers and librarians set up their own blogs, Facebook and/or Twitter accounts, and even helping you produce your own, short introductory video about your library and post it on YouTube for use on your library’s web site.

If any of this sounds like it might be helpful to you or any of your staff, we hope that you will encourage them to join us in Portland for the fall show. You may register for the show using the form posted on our web site, and pay your library membership on that form. If your library joins PNBA, then up to FOUR people from your library may attend the show for free. The most efficient way to make a room reservation at our host hotel is to use the on-line registration form posted on our tradeshow web page. Click the logo for the Holiday Inn on the upper right of the page, fill in only the dates that you want to stay overnight, click the “check availability” button on the lower right, and you will be offered the room choices. Our group rate of $99/night plus tax (with free parking!) will be available only through Friday, August 28, or until the rooms are sold out.

Other PNBA show documents that may be of interest to you:

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***Celebrate with Concordia University
Our new library is a reality.  Come and help us celebrate!
Place: Concordia University, Portland, OR
2800 Liberty St in NE Portland

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2009
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Directions to campus:

Campus home page:

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***Banned Books Week Exhibit Available
“Censorship in Schools and Libraries” exhibit is available for Banned Books Week in the fall.

The Long Island Coalition Against Censorship is an association of 22 educational and community organizations (16 are public libraries and professional library organizations). The purpose of the Coalition is to defend challenges to the First Amendment rights of public and school libraries when there are efforts by individuals or groups to censor books and other materials

In planning an exhibit for Banned Books Week in the fall, you might wish to consider displaying the new edition of our exhibit, “Censorship in Schools and Libraries.”

The 2009 edition of the exhibit presents 32 illustrations of censorship each one approximately 11″ x 14″ with accompanying text that is 11″ x 14.” The history of censorship in public libraries and schools highlights incidents of censorship that have occurred nationally during the last 150 years. Included are descriptions of the censorship of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, In the Night Kitchen, The Catcher in the Rye, and the novels of Judy Blume and Chris Crutcher. The censorship of Susan Patron’s novel, The Higher Power of Lucky, which was awarded the Newbery Prize, is in the new edition. U.S. Supreme Court decisions including the landmark Island Trees book banning case are part of the exhibit.

Quality copies have been reproduced which may be readily presented on posters or bulletin boards in your library and then retained by you as a reference source. If your space is limited, we suggest that you rotate the incidents of censorship during the time the exhibit is on display. Excerpts from the exhibit are on our web site Click on Exhibits, “Censorship in Schools and Libraries” (for a description of the exhibit) and then Selected Cases. You may order the exhibit by e-mail or sending a purchase order to the LI Coalition Against Censorship, PO Box 296, Port Washington, N.Y.11050. The cost of the exhibit including mailing charges is $40.00. We request payment by check within 30 days after you receive the exhibit. If you need any additional information our e-mail address is or call (516) 944-9799.

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August 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 20) – People

***Passing of Dolores Jean Pritchard

Dolores Jean Pritchard was born June 27, 1924, in Chicago, Ill. , an only daughter raised by her Lithuanian mother and grandparents. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in education, and took a job teaching elementary school in Los Angeles, Calif. She decided to pursue her interest in geology, and went to graduate school at Stanford University. There she obtained a master’s degree in geology, as well as meeting Austin Pritchard, whom she married in 1950.

She went with Austin to Hawaii, where he was working on a doctorate through the University of Hawaii. During this time, Dolores gave birth to her first son, David, in 1953. Six months later, the family moved to Corvallis, where Austin took a job as a professor of zoology. In Corvallis, Dolores gave birth to her two other children, Pamela and Jeffrey.

Dolores lived and worked in Corvallis for 35 years. During this time, Dolores obtained another master’s degree in library science from the University of Oregon in 1967, and worked for 20 years as the head reference librarian at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. After she retired in 1987, Dolores moved to Sisters, where she lived until her death on Aug. 8, 2009. Dolores is survived by her three children and her six grandchildren: Rose, Dan, Max, Gus, Charlotta and Ruben.

Dolores had two great passions: travel and animals. Dolores traveled all over the world. Her interest in traveling was sparked by a trip to Mexico with her mother in 1943. During her life, she visited every continent, including Antarctica. She was especially interested in arctic and equatorial destinations.
She traveled in every mode possible, from bush plane to cruise ship, and was always interested in going to another place she had never been. On her travels she encountered many different cultures, but what really fascinated her were the animals. Dolores’ great passion throughout her life was animals. She always had cats, and for a long time had a Samoyed dog.

Often her travel destinations were chosen for the wild animals she might en-counter, such as polar bears, wolves, large cats and exotic birds. She supported causes that helped protect wolves and polar bears. For several years, she was a volunteer docent at the Oregon High Desert Museum , working with otters and porcupines. In addition, Dolores was a supporter of the arts and music in Central Oregon.

Dolores was an independent, intelligent and cultured woman with a great interest in learning about the world, visiting its locales, and encountering as many of its animals as possible. She lived a full and interesting life, and will be missed by her children, grandchildren and friends.

There will be a gathering to honor the memory of Dolores at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Pine Meadows Village clubhouse in Sisters. Call Dave Hohlbein at 206-953-6374 or Pam Keller at 503-999-9307 for more information.

–reprinted from the Gazette Times

August 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 19) – President’s Message

***”So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good-bye…”
(Rodgers and Hammerstein, 1959, “So Long, Farewell” from The Sound of Music)

I’ve been learning a lot about good-bye songs this week. For one thing I didn’t realize The Sound of Music was 50 years old. And did you know that “Midnight Train to Georgia” was originally written by Jim Weatherly as “Midnight Train to Houston” inspired by a comment from Farrah Fawcett as she was going home to Texas to visit family? Good-bye songs and sentiments have been a theme this week as Eugene Public Library celebrated two departing staff who have been amazing OLA members too. Maureen Cole, EPL’s Public Services Manager, and 2004-2005 OLA President, current Past-President’s Round Table co-coordinator, and Northwest Central liaison will be starting a new job as Library Director at Oregon City Public Library. Jan Griffin, an EPL Administrative Specialist, and founding member of OLA Support Staff Division and OLA 2009 Distinguished Service Award winner is retiring after 32 years at the library. It was an honor for me to express good wishes to them as President on behalf of OLA. Fortunately Mo will still be in Oregon and still an active member, and Jan knows about WARRT-the Wise and Retired Round Table!

I encourage everyone to honor colleagues and co-workers with notes to the OLA Hotline marking major events. One more proud advancement to crow about – B.J. Toewe, current chair of the OLA Children’s Services Division, and Youth Service Manager at Salem Public Library has been appointed Acting Director of the Library! Youth librarians rule!

—Mary Ginnane, OLA President (for one more month)

August 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 19) – OLA News

PLA Conference 2010 / LSSCP Opportunity / Horner Exchange Info / MLS Scholarship Winners / PNLA Conference

***PLA Conference 2010
You may have received a card mailed by the Public Library Association recently announcing the 13th PLA National Conference in Portland on March 23-27, 2010. We want to remind OLA members that any OLA conference-like activities will be held in conjunction with PLA. There will not be a separate OLA Conference in 2010. The OLA Board wants Oregon library staff to benefit from the proximity of this national conference and we promote attendance at PLA’s conference. OLA will host a banquet for awards and OLA business, and PLA is helping us co-sponsor two pre-conferences. Aaron Schmidt, Digital Initiatives Librarian for the DC Public Library, has planned an exciting half day preconference on gaming and libraries. Sara Ryan, Teen Services Specialist from Multnomah County Library and Traci Glass, Teen Services Librarian at Eugene Public Library, have planned an amazing full-day preconference on graphic novels and libraries. Leading lights in both gaming and graphic novels will be featured presenters.

Sara Charlton, Library Director at Tillamook County Library is the Conference Chair for OLA and she and the Board are strategizing success for these pre-conferences to contribute to OLA’s income. Keep watching the OLA Hotline for more information and start budgeting now for PLA attendance. There will be a PLA-offered registration category for exhibits and receptions that will be a much reduced price. That’s one way to attend if other registration categories appear out-of-reach. More to come!

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***LSSCP Learning Opportunity
At the OLA Support Staff Division Conference we learned that the national Library Support Staff Certification Program is soon to enter into a pilot project evaluation phase. Highline Community College is one of the approved education providers for the LSSCP. The reference class listed below will satisfy the LSSCP’s competency set in reference. In this evaluation phase staff who think they will be going after the LSSCP certification would only pay $250 to enroll for certification in contrast to the expected fee of $350 once the program officially begins. In return for the reduced price students would commit to giving feedback about the reference course and answering some evaluation surveys.

After paying the LSSCP enrollment fee one has 4 years in which to complete six competency sets. For more information about LSSCP, go to the website at: There will be a method for gaining credit for experience through a portfolio system in addition to taking classes.

The American Library Association approved the LSSCP certification program on July 13th so the website will be updated with each passing day—this information is very new!

The Library & Information Services program at Highline Community College is offering LIBR 150 Reference Services as coursework to fulfill the Reference & Information Services competency set of LSSCP. For more information please contact Fran Clark at or 206.878.3710, x 3610.

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***Horner Exchange Program
Just a reminder that the application period is open for the Horner Library Staff Exchange to Fujian, China for 2010.  Information about the Exchange and the application form for consideration can be found on the OLA website,, under the tab for the International Relations Round Table.  The deadline for applications is August 15th.  It’s a wonderful professional development experience and we hope to see many applicants!

From  the selection committee:

  • Julia Longbrake
  • Gretta Siegel
  • Rosalind Wang

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***Congratulations to OLA’s 2009 MLS Scholarship Award Recipients!
In June, OLA made its third annual scholarship awards to 12 talented students enrolled in MLS programs at the University of Washington, Emporia State University’s SLIM program, and other ALA-Accredited programs.  Congratulations to those receiving scholarships!

Students who received awards for the 2009 – 2010 academic year are:

  • Hadley Brown           Eugene                  Emporia
  • Candice Erdman       Portland                 UW
  • Wende Glimpse        Medford                 Emporia
  • Erica Kindrick           Stayton                   UW
  • Susan Mortimer        Portland                  UW
  • Cherie Rainwater      Lake Oswego         UW
  • Jennifer Wolf             Beaverton              UW
  • Leah Biado                  Portland                 Emporia
  • Elizabeth Figueroa    Eugene                  San Jose State U.
  • Stacy Johns                 South Beach         Southern Connecticut State U
  • Denise Pasquinelli     Portland                Pratt Institute
  • Kimberly Read           Portland                Emporia

A big round of thanks to OLA’s Past President’s group, who raised over $600 at the scholarship fundraiser at the OLA Conference.   Thanks Aletha Bonebrake, Leah Griffith, Maureen Cole, Jim Scheppke, Janet Webster, and Sara Charlton!!  A big thanks to Washington librarian Susan Madden, who donated $550, the proceeds from her vendor booth, for OLA’s scholarship program. 

OLA’s MLS Scholarship Selection Committee members did a great job of carefully reviewing all eligible scholarship applications OLA received.  The selection committee’s recommendations were approved by the OLA Executive Board on June 5.

Thanks OLA’s Scholarship Selection Committee members:  Gretchen Leslie (Forest Grove), Anne Carter (Eugene), Anne Pearson (Portland), Carol Hildebrand (Eugene), Terry Rohe (Portland), Carol Ruggeri (Newport), and Gary Sharp (North Bend).

This fall the Scholarship Committee will publicize the opening of the scholarship application process for the 2010 – 2011 academic year.  Applications must be sent to the Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OLA scholarship program is #471), 

OLA’s scholarship program is made possible with major funding from a Library Services and Technology Act grant to OLA, administered by the Oregon State Library. 

OLA members generously contribute to the scholarship initiative, at the OLA conference scholarship fundraisers, and through the donor form at the OLA membership section of MemberClicks. 

—Gary Sharp, OLA MLS Scholarship Committee 

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***Pacific Northwest Library Association 1909-2009, A Century of Cooperation, a Legacy of Leadership
It is not too late to get in your registration for PNLA in beautiful Missoula, Montana, August 6-8. 2009.  The early bird registration form is located at
Join us at this great conference in the Big Sky Country. 
Further information about the conference is available at
Hope to see you there.
—Dana Campbell, Youth Services Librarian
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
PNLA Oregon Representative 2008-2010
ALA SRRT Amelia Bloomer Cmmt. 2008-2010
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August 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 19) – Happenings

Health Information Workshop / Online NW Call for Proposals / ACRL OR/WA Conference Proposals / Nominations Sought for ALA Positions / PNC/MLA Annual Meeting / IMLS Podcast Series / Disaster Planning Workshops

***Health Information Skills Workshops
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009
Portland Community College, Cascade Campus
TEB (Technology Education Building), Room 226
705 N. Killingsworth Street
Portland, OR 97217
For directions and parking information, see

  • Morning session (9:00 a.m. to noon): Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    ( Lunch on your own)
  • Afternoon session (1:30 – 4:30 p.m.): Public Health Information on the Web

Workshops Description: 
Morning session (9:00 a.m. to noon): Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The goal of this class is to increase understanding of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Students will learn the history of CAM and its impact on medical practices. They will learn how CAM is used, how to avoid “bad science” and how to look up evidence of the effectiveness of CAM therapies. Class includes lecture, discussion, and hands-on training.

By the end of the session participants will:

  • Have knowledge of the definition and types of Complementary and
    Alternative Medicine (CAM).
  • Have greater knowledge of the history of CAM and it’s impact on
    medical practice.
  • Have greater understanding of usage of CAM.
  • Increase confidence in evaluating health websites.
  • Increase skills in avoiding “bad science” found on the Internet or in
    the news.
  • Become more proficient in searching for evidence of the effectiveness
    of CAM.

Afternoon session (1:30 – 4:30 p.m.): Public Health Information on the Web

The field of public health encompasses a wide array of disciplines
including health education, epidemiology and nursing. Digital literacy and the effective utilization of online information are among the core public health informatics competencies for the 21st century. This hands-on class will highlight web resources tailored to the public health workforce.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the role of information in the public health environment
  • Identify resources to support health education and promotional
    programs and activities
  • Retrieve information in support of evidence-based public health
  • Obtain data sets and statistics relevant to public health on a state, local and national level
  • Identify resources available to stay informed of developments related to public health

One session: $25.00
Both sessions: $45.00

Register at  

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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 2010 conference will be held at CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Corvallis, Oregon (on the Oregon State University campus) on Friday, February 5, 2010

Submit proposals:

Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, October 2nd, 2009

 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

Submit proposals:

For examples of past presentations or more information, see:

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***ACRL WA/OR Conference Proposals
Did you consider submitting a proposal for the upcoming ACRL WA/OR joint conference, but didn’t think you could make the deadline?  No worries – the deadline has been extended!  We’ll be accepting proposals until August 10th.  Please see the announcement below regarding submission guidelines.  Questions?  Contact Alyssa Deutschler at or 425-352-3160.

ACRL Washington & Oregon Joint Fall Conference 2009
Great Expectations: a conversation with colleagues about change, innovation, and collaboration in Academe.
October 29th & 30th, 2009
Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest Conference Center

Call for Program Proposals:
Conference Theme: Current trends and future shifts in the academic world continue to impact library services, collections, and staff.  Forces of change are leading us towards new ways of collaboration and innovation in our libraries, throughout campus, and beyond.  Expectations are high – but resources are not!  Now more than ever, librarians need to communicate, share ideas, and employ creative strategies to help us exceed expectations and stay relevant.            

Presentation Format:
The ACRL Washington board is now accepting proposals for concurrent sessions.  Sessions will be approx. 60 minutes long.  Please indicate the format your session would take: presentation, workshop, discussion, panel discussion, etc.   Sessions should address the conference theme but may relate to any aspect of academic librarianship, including:

  • Reference / Instruction
  • Collections / Liaison Work
  • Outreach / Advocacy
  • Marketing / Public Relations
  • Partnerships / Collaborations
  • Assessment / Strategic Planning

Proposal Requirements:
The proposal should include author’s name, email address, institution, abstract (300 words or less), presentation format, and any technical support required.  Please include the contact information for all presenters if you are working in a group.

Submission Deadline:
The deadline for proposals has been extended to August 10, 2009.  Submissions should be sent to Alyssa Deutschler (  If your proposal is selected, you will be asked to submit a short description of the presentation and a brief biography to be posted on the conference web site by August 30th, 2009.  Presenters are responsible for paying their own registration and travel costs.

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***Nominations Sought for ALA Positions
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 to run 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 The database will be available June 1, 2009.   Nominations and forms must be received no later than September 1, 2009.

Nominations may be sent to any member of the 2010 ALA 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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***PNC/MLA Annual Meeting
Where Do We Grow From Here?
Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (PNC/MLA) October 17-20, 2009Annual Meeting Washington Athletic Club, Seattle:

Continuing education classes include:

  • Marketing As If Your Library Depended On It
  • Teaching About Evidence-Based Practice
  • Copyright in the Electronic Age
  • Screencasting: Creating Online Tutorials

Speakers include: 

  • Lori Heim, MD, President of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • Dianne McCutcheon, Chief of the National Library of Medicine’s Technical Services Division
  • William Welton, Program Director of the Masters in Health Administration at University of Washington

Special banquet guests are Bill Barnes & Gene Ambaum, creators of the popular library comic Unshelved!

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***IMLS Podcast Series
IMLS Launches “Libraries to the Rescue” Podcast Series.  Discussions Focus on What Libraries are Doing to Help Citizens Through the Economic Crisis 

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal funding for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums, announces the launch of the Libraries to the Rescue series of podcast episodes. Library use is on a steady rise and the economic downturn has resulted in even greater need for library services. IMLS introduced Libraries to the Rescue to share with libraries steps that other libraries have taken to help their communities.

“Libraries have emerged as one of the go-to place for people looking for work or filing for unemployment, starting new businesses, or learning how to use computers for the first time,” says Anne-Imelda Radice, IMLS Director. “Libraries are proving just how important they are to their communities. In these episodes, library leaders share their expertise so others don’t have to reinvent the wheel.”

Libraries to the Rescue provides valuable insights from:

  • Mary Boone, State Librarian of North Carolina
  • Bernard Margolis, State Librarian of New York
  • Sheryl Mase, Library of Michigan’s Director of Statewide Services
  • Jan Walsh, State Librarian of Washington, and Randall Simmons, Program Manager for Library Development in Washington
  • Kendall Wiggin, State Librarian of Connecticut

The five episodes cover a range of topics, including how libraries are increasing access to key information through virtual libraries, the importance of broadband access, and new partnerships between libraries and state and federal agencies to help citizens access all types of assistance. The Libraries to the Rescue episodes are short (12-15 minute), digestible audio episodes designed to educate IMLS’s library audience.

Accompanying the series is a list of online resources for libraries that are still navigating the new terrain. To view the list of resources, click here. If you have additional online links to share, please email them to IMLS Public Affairs Officer Jeannine Mjoseth at

Libraries to the Rescue can be accessed and enjoyed at the listener’s convenience. Audio can be accessed on the IMLS Web site or through iTunes.

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***Protecting Library & Archive Collections: Disaster Preparedness, Response & Recovery
Disaster Planning Workshops in Vancouver and Seattle
The Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS) is offering a series of disaster planning workshops in the West. Two-part workshops have been scheduled in Seattle and in Vancouver, WA. in September/November:
SEATTLE: Part 1: Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Part 2: Tuesday, November 3, 2009  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Odegaard Undergraduate Library Room 220, University of
Washington, Seattle, WA 98195
Part 1: Monday, September 21, 2009, 9:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Part 2: Monday, November 16, 2009, 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.
Location: Library Hall, Vancouver Community Library (Main Library),
1007 East Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98663
Workshop instructor
Gary Menges is Preservation Administrator at the University ofWashington Libraries, Seattle. He is a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC CERT).
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
·         Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, and non-print
The workshop days are scheduled several 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.
No charge to the institution.  Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The workshops are co-sponsored by the Washington State Library and Washington State Archives.
 Pre-registration is required. You will be able to register online.
To register go to:
Go to September and click on September 16 for Seattle; September 21 for Vancouver and complete the registration form. For registration assistance contact: Kathy Krause krause at
Information about the individual workshops and registration information for each workshops will be sent in separate email messages.
—Kristen Kern
Fine and Performing Arts Librarian, Portland State Library
kernk at

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