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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