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)