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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