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,

Return to Top of News

***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.

Return to Top of News

***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

Return to Top of News

***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.

Return to Top of News

***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

Return to Top of News