Archive for October, 2009
***OLA Association Management
At the October 2 Board meeting the organization entered into an agreement with Roberts Business Services to provide association management services. Necessitated by John and Julie McCulley’s (Professional Administrative Services) decision to streamline their client list the OLA Board researched and considered a number of management options. Shirley Roberts, now the former treasurer of OLA, expressed interest in taking on association management for OLA.
Shirley’s excellent work as treasurer built trust and confidence in her skills, and she has experience managing the Friends of Union County Libraries as a volunteer. Shirley incorporated Roberts Business Services in August, 2009. Transitioning from P.A.S. to Roberts Business Services is expected to be completed by December. The agreement covers administrative, financial, and web and member management for OLA.
Shirley continues as an instructor at Eastern Oregon University Pierce Library.
***New OLA Treasurer
Following the resignation of Shirley Roberts as Treasurer of OLA, the Board appointed Liisa Sjoblom to serve the remainder of the 2009-2011 Treasurer’s term of office. Liisa, Reference Librarian, Electronic Services at Deschutes Public Library last served OLA as Conference Chair of the 2008 Joint OLA-WLA Conference. Her grasp of the financial details and strong organizational skills impressed the Board. The OLA Board is honored that Liisa agreed to the Treasurer appointment. Please congratulate her!
***OLA Quarterly Decision
On August 24th, 2009 the OLA Board made the decision to switch to an online OLAQ with the Winter 2009 issue. The Summer 2009 online-only issue experiment went so well, and the savings were so substantial, that the Board did move forward with this significant decision. The Fall 2009 issue of the OLAQ will still be a print issue, as well as being available as a PDF in the OLAQ Archive on the OLA website. Given the theme with historical content and photos, the Board considered it a “collector’s item” and decided that a print version will serve best. You will be receiving that issue in the mail soon!
***OLAQ Survey Results
The summer survey of OLA members regarding the possible change to an online quarterly had a 22% response rate. It revealed that 67.1% of the respondents browse an issue right away and read selected pieces. Sixty percent said it was not important to receive a print version of the OLAQ and 80% said that they’d be satisfied or very satisfied with an online-only OLAQ. From comments and suggestions the OLA Publications Committee realizes we have some work to do on the format and we received good recommendations to pursue. The online format has advantages of live linking to more information and color images/photos can be used. Thank you to the survey respondents. As we all adapt to this change, please continue to give us feedback about your experience with the online OLAQ. Contact Diane Sotak at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> (or any OLA officer!)
The Documents Interest Groups of Oregon will meet at Southern Oregon University, 11:00-3:00, on Friday, October 23. We’ll be in Room 329 of the Hannon Library (http://hanlib.sou.edu/about/directions.html). Anyone interested in government information is welcome to attend.
For our morning business meeting, agenda items include planning continuing education activities for the year, and a report from the Depository Libraries Council. In the afternoon, we’ll have a tour and overview of the Southern Oregon Digital Library.
If you’re planning to attend and will need a parking pass, please contact Deb Hollens (email@example.com, 541/552-6850).
If you can’t attend in person, but would like to attend the business meeting by speaker phone, please contact Deb *by Monday, Oct. 19*.
If you’d like to add items to the agenda, or are interested in carpooling, please contact Jey Wann, DIGOR Chair,( firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-378-5023)
***HOLA Offers Conference Stipends
The Oregon Library Association has a great deal for you!!! If your Oregon public library serves 10,000 people or less you could get $500 to cover (or help cover) your expenses to attend the national Public Library Association Conference March 23-27, 2010 in Portland! http://www.placonference.org//general_information.cfm
The PLA conference is considered one of the best library conferences ever and OLA and the HOLA (Helping Oregon Libraries Achieve) committee can make it possible for you to attend.
The HOLA committee has $10,000 to provide stipends to public library staff serving in communities of 10,000 population or less to attend PLA. We have to spend it this year and we want you to benefit. Those who aren’t already OLA members will be eligible for a paid OLA membership as well. You just have to apply by November 6th.
Even if you’ve already registered for PLA, you can still apply for the stipend! This is such a great opportunity to get an easy $500, don’t miss out.
Here’s all you do:
Fill out the brief application below and return it to me.
THAT’S IT. HOW EASY IS THAT TO GET $500?!?!?!?! DO IT TODAY!!!!
1. Library Name:
2. Employee participating in HOLA (your full name):
3. Phone number you can most easily be reached at:
4. Your email address:
5. Your job title:
6. Population served by your library, per the state library report:
7. Have you ever been an OLA member?
8. Have you ever attended an OLA or PLA conference?
E-mail completed applications to:
Leah Griffith: email@example.com
Applications must be received by November 6, 2009.
Winners will also attend the OLA dinner on Wednesday evening of the PLA conference and have the opportunity to be partnered with a “coach/mentor” to gain some background and info on what attending a national conference is like, and winners will have someone familiar to have lunch with as well.
***Eugene Public Library and the Power of Twitter
The Eugene Public Library’s use of Twitter was cited on an Oregon Public Broadcasting radio talk show as a positive example of local government connecting with its constituents through social networking. That show was then posted online at the OPB website. Eugene Weekly tweeted the EPL kudos to its followers and one of the Weekly’s followers re-tweeted that. A chain of events that shows the “viral” potential for social networking that, ideally, could lead to more Eugeneans signing up to receive news from their Library in the format that works best for them. Follow EPL on Twitter at http://twitter.com/EugenePublicLib.
***Apply for YALSA’s MAE Award!
Here’s your chance to win $500 for your pocket and another $500 for your library! YALSA members are eligible to apply for this award recognizing an outstanding reading or literature program for young adults. If you have created an exceptional reading or literature program in the 12 months before December 1st consider applying for the MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens. The MAE Award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. The winner receives $500 and additional $500 for their library.
Not a member of YALSA? It’s not too late to join. Please note that it may take up to 2 months for new memberships to be fully processed. New members should send an electronic copy of their membership application with the grant application.
For questions, contact Alexandra Tyle-Annen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reward yourself for bringing young adults and books together and encouraging the development of life-long reading habits. Apply today!
***ACRL Chapters Joint Conference
ACRL-Washington hosts this year’s conference at the Pack Forest Conference Center, October 29-30: Great Expectations: a conversation with colleagues about change, innovation, and collaboration in Academe.
The conference website has more information on the presentations, poster session, housing, and their new pub quiz! (you can also register online – deadline October 16th): http://www.lib.washington.edu/acrl-wa/conference/2009/index.html
See you there – 2009 Fall Conference is just around the corner!
***ALA’s Mentor Connect
Looking for a Mentor? Want to Be a Mentor? http://www.students.ala.org/studentmemberblog/?p=344
ALA has launched MentorConnect in ALA Connect so you can find or become a mentor. MentorConnect is an informal mentoring network implemented within ALA Connect that allows all ALA members to participate and only requires that you actively choose to join the network in order to begin serving as a mentor or seeking a mentor.
Mentoring others is one of the most powerful ways you can give back to the profession, but it’s not a relationship to be entered into lightly. If you join MC, you’re making a commitment to help someone else. A strong mentoring relationship requires consistent contact between the mentor and mentee so think carefully about making this commitment before offering your services as a mentor.
Having effective mentors is important for your professional and personal growth. Asking someone to take the time to mentor you is a serious commitment. When someone agrees to mentor you, they’re making an investment in your future. Plan on spending time with your mentor via MentorConnect in order to get the most from this important relationship.
***New SLA President Represents Oregon!
I’m honored to draw attention to the recently completed election of the national Special Libraries Association. Cindy Romaine, principal of Romainiacs Intelligence Research of Beaverton, Oregon, has been elected President-Elect! A three year term on the SLA Board ensues in January.
Cindy provides information consulting services and in-depth research solutions to corporate clients. Prior to her current role, she worked for 16 years at Nike, Inc., as the director of the Design Library and as corporate archivist. Cindy has also served multiple times and in multiple ways in Oregon’s SLA chapter and with other library-affiliated groups in Oregon.
***New Tech Services Manager at Hillsboro PL
Karen Mejdrich has accepted the position of Technical Services and Collection Development Manager at the Hillsboro Public Library. Karen received her Master of Library Science in December 2004 from Emporia State University and has been with Hillsboro Public Library since 2002. Karen has previously worked in school administration, fundraising, retail management, and as a school librarian.
My new tag line is OLA…1,000+ members and 1,000,000 details. I’ve decided that keeping track of all the details will keep my brain working well this year. Kind of like the recommendation to work on cross-word puzzles as you get older. As many of you are aware, the “crown” has been passed from the head of Mary Ginnane to me until August 30, 2010. I’ve got a month under my belt and the countdown has begun.
The OLA Executive Board will be meeting at the Salem Public Library on Friday, Oct. 2 for our first “official” meeting of the year. We’ll be reviewing the 2009-10 budget, approving bylaws changes for the Children’s Services Division, and perusing a contract for a change in our association management among many other topics. Feel free to join us if you are so inclined.
In other news, OLA’s Oregon Authors Committee will be exhibiting at Wordstock 2009 (see http://www.oregonlive.com/books/index.ssf/2009/08/latest_word_on_wordstock.html) in Portland on Oct. 8-11. Please contact Kim Willson-St. Clair (email@example.com) if you can help staff our booth. Our Vision 2020 special task force has been hard at work under the direction of Anne-Marie Deitering of OSU. You can expect more details in the near future. On a personal note, I’ve dropped my son off at college and the “empty nest” is looming large. Guess I’m glad I’ve got a 1,000,000 details to worry about to take my mind off missing him.
OLA President 2009-10
SSD Book Repair Workshop and EOLA Meeting / OLA at Wordstock! / ORSLA Annual Banquet / OYAN’s Free Booktalking Workshop / CSD Fall Workshop / CSD Mock Caldecott Workshop / CSD Mock Newbery Workshop / OYAN Mock Printz Workshop /
***SSD Book Repair Workshop and EOLA Meeting
OLA / Support Staff Division (SSD) is sponsoring a ½ day book repair workshop in conjunction with the Eastern Oregon Library Association Fall meeting. The event is Friday, October 2. Visit our website at http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=61036 for more details, to register and fees. Registration is limited to 20. You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
You are also invited to join Susan Gilmont, SSD Chair, and former Chair Jey Wann for a discussion and Q&A about SSD and the new certification program from 10:45-11:30. This event is free.
EOLA FALL MEETING & SSD BOOK REPAIR WORKSHOP
Date: Friday, Oct. 2, 2009
Time: 8:30 – 11:30am EOLA Membership Meeting, 12:30 – 5:30pm Book Repair Workshop ($60 fee required –*$10 off for SSD members)
Location: La Grande Public Library, 2006 Fourth St, La Grande, OR
If you would like to volunteer for a two-hour shift, please contact Kimberly Willson-St. Clair at email@example.com or 503.725.4552. The shifts are filling quickly so send your 1st and 2nd choices!
Shifts are 10am-noon, noon-2pm, 2-4, and 5-6.
The shifts are filling quickly so send your 1st and 2nd choices!
***ORSLA Annual Banquet
The Oregon Chapter of SLA invites you to our 2009 Annual Banquet and Business Meeting.
Date: Saturday, October 10th, 6-9 PM
Location: Elephant’s Deli Garden Room, 115 NW 22nd, Portland, OR 97210
Cost: $30 students, $35 members, $40 non-members
We are excited to feature Aaron Schmidt at this year’s banquet. Aaron is a much sought-after usability expert and Web 2.0 consultant. Currently the Digital Initiatives Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library, Aaron also writes the acclaimed and insightful blog Walking Paper. Aaron is looking forward to discussing Web 2.0 technologies and how we can use them to better serve our clients and move our professions ahead.
In addition to Aaron’s interactive talk, ORSLA will present this year’s Greey Award, announce our new slate of officers, give away a free student membership and provide plenty of time for socializing.
To RSVP, follow this link and answer a few questions about your Web 2.0 use (responses will be kept anonymous): http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=ZZZrq31eUFJXSyRNXfZQKg_3d_3d
(If the clicking on the link doesn’t work, try copying and pasting it directly into your browser.)
PLEASE RSVP BY WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7!
***OYAN’s Free Booktalking Workshop
Do you want to learn more about getting the right book into the right teen’s hands? How can you sell an amazing book in just a few short phrases? All this and more at OYAN’s free booktalking workshop!
Date: Oct. 16
Location: Central Library, Multnomah Co. Library, 801 SW 10th Ave., Portland OR 97205.
To register: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the workshop, we invite OYAN members to attend the OYAN Membership Meeting from 1-4pm.
***CSD Fall Workshop
Please join us for the annual Children Services Division (of OLA) Fall Workshop! Here is the link for registration: https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=ola&formId=66348
The Workshop is taking place at the Beaverton City Library on Saturday November 7th. There is a $20 registration fee, which gets you morning coffee, a delicious lunch, and snacks! All in all, it promises to be a great time. We’re mixing things up a little this go-around, focusing on the school-age audience. With Reading for Healthy Families kicking into full-swing and energizing the early literacy scene around the State, we thought it might be a good opportunity to spend some time with the kids as they grow up.
Nancy Sullivan, founding member of Fund Our Future Oregon (a local group dedicated to creating strong school libraries for every child in Oregon), will be presenting on School & Public Library Collaborations.
This is your chance to get the inside scoop on how to best form partnerships with your school library counterparts! Get ready to make the dream a reality!
Last year we shared storytime ideas. This year, we’re sharing school-age program ideas. Send me your basic plan or write-up and I will work everything into a nice & neat handout: email@example.com
2010 Summer Reading Club manuals will be distributed after the morning workshop. And we will be hosting our annual Silent Auction (bring something fun to auction off & come prepared with cash or check to buy, buy, buy.. watch out for the white elephant!)
Join library staff and children’s book enthusiasts from around the state for the best picture book experience you are likely to have this year! For those who have never attended, this is a great chance for you to learn about the art of picture books and how the American Library Association’s Caldecott Committee works. Presenters this year include: Nell Coburn, Chair of last year’s Caldecott Committee & Suzanne Harold, member of this year’s Committee. Participants will have the chance to work through the group process and select the picture book title they feel is most deserving of the 2010 award.
The workshop will take place at the Springfield Public Library on Saturday December 5th. Registration cost is $15 and includes morning coffee, lasagna lunch, and an afternoon snack! Register online: https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=ola&formId=66328.
Don’t miss this favorite of children’s picture book lovers!
***CSD Mock Newbery Workshop
Join library staff and educators from around Oregon and Washington for a fun and fascinating look at the Newbery medal. 2010 Newbery Committee chair Katie O’Dell and 2010 Committee member Steven Engelfried will talk about the Newbery committee experience. Former Newbery Committee members Nell Colburn, Marian Creamer, and Ellen Fader will lead a thought-provoking discussion about the challenging task of selecting the most distinguished children’s book of the year. Finally, all attendees will discuss several of the best books of 2009, culminating in a vote for the OLA/WLA Mock Newbery winner!
The Mock Newbery Workshop is presented by the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association, the Children and Young Adult Services (CAYAS) Interest Group of the Washington Library Association, and Multnomah County Library. Here are the particulars:
- Date/Time: Saturday January 9, 2010 / 10 am – 4 pm
- Location: Multnomah County Library’s Central Library
- Cost: $15 / pays for snacks and a lunch from Elephant’s Delicatessen
This workshop has an attendance limit of 48! Sign up quick, to ensure that you’re able to take part in what promises to be a super-fun workshop. Register online: https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=ola&formId=66342
Registration for the 2010 Mock Printz Award Workshop is now open. Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org expressing your interest and you’ll be sent the list of books under consideration. Teens are welcome to attend!
The full reading list of 10-12 titles will be sent in early October. Read as many as you can and come prepared to defend your favorites in lively small & large group discussions with your peers and teens. You can get started with Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. If you haven’t already read this chilling story about girls with eating disorders, read it now while the sun is still shining (more or less). Anderson does it again…but is it good enough for Printz?
Date: January 16, 2010
Time: 1-5 PM
Cost: Free, zero, zip, nada, nothing…sponsored by OYAN and Multnomah Co. Library
Location: Central Library, Multnomah Co. Library, 801 SW 10th Ave., Portland OR 97205.
***City of Portland Archives Open House
Don’t miss out on your last chance to tour SPARC out at Chimney Park!
The Archives and Records Center will be moving to our new location the beginning of 2010. Please join us as we celebrate nearly 30 years at our current location. To say farewell, we will be hosting tours of the building and serving up root beer floats, while they last.
Friday, October 2nd
1PM – 4PM with tours at 1:30 and 3:00
Please click on the link for more information: http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?&c=26978&a=262820
***PNC/MLA Annual Meeting
Where Do We Grow From Here?
Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (PNC/MLA) Annual Meeting, October 17-20, 2009, at the Washington Athletic Club, Seattle: http://www.pncmla.org/pncmla2009.
Additional news in our blog, http://pncmla09.blogspot.com/
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
• 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
• Will Welton, MD, 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
Hope you can join us!
Join us on October 10 & 11 for InfoCamp Seattle 2009!
At InfoCamp, the unconference for the information community, anyone who participates can propose a session. But we also invite special guests from academia and industry to kick things off each morning!
We are excited to announce the invited speakers for InfoCamp Seattle 2009:
• Axel Roesler, Assistant Professor for Interaction Design at the University of Washington School of Art
• Vanessa Fox, search engine optimization expert, writer and consultant
Learn more about Axel and Vanessa on the InfoCamp blog:
Some of the participant-led sessions already being suggested on the InfoCamp wiki (http://infocampseattle.pbworks.com ) include:
• Information literacy instruction
• Google Books settlement
• Orphan works
• Introduction to user experience
***Public Library Technology Survey
Be Counted! Participate in the 2009-2010 public library technology survey!
The 2009-2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access survey (www.ala.org/plinternetfunding ) conducted by the American Library Association (ALA) and the Center for Library & Information Innovation at the University of Maryland (www.liicenter.org ) is now available for completion at www.plinternetsurvey.org.
Funded by the American Library Association and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the survey provides important data regarding public library Internet connectivity, use, funding, and services.
Your participation in the survey is extremely important, and directly impacts the ability of ALA and others to advocate on behalf of public libraries and the tremendous contribution public libraries make to their communities through their public access Internet services and resources. Data from the study appeared most recently in USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/tech/2009-09-01-library-computers-internet_N.htm) in a discussion of how public libraries help job seekers.
The survey is open through November 6, 2009. To participate, go to http://www.plinternetsurvey.org. You will need an ID number, which you may look up on the website. Thank you for your time and willingness to participate. Questions regarding the survey should be directed to email@example.com or 301.405.9445.