November 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 25) – News

Vision 2020 / OLA MLIS Scholarships / ACRL-OR Blog and Liaison Program / OLA SSD Conference / OR-SLA Event

***OLA’s Vision 2020
For the last year, OLA’s Vision 2020 Task Force has been talking about OLA’s vision for the next 10 years.  Our goal was to build on the Vision 2000 and Vision 2010 statements.  The Vision 2020 task force reflects the amazing diversity in Oregon libraries, with members representing different professional communities, different library types, and different geographic regions.   Now, we need to add your voices to the mix.

We met for two days in August to hammer out a draft statement, and we would like you to comment on the themes and ideas we captured during that meeting.

Go to our wiki to read the entire draft statement.  Use the comment threads on the main page to comment on the statement as a whole.  Or, go to the pages for specific sections to leave your feedback.  We welcome all types of feedback – ideas for additions, changes, copyediting, new themes, personal
examples or anecdotes and more.

Thank you!
Vision 2020 Task Force
(Amy Blossom, Anne-Marie Deitering, Allie Flanary, Shelia Grier, Ann Miller, Aimee Meuchel, Steph Miller, Aaron Schmidt, Perry Stokes)

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***Apply Now for 2010 – 2011 OLA MLIS Scholarships
The application process is open for Oregon residents enrolled or planning to enroll in a graduate course of study for the Masters in Library Science degree for the 2010 – 2011 academic year. Applications from eligible students are sought for over $17,000 in scholarship awards. Current recipients of OLA MLIS scholarships may reapply annually for up to three years of awards.

The scholarship application process deadline is March 1, 2010. Before applying, read OLA’s Scholarship Program guidelines and eligibility requirements.  OLA’s scholarship application and requirements are available as an electronic eApplication, through the Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC), at Applicants who submit their applications by February 16 are entered in drawings for $500 Early Bird awards.

Open the 2010 – 2011 OSAC Scholarship Catalog and enter a search for Scholarship Code 471 for the Oregon Library Association to see the requirements.  Additional information about the deadlines and more is available at

At the OSAC site, you can read about OLA’s program, and search the more than 340 scholarships OSAC manages. The scholarship application process is confidential, and there is no fee to apply.  The OSAC office is located at 1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401.

For questions about OLA’s scholarship and OSAC scholarship programs call 800-452-8807, by email at:

Funding for OLA’s scholarships is provided by a Library Services and Technology Grant administered by the Oregon State Library and through the generosity of OLA members who have donated to the scholarship fund. OLA members are encouraged to make donations to support this new OLA initiative by using the MLIS Scholarship Contribution Form at in the Membership section.  The Early Bird awards are privately funded.

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***New ACRL Oregon Blog and Liaison Program

Academic librarians of Oregon, you asked and we listened.  When we conducted surveys last year to find out how the Academic Division of OLA (aka ACRL Oregon) could serve you better, we heard you wanted more ways to find out what was happening with the ACRL Oregon and with academic libraries around the state.

To facilitate that communication we have launched a new blog and liaison program.  The blog is located at

What is this liaison program, you ask?  Check out the blog, there’s more information there.  In brief, it is a way for you to post your own news and announcements to the ACRL Oregon blog.  We hope you’ll add the ACRL Oregon blog to your RSS reader and consider becoming liaison.

Questions?  Comments?  Contact Rachel Bridgewater ( or Diane Sotak (

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***2010 OLA SSD Conference

This is a call to anyone interested in being a part of the 2010 SSD Conference Committee. The Conference will be held at the Salem Conference Center on Friday, July 23. We need 5-10 people to plan the event, which involves selecting the theme, scheduling sessions, speakers, selecting the menu and PR. Please contact Cathy Zgraggen at or Susan Gilmont at for more information or to volunteer your time.

The conference cannot take place without a committee to plan the event. It would be so disappointing to not have a conference because a committee could not be formed. It is a rewarding commitment and allows you to meet new people from the library world.

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***A Special OR-SLA Conversazione: SLA President Gloria Zamora Discusses the Alignment Project and Name Vote
ORSLA is pleased to host an evening with SLA President Gloria Zamora on November 20, where she will present the findings of the Alignment Project and discuss the upcoming name change vote. President-elect Cindy Romaine will also be in attendance.

Gloria’s visit coincides with first week of voting on the proposed name change to the Association of Strategic Knowledge Professionals. No doubt many of you have been following the lively debates about the vote on this Chapter’s listserv as well as your Divisions’ forums. We believe this in-person event will afford an excellent opportunity for all ORSLA members to share their thoughts on this topic directly with the Association’s leadership. All members are encouraged to attend!

Location: Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, 1211 SW 5th Ave Portland, OR 97204-3715
Time: Mingling begins at 5 PM, with Gloria’s presentation starting at 5:30 PM.
This event will be free to all members.

Please RSVP today by writing to Please send your RSVP by November 17 at 5pm.

Here are some additional resources to help you understand the issues and concerns about the name change:

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November 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 25) – Happenings

ACRL eLearning / Books to China a Success! / “Words Worth Paying For”

***November e-Learning from ACRL
Register now for November e-learning opportunities from ACRL. Stretch your professional development budget by registering now for these affordable distance learning courses and events.  For more information on each course, including a link to online registration and registration fees, please visit the course page by clicking the course title. Space is limited, so register now to reserve your seat.  Group rates are available for live Webcasts. Registration for all online seminars and Webcasts qualifies for the new Frequent Learner Program. Register for three, get one free.

Blended Librarianship: Learning Management Systems for Libraries (Live Webcast: November 17, 2009)

Complete details are available on the ACRL e-Learning Web site. For more information about ACRL e-Learning opportunities, contact Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or

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***Books to China a Success!
Nearly 1,000 boxes of books at the Oregon State Library were loaded into an ocean-transport container Thursday to be shipped to China. The 988 boxes of surplus books were donated by libraries, churches, stores and individuals who wanted to help libraries in Oregon’s sister province of Fujian, China.  Oregon National Guard members from eight different units moved the boxes from the library’s basement to a 40-foot container outside.

Last fall, Dehong Xiao, director of the Xiamen University Library, met with Oregon librarians to discuss a book donation project. With so many English-language learners in China, it’s hard for them to keep books on the shelves, said Jim Scheppke, state librarian.

In October 1993 a similar effort was made to send English-language books to China. That year, 17,000 books, four computers and two microfilm readers were sent, said Rosalind Wang, a bilingual librarian for the Multnomah County Library.  “We thought that things were going better and that they had enough English-language books. When (Xiao) was here last year, he really impressed upon us that we need to do this again,” Scheppke said.

A committee was formed in January to plan the Books for China Project. All types of books were accepted, and donations continued until about two weeks ago. The original goal was to collect 1,000 boxes. Each box holds on average 30 books.

Joel Henderson, Outreach Training Assistant at the State Library, was appointed as the main coordinator and was unsure what the response would be.  “We didn’t know how big the boxes would be or how big a container to get. One 20-foot container, two 20-foot containers, one 40-foot container,” Henderson said.

Donations were slow at first, but they began picking up during the summer, when schools had more time to spend choosing books to donate, Henderson said. “It was looking a little sparse, we sent out reminder notices. In the end, we actually had to put a stop on it because the truck can only weigh so much.”  The largest donor was the Portland State University Library with 324 boxes of books.

Xiao is paying all shipping expenses and will help distribute the books throughout Fijian province. In 1993, the State Library raised money to send the donations by post.  Wang, Phyllis Lichenstein, former chair of the State Library Board, and Frances Lau, Library Service East Director for Blackwell Book Services, attended to watch the books be loaded. They all played a role in the 1993 effort.

–Reprinted from the Statesmen Journal, Kristen Kellar, 10/19/09

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***”Words Worth Paying For” Panel
Join the UO Portland Library & Learning Commons and the Journalism School’s Turnbull Center Monday, Nov 16 6-8 pm for a panel discussion on the future of digital publishing.

Panelists will include novelist Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love, Dennis Stovall, director of publishing and publisher of Ooligan Press at PSU, and Vailey Oehlke, director of Multnomah County Libraries.  Together with Al Stavitsky, director of the Turnbull Center, the panelists will discuss the place of electronic book devices such as Amazon’s Kindle and Sony E-reader in digital publishing, as well as the future for publishers, authors, journalists, librarians and booksellers.  We’ll share conversation, food and drink as part of a lively evening hosted by the UO Portland and partners in the White Stag Block. All are welcome to this free, public event.  No RSVP required.

You can keep track of everything that’s going on at the Portland Library & Learning Commons by becoming a fan of our new Facebook page (

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November 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 24) – President’s Message

***President’s Message
The frost is on the pumpkin and Shirley tells me that it is snowing in La Grande!  Seasons are changing and so is OLA.  After many years of debate and discussion, the OLA Executive Board unanimously voted to end our institutional membership in the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) at the end of our membership year.    If you are interested in learning about all the factors that entered into the Board’s decision please go to our web site at

Dana Campbell from the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library is our current PNLA representative.  Dana will attend her final PNLA meeting in November and our membership will expire in June 2010.  Thank you, Dana for your service to the organization in this capacity.  I also offer my thanks to all OLA members who served as PNLA Representative in past years.  This was not an easy decision or one that the board arrived at quickly.  Feel free to email me if you have comments or concerns about the board’s decision.  I can be reached at

November 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 24) – News

Message from Roberts Business Service / SRP Manual Distribution / LIRT is Back! / PLD Tech Petting Zoo

***Message from Roberts Business Service
As I/we transition to this new association management model, I would like to encourage OLA members to take a look at the Oregon Library Association’s web page There is a lot of information available at your fingertips. At this time, I’ll call your attention to the category ABOUT OLA. It has a list of your OLA Board members and meeting schedule, meeting minutes, bylaws, financial information etc. In addition, you will find contact information not only for me, but your board members, as well.

I look forward to working with OLA in this new role and encourage you to not hesitate to contact me. I am still working at Pierce Library, Eastern Oregon University, part-time as an instructor, so if I don’t answer or respond immediately, leave a message and I will get back with you.

 Shirley Roberts

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***Summer Reading Program Manual Distribution
Wondering about receiving your summer reading manuals? If someone from your library attends the Oregon Library Association’s Children Services Division fall workshop, November 7th at the Beaverton Public Library, we will be distributing manuals there. For those unable to attend the workshop we will ship them to you directly. This year libraries were given a choice to have a CD copy of the manual, a hard copy (printed on paper), or both. Those libraries that specifically requested CD manuals only will NOT receive a hard copy of the manual this year. This gives us the opportunity to save on paper and only print those items which each library really uses.

The CSD summer reading chair has a list of each library and the name of the person who will pick up the manual or whose attention the manual will be shipped to. We will also include Upstart Incentive catalogs with the summer reading manual. Each library has listed how many Upstart Incentive catalogs they require. Some manuals will be given to a librarian from a main library to be distributed among its library branches (as requested).

Further questions can be directed to Esther Moberg CSD Summer Reading Chair or (541)895-3053.

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***LIRT is Back!
Calling all instruction enthusiasts!

After a couple of years of inactivity, I am happy to announce that the Library Instruction Roundtable (LIRT) is back in the game, and I am its newly appointed leader.  For those of you who don’t know me, I am Kate Rubick and I work as a reference and instruction librarian at Lewis & Clark College.

Do you wish to be affiliated LIRT at this time? 
If the answer is yes (and you have not already heard from me in an email I sent out to LIRT membership according to Memberclicks) please send me your name and contact info, including job title and institution, so that I may add you to the list.

Also, I welcome your thoughts about how you might like to see LIRT resurrected. 

Kate Rubick
OLA Library Instruction Round Table Chair

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  ***PLD Technology Petting Zoo
Cameras and kindles and Wii games, oh my!

Spend a day at the Technology Petting Zoo! Come explore innovative technologies and their use in the public library setting. Hands-on time with electronic devices like flip cameras, gaming systems, iPods, and netbooks will be offered in the afternoon. 

The Zoo will be held Friday, November 13th, 2009 at the Tualatin Public Library, from 9:30-4:00. It’s a free event, but please contact Abigail Elder ( if you’d like to purchase a boxed lunch.

Thanks to the Public Library Division (PLD) for sponsoring this event.  For more information, please contact Su Ikeda:

See you at the Zoo!

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November 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 24) – Happenings

Call for Papers / Millenials in the Library Webinar / Museum Computer Network Conference / Call for Proposals / OregonASK Conference

***Call for Papers: Special Issue of Collection Management
Patron-Initiated Collection Development: Current Successes and Future Directions

To be published in v. 35, no. 3/4 of Collection Management in 2010. Seeking article proposals from colleagues at all kinds of libraries (all sizes of academic libraries, public libraries, and international libraries) about patron-initiated collection development, such as:

  • Interlibrary loan book purchase programs
  • Experiences with allowing patron use or selection to drive acquisition of electronic books
  • Consortial collection development plans with strong patron-driven acquisitions elements
  • Other innovative patron-initiated selection activities for materials in a variety of formats
  • Implications for the future roles of collection librarians in an environment of increased user-driven Acquisitions
  • User discovery of patron-initiated collection development plans

The editors are particularly interested in proposals for articles that will that include evaluation/assessment/analysis.

The special issue editors are members of the team that published the following article:
Anderson, Kristine J., Robert S. Freeman, Jean-Pierre V. M. Herubel, Lawrence J. Mykytiuk, Judith M. Nixon, and Suzanne M. Ward. 2002. “Buy, Don’t Borrow: Bibliographers’ Analysis of
Academic Library Collection Development through Interlibrary Loan Requests.” Collection
Management, 27(3/4): 1-11.

This article analyzed six subject areas for books purchased instead of borrowed as the result of interlibrary loan requests in 2000-2001. Now that ILL book purchases have been standard procedure at the Purdue University Libraries for ten years, the authors and their colleagues will
analyze this decade’s worth of information to explore the following topics in a series of four articles:

  • Revisit the initial study by comparing earlier findings with more recent data
  • Analyze the ILL book purchase program in relation to scientific/technical/medical (STM) titles
  • Conduct in-depth statistical analysis across a decade of data, looking at issues such as patron status, subject areas as indicated by call number, subsequent circulation, comparison with similar subject area books acquired through traditional means, etc.
  • Position paper on new roles for collection librarians. As user-initiated collection development frees time and effort from traditional collection duties and responsibilities, how will academic librarians develop and nurture emerging objectives and prerogatives, e.g. teaching, research?

The accepted articles from colleagues at other institutions will complement the four listed above.

November 13, 2009: Submit an abstract (maximum of one page) with the title and your proposed article idea. Your full contact information may appear on a separate page, but please include your name, institution, and email address on the abstract page.

December 4, 2009: The editors will notify authors whether their proposals have been accepted.

February 28, 2010: Submit completed article (10-25 double spaced pages).

Please submit abstracts and address correspondence to Judy Nixon ( with this subject line: CM article proposal. 

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***Millenials in the Library Webinar
Webinar Title: Millennials in the Library

Speaker: Jennifer Kushell, with special guests Mandy McGee and Monica Harris 
Cost: Free to Library Staff of Oregon Libraries
Date: November 13, 2009

The Millennial Generation, Generation Y, Echo Boomers, Digital Natives, and the Trophy Generation are all terms used to describe people born in the United States between the early 1980s and the late 1990s. Shaped by a heady mix of culture, politics, and technology, “Millennials” have had an unprecedented exposure to mass media, pop culture, instant communication, and cultural freedom woven together by a complex technological net.  Jennifer Kushell, President of the (Your Success Network) and author of “Secrets of the Young and Successful,” will explore the social impact Millennials will have on our culture and specifically on our libraries.  Having worked extensively with this powerhouse, global generation, Jennifer will answer the questions: Who are Millennials? How do they interact with information and technology? In what ways can our libraries better serve them as patrons, students, and staff?

Jennifer will be joined by Mandy McGee, Librarian and Manager of Adult and Teen Services, and Monica Harris, Teen Services Librarian, from the Oak Park Public Library.  Please join us for an exciting discussion on library adaptation to the changing face of our patrons.

This webcast is 90 minutes in length. Visit for additional information or contact BCR directly at

View the training via webcast from your personal computer or a computer you can access easily. Or you may attend a group session at a location near you. Please review the host sites to find a convenient location. (Check back later if no Oregon sites are listed initially)

How to Register:
Register online at – registration is FREE.

Background Information:
This webcast is being made available free of charge to staff from Oregon libraries through a statewide membership to BCR (, paid for by the Oregon State Library with LSTA funds.

An online archive of this presentation will be available for up to 30 days after the original broadcast date. Please visit for more information.

A DVD of this webcast should be available for you to check out from the State Library about one month after the date it was broadcast. DVDs of previous webcasts are available from State Library ( through your library’s establish interlibrary loan process. Learn more about these DVDs and other Library and Information Science professional resources at our blog (

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***Museum Computer Network Conference
The Museum Computer Network Conference is November 11-14 in Portland, Oregon, at the Doubletree Hotel, Lloyd Center. For more information visit

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***Call for Proposals: The Acquisitions Institute
The Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge is seeking proposals for audience-engaging presentations or panels on all aspects of library acquisitions and collection management.  The Acquisitions Institute is the pre-eminent Western North America conference on acquisitions and collection development. The Institute is a small, informal and stimulating gathering in a convivial and glorious Northwestern setting.  This three-day conference focuses on the methods and madness of building and managing library collections and information content.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is December 30, 2009.   Send an abstract of 200 words or less to:
Faye A. Chadwell
Oregon State University Libraries
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501

See The Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge for more information at

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***OregonASK Conference
A great professional development opportunity for only $35!

Date: Saturday November 21, 2009
Conference details and registration:
OregonASK website:

OregonASK is sponsoring a conference for staff working directly with children and teens (K-12th grades)—supervisors will find it valuable too!  OregonASK is the statewide network for afterschool providers.  If you provide programs of kids K-12 in the evenings, weekends, and summers when they are not in school, you are an afterschool provider.

There are several programs at this conference that directly relate to your work in libraries, including these: 

  • Changing Your Perspectives about Kids with the 40 Developmental Asset Model
    The 40 Assets ( have been used by YALSA in a number of ways.  I first learned about them at an OYAN meeting.  Many teen librarians are using the 40 Assets checklist to guide program planning, and to advocate for teen programs.  “This session is designed to expose you to the Assets model and how you can apply them into your sphere of influence.”
  • ADD/ADHD: What We Know and What We are Learning (Double session)
    Many of the children and teens you work with struggle with Attention Variable Syndromes such as ADD.  They may have difficulty following along in storytime or be difficult to help with their homework.  At this session you will “…learn about the 3 sub-types of AVS and the struggles children have with each sub-type. Then learn some strategies to help them cope better, in structured situations. Discover the good qualities of AVS, the special gifts it may bring and the power skills to build on.”
  • Building Literacy in Afterschool (Double Session)
    It seems that library workshops in Oregon tend to focus on services for children 0-5 years old and teens. What about professional development in literacy activities for elementary school students?  “Through hands on exploration, afterschool professionals will be able to understand and apply literacy infusion through innovative and academically enriching activities that not only engage students, but also extend their knowledge in new ways and increase academic achievement. Bring your favorite childhood book and be ready to open the doors of literacy to children in your afterschool program.”
  •  The Value of Diversity: Tools for Increasing Understanding and Fostering Inclusion
    Many libraries are working with increasingly diverse populations.  We often struggle to make sure activities are inclusive for everyone. In this session you will be “…using a developmental model of diversity [to] seek a greater understating of differences in the behaviors and responses of those around us. Second we will explore specific activities and classroom strategies that foster an inclusive environment for children and adults.”

 Check out the full listing of sessions at:

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