***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.
Vision 2020 Task Force
(Amy Blossom, Anne-Marie Deitering, Allie Flanary, Shelia Grier, Ann Miller, Aimee Meuchel, Steph Miller, Aaron Schmidt, Perry Stokes)
***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 www.GetCollegeFunds.org 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 www.GetCollegeFunds.org/deadlines.html.
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: email@example.com
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 www.olaweb.org in the Membership section. The Early Bird awards are privately funded.
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 http://acrloregon.org.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Gilmont at email@example.com 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.
***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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
- Frequently Asked Questions about the name change:
- List of members’ concerns regarding the name change:
- Research Naming Report: