May 1, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 8) – President’s Message

***President’s Message
I just got the news, “Molly Raphael, former director of libraries at Multnomah County Library in Portland, Ore., has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association, defeating Sara Kelly Johns, school library media specialist for grades 6-12 at Lake Placid (N.Y.) Middle/High School.”

How wonderful for Molly and great that we have an ALA President from Oregon. Thanks to everyone who gave Molly your support and your vote!

As you all know, April 11-17, 2010 was National Library Week. You may not know that Senator Harkin from Iowa wrote a press release in honor of this event:

Several members of the Legislative Committee suggested that I write a letter of thanks to Senator Harkin and post it to the Hotline. That letter read as follows:

Senator Tom Harkin
731 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

April 15, 2010

Dear Senator Harkin,

On behalf of the Oregon Library Association, I want to thank you for your comments regarding National Library Week. You eloquently articulated the value of libraries and librarians to our communities. We especially are proud of our service to children and people of modest means. We view our institutions as “great equalizers” in helping ordinary citizens achieve their goals. Librarians take great pride in what we do and it is particularly heartening when it is noticed and appreciated by a person such as you. Again, thank you for your observations.

Connie Anderson-Cohoon
Oregon Library Association
President 2009-10

Connie Anderson-Cohoon


May 1, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 8) – News

OLA Election Status / ORT Meeting

***OLA Election Status
The timeframe for the OLA election of officers needed to be adjusted. A final candidate is still being secured to complete the slate. All OLA members will receive an e-mail when the election website and ballot is available. A three week election period in May is anticipated.

Submitted by Mary Ginnane, OLA Past-President and Nominating Committee Chair

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***Outreach Round Table Meeting
OLA Outreach Round Table to meet May 7, 2010 at Salem Public Library. Save the date and contact ORT Chair, Cynthia Peterson for the agenda.

The ORT provides a framework for information sharing, continuing education and moral support for library workers currently providing outreach services; and to offer opportunities for networking and encouragement to libraries wishing to expand or develop library outreach services. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to library service to people of all ages who can no longer use a library facility due to either a physical or mental impairment, people who live in rural or remote area without a library, non-English speakers, the incarcerated, the homeless, and low-literacy adults.

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May 1, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 8) – Happenings

WorldCat Mobile / ACRL Conference: Call for proposals / ACRL-OR/WA Joint Conference

***WorldCat Mobile Announced
Introducing a pilot service: WorldCat Mobile

  • Search for library materials—Enter search terms such as keywords, author or title
  • Find a WorldCat library near you—Enter your ZIP, postal code or location in the Libraries Locator
  • Call a library—Highlight and click the phone number in a library listing to place a call
  • Map a route—Find the fastest way to a WorldCat library using the mapping software already on your device

Type this URL into your phone’s Web browser:  

Now you can use your mobile phone to find materials in libraries near you —and help us test this pilot service. Available to people in the the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France and the Netherlands, the year-long pilot lets you try out mobile search of WorldCat libraries and suggest improvements or additional features.

WorldCat has partnered with mobile-technology leader Boopsie and joined its growing array of search “channels” that let you quickly access popular Web applications including Google, Wikipedia and Facebook; look up retail locations such as Starbucks and FedEx; and check news, weather, traffic reports and much more!

When you download the Boopsie application to your phone, you get library search plus these additional channels, as well as its “smart prefix” feature that allows you to type only the first few letters of search keywords and view results instantly as you type.

Once you’ve used on your mobile phone, let us know what you liked and what you’d like to see improved. (We are aware of issues regarding how the application interacts with mapping software on various phones.) Please tell us the details of your experience and suggestions for enhancements at

Using the Web browser on your mobile phone, navigate to to access the WorldCat mobile application. The application is compatible with these phones and mobile operating systems:

    * Windows Mobile 5.0 (Video tutorial)
    * Blackberry (Video tutorial)
    * Palm OS 5.4 or later
    * Apple iPhone
    * Nokia (Video tutorial)
    * MIDP 2.0, CLDC 1.1 Java

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***ACRL National Conference: Call for proposals
ACRL 2011 National Conference March 30th-April 2nd 2011, Philadelphia, PA
Call for Proposals: Contributed Papers
Proposal deadline:  Monday, May 10th

The Call for Conference Participation, featuring descriptions of Conference Tracks, Session Formats,  Proposal Requirements, and the Online Proposal Submission Form can be found here:

Contributed Paper Session Format Details
The Contributed Papers Committee invites research and position papers that challenge current assumptions and provoke conference participants to think creatively about issues facing academic and research librarians. Papers may report the results of completed research, describe research in progress, or present a position on a compelling problem or issue in one or more of the conference tracks. Research papers should highlight the problem, results, and conclusions while very briefly touching on method.

In an effort to maximize interactivity and to provide more opportunities for participation, papers will be grouped in threes, and each paper must be delivered in a maximum of twelve minutes, with an additional seven minutes for questions (20 minutes total) within a 60–minute time slot for all three papers.  Completed papers should be about 2,500 words and should be scholarly, well organized, clearly written, and rigorously argued.  Completed papers must be provided no later than December 19, 2010.

For more details:

Questions about Contributed Paper submissions should be directed to:
Marie L. Radford,
Lisa M. Stillwell,

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***Save the date: ACRL OR/WA Annual Joint Conference
If we knew today what we’ll know tomorrow:  Futures thinking for academic libraries
October 28-29, 2010
Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, Oregon

As ACRL Oregon celebrates its 35th anniversary, we’ll take the opportunity to look into the future instead of examining the past.   What hopes, expectations, and fears do we have for academic libraries in general and in the region going into the future?  What questions can we ask now that will help us grow into the futures we hope for and avoid the futures we fear?  How can we discuss possible futures in a way that enriches our current practices?  How do those daily practices create the future?  Gather with your colleagues in a beautiful setting and take a break from the present to gaze into our future.

More details at:

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