July 15, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 12) – President’s Message

‘Twas a grand afternoon! Who says legislative history is boring?

Peter Buckley was awarded OLA’s Legislator of the Year Award at a reception at Ashland’s Hannon Library on June 4. Peter’s work on behalf of school libraries during the 2009 legislative session was key to the passage of HB 2586 . The idea for this legislation originated with Anne Billeter, a retired librarian and former OLA President. Anne was inspired by a column written by Jim Scheppke, our State Librarian, which lamented the sorry state of school libraries in Oregon. Anne decided to do something about it…she wrote to Rep. Buckley and a brilliant piece of legislation was born. Schools are required to develop annual continuous improvement plans and now these plans must include a provision for a “strong school library program.” As Peter remarked as he accepted the award, “It doesn’t solve the problem, but we got a toehold. It’s a start.” Many thanks to all of you who worked to help pass this legislation, particularly to Anne, Peter, and Jim who conceived the idea. Well done!

Connie Anderson-Cohoon


July 15, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 12) – News

OYAN Membership Meeting / Results from ACRL-OR Elections / ACRL-OR Sponsors E-Workshops / OLA’s Resolution on Hood River Libraries / Oregon City PL on the Move

***OYAN Membership Meeting
The Summer OYAN Membership Meeting is coming up!  Join the party and win a door prize!

  • Date: July 23rd, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Location: Deschutes Public Library, Bend Branch, 601 N.W. Wall Street, Bend, OR 97701
    Phone: (541) 617-7080

Check the upcoming OYAN newsletter for details on parking and lunch, or contact April Witteveen: aprilw@deschuteslibrary.org.
Find the Bend Public Library

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***Results from ACRL-Oregon Elections
Thank you to everyone who voted in the recent ACRL Oregon board elections!

Congratulations to incoming Vice-President/President-Elect Anna Johnson (Mt. Hood Community College) and incoming Members-at-Large Jennifer Nutefall (OSU) and Joan Petit (PSU).

Thanks to all the candidates for their willingness to serve.  We were fortunate to have such a stellar slate of candidates.

I hope you will join me in congratulating our new Board members!

Rachel Bridgewater
President, ACRL-Oregon

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***ACRL-Oregon Sponsors E-Workshops
The Association of College and Research Libraries’ Oregon division is very pleased to announce its sponsorship of the second in a series of ACRL National E-learning workshops to meet the continuing education needs of librarians statewide.

The second workshop of the 2010 series will be “Check In with Location Based Mobile Services: Foursquare and Libraries.”  People everywhere are “checking in” using Foursquare and other location-based social networks from their mobile phones. This interactive webcast will explore this trend of geo-based mobile/social gaming and its impacts on libraries, information engagement, and learning. Learn about the most popular location based social technologies including Foursquare, Gowalla, and MyTown, and become familiar with their uses and features. Discuss how to most effectively use and leverage location based social networks for libraries to enhance library spaces, services, and collections. See demonstrations of the technologies themselves to enhance group engagement and hands-on learning.


  • When: Tuesday July 20, 2010 (doors open 10:30am | workshop 11:00am-12:30 pm | discussion/networking time 12:30 – 1:00pm)
  • Where: Oregon State University, Corvallis the Valley Library  Autzen Classroom (2082)·        

Directions to OSU Campus: http://oregonstate.edu/visitors/tour/directions.html·        
Directions for your mobile phone:  http://m.library.oregonstate.edu/directions.html·        

Parking:  Free parking is available on streets around campus; however on campus parking requires a permit.
Parking map: http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/transit_pkg/TAPS2010.pdf·         Visitor permits may be obtained at any one of the ten ‘Pay & Display’ stations located throughout campus. The cost for a daily permit is $7.00 for the day or $1.00 an hour up to a maximum of four hours. Visitors may park in student and visitor lots only for the day the permit is purchased. There is a new visitor brochure Visitor Brochure, which contains pertinent information for visitors.

  • Who: Any interested parties are welcome to attend the live event!*
  • Lunch: Brown-bag!
  • Questions:  Margaret Mellinger (541.737.9642 or margaret.mellinger@oregonstate.edu)

ACRL-Oregon Members will also receive the archived workshop URL shortly after the live event, so members who are unable to attend the live event can view its content 24/7 from anywhere!


  • September 14, 2010
    The Not-So-Distant Librarian: Online Library Instruction to Engage Students and Faculty
    Learn practical tips and tools for designing, implementing, and assessing online library instruction in this ACRL Webcast.
    Location: Southern Oregon University
  •  October 19, 2010
    So You Want to Create an Interactive Information Literacy Tutorial?
    Learn about the experience creating an interactive information literacy tutorial from beginning to end in collaboration with a multimedia designer in this ACRL Webcast.  Evaluate the potential of tutorial as an assessment tool and an opportunity for self-evaluation.
    Location: Chemeketa CC

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***OLA Pens Resolution on Hood River Library Closing
The Oregon Library Association Executive Board unanimously passed the following resolution at the business meeting on June 4, 2010.  Everyone in attendance expressed shock and regret over the results of the May 18 election.  

Whereas the Hood River County Library has been in continuous operation for 98 years since 1912 with facilities in Cascade Locks, Parkdale, and Hood River, and

Whereas a measure to form a Hood River County Library District was defeated on May 18, 2010, and

Whereas funds from Hood River County to continue operating the library will cease on July 1, 2010 and the library will close its doors to the public, and

Whereas Hood River County Library supports learning, personal development, enrichment, recreation, and an overall informed citizenry by providing the public with access to a vast array of ideas and information in a professional, timely, and friendly manner, and also provides a venue for the community to gather for meetings, entertainment, and cultural programs, and

Whereas Hood River County Library is an active member of the Gorge LINK consortium sharing an automated cataloging and circulation system, and

Whereas Hood River County Library is offering their summer reading program for youth in June, 2010, even in the face of closure, and

Whereas the staff of Hood River County Library have been library leaders in their community, their region, and the state, 

Be it resolved that the Oregon Library Association regrets the closure of the Hood River County Library and commends the Hood River County Library staff and library supporters for years of excellent library service to the residents of Hood River County.

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***Oregon City PL Makes a Move
 The Oregon City Public Library has completed the move into its temporary home at the Carnegie Center at 606 John Adams Street in Oregon City. OCPL lost its lease at the hilltop location it occupied since 1995 when it moved after outgrowing the Carnegie Library. During those years, many attempts were made to find a larger, more permanent library location with no success. With the creation of the Clackamas County Library District in 2009, OCPL and other libraries in Clackamas County secured stable funding and some money for capital improvements. A purchase of the Eastham School in Oregon City is in process; this will be the future home of the Library. However, this acquisition requires rezoning and remodeling, which will take an estimated 18 months. In the meantime, the library lost the hilltop lease, necessitating the move into its former home. Staff is enjoying working in the historic Carnegie Center, built as Oregon City’s library in 1911. Because the building is smaller than the hilltop location, collections are reduced in size. Patrons will be relying heavily on holds from the other Clackamas County libraries to fill information and entertainment needs. Stay tuned as the Eastham School purchase progresses.

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July 15, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 12) – Happenings

2010 Focus Institute / School Libraries Promoted at ALA Annual / Oregon National Guard DVD

***2010 Focus on Children and Young Adults Institute
The Focus on Children and Young Adults Institute seeks to provide a foundation of professional knowledge about youth services necessary for the operation of small public libraries.  Participants will attend several training sessions over the course of three and a half days.  The sessions concentrate on the principles of public library services to children and teens, and how to put those principles into practice.  Session topics may change from year to year based research, library practices, and trends which change and improve continually.  Feedback from the previous Focus Institute participants is also considered when planning session topics.  Training sessions are presented by highly skilled, experienced Youth Services Librarians in Oregon.  Presenters are typically active members of the Oregon Library Association’s Children’s Services Division (CSD) and Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN). To learn more about the 2010 Focus Institute sessions and presenters go to: http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/LD/youthsvcs/focusinstitute.shtml#2010_Focus_Institute_Details.

  • Dates:  Sept. 26th—29th, 2010
  • Fee: $90
  • Special Guest: Author Christine Fletcher will present about Ten Cents a Dance, her acclaimed historical novel for teens!
  • Location: Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in the Columbia River Gorge

Download the registration form online at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/LD/youthsvcs/focusinstitute.shtml
Registration Deadline: Monday, August 2nd, 2010

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***School libraries promoted in Washington DC at ALA
School libraries are sometimes easy targets for schools slashing budgets in a down economy, so when this year’s conference of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) was scheduled in Washington DC, PSU’s Graduate Sschool of Education Library Advisor Ruth Murray seized the opportunity to voice her support for the importance of strong libraries in schools.

Ruth  Murray is the president of Oregon Association of School Librarians (OASL) and a member of the AASL  national board. While in Washington, Murray and her colleagues from other states had the opportunity to meet with US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Their goal was to stress the importance of including school librarians in any discussion of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. “We wanted him to understand that school librarians are teachers,” says Ruth, “and a critical part of a successful school’s education team.”

In the past Secretary Duncan has been a solid supporter of school libraries. In the journal, American Libraries, he states. “We don’t want people to take a step backwards and there are all kinds of documented studies that show where you have healthy and strong and vibrant libraries with librarians staffing them that students do better, they read better, their test scores go up,” he said.

AASL Librarians felt the meeting with Secretary Duncan during the convention was productive. His response to them was, “without the passage of the jobs bill, education would see a level of destruction as never seen before. Schools would find themselves doing a lot more with a lot less.” He told them to use, ‘loud librarian voices for lobbying,’ which they did by marching with thousands of other school and public librarians at the Capitol to call attention to the growing crisis.

Led by Jim Scheppke, members of the OASL board, incoming OLA President Rob Everett and many other public and academic librarians from Oregon visited Oregon legislators Walden, Merkley, Schrader, Defazio, Wu, Wyden, and Blumenhauer to lobby for libraries in Oregon, public and private. They are hopeful that there will be strong support at the state and national level for libraries. While their message was delivered clearly to Secretary Duncan and to state legislators, it is unclear whether congress will be able to make any progress on education and jobs in the near future.

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***Collection Development: Oregon National Guard in Iraq DVD
Oregon Filmmaker Gary Mortenson’s documentary “This is War: Memories of Iraq” is now available for purchase. It features the Oregon National Guard during one of its year’s on duty in Iraq, 2005-2006.  The film has won a couple of prizes at film festivals, but has not had a theatrical release. Much of the film was shot by the soldiers, including one who taped a camera onto his helmet, giving viewers a soldier’s-eye view of the war.

The DVD is a bargain, $12.95 for 86 minutes.  It can be purchased from www.combatarchive.com  , where you can also get more information about this movie.

Tony Greiner
Portland Community College

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