August 15, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 14) – President’s Message

Photo by Mary Ginane

***President’s Message
Like the changing of the seasons, leadership of OLA is changing as well.  OLA’s annual Leadership Retreat was held at Silver Falls August 2-3.  Rob Everett, our esteemed incoming president led the meeting.  We reviewed the past year’s achievements, set goals for 2010-11, and met our incoming leaders.  A lot was accomplished but it wasn’t all work and no fun.  Jim Scheppke, State Librarian led a hike to Silver Falls and we initiated Rob in traditional OLA fashion.  Want to know more?  Ask Rob to sing, Old Rob Everett, a top tune that is sweeping the nation.   

–Connie Anderson-Cohoon 


August 15, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 14) – News

***OLA and OASL Merger Exploration
In the spring of 2010 both the OLA and OASL (Oregon Association of School Libraries) Boards approved exploration into the possibility of OASL merging into OLA as a division. The exploration is taking place through the OLA-OASL Joint Committee on School-Public Library Cooperation. A subcommittee of the Joint Committee is researching all aspects of the topic. Both the OLA Leadership Retreat and the summer OASL Board meeting devoted discussion time to the idea and participants provided input. A list of significant reasons to consider a merger will be incorporated into a proposal. The full Joint Committee will consider the draft proposal on September 13th. The proposal will be presented to the OLA Board for further input at their October 1st meeting, and the OASL Board will preview the proposal next. This article is an early heads-up about the activities taking place. Votes of the membership of both organizations will be needed should the Boards move the exploration forward into action.   However, no timeline has been set beyond the proposal presentations in October.

If you have concerns, questions or input please contact any member of the Joint Committee on School-Public Library Cooperation: OLA members Ian Duncanson, Chair, Bob Schroeder, Lee Catalano, myself; OASL members Ruth Murray, Susan Stone, Carol Dinges, Merrie Olsen; State Library representatives Jim Scheppke, Katie Anderson, Jen Maurer.

–Mary Ginnane, OLA Past-president,

August 15, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 14) – Happenings

Wordstock 2010PNW MLA Conference / Call for Proposals: Online NW / Art Museum Libraries Symposium

***Save the Date: Wordstock 2010
Wordstock 2010
Portland Convention Center
Saturday & Sunday – October 9 & 10, 2010

Look forward to a volunteer schedule soon on the Libs-OR email list and via the OLA Hotline, so that you can join us to talk about our wonderful organization, the Oregon Library Association. We ask volunteers to serve two-hour shifts with a colleague, and then you have the opportunity to visit Wordstock 2010!

Check out the Wordstock website:

If you have any questions, please call Kim Willson-St.Clair at 503.725.4552 or write

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***Registration Open for Pacific NW Medical Libraries Association Conference
More details about the meeting are available at A hotel reservation form is available via the PNC blog at and on the conference website.

Go to to register. Early registration ends at midnight on Saturday, September 25 (and registration goes up $50 after that), so make sure to register now!

If you have questions about the meeting, please contact Dolores Judkins at or Todd Hannon at

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***Online Northwest Call for Proposals
Online Northwest is a one-day conference focusing on topics that intersect libraries, technology and culture.  The conference explores how technology is being applied within library settings and how technology is affecting library patrons and services.  Academic, public, school, and special librarians are strongly encouraged to submit proposals. The deadline for proposal submissions is October 1st.

For information on submitting a proposal or lightning talk visit: 

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***Art Museum Libraries Symposium
Join us September 23 & 24!
Libraries, archives and museums all face similar challenges. Libraries and archives affiliated with art museums have a second layer of concerns: how best to relate to their parent institution. Peabody Essex Museum’s (PEM’s) Phillips Library will host a symposium to explore the issues associated with this very question.

Among the presenters are leaders from top institutions, including PEM, Harvard Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Morgan Library and Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Minnesota Historical Society, the National Gallery of Art, and the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution.

Full scholarships and generous discounts are available for staff in museums with budgets under $5 million, for junior staff in museums with budgets over $5 million and for pre-professional graduate students.  Staff in museums holding art works from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation are eligible for full scholarships plus expenses. The scholarships and discounts are available to qualifying candidates on a first come, first serve basis.

The Phillips Library is one of New England’s most important and historic research libraries. It is a major resource for residents and scholars with interests in genealogy, maritime history and New England history, or documents relating to the museum’s vast and diverse collection. The library also holds the nation’s largest collection of ship logs and journals as well as original court documents from the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials.

Reservations for the symposium can be made online or by mail. Click on the link below to download a brochure.

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August 1, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 13) – News

Call for Proposals: OLA Conference / Call for Articles: OLA Quarterly / ORT Update

***OLA Conference Call for Proposals
The Oregon Library Association Program Committee is calling upon you to offer your knowledge, experience, wisdom, and creativity to the library community during the 2011 OLA Annual Conference. Proposals for preconference and conference sessions should be completed online, and must be submitted by September 30, 2010.

Brainstorm! We all need to know about: creative collaborations/partnerships; programming for community needs; the power of advocacy; best practices for Facebook, Twitter; dealing with difficult people; grant writing; helping our leaders stay strong; handling the tough decisions; the future of collection development; marketing; employee morale; reaching the whole community; database management; libaries and the law; effective web presence; mobile reference; serving the handicapped; resource allocation; customer service; negotiating with vendors; library security; staff development; eBooks; survival stories – how to solve problems, keep going, and have fun doing it; and, …………on, and on…………, because “Libraries Build Communities Build Libraries!”

If you have questions or need help in finding a division, committee, or roundtable sponsor for your proposal, please contact me or any member of the Program Committee for assistance.

Nancy Horner
Program Chair

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***Deadline Extended: Call for Articles for the OLA Quarterly Winter Edition
The OLA Quarterly’s Winter Issue will be about librarians and libraries that are “Doing More with Less: Creative Strategies in the New Economy.”  Librarians and library staff are a resourceful and creative group. This issue is about using that creative resourcefulness to meet user needs.

  • Are you trying to meet patron needs with less funding than ever before?
  • How are you reaching out to patrons in the new economy?
  • What kinds of partnerships are you developing / have you developed to meet needs?
  • What creative ideas has your library successfully implemented, using the talents of staff, faculty, and / or volunteers to make the best of the challenging economic climate?

Please send a brief summary (250 words or less) of your proposed article by August 31st, 2010 to Tricia Juettemeyer at I will notify authors by September 15th, and articles will be due November 1st.

OLA Quarterly author guidelines are available here:

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***Outreach Round Table Updates
Congratulations to Irene Luoto from Coos County Library Service District for being awarded the $1,000 scholarship sponsored by OLA-ORT to attend the Association for Rural and Small Libraries & Association for Bookmobile and Outreach Services Joint Conference in Denver, CO in mid-October!

Irene has been the Outreach Coordinator for 11 years in Coos County, and we hope the opportunity awaiting her will give her a new blast of energy for another 11 years of library outreach!

It’s great when the round table group can inspire each other, and the applicant essays were truly an inspiration to read. Thank you again to all the applicants! I believe there is something very special about librarians who chose to work in Outreach Services. Our passion for the underserved is undeniable!

ORT Members, please save the date for our next meeting in Springfield on September 10, 2010!

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August 1, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 13) – Happenings

***Deschutes Public Library Offers Tuition Reimbursement for LSSC
Library Support Staff Certification tuition reimbursement is now available for Deschutes Public Library staff!

To assist employees who wish to pursue this certification, tuition reimbursement is available. This is an opportunity to take nationally recognized courses to expand library skills and knowledge.

The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program is a national certification program that allows library support staff to demonstrate their competencies and be certified by the American Library Association.

Check this website for more information about the certification process: Contact Cathy Zgraggen ( for more information.

August 1, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 13) – People

***New Collection Development Librarian at Reed College
Xan Arch has accepted the position of Collection Development Librarian in the Reed College Library, beginning August 30. Xan holds a BA in English and French Literatures and an MA in English Literature from Stanford University and a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She has served as Stanford’s Ordering Librarian and most recently as Electronic Resources and Technology Librarian. She publishes a column in Against the Grain.