September 15, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 16) – From the (Past) President

***From the Past-President***
Wow! Where did a year go? Seems like just yesterday I was learning a million details about OLA in an attempt to fill the shoes left behind by Mary Ginnane.  The year flew by with a multitude of OLA activities even though we didn’t have our annual conference to bring us all together.  It was a tight year financially because our conference is the economic engine that funds a variety of organizational activities.  I’m very pleased to report that we ended the year with a slight budget surplus thanks to a very generous donation by our 2010 Library Supporter of the Year, Betsy Priddy.  Betsy is also the person behind the wonderful Amo Leer and HOLA projects.  Every member of our organization has benefitted from Betsy’s altruism.  We are fortunate to have supporters like her. 

Additional highlights for 2009-10 were the change in our association management from the McCulley’s to Robert’s Business Services; the decision to end our institutional membership in PNLA; and the completion of Vision 2020.  The Board also started merger discussions with OASL and approved plans for the new Oregon Reader’s Choice Awards.  These are but a few of the numerous decisions made on behalf of the organization by the OLA Executive Board.  Many thanks to outgoing board members: Mary Ginnane, Lorie Vik, Suzanne Sager, Dana Campbell, Rachel Bridgewater, Rick Samuelson, Todd Dunkelberg, Susan Gilmont, Ruth Murray, Sara Charlton, and Kim Willson-St. Clair.  I also appreciate all who served on OLA Roundtables, Committees and Task Forces.  The dedication and passion that you bring to the organization benefits all libraries throughout the state. 

 I am grateful to all of you for your support and friendship during my tenure.  I have learned an immense amount and am looking forward to year ahead as past president.  We are now in the capable hands of Rob Everett, OLA President 2010-11.  Best of luck, Rob!


September 15, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 16) – News

CSD’s Performer Showcase / OLA Legislative Committee Recruitment / Mock Newbery and Caldecott Workshops / ACRL-OR Award for Excellence / ACRL-OR e-Learning

***CSD’s Performer Showcase***
Join the Children’s Services Division in reviewing a variety of performers for your library programs.  Registration is now open for the Performer Showcase at Salem Public Library’s Loucks Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 25.  Tell members of your community who book performers about this great opportunity!

Link to registration:

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***OLA Legislative Committee Recruitment***
Interested in the OLA Legislative Committee?

Here’s your chance.  We have three slots open on the committee – two for one year and one for three years.  This is the committee that monitors political, legislative and management activities throughout the state that may affect libraries – our services, our resources and our effectiveness.  This past year, we developed guidelines about identify theft and protection of personal information. We crafted a briefing paper on open access to use with our Congressional delegation. We drafted proposed legislation for a task force on school libraries. And, we have good discussions about issues percolating throughout the state.  This year, the Legislature will be in session so we will monitor bills and budgets adding our input as witnesses to committees.  We will also organize Legislative Day, a day in Salem that gives all of us in the library community a chance to tell our stories to legislators.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Janet Webster, the committee chair, at 541-867-0108 or email

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***Mock Newbery and Caldecott Workshops***
Registration is now open for these two mock award workshops.  Register here:  If you register for both events, you get a $5 discount!

Book lists will be sent out to registrants as soon as they are available.

 The Mock Newbery Workshop is presented by CSD, the Children and Young Adult Services (CAYAS) Interest Group of WLA, and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library!  Here are the particulars:

  • Date/Time: Friday December 10, 2010 / 10 am – 4 pm
  • Location: Cascade Park Library / 600 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver, WA
  • Cost: $15 / pays for snacks and a lunch from Applewood Restaurant
  • Sign up quickly to ensure that you’re able to take part in what promises to be a super-fun workshop.  Registration may be limited.

 Join library staff and educators from around Oregon and Washington for a fun and thought provoking look at the Newbery medal.  Get a firsthand peek into the ALA Newbery Committee experience courtesy of 2010 committee member Steven Engelfried.  In addition, school and public librarians who have run successful Newbery book groups will share tips for engaging kids in Mock Newbery discussions.  The experience will culminate in a lively discussion of several of the best books of 2010, resulting in a vote for the OLA/WLA Mock Newbery winner!

The Mock Caldecott Workshop is presented by CSD, the Children and Young Adult Services (CAYAS) Interest Group of WLA, and the Multnomah County Library!  Here are the particulars:

  • Date/Time: Saturday December 11, 2010 / 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Location: Central Library / 801 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR
  • Cost: $15 / pays for snacks and a lunch from Elephants Delicatessen
  • Sign up quickly to ensure that you’re able to take part in what promises to be a super-fun workshop.  Registration may be limited.

Join library staff, educators, and children’s book enthusiasts from around Oregon and Washington for a fun and fruitful discussion of the best picture books of 2010!  Speaker Suzanne Harold will review her year on the 2010 Caldecott Committee and help participants to learn more about the graphic elements in picture book illustrations as attendees closely examine a 2010 Caldecott Award book.  Barbara Head will orient attendees to Visual Thinking Strategies, a method of inquiry for looking at picture books.  Both Harold and Head are youth librarians with Multnomah County Library.  Participants will read a book using this technique before discussing a series of potential 2011 award books.  A brand new Steven Engelfried-designed Caldecott quiz will be available for participants to test their Caldecott knowledge, with a chance to win a great prize!

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***ACRL-OR Award for Excellence***
The ACRL Oregon Board is delighted to announce that the recipient of this year’s Award for Excellence is John Helmer, Executive Director of the Orbis Cascade Alliance.

The ACRL Oregon Award for Excellence is given annually to an individual or group whose project or ingenuity has significantly improved Oregon academic libraries or librarianship.  We present to award to John for his tireless efforts on behalf of academic libraries in our state and, especially, his recent work toward changing the legal status of the Alliance.

Please join us in congratulating John!

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***ACRL-OR Sponsors E-Learning Opportunities***
ACRL-Oregon is very pleased to announce its sponsorship of the third in a series of ACRL National E-learning workshops to meet the continuing education and networking needs of librarians statewide. The third workshop of the 2010 series will be:  The Not-So-Distant Librarian: Online Library Instruction to Engage Students and Faculty

Hone your online instruction skills in a workshop conducted by experts. The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is a leader in distance education, and its librarians play an active and innovative role in the school’s online classes.  During this interactive webcast, UMUC librarians will share practical tips and tools for designing, implementing and assessing online library instruction.   After the live event, you will have an opportunity to draft online instruction materials and receive feedback from the presenters and other participants via a real-time chat sessions as a follow up to the webcast. 


  • When:  Tuesday, September 14, 2010.  Doors open at 10:30am  |  workshop from 11:00am-12:30 pm  |  discussion/networking/lunch time from 12:30 – 1:00pm
  • Where:  Southern Oregon University Library, Electronic Classroom (Room 114) Directions/Parking:  Directions to the SOU library  If attendees need a parking permit, they should see Ila Haas in Library Administration.
  • Who: Any interested parties are welcome to attend the live event!
  • Lunch: Brown-bag!
  • Questions? Contact Connie Anderson-Cohoon (541-488-0799 or

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!

So You Want to Create an Interactive Information Literacy Tutorial? (October 19, 2010)
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 Community College

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September 15, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 16) – Happenings

Volunteer for Wordstock / College Library Directors Mentor Program / Online NW Call for Proposals / New Digital Collections at OSU

***Volunteer for Wordstock 2010
Wordstock 2010
Portland Convention Center
Saturday & Sunday – October 9 & 10, 2010

OLA members are requested as volunteers on the days of the festival.  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:

To sign up for a shift, or if you have any questions, please call Kim Willson-St.Clair at 503.725.4552 or write

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***College Library Directors Mentor Program***
Are you, or do you know, a new College Library Director?  ACRL’s College Library Directors Mentor Program is now in its nineteenth year with 271 first-year college library directors having participated.  From the program’s website (, the purpose of the program is:

“…to enhance leadership capabilities of new college library directors and to help them meet the challenges involved in directing libraries in small colleges. This program meets this need by fostering a mentoring relationship with an experienced library director. First-year directors gain access to someone who will listen to their problems and questions and provide feedback and possible solutions.”

Please contact Founding Director Dr. Larry Hardestry if you are interested in the program or have questions:
Dr. Larry Hardesty
7240 West 37th Street
Kearney, Nebraska 68845
Phone:  308-233-3573

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***Online Northwest Call for Proposals***
Online Northwest is a one-day conference (in Corvallis, Oregon) 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 presentation proposals.  For information on submitting a 60 minute presentation or 5 minute lightning talk visit:

Deadline for submissions is October 1st. 

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***New Digital Collections from OSU Archives***
The Oregon State University Libraries announces two new web sites that feature holdings from the University Archives.

  • Fighters on the Farm Front: Oregon’s Emergency Farm Labor Service, 1943-1947

We often hear about Rosie the Riveter and the unprecedented industrial effort that occurred in America during World War II, but the efforts that were made in agriculture – production of the food and fiber necessary to sustain the war effort — are rarely acknowledged.  The Oregon State University Archives’ newest digital exhibit, Fighters on the Farm Front: Oregon’s Emergency Farm Labor Service, 1943-1947 (  highlights the contributions of Oregon’s Emergency Farm Labor Service during and immediately after World War II. 

This exhibit is an updated and expanded version of the original Fighters on the Farm Front online exhibit, launched in 1994 as a joint project of the OSU Archives and the Oregon State Archives in Salem.  It was one of the first online exhibits in Oregon.  The new Fighters on the Farm Front: Oregon’s Emergency Farm Labor Service, 1943-1947 also acts as a subject guide, detailing several other resources pertaining to the Emergency Farm Labor Service.  

  • Japanese American Association of Lane County Oral History Collection

Japanese Americans stand within American history as an intriguing and persevering community that emblemizes the struggles of immigrant families in the quest for the American Dream. The Japanese American Association of Lane County, Oregon Oral History Collection ( is a collection of oral histories (both digital sound files and transcripts ), images, video and supporting documents recording these experiences of eleven local community members and influential people from Lane County, Elkton and Waldport, Oregon.

Many of the interviewees experienced the trials of growing up in an environment of discrimination and prejudice, and following the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the detainment and removal of their rights and freedom at the onset of World War II.  These oral histories document this experience, as well as their lives prior to World War II and decades after. The collection also documents the emergence of the Japanese American community in and around Eugene and Lane County that led to the organization of the Japanese American Association of Lane County.

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September 1, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 15) – News

***Congratulations to OLA’s 2010 MLIS Scholarship Award Recipients!
The Oregon Library Association recently provided $22,000 in scholarship awards to a group of very talented students enrolled in ALA-Accredited MLIS programs.  The selection committee’s recommendations were approved by the OLA Executive Board at its June meeting.

Students who received awards for the 2010 – 2011 academic year are:

Hadley Brown                    Eugene                 Emporia
Bronwyn Dorhofer          Portland              Emporia
Margaret Dull                    Beaverton           Univ. Washington
Elizabeth Figueroa           Eugene                 San Jose State U.
Shaun Hearn                      Albany                  Emporia
Mary Keyser                      Portland               Emporia
Katie Townsend                La Grande           Univ. Washington
Jennifer Wolf                     Beaverton           Univ. Washington

Thanks to OLA’s Scholarship Selection Committee members Gretchen Leslie (Forest Grove), Anne Pearson (Portland), Debbie Brodie (North Plains), Terry Rohe (Portland), Carol Ruggeri (Newport), and Gary Sharp (North Bend) for all their work on this year’s scholarship process.  And a big thank you to OLA Past-Presidents Sara Charlton, Jim Scheppke, Mo Cole, Janet Webster, Aletha Bonebrake, & Leah Griffith & others for their scholarship fundraising efforts at the PLA Conference!

In late October the Scholarship Committee will publicize the opening of the scholarship process for the 2011 – 2012 academic year.  Look for further information at and Applications will be due by early March at the Oregon Student Assistance Commission via; OLA’s scholarship program is #471.

The Oregon Library Association’s MLIS Scholarship Program is supported in whole or part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library, and through the generosity of OLA members who donate to the scholarship fund. OLA members are encouraged to make donations to support this OLA initiative by using the MLIS Scholarship Contribution Form at in the Membership section. 

Gary Sharp, OLA MLS Scholarship Committee

September 1, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 15) – Happenings

Volunteer for Wordstock / ACRL-OR/WA Conference / Connecting to Collections / Sherrer Lecture / Oregon Days of Culture / The Oregon Encyclopedia

***Volunteer for Wordstock 2010
Wordstock 2010
Portland Convention Center
Saturday & Sunday – October 9 & 10, 2010

OLA members are requested as volunteers on the days of the festival.  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:

To sign up for a shift, or if you have any questions, please call Kim Willson-St.Clair at 503.725.4552 or write

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***ACRL-OR/WA Conference Registration and Scholarships
Registration is now open for the ACRL Oregon & Washington Fall Conference at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center!  Join academic librarians from across the Pacific Northwest as we discuss the future of libraries with a great slate of speakers including David Silver (associate professor of media studies at University of San Francisco), Elizabeth DuPuis (Associate University Librarian at University of California, Berkeley and Director-at-Large of ACRL), and Jamene Brooks-Kieffer (Assistant Professor and Resource Linking Librarian at Kansas State University Libraries).

Register now for:
“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

Spaces are limited, so register soon!  For more information about the conference including speaker bios visit:

To go directly to registration, visit:

Apply for a scholarship to attend the ACRL-OR/WA Fall Conference!  ACRL-Oregon invites library school students and first-time Fall Conference attendees from Oregon to submit an application to win a scholarship that covers registration (including food and lodging).

The scholarship application deadline is Monday, September 20. Apply online.   If you have questions about the scholarship, please contact Joan Petit at

We look forward to seeing you in the Gorge!

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***Connecting to Collections: Preserve your heritage collection
Please attend one of three free meetings being held in Medford (September 13), Bend (September 14), or Pendleton (September 28).  We need your input to make a successful plan for preservation in Oregon. These meetings are sponsored and endorsed by many museum, library, and archival organizations.

By attending one of these meetings you can help the heritage community…archives, libraries, and museums…plan a better future for Oregon’s heritage collections.  A grant from the federal Institute for Museums and Library Services (IMLS) to the Oregon Museum Association on behalf of archive, library, and museum partners throughout Oregon is making it possible for us to take stock of our preservation, training, and disaster preparedness needs.  From this a statewide preservation plan to address those needs will be developed.  The plan is a necessary first step to secure funding for future  implementation.

Refreshments will be provided.  Please let us know you are coming so that we can plan adequate seating and refreshments by emailing Ruth Metz (  You may also email your questions to Ruth Metz.

Meeting Details

Note about parking: Parking is available at several locations around the library:   A two-hour lot is adjacent to the library building at 10th St. between Riverside and Central.   A three- hour lot is located across the street from the library building on Central. This lot allows payment for longer parking.  Please not that only one and two- hour parking on the street is available around the perimeter of the library building and throughout downtown Medford.

  • Bend, OR Meeting (
    Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
    Deschutes County Library Administration Building
    507 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR 97701
  • Pendleton, OR Meeting
    Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
    The Tamastslikt Cultural Center  (
    72789 Highway 331 Pendleton, OR

Please contact Ruth Metz, Project Coordinator, by email to register for the meetings if you have questions.

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***Sherrer Memorial Lecture
We are pleased to announce the 2010 Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture in Library Service will be held Friday, September 24 at 3:00 pm on the campus of Lewis & Clark College.  This year’s lecture should appeal to public, special, and academic librarians, as Dr. David Carr, Associate Professor Emeritus from the University of North Carolina’s School of Information and Library Science, presents “Think with Me:  The Possibilities of Public Conversations in Cultural Institutions”. 

His talk is abstracted below:

The formative legacy of any democratic culture or learning community is borne and embodied by its library.  At its best, it is a living, constructive institution where experience and knowledge increase.  The aspirations of a community — what it wants to become and what it hopes to give to its children — require a generative public conscience and provocative voices.  More than a record of our time and place, the library is a record of us as we embrace or turn away from our challenges.  We require a place that holds both pages and voices, electrons and arguments; and more:  a place where thoughtful citizens will strive to become something together.

In 1999 the Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture in Library Service was established by Watzek Library director James J. Kopp to commemorate the contributions and legacies of a respected friend, colleague, and champion of service.  Johannah Sherrer served as Director of the Aubrey R. Watzek Library from July 1993 to September 1998, when she passed away.  This year’s event will be particularly meaningful as we will also be remembering Dr. Jim Kopp, who passed away on August 5.  We believe that Jim, a scholar librarian with intellectual interests including history, literature, philosophy, and the humanities, would have found this year’s lecture especially interesting.

Further information is available on the Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture web page.  If you have any questions or require additional information, please let me know.  We hope you can join us at this special event.

Elaine Gass Hirsch
Library Advancement Coordinator
Aubrey R. Watzek Library
Lewis & Clark College

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***Oregon Days of Culture
With Oregon Days of Culture, October 1 – 8, the Cultural Trust offers a great promotional opportunity for your library.

During that 8-day week, the Trust invites Oregonians to Celebrate! Participate! Give! to Oregon culture at . All you have to do is register and post your events; it takes about five minutes.  Anyone can post – organizations or individuals. Events can be public or private, ticketed or free.  Your event page can include links to your website, ticketing and/or donation page.  The Trust’s job is to drive people to the website with advertising, promotion, social media and publicity.  
The site remains open for posting through September 17 at 5 PM.  The earlier you get your events posted, the better the promotional value.  And, remember, October 8 is a statewide teacher in-service day when lots of parents will be looking for activities for their kids.   
While at , don’t forget to post your cultural confession.  Registration is not required for cultural confessions or blog comments.   Join the celebration!

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***The Oregon Encyclopedia is Coming to Lebanon!
Contribute Your Knowledge of Local History to the Oregon Encyclopedia at the Lebanon Public Library, located at 55 Academy Street, Lebanon, OR 97355.

Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The meeting is free and open to the public.

Learn about the valuable historical resources available at the Lebanon Public Library, including an overview of the Genealogy Room which contains over 600 books on Oregon history and Linn County resources such as census and school records. Contribute your knowledge of local history and culture to The Oregon Encyclopedia (OE), an online resource about the state’s significant people, places, events, and institutions. OE Editor-in-Chief, Rick Hardt, will lead a discussion on how to write an Encyclopedia entry and will work with participants to identify local topics that should be included in The Oregon Encyclopedia.

The Oregon Encyclopedia is a partnership between Portland State University (PSU), the Oregon Historical Society (OHS), and the Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE). The Libraries as Community Research Centers Project is supported in part by the Oregon Heritage Commission. This event is co-sponsored by the Lebanon Public Library.

For more information please visit
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September 1, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 15) – People

***OSU Librarian Retires
Loretta Rielly retired from OSU Libraries at the end of August 2010.  Loretta served the OSU Libraries for over twenty years.  In her time at OSU, among other roles she worked as the Head of Reference and Instruction, as an Arts and Humanities Librarian, and most recently as the Head of Collection Development.  Loretta served on the OLA Publications Committee and the Library Instruction Round Table.  Loretta plans to take art history classes, knit, garden, and do all of that other fun stuff that work gets in the way of during her retirement.  Thanks Loretta for your great leadership!