November 15, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 20) – News

ACRL-OR/WA Conference Recap / OLA-Q: Call for Writers / Mock Printz Workshop / Lampman Award / OLA MLIS Scholarships

***ACRL-OR/WA Conference Recap
The ACRL Oregon and Washington Joint Fall Conference was held at Menucha on Oct. 28-29. If you weren’t able to attend or if you are just curious, you can still check it out.

Visit the ACRL Oregon blog to see a recap with links to videos and photos:

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 ***Call for Writers for the OLA Quarterly 2011 Spring Edition
The OLA Quarterly’s Spring 2011 issue will be about library staff and their travels, libraries as destinations, and how our library wanderlust has unearthed a variety of discoveries and surprises.

Through “Library Wonders and Wanderings: Travels Near and Far,” we will share our stories.  If you enjoy visiting libraries when you travel, have worked in a library abroad, have “discovered” a library while on a trip or make travel plans to include libraries – I would love to hear about it!  Join me as we embark on a written library adventure. 

Please send a brief summary (250 words or less) of your proposed article by December 1, 2010 to Pam North at  I will notify authors by December 15 and articles will be due by February 1, 2011.

For a list of guidelines for potential authors, check out:   

Back issues of OLAQ are available on OLA’s website at

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***OYAN’s Mock Printz Workshop
There’s still time to register and attend the annual Oregon Young Adult Network Mock Printz Award Workshop.  Teens are welcome to participate.

Saturday, January 8, 2011, from 1-5:00 p.m. 
US Bank Room, Multnomah County Central Library
801 SW 10th Ave., Portland, OR 97205
To Register: Email Susan Smallsreed ( with name, agency, and email address of each participant.

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***2011 Lampman Award
Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution in the areas of literature and/or library service for the benefit of the children of Oregon?  Does that person reside principally in Oregon?  Is s/he alive?

If you answered yes to these questions you may be thinking of the next winner of the Evelyn Sibley Lampman* award, the most prestigious award for library service to children in Oregon.  If you are a member of OLA you could be the nominator for the winner of that award.  It’s easy!  Please include the following information:

  • Nominee’s name
  • Nominee’s title, address, and phone (if known)
  • Description of the nominee’s significant and lasting contributionsover the years that have benefited the children of Oregon

Nominations need to be sent to Jane Corry ( via email by January 28, 2011. Share your appreciation!

*The award is given in memory of Evelyn Sibley Lampman (1907-1980), noted Oregon teacher, journalist, and author of children’s books.  The Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award was established in 1982 to honor a living Oregon author, librarian, or educator who has made a significant contribution to Oregon in the fields of children’s literature and library services. It is awarded annually by the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association. 

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***Apply Now for 2011 – 2012 OLA MLIS Scholarships – March 1 Deadline
The application process is open for Oregon residents enrolled or planning to enroll in a graduate course of study for the Masters in Library & Information Science degree for the 2011 – 2012 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.  It’s a statewide program: rural applicants or those planning to work in rural libraries are welcome to apply.

The scholarship application process deadline is March 1, 2011. Before applying, please read OLA’s Scholarship Program guidelines and eligibility requirements.  OLA’s application and requirements are available as an electronic eApplication, through the Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC), at

Applicants who submit their applications by February 16 are entered in drawings for $500 Early Bird awards, which are funded by private donations.

Open the 2011 – 2012 OSAC Scholarship Catalog and enter a search for Scholarship Code 471 or for the Oregon Library Association to see all the requirements.   Additional information about the deadlines and more is available at   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, or email:

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 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 in the Membership section.  The Early Bird awards are privately funded.

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November 15, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 20) – Happenings

LSTA Advisory Council / Online NW Scholarships / VOYA/YALSA Research Grant / Library Journal Marketing Summit / Acquisitions Institute Call for Proposals

***LSTA Advisory Council Members Sought
Want to be in on the action?  Like to be part of the big picture of library services in Oregon?   The State Library has an opportunity for you!

The Oregon State Library staff is looking for new members for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council. We’d really appreciate hearing about any people you would like to suggest for one of the vacancies (including yourself), especially for disadvantaged populations. Please suggest possible people by November 15th.

Use our survey at to make suggestions.  Out of all the suggestions made, two people will be nominated for each vacancy. New Council members will be elected at the December 10, 2010 meeting of the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees. The State Library tries to have a good geographic representation of Oregon in the Council, which may influence who is nominated.

We are looking for suggestions for:

  • Academic Library Representative (1 position)
  • Disadvantaged People Representative (1 position)
  • Library Users Representative (1 position)
  • Public Library Representative (1 position)
  • School Library Representative (1 position)

The LSTA Advisory Council is a 13-member body that advises the State Library Board on LSTA competitive grants and statewide programs. Terms on the Council are for three years. Elected people would serve from January 2011 to December 2013. The Council normally meets twice a year in Salem (May and September), with special meetings as needed. The May meeting may be a day and a half. All travel expenses are reimbursed for Council members to attend meetings. Funds for substitutes may be available, please contact us for information. Minutes from Council meetings and information on Council members can be found at:

Thank you for helping the LSTA Council to represent the Oregon library community. Please contact Ann Reed at 503-378-5027 or  if you have any questions.

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***Online Northwest Conference Scholarships
Want to attend Online Northwest 2011, but don¹t have the funds?  The Online Northwest conference planning committee is offering 5 scholarships covering the cost conference registration.  Applications will be considered based on both merit and need.

Apply at by December 15th.  Responses will be sent no later than January 3, 2011.  For questions contact Dawn LoweWincentsen at, or Karen Munro at

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***2011 Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Research Grant
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA) is offering the Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Research Grant for 2011.  This grant of $1000 provides seed money for small-scale projects that will encourage research that responds to the YALSA Research Agenda.

Details regarding the applications for the 2011 Frances Henne YALSA/VOYA Research Grant are available from the YALSA Web site at  Applications for the grant are due in the YALSA Office by Dec. 1.

For more information please contact us via e-mail,; or by phone: 800-545-2433 x 4387.

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***Library Journal Summit on Marketing for Library Directors
Libraries have never faced more challenging times. With usage way up and dollars down, libraries need to know how to tell their stories in powerful ways that will turn stakeholders into strong library supporters.

Join Library Journal and its partners at the San Francisco Public Library for an exciting two-day seminar. The seminar will focus on helping library directors and marketing staff maximize the newest techniques and tools for getting their library’s message out to key audiences.

The Summit will pull experts from the business, nonprofit and library worlds who will guide participants in creating marketing plans that will build support for the library from customers, funders and partners.  Participants will leave the Summit knowing how to:

  • Assess their current marketing activities and materials
  • Understand their audiences and know the best ways to deliver targeted messages and information to them
  • Create a brand that connects their audiences to their library
  • Shape powerful messages that will inform and build stakeholder support
  • Design and implement a marketing plan that energizes library staff and creates opportunities for involvement at all staffing levels

The Summit is designed to allow participants to learn through inspiring presentations, analysis of real marketing activities, and access to experts who can answer participants’ library marketing challenges.

Registration is open to library directors only, although we encourage you to bring* members of your marketing team (*please note, each attendee will need to register separately).

Date: December 6-7, 2010
Place: San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street  San Francisco, CA
Register here:

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***Acquisitions Institute Call for Proposals
The Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge is now accepting presentation proposals for the 11th Annual Institute, in May, 2011.  All aspects of acquisitions and collection development are appropriate.   See: The DEADLINE for submitting a proposal (abstract of 200 words or less) is December 30, 2010.

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November 1, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 19) – From the President

***The Prez Sez: OLA Board Begins a New Year
The new OLA Executive Board met at the State Library in Salem on October 8th to begin a new year of advocating for library services and supporting library staff. 

Your new executive team is Past President, Connie Anderson-Cohoon from Southern Oregon University;  President, Rob Everett from Springfield Public Library; and Vice-President, President-Elect, Robert Hulshof-Schmidt from the State Library.  They are joined on the board by additional voting members, Secretary, Emily Papagni; Treasurer, Liisa Sjoblom; State Librarian, Jim Scheppke; ALA Representative, Hannah Gascho Rempel; Member-at Large, Anne-Marie Deitering; ACRL President, Jane Scott; CSD Chair, Krist Obrist; OYAN Co-Chairs, K’lyn Hahn & Susan Smallsreed; PLD Chair, Colleen Winters; and SSD Chair Susan Bacina.  We are ably assisted by Association Manager, Shirley Roberts along with a number of Round Table, Committee, and Task Team chairs.  All this adds up to a formidable group of librarians and library workers who are dedicated to improving library service in Oregon and in helping the library staff delivering that service become even more successful than before.  If you work with or encounter any of these people be sure to thank them for their service to Oregon libraries and for their service to you.

The good news is that our just completed fiscal year (’09-’10) saw the organization finish in the black, and plans are well underway for what promises to be a highly successful annual conference.  The theme of the conference and for my tenure as your president is, “Libraries build Communities build Libraries”.  In my mind, and in my actions, libraries are integral to the communities they serve; be that a private sector employer, a university campus, a government agency, or a city, county, or district public library. By the same turn, those communities are the life blood of their institutions.  We could not survive without our communities.  In fact they are the reason we exist. 

The bad news is that whatever organizational or jurisdictional context we find ourselves in, times are tough, and we are going to have to exhibit both cohesiveness and resourcefulness to get through them.  OLA is devoting itself to helping you, but we can’t do it without your engagement and participation in the association.

 In the coming weeks I will talk to you about specific aspects of the board work plan that we hope will support you and your involvement in OLA.  I encourage you to become involved in our common endeavor by encouraging coworkers to join OLA for the first time, renewing your own membership, offering your skills and insights to an OLA Division or Round Table, and by visiting our website and reading our Vision 2020 Statement, which is the culmination of a 2 ½ year process designed to “paint a picture of the challenges and opportunities Oregon’s libraries will face in the next decade.”  This vision was created by tapping into your experience and imagination and it will be your experience and imagination and energy that will ultimately determine whether we achieve it or not.  Consider my last statement both a challenge and an invitation to join us.

Rob Everett

November 1, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 19) – News

ACRL-OR Scholarship Winners / CSD Workshop / IFC Award / OYAN Mock Printz WorkshopTSRT WorkshopLibrarians in China

***ACRL-OR Scholarship Winners
Join the Association of College and Research Libraries- Oregon Board in congratulating Amy Hofer (Portland State University) and Nyssa Walsh (Oregon Health & Sciences University) — our 2010 ACRL Oregon & Washington Joint Fall Conference Scholarship Winners!

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***Children’s’ Services Division’s Fall Workshop
Saturday, November 6, 2010
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lebanon Public Library in Lebanon, OR

Get the latest scoop from the State Library, discuss the CSLP Rules of Use changes, learn what’s going on around the state, and participate in our annual fundraising efforts – bring items to be auctioned off in either the silent auction or the fast-paced oral auction. After lunch, speaker Dr. Christyn Dundorf, Director of Early Education and Family Studies
at Portland Community College, will talk about positive behavioral intervention and dealing with children at storytime.   Dr. Dundorf was a Project Coordinator and author of the Early Words Training Initiative, and is an expert in early literacy.

Registration is only $20, which includes morning coffee, snacks and lunch!  Join us for a day filled with information, fundraising friendship and fun!  Registration Deadline is Wednesday, November 3, 2010.  Click here to register:

If you have any questions about this workshop, please contact Krist Obrist, CSD Chair, at or 503-751-0182.

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***IFC Award
Has someone or some organization you know been a real champion for Intellectual Freedom recently?  Recognize their efforts by suggesting they be given the Intellectual Freedom Champion Award from OLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee.  Nominations are now open. Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 4, 2011, and the recipient will be announced at our annual meeting in April 2011.

For information about the award and for the nominations form, go to the IFC web page: OLA-IFC   (

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***OYAN’s Mock Printz Workshop
There’s still time to register and attend the annual Oregon Young Adult Network Mock Printz Award Workshop.  Teens are welcome to participate.

Saturday, January 8, 2011, from 1-5:00 p.m.
US Bank Room, Multnomah County Central Library
801 SW 10th Ave., Portland, OR 97205

To Register: Email Susan Smallsreed ( with name, agency, and email address of each participant.

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***TSRT Workshop on MarcEdit
November 1, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. the OLA Tech Services Round Table registration will close for the MarcEdit Workshop to be held in Portland on November 8, 2010.  Please join us for this workshop!

A MarcEdit Workshop with Terry Reese
MarcEdit is a widely used and freely downloadable software suite designed to facilitate the batch processing of records. The software may be used in a variety of scenarios including editing and customization of vendor records, database maintenance, and batch editing of metadata in MARC and XML formats. MarcEdit is a valuable tool for libraries of all sizes and missions to manage ever increasing amounts of metadata from multiple sources. Terry Reese will provide an introduction to the software as well as covering more advanced functionality including processing XML metadata and using MarcEdit’s built-in OAI harvester to generate MARC records from OAI repositories (as housed in DSpace or CONTENTdm).

November 8, 2010
White Stag Building
70 NW Couch St.
Portland, OR  97209
$35 for OLA/TSRT members
$45 for all others
Lunch is included in the registration fee. Registration is currently still open.

Direct link to OLA TSRT workshop registration form:  For any registration questions, please contact Ann Miller at  To all who have previously registered, thank you.

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***Follow the Oregon Librarians in China Blog
If you have not already done so, take a look at the blog being kept by Amy Lee (Fort Vancouver Regional Library District), Brandon Barnett (Multnomah County Library) and Nancy Hoover (Marylhurst University) – plus State Librarian Jim Scheppke — at  These intrepid adventurers teach us much about intercultural exchanges, libraries and life in China, and the joys of travel.  To learn more about the topics in the subject line above, take a few moments to read their blog!

As part of the Horner Exchange Project, our three Oregon librarians are currently traveling in Fujian Province, China, for a three week visit to libraries and cultural centers.  They are learning about the state of librarianship in public and university libraries as well as giving presentations in their areas of expertise.

Oregon State Librarian Jim Scheppke was also travelling with the Horner delegates for part of their trip to Fujian Province.  He is now back in the States.

The Horner Library Staff Exchange Project is an exchange of library staff between Fujian Province, China, and Oregon, for the purpose of sharing professional knowledge about library and information science. It was established through a generous gift from the late Dr. Layton Horner to the Oregon State Library, and continues through a partnership between the Oregon State Library and OLA’s International Relations Round Table. Our international partners are the Fujian Provincial Library and the Fujian Library Association. Fujian is Oregon’s sister province in China and the Fujian Provincial Library maintains a sister library relationship with the Oregon State Library.

Richard Sapon-White, Coordinator
2010 Horner Library Staff Exchange Project

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November 1, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 19) – Happenings

 ***Call for Proposals: RUSA
The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) invites interested instructors and presenters to submit proposals for online professional development courses and webinars to be offered starting in early 2011.

RUSA currently offers several online courses in the areas of reference and readers advisory, and is looking to expand its available course topics, and also include webinars among its offerings. Topics of particular interest include skills for assisting patrons with job searches, collection development and introductory reference and user services skills. There is also significant interest in offering online learning opportunities that go more in-depth with business reference skills as a follow-up to the consistently sold out Business Reference 101 course currently offered by RUSA.

Additional topics for online learning proposals might include but are not limited to company and industry research; international business; small businesses; entrepreneurship; consumer demographics; fundamentals of reference; providing reference in virtual libraries; providing reference in the one-person library; reference services in church and synagogue libraries; customer service fundamentals for reference staff; reference service fundamentals for embedded librarians; marketing the library and reference services; government documents fundamentals for reference librarians; legal reference for non-law librarians.

More information about how to submit proposals is available at the RUSA blog: