December 15, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 22) – News

OLA/OASL Merger Update / Mock Caldecott Award / OYAN Meeting / OLA Legislative Day

***OLA/OASL Merger Update
Progress is being made on the action steps toward a vote on a proposed merger between OLA and OASL (Oregon Association of School Libraries). In October, the OASL Board supported moving forward with the action steps. On December 3rd the OLA Board voted to accept the merger proposal document and move forward with the action steps. Next steps are:

  • March-April, 2011- Proposal shared and information sessions scheduled at each of four OASL regional spring conferences
  • April, 2011- Information session presented at OLA conference in Salem
  • May-August, 2011 – Review bylaws documents regarding potential changes
  • October, 2011- OASL members vote at Business meeting at Fall Conference
  • April, 2012- If OASL vote is affirmative then OLA members vote at Spring Conference Business meeting

Continued communications and answering questions are actions that will continue throughout this time period. For example OASL President Ruth Murray has begun using the OASL e-mail list to answer a “Merger Question of the Week” for members. The merger document can be read at  Please direct questions to subcommittee members below or Board members of both organizations.

Submitted by the Merger Subcommittee of the OLA-OASL Joint Committee on School-Public Library Cooperation: Carol Dinges, Mary Ginnane, Ruth Murray, Shirley Roberts, Susan Stone.

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***OLA Childrens’ Services Division Mock Caldecott
It is with great joy that I would like to announce the results of the 2011 Oregon Library Association/Washington Library Association Mock Caldecott Award!

Mock Caldecott Award –

  • City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, Illustrated by Jon J. Muth

Mock Caldecott Honor Books –

  • Art & Max by David Wiesner
  • Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson by Charles R. Smith, Jr., Illustrated by Shane W. Evans
  • Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya by Donna Jo Napoli, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

The 2011 Mock Caldecott Workshop was held at the Multnomah County Library’s Central Library (Portland, Oregon) this past Saturday.  Over 40 librarians, authors, illustrators, and educators from across Oregon and Washington came to learn about the Caldecott Award and select a local mock winner. 

Attendees were introduced to the Caldecott process by 2010 Caldecott Committee member Suzanne Harold.  Barbara Head, another librarian with Multnomah County Library, provided participants with an overview of Visual Thinking Strategies, a method of inquiry used for looking at picture books.  Following a crash course in judging the art of picture books vis-à-vis the ALA Caldecott criteria, participants broke into small groups and discussed a list of potential 2011 Caldecott contenders.

After a day filled with “all things picture book”, participants took part in a balloting process similar to the actual process used to select the real Caldecott Award.

OLA and WLA organizers would like to thank Multnomah County Library and its librarians for presenting a wonderful workshop!

Rick Samuelson, Youth Services Librarian
Washington County Cooperative Library Services

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***Oregon Young Adult Network Winter Meeting
Be sure to mark your calendars for the OYAN Winter Meeting on January 21st, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Come see the new Teen Space @ Salem Public Library (Central) and join the discussion over the final additions to the 2011 Book

Lunch information will be provided in the January issue of the OYAN Review  and on the OYAN blog (

Happy Holidays!
Susan Smallsreed, OYAN Co-Chair

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***Save the Date! OLA Legislative Day
Plan on attending the Oregon Libraries Legislative Day on February 7, 2011 at the State Capitol in Salem.  It’s our chance to talk to legislators and make our issues/concerns known.  

Orientation and overview – 9 am (there are other opportunities to get this if you cannot arrive by 9.)
Children’s Book Display –  9-1 in the Galleries
Individual and Small Group Meeting with Legislators-  All day
Lunch on your own at Willamette’s Goudy Commons – 11–1

It’s not too early to schedule a visit with your legislator to tell about what great things you are doing in your library.  Check here to get your legislator’s contact information.   A staff person should be responding to requests.  You’ll probably get no more than 15 minutes and it might be with a staffer.  Once you have an appointment schedule, let Deidre Conkling ( so it can go on our master schedule.

More information, details and reminders will be coming.

Get involved.  Libraries create readers!
-Janet Webster, chair of OLA’s Legislative Committee

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December 15, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 22) – Happenings

***Advocating in a Tough Economy Program at ALA Midwinter Meeting 
Reserve your spot today for “Advocating in a Tough Economy: An Advocacy Institute Workshop” during ALA’s 2011 Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, California. The program will take place on Friday, January 7, 2011, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Advanced registration is priced at $50 and ends on December 29.  

Attendees will learn how to advocate through repositioning or “branding” their libraries to meet the needs of patrons with Kerry Bierman, Director of Community Relations & Development, Columbus Metropolitan Library. A panel discussion will follow, focusing on how libraries of all types can reposition their offerings. Panelists include Dr. Camila Alire, ALA Past President & Dean Emeritus at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University, Deborah Doyle, Friends of San Francisco Public Library, Advocacy Projects Manager, and Sara Kelly Johns, American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Past President & Library Media Specialist, Lake Placid Central School District. Michael Borges, Chair, Advocacy Training Subcommittee & Executive Director, New York Library will moderate.

The workshop will also highlight the 2011 ALA Library Snapshot Day initiative. A founder of the initiative, Peggy Cadigan, Associate State Librarian for Innovation & Communication, New Jersey State Library, will discuss how to use snapshot day as an advocacy tool.  Rob Banks, Topeka & Shawnee County (KS) Library, will discuss how he has integrated snapshot day results and statistics to improve messaging to decision-makers

For more information and to register, please visit, Those who register for the Nuts & Bolts for Friends and Foundations or Trustees will save $25 off Institute registration. 

Advocating in a Tough Economy: An Advocacy Institute Workshop is co-sponsored by the California Library Association. It is presented in partnership with the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) and organized by the Advocacy Training Subcommittee of the ALA Committee on Library Advocacy, in conjunction with the ALA Office for Library Advocacy.

December 1, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 21) – News

OLA-Q Call for Writers / OLA Conferece ShowcasesLampman Award /

***Call for Writers for the OLA Quarterly 2011 Spring Edition: Deadline Extended!
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 8, 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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***OLA Annual Conference Call for Showcase Proposals
Do you have ideas to share?  Are you dreaming of a poster session, a demonstration, a display?  Show(case) us!!

Submit a proposal by February 14, 2011.  Questions?  Contact Nancy Horner, Program Chair:

The OLA Annual Conference is April 6-8, 2011 at the Salem Conference Center. 

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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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December 1, 2010 (Vol. 16, No. 21) – Happenings

OSU Libraries Seminar Series / Online NW Registration / LNet Training / Cascadia IT Conference / ACRL Committee Members Sought / Morningstar Award / iLoveLibraries / ALA Equality Award / ALA Sullivan Award / YALSA Advocacy Contest / YALSA’s New Journal

***OSU Libraries Faculty Association Seminar Series
The December 10, 2010 OSU Libraries Faculty Association Seminar Series will feature speakers who have won the OSU Libraries Robert Lundeen Library Faculty Development Award for 2009/2010.

When: Friday, December 10, 2010, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Where: Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms, Valley Library, Oregon State University, Corvallis campus.


  • Tiah Edmunson-Morton (Reference, Instruction and Outreach Archivist) and Laurie Bridges (Assistant Professor, Business & Economics Librarian) conducted a research project on the image searching behaviors and preferences of undergraduate students. This presentation will report on the results the researchers gathered from a short survey administered to 1,000 randomly chosen OSU first year students
  • Michael Boock, Associate Professor and Head, Center for Digital Scholarship and Services will present on his investigative trip to the Digital Scholarship Center and Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis at the University of Kansas. He will speak on the importance of creating such a center and on the progress he and others have made in forming the OSU Libraries Center for Digital Scholarship and Services.

The presentation will take place at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., December 10, 2010, in the Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms on the third floor of the Valley Library (VL 3622). The OSU Libraries Faculty Seminar Series is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. Persons wishing to attend who need accommodations for a disability may contact Margaret Mellinger (541.737.9642);

Driving Directions and Maps:

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***Online Northwest 2011 – Early Bird Registration Now Open
Online Northwest is a one-day conference focusing on topics that intersect libraries, technology and culture.
Presentation topics include: Cloud computing, Institutional repositories, Information discovery, Library apps, E-books and more.

Mary Czerwinski–a Research Area Manager of the Visualization and Interaction Research group at Microsoft will be our Keynote Speaker. In her keynote address, Mary will speak about work that Microsoft’s Visualization and Interaction Research group is doing on topics such as interruptions, multitasking and group awareness.

This year, we will make 8 discounted registrations available on a first-come, first-served basis. These discounts are intended for students and unemployed librarians who cannot afford the full registration rate. Please do NOT request discounted registration if you can afford the full rate. When all 8 discounted registrations are used, we will remove the request option from the registration form.

In addition, this year we are offering five scholarships to cover the cost of conference registration. To apply for a scholarship, please complete the online application by December 15, 2010. Scholarship applications will be notified by early January 2011.

Scholarship application deadline: Dec. 15, 2010 Early bird registration deadline: Jan. 14, 2011 Refund deadline: Jan. 21, 2011

To register go to:

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***L-net Digital Reference Training
Introductory training on L-net, Oregon’s Statewide Digital Reference Service, is scheduled for:

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 9:00 – 4:30
PCC Sylvania Campus Library, Room 212
12000 Southwest 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132

L-net is Oregon’s statewide virtual reference service –

The training is for librarians who plan to take shifts staffing L-net’s chat, e-mail service, and text service. Librarians will receive hands-on training with L-net’s chat software, e-mail software, and instruction on techniques for communicating effectively online with patrons and providing reference service online.

There are two ways to get involved with staffing L-net:
1 – Partner libraries: Reference staff at Oregon libraries may staff the service as partner libraries. Librarians who do so staff the service at their libraries.

2 – Volunteers: If you have reference experience, you may apply to be a volunteer. Volunteers typically staff the service from home computers. If you would like to participate in the volunteer program, contact me for information about how to apply to be a volunteer.

The training is free, but space is limited and advance registration is required. If you would like to attend, contact me and let me know if you would like to staff L-net at a partner library or as a volunteer. Registration for this training will close on Monday, December 6. If you’re interested in the training, but unable to attend on this date, please contact me. I’m continuing to schedule additional trainings around the state.

Emily Papagni,

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***Cascadia IT Conference
System administrators, come! Sit by the fire! Tell us of virtualization adventures, tales of successful IPV6 implementation, configuration management, identity management, time management, management, harrowing security holes, days of plentiful 9’s and so much more. Build community, network with peers, share experience.

Mostly, I’d like to shout out for your consideration in helping to plan, contribute, attend or just pass along word about a Northwest regional IT conference organized by LOPSA and SASAG.

Help keep your development environment on stable and secure ground — pass the word along, contribute, participate.

Anjanette Young
Systems Librarian
University of Washington

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***ACRL National Seeking Volunteers for Immediate Committee Service
The Association of College and Research Libraries encourages members to volunteer for immediate service on one of the following new committees responsible for managing and coordinating ACRL’s program for liaising with other organizations interested in higher education:
• Liaisons Coordinating Committee – Oversees and coordinates the ACRL liaison relationship activities across all levels of the association; establishes and manages processes of establishing liaison relationships and provides common guidelines for appointing liaisons to the ACRL units managing liaison relationships; assesses effectiveness of the liaison program and makes recommendations for its improvement; communicates assessment findings with the ACRL Board and future directions for the liaison program.
• Liaisons Grants Committee – Manages liaison program support budget; establishes and manages competitive processes for liaisons to apply for funding for specific liaison activities over a defined period of time with a focus on assessable outcomes.
• Liaisons Training & Development Committee – Manages ALA Connect Community for Liaisons; provides training and resource materials for liaisons including suggestions for communicating the results of liaison work to ACRL membership.
ACRL members interested in volunteering for a term starting immediately on one of the above committees should send a short expression of interest to President Lisa Hinchliffe at by November 30, 2010. They should also complete the online volunteer form at

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***Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award
Honor an outstanding public librarian by submitting a nomination for this award of $1000 for travel expenses to the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

This recognizes a public librarian who has performed outstanding business reference service and who requires financial assistance to attend the conference. The recipient shall have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career as a business reference librarian and the potential to be a leader in the profession.

Eligibility: the candidate must be a member of ALA. If not a RUSA-BRASS member, the recipient must join RUSA and BRASS upon being selected to receive the award.

The award will be presented at the RUSA Awards ceremony (Monday, June 27th) at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans

To submit a nomination, download and complete the nomination form, and follow the submission instructions therein. For more information, please see:

Please submit nominations by December 15, 2010.

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***Share Your Library Story on
You may be familiar with ALA’s I Love Libraries website (, which launched in 2007. Its goal is to educate the general public about today’s libraries and encourage them to become better library advocates. is a place where those outside of the library community can visit to learn more about the health and vitality of today’s libraries. Users are invited to share their stories, to sign up for the e-newsletter and to advocate to members of Congress.

There’s a role for you as well! Although designed with the general public in mind, we are encouraging members of the library community to use this Web site as a vehicle to tell the library story. To that end, we are looking to ALA Chapters for help in gathering those stories.

ALA is encouraging people who love libraries to send their news stories, essays, articles, and other writings to We are particularly looking for written, feature articles of 500–1500 words, and Library Showcase featurettes of 300–500 words, as well as accompanying photos or artwork, if possible. Further details are found at

If you have questions or an idea for an article, but aren’t sure it’s what we’re looking for, contact us at

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***ALA’s Equality Award
The American Library Association is seeking nominations for the 2011 Equality Award. This annual award consisting of $1000 and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement is given to an individual or group for outstanding contribution toward promoting equality in the library profession. The contribution may be either a sustained one or a single outstanding accomplishment. The award may be given for an activist or scholarly contribution in such areas as pay equity, affirmative action, legislative work and non-sexist education. The current sponsor of the award is Scarecrow Press, Inc. a member of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.

Nomination forms are available at the ALA web site: application. Questions can be directed to Susan DiMattia, Equality Award Jury chair, at or Cheryl Malden, ALA liaison to the jury, at

Deadline for Nominations is December 17, 2010.

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***ALA’s Sullivan Award
ALA is seeking nominations for the Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children. The award honors an individual who has shown exceptional understanding and support of library service to children while having general management/supervisory/ administrative responsibility that has included public library service to children in its scope.

Nomination forms are available at the ALA Awards site: application here. The deadline for nominations has been extended to December 17, 2010.

For questions regarding the award, contact Nancy Bolt (Jury chair) at or Cheryl Malden, ALA Governance Office,

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***YALSA’s Thinking Big About Advocacy Contest
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the American Libraries Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the Thinking Big About Advocacy Contest. Complete contest rules and electronic applications are available at, and will be accepted through February 1, 2011. Funding was provided for this contest by the Friends of YALSA.

The Thinking Big About Advocacy Contest is being implemented as part of YALSA president Kim Patton’s “Thinking Big” theme. It is designed to recognize the advocacy work performed by YALSA members at public or secondary school libraries (middle, junior high, or high school), and empower others to follow their lead.

Following the application process, one first place winner will receive $500.00 to use towards their YA programs, and four runners up will receive $100.00 to use toward their YA programs.

If you are a YALSA member who has organized a campaign to bring a new service or program for YAs to your library, hosted an event to raise public awareness about the need for YA Librarians or YA Spaces in your library, or has found some creative way to share your message with the community, download a contest application and tell us about it!

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***YALSA’s New Research Journal
The Young Adult Library Services Association has launched the inaugural issue of its open-access, peer-reviewed electronic research journal, the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults at Visit the web site to read the articles &/or subscribe to the RSS feed. The journal will be published quarterly beginning in November 2010, with issues following each February, May and August.

The first issue highlights paper presentations from YALSA’s Young Adult Literature Symposium, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 5-7 with a theme of Diversity, Literature and Teens: Beyond Good Intentions. The papers in the issue are:

• Cultural Inquiry: A Framework for Engaging Youth of Color in the Library, by Dr. Kafi Kumasi
• “Teens Today Don’t Read Books Anymore”: A Study of Differences in Interest and Comprehension Based on Reading Modalities: Part 1, Introduction and Methodology, by Jessica E. Moyer
• Pushing the Envelope: Exploring Sexuality in Teen Literature, by Eleanor Wood

The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults disseminates research of interest to librarians, library workers and academics who focus on library service to young adults, ages 12 through 18. It will also serve as the official research publication of the association, publishing annotated lists of recent research from YALSA’s Research Committee, Henne Award–winning research, papers from YALSA’s biennial Young Adult Literature Symposium and papers presented at YALSA’s annual Past Presidents’ Lecture (held each January at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting).

Those interested in submitting a paper to JRLYA for future issues are encouraged to contact the editor at Author guidelines and more information can be found at Individuals interested in serving on the journal’s advisory board, which facilitates the peer review process, should fill out a volunteer form at Appointments to the 2010 – 2011 advisory board will be made in February and March by Sarah Flowers, YALSA’s President-Elect, and the group’s work begins in July. The group’s work is 100% virtual—attendance at ALA conferences is not required.

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