January 15, 2011 (Vol. 17, No. 1) – News

Oregon Library Photos Wanted / OLA Conference 2011 / ACRL-OR Programs @ OLA / OLA Honors and Awards Seeks Nominations / ACRL-OR Elections / From the Legislative Committee / OYAN’s Mock Printz Award

***Oregon Library Photos Wanted
The Oregon Library Association is updating the rotating photos that appear in the header on the association’s web page, http://www.olaweb.org.  If you would like to see a photo(s) of your library there, please submit your selection(s) to olaweb@olaweb.org using the format of .gif or .jpg at 400 x 110 pixels.  If you have any questions, please contact Shirley Roberts, sroberts.ola@gmail.com or call 541-962-5824.  Deadline for submission is March 1, 2011.

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***OLA Conference 2011
Libraries build communities build libraries.  Are you interested in learning about how libraries and communities interconnect?  How they build off each other?  How strengthening your library can assist in strengthening the community it serves?  If you are, consider coming to the Oregon Library Association 2011 conference at the Salem Conference Center.  Conference information, including main speakers and a tentative program schedule is available at: http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=120702&orgId=ola (OLA Home Page > Events > OLA2011). 

Registration is now open for the OLA 2011 Conference.  You can register at: https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=ola&formId=93408.  You can register online with a credit card or by check.  Once you have completed your registration form and have chosen a payment option, you will receive a confirmation page.  If paying by check, please include a copy of the confirmation page with your check and mail it to the address noted on the page.

Register early to get the best rates.  Information and forms are available on the OLA website:  http://www.olaweb.org/page/ola2011 

Reservations can also be made at the Phoenix Grand Hotel either online at https://reservations.ihotelier.com/crs/g_reservation.cfm?groupID=506182&hotelID=13141 or by calling 1-877-540-7800.  Rates are $115 for a room with a king size bed or $125 for a room with two queen size beds (plus 10% tax and fees) Be sure to supply the attendee code of OLA2011.

Key Dates:

  • Pre-conferences: April 6, 2011  
  • Conference: April 7-8, 2011
  • Early registration ends February 25, 2011

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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***ACRL-Oregon Programs at OLA Annual Conference
PRECONFERENCE: Managing Vendor Relationships (April 6th):
Panels and speakers will address multiple dimensions of managing relationships with library vendors. Topics for the day will include building an understanding of how a software company works and why library vendors behave as they do; thoughts on how to “fix” a “bad” relationship with a vendor; the pros and cons of participating as a development partner or early adopter of software; and the evolving vendor marketplace as libraries face vendor mergers, open-source projects, and actual or perceived monopolies.

HAPPY HOUR (April 6th):
ACRL Oregon’s Happy Hour is a great time to meet up with old (and new!) friends while enjoying beverages (+/- alcohol) and nibbling tasty hors d’oevres! By tradition, Happy Hour begins shortly after our Preconference Session ends – stay tuned for more details re: time and location.


  • Accessing the Third Sector: the information of civil society organizations
    “Civil Society” organizations have grown in number and influence, and are important providers of “third sector” information on public policy issues. Most Oregonians have heard of Associated Oregon Industries, OSPIRG, and 1000 Friends of Oregon, but there are hundreds more that are actively involved in the debates over economic, environmental, educational, health and social policy questions. Their information is topical, timely, persuasive, and can be an important primary source for public policy research. However, libraries have traditionally paid less attention to the third sector than they have to information sources in academia and the other two economic sectors: government and business. This session will explore the characteristics and value of third sector information, and report how it is being used by undergraduates and researchers at the University of Oregon. UO Librarians will describe their experience managing live, web-based information, as well as organizational archives.
  • All Textbooks on Reserve in the Library!
    Using grant money, in the fall of 2010, Portland Community College Library tried an experiment at its Cascade Campus Library. It established the goal of the library having at least one copy of every required text for every course taught at the campus that fall. The concept was that putting the texts on reserve might reduce the environmental impact of students buying books, and it would provide immediate access to the texts for students waiting for financial aid.  This program will be in two parts- a ‘how we did it’ and a ‘what happened.’ The ‘how we did it’ will give details on how to manage such a project and lessons learned, and ‘what happened’ will present data on changes in circulation, gate count, and anecdotal evidence from the students.
  • Mash-it Up: Cool Tools for Collection Management
    Data mash-ups (data sources pulled together to create new useful information) can be developed on either the local library level or by professional library groups to suit the needs of collection development librarians. Mash-ups are increasingly easy to produce and can be useful in working with faculty, informing collection analyses, and providing additional information during journal cancellation projects. Laurel Kristick (Oregon State University Libraries) will discuss an OSU project using Journal Citation Report and SHERPA RoMEO data to facilitate discussions with faculty to help them make informed decisions on depositing peer-reviewed journal articles in their ScholarsArchive@OSU. Robin Paynter will discuss the ACRL EBSS Psychology Committee Task Force project she lead which developed a new data-rich methodology to create the latest edition of the Committee’s longstanding publication, Core Psychology Journals.
  • Repackage! Repurpose! Aggregate! Leveraging Free Content
    Attendees will learn how the free online Web Services ResearchRaven and ScanGrants were constructed using a modest amount of outsourced Web design help and free Web 2.0 tools (e.g., Twitter, FeedBurner, various social bookmarking services) and what it takes to keep such services running vis-à-vis staff time for data entry, quality control and marketing. Attendees will learn about how to leverage the massive amounts of free content put out by such entities as foundations, professional societies, disease advocacy groups, conference organizers, academia (and in coming years more and more data disgorgement by the federal government) in order to create free library services that can be shared with patrons, other libraries and with the broader world.   Ready to make the most of the coming data deluge as the federal government prepares to release data from across the scientific and public policy spectrum? Make your library a trendsetter in the development of free online services and see them adopted by libraries worldwide. Learn from the developer of ScanGrants and ResearchRaven how you can become your own startup and take back for libraries some of the space that Silicon Valley has captured in recent years. Let’s geek together and learn how easy it is to make cool services that serve the public and advance learning, scholarship and science.
  • They Blinded me with Science: Qualitative Research
    Go beyond the standard patron survey and implement qualitative research methods, like focus groups, as collaborative research tools that can result in rich and nuanced patron data. But don’t stop there. Discover and practice strategies to quickly move projects from qualitative data gathering through preliminary data analysis to prioritized project recommendations. Learn to evaluate project data in terms of the funding and internal or external collaborations needed to move projects forward.
  • Watzek Rocks: Marketing the College Library
    Interested in better promotion of the Lewis & Clark College library, the Watzek Library Marketing Team was formed in 2004 to coordinate outreach to our primary clientele of undergraduates and faculty. Building on the team’s successes and with the subsequent creation of a librarian position with focus on library advancement activities, the library’s marketing approach continues to evolve. Additional constituencies, including staff, alumni and donors, are included and there is a developing partnership with the college’s division of institutional advancement. This session will discuss Watzek Library’s marketing successes and learning experiences and showcase our promotional materials.

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***OLA Honors and Awards Committee Seeks Nominations
OLA’s Honors & Awards Committee seeks nominations for the following four awards. Nomination letters (with no more than six letters of support) will be due in 2011.  Nominations are due Monday, February 28, 2011.

Tell us about those talented, dedicated individuals whose commitment to excellent library service has made a difference. Nominate them for one of OLA’s special awards, including the newest award, the Distinguished Service Award.  Be sure to read the awards guidelines at this website:  http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=61018.

These awards will be presented to recipients at the 2011 OLA Conference:

  1. Oregon Librarian of the Year may be awarded to any Oregon librarian who has been working in an Oregon Library for at least two years in a paid professional position.  The nominee must demonstrate excellence in library service in his or her community and to Oregon libraries.  The nominee must be a member of the association.
  2. Oregon Library Employee of the Year may be awarded to any Oregon library staff member who has worked in an Oregon library for at least two years as a paid staff member and demonstrated excellence in library service in his or her community.
  3. Oregon Library Supporter of the Year may be awarded to any volunteer, volunteer group, library Friend, board member, government official, or other individual who is not a paid library staff member and who has demonstrated excellence in supporting and promoting Oregon libraries.
  4. Oregon Library Association Distinguished Service Award may be awarded to any Oregon librarian or library staff member, who has been in the profession for 15 or more years, has worked in Oregon libraries for at least ten years, and is currently a member of OLA, for exceptional service over a period of years.

Your letter of nomination should include the following information, if pertinent, and be as informational as possible:

  • Provide nominees’ current position
  • Past positions held and summary of major accomplishments
  • OLA activities:  committee appointments, etc.
  • Brief description of other noteworthy accomplishments
  • Your name and how you can be reached if the committee has questions.

Please send nominating letters and supporting letters to Faye A. Chadwell, Interim University Librarian and OSU Press Director, 121 The Valley Library, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331-3453 or faye.chadwell@oregonstate.edu. Nominations are due Monday, February 28, 2011.  If you have questions, call me at 541-737-8528. 

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***ACRL-Oregon Elections
Attention ACRL-Oregon Members!   Get involved with Oregon’s premier organization for academic librarians! The ACRL-OR Board invites you to run for a position in our upcoming spring election.  The open positions are:

  • Vice-President/President Elect (3 year term)
  • 2 Members-at-Large (2 year term)

Position descriptions are available at the following link:  http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=87568.

To throw your hat in the ring, send an email with the following information to Michele DeSilva (mdesilva@cocc.edu).  Please provide a biography that includes the following information (as applicable):

  • Your name
  • Your education–list in chronological order institutions attended, degrees conferred, and dates awarded.
  • Your present position–list your title, the name of the library and college or university and the dates of employment.
  • Previous positions, if desired–list no more than two, the most recent first.
  • Professional activities, such as memberships and positions held in national, state and/or regional library organizations (indicate name of organization, offices held and dates of service).
  • Honors, special projects, publications, and/or presentations–list no more than two recent examples of each of these.
  • Candidates for Vice President/President Elect also need to include a Candidates’ Statement explaining why you would like to be elected, which should be no more than 200 words 


  • Vice-President/President Elect candidates must be members of OLA and ACRL-Oregon and national ACRL
  • Member-at-Large candidates must be members of OLA and ACRL-Oregon

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***From the Legislative Committee
The Legislative Session is here!
Legislators gathered in Salem briefly to start the session and then took a break.  They will be back February 1.  This is a new schedule and we’ll see how it works.  In the meantime, here are three assignments for all of you.

  1. Invite your legislator to your library for a visit in the next two weeks.  We will need all the legislative friends we can muster to keep the Ready to Read Grant Program funded.  Here are some tips that might be useful. http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=80672&orgId=ola
  2. Plan on being part of Legislative Day on February 7. Make an appointment with your legislator (you will probably meet with a staff member) to talk about your library, its services and the challenges facing the library community this year.  Here’s a link to the wiki page with more information.  http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=80672&orgId=ola  This is fun and not scary!  If you are a first timer, we will pair you up with a veteran.
  3. Support the People for Oregon Libraries PAC so the PAC can support library friendly candidates and library ballot measures.  This is not part of OLA, but it is important.  Your $50 contribution can be used as a tax credit.  Make checks out to People for Oregon Libraries and send to Nan Heim. 833 SW 11th Avenue, Suite 315, Portland, OR  97205.

We will send out updates on library-related issues throughout the Session. Stay tuned and see you in Salem on February 7th.

-Janet Webster
Chair, OLA Legislative Committee

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***OYAN Mock Printz Award
Although the actual Printz Award winner has been announced, the Oregon Mock Printz “committee” also met last weekend and selected a winner: The Last Summer of the Death Warriors (Francisco x. Stork).  Honors were awarded to Revolver (Marcus Sedgwick) and Finnikin of the Rock (Melina Marchetta).  There was a lot of good discussion by teens and adults before the final vote was cast.  For more information about young adult books and recommendations, check out the OYAN blog at oyanpeeps.wordpress.com

Susan Smallsreed
OYAN Co-Chair

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January 15, 2011 (Vol. 17, No. 1) – Happenings

Learning Express / Free Webinar / Online NW Conference / Libri Foundation Grants / Online Learning from LYRASIS / Amelia Bloomer Project

***Learning Express Library @ Your Library
LearningExpress Library Has Computer App Tutorials, Writing and Math Refreshers, and Career Resources!

LearningExpress Library (LEL) is a test prep and computer skills database, and then some.  It is now available to all Oregonians as part of the Statewide Database Licensing Program.  The resources include practice and diagnostic tests, courses, and eBooks and serve a wide audience including students in elementary through high school, those headed to college or grad school, career-seeking and job-seeking adults, working professionals, and Spanish speakers studying for the GED.  This is a sampling of the areas covered: 

  • Skill building in reading, grammar, writing, and math for varying ability levels and purposes   
  • Test prep for the GED, college and grad school entrance exams, and career exams (firefighter, teacher, real estate, and more)
  • Help honing resumes and interviewing skills
  • Computer tutorial courses for applications like Microsoft Excel and Adobe Flash

First-time users must access LearningExpress Library via their library’s website, register under New User, and remember the user name and password they selected.  (K12 users access LEL via the Find Information pages on OSLIS.)  After setting up an account, users may access LEL directly at http://www.learnatest.com/LEL/.   

For guidance about how to navigate the site and use the resources, utilize LEL’s help topics, sign up for a free webinar, or watch for announcements about onsite trainings in the spring.  If you have questions about this resource, contact Jennifer Maurer at the State Library:  jennifer.maurer@state.or.us or 503.378.5011.  Thanks for promoting LearningExpress Library.

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***Free Webinar: Free Content for Library Collections
The Internet offers a treasure trove of free resources that can greatly expand the range of information and services that libraries can offer their patrons.  But it’s not always easy to find the best information to meet users’ needs.  In this program, Michael Galloway, Manager, Digital Collections for ipl2: Information You Can Trust, and John Mark Ockerbloom, editor of The Online Books Page, will give a tour of some of the millions of books, magazines, journals, and informative web sites that can be accessed online for free.  They will discuss how they evaluate and describe online resources to include in their directories, how readers can find what they need in these directories and elsewhere online, and how they can distinguish useful information from unreliable or irrelevant sites.   You’ll find out how you can integrate free online resources with your local library offerings in ways that give patrons better service than either online or print alone can provide.   You’ll also learn how your library and your patrons can contribute to this growing corpus of knowledge.

This webinar is 90 minutes in length–9am to 10:30am. Visit http://www.dupagepress.com/library-learning-network/ for additional information or contact Cathy Russo from College of DuPage directly at teleconference@cod.edu or 1-800-354-6587.

View the training via webcast from your personal computer or a computer you can access easily. Satellite coordinates and a URL for the webcast will be emailed to registrants approximately one week prior to each broadcast.

How to Register:
Register online at  https://www.cod.edu/secure/software/registerteleconf.htm   – registration is FREE.

Background Information:
This webcast is being made available free of charge to staff from Oregon libraries, paid for by the Oregon State Library with LSTA funds.

A DVD of this webcast should be available for you to check out from the State Library about one month after the date it was broadcast. DVDs of previous webcasts are available from State Library (http://catalog.willamette.edu/search~S2/X?college+of+dupage&SORT=DX&searchscope=2 )through your library’s establish interlibrary loan process. Learn more about these DVDs and other Library and Information Science professional resources at our blog (http://osl-lis.blogspot.com ).

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***Online NW Conference
Online Northwest: http://www.ous.edu/onlinenw/index.html

Online Northwest is a one-day conference focusing on topics that intersect libraries, technology and culture. The 2011 conference will be held on the Oregon State University campus on Friday, February 11, 2011.

Presentation topics include: Cloud computing, Institutional repositories, Information discovery, Library apps, E-books and more.  Full Program: http://www.ous.edu/onlinenw/2011/program.html

Keynote: 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.

Registration: http://www.ous.edu/onlinenw/2011/register.html

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***Libri Foundation Grants for Small Rural Libraries
The Libri Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2011 BOOKS FOR CHILDREN grants.

The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children’s books to small, rural public libraries throughout the United States.  Since October 1990, the Foundation has donated over $4,600,000 worth of new children’s books to more than 3,000 libraries in 49 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.

In order to encourage and reward local support of libraries, The Libri Foundation will match any amount of money raised by your local sponsors from $50 to $350 on a 2-to-1 ratio.  Thus, a library can receive up to $1,050 worth of new children’s books.  After a library receives a grant, local sponsors (such as formal or informal Friends groups, civic or social organizations, local businesses, etc.) have four months or longer if necessary, to raise their matching funds.

The librarian of each participating library selects the books her library will receive from a booklist provided by the Foundation.  The 700-plus fiction and nonfiction titles on the booklist reflect the very best of children’s literature published primarily in the last three years. These titles, which are for children ages 12 and under, are award-winners or have received starred reviews in library, literary, or education journals.  The booklist also includes a selection of classic children’s titles.

Libraries are qualified on an individual basis.  In general, county libraries should serve a population under 16,000 and town libraries should serve a population under 10,000 (usually under 5,000).  Libraries should be in a rural area, have a limited operating budget, and an active children’s department.

Please note:  Rural is usually considered to be at least 30 miles from a city with a population over 40,000.  Town libraries with total operating budgets over $150,000 and county libraries with total operating budgets over $350,000 are rarely given grants.

Applications are accepted from independent libraries as well as libraries which are part of a county, regional, or cooperative library system.

  • A school library may apply only if it also serves as the public library (i.e. it is open to everyone in the community, has some summer hours, and there is no public library in town).
  • A branch library may apply if the community it is in meets the definition of rural.  If the branch library receives its funding from its parent institution, then the parent institution’s total operating budget, not just the branch library’s total operating budget, must meet the budget guidelines.
  • Previous BOOKS FOR CHILDREN grant recipients are eligible to apply for another grant three years after the receipt of their last grant.
  • Libraries that do not fulfill all grant requirements, including the final report, may not apply for another grant.

Application deadlines for 2011 are: (postmarked by) January 23rd, and April 15th.  Grants are awarded January 31st and April 30th.  Application guidelines and forms may be downloaded from the Foundation’s website at:  www.librifoundation.org.

For more information about The Libri Foundation or its Books for Children program, please contact Ms. Barbara J. McKillip, President, The Libri Foundation, PO Box 10246, Eugene, OR  97440.  541-747-9655 (phone); 541-747-4348 (fax); libri@librifoundation.org (email).  Normal office hours are:  Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific Time.

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***Online Learning from LYRASIS
The following are among the live, online classes which will be brought to you in the first part of February by LYRASIS. For class times, fees and other information (including links to registration), please visit http://www.lyrasis.org/Classes-and-Events/Search.aspx to search for any of the below or for another class of interest to you.

Please keep an eye out for our weekly discount codes as part of our educational stimulus program and save when you register for certain classes.

LYRASIS Preservation classes are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access.

We realize that classes beginning at 10 am Eastern Time may be a bit too early for those on the west coast, and we attempt to schedule each class at varying time slots throughout the year.  If there’s an early morning class in which you are particularly interested, and which you’d like to see in the future scheduled later in the day, please let Linda Gonzalez (linda.gonzalez@lyrasis.org) know.

  • RDA: On the Road to Implementation: 02/01/2011
  • 20 Questions: Business Resources: 02/02/2011
  • E-Resources Licensing: Overview and How -to for the Non-Lawyers:  02/08/2011
  • Management 101: What is Management?  02/08/2011
  • Gifts: Unwrapping the Process for the Library:  02/09/2011
  • Copy Cataloging a Serial: 02/09/2011 – 02/10/2011
  • Mass Digitization Collaborative Information Session: 02/09/2011
  • Moving Library Cooperation to Web Scale: 02/10/2011
  • Gaming in Libraries: 02/10/2011
  • Advocacy: What is it?  02/10/2011
  • Introducing RDA: 1, Structure, Principles and Core Elements: 02/10/2011

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***Amelia Bloomer Project
The Amelia Bloomer Project 2011 booklist was announced at ALA Midwinter.  To see the Top 10 and a complete list of recommended titles, please visit http://ameliabloomer.wordpress.com/.  The Amelia Bloomer Project focuses on books written for children and young adults with strong female characters.  It is a committee within the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Task Force of ALA.  Enjoy the reads!

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