***Just Say Yes Survey
Some of you experienced page time-out problems with the survey distributed recently via MemberClicks. This was the “Just Say YES” survey that is to be used by panelists preparing for a conference session about participation in OLA.
Our apologies to those who timed-out and could not submit the survey. Due to those of you who told us about this problem, troubleshooting took place, and MemberClicks has ascertained that there is a 7 – 10 minute time-out per “page” in a survey. A solution has been implemented to split the last page into several pages. This allows more thinking time by having more pages.
If you have not successfully submitted a survey there is still time to do so. The deadline for completing the survey is end of day Saturday, February 19th. The link to the survey is: https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=ola&formId=95231. TIP: spend no more than 7 minutes per page. Many of you had no problem and we have had good response with successful submissions.
***OLA Annual Conference Registration
If you haven’t registered for the OLA Conference, check out the program on the OLA website below. This year’s conference has a lot of GREAT programs to choose from.
OLA Members who register by February 25 pay only $130 for the full conference or $90 for one day. Non-members who register by February 25 pay $160 for the full conference or $90 for one day. This year’s conference will be at the Salem Conference Center (200 Commercial Street SE, Salem, OR). 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.
Information and forms are available on the OLA website: http://www.olaweb.org/page/ola2011
Reservations can be made at the Grand Hotel in Salem, our conference hotel. It is best to make reservations online at: https://reservations.ihotelier.com/crs/g_reservation.cfm?groupID=506182&hotelID=13141
You can also call 1-877-540-7800 and make reservations using the code OLA2011. Rates are $115 for single occupancy (one person) or $125 for double occupancy (two people) (plus 10% tax and fees).
- Early registration ends February 25, 2011
- Pre-conferences: April 6, 2011
- Conference: April 7-8, 2011
We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
***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:
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations are due Monday, February 28, 2011. If you have questions, call me at 541-737-8528.
***OLA MLIS Scholarships March 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 too.
The scholarship application process deadline is March 1, 2011. Before applying, please read OLA’s Scholarship Program guidelines and eligibility requirements. OLA’s e-application and requirements are at http://www.getcollegefunds.org/eApp.html. Use scholarship code 471 to locate OLA’s application. OLA’s applications are processed by the Oregon Student Assistance Commission. Those who apply by Feb. 16 are placed in drawing for privately funded Early Bird awards
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: email@example.com 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 OLA initiative by using the MLIS Scholarship Contribution Form at www.olaweb.org in the Membership section.
***OLA Legislative Day Wrap-up: Happenings at the Capitol
Thanks to everyone for participating in a very successful Legislative Day on February 7th. Close to 50 library supporters visited 19 of the 30 Senate offices and 29 of the 60 Representatives. We had virtual visits as well: 31 OLA members sent 61 messages to offices. As part of the Day, Ruth Metz, Laura Orr, Martha Renwick and Cathryn Bowie discussed County Law Library system and pending legislation that would change how legal information is provided statewide. The highlight of Legislative Day for Nan Heim and Amy Goodall, our lobbyists, was the terrific turnout of legislators and their staff in the Galleria to select a book for a library in their districts.
Here’s what Nan told me the next day. “As I was leaving the Capitol, another lobbyist asked me how it had gone. I said something like, It went pretty well. We had about thirty legislators. He said, THIRTY LEGISLATORS! At an event in the Galleria? How did you do that? Usually it’s amazing if four or five show up at these things. I’m also impressed by the number of legislators who have said something to me — including those who say they’re sorry they didn’t make it. A ton of work, I know, but well worth it. Puts us on the map.”
So, thanks to all who participated in person and virtually. Thanks to those who contributed books for the display. And thanks to the Sara Charlton and Diedre Conkling from the Legislative Committee who took a lead with the organization of the event.
Legislative Day started a week full of hearings on library issues. HB 2367 and HB 2710 deal with county law libraries. Both had hearings during the week of the 7th. OLA is supporting HB 2367 that tweaks the current statute to allow counties to contract for services and does not restrict the law library services to the physical location of the court house.
On HB 2710, Nan testified that we recognize the need for a major overhaul of the county law library system, suggest the recommendations of the Metz report be considered and are willing to be part of the planning. Ruth Metz produced an excellent LSTA funded report for the Oregon Council of County Law Libraries that provides us with background for moving forward.
SB 5521, the State Library’s Budget, was heard on Wednesday and Thursday. Rob Everett (Springfield Public Library), Karen Hill (Cornelius Public Library) and Margaret Jeffries (Seaside Public Library) testified on the importance of the Ready to Read Grant program and supported the Governor’s Budget that restores funding to $.94 a child.
You will have other chances to let your legislators know how important libraries are to our communities. Stay tuned for additional alerts on how to send a message to your legislator. And join us Wednesday April 6th for an afternoon at the Capitol. This is the pre-conference day of the OLA Annual Conference. Our special event will be an informal way to learn more about how the Legislature works and how you can be an effective advocate.
For more information or comments, contact Janet Webster, OLA Legislative Committee Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
ORSLA’s own Jessica Hastings will present on Return on Investment. As a Research Analyst, Jessica specializes in synthesizing vast amount of data to make actionable recommendations to improve business. Her presentation will increase your understanding of return on investment and the basics of measuring and demonstrating it.
In addition to the presentation, you will have the opportunity to:
- Mingle and network with members of the local library community;
- Meet your 2011 ORSLA board of directors;
- Enjoy a breakfast provided by Elephant’s Delicatessen
- Date: February 22, 2011
- Time: 8:00-11:00 AM
- Place: CH2M HILL: 2020 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR, 5th floor
8:00 AM Doors Open
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM – Networking and breakfast
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM – ROI presentation by Jessica Hastings, followed by Q&A
10:00 AM –Wrap-up and networking
- Cost: Members with RSVP: $15; Students with RSVP: $12; Drop-In: $18
Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 16th at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GP5SLW7.
***Managing Vendor Relations Preconference at OLA Annual
OLA Preconference on April 6, 2011 (9:00am-4:00pm, lunch included) — Registration page. Moderated by Rachel Bridgewater (Reed College) & Rice Majors (University of Colorado)
Do you manage relationships with library vendors? Interested in software & libraries? Then this is the preconference for you! Multiple dimensions of managing relationships with ILS and discovery platform vendors will be addressed, including:
- Building an understanding of how a software company works and why library vendors might behave as they do (and thus approach your interactions with these companies in a more sophisticated way in future)
- Thoughts on how to “fix” a “bad” relationship with a vendor
- Pros and cons of participating as a development partner or early adopter of software (learn from the experiences of several libraries that have been early adopters of software, and thus make more informed decisions about what kinds of projects are appropriate for your library)
- Evolving vendor marketplace as libraries variously face vendor mergers, open-source tools and projects, and actual or perceived monopolies.
- And even how to become empowered to shape the future of libraries’ relationships to vendors who provide software, and thus provide leadership for libraries in the years to come
Panels & Speakers:
“Information-seeking behavior of library vendors”
Rice Majors, University of Colorado
Robert Allen, bepress
Marjorie McLaughlin, Innovative Interfaces
“Future of library vendors: new sorts of partnerships”
Carl Grant, Ex Libris
Andrew Pace, OCLC
Neal Block, Innovative Interfaces
“Partnerships with vendors: case studies & lessons learned”
“When is a vendor not a vendor?”
Steve Casburn, Multnomah County Library
Margaret Mellinger, Oregon State University
Steve Shadle, University of Washington
Margaret Bean, University of Oregon