OLA Election Results / OLA-Q Guest Editors / Legislative Committee Update / SSD Conference
***Oregon Library Association 2011-12 Election Results
The votes are in! Here are the results of the OLA 2011-12 election of officers. Please congratulate–
- Vice-President/President-Elect: Abigail Elder, Library Manager, Tualatin Public Library.
- Secretary: Arlene Weible, Government Documents and Technical Services Librarian, Oregon State Library.
- Treasurer: Liisa Sjoblom, Community Librarian, Downtown Bend Public Library.
OLA will be served well by these new officers. Much appreciation to the other candidates on the slate: Eva Calcagno, Teresa Ferguson, and Joanna Rood. Also sincere thanks to Edward House and Maureen Cole who served with me on the Nominating Committee. Thanks to all of you who voted. We are now up to 42% of our membership casting ballots. Let’s continue to improve that in future years.
Connie Anderson-Cohoon, OLA Past-President, firstname.lastname@example.org
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***WANTED: OLAQ Guest Editors
Guest editors and themes are needed for the Fall 2011 and all four 2012 OLA Quarterly issues! Do you have a library-related issue you are passionate about or that you think needs more attention? Are there emerging trends or changes that have you excited? Consider exploring these further by guest editing an issue of the OLA Quarterly! To see OLAQ deadlines go here: http://web.memberclicks.com/mc/page.do?sitePageId=64567&orgId=ola
And as a guest editor, or co-editor, you won’t be alone! The OLAQ Coordinator is there to help guide you through the process – we have your back! See the Instructions for Guest Editors to learn more: http://web.memberclicks.com/mc/page.do?sitePageId=64569&orgId=ola
Contact Diane Sotak (email@example.com or 503-943-8047) if you have a theme in mind and would like to volunteer as a guest editor for any of these issues, or to recommend someone else. Guest editing the Fall 2011 issue could be the perfect summer project for you!
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***OLA Legislative Committee Update
Update from the Capitol: The Legislative Session is supposedly reaching the home stretch and it’s been a challenging one for libraries.
Our lobbyists, Nan Heim and Amy Goodall, suggest that the session is a WAKE UP call for all of us. With the budget situation, every program is being scrutinized. No longer are libraries viewed as an accepted good like Mom and Apple Pie. Legislators and others are questioning whether multiple specialized libraries are needed and even whether libraries are becoming obsolete in our digital environment.
So, the OLA Legislative Committee will explore how we can develop and deliver our message that libraries are essential in this day and age. Our message needs to go beyond our value to children; that one is easy to deliver.
It’s a challenging session and a busy one.
- The State Library Budget took a cut, although not as deep as some other agencies. The reduction in Ready to Read that was implemented in the state’s across-the-board budget cuts in 2010 was not restored, leaving R to R grants at 78 cents per child (or less depending on final calculations). A serious budget note was added to the State Library’s budget calling for a task force involving the State Library, the Secretary of State, the Chief Justice, the Governor, the State Archives, the Oregon University System and the Department of Education. The task force is charged with evaluating the redundancy, efficiencies and consolidation of various state funded libraries. We will need to closely monitor this.
- The School Library Task Force Bill died in committee. Nan and Amy tried valiantly to move it, even introducing a second bill in the Senate after the House bill died. This is disappointing as this was a follow-up to our successful bill in the last session. Other school related bills threaten school library programs including the suspension of the required annual CIP.
- The Public Records bill died. The bill protected the library exemption, but the exemption will continue even though the bill died.
- HJR 34, proposing an amendment to Oregon Constitution relating to prohibiting persons from furnishing explicit materials to minors, had two hearings. At this point, it doesn’t look like it will move forward. OLA testified in opposition.
- HJR 35, proposing an amendment to Oregon Constitution relating to freedom of expression, would have changed the language to reflect the US Constitution hence weakening our clause. This had a hearing and OLA testified. This measure died in committee.
- HB 2367, sponsored by Rep. Nancy Nathanson, allows counties with populations under 400,000 to provide or contract for law library services, rather than to administer a specific law library facility. It also requires the State Court Administrator to survey counties about their law libraries and law library services every year.
- HB 2367 has now passed both the House and Senate. Law librarians seemed to be divided on this bill. OLA’s position is that we support having law library services available to all Oregonians. HB 2367 may actually help achieve that goal better in counties where the existing law library is sometimes books of statutes in the courthouse basement.
- HB 2710 revises court fees, including those that fund law libraries and law library services. As amended in committee, the bill would allow counties to determine how much fee revenue to allocate for law library and other services. As the session winds down, HB 2710 is in the Joint Ways and Means Committee and passage of the bill is uncertain.
Many thanks to all of you who have testified at hearings, communicated with your legislators and are involved. Keep it up!
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***OLA Support Staff Division Conference
Registration is now open for the 2011 Support Staff Division Conference. It is will be held July 15th at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. Cost of attendance is $70 for OLA members and $85 for non-members.
Don’t miss out on this great value for important and timely sessions including
- Basic Book Repair for Libraries,
- What to Say: Customer Service in Difficult Situations,
- How to Get the Training You Need: Professional Development Options for Oregon Support Staff
- A Day in the Life of A Library Assistant
- Marketing Your Library: Strategies for the 21st Century
- Managing Stress for Healthy Workplaces: a presentation by Phil Mandel.
We will also be featuring a “Technology Petting Zoo” for hands-on learning about e-readers, downloadable music, iPads and more! Registration includes free admission to the Oregon Garden, breakfast, and a boxed lunch to take on a garden stroll.
The deadline for registration is July 8th.
For more information about the conference and to register, please visit
Or a direct link to the registration form is here:
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