September 15, 2011 (Vol. 17, No. 16) Association News

***Legislative Committee Releases Annual Report
At the Legislative Committee’s meeting on September 12, the 2010 annual report on the “State of Public Library Management in Oregon”  was released.  The report, along with OLA’s position paper on the subject, is available on the OLA web site at . Thanks to Diane Satchwell of West Linn for pulling together this year’s data.  The report is done in order to monitor trends in Oregon’s libraries around governance and funding models.  ALA recently issued a checklist for communities considering outsourcing of public libraries –  It’s a valuable tool to use with your local governing body.


September 15, 2011 (Vol. 17, No. 16) – Happenings

***Friends of the Jefferson Library at Wordstock
The Friends of the Jefferson Library extend a special invitation for everyone to stop by their booth at Wordstock, October 6-9.  They will have over 500 NEW, AUTOGRAPHED books on sale at half the cover price–great gifts for the upcoming season and all year long!!   All proceeds will benefit the building fund for the new Jefferson Library.   For more information contact Linda, or 541-327-2423.   For more on Wordstock, visit their website at

***Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association
Check out the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association trade show webpage and consider attending. This year the librarian track educational sessions have been planned by real, live, local Oregon library staff.  Session topics include The Great Readalike by panelists who presented at the Book Expo in NYC; Kindles, Kobos, and Nooks, Oh My!, a session by e-book experts that will include up-to-the-minute information and will include a “petting zoo” so you can play with various e-devices; and a session on kid and teen lit by Northwest authors presented by a Portland librarian and Seattle book buyer.

But wait, there’s more!  Nora Rawlinson, founder of EarlyWord (and former LJ and PW editor-in-chief), will be presenting the session Smart Book Buying for Libraries and Bookstores. Her co-panelists will be Rick Simonson, head book buyer from Elliott Bay Book Company, and the collection development librarians from Tualatin and Sno-Isle libraries.

The show takes place October 13-15 (educational sessions on Thursday, the 13th) at the Portland Airport Holiday Inn.

***Online Northwest Call for Proposals
Online Northwest is a one-day conference focusing on topics that intersect libraries, technology and culture. The conference is sponsored by the Oregon University System Library Council.  The 2012 conference will be held at CH2M Hill Alumni Center,Corvallis, Oregon (on the Oregon State University campus) on Friday, February 10, 2012.

The conference explores how technology is being applied within library settings and how technology is affecting library patrons and services.  Academic, public, school, and special librarians are strongly encouraged to submit proposals.

Online Northwest seeks 60-minute presentations or 5-minute lightning talks on all topics relating to technology and libraries including:

* Cloud computing
* Institutional repositories
* Augmented reality
* Semantic web
* Virtual research environments
* Information discovery
* Web 3.0
* Library apps
* Mobile computing
* Technology competencies
* Electronic books
* Other topics related to technology in libraries are welcome

Submit Proposals:
Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, October 21, 2011

For more information and examples of past presentations, see:

September 15, 2011 (Vol. 17, No. 16) – People

***WCCLS Introduces Elizabeth López
Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) would like to introduce Elizabeth López, who is our new Outreach Librarian for Latino and Multi-cultural Services.  Elizabeth received her Masters in Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University. She has been with WCCLS for a year and comes to us from Los Angeles, CA. Elizabeth has been hard at work broadening our outreach efforts to promote library services to Spanish speakers, including creating a WCCLS Spanish Facebook page and creating a Spanish Portal on the upcoming redesigned WCCLS website. In addition, Elizabeth was recently elected Secretary for the Northwest Chapter of REFORMA.

September 1, 2011 (Vol. 17. No. 15) – From the President


OLA President Robert Hulshof-Schmidt

I am very excited to be starting my term as President this month. I thought a brief biography and an overview of the main goals of my term might be of interest to OLA members. I was born in Albany and lived there through high school. I went to Willamette University, where I received a B.A. in English and German, then got my MLS at the University of Washington. While in library school, I worked at the EPA Regional library in Seattle, which led to a job as a reference and systems librarian at EPA Headquarters in DC. My diversion to the east coast lasted thirteen years, two in DC and eleven in Atlanta. I was the head librarian at the Goethe-Institut Atlanta, a German cultural center, then moved on to SOLINET (now Lyrasis), where I had a variety of jobs culminating with three years as Manager of Member Services. One of my primary tasks in that role was to work with state library associations and state libraries in the ten-state SOLINET region.

I was very excited to have the opportunity to return to Oregon in 2005 to take my current position as Program Manager for Government Research Services at the State Library. I live in Portland with my husband, Michael (a native Southerner who was easily brought west by Oregon’s beauty and climate) and our four cats. After a decade of working with other associations and active membership in the Georgia Library Association (including two years on the Board), I was excited to become involved in OLA. I love conference planning, so I jumped onto the conference committee right away. The OLA membership and Board are truly amazing and welcoming. I was thrilled to be nominated for a term as President and honored to be elected.

My presidential theme is “Oregon Libraries: Right At the Heart of Things” celebrating the central role libraries and library workers play in the success of their communities. I will work with the Board to pursue four initiatives during this year.

  •  Pursuing the merger with the Oregon Association of School Libraries, pending the vote of each association’s membership at our annual meetings in October and April.
  •  Building on the work of last year’s Branding Task Force to create a unified message about OLA’s mission and communicating that mission clearly to our members and the library community.
  •  Engaging OLA members to participate actively in the association and help shape its direction. This will include testing and implementing a virtual collaboration tool that will allow members to participate in meetings and training activities without travel.
  •  Investigating best practices for collaborative borrowing across libraries throughout the state.

OLA is your association. Please give me a call or send me an email if you have ideas, suggestions, or would like the find the best way you can participate in OLA activities. I’m looking forward to an exciting and productive year.

Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
OLA President

September 1, 2011 (Vol. 17, No. 15) – From the Editor


After serving the OLA community for three years as Hotline editor, April Witteveen has passed the job on to me.  Many thanks to April for making it a smooth transition.

The Hotline is a newsletter by, for and about the OLA community.  If you have news to share, send it to .   Although all relevant information is welcomed, for the next couple of months I would like pay particular attention to the people who make Oregon libraries great.  So, if you know of someone who OLA members should know or know better,  please send that information my way.   It might be yourself, a colleague, or perhaps someone new to your library who you would like to introduce.  It could be someone who’s taken on a new role, someone celebrating a milestone, or someone who has done something interesting that others need to know about.  If you have a photograph, send that, too.  Thanks!

Ann Scheppke
OLA Hotline Editor

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


OLA Quarterly – New Coordinator! / OLA-ORT Announces Vice-Chair / Public Library Division Board Election

***OLA Quarterly – New Coordinator!

A few months ago the OLA Publications Committee merged into the Communications Committee and the members are the OLA Hotline Editor, the OLA Quarterly Coordinator, the Advertising Coordinator, and the Communications Committee Chair. After four fun years as OLA Quarterly Coordinator, Diane Sotak is transitioning out of that role and Kari Hauge is stepping into the position starting with the Fall OLAQ (coming soon!).

Kari has spent 30 years in customer service and library management with Multnomah County Library and most recently with Portland State University. Currently unemployed, she is thrilled to have this opportunity to stay connected to the library world and has a keen interest in library issues. She even has some journalism experience from her college days and has written columns for the Hollywood Star. She looks forward to working with future OLA Quarterly guest editors and learning from their insights.

OLAQ guest editors and authors are volunteers who make a unique contribution to the body of library literature with their thoughtful theme-based issues and articles. To see what is coming up and maybe even volunteer to be a guest editor or author, visit:
Past issues can be viewed in the OLAQ Archive .
Kari can be contacted at:

***OLA-ORT Announces Vice-Chair

Annie Lewis, Outreach Librarian at Tualatin Public Library, has accepted the position of OLA Outreach Round Table Vice-Chair.  Annie started at Tualatin four years ago and prior to becoming the Outreach Librarian worked as a Library Assistant in circulation and as a Public Services Assistant. She received her Master’s in Library Science from the University of Washington in May 2009 and In January 2011 she was promoted to the role of Outreach Librarian. Annie is fluent in Spanish and does much of the Spanish language outreach, collection development and programming at Tualatin. Annie most recently presented at the Oregon Library Association conference on Spanish language collection development and is interested in becoming more active in OLA in the coming years.

***Public Library Division Board Election

Your current Public Library Division Board invites you to vote on the open positions we have this coming year. Follow this link and check out the great roster of candidates

Please vote by September 12 and the results will be announced shortly thereafter. (We have been happy to serve you this year and many of us are looking forward to doing so in the coming year as well.)   If you have any problems or questions, Contact Colleen Winters at or at 503-992-3246.

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


Wordstock / Project Compass Training / Call for lightning talks – ACRL WA/OR conference


Wordstock, Portland’s fabulous literary arts festival, is taking place October 6-9, 10-am-6pm.

Get involved and see this fantastic event from the inside.  Two volunteers are needed for each 2-hour shift at the Oregon Authors and Oregon Center for the Book booth on Saturday or Sunday, October 8-9.  Librarians, library staffers and library students are all welcome.  You’ll get free admission, of course, and have some time to look around at the exhibits and meet authors and publishers.  Interested?  Contact Linda Malone at Lake Oswego Public Library or 503.675.2540 with the date(s) and time(s) you are available.

***Project Compass Training

Library staff are first-responders to increased demands for job-related assistance. Yet during these tough times, increased demands often outstrip our time to build resources and services. These three online Project Compass sessions will provide participants with real-world success stories and a foundation of skills to take the guess-work out of building programs and services in response to patron workforce recovery needs in the 21st Century. We will explore best practices for building programs and services for job seekers and local business development, building partnerships with your local workforce agency, and providing financial literacy and technology training.

The three sessions will be held on Thursdays: September 29th, October 13th and October 20th. Each session will be 1.5 hours, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. You must register to attend these online sessions, information on connecting to the webinars will be sent out to registrants the week before the first session. Participants will also receive a workbook in the mail prior to the first session.

To register please go to:
If you have questions please contact MaryKay Dahlgreen

***Call for lightning talks – ACRL WA/OR conference, October 27-28

Lightning talk participants are sought for the ACRL WA/OR joint conference.  Each talk is 10 minutes long. Number of slides is not limited.

-Conference Details:
“Live long and prosper: Sustainable solutions for today’s academic libraries”
October 27 – 28, 2011
Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest Conference Center, Eatonville, WA

Academic libraries are facing a challenging future with evolving information technologies, growing user needs, increasing operational costs, and unstable financial situations. In order to thrive and grow, we must embrace sustainability in all of its facets –  social, economical, and environmental.

-Proposal Requirements:
The proposal should include author’s name, email address, institution, title and abstract (300 words or less).  Submissions should be submitted online  . If you have trouble with the online form, you may email your proposal to Erica Coe (  Proposals must be received by October 3.  Submitters will be notified of the results by October 7.

-Conference Registration Information for Speakers:
Speakers will be responsible for paying all registration and travel fees.   Speakers will need to register for the conference in order to indicate housing and food preferences.

September 1, 2011 (Vol. 17, No. 15) – People


***L-Net Honors Jessi Stinson

L-net, Oregon’s Statewide Digital Reference Project , recognized Jessi Stinson at Eugene Public Library for her high quality digital reference work while staffing the service during October 2010. Jessi’s transcript is online at

In this transcript, Jessi works with a student who is researching the traditions of the Ojibwa Indian tribe of North Dakota. Not only does she meet all of the criteria of L-nets quality rubric, but she also teaches the student how to search OSLIS and how to do an advanced Google search. Jessi’s demeanor is friendly, professional and encouraging. When the student says, you don’t have to be all professional like, be yourself if you want to, she matches her tone to the student’s and uses more informal language, emoticons, and chat abbreviations to make the student feel comfortable.

The L-net Quality Team was impressed with Jessi’s reference interview, her teaching skills, and her friendliness to the student.

As an expression of our appreciation, Jessi was presented with flowers and a certificate. Please join us in congratulating her!