Archive for October, 2011
***Oregon Young Adult Network Workshop and Membership Meeting
OYAN Fall Workshop
Programming on a Shoestring Budget
Friday, October 28, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Tigard Public Library
K’Lyn Hann from Newberg Public Library has been nothing short of spectacular in creating a bevy of fun, clever, interactive programs for teens, children, and families. Further, she does it all on a modest budget. She will be presenting on the philosophy of creating these types of programs for teens. You are invited to this FREE workshop that will not only include K’Lyn’s presentation, but will also feature several examples of programs by many of your favorite teen services librarians. Following this, we will feature a petting-zoo style opportunity to let you give some of these programs a whirl. Join us for this hands-on, learning experience. Come get inspired by your colleges and maybe share an idea or two. If you’d like to join us, please email Lisa Elliott (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kris Lutsock (email@example.com) to us know you will be there.
OYAN’s Fall membership meeting will immediately follow the programming workshop.
Friday, October 28, 12:30-4 PM
Tualatin Public Library
Come for a workshop and stay for the meeting! OYAN meetings are lively and fun and not just business! Share any new books and program ideas with your colleagues. Learn some new ones. And help strengthen teen services in libraries.
***OYAN Mock Printz Workshop
It’s time once again to combat the post-holiday blues at the OYAN Mock Printz Workshop on January 7, 2012 from 1-5 p.m.! Read 10 of the best YA books published in 2011 (we’ll send you a list), then come join the conversation. And we like Teens! Bring ’em along! This FREE workshop (with snacks provided) will once again be held at:
US Bank Room,Central Library
801 SW 10th Ave.
Portland, OR 97205.
To register: send an email to Susan Smallsreed firstname.lastname@example.org. Include name, library and email address for any participants you are registering. The booklist will be sent along with your registration confirmation.
***Documents Interest Group of Oregon Announces Fall Meeting
The Documents Interest Group of Oregon will hold their Fall meeting at OIT Libraries in Klamath Falls on Friday, November 4. The meeting will start at 10:30 and include a detailed discussion to identify the issues of greatest concern to Oregon’s Federal depository library members, something that GPO is requesting from all states. Following lunch there will be a program and tour of the Shaw Historical Library.
For further information, please contact DIGOR Chair Valery King at Oregon State University, email@example.com.
***Multnomah County Library Seeks Input
This summer Multnomah County Library received a LSTA grant to develop an internship tool kit that will be made available to libraries across the state. It will be designed to help staff provide adequate support and guidance for library interns, both to engage them in delivering effective library services as well as to offer high quality learning opportunities. As part of the development process MCL wants to hear from you!
Please take 15-20 minutes to complete the survey by October 28. Your responses will help them design a toolkit that will meet the needs of many libraries. Please forward this survey to anyone in your library that works with interns.
If you have any questions about this survey or the broader project, contact June Bass, Volunteer Services Manager for Multnomah County Library, firstname.lastname@example.org.
***Stakeholder Input on Selection of Next State Librarian Sought
The Oregon State Library Board of Trustees has announced three finalists for the position of Oregon State Librarian: Dan Siebersma, State Librarian with the South Dakota State Library; Jo Budler, State Librarian with the Kansas State Library; and Robert Hulshof-Schmidt, Government Research Program Manager with Oregon State Library.
The finalists will participate in both a stakeholder (Public Presentation-Video Recorded) and an employee informational forum prior to their final-round interviews with the Board.
The stakeholder forum Public Presentation is scheduled for Thursday, October 20th . The candidates’ resumes can be viewed on the Oregon State Library (OSL) web site . The candidates will be asked to introduce themselves and provide a brief presentation on “Challenges and Opportunities for State Libraries in the Next Decade”. At the beginning of the forum, note cards will be provided for stakeholder participants to submit questions to the candidates to address. Questions can also be submitted via email to HR Recruitment Consultant Twyla Lawson at Twyla.Lawson@state.or.us. At the end of the forum, the attendees will be provided a survey link to collect feedback regarding the candidates’ strengths and challenges. The information will then be compiled and provided to the Board of Trustees. After the forum, audio and video recordings will be posted on the OSL web site.
The event will occur at the Oregon State Capitol, Hearing Room D, 900 Court St. NE, Salem, Oregon on October 20. The schedule is as follows:
8:15 am to 8:30 am: Orientation/Explanation of the process
8:30 am to 9:30 am: Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
9:45 am to 10:45 am: Jo Budler
11:00 am to 12:00 pm: Dan Siebersma
1:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Submit feedback via electronic survey
***ALA President Molly Raphael Calls for Support of SKILLs Act
As you may know, I recently formed a special task force to combat the threat to school library programs. More on information on it can be found here http://ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pr.cfm?id=8155. Across the country, students are attending schools without effective school library programs. Without access to school libraries, students are missing out on college and career readiness programs, digital literacy instruction, and personalized support from state certified school librarians. It is impossible to disregard the impact that cuts to school library instruction programs will have on future generations.
The fact is that what happens to school library programs affects libraries of all types. As such, I’ve called on librarians of all types to participate in this task force. And now, I’m calling on you to get involved. The time has come for an “all hands on deck” approach to this crisis in the making.
In the coming weeks and months, you’ll be hearing more about ways you can get involved to help school library programs. In the meantime, I urge you to contact your Congressional representatives for two very important reasons:
First, urge both your senators and representatives to send their education staff to the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Congressional Briefing, “Education Reform and the SKILLs Act: An Analysis of Twenty-First Century School Libraries and Their Impact on Career and College Preparedness” on Monday, October 17th, from 10am-11am ET in Room 121 of the Cannon House Office Building Washington D.C.
The briefing will cover how the SKILLs Act supports and sustains 21st century school libraries. For more about the AASL Briefing: http://ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pr.cfm?id=8244
Secondly, while you’re contacting your senator, ask him or her to co-sponsor S.1328, the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLS) Act that ensures that every school is served by a state-certified school librarian and the school library program has access to the resources students need to become lifelong learners. The SKILLS ACT bill will amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 regarding school libraries, and for other purposes.
Currently, there are only five co-sponsors of the SKILLS Act in the Senate. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee will be writing federal education legislation on October 18, so the time to act is now.
If you do not know how to contact your legislator, you can visit ALA resources to get involved:
1. Go the ALA Legislative Action Center by clicking here:
2. Read over the talking points and type in your zip code to find the phone number for your senator’s office (you will see additional talking points). You can also be connected to your senator’s office by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121
3. Call both senators and ask them to co-sponsor the SKILLS Act using the provided talking points and your own stories about why school libraries are so important.
Fill out the feedback card or email email@example.com to describe what you heard.
These small steps you take right now are crucial to maintaining a voice for school library programs. But this is only the beginning. In the months to come, we will have important work to do: working together, I hope that we can avert this potential crisis, and in turn, raise the visibility of libraries of all types to even greater heights. I look forward to working with you.
Molly Raphael 2011-2012 ALA President
***Oregon Chapter of SLA Announces Professional Development Event
The Oregon Chapter of SLA (ORSLA) invites you to join them on Thursday, October 27, 6-8 pm, for an upcoming professional development opportunity. Members of their chapter will be presenting on two different topics:
Beyond Google – Cost Effective Resources for Finding Information — Kama Siegel and Sue Mecklem will show authoritative, reliable resources for a variety of research, including law, people searching, science, company information, and medicine. They’ll also demonstrate why you might want to search Twitter and LinkedIn. Kama is the 2011 ORSLA President, and works as a Strategic Information Analyst at Alta Planning + Design. Sue is the ORSLA Secretary and 2012 President-Elect. She is currently a librarian at the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine.
Emerging Web Technologies — Phoebe Owens will present an overview of current and emerging web technologies, ranging from internet connected devices to simple semantic tools like QR codes. Phoebe has been working in special libraries and with new technology for over seven years, and is presently the Digital Librarian at Wieden+Kennedy, a global advertising agency in Portland.
**Pizza, salad, and cookies will be provided at both locations**
Presenters will be in Portland and broadcast via LiveMeeting to Corvallis
Cost: $20 for ORSLA members, $15 for students, $25 for non-members
To register: RSVP here .
***Disaster Preparedness Grant Volunteers Sought
A committee preparing a grant application to improve collections preservation and disaster preparedness training in Oregon is seeking additional volunteers. The committee, using a Connecting to Collections statewide planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has created a plan that addresses the needs of Oregon’s archives, libraries and museums.
Now, the committee is proposing to implement the project and is asking for your help with the proposal. If you have an interest in professional training, grant development, disaster preparedness or simply bringing more grant dollars to Oregon, your help would be appreciated. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2012 with the grant project anticipated to begin in September 2012.
If you want to volunteer or if you want more information, please contact Robyn Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.768.7283 by November 1.
***Online Northwest Seeks Program 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: http://goo.gl/gx9bs
Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, October 21, 2011
For more information and examples of past presentations, see:
***L-Net Honors Amy Hofer
L-net, Oregon’s Statewide Digital Reference Service (http://www.oregonlibraries.net), recognizes Amy Hofer at the Portland State University Branford P. Millar Library for her high quality digital reference work while staffing the service in July 2011. Amy’s transcript is online at
In this transcript, an Oregon State University patron asked for a list of all of the canneries in Oregon, Washington, and California that process apricots. The patron hoped to purchase apricot pits and resell them for use in cancer research.
The patron was unfamiliar with OSU Libraries’ business databases, but Amy skillfully helped him navigate the best resources for the question. Amy did much more than just lead the patron to the databases: she guided him through the SIC and NAICS industry codes, customized his list to include the specific details needed and created an Excel spreadsheet of the data. At the beginning of the chat, the patron said he had just tried searching Google; near the end of the
conversation, his reaction was “Oh wow, this is a really powerful website, I had no idea about it before this session”. Amy finished by giving the patron the email address of OSU’s Business Librarian for further consultation.
The L-net Quality Team is impressed with everything Amy did – her friendly tone, reference skills, and the effort she made to provide the patron with the resources needed to completely answer the question.
As an expression of our appreciation, Amy was presented with flowers and a certificate. Please join us in congratulating her!
***OLA 2012 Conference
Have ideas for a terrific conference program or preconference? The Program Committee would love to hear from you! Online forms for proposal submissions are now available on the Oregon Library Association website: http://bit.ly/nP8Q7A . Please submit proposals by Friday, October 7th.
Preconference and program ideas do not have to be completely finalized at this point. Enter general information on the topic and speaker(s) with as much detail as possible. Each program or preconference must be sponsored by an OLA unit, but if you have a great idea and donʼt have a sponsor, the Program Committee will attempt some matchmaking.
“Oregon Libraries: Right at the Heart of Things” is the theme selected by President Robert Holshof-Schmidt for the 2012 OLA Conference, to be held in Bend April 25-27. Mark your calendars for this “canʼt-miss” event. Questions? Contact Program Chair Camille Wood at 541-447-7978 ext 301 or email@example.com.
***A Call to Action
Federal Legislation: Congress can do something besides argue about the budget.
The “Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries Act” (SKILLs ACT) is important, but why bother? Congress doesn’t seem to be doing much except arguing. This matters because if would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to recognize and fund important school library programs including collections, professional development, integration of technology and more.
What can you do? Contact Senator Wyden and Merkely and tell them that school libraries in Oregon are disappearing and our children are losing out. They can help by co-sponsoring the SKILLs Act. This isn’t hard to do. Contact them by calling or emailing. All you need to do is tell them: “Please co-sponsor the SKILLS Act, S1328. It will help Oregon’s school libraries make our children better readers, better thinkers and better citizens of the future.”
If you call during Washington DC hours:
Call Senator Wyden’s office (202-224-5244) and ask for Jon Dorst. You will probably get their voice mail. Identify yourself and leave your message.
Call Senator Merkley’s office (202-224-3753) and ask for Susan Lexer. You will probably get their voice mail. Identify yourself and leave your message.
If you call after closing:
Call Senator Wyden’s office. You will probably get the office voice mail. Identify yourself and leave your message.
Call Senator Merkley’s office. You will probably get the office voice mail. Identify yourself and leave your message.
If you email:
Use the OLA CapWize site. We will have a message there that’s ready to send.
http://capwiz.com/ala/or/home/ It’s not as hard as you think. And we do need to bother to do this!
-Janet Webster, chair. OLA Legislative Committee
*** ACRL Washington and ACRL Oregon Joint Fall Conference 2011
Registration is now open for Live Long and Prosper: Sustainable Solutions for Today’s
Academic Libraries (ACRL Washington and ACRL Oregon Joint Fall Conference 2011), October 27-28, 2011 at the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest near Eatonville, WA.
Preview the Conference Schedule and browse the presentation descriptions .
Proposals for Lightning Talks will be accepted through Oct. 3. Questions? Please contact Erica Coe, ACRL WA President, firstname.lastname@example.org
***ACRL Conference Scholarships
2011 ACRL Oregon/Washington Joint Fall Conference Scholarship Applications are now open. The form is quick and easy to complete and includes a 500 word (or less) essay on your interest in attending the conference and in academic librarianship. Check out the conference website: “Live long and prosper: Sustainable solutions for today’s academic libraries”. Deadline: Friday, October 7, 2011 (11:55pm)
For more information, contact Anne-Marie Deitering, ACRL Oregon President annemarie. email@example.com
***CSD Fall Workshop
Registration is still open for the CSD Fall Workshop Saturday, October 15, 9 am – 4 pm @ the Monmouth Public Library. For full details and to register go to: https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=ola&formId=105866
Cost $20—Value priceless.
***Mock Newbery Workshop
The Mock Newbery Workshop is presented by CSD, the Children and Young Adult Services (CAYAS) Interest Group of WLA, and the Wilsonville Public Library!
Date/Time: Saturday December 10, 2011 / 10 am – 4 pm
Location: Wilsonville Public Library / 8200 SW Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville, OR
Cost: $15 / pays for snacks and a lunch from Country Grains Deli
Registration may be limited, so sign up quick to ensure that you’re able to take part in what promises to be a super-fun workshop. Questions? Please contact Rick Samuelson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-648-9809.
The Oregon State Library is conducting an evaluation of the use of Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, as specified in Oregonʼs LSTA Long Range Plan, 2008-2012. As part of this evaluation, the State Library invites you to complete a survey designed for library staff members from all types of libraries and public library trustees. This survey asks for your opinions about all aspects of the State Libraryʼs LSTA program and for your views about priorities for the future use of these funds.
Please complete the survey and share the following survey link with other staff members in your library. If you are a public library director, please share this link with your libraryʼs trustees. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VVQT9FJ. This survey will take 10-20 minutes to complete. After completing it, you may enter a drawing for a $25 gift card for Powellʼs Books. The deadline for survey responses is Friday, October 7, 2011.
***Who Will Be the Next Oregon State Librarian?
A very engaged search committee is working diligently to bring several excellent candidates to Oregon for interviews in October. Meet the candidates and listen to their presentations on October 20th in Salem. The schedule is being finalized, but anticipate a full morning. We are working to have the presentations streamed live and available later. There will be opportunities for feedback but it must be submitted prior to 1 pm on October 21st. Again, more details will follow. Stay tuned!
-Janet Webster, OLA’s representative to the Oregon State Librarian Search Committee
***Multnomah County Library Teen Author Lecture
Matt de la Peña, author of the YA novels Ball Donʼt Lie, Mexican Whiteboy, I Will Save You, WeWere Here, and the picture book A Nationʼs Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis will deliver Multnomah County Libraryʼs tenth annual Teen Author Lecture on Monday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at Slavic Church Emmanuel, 2025 S.E. 82nd Ave., Portland, Oregon.
Mr. de la Peñaʼs books are both tough and funny, with diverse casts of characters who cope with hard circumstances and often find joy and hope in sports. He says: “I grew up in a tough, working class family/ neighborhood. Machismo was coming up through the floorboards. In my family dudes donʼt cry or show their feelings in any way. Letʼs say I got hit by a car, and one of my arms was laying on the north side of the road and my other arm had landed under a bush on the south side of the road. My dad would point down at me and said, “Bro, you better not cry!”
Due to the generosity of our sponsors, this year’s event is FREE. Space is limited, and seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so plan to arrive early. More details: www.multcolib.org/teens/tal11.html.
***Oregon State Archives Celebrates Oregon Archives Month
The Oregon State Archives will hold an open house Saturday, October 8th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm as part of the celebration of Oregon Archives month. Tours of the building will be offered on the hour and will provide visitors with a chance to go “behind the scenes,” see the records storage area, learn more about the Archives and its holdings, while being guided by an Archives staff member. Tours will last about thirty minutes and include the opportunity to see some of Oregonʼs most significant historical documents, including the original Oregon Constitution. In addition, visitors will also have an opportunity to conduct research as additional staff will also be available to assist them and make records available to them to use. The lobby gallery will be open. There visitors can view a collection of scenic photographs from around the state as well as a video celebrating 100 years of the Oregon Blue Book. Light refreshments will be served.The State Archives is located as 800 Summer Street NE in Salem. Normal operating hours are 8:00 am to 4:45 pm Monday through Friday.
***Oregon Archives Crawl
The second annual Oregon Archives Crawl is happening on October 15, 2011 and volunteers are needed to help make it a successful event. The Oregon Archives Crawl brings together over 30 organizations at 4 main venues in the downtown Portland area, allowing the public to tour the venues and get a peek at the archives and special collections of a variety of institutes. The crawl happens throughout the day on Saturday with an after party at McMenamin’s Mission Pub. The crawl is organized by the Portland Area Archivists Learn more about the crawl: Oregon Archives Crawl website.
***SOUʼs Hannon Library Welcomes Dotty Ormes
Dorothy (Dotty) Ormes has joined the Hannon Library faculty as the Government Information Resources Coordinator. Dotty recently moved back to Ashland from New Mexico where she was the Government Documents Librarian at New Mexico State University for three years. Dotty is a former member of the staff at Hannon Library where she worked as a temporary Technical Services Librarian, creating metadata for the Southern Oregon Digital Archives. Before receiving her M.L.S. from Emporia State University in 2002, Dotty worked in the Government Documents department as part of a dedicated team that was honored with the 2004 Documents Library of the Year award.
Dotty received an M.A. in storytelling through East Tennessee State Universityʼs Education Department in August of 2011. While in New Mexico, Dotty collaborated on an ALA grant-funded project to highlight the New Deal Writerʼs Project, creating a performance of regional folktales and oral histories. Her research interests include folklore used by Shakespeare in creating the plotlines of his plays. Dotty is especially interested in library instruction and in promoting library services through presentations and active engagement with the community.