***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.
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**
Portland: CH2M HILL, 2020 SW 4th Ave 3rd floor Directions
Corvallis: OSU, Valley Library Willamette East Seminar Room, 3rd floor Directions
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: