November 15, 2011 (Volume 17, Number 20) – Association News

First Call for Lampman Nominations
Do you know of an Oregon author, librarian or educator who has made a significant contribution to children’s literature? Or an individual who has shown exemplary commitment to library service for the benefit of the children of Oregon? Nominate them for the Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award!

The Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award, presented by the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association at the OLA Annual Conference, is given in memory of the noted Oregon teacher, journalist and author of children’s books.  Nomination eligibility requirements, instructions for nominations, and more information on the award and the nominating committee can be found on the Children’s Services Division pages of the OLA Website .  Nominations for the award will be accepted from Children’s Services Division members, OLA members and members of the Lampman Award Committee. Current Lampman Committee members are not eligible to be nominated.

Please send all nomination materials to Josie Hanneman,, or PO Box 40, La Pine, OR, 97739.

OLA MLIS Scholarships
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 2012 – 2013 academic year.

Applications from eligible students are sought for over $21,000 in scholarship awards. Current recipients of OLA MLIS scholarships may reapply annually for up to three years of awards.  And it’s a statewide program, too: rural applicants or those planning to work in rural libraries are welcome to apply.

The scholarship application deadline is March 1, 2012. OLA’s Scholarship Program guidelines, eligibility requirements, and the eApplication is available at the Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC), at .  You can locate the 2012 – 2013 OSAC Scholarship Catalog by opening the “Apply Here” tab and entering a search for Scholarship Code 471 or for the Oregon Library Association to see all the requirements.

Applicants who submit their applications by February 16 are entered in drawings for $500 Early Bird awards, funded by private donations.  Additional information about the deadlines and more is available at

At the OSAC site, you can read about OLA’s program, and search the more than 340 additional scholarships OSAC manages. The scholarship application process is confidential, and there is no fee to apply.

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 new OLA initiative by using the MLIS Scholarship Contribution Form at in the Membership section.  The Early Bird awards are privately funded.

The Oregon Association of School Libraries membership recently voted overwhelmingly to support merging with OLA.  OLA members will be asked to vote on the merger in April of next year.   To learn more about the merger, visit .  Questions about the merger can be sent to Bob Schroeder at .


November 15, 2011 (Volume 17, Number 20) – Happenings

Reading is an Investment
This year’s Reading is an Investment (RII) program is now in full swing. Sponsored by the State Treasurer and the Oregon College Savings Plan, it aims to promote literacy and financial education among K-5 elementary students in Oregon.

As part of RII, elementary school libraries receive two free books: Pigs Will be Pigs: Fun With Math and Money by Amy Axelrod and Rock, Brock, and the Savings Shock by Sheila Bair. Homeschoolers and students in private elementary schools are welcome to participate, but they do not receive donated books.

Students must read at least 3 books about money from a recommended reading list, tracking their time on a reading log.  Participants may fill out a reading log up to 10 times, and each log counts as an entry for the Oregon College Savings Plan drawing. For students to be eligible for one of the fifty $500 College Savings Plan scholarships, their entries must be received by March 31, 2012. The winners’ schools also receive $500. For resources including curriculum tie-ins and the recommended reading list, visit If you have any questions about Reading is an Investment, contact Nicki McMillan, Executive Assistant in the Office of the State Treasurer, at 503.378.4329 or

November 15, 2011 (Volume 17, Number 20) – People

Jessie Gorton, OLA’s NW Central Liaison

Jessie Gorton

Jessie Gorton of the OHSU library is OLA’s Liaison with Northwest Central, the online clearinghouse for library continuing education. She got involved with NW Central because she believes it is important for librarians to be able to communicate with one another and participate in the kind of information exchange necessary for their work to stay relevant and meaningful. NW Central creates a much needed forum for this kind of interaction to take place, and Jessie wanted to be a part of that in some capacity.

Jessie decided to become a librarian because she wanted to help people find the information they need to enhance their lives, and to help patrons in become critical consumers of information. She currently works in the Inter-library Loan Department at OHSU as a library assistant where she hunts for various resources requested by patrons. For more information on Northwest Central, visit their website at

November 1, 2011 (Volume 17, Number 19) – Association News

Oregon Association of School Libraries Merges with OLA
The Oregon Association of School Libraries had its annual conference in Seaside in early October.  One key issue at this year’s meeting was the vote on a potential merger of OASL with OLA.

The OASL Board opted to run the vote online, allowing members who could not attend the conference to participate. The ballot was open Monday – Saturday, and final results were announced at the OASL Board meeting on Sunday morning.

OASL’s membership voted overwhelmingly (95% to 5%) to approve the merger, bringing us one step closer to a more inclusive and vibrant Oregon Library Association.

Erin Golub Appointed Reference Services Round Table Chair

Erin Golub

The OLA Executive Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Golub as the new chair of the Reference Services Round Table.  Erin is an Adult Services Librarian at Eugene Public Library, performing reference services and collection management roles, as well as development of content for the library’s website. She is also a member of the L-net Advisory Board, and is committed to improving reference services through interlibrary collaboration. She is especially interested in the ways that technology impacts reference services, and looks forward to the vibrant, dynamic future of reference. She received her MLIS from San Jose State University, and before that studied philosophy at UC Berkeley. If you’d like to join Erin & co. in reshaping reference service in Oregon please contact her at .

November 1, 2011 (Volume 17, Number 19) – Happenings

Robert Hulshof-Schmidt Selected Oregon State Librarian

Robert Hulshof-Schmidt

The Oregon State Library Board of Trustees has selected Robert Hulshof-Schmidt, the current Program Manager of the State Library’s Government Research Services, to serve as Oregon’s next State Librarian. He has served with the State Library for seven years, and holds a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Washington and a BA in English From Willamette University.

Hulshof-Schmidt will assume his duties on January 1st, 2012, succeeding
Jim Scheppke, who is retiring at the end of 2011 after twenty-five years of  service with the Oregon State Library, twenty as the State Librarian.

“I am thrilled by this opportunity. I appreciate the trust that the Oregon State Library Board, staff and the library community have placed in me. These are exciting and challenging times for Oregon’s libraries and I look forward to leading this strong organization into the future.”

Hulshof-Schmidt was selected from a field of 12 candidates who met the qualifications of the position. The Board chose Hulshof-Schmidt from three finalists. Although the vote was unanimous, all members said each of the three finalists were well qualified.

Springfield Library wins 2011 Mora Award
REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, selected the Springfield Public Library, along with the Santa Ana Public Library in California,  to be the recipients of the 2011 Estela and Raúl Mora Award for exemplary efforts in promoting El día de los niños/El día de los libros.

The Estela and Raúl Mora Award was established by author and poet Pat Mora and her siblings in honor of their parents and to promote El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), also known as Día. Culminating celebrations of this year-long initiative that links all children to books, languages, and cultures are traditionally held on or near April 30. The Mora award is presented annually, in partnership with REFORMA, to the most exemplary celebrations. The Springfield and Santa Ana library systems will each receive $1,000 and a plaque commemorating their efforts.

Springfield Public Library planned its Día celebration with the help of volunteers. Public school classrooms were invited to create milagros (artistic expressions of wishes and desires) which were displayed at the library. Bilingual author Amy Costales presented songs and stories. Craft activities included bookmarks, piñatas, creating favorite book characters out of clay and bookmaking with the help of a bilingual list of story-starting ideas. Notably, the event was inclusive of parents with lower literacy skills, who were invited to orally share stories during craft activities. Two hundred people attended and 70 Spanish and bilingual books were awarded in a raffle.

“Springfield’s celebration demonstrated to the committee that smaller Día events can have a big impact,” said Mora Award committee chair Beatriz Pascual Wallace. “We noted the heartfelt commitment for their Día to promote a community of inclusion and connect families to books and reading in a fun, positive, and empowering environment.” According to Springfield library’s Latino liaison, Emily Ziglinski, “Community connections are important to literacy; if children are comfortable in an environment, then they are able to relax and learn.”

Details about the Mora Award application and guidelines for 2012 will be announced and posted by February 2012 at Additional award information, photos, and links can also be found on Pat Mora’s website

Oregon Digital Newspaper Program wins ACRL Oregon Award for Excellence.
This year’s ACRL Oregon Award for Excellence winner is the UO Libraries’ Oregon Digital Newspaper Program (ODNP).  ODNP is recognized for the program’s positive impact on Oregon libraries and residents in digitizing historic Oregon newspaper content and making it freely available to the public through a keyword-searchable database.

The ODNP resource, offers users access to more than 180,000 pages of content from 31 Oregon newspapers dating from 1846 to 1922.  Samples of historical research by public users include such varied topics as the 1905 World’s Fair in Portland, Hawaiians in Oregon, bicycling, tattoos, salmon, and even peanut butter can be found on the ODNP blog. ACRL-Oregon commends this team for their initiative in pursuing grant money to assist in funding the project and their commitment to making searchable historic content more widely accessible.

ODNP is funded through a combination of grants from the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA), the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Oregon Cultural Trust, and the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. Karen Estlund, Associate Professor and Head of Digital Library Services at the University of Oregon, will accept the award on behalf of the team at the ACRL Oregon & Washington Joint Fall Conference 2011. The project database is available now in beta form

Oregon Librarians Celebrate Fujian Library Centennial

Frances Lau, Rosalind Wang, Zhiming Zheng, & Shaoning Ke

Two Oregon librarians, Frances Lau and Rosalind Wang were on hand to celebrate the centennial of the Fujian Provincial Library, the sister library of the Oregon State Library. Frances is recently retired from Blackwell’s Book Services and Rosalind works at Multnomah County Library. They were accompanied by Jay Morgensen, a longtime friend and supporter of our Library exchange projects with Fujian. Frances and Rosalind were in Fujian from September 25th through October 2nd. The highlight of the trip was the presentation to Provincial Library Director Zhiming Zheng of a framed proclamation from Governor Kitzhaber declaring September 26th Oregon and Fujian Library Friendship Day. Lau and Wang also brought greetings from the Oregon State Library and from the International Relations Roundtable of OLA, the two organizations that have fostered our relations with Fujian libraries since 1989.

Fujian Children's Library

The Centennial celebration coincided with the opening of the new Fujian Children’s Library. The Library has an overall area of 194,000 square feet. To date, it is the biggest children’s library in China. The architectural design was inspired by the 2008 Olympic game¹s Stadium in Beijing “The Bird’s Nest”, using semi-saturated orange, yellow and blue perforated steel plates
to harmonize the colors of the building. The library features a parenting room, toy room, quiet study rooms, audio-visual room, computer room, visual and hearing impaired room, classrooms, auditorium, and rooms for parents, teachers, social workers for research and study. In addition to one million books, the library also provides various A-V materials, educational toys and board games for all ages.  Children can also paint, make crafts, write calligraphy, and play all kinds of animation games.

November 1, 2011 (Volume 17, Number 19) – Opportunities for Engagement

LSTA wants YOU!
Want to be part of the big picture of library services in Oregon?  The State Library has an opportunity for you!

The Oregon State Library is looking for new members for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council. We’d really appreciate hearing about any people you would like to suggest for one of the vacancies. Please suggest possible people by November 10. You can suggest yourself or someone else, including anyone currently on the LSTA Advisory Council. Out of all the suggestions made, two people will be nominated for each vacancy. New Council members will be elected by the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees at their December 9, 2011 meeting. The State Library tries to have a good geographic representation of Oregon in the Council, which may influence who is nominated. Use our survey at to make suggestions.   Please suggest one person per each survey response. You may suggest more than one person by doing multiple surveys.

We are looking for suggestions for:

Public Library Representative (1 position)
Disadvantaged Persons Representative (1 position)
Library User Representative (1 position)
School Library Representative (1 position)

The LSTA Advisory Council is a 13-member body that advises the State Library Board on LSTA competitive grants and statewide programs. Terms on the Council are for three years. Representatives would serve from January 2012 to December 2014. The Council normally has two all-day meetings a year; one in May and one in September, with special meetings as needed. In recent years, the Council has added an additional half-day meeting in May. All travel expenses are reimbursed for Council members to attend meetings. Minutes from Council meetings, and information on Council members can be found at:

Information on Oregon’s LSTA program can be found via

Thank you for helping the LSTA Council represent the Oregon library community. Please contact Ann Reed at 503-378-5027 or if you have any questions.

LYRASIS Annual Member Meeting
On Wednesday, November 9th – LYRASIS will hold its annual Member Meeting and you are invited to attend ( 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Pacific Time).  Since the Oregon State Library  is a member of LYRASIS, all libraries within the state are invited to participate in the member meeting.

This event is free. This year’s meeting theme is Content, Access and the Role of Libraries in a Connected World, and will feature a keynote address by Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of The Googlization of Everything, as well as updates from LYRASIS staff and board members, a panel discussion with LYRASIS member librarians from across the country and an open discussion for all participants.  The event is virtual – so you can participate from your own institution as a group or from your individual desktop.

Visit the Annual Meeting web page for further details about the event as well as links to speaker information and related readings.

Call for Session Proposals for the 2012 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums (November 15, 2011 Deadline)
This is an invitation to submit proposals for sessions for the 2012 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums to be held June 4-7, 2012 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Cherokee-owned Hard Rock Casino and Resort.  The four-day conference will bring together cultures from across the nation and around the world to exchange best practices for indigenous archives, libraries, and museums.  The conference features six pre-conference workshops, two pre-conference tours, 56 concurrent sessions, two general sessions, three keynote luncheons, and a post-conference Town Hall-style meeting.  Conference tracks focus on library, archive, and museum collections, programs, and services, as well as specialized topics such as cultural tourism, advocacy, oral history projects, language programs, digitization, preservation, and fundraising.  The conference is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and sponsored by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.  To view past conference programs and/or submit a proposal before the November 15 deadline, visit  Please direct questions to

Library 2.011 Worldwide Conference November 2-4
The inaugural Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference begins on November 2. More than 3,500 information professionals from 149 countries have signed up to join the global conversation on the current and future state of libraries. The groundbreaking event will be a whirlwind of information with 160 presentations scheduled over two days!

Participants can view the schedule of all 160 sessions in customized pages for each of the world’s 36 time zones. Presentations will cover a variety of pertinent subject strands that affect the LIS industry and the changing roles of libraries and librarians in our digital world. Keynote addresses will be scheduled over the course of the two-day conference. Keynote speakers include:

Dr. Sandra Hirsh (USA)
Dr. Lennart Bjoerneborn (Denmark)
Dr. Michael Stephens (USA)
Dr. Christine Bruce (Australia)
Ms. Ellen Tise (South Africa)
Mr. Stephen Abram (USA)

The conference welcome will start at 6:30 a.m. US-PDT on Wednesday, November 2, followed by the opening keynote by Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference Co-Chair Dr. Sandra Hirsh, professor and director of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University. The conference will conclude with a final conference gathering at 9:00 p.m. US-PDT on Thursday, November 3 (November 4, in some parts of the world). The full schedule is posted on the conference website at

Participants, presenters, and volunteers are encouraged to share their excitement for this global event and download online badges to let everyone know about the Library 2.011 conference. To download badges, please visit:

As a reminder, the conference will be held entirely online and is FREE to attend. For more information, please visit:

Statewide Database Licensing Program Meets
The Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee (SDLAC) will meet in Conference Room B9 and, as necessary, via telephone conference call at the State Library on Friday November 4, 2011 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm PST.  This is a public meeting; those who would like to attend should contact MaryKay Dahlgreen ( or 503-378-5012) so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

The SDLAC advises the State Library and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council on the Statewide Database Licensing Program, and its membership is representative of school, public, tribal and academic libraries. The current member list is available at:

Questions or concerns can be addressed to MaryKay Dahlgreen, 503-378-5012, .