December 15, 2011 (Vol. 17, No. 22) – OLA News

OLA Annual Conference Call for Showcase Proposals
Do you have a new program, a creative solution to a problem, a successful project you could share through a demonstration, poster session or display at the Oregon Library Association Conference in Bend, OR, April 26-27, 2012.  Click here to submit your OLA 2012 showcase proposal by February 15, 2012.  Questions?  Contact Kate Cleland-Sipfle, Showcase Chair: by February 14.

Mock Newbery Winner Announced
30 Librarians and other children’s literature enthusiasts gathered at the Wilsonville Library on December 10th to take part in the OLA/WLA Mock Newbery Program.  After thorough and entertaining discussion of seven of the year’s best books, the group voted and chose an official Mock Newbery winner:

Medal Winner: Inside Out and Back Again  by Thanhha Lai.

Two Honor Books were also chosen:  Okay for Now  by Gary Schmidt and Amelia Lost:  The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming.


December 15, 2011 (Vol. 17, No. 22) – Happenings

‘Tis the Season to Give to People for Oregon Libraries
Oregon needs elected officials who understand the unique role our libraries play in our community. While OLA cannot support candidates, the People for Oregon’s Libraries can. This political action committee funds library supportive candidates as well as local library ballot measures. You can take your donation as a tax credit ($50 for individuals and $100 for couples). Make your check out today to “People for Oregon’s Libraries” and mail them to Nan Heim, the OLA Lobbyist at Nan Heim/Associates, 833 SW 11th Avenue, Suite 315 Portland, OR 97205. Thanks for your support!  If you have questions, contact Nan (nanheim@nanheim. com) or Janet Webster (

December 15, 2011 (Vol.17, No. 22) – Opportunities for Engagement

Resume Reviewers Sought at ALA Midwinter Conference
ALA’s New Members Round Table Resume Review Service  Committee is looking for volunteers to review resumes and greet participants at the Resume Review Service Booth for the ALA 2012 Midwinter Conference located in Dallas, TX!  The location of the Placement Center for Midwinter 2012 is yet to be determined, but our services will be available from 9 am – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday, January 21-22, 2012.

Volunteers usually work one or two hour shifts. You will be asked to greet and sign-up ALA members interested in getting their resumes reviewed. For more information see the Volunteer Guidelines: or feel free to contact for more information. To volunteer, please fill out either the Resume Reviewer form at or the Booth Greeter volunteer form We hope to have at least two greeters and four resume reviewers per shift.

The schedules of Resume Reviewers and Booth Greeters are available on the Committee’s Wiki:

This is a fun way to meet, talk, and network with people from all over the country!

Want more details on the RRS & what we do? Please visit us at the NMRT Resume Review Service Web Site: or

Hope to see you there!
Jodie Borgerding
NMRT Resume Review Service Committee

December 15, 2011 (Vol.17, No. 22) – People

Driftwood PL Director Sue Jenkins to Retire
Driftwood Public Library announces the retirement of Library Director Sue Jenkins on January 1, 2012. Jenkins has been Library Director at Driftwood Public Library since 1998 and Assistant Librarian from 1980 to 1998. During her tenure as Library Director, the library added free public internet access, wireless access throughout the facility, and renovated the library facility, adding 5,000 square feet to the south end of the library, creating a new Children’s Room, Community Room, Commons gathering area, and Book Sale room. In 1994 Jenkins created the regionally known Oregon Legacy Literary Series, which brings Oregon authors to Lincoln City each January to meet with local readers. The Oregon Legacy Series is the annual gift to the community of the Friends of the Library.

The library will be hosting a retirement party for Sue on Friday, December 30th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Distad Reading Room at the north end of the library. All who would like to congratulate Sue on her retirement are welcome to attend.

Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney has been appointed Interim Library Director, effective January 1, 2012. She may be reached at 541-557-1116 or

December 1, 2011 (Vol. 17, No. 21) – Association News

Tracie Kreighbaum Accepts SRRT Leadership Challenge
Season’s greetings! Seeing Diedre Conkling’s e-mail about OLA’s nearly inactive Social Responsibility Round Table a few months back prompted me to reply to her call for a temporary coordinator.  I am new to this kind of position, but willing to ‘feel my way,’ and get this important group growing, and visible in the library community.

Over the next several months, I hope to hear from anyone who is interested in being involved, and what your hopes are for this group. In the meantime, I’ll be working on a link to a SRRT page (from the OLA site), and organizing a meeting at OLA this spring in Bend.  There is so much possibility for this group, and I’m excited to get the ball rolling!

A little about me: I have a public library background, but currently “work” at being a third year doctoral student in Emporia State’s (KS) School of Library and Information Management. This spring I’ll teach a class on library services to diverse populations for our school’s Portland, OR cohort.  My research focus is on community analysis and information services to the poor and marginalized.   Please contact me at .  Tracie Kreighbaum.

Mock Caldecott Workshop
Saturday, January 14, 2012, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Central Library, Multnomah County Library

Join library staff and educators from around Oregon and Washington for a fun and
thought-provoking look at the Caldecott medal. Presented by Children’s Services Division of OLA and Multnomah County Library, this workshop will provide a first-hand peek into the
ALA Caldecott Committee experience courtesy of former committee members. 
Learn about the criteria for the award and practice applying it to this year’s books. 
The afternoon will be spent in lively discussion followed by a vote to select the OLA Mock Caldecott winner!

Fiona Kenshole will be the featured guest speaker. Fiona’s worked for years in children’s publishing, both here and in England. Most recently she’s worked for Laika, which produced the movie version of Coraline. 

Registration Deadline is January 7, 2012.  To register, visit the Children’s Services Division’s page on the OLA website.

 If you have question about this workshop, please contact  Jane Corry at or 503.988.5382.

December 1, 2011 (Vol. 17, No. 21) – Happenings

CBPL Director Carol Ventgen Passes the Torch
After 36 years of service, at Coos Bay Public Library’s fearless leader, Carol Ventgen has retired.  There will be an open house  reception in her honor on Wednesday, Dec. 7th from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in CBPL’s  Myrtlewood Room.

Samantha “Sami” Pierson has been appointed as the new director at Coos Bay Public Library. Sami comes to Coos Bay from Libby, Montana, where she has been Library Director of the Lincoln County Public Library since 2003. She has also been an adjunct faculty member at Flathead Valley Community College and a contract cataloger for the Montana Department of Transportation. In addition, she has served on the Montana State Records Advisory Board, and she is the recent past president of the Montana Library Association. Sami earned a Master of Public History and Archives degree from Colorado State University and a Masters of Library and Information Sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi. Sami grew up in a rural area just outside of Albany, OR, and is making preparations to return to Oregon with her family to start in her new position in January.

December 1, 2011 (Vol. 17, No. 21) – People

Erica Findley Honored by ALCTS
Erica Findley, digital resources/metadata librarian at Pacific University in Forest Grove has been selected as the ALCTS-sponsored Emerging Leader for 2012.  The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) – a division of ALA – sponsors one Emerging Leader who has chosen collections and technical services as a career and is a member of ALCTS

In her current position, Findley manages the cataloging department, performs original and copy cataloging and provides leadership in digital image collection development.

She is a member of ALCTS, having served as co-chair and secretary of the New Members Interest Group, as a member of the ALCTS Newsletter Editor Search Committee and as an intern on the ALCTS Organization and Bylaws Committee.  She is currently a member of the ALCTS Publications Committee.  She is active in the Orbis Cascade Alliance having served in several capacities.  She is a member of Beta Phi Mu and is the current President of the Beta Epsilon Chapter.  Findley also is an adjunct faculty member for Emporia State University, where she has taught an online cataloging and classification course.  She will be a presenter along with Maureen Sullivan, ALA president-elect, on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, as part of the ALCTS Virtual Midwinter Symposium.  Her presentation will focus on why leadership is important in libraries today from an emerging leader perspective.

She received her bachelor’s degree in media: film from the University of California-San Diego in La Jolla, Calif. and her Master of Library Science degree from the Emporia State University with the Oregon 7 cohort.

After her year in the Emerging Leader Program, Erica will serve a one-year term as intern to the ALCTS Board of Directors.

December 1, 2011 (Volume 17, Number 21) – Opportunities for Engagement

Registration Now Open for Online Northwest
Early bird registration is now open!

Online Northwest is a one-day conference focusing on topics that intersect libraries, technology and culture. Presentation topics this year include mobile literacy, e-readers, data curation, digital collections, and more. There will be lightning talks!

The keynote speaker will be Steve Krug, best known as the author of “Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability.”

This year eight discounted registrations on a first-come will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. These discounts are intended for students and unemployed librarians who cannot afford the full registration rate. Please do not request discounted registration if you can afford the full rate. When all eight discounted registrations are used, the request option will be removed from the registration form.

In addition, there are six scholarships offered to cover the cost of conference registration. To apply for a scholarship, please complete this application by December 15, 2011:  Scholarship applications will be notified by early January 2012.

Scholarship application deadline: Dec. 15, 2011
Early bird registration deadline: Jan. 13, 2012
Refund deadline: Jan. 20, 2012
Online Northwest conference: Feb. 10, 2012

Register here:

For more information:
OSU Conference Services
Phone: 541-737-9300
Toll free: 800-678-6311
Twitter: (hashtag #onw12)