January 15, 2012 (Vol. 18, No. 2) – Association News

Call for OLA Conference Showcase Proposals

Does your library or library system have a new program, an ingenious solution to a problem, or a successful grant-funded or other project you wish to share through a demonstration, poster session, or display at the Oregon Library Association Conference in Bend, OR, April 26-27, 2012?  The Showcase format allows for flexibility and creativity in how your exhibit is presented or staffed. Click here to submit your OLA 2012 showcase proposal by February 15, 2012.  Questions?  Contact Kate Cleland-Sipfle, Showcase Chair: clelandk@sou.edu by February 14.

OLA Membership Committee Seeks Input
The OLA Membership Committee is working on finding ways to get OLA membership more actively involved with the organization.  The Committee wants to support your Division and we hope to facilitate your Division’s relationship with the membership.  Your feedback on this short survey will help us plan our next steps. The survey is available at:

https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=ola&formId=111723 . Please complete the survey by February 5.

ACRL, OHSU Co-Sponsor Continuing Education Opportunities
ACRL-Oregon, ACRL-Washington, and OHSU Library are proud to co-sponsor the following ACRL National webinars to support continuing education for academic librarians in Oregon and Washington!

Please note: Participants gather at a host library for each webinar – these sessions are open to EVERYONE (members and non-members) and are intended to encourage group discussion and networking! Online access to the session URL will be emailed to ACRL-Oregon and ACRL-Washington members after each webinar.

From Idea to Publication Part One: Understanding the Research Question
(February 7, 2012)  (Location TBA)
Learn to formulate and define good research questions, select appropriate research methodologies and design the research study. Specific topics will include developing useful questionnaires, techniques used in conducting telephone interviews, working with focus groups and constructing surveys to get the information you need.

From Idea to Publication Part Two: Analysis and Writing 
(March 7, 2012)  (Location TBA)
Quantitative methods necessitate certain kinds of analyses, while qualitative methods operate on different assumptions and different kinds of data.  It is essential to have an understanding of the appropriate forms of analyses (along with their possibilities and limitations).  Learn learn to express their research in publishable form.

Shifting Sands: How Small Changes in Policy, Culture and Technology are Determining the Future of Libraries 
(March 27, 2012) – WSU Pullman
Discover how changes in national and international policy, the growth of the free culture movement, and the rapid evolution of technology are having big impacts on libraries, and what you can do to help turn the tide.

From Idea to Publication Part Three: Submitting for Publication
(April 3, 2012) (Location TBA)
Learn how to select an appropriate journal or publisher, learn how to prepare a manuscript for submission, and understand what the submission process will encompass.

Mock Printz Winner Announced
And the winner of Oregon Young Adult Network’s 2012 Oregon Mock Printz is….

A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Sioban Dowd by Patrick Ness.  Selected in a landslide from among 10 finalists, the book was appreciated for its wide audience appeal, its wonderful illustrations, and the powerful writing.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys and Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor could be considered Mock Printz Honor books, although there was controversy about whether Taylor’s book met the criteria as a stand-alone title.

To see if the Oregon winner will receive the actual Printz Award, tune into the live webcast, Twitter feed, Facebook or YouTube video of the youth media awards on January 23 starting at 5:45 a.m.

OYAN Announces Winter Meeting
The Oregon Young Adult Network’s Winter meeting will take place at the Eugene Public Library on Friday, January 27th, 11am-3pm.  The meeting will include resource sharing, discussion of upcoming events, and a look at the OYAN Book Rave’s first round of voting.  This is a fun meeting with a lot of talk about this year’s teen lit.

The Eugene Public Library is located at 100 West 10th Avenue Eugene, OR 97401.  For those unable to attend in person, a conference call in has been arranged.  To access it, dial 888.285.4585 to call in and use Participant Access Code 95472.

For more information, contact OYAN Chair Kris Lutsock at  kris.lutsock@ci.mcminnville.or.us or

Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award Nominees Sought
Do you know of an Oregon author, librarian or educator who has made a significant contribution to children’s literature? Or an individual exemplary in their commitment to library service for the benefit of the children of Oregon? Nominate them for the Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award, awarded at the Annual OLA Conference by the Children’s Services Division.  Nominations are due by midnight on January 27th, 2012.

More information on the award, nomination eligibility requirements,  instructions for submissions and the current committee, click here.


January 15, 2012 (Vol. 18, No. 2) – Happenings

2012 Oregon Book Award Finalists Announced
The following are the finalists for the 2012 Oregon Book Awards. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Monday, April 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Gerding Theater at the Armory in Portland (128 NW Eleventh Ave). Tickets to the ceremony are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/219351.

If your library promotes the Oregon Book Awards, encourage your patrons to cast their vote for the Readers’ Choice Award! Vote at: oregonlive.com/books

Graham Annable of Portland The Book of Grickle (Dark Horse Comics)
Aidan Koch of Portland The Whale (Gaze Books)
Sarah Oleksyk of Portland Ivy (Oni Press)
Greg Rucka of Portland Stumptown (Oni Press)
Joe Sacco of Portland Footnotes in Gaza (Metropolitan Books)

Dan DeWeese of Portland You Don’t Love This Man (Harper Perennial)
Patrick DeWitt of Portland The Sisters Brothers (Ecco)
Brian Doyle of Portland Mink River (Oregon State University Press)
Matthew Stadler of Portland Chloe Jarren’s La Cucaracha (Publication Studio)
Vanessa Veselka of Portland Zazen (Red Lemonade)

Carl Adamshick of Portland Curses and Wishes (Louisiana State University Press)
Geri Doran of Eugene Sanderlings (Tupelo Press)
Emily Kendal Freyof Portland The Grief Performance (Cleveland State University Press)
Daniel Skach-Mills of Portland The Hut Beneath the Pine (Daniel Skach-Mills)
Ursula K. Le Guin of Portland and Roger Dorband of Astoria Out Here (Raven Studio)

Glenn Anthony May of Eugene Sonny Montes and Mexican American Activism in Oregon (Oregon State University Press)
Kenneth J. Ruoff of Portland Imperial Japan At Its Zenith: The Wartime Celebration of the Empire’s 2600th Anniversary (Cornell University Press)
Roger J. Porter of Portland Bureau of Missing Persons: Writing the Secret Lives of Fathers (Cornell University Press)

George Estreich of Corvallis The Shape of the Eye: Down Syndrome, Family, and the Stories We Inherit (Southern Methodist University Press)
Jennifer Lauck of Portland Found (Seal Press)
Sarahlee Lawrence of Portland River House (Tin House Books)
Marjorie Sandor of Corvallis The Late Interiors (Arcade Publishing)
Lidia Yuknavitch of Portland The Chronology of Water (Hawthorne Books)

Nancy Coffelt of Portland Catch That Baby! (Simon & Schuster)
Judy Cox of Ontario Nora and the Texas Terror (Holiday House)
Eric A. Kimmel of Portland Medio Pollito (Marshall Cavendish)
Cynthia Rylant of Portland Brownie and Pearl Take a Dip (Simon & Schuster)
Graham Salisbury of Lake Oswego Calvin Coconut: Hero of Hawaii (Wendy Lamb Books)

Heather Vogel Frederick of Portland Pies and Prejudice (Simon & Schuster)
April Henry of Portland Girl, Stolen (Henry Holt)
Lisa Schroeder of Beaverton The Day Before (Simon Pulse)
Jen Violi of Portland Putting Makeup on Dead People (Hyperion)
Emily Whitman of Portland Wildwing (Greenwillow Books)

InfoCamp PDX Registration Now Open
Registration is open for InfoCamp PDX, a one-day unconference for the information community.  InfoCamp is for librarians, user experience designers, information architects, web developers and others who are excited about utilizing technology to connect people with information.  The event will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the Q Center on Mississippi Ave in Portland.

Visit the website to learn more and to register: http://portland.infocamp.org.  You can also find InfoCamp PDX on Facebook and on Twitter (@infocampPDX/#InfoCampPDX).

January 15, 2012 (Vol. 18, No. 2) – Opportunities for Engagement

Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee Seeks Input
The Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee requests input on a brief survey that it has prepared.  The survey is designed to help frame discussions this year as the Committee prepares the RFP for the next database contract. The current contract with Gale will expire on August 1, 2014, and the Committee is  reviewing the language of the Oregon Revised Statues and the Oregon Administrative Rules to determine the scope of the next RFP. The Committee appreciates input on the survey which closes on January 17, 2012.

Survey:   https://docs.google.com/a/marylhurst.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGxKY1QyQzVuTGJmbEVxcjhBNV9aYnc6MQ

Signatures Sought in Support of School Libraries Petition
Carl Harvey, 2011-2012 American Association of School Librarians president, has initiated a White House petition on school libraries, which specifically petitions the Obama administration to “ensure that every child in America has access to an effective school library program.” 25,000 signatures are required in order for this petition to be viewed by White House staff, no later than February 4, 2012.

Please take a few seconds to sign this petition, spread the word to your member groups, ask your colleagues and library supporters in your circles to sign on, and spread the word via Facebook, Twitter and other channels!  The url is: http://wh.gov/Wgd .

January 15, 2012 (Vol. 18, No. 2) – People

Steph Miller Recognized for Notable Transcript
Steph Miller L-net, Oregon’s Statewide Digital Reference Service recognizes Steph Miller at Multnomah County Library for her high quality virtual reference work while staffing the service in December 2011.  Steph’s transcript is online at http://www.oregonlibraries.net/notable.

This transcript begins as a simple telephone directory lookup; it is the kind of ready reference question that people supposedly don’t ask libraries anymore, because, “everything is on the internet”. An out-of-state patron asks for the phone number of a Sherwood resident. Steph quickly finds the phone number and confirms that it is the correct number using a second, authoritative source. What really impressed the Quality Team is the nature of the conversation that took place. The patron told Steph that he was trying to reach the son of a Vietnam War Prisoner-of-War. The patron had the father’s POW bracelet and wanted to be sure a family member received it. While still chatting online with Steph, the patron called the number. In tears, he spoke with a family member while Steph remained online in support.

In the early 1970s over 5 million POW/MIA metal bracelets were made and worn as a symbol of hope.  The bracelets transcended politics and were worn by Americans both opposed to and supportive of the Vietnam War.

The Quality Team always emphasizes the importance of a friendly, welcoming tone in virtual reference. It was the conversation between Steph and the patron that made what could have just been just another lookup into a meaningful connection with the library. Librarians often talk about how libraries change lives. With Steph’s blend of reference skill and compassion, she proves it.

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

Introducing Jerianne Thompson
Jerianne Thompson has joined the Tualatin Public Library as the Public Services Supervisor, overseeing adult and youth services and collection development. A native of Tennessee, Jerianne previously worked at the Linebaugh Public Library System in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She served for three years as the Collection Development Coordinator for the four-branch system; prior to that, she also worked as a Branch Supervisory Clerk and Reference Supervisory Clerk at LPLS libraries. She earned her Masters of Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Jerianne was actively involved in the Tennessee Library Association, where she served as the vice chair of the Technical Services Roundtable. She has been a strong advocate for including zines in library collections and has been involved with zine publishing for more than a decade.  She’s enjoying her relocation to the Pacific Northwest and looking forward to meeting her colleagues in other Oregon libraries. Welcome Jerianne!

January 1, 2012 (Vol. 18, No. 1) – OLA News

OLA Communications Committee Seeks Ad Coordinator

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to become more involved in OLA, the Communications Committee has just the opportunity for you. An Advertising Coordinator is needed to manage all aspects of advertising in the OLA Quarterly.

The ideal candidate would be a self-starter who has solid outreach skills and who is motivated to develop a network of advertisers. In addition to soliciting ads, the Coordinator bills advertisers, updates the OLA Quarterly ad sheet, and works with the OLA Quarterly editor to identify potential advertisers. Time commitment varies, with 3-4 hours a week required near the time of publication, to much less between issues. If you are interested or if you would like more information, contact OLA Quarterly Editor Kari Hauge at haugeorama@gmail.com.

Nominations for Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award Sought

Do you know of an Oregon author, librarian or educator who has made a significant contribution to children’s literature? Or an individual worthy of commendation for their commitment to library services to children in Oregon? Nominate them for the Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award! Nomination eligibility requirements are as follows:

The person shall reside principally in Oregon.
The award shall be given for personal accomplishments to recognize the individual’s contribution and shall not be conferred upon an individual representing the accomplishments of many.
Only living persons may be considered for the award.

Please include the following in the award submissions:
Nominee’s name
Nominee’s title, address, and phone (if known)
Description of the nominee’s significant and lasting contributions over the years that have benefited the children of Oregon.
Letters of support are welcome, but not required.

If you nominated someone in the past and they are continuing their amazing work, nominate them again!
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.

Nominations for the award shall be accepted from Children’s Division members, OLA members and members of the Lampman Award Committee. Current Lampman Committee members are not eligible to be nominated.

Nominations are due by midnight on January 27th, 2012.

Please send all original nominations or letters of support to existing nominations to Josie Hanneman, josieh@deschuteslibrary.org, or PO Box 40, La Pine, OR, 97739.

More information on the award and the current committee, click here.

January 1, 2012 (Vol. 18, No. 1) – Happenings

New RFID Project to Improve Customer Service at WCCLS Libraries

During the first week of 2012 the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) will begin converting the Cooperative’s 1.6 million-item collection to a Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) tagging system. According to WCCLS Director, Eva Calcagno, “The ultimate goals of the RFID project are to improve customer service, productivity, and security by deploying RFID tags and equipment to all WCCLS member libraries over the next six to eight months”.

The RFID project will enable WCCLS to upgrade old security gates or install new gates where needed at every library, upgrade staff workstations to be RFID-enabled, upgrade or replace current self-service checkout machines, and purchase and place RFID tags on 1.6 million library items. The project is funded from accumulated savings and dedicated technology reserves.

Calcagno explained the direct impact that WCCLS will experience converting to the RFID system, “Every day, WCCLS member libraries handle about 50,000 checkouts and returns (not counting renewals). Each of those items is handled by staff four to ten times depending upon the type of transaction and whether or not it is to be shipped to another library location. By eliminating just two steps in the process, the WCCLS libraries will save over 36 million repetitive motions a year.”  Similarly, patrons will be able to quickly checkout multiple items at one time simply by placing them on the self-service scanners.

RFID tagging offers a tremendous savings for member libraries by increasing staff efficiency, as well as helping to get borrowed items back and into the hands of waiting patrons much faster. It will also enable staff to conduct regular inventories of collections, something that is cost-prohibitive with the current barcode tagging system.

The first week of January 2012 a team of ten WCCLS temporary workers will begin the RFID tagging of approximately 95,000 items at the Hillsboro Library Shute Park branch. Once this initial phase is complete the team will move on to the Hillsboro Main Library, and then over the course of the next six to seven months all 15 of the WCCLS member libraries will be converted to the RFID system. Installation of security gates and other equipment upgrades will happen gradually as each library conversion is completed.

To learn more about the WCCLS RFID project, visit: www.wccls.org/RFID

The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), includes the: Banks Public Library, Beaverton City Library, Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls, Cedar Mill Community Library, Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany, Cornelius Public Library, Forest Grove City Library, Garden Home Community Library, Hillsboro Public Libraries (Main and Shute Park), North Plains Public Library, Sherwood Public Library, Tigard Public Library, Tualatin Public Library, and West Slope Community Library.