February 1, 2012 (Vol. 18, No. 3) – From the President

OLA President Abigail Elder

I’m pleased to be serving as your new OLA President, serving an abbreviated term after the resignation of Robert Hulshof-Schmidt.  I’ve had the pleasure of working in Oregon libraries for 14 years, and the Oregon Library Association has been a central part of my professional happiness. I’m honored to serve an organization comprised of so many smart and generous members.

The theme of the 2012 OLA conference, “Oregon Libraries: Right at the Heart of Things”, honors both the physical and philosophical place that libraries hold in our communities.  Libraries, with our dedicated staff and volunteers, are not on the sidelines passively watching communities evolve. Instead, we are active participants in creating the change we want to see— identifying community needs, rallying partners, and implementing initiatives to better serve our patrons and potential patrons.

OLA is in the middle of a busy year. Some of our current projects include:

  • Proposal to merge with the Oregon Association of School Librarians
  • Software for attending meetings remotely
  • New OLA Logo
  • 2012 Conference in Bend, Oregon
  • 2013 Conference in Vancouver, Washington
  • Shared Borrowing Across the State
  • Working with Partner Organizations outside OLA

We are a vibrant, energetic organization. I encourage you to get involved in our many roundtables, committees, and divisions and see for yourself! Please contact me, or any OLA board member, to talk about how you can lend your talents and skills to our efforts.

And so I propose a variation on our theme:  <Your name here>: Right at the Heart of OLA
Thank you for your trust in me as your OLA President.  I look forward to working with you in support of Oregon’s libraries.