June 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 11) Association News

Intellectual Freedom Champion Award

On May 28th, Senator Ron Wyden was honored with the Intellectual Freedom Champion Award. Proceedings took place at the US Bank Room at Multnomah County Central Library. The award was granted by the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Oregon Library Association to recognize “the contribution made by an individual or institution that has actively promoted or defended intellectual freedom in Oregon.” The Oregon Library Association selected Senator Wyden in recognition of his “forceful and sustained campaign to protect the privacy rights of Americans and others around the world in relationship to government surveillance.”


Following the award, Senator Wyden hosted a roundtable discussion on the subject of net neutrality, the idea that all Internet traffic travels at the same speed. Senator Wyden’s position is that Big Cable companies want to end net neutrality by dividing the Internet into fast and slow lanes, harming individuals and businesses alike. Joining Senator Wyden for the discussion was Multnomah County Library Director Vailey Oehlke (on behalf of the Public Library Association); Michael Sherrod, Director, TCU/Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows Program at Texas Christian University and member of the Executive Board of the Urban Libraries Council; Puppet Labs CEO/Founder Luke Kanies; and Antony Falco, Founder at Orchestrate.io

Public Libraries Division Board Nominations

The Public Library Division (PLD) of OLA represents all public libraries in Oregon. The purpose of the PLD is to promote public library service and development, to promote the potential for increasing cooperation among public libraries, to represent the interests and concerns of public libraries in relation to the Oregon Library Association and the Oregon State Library and to develop legislative priorities for public libraries and other issues as may be pertinent to the Division.

We are currently seeking candidates for the PLD Executive Board for the 2014-2015 year. New positions will begin in September 2014 and are open to members of OLA who support the purposes of the Division. We are seeking nominees for two Director-at-Large positions (2 year terms), Secretary (1 year term) and Vice Chair/Chair Elect (3 year term). For more information about the responsibilities of these positions, please visit the OLA website.

Joining the PLD Executive Board is a great way to meet new people and network with public library staff from around the state. Current Board members come from the Oregon coast, central Oregon, the Willamette Valley and the Portland Metro area.

Please contact me at pamn@wccls.org by June 13, specifying the Board position you are interested in. Remember, you must be a member of OLA and the Public Library Division to be considered. Elections will be held in July. Looking forward to hearing from many of you! -Pam

Pam North / Library Manager / Sherwood Public Library