Message from New OLA President, Buzzy Nielsen
Happy OLA New Year!
Last year was a tad bit crazy and challenging, I’d say. There was another library closure in Douglas County and threatened cuts to LSTA and Ready to Read, issues that you all worked tirelessly to fix. There were also huge wins last year, though: successful library funding campaigns in Josephine and Tillamook Counties as well as Fern Ridge; the Intellectual Freedom Committee’s win of ALA’s Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award; and successful advocacy to restore said LSTA and Ready to Read funds. So hats off to Elsa and the rest of the outgoing OLA officers from the Executive Board, Divisions, Round Tables, and Committees for their incredible work last year. And hats off to all of you who tackled the challenges of the year and helped make it a better one.
Despite the prodigious shoes I’ll be attempting to wear, I am honored to be starting my term as OLA president. The year ahead stands to be an exciting one as well (though hopefully less exciting in certain ways!). The Conference Committee already is hard at work planning another great conference in Eugene on April 18-21. Our very first Leadership Institute, coordinated by the Leadership Committee, is slated for May 16-19 in Pendleton. We’re embarking on the second of our three-year strategic plan that gives us a road map to make OLA a more dynamic and rewarding association. And these are just a taste of what’s happening!
We’ll certainly be keeping ourselves busy in the next year, and that’s thanks to all of your hard work. Over the course of this year, I hope that you’ll write to let me know how OLA is working for you. Do you see opportunities we’re missing? Would you like to get more involved? How can we improve what we’re doing to better serve you? Please, no matter your background, no matter your library, and no matter your geography, don’t hesitate to contact me with your ideas and concerns on how OLA can best serve you.
I look forward to working with all of you this year to continue making Oregon libraries and the communities we serve even better.
OLA President, 2017-18