June 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 12) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Seeking a Community College Representative for the ACRL-Oregon Board

The ACRL-Oregon Board is made up of a mix of elected and appointed representatives. We are currently seeking an ACRL-Oregon member who works in a community college setting to serve as our appointed Community College Representative.

This individual would serve a two-year term from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2020, but would also be welcome to attend the ACRL-Oregon Board’s transition meeting on August 10th at Portland Community College. Online participation is an option for all Board meetings. The representative serves on Board committees and represents the interests of community college libraries.

If you are interested in serving, please email me with a brief statement about your interest in serving on the ACRL-Oregon Board. You must be a current ACRL-Oregon member to serve.

Thanks so much for considering!

Best wishes,
Meredith Farkas
ACRL-Oregon Vice President/President-Elect


June 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 12) ASSOCIATION NEWS

ORCA Is Looking for New Committee Members!

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The Oregon Reader’s Choice Award Committee is looking for new members, including 3 ORA members, 2 CSD members, and 1 OYAN member. Members on this committee have the opportunity to focus their reading on a specific division (grades 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12), decide on the final list of 8 books in their division, create booktalks, potentially co-present at the spring Oregon Library Association Conference, and get to know other people around Oregon who are just as passionate about getting great books into the hands of kids and teens!

One of the great things about being an ORCA committee member is that members are not required to attend any in-person meetings — all of our discussions are through Google Docs. However, something to be aware of is that we do a lot of reading, and the reading, online discussions, and preparing for the OLA presentation can make it really busy from February through April.

Check out our website.

If you have any questions, shoot me an email at orca@olaweb.org. If you are interested in being an ORCA Committee member, please email me at the above email address by Friday, August 31 with answers to the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to be a member of the Oregon Reader’s Choice Award Committee?
  2. Do you currently, or have you in the past, served on a book award committee? If yes, please briefly describe your experience.
  3. There are 3 divisions that members read for: grades 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12. Please list your top 2 division choices that you would prefer to read for.
  4. Are you a member of the Oregon Reading Association, OLA – Children’s Services Division (CSD), or OLA – Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN)? Please specify which one(s) you are a member of.

MacKenzie Ross
Youth Services Librarian
Beaverton City Library

June 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 12) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Aaron Novinger

I am Aaron Novinger, the Technology and Library Promotion Librarian at the Oregon City Public Library. Most of my previous experience is in teaching at both the K-12 and college levels. Along the way I found work during summers and between classes in school and academic libraries. While working in these libraries I often considered the correlation between access and lifelong learning. That led me to completing an MLS program and pursuing a librarianship.

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For me, the library community has been the most supportive and inspiring community I’ve encountered. It’s a great mix of advocates, critical thinkers, and creative nerdists. Here in Oregon, I appreciate the innovative nature of the community. With this being my first year as an OLA member, I look forward to contributing further to the promotion of Oregon libraries. As a tech librarian and former teacher, I encourage libraries to participate in the EDGE Initiative. I am also excited to be part of the inaugural Leadership Institute of the Oregon Library Association (LIOLA). Go library-related acronyms!

In my real life, fathering and husbanding replace librarying. A part of me enjoys my four-year-old’s disappointment when I don’t bring her home a book every day — made worse when I arrive with just a handful of graphic novels for me. I’m a dog person, still have my Star Wars action figures from the 70’s, and I love yard work. Seriously, I love yard work almost as much as Buddy the Elf loves smiling. That’s his favorite; yard work is mine … well, it’s up there next to quoting Seinfeld and random movies.

June 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 11) ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLA 2018 Election Results


Hello Oregon Library Association Members,

It my pleasure to announce the results of the OLA 2018 elections. We had a wonderful pool of candidates, and I would like to publicly thank the people that ran for office.

Our incoming Vice President/President-Elect is Elaine Hirsch, Associate Director of the Watzek Library, Lewis & Clark College.

Our incoming Secretary is Kathy Street, Oregon Trail Library District Director.

If you are interested in what their positions entail, you can look at OLA Officer Position Descriptions on our website (about a third of the way down). Perhaps you may like to throw your hat in the ring next time!

Thank you again to all our candidates, and to those that voted. And, congratulations to Elaine and Kathy!

Elsa Loftis
OLA Immediate Past President 2017-18

June 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 11) ASSOCIATION NEWS

OYAN News: Seeking Officer Nominations!


Enjoy serving teens in libraries? Thrive on advocating for them? Interested in impacting teen library services and programming? If you answered yes to any of these questions (or know someone who would) consider a nomination to the Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN) Board. OYAN is seeking candidates for Incoming Chair (or Co-Chairs if two people are interested) and Secretary for the upcoming 2018-2019 year. Requirements: Be an OYAN member, like teens, and having fun!

2018-2021 Chair duties:

2018-2019 – Incoming Chair

  • Support the OYAN Chair
  • Responsible for the OYAN raffle
  • Attend OYAN board training meeting

2019-2020 – Chair

  • Attend OYAN membership and OLA Executive Board meetings
  • Prepare all OYAN meeting agendas

2020-2021 – Outgoing Chair

  • Budget reports
  • OYEA banquet award


2019 Secretary duties:

  • Attend all OYAN Meetings or find a replacement if unable to attend a meeting
  • Record OYAN membership and OYAN board meetings
  • Prepare all meeting minutes
  • Maintain and update organizational documents in the OYAN Executive Board procedure manual

More information about the Incoming Chair and Secretary positions is located here.

The nomination deadline is Saturday, June 9. Please send nominations to oyan@olaweb.org


June 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 11) HAPPENINGS

Save the Date: ACRL Oregon & Washington Joint Fall Conference 2018

Conference Theme: “Reimagining Advocacy: Personal, Professional, Political”

Thursday, October 25, 2018 — Friday, October 26, 2018 at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center near Corbett, Oregon.

Registration details on the conference page.


June 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 11) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Lori Bullis

In our younger years, my sister devoured libraries; my attitude was “meh, whatever.” Libraries were repressive mausoleums from which my free spirit ran to experience the thrill of the outdoors — running, hiking, speed racing in glorious solitude on my Schwinn on the back roads of Lincoln City. Besides, we had a walking encyclopedia, Dad. When I took my questions to him, he would reply, “Go look it up.” HMPH! Then smugly I presented the answer to Dad who replied, “I knew that.” UGH! And Dad would chuckle.  

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Years later, I realized that was Dad’s method of teaching me how to research, how to teach myself, and, more importantly, how to think critically. Which, of course, I happily passed along to my daughters and they are now happily sharing this joyful experience with their children.

I came to appreciate Dad’s research skills while I obtained my Bachelor of Science and completed my Master of Science coursework at Oregon State University. Library research was child’s play and while the advent of electronic databases did throw a curveball, I quickly adapted. No holding back this non-trad’! While utilizing my research skills, I learned The Valley Library reference staff were hiring student employees. How fortuitous! I was looking for student employment! Presto! I had my first library job!

Most days, the “commons” hummed along with the occasional scurry of excitement such as a patron bringing in their piping hot pizza (smelled delicious) or another who loudly read their credit card number including expiration date when making a reservation (um, did you know everyone can hear you?). I learned how to conduct reference interviews, taught patrons how to use their library resources, and enjoyed their excitement when they experienced their “AHA!” moments. It was heartwarming to witness that same patron teach their classmates what they learned. I was hooked.

This thrill continues in my role as Resource Sharing Coordinator at Western Oregon University’s Hamersly Library, daily filling patrons’ research, pleasure reading, and entertainment requests.  Occasionally patrons thank me, or give me credit in their research paper or monograph. (YAY ME!) This thrill continues in supervising student employees.

For most student employees, working in our library is their first official employment. I strive to provide them with every opportunity to be successful. It is a humbling responsibility to teach a student how to have a good work ethic, the importance of showing up as scheduled, to work their entire shift, and complete their assigned tasks on time. Four years passed quickly. Some former student employees keep in touch. I cherish the moments when, years later, I hear from them, of their fond memories of working with their co-workers and me, or stumble upon a written compliment tucked away in a procedural manual they helped revise, “Lori: She’s your boss, but she’s also one of the best bosses you could ever hope to have.” Sniff. I am still hooked.  

May 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 10) ASSOCIATION NEWS

OASL and OLA support George by Alex Gino


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To Whom It May Concern:

We are writing on behalf of the Oregon Library Association (OLA) and the Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL), a division of OLA, to express our support for Oregon Battle of the Books’ (OBOB) inclusion of the book George by Alex Gino on the 3rd to 5th Grade Division title list.

For each book chosen by the OBOB title selection committee, members take into thoughtful consideration many factors, including:

  • Grade/reading level, including publishers’ suggested age ranges;
  • A variety of subject areas, plots, settings, and styles;
  • Balanced interest for all genders and wide range of maturity levels within divisions;
  • A variety of genres: realistic fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, mystery, multicultural, and Oregon representation;
  • Reviews from established literary reviewers and publications;
  • Awards (Newbery, Oregon Reader’s Choice, etc.); and
  • Comments from OBOB coordinators in schools around the state, both during the selection process and before the reading lists are finalized.

George satisfied all of these criteria and received no negative comments during the review period before the lists were finalized. While not every book will match the reading interest of every reader or family, the OBOB selection committee has a responsibility to meet the varied interests of all students, as well as reflect the lived realities of the many students call Oregon their home.

OBOB’s mission is to encourage reading and broaden reading interests while also promoting cooperative learning. It is not a part of school’s official curriculum. Participation in the program is optional, as is reading any particular title; teams often divide up the titles among themselves.

Any decision on whether to have a student participate in OBOB or read a specific book is most appropriately made by a student’s parents or guardians, who can best determine if their student’s intellectual and emotional development matches the book’s content. We are disappointed that some schools and districts are not giving families the opportunity to make these decisions for themselves.

We are proud of the over ten-year history of OBOB. OBOB has introduced thousands of students to books on numerous topics, written by authors of varied backgrounds, and included subjects both mundane and challenging. George fits squarely within this proud tradition. We eagerly anticipate the 2018-19 OBOB season and believe that students, parents, and school staff alike will find the books and the experience to be rewarding.


Paige Battle, President, Oregon Association of School Libraries
Buzzy Nielsen, President, Oregon Library Association

For further information

About OBOB, OASL, or OLA:
Paige Battle
President, 2017-18
Oregon Association of School Libraries
503-916-5160 x81074

Buzzy Nielsen
President, 2017-18
Oregon Library Association
541-447-7978 x301

About students’ freedom to read and related issues:
James LaRue
Office for Intellectual Freedom
American Library Association

Media interested in scheduling interviews with ALA spokespersons may contact Steve Zalusky, Communications Specialist of ALA’s Communications and Marketing Office; 312-280- 1546; szalusky@ala.org.

May 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 10) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Libros for Oregon Now Accepting Applications

Libros for Oregon is now accepting applications to participate in its 2018 cohort, which will purchase materials for member libraries at the Guadalajara Book Fair this November. Please note that if you are selected, turnaround time this year to take the next steps is rather short, as we switch from a grant cycle to what will become OLA oversight. Submission deadline is June 13.

Libros for Oregon (LfO) is an LSTA grant-incubated project whose purpose is to support Spanish-language collection development in Oregon public libraries by making the resources of the Guadalajara Book Fair more accessible through cooperative book-buying. Each year LfO will send three representatives on behalf of eight libraries to the Fair. There they will purchase (using members’ own selection budgets, and taking into account their selection preferences) books for participants’ collections. We work with a vendor who manages our shipping, handling and invoicing (participant libraries are invoiced directly).

Participating libraries are required to plan, execute, and report on three outreach activities designed to connect their communities with their enhanced Spanish-language collections. LfO provides supportive materials for this process.

Since our goal is to provide access to the Fair’s resources where it may be lacking, small and rural libraries who serve Latinos and Spanish-speakers are especially encouraged to apply. However, any Oregon public library may apply and may be accepted. (We may be able to expand the parameters to include other types of libraries as the project continues.)

The project maintains a website that provides LfO-related explanatory and application materials, and also resources more generally related to the Guadalajara Book Fair and Spanish book selection.

After a year of project design, 2017-2018 has been our pilot year. Following are the contact people at the libraries who participated, and I’m sure they’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about what the experience was like for them. Star Khan and Teena Nelson of Driftwood/Lincoln City accompanied me to the massive Fair itself to do the book-buying.

(Note: because LINCC was the project’s fiscal agent, the grant specified that half the participants for the pilot year be LINCC libraries. Going forward our representation will be more geographically varied; our Advisory Council already is.)

  • Ledding Library of Milwaukie (Contact: Sarah Roller)
  • Estacada (Michele Kinnamon)
  • Oak Lodge (Mitzi Olson)
  • Wilsonville (Deborah Gitlitz)
  • Oregon City (Barratt Miller)
  • Driftwood) / Lincoln City (Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney, Star Khan and Teena Nelson)
  • Newport Public Library (Ted Smith)
  • Oregon Trail Library District (Kathy Street)
  • Klamath (Charla Oppenlander)

If you are interested in applying, please read through the explanatory materials, and if you still have questions, I’ll be happy to answer them.

To submit: please send your completed application as an attachment to meAgain, the deadline to submit applications is June 13, 2018.

Deborah Gitlitz
Community Outreach Librarian |  Bibliotecaria comunitaria
Wilsonville Public Library

May 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 10) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Natasha Chitow

I am currently the Head Librarian at Cottage Grove Public Library. Before then, I was a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Lane Community College and Johnson & Wales University, in addition to assisting at an osteological taxidermy shop during my first year in Oregon. I grew up in the Ft. Lauderdale area of Florida, with occasional summer residence in Iceland visiting my mom’s family. My undergraduate degree is in Anthropology with a minor in Museum Studies. This led me to a very glamorous final semester as an intern who got to talk to strangers about Napoleon’s underpants in the Museum of Florida History, followed by volunteering in the Collections department at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. That experience drove me toward library work, as I often helped with copy cataloging and accessions work in the research library. This year at the OLA Conference, I will be using these skills to talk about making exhibit displays for libraries on a budget.

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In my free time, I enjoy cooking, knitting, embroidering snarky quotes onto objects, and obscure Google searches conducted for random strangers who ponder absurd things out loud. The art of making and growing things are an essential part of my life; I’m starting a new garden this spring and am looking forward to all the tasks of maintaining plant life.