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September 15, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 18) Happenings

Lewis & Clark College Presents Sherrer Lecture

This is a reminder that the 2013 Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture in Library Service will take place on Friday, September 20 at 3pm in Smith Hall on the campus of Lewis & Clark College. A reception will follow the lecture.

Alison J. Head, Executive Director of Project Information Literacy will present What Librarians and Faculty Should Know about Today’s Students and their Research Practices.

How do today’s students find information and conduct research for coursework and use in their everyday lives? Discover what has been learned at Project Information Literacy (PIL), an ongoing research study that has surveyed and interviewed more than 13,000 college students at over 50 US colleges and universities since 2008. Findings indicate a large majority of students still attend college to learn, but many are lost in a thicket of information overload. Nearly all students intentionally use a small compass for navigating the ever-widening and complex information landscape they inhabit. They struggle with managing the IT devices that permeate their lives and endlessly distract them. Most students turn to professors, friends, family members – or no one at all – for help with research, rather than asking librarians. What’s a librarian to do? Key takeaways are presented from the PIL studies, including a discussion of their implications for teaching, learning, work, and librarianship in the 21st century.


More information on the event is available here or contact Elaine Hirsch at Watzek Library. We hope you can join us. -Elaine Hirsch, Lewis & Clark College

September 30, 2013 at 9:13 pm

August 15, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 16) – Happenings

Celebrate Emporia State University SLIM Graduates
The library community is cordially invited to attend the graduation ceremony for the Oregon 12 MLS cohort of Emporia State University’s School of Library & Information Management (SLIM), to be held on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm in the Auditorium/Old Library Building at Oregon Health & Sciences University.  Free parking is available.

The commencement speaker will be Seattle City Librarian, Marcellus Turner.  Oregon State Librarian, MaryKay Dahlgreen and OLA President, Michele Burke, will also be featured speakers, as well as Oregon Poet Laureate, Paulann Peterson.
Questions?  Contact Perri Parise at or 503-223-8280.

Online Northwest Call for Proposals Now Open!
Online Northwest seeks proposals for 45-minute presentations, panel sessions, or hands-on workshops, as well as 5-minute lightning talks (panels and workshops are new presentation formats for Online Northwest – see details below).

Proposals on all topics relating to technology and libraries are considered, such as:

  • Information discovery
  • Mobile computing
  • eBooks
  • Shared ILS and consortial resources
  • Linked data and the Semantic Web
  • Cloud computing
  • Virtual research environments
  • User Experience Design
  • Technology competencies
  • MOOCs and open education
  • Digital publishing and institutional repositories

Other topics related to technology in libraries are welcome!

The 2014 conference will be held Friday, February 7, 2014 at CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Corvallis, Oregon (on the Oregon State University campus). 2014 Call for Proposals ends October 14th , 2013.

September 1, 2013 at 11:37 am

August 1, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 15) – Happenings

Connecting to Collections

Volunteers and staff of libraries, archives, and museum, as well as collectors of historic items, are invited to attend upcoming workshops presented as part of the state’s Connecting to Collections project.  The day-long workshops will take place in Baker City, Florence, McMinnville, Medford, Pendleton, Philomath and Portland.

The first workshop, “Collections Care: Cleaning, Mending, and Housing,” will present basic and advanced information on caring for historical items that are found in libraries, museums and archives. Randy Silverman, preservation librarian at the University of Utah, will be the presenter.

The second workshop, “Disaster Response and Recovery,” will deal with how libraries, museums, and archives can best recover from a flood, fire, or other disaster that damages or destroys historical materials. The presenter will be Kris Kern from the Portland State University Library.

While the workshops are free, pre-registration is required. You can register online at after Aug. 7.

The Connecting to Collections project is administered by the Oregon Heritage
Commission on behalf of its statewide partners, including the Oregon Library Association and the Oregon State Library. The Connecting to Collections project is funded in part by a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. Oregon Heritage invites you to read and comment upon our blog, Oregon Heritage Exchange. -Kyle Jansson, Coordinator, Oregon Heritage Commission,

August 3, 2013 at 3:35 pm

June 1, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 11) – Happenings

Register Now for SSD Conference
Registration is now open for the annual Support Staff Division conference on Friday, July 19th , 7:30-4:30, in beautiful Hood River, Oregon in the Columbia Gorge!

Register before June 20 and save $10 on registration fee!  Registration deadline is July 12, 2013.

Take advantage of our special offers, such as:  four attendees for the price of three.  Or, if you’re traveling over 150 miles one way, apply for a $50 travel assistance scholarship.
Visit the website for more details.

Are We There Yet?  Come and find out this July, along with State Librarian, Mary Kay Dahlgreen; renowned presenter Leigh Anne Jasheway; Maureen Cole, Director of Oregon City Library, and exciting sessions presented by Support Staff from around the state!

Stay updated with SSD at our blog  sup.port.abil.i.ty, and on Facebook at Oregon Library Association Support Staff Division! -Margaret Harmon-Myers

ILL Conference Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 12th Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference! The conference will take place in Portland, Oregon on September 12th and 13th, 2013, at Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus. Preconference sessions will be held on September 11th.

This year’s program includes:

  • The Future: E-Books and Interlibrary Loan | Ryan Litsey & Occam’s Reader Development Team
  • WorldShare ILL: Migrating to the New World (or, What were we thinking!?!) | Karen Barnes & Martin Burgess
  • Let the Numbers Speak: ILL Assessment | Ingrid Moisil from the Seattle Public Library
  • Getting to the Core: What Centralized ILL Means for a Small Academic Library | Karen Hildebrandt & Bonita Bjornson
  • … and many more!

Our keynote this year is Xavier Helgesen, co-founder and Chairman of Better World Books.

Visit our website to view the full program, register for the conference, or apply for a scholarship. We look forward to seeing you! -Linda Frederiksen, Washington State University, Vancouver

June 3, 2013 at 1:54 pm

May 1, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 9) – Happenings

Preservation Project Workshop Offered
Do you want to get a preservation grant to take care of your collections? Many institutions have used grant-funded projects to enhance the level of care they can provide for their collections, and sometimes even to jump start their preservation programs.

“Creating and Funding Preservation Projects to Enhance Collection Care” is a one-day workshop that begins with identifying and setting priorities among collection needs. With a clear sense of needs, the second part of the workshop reviews sources of grant funding available to your institution. The third part of the workshop addresses the key preservation questions asked on grant applications – participants answer the questions on behalf of their institutions, building the elements of a proposal for their own collection. The workshop emphasizes working collaboratively with colleagues to develop and receive feedback on project proposals. The workshop is sponsored by Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS), and takes place at the Oregon State Library in Salem on May 3, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The instructor is Braclay Ogden, Preservation Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley

By the end of the workshop day, participants will have:

  • Outlined a preservation project proposal specific to their institution
  • Identified possible funding sources
  • Tested their ideas with other workshop participants

Who should attend: Administrators and staff responsible for care of the collection in all types of libraries, museums and archives, with an emphasis on small-to-medium sized institutions without preservation grant writing experience. By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop’s goals to develop and submit proposals for preservation projects to enhance collection care. When possible, TWO attendees from an institution should attend so they can work together on project development.

Cost: No charge to the institution. WESTPAS is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Registration: Pre-registration required. Register online at  WESTPAS workshop. For registration assistance contact Alexandra Gingerich gingerich at
For general & content information contact Kristen Kern

April 30, 2013 at 10:41 pm

April 15, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 8) – Happenings

Emporia Reception
Alumni, students, and friends of Emporia State University’s School of Library & Information Management are invited to a reception during the joint OLA/WLA Conference. The reception will be held on Thursday, April 25th, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay (100 Columbia Street, Vancouver, WA).

Questions? Contact Perri Parise – or 503-23-8280.

2013 Horner Staff Exchange
Delegates from Fujian, China, our sister province to the state of Oregon, will be arriving for a three-week visit to area libraries for the purpose of the exchange of professional knowledge about library and information science.  In accordance with the MOU signed between the Oregon State Library and the Fujian Provincial Library, every three years, four delegates from Fujian visit Oregon in the spring and three delegates from Oregon (Pat French, MCL; Lori Wamsley, PCC; and Angela Lee, WCCLS ) will visit Fujian in the fall.

The members of the OLA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) have been busy planning for this year’s delegates.  Our visitors will arrive in time to attend the WLA/OLA Conference and the Banquet on April 25. Be sure to say hello if you see them at the conference.  They will be visiting Wilson High School on April 26 to participate in World History classes.  Later that day they will tour the remodel of the library at the University of Portland.  Saturday includes a visit to a class at Emporia State University SLIM program.  Monday April 29 finds the visitors at Mt. Angel Abbey Library.  Tuesday April 30 will find them at the State Library and time to see the legislature in action.  May 1 and 2 will be at OSU; back to Portland for a visit to PCC Sylvania on May 3.  UO and Eugene Public are on the docket for May 6 and 7.  Then they come back to Portland and PSU on May 8.  Their last two days, May 9 and 10, are spent at Fort Vancouver Regional Library and Multnomah County Library.

The OLA IRRT will be hosting a farewell banquet for our visitors on Friday May 10 and anyone from the library community is invited to honor and say goodbye to our guests.  Details will follow on the time and location.  The food is Chinese and always delicious!
Phew!  That is a whirlwind visit!  We wish we had more time to show them all around this beautiful state and all our wonderful libraries!  Thanks to all those libraries who are pitching in to host our guests.  -Nancy Hoover, Marylhurst University

Register now for OVRS
We are still accepting registrations for the Oregon Virtual Reference Summit on May 3rd, 2013. Go here to register:

Did we mention it was taking place at the Oregon Garden (beautiful!)?
Did we mention our keynote speaker is super dynamic and engaging (Eli Neiburger!)?
Did we mention the other great programs that you’ve come to expect from OVRS (We’re celebrating 10 years!)?
Did we mention what a great opportunity OVRS is for networking with fellow Answerlanders (we’ve got a button maker!)?

Good, so you know that you don’t want to miss it! Register today, and sign up for a lightning talk – just you, 5 minutes and a captive audience for whatever you want to share about virtual reference, libraries, or what the kids are doing these days. Sign up during registration at before April 29th.

Thanks, see you there! -Courtney Terry, OVRS Planning Committee, McMinnville Public Library

April 15, 2013 at 2:09 pm

April 1, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 7) – Happenings

Register Now for Information Literacy Summit
Registration for the Oregon IL Summit on April 20 in Bend at the OSU-Cascades Campus is now available.

The cost of the Summit (continental breakfast and lunch included) is only $25. The Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon (ILAGO) has, for the past several years, provided the Information Literacy Summit as an inexpensive means for academic and school librarians, writing faculty, and others interested in Information Literacy instruction to gather and discuss issues of importance to them. We hope to see both old and new friends and colleagues in Bend on April 20 at our annual gathering of the Oregon Information Literacy community. For the day’s schedule and directions to the campus, please visit:

Thanks to the Oregon Library Association and the Library Instruction Round Table for their sponsorship and assistance. Please feel free to refer any questions to Bryan Miyagishima at .

Registration Now Open for Collection Care Workshops
Workshops that enable libraries, archives and museums along the Oregon coast to care for their collections better, including preparing for disasters, will take place April 15-16 in Coos Bay.

“These training sessions will enable the volunteers and staff of these organizations to give better care and protection for the important books, records and treasures they hold for the public,” said project director Kyle Jansson.

People may attend one or both days of training. Pre-registration is required for these free workshops.

The collections care workshop on April 15 will cover the topics of collection policy, preservation planning, collections assessments, environmental controls, collections problem solving, and solving conundrums through networking.

The emergency preparedness workshop on April 16 includes connecting with emergency responders, disaster planning, identifying threats and resources, collections prioritization, and involving the public in disaster preparedness,

The workshops will include lectures, hands-on activities, discussions, guest presentations, and small-group work. They are designed for archives, libraries and museums and will be relevant to people with little collections experience as well those with more significant experience.

For more information and registration, visit the Connecting to Collections website.
For more information, email or phone 503-986-0670.

The workshops are funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to a coalition of statewide organizations, including the Oregon State Library and the Oregon Library Association, led by the Oregon Heritage Commission. -Kyle Jansson, Coordinator, Oregon Heritage Commission

2013 Joint OLA/WLA Conference
conf logoRegistration is now open for the 2013 Joint OLA/WLA Conference which will be at the Hilton Vancouver, April 24-26.

You can register online with a credit card or by check.  Once you have completed your registration form and have chosen a payment option, you will receive an email.  If paying by check, please include a copy of the email with your check and mail it to the address noted on the page.

Reservations can also be made for the Hilton Vancouver either online through the conference website or by calling (360)993-4500.  The Hilton Vancouver is located at 301 West 6th Street, Vancouver, Washington.  Rates are $124 per night for a single or double occupancy and $144 per night for triple occupancy.  The group name is OLA/WLA 2013 Joint Conference and the group code is WLM. Additional lodging is available at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver, located at 100 Columbia Street, Vancouver, Washington. Reservations can be made by calling (360) 694-8341.

April 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm

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