January 15, 2016 (Vol. 22, No. 4) Association News

OLA Seeking Candidates for Three Offices
Are you interested in making a difference for Oregon libraries?  This is the perfect opportunity to step up and run for office!

Contact OLA Past President and Nominating Chair Candice Watkins at 503.298.8593 or candice.watkins@gmail.com to volunteer yourself or others for the following opportunities:

Vice-President/President-Elect/Past President (three year term):

  • Provide leadership to your statewide library association
  • Member of OLA
  • Voting member of OLA Board
  • Attend six meetings a year, plus summer planning retreat

Secretary (one year term):   

  • Document and disseminate minutes for OLA board and annual meetings
  • Member of OLA
  • Voting member of OLA Board
  • Attend six meetings a year, plus summer planning retreat.

ALA Councilor (three year term)

  • Regularly updates the OLA board and membership on issues under consideration by the ALA Council
  • Member of OLA and ALA
  • Voting member of OLA Board
  • Attend six meetings a year, plus summer planning retreat

December 15, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 3) Conference

Sari Feldman, ALA President 2015-2016

We are very excited to announce the keynote speaker for OLA 2016: Sari Feldman, President of ALA!

Her keynote will be titled “Libraries Transform – Amplifying the Story.” Read more…

Poster Proposals – Reviewing now through January 15th

Before the craziness of the holidays and the new year, get your OLA 2016 poster proposal submitted now so you have one less thing to worry about later. It’s a present to your future self! Read about the conference theme and details on poster sessions.

December 1, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 2) Association News

Call for OLA 2015 Poster Proposals – due January 15th

The OLA 2016 Conference is only 4 months away! Never fear, you still have a chance to get involved!

The Call for Posters is now open for this year’s theme: Tell Your Story. We will have 2 separate poster sessions – one on Thursday and one on Friday. Accepted posters will be assigned a specific day, during which there will be a one-hour poster session for attendees to browse the posters and speak with the poster presenters about their topics.

  • The submission form is now live.
  • The deadline is 5:00 pm on January 15.  Notifications will be sent out by February 19.
  • For any questions, contact the Conference Poster Chair, Valery King at valery.king@oregonstate.edu
  • Pre-conferences and conference sessions are all in the process of getting scheduled now.

We look forward to reading your poster proposals!


August 15, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 18) Association News

OLA Retreat

What’s your library love story? What one word would you use to describe a leader? How do we make sure institutional memory gets passed down when leadership changes every year? How do we engage more members? What should we do about memberclicks? How long should conference sessions be?

OLA Chairs at Retreat

On August 3rd and 4th the heads of all the Divisions, Committees and Roundtables, met and discussed these and other questions about how OLA can best support our members and other library people throughout the state. We come together to share our triumphs for the past year, look at what needs to be done and begin planning for the next year. It’s a chance for the new board members to begin getting to know eachother as well as what it’s like to be on the board.
Both incoming and outgoing unit heads  attended the annual retreat at the Silver Falls Conference Center. The weather was perfect, the food was pretty good and the company was fantastic.  — Jane Corry

November 1, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 21) OLA News

OASL Recognizes the Greatness in our Ranks

OASL Award Recipients
OASL Award Recipients

At the recent Oregon Association of School Libraries Fall Conference, several members were recognized for their contributions to school libraries throughout Oregon.  The OASL Award Winners were: Catherine Sergeant (District Librarian Award, Jefferson County School District),  Heidi Pramuk (Elementary Library Media Teacher Award, Lincoln Elementary, Woodburn School District), Elizabeth Beazizo (Secondary Library Media Teacher Award, West Salem High School, Salem-Keizer School District), Bev Whiting (Library Paraprofessional Award, Rex Putnam High School, North Clackamas School District). Congratulations to this fantastic group that gives so much to the children of Oregon.

In addition, Debi Briggs-Crispin (Rosemont Ridge Middle School, West Linn School District) received the Distinguished Library Service Award for School Administrators.

Allen Kopf was awarded our OASL Lifetime Membership Award for his outstanding service to OASL and the children of Oregon.  -Ruth Murray, Portland State University

Update from the Children’s Services Division

Joann Contini illustrates the complexities of the brain.
Joann Contini illustrates the complexities of the brain.

It’s been a busy autumn! On October 19th Tigard Public Library hosted the CSD Fall Workshop, attended by over 70 people, including a few from Washington. The morning was a lively session on brain development research presented by Joann Contini, followed by STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) for preschoolers. This session was a group presentation giving many different approaches to working with young children. Attendees left energized to try out new ideas in their communities!

Taylor Worley participated in Mock Caldecott workshop activities at OASL
Taylor Worley participated in Mock Caldecott workshop activities at OASL

Don’t miss out on some fantastic opportunities coming up for those working with youth: Storytime Meet-up, Mock Geisel and more! -Korie Jones Buerkle, Newberg Public Library




Mock Geisel Workshop Launched
The Oregon Library Association’s Children’s Services Division is sponsoring a brand new workshop in order to help members develop a solid understanding about what makes beginning reader books excellent.  Without further ado, please allow me to introduce:

2014 Children’s Services Division Mock Geisel Workshop
Saturday December 14th, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Multnomah County Library, Midland Branch

The 2014 CSD Mock Geisel Workshop follows up on the long-standing CSD tradition of offering high quality Mock workshops.  This time around, we will be presenting a look at one of the newer ALA Youth Awards.  The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is a book award of the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association. It is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

Join your friends and colleagues from around Oregon for a day of fun and learning!

The morning will include:

  • An overview of the experience of serving on the ALA Geisel Committee (provided by Janet Weber, 2014 Geisel Committee Member)
  • A look at how to judge beginning readers using the Geisel Award criteria (provided by Jackie Partch, 2012 Geisel Committee Member)
  • A special presentation on the question of “What Makes a Beginning Reader Excellent from a Reading Instruction Perspective” (provided by Reading Specialist Barbara Steinberg, M.Ed)

The afternoon will be spent in lively discussion of a selection of beginning readers published in 2013, followed by a vote to crown the 2014 CSD Mock Geisel!  The real 2014 Geisel Award will be announced during the ALA Midwinter Meeting on January 27, 2014.

If you have ever wanted to take a little more time to explore beginning readers and how to turn new readers onto books, this is the workshop for you!  The registration Deadline is Sunday, December 8th, 2013. -Rick Samuelson, Youth Services Librarian
Washington County Cooperative Library Services

Library Directors Meet
The Oregon Public Library Directors’ Meeting, organized by the OLA Public Library Division, will be held on Friday, November 22 at the newly-renovated Hillsboro Public Library. Morning refreshments will be available starting at 9:30am. The meeting will begin at 10am.

State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen and OLA President Penny Hummel will start the day off. Topics include the new Oregon Public Library Standards and an update on the Oregon Collaborative Reference Project. Ample time is scheduled for updates from all libraries represented. Boxed lunches will be available to pre-order or you are welcome to BYO. The meeting will conclude at 2pm with Hillsboro Public Library Director, Mike Smith offering tours of the building. You still have time to RSVP to Pam North pamn@wccls.org – by November 8, please! -Pam North, Washington County Cooperative Library Services

Lampman Committee 2014
The Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award was established in 1982 to honor a living Oregon author, librarian, or educator who has made a significant contribution to Oregon in the fields of children’s literature and library services. It is awarded annually by the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association.

Nominations for the Lampman Award will open November 1st. The Lampman Committee for the 2014 award is:

  • Chair – Becky Pearson,McMinnville Public Library
  • Carrie Bushman, La Grande Public Library
  • Jane Corry, Multnomah county Library
  • Drucilla Curtis, Klamath Public Library
  • Susie Goolsby, The Dalles Wasco Library
  • Julie Handyside, Seaside Public Library
  • Josie Hanneman, Deschutes Public Library
  • Pam Johnson, Umatilla Public Library
  • Sharon McCrum, Waldport Public Library
  • Krist Obrist, Monmouth Public Library
  • Kim Olson-Charles, Emporia
  • Eila Overcash, Summit High School, Bend
  • Mary Parra, Nellie Muir Elementary School, Woodburn
  • Carol Reich, Hillsboro Public Library
  • Kathy Street, Arlington Elementary School

October 15, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 20) OLA News

Michele Burke Honored

Dean Gwen Alexander, Michele Burke, and Associate Dean Andrew Smith, Emporia School of Library and Information Science
Dean Gwen Alexander, Michele Burke, and Associate Dean Andrew Smith, Emporia School of Library and Information Science

Michele Burke, OLA Past President and Reference Librarian at Chemeketa Community College, was among four individuals recently recognized as Emporia State University Outstanding Recent Graduates.

According to The Emporia Gazette, the Outstanding Graduate Award recognizes career achievements, community service, and dedication to Emporia State.  In addition to her service within OLA, Michele was instrumental in the founding of the Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon, and was named a Library Journal “Mover and Shaker” in 2013. Congratulations, Michele!

Conference Planning – It’s Never Too Early!
The OLA 2014 Annual Conference will be held at the Salem Convention Center in Salem on April 16-18, 2014.  If you are planning on attending the OLA Conference, you should consider staying at the Grand Hotel.  The top reasons for staying at the conference hotel are:

  • More time – It’s the center of conference activity! You’ll be able to network easily with other conference attendees. It’s a quick trip to get to the program and functions, and just as quick to nip back to your room for a break. You’ll have a better conference experience.
  • Relaxation – To unwind, you can choose fine dining, a relaxing glass of premium wine in the lounge, a refreshing swim in the indoor pool and spa, or an exhilarating workout in the fitness center.
  • Conference Banquets – Staying at the conference hotel will make it easier to attend either or both of the Banquets on Wednesday and Thursday evening.
  • Supporting the OLA Conference –  The Conference receives complimentary rooms based on the number of rooms that are reserved.  These rooms are used for speakers and this helps keep the price of conference registration down.
  • Enjoy Salem – Take time to enjoy all that Salem has to offer. To find out more, visit the Travel Salem website.

The direct website for booking the hotel is http://booking.ihotelier.com/istay/istay.jsp?groupID=1112448&hotelID=13141  If making a reservation by phone or through the hotel’s website, use the group code of OLA2014.  A deluxe king is $119 plus tax and a deluxe double queen is $129 plus tax.

OYAN Mock Printz Workshop
Hey YA Fans,  It’s time to register for 2014 OYAN Mock Printz Workshop. The workshop is an opportunity for YA literature lovers to congregate and discuss some of the year’s best books. Virtual participation will also be available via GotoMeeting (details at a later time). As always, we encourage you to bring teens. Here are the details:

Mock Printz Workshop
January 18, 2014,1-5:00 p.m.
Free (snacks provided)
Location:US Bank Room,Central Library,801 SW 10th Ave.,Portland, OR 97205.

To register: Email Susan Smallsreed with name, library and email address for all participants you want to register.

Here are the books under consideration:

  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowel
  • In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
  • Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler
  • September Girls by Bennett Madison
  • Winger by Andrew Smith
  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  • Boxer/Saint by Gene Luen Yang
  • Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
  • If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Questions? Just ask. Now, get reading! -Susan Smallsreed, Multnomah County Library

Horner Exchange 2013
As part of the Horner Exchange Project, three Oregon librarians are currently traveling to Fujian Province, China, for a three week visit to libraries and cultural centers. They will be learning about the state of librarianship in public and university libraries as well as giving presentations in their areas of expertise.

If you would like to follow their adventures, Patricia French (Multnomah County Library), Angela Lee (Washington County Cooperative Library Services), and Lori Wamsley (Portland Community College, Cascade Campus) will be blogging about their experiences.

The Horner Library Staff Exchange Project is an exchange of library staff between Fujian Province, China, and Oregon, for the purpose of sharing professional knowledge about library and information science. It was established through a generous gift from the late Dr. Layton Horner to the Oregon State Library, and continues through a partnership between the Oregon State Library and OLA’s International Relations Round Table. Our international partners are the Fujian Provincial Library and the Fujian Library Association. Fujian is Oregon’s sister province in China and the Fujian Provincial Library maintains a sister library relationship with the Oregon State Library. -Nancy Hoover, Marylhurst University

September 15, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 18) OLA News

OLA 2014 Conference Proposal Deadline Nears

Transformations are happening both inside today’s libraries and out in surrounding communities. Keeping faithful users happy while attracting non-users is a challenge we need to meet in order to keep our libraries robust and vital.

The Oregon Library Association Conference Committee is looking for program and pre-conference proposals for the 2014 Conference – The Inside Out Library –  to be held at the Salem Convention Center in Salem, April 16-18.  The conference committee is especially seeking programs that relate to innovation, transformation and outreach.

At this point the program does not have to be fully organized; you can give us a general idea of the program and speakers (if known), and fill in the other details asked on the proposal form.  Each program or pre-conference must be sponsored by an OLA unit, but if you have great program idea and don’t have a sponsor, the Program Committee will attempt some matchmaking. Proposals are due by September 23.   Here’s the Pre-conference Proposal Form and the Program Proposal Form.

Contact Judith Norton, Conference Program Committee chair, if you have questions. Many thanks from the program committee! – Suzanne Sager, Portland State University

LDLC Rethinks Priorities

The Library Development and Legislation Committee is revising OLA’s Legislative Agenda.  This is our guide to what we tackle and how we tackle it in the legislative arena.  The OLA Board approved the agenda and then, as issues arise, the Committee can respond quickly without additional approval from the Board.

In the latest version, we have kept our long standing guiding principles, added the Vision 2020 goals and narrowed the focus of current issues to those we anticipate in 2013/14.  We would appreciate your input and thoughts.  This draft is on the Committee’s web page. It will be presented to the OLA Board on October 4 for approval.  Please contact  the committee co-chairs with questions, comments and suggestions – Janet Webster or Abigail Elder. Janet Webster, Oregon State University


Greetings–I wanted to invite everyone to come to the OYAN training on science in the library from 10 AM – 12 noon at the Beaverton Library on October 25th.  Jo Oshiro, Program Coordinator of the Oregon Pre-engineering and Applied Sciences and Ryan Collay, director of OSU’s SMILE program will be talking about how to bring STEM and STEAM concepts into your library programs for teens and tweens.  They will talk about ways to emphasize and develop these concepts in the programs you are already doing as well as show us some hands-on activities that you can do in the library with teens.  With next summer’s reading theme being science related, there is no better time to start thinking about ways to bring science and engineering concepts to your teens.  If you can, please stay for our quarterly OYAN meeting which will go from 1-4 PM later that same day.

Also, I know our presenters would like some help identifying good YA fiction and nonfiction science related texts.  If you have recommendations for them, please email me the titles and I’ll compile a list for them (and us).  Thanks, Mark Richardson, Incoming OYAN Chair, Cedar Mill Library

Graphic Rave List Revealed

I am very excited to announce the titles that made it onto our 2013 Graphic Rave list – OYAN’s annual list of the best graphic novels, comics and manga for teens.  These 16 titles had to be nominated as well as go through 2 rounds of voting to be included on this very prestigious list.  Without further ado – here they are – your 2013 Graphic Rave books!

  • Batman, Vol. 1:  The Court of Owls – Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo
  • Batgirl, Vol. 1:  The Darkest Reflection – Gail Simone & Ardian Syaf
  • Captain Marvel, Vol. 1:  In Pursuit of Flight – Kelly Sue DeConnick, Dexter Soy & Emma Rios
  • Hawkeye, Vol. 1:  My Life as a Weapon – Matt Fraction & David Aja
  • Wonder Woman, Vol. 1:  Blood – Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang
  • Glitter Kiss – Adrianne Ambrose & Monica Gallagher
  • The Adventures of Superhero Girl – Faith Erin Hicks
  • Curses!  Foiled Again – Jane Yolen & Mike Cavallaro
  • Drama – Raina Telgemeier
  • Tokyo Babylon Book 1 – CLAMP
  • A Wrinkle in Time:  the Graphic Novel – Hope Larson
  • Comic Book History of Comics – Fred Van Lente & Ryan Dunlavey
  • Saturn Apartments – Hisae Iwaoka
  • All New X-Men, Volume 1:  Yesterday’s X-Men – Brian Michael Bendis & Stuart Immonen
  • The Infernal Devices:  Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare & HyeKyung Baek
  • Baby’s in Black:  Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and the Beatles – Arne Bellstorf

Thanks! Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library

September 1, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 17) – OLA News

Oyez, oyez! The Legal Reference Round Table Wants YOU!
The Legal Reference Round Table (LRRT) is on a mission to drum up membership and increase its involvement in the OLA organization – c’mon, you know you want to join! One easy reason? It’s free!

A little history: Five years ago, the LRRT was established with a diverse membership made up of public, academic, and law library workers. The main goal of the round table then – and now – was to offer a forum for members to share ideas and pose questions regarding legal reference service. Generally, we wanted to create a support system for those who find themselves, frequently or not, having to respond to patrons’ unique legal requests.

So, sure, maybe you don’t work in a public law library (yes, we’re still alive and well!) and get asked legal questions all day long like me. But I know many of you, regardless of library setting, have occasionally encountered patrons who need some legal guidance. For example, how do you answer questions dealing with:

  • tenant rights in getting a deposit back?
  • drafting a will?
  • disputing a creditor’s charge?
  • finding the “right” form for filing a divorce?

If you were on the LRRT, you could commiserate, ask questions, and brainstorm ideas with other members on the issue. We in the law library world could share what’s worked for us. Someone with government expertise might know the exact state agency that can address a specific topic. Another member might also be a volunteer for a legal non-profit group that offers useful tips applicable to libraries.

As an LRRT member, there aren’t really any crazy obligations to participate other than just talking with other members! At least to start 😉 But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

For now, please consider simply joining the LRRT – did I mention it’s FREE? – and see what we’re all about. Get in on the action as we look for new ways to enhance our contribution to OLA and to provide reliable legal reference support to all Oregon library workers. If you’re already an OLA member, it’s easy to add the LRRT to your membership here.

As public law libraries continue to face budget cuts, it’s inevitable that public and academic libraries will see the impact of these reductions in their own patron base. The Legal Reference Round Table could play a strong role in helping all libraries cope with these changes. As Chair, I will be requesting input and proposing strategies for increased communication and collaboration with other units. Please consider joining LRRT and become a part of its success! -Sue Ludington, Washington County Law Library

OBOB Gets New Look
obobOregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) has an updated logo!  This new design will replace the former one of the knight, and will be used in all publicity, including the OBOB wiki.  Hav Havran, a professional graphic artist, was asked by De Ann Orand, an OBOB Executive Board member, to modernize the OBOB logo and he’s drawn a crisp, new design of two teams of children pulling open the pages of a book.

And speaking of OBOB, here are 12 ways, developed by Nancy Spaulding of the Cedar Mill Library, that public libraries can support their local OBOB teams:

12. Get OBOB: include multiple copies of OBOB titles in your library collections – don’t forget audiobooks.

11. Make OBOB easy to find: mark your OBOB books with a special sticker (nab the nifty NEW logo on the OBOB website).

10. Make OBOB even easier to find: shelve OBOB books together for easy access.

9. List OBOB: reproduce and distribute the OBOB title list (download the brochure from the OBOB website).

8. List OBOB-digital: include the titles on your library’s webpage or blog about them.

7. Link OBOB: link the OBOB titles from your webpage or blog to your library catalog.

6. Spread the word: let local schools and teachers know the OBOB books are available at your library. Find locally participating schools and OBOB contacts in the Registrations Received and Paid document on this wiki.

5. Give the books: include OBOB titles in prize book giveaways (like summer reading).

4. Have a challenge: challenge kids to write their own OBOB questions. Stick ‘em on a bulletin board, have a question round-robin OBOB event, post them on your website.

3. Host OBOB event #1: host OBOB book discussion groups at the library.

2. Host OBOB event #2: hold just-for-practice battles at the library over winter break

1. Volunteer: send library staff to the school and/or regional tournaments.

For more information about the OBOB, please refer to the OBOB website.

OLA Oregon Authors Committee Seeks Volunteers
The Oregon Authors Committee is seeking volunteers to add authors and titles to our website.  Three or four times a year committee members will receive news clippings about recent publications by Oregon authors.  After verifying information with authoritative bibliographic sites, we add basic descriptive and subject information to each title.  Committee members are free to add known authors from their communities, or enhance partial bibliographies of favorite authors.  Our committee also sponsors the Two-Minute Oregon Booktalk at the annual OLA Conference, and represents OLA at Wordstock.

Committee membership is for a term of three years, with renewable terms.  If you are interested, please contact the Oregon Authors Chair, Sheryl Eldridge, at sheryl@newportlibrary.org.

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

OASL Announces Annual Conference
The Oregon Association of School Libraries is “Branching Out’ and sending an open invitation to all educators to join them for the annual Fall Conference, October 11-12.  We’re thrilled that the conference is moving to Portland for 2013, hosted by Jesuit High School in southwest Portland.  This year’s conference features A.S. King, Kadir Nelson, Carmen Bernier-Grand, Suzie Boss, Peter Pappas, and more! Highlights include:

  • Author A. S. King Friday, October 11th at 6:30 pm, Sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. Jesuit High School, 9000 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, Author Dessert tickets $20.00.

Growing up in Pennsylvania, Amy Sarig King (who writes under the name A. S. King) was an avid reader and thought about being a writer. What motivated her to sit down and start typing on her Swedish typewriter was reading one book a day for six months, with Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses physically moving her into the writer’s chair. Along her circuitous career path, she has been a rare poultry breeder, photographer, master printer, contractor, summer camp counselor, adult literacy teacher, and pizza delivery driver. After writing seven novels over a fifteen year time span, King’s first book, The Dust of 100 Dogs, was published in 2009. Her subsequent writing has won numerous awards. Please Ignore Vera Dietz was a 2011 Printz Award Honor Book, as well as an Edgar Award nominee, while Everybody Sees the Ants was one of YALSA’s 2012 Top Ten Books for Young Adults and an Andre Norton Award finalist. Her last YA novel, Ask the Passengers, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for young adult literature, a Lambda Literary Award, and a spot on School Library Journal’s Best Books 2012 list. Three new books will be published in 2013 with King’s work in them (two anthologies and a novel, Reality Boy), which we certainly won’t want to miss.

  • Author/ illustrator Kadir Nelson lecture, Saturday, October 12th at 7 pm, Sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. Jesuit High School, 9000 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, Lecture tickets, available to the public,  $20.00.

Portland is excited to enjoy the work and words of Kadir Nelson, most recently author-illustrator of the children’s biography Nelson Mandela, as well as Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, and the award-winning We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. In addition, his gorgeous oil paintings have illuminated other authors’ work, including Martin Luther King, Jr.’s illustrated I Have A Dream, Matt de la Pena’s A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis, and Carol Boston Weatherford’s Moses and Ellen Levine’s Henry’s Freedom Box, for which he won a Caldecott Honor Medal. Nelson has garnered both the Coretta Scott King Illustrator and Author awards, a Sibert medal, the NAACP Image Award, the CASEY award for best baseball book, as well as having his fine art collected by major public and private institutions worldwide.

PLD Board Officer Election Reminder
Thank you to all that have already voted for your 2013 PLD Board Officers, for those that have not, please take a minute to do so.  Election closes at midnight on Friday, August 16.

Your current Public Library Division Board would like to invite you to vote on the open positions we have this coming year (2013-14). Follow this link and check out the great roster of candidates.

We have been happy to serve you this year and many of us are looking forward to doing so in the coming year as well.  If you have any problems or questions, please contact me, Su Liudahl, at pldsu.ola@gmail. – Su Liudahl, PLD Chair  (2012-2013)

2014 Oregon Library Association Conference – SAVE THE DATE
The 2014 Oregon Library Association conference will be held April 16-18 at the Salem Conference Center. -Suzanne Sager

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

OLA Annual Retreat

OLA Annual Board Retreat Attendees
OLA Annual Board Retreat Attendees

Elected board members, division leaders, and round table, committee, and interest group chairs met this week at the annual OLA board retreat. The retreat, which has met at the Silver Falls State Park Conference Center for many years, serves to introduce leaders to each other, to provide information to new leaders on how OLA works, to reflect on what has been accomplished over the past year, and to establish goals for the upcoming year. Topics that commanded interest this year included how OLA can attract more members and persuade them to become active members; how OLA units can best communicate, both to their own membership and to other OLA members; and identifying instances where units’ functions overlap, creating opportunities for efficiencies and collaboration.  Expect to hear about these, as well as many other timely issues, as the year progresses.

OLA leaders at work...
OLA leaders at work…
...and at play
…and at play

ACRL Scholarships
ACRL-Oregon is offering two scholarships to this year’s Fall Conference.  Applying is easy — go to the form below and answer the questions.  You will need to write a short (500 words or less) essay expressing your interest in attending the conference and in academic librarianship.

Any ACRL-Oregon member is eligible to apply for the scholarships, though preference will be given to individuals who have not attended a Fall Conference.  In addition, all librarians who live in Oregon and work in Oregon libraries are eligible to apply.

ACRL-Oregon and ACRL-Washington take turns hosting the fall conference, which is very well-attended by regional academic librarians. This scholarship will cover your registration and housing costs in full.  The 2013 conference will be held at the Pack Forest Retreat in Eatonville, Washington on October 24-25.

The application deadline is Sunday, September 15, 2013.  Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity! The deadline to apply is  Sunday, September 15, 2013.  (11:55pm).  Submit your application here. -Robin Champieux, Oregon Health & Science University

ACRL Award Nominations Sought
Nominations are now open for the 2013 ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence.  This annual award highlights the impact that Oregon academic librarians have by recognizing outstanding people and projects.

Please take a few minutes to nominate your outstanding colleagues! Nomination Deadline: Saturday August 31, 2013. There will be a short ceremony to honor the winner(s) at the ACRL-Oregon/Washington Fall Conference!

Scope & Eligibility:

The ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence recognizes an individual or group who achieve excellence in the field by significantly improving Oregon academic libraries or librarianship.  The award should recognize an initiative or project completed in the last three years. You may nominate any individual or group that includes at least one employee of an Oregon academic library.  Nominees do not have to be ACRL-Oregon members.

Winners will receive an engraved plaque be recognized in a ceremony at the ACRL-Oregon/Washington Fall Conference, and receive one complementary registration to the ACRL-OR/WA Fall Conference.

Past Winners:

  • 2012: Terry Reese and the Libraries of Oregon Project
  • 2012: Isaac Gilman, Marisa Ramirez and the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication
  • 2011: Oregon Digital Newspapers Project | UO Libraries
  • 2010: John Helmer | Orbis-Cascade Alliance
  • 2009: Janet Webster and Michael Boock | OSU Libraries

The nomination deadline is Saturday August 31.  There will be a short ceremony to honor the winner(s) at the ACRL-Oregon/Washington Fall Conference! -Robin Champieux, Oregon Health & Science University

Oregon Reads 2014 Website Launches

Your OLA Oregon Reads 2014 Steering Committee is pleased to announce the launch of the Oregon Reads 2014 website.

We have been working for months to provide participating libraries with a comprehensive information resource to help them plan a successful community reading program in 2014. The website features information on the six Oregon Reads 2014 book selections. The website also features a speakers bureau with listings for seven outstanding speakers who have agreed to make presentations in libraries next year. Included are Kim Stafford, William Stafford’s son and author/editor of several Oregon Reads selections, and two Oregon Poets Laureate.

The website also has a selected bibliography of Stafford books and a Resources page with lots of useful information for participating libraries. We will be adding Resources to the website in the future and making other improvements in the months ahead.

If your library has not signed up to participate in Oregon Reads 2014, it’s not too late to do so. Contact Sara Charlton  for a participation form. -Jim Scheppke, Oregon Reads 2014 Committee