OLA Announces 2013 MLIS Scholarship Award Recipients
In June, OLA awarded scholarships to these talented MLIS students. This year’s scholarship recipients are all attending or are about to attend Emporia State University’s SLIM programs. Congratulations to those receiving scholarships:
Cheryl Bemiss, Eugene
Michael Henderson, Milwaukee
Christina King, Portland
Deanna Kohn, Aloha
David Lev, Portland
Mahalia Songchild, Springfield
Lora Worden, Portland
OLA’s MLS Scholarship Selection Committee members carefully reviewed all the eligible scholarship applications OLA received from the Oregon Student Access Commission. The committee held its annual Scholarship Selection meeting in Salem on June 5, and the committee’s recommendations were approved by the OLA Executive Board when it met the Creswell Public Library on June 7.
Thanks to OLA’s Scholarship Selection Committee members: Debbie Brodie (Beaverton), Gretchen Leslie (Forest Grove), Anne Pearson (Portland), Terry Rohe (Portland), Carol Ruggeri (Newport), and Gary Sharp (North Bend).
In early October, the scholarship committee will publicize the opening of the scholarship application process for the 2014-15 academic year. To apply, see OLA’s eligibility rules and application at www.OregonStudentAid.gov (Oregon Student Access Commission). OLA’s scholarship program is #471 in OSAC’s scholarship catalog.
The Oregon library Association’s MLIS Scholarship Program is supported in whole or part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library, and through the generosity of OLA members who contribute to the scholarship fund. OLA members are encouraged to make donations to support OLA’s scholarship program by using the MLIS Scholarship Contribution Form at www.olaweb.org in the Membership section. -Gary Sharp, Chair, OLA MLIS Scholarship Committee
Reference Round Table Officers Introduced
Two new officers will be taking on leadership of the Reference Round Table for the term beginning September 2013.
RRT’s new Chair is Morgan Sohl, Reference Librarian at Driftwood Public Library, and the new Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect is Jerianne Thompson of Tualatin Public Library.
Chair Morgan Sohl grew up in Portland, but left the Northwest to attend college, first at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and later at Indiana University, where she earned her MLS. After working four years at the Rapid City Public Library in South Dakota she returned to Oregon in 2012, and now works as a Reference Librarian at the Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City.
Vice-Chair/Chair Elect Jerianne Thompson, is the Public Services Supervisor at Tualatin Public Library, where she oversees services for adults and youth. A Tennessee native, she is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. -Erin Finot
Nominations Sought for Outreach Round Table
The Outreach Round Table is now accepting nominations for the Vice-Chairperson/Chairperson-Elect for September 2013-August 2014. The Vice-Chairperson/Chairperson-Elect shall be responsible for taking and preparing minutes; assisting the Chairperson in planning workshops, meetings, and projects; and assuming the responsibilities of the Chairperson if he/she is unable to continue in that position. In 2013-2014 the Vice-Chairperson will work closely with the Chairperson to plan 1-2 workshops during the year for ORT members and participate in planning any program sessions offered during the 2014 OLA Conference.
About the Outreach Round Table: The ORT provides a framework for information sharing, continuing education and moral support for library workers currently providing outreach services; and to offer opportunities for networking and encouragement to libraries wishing to expand or develop library outreach services. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to library service to people of all ages who can no longer use a library facility due to either a physical or mental impairment, people who live in rural or remote area without a library, non-English speakers, the incarcerated, the homeless, and low-literacy adults. More information can be found on the ORT webpage: http://www.olaweb.org/outreach-roundtable-home.
If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else, please send me an email with a statement of interest and a brief bio. We will accept nominations through July 10th then call for a vote shortly after. If you have further questions before deciding, please send me an email email@example.com. -Annie Lewis, Tualatin Public Library
Oregon Intellectual Freedom News Database Launched
The OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee is proud to announce that a database of newspaper articles about intellectual freedom issues in Oregon is now available. The database includes 462 newspaper articles from 1946 – 2010, with additional articles being added regularly. Most articles are about challenges to library materials and other censorship-related issues.
The database can be searched by keyword, article title, newspaper name, date, city/location, name of challenged book or material, organizations, schools, or individuals involved. Articles can also be browsed by date. While not all inclusive, this repository covers a wide range of challenges which have occurred in Oregon over the past 50+ years.
Search results provide an abstract of the article, keywords, newspaper, date, location, participants, and outcome. Full text of the articles will be added and made available for download as permission is obtained from individual newspaper publishers. Currently the full text of an article can be requested by contacting the coordinator of the Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse, currently Katie Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This database can also be accessed from links on the Intellectual Freedom Toolkit on the OLA website and Northwest Central. The Oregon Intellectual Freedom News Database is made available through a partnership of the Oregon State Library, the OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee, and Pacific University, which is hosting the site. Special thanks to these individuals for their contributions:
Katie Anderson, Oregon State Library
Isaac Gilman, Pacific University
Judy Anderson, Concordia University
Krista Reynolds, Concordia University
Crystal Grimes, Project Intern
Pamela Hubbard, Project Intern
Kristine Roshau, Project Intern
Thanks to all these partners for making this resource available. -Katie Anderson, Oregon State LIbrary