Posts filed under ‘People’

January 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 2) People

New Member Profile – Julie Bramman

Julie Bramman

Julie Bramman

Hi! I’m Julie Bramman and I’m the librarian for NCTI/AMR, a network of paramedic colleges operating around the country. I provide reference service by email and train students to use the electronic resources provided through our subscription to LIRN. I completed my MLS from Emporia in December 2008. Additionally, I work full time as a school secretary at Cascade Locks Elementary.

Prior to this, I worked as librarian at Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow. Being a federal librarian was a fantastic experience, one I highly recommend! I worked with people of all ages and rank–I even helped the Base Colonel sign up for a Transparent Languages account on his iPad. Military families live a mobile lifestyle, so I emphasized electronic resources provided through the Marine Corps Library Program and Navy Knowledge Online and became a convert myself–I now prefer to read on a Kindle rather than hold a heavy book.

Last spring I volunteered for Battle of the Books–I was so impressed by the dedication of the high school teams! Because I had a long list of books to read in preparation, I used the experience to teach myself how to obtain resources through apps from Blio, OverDrive, OneClick, and 3M Cloud Library from Multnomah, Hood River, and Ft. Vancouver library systems. In August I began studying Spanish using the Pimsleur language program, LiveMocha, podcasts, and games. As a child I used the library to explore the world and I love that I can still find so much content that inspires and challenges me as an adult.

In my spare time I take discards and create new items from the contents–whether it’s a journal, or gift tags, greeting cards, or gift bows using the beautiful, funny, or quirky illustrations inside. I have taught two sessions on gift tag construction at Holgate and Rockwood libraries and volunteered at Rockwood for nearly two years prior to attending grad school.

I joined OLA because I wanted to support an organization whose information I value and trust. I am connected to and inspired by what’s happening in libraries around the state through information provided by the OLA Hotline and website.

January 14, 2014 at 11:28 pm

November 1, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 21) People

Christy Davis Chosen as Klamath County Library Director

Christy Davis

Christy Davis

Christy Davis was recently selected to be the Director of the Klamath County Library Service District.  The District serves 65,000 residents in a 6,000 square mile county by providing library services through 12 branches. Christy appreciates the service foundation built by Andy Swanson, who retired in February of this year. She is most grateful for inheriting an outstanding team of library staff who are dedicated to providing excellent library services. Christy has held six progressively responsible positions in her 17+ years of serving at the library, beginning in February of 1996 when she was hired to administer the LSCA (now LSTA) grant-funded story van project, a program that brought story times and early literacy training into home and institutional daycares in the Basin.

Christy grew up in the university town of Bloomington, Indiana. The youngest of four children, she spent many, many of the Saturdays of her formative years at her local public library in Bloomington. She attended Indiana University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with a minor in Art History, and recently completed her Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management, where she graduated with honors among 35 students in the school’s Oregon cohort program. is married to Kevin O’Neil, a licensed clinical acupuncturist and internet entrepreneur. Together, they share a love of animals and live music, healthy gourmet cooking, and of course, reading. She thinks the three best things about living in Klamath are the library, the people, and the sunshine.

October 31, 2013 at 9:25 pm

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

New Member Profile – Meet Linda Annable
When I was quite young my grandfather would take me to his extremely small town’s extremely small library.  He had a key and we could go at any time of day.  I truly believed that he owned the library.  When he shared A is for Annabelle with me, (our last name is Annable – pronounced a bit differently, but I didn’t know the difference), I was even more convinced that he owned the library.  Thus began my long-running relationship with libraries.

So…after a 27 year long teaching career working with preschoolers through college students, (primarily with primary students), I began my work at the Newport Public Library on Valentine’s Day 2011.  An auspicious beginning!  A love of learning and a love of reading; what could be better.

I serve our 0 through 18 year old patrons.  My position involves a lot of programming preparation and outreach to 13 different classrooms each month.  I am happy to have the kids refer to me as “Library Linda”.  We have a super staff here and there is a lot of collaboration; in designing displays, choosing themes for storytimes, putting together handouts and sharing ideas.  I especially enjoy my monthly teen programs and the creativity of the preschoolers when we present our weekly craft projects after storytime.  I work the circulation and reference desks regularly too and welcome serving the adult patrons as well.   Every day dishes out something challenging, new and different.

I like to incorporate music and sign language into my storytimes.  I was a voice major in college and my first job out of college was at the Delaware School for the Deaf.  Combining both of these skills allows me to communicate with children and their families in multiple ways.   I have recently made a commitment to include science in our storytimes on a monthly basis.  The children and their parents love it.  An opportunity to make a mess at the library instead of at home – Yippee!

I am currently reading The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, I highly recommend it.  I very much enjoy books by Ezra Jack Keats, Lois Lowry, Agatha Christie and Penelope Lively.   My hobbies include organic gardening, ultimate frisbee, travel (I’m looking forward to another trip to Corsica someday) and community theater.

I have an adventurous spouse, Jody, and a brilliant daughter, Morgan, who is off to college this fall.  She will be sorely missed.  I guess I will just have to read a few more books to fill the gap!

September 1, 2013 at 11:42 am

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

Answerland Honors Laura Baca

Answerland, Oregon’s Statewide Virtual Reference service, recognizes Laura Baca at Cedar Mill Community Library for her excellent virtual reference work while staffing the service in March 2013.

Laura’s transcript is online at

In this transcript, an out-of-state patron was looking for a local newspaper that might have an obituary for a family member who had died more than 10 years prior. The patron did not know where it was published, but knew the name of the deceased, the date of death, and the date the obituary ran. The patron also offered that the purpose of finding the obituary was to confirm birth siblings, as the patron was adopted. Laura asked if the patron had time to wait while she searched; within a few minutes, she had located the full obituary and pasted the text into the chat. This information was a genealogical discovery for the patron: three half-siblings and lots of nieces and nephews. The patron responded: “This is wonderful information, thank you so much… You have made my upcoming holiday.”

Lynne Erlandson, Head of Adult Services at Cedar Mill Community Library, brought this transcript to the Quality Team’s attention, partly because Laura received a follow-up card from the patron. On the outside, the card said: “You make my world a better place.” On the inside, the patron said that this information had led her to connecting with her biological mother and ended her message by saying: “I am very thankful for your kindness and willingness to assist me. This new journey will be exciting and very unique, not many people get this opportunity. Your random act of kindness has impacted my life in such a positive way, I cannot thank you enough!”

The Quality Team is impressed with Laura’s excellent use of reference interview questions in this chat, which helped her move from the initial inquiry (“Do the local libraries keep local newspapers on file so if I was looking for a family obituary that was 10 years old I can find it in my local library?”) to providing the full text of the specific obituary within a matter of minutes. When the patron offered some personal information, including the plans to use this new information, Laura responded warmly, but professionally, bringing the chat to a close with wishes for a good holiday and thanking the patron for the question.

As an expression of our appreciation, Laura was presented with flowers and a certificate. Please join us in congratulating her!

The Answerland Quality Team – Stephanie Debner, Mt. Hood Community College Library; Barbara O’Neill, Washington County Cooperative Library Services, (Retired); Emily Papagni, Multnomah County Library

September 1, 2013 at 11:34 am

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

What Do Retired State Librarians Do?

Jim Scheppke is eating his way through Salem’s taquerias.  If you always wondered where to eat in Salem, here is your chance to get inside tips from two diners.  Jim and his colleague, Arturo Guillen, are featured in the July 25 – August 7 edition of Salem Weekly.  A Guin Library staff member (part of Oregon State University) happened to pick up the free newspaper and recognized the guy in the sombrero.  It’s an entertaining review of the twelve best locally-owned Mexican restaurants with recommended dishes.  It’s nice to know that Jim is keeping busy.

In addition to providing restaurant advice to the greater Salem area, Jim has also occupied his time raising chickens, traveling, becoming involved in local political issues, and serving on OLA’s Oregon Reads 2014 Committee -Janet Webster, OSU

Retired library leader at work...

Retired library leader at work…


…and at play

August 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm

June 15, 2013 (Vol. 19, No. 12) – People

New Member Profile – Amy Taramasso

Amy Taramasso

Amy Taramasso

I currently work at Alliance High School at Meek, which is one of the alternative options within Portland Public Schools. I am both a CTE teacher in Arts & Communication as well as a Language Arts teacher.

I grew up in Napa and came to Portland from the Bay Area, where I got my first credential at San Francisco State University. I worked at Berkeley High School before coming to Portland with my husband. We have a daughter who will be four this August. We travel to France often to see my husband’s family, and I am slowly working on my French—very slowly. Right now I am reading That is All by John Hodgman. I am currently working on my Master’s in Education in Library Media at Portland State University.

If you want any other details, you can check out my LinkedIn profile.

Answerland Honors Sue Ludington
Answerland, Oregon’s Statewide Virtual Reference Service, recognizes Sue Ludington at Washington County Law Library for her excellent virtual reference work while staffing Answerland in March 2013. Sue’s transcript is online at

In this transcript Sue answers an email question from a student who is researching a wrongful death suit for a term paper assignment.

Sue provides information from PACER, the federal government’s public access service to court documents.  She found the case number, date, and the outcome (the case was ultimately dismissed) and sent the full judgment to the student.  The student sent a reply asking if there was a way to access all the court documents of the case.  The student also asked if there were any subsequent lawsuits.

Sue replied with information on how to access the documents for free and an explanation of how to download documents.  She also gave an explanation of how to search PACER for any lawsuits that might still be pending.  In addition, OJIN (Oregon Judicial Information Network) might have additional information and Sue provided information on how to search that resource.

Sue encouraged the student to reply if additional help was needed and even gave her phone number in case the student wanted to speak with her.

The student did reply with one last email saying: “You have been a huge help. Thank God for people like you willing to go that extra mile for students like me!  Thanks so much once again. I really appreciate you.”

The Quality Team appreciates Sue too!  We’re impressed with Sue’s friendly tone, her knowledge of legal resources and her teaching skills.

We’re grateful to all the law librarians who answer questions for Answerland, providing information that most Oregon libraries cannot easily access.

As an expression of our appreciation, Sue was presented with flowers and a certificate. Please join us in congratulating her!  -The L-net Quality Team, Stephanie Debner, Mt. Hood Community College Library; Barbara O’Neill, Washington County Cooperative Library Services; Emily Papagni, Multnomah County Library

June 15, 2013 at 11:02 am

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

Amy Mihelich

New Member Profile – Introducing Amy Mihelich
I am a lifetime Oregonian, with family history in Washington County going back four generations.  I live in Hillsboro now and I grew up in Cedar Mill.  My library career started in 4th grade, when my friends Angela, Joan and I would spend our lunch periods helping out in our elementary school library; shelving books and filing catalog cards.  In high school I volunteered after school at the Cedar Mill Library, where I would return 10 years later as an on-call youth services and reference librarian after getting a BA in Anthropology from Whitman College and my MLIS from UW in Seattle.

At UW my focus was on cataloging, but my graduate
assistantship was doing reference in the Government Publications department of the UW libraries.  This background helped me get on-call reference positions in several libraries in the Washington County library system (WCCLS) and at Woodburn Public Library (part of CCRLS).  After two years of working on adult, children’s, and teen desks in 6 different public libraries, a full-time position opened up in the technical services department at Cedar Mill Library.  I started in acquisitions and then transitioned to being the cataloger for all youth materials, which I very much enjoyed because I never did leave my love for picture books and Encyclopedia Brown behind me.  I served on the Safety Committee and was one of the founding members of the Dress-Up Day Committee, starting an annual tradition of library staff wearing black tie to work on New Year’s Eve. Over five years in that cataloging position I picked up the cataloging of other collections (video games, graphic novels, blu-rays) and began to grow more and more curious about the bigger picture of library data and the changes going on right now in the cataloging world at large.

So I am very excited to be starting my new job as Cataloging Librarian in WCCLS Automation, where I will provide cataloging services to all the member libraries in Washington County and where I get to work “behind the scenes”.

Currently, I am reading Instead of a Letter: a Memoir, by Diana Athill. I am not normally a fan of memoirs, but I find her an incredibly charming and fascinating woman to spend time with.  Getting the most plays in my music library recently are Lindi Ortega, Jonathan Coulton and Townes Van Zandt.  Outside of work I enjoy shopping, reading, trips to the beach, walking in the park, seeing live theater, spending a shameful amount of time analyzing and critiquing television shows with friends, and coveting designer handbags on Pinterest.

Newport Librarians Rule!
Something is in the air (or water) in Newport.  Ted Smith, director of the Newport Public Library has been appointed the Interim City Manager and Janet Webster, head of the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Guin Library, continues (for a couple more months) as the Interim Director of OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.  It’s great to see librarians recognized by their communities as leaders.

June 3, 2013 at 1:49 pm

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