July 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 14) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Two New Member Round Table Leadership Positions Available

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New Member Round Table (NMRT) is seeking candidates for two positions to take office on September 1.

Chair (2 year commitment)

This person will take office on September 1, 2018 and remain in that position until August 31, 2019. After serving as chair for one year, this person would serve in a support role as past chair.

The candidate for this position will work with the outgoing chair to learn the ropes. Once the new chair takes office, the past chair will continue to provide support as needed through the term. Being in a leadership position looks great on a resume and is an easy volunteer position.

The chair will plan and attend NMRT events, communicate with members via email and Facebook, host events, and work with the vice chair to expand and improve the group. There are also housekeeping tasks such as filing the annual report, answering email inquiries, and communicating with the OLA executive board. The time commitment is minimal, about three hours per month with more time around the annual conference in April in addition to planning and attending quarterly events.

Vice Chair (2 year commitment)

This person will take office on September 1, 2018 and remain in that position until August 31, 2019 at which time the individual would become the chair of NMRT for one year. Being in a leadership position looks great on a resume and is an easy volunteer position.

The vice chair will help plan and attend NMRT events, communicate with members via email and Facebook, possibly host one or more events, and work with the chair to expand and improve the group. The time commitment would be minimal, maybe an hour every other month with possibly more time around the annual conference in April in addition to attending quarterly events when possible.

You must be a member of NMRT to be a candidate for these positions. If you are not already a member, it’s free to join! Just go to the OLA website and click on Add an Affiliation/Publication Form.

If you are interested in running for either of these positions or if you have questions, please email me at bethany.grabow@gmail.com by August 3.

Thank you!
Bethany Grabow, Outgoing NMRT Chair

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July 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 14) ASSOCIATION NEWS

New Member Round Table Idea Swap: Programming

Please join us for this upcoming event for New Member Round Table members — and anyone else who is interested!

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Where: Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St., Beaverton, OR

When: Sunday, July 15, 1-3 p.m.

What: You’ve heard of a cookie swap. We’re doing an idea swap! Programming is big in libraries of all types. It’s sometimes hard to know what will be a raging success and what will be a total flop. Let’s get together and exchange ideas! If you’ve done programming for any age, bring a story about something that went well and something that didn’t go well. If you’ve never done programming, bring your questions about the process. Come prepared to record all of the brilliant ideas.

I hope you’ll be able to join us for this event! Please pass along the word to anyone else who might be interested. It is not necessary to be a member of NMRT to participate (but it is encouraged!). Please send me an email if you plan to attend or head over to our Facebook page, where this is set up as an event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at bethany.grabow@gmail.com. I look forward to seeing you all!

Sincerely,
Bethany Grabow
NMRT Chair

July 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 14) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Chris Allman

My name is Chris Allman and I’m a newly-minted Adult Services Librarian at the Eugene Public Library. At the end of this February, I packed up my little car and drove from my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina to my new home of Eugene. Back home, I worked in circulation and reference departments at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, as well as in the public services department at UNC Charlotte’s Atkins Library. I attended two equally anonymous North Carolina universities: East Carolina (go Pirates) for my BA in History and UNC Greensboro (go…Spartans? I think) for my MLIS.

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Outside of the library, I love to travel, stress out about politics, watch sports, and occasionally go for a run. I haven’t been able to read too much while settling in to Eugene, but the most memorable book I’ve read recently is Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama. It’s ostensibly a murder mystery, but manages to get you to care deeply about the office politics of the Japanese police.

This year’s OLA was my first professional conference, and I really enjoyed being around so many smart and dedicated people. I really, truly look forward to meeting and working with more of you!

JULY 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 13) ASSOCIATION NEWS

New Member Round Table Idea Swap: Programming

Please join us for this upcoming event for New Member Round Table members — and anyone else who is interested!

NMRT

Where: Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St., Beaverton, OR

When: Sunday, July 15, 1-3 p.m.

What: You’ve heard of a cookie swap. We’re doing an idea swap! Programming is big in libraries of all types. It’s sometimes hard to know what will be a raging success and what will be a total flop. Let’s get together and exchange ideas! If you’ve done programming for any age, bring a story about something that went well and something that didn’t go well. If you’ve never done programming, bring your questions about the process. Come prepared to record all of the brilliant ideas.

I hope you’ll be able to join us for this event! Please pass along the word to anyone else who might be interested. It is not necessary to be a member of NMRT to participate (but it is encouraged!). Please send me an email if you plan to attend or head over to the NMRT Facebook page at where this is set up as an event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at bethany.grabow@gmail.com. I look forward to seeing you all!

Sincerely,
Bethany Grabow
NMRT Chair

 

JULY 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 13) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Leadership Development Scholarship Applications Due July 31

All members of OLA, regardless of position or employment, are eligible to apply for the scholarship with the intended purpose to support leadership development of the membership and contribute to the growth of leadership potential within OLA and libraries statewide.

For further information and to access the application and evaluation matrix, visit OLA’s Scholarship page.

JULY 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 13) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Emily Rastovich

Hello! My name is Emily Rastovich (@MLISellany on Twitter!). I am an Educational Assistant at Malabon Elementary School in Eugene by day while I get my MLIS online through the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and intern with the Digital Public Library of America by night. Before I moved to Eugene, I worked at Cornerstone Christian School in Camarillo, California. When my principal moved me into the school library, I realized that a library is where I wanted to spend the rest of my life! This past summer, after six years in that library, I moved to Eugene to be closer to family. I did my undergrad at George Fox University (Go Bruins!) in Newberg.

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Here in Eugene, my family consists of me and my mom. During football season you can find us cheering on the Ducks and the Crimson Tide.  In summer, you’ll find us exploring this beautiful state. Any other time, you’ll find me doing school work or reading. I recently finished The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman and When Books Went to War by Molly Gutpill Manning (I highly recommend both!). I’m currently reading Stephen Ambrose’s Citizen Soldiers.

I went to the OLA Conference in April and it was a pleasure to meet many of you amazing librarians!

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

Seeking a Community College Representative for the ACRL-Oregon Board

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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.

Best,
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

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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