March 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 4) ASSOCIATION NEWS

A Message from OLA President Elsa Loftis

Does it even count as a New Year’s resolution if you start in mid-March? I’ve been meditating on, intending to, just about to, and almost gotten around to … writing for the OLA Hotline for quite some time now. My apologies for not using this platform more often as a way to communicate with the OLA membership more regularly. It seems appropriate to send out a message here to you all besides the occasional Libs-OR listserv blasts you may have seen from me now and then.

I will say that life as OLA president is busy, and I’d like to share with you some of what has been on my plate. What has struck me so far, now that I have about half of my time as president under my belt, is how much fun it is to work with the wonderful people who dedicate their time and energy in so many different ways to the association. That was what drew me to serve in OLA all along—the people. In my work life I am a solo librarian, which is why being active in our library association has been so crucial for me—it maintains my connection to the other wonderful people in our community, and keeps me energized in my work. But enough about me. Let’s talk about some of what’s been going on in OLA, or at least what I’ve had my hands on lately.

One very important project I was able to help out with was the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) task force. With wonderful leadership from Jen Mauer at the State Library, and Robin Rolfe and Peggy Christiansen from OASL, along with many others who dedicated their time and energy, we were able to make connections with the Oregon Department of Education to try to get school libraries in the front of their minds as they draft our state’s implementation plan for ESSA. If you are interested in learning more about what the Department of Ed is doing, please refer to this link, and refer to the letter that we wrote to them with our respectful recommendations here.

In other news, a current event in Oregon Libraryland which we are very saddened by is the impending closure of the Douglas County Public Library, as they have been defunded and the measure which would have created a library district in that county did not pass at the November election. We will do what we can to be supportive to the library workers and library supporters in Douglas County, and are keeping up with their efforts to find alternatives to closing completely. We hope to offer input and guidance if we can do so to the Library Futures Task Force that has recently begun meeting. Our amazing OLA vice president Buzzy Nielsen has been in touch with people down there to offer his unique perspective as a former library director of Hood River County, a community that faced a similar closure.

In brighter news, the Library Development and Legislative Committee put on yet another wonderful Legislative Day at the Capitol Building in Salem on February 21st. Our last count was that 20 of 30 senators and 46 of 60 representatives had selected books to donate to their local libraries. According to Janet Webster, this is probably out best turnout yet! This is such an important advocacy effort, and I can speak first hand and say that it was fun! Please consider going next time if you have never done so, it is a wonderful event.

You may have noticed a new look for the OLA website if you have travelled there recently. Our Association Manager, Shirley Roberts has worked wonders with our web administrator, Memberclicks, to perform an upgrade which I hope improves the look and navigability of the site. We still have some work to do there, though, and a website task force will be meeting in the near future now that the upgrade is complete to discuss content and user experience. Please contact me if you would like to be a part of that!


And, saving the best for last, the conference planning has been in full swing! I am so excited for the annual OLA conference (April 19-22 in Salem). The theme is “Thriving Together”, which is a tip of the hat to our addition of a Saturday program so that our members in the Oregon Association of School Libraries can more easily come and enjoy the conference. A lot of people have been working so hard to make this a fabulous conference, under the fearless leadership of Michele Burke, and I hope to see you all there! Don’t forget to sign up for the President’s Party on Thursday night, we are going to have a wonderful time!

There is much more to tell you about, and I will do so in subsequent posts to the Hotline—like Strategic Plan implementation, Core Values statements, website organizing, and more. Stay tuned!

Thanks so much,

Elsa Loftis, OLA President

March 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 4) HAPPENINGS

OLAQ Call for Submissions – Spring 2017

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The theme for the 2017 Spring Issue of the Oregon Library Association Quarterly will be as follows: Come What May or Apocalypse Now? The Evolution of Oregon Libraries.  

The editorial staff include Jenkins Lumpkin, Guest Editor; Jane Scheppke and Jenn Weston, Editors; Charles Wood, OLAQ Coordinator. The editorial staff are wholly committed to presenting a wide spectrum of perspectives and voices.

Events on a national, state, and local level have unfolded in dramatic fashion across all boundaries within the Oregon library landscape. Aside from the personal, how have these events changed the professional, societal, or cultural role of libraries – if at all? Do professional ethics have a new place in this landscape, and if so – is it a place of rejoicing and revelry or mourning and dissolution?

In the 2017 Spring issue of the OLA Quarterly, you’re invited to explore the currents that have flowed through your professional life and your library. Has the manner in which we serve our communities changed? Should it? Has your perspective changed on the intersection of your personal, political, and professional spheres? For you, has this been an introduction to the art of losing? Or, in your library, has it been a time of renewed growth and independence?

What happens next? How do we combat our own fatigue – either of compassion or resistance –  or both? What does all of this mean?

I have no idea.  

Let’s try this: tell me your stories. Share your experiences with your colleagues, compatriots, and friends throughout the Oregon library landscape. You can “go as far inside as you need to,” and we’ll listen. Together, let’s try to find true North.

With thanks and acknowledgment:

Bishop, Elizabeth. “One Art.” The Complete Poems 1926-1979.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1983.

Morrison, Toni.  Beloved: A Novel.  New York:  Knopf, 1987.

Submission Details:

For consideration, potential authors may submit ideas, abstracts, and proposals to Jenkins Lumpkin. Please limit initial submissions to 250 words or fewer.  Submissions will be accepted until no later than April 1st, 2017.  

Additional OLAQ information

Author instructions

Provisional publication schedule

Questions? Contact Jenkins Lumpkin ( or Charles Wood (

The OLAQ is a professional journal that showcases the writing and work of library employees in Oregon, and represents Oregon library staff globally. Authors included in OLAQ retain the rights to her/his work.  OLAQ is indexed by Library Literature & Information Science, as well as Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts. Full text of OLAQ is also available through HW Wilson’s Library Literature and Information Science Full Text, EBSCO Publishing’s Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA) with Full Text, and the Digital Commons Network.

March 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 4) HAPPENINGS

OLA Membership Committee Volunteer Opportunity

Expand your professional network! Contribute to OLA! Volunteer to Join the Membership Committee TODAY!

Where should you most use your superpowers? Will you wield them for good? Do you want to be heard? How loud do you want your voice to be? Find the answers by joining the OLA Membership Committee!    

Membership Committee volunteers help shape OLA by advancing strategic initiatives and influencing the direction of Oregon libraries – one member at a time! Serving on a committee is one of the best ways to become involved and make an impact on the profession. If you’d like to become more engaged, you’re invited to volunteer TODAY!

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What are the perks?  Sell it!

Membership Committee volunteer benefits include:

  • Build ties with library staff across the Oregon library landscape.
  • Enhance your leadership abilities.
  • Share your experiences with colleagues.
  • Develop new expertise or update your knowledge.
  • Advance the work of the association and the profession.

Whatcha need from me?

Membership Committee volunteers are required to:

Questions? Contact Jenkins Lumpkin, Membership Committee Chair.

March 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 4) LIBRARY NEWS

Oregonians Running for ALA Positions

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Name, Ballot, Position

  • MEGAN ELIZABETH DRAKE, Officers/Council, Councilor-at-Large
  • DENA HUTTO, ACRL CLS, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect
  • DAWN LOWE-WINCENTSEN, ACRL DLS, Vice-Chair/Chair Elect
  • MARGARET MELLINGER,  ACRL STS, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect
  • JILL EMERY, ALCTS CMS, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect
  • BONNIE PARKS, ALCTS CRS, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect
  • PAUL LIGHTCAP, ALCTS CRS, Member-at-Large
  • GREGORY LUM,  ALSC, 2019 Newbery Committee
  • STEPHANIE CHASE,  PLA, Division Councilor
  • SUSAN JANE SMALLSREED, YALSA,  Margaret A. Edwards Committee
  • MEGAN DRAKE, GLBTRT, Director-at-Large
  • JANE COTHRON, SRRT UTA, Action Council Member-at-Large
  • HUSSONG-CHRISTIAN, SUSTRT, Coordinator Elect

March 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 4) LIBRARY NEWS

Douglas County Update

OLA’s Library Development and Legislative Committee continues to monitor what’s happening with public libraries in Douglas County. Buzzy Nielsen, OLA Vice President, sent a letter to the Douglas County Commissioners after the failure of the special district election in November. In that letter, he encouraged the commissioners to consider retaining the assets of the libraries and offered OLA’s expertise in considering options. Buzzy received an update from the newest commissioner on February 28th. We thought that OLA members would be interested in hearing what is happening from Commissioner Leif’s viewpoint.

A lot of work is going on in the background. I’m reaching out to all 11 cities who host our County Libraries and most of them have responded to keeping their libraries open in one fashion or another. I’ve had two department head meetings on figuring exactly how we can do that, which is going very well. My vision for this committee is twofold, first is to allow cities to take over, in whatever fashion they want starting April 1st. Then long term, to find a organization to take the whole system over. We have a group called the Douglas County Library System Renaissance who is proposing that Oregon Solutions come to our County and assess, collaborate and cooperate with the governor to find solutions. I’m excited about this proposal and pushing it forward to support this idea. This will take a long while, so my first goal is to allow the cities to operate a “Reading Room Library” with volunteers or any other ideas that might work, starting April 1st, when they are slated to close. There are also other ideas that are being proposed as we speak, including school districts that have stepped up and asked to help in many different ways. We will be approving the Library Futures Task Force group that brings all 11 cities to the table, the “yes” supporters and the “no” supporters to look at all options and work towards solutions.

I have also met with UCC and ESD to find solutions and ESD seems to be most interested.

A little background information, too. So the Library Foundation came up with the idea to form Library PAC and they are the ones who put it on the November Ballot last year. They did all the advertising and support. The Commissioners were asked to stay out of it. They did and I asked several times what is your Plan B or C or whatever and was told that they did “not” want any other plans. So after the vote went down in November, the Commissioners waited to see if Foundation would step up or another group. So no one stepped up in November or December or January and that’s when I took office and met with some Library Supporters along with Commissioner Boice.  We all thought the Library groups would step up, so instead, we created the Library Futures Task Force. Because it is government, it simply takes time, much longer then I would want. So that took about 6 weeks, approval of plan, advertising for positions, choosing positions and then back to the Board of Commissioners, and we are moving ahead.

 As you know the County has a $16M shortfall this year and will continue $10-$12M shortfalls in the future, so soon we will run out of money.

I am trying to do everything to help this. Next week should be our first Library Futures Task Force meeting.

Thank you,

Gary Leif

Douglas County Commissioner

In addition, the Oregon Community Foundation is holding a listening session in Roseburg with Penny Hummel as a resource. The State Library is informing cities in Douglas County of their options for providing services. Reedsport and Sutherlin have the most robust efforts to date.  There will be another county hearing on April 5 so commissioners can decide on the final steps for closing the library systems. OLA will be there to provide support for the future of public libraries in Douglas County.

March 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 4) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Emily O’Neal

My name is Emily O’Neal and I recently became the Technical Services Manager for Deschutes Public Library in Bend. I relocated to Bend in late April 2016 from Steamboat Springs, Colorado where I was the Technical Services and Collection Management Librarian for Bud Werner Memorial Library. Prior to Colorado, I was the Operations Manager of Collections for the University of New Mexico.

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When not managing a Technical Services department, I enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, snowboarding and paddle boarding with my husband and two dogs. My favorite book at the moment is “My Best Friend’s Exorcism” by Grady Hendrix and I love reading anything scary!

March 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 4) CONFERENCE

Thursday Keynote and Early-Bird Registration


OLA conference is April 19th-22nd in Salem. Take advantage of Early-Bird Registration for the Oregon Library Association 2017 Conference! Early-Bird Registration ends March 20, 2017. Register today and take advantage of early discounts.

Join us for “Thriving Together” at the Salem Convention Center in Salem, Oregon. The conference starts Wednesday, April 19th with preconferences, then regular sessions on Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21, and an added Saturday, April 22 at the Salem Public Library.

This is the first year with a Saturday option and we are very grateful to the Salem Public Library for providing the venue. We hope this will make it easier for our school library colleagues to attend. We’re celebrating with a fun author event Friday night.

Our Thursday keynote speaker is Portland City Commissioner, Chloe Eudaly. What can I say, except “Do an Internet search and read about this intriguing person!”

Consider attending one of the special ticketed events:

Staying in Salem? Visit the official conference website for information about booking a room at the fabulous Grand Hotel. Reserve a room now to take advantage of the reduced conference rate. These rooms tend to go quickly, so reserving a room now is a great idea.

Michele Burke

OLA 2017 Conference Chair

March 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 4) CONFERENCE

Resume & Cover Letter Review Program

The OLA Membership Committee and the New Member Round Table are once again joining forces to offer LIVE Resume & Cover Letter Review Program @ OLA Annual 2017!   

This program is designed to provide guidance for OLA Members seeking positions within libraries and/or the information field.

  • Resume review is intended to be a short-term partnership focused on providing feedback to the OLA Member seeking review.
  • For those seeking a longer-term supportive relationship, the OLA Mentoring Program is open to all early-career library staff.
  • Volunteer reviewers will evaluate the applicant’s resume and representative cover letter and provide advice on these documents.  
  • In addition, the reviewer can assess any possible experiences or skills that might the applicant more marketable for a desired position.

How exactly will it work?

Recruitment for volunteer reviewers and review-seekers will take place on a quarterly basis:

  • Fall – Virtual Participation (via email, phone, GoToMeeting, Skype, Hangouts, etc.)
  • Winter – Virtual Participation
  • Spring –  In-Person Participation to be held at the OLA Annual Conference.
  • Summer – Virtual Participation

Reviewers and applicants can communicate via whatever modality (email, phone, web conferencing, in-person, etc.) is mutually agreed on. However, in the Spring, reviews will be made only in-person at the Oregon Library Association Conference.

I’d like to help! How do I sign up?

Here’s what we’re looking for in a volunteer resume reviewer:



  • Recent experience on hiring and/or interview panels.
  • Currently in a position which often reviews candidate applications, such as a management position.

I would love advice on my cover letter and resume!  How do I sign up?

Here is the criteria for those seeking review:



  • Emerging information professional.
  • Recent MLIS graduate or currently enrolled in MLIS program.

What if I have questions? Problems?

You can use the Resume Review Program Inquiries Form to contact Resume Review Program administrators.

March 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 4) CONFERENCE

Conference Buddy

Returning to the OLA Annual Conference 2017: Be a Conference Buddy!!


OLA Membership Committee & the New Member Round Table want to ensure that each First (or Few) Time Conference Goers’ (FTCG) experience at OLA Annual is meaningful, relevant, stress-free – and fun!!

Experienced conference goers attending OLA 2017 are invited to be a Conference Buddy for a first-time or few-time conference attendee just by providing advice and guidance. It’s really easy — you don’t have to have all the answers, just be willing to help a newbie out! If you’ve ever been to an OLA Annual Conference before and are willing to help a new person navigate the inner conference workings and learn more about OLA, that’s all it takes!

Hey, it’s my first (or third!) OLA Annual Conference! How do I get a Buddy?

  • Complete the Volunteer to be Paired with a Conference Buddy at OLA 2017 Form to give the Conference Buddy an idea of what you’re all about – your interests, areas of expertise, and secret super-powers!
  • Once you’ve filled out the form, you’ll be provided with a link to select a time that you’ll available to be paired up with a Conference Buddy.  

Buddy options are super flexible! Just sit with a Conference Buddy for lunch, a conference session, a business meeting, or a special event that you’d be attending anyway – so not a huge commitment in time and/or energy.

I’d like to help a newbie out! How do I become a Buddy?

More experienced Conference Buddies will have a chance to sign up soon!! This is the perfect way to share your experience about OLA and expand an emerging library leader’s professional network in an informal, casual way.

What if I have questions? Problems?

Just use the OLA Conference Buddy Program Inquiries, 2017 to contact Conference Buddy & FTCG administrators with any questions.

See you in Salem for #ORLib17!!

Brought to you by:  

  • Bethany Grabow for the New Member Round Table
  • Jenkins Lumpkin for the Membership Committee

March 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.4) ASSOCIATION NEWS

ACRL-OR Positions Open

Attention ACRL Oregon Members:

Looking for an opportunity to get more involved with an active professional organization and to work with a great group of people? Run for a position in ACRL-OR’s upcoming spring election.

The open positions are:

To nominate yourself please fill out this form that includes the following information:

  • Your name.
  • Your present position–list your title, the name of the library and college or university and the dates of employment.
  • Previous positions, if desired–list no more than two, the most recent first.
  • Your education–list institutions attended, degrees conferred, and dates awarded.
  • Professional activities, such as memberships and positions held in national, state and/or regional library organizations (indicate name of organization, offices held and dates of service).
  • Honors, special projects, publications, and/or presentations–list no more than two recent examples of each of these.
  • Candidates for Vice President/President Elect also need to include a Candidates’ Statement explaining why you would like to be elected, which should be no more than 200 words


  • Vice-President/President Elect candidates must be members of OLA and ACRL-Oregon and national ACRL
  • Member-at-Large candidates must be members of OLA and ACRL-Oregon

To nominate someone else, email that person’s name and contact information to Steve Silver ( or Molly Gunderson (

Communications Coordinator, ACRL-Oregon

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