May 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 11) Association News

Only Two Days Left to Vote!

Thank you to all that have voted already in the 2016 OLA Board Election.  For those of you that have not, please take a moment to cast your vote and choose who will lead OLA in continuing its important role of leading and supporting Oregon libraries.

Voting will close at midnight, May 17your_vote_counts_badge

Follow this link to read about the candidates: Candidates Statements

Follow this link to access your ballot:  OLA Ballot

In order to vote, you will need to log into your OLA account. If you have any difficulties with the form please contact ola@olaweb.org.  If you have any questions about the election or want to become more involved in OLA, contact Candice Watkins at candice.watkins@gmail.com

Thank you for your participation!

Candice Watkins, Korie Buerkle, and Sue Ludington | OLA 2016 Nominating Committee

May 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 11) Association News

Registration Open for the OLA SSD Division 2016 Conference

We’re delighted to announce that registration for the OLA SSD (Support Staff Division) 2016 conference is now open! Visit  the conference webpage to view our sessions and our fantastic speakers, check out the menu, get hotel info including how to get a discounted room, and of course, register.

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This year’s theme is “Coming to a Crossroads: Intersecting Roles in Library Service and Community” and is conveniently located at the Holiday Inn Portland South in beautiful Wilsonville, OR, in the greater Portland metro area. Easily accessible from the freeway and recently remodeled this location is equally convenient, comfortable, and modern. The conference is Friday July 15th from 8:00am-4:00pm. Your registration includes your choice of sessions, full breakfast, lunch AND an afternoon snack.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Oregon Library Association Support Staff Division (OLA SSD)

2016 Conference Committee | olassdconference@gmail.com

May 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 11) Association News

2016 Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award Winner

The Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award, presented by the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association  is given in memory of the noted Oregon teacher, journalist and author of children’s books. Established in 1982, it is Oregon’s most notable children’s library service award.

Congratulations to Sybilla Cook, who  was announced as the recipient of the 2016 award at the Evelyn Sibley Lampman Breakfast at the annual OLA Conference. You can learn more about Sybilla through her website as well as her blog.

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May 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 11) Library News

Social Worker at Multnomah County Library

Susan  Voss-Rothmeier joined Multnomah County Library as the system’s first social worker providing social services and resources to vulnerable patrons at the library. Her position was developed as a one year pilot program and follows in the heels of other major library systems such as San Francisco. Want to learn more about these efforts? The Oregonian’s recent article is a great place to start!  

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May 2nd, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 10) Association News

2016 OLA Election Now Open! 

Please take a moment to cast your vote and choose who will lead OLA in continuing its important role of leading and supporting Oregon libraries.

Voting will close at midnight, May 17.

Follow this link to read about the candidates: Candidates Statements

Follow this link to access your ballot:  OLA Ballot

In order to vote, you will need to log into your OLA account.

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If you have any difficulties with the form please contact ola@olaweb.org.  If you have any questions about the election or want to become more involved in OLA, contact Candice Watkins (candice.watkins@gmail.com)

Thank you for your participation!

Candice Watkins, Korie Buerkle, and Sue Ludington
OLA 2016 Nominating Committee

May 2nd, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 10) Association News

Congratualation to the 2016 Award Winners

The Oregon Library Association was privileged to announce the winners of a few of the 2016 OLA awards at this year’s conference. Congratulations and many thanks to the winners for their hard work and dedication!

OLA Distinguished Service Award: Mary Finnegan (2016)

  • The OLA Distinguished Service Award may be awarded to any Oregon Librarian or library staff member, who has been in the profession for 15 years or more years, has worked in Oregon libraries for at least ten years, and is currently a member of OLA, for exceptional service over a period of years.

Oregon Librarian of the Year: Kathryn Kohl (2016)

  • This award is given to a professional librarian who has demonstrated excellence in library service in Oregon. The librarian must have worked for pay in an Oregon library for at least two years. The nominee must be a member of OLA.

Library Employee of the Year: Charleene Wood (2016)

  • This award is given to a library employee who is committed to providing excellent library service to the community. The recipient has shown leadership, initiative, and willingness to share skills with the organization.

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May 2nd, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 10) Library News

2016 Teen Summer Reading Video Challenge

Congratulations to Salem Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board and Teen Librarian Sonja Somerville for winning the 2016 teen summer reading video challenge! Watch their winning video online now.

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Teen Video Challenge is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program.  Winning videos were selected at the state level to be recognized as an official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winner for 2016. For their hard work and creativity, each winner for this year’s competition received a monetary award of $150 and the awards can be used as each winner sees fit. You can watch the winning videos from other states on the CSLP website.

You may use any of these videos to promote your own summer reading program! They are great for posting on your website and social media.

If you think teens at your library might want to participate in CSLP’s Teen Video Challenge, start planting the idea in their heads now so they’re motivated to create their own video for the 2017 teen summer reading video challenge. The 2017 summer reading theme and slogan will be Build A Better World. Information about participating in the 2017 Teen Video Challenge will be sent out on the libsor listserv next winter.

Enjoy,

Katie Anderson

Youth Services Consultant | Library Support and Development Services | Oregon State Library

April 15, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 9) Conference

The OLA Conference Is Around the Bend 

The OLA Conference is next week! Plan ahead and make the most of your time by creating a customized schedule that you can print out or view from your mobile device. You can also keep up with the latest news and tell your story via Twitter and Facebook #ORLib16.

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Here are a few info bits and tips:

President’s Party – Tickets will be on sale at the Registration Desk until 5 pm on Thursday.

Streaming Awards Ceremony – Can’t make it to the conference? We will be experimenting with streaming the Awards event so you can celebrate your colleagues from the comfort of your home library. This is our first time trying this so there might be cats photobombing or cameras falling, who knows. Watch on Friday, April 22nd 12:30 pm on Google+ or YouTube.

Weather & Packing List -Next week’s forecast for Bend is calling for beautiful 70 degree days but with chilly 40 degree mornings and some wind. Bring layers and you’ll be set. Some other items that we recommend you consider packing are sunglasses, swimsuit (Riverhouse pools will be open for guests), waterbottle, comfortable shoes, business cards, charging cables for your devices, notepad/pen, snacks and a tote bag.

Conference Meals & Restaurants: Our conference lunches and dinners will still be happening at the convention center, but for any other snacks or meals, you’ll need to either bring some food with you or check out the many cafes, restaurants and brewpubs. Use the search feature of the Where to Eat Guide. Sadly, the Riverhouse location is not exactly walking distance to much of interest. There is a Natural Grocers across the street.

Shuttle: For Thursday night, remember to check the message board at the OLA Registration Desk for group dinners and destinations. We will have a conference shuttle leaving from the convention center at regular intervals heading to downtown and the Old Mill.

See you at the conference!

Sara Q Thompson | OLA Communications Committee Chair

April 15, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 9) Conference

Double the Pleasure, Double the Fun: Two Round Tables Unite at OLA 

The Reference and Legal Reference Round Tables (RRT/LRRT) are excited to once again join forces at the OLA Conference — and all are invited to play along!

ICYMI, the primary purpose of these RTs is to foster fellowship, cooperation, and a culture of sharing among reference professionals. So please – come share and foster fellowship with us in Bend!

Exhibit Hall Table:

Visit our combined table in the Exhibit Hall during no-conflict breaks. Tell your “reference story” on a Post-it display: what your library does well, go-to reference tools, staff training needs, etc.

We’ll also feature a few LibGuides/subject pathfinders with copies for distribution. Got one you find indispensable? Please let us know!

Conference Session:

LRRT and RRT are pleased to co-sponsor “How to Show and Tell a Legal Research Story” (Thursday, 2pm). Attendees will get an overview of Fastcase and Nolo, two legal databases currently available for free statewide thanks to the State Law Library. Come learn what these resources have to offer, how to navigate them, and when to refer patrons to them.

Bonus: Hear how your library staff can receive in-depth, hands-on training of these databases at your institution in Summer/Fall 2016!

Business Meeting:

Attend our joint biz meeting bright and early on Friday from 7:30-8:30am (Sisters, Room A). It’ll be a casual affair to chat about the state of the RTs and what members envision for the future. Learn how ramp up your involvement and help set goals for the upcoming year.

And, knowing 7:30am could be difficult, we’ll have fruit and pastries to ease the pain! (sorry, though, it’s BYO coffee/tea/beverage of your choice…)

RSVPs via Sched.org would be appreciated but aren’t necessary.

Thanks for your interest and we look forward to seeing you in a few weeks.

Sue Ludington | LRRT Chair | Washington County Law Library

Thea Evenstad | RRT Chair | Springfield Public Library