December 1st, 2016 (Vol.23 No.22) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Letter from OLA President, Elsa Loftis

“In our democratic society, the library stands for hope, for learning, for progress, for literacy, for self-improvement and for civic engagement. The library is a symbol of opportunity, citizenship, equality, freedom of speech and freedom of thought, and hence, is a symbol for democracy itself.” Vartan Gregorian

Dear OLA Community,

In the days and weeks since the election, (and certainly before), we have seen divided political discourse in our country. Whatever your political position may be personally, I believe we can acknowledge that deep divides have been exposed in our communities because of the inflammatory rhetoric and contentious campaigning of the last few months. The nation’s presidential election was one of many decisions in front of voters this November–we also heard their voices in response to local issues, a few of which involved Oregon libraries, as you know. As our mission states, the Oregon Library Association is here to “provide advocacy, education, leadership and collaboration to continually strengthen Oregon’s libraries and the communities we serve.” We will continue to work together to realize this mission.

Therefore, I think it is appropriate to take a moment to reaffirm and celebrate the core values that guide us as members of the library community. I also think it is important to say that, as this is the week of Thanksgiving, I am grateful for a professional solidarity with each of you for the values that we share, including honoring diversity, intellectual freedom, education, and social responsibility.


A library is a place of welcoming and safety to all members of its community. We feel a strong sense of ethical duty to serve all our patrons fairly, to help them learn, grow, participate in our programs, and take advantage of the resources we can provide. By doing so, we foster a stronger sense of community and play a valuable role in our cherished democracy.

Thank you for the work you do each day to provide needed support to Oregon communities.


Elsa Loftis  |  President, Oregon Library Association 2016-2017

December 1st, 2016 (Vol.23 No.22) LIBRARY NEWS

Digital Resources

The Statewide Database Licensing Program provides access to over 300 ebook titles from Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL). The complete list of available titles has been updated to include information about the audience (Adult, College/Academic, Elementary, Middle School, High School) and a short annotation for each title.

This list is available here.  The list also allows users to sort and filter the list by each column.

MARC record sets are now also available by audience. For K-12 users, click here.

For all other users, click here and type in the name of your library. The list of MARC files will appear on the resulting page, about halfway down the page.

Please note that the linking (856) fields in these records sets are not tailored to each library’s local LocationID. If you need assistance if formatting these files for local use, or have any other questions about these files, feel free to contact me.

Arlene Weible, MLS  |  Electronic Services Consultant  |  Oregon Federal Regional Depository Coordinator  |  Library Support and Development Services  |  Oregon State Library

December 1st, 2016 (Vol.23 No.22) OPPORTUNITY FOR ENRICHMENT

PLA Grants and Awards

Deadline: December 5, 2016

The Public Library Association has nine service awards and grants to highlight the best in public library service and honor those bringing innovation, creativity, and dedication to public libraries. Consider nominating yourself, a colleague, or your library today! The PLA Awards include:

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-12-37-34-amAllie Beth Martin Award

Honors a librarian who, in a public library setting, has demonstrated extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials and has distinguished ability to share that knowledge.

Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music / Video Product Award

Designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand a collection of either or both formats in whatever proportion the library chooses.

Charlie Robinson Award

Honors a public library director who, over a period of seven (7) years, has been a risk taker, an innovator and/or a change agent in a public library.

Demco New Leaders Travel Grant

Designed to enhance the professional development and improve the expertise of public librarians new to the field by making possible their attendance at major professional development activities.

EBSCO Excellence in Rural Library Service Award

Honors a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less that demonstrates excellence of service to its community as exemplified by an overall service program or a special program of significant accomplishment.

Gordon M. Conable Award

Honors a public library staff member, a library trustee, or a public library, that has demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights.

John Iliff Award

Honors the life and accomplishments of John Iliff, early adopter and champion of technology in public libraries, and recognizes the contributions of a library worker, librarian, or library that has used technology and innovative thinking as a tool to improve services to public library users.

Romance Writers of America Library Grant

Designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming.

Upstart Innovation Award

Recognizes a public library’s innovative and creative service program to the community.


December 1st, 2016 (Vol. 23 No.22) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: M. Brooke Robertshaw

I’m the Assessment Librarian at Oregon State University, Corvallis campus. This is my first library job. Prior to coming to OSU I was at Purdue University in the Office of Institutional Assessment. While I was at Purdue I got a chance to work with the librarians there and realized that a career in academic libraries would be a great thing.

Before Purdue I was at Utah State University earning a PhD in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences, helping teachers to integrate online learning resources into their classrooms. I also spent time in the statistics consulting office for the College of Education & Human Services at Utah State. I have two other degrees – a masters of education in Instructional Technology from University of Georgia and a bachelor of arts in Early Childhood Education from Oglethorpe University.

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-12-26-56-amMy early life was spent in Blacksburg, Va as the child of academics. Since graduating from high school I have lived all over the United States, including 9 years in Oregon (Eugene), and a brief stint in Amman, Jordan. I’m so glad to be back in Oregon, though. I love Corvallis because it’s nestled right up against the coastal range. In my free time I enjoy hiking and kayaking (it’s only when I’m in the outdoors – in the woods or on the river- that I feel like I can truly recharge), traveling, and being involved politically. I also enjoy cooking and spending time with dear friends and family.

I’ve only been in my position here at OSU Libraries & Press for a year, but I did recently take over as chair of the Library Assessment Round Table. Yes, we are looking for members, and yes, I’d love for anyone to join us. We all participate in assessment activities, and we are always doing it. Whenever we ask ourselves “how can I/we be better at…” we are assessing ourselves and our library.  I’d love to facilitate conversations about assessment in libraries across Oregon – including what’s been helpful and what’s not been so helpful.

November 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 21) Association News

Oregon Mock Caldecott

Join picture-book lovers from around the state for a fun and thought-provoking look at the Caldecott Medal process. Our morning workshop will focus on practical ideas for using Caldecott books in programs, followed by small group discussions of the 10 books up for discussion. Be part of the lively discussion, test your Caldecott illustration recognition skills, and cast your vote for Oregon’s Mock Caldecott winner.

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Oregon City Public Library 606 John Adams St. Oregon City  Map
Registration deadline: Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.   Register online.
$15 — CSD Members
$20 — Non-CSD Members

Please read as many of the 2017 Mock Caldecott titles as you can before you arrive at the program; you will benefit from the workshop much more if you do! Here they are:

  • Freedom in Congo Square — Carole Boston Weatherford, Author / R. Gregory Christie, Illustrator
  • Ideas Are All Around — Philip Christian Stead, Author/Illustrator
  • Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph — Roxane Orgill, Author / Francis Vallejo, Illustrator
  • The Airport Book — Lisa Brown, Author/Illustrator    
  • Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat — Javaka Steptoe, Author/Illustrator
  • Snow White: A Graphic Novel — Matt Phelan, Author/Illustrator
  • The Storyteller — Evan Turk, Author/Illustrator
  • The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles — Michelle Cuevas, Author/ Erin E. Stead, Illustrator
  • They All Saw a Cat — Brendan Wenzel, Author/Illustrator
  • Thunder Boy Jr. —  Sherman Alexie, Author/ Yuyi Morales, Illustrator

You can view the full agenda on our website.

November 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 21) Association News

2nd Annual Mock Pura Belpré Award

Saturday, December 10th, 10-4 @ Lebanon Public Library

REFORMA Oregon Round Table (RORT) is launching, for the second time, the Mock Pura Belpré Award. This is a great opportunity, not only for librarians and library staff who are working with Latino and/or Spanish speaking children, but also for all youth librarians.

The event promises to be an important learning experience for all who attend. The focus of the workshop will be to build knowledge through the application of Pura Belpré Award criteria and deliberation. The goal is to help raise awareness of the importance of having high-quality children’s literature written and/or illustrated by Latino authors.

In the morning Elena Gleason from Coos Bay Public Library, Lora Worden from Catlin Gabel School in Portland, and Katy Bogart from Garden Home Community Library in SW Portland will present Your Patrons Need Diverse Books: Developing Latinx-Inclusive Library Collections.

In the afternoon, the attendees will work to select Mock Award winners from the currently nominated authors and illustrators.


  • ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! / Olinguito, from A to Z! —  Lulu Delacre, author/illustrator
  • Looking for Bongo — Eric Velasquez , author/illustrator  
  • Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words — Margarita Engle, author 
  • Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas — Yuyi Morales, author/illustrator  
  • ¡Esquivel! Un artista del sonido de la era espacial /  Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist — Susan Wood, authorDuncan Tonatiuh, illustrator
  • The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes — Duncan Tonatiuh, author/ illustrator
  • Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood — F. Isabel Campoy & Theresa Howell, authors / Rafael López, illustrator
  • Mama de Alien / Mamá la extraterrestre — René Colato Lainez, author / Laura Lacamara, illustrator

You don’t have to register to this free event. If you have any questions, please contact Martín Blasco,

November 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 21) Association News

OYAN Mock Printz Award Workshop

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2017 OYAN Mock Printz Award Workship is now open! All Oregon young adult literature lovers, both teens and waaaay older teens, should 1) register for the Mock Printz Workshop and 2) get started reading!

The details:

  • What: 2017 Oregon Mock Printz Award Workshop
  • When: Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 12:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Where: US Bank Room, Central Library of Multnomah County Library, 805 SW 10th Ave., Portland, OR 97205, (503) 988-5123
  • Why: To read, discuss and select Oregon’s choice for best YA book of the year!
  • Who: Teen literature lovers ages 13 and up.
  • Register: Email name, email address & library of each participant to

The nominees:


  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
  • We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman
  • The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
  • Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
  • We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • Railhead by Philip Reeve
  • The Reader: Sea of Ink and Gold by Traci Chee
  • Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett

-Susan Smallsreed

November 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 21) Association News

ACRL Professional Development Scholarships

The deadline to apply for the first round of the Professional Development Scholarships is Wednesday, November 30, 2016! Up to three $250 scholarships may be awarded this year.

The ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarships may be used toward conferences, workshops, courses, seminars, or other learning opportunities. All ACRL-Oregon members may apply. Please visit our scholarship page as well as our FAQ, which contains more information on the evaluation process. To apply, use the online form.


Questions? Contact the ACRL-OR Board President:

Stephanie Debner Mt. Hood Community College

November 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 21) Library News

Library Election Results

Unofficial November 8, 2016 Election Results as of 8:00 a.m. November 9, 2016.

Measure 20-258 – Library District Five-Year Local Option Levy for General Operations – Lane County

Question:  Shall Fern Ridge Library District levy $0.50 per $1,000 assessed value for operating purposes for five years beginning in 2017-2018?

This measure may cause property taxes to increase more than three percent.

Summary: A yes vote would return library services to 53 hours per week; 3,500 book purchases and 400 video purchases per year; programs for children and adults remain the same; periodicals and materials remain the same.

Yes (35%)   No (64%)

Measure 10-145 – Concerning formation of the Douglas County Library District – Douglas County

Question:  Shall the district be formed with a permanent rate limit for operating taxes of $0.44 per $1,000 of assessed value?

Summary: If approved by the voters, the Douglas County Library District will be created to provide public library services. A yes vote on the question creates the district with the stated tax rate, beginning with the 2017-2018 fiscal year (that is the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2017). If created, all of Douglas County and all cities within Douglas County will be included in the district, with the exception of the cities of Sutherlin and Elkton (which will not be included).

This tax rate is a permanent maximum; the district is not required to assess the full rate.

Yes (44%) No (55%)