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

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

Be a Conference Buddy!! 

This year at OLA Annual, about 1 in 4 conference attendees will be at OLA Annual for the very first time!!  The New Member Round Table wants to help ensure that each First Time Conference Goers’ (FTCG) experience at OLA Annual is meaningful, relevant, stress-free – and fun!!

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Experienced conference goers attending OLA 2016 are invited to be a buddy for a first-time attendee by providing advice and guidance during the conference.  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 conference and learn more about OLA, that’s all it takes!

I want to help a newbie out!  How does this work?

Buddy options are really flexible!  They just involve sitting with a newbie for a lunch, business meeting, or a special event that you’d be attending anyway – so not a huge commitment in time and/or energy.  

Hey, it’s my first OLA Annual!  How do I get a Buddy?

What if I have questions? Problems? Kitten Memes?

Just use the OLA Conference Buddy & FTCG Program Inquiry Form to contact Conference Buddy & FTCG  administrators with any questions – and memes are welcome, too!

See you in Bend for #ORLib16!!

OLA New Member Round Table (NMRT)

April 15, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 9) Association News

New OLA Hotline Co-Editor

Greetings Oregon!

aaeaaqaaaaaaaav3aaaajdbjntbkmjq1ltq2nzgtngyznc1hn2qzlwu4mwnmnty4zwu5zaMy name is Dante Buccieri and I’m joining the OLA Hotline editorial team. I attained my Master of Library Science at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT.  In May 2014, I drove cross country to Portland and I’m happy to say that I never want to leave the Pacific Northwest. My professional interests are in reference, reader’s advisory, and community outreach/programming. Outside the library, I’m an avid comic book collector and a roller derby referee for the defending world champion Rose City Rollers.  I look forward to being a part of the OLA family!

April 15, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 9) Association News

OYAN Raffle 

As incoming co-chair of OYAN, I am pleased to announce that tickets for the 2016 OYAN raffle are available for sale online at http://bit.ly/1ULKE0v until April 19th. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover, and there is no need to be a member of OLA or even have anything to do with libraries. No need to be present to win, either. It’s open to everyone so please share widely!

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Tickets for this year’s raffle are $5 each or 5 for $20. Prizes range from the classiest of the classy (a two-night stay at Sylvia Beach Hotel, tickets for two to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, tickets for two to the Portland Center Stage) to the fun (Pelican Brewery gift card, British Tea Basket, and an 80s Nostalgia Kit). We will also be selling tickets at the OYAN table during OLA.

My biggest gratitude to all members who contributed to the raffle. Also, thanks for supporting OYAN and library services for teens in Oregon. See you all in Bend!

Violeta Garza | Bilingual Youth Librarian | Multnomah County Library

April 15, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 9) Association News

Resume/Cover Letter Review 

The OLA Resume Review 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.

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. For those of you who prefer face-to-face interaction, we’ll be offering that option at the OLA Conference!  Visit our webpage for more info and to submit an inquiry

April 15, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 9) Library News

Virtual Library Legislative Day 2016 

As part of National Library Legislative Day 2016 (NLLD), we are offering library advocates unable to attend in person the chance to participate through Virtual Library Legislative Day (VLLD)!   

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This year, we’re teaming up with the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) to help expand our efforts and take advantage of the momentum started by the nearly 400 library supporters who plan to attend NLLD. Their Chapters’ members are pledging their time to make calls, send emails, tweet, and otherwise raise awareness about library issues during the week of May 2nd. To date, the HPA has received pledges for nearly 500 actions from their members!

Once you register for VLLD, we’ll follow up by sending talking points and other handy resources your library can use to advocate easily and effectively.  We’ll be including a link to a webstream of the National Library Legislative day program, live from Washington, on the morning of May 2nd. You’ll get to hear our keynote speaker, former Congressman Rush Holt, and listen in on this year’s issue briefing.

You can also find out more by visiting the United for Libraries and the Harry Potter Alliance webpages, or by subscribing to the Action Center.

Please feel free to contact Lisa Lindle (llindle@alawash.org), Grassroots Communications Specialist for ALA Washington, if you have any questions.

April 1, 2016 (Vol. 22, No. 9) Association News

Candidates for OLA Office – Voting opens Soon! 

The OLA Board has once again identified qualified and enthusiastic candidates for the positions of Vice-President/President-Elect, Secretary, and ALA Councilor. Here is a list of this year’s nominations:

Vice-President/President Elect

  • Ted Smith, Library Director, Newport Public Library 2009-present
  • Buzzy Nielsen, Library Director, Hood River County Library District

Secretary

  • Damon Campbell, Acquisitions Librarian, University of Oregon Library
  • Kathy Street, Library Director, Oregon Trail Library District

Councilor

  • Danielle Jones, Youth and Teen Librarian at  Multnomah County Library-Hollywood
  • Jenkins Lumpkin, Senior Office Assistant, Multnomah County Library.

Pictured from left to right: Ted, Buzzy, Damon, Kathy, Danielle & Jenkins

The candidates will be presented at the upcoming OLA Conference. Online voting will promptly open following the conference. Stay tuned for regular announcements and reminders via email, listservs, and the OLA website.

Candice Watkins, Tacoma Community College Library

April 1, 2016 (Vol. 22, No. 9) Association News

Seeking Reviewers at OLA Annual for the New OLA Resume/Cover Letter Review Program

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.

While this program is usually virtual, for the Spring quarter, review sessions will be made only in-person at the Oregon Library Association Conference.

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

Required:

  • OLA Membership;
  • Attending OLA Annual;
  • Ability to provide feedback to the OLA Member seeking review;
  • Complete the Volunteer Form for Resume Reviewers and select the time slot(s) that work for you to review a resume during the conference.

Preferred:

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

We’ll be sending news about this via LIBS-OR soon. You’ll be able to sign-up for a time slot that works for you in just a few super-easy steps! If you don’t subscribe to LIBS-OR, just fill out the Resume Review Program inquiry form and let us know and we can email you when review-seeker sign-ups are open.

Here is the eligibility criteria for those seeking review:

Required:

  • OLA membership;
  • Ability to receive feedback from the OLA Member providing review.

Preferred:

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

You can use the Resume Review Program inquiry form to contact Resume Review Program administrators if you have questions or experience problems. 

Meredith Farkas, Faculty Librarian
Portland Community College Library, Sylvania Campus

April 1, 2016 (Vol. 22, No. 9) Conference

Schedule Changes, Carpools and You

Twenty days till the 2016 OLA Conference and things are ramping up! Quick announcements:

  1. There have been schedule changes and additions over at http://orlib16.sched.org/ — check out the unit business meetings (open to anyone!) and if you haven’t yet, get yourself signed up with Sched so you can make your own personal schedule (note: you can create an account with an email address, you don’t have to use Facebook at all).
  2. We have a carpool signup! It’s up to you to reach out to a potential driver / rider.  And on the way to Bend you can share your stories with each other! (see what I did there?)
  3. Special shout-out to our awesome sponsors who have made this conference possible.

In the coming weeks we’ll have tips for attendees, tips for presenters, and more tips about Bend. Stay tuned and we’ll see you soon!

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