October 15, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 19) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Summer 2017 issue of the OLA Quarterly: 

Critical Librarianship

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The Guest Editor of this issue is Elsa Loftis, Director of Library Services at the Oregon College of Art and Craft and past president of the Oregon Library Association.

From Elsa’s introduction, “So, what does critical librarianship mean, exactly, and how is it practiced? To think about this, we look at librarianship through a lens of critical theory and understand that there is a certain amount of activism implied. To embrace critical librarianship means that you believe that libraries should work for social justice (and figure out ways to actually do that work). Critical librarianship also invites library workers to consider how our institutions and our roles have enforced or at least complied with systems of oppression, both in the past and now.”

There are six new articles that cover many aspects regarding Critical Librarianship.  Please read and share this issue widely!  We hope you like it.

To read and download, please visit the OLAQ website.

Usability tips:  The text is clearer if you download the articles to a .pdf reader. The table of contents and links are live and clickable, depending on your .pdf reader.

Thank you,
Charles Wood
OLA Communications


October 15, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 19) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Children’s Services Division Announcement

Jane Corry OLA CSDand Jeana Menger have been elected as the new incoming Co-Chairs Elect and will begin their terms immediately. Jane is a former CSD Board member and OLA President, bringing lots of experience to the position, and Jeana has been the CSD Web Editor for the last 2 years and is responsible for the creation of the the CSD Instagram and Twitter accounts. We welcome them to their new duties!

Natasha Forrester Campbell, Youth Librarian,

​CSD Chair 2017-2018
​Website: http://www.csdola.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/csdola/
Instagram:​ ​ https://www.instagram.com/olacsd/

October 15, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 19) HAPPENINGS

Applications being accepted for the Leadership Institute

2018 Leadership Institute of the Oregon Library Association

We are currently taking applications for the inaugural Leadership Institute to be held in Pendleton, OR from May 16-19. The institute has been developed by the Leadership Committee in partnership with Dietra Stivahtis of Vibrant Business Solutions. If you are an emerging leader serving in any capacity in a library, please apply. Applicants should be members of OLA who have worked in a library for three years. For more information and to apply: LIOLA 2018.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, December 15, 2017.

Questions? Contact LIOLA Task Force Chair Jane Corry or Leadership Committee Chair Melissa Little at LIOLA@olaweb.org.

October 15, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 19) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Shirleanne Ackerman Gahan

Hello OLA!

My name is Shirleanne (“like Shirley + Ann”), and I currently work as the Serials Technical Assistant at the University of Portland Clark Library. I manage all of our electronic and print journals — ordering, renewals, online access issues, weeding, and more. I’ve just moved over to this position after working for a year as the Acquisitions Technical Assistant. In that role I ordered books, ebooks, and physical media; I invoiced, claimed, received, and copy-catalogued incoming materials for the Clark Library. Before joining the University of Portland team, I worked at the Catlin Gabel Upper School Library and at Portland State University.

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My “first” career was as a professional baker. I went to culinary arts school and worked in several bakeries in the Atlanta, GA area (hometown) and here in Portland, OR. I baked artisan breads, wedding cakes, cookies, pies, pastries, you name it. I worked long hours and often overnight. After starting a family, I no longer saw that as a sustainable career. I went to Portland State University to get a bachelor’s degree in Art History (my other love besides food and libraries). I was hired at the campus ILL department as a student assistant, and I discovered that I had a lot of relatable experience. I loved the people I worked with and the academic library environment, especially technical services.

I am about halfway through my MLIS at the University of Washington iSchool. With a full-time job and family, I am always busy!! I have a seven-year-old son, a dog, and a cat. My husband and I just bought our first house in Portland. He works for Central City Concern, a non-profit organization serving homeless families. We love living in Oregon, where we enjoy growing and eating an abundance of good food. We like visiting Sauvie Island, bicycle commuting, camping and hiking. My favorite books to read are fantasy novels: medieval-style battles, dragons, magick, psychic powers, grit, a bit of romance, political intrigue, or anything that is worlds away from “reality” and academic articles, hah!

I joined OLA because I want to be part of the tight network the library community has formed in the Northwest. I want to know what is happening all over the state, learn from others, and be poised to help where I can. Like I said before, I am becoming immersed in technical services as I gain academic and professional skills in that area. I still have a heartfelt interest in working with art-related materials. I’m finding that the library world is always changing and offering something new, so I’m open to the possibilities!

Shirleanne Ackerman Gahan

October 1, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 18) ASSOCIATION NEWS

New Member Round Table Meetup: Job Search Edition

The New Member Round Table invites you to attend this upcoming event.

Where: Interview
Beaverton City Library
12375 SW 5th St.,
Beaverton, OR 97005,
2nd Floor Admin Conference Room

Sunday, October 15, 1-3 p.m.
(Please note that the library opens at 1:00pm on Sundays, so we will start the meeting shortly after 1:00 to allow for the opening stampede.)

Looking for a library job? Not looking for a job right now but want to keep your network fresh and your resume up to date? This is the event for you! This will be an informal meetup where we will share our successes, failures, and advice about job applications, cover letters, resumes, interviewing, and networking. The purpose of this event is to meet new people and to promote discussion and sharing among peers.

What to bring:
– One tricky interview question you have encountered.
– One question you have about job applications or interviewing.
– A copy of your resume for peer review.
– One or more ideas for something you would like to see NMRT do in the next year to help you develop as a library professional.

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 at bethany.grabow@gmail.com if you plan to attend or head over to our 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!

Bethany Grabow
NMRT Chair

October 1, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 18) HAPPENINGS

2017 ACRL OR/WA Joint Conference


We are only three weeks away from the 2017 ACRL OR/WA Joint Conference at Pack Forest and that means registration will be closing soon!

This year you can expect a fabulous lineup of speakers and presenters, a highly entertaining Thursday evening social gathering, and top-secret, highly useful swag that is NOT a tote bag. In short, you don’t want to miss out this year!

The full conference program and registration information is available here.

Registration closes Wednesday, October 4th  but why wait? Register today!

Costs are below, and include lodging and meals.

  • Members – $140.00 ACRL-WA, ACRL-OR and CLAMS members
  • MLIS Students – $100.00  Currently enrolled MLIS students residing, working, or attending school in Oregon or Washington.
  • Non-members – $150.00

Questions? Contact ACRLWA President Eli Gandour-Rood at egandourrood@pugetsound.edu or ACRLWA Vice-President Madeline Mundt at mundtm@uw.edu.

October 1, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 18) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT


Time is running out! Register for #NMM2017 today!

The National Media Market & Conference is coming to Portland for the first time in its 39 year history, Oct 22-26. NMM is a one-of-a-kind conference and market that brings librarians working in media together with the leading distributors of educational films. The conference also offers an extensive professional development program, this year focusing on issues around streaming and digital disruption.

More information and registration is available on the conference page.

October 1, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 18) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Robin Jeffrey

Hi all! My name is Robin Jeffrey and I am the Learning Resource Center Director at Klamath Community College in Klamath Falls. I oversee the Library, Testing Center, and Tutoring Center here on campus and as one of only two librarians here at KCC, I do about half of all the information literacy instruction teaching as well!

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I started at KCC in early 2015 as the LRC Assistant fresh out of my master’s program at the University of Kentucky. I immediately jumped into the newly developed library instruction program and began teaching one-shot information literacy classes and helped develop curriculum for a one-credit “Introduction to Research” course, which I now teach both online and face to face every term. I also serve on the Oregon Community College Library Association and on the Southern Oregon Library Federation and I’m a member of Valkyries’ Valhalla. The Valkyries are a community of women who support and work with graphic novels and comic books – Valhalla is open specifically to librarians.

I’ve lived all over the United States, from Wyoming to Maryland to Washington and have been excited to call Oregon my latest home. My husband and I enjoy the diverse culture of our state and our dog (a corgi/husky mix named Leo) enjoys the wide open spaces! In addition to being an avid comic book reader, I’m also pursuing a side career in creative writing! Several of my pieces have been featured in various college publications at the University of Washington and I won second place in The Molotov Cocktail’s Flash Phenom Contest for my flash fiction piece “Season of the Dead”. My non-fiction work has been recently featured on The Mary Sue.

I’m so very excited to be a part of OLA and thank you all for the very warm welcome!

September 15, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 17) ASSOCIATION NEWS

2018 OLA Conference Call for Proposals

The Oregon Library Association is pleased to announce the submission site for OLA Conference Programs for the 2018 OLA Annual Conference, which will take place in Eugene, OR, April 18-21, 2018, is NOW OPEN!


The Conference Committee invites OLA members and non-members alike to submit their program ideas for consideration. Once again, we will offer half-day and full-day pre-conferences on Wednesday, regular concurrent sessions on Thursday and Friday, and a full day of programming – with an emphasis on topics that especially appeal to members of OLA’s Oregon Association of School Libraries division – on Saturday.

OLA President Buzzy Nielsen selected this year’s conference theme: “Many Points of Light, One Bright Future,” which is the slogan for the Libraries of Eastern Oregon. OLA was granted permission to borrow their tagline – and adapt their logo – to highlight OLA’s on-going commitment to outreach, support, and collaboration with rural and small libraries. Read more about Buzzy’s theme choice on the 2018 OLA Conference page.

Keep in mind the proposal process is competitive and it’s unlikely that every proposal will be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to think creatively about how their program connects to this year’s conference theme!

The deadline for submissions is 9:00PM, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017. All submissions will be notified of acceptance or rejection by November 17, 2017.

Essential links:
OLA Conference Website
OLA Conference Programs

From here, find links for:
OLA Conference Program Proposal form
Program Proposal Practice form
Program Proposal Guidelines and Tips

Questions? Please contact the OLA Conference Program Committee Chair at olaprograms@olaweb.org.

We look forward to reading your program proposals and wish everyone the best of luck!

Sue Ludington
2018 OLA Conference Program Chair

September 15, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 17) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Free Workshop on Geoscience Librarianship
October 21, 2017


“Geoscience Librarianship 101” – a full-day introduction to earth science information resources and their organization – will be presented by the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) on Saturday, October 21 in Seattle, Washington. Registration is free and open to all information professionals as well as students in library and information studies.

The workshop is aimed at librarians new to the geosciences and those already in the field who want a refresher. It will provide an overview of geoscience information and current topics in reference, research, and publications; collection development; and geospatial information. Additional topics may include solo librarianship and STEM research/library services in the oil and gas industry. Participants are encouraged to bring their own questions and issues for discussion.

Instructors include Amanda Bielskas (Columbia University Libraries), Linda Zellmer (Western Illinois University), Stephanie Earls (Washington Geological Survey), Samantha Teplitzky (University of California, Berkeley), Mary Ellen Vedas (Hess Technical Library), and Emily Wild (US Geological Survey). Clara McLeod (Washington University in St. Louis) is coordinating the event.

Geoscience Librarianship 101 is jointly sponsored with the University of Washington Libraries and will be held from 9 AM to 4 PM at the UW’s Suzzallo Library in Seattle.

Advance registration is required and space is limited. Registrations must be received by October 14. To sign up or request additional information, please provide your name, daytime contact information, and professional (work/school) affiliation to:  Clara P. McLeod, Rettner Earth & Planetary Sciences Library, Washington University, Campus Box 1169, St. Louis, MO 63130, telephone 314-935-4817, e-mail cpmcleod@wustl.edu.

The Geoscience Information Society is an international professional organization dedicated to enhancing the exchange of information in the geosciences through collaboration among scientists, librarians, editors, cartographers, educators, and information professionals.

Shaun Hardy
Librarian, Carnegie Institution for Science
Publicity Officer, Geoscience Information Society