February 1, 2016 (Vol. 22, No. 5) Conference

Registration is now open for the 2016 OLA Annual Conference

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Join colleagues for educational programming, networking and a whole lot of fun at the Riverhouse Convention Center in sunny Bend, Oregon, April 20-22, 2016. Check out the slate of preconferences and programs.

Register for the conference by March 21st to get the best rates. You can register online with a credit card or by check.  Once you have completed your registration form and have chosen a payment option, you will receive a confirmation page.  If paying by check, please include a copy of the confirmation page with your check and mail it to the address noted on the page.

Registration Forms
(if you are attending a full-day or the full-conference, choose the “Full Registration” form): 
Hotel reservations can also be made at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes by calling 1-866-453-4480 (Sorry, NO online hotel reservations – phone only. We’re a bit old-school out here in the high desert).  Rates are $138.00 plus 14.4% tax and fees.  Be sure to let them know you are with the Oregon Library Association.

Key Dates

  • Early registration ends Monday, March 21, 2016
  • Online registration ends Monday, April 11, 2016
  • Pre-conferences: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
  • Conference: Thursday-Friday, April 21-22, 2016
  • Onsite registration will be available, check & credit card payments only (no cash). Note that we cannot guarantee meals with onsite registration.

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

February 1, 2016 (Vol. 22, No. 5) Opportunities for Enrichment

OLA wants to help you spiff up your resume and cover letter!

The Membership Committee and the New Member Round Table are joining forces to pilot a new program for OLA members – Resume & Cover Letter 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 the winter quarter, participating is entirely virtual – you can use email, phone, GoToMeeting, Skype, Hangouts, or whatever works for you! Prefer to do this sort of thing face-to-face? We’ll be offering that option at the OLA Conference this Spring!

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

We’re ready to accept applications for those looking for advice and review! Here is the criteria for those seeking review:


  • OLA membership;

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


I’d like to help!  How do I sign up?

We’re still looking for volunteer resume reviewers!  Does this describe you?



  • Recent experience on hiring and/or interview panels;

  • Currently in a position which often reviews candidate applications, such as a management position.

Have questions? Problems? You can use the Resume Review Program inquiry form to contact Resume Review Program administrators.

Best wishes,

Jenkins Lumpkin, OLA New Member Round Table

Meredith Farkas, OLA Membership Committee

February 1, 2016 (Vol. 22, No. 5) Association News

Yes, it’s time to nominate your colleagues for OLA Honors & Awards!

Who has done an outstanding job or taken on a project or been responsible for a success in our libraries this year? Tell us about those talented, dedicated individuals whose commitment to excellent library service has made a difference. The OLA Honors & Awards Committee want to know who those individuals (or groups) are and we want you to tell us!

Nominations may come from all types of libraries and from all kinds of librarians, staff and supporters.

Nomination letters (with no more than six letters of support) are due Friday, March 18, 2016. These awards will be presented to recipients at the 2016 OLA Conference Luncheon Banquet in Bend on Friday, April 22, 2016

 Here’s the details on each award:

 1.       Oregon Librarian of the Year may be awarded to any Oregon librarian who has been working in an Oregon Library for at least two years in a paid professional position.  The nominee must demonstrate excellence in library service in his or her community and to Oregon libraries.  The nominee must be a member of OLA.

 2.       Oregon Library Employee of the Year may be awarded to any Oregon library staff member who has worked in an Oregon library for at least two years as a paid staff member and demonstrated excellence in library service in his or her community.

 3.       Oregon Library Association Distinguished Service Award may be awarded to any Oregon librarian or library staff member, who has been in the profession for 15 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.

 4.       Oregon Library Supporter of the Year may be awarded to any volunteer, volunteer group, library Friend, board member, government official, or other individual who is not a paid library staff member and who has demonstrated excellence in supporting and promoting Oregon libraries.

If you need more info, read the awards guidelines and let me know if you have questions.  Take a look at http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=58280&orgId=ola

Your letter (e-mail) of nomination should include the following information, if pertinent, and be as informational as possible:

  •  Name, contact information, current position for nominee
  • Award for which you are nominating the person or group
  • Description of why your nominee should be selected for an OLA Award
  • OLA activities: committee appointments, etc.
  • Past positions held and summary of major accomplishments  (for Distinguished Service Award)
  • Your name and how you can be reached if the committee has questions

Please send nominating letters and supporting letters by Friday, March 18, 2016, to:

Leah Griffith, HAS Chair, e-mail:   leah.griffith@newbergoregon.gov

We prefer e-mail, but you can also send via mail to me at:

Newberg Public Library
503 E. Hancock
Newberg,  OR  97132

E-mail or call me at 503-537-1256 if you have any questions. We will be looking forward to your nominations.

February 1, 2016 (Vol. 22, No. 5) Association News

Know someone providing top-notch teen services? Nominate them for the OYEA! Award!

Nominations for the 2016 OYAN You’re Excellent Award (OYEA!) are being accepted now through March 15, 2016.

This is a fantastic way to recognize work in Oregon libraries that has made a difference for teens. The OYEA! may be awarded to an individual, library, organization, program, or initiative that has made a positive and significant contribution to teens in libraries in the state of Oregon. The honoree will receive an engraved plaque and a $100 donation to the teen service program of their choice.

Here is how to nominate that person (or people) who just popped into your head:

·    Write a letter that includes the nominee’s name, nominee’s contact information, and a description of the nominee’s positive and significant contributions to teens in libraries in the State of Oregon.

·    Add any accompanying letters of support (it is OK to send them separately from the nomination)

·    Consider that we really look and give extra weight to letters of support written by teens.

Mail or email your letter of nomination and letters of support to: Sonja Somerville; Salem Public Library; 585 Liberty St. SE; Salem, OR 97304 or ssomerville@cityofsalem.net


February 1, 2016 (Vol. 22, No. 5) Library News

Gayle Waiss, Florence First Citizen

Congratulations to Gayle Waiss, Assistant Director and Youth Services Librarian at the Siuslaw Public Library District, who was recently honored as Florence First Citizen at the annual Siuslaw Awards, sponsored by the Florence Chamber of Commerce.  Gayle, who has been employed by the Siuslaw Public Library District since 1998, was recognized for her long-standing community involvement, volunteerism and commitment to literacy. Rotary, the Rotary Foundation, Habitat and many other organizations in the Florence area have benefited from her spirit of giving back to the community.  Currently Gayle serves as the volunteer executive director of the Western Lane Community Fund.  In presenting the award, Florence Mayor Joe Henry said, “Gayle’s participation in organizations and projects all have a common thread;  to make a difference in the lives of youth in the Florence and Mapleton area.”


February 1, 2016 (Vol. 22, No. 5) People

Remembrances of George H. Bell

The Oregon library community lost a fierce champion on December 29th when George Bell died. George was on the State Library Board from 1988 to 1995 and served as Chair of the Board in 1991-92 and 1994-95. George was an Honorary Life Member of OLA and was active on the Intellectual Freedom Committee and the Legislative Committee. His obituary in the Statesman Journal obituary in the Statesman Journal details his many other accomplishments and includes information about the celebration of life and opportunities for memorial donations.

George wrote a blog called Polwatch which is recommended to get a feeling for the intellect and passion of the man. Polwatch kept readers sharply and often humorously in touch with Oregon politics. In the autumn of his life he also shared political, journalism, and personal memories and musings on Polwatch. He was such a fine writer! George was also a poet. Some of his poems are in the Oregon Poetic Voices archive. The first one “An Interview with William Stafford: 1966” has such a lovely surprise at the end. The poems are all poignant given George’s passing especially “My Father’s Son” and “To Frankie on her 35th Birthday”. These are highly recommended to remember George. George’s writing also appears in The Oregon Encyclopedia.

George believed that libraries change communities, and that librarians were essential players in our society.  OLA went through a challenging and exciting time in the early 1990s. The State Library reshaped how LSTA funds were used in Oregon – sounds boring, but it’s how we got the Ready to Read program and a more responsive State Library in terms of competitive grants and sharing of expertise.  George was in the thick of the legislative negotiations as the State Library Board chair.

In 1992 the Oregon Citizens Alliance promoted a ballot measure that would have forbidden school and public libraries from collecting and loaning materials about homosexuality, among other impacts. Under the leadership of Deborah Jacobs, OLA President, and George chairing the Intellectual Freedom Committee OLA vigorously opposed Measure 9. In the wake of Measure 9’s defeat the American Library Association recognized the efforts of OLA with the State and Regional Intellectual Freedom Achievement Award. As a former assistant Secretary of State George was greatly relieved when queries from the Secretary of State’s office about OLA’s advocacy against Measure 9 were answered satisfactorily. Greatly relieved may be an understatement!

George contributed time to participate in trustee trainings and OLA conference panels. One librarian remembers a statement George said one time in a workshop that made an impression. “He was talking about going out and speaking to groups and he said “Dress to honor your audience. Show your respect to people you are speaking to and not look a mess.” I always remember that to this day as I just gave a speech Monday night.”

Citizen board members can be blunt (as indicated above!) They ask questions and need orientation and background information. They learn and offer strategic advice. They are sounding boards from the community. They thrive on serving. They love books and writing. Sometimes they go steps further and get significantly involved in the professional association. George H. Bell exemplified the citizen board member. He will be missed not just for his leadership and belief in people, but for his warmth, humor and intellect.  It was always an honor to be considered a pal by George.

Contributors: MaryKay Dahlgreen, Mary Ginnane, Sara Charlton, Janet Webster

Outward Bound by George Bell

I feel myself leaving you,
Tugged gently from the land,
Caught in an outward current.

Secret orders have been read,
And my lines already cast off–
There’s scarce time for goodbyes.

This long, unsought sea voyage–
I’ve been told nothing more–
Will cure all that ails me.

December 15, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 3) Association News

OLA Responds!
At times, it may seem that an organization such as OLA responds slowly, even ponderously.  Yet, we can be nimble in addressing current issues that arise.  The Board responds to requests from various committees, divisions and roundtables for actions such as letters of support or consternation.  Three examples in the past two months are worthy of note.

The Academic Division worked with Vice President Elsa Loftis to craft and send a letter objecting to the proposed removal of literacy and information resources in a New England Association of Schools and Colleges Standards for Accreditation. Why bother with the other side of the country?  People talk to each other, and if library standards disappear in one part of the country, that perception can creep into the deliberation of other school and college administrators.

letterTurner Masland, an OLA member at PSU, started a conversation on LIBS-OR about the controversy over possible surveillance of those using the twitter hashtag, Black Lives Matter. He asked what Oregon libraries could do.  Jane Corry took up the challenge and asked the Legislative Committee how we could respond.  We referred to the OLA Legislative Agenda that states our principles and the issues that we feel most strongly about defending.  One of these is intellectual freedom.  So, Jane sent a letter to Oregon’s Attorney General stating our position.

Finally, the State Librarian asked the Legislative Committee if OLA could support a recent request made by ALA and the Council of State Librarians to reinstate LSTA funds that were cut by the sequestration.  Again, Jane sent off a letter to our Congressional delegation with the OLA viewpoint.  Jane is on a first name basis with staff in most of our Congressional Offices!
These communications can be read on the OLA web site at https://ola.memberclicks.net/communications.

December 15, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 3) Association News

News from the Oregon Authors Committee

In November Oregon Authors, a standing committee of OLA, staffed a booth at Wordstock to promote our site, OregonAuthors.org, and to talk up a few other statewide library efforts, like Libraries of Oregon, Answerland, and the Passport Program. We talked to a lot of people – Wordstock had over 8,000 attendees this year! I ran back to my library multiple times to print out more flyers to hand out, it was a fun and exciting day.oregon authors

The main work of our committee is the bibliography of authors who live in Oregon at OregonAuthors.org, a site begun in 2008. Our site is used! A lot of the people I spoke to at Wordstock were already our fans, and according to Google Analytics we get about 20,000 unique visitors a year. Our site needs a new server host and a new content management system, so 2016 is set to be a year of much activity and effort – keep your ears and eyes open for pleas for help! I mean, opportunities to contribute!

Rachael Short

Chair, Oregon Authors Committee

Information Services Librarian | Multnomah County Library

December 15, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 3) Library News

Winter Reminders
Tis That Time of Year: Ready To Read Checks
As your library receives its check from the State Library, please consider personally thanking your state legislator. They like hearing from those of us in the library community. Even better, invite them to a story time or a teen event. Photo opportunities are welcome! If we thank them now, it’s easier to ask them for more in the 2017 Legislative Session.
Tis Another Time of Year:  End of Year Giving
Remember the People for Oregon Libraries PAC. You can give $50 as an individual ($100 as a couple) and get that back as an Oregon tax credit. You can always give more! The PAC uses the money to support state candidates who are library friendly. It also gives to local library elections. Giving to the PAC is your way of giving Oregon’s libraries a voice in Salem and a boost at the polls. Make checks out to “People for Oregon Libraries” and send to Nan Heim, 833 SW 11th, Suite 315, Portland, OR  or give online.

December 15, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 3) Opportunities for Engagement

OLA Is Seeking Project Volunteers 

Are you looking for ways to get more involved in OLA? In addition to the many  divisionscommittees and round tables you can get involved in (by contacting the individual listed with that unit), OLA units have also posted specific projects or opportunities that need your support. Here are a few recent requests:
OLA Unit: OLA Executive Board
Project: OLA is seeking a volunteer to transfer the OLA 50th anniversary slide show presentation to a format that may be viewed online. The slide show, a written script, and an audio cassette tape are in the OLA archives stored at the State Library in Salem, Oregon. The script includes timing indicators for syncing the slide show with either the audio tape, a reading of the script, or both (we do not know what is on the tape or the slides). The project may involve reading and recording the script, making technology choices, finding access to necessary equipment, and uploading the final product to the OLA website. This opportunity may appeal to people who are interested in archives, information repackaging, digital objects, and media creation. The person who takes on this project will be self directed and will manage and complete the project using his or her best judgement in coordination with the OLA Executive Board.
OLA Unit: OLA Finance/Investment Committee (must be logged in to OLA website to access link)
Project: Committee position – term 2015-2017. This group works to improve and expand investment of OLA fiscal resources to maximize our financial standing. In the near future we will be convening a meeting of the Finance/Investment committee to review recommendations on mid and short-term investments.
OLA Unit: Intellectual Freedom Committee
Project: Support Celebrate the Freedom to Read in Oregon (BBW)  Volunteers are needed to help contact libraries and provide resources to support the creation of Banned Books displays.  Planning for BBW 2016 will begin in May, but please let us know now if you are interested in participating.
OLA Unit: Intellectual Freedom Committee
Project: Update the Intellectual Freedom Issues in Oregon News Database.  Clippings of newspaper articles about challenges to library materials in Oregon are compiled and added to a searchable database twice a year.  Volunteers are needed to create citations and abstracts of the articles in a spreadsheet. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel is necessary and attention to detail is critical. Volunteers must have or be willing to sign up for a free DropBox® account to access the necessary shared documents.
If you’re interested in one of these opportunities, contact the individual listed for that opportunity on the volunteers page. You can see the full list of units seeking volunteers here http://www.olaweb.org/seeking-volunteers.
Best wishes,
Meredith Farkas
OLA Membership Committee Chair