October 1, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 21) Association News

Your chance for a session or pre-conference at OLA 2016

ola conference

The Oregon Library Association Conference Committee invites you to submit program and pre-conference proposals for the 2016 Conference, April 20–22 at the Riverhouse Hotel in Bend.

Our theme this year is Tell Your Story and our hashtag is #ORLib16.

At this point the program does not have to be fully organized; you can give us a general idea of the program and speakers (if known), and fill in the other details on the proposal form. This year we are encouraging you to submit your ideas directly — no OLA Unit sponsorship is required. We also welcome proposals from OLA units. Sessions may be presentations, panels, or workshops. If your session idea does have any associated costs, it will still need a sponsoring unit.

Proposals are due by September 30.

Program Proposal Form

Preconference Proposal Form

Poster Proposal information and forms will be announced in November and due in January.

For the proposal forms, prepare the following information:

  • Title
  • Description (100 words or fewer)
  • Sponsoring Unit (optional for program; required for pre-conference)
  • Target Audience
  • Outcomes
  • Audience Engagement / Participation
  • Technology Needs (rooms have projectors and screens; laptops NOT provided)
  • Presenters Information

Questions? Please contact Michele Burke, Conference Program Committee Chair, by email at michele.burke@chemeketa.edu or by phone at 503.365-4711.

See what we had last year at the 2015 OLA Conference. Presenters are encouraged to share their slides and handouts through Northwest Central, the OLA professional development repository.

October 1, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 21) Library News

News from Coos!

GaryCoos Bay Public Library welcomes AmeriCorps member Gary Furuyama. The youngest of six children, Gary was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho.  He moved to Portland in 2006, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Eastern Oregon University in December 2012. This past August, Gary earned his Master’s Degree in Library Science from Emporia State University. While attending ESU, Gary worked as a library assistant at Mount Hood Community College. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with his fiancée, Ashli.

Gary’s position at Coos Bay Public Library is “Digital Literacy and Job Skills Trainer.”  He will be providing classes, workshops and one-on-one training opportunities, greatly enhancing the computer classes currently offered.  The library applied to be an AmeriCorps host site in March through the local United Communities AmeriCorps program.  Gary began his 11 month service in Coos Bay on August 31st.  How fortunate we are to have found a new MLS as our AmeriCorps member!

October 1, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 21) Opportunities for Enrichment

Library Juice Academy


Library Juice Academy continuing education courses will be offered in October, and November. Most of our online classes are four weeks in length, with a price of $175. We accept registrations through the first week of class.

Details on these courses are at http://libraryjuiceacademy.com/courses.php.

Here is a list of October workshops and instructors:

  • Introduction to Project Management- Robin Hastings
  • Marketing the Library in the 21st Century- Debra Lucas-Alfieri
  • Metadata Design-Grace Agnew
  • Embedded Librarianship- Courtney Mlinar
  • Developing a Website Content Strategy- Rebecca Blakiston
  • Patent Searching for Librarians- Martin Wallace
  • Introduction to GIS and GeoWeb Technologies- Eva Dodsworth
  • Library Makerspaces: From Dream to Reality- Melissa Robinson
  • Describing Photographs for the Online Catalogue- Beth Knazook
  • Introduction to the Semantic Web- Robert Chavez
  • Threshold Concepts in the Information Literacy Classroom: Translating the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy into Our Teaching Practices- Andrea Baer

While academic programs focus on conceptual understanding of foundations, we focus on the kinds of skills that library schools generally expect librarians to learn on-the-job, but which usually turn out to require additional study. These workshops earn Continuing Education Units, and are intended as professional development activities. Workshops are taught asynchronously, so you can participate as your own schedule allows.

Library Juice Academy
P.O. Box 188784
Sacramento, CA 95818
Tel. 218-260-6115
Fax 916-415-5446


October 1, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 21) Opportunities for Enrichment

2016 Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Research Grant

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), is offering the Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Research Grant for 2016. This grant of $1,000 provides seed money for small-scale projects that will encourage research that responds to the YALSA Research Agenda.

Details regarding the applications for the 2016 Frances Henne YALSA/VOYA Research Grant are available from the YALSA Website at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/awardsandgrants/franceshenne.

Applications for the grant are due in the YALSA Office by December 1, 2015. For more information please contact us via e-mail, yalsa@ala.org; or by phone: 1-800-545-2433 x 4387.


October 1, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 21) People

Member Profile: Laura Nagel

memberHello to all! Originally from Northern Minnesota, I attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington for college, which is where I fell in love with the PNW. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2014 with my MA, I began working at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany. Although I’ll be starting as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington in the fall, Oregon will always hold a special place in my heart. My husband and I love taking walks along the river and finding new restaurants to try in Eugene, where we currently live.

I also enjoy traveling and one of my life goals is to make it to all fifty states (only 18 to go!). I studied abroad in college and lived in Rome, Italy, for six months. As an Art History (and Sociology) major, Italy was another life goal. When I can’t be physically in another place I love to read books that envelop me in a different world. After watching all of the Lord of the Rings Extended Edition movies recently, I’m excited to re-read the books over the next few months and spend my summer in Middle Earth…and at the public pool, where I work when I’m not at the library!

September 15, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 20) Association News

Weighing in on Nominating the Next Librarian of Congress

With the pending retirement of James Billington, Librarian of Congress, Congress will start the process of nominating and appointing a new librarian. At the urging of OLA’s Library Development and Legislation Committee, Jane Corry is sending Oregon senators and representatives a letter that outlines what we encourage them to look for in the next librarians. As Mr. Billington has been at the helm of the Library of Congress (LOC) since 1987, this nomination is critical in setting direction for the LOC in coming years.

Below is much of the text of the letter Jane is sending. Feel free to use it and contact your senators and representative about the nomination. The more they hear from the library community now, the more they may actually listen when nominees are proposed.

Thanks for the help in getting the message to Congress.

-Janet Webster and Abigail Elder, co-chairs, Library Development and Legislation Committee


Letter to Oregon Senators and Representative:

The library community of Oregon encourages you to look for a nominee that can propel the LOC into a stronger and more progressive leadership role in sharing our nation’s great information legacy and future. We suggest that you consider the following skills and attributes when reviewing nominees:

  • While a library degree is not required, there has not been a trained librarian in the position in forty years. The Librarian should at least have a deep understanding of libraries and information science.
  • Technology changes, but the need to engage with does not. The Librarian must know how to use technology to promote civic engagement and to interact with Congress and the library community.
  • Technology does indeed change so the Librarian should have the ability to embrace technological innovation. This includes knowing about to recruit and retain others to manage the LOC’s technology dependant projects and operations.
  • As both a leader and a manager, the Librarian needs to inspire people and create a positive work culture. The LOC should not only be a good place to work; it should the place any librarian would want to work.
  • The Librarian, as all good librarians, must be committed to the idea of service to the community services, in this case, the American people and those who govern.

Of course, there are also actions that we would like the next Librarian to address. To do so, that person needs the attributes and skills noted above as well as the commitment to work with the library community in Oregon and the rest of the country.

  1. Advocate for fair use in copyright and reasonable updates to copyright law.
  2. Share as many LOC resources and collections as possible as this models for others the great benefits for our society and its cultural heritage institutions.
  3. Make the Congressional Research Service reports available to the public. These are created with public funds and should be available to the public.
  4. Address the 31 recommendations from the Government Accountability Office’s report published in March 2015, the foremost being the hiring of a Chief Information Officer.

The LOC is the library for the country. Oregonians treasure this national institution and the Oregon library community looks to the LOC for access to remarkable collections and unique expertise. We would like a Librarian of Congress who can effectively advocate for issues that affect our daily services such as copyright, public access to cultural content, open access to scholarly communication and digital best practices. The LOC is not a warehouse of books but a national treasure that requires a firm hand to manage its assets and guide it through the current complex virtual and physical information landscape. We encourage on behalf of the Oregon library community to be actively involved in the nomination process for our next Librarian of Congress.

September 15, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 20) Association News

Coos Bay/North Bend OASL 2015 Statewide Conference
Conference Theme: 2020 Vision
Dates: Friday and Saturday, October 9th and 10th
Location: The Mill Casino – 3201 Tremont St. North Bend, OR 97459

The Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) invites all educators and library staff to join us for the Fall Conference as we look clearly with “20/20 Vision” toward the future of school libraries.

Set your sights on the dramatic beauty of the South Coast of Oregon at The Mill Casino where you’ll hear a visionary keynote speaker, enjoy authors, attend sessions, and visit with vendors.
OASL is proud to present “An Evening with children’s author/illustrator Judy Schachner” of SkippyJon Jones fame on Friday evening and an “Awards and an evening with YA author William Ritter” on Saturday evening. The conference will host keynote speaker Mark Ray, WA State Librarian and Teacher of the Year, during Saturday’s lunch. The conference also includes a delightful author Author Round Table breakfast, sponsored by GALE, to kick off Saturday morning. Other Oregon authors we are pleased to include are Arwen Elys Dayton, April Henry, Emily Whitman,Bonnie Jensen Cox, Bryn Flemming, and Dawn Prochovnic.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Co-Chair Contacts: Peggy Christensen peggyc@coos-bay.k12.or.us or Laurie Nordahl lnordahl@nbend.k12.or.us

September 15, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 20) Library News

Collections Care Information for Oregon Organizations

In order to make your work a little bit easier during the coming year, Oregon Heritage has created a new webpage of collections care information created by other Oregonians. You will find information about audio preservation, digital stewardship and curation, textile care, paper preservation, collections policies and more written by Oregon heritage practitioners.

If you’re looking for guidance that isn’t there, you can arrange to get help from a member of the Oregon Heritage MentorCorps. Mentors, who are specially trained professionals and volunteers, can help provide information and planning assistance about collections care issues. Contact heritage.mentorcorps@oregon.gov to request a mentor or suggest other topics to include. If your organization has created collections care information you would like included on the webpage, contact heritage.info@oregon.gov

This MindYourCollections website and the Oregon Heritage MentorCorps were created with a grant to the Oregon Heritage Commission, working with a half dozen statewide and regional heritage organizations, from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

On behalf of all Oregonians, thanks for what you do. Have a Happy and Safe Labor Day.

Oregon Heritage News is a service of Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The news editor can be contacted at heritage.info@oregon.gov


September 15, 2015 (Vol. 21, No. 20) Library News

Oregon Public Library Needs Assessment

needs assessment

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the very first Oregon Public Library Needs Assessment has just been released. You can download it from The Oregon Community Foundation’s website or from my company website.

First off, I want to thank the Oregon library community for your enthusiastic participation in the data gathering for this project, which included:

  • 51 participants at eight focus groups around the state
  • 86 of Oregon’s 131 public libraries (66%) participating in the survey–a tremendous response rate!
  • 68 additional survey responses from Friends, Foundation and library board members
  • 18 interviews, providing regional and national perspectives

Innumerable instances of sharing insights, resources and support, as well as helping to promote the project.

Truly, it took a village!  My sincere thanks to all of you who have helped me make this project the very best it could be.

I also want to thank The Oregon Community Foundation for commissioning this study, as well as the Lora L. & Martin N. Kelley Family Foundation Trust and the Betsy Priddy Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation for their support of this work.

Earlier this week, OCF hosted a summit with other Oregon funders, where the overview I provided of the needs assessment’s findings was enthusiastically received.  It is safe to say there is great interest in exploring new ways to support public libraries in Oregon, and that the needs assessment is viewed as a starting point to that effort.  Stay tuned for future developments!

As those who participated in the research may recall, in the needs assessment we explored how public libraries create resilient communities through the lens of eight different library roles.  My friends at The Oregon Community Foundation would like me to emphasize that OCF’s competitive grant program supports each of these eight library roles, and to encourage public libraries to review their guidelines to consider how they might support your important work.  Here are some links to more information about the opportunities that OCF provides:

Again, my heartfelt thanks to the Oregon library community for understanding the importance of this project and making it a success.

Penny Hummel – Penny Hummel Consulting