February 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 3) ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLA Conference Scholarships

Hello OLA Members,

My name is Lauren Simon and I am the Outreach Round Table Chair. I’m writing to invite you to apply for scholarships to attend OLA 2017. Two scholarships will be awarded to those interested in outreach services. One scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled in an ALA-Accredited Master’s Program in Library and Information Studies and the other will be awarded to a librarian or library staff person.

Applications are due by Sunday, February 26, 2017. The recipients will be notified by Sunday, March 5. This scholarship is for reimbursement for the registration fee and an additional $200.00 to be applied toward hotel, travel and meal expenses. Recipients must be members of OLA and reside in Oregon.

Apply online here.

If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Simon at lsimon@ci.tualatin.or.us or Kate Schwab, ORT Vice Chair, kates@multcolib.org. Please share with anyone you think would be interested.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Lauren Simon, Community Librarian Tualatin Public Library | Tualatin Mobile Makerspace 18878 SW Martinazzi Ave. Tualatin, Oregon 97062  503.691.3077   Schedule: Tuesday – Saturday

February 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 3) ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee Wins National Award

The OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee is the recipient of ALA’s Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award for the Tuesday Topics project. Tuesday Topics is a monthly series of listserv posts organized by the committee that covers topics with intellectual freedom implications for libraries of all types. Find past Tuesday Topics here on the IFC’s Intellectual Freedom Resources page.

This award is given by the Intellectual Freedom Round Table; find more information about the award here. It will be presented at the IFRT Awards Reception at the ALA annual conference.  The committee will receive $1000 and recognition on ALA’s web site.


Krista Reynolds & Ross Betzer, co-chairs of the IFC

February 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 3) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Leadership Development Scholarship

Leadership Development Scholarship Applications are due March 31.

The OLA Leadership Development Scholarship is intended to support leadership development of the membership and contribute to the growth of leadership potential within OLA and libraries statewide. All members of OLA, regardless of position or employment, are eligible to apply.

Scholarships can support online courses, face-to-face seminars or conferences, or any other format available in the areas of leadership development, conflict management, and communication. Examples of these opportunities are listed here; scholarships are not limited to these programs. Preference will be given to applicants and training opportunities that demonstrate potential for leadership participation within OLA.

Find more information and apply here.
Elaine Hirsch, Lewis & Clark College, OLA Leadership Committee Chair

February 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 3) LIBRARY NEWS

Library Assistant named Tualatin Employee of the Year

The City of Tualatin’s Employee of the Year program is designed to recognize the work and actions of the city’s employees which bring credit to the City and improve our ability to deliver excellent service to Tualatin’s customers. This year, Jennifer Patterson, Library Assistant in the Tualatin Public Library, was selected as Tualatin’s 2016 Employee of the Year.



Jennifer joined the City of Tualatin in April of 2012 and has been a positive force in the library and the Tualatin organization ever since. Jennifer is known for responding promptly to patron requests, going to great lengths to solve problems, listening attentively and patiently and always representing the best of the City in her dealings with patrons and co-workers.

Jennifer serves as a Volunteer Liaison, greeting, directing and training volunteers in the library. She welcomes new volunteers and provides necessary training. She is always willing to answer questions, clarify processes and provide an outstanding customer experience to patrons. Always cheerful, super polite, and a calming presence in a sometimes chaotic environment, she is an ideal employee and co-worker.

Jennifer shows a tremendous amount of care about her co-workers, not just in the library, but throughout the City. Her involvement with the Employee Engagement Krew! (EEK!) is just one of the ways she demonstrates her commitment to unity, safety and making sure her fellow City employees are supported. Jennifer is also active in the Oregon Public Library Support Services Division and served as the SSD Conference Co-chair in 2016.

Jennifer consistently demonstrates Tualatin’s core values of teamwork, respect, having a One City mindset, empowerment, problem-solving, customer service, and being non-bureaucratic in a multitude of ways every day.

The Tualatin City Council will present Jennifer with a proclamation at their February 27, 2017 business meeting.

For more information or questions, please contact Jerianne Thompson, Tualatin Library Manager at jthompson@ci.tualatin.or.us or 503-691- 3063.

February 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 3) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Association of College and Research Libraries Workshop

The Inland Northwest Health Science Libraries group, in collaboration with libraries at Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, and area hospitals, is bringing the Association of College and Research Libraries workshop, Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit to Gonzaga University’s Hemmingson Center in Spokane on Monday, April 10, 2017 from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Research data management has emerged as a need among academic researchers and liaisons are building skills in response. This one-day workshop will help liaisons identify their existing skills and mindsets that transfer to research data management services and then create a learning plan for the RDM specific knowledge needed to serve their subject disciplines. Tools, hints, and tricks will be shared that facilitate partnerships on campus with disciplinary faculty and with other RDM service providers.

Workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify data within the research process and lifecycle in order to articulate the role of the libraries in the management of data to researchers.
  • Learn how to develop expertise in the nuances of disciplinary requirements for data management in order to educate their faculty and students about data best practices for their discipline.
  • Articulate specific existing skills they already possess as librarians that transfer to data services in order to begin building a toolkit of research data management skills.
  • Identify campus partners in research data management to create an environment of research data management support for their faculty.
  • Articulate the parts of a data management plan in order to describe its role as a living document within a research project.
  • Apply their relevant prior knowledge of their disciplines in order to create a research data management interview plan in order to facilitate faculty engagement.

This workshop is intended for liaisons seeking to engage with research data management for the first time, or who have a very basic knowledge of research data management. Attendees are not expected to have previous experience with research data management. The primary audience is subject liaison librarians. Secondary audience includes senior library administrators, middle management and department heads, and technical services librarians and staff. Other campus partners such as Office of Research, Sponsored Programs, Technology Transfer, IRB, or campus IT may also be interested.

Register by March 31 so that presenters can contact you in advance of the workshop.

Cost: Registration fee of $25 includes light breakfast, lunch, beverages throughout the day, and the opportunity to visit with your colleagues from throughout the region.

The event is generously supported by a Health Science Library Partnership Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region.

Beth Hill, PhD, MLS, AHIP bkh1055@gmail.com

February 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 3) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Identity Agency and Culture in Academic Libraries Conference

Registration is open for the first ever Identity, Agency, and Culture in Academic Libraries Conference. It will take place May 22-23, 2017 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

This conference will extend ongoing conversations aimed at understanding how issues of identity and agency contribute to access, inclusivity, and diversity in academic libraries. In the current information and higher education landscapes, we cannot succeed by only performing the roles and responsibilities laid out in our job descriptions. This conference will also raise awareness of, begin to reflect on, and, in some cases, interrogate, how our roles and identities affect interactions with stakeholders, as well as our perceptions of each other and of libraries and librarians in society at large.

Registration for IACAL is free. Register here.

Click here for more information about the conference, including the list of accepted sessions.

Elizabeth Galoozis  |  Information Literacy and Educational Technology Librarian University of Southern California Libraries Pronouns: she/her  |  213-821-0097  |  galoozis@usc.edu  |  VKC Library, B38b, 3518 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0048

February 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 3) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant

Grant Opportunity Encourages Community Development Approaches for Libraries, Archives and Museums

Deadline for applications is April 3.


Washington, DC – The Institute of Museum and Library Services announces a new grant opportunity as part of its Community Catalyst Initiative. With Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums/Libraries as Assets – A National Leadership Grants Special Initiative, IMLS invites proposals to test and develop museum and library collaborative approaches for bringing about positive community change.

Eligible entities are libraries, museums, institutions of higher education, and non-profit community organizations with experience in library, archive, or museum projects and in managing grants for community development work. Award amounts will range from $25,000 to $150,000, and a one-to-one cost share is required. The application deadline is April 3, 2017.  See the application guidelines on the IMLS website for details.

“This special initiative responds to the readiness of many libraries, archives, and museums to develop models for co-creating, deepening, and sustaining broad-based efforts to engage and serve a local community,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “Many libraries, archives and museums can build on the momentum that already exists in their communities and contribute their own unique strengths and resources to processes and collaborative efforts that achieve positive community change.”

The initiative encourages projects that demonstrate the viability of adapting approaches from the collective impact, social well-being, and community development arenas for use by libraries, archives and museums. The projects will identify how libraries, archives and museums can determine at the local level which resources, partner organizations and practices can be used to better serve their communities. At the same time, the projects should represent models that can be adapted by other libraries, archives and museums.

Projects can encompass various components of initiating community work-including identifying the community opportunity and need, increasing collective understanding of the issues, and generating viable ideas for solutions-that are appropriate to the applicant’s community context. Mapping assets, examining publicly available data, and including multiple community stakeholders with diverse expertise can be viable approaches to identify opportunities that build upon community momentum.

Successful projects will feature cooperative relationships and must present a strong case for support from the community and key stakeholders to the proposed project plan and goals. Project participants may include combinations of cultural, public, nonprofit, educational institutions, foundations, local governments or private organizations focused on community reinvestment and improvement.

To Learn More:

The recent IMLS Community Catalyst blog series features posts from IMLS and institutions with successful partnerships, and covers key ideas, such as asset mapping, stakeholder identification, collective impact approaches, community readiness, and cooperative relationships.

Potential applicants can also reach out to the IMLS staff member listed on the grant program page to discuss general issues relating to this special initiative.

An informational webinar on this funding opportunity will be held Wednesday, February 15, 4:00-5:00pm EST and Thursday, February 16, 2:00-3:00pm EST.

For more information about how to participate in the webinar, please visit the IMLS Events and Webinar page.


Janelle Carter Brevard, Director of Communications and Government Affairs  |  Institute of Museum and Library Services  |  jbrevard@imls.gov

February 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 3) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Len Bryan

Len Bryan currently serves as the district media specialist in Hillsboro School District, where he is responsible for innovation in the district and campus media center programs for over 35 campuses. He is the former School Program Coordinator for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. In Texas, he was primarily responsible for the successful implementation of the TexQuest K-12 digital resources program, as well as the Agency’s involvement in school library standards and school librarian certification.


Len has has served as a middle school and high school librarian, guiding his middle school through International Baccalaureate certification (it’s not easy), and opening a 3,500 student high school in Round Rock Independent School District, just north of Austin, Texas. He taught English and coached girls’ athletics at the middle school and high school levels in schools all over Texas and Louisiana.

After he earned his MSLIS degree from the University of North Texas, Len was very active in the Texas Library Association, and hopes to be just as active in OLA and OASL!

He and his wife, Alison, a pediatric occupational therapist, are active in dog advocacy and rescue nonprofits. They have two big lovable goofball dogs that are working toward their therapy dog certifications. In their free time, Len and Alison like to see live music, be outside with their dogs biking, skiing, hanging out on the water, or paddling down a river. Len also enjoys restoring old houses and is currently searching for his next project.

Asking a librarian about their favorite book is like asking a grandmother about her favorite grandchild. Len loves YA, mysteries, historical fiction and nonfiction, and anything written by Mary Roach.

Len would love to be involved in library advocacy, recruiting business and citizen partners, putting on terrific conferences, or any other activity that can help OLA!

February 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 3) CONFERENCE

Early-Bird Registration for OLA Conference 2017

Early-Bird Registration for the Oregon Library Association 2017 Conference is Live!

Join us for “Thriving Together” at the Salem Convention Center in Salem, Oregon. It begins with a pre-conference on Wednesday, April 19; regular conference sessions run Thursday, April 20 through Saturday, April 22. Yes, you read that right!

We are excited to include Saturday programming to make it easier for people who work in school libraries to attend. Welcome school library colleagues!

Early-Bird Registration ends March 20, 2017. Register today and take advantage of early discounts.

Also new this year, there will be a special Friday night author event with Maggie Stiefvater at the Salem Public Library. Tickets are available for purchase through the Conference Registration Form or via the Conference Meals & Special Events Only Registration Form.

Heads-up! Memberclicks, OLA’s content management vendor, has a new event management system that necessitates two main changes in the registration process:

  • In order to register, conference attendees need to establish a profile within Memberclicks.
    • OLA Members already have an established profile within Memberclicks and can easily log into the system using their general Username and Password.
    • Non-members will need to establish a profile in the system in order to register.
    • Whether you are an OLA Member or Non-member, don’t worry! This process is straight-forward, takes only a minute, and is similar to those encountered on many commercial websites.
  • If you are registering on behalf of another attendee or need to register a group of attendees, please note that an individual profile with username and password is needed for each registration.
    • One solution? Have each person register as an individual and then submit the individual invoice to the institution for payment.
    • Another possible solution? Use your institution’s credit card when registering.

Early-Bird Registration ends March 20, 2017. Register now to take advantage of early discounts.

Staying in Salem? Visit the official conference website for information about staying at the fabulous Salem Grand Hotel at the reduced conference rate!