July 1st, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 13) Library News

Eugene Public Library Extends Hours

Thanks to the support of a five year levy approved by City of Eugene voters in November 2015, all locations of Eugene Public Library will be open more hours each week starting July 1.

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At Bethel and Sheldon Branches, the new schedule will increase open hours from 26 to 48 hours per week, provide for open hours on six days of the week, and continue the popular Tuesday evening hours. At the Downtown Library, the new schedule will add Sunday morning hours.

Other expanded services supported by levy funds will include:

– Adding new computer tablets and/or laptops for on-site use to double Internet access at the Bethel and Sheldon Branches.

– Increasing free events, storytimes, and classes by 33%, with a particular focus on priorities identified by the community: support for young readers and their parents; activities for teens; and maker activities.

– Increasing the Library’s budget for books, movies, eBooks, and other items, which will provide quicker availability of in-demand titles.

The levy will provide $2.7 million annually for five years, which equals about $36 per year for a typical Eugene property tax statement or 17¢ per $1,000 assessed value. To ensure accountability and transparency, regular updates about levy spending and its uses will be posted on the Library’s website. In addition, the levy measure specified separate levy fund budget and accounting (as per state law), annual staff summary of spending and performance measures, annual review by the citizen Library Advisory Board, and an annual City Manager’s report to City Council.

According to Library Director Connie Bennett, “All of us at Eugene Public Library look forward to this opportunity to do more for the community. The added hours, programs, materials, and technology will mean greater benefits for all — educationally, economically, and for entertainment as well.”

More information about the Library levy.

Content originally posted on:  https://www.eugene-or.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2485

June 1st, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 12) Association News

OLA SSD ANNUAL CONFERENCE

FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016 8am-4pm
Wilsonville, OR

Registration now open! Click here to register

Holiday Inn Portland South
25425 SW 95th Avenue
Wilsonville, OR 97070
PHONE: (503)682-2211

This year’s conference will be held in beautiful Wilsonville, Oregon in the Holiday Inn Portland South. Easily accessible from the freeway and recently remodeled this location is equally convenient, comfortable, and modern.

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In addition to the presentation-style format you’re used to (one or two people presenting to an audience for the majority of the allotted time), we are hosting interactive, panel-style sessions as well. 

These sessions will involve a short presentation on a theme by the panelists at the beginning, leading into a lightly moderated discussion involving everyone in the room for the majority of the time. You’ll be able to choose which style works best for you, so you can get the absolute most out of the conference.

Take a look at our sessions and presenters/panelists this year:

  • Keynote:
    • Passport to Oregon Libraries: a Brief History of Resource Sharing with Eva Calcagno
  • Presentation style conference sessions:
    • Managing Compassion Fatigue at Work with Evan Edward Dumas, MD
    • Responding to and Assisting People with Unique Needs with Elise Thompson
    • One of These Things is Not Like the Other – The Joy of a Diverse Environment with Sandra Valenti
  • Interactive panel style conference sessions:
    • Ergonomics in the Library with Victoria Eaton, OTD, OTR/L; Kaitlyn Blair, OTS; Kelsey Sandage, OTS; and Amy Van Goey, OTS
    • Customer Service Victories with Jennifer Steward and Angela Weyrens
    • Training guides, Techniques, and Manuals with Suzy Coleman, Shanel Parette, and Mike Farris
  •  Plus:
    • The ever-popular Basic Book Repair for Libraries with Carolee Harrison
    • Our all new guided networking session: Supportlandia with Jane Corry

If you have any questions or comments about the conference, we’d love to hear them! Please email us at olassdconference@gmail.com, or alternatively call Justyne Triest or Jennifer Patterson, conference committee co-chairs, at (503) 352-1426 and (503) 691-3074 respectively.

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June 1st, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 12) Association News

OLA Election Results

The winners of the OLA election have been determined! The following individuals will serve as officers on the OLA Executive Board beginning Fall of 2016.

Buzzy Nielsen has been elected the Vice President/President-Elect. He will serve on the board for three years as VP, President, and then Past President.

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Damon Campbell was elected Secretary. This is a one year position.

Danielle Jones was elected the ALA Representative to the OLA Board. This is a three year position.

Congratulations to Buzzy, Damon, and Danielle, and a big thank you to all of the excellent candidates that ran for office!

Here’s to the present and future leadership of OLA!

Regards,

OLA Nominating Committee – Korie Buerkle, Sue Ludington, Candice Watkins

May 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 11) Association News

Only Two Days Left to Vote!

Thank you to all that have voted already in the 2016 OLA Board Election.  For those of you that have not, please take a moment to cast your vote and choose who will lead OLA in continuing its important role of leading and supporting Oregon libraries.

Voting will close at midnight, May 17your_vote_counts_badge

Follow this link to read about the candidates: Candidates Statements

Follow this link to access your ballot:  OLA Ballot

In order to vote, you will need to log into your OLA account. If you have any difficulties with the form please contact ola@olaweb.org.  If you have any questions about the election or want to become more involved in OLA, contact Candice Watkins at candice.watkins@gmail.com

Thank you for your participation!

Candice Watkins, Korie Buerkle, and Sue Ludington | OLA 2016 Nominating Committee

May 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 11) Association News

Registration Open for the OLA SSD Division 2016 Conference

We’re delighted to announce that registration for the OLA SSD (Support Staff Division) 2016 conference is now open! Visit  the conference webpage to view our sessions and our fantastic speakers, check out the menu, get hotel info including how to get a discounted room, and of course, register.

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This year’s theme is “Coming to a Crossroads: Intersecting Roles in Library Service and Community” and is conveniently located at the Holiday Inn Portland South in beautiful Wilsonville, OR, in the greater Portland metro area. Easily accessible from the freeway and recently remodeled this location is equally convenient, comfortable, and modern. The conference is Friday July 15th from 8:00am-4:00pm. Your registration includes your choice of sessions, full breakfast, lunch AND an afternoon snack.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Oregon Library Association Support Staff Division (OLA SSD)

2016 Conference Committee | olassdconference@gmail.com

May 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 11) Association News

2016 Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award Winner

The Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award, presented by the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association  is given in memory of the noted Oregon teacher, journalist and author of children’s books. Established in 1982, it is Oregon’s most notable children’s library service award.

Congratulations to Sybilla Cook, who  was announced as the recipient of the 2016 award at the Evelyn Sibley Lampman Breakfast at the annual OLA Conference. You can learn more about Sybilla through her website as well as her blog.

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May 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 11) Library News

Social Worker at Multnomah County Library

Susan  Voss-Rothmeier joined Multnomah County Library as the system’s first social worker providing social services and resources to vulnerable patrons at the library. Her position was developed as a one year pilot program and follows in the heels of other major library systems such as San Francisco. Want to learn more about these efforts? The Oregonian’s recent article is a great place to start!  

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May 2nd, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 10) Association News

2016 OLA Election Now Open! 

Please take a moment to cast your vote and choose who will lead OLA in continuing its important role of leading and supporting Oregon libraries.

Voting will close at midnight, May 17.

Follow this link to read about the candidates: Candidates Statements

Follow this link to access your ballot:  OLA Ballot

In order to vote, you will need to log into your OLA account.

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If you have any difficulties with the form please contact ola@olaweb.org.  If you have any questions about the election or want to become more involved in OLA, contact Candice Watkins (candice.watkins@gmail.com)

Thank you for your participation!

Candice Watkins, Korie Buerkle, and Sue Ludington
OLA 2016 Nominating Committee

May 2nd, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 10) Association News

Congratualation to the 2016 Award Winners

The Oregon Library Association was privileged to announce the winners of a few of the 2016 OLA awards at this year’s conference. Congratulations and many thanks to the winners for their hard work and dedication!

OLA Distinguished Service Award: Mary Finnegan (2016)

  • The OLA Distinguished Service Award may be awarded to any Oregon Librarian or library staff member, who has been in the profession for 15 years 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.

Oregon Librarian of the Year: Kathryn Kohl (2016)

  • This award is given to a professional librarian who has demonstrated excellence in library service in Oregon. The librarian must have worked for pay in an Oregon library for at least two years. The nominee must be a member of OLA.

Library Employee of the Year: Charleene Wood (2016)

  • This award is given to a library employee who is committed to providing excellent library service to the community. The recipient has shown leadership, initiative, and willingness to share skills with the organization.

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