December 15, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 23) CONFERENCE

OLA 2018 Conference
Call for Posters


The 2018 OLA Conference in Eugene from April 18-21 is only a few months away! Share some of your best ideas, work, and design skills by presenting a poster on any topic relevant to librarianship.

The Call for Posters is now open.

Accepted posters will be assigned a specific day, during which there will be a one-hour poster session for attendees to browse the posters and speak with the presenters about their topics. 

We look forward to reading your poster proposals!


December 1, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 22) HAPPENINGS

OLA’s 2018 Leadership Institute – Deadline Dec 15th


We’re getting really excited about the very first Leadership Institute of OLA! Be a part of this inaugural cohort and make history with us.

Details are available on the LIOLA homepage.

Applications are due December 15th and scholarships will be available. We look forward to developing library leaders at the local level.

Questions? Email

December 1, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 22) HAPPENINGS

Nominations Open for the 2018 Lampman Award


Do you know someone who has done an outstanding job serving the children of Oregon? Have you worked with an amazing Oregon librarian, author, or educator who has made an impact on the children of Oregon or children’s literature? Nominate that person for the Evelyn Sibley Lampman award!

The Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award is presented annually by the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association at the OLA Annual Conference. The award is given in memory of Evelyn Sibley Lampman (1907-1980), noted Oregon teacher, journalist, and author of children’s books.

Nomination eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • The person shall reside principally in Oregon.
  • The award shall be given for personal accomplishments to recognize the individual’s contribution and shall not be conferred upon an individual representing the accomplishments of many.
  • Only living persons may be considered for the award.

Please include the following in the award submissions:

  • Nominee’s name.
  • Nominee’s title, address, phone, and email address.
  • Description of the nominee’s significant and lasting contributions over the years that have benefited the children of Oregon.
  • Letters of support are welcome and helpful.

Nominations for the award shall be accepted from Children’s Division members, OLA members and members of the Lampman Award Committee. Current Lampman Committee members are not eligible to be nominated.

Please send all nomination materials to Carrie Kasperick at or to attention: Carrie Kasperick, Monmouth Public Library, PO Box 10, Monmouth, OR 97361.

Nominations will be accepted until Dec. 31, 2017.

December 1, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 22) LIBRARY NEWS

Natalia Fernández wins ALA’s 2017 I Love My Librarian Award!

Congratulations to Oregonian and OLA member Natalia Fernández for winning ALA’s 2017 I Love My Librarian Award! Natalia is the Oregon Multicultural Librarian and Archivist and Co-Director and Lead Archivist for the Oregon State Queer Archives at Oregon State University in Corvallis. She is one of ten librarians selected nationwide — over 1100 were nominated in 2017.


From the nomination form: “Those of us who have had the opportunity to collaborate with her — be it as co-authors, instructors, researchers, or students — have felt the impact of her generous character and rigorous attention to detail and historical accuracy.”

The American Library Association’s I Love My Librarian Award is a patron-driven award that “recognizes the public service contributions that librarians make in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning.”

More information about the winners is located on the I Love My Librarian homepage.

December 1, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 22) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Kris Jones

While I didn’t start out in life to be a librarian, I am grateful for the opportunity on a daily basis. I am currently the Library Technician for Crook County Middle School in Prineville, Oregon. With a background as a Certified Agricultural Education teacher and FFA Advisor, I came into this position by chance when it opened up at my daughter’s school. With a tremendous leadership team, supportive staff and great set of kids to serve, I have had a wonderful first year.

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In 2002, I stepped out of the teaching arena to focus on raising my family and our small farm.  During that time I was blessed to take up freelance writing for regional and national agricultural publications as well as serve the livestock industry in a variety of volunteer and leadership capacities. Today, I still write for publications as well as travel across the country throughout the year to show our family’s registered Lincoln sheep.

My current hobbies seem to be providing support services to keep our family engaged in their many activities as well as ensuring the farm runs smoothly. With a husband who is a busy teacher and soccer coach working in a nearby community and both of my girls involved in a variety of activities, it seems as if we are always on the go. While I always joke our busy family life is in a perpetual state of functional dysfunction, the truth is our crazy schedule keeps us living life to the fullest.

I love to read motivational leadership-based articles and books and keep up with the latest concepts of digital brand marketing. I have had the opportunity over the past several years to take courses in this area as well as attend VidCon in Anaheim, California for the past two years. With a Minor in Political Science from Oregon State University, the dynamics of decision making and marketing have always intrigued me.

As I have looked into continuing education opportunities in the library field, the idea of information systems technology certainly piques my interest as well as teaching youngsters to expand their horizons through a better understanding of communication systems. 

Through the support of the staff, I now offer a variety of interesting lunchtime programming through community partners and fun activities as well as guest speakers. I am looking forward to expanding my horizons in this area; I had a wonderful time exploring the new world of library sciences at the fall conference in Portland. I feel the horizon in this field looks bright and allows me to explore an innovative and creative side while enjoying a number of fabulous young people and colleagues on a daily basis. As I ponder my journey over the last year and into the future, I feel very blessed to call myself one lucky librarian.

November 15, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 21) HAPPENINGS

OLA’s 2018 Leadership Institute


Which leadership areas are you really good at and which ones need some work? Maybe you’re great at Executing and Influencing but need some help with Relationship Building and Strategic Thinking. We will focus on this and more at the Leadership Institute of OLA. Join us for three days of small group, discussion and activity-based personal discovery.

Applications are due December 15th. Scholarships will be available.

For more information, contact Jane Corry or Melissa Little at

November 15, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 21) HAPPENINGS

OASL Connie Hull Mini Grants

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The Oregon Association of School Libraries could be financing your next project to the tune of $1,000!

How? Through an OASL Connie Hull Mini Grant.
Easy to fill out, easy to meet eligibility.

Details on the Connie Hull Mini Grant page.

Deadline: November 30th, 2017.

Paige Battle
OASL President 2017-2018

November 15, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 21) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Oregon State University Seminar Series

All are invited to attend the second seminar of the OSU Libraries’ Library Faculty Association Seminar Series. Bring your colleagues and friends!

The seminar will take place on Friday, December 8th, 2017 from 10:00-11:30am in the Willamette Seminar Rooms (Valley 3622) on the third floor of the Valley Library. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please contact or with any questions. Library visitor information (including campus maps and parking) can be found can be found on the Valley Library Visitor Page.

Three librarians from Corvallis-Benton County Public Library will speak:

Enrich, Excite, Explore: Programs & Events at the Corvallis Benton-County Public Library
Bonnie Brzozowski
10:00 AM

Bonnie Brzozowski is a Reference Librarian at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library (CBCPL). The CBCPL offers programs and events that are often unexpected, fun, and fulfill the library’s three-word mission: enrich, excite, explore. A sample of successful programs and events will be highlighted and details about how they were developed – including information about the partnerships that make most of them possible – will be included.

Empathy in Design Thinking
Kristy Kemper Hodge
10:30 AM

Kristy Kemper Hodge is a Youth Librarian at CBCPL. She recently attended a school library conference where a speaker posited that empathy is a first and integral step in design thinking, and then proved it through fun and engaged exercises. She’d like to share this talk with you!

The Future of the Corvallis Library
Ashlee Chavez
11:00 AM

Ashlee Chavez became the Library Director of CBCPL in May 2017. She will share her vision for the future of the library. Hacker Architects recently completed a Facility Needs Assessment of CBCPL’s main library in October 2017; library staff is looking towards the future and how to fulfill the community’s needs. Ideas for potential new spaces and services will be shared and feedback would be very welcome.

We hope to see you there!

Clara Llebot Lorente and Margaret Mellinger
Oregon State University Libraries LFA Seminar Series Coordinators 2017-2018

November 15, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 21) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Emilly Prado

My name is Emilly Prado and I’m a bilingual library assistant and freelance writer living in Portland, Oregon. I’ve built my life around words and all things literary! Although the first job I ever interviewed for was a page position at my community library as a teen, my first position within the library came a decade later as a library assistant at the Oregon City Public Library. In the midst of a career change, I left my job at a tech startup to pursue work as a budding librarian in a field I felt was more meaningful and community-oriented. With a background in nonprofits and education, the transition to library and information sciences was seamless. I received a BA in Child and Family Studies in the school of social work from Portland State University with cum laude honors in 2012 and, after a five-year hiatus, I began an MLIS program at San Jose State University earlier this year. To support my educational endeavor, I applied for and received a 2016-17 Spectrum Scholarship through the American Library Association. Rinna Rem, Youth Librarian at Hillsboro Library, was incredibly helpful with my application and essay and has since invited me into her library to teach zine making workshops. I was honored and grateful to receive the Spectrum Scholarship because it means that I have a built-in support system and community of fellow librarians of color around the country who are also committed to pushing the library world forward.

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At the Oregon City Public Library, I’ve been fortunate to work with a supportive, innovative team constantly open to new ideas. As a result, I proposed the addition of zines to our catalog and was able to execute the project with a curated four-part series of programming to celebrate our newest materials over the summer. Adult Services Librarian, Gina Bacon, and Library Director, Maureen Thompson, were instrumental in helping this endeavor come to fruition. Our local paper covered the project. I now host a monthly drop-in zine workshop afternoon for people who want ongoing support in zine making or are simply looking for a place to craft with fellow creatives.

When not working at the library, I focus on sharing the stories of people from historically marginalized communities in music, activism, and art. I also publish timely cultural critiques and personal essays. My bylines can be found in the Portland Mercury, Marie Claire, Bitch Media, Travel Oregon, Travel Portland, Street Roots, and more. I write zines as well on the topics of women of color in punk rock and biculturality/family history. You can learn more about these zines here. I’m currently reading Carmen Maria Machado’s debut story collection, Her Body and Other Parties. The last book I read was I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez, which is an incredibly authentic YA novel about a first-generation Mexican American girl in Chicago. Read my review and profile of the author here. I am excited to join OLA so that I can be more in tune and connected with my network of librarians in Oregon! You can learn more about my work and get in touch by visiting my website.

November 1, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 20) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fall CSD Workshop Recap

Despite being an absolutely miserable day outside, CSD had a fantastically pleasant day inside for the Fall Workshop on October 21 at Sherwood Public Library.


Movement instructor Iris Nason had participants singing, dancing and even rolling on the floor during her interactive workshop on incorporating movement, music, and play into library programs. The main takeaway: listen, encourage and suggest ways for your families to play with sound and movement. Hint: use puppets or stuffed animals as starting points for play (hop and hide like a bunny!).

And it might be fall, but we’re already thinking about summer! Attendees shared amazing ideas from circulating ukuleles (why not?!) to recruiting and keeping teen volunteers (choices of activities and shorter shifts good), and prizeless prize wheels (getting goofy in public can be fun) to one reading records for all (so simple!).

Get more great ideas when your summer reading manuals arrive. Yes, they are in the mail! Feel free to contact Anna Bruce ( with any questions you might have.

And keep an eye out for more CSD-sponsored fun with the upcoming Mock Coretta Scott King Workshop – details coming soon!

​Natasha Forrester Campbell, Youth Librarian,
​CSD Chair 2017-2018