Be a Conference Buddy!!
This year at OLA Annual, about 1 in 4 conference attendees will be at OLA Annual for the very first time!! The New Member Round Table wants to help ensure that each First Time Conference Goers’ (FTCG) experience at OLA Annual is meaningful, relevant, stress-free – and fun!!
Experienced conference goers attending OLA 2016 are invited to be a buddy for a first-time attendee by providing advice and guidance during the conference. It’s really easy — you don’t have to have all the answers, just be willing to help a newbie out! If you’ve ever been to an OLA Annual conference before and are willing to help a new person navigate the conference and learn more about OLA, that’s all it takes!
I want to help a newbie out! How does this work?
Buddy options are really flexible! They just involve sitting with a newbie for a lunch, business meeting, or a special event that you’d be attending anyway – so not a huge commitment in time and/or energy.
Hey, it’s my first OLA Annual! How do I get a Buddy?
What if I have questions? Problems? Kitten Memes?
Just use the OLA Conference Buddy & FTCG Program Inquiry Form to contact Conference Buddy & FTCG administrators with any questions – and memes are welcome, too!
See you in Bend for #ORLib16!!
OLA New Member Round Table (NMRT)
New OLA Hotline Co-Editor
My name is Dante Buccieri and I’m joining the OLA Hotline editorial team. I attained my Master of Library Science at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT. In May 2014, I drove cross country to Portland and I’m happy to say that I never want to leave the Pacific Northwest. My professional interests are in reference, reader’s advisory, and community outreach/programming. Outside the library, I’m an avid comic book collector and a roller derby referee for the defending world champion Rose City Rollers. I look forward to being a part of the OLA family!
As incoming co-chair of OYAN, I am pleased to announce that tickets for the 2016 OYAN raffle are available for sale online at http://bit.ly/1ULKE0v until April 19th. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover, and there is no need to be a member of OLA or even have anything to do with libraries. No need to be present to win, either. It’s open to everyone so please share widely!
Tickets for this year’s raffle are $5 each or 5 for $20. Prizes range from the classiest of the classy (a two-night stay at Sylvia Beach Hotel, tickets for two to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, tickets for two to the Portland Center Stage) to the fun (Pelican Brewery gift card, British Tea Basket, and an 80s Nostalgia Kit). We will also be selling tickets at the OYAN table during OLA.
My biggest gratitude to all members who contributed to the raffle. Also, thanks for supporting OYAN and library services for teens in Oregon. See you all in Bend!
Violeta Garza | Bilingual Youth Librarian | Multnomah County Library
Resume/Cover Letter Review
The OLA Resume Review program is designed to provide guidance for OLA Members seeking positions within libraries and/or the information field. Resume review is intended to be a short-term partnership focused on providing feedback to the OLA Member seeking 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 those of you who prefer face-to-face interaction, we’ll be offering that option at the OLA Conference! Visit our webpage for more info and to submit an inquiry
Virtual Library Legislative Day 2016
As part of National Library Legislative Day 2016 (NLLD), we are offering library advocates unable to attend in person the chance to participate through Virtual Library Legislative Day (VLLD)!
This year, we’re teaming up with the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) to help expand our efforts and take advantage of the momentum started by the nearly 400 library supporters who plan to attend NLLD. Their Chapters’ members are pledging their time to make calls, send emails, tweet, and otherwise raise awareness about library issues during the week of May 2nd. To date, the HPA has received pledges for nearly 500 actions from their members!
Once you register for VLLD, we’ll follow up by sending talking points and other handy resources your library can use to advocate easily and effectively. We’ll be including a link to a webstream of the National Library Legislative day program, live from Washington, on the morning of May 2nd. You’ll get to hear our keynote speaker, former Congressman Rush Holt, and listen in on this year’s issue briefing.
You can also find out more by visiting the United for Libraries and the Harry Potter Alliance webpages, or by subscribing to the Action Center.
Please feel free to contact Lisa Lindle (firstname.lastname@example.org), Grassroots Communications Specialist for ALA Washington, if you have any questions.
Candidates for OLA Office – Voting opens Soon!
The OLA Board has once again identified qualified and enthusiastic candidates for the positions of Vice-President/President-Elect, Secretary, and ALA Councilor. Here is a list of this year’s nominations:
- Ted Smith, Library Director, Newport Public Library 2009-present
- Buzzy Nielsen, Library Director, Hood River County Library District
- Damon Campbell, Acquisitions Librarian, University of Oregon Library
- Kathy Street, Library Director, Oregon Trail Library District
- Danielle Jones, Youth and Teen Librarian at Multnomah County Library-Hollywood
- Jenkins Lumpkin, Senior Office Assistant, Multnomah County Library.
Pictured from left to right: Ted, Buzzy, Damon, Kathy, Danielle & Jenkins
The candidates will be presented at the upcoming OLA Conference. Online voting will promptly open following the conference. Stay tuned for regular announcements and reminders via email, listservs, and the OLA website.
Candice Watkins, Tacoma Community College Library
Seeking Reviewers at OLA Annual for the New OLA Resume/Cover Letter Review Program
This program is designed to provide guidance for OLA Members seeking positions within libraries and/or the information field. Resume review is intended to be a short-term partnership focused on providing feedback to the OLA Member seeking review. For those seeking a longer-term supportive relationship, the OLA Mentoring Program is open to all early-career library staff.
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.
While this program is usually virtual, for the Spring quarter, review sessions will be made only in-person at the Oregon Library Association Conference.
Here’s what we’re looking for in a volunteer resume reviewer:
- OLA Membership;
- Attending OLA Annual;
- Ability to provide feedback to the OLA Member seeking review;
- Complete the Volunteer Form for Resume Reviewers and select the time slot(s) that work for you to review a resume during the conference.
- Recent experience on hiring and/or interview panels;
- Currently in a position which often reviews candidate applications, such as a management position.
We’ll be sending news about this via LIBS-OR soon. You’ll be able to sign-up for a time slot that works for you in just a few super-easy steps! If you don’t subscribe to LIBS-OR, just fill out the Resume Review Program inquiry form and let us know and we can email you when review-seeker sign-ups are open.
Here is the eligibility criteria for those seeking review:
- OLA membership;
- Ability to receive feedback from the OLA Member providing review.
- Emerging information professional;
- Recent MLIS graduate or currently enrolled in MLIS program.
You can use the Resume Review Program inquiry form to contact Resume Review Program administrators if you have questions or experience problems.
Meredith Farkas, Faculty Librarian
Portland Community College Library, Sylvania Campus
Schedule Changes, Carpools and You
Twenty days till the 2016 OLA Conference and things are ramping up! Quick announcements:
- There have been schedule changes and additions over at http://orlib16.sched.org/ — check out the unit business meetings (open to anyone!) and if you haven’t yet, get yourself signed up with Sched so you can make your own personal schedule (note: you can create an account with an email address, you don’t have to use Facebook at all).
- We have a carpool signup! It’s up to you to reach out to a potential driver / rider. And on the way to Bend you can share your stories with each other! (see what I did there?)
- Special shout-out to our awesome sponsors who have made this conference possible.
In the coming weeks we’ll have tips for attendees, tips for presenters, and more tips about Bend. Stay tuned and we’ll see you soon!
New Member Profile – Sara Wallace
Hello! I recently completed my Masters of Library and Information Science degree with a concentration in Archives through Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management. I also have a Masters of Music Performance degree from Portland State University, where I worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Music History and the Woodwind Area, and a B.A. degree with concentrations in Music History and Music Performance from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Currently I live in Portland, Oregon, and work as a volunteer at the Oregon Historical Society and as an Archives Assistant at the Portland Archives and Records Center. I have lived in Oregon for over five years now, and have enjoyed learning about Oregon’s history and witnessing the natural beauty of the state while completing my Masters degrees.
Now that I have received my M.L.I.S. degree, I am researching my career options, with special interest in gaining more experience as a music librarian. However, as an entry-level librarian and archivist with broad interests and skills, I feel open to new experiences and am currently pursuing a variety of opportunities in cataloguing and/or reference work.
As a new OLA member, I would like to become involved in the OLA’s mentoring program both as a mentee and, later on, as a mentor, to support librarians throughout Oregon and to aid in their professional development. I am also interested in serving on other OLA committees and in planning networking opportunities for Oregon librarians in the future.
Early Registration Ends March 21st
Registration is open for the 2016 OLA Annual Conference. 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. For more information, please visit the conference website.