November 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 21) People

Member Profile: Craig Milberg

screenshot-2016-11-15-at-3-02-27-pmMy name is Craig Milberg and I joined the Mark O. Hatfield Library at Willamette University as University Librarian in January of 2016.  It is a wonderful place to work and I deeply appreciate everyone’s commitment to the ideals of a liberal arts education. Prior to coming to Oregon, I was an Assistant Director at Davidson College in North Carolina for 6 years and spent 13 years in a special library for a major international investment bank on Wall Street. I earned my MLS in 1998 at the Palmer School of Long Island University and earned a B.S in Chemistry from Clarkson University.  

A professional passion of mine is library assessment. I volunteer as an Associate Director of the Measuring Information Service Outcomes (MISO) survey which is dedicated to assessment surveys in academic libraries. I love working with MISO. It provides an opportunity to interact meaningfully with academic librarians from all over the country and to think about how to serve our patrons better. Once I’ve settled into my position I can certainly see myself becoming more active in the OLA,  in particular the Library Assessment Roundtable.

On a more personal note, I met my wife of 17 years in NYC when a large rat chased me down a subway platform to where she was standing.  On the subsequent subway ride we discovered we worked for the same firm and lived two blocks apart.  She and my two sons and two dogs joined me in Oregon in April.  We are enjoying hiking, and visiting the coast.  Other interests include gardening, traveling, photography and reef keeping.

I look forward to continuing to meet colleagues from the Pacific Northwest through OLA and other means in the future.

November 1st, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 20) Association News

Scholarship Deadline Approaching

The first deadline of the OLA Leadership Development Scholarship is November 30th. Applications will be reviewed within two weeks after the deadline. Applicants can expect to hear back by December 15th.


If you aren’t ready to apply, don’t worry! Applications can still be submitted year-round and will be reviewed two more times this fiscal year. Learn more on the website!   

November 1st, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 20) Association News

2016 Performer Directory

On Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, The Oregon Library Association’s Children’s Services Division and Salem Public Library hosted the 2016 Performers Showcase.  The showcase presented five-minute preview performances of magicians, musicians, storytellers, creative dramatics, jugglers, authors, and others who specialize in entertaining and educating children and families.

The downloadable Performer Directory includes contact information on area performers, including pictures.  

For more information email Karen Fischer at Salem Public Library, or call 503-588-6039.

November 1st, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 20) Opportunities for Enrichment

OLA Resume & Cover Letter Review Program is Open for Fall!

Sign up to be a resume reviewer or resume seeker for Fall between now and November 15th!


What’s this program about?  

  • The OLA Resume & Cover Letter Review Program, sponsored by the OLA Membership Committee,  is designed to provide guidance for OLA Members seeking positions within libraries and/or the information field.
  • Resume review is 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.

How will this program work?

  • Volunteer reviewers will evaluate the applicant’s resume and/or cover letter, then provide advice.  
  • In addition, the reviewer can assess any possible experiences or skills that might make the applicant more marketable for a desired position or career path.  
  • Resume reviewing will take place virtually in the Fall (although pairs are welcome to meet up if they wish!) and in-person at the OLA Annual Conference in the Spring.

Who should sign up?

  • Any and all emerging library and information professionals who might like a little bit of guidance on application materials are encouraged to sign up! An extra set of experienced eyes reviewing your materials might just make all the difference!
  • Any and all experienced library and information professionals, especially those who have recently (or often!) been involved in hiring decisions, interview panels, etc., and encouraged to sign up!

How do I sign up?

  • If you would like to participate in this program, please visit our webpage to learn about the required and preferred qualifications.

What if I have questions? Problems?

Jenkins Lumpkin | Learning Systems | Senior Office Assistant | Multnomah County Library

November 1st, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 20) Opportunities for Enrichment

Online Northwest Conference and Proposals

Online Northwest is a one-day conference focusing on topics that intersect libraries, technology and culture.  The 2017 conference will be held at Portland State University on Friday, March 31, 2017.

onlinenwThe conference explores how technology is applied within library settings and its impact on access and services for patrons. Academic, public, school, and special librarians are strongly encouraged to submit proposals.

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Safiya Umoja Noble.  Dr. Noble is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Her research on the design and use of applications on the Internet is at the intersection of race, gender, culture, and technology.

Submit your proposals for 45-minute panels, workshops, and presentations, or 5-minute lightning talks, on all topics relating to technology and libraries.  The program committee is particularly interested in proposals that address the following themes in relation to technology and libraries:

  •      User Experience/Understanding Users
  •      Design
  •      Engagement/Impact

Other topics related to technology in libraries are welcome!

Proposals will be accepted until November 11, 2016. Submit a proposal here.

For more information about Online Northwest, including registration rates and deadlines, please see our website.

November 1st, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 20) People

Member Profile: Gary Furuyama

garyMy name is Gary Furuyama, and I have lived in Oregon for the past ten years—mostly in the Portland area. For eight of those years, I was a truck driver. Although I enjoyed driving, I felt the need to do something “more.”  So in 2011, I returned to school to finish up my Bachelor’s Degree, and subsequently my Master’s Degree.

In 2012, I received a B.A. in English Literature & Film from Eastern Oregon University. I received a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Emporia State University in August of 2015. While at Emporia, I volunteered as a Library Assistant at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.

Immediately after graduating from Emporia, I was hired as an AmeriCorps member at Coos Bay Public Library, where I have served as the Digital Literacy & Job Skills Trainer for the past eleven months. Here in Coos Bay, I have been attempting to bridge the Digital Divide, as well as help patrons find employment.  I joined AmeriCorps not only to gain experience, but also to serve the community and our country. I have a passion for technology, and try to harness the power of that technology to improve people’s lives.  My time as a national service member has been challenging, humbling, and gratifying. It has proven to me the lasting positive impact one person can make in this world.

My term in Coos Bay ended July 30th. I have just returned to the Portland area, and am now eagerly searching for my next great library adventure! I am engaged to a wonderful woman named Ashli, who awaits me in Portland, along with my dog, Jack, and my cat, Shu-Shu. In my spare time I enjoy playing basketball, running, and social activism. I joined OLA because it is the best way to stay connected with my colleagues in the library community. I have great interest in intellectual freedom and net neutrality, and would love to become involved with OLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee.

October 15, 2016 (Vol.23 No.19) ASSOCIATION NEWS

The 2016 Horner Exchange Chronicles

The Horner Library Staff Exchange Program was established through a generous gift by the late Dr. Layton Horner for the purpose of sharing professional knowledge about library and information science between the United States and China. For the past 20 years, dozens of librarians have traveled between Oregon and Fujian province (Oregon’s sister province in China) as part of this program, developing professional skills as well as forging new friendships and cultural understanding. The Horner Exchange is supported by the Oregon Library Association’s International Relations Round Table and our international partners, the Fujian Provincial Library and the Fujian Library Association.


The second half of the 2016 Horner Exchange began on October 13th, with the Oregon delegation leaving for Fujian. You can follow along with the 2016 delegation with their blog:

October 15, 2016 (Vol.23 No.19) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Check Out the Latest OLA Quarterly

The latest issue of the Oregon Library Association Quarterly is now available! The theme for this issue is Re-Envisioning with the Aspen Institute: Oregon Libraries Answer the Challenge, and the Guest Editors are Pam North and Ann Roseberry. The Aspen Institute’s critical report offered strategies for public libraries to succeed in these modern times, and Oregon librarians have written about how their efforts align with these suggestions.

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You will also find some timely articles having to do with elections. In one article, Harold Hayes wrote about the ballot measure determining whether the Douglas County Library System will survive. Another article, written by Erica Findley and Kate Lasky, explains how the EveryLibrary PAC helps libraries around the countries win elections, and how their suggestions were applied to a campaign for Josephine County Libraries.

Thank you,

Charles Wood | OLA Quarterly Coordinator

October 15, 2016 (Vol.23 No.19) HAPPENINGS

OYAN Fall Workshop

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Friday, October 21, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Wilsonville Public Library

Teen programs typically get significantly less attendance than children’s programs so it’s difficult to use statistics to justify your time and budget. Outcome based evaluation is a way to find out the impact your program has on the teens who participate and communicate the value of your time and budget. At this presentation you will get an overview of outcome based evaluation and will work on developing an outcome based evaluation for one of your teen programs or services. Katie Anderson, Youth Services Consultant of the Oregon State Library, will present on outcome based evaluation. Come with one teen program or service you want to evaluate in your mind. Leave with desired outcomes for that program or service, ideas for evaluating it, and ideas for communicating the result to your library director and other stakeholders.

If you’d like to join us, please email Bobbye Hernandez ( and let us know you are coming.

Come for the workshop and stay for the meeting! The Fall membership meeting will follow the programming workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. OYAN meetings are lively, fun and not just business!  Share and learn about new books and program ideas with your colleagues and help strengthen teen services in libraries.

Bobbye Hernandez and Violeta Garza

2016-2017 OYAN Co-Chairs

October 15, 2016 (Vol.23 No.19) LIBRARY NEWS

Letter To Employers Of Clarion University Graduates

Graduates of the Master of Information and Library Science (MSLS) degree program at Clarion University are working all over the country. We are in the process of collecting data to assess the performance of our alumni in the workplace. If you supervise any employees who earned their MSLS degree at Clarion University, we would like to ask your assistance in a survey.

Please contact us immediately if you are willing to participate in this survey and we will send you further instructions. Please note that any employer who chooses to take our online survey will remain anonymous, and all responses will be aggregated.

Your assistance in helping us collect this important data will allow us to continuously assess and improve our program. Please contact us at if you are willing to participate or have further questions.


Dr. Linda L. Lillard | Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Information and Library Science | Clarion University