December 15, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 3) Association News

OLA Responds!
At times, it may seem that an organization such as OLA responds slowly, even ponderously.  Yet, we can be nimble in addressing current issues that arise.  The Board responds to requests from various committees, divisions and roundtables for actions such as letters of support or consternation.  Three examples in the past two months are worthy of note.

The Academic Division worked with Vice President Elsa Loftis to craft and send a letter objecting to the proposed removal of literacy and information resources in a New England Association of Schools and Colleges Standards for Accreditation. Why bother with the other side of the country?  People talk to each other, and if library standards disappear in one part of the country, that perception can creep into the deliberation of other school and college administrators.

letterTurner Masland, an OLA member at PSU, started a conversation on LIBS-OR about the controversy over possible surveillance of those using the twitter hashtag, Black Lives Matter. He asked what Oregon libraries could do.  Jane Corry took up the challenge and asked the Legislative Committee how we could respond.  We referred to the OLA Legislative Agenda that states our principles and the issues that we feel most strongly about defending.  One of these is intellectual freedom.  So, Jane sent a letter to Oregon’s Attorney General stating our position.

Finally, the State Librarian asked the Legislative Committee if OLA could support a recent request made by ALA and the Council of State Librarians to reinstate LSTA funds that were cut by the sequestration.  Again, Jane sent off a letter to our Congressional delegation with the OLA viewpoint.  Jane is on a first name basis with staff in most of our Congressional Offices!
These communications can be read on the OLA web site at

December 15, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 3) Association News

News from the Oregon Authors Committee

In November Oregon Authors, a standing committee of OLA, staffed a booth at Wordstock to promote our site,, and to talk up a few other statewide library efforts, like Libraries of Oregon, Answerland, and the Passport Program. We talked to a lot of people – Wordstock had over 8,000 attendees this year! I ran back to my library multiple times to print out more flyers to hand out, it was a fun and exciting day.oregon authors

The main work of our committee is the bibliography of authors who live in Oregon at, a site begun in 2008. Our site is used! A lot of the people I spoke to at Wordstock were already our fans, and according to Google Analytics we get about 20,000 unique visitors a year. Our site needs a new server host and a new content management system, so 2016 is set to be a year of much activity and effort – keep your ears and eyes open for pleas for help! I mean, opportunities to contribute!

Rachael Short

Chair, Oregon Authors Committee

Information Services Librarian | Multnomah County Library

December 15, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 3) Library News

Winter Reminders
Tis That Time of Year: Ready To Read Checks
As your library receives its check from the State Library, please consider personally thanking your state legislator. They like hearing from those of us in the library community. Even better, invite them to a story time or a teen event. Photo opportunities are welcome! If we thank them now, it’s easier to ask them for more in the 2017 Legislative Session.
Tis Another Time of Year:  End of Year Giving
Remember the People for Oregon Libraries PAC. You can give $50 as an individual ($100 as a couple) and get that back as an Oregon tax credit. You can always give more! The PAC uses the money to support state candidates who are library friendly. It also gives to local library elections. Giving to the PAC is your way of giving Oregon’s libraries a voice in Salem and a boost at the polls. Make checks out to “People for Oregon Libraries” and send to Nan Heim, 833 SW 11th, Suite 315, Portland, OR  or give online.

December 15, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 3) Opportunities for Engagement

OLA Is Seeking Project Volunteers 

Are you looking for ways to get more involved in OLA? In addition to the many  divisionscommittees and round tables you can get involved in (by contacting the individual listed with that unit), OLA units have also posted specific projects or opportunities that need your support. Here are a few recent requests:
OLA Unit: OLA Executive Board
Project: OLA is seeking a volunteer to transfer the OLA 50th anniversary slide show presentation to a format that may be viewed online. The slide show, a written script, and an audio cassette tape are in the OLA archives stored at the State Library in Salem, Oregon. The script includes timing indicators for syncing the slide show with either the audio tape, a reading of the script, or both (we do not know what is on the tape or the slides). The project may involve reading and recording the script, making technology choices, finding access to necessary equipment, and uploading the final product to the OLA website. This opportunity may appeal to people who are interested in archives, information repackaging, digital objects, and media creation. The person who takes on this project will be self directed and will manage and complete the project using his or her best judgement in coordination with the OLA Executive Board.
OLA Unit: OLA Finance/Investment Committee (must be logged in to OLA website to access link)
Project: Committee position – term 2015-2017. This group works to improve and expand investment of OLA fiscal resources to maximize our financial standing. In the near future we will be convening a meeting of the Finance/Investment committee to review recommendations on mid and short-term investments.
OLA Unit: Intellectual Freedom Committee
Project: Support Celebrate the Freedom to Read in Oregon (BBW)  Volunteers are needed to help contact libraries and provide resources to support the creation of Banned Books displays.  Planning for BBW 2016 will begin in May, but please let us know now if you are interested in participating.
OLA Unit: Intellectual Freedom Committee
Project: Update the Intellectual Freedom Issues in Oregon News Database.  Clippings of newspaper articles about challenges to library materials in Oregon are compiled and added to a searchable database twice a year.  Volunteers are needed to create citations and abstracts of the articles in a spreadsheet. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel is necessary and attention to detail is critical. Volunteers must have or be willing to sign up for a free DropBox® account to access the necessary shared documents.
If you’re interested in one of these opportunities, contact the individual listed for that opportunity on the volunteers page. You can see the full list of units seeking volunteers here
Best wishes,
Meredith Farkas
OLA Membership Committee Chair

December 15, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 3) People

Laura Bradshaw: La señora de la biblioteca

Laura Bradshaw hosts an onsite storytime for the children living at Wood Village

Laura Bradshaw walked into Wood Village Green Mobile Home Park in Troutdale, a stack of flyers in her hand. It was March 2014 and she wanted to advertise local library programs.

That’s when she noticed a crowd of children playing outside, a small basketball court and no parents. Her curiosity led her towards the manager’s office with questions about the neighborhood’s needs.

The manager told her about the high poverty, parents working long hours, while their children stayed home, unsupervised and unengaged. Older siblings were left by necessity to care for their brothers and sisters. With no access to transportation, the streets of the mobile home park became their playground.

About 80 percent of the tenants of the complex are Latinos, mainly from Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador, according to Bradshaw.

Bradshaw is the bilingual library assistant at Multnomah County’s Fairview-Columbia Library, located about a mile away from the mobile home park. Her job focuses on connecting patrons with information, outreach activities and conducting library programs. She works closely with the Latino community to promote literacy.

Soon after that first trip to Wood Village Green, Bradshaw began to brainstorm ways to close the distance between the neighborhood kids and educational services offered by the library.

Libraries offer storytime in English and Spanish, but Vietnamese, Russian and Chinese too. Spanish is the most requested: 10 out of the19 locations offer storytime in Spanish.

Still, not everyone could make it to the library. So, Bradshaw decided to bring storytime to the neighborhood.

The Wood Village Green manager suggested she share the community room with a local elementary teacher who uses the space for homework assistance. Bradshaw took the manager’s advice and spoke with parents and children about hosting a weekly bilingual storytime within steps of their home.

On the first day, roughly 30 children arrived. “I was almost crying,” Bradshaw said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

Laura Bradshaw hosts an onsite storytime for the children living at Wood Village

More than a year later, Bradshaw continues to visit her “little ones,” as she affectionately calls the park’s youngest residents. They sing, dance, make crafts and read two to three books everyTuesday. Bradshaw has also created a book exchange, bringing a selection of English and Spanish books for them to take home.

“Working for the community is my passion,” said Bradshaw. “I enjoy serving its members and going where they are. I want to offer something that can be meaningful, and improve and empower the community.”

For Bradshaw, early literacy is a powerful tool, but growing up, books were scarce. Born and raised in the central Mexican city of Cuernavaca, Morelos, Bradshaw found ways to read anything she could get her hands on, from literature to comics.

Her parents worked tirelessly to provide for their family of four. From an early age, she remembers her parents stressing the importance of education.

So at 15, Bradshaw enrolled in the Escuela Militar de Enfermeras. Three years later she graduated with her high school diploma and a nursing certification.

She went on to serve as a military nurse at a general hospital until three years later, in her early 20s, when she returned to the academy to teach.

Still hungry for education, she spent her free afternoons studying law and, by age 30, became  a lawyer. She continued her military career, while seeing clients during free moments in the afternoons.

After serving 16 years in the military, Bradshaw retired and moved to England.

Laura Bradshaw hosts an onsite storytime for the children living at Wood Village

Bradshaw said leaving the army was a difficult choice. She traded stability and security for uncertainty. But she took advantage of the opportunity.

She moved to Bristol, England, and enrolled in classes at a local community college to learn how to speak English. Within six months she secured a job as a teacher assistant at a Catholic elementary school.

“Europe was a good opportunity,” she said. “English was an essential need to learn. I fell in love with the city, and I learned the language. But you never really finish learning the language.”

When she returned to Mexico three years later, Bradshaw became an English as a second Language (ESL) teacher at a Montessori school. A decade later, in 2003, she moved to the United States and got married.

“I never wanted to stay doing one thing,” she said. “I’m a person who likes curiosity.”

This new chapter in her life came with fresh opportunities. She began working at El Programa Hispano Católico, a program that serves Spanish-speaking residents in Multnomah County.

While working side-by-side with community members, Bradshaw saw a glaring lack of resources in the Latino community, a population that has grown steadily in Multnomah County, from 8 percent in 2000 to 11 percent a decade later.

Many Latinos have moved to east Multnomah County, where 18 percent of the population live in poverty, according to the Multnomah County 2014 Poverty Report.

By coming to them and introducing educational services, Bradshaw hopes to empower the Latino community.

Bradshaw joined the county nine years ago. She served as a clerk at the Midland Library and after three years she became a library assistant at the Troutdale Library before joining her current location in 2013.

Bradshaw is also helping to support Multnomah County Library’s systemwide outreach. Along with several library colleagues, she works with the county’s Health Department to offer storytime to infants and toddlers.  She has also collaborated with former employer, El Programa Hispano to read books to the elders group. The urgency for literacy keeps her motivated.

“Reading can give you everything,” she said. “You increase the capacity to develop vocabulary, listening and writing skills. It is incredible what you can do.”

At the mobile home park, Bradshaw is known as “La señora de la biblioteca,” or “The woman from the library.”

As they leave the community room each week, children hug Bradshaw and wave goodbye.

They each carry a book in their hand and smile on their face.

Story and Photos Courtesy of Multnomah County Library

December 15, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 3) People

New Member Profile: Megan Hoak

I am currently the Teen Services Coordinator at The Dalles-Wasco County Library. Before that, I served as the Teen Library Assistant for two years at the Safety Harbor Library in Florida. I served as a high school Reading and English Teacher for five years prior to that. I earned my BA in Literature and Creative Writing  at Florida Southern College, and my MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults  at Vermont College of Fine Arts.megan

I live with my partner, David, and our very vocal mini schnauzer: Zeddicus Zul Zorander. I am a native born Floridian. This is my first time living in another state. During my free time, I enjoy writing, theater, baking, and music.  As for my favorite reads, I’m a big fan of Gillian Flynn and Daniel Woodrell. I’m most interested becoming involved with OYAN.

December 1, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 2) Award Nominations

Two awards to consider — one from ACRL, and one from Intellectual Freedom.


ACRL Professional Development Award


Hello Oregon library folks! Can you help promote a fantastic new award? And please consider nominating someone!

This new award from the ACRL University Libraries Section is a great opportunity to recognize and reward a librarian who has contributed to professional development. Please note that we are accepting nominations of people from all kinds of libraries, archives, and museums (and not just folks from academic libraries).

The award winner receives $1000!

Here’s the official announcement:
Do you know someone who’s contributed to librarians’ growth and professional development? The University Libraries Section of ACRL has a brand new award designed to recognize such a person. They’ll get $1000 and be celebrated at ALA 2016 in Orlando.
By December 4th:

  1. Think of a person that’s awesome.
  2. Fill out the form
    <>and put together an application.
  3. Send it to Rebecca Blakiston at

A big thanks to Library Juice Academy <> for
sponsoring the award!

Be in touch if you have any questions along the way. Happy nominating!

Intellectual Freedom Champion Award – Nominations

Do you know an Intellectual Freedom Champion? Intellectual Freedom Champions can be in any type of library or they might not work in a library at all. IF Champions stand up for the principles of intellectual freedom and help to protect our rights to read and research, help preserve our access to information and maintain our privacy. The award is given in recognition of the contribution made by an individual or institution that has actively promoted or defended intellectual freedom in Oregon.

The Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Oregon Library Association is now accepting nominations for the next IF Champion Award to be presented to the winning nominee at the April 2016 OLA Conference being held in Bend. Nominations are due no later than Monday, February 8, 2016.

For more information and the nomination form, go to the Intellectual Freedom Committee IF Champion web page. If you have questions about the award or nominations, please contact Garnetta Wilker or Roberta Richards, co-chairs of the OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee.



December 1, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 2) Association News

Call for OLA 2015 Poster Proposals – due January 15th

The OLA 2016 Conference is only 4 months away! Never fear, you still have a chance to get involved!

The Call for Posters is now open for this year’s theme: Tell Your Story. We will have 2 separate poster sessions – one on Thursday and one on Friday. 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 poster presenters about their topics.

  • The submission form is now live.
  • The deadline is 5:00 pm on January 15.  Notifications will be sent out by February 19.
  • For any questions, contact the Conference Poster Chair, Valery King at
  • Pre-conferences and conference sessions are all in the process of getting scheduled now.

We look forward to reading your poster proposals!


November 15, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 1) Association News

OLA’s Reference and Legal Reference Round Tables to Offer Statewide Training on Fastcase and EBSCO’s Legal Information Reference Service

Heard the news? As featured in the November 2015 issue of the State Library Newsletter, the State of Oregon Law Library (SOLL) has invested in two legal research databases and is making them freely available to all Oregonians via the SOLL website. This is such an awesome service!

These two databases, Fastcase and EBSCO’s Legal Information Reference Service (“Nolo”), offer indispensable resources to library patrons who are researching a legal problem, building a legal case, or engaged in law studies. Truly, they’re incomparable and often essential.

The SOLL online guides linked above provide the access points for both databases; equally useful within the guides are the description of contents, additional resources, and tips offered by Law Library staff. (BTW, those very same staff are more than happy to answer any questions, too – given them a holler sometime!)

But wouldn’t it be cool to have some expert-led, hands-on training for your library’s staff on these two, rather unique, resources? That’s right, in-person training in a computer lab setting that would give you practical experience in knowing when and why you’d refer patrons to the databases as well as how to use them effectively.

The Reference and Legal Reference Round Tables are currently in talks with the State Law Library to develop a collaborative and comprehensive Nolo and Fastcase training program, with the goal of taking the training “on the road” to various libraries and/or regions beginning early next year. Chairs of both units welcome feedback from OLA members; we are especially eager to hear from folks who might be interested in contributing their time or training expertise in support of the project. Please send comments and questions to Sue or Thea by December 11.

For the rest of you, stay tuned – training on Fastcase and Nolo will soon be coming to a library near you!

Sue Ludington | Chair, Legal Reference RT

Thea Evanstad | Chair, Reference RT

Cathryn Bowie | State Law Librarian

November 15, 2015 (Vol. 22, No. 1) From the Vice President

Notes from the new Vice President

Since assuming the position of Vice President of OLA in August this year, I have really been enjoying that steep learning curve that everyone warned me about. I thought it might be slightly interesting to some of you (I hope…) to hear a small snippet of what it’s like to hold this position so far.

These musings piggyback on Jane Corry’s recent submission to the OLA Hotline, her “OLA President’s Diary”. So, my apologies for that—I prefer to think of this as taking inspiration as opposed to plagiarism…I hope you share that perspective.

As Jane wrote, we had a great retreat in July, which is a time for the outgoing and incoming unit chairs, and others, to meet and set the course for the coming year. This was the first step in the fabled “hazing” process I’d heard about for incoming VPs (certainly not so bad)—the logistical set up of said retreat, and leading the evening hike. To my amazement, it went quite well! There was no room assignment or food aversion that we couldn’t handle–though the people at Silver Falls deserve the credit for that. But, armed with my spreadsheets, I felt as though I made a small contribution to the event, and I felt that it was a very productive experience, thanks to the participation and engagement of our amazing OLA members.

Vice President duties also encompass a fair bit of committee participation: I’ve been serving on the OLA Executive Board, of course, as well as the Conference Committee and the Legislative Committee. I’m also participating in the Strategic Planning task force (or is it a special committee? I will have that down pat by the time I take on the presidency, I promise). These opportunities have connected me to dedicated people that serve in different capacities in OLA. That is by far been the best part of the work: I have met and collaborated with the most interesting and brilliant people in Oregon’s vibrant library-land.

While all our members in OLA have other commitments and an outside life, I continue to be inspired by the level of dedication and how willing people are to help and share their talents. This is what has drawn me to OLA for these past years, and it energizes and excites me now that I’m taking on a new role. I promise to keep everyone posted on what’s going on for me as VP, and please contact me if you have suggestions or ideas for OLA moving forward.

Elsa Loftis, M.L.I.S., OLA Vice President
Director of Library Services | Oregon College of Art and Craft