March 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.4) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Check Out the Latest OLA Quarterly

The latest issue of the OLA Quarterly is now available!

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The theme for this issue is UX in Oregon Libraries, and the guest editor is Joe J. Marquez, the Web Services Librarian at Reed College Library.  From Joe’s introduction: “This issue of OLA Quarterly is about the state of user experience efforts in Oregon. This collection of excellent articles not only emphasizes the importance of including the users in the design process, but they also stress the importance of actually including users at all! After reading these submissions, I hope that you will see that Oregon libraries value the opinions of their users and are user focused.”

OLA Quarterly Fall 2016

Charles Wood  |  OLA Quarterly Coordinator

March 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.4) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Children’s Services Division Workshop

It’s Children’s Services Division Workshop time again! This workshop is all about big programs and family programming. It can be daunting to step outside your normal programming and try something that encompasses all ages or will bring out hundreds of people! Join us to learn some tactics to make your next big program a success or even just get some ideas for future programs! There will also be time to collaborate with your colleagues, so come prepared to share some of your favorite programs with a small group.

Don’t forget, we will also be hosting our annual fundraiser. This year, we are selling book bundles of recently published children’s books, so come prepared to stock up! We can take cash, check or credit card.

Register here.

Registration is $10 for CSD members and $15 for non-CSD members. Lunch is on your own. (Tigard Public Library does host a lovely café with a variety of drink, sandwich, and salad options!)

See you in March!

Questions about the workshop?

Please contact workshop coordinator, Rebecca Mayer, at or 503-742-8589.

Rebecca Mayer  |  CSD Chair 2016-17

March 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.4) HAPPENINGS

Library Legislative Day Turnout

The Library Legislative Day on February 21 was a grand success.  Our exhibit in the Capitol’s Galleria showcased children’ books that legislators were invited to peruse and select to be sent to a library in their district. At last count, we had 20 of the 30 senators select books for one of their local libraries.  46 of the 60 representatives selected books.  This is probably our best turn out.

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(photo of Jane Corry and Elsa Loftis)

Our main lobbying point was to maintain the Ready to Read Grant Program at its current level of $1,465,695 or 94¢ per child.  HB 5018 is the State Library budget that includes funding for the program.   The Governor’s Budget would cut the program to $978,540 or 67.2¢ per child.  This remains significantly below OLA’s goal of $1 per child. So, we talked to legislators about restoring $487,155 to HB 5018.  Our timing was excellent as this bill had a public hearing the next day for the joint sub-committee of Ways and Means on General Government.  OLA was well represented by Kate Lasky, Buzzy Nielsen and Dawn Borgardt who testified on what the Ready to Read Program means in their communities.  The Committee was very responsive and we are hoping for the restoration of the funds.  You can watch the whole hearing (fast forwarding through the boring parts) and read the documents online: (scroll down to meetings and choose 2/22/17 to watch the hearing.) We will need to stay tuned to how the budget gets shaped in the months to come.

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(Photo of Nancy Nathanson)

Special thanks to all who made the trek to Salem and talked to legislators.  We made close to 50 office visits.  Those participating included: Kate Lasky, Jamar Ramming, Ellie Hilton, Jessica Arenas, Erica Knotts, Ruth Murray, Alice MacGougan, Stacy Johns, Carol Dinges, Thea Hart, Monica Cooper-McQueen, Eva Calcagno, Sue Luddington, Abigail Elder, David Abbey, Melissa Little, Karen Muller, Stephanie Lind, Peter Leonard, Denise Holms, Natasha Forrester Campbell, Jane Corry, Samantha Pierson, Mathew Brock, Emily Ford, Tony Greiner, Elsa Loftis, Mark Hardin, Tricia Snyder, Todd Dunkelberg, Buzzy Nielsen, Alyssa Bennett, Jane Cothron, Brooke Robertshaw and Kristy Davis. There were more that didn’t sign in or accompanied those who did, so sorry if I missed including you.

Thanks to Casey Campbell for being our official photographer.

Special thank to our OLA lobbyist, Nan Heim, for making this event one that legislators actually like!

If you visited a legislator and haven’t noted it on our  appointment calendar, please do so.  It helps us track who we’ve talked to.

Janet Webster  |  co-chair, OLA Library Development and Legislative Committee

March 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.4) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Primo Reference and Instruction Meeting

The Primo Reference and Instruction Meeting (PRIM) Organizing Committee members extend a Call for Proposals and invite you to attend the second PRIM at Central Washington University’s James E. Brooks Library on March 20th. (Early registration ends on Friday, March 10, late registration on Wednesday March 15th.)

PRIM is a meeting of librarians in the region to share ideas, practices, and knowledge. More information can be found on the PRIM 2017 website, as well as the instructions and form for submitting proposals. Please submit proposals by noon on Monday, March 6.

We hope to see you there!

Amy Blau of Whitman College, Kristin Henrich of University of Idaho, Ben Hunter of University of Idaho, Kael Moffat of St. Martin’s University, Doris Munson of Eastern Washington University, Ben Murphy of Whitman College, Aimee Quinn of Central Washington University, Sara Thompson of Oregon State University

March 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.4) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Urban Librarians Unite Conference

Are you interested in what Urban Librarians are doing and the projects that get them jazzed? Come to Urban Librarians Unite’s 5th annual conference! This year the theme is Dangerous Librarianship!

Friday, April 7, 2017 from 9am – 5pm

Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza

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Dangerous Librarianship – Librarians are innately radical. They believe in free access to knowledge for any and all people. That is just DANGEROUS THINKING and we do it all the time. This year’s conference promises to focus on this librarianship on the edge. We will be looking at social justice as a function of librarianship, ways that you can get out and be more embedded in your community, new ways of managing, new concepts in training. If you want to go to a mellow conference where you can skate through the day for some easy CE credits THIS IS NOT THAT CONFERENCE. We are looking for the librarians who can dance on the edge and fight for their patrons.

The Urban Librarians Conference is the only library conference that focuses on front-line librarians working in large urban centers. We focus on practical, applied library science and really love to find new and upstart speakers who have fresh ideas to share. See you there!

Register here

Early Bird Tickets – $30 – available 1/9/2017 through 3/9/2017

Advance Tickets – $35 – available 3/10/2017 – 4/5/2017

Conference information here.

Any questions please contact us at

March 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.4) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Save the Date: 2017 Northwest IR User Group Meeting

You’re invited to the 2nd annual Northwest IR User Group Meeting,  a one-day conference dedicated to sharing ideas, innovations, and best practices:

Friday, July 21, 2017

Millar Library, Portland State University,  Portland, OR

A few logistics:

  • While we expect participants to come primarily from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and California, anyone is welcome!
  • As always, this is not a platform-specific meeting; if you are using, or exploring, ContentDM, DSpace, Eprints, Fedora, Digital Commons, Hydra, Greenstone, or any other repository platform, please consider attending. The meeting will be focused not on specific technical hacks (though there likely will be some of that) but rather on addressing the issues common to repository management, regardless of platform.
  • This year’s event will include panel presentations, lightning talks, and something new that we’re calling table talks. This will be an opportunity for people who are experts on a particular topic (policies/MOUs, getting started with an IR, open textbooks/OERs, copyright, recruiting content, etc.) to share what they know. Participants can move from table to table as desired to ask questions, spend time working collaboratively on any projects related to the table’s topic, or just listen.
  • Registration will be free.

Watch for emails later this spring with more information, including a call for proposals, and registration details.

If you have questions, or would like to join our regional list (, please contact either me or my fellow organizers:

Karen Bjork (

Kathleen Spring (

Sue Kunda (

Johanna Meetz, MA, MA | Scholarly Communication & Publishing Services Librarian | Assistant Professor  |  Pacific University Libraries |

March 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.4) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

ALA Panel: Intersections and the Experience of LGBTQ Library Folks

The GLBT Round Table is looking for presenters for a panel at ALA Annual titled “Intersections and the Experience of LGBTQ Library Folks.” Are you part of the LGBTQIA/queer community? Do you hold multiple intersecting identities? We would love to hear from you! Please send a short statement (2 paragraphs) to describing yourself, place of study or

work, and what you can bring to the panel. We will choose four panelists to present at ALA Annual. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS FRIDAY, MARCH 17.

Intersections and the Experience of LGBTQ Library Folks

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming and other queer folks in the

library world face a range of issues which often overlap with other forms of oppression, including (but not limited to) gender, race, ethnicity, ability, economic status and education level. Queer library folks with multiple identities often struggle to find acceptance and belonging, feeling excluded and invisible within an already marginalized community. This panel will explore intersectionality, a concept coined by scholar Kimberle Crenshaw in the late 1980’s, and the ways that multiple forms of oppression are interconnected and cannot be examined separately from each other. The queer library folk featured will discuss how even though they share an identity, each of their lived experiences is different. Attendees will leave with strategies for building respect for difference, creating open and accepting spaces for LGBTQ staff and library users, and increasing acceptance of people with complex identities.

Co-sponsored by: the 2018 JCLC Steering Committee and the JCLC Inc. Board of Directors

Alanna Aiko Moore  |  Academic Liaison Coordinator  |  Librarian for Sociology, Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies  |  The Library | UC San Diego |

March 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.4) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Free Webinar: Adventures of an embedded Librarian in the Campus Sustainability Office

FREE Sustainability Round Table webinar!

March 9th, 9:15-9:45 PM PST

ALL are welcome to attend.

SustainRT will host Amy Brunvand presenting “STARS and Beyond:  Adventures of an embedded Librarian in the Campus Sustainability Office.”  Register for the webinar.

About the webinar: During the past year Amy Brunvand, an academic librarian at the University of Utah, has been on leave from the library in order to work out of the campus Sustainability Office.   Her main project was helping to compile a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System(tm) (STARS) report ,a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance that is used for ranking by Sierra Magazine and Princeton Green Schools among others.   Along the way she gained insights into what drives campus sustainability and how academic libraries and librarians can get involved in and offer support to sustainability efforts across the whole campus organization.

Bio: Amy Brunvand is an academic librarian and government information specialist at the University of Utah where she has spent the past year on leave working out of the campus Sustainability Office.  Besides librarianship, she writes a monthly environmental news column for Catalyst magazine (  She also writes poetry, and her poems have recently appeared in Dark Mountain, Kudzu House Quarterly, saltfront, and the anthology “Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in our Hands.”

Librarian Amy Brunvand waits for the bus in an air pollution filter mask that was distributed as part of a University of Utah student project to call attention to air quality problems.

Beth Filar Williams  |  Head of Library Experience + Access Department (LEAD)  |  OSU Libraries + Press

March 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.4) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Alec Chunn

My name is Alec Chunn, and I am a librarian at the Bethel Branch of the Eugene Public Library. I received my MSLIS from Simmons College in Boston, MA. I also have an MA in Children’s Literature (also from Simmons) and a BA in Theatre Arts (from Western Washington University).

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Prior to my current position, I served an 11-month AmeriCorps term as the Early Literacy Mentor at the Early Childhood Services division of the Southern Oregon Education Service District in Grants Pass, OR. I have also worked as a library assistant at an academic library, a drama educator, and an associate editor for a college literary magazine. I grew up in the Tri-Cities, WA and am beyond thrilled that my career has brought me back to the PNW after a two-year stint on the East Coast.

As you might guess, I love all things children’s literature but I especially love picture books and books by and/or about the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also conversant in the history of children’s publishing, famous children’s librarians, diversity in children’s books, and story time. In fact, I love this profession so much I even have a Dewey Decimal tattoo (027.625). My favorite place in the world is the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. If I could have any children’s book illustrator draw me, I’d choose Christian Robinson. I’m the proud cat dad of two FIV+ three-year-olds, and I live in an old apartment with lots of picture frames. I have been a member of ALA, ALSC and YALSA for three years and counting but I am so excited to be involved more locally through OLA.

March 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.4) CONFERENCE

OLA Volunteers Needed

Are you planning to attend the 2017 OLA Conference?  Have you taken a look at the program and find you may have a bit of free time in your schedule? The OLA Conference Committee needs your help!

We are looking for volunteers to help with the tasks listed below on Wednesday thru Saturday (April 19-21, 2017) of the conference.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Arlene Weible, OLA Onsite Registration and Volunteer Coordinator, or 503-378-5020. Please indicate which task you are interested in helping with, and when you are available.

Volunteer Tasks at OLA Conference

  • Staff Registration Desk – Volunteers will help pass out name badges, provide basic conference information and directions. This is a great way to meet fellow attendees and put some faces to those names you see on LIBS-OR! Shifts are generally about 1.5 hours long, starting at 7:15 am and ending in early evening. We’ll get you oriented when you arrive!
  • Technology Support – Volunteers should be familiar with MS Office products, especially PowerPoint. Tasks will include troubleshooting problems with LCD projectors, audio-visual equipment, wifi connectivity, and microphone malfunctions. A volunteer will be assigned to at least one presenter per session, depending on the number of volunteers available during the conference. Prior to the conference, volunteers and presenters may work together to assure technology needs for presentations are met ahead of time. The technology coordinator (Kevin Moore) will contact volunteers with assignments and duties in the month prior to the conference.
  • Room Monitors/Directional – Direct attendees to session rooms; make head counts of assigned sessions; get assistance from conference team as needed for technical issues/room problems. Before and after sessions, direct attendees to different areas of conference center as needed.
  • Other Duties as Assigned – We always need folks to help with small logistical tasks throughout the conference. If you would like to help but aren’t sure you want to commit to the tasks above, let me know and we’ll see what we can do to find a job for you!

Volunteering at the conference is a great way to network and meet new colleagues, as well as support OLA! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Arlene Weible, MLS  |  Electronic Services Consultant  |  Oregon Federal Regional Depository Coordinator  |  Library Support and Development Services  |  Oregon State Library  |