July 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 13) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

NMM Conference


The National Media Market (nmm.net) is coming to Portland for the first time in its 39 year history, Oct 22-26. NMM is a one-of-a-kind conference and market that brings librarians working in media together with the leading distributors of educational films. The conference also offers an extensive professional development program, this year focusing on issues around streaming and digital disruption. The Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites near the airport. The early bird registration deadline is August 13; the cost is $185, with a 10% discount for first time attendees.

For more info, go to: https://www.nmm.net/register/

July 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 13) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Mackenzie Trotter

My name is Mackenzie Trotter and I am the Evening Circulation Supervisor at Eastern Oregon University’s Pierce Library. I help supervise our student workers and I serve as a back-up point of reference for patrons when librarians are not available.

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EOU is located in La Grande, Oregon, which is where I was born and raised. I graduated from EOU with my BA in English/writing in 2014. After graduation I worked as a Document Production Specialist for a local civil engineering firm for about a year and a half before moving to Portland, Oregon. I spent only a few months on the west side before returning to La Grande and accepting my position with EOU. Earlier this year I was accepted into the University of Washington’s online MLIS program, which starts in September. I hope to work as a reference librarian at a university when I finish the program.

I recently started to work as a substitute para educator for the local school district during my time off from the library. While I have definitely gotten a kick out of working with the youngsters, I am especially enjoying working at the high school with the special needs students. If I didn’t go into libraries, I would potentially like to work in special education.

I enjoy reading, spending time with any and all dogs, going to the movies (mostly for the popcorn), and playing with my one-year-old nephew. I love spending time with my ten-month-old miniature poodle named Oliver (Ollie) and my partner, Auburn. Auburn recently made the move from Portland to Joseph, Oregon (where she’s from), to start an art business. Auburn graduated from EOU a few years ahead of me with a BS in art, so she is thrilled to be creating again.

My favorite book is Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. I have been quite interested in memoir since college, and this one has yet to be knocked off the pedestal I put it on several years ago.

I joined OLA after my colleague recommended I look into it while I was in the process of applying to grad school. I am most interested in privacy and freedom of information right now, simply because it’s so timely with current events. I am very excited to be a part of this community for many years to come.

July 1, 2017 (Vol.24, No.12) LIBRARY NEWS

Legislative Session Update

The Session isn’t over so we are keeping our fingers crossed that the Ready To Read Grant Program funding will be completely restored to last year’s level.  We had excellent support in the committee work session that led to a handshake agreement with the co-chairs of Ways and Means that funding would be restored.  Some of the cuts had already made it into the budget.  THANKS to all of you who have contacted your legislators and made the case for this excellent program.

Katie Anderson (State Library) and Stephanie Lind (Washington County) participated in a mini legislative day for early childhood programs.  Due to these efforts, it looks like Healthy Families Oregon and Preschool Promise will likely face no cuts in the 2017-19 budget, regardless of what happens with revenue. Key legislators  also indicated that Early Learning Hubs and Kindergarten Partnership Fund would receive no more than a 10% cut (rather than the 20% cut proposed originally.  For those libraries that work with these programs, be sure to mention this to your local legislator.

Here’s a quick recap on other issues that the OLA LIbrary Development and Legislative Committee and our lobbyists, Nan Heim and Amanda Dalton, followed or are still following this session.

  • SB 75 Expansion of Ready to Read to cover 0-17. This died with OLA’s knowledge.  There wasn’t any money to fund the expansion.
  • SB 123 Children’s districts –  This is still in play. There was a hearing on June 15th in the Revenue Committee with support and opposition.  If passed, it could put more jurisdictions into compression and have an impact on library districts.
  • SB 822 Post notice on copiers, scanners that information may be digitally stored: This died.  The new generation of equipment deletes this information or just doesn’t store it. It’s worth checking your library’s copiers and scanners to make sure they don’t store information.
  • SB 1002 Private tutors access to schools and libraries.  Libraries are now exempted.  The School Districts are strongly opposing it. Amendments propose more focus on private tutors for dyslexia.
  • HB 2729 Open Ed Resources for Higher Ed: This is in Ways and Means waiting for funding.  OLA’s letter of support is in the record.
  • HB 3191 Summer Learning: This appears to have died..
  • SB 787 Curry, Coos, Douglas & Josephine special district carve out:  This died.  It would have potentially affected library special districts.
  • HB 3455 Age 3 to Grade 4 Reading Initiative: This was just introduced by Mark Johnson and co-sponsored by Bueller. There was an informational meeting on June 12th but not further action yet.
  • HB 2813 Online privacy protection for customers of broadband Internet access service providers: There was a work session in late May, but it’s not clear where this is going.  OLA supports it.

July 1, 2017 (Vol.24, No.12) LIBRARY NEWS

Once More Into the Fray on Net Neutrality

In the spring of 2017, new leadership at the FCC suggested reversing pole that promoted net neutrality.  In response to questions from OLA members, the OLA Library Development and Legislative Committee developed the following information.  Thanks to Rachel Bridgewater, Committee member, for taking the lead on this.  This is also available on the OLA website .

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The FCC is again taking public comment regarding proposed changes to the policies that ensure network neutrality by allowing the FCC to regulate internet service providers (ISPs)

Network neutrality is the principle that ISPs must treat all traffic on their networks the same, without giving preferential treatment to nor slowing down or blocking any content or websites.  While this principle has faced many threats and challenges over the years, it is how the internet has always worked.

This principle, which is at the heart of an internet, is currently under serious threat yet again.  The FCC’s authority to regulate the broadband providers under the law depends on whether these services are seen as “telecommunications services” (like telephone service) or “information services” (like cable television).  These two labels, set out in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, differ, crucially, in that “telecommunications services” are governed by the nondiscrimination requirements from “Title II” of the Communications Act of 1934.  In 2015, the FCC officially reclassified broadband internet services as a Title II telecommunications service.  In 2016, this decision was affirmed by the DC Circuit Court.  The proposal put forward by current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai would essentially eliminate network neutrality for broadband subscribers by reclassifying the broadband internet as an “information service”, stripping it of the protections offered by Title II.

Without network neutrality, the internet as we know it simply does not exist.  The neutrality of service providers toward the content and services is at the heart of the open internet.  Without the regulatory power granted by Title II, the FCC would not be able to stop broadband providers from engaging in a wide range of discriminatory practices including charging content providers more to deliver their content at higher speeds, blocking content they don’t like or approve of or that competes with their own offerings.  Innovation, small business, and free speech are all at stake.

Moreover, the rights of consumers to access online content are at stake.  Elimination of network neutrality will leave consumers at the mercy of their broadband provider’s discriminatory treatment of websites and content providers; this will be particularly problematic for those living in less populated areas who have few choices of ISP’s.

On Thursday, May 18, 2017,  the FCC voted to move Pai’s proposal forward.  The FCC will take comments on the plan until August 16, 2017.   Please take a moment to submit a comment in favor of Title II regulation of broadband internet providers.


Leadership Development Scholarship Application Deadline July 31

Win up to $1000 to support your development as a library leader!

The OLA Leadership Development Scholarship is intended for professional development, including online courses, face-to-face seminars or conferences, or any other format available in the areas of leadership development, conflict management, and communication.  Any member of OLA, regardless of position or employment, is eligible to apply.

This year Suad Mohamed, a Somali Bilingual Library Assistant at Multnomah County Library, and Jean Gritter, a Teacher-Librarian at West Albany High School, were each awarded $1000 for continuing education and conference attendance.  You could be the next winner!

Please visit our scholarship page for additional information and to apply.

Questions?  Contact Leadership Committee Chair Elaine Hirsch at elaineghirsch@lclark.edu

July 1, 2017 (Vol.24, No.12) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Brystan Strong

My name is Brystan (like Kristin but with a ‘B’) Strong and I am from Portland Oregon and currently reside in Southern Oregon.  I graduated from Southern Oregon University with my BA in Creative Writing and completed my MLIS from San Jose State University in May 2016. There, I studied Public Librarianship and Youth Librarianship with an emphasis in Tween Services and Programs.

I have published a handful of short stories and am a member of the Horror Writers Association. But not everything I write is scary, I also self-published a children’s book. I live with my significant other of 11 years, Brian as well as my cat Ponderosa, and our bird Buddy.  I currently work for Jackson County Library Services in their Medford Branch as a Library Associate in their circulation department.  I know American Sign Language and would love to incorporate baby signs into our babies and wobblers story times. When I am not working, I am writing, reading, or diving into all things true crime.  I am currently reading Volume 2 of what will be a 26-volume series called “The Familiar” by Mark Z. Danielewski.Screen Shot 2017-07-01 at 6.58.17 AM.png

June 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 11) HAPPENINGS

OLA SSD (Support Staff Division) 2017 Conference

Making Field Goals: Adapting and Thriving in Library Service

Friday, July 28th 8:00am – 4:00pm @ University of Oregon

Hello from OLA SSD!

We’re delighted to announce that registration for the OLA SSD (Support Staff Division) 2017 conference is now open!

View our sessions and our fantastic speakers for the conference, check out the delicious menu, get lodging info, and of course, register:


This year’s theme is Making Field Goals: Adapting and Thriving in Library Service. We’re headed south for a field day at the University of Oregon in beautiful Eugene!

Registration includes your choice of sessions, full breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. Based on your feedback from last year, we’re thrilled to welcome back Evan Dumas, this year as our keynote! Start the day off with listening to him speak on “How Not to Burn Out” or “Whoops, too late, now what?” We have a FANTASTIC group of experts ready to speak to you on many diverse subjects. Also based on your feedback, we’re continuing with a mix of traditional presentations and panels, with a chance for audience participation. So if you sign up for a panel, come with your questions and comments!

Looking for ways to save? Register before June 17th for early bird rates. If you’re traveling from more than 150 miles (one way), you may be able to apply for a $50 travel assistance scholarship. Are your colleagues going? If your library/system registers three attendees, the fourth attendee may be eligible for free registration! To assist with the SSD scholarship fund, OLA SSD has some fantastic baskets to raffle at the conference so be sure to bring a little spending money.

Thank you for your interest in OLA Support Staff Division 2017 Annual Conference!

Connect with us:

Blog: http://ola-ssd.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/olasupportstaffdivision

June 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 11) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference

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Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 8:30 AM – Friday, August 11, 2017 at 3:00 PM (PDT) @  Portland State University

NWILL is a conference focused on interlibrary loan and resource sharing for library professionals and para-professionals. Program content ranges from practical, how-to sessions to philosophical discussions on the future of interlibrary loan and resource sharing. Speakers include regional interlibrary loan and resource sharing practitioners and professionals from across North America. Early bird registration ($175) is available through July 10th, 2017. Regular registration is $225.

This year’s program includes:

  • Copyright issues and interlibrary loan
  • Leadership and management in resource sharing
  • ILL workflow solutions for all library types
  • Emerging and changing technology in interlibrary loan and resource sharing
  • And more! Including our open forum Ask Anything sessions!

Our Keynote this year is John Chrastka from EveryLibrary:

EveryLibrary is the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types.

View the full program: http://www.nwill.org/node/84
Register for the conference: https://conference.atlas-sys.com/NWILL/Conference


We look forward to seeing you!

June 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 11) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Shun-Sho Fong 

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Shun-Sho Fong became a member of OLA in December 2016 and recently celebrated her first anniversary as a resident of Oregon and an employee at Crook County Library in Prineville, Oregon. In her position as a Youth Services Associate, Shun-Sho focuses the majority of her time on serving patrons in 6th-12th grades through programming and outreach, creating displays, managing the collection, and everything in-between. She occasionally gets the opportunity to work with elementary students and is getting involved in services for Spanish speakers, including adult Spanish collection development. Originally from the Midwest, Shun-Sho has worked in libraries for eight years, operating as a teen librarian assistant at a public library and a cataloger for a botanical garden’s special collection.

A career in libraries wasn’t originally on her agenda. After earning undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Mass Communications and Fine Arts from Creighton University, Shun-Sho worked as a program manager at an arts council. Following a chance encounter with an article about Jamie LaRue, she was inspired to apply for the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, from which she graduated with her MLIS in May 2016 with specializations in Data Curation and Special Collections.

Since joining OLA, Shun-Sho has connected with the Oregon Young Adult Network and begun volunteering for the Intellectual Freedom Committee and Oregon Battle of the Books. She hopes to continue working with these projects and pursue additional projects working with disadvantaged populations.

During her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, playing board games and watching movies with friends, combing through thrift stores, working on art, and, of course, reading. Currently, she’s enjoying an eclectic mix of books, including The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer, Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook by Shel Silverstein, and Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer.

June 1st, 2017 (Vol.24, No.10) ASSOCIATION NEWS

2017 Lampman Award Recipient

Heather McNeil: Storyteller, Author, and Youth Librarian

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Heather McNeil is the Youth Services Manager at Deschutes Public Library, a position she has held with gratitude for 19 years.  Even though most of her days are filled with planning, budget, and coaching, she maintains presenting Toddlin’ Tales Story Time four times a week in Bend because, “it’s the best part of my week.  I love those two-year-olds, to whom everything is fascinating and funny.” Heather received the Oregon Library Association’s Librarian of the Year Award in 2014.

Heather is also an award-winning professional storyteller, and she represented the United States at international storytelling festivals in Scotland and New Zealand.  She is the author of a book on early literacy, “Read, Rhyme and Romp: Early Literacy Skills and Activities for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents,” based on her 35 years of experience with story time, as well as being a Specialty Master Trainer on early literacy through Portland State University.

Heather also authored two books on folklore after collecting stories in Kenya and Scotland, and she is now working on a historical fantasy trilogy for teens.  She served on the 2005 Newbery Committee, the 2013 Wilder Committee, and is currently on the 2018 Caldecott Committee. Heather enjoys time with her daughter, Jamie Rose, her cats, and whatever wildlife wanders around her home outside of Bend.

2017 Lampman Committee Members:

  • Carrie Kasperick, Chair 
  • Monmouth Public Library
  • Linda Annable
  • Holly Campbell-Polivka
  • Kate Carter
  • Korie Jones-Buerkle
  • Esther Moberg
  • Marian Rose

The Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award was established in 1982 to honor a living Oregon author, librarian, or educator who has made a significant contribution to Oregon in the fields of children’s literature and library services. It is awarded annually by the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library  Association.