May 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 9) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Updates from the Legislative Front

From Salem:

IMPORTANT!!! HB 5018, the State Library Budget (where the Ready to Read Grant Program gets its funding) is up for a work session on Thursday, May 18th at 3:00. We encourage OLA members who have representatives or senators on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on General Government to contact them about the importance of restoring Ready to Read to its current level of funding. That is $0.94/child; we need $487,155. Right now, the proposal is to restore $306,211.  

The message to send:

“Concerning HB 5018, please restore the Ready to Read Grant Program to its current level. This is how my community benefits from it …”

Members of the Ways and Means Subcommittee:

  • Senator Manning (Eugene, Junction City) – co-chair
  • Senator B. Johnson (north coast and slightly inland)
  • Senator DeBoer (Ashland and Medford)
  • Representative G. Smith (Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Sherman and Wasco Counties) – co-chair
  • Representative Gomberg (Lincoln County and inland)
  • Representative Marsh (Ashland)
  • Representative Fahey (Junction City)
  • Representative Nearman (Independence and more)

In general, it looks like a proposed budget will have cuts across the board as the Legislature cannot agree on revenue increases. It will be painful. The good news: we managed to get the library taken out of the tutoring bill. There are couple of other important bills in Ways and Means waiting for a funding decision. A new bill, HB 3455, was introduced last week. It involves funding early literacy program in school districts. We’ll keep an eye on it.

From Washington DC:

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Legislative Aide Nolan Ahern, Buzzy Nielsen and Sarah Charlton in Congressman Walden’s office.

The Oregon delegation to ALA’s National Legislative Day did a stellar job representing Oregon’s Libraries. Thanks to Buzzy Nielsen, Ruth Murray, Carol Dinges, Sarah Charlton, and Cheryl Middleton. The offices loved the OLA postcards, so thanks to all who filled them out at the OLA Conference. The State Library compiled a district by district report on LSTA funding and these were well-received. If you want a copy, please contact us. Buzzy and Sarah had a productive meeting with Nolan Ahern, Congressman Walden’s aide. They were pleased to discover that Congressman Walden is passionate about broadband access in all communities. For those in his district, please thank him for this support while asking him to continue to uphold LSTA and IAL.

LSTA for FY17 has been restored and again, most of the Oregon Congressional Delegation signed on in support. We are looking toward FY18 now.

Finally, the FCC was taking comments on the proposed Net Neutrality ruling. They have been coming in fast and furious. The FCC suspended taking comments on May 12th for a Sunshine Period. We are working on a one page briefing so you can comment when they open it up again.

For those who want to know more about the Legislative Committee’s actions, please read our meeting notes on the OLA web page or contact one of the co-chairs, Abigail Elder ( and Janet Webster (

– Janet Webster
Legislative Committee

May 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 9) ASSOCIATION NEWS

New Edition of OLAQ

The latest issue of the OLA Quarterly is now available!

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The theme for this issue is REFORMA Oregon Chapter. The Guest Editor is Martin Blasco of WCCLS. From Martin’s introduction: “REFORMA Oregon, as a chapter of the national organization and as a round table of OLA, is open to anyone who works or would like to work with Latinos, or is interested in learning about this community.” In this issue, five librarians describe their incredible efforts in their communities, and how REFORMA Oregon has provided the support and resources to help them with their goals. See if someone you know wrote an article! Upload an article to your e-reader! Share with your friends! Perhaps you can implement the ideas in this issue at your library.

Download the whole issue or individual articles here.

For more information about REFORMA:

– Charles Wood
Communications Committee

May 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 9) PEOPLE

Big Five! Questions with OLA President Elsa Loftis

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OLA President Elsa Loftis is the first entry in a new Q & A series, Big Five!

1. What is your first library-related memory? 

Story time at the library in Lake Oswego, going with my Mom. I remember one time where all the kids wore costumes, it must have been around Halloween because there’s a picture of me at about 3 years old dressed as a witch in the library (I was always a witch for Halloween, without fail).

2. What is your favorite place in Oregon? 

I have a lot of favorite places in Oregon, so that is a tough question! It might be the Elizabethan Theater in Ashland … but I think I’d have to say it’s Canyon Creek Meadows, a hike I love to take in Central Oregon. I spent every summer in Camp Sherman growing up, near the Metolius River, so anywhere in that area, really.

3. What was the last gift you gave someone? 

My nephew, Henrik, just turned 5, so I gave him a Spiderman flashlight for an upcoming camping trip, and a blanket that looks like you’re being swallowed by a shark when you are in it. He is crazy for sharks–he lives every week like it’s Shark Week.

4. What do you think about when you’re alone in the car/on the bus/going somewhere else? 

What am I forgetting? I have to be forgetting something. Do we have enough diapers/dog food/laundry detergent?

5. What’s the most interesting thing about you that’s not on your resume? 

I backpacked in several countries with my husband (then boyfriend) after college, and we stayed in New Zealand for about a year. We lived out of a van, and for a short time, ran a youth hostel where we learned how to breath fire from a man who used to travel with a circus around Europe. He was later the officiant at our wedding. Not sure if that’s the most interesting thing, but it’s a fun story to tell my two sons about.

We’re looking for more interviewees! Answers can be as long or short as you like and a photo –of you or related to your answers– is appreciated! Send to

May 1, 2017 (Vol.24 No.8) ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLA Leadership Development Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Jean Gritter, recipient of the second OLA Leadership Development Scholarship.

Jean Gritter, a Teacher-Librarian at West Albany High School, has been awarded $1000 from the Oregon Library Association to attend the ALA Conference in Chicago this June. Jean wants to focus her conference time on sessions covering school library and public library partnerships, which are effectively taking place all over the country, and examine how these collaborations can be better implemented in Oregon.

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Jean has been an educator in Oregon for over 20 years and currently serves as the Region 2 Representative for OASL.  This position allows her to work with many talented colleagues and provides opportunities to take on leadership roles in the school library community.  Jean plans to work with both the OASL and PLD divisions of OLA to forge and expand public and school library partnerships across the state, and is interested in bringing together a group of OLA members to focus on related issues and opportunities.

Applications for the OLA Leadership Development Scholarship are reviewed three times a year to support OLA members in developing their leadership abilities.  The next application deadline is July 31, 2017.


May 1, 2017 (Vol.24 No.8) LIBRARY NEWS

2017 Oregon Heritage Excellence Award Winners Announced

Individuals, organizations, and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards on April 26 in Newberg. The public is invited to attend the presentation with pre-ticketing required.

“The award recipients represent the extraordinary efforts to preserve Oregon’s heritage,” said Todd Mayberry, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. “They also serve as models for others on how to develop new ideas, approaches, and innovations.”

The recipients will be:

Oregon Public Broadcasting’s 2016 “Oregon Experience” Season, for a year of exceptional programming, which resulted in showcase documentaries that promoted education and dialogue around remarkable citizens and underrepresented communities of the state.

“15 Minutes Histories” Project, a cutting-edge collaboration between the Deschutes Public Library and the Deschutes County Historical Society, innovatively addressing the immediate access and long-term preservation needs of community-based stories in Central Oregon.

Aimee Gorham Mural Conservation Project, an exemplary cooperative effort to preserve and interpret a uniquely Oregonian cultural asset, a 1930s WPA-era wood art mural in Portland’s Chapman Elementary School created by one of the state’s most important female artists.

John M. Tess, Portland, for a 40-year professional career built around increasingly significant and enduring contributions to the cause of preserving Oregon’s historic and architectural legacy.

Historic Columbia River Highway 2016 Centennial Celebration, a range of statewide stakeholders joined the Oregon Department of Transportation to host yearlong public programs and events as part of a once-in-a-century birthday bash for Oregon’s oldest scenic highway.

Vanport Mosaic Festival 2016, a groundbreaking, grassroots effort that utilized a multi-disciplinary approach through creative partnerships to bring Oregonians together to learn and talk about Vanport’s history.

Kelly Haverkate, for her inspirational and tireless commitment as a Main Street program volunteer, whose work resulted in a visionary, transformative, and sustainable revitalization of the city of Dayton’s downtown, a gem in the Willamette Valley.

Redmond’s Union High School Rehabilitation Project, a statewide model for restoration and adaptive reuse of a locally treasured historic building, honoring its storied past while beginning a new chapter as the home of City Hall.

This year also introduces the Sally Donovan Award for Historic Cemetery Preservation. This recent addition to the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards program is given for a project, organization, or person for outstanding contribution in the preservation of Oregon historic cemeteries.

The award is named for Sally Donovan, who brought cemetery preservation to the forefront in Oregon. She developed historic cemetery planning and trained hundreds in the assessment, cleaning, and repair of monuments.

The first-ever recipient will be:

Dorothy Brandner, for over a decade of extraordinary volunteerism and estimable leadership in the areas of preservation, interpretation, and historical research while serving the Eugene Pioneer Cemetery.

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards are a project of Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. This year’s awards are being presented in conjunction with the Oregon Heritage Summit.

The awards banquet will be held from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Chehalem Cultural Center (415 E Sheridan, Newberg) on the evening of Wednesday, April 26. Special guests include Bertony Faustin, proprietor of Abbey Creek Vineyards, who will share his experience documenting the stories of a growing community of fellow minority winemakers across the state.

Tickets are available by using the online registration system that is available through For more information, contact Todd Mayberry at 503-986-0696 or .

April 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 7) ASSOCIATION NEWS

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OLA Executive Board Meeting

April 19th at the Salem Convention Center

Hello Oregon Library Community!

I’m happy to announce that the OLA Board will convene on Wednesday at the Salem Convention Center for our pre-conference meeting! We will meet in the Hilton board room from 2:30-5:00pm. All are welcome. The agenda can be found on the OLA Board Meetings page.

We are not sure if we will have a need for virtual conference connection this time (it is a shorter meeting, and we hope that most people attend in person as part of the conference), but if you had hoped to attend via Go-To Meeting, please RSVP to me directly, so that I know to set that up. Remote meeting information will be posted to our board meeting page (link above) if we have RSVPs for the virtual option.

Thanks so much, and I’m very much looking forward to the conference, and hope to see you there!


Elsa Loftis
OLA President 2016-17

April 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 7) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Watching Sausage Being Made – The Oregon Legislature

Sometimes, it can be both fascinating and frustrating to watch legislation wind its way through the Oregon Legislature. That is the case this year with Senate Bill 1002, a bill that addresses accommodations for tutors, both private and free, in school, public and tribal libraries.

When brought to the attention of the OLA Library Development and Legislative Committee, we agreed that this was a local policy issue and most public libraries addressed the presence of private tutors and their students through the public space stage and meeting room policies. The LDLC presented our concerns to the Senate Education Committee’s chair, Arnie Roblan. We thought the bill would die or at least be amended to address our concerns. At the hearing last week, OLA’s lobbyist, Nan Heim, testified after some passionate testimony about a student and a tutor who were turned away from a school. The bill went to a work session held April 13.

Thanks to OLA members with senators on the Education Committee, it looks like public libraries will get removed from the bill. But, stay tuned! The sausage still needs to be ground through a vote in the Senate and then it moves to the House. It might even take a round through the Joint Ways and Means if it looks like there is a cost to providing access tutors. Who said that watching legislation was boring?  

Thanks to Jeremy Skinner (Gold Beach), Christie Davis (Klamath Falls), Abigail Elder (Beaverton), Ted Smith (Newport), Sami Pierson (Coos Bay), and Buzzy Nielsen (Prineville) for contacting their senators when I asked.

We will be waiting for awhile yet on the State Library Budget and whether we can get Ready to Read Grant funds reinstated at last year’s level. We’ll let you know if we need help.

Thanks to all for being willing to speak up for libraries.

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

April 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 7) HAPPENINGS

Expand your professional network! Contribute to OLA!  Volunteer to Join the Membership Committee TODAY!

Where should you most use your superpowers? Will you wield them for good?  Do you want to be heard? How loud do you want your voice to be? Find the answers by joining the OLA Membership Committee!

Membership Committee volunteers help shape OLA by advancing strategic initiatives and influencing the direction of Oregon libraries – one member at a time! Serving on a committee is one of the best ways to become involved and make an impact on the profession. If you’d like to become more engaged, you’re invited to volunteer TODAY!

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What are the perks? Sell it!

Membership Committee volunteer benefits include:

  • Build ties with library staff across the Oregon library landscape.
  • Enhance your leadership abilities.
  • Share your experiences with colleagues.
  • Develop new expertise or update your knowledge.
  • Advance the work of the association and the profession.

Whatcha need from me?

Membership Committee volunteers are required to:

  • Be a member of OLA.
  • Be willing and able to participate in committee activities.
  • Support the mission of OLA and the committee.

Questions? Contact Jenkins Lumpkin, Membership Committee Chair.

April 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 7) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Scholarships to Attend Oregon Information Literacy Summit

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The Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon (ILAGO) is pleased to announce that we are offering two scholarships of up to $100 for a library school student and an early career librarian to attend the annual Information Literacy Summit on May 13, 2017.

Application is open to any Oregon resident who fits one of these categories:

  • Library school student: must currently be enrolled in library school
  • Early career librarian: librarian (from any type of library) with less than 4 years professional experience

Application deadline is April 24, 2017. For details and to apply please visit our webform.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tracy Scharn: