OLA Supports Net Neutrality
The OLA Intellectual Freedom Roundtable and the Library Development and Legislative Committee have been working diligently to promote OLA’s support of net neutrality, an official statement of which was approved by the OLA Executive Board in August. The statement reads:
The Oregon Library Association believes that preserving an open Internet is essential to our nation’s freedom of speech, educational achievement, and economic growth. Oregon libraries are leaders in providing Internet access within their communities and are committed to ensuring people who use the Internet have equal access to online information and services. Allowing commercial entities to prioritize some Internet traffic and/or block other traffic based on commercial interest is not in the public interest. The Oregon Library Association strongly supports the FCC’s adoption of enforceable policies based on the Net Neutrality Principles provided by the American Library Association and other organizations. These principles include:
- Protect Against Unreasonable Discrimination: Every person in the United States should be able to access legal content, applications, and services over the Internet.
- Prohibit Paid Prioritization: Public broadband providers and ISPs should not be permitted to sell prioritized transmission to certain content, applications, and service providers over other Internet traffic sharing the same network facilities.
- Provide Transparency: Public broadband network operators and ISPs should disclose network management practices publicly.
- Adopt Enforceable Policies: Policies and rules to enforce these principles should be clearly stated and transparent.
The Oregon Library Association supports these and the other principles of net neutrality because an open Internet is essential for an informed public and a healthy democracy.
You can read the statement on the Intellectual Freedom Roundtable’s website.
Also, OLA is currently working with Senator Wyden, a strong supporter of net neutrality, to promote this statement along with a relevant toolkit aimed at promoting action in Oregon communities, http://tinyurl.com/p7ujdtv.
The FCC is still accepting public comments. Please encourage library users and community members to comment through the following avenues:
- Dear FCC (made possible by the Electronic Frontier Foundation)
- Act.freepress.net (made possible by FreePress)
- email@example.com (dedicated email address to FCC for net neutrality comments)
- www.fcc.gov/comments (official FCC page for submitting comments through the Electronic Comment Filing System)
Mock Sibert Workshop
The Oregon Library Association’s Children’s Services Division is sponsoring a brand new workshop in order to help you develop evaluation skills and understanding about what makes nonfiction for youth excellent.
We are very lucky to be joined this year by author, Marc Aronson! Aronson will be doing a special afternoon session for workshop participants, but can be attended independent of the workshop.
Aronson won the first Sibert Award in 2001 with his book Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado. He is the leader in the field in writing fantastic nonfiction books for youth of all ages. Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science; Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies; and If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge are just a few of his books that have really raised the bar on great nonfiction storytelling that truly inspires readership in youth. Not only does he publish great books for kids, his column with School Library Journal, Consider the Source shows librarians the possibilities of nonfiction in their libraries, and he is the expert resource in helping libraries navigate the Common Core standards.
With the amount of great nonfiction being published for youth, and the push in schools to use more information texts in curriculum, has there ever been a better time to explore our passion and evaluation skills for great nonfiction?
Without further ado, please allow me to introduce:
2014 Children’s Services Division Mock Sibert Workshop
Saturday December 13th, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Wilsonville Library, Wilsonville, OR
The 2015 CSD Mock Sibert Workshop follows up on the long-standing CSD tradition of offering high quality Mock workshops. This time around, we will be presenting a look at one of the newer ALA Youth Awards: The Robert F. Sibert Medal is a book award of the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association. It is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.
Join your friends and colleagues from around Oregon for a day of fun and learning!
The morning will include:
- An overview of the experience of serving on the ALA Sibert Committee and how to judge nonfiction using the Sibert Award criteria
- Breaking into discussion groups for a lively discussion of a selection of nonfiction titles published in 2014. Each group will pick a winner and honor titles.
- Reconvening as a large group for more lively discussion to crown the 2015 CSD Mock Sibert Medalist.
Then enjoy an inspiring and enlightening afternoon in conversation with one of the leaders in the field in both the publication and use of nonfiction for youth.
Registration Deadline is Sunday, December 7th, 2014
Cost for workshop is $15 (includes lunch), afternoon session free to CSD members $10 for nonmembers.
Feel free to contact Danielle Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions you might have.
Do you see your library through tech-colored glasses? If you’re involved with systems, interfaces, technology education – or just curious about them – come meet your comrades in OLA’s LibTech RoundTable. We’re having a social at the SE Portland Lucky Lab, 915 SE Hawthorne, on Wednesday, November 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Meet, mingle, talk tech and share ideas and interests! For more information, see our wiki.
Sarah Jesudason / Secretary / LibTech RT
Oregon Authors Committee Seeks Volunteers
The Oregon Authors Committee is seeking new volunteers! Our charge is to collect and preserve bibliographic data on Oregon authors, which we share through the site oregonauthors.org. The time commitment is approximately one hour per month, with up to three virtual meetings annually and a meeting at the OLA conference. If you would like to contribute your skills to this effort, please contact the committee co-chairs, Sheryl Eldridge (email@example.com) and Rachael Short (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde History Conference
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde will hold a History Conference from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 14, at the Tribal Gymnasium (9615 Grand Ronde Rd., Grand Ronde). Conference speakers include Ken Ames, Stephen Beckham, Robert Boyd, Tom Connolly, Rebecca Dobkins, David Lewis, Jennifer O’Neil, Mark Tveskov, and more. To attend or obtain further information, email Reina Nelson (email@example.com).
The Oregon Community Foundation is soliciting proposals for a statewide needs and opportunities assessment of Oregon’s public libraries. The purpose of the research project is to answer the following questions:
- What are the roles that Oregon’s libraries currently play in their communities (education and literacy, civic and community engagement; economic and workforce development)?
- How can Oregon’s libraries contribute to creating resilient communities?
- What role do libraries play in Oregon’s early childhood system (early childhood education, early childhood health and well-being, parental education, etc.)?
- What promising practices, programs and strategies are Oregon’s libraries using to fulfill these roles?How can these practices be encouraged?
- What are the challenges to fulfilling the roles Oregon’s libraries should play in their communities?
- What are promising practices, programs, and strategies being implemented outside of Oregon?Could these approaches work for Oregon libraries?
- How can we best measure the impacts and success of different programs?
The research will begin in January 2015 and will be complete by July. The Oregon Community Foundation hopes that this research will identify clear needs and promising practices that can be replicated across Oregon communities. Once the research is complete, it may lead will help inform OCF and its various donors on potential for grants to Oregon’s libraries. may request that OCF develop and manage a discrete grant-making opportunity to which they will contribute approximately $200,000 each year for 5 years.
Please contact Kirsten Kilchenstein (firstname.lastname@example.org) at OCF for more information.
New Member Profile: Azalea Ebbay
I just joined OLA SSD this past month and I’m excited to get started. I’m currently a library page at Multnomah County Library’s Central Library. I’m a member of MCL’s Intellectual Freedom Committee and I also write for our reader’s advisory blog Embarrassment of Riches. This I started my MLIS at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Information Studies. I haven’t decided what I want to concentrate or specialize in.
When I’m not working, I like cooking, spending too much time on tumblr, and playing the pinball game Medieval Madness.
Calling All Performers!
The Oregon Library Association’s Children’s Services section is sponsoring the eleventh Showcase of Performers. Previous showcases have provided librarians, parks and recreation staff, teachers and others who schedule children’s programs the opportunity to see first-hand a wide variety of performing artists. Feedback from performers has been tremendously positive because the showcase enables them to display their talents before many prospective “buyers” at one time.
The Showcase will be held at Salem Public Library from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Each performer will be given only five minutes to demonstrate a representative sampling of his or her work.
If you know performers who are interested in attending the Showcase, please forward their contact information by August 1, 2014 to Karen Fischer at email@example.com or by calling (503) 588-6039. Karen will make sure they have all the information necessary to be included in the Showcase Directory and to reserve a performance time slot.
OLA Joins AmazonSmile
OLA has joined the AmazonSmile foundation and now giving to OLA is easier than ever! AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon where the only difference in the shopping experience is that .5% of the price of eligible purchases can be donated to OLA or another charitable organization of your choice. There are no additional costs to the buyer or to OLA. If you would like to find out more about the AmazonSmile Foundation and how it operates visit their website. Register at smile.amazon.com and help OLA smile!
See To Read
Eye tests are mandated by law for children ages seven and under before entering public school or a prekindergarten program. Fortunately, the Oregon Library Association has partnered with The Elks Children’s Eye Clinic, the Oregon State Elks Association and the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation to provide free See To Read vision screenings for children ages 3-7. These screenings will be held at public libraries all over the state during the next few months. View the online calendar and join in the mission to improve our children’s vision!
Western States Government Information Virtual Conference *Free*
The Western States Government Information Virtual Conference is now OPEN for registration and takes place August 6th-8th! We invite you to sit back, relax, and pick from the programs that interest you the most!
* Keynote Speaker Rich Harwood from the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.
* Partnering with the DPLA to promote your local digital content
* Improving access to Western state’s issues such as water rights and natural disasters
* Locating international statistical resources
* Information on the Citizenship Corner Project
* Promoting your documents during National History Day
* And much, much more….
Space is limited and participants are highly encouraged to attend these sessions as a group. Visit the conference website for more details.
Odds and Ends…
* This is a FREE conference but please register for each session that you plan to attend
* Make sure that your technology works! Test your Adobe Connect connection here.
* Register early! Register NOW!
Focus On Children and Young Adults Institute
The Focus on Children and Young Adults Institute seeks to provide a foundation of professional knowledge about youth services necessary for the operation of small public libraries. Participants will attend several training sessions over the course of three and a half days. The sessions concentrate on the principles of public library services to children and teens, and how to put those principles into practice. Training sessions are presented by highly skilled, experienced Youth Services Librarians in Oregon. Presenters are typically active members of the Oregon Library Association’s Children’s Services Division (CSD) and Oregon Young Adult Network(OYAN).
Registration is limited to 25 people. Preference will be given to library youth services staff who do not have a Masters in Library Science Degree and library staff who work with youth in small, rural libraries.
Dates: September 21-24, 2014
Location: Menucha Retreat Center (Corbett, OR)
Cost: $75 (includes lodging and meals)
Registration Deadline: Submit registrations forms by August 4, 2014 to Ferol Weyand at:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email)
- 503-378-6439 (FAX)
- 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301 (mail)
The sessions will be:
- Language, Literacy and Early Brain Development (Katie Anderson presenting Joann Contini’s session)
- Early Literacy 101 (Rick Samuelson)
- Storytime Best Practices (Rick Samuelson)
- Afterschool Programs for the Elementary Set (Korie Jones Buerkle)
- Becoming Thinkers (Barbara Steinberg)
- Outreach (Maria Aguilar)
- Summer Reading (Emily David and LuCinda Gustavson)
- Everyone Serves Teens (Deborah Gitlitz)
- Selling it in the Stacks to Teens (Ruth Allen)
- Teen Programming (K’Lyn Hann)
Questions about registration? Contact Ferol Weyand at 503-378-2525
Questions about the Focus Institute? Contact Katie Anderson 503-378-2528
My name is Megan Dugan and I am the Library Manager at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. I started this position in July 2013, after working more than 20 years for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District in Vancouver, Washington. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Washington State University – and I’m not going to tell you what year I graduated. I’m currently enrolled in the Emporia MLIS program.
My husband is Bryan Dugan; we have an 18 year old son Bodhi, and a 13 year old daughter, Devi. Most weeknights we can be found driving our daughter to a basketball practice or tournament game. We’re also into computers, cooking and yoga; I have been a certified yoga instructor since 2006.
I’m reading Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival by Peter Stark. I prefer non-fiction or fiction that reads like non-fiction (Philip Roth and Edward Rutherfurd). I joined OLA this year because I am new to the Oregon library community and wanted to become more involved. Many of you have already helped me to learn my new job and navigate the differences between academic and public libraries