New Member Profile – Sara Wallace
Hello! I recently completed my Masters of Library and Information Science degree with a concentration in Archives through Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management. I also have a Masters of Music Performance degree from Portland State University, where I worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Music History and the Woodwind Area, and a B.A. degree with concentrations in Music History and Music Performance from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Currently I live in Portland, Oregon, and work as a volunteer at the Oregon Historical Society and as an Archives Assistant at the Portland Archives and Records Center. I have lived in Oregon for over five years now, and have enjoyed learning about Oregon’s history and witnessing the natural beauty of the state while completing my Masters degrees.
Now that I have received my M.L.I.S. degree, I am researching my career options, with special interest in gaining more experience as a music librarian. However, as an entry-level librarian and archivist with broad interests and skills, I feel open to new experiences and am currently pursuing a variety of opportunities in cataloguing and/or reference work.
As a new OLA member, I would like to become involved in the OLA’s mentoring program both as a mentee and, later on, as a mentor, to support librarians throughout Oregon and to aid in their professional development. I am also interested in serving on other OLA committees and in planning networking opportunities for Oregon librarians in the future.
Early Registration Ends March 21st
Registration is open for the 2016 OLA Annual Conference. Join colleagues for educational programming, networking and a whole lot of fun at the Riverhouse Convention Center in sunny Bend, Oregon, April 20-22, 2016. Check out the slate of preconferences and programs.Register for the conference by March 21st to get the best rates. You can register online with a credit card or by check. For more information, please visit the conference website.
Won’t have a car at OLA 2016 in Bend? No problem!
The Bend Tour Company will provide evening shuttle service to OLA participants on Wednesday and Thursday, April 20th and 21st. Running from 5:30 to 9:30 pm, the shuttle will continually run 20-minute loops on a route stopping at each of these locations (numbers correspond to the map sketch below):
- The Riverhouse
- Downtown Bend (specific location TBD)
- The Lot (near Galveston Ave)
- Anthony’s at The Old Mill
This gives guests the opportunity to grab dinner in one location, and either walk or take the shuttle to explore another. Many of the stops are within a 30-minutes-or-less walk from each other. We Bendites are all about being outside as much as possible. More details to come soon!
Very rough map of OLA shuttle route
Oregon Reader’s Choice Award Update
Voting for the ORCA winners for 2016 is underway and will close at the end of the day on April 1. Links to everything you might need can be found on our website. Fill out the ballots (found under the Resources tab) to send in your votes.
I’m also pleased to announce that the incoming Chair for ORCA is Kiva Liljequist, the Librarian at the Metropolitan Learning Center in Portland.
The committee is busy reading the nominees for next year. If you are a current OYAN member or an OASL member looking for a way to promote reading to Oregon students, we have some open positions on the committee. Terms are two years, no travel required, and it’s a great way to work with colleagues around the state, and read some books outside your comfort zone! If you have any questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nina Kramer, ORCA Chair 2014-2016
2016 ALA Elections Now Open!
We are all members of the American Library Association because we believe in the power of our profession and the ways in which libraries transform. The ALA elections represent YOUR opportunity to lend your voice to the future of our association.
In this U.S. presidential election year, ALA asks that you cast your ballot in an election that will make a real difference in your work and your profession.
The 2016 elections open today and close on April 22.
Vote in the 2016 American Library Association election!
For more information visit: http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governanc…
Alternative Hotel Options
Wow! You all really want to come to Bend! The Riverhouse Inn is booked up but there are still rooms available at nearby hotel neighbors:
If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, be sure to do that before the Early Bird rate expires (March 21st).
Party With The President!
OLA President Jane Corry invites you to come to the President’s Party! Relax after a long day of conferencing by catching up with colleagues and grooving to a live local band! We’ll be giving away door prizes and enjoying the tunes of local band Bend ‘N Strings. Refreshments and no-host bar will be on hand, as well as the opportunity to raise money for 4 great library causes. Join the fun!!
Library Media Endorsement Applications Are Now Open
I am happy to announce that the Library Media Endorsement Program at Portland State University has received approval to offer another cohort for the coming year, and that the applications are now open. Instructions and a link to the online application can be found at http://www.pdx.edu/ci/library-admissions.
Please note the following requirements that all qualified applicants must meet:
- Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a strong academic record.
- Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Hold a current teaching license or be enrolled in an initial licensure program that will complete by the end of Winter Term 2017
Application deadlines are May 15 for summer term start and August 15 for fall term start.
This is a cohort program requiring students to complete all coursework by the end of Summer 2017. Courses may not be offered after that term. Use the Program Courses page to see which term each course is offered.
Please be sure to also review the “Other considerations” information on the admissions site, especially the information for current PSU students and the information about transcripts.
Program Coordinator, Library Media Program
Manager of Technology | Portland State University
Illinois Valley Branch Library Restoration Fundraiser
On the morning of Tuesday, February 23, 2016, robbers broke in to the Illinois Valley branch of Josephine County Libraries in Cave Junction, Oregon, ransacked the building, and stole cash and other items. Although the building is covered by insurance, the library still needs to pay the deductible. Costs for damages and repairs are estimated at $5,000. For more information about the incident and how to donate to the cause, please see: http://josephinelibrary.org/get-involved/iv-restore/.