September 1, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 16): ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLA Quarterly: The Future Organization of Things

A brand new issue of the OLA Quarterly is now available!  Please find individual links to articles by your colleagues below.

The Guest Editor is Ray Zill of OSU and the theme is The Future Organization of Things.

Please download and read the full issue here:

From the Guest Editor, by Ray Zill.

The Future of Cataloging (for the Rest of Us): Forecasting for Production-Level Cataloging, by Lori Van Deman.

Beyond the Subject: Non-Topical Facets for Exploration and Discovery, by Kelley McGrath.

Leveraging Cataloging and Collection Development Expertise to Improve OER Discovery, by Clare Sobotka, Holly Wheeler, and Heather White.

From Selection to Shelf: A Process Improvement Experience, by Lorie Vik.

Out With the Old, in With the … ArchivesSpace, by Laura Buchholz.

It’s Automatic: Library Automation as a Catalyst For Transformation, by Michelle Lenox.

Know How to Play the Accordion, but Don’t (and Other Things I Learned While Implementing a Discovery Layer: A Top Ten List), by Amy Mihelich.

Three Tips for Creating Local Technical Services Trainings, by Stephanie Milbrodt.

Abstract by Ray Zill: Oregon librarians are on track with current developments in technical services, but that is no simple task. This issue of OLAQ is dedicated to cataloging, metadata, archival description, and all the various ways we organize our collections. Authors reveal their thoughts on the practical implications of future cataloging methods, faceted vocabulary, and new tools. They share tales of migration and automation, implementing new discovery layers, optimizing access to open educational resources, providing affordable training, and more. In this incredibly instant culture, our work is crucial in providing efficient access to information resources. Come explore the important, yet oftentimes invisible, work of organizing things. What does the future hold?

Fortify your knowledge of libraries with the experience and wisdom of your colleagues!

Contact the authors with questions! Use these new ideas to serve your communities!

See if someone you know wrote an article!

Thank you,

OLA Communications

September 1, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 16): PEOPLE

From the OLA President

Greetings, OLA colleagues!  As the Oregon Library Association begins a new year with a new Executive Board and unit leadership, I want to introduce myself as your OLA President from September 2019 – August 2020.  I look forward to working with you as we continue to come together to strengthen Oregon’s libraries and the communities we serve.

I have been involved in OLA for over twenty years, and have held various roles and positions in the association.  I’m occasionally asked why I’m interested in serving as OLA President, and the honest answer is because I was asked to run in the election!  OLA is where I’ve focused my professional service throughout my career, and I know each one of us makes an important difference to its success. For me, running for an elected position was a responsibility of my commitment to OLA.  My day job, by the way, is Associate Director of Watzek Library at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.

This year equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI)  is a specific area of focus for OLA. Related initiatives include the next issue of the OLA Quarterly, which will highlight some of the important work a variety of libraries are doing to help create equitable and inclusive communities.  An EDI Task Force has been created by the OLA Board to develop an EDI Plan for the association, and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion has been set as the annual conference theme to provide a concentrated opportunity for OLA members to engage in related conversations.

Please save the date for the upcoming conference in Bend, which runs April 29-May 2, 2020. We will also celebrate the 80th anniversary of OLA’s beginnings at Timberline Lodge in 1940!

I am constantly inspired by my innovative, socially concerned, and dedicated OLA colleagues.  Please let me know if you have ideas to share about OLA or would like to become more involved in the association.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Elaine Hirsch

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Photo caption: OLA President Esther Moberg and President-elect Elaine Hirsch during the ceremonial passing of the OLA gavel at the August 23 Executive Board meeting.

August 15, 2019 (Vol.26, No. 15): ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Public Library Division will host a Media & Messaging Training for library leaders on Thursday, September 5, and the fall Public Library Directors’ meeting on Friday, September 6, at the Wilsonville Public Library.

The Media & Messaging training has no registration fee. Pat McCormick of am:pm PR will present a training on media and messaging for libraries. The training will cover working with media, effectively developing and delivering your message, staying on message, and crisis communications. With 40 years of public relations and communications experience, Pat is a respected strategist and has provided counsel to the region’s largest industries and national brands. He is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from Portland’s Public Relations Society of America.

Following Pat’s presentation, library consultant Penny Hummel will facilitate a discussion about library communications, including internal communications and getting the word out about your library’s activities and services. Penny has a background in libraries, including serving as Marketing & Communications Manager for Multnomah County Library and director of the Canby Public Library. As a consultant, Penny has worked with more than 35 clients in seven states.

Registration deadline is Friday, August 30. Register Here:

The Public Library Director’s Meeting has a registration fee of $15 (including lunch and beverages) or $0 (with no lunch or beverages). Join public library directors from around the state to discuss pressing issues for public libraries. The meeting will include presentations about developing administrative rules establishing the minimum conditions for public libraries in Oregon, Census 2020, building public support for your library, and the GO Kids initiative. This is always a great day, so please join us!

Registration Deadline is Friday, August 30. Register here:

If you have any questions about this meeting and/or registration, please contact Jerianne Thompson at

August 15, 2019 (Vol.26, No. 15): OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

We Need Your Voices! Community-based Cultural Heritage Survey

We need help from colleagues like you to gather information about participatory archiving, which is the process of collecting and preserving materials in partnership with community members.

University Archives & Special Collections (UASC) in the Joseph P. Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston recently launched a two-year project, “Destination Preservation,” to build an accessible, adaptable, and engaging “roadmap” to guide libraries of all kinds and sizes through the participatory archiving process.

In order to create the best roadmap possible, we need your help!

We are seeking input from staff and volunteers representing a wide range of institutions committed to documenting shared cultural heritage, including libraries, archives, historical societies, museums, and cultural centers. We would be grateful if you would please complete our survey here to share your experiences and perspectives with us by September 15, 2019.

The survey is between 31 and 75 questions, and we estimate it will take about 35 minutes to complete. Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary.

Please complete the entire survey before closing your browser. While you can use the arrows in the bottom right corner to go back and change previous answers in the survey, you will not be able to exit and return to saved answers.

As a thank you for those who complete the survey, we will be raffling off the chance to win one of three $100 Amazon gift cards.

The results of this survey will inform the development of a suite of resources empowering libraries to plan participatory archiving programs with the communities they serve, preserve the resulting digital collections, and make those collections accessible to the public. You can learn more about the project and survey here.

Thank you for taking the time to help us by taking our survey! Please share the survey with your networks and any relevant stakeholders you think would benefit from the roadmap.

We’re excited to share what we learn from you all and look forward to creating a roadmap that incorporates your wisdom!

If you have questions about the survey, would like to participate in material reviews, or would like to receive a copy of the final survey results, please contact the Community Archiving Grant Project Manager, Sarah Collins, at

August 1, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 14): ASSOCIATION NEWS

Intellectual Freedom Committee Open Position

The Oregon Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee currently has one open position and is seeking a new member. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about intellectual freedom and excited about sharing information and support with libraries and library staff in Oregon.

To apply, please send a letter of interest (no longer than 1 page) to Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney, the current chair of the committee, at

Please include information about: the areas of intellectual freedom that interest you, your availability to participate in committee work, and the work and life experience which you would bring to the committee.

We especially encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The application deadline is Friday, August 23rd.

The Intellectual Freedom Committee is a 9-member standing OLA committee with the charge of supporting the library community’s commitment to the freedom to read, open access to information, and other intellectual freedom issues throughout the state.

Ongoing projects of the committee include:

  • supporting Banned Books Week
  • sponsoring sessions at the OLA conference on IF issues
  • supporting libraries that receive a challenge to their materials
  • providing information on IF issues through listserv communication, social media, web tool kits, and other resources
  • providing a searchable database of news reports related to intellectual freedom issues in Oregon
  • honoring intellectual freedom champions
  • working with the Library Development and Legislation Committee and the OLA Board on topical issues that arise, such as net neutrality

Members are asked to serve at least two years. The IFC meets approximately six times a year, plus a short meeting at the OLA annual conference. Committee members participate remotely, either via Zoom or conference call.  Applicants must be available to attend Friday 9:30 – 11:30 meetings.

If you have any questions about the committee, please feel free to contact us!

Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney & Krista Reynolds


August 1, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 14): OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Join ACRL-Oregon for a free webinar about data visualization on 9/13 at 10am.

ACRL-Oregon offers free webinars on topics relevant to academic library staff.

Our upcoming webinar is “Data Visualization: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How” and will be presented by Negeen Aghassibake, Data Visualization Librarian at the UW Health Sciences Library on Friday September 13th, from 10-11am Pacific.

Data Visualization: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How

This webinar is designed to be an overview of the fundamentals of data visualization. If you’re new to data visualization or are just curious about what it is and why it’s important, then please join us!

Registration is open to any library staff-person, but we are limited to 100 attendees in the session, so register soon!

We also plan to record the webinar and make it available on our YouTube channel. If you register, we will email you a link to the recording after the session.

August 1, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 14): OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Summer Reading Summit Registration

Get ready to be inspired, re-energized, and committed to Summer Reading in your library!

Head to Salem Public Library on Saturday, September 28th to celebrate all things summer.

This is your chance to join fellow youth librarians from across Oregon to learn, network, and support each other as we work to ensure all Oregon kids have a positive and meaningful summer library experience.

This event will be free and open to any public library staff in Oregon who work in some way with Summer Reading.

Register here: Summer Reading Summit Registration

For libraries sending staff from more than 50 miles away, up to two rooms for Friday and Saturday night lodging will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. We suggest signing up as soon as possible.

Sign up for a hotel here: Hotel Sign Up 

August 1, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 14): PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Jillian Coy

Hello! My name is Jillian Coy and I am currently the Teen Services Librarian at Forest Grove City Library.

I’ve been here since December 2018. Prior to moving to Oregon in December, I was an Adult Services Librarian in Tempe, Arizona. I’ve also been a Library Supervisor for the Residence Hall Libraries in Illinois and volunteered as a Jail Librarian.

I love that working with people constantly provides new opportunities for growth and learning—if I pay attention and am open to them. It feels like I learn something new about myself, the next generation, or our community every single day, and I sincerely hope that never stops. Also…having a career in which I spend many hours developing things like mini golf courses and Harry Potter scavenger hunts is just fun (usually).

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I’m particularly enthusiastic about libraries as wild community spaces; the energy and perspective that is really only possible when so many different folks are in one space is unlike anything else.

Finally, my new volunteer role as an OLA Quarterly editor has been a really enjoyable and fun way to get to know Oregon libraries—you all are doing such cool things!

As far as my non-library self goes, I’m a Michigander through and through (Go Green!), so I am passionate about the pop/soda and Chicago-style pizza debates. I’m also into calligraphy, am passionate about/volunteer as an advocate for sexual assault survivors, and about once every few weeks get inspired to attempt picking my Russian language skills back up.

Feel free to reach out, especially if you’ve got jokes or want to talk about how Chicago-style “pizza” is, in fact, a casserole.

July 1, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 13): ASSOCIATION NEWS

CSD Board Election Results

The people have spoken!

Thank you, CSD members, for voting in Bryce Kozla (WCCLS) and Stephanie Goodwin (Jackson County Library) as incoming co-chairs, and Nicole Newsom (Multnomah County Library) as CSLP Rep. Nicole, Stephanie, and Bryce will begin their terms Sept. 1, 2019.

Thanks also to Dena Chaffin (Silver Falls Library District) and Hilary Evart (Lake Oswego Public Library) for your willingness to run for CSLP Rep.

July 1, 2019 (Vol. 26, No. 13): ASSOCIATION NEWS

CSD Events: Save The Dates!

Yes, it’s the throes of Summer Reading! But take five minutes now to mark your calendar with dates for these upcoming CSD events!

Summer Reading Summit

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019

Salem Public Library

Registration opens in July!

Mock Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Workshop

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020

Location TBD

Send an email to if you’re interested in being on the workshop committee! You also can nominate books for the committee to consider.

Spring Workshop + Lampman Award Lunch

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Location TBD