December 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23 No. 23) CONFERENCE

Call for Posters

The OLA 2017 Conference in Salem from April 19-22 is only a few months away! You still have a chance to get involved!

The Call for Posters is open for this year’s theme: Thriving Together.

Accepted posters will be assigned a specific day, during which there will be a one-hour poster session for attendees to browse the posters and speak with the poster presenters about their topics.

  • The submission form is live here: submission form
  • Deadline: January 15, 2017. Notifications will be sent out by February 17.
  • For any questions, contact the Conference Poster Chair, Lorie Vik at

We look forward to reading your poster proposals!

Lorie Vik   – Adult Services Supervisor, Eugene Public Library

December 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23 No. 23) CONFERENCE

PLD Request for Presentations

Due February 1, 2017


The PLD board of directors is seeking three dynamic 15–20 minute long presentations for the OLA Conference PLD member dinner and awards ceremony on April 20, 2017 from 6–9 p.m. The theme of the 2017 OLA Conference is “Thriving Together” and should be reflected in presentation proposals.

The theme celebrates the incorporation of the Oregon Association of School Libraries Conference with the OLA Conference. The PLD board appreciates cross-industry knowledge sharing and ideas that inspire leadership as well as personal growth. Presenters may interpret the theme “Thriving Together” however they choose. Presentations do not necessarily need to directly relate to libraries. Ideas from industry leaders outside the library community are welcome and encouraged.

Selection Process

  • Presentation proposals will be reviewed by a PLD selection committee, and six applicants will be asked to submit for final selection from the pool of applicants.
  • Selected applicants will be asked to send a brief 5–15 minute video example of a presentation they’ve completed (either the one for submission or another example). Selected applicants should upload their video samples to YouTube or another resource and provide a link or URL to the selection committee.
  • Final selection of three speakers will be made by February 28, 2017 and all applicants will be notified at that time.


Selected presenters will receive 2017 OLA Conference admission, free dinner the evening of the presentations, and the opportunity to share a transcript or video of their presentations with the Oregon library community through the 2017 OLA Conference website.

For more information, see: Information

For application, see: Application

December 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23 No. 23) CONFERENCE

OLA Exhibitor Registration

OLA Conference 2017 in Salem, OR

April 19-21, 2017    Salem Convention Center

April 22, 2017    Salem Public Library

Registration is now open for both exhibitors and sponsors. The registration deadline is February 28, 2017.

If you are not able to join us as an exhibitor, you can still extend your support to the Oregon Library Association by becoming a sponsor. This year we are adding a Saturday to the conference so that our school library colleagues will be able to participate. There will not be a space for physical exhibits at the Saturday venue, so we encourage sponsorship of Saturday events if you want to reach that audience.

To explore the different opportunities available to you, please review the Sponsorship and Exhibitors Packets (linked on the Sponsor and Exhibit page of the OLA 2017 conference website).

Ready to register?

Sponsors registration form

Exhibitors registration form

Please contact me with any questions. Happy holidays!

Thea Hart – Exhibits Chair, OLA Conference 2017

December 1st, 2016 (Vol.23 No.22) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Letter from OLA President, Elsa Loftis

“In our democratic society, the library stands for hope, for learning, for progress, for literacy, for self-improvement and for civic engagement. The library is a symbol of opportunity, citizenship, equality, freedom of speech and freedom of thought, and hence, is a symbol for democracy itself.” Vartan Gregorian

Dear OLA Community,

In the days and weeks since the election, (and certainly before), we have seen divided political discourse in our country. Whatever your political position may be personally, I believe we can acknowledge that deep divides have been exposed in our communities because of the inflammatory rhetoric and contentious campaigning of the last few months. The nation’s presidential election was one of many decisions in front of voters this November–we also heard their voices in response to local issues, a few of which involved Oregon libraries, as you know. As our mission states, the Oregon Library Association is here to “provide advocacy, education, leadership and collaboration to continually strengthen Oregon’s libraries and the communities we serve.” We will continue to work together to realize this mission.

Therefore, I think it is appropriate to take a moment to reaffirm and celebrate the core values that guide us as members of the library community. I also think it is important to say that, as this is the week of Thanksgiving, I am grateful for a professional solidarity with each of you for the values that we share, including honoring diversity, intellectual freedom, education, and social responsibility.


A library is a place of welcoming and safety to all members of its community. We feel a strong sense of ethical duty to serve all our patrons fairly, to help them learn, grow, participate in our programs, and take advantage of the resources we can provide. By doing so, we foster a stronger sense of community and play a valuable role in our cherished democracy.

Thank you for the work you do each day to provide needed support to Oregon communities.


Elsa Loftis  |  President, Oregon Library Association 2016-2017

December 1st, 2016 (Vol.23 No.22) LIBRARY NEWS

Digital Resources

The Statewide Database Licensing Program provides access to over 300 ebook titles from Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL). The complete list of available titles has been updated to include information about the audience (Adult, College/Academic, Elementary, Middle School, High School) and a short annotation for each title.

This list is available here.  The list also allows users to sort and filter the list by each column.

MARC record sets are now also available by audience. For K-12 users, click here.

For all other users, click here and type in the name of your library. The list of MARC files will appear on the resulting page, about halfway down the page.

Please note that the linking (856) fields in these records sets are not tailored to each library’s local LocationID. If you need assistance if formatting these files for local use, or have any other questions about these files, feel free to contact me.

Arlene Weible, MLS  |  Electronic Services Consultant  |  Oregon Federal Regional Depository Coordinator  |  Library Support and Development Services  |  Oregon State Library

December 1st, 2016 (Vol.23 No.22) OPPORTUNITY FOR ENRICHMENT

PLA Grants and Awards

Deadline: December 5, 2016

The Public Library Association has nine service awards and grants to highlight the best in public library service and honor those bringing innovation, creativity, and dedication to public libraries. Consider nominating yourself, a colleague, or your library today! The PLA Awards include:

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-12-37-34-amAllie Beth Martin Award

Honors a librarian who, in a public library setting, has demonstrated extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials and has distinguished ability to share that knowledge.

Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music / Video Product Award

Designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand a collection of either or both formats in whatever proportion the library chooses.

Charlie Robinson Award

Honors a public library director who, over a period of seven (7) years, has been a risk taker, an innovator and/or a change agent in a public library.

Demco New Leaders Travel Grant

Designed to enhance the professional development and improve the expertise of public librarians new to the field by making possible their attendance at major professional development activities.

EBSCO Excellence in Rural Library Service Award

Honors a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less that demonstrates excellence of service to its community as exemplified by an overall service program or a special program of significant accomplishment.

Gordon M. Conable Award

Honors a public library staff member, a library trustee, or a public library, that has demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights.

John Iliff Award

Honors the life and accomplishments of John Iliff, early adopter and champion of technology in public libraries, and recognizes the contributions of a library worker, librarian, or library that has used technology and innovative thinking as a tool to improve services to public library users.

Romance Writers of America Library Grant

Designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming.

Upstart Innovation Award

Recognizes a public library’s innovative and creative service program to the community.


December 1st, 2016 (Vol. 23 No.22) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: M. Brooke Robertshaw

I’m the Assessment Librarian at Oregon State University, Corvallis campus. This is my first library job. Prior to coming to OSU I was at Purdue University in the Office of Institutional Assessment. While I was at Purdue I got a chance to work with the librarians there and realized that a career in academic libraries would be a great thing.

Before Purdue I was at Utah State University earning a PhD in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences, helping teachers to integrate online learning resources into their classrooms. I also spent time in the statistics consulting office for the College of Education & Human Services at Utah State. I have two other degrees – a masters of education in Instructional Technology from University of Georgia and a bachelor of arts in Early Childhood Education from Oglethorpe University.

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-12-26-56-amMy early life was spent in Blacksburg, Va as the child of academics. Since graduating from high school I have lived all over the United States, including 9 years in Oregon (Eugene), and a brief stint in Amman, Jordan. I’m so glad to be back in Oregon, though. I love Corvallis because it’s nestled right up against the coastal range. In my free time I enjoy hiking and kayaking (it’s only when I’m in the outdoors – in the woods or on the river- that I feel like I can truly recharge), traveling, and being involved politically. I also enjoy cooking and spending time with dear friends and family.

I’ve only been in my position here at OSU Libraries & Press for a year, but I did recently take over as chair of the Library Assessment Round Table. Yes, we are looking for members, and yes, I’d love for anyone to join us. We all participate in assessment activities, and we are always doing it. Whenever we ask ourselves “how can I/we be better at…” we are assessing ourselves and our library.  I’d love to facilitate conversations about assessment in libraries across Oregon – including what’s been helpful and what’s not been so helpful.

November 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 21) Association News

Oregon Mock Caldecott

Join picture-book lovers from around the state for a fun and thought-provoking look at the Caldecott Medal process. Our morning workshop will focus on practical ideas for using Caldecott books in programs, followed by small group discussions of the 10 books up for discussion. Be part of the lively discussion, test your Caldecott illustration recognition skills, and cast your vote for Oregon’s Mock Caldecott winner.

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Oregon City Public Library 606 John Adams St. Oregon City  Map
Registration deadline: Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.   Register online.
$15 — CSD Members
$20 — Non-CSD Members

Please read as many of the 2017 Mock Caldecott titles as you can before you arrive at the program; you will benefit from the workshop much more if you do! Here they are:

  • Freedom in Congo Square — Carole Boston Weatherford, Author / R. Gregory Christie, Illustrator
  • Ideas Are All Around — Philip Christian Stead, Author/Illustrator
  • Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph — Roxane Orgill, Author / Francis Vallejo, Illustrator
  • The Airport Book — Lisa Brown, Author/Illustrator    
  • Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat — Javaka Steptoe, Author/Illustrator
  • Snow White: A Graphic Novel — Matt Phelan, Author/Illustrator
  • The Storyteller — Evan Turk, Author/Illustrator
  • The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles — Michelle Cuevas, Author/ Erin E. Stead, Illustrator
  • They All Saw a Cat — Brendan Wenzel, Author/Illustrator
  • Thunder Boy Jr. —  Sherman Alexie, Author/ Yuyi Morales, Illustrator

You can view the full agenda on our website.

November 15th, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 21) Association News

2nd Annual Mock Pura Belpré Award

Saturday, December 10th, 10-4 @ Lebanon Public Library

REFORMA Oregon Round Table (RORT) is launching, for the second time, the Mock Pura Belpré Award. This is a great opportunity, not only for librarians and library staff who are working with Latino and/or Spanish speaking children, but also for all youth librarians.

The event promises to be an important learning experience for all who attend. The focus of the workshop will be to build knowledge through the application of Pura Belpré Award criteria and deliberation. The goal is to help raise awareness of the importance of having high-quality children’s literature written and/or illustrated by Latino authors.

In the morning Elena Gleason from Coos Bay Public Library, Lora Worden from Catlin Gabel School in Portland, and Katy Bogart from Garden Home Community Library in SW Portland will present Your Patrons Need Diverse Books: Developing Latinx-Inclusive Library Collections.

In the afternoon, the attendees will work to select Mock Award winners from the currently nominated authors and illustrators.


  • ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! / Olinguito, from A to Z! —  Lulu Delacre, author/illustrator
  • Looking for Bongo — Eric Velasquez , author/illustrator  
  • Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words — Margarita Engle, author 
  • Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas — Yuyi Morales, author/illustrator  
  • ¡Esquivel! Un artista del sonido de la era espacial /  Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist — Susan Wood, authorDuncan Tonatiuh, illustrator
  • The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes — Duncan Tonatiuh, author/ illustrator
  • Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood — F. Isabel Campoy & Theresa Howell, authors / Rafael López, illustrator
  • Mama de Alien / Mamá la extraterrestre — René Colato Lainez, author / Laura Lacamara, illustrator

You don’t have to register to this free event. If you have any questions, please contact Martín Blasco,