February 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.2) ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLA Leadership Training Survey

You’ve told us in various forums that you want more leadership training. Great idea!

The OLA Leadership Task Force is working on a leadership institute and we need more guidance from you. Please fill out this very short 2 – 4 minute survey to help us make the training a valuable experience:


The survey ends on February 8th. Please share with your library co-workers, library students, and anyone else potentially interested in library leadership training.

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We greatly appreciate your help!

— Sara Q Thompson on behalf of Leadership Task Force

February 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.2) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Oregon Reader’s Choice Award

Hello everyone,

I wanted to let you know that the link for nominations for the 2018 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award is up and live on the ORCA web site! Woot! Please let your students know that we’d love to hear from them!

There’s a tab on the top which says “Nominate 2018 Titles”.  Visit the website here.

Here are some FAQ:

Which titles can be nominated? Titles for the 2018 ORCA need a 2015 copyright date.  This delay ensures that the title will be readily available in paperback during the voting year.

Who can nominate titles?  Oregon students, this is your chance to nominate your favorites.  Oregon teachers and librarians are also eligible to nominate titles. You can even see what titles have been nominated so far!

How long is the nomination link open?  The link will be open from January 1 until February 28, 2017.

Then what happens?  The nominations are reviewed by a committee of librarians and educators.  The committee selects the final titles based upon a number of criteria, including literary quality, creativity, reading enjoyment, reading level, and regional interest.

2018 titles will be announced at the Oregon Library Association Convention in April and posted on the ORCA website.

And don’t forget: Voting for the 2017 Oregon Readers Choice Award runs March 1-31, 2017. Oregon students in grades 3-12 can vote if they have read or listened to at least 2 books in one of the divisions.

Questions? Please let me know! You can reach me at kliljequist@pps.net or orca@olaweb.org


Kiva Liljequist, ORCA Chair

February 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.2) ASSOCIATION NEWS

OYEA Award Nominations

It’s time to nominate someone for the OYAN’s prestigious OYEA Award!

Here’s the lowdown:

WHO*:  An individual, library, organization, program, or initiative that has made a positive and significant contribution to teens in libraries in the state of Oregon may be given the award. Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • The individual, library, or organization shall reside or operate principally in Oregon.
  • Only living persons may be considered for the award.
  • If a program or initiative is being nominated, it must have occurred within the previous or current year of nomination.

*Preference shall be given to nominees who are supported by a letter of recommendation written and submitted by a teen.

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I’ll need the following information:

  • Nominee’s name
  • Nominee’s contact information

Description of the nominee’s positive and significant contributions to teens in libraries in the State Of Oregon.

Please send your nominations to me by March 15, 2017.


-Ian Duncanson, YA Librarian  | Youth Services  |  Beaverton City Library iduncanson@beavertonoregon.gov

February 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.2) ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLE Award Nominations

Every year, for the past 23 years, the Public Library Division (PLD) has presented the OLE award to a deserving public library employee. The individual, or group, is recognized for exceptional effort and excellence. The award winner will be recognized at the PLD banquet dinner at our upcoming OLA conference, April 19–22, 2017. The PLD Board looks forward to reviewing your nominations. Please send your recommendations to me. The deadline is Friday, March 3rd.

Furthermore, the PLD has recognized that the name for this award has become dated. We would like to hear suggestions from everyone about a deserving name for this inspiring award. Please send me your suggestions by Friday, February 17th, and we will invite PLD members to vote on a winner.

I look forward to hearing from you!


Kevin Barclay, Past-Chair PLD kebarclay@gmail.com

February 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.2) HAPPENINGS

New Co-Editor of OLA Hotline


My name is Sarah Imholt and I’m the new co-editor of the Hotline. I’m a teacher-turned-librarian who has worked in everything from a tiny philatelic library to a university law library. I grew up near Hillsboro, but spent the last fifteen years living and working all over the country. It’s great to be back in Oregon! I’m excited to explore hobbies I didn’t have when I left, like backpacking, cycling, and birding – and to pass on important library information to OLA members!

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February 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.2) HAPPENINGS

Oregon Library Legislative Day

Get ready. Get set. Advocate!

Oregon Library Legislative Day is scheduled for February 21st, and OLA needs you to visit your legislator to let them know how important libraries are to your school and community. Your elected officials depend on you, their constituents, to educate them about important services and financial needs in your industry.

Please call your Senator and Representative’s offices TODAY and make an appointment for anytime between 8–4pm on February 21st. Don’t know who they are? No problem. Look it up with the Legislator Lookup tool. Then, please document your appointment details on the 2017 OLA Legislative Day Appointment Spreadsheet.

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EVERYONE in your library community including staff, board, volunteers, and patrons, can advocate for your legislative district on Oregon Library Legislative Day. Both OLA and OASL members are encouraged to call and make an in-person appointment with your Senate and House legislators for Tuesday, February 21st in Salem at the Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court Street.

Issue topics of particular interest include:

  • Funding for School and Academic Libraries
  • Oregon’s Response to the Every Student Succeeds Act
  • Ready to Read Grant Funding

Issue briefs for all of the issues are located on the Issue Briefs page of the OLA Library Development and Legislative Committee Web page.

Never advocated before? No worries—you have the power to shine a light on the value of Oregon’s libraries by simply telling your library’s story. The OLA Development and Legislative

Committee will be on site during Library Legislative Day for an issue briefing, training, and support. More details to come!

Remember: Check the OLA Legislative Day Appointments page on the OLA Legislative

Network Wiki to see if anyone has yet made an appointment with your representatives.

For more information, contact OLA Development and Legislative Committee Chair Janet Webster at janet.webster@charter.net or Abigail Elder at abielder@gmail.com.


February 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.2) LIBRARY NEWS

Former OLA President Passing

We are saddened at the passing of Ed Budge on Sunday, January 22nd at his home in Medford.  After earning his MLS from UC Berkeley in 1965, Ed served at the Library of Congress from 1965-67, married Ronnie Budge (20 year Library Director of Jackson County), and served as the Director of Josephine County Library from 1974-79 and as President of OLA in 1978-79.

Ed has been a tireless supporter and advocate for the Jackson County Library system and district, involved in our long range strategic planning and serving on the district’s budget committee at the time of his death.  We will miss him, his unique voice, and his dedication to serving our residents.

Monica Weyhe, on behalf of the Board of Directors

Jackson County Library District

February 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.2) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

NW Interlibrary Loan & Resource Sharing Conference

Mark your calendars!

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The 16th annual Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference will take place August 10-11 2017, at Portland State University in downtown Portland, Oregon.  Look for registration opening in April 2017.

Join John Chrastka, founder and Executive Director of EveryLibrary, the first nationwide political action committee for libraries, for our Keynote: Interlibrary loan and resource sharing are the foundation for modern library services, taking individual libraries in a network ‘to scale’. The public is interested in the story about how you improve their libraries.  Learn how to share your story about the impact and relevance of your work with funders, voters and the communities you serve.

Call for Session Proposals

The NWILL Conference Program Committee invites proposals for lightning rounds (7 minutes) and regular sessions (45 minutes) of interest to interlibrary loan and resource sharing practitioners

The following topics are of interest to the Program Committee, but we welcome proposals on other topics as well:

  • Managing your ILL statistics
  • Sustainable ILL & green practices
  • Coping with fewer resources
  • ILL for public libraries
  • Succession planning
  • Keeping track of licensing of e-content for ILL
  • Training staff and students
  • Copyright and licensing
  • Marketing ILL services
  • Improving the User Experience

Submit your proposals here – Deadline for Proposals is February 24, 2017

Jessica Bower, Coordinator of Interlibrary Loan Assistant Librarian at Chapman University

January 15th, 2017 (Vol.24 No.1) ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLA Seeking Candidates for Three Offices

Are you interested in making a difference for Oregon libraries?  Do you have a colleague you think would be right for one of these opportunities? This is your chance to step up and run for office!  Last year we adopted our strategic plan. You can help make it a reality.

Contact OLA Past President and Nominating Chair Jane Corry at (503) 988-6140 or olapastpresident@olaweb.org with questions or to volunteer yourself or others for the following opportunities:

Vice-President/President-Elect/Past President (three year term):

  • Provide leadership to your statewide library association
  • Voting member of OLA Board
  • Attend six meetings a year, plus summer planning retreat

Secretary (one year term):   

  • Document and disseminate minutes for OLA board and annual meetings
  • Voting member of OLA Board
  • Attend six meetings a year, plus summer planning retreat.

Treasurer (two year term):

  • Oversee OLA finances (day to day work handled by OLA staff member)
  • Voting member of OLA Board
  • Attend six meetings a year, plus summer planning retreat

-Jane Corry, OLA Immediate Past President 2016-17

January 15th, 2017 (Vol.24 No.1) ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLA Leadership Development Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Suad Mohamed, recipient of the first OLA Leadership Development Scholarship!

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Suad Mohamed, a Somali Bilingual Library Assistant at Multnomah County Library, has been awarded $1000 from the Oregon Library Association to pursue a Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate. She recently took a Basic Project Management class through Multnomah County which sparked her interest in pursuing PMP certification. The scholarship will provide support for her to pursue the educational requirements of the certification through Project Management Institute (PMI) online education as well as the Women in Education Leadership program offered at Harvard University.

Suad’s position is the only one functioning to serve an underserved population of 10,000 Somali immigrants and refugees in Multnomah County. The certification will help her develop her management skills to perform to her fullest potential and benefit her library system and the greater community in general. She believes an essential step in being more intentionally inclusive and equitable is to increase the number of staff who work with specific populations and partner with community organizations that provide services to these populations.  Suad plans to use platforms like the OLA conference to continue to share her expertise and experiences, just as library colleagues share their expertise with her and others at the conference.  She is presenting on Equity and Inclusion with colleagues at the 2017 OLA Conference and her part will focus on inclusion as it relates to immigrant populations.

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 March 31, 2017.

Elsa Loftis  OLA President 2016-17