March 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 6) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Letter from President Buzzy Nielsen

OLA members:

You likely have seen State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen’s note to all of us on Libs-Or. If not, then I will be the bearer of her bad news: it is with great sorrow and confusion that I tell you that Governor Kate Brown’s office is dismissing State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen.

This decision came as just as much of a shock to OLA as I imagine that it comes to you. OLA was not consulted in this decision, nor were several other stakeholders served by the State Library. Even the State Library Board, the entity that was statutorily-created to advise the Governor’s Office on State Library matters, was not consulted.

Some background: a few years ago, legislation was adopted that moved the State Librarian position from being appointed directly by the State Library Board to being appointed by the Governor. At the time, OLA backed this measure because we felt that it would put the State Librarian position on par with other state executive department heads and provide an additional layer of accountability. Obviously, these recent events bring our previous support into question.

This February, MaryKay was scheduled for a reappointment hearing during the short legislative session. Her name was withdrawn the day of the hearing with no comment. OLA Legislative Committee Chair Abigail Elder and I had been working with OLA’s lobbyist, Amanda Dalton, to discover why. We assumed that the hearing was merely being delayed. We were wrong.

Needless to say, this decision is disturbing. OLA has expressed our displeasure to the Governor’s office. That letter that is attached [here]. We are working with our lobbyist Amanda Dalton and other officials gather more information about why this decision was made, immediate succession plans for the State Library, and how the Oregon library community will be involved in future decisions regarding the State Library and Librarian. I will share any further relevant information as it becomes available.

In the meanwhile, please spare some thoughts for MaryKay and the staff of the State Library. While MaryKay does not want for us to fight to get her job back, you are welcome to contact the Governor’s Office to express how you feel about MaryKay’s dismissal and how they made the decision. I encourage you to read the attached letter before doing so for background information. The Governor’s Office can be reached at 503-378-4582 or on this web page:

http://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/share-your-opinion.aspx

If you have any questions, I will try to answer them as best I can. Right now, I wish all of the support that we can give to the State Library staff and MaryKay.

Sincerely,
Buzzy Nielsen

OLA President, 2017-18
olapresident@olaweb.org

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March 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 6) ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLA Leadership Development Scholarship

The OLA Leadership Development Scholarship is intended to support leadership development of members and contribute to the growth of leadership potential within OLA and libraries statewide.

All members of OLA, regardless of position or employment, are eligible to apply for a Leadership Development Scholarship.

So far this year five OLA members have been awarded scholarships to support their participation in leadership development.  You could be next!

For further information and to apply, see the OLA scholarship page.

March 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 6) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Shanna Schlitz

Greetings! My name is Shanna Schlitz. I am in my second year as the Library Tech/Media Specialist at Sauvie Island School, a K-8 school. I really love my job! It allows me to spend my days doing so many of the things that make me happy. I really enjoy being a “book matchmaker” for kids and grownups alike. My background in graphic design and printing gives me a solid foundation for the technology and media problem solving I do in our one-to-one iPad environment. Working with so many caring, compassionate, and committed adults has driven me to study diversity and equity through the lens of public education. This has inspired me to focus on mindfulness, building empathy, promoting cultural awareness, and doing anti-bias work with students as much as I am able.

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I am the mother of two elementary students. They’re very active people, so we spend a lot of our time traveling to and from soccer or roller derby practice. We’re also a football family. Not American football, soccer!! We love the Timbers, Liverpool, and Barcelona and cheer them on in person and on TV as often as we can. While I am currently taking an injury break, I’m also a competitive target archer. I even won a National Championship once! It’s another thing we really enjoy as a whole family and try to do as often as we can. We live on a two-acre plot of land with one 130-lb dog, two mischievous cats, two rabbits, 16 chickens, and four ducks.

I have lived in the Portland area for over 20 years, but split my childhood between the Midwest and the U.S. Virgin Islands. My heart is angled towards the lush green, fern- and moss-filled forests of the Pacific Northwest, but I’m still *always* cold. I live for coffee, ramen, and snuggly blankets when the gray skies close in. Up until last year, our summers were spent running my family’s organically managed blueberry farm on Sauvie Island and growing much of our own fruit and veg. Now that we have our summers free, we’re doing a lot of camping in our pop-up trailer, seeing as much live music as we can, and floating in the Nehalem River.

I don’t read nearly as much as I’d like, but my new Kindle is definitely increasing my book count. I have always considered myself a “paper book” person, but I have embraced digital and audiobooks this year. Being able to access a book I’ve just learned about or a sequel instantaneously is so delightful. I’m on a serious Sherlock Holmes binge right now, reading everything from the original Arthur Conan Doyle to contemporary interpretations like Alt.Sherlock.Holmes by Gini Koch and Dust and Shadow by Lindsay Faye. When not reading Holmes books, I tend towards sci-fi and fantasy, with a little magical realism thrown in. I read a lot of YA, to keep up with my students. My current YA read is The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, but I also really love Cathy Camper, Roland Smith, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Jason Reynolds, and Rosanne Parry.

March 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 6) CONFERENCE

OLA Volunteers Needed

Are you planning to attend the 2018 OLA Conference?  Have you taken a look at the program and find you may have a bit of free time in your schedule? The OLA Conference Committee needs your help!

We are looking for volunteers to help with the tasks below Wednesday through Saturday (April 18-21, 2018).

If you are interested in helping, contact Lacey Legel, OLA Onsite Registration and Volunteer Coordinator, lacey.legel@gmail.com or 503-329-2241. Please indicate which task you are interested in helping with and when you are available.

Volunteer Tasks at OLA Conference

  • Staff Registration Desk – Volunteers will help pass out name badges, provide basic conference information and directions. This is a great way to meet fellow attendees and put some faces to those names you see on LIBS-OR! Shifts are generally about 1.5 hours long, starting at 7:15 am and ending in early evening. We’ll get you oriented when you arrive!
  • Technology Support – Volunteers should be familiar with MS Office products, especially PowerPoint. Tasks will include troubleshooting problems with LCD projectors, audio-visual equipment, wifi connectivity, and microphone malfunctions. A volunteer will be assigned to at least one presenter per session, depending on the number of volunteers available during the conference. Prior to the conference, volunteers and presenters may work together to assure technology needs for presentations are met ahead of time. The technology coordinator (Kevin Moore) will contact volunteers with assignments and duties in the month prior to the conference.
  • Room Monitors/Directional – Direct attendees to session rooms; make head counts of assigned sessions; get assistance from conference team as needed for technical issues/room problems. Before and after sessions, direct attendees to different areas of conference center as needed.
  • Other Duties as Assigned – We always need folks to help with small logistical tasks throughout the conference. If you would like to help but aren’t sure you want to commit to the tasks above, let me know and we’ll see what we can do to find a job for you!

Volunteering at the conference is a great way to network and meet new colleagues, as well as support OLA! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Lacey Legel, MLIS / Multnomah County Library / OLA Membership Committee Chair / OLA 2018 On-Site Registration & Volunteer Coordinator / OLA Finance Committee / Treasurer, Independent Publishing Resource Center / lacey.legel@gmail.com

March 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 5) ASSOCIATION NEWS

New issue of the OLA Quarterly out!

Small Libraries, BIG Ideas

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The latest issue of the OLA Quarterly is now available!

See: https://commons.pacificu.edu/olaq/vol23/iss3/

The theme for this issue is Small Libraries, BIG Ideas, and the Guest Editor is OLA President Buzzy Nielsen. From Buzzy’s introduction:

“The Oregon library community consistently amazes me with its innovative, enterprising, and patron-focused activities. Indeed, we hear about these many activities through Libs-Or, OLA conferences, and this journal. While certainly not by design, many of the voices we hear come from libraries along the I-5 corridor. Cool things happen in those libraries, of course, but this issue of the OLA Quarterly amplifies voices we hear less frequently: the rural institutions that constitute the majority of the libraries in Oregon.”

Please feel free to share this issue widely! We hope you like it.

Reading tip: The text and images are more clear if you download the issue and articles all the way to a .pdf reader, and if you do so, the links will be clickable.

Thank you,
Charles Wood
OLA Communications Chair

March 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 5) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Helena Egbert

My name is Helena Egbert. I am currently a first year MLS student at Emporia State University. I live and work in Oregon and most of the program takes place online. However, my cohort meets approximately once a month for a day and a half of in-person class in Portland. I graduated from Oregon State University with a BA in History and a focus on Latin American and Caribbean history.

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I work as an archival assistant/student employee in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center (SCARC) at OSU’s Valley Library. I primarily work on arrangement and description projects related to OSU history. I spend lots of time re-foldering material and integrating accessions with record groups. I’ve learned a lot about archival arrangement and series description. I really enjoy it! My favorite part of working in the archives is finding funny and unexpected things. For example, last week I found a photo of two unicyclists jousting! I also work on the archives reference desk; I help register users, retrieve material, answer questions, and do collection maintenance. Prior to working in SCARC, I worked as a minion in ILL and general collection maintenance in the main library for three years. I scanned material, paged, and shelved books.  

In my free time I enjoy staying active by hiking, biking, and doing yoga. I also really enjoy doing sewing projects, predominantly quilting! I have made more quilts than I can count, the majority of them as gifts. That being said, most of the blankets I own now are ones that I have made. When I have the time, I love visiting extended family in Alaska.

I just finished reading The Black Witch by Laurie Forest, and highly recommend it for those who enjoy fantasy! You will have to wait for the sequel(s) though. 

March 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 5) CONFERENCE

OLA Conference Volunteers Needed

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Are you planning to attend the 2018 OLA Conference?  Have you taken a look at the program and find you may have a bit of free time in your schedule? The OLA Conference Committee needs your help!

We are looking for volunteers to help with the tasks below Wednesday through Saturday (April 18-21, 2018).

If you are interested in helping, contact Lacey Legel, OLA Onsite Registration and Volunteer Coordinator, lacey.legel@gmail.com or 503-329-2241. Please indicate which task you are interested in helping with and when you are available.

Volunteer Tasks at OLA Conference

  • Staff Registration Desk – Volunteers will help pass out name badges, provide basic conference information and directions. This is a great way to meet fellow attendees and put some faces to those names you see on LIBS-OR! Shifts are generally about 1.5 hours long, starting at 7:15 am and ending in early evening. We’ll get you oriented when you arrive!
  • Technology Support – Volunteers should be familiar with MS Office products, especially PowerPoint. Tasks will include troubleshooting problems with LCD projectors, audio-visual equipment, wifi connectivity, and microphone malfunctions. A volunteer will be assigned to at least one presenter per session, depending on the number of volunteers available during the conference. Prior to the conference, volunteers and presenters may work together to assure technology needs for presentations are met ahead of time. The technology coordinator (Kevin Moore) will contact volunteers with assignments and duties in the month prior to the conference.
  • Room Monitors/Directional – Direct attendees to session rooms; make head counts of assigned sessions; get assistance from conference team as needed for technical issues/room problems. Before and after sessions, direct attendees to different areas of conference center as needed.
  • Other Duties as Assigned – We always need folks to help with small logistical tasks throughout the conference. If you would like to help but aren’t sure you want to commit to the tasks above, let me know and we’ll see what we can do to find a job for you!

Volunteering at the conference is a great way to network and meet new colleagues, as well as support OLA! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Lacey Legel, MLIS / Multnomah County Library / OLA Membership Committee Chair / OLA 2018 On-Site Registration & Volunteer Coordinator / OLA Finance Committee / Treasurer, Independent Publishing Resource Center / lacey.legel@gmail.com

February 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 4) ASSOCIATION NEWS

OLA Seeking Candidates for Two Offices

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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 set our strategic plan in motion. You can help shape our goals and make them a reality!

Contact OLA Past President and Nominating Chair Elsa Loftis at 971-255-4135 or olapastpresident[at]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.

If you are interested, or know someone who is, please call or send an email by the end of February for consideration by the Nominating Committee.

Thank you!
Elsa Loftis
OLA Immediate Past President 2017-18

February 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 4) HAPPENINGS

New Member Round Table (NMRT) News

Please join us for these upcoming events for NMRT members or potential members.

NMRT Networking and Social Hour

(This is a new vegan bakery and coffee shop in Beaverton with an interesting story! Check out their website and menu.)

  • When: Sunday, February 18 at 11:30 a.m.
  • What: Networking and conversation. This will be a casual get together to meet and get to know fellow library types. Please bring business cards if you have them and paper and pen.

PSU Library Tour

  • Where: Portland State University Library, 1875 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR
  • When: Monday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m.
  • What: By popular request, we are touring an academic library! Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of Public Access Services and Special Collections. This event is taking place during Spring Break, so parking should be easy, or better yet, take public transportation. The tour should take about 1 1/2 hours. Afterward, we can head to a nearby restaurant for lunch if anyone would like to continue the conversation.

I hope you’ll be able to join us for these events! Please pass along the word to anyone else who might be interested. It is not necessary to be a member of NMRT to participate (but it is encouraged!). Please send me an email if you plan to attend or head over to our Facebook page where these are set up as an events.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at bethany.grabow[at]gmail.com. I look forward to seeing you all!

Sincerely,
Bethany Grabow
NMRT Chair

February 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 4) HAPPENINGS

Professional Development Scholarship: Now Accepting Applications

ACRL-Oregon is delighted to announce a new round of Professional Development Scholarship awards. Thanks to a one-time matching-fund grant from the State Library of Oregon, ACRL-Oregon is able to offer up to $500 for each award for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Applications are accepted at three points throughout the year (see below for specific deadlines); we are currently soliciting applications for the February 28 deadline. Applications will be reviewed within two weeks after the application deadline.

How can the scholarship be used?  

The ACRL-Oregon Professional Development Scholarship may be used toward conferences, workshops, courses, seminars, or other learning opportunities (including e-learning opportunities) appropriate to the applicant. The funding priority is registration and transportation costs incurred by the applicant.

For examples of how past recipients have used their awards, see these posts on the ACRL-Oregon blog:

  • Kim Olson-Charles, Personal Librarian and First-Year Experience conference
  • Maureen Flanagan Battistella, American Association for State and Local History conference, presentation on digital collections of local history
  • Kate Rubick, ACRL national conference, panel presentation on library-faculty teaching collaboration using BEAM
  • Darci Adolf, e-course on copyright

Professional Development Scholarships will not be awarded for ACRL-OR/WA Fall Conference attendance as this annual event has its own scholarships.

Who is eligible?

  • All ACRL-Oregon members in good standing.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Professional Development Scholarship from ACRL-Oregon.

Who is not eligible?

Non ACRL-Oregon members.

How will applications be evaluated?

Please visit our FAQ page, which contains our evaluation rubrics and answers to frequently asked questions.

How do I apply?

Apply for the scholarship using this online form.

Deadline:

Applications will be accepted at three points throughout the 2017-2018 year:

  • February 28
  • April 30
  • November 30 (done)

For more information, contact the ACRL-OR Board President:

Steve Silver
ACRL-OR President, 2017-2018
Northwest Christian University
acrlor[at]olaweb.org