April 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.6) HAPPENINGS

Join the Membership Committee

Expand your professional network! Contribute to OLA!  Volunteer to Join the Membership Committee TODAY!

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Where should you most use your superpowers?  Will you wield them for good?  Do you want to be heard?  How loud do you want your voice to be?  Find the answers by joining the OLA Membership Committee!

Membership Committee volunteers help shape OLA by advancing strategic initiatives and influencing the direction of Oregon libraries – one member at a time! Serving on a committee is one of the best ways to become involved and make an impact on the profession. If you’d like to become more engaged, you’re invited to volunteer TODAY!

What are the perks?  Sell it!

Membership Committee volunteer benefits include:

  • Build ties with library staff across the Oregon library landscape.
  • Enhance your leadership abilities.
  • Share your experiences with colleagues.
  • Develop new expertise or update your knowledge.
  • Advance the work of the association and the profession.

Whatcha need from me?

Membership Committee volunteers are required to:

Questions?  Contact Jenkins Lumpkin, Membership Committee Chair.

April 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.6) HAPPENINGS

OLAQ Deadline Extended

DEADLINE EXTENDED!!  OLAQ Call for Submissions | Spring Issue, 2017.

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The theme for the 2017 Spring Issue of the Oregon Library Association Quarterly will be as follows:  Come What May or Apocalypse Now? The Evolution of Oregon Libraries.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to April 15th.  Please submit any and all ideas, abstracts, and proposals to Jenkins Lumpkin by 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 15th, 2017.

For Your Consideration:

  • What’s your stance on the neutrality of libraries?
  • Radicalization: is it just me?
  • How loud do you want your voice to be?
  • What three words would you use to describe the proposed IMLS cuts?
  • Do you “feel the double-edged sword of participating in a flawed system versus sitting out and not participating at all?”
  • What’s the role of social justice, equity, and/or inclusion for libraries?
  • Are you as exhausted as I am?

Most of all:

  • Between your finger and your thumb, does a squat pen rest? Dig with it.

Events on a national, state, and local level have unfolded in dramatic fashion across all boundaries within the Oregon library landscape.  Aside from the personal, how have these events changed the professional, societal, or cultural role of libraries – if at all?  Do professional ethics have a new place in this landscape, and if so – is it a place of rejoicing and revelry or mourning and dissolution?

In the 2017 Spring issue of the OLA Quarterly, you’re invited to explore the currents that have flowed through your professional life and your library.  Has the manner in which we serve our communities changed?  Should it?  Has your perspective changed on the intersection of your personal, political, and professional spheres?  For you, has this been an introduction to the art of losing?  Or, in your library, has it been a time of renewed growth and independence?

What happens next?  How do we combat our own fatigue – either of compassion or resistance –  or both?  What does all of this mean?

I have no idea.

Let’s try this:  tell me your stories.  Share your experiences with your colleagues, compatriots, and friends throughout the Oregon library landscape.  You can “go as far inside as you need to,” and we’ll listen.  Together, let’s try to find true North.

With thanks and acknowledgment:

Bishop, Elizabeth. “One Art.” The Complete Poems 1926-1979.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1983.

Heaney, Séamus. “Digging” New Selected Poems, 1966-1987. London & Boston: Faber and Faber, 1990.

Morrison, Toni.  Beloved: A Novel.  New York:  Knopf, 1987.

West, Jessamyn.  “About.” Librarian.net. 31 Mar. 2017.  http://www.librarian.net/about/.

Submission Details:

For consideration, potential authors may submit ideas, abstracts, and proposals to Jenkins Lumpkin.  Please limit initial submissions to 250 words or fewer.  Submissions will be accepted until no later than April 1st, 2017.

Additional OLAQ information

Author instructions

Provisional publication schedule

The editorial staff include Jenkins Lumpkin, Guest Editor; Jane Scheppke and Jenn Weston, Editors; Charles Wood, OLAQ Coordinator.  The editorial staff are wholly committed to presenting a wide spectrum of perspectives and voices.

Questions?  Contact Jenkins Lumpkin or Charles Wood.

The OLAQ is a professional journal that showcases the writing and work of library employees in Oregon, and represents Oregon library staff globally. Authors included in OLAQ retain the rights to her/his work.  OLAQ is indexed by Library Literature & Information Science, as well as Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts. Full text of OLAQ is also available through HW Wilson’s Library Literature and Information Science Full Text, EBSCO Publishing’s Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA) with Full Text, and the Digital Commons Network.

April 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.6) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Tips on Communicating with Congress

The California Library Association as an excellent guide to communicating with Congress.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1_R7TPR8iZZdTNsUklaZ1dFM1k/view

We recommend it as a must read if you want to be effective.

And that’s just what we need right now with LSTA funding in jeopardy.  It’s a great time to contact your representative and simply tall her or him to support LSTA funding through IMLS.  Email, a letter or a call all work.  Tell a story about how you’ve used LSTA funding or simply state the importance of libraries in whatever community you represent.

If you choose to email, you can send them to the staff contacts that we have identified in each office.  That gets your message to the staff person who works with libraries – staff contacts for each office  This list is also on our Committee’s web page.

Thanks for being involved. Advocacy works!

Janet Webster and Abigail Elder, co-chairs of the OLA Library Development and Legislative Committee

Stellar Oregon advocate, Ruth Murray, at ALA Legislative Day

April 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.6) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Aja Bettencourt-McCarthy

Hi, my name is Aja Bettencourt-McCarthy and I am the Instruction Coordinator at the Oregon Tech Library in Klamath Falls, OR.  I am passionate about innovative instruction, information literacy, and the library’s important role at the heart of the campus community.

Born in Canada and raised in California, I received a BS in Community and Regional Development and a BA in French from the University of California, Davis.  After working for several years in high-tech, non-profit, and government jobs and volunteering in libraries, I took the plunge and received my MLIS from the University of Washington.  Before joining the faculty at Oregon Tech, I worked as an Adult Services librarian at the San Mateo County Library.

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When not teaching or working with students, I enjoy spending time outdoors, reading – particularly non-fiction, and going on adventures.

I am looking forward to getting to know more Oregon librarians through OLA and my role as Communications Coordinator on the ACRL-OR Board (https://acrloregon.org/about-the-board/).

 

April 1st, 2017 (Vol.24 No.6) CONFERENCE

Conference Buddies

Returning to the OLA Annual Conference 2017:  Be a Conference Buddy!!

OLA Membership Committee & the New Member Round Table want to ensure that each First (or Few) Time Conference Goers’ (FTCG) experience at OLA Annual is meaningful, relevant, stress-free – and fun!!

Experienced conference goers attending OLA 2017 are invited to be a Conference Buddy for a first-time or few-time conference attendee just by providing advice and guidance.  It’s really easy — you don’t have to have all the answers, just be willing to help a newbie out!  If you’ve ever been to an OLA Annual Conference before and are willing to help a new person navigate the inner conference workings and learn more about OLA, that’s all it takes!

Hey, it’s my first (or third!) OLA Annual Conference!  How do I get a Buddy?

  • Complete the Volunteer to be Paired with a Conference Buddy at OLA 2017 Form to give the Conference Buddy an idea of what you’re all about – your interests, areas of expertise, and secret super-powers!
  • Once you’ve filled out the form, you’ll be provided with a link to select a time that you’ll available to be paired up with a Conference Buddy.

Buddy options are super flexible!  Just sit with a Conference Buddy for lunch, a conference session, a business meeting, or a special event that you’d be attending anyway – so not a huge commitment in time and/or energy.

I’d like to help a newbie out!  How do I become a Buddy?

More experienced Conference Buddies will have a chance to sign up soon!!  This is the perfect way to share your experience about OLA and expand an emerging library leader’s professional network in an informal, casual way.

What if I have questions? Problems?

Just use the OLA Conference Buddy Program Inquiries, 2017 to contact Conference Buddy & FTCG  administrators with any questions.

See you in Salem for #ORLib17!!

Brought to you by:

  • Bethany Grabow for the New Member Round Table
  • Jenkins Lumpkin for the Membership Committee

 

April 1st, 2017 (Vol. 24 No.6) CONFERENCE

 Learn Legal Reference Service

YOU CAN DO IT! RESPONDING TO LEGAL QUESTIONS

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We bet you’re getting lots of nervous questions lately about laws regarding immigration, civil rights, and racial or ethnic hate crimes. Or maybe you’ve heard the sad story of a tenant who’s going through a no-cause eviction or exorbitant rent increase. Or perhaps someone had their identity stolen and now has fraudulent information on a credit report. How do you offer real, effective help to these patrons?

Don’t despair! Public library workers can provide meaningful assistance to vulnerable patrons – without fear of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. Sure, it takes some training (not to mention knowing your local law librarian), but it *is* possible!

Register today for the inaugural half-day OLA pre-conference focused exclusively on legal reference,research, and referrals. “Thrive in the Hive: Working Together to Provide Exceptional Legal Reference Service” will address a variety of topics presented by expert speakers; attendees can plan on robust discussion of real-life examples and questions, and – guaranteed! – you’ll leave with a better understanding of the legal system and best ways to respond to legal questions (including the dreaded “where is this form” question!).

C’mon, sign up today! Discover how YOU can be the legal information expert at your library! WE WANT YOU and YOU CAN DO IT!!

-Sue Ludington | Chair, Legal Reference Round Table | sue_ludington@co.washington.or.us

April 1, 2017 (Vol. 24 No. 5) CONFERENCE

Resume Review Program

Resume Review Program:  LIVE @ OLA!

Seeking Resume Reviewers for the OLA Resume & Cover Letter Review Program @ OLA Annual Conference!

C’mon, OLA!!  Step up and be a Resume Reviewer at the OLA Annual Conference!

Are you an OLA Member who successfully landed the unicorn of library dream jobs? Did you stumble into a great position or did you strategize your plan of attack?  Do you have nuggets of professional wisdom you’re just dying to share?   If so, stay tuned to this station, because we have just what you need to spread the word and drop a knowledge bomb!

Coming soon, the LIVE, IN-PERSON Resume/Cover Letter Review Program edition at the OLA Annual Conference!

  • The program, a partnership between the OLA Membership Committee and the New Member Round Table, is designed to provide guidance for OLA Members seeking positions within libraries and/or the information professional field.
  • Resume review is intended to be a short-term partnership focused on providing feedback to the OLA Member seeking review.
  • For those seeking a longer-term supportive relationship, the OLA Mentoring Program is open to all early-career library staff.

If you’re an OLA member who rocked the job hunt, consider applying to be matched with a resume review seeker. Just fill out the Form for Resume Review Seekers to be on your way to sharing your knowledge.  You can also check out more information about the Resume and Cover Letter Review Program .

Questions? Ask them via our email form and we’ll get back to you right away.

Brought to you by:

  • Bethany Grabow for the New Member Round Table
  • Jenkins Lumpkin for the Membership Committee

March 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 4) ASSOCIATION NEWS

A Message from OLA President Elsa Loftis

Does it even count as a New Year’s resolution if you start in mid-March? I’ve been meditating on, intending to, just about to, and almost gotten around to … writing for the OLA Hotline for quite some time now. My apologies for not using this platform more often as a way to communicate with the OLA membership more regularly. It seems appropriate to send out a message here to you all besides the occasional Libs-OR listserv blasts you may have seen from me now and then.

I will say that life as OLA president is busy, and I’d like to share with you some of what has been on my plate. What has struck me so far, now that I have about half of my time as president under my belt, is how much fun it is to work with the wonderful people who dedicate their time and energy in so many different ways to the association. That was what drew me to serve in OLA all along—the people. In my work life I am a solo librarian, which is why being active in our library association has been so crucial for me—it maintains my connection to the other wonderful people in our community, and keeps me energized in my work. But enough about me. Let’s talk about some of what’s been going on in OLA, or at least what I’ve had my hands on lately.

One very important project I was able to help out with was the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) task force. With wonderful leadership from Jen Mauer at the State Library, and Robin Rolfe and Peggy Christiansen from OASL, along with many others who dedicated their time and energy, we were able to make connections with the Oregon Department of Education to try to get school libraries in the front of their minds as they draft our state’s implementation plan for ESSA. If you are interested in learning more about what the Department of Ed is doing, please refer to this link, and refer to the letter that we wrote to them with our respectful recommendations here.

In other news, a current event in Oregon Libraryland which we are very saddened by is the impending closure of the Douglas County Public Library, as they have been defunded and the measure which would have created a library district in that county did not pass at the November election. We will do what we can to be supportive to the library workers and library supporters in Douglas County, and are keeping up with their efforts to find alternatives to closing completely. We hope to offer input and guidance if we can do so to the Library Futures Task Force that has recently begun meeting. Our amazing OLA vice president Buzzy Nielsen has been in touch with people down there to offer his unique perspective as a former library director of Hood River County, a community that faced a similar closure.

In brighter news, the Library Development and Legislative Committee put on yet another wonderful Legislative Day at the Capitol Building in Salem on February 21st. Our last count was that 20 of 30 senators and 46 of 60 representatives had selected books to donate to their local libraries. According to Janet Webster, this is probably out best turnout yet! This is such an important advocacy effort, and I can speak first hand and say that it was fun! Please consider going next time if you have never done so, it is a wonderful event.

You may have noticed a new look for the OLA website if you have travelled there recently. Our Association Manager, Shirley Roberts has worked wonders with our web administrator, Memberclicks, to perform an upgrade which I hope improves the look and navigability of the site. We still have some work to do there, though, and a website task force will be meeting in the near future now that the upgrade is complete to discuss content and user experience. Please contact me if you would like to be a part of that!

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And, saving the best for last, the conference planning has been in full swing! I am so excited for the annual OLA conference (April 19-22 in Salem). The theme is “Thriving Together”, which is a tip of the hat to our addition of a Saturday program so that our members in the Oregon Association of School Libraries can more easily come and enjoy the conference. A lot of people have been working so hard to make this a fabulous conference, under the fearless leadership of Michele Burke, and I hope to see you all there! Don’t forget to sign up for the President’s Party on Thursday night, we are going to have a wonderful time!

There is much more to tell you about, and I will do so in subsequent posts to the Hotline—like Strategic Plan implementation, Core Values statements, website organizing, and more. Stay tuned!

Thanks so much,

Elsa Loftis, OLA President

March 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 5) HAPPENINGS

OLAQ Call for Submissions – Spring 2017

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The theme for the 2017 Spring Issue of the Oregon Library Association Quarterly will be as follows: Come What May or Apocalypse Now? The Evolution of Oregon Libraries.  

The editorial staff include Jenkins Lumpkin, Guest Editor; Jane Scheppke and Jenn Weston, Editors; Charles Wood, OLAQ Coordinator. The editorial staff are wholly committed to presenting a wide spectrum of perspectives and voices.

Events on a national, state, and local level have unfolded in dramatic fashion across all boundaries within the Oregon library landscape. Aside from the personal, how have these events changed the professional, societal, or cultural role of libraries – if at all? Do professional ethics have a new place in this landscape, and if so – is it a place of rejoicing and revelry or mourning and dissolution?

In the 2017 Spring issue of the OLA Quarterly, you’re invited to explore the currents that have flowed through your professional life and your library. Has the manner in which we serve our communities changed? Should it? Has your perspective changed on the intersection of your personal, political, and professional spheres? For you, has this been an introduction to the art of losing? Or, in your library, has it been a time of renewed growth and independence?

What happens next? How do we combat our own fatigue – either of compassion or resistance –  or both? What does all of this mean?

I have no idea.  

Let’s try this: tell me your stories. Share your experiences with your colleagues, compatriots, and friends throughout the Oregon library landscape. You can “go as far inside as you need to,” and we’ll listen. Together, let’s try to find true North.

With thanks and acknowledgment:

Bishop, Elizabeth. “One Art.” The Complete Poems 1926-1979.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1983.

Morrison, Toni.  Beloved: A Novel.  New York:  Knopf, 1987.

Submission Details:

For consideration, potential authors may submit ideas, abstracts, and proposals to Jenkins Lumpkin. Please limit initial submissions to 250 words or fewer.  Submissions will be accepted until no later than April 1st, 2017.  

Additional OLAQ information

Author instructions

Provisional publication schedule

Questions? Contact Jenkins Lumpkin (jenkinsl@multco.us) or Charles Wood (wuchakewu@gmail.com).

The OLAQ is a professional journal that showcases the writing and work of library employees in Oregon, and represents Oregon library staff globally. Authors included in OLAQ retain the rights to her/his work.  OLAQ is indexed by Library Literature & Information Science, as well as Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts. Full text of OLAQ is also available through HW Wilson’s Library Literature and Information Science Full Text, EBSCO Publishing’s Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA) with Full Text, and the Digital Commons Network.

March 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 5) HAPPENINGS

OLA Membership Committee Volunteer Opportunity

Expand your professional network! Contribute to OLA! Volunteer to Join the Membership Committee TODAY!

Where should you most use your superpowers? Will you wield them for good? Do you want to be heard? How loud do you want your voice to be? Find the answers by joining the OLA Membership Committee!    

Membership Committee volunteers help shape OLA by advancing strategic initiatives and influencing the direction of Oregon libraries – one member at a time! Serving on a committee is one of the best ways to become involved and make an impact on the profession. If you’d like to become more engaged, you’re invited to volunteer TODAY!

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What are the perks?  Sell it!

Membership Committee volunteer benefits include:

  • Build ties with library staff across the Oregon library landscape.
  • Enhance your leadership abilities.
  • Share your experiences with colleagues.
  • Develop new expertise or update your knowledge.
  • Advance the work of the association and the profession.

Whatcha need from me?

Membership Committee volunteers are required to:

Questions? Contact Jenkins Lumpkin, Membership Committee Chair.