May 2nd, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 10) Association News

Congratualation to the 2016 Award Winners

The Oregon Library Association was privileged to announce the winners of a few of the 2016 OLA awards at this year’s conference. Congratulations and many thanks to the winners for their hard work and dedication!

OLA Distinguished Service Award: Mary Finnegan (2016)

  • The OLA Distinguished Service Award may be awarded to any Oregon Librarian or library staff member, who has been in the profession for 15 years or more years, has worked in Oregon libraries for at least ten years, and is currently a member of OLA, for exceptional service over a period of years.

Oregon Librarian of the Year: Kathryn Kohl (2016)

  • This award is given to a professional librarian who has demonstrated excellence in library service in Oregon. The librarian must have worked for pay in an Oregon library for at least two years. The nominee must be a member of OLA.

Library Employee of the Year: Charleene Wood (2016)

  • This award is given to a library employee who is committed to providing excellent library service to the community. The recipient has shown leadership, initiative, and willingness to share skills with the organization.


May 2nd, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 10) Library News

2016 Teen Summer Reading Video Challenge

Congratulations to Salem Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board and Teen Librarian Sonja Somerville for winning the 2016 teen summer reading video challenge! Watch their winning video online now.

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Teen Video Challenge is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program.  Winning videos were selected at the state level to be recognized as an official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winner for 2016. For their hard work and creativity, each winner for this year’s competition received a monetary award of $150 and the awards can be used as each winner sees fit. You can watch the winning videos from other states on the CSLP website.

You may use any of these videos to promote your own summer reading program! They are great for posting on your website and social media.

If you think teens at your library might want to participate in CSLP’s Teen Video Challenge, start planting the idea in their heads now so they’re motivated to create their own video for the 2017 teen summer reading video challenge. The 2017 summer reading theme and slogan will be Build A Better World. Information about participating in the 2017 Teen Video Challenge will be sent out on the libsor listserv next winter.


Katie Anderson

Youth Services Consultant | Library Support and Development Services | Oregon State Library

April 15, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 9) Conference

The OLA Conference Is Around the Bend 

The OLA Conference is next week! Plan ahead and make the most of your time by creating a customized schedule that you can print out or view from your mobile device. You can also keep up with the latest news and tell your story via Twitter and Facebook #ORLib16.


Here are a few info bits and tips:

President’s Party – Tickets will be on sale at the Registration Desk until 5 pm on Thursday.

Streaming Awards Ceremony – Can’t make it to the conference? We will be experimenting with streaming the Awards event so you can celebrate your colleagues from the comfort of your home library. This is our first time trying this so there might be cats photobombing or cameras falling, who knows. Watch on Friday, April 22nd 12:30 pm on Google+ or YouTube.

Weather & Packing List -Next week’s forecast for Bend is calling for beautiful 70 degree days but with chilly 40 degree mornings and some wind. Bring layers and you’ll be set. Some other items that we recommend you consider packing are sunglasses, swimsuit (Riverhouse pools will be open for guests), waterbottle, comfortable shoes, business cards, charging cables for your devices, notepad/pen, snacks and a tote bag.

Conference Meals & Restaurants: Our conference lunches and dinners will still be happening at the convention center, but for any other snacks or meals, you’ll need to either bring some food with you or check out the many cafes, restaurants and brewpubs. Use the search feature of the Where to Eat Guide. Sadly, the Riverhouse location is not exactly walking distance to much of interest. There is a Natural Grocers across the street.

Shuttle: For Thursday night, remember to check the message board at the OLA Registration Desk for group dinners and destinations. We will have a conference shuttle leaving from the convention center at regular intervals heading to downtown and the Old Mill.

See you at the conference!

Sara Q Thompson | OLA Communications Committee Chair

April 15, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 9) Conference

Double the Pleasure, Double the Fun: Two Round Tables Unite at OLA 

The Reference and Legal Reference Round Tables (RRT/LRRT) are excited to once again join forces at the OLA Conference — and all are invited to play along!

ICYMI, the primary purpose of these RTs is to foster fellowship, cooperation, and a culture of sharing among reference professionals. So please – come share and foster fellowship with us in Bend!

Exhibit Hall Table:

Visit our combined table in the Exhibit Hall during no-conflict breaks. Tell your “reference story” on a Post-it display: what your library does well, go-to reference tools, staff training needs, etc.

We’ll also feature a few LibGuides/subject pathfinders with copies for distribution. Got one you find indispensable? Please let us know!

Conference Session:

LRRT and RRT are pleased to co-sponsor “How to Show and Tell a Legal Research Story” (Thursday, 2pm). Attendees will get an overview of Fastcase and Nolo, two legal databases currently available for free statewide thanks to the State Law Library. Come learn what these resources have to offer, how to navigate them, and when to refer patrons to them.

Bonus: Hear how your library staff can receive in-depth, hands-on training of these databases at your institution in Summer/Fall 2016!

Business Meeting:

Attend our joint biz meeting bright and early on Friday from 7:30-8:30am (Sisters, Room A). It’ll be a casual affair to chat about the state of the RTs and what members envision for the future. Learn how ramp up your involvement and help set goals for the upcoming year.

And, knowing 7:30am could be difficult, we’ll have fruit and pastries to ease the pain! (sorry, though, it’s BYO coffee/tea/beverage of your choice…)

RSVPs via would be appreciated but aren’t necessary.

Thanks for your interest and we look forward to seeing you in a few weeks.

Sue Ludington | LRRT Chair | Washington County Law Library

Thea Evenstad | RRT Chair | Springfield Public Library

April 15, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 9) Conference

Be a Conference Buddy!! 

This year at OLA Annual, about 1 in 4 conference attendees will be at OLA Annual for the very first time!!  The New Member Round Table wants to help ensure that each First Time Conference Goers’ (FTCG) experience at OLA Annual is meaningful, relevant, stress-free – and fun!!


Experienced conference goers attending OLA 2016 are invited to be a buddy for a first-time attendee by providing advice and guidance during the conference.  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 conference and learn more about OLA, that’s all it takes!

I want to help a newbie out!  How does this work?

Buddy options are really flexible!  They just involve sitting with a newbie for a lunch, business meeting, or a special event that you’d be attending anyway – so not a huge commitment in time and/or energy.  

Hey, it’s my first OLA Annual!  How do I get a Buddy?

What if I have questions? Problems? Kitten Memes?

Just use the OLA Conference Buddy & FTCG Program Inquiry Form to contact Conference Buddy & FTCG  administrators with any questions – and memes are welcome, too!

See you in Bend for #ORLib16!!

OLA New Member Round Table (NMRT)

April 15, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 9) Association News

New OLA Hotline Co-Editor

Greetings Oregon!

aaeaaqaaaaaaaav3aaaajdbjntbkmjq1ltq2nzgtngyznc1hn2qzlwu4mwnmnty4zwu5zaMy name is Dante Buccieri and I’m joining the OLA Hotline editorial team. I attained my Master of Library Science at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT.  In May 2014, I drove cross country to Portland and I’m happy to say that I never want to leave the Pacific Northwest. My professional interests are in reference, reader’s advisory, and community outreach/programming. Outside the library, I’m an avid comic book collector and a roller derby referee for the defending world champion Rose City Rollers.  I look forward to being a part of the OLA family!

April 15, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 9) Association News

OYAN Raffle 

As incoming co-chair of OYAN, I am pleased to announce that tickets for the 2016 OYAN raffle are available for sale online at until April 19th. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover, and there is no need to be a member of OLA or even have anything to do with libraries. No need to be present to win, either. It’s open to everyone so please share widely!


Tickets for this year’s raffle are $5 each or 5 for $20. Prizes range from the classiest of the classy (a two-night stay at Sylvia Beach Hotel, tickets for two to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, tickets for two to the Portland Center Stage) to the fun (Pelican Brewery gift card, British Tea Basket, and an 80s Nostalgia Kit). We will also be selling tickets at the OYAN table during OLA.

My biggest gratitude to all members who contributed to the raffle. Also, thanks for supporting OYAN and library services for teens in Oregon. See you all in Bend!

Violeta Garza | Bilingual Youth Librarian | Multnomah County Library

April 15, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 9) Association News

Resume/Cover Letter Review 

The OLA Resume Review program is designed to provide guidance for OLA Members seeking positions within libraries and/or the information field. Resume review is intended to be a short-term partnership focused on providing feedback to the OLA Member seeking review.

Volunteer reviewers will evaluate the applicant’s resume and representative cover letter and provide advice on these documents.  In addition, the reviewer can assess any possible experiences or skills that might the applicant more marketable for a desired position. For those of you who prefer face-to-face interaction, we’ll be offering that option at the OLA Conference!  Visit our webpage for more info and to submit an inquiry

April 15, 2016 (Vol. 23, No. 9) Library News

Virtual Library Legislative Day 2016 

As part of National Library Legislative Day 2016 (NLLD), we are offering library advocates unable to attend in person the chance to participate through Virtual Library Legislative Day (VLLD)!   

legislative day

This year, we’re teaming up with the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) to help expand our efforts and take advantage of the momentum started by the nearly 400 library supporters who plan to attend NLLD. Their Chapters’ members are pledging their time to make calls, send emails, tweet, and otherwise raise awareness about library issues during the week of May 2nd. To date, the HPA has received pledges for nearly 500 actions from their members!

Once you register for VLLD, we’ll follow up by sending talking points and other handy resources your library can use to advocate easily and effectively.  We’ll be including a link to a webstream of the National Library Legislative day program, live from Washington, on the morning of May 2nd. You’ll get to hear our keynote speaker, former Congressman Rush Holt, and listen in on this year’s issue briefing.

You can also find out more by visiting the United for Libraries and the Harry Potter Alliance webpages, or by subscribing to the Action Center.

Please feel free to contact Lisa Lindle (, Grassroots Communications Specialist for ALA Washington, if you have any questions.