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Letter to Libraries Online
An Electronic Newsletter
from the Oregon State Library
State Library Board Meets in Bend Prior to OLA Annual Conference
The State Library Board of Trustees will meet in Bend at the Riverhouse Convention Center on April 25th. The meeting will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. On the Board’s agenda will be the OSL Board Budget Committee report, a report from LEO (Libraries of Eastern Oregon), and a discussion of the first draft of the 2013-2017 LSTA Five Year Plan. An Open Forum will be held at 2:00 p.m. Any member of the public may address the Board in the Open Forum on any topic.
OSL Board Budget Committee Holds Meeting in Salem
The third meeting of the OSL Board Budget Committee will be held at the State Library in Room B9 on Friday, April 6th. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. The Committee will continue the work of developing goals and initiatives for the 2013-2015 budget request. The Board Budget Committee is chaired by Board Chair Sam Hall. Board members, Sue Burkholder and Aletha Bonebrake will serve on the Committee along with library managers and a representative of each library team.
Oregon State Library 2012 Spring Lecture Series - Lecture #3
The Oregon State Library is pleased to announce the third lecture for our Spring Lecture series. Our next lecture is Wednesday, April 11, in Room 103 from 12:00-1:00 and features Henry Hughes, Associate Professor of English at Western Oregon University. Drawing on his lifetime love of angling, literary history and poetry writing, Professor Hughes will read and talk about classic and contemporary poems and stories that involve the art of angling in a lecture entitled, “The Love of Angling.” Professor Hughes's poems have been published in many prestigious publications and his first collection, Men Holding Eggs, received the 2004 Oregon Book Award. His second book, Moist Meridian, was chosen by Robert Pinsky as a finalist for the 2011 Oregon book Award. He is the editor of the recent anthology, The Art of Angling: Poems about Fishing. Please come visit us on April 11 as we celebrate National Poetry Month at the State Library.
Learn How to Market Your Gale Databases & How to Use Them to Support Library Programming
In March the State Library and Gale offered two webinar sessions to help Oregon library staff better understand how and why to use periodicals databases. We received much positive feedback about those and are now planning the next two topics. Finding eResources to Support Library Programming will show participants how to locate and share content and searches that can support library celebrations of specific months, like Women’s History Month, holidays, and more. Participants will master the Gale bookmarking feature and learn tips for getting these tools to patrons and students. The one-hour trainings will be offered on April 3rd at 11am and again on May 3rd at 3:30pm Pacific. Interwoven will be two sessions about marketing your Gale databases, during which participants will learn how to order free promotional materials, discover outreach letters and press releases, and discuss using social networking and online media to promote libraries’ offerings. Join us on either April 18th at 11am or May 8th at 3:30pm Pacific. These webinars are free, there is no need to register, and a PDF with access information is available on Northwest Central and under Training on the public/tribal and academic Gale support sites for Oregon users. If you have questions, please call (503-378-5011) or email Jennifer Maurer in Library Development at the Oregon State Library.
State Librarian Launches Blog
MaryKay Dahlgreen will launch a blog in early April to provide an additional source of information about the State Library as well as the Oregon library community and beyond. The State Library will continue to publish Letter to Libraries Online monthly and will continue to host the libs-or e-mail list. Look for the new blog at: http://snippetsfromthestatelibrarian.wordpress.com/
Talking Book and Braille Services: Like Us on Facebook
Talking Book and Braille Services has a page on Facebook. If you or your library is interested in what Talking Books is up to on a daily basis, then find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ortbabs. The plan is to use our page to highlight library events around the state, communicate with our patrons and friends, and talk about new books that are coming to our collection. Please "like" us today!
State Library Offers Meet-n-Tour For New Library Directors
Any new or even somewhat new directors at academic, public, or tribal libraries in Oregon are invited to meet State Library staff, learn about our services, and tour the building. This meet-n-tour will be hosted by Library Development staff at the State Library on May 3rd from 10am to 1pm Pacific. If you are interested in attending, please call (503-378-5011) or email Jennifer Maurer. If you cannot participate, we would still appreciate a chance to introduce ourselves so would welcome receiving your contact information. Finally, when basic library information changes, we ask that appropriate library personnel update the online Oregon Library Directory. If you know about a new library director in Oregon, please share this invitation with him or her.
Deadline is April 13 for FFY2013 LSTA Grant Proposals
The application packet for FY2013 grant proposals is available on the web through the LSTA Competitive Grant Program page. Short proposals are due April 13 by 5:00 pm. Ann Reed is available if you need advice, wish to consult on a rough draft or have any questions. Contact Ann at (503) 378-5027 or send an email.
Oregon State Library
Library Development: 503-378-2525, Ferol Weyand, Darci Hanning, Ann Reed
, Jennifer Maurer, Katie Anderson.
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