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Letter to Libraries Online
A Monthly Newsletter
from the Oregon State Library
State Library Board to Meet in Vancouver, Washington
The State Library Board of Trustees will meet in Vancouver, Washington, at the Vancouver Community Library on Wednesday, April 24th, prior to the OLA/WLA Conference at the Hilton Vancouver. The meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On the Board’s agenda will be an update on the agency reorganization, the annual assessment of Key Performance Measure #15 regarding Board best practices, and a change to the Board bylaws regarding the selection of Government Research Services Advisory Council members. An open forum will be held at noon. Anyone may address the Board regarding any topic at the Open Forum.
2013 Spring Lecture Series Continues
The Oregon State Library is pleased to announce the third lecture in our 2013 Spring Lecture Series. On Wednesday, April 24, in Room 103 from 12:00-1:00, Rick McClure will present Goodbye Windy City: Chicago CCC Companies in the Northwest, 1933. Mobilization of a national Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) swiftly followed New Deal legislation during President Franklin Roosevelt’s first one hundred days in office. Slow recruitment in the Pacific Northwest led to initial deployments of enrollees largely recruited from Chicago. CCC companies that organized and trained at Fort Sheridan, Illinois were among the first to establish work camps on the national forests within the Vancouver District in Washington and Oregon. Significantly, many of these Chicago area companies included African-American enrollees. By 1934, the Illinois companies were replaced by those of local origin, and political pressure at the national level was forcing racial segregation within the ranks of the CCC. McClure will discuss the formative challenges faced by the newly created agency, one that would put over a million and a half men to work during the remaining years of the Great Depression. Rick McClure currently serves as the Heritage and Tribal Programs Manager for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington. Trained as an archaeologist, he earned an MA degree in Anthropology from Washington State University in 1984, and has worked for the Forest Service for 32 years. Please join us in April as our Spring Lecture Series continues.
The Oregon State Library Celebrates National Poetry Month
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events. The Oregon State Library is very proud to participate in the celebration of National Poetry Month and also, to promote the Oregon Poetry Collection by announcing a poetry reading by noted Oregon poet, essayist, and novelist, Ursula Le Guin. The poetry reading will be followed by a question & answer period and will take place on April 3 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the State Employment Department auditorium. Unfortunately, we must announce that this event is full to capacity. In 2007, the Oregon State Library and the Oregon Poetry Association joined together to develop the Oregon Poetry Collection. Publications in this special collection are written by Oregon poets, past and present, or deal substantially with Oregon subject matter. Its purpose is to provide a single, increasingly comprehensive collection of works by Oregon poets and to make these works accessible to all Oregonians. Photo credit: Copyright © by Marian Wood Kolisch.
Deadline is April 12 for FFY2014 LSTA Grant Proposals
The application packet for FY2014 grant proposals is available on the web through the LSTA Competitive Grant Program page. Short proposals are due April 12 by 5:00 p.m. 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 via email.
Oregon Legislative Information System Streamlines Access to Legislative Information
Government Research Services staff have found the new OLIS system, launched at the beginning of the 2013 Legislative Session, an easy to use portal for finding legislative information. OLIS provides close to real-time access to current legislative information. The site provides access to bill text, measure analysis, committee agendas, meeting material, recording logs and committee votes. At this time, only legislative information for the 2013 Session has been fully linked into the new system. The current plan is to provide access to these digital documents for six years. You can access OLIS from the Oregon Legislature’s web page by clicking on the icons located in the center of the screen. The four icons represent the session calendar, legislative bills, legislative committees and legislative reports. If you have questions about using the new OLIS system, please contact the GRS staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OSL Board Funds Additional LSTA Projects
The OSL Board of Trustees recently approved recommendations from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Council to fund several projects with uncommitted Federal Fiscal Year 2012 LSTA money. The State Library will soon issue Request for Proposals (RFPs) for two of these projects. The first will solicit a consultant to conduct an environmental scan of current digital collection projects in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest region, as well as propose potential models for cross-institution collaboration in Oregon. The LSTA Council will use this report to guide grant funding of digital projects into the future. The second RFP will solicit a training program and materials that will teach the concepts of outcome based evaluation to OSL staff and to library staff across Oregon. The recently adopted Five-Year LSTA Plan places a focus on grant funded projects to measure outcomes and develop a culture of evaluation. State and local governing bodies are also placing an emphasis on demonstrating the value of services through outcome based data. OSL staff that administer grants and provide information, resources, and technical assistance to grantees, as well as library staff throughout the state will benefit from becoming more familiar with the tenets and practices of outcome based evaluation. For more information about these projects, please contact Susan Westin, Library Development Services Program Manager.
State Library Closed on State Furlough Day
Due to state budget cuts, the Oregon State Library will be closed on Friday, April 19, 2013. We apologize for any inconvenience. For your reference, we have included the closure day schedule through the rest of this biennium (not including holidays): Friday, May 24, 2013.
Oregon State Library
Government Research Services Manager: 503-378-5030, Margie Harrison.
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