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Letter to Libraries Online
An Electronic Newsletter
from the Oregon State Library
State Library Board to Meet in Salem
The State Library Board will meet on Thursday and Friday, December 13th and 14th, at the Oregon State Library in Salem. The meeting on December 13th will be a strategic planning session for the State Library Board. At the business meeting on December 14th, the Board will hear appeals of staff decisions regarding Ready to Read grant awards for 2012-13. They will also elect new members to two Board Advisory Councils: the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council and the Talking Book and Braille Services (TBABS) Advisory Council. An open forum is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 14th. Anyone may address the Board at the Open Forum on any topic.
Oregon State Library 2012 Fall Lecture Series – Final Lecture
The Oregon State Library is pleased to announce our last lecture in our Fall series on Wednesday, December 5th in Room 103 from 12:00-1:00. This lecture is entitled, “Oregon Democracy: Asahel Bush, Slavery & Statehood Debate,” and features author, historian, and Oregon Encyclopedia contributor Barbara Mahoney. In 2003, she won an Oregon Book Award for Dispatches and Dictators: Ralph Barnes for the Herald Tribune, a biography of Oregon native Ralph Barnes, European correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune during the 1920s and 1930s. As the editor of the pioneer Salem newspaper, the Oregon Statesman, and a leader of the Democratic party, Asahel Bush shepherded the Oregon territory to statehood in the midst of the national controversy over slavery that led to the Civil War. As early as 1843, the people of the territory had rejected slavery. Opposed to slavery as unsuitable for Oregon, Bush used the Statesman to shape the debate, always portraying the issue as one of economics, not morality. After considerable and bitter argument, the drafters of the future state’s constitution specifically outlawed it. Bush’s influence and his adamant loyalty to the United States led several contemporaries to conclude that he played the key role in keeping Oregon in the Union. Please join us in December as our Fall Lecture series concludes.
Oregon State Library Evaluates Oregon Collection
Oregon State Library has been collecting Oregon-related materials since its inception. These materials are collectively known as the Oregon Collection. A three-phase evaluation of this collection is underway with Phase 1 evaluation completed and Phase 2 begun in October. The evaluation is a two-tier review process and a specially-developed Oregon Collection Dispersal Matrix Tool is applied in the evaluation process. Findings during Phase 1 evaluation of 38,859 items included learning that 23% of these items need cataloging, 15% need repairs or preservation treatments, and 2% belong in Special Collections. Because this is a discovery process, we have found some interesting items:
While evaluating the Oregon Collection is a resource-intensive task, it is a collection of items that should be more accessible to all Oregonians. The evaluation of this collection will bring us closer to achieving this goal. For more information, please contact Kate McGann.
Governor Honors State Library Volunteer with Lifetime Achievement Award
The State Library had a wonderful opportunity to honor a long time Talking Book and Braille Services volunteer on November 9th at the Governor’s Volunteer Awards ceremony in Salem. Clyde Mullin was selected to receive the Statewide Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award for 2012. The award was presented to Clyde by former Governor Vic Atiyeh. Clyde has repaired over 12,000 cassette players for Talking Books over the past 21 years. He also has delivered over 30,000 meals for Salem-Keizer Meals on Wheels. And at 95 years old he continues to volunteer! Clyde was among 14 individuals and 12 organizations honored for volunteer service. He was presented with a $500 cash grant from event sponsor Wells Fargo to donate to a nonprofit organization of his choice. MaryKay Dahlgreen, State Librarian, and Jim Scheppke, past State Librarian, were among a large group of friends and family present at the ceremony in his honor.
Announcing Think Big Save for College Winners
Thirteen Oregon children and teens were selected in a random drawing as winners in “Think Big Save for College,” part of the 2012 summer reading program held at public libraries around the state. The program, sponsored by the Oregon College Savings Plan in partnership with the Oregon State Library and Oregon Library Association, awarded each winner a $1,000 Oregon College Savings Plan account, and $500 to each library with a winning participant. Over 4,500 entries were received from summer reading participants throughout Oregon, helping to spread awareness of the importance of reading and saving early for college. This year’s winners included:
1. Amy Thomas of Eugene, Eugene Public Library
Two people selected in the random drawing did not claim their prize, however the libraries indicated on their entry form still received $500. Those two libraries were Cedar Mill Community Library and Albany Public Library.
Library Development’s Continuing Education Web Page Now Available
Library Development is here to support the continuing education needs of the Oregon library community. In addition to the semi-monthly posting of current online education opportunities, we now have a Continuing Education web page that also lists sites with archived webinars. From cataloging to technology, from customer service to youth services, there are webinars aplenty, ready and waiting to be viewed at your convenience.
Ready to Read Grants Coming This Month
The 2012-2013 Ready to Read Grants will be mailed to public library directors by the end of December. Included in this mailing will be a list of the libraries receiving grants this year, descriptions of the projects they plan to implement with their Ready to Read Grant in 2013, and a sample press release. Legislators will have to make many difficult funding decisions this year, please be sure to inform them how the Grant is benefiting children and young adults locally at your library. The Oregon Library Association’s Legislative Committee maintains a webpage on the Ready to Read Grant program with a variety of resources to help you communicate with Legislators and other library stakeholders in your community.
Oregon State Library
Government Research Services Manager: 503-378-5030, Margie Harrison.
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