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Letter to Libraries Online
An Electronic Newsletter
from the Oregon State Library
State Library Board Meets in Salem
The State Library Board of Trustees will meet in Salem on February 24th. The meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. On the Board’s agenda will be the OSL Board Budget Committee report and the Evaluation of the 2008-2012 LSTA Five-Year Plan. An Open Forum will be held at 10:30 a.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 second meeting of the OSL Board Budget Committee will be held in at the State Library in Room B9 on Friday, February 3rd. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. The Committee will continue the work begun at the January 13th meeting to develop goals and strategies 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 library teams.
State Library Recruitment Under Way
The State Library Board of Trustees continues to follow their recruitment plan to fill the Oregon State Librarian position after Jim Scheppke’s December 31st retirement. At their December 9th meeting, the Board announced their decision to reopen the job posting and close it on January 31st. The recruitment plan was updated to reflect the timeline that the Board adopted in June 2011. A formal hiring freeze by Governor Kitzhaber and the Legislature was imposed on December 13th for all state positions and is in effect at least until the end of the 2012 Legislative session. The State Library submitted its hiring exception request for the State Librarian position on behalf of Sam Hall, Board of Trustees Chair, and was granted approval from the Hiring Exception Committee. Twyla Lawson, Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Executive Recruiter, is overseeing and leading the recruitment process. Screening panel members will assist the Board with the first round interview process with an initial meeting scheduled for February 3rd. First round interviews are expected to be held on February 10th by telephone. Tentatively scheduled for Thursday, February 23rd, as part of the final interview process, Lawson will facilitate forums for staff and stakeholders to meet with the candidates, view presentations, and provide them the opportunity to give feedback for the Board's consideration in the final selection process. The Board may meet in Executive Session that afternoon for the purpose of considering the employment of a new Oregon State Librarian, where no decisions will be made. On Friday, February 24th, the Board plans to hold their business meeting, pending final arrangements. In the afternoon, the Board plans to hold a public session to hear comments regarding the employment of a new State Librarian. After another Executive Session, the Board will consider its options for selecting the next Oregon State Librarian in an open public session.
Oregon State Library Announces 2012 Spring Lecture Series
The Oregon State Library is happy to announce its Spring Lecture Series line-up. Our first lecture is on Wednesday, February 15 in Room 102/103 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm and features Oregon Department of Transportation research engineer, Matthew Mabey. His lecture, entitled Seismicity and Salmon on the Oregon Coast, will explain how the earthquake hazard in Oregon spurred geologists to look carefully at the deposits in estuaries, leading to dramatic changes in perceived earthquake hazard zones and affecting how bridges and buildings are now designed and built. On a monthly basis, Mabey studies estuaries along US 101 and examines how salmon habitats are affected and possibly, improved by future changes to the highway. Additionally, his research also studies how climate change is likely to be affecting both the estuaries and highway. Please join us on February 15 for this interesting topic. Click here for more information about the lecture series.
2010-2011 Ready to Read Annual Report Now Available
The 2010-2011 Ready to Read Annual Report and Best Practice Libraries report are now on the Ready to Read webpage. The Ready to Read Annual Report is an analysis of the Ready to Read Final Reports submitted to the State Library every December. The State Library has established metrics that measure the effectiveness of the Ready to Read Grant Program. The metrics provide longitudinal data on public library youth services and public library usage statistics. This data allows public libraries to see how their efforts impact library services to children in Oregon, and serves as a tool for setting local youth service goals. The Best Practice Libraries report lists those libraries that provide all three youth services best practices: outreach, summer reading, and early literacy training for caregivers.
2010-2011 Outstanding Ready to Read Grant Projects Awarded
Each year, the State Library staff recognizes several public libraries for their outstanding Ready to Read Grant projects. The criteria for this recognition are: the library adheres to the original intent of the Ready to Read Grant, focuses on one or more of the three Ready to Read Grant best practices, promotes partnerships both in and out of the library, and creates a project that is replicable in other libraries, or enhances current library services. Libraries recognized for their Outstanding Ready to Read projects in 2010-2011 are: Lane Library District (Creswell), Ledding Library (Milwaukie), St. Helens Public Library, Union Carnegie Public Library, and Weston Public Library. The Ready to Read Grant web page provides more information about these outstanding projects.
What is a Library Database and How Can I Promote it with Patrons?
Gale and the Oregon State Library are partnering to offer a couple of webinars in the spring. Past topics have primarily focused on learning about the specific databases available in the statewide contract and how to use their interfaces. However, we realize that in the library world, personnel are at varying places in their understanding of what a database is and when and why to recommend one to patrons. For those who would benefit from a “database 101” session, we would like to step back and clarify what a library database is, discuss general features, explain when to use databases instead of or in addition to searching the Internet, and maybe even cover some general search strategies. Another webinar in development will focus on tips for marketing the Gale databases, and our hope is to differentiate sessions based on type of library. Once dates are set, we will share information on Libs-Or and post to Northwest Central.
OPB Partners with Libraries to Gather Patron Stories
Oregon Public Broadcasting is working with libraries across Oregon to collect stories and insights about how people are using libraries via the LibrariUS widget. It’s a way to explore the information, civic and social needs of communities across Oregon and the nation through the lens of local libraries. For libraries, LibrariUS is a way to learn more about what people are doing at the library to help demonstrate how you are serving your community – in traditional and new ways – and to get more stories about libraries in the news. It’s also an opportunity to empower your patrons to tell their own stories, and have a greater voice in the media. If your library would be interested in partnering with OPB, contact Amanda Peacher. You can learn more about LibrariUS and see some of stories that have been submitted via the widget here.
Oregon State Library
Library Development: 503-378-2525, MaryKay
Dahlgreen, Ferol Weyand, Darci Hanning, Ann
Reed, Jennifer Maurer, Katie Anderson.
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