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Letter to Libraries Online
A Monthly Newsletter
from the Oregon State Library
State Library Board to Meet at Concordia University
The State Library Board of Trustees will meet in the George R. White Library and Learning Center at Concordia University in Portland on Friday, February 21, 2014. The Board will hear a presentation on board orientations followed by a reorganization report, approval of the Carlton Watkins Album loan to the Portland Art Museum, a 2014 legislative session report, and a discussion of the Talking Book and Braille Endowment Fund. An open forum will be held at noon. Anyone may address the Board at the open forum on any topic.
New Exhibit at the State Library: Remembering William Stafford
The Oregon State Library is opening a new exhibit on February 7, entitled “Remembering William Stafford,” honoring the centennial of the birth of the former Oregon Poet Laureate (1975-1990). The exhibit features photographs of the poet loaned by Mike Markee and Vince Wixon, hand-printed broadsides of Stafford’s poems, and a selection of poetry books authored by Stafford from the Oregon Poetry Collection (OPC). The OPC – a joint project of the Oregon State Library and Oregon Poetry Association – is a growing collection of poetry books by poets who lived, worked, were educated, or born in Oregon. The collection currently has more than 1600 titles, including more than 50 titles by William Stafford. This exhibit is a part of the State Library’s participation in the statewide Oregon Reads 2014 project, celebrating the literary life of William Stafford.
Need GED® Test Preparation Resources? Check out LearningExpress Library!
Many libraries may be getting inquiries about preparation materials for the revised 2014 GED® test introduced in January. Version 3.0 of LearningExpress Library has practice exams in the test’s four topic areas: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies. LearningExpress is rolling out additional content including tutorials, Spanish language materials, and ebooks over the next several months. For a detailed description of LearningExpress’ GED® content development, see the LearningExpress and GEDŽ Test product sheet. If your library has not yet upgraded to version 3.0, please do so soon to take advantage of these and other new resources. If you have questions, please review our FAQ or contact Arlene Weible, Electronic Services Consultant.
Stafford Collections at Talking Book and Braille Services
Talking Book and Braille Services is proud to participate in Oregon Reads 2014. As you know, the Oregon Reads project is celebrating the centennial of William Stafford’s birth during this statewide reading event. Talking Books has made available in audio four collections of William Stafford’s poetry. Audio books from Talking Book and Braille Services are provided free of charge to people in Oregon who cannot read standard sized print due to a visual, physical, or reading disability. For more information on which books are available to qualifying Oregonians for this reading event, please visit our webpage. To request an application for Talking Books, or to find out more, call 800-452-0292 or send us an email. You can also download an application from our website.
State Library Staff Ready for Short Legislative Session
The 2014 Legislative “Short” session will convene on February 3 and run through March 9, 2014. The session could end earlier, but it cannot run longer unless more than a majority of the House and Senate agree to extend the session. “Short Session” refers to the now regular, but shorter, annual session of the Legislative Assembly, held in even-numbered years, under section 10(1)(b), Article IV of the Oregon Constitution. The Government Research Services staff at the State Library have already been busy answering questions and finding materials for legislators, their staff members, and the public as they prepare to get a lot done in a short amount of time. The new Oregon Legislative Information System has made it much easier to track bills, keep up with committee actions and read testimony.
Library Services and Technology Act Grant Materials Available for FFY2015 Grant Cycle
Got a great idea for a joint automation project? Outreach program? Use of technology? The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant program may be for you! The application packet for FY2015 grant proposals is available on the web through the LSTA Competitive Grant Program page. The LSTA program uses a two-step grant process. Short proposals are due April 11. Ideas need to support the Oregon Library Services and Technology Act Five-Year State Plan 2013-2017. Feel free to check out the proposals from past years, as there may be a project you wish to replicate. We welcome calls to talk over grant ideas, or find out about similar grants that may have been made in previous years. Contact Ann Reed at (503) 378-5027 or send an email.
Twelve Public Libraries Selected to Participate in National Launch of Edge Initiative
The Edge Initiative was developed by a coalition of leading library and local government organizations with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is led by the Urban Libraries Council. It was created with the vision that all people should have opportunities to enrich and improve their lives through open access to information, communication, and technology services provided by public libraries. The twelve selected libraries are part of a national effort to create peer comparison data and reports for all participating Edge libraries. An additional 15 libraries may apply to the Oregon State Library in June to participate beginning shortly after July 1, 2014. Stay tuned for additional details and please contact Darci Hanning with any questions.
Oregon State Library
Government Research Services Manager: 503-378-5030, Margie Harrison.
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