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Letter to Libraries Online

A Monthly Newsletter from the Oregon State Library

Volume 27, Issue 2, February 2017

Contents:
Library Board News
State Library News
Contacts at the State Library

Vision: All Oregonians have the information essential to be engaged citizens, to strengthen our communities, and to build a prosperous state.

Mission: The State Library provides leadership and resources to continue growing vibrant library services for Oregonians with print disabilities, the Legislature and state government, and all Oregonians through local libraries.


Library Board News

State Library Board to Meet in Salem on February 23rd and 24th

The Oregon State Library Board has rescheduled its cancelled January meeting for February 23rd and 24th. The board will meet at the State Library in Salem on Thursday, February 23rd to review the current strategic plan and update it for 2017-2019. On the 24th, the board will hold its regular meeting which includes the post-transaction review of the agency head financial transactions and review of the LSTA 2012-2017 Five Year Plan Evaluation. The open forum is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 24th. Anyone may address the board on any topic at the open forum.

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State Library News

Elevator Upgrade Project in Full Swing

ElevatorThe State Library’s main elevator is getting a much-needed makeover. The elevator is from the late 1930s, with many mechanical parts from the 1960s. Straight Up Elevator, Code Electric, and Cedar Mill Construction Company have been putting in long hours at the State Library to carry out this large project. The elevator car and doors will be kept as close to the original as possible, while the mechanics will be modern. The elevator will also feature a bronze state seal on the floor. During the construction, we have been using our stairs and our freight elevator. We have an intercom on the first floor to call a staff member for visitors requiring assistance. We look forward to having an upgraded elevator.


New Exhibit Celebrates Fujian-Oregon Library Cooperation

SisterLibrariesA new exhibit, “Sister Libraries: 30 years of International Friendship and Exchange,” is now on display in the second floor lobby of the Oregon State Library. The exhibit chronicles the history of the fruitful relationship between the libraries of Fujian Province in China and the libraries of Oregon that began with Rosalind Wang’s (then Education Librarian at Portland State University) visit in March 1987. This led to a formal “Sister Library” agreement between the Fujian Provincial Library and the Oregon State Library that was signed in 1989. Since then, there have been container-sized shipments of books to libraries in Fujian from Oregon libraries, and 36 Horner Exchange library staff visitors between the two states. The exhibit features local craft items and books donated to the State Library from the libraries of Fujian. The exhibit is on view during office hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Become an Answerland Partner Library

AnswerlandLogoAnswerland, Oregon’s statewide collaborative virtual reference service, is seeking new partner libraries. This service, which was recently described by a patron as “a refreshing exhibit of professional excellence in an online service,” relies on the contributions of partner libraries across Oregon to bring 24/7 reference assistance to Oregonians.

Partner libraries reap many benefits in return for their contributions to Answerland. These include enhancing your library’s reference offerings through expanded service hours and access to software for local use; saving time and money through shared staffing, purchasing, marketing, and training; helping to serve the citizens of Oregon by contributing subject matter expertise; and sharing knowledge and expertise statewide with other reference librarians.

For more information, see Become a Partner Library or contact the Answerland Coordinator, Tamara Ottum (503-378-6506).

 

2017 LSTA Grant Application Now Available

The 2017 LSTA grant application is now available. The State Library is using a one-step application process, and applications will be due on April 5, 2017 by 1:00 p.m. Those seeking input may submit their preliminary proposals by 1:00 p.m. on February 15th for review and comment by the LSTA Advisory Council and the Library Support and Development Division staff. If you have any questions about the grant process, please contact Ann Reed (503-378-5027).

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Contacts

Oregon State Library

Library Support and Development Services: Ferol Weyand, Darci Hanning, Ann Reed, Jennifer Maurer, Katie Anderson, Tamara Ottum, Arlene Weible, Susan Westin, 503-378-2525

Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library Manager: Susan Westin, 503-378-5435
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Government Information and Library Services Manager: Caren Agata, 503-378-5030

State Librarian: MaryKay Dahlgreen, 503-378-4367

Letter to Libraries Online Editor: Jessica Rondema,
503-378-5015

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