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Letter to Libraries Online
An Electronic Newsletter
from the Oregon State Library
Oregon State Library Reopens Recruitment for State Librarian
At their December 9th Board meeting, the State Library Board of Trustees voted to reopen the State Librarian recruitment, after receiving notice that the candidate had declined the position offer. With Jim Scheppke’s December 31st retirement plans, the Board also appointed MaryKay Dahlgreen, Library Development Services Program Manager as the Interim State Librarian effective January 1st. Applications for the State Librarian position OSL11-0002A will be accepted until January 31, 2012. The Board will be using the previous recruitment process, materials, and screening panel members, except that Jey Wann, Oregon Documents Coordinator, will replace Arlene Weible, as the staff representative. Weible was recently appointed Acting Program Manager of Government Research Services. The other members of the screening panel are Sam Hall, Board Chair; Sue Burkholder and Aletha Bonebrake from the State Library Board; Oregon Library Association member Janet Webster; Government Research Services Advisory Council member Perrin Damon; and Talking Book and Braille Services Advisory Council member Marcia Mee. The facilitators for the screening panel process are Twyla Lawson, DAS Executive Recruiter, and Diane Ballard, State Library Human Resources Manager. The screening panel members are charged with assisting the Board with the first round interview process. First and final round interviews are expected to be held in February. The next regular State Library Board meeting will be on February 24, 2012.
State Library Board Appoints Interim State Librarian
At their December 9th meeting at the Oregon State Library, the State Library Board appointed MaryKay Dahlgreen as Interim State Librarian. MaryKay has been the Program Manager for Library Development Services since 2005. Jim Scheppke also announced his appointment of Arlene Wieble as Acting Program Manager for Government Research Services. The Board approved a Ready to Read Grant to the Silver Falls Library District based on an appeal of a staff decision to deny them a grant this year. The Board also elected new members to the LSTA and Talking Book and Braille Services Advisory Councils. The next Board meeting is scheduled for February 24th at the State Library in Salem.
Board Elects New Councilors
The Oregon State Library Board of Trustees elected four new members to the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council and one new member to the Talking Book and Braille Services (TBABS) Advisory Council at their December 9th meeting. The new members of the LSTA Advisory Council are Susan Lindauer of Portland, Wyma Rogers of Newport, Linda Weight at the Siuslaw Public Library District in Florence, and Carol Dinges at Lebanon High School. Christie Joachim of Salem was elected Senior Citizen Patron At Large representative to the TBABS Advisory Council.
Planning Begins for the 2013-15 Biennium
The State Library Board’s planning process for the 2013-15 biennium will begin on January 13, 2012. The Board Budget Committee will hear reports from staff on their work in the current biennium. The Library’s mission and long range goals will be revisited and strategies will be brainstormed for accomplishing long range goals in 2013-15. The Board Budget Committee will be 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 from each library team. The first meeting of the Board Budget Committee will be held at the State Library in Salem on January 13, 2012.
Oregon Poetry Collection Reaches Milestone
Since its grand opening in April 2008, the Oregon Poetry Collection (OPC) has been steadily growing in numbers, mostly through donations and a grant solicited by the Oregon Poetry Association, which partnered with the Oregon State Library to establish the Collection. In November, the Government Research Services team cataloged the 1500th title into the OPC, which has grown by nearly 400 titles since its inception. Housed in the Oregon Poet Laureate’s Reading Room, the OPC is comprised of books of poetry by authors who were born, lived, worked or educated in Oregon. Many of the books can be checked out in person at the State Library by Oregon residents or requested through interlibrary loan. For more information please visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/LD/youthsvcs/oregon.poetry.collection.shtml .
Plan a Staff Development Day
Talking Book and Braille Services staff is ready and willing to present a brief program to your staff to bring them up-to-date on the services available to your patrons who are unable to use standard print materials due to a visual or physical disability. Our books are now available in digital format with many of our patrons downloading directly from the Internet. Learn how to enhance the already stellar service that you provide for your patrons. For more information, contact Elke Bruton.
LSTA Funding Included in Recently Passed Federal Omnibus Budget Bill
In mid-December, Congress passed an omnibus budget bill to fund the Federal government through the end of this fiscal year (FY 2012). The appropriation for LSTA will be $156.6 million, which is down about 2.3% from the appropriation for FY 2011. Oregon’s allotment is estimated to be about $2,159,000 under the LSTA funding formula, down about $55,000 from the FY 2011 allotment. With the passage of the FFY 2012 budget, the thirteen competitive grants approved by the State Library Board at the October 2011 Board meeting can begin in February 2012. Included in the thirteen grants are the following: Homework Help @Multnomah County Library, Oregon Historical Society Oregon History on the Road: Two Traveling Exhibits for Libraries, Oregon State University Development and Management of Oregon's Tribal Archives Year 2, Salem Public Library Reaching Out: A Community Assessment Model, and University of Oregon Libraries Historic Oregonian Digitization.
Draft Public Library Data for Fiscal Year July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011 Now Available on Web
The draft public library data for July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011 is now available through the Library Development Services web pages. As always, please take a few minutes to check your library's information for accuracy. We have fixed a number of items, but please take a close look at your data for the following: other operating expenditures, reference, users of public internet computers, and collection counts of downloadables. If you need to make changes, please let Ann Reed know between January 3 and January 20 and she can open your survey up for you. If you would like a customized spreadsheet, contact her at 503-378-5027 or via email. Thank you to everyone for contributing your data.
LSTA Competitive Grant Packet to Emerge on Library Development Website in Mid-January
The Competitive Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) "General Information and Grant Guidelines" packet for federal fiscal year 2013 will be available on the Library Development website and announced in mid-January. The forms will be in downloadable Microsoft Word format, as well as PDF, for your convenience. Be on the lookout for the announcements. Grant proposals are due at the State Library by 5:00 pm on April 13, 2012.
Thank you for everything, Jim! Enjoy your retirement.
Oregon State Library
Library Development: 503-378-2525, MaryKay
Dahlgreen, Ferol Weyand, Darci Hanning, Ann
Reed, Jennifer Maurer, Katie Anderson.
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