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Letter to Libraries Online
A Monthly Newsletter
from the Oregon State Library
State Library Board Met in Salem
The State Library Board met at the Oregon State Library in Salem on Thursday, December 19th for their strategic planning session, and on Friday, December 20th for their regularly scheduled meeting. The Board had a discussion with three members of the Library Services and Technology Act Advisory Council and agreed to communicate more regularly. The Board also heard about OLA's proposed Public Library Division Standards. At their business meeting, the Board heard appeals of staff decisions on Ready to Read Grant Awards, elected new members to the LSTA and the TBABS Advisory Councils, and reviewed the LSTA Advisory Council statewide database license recommendation. The next Board meeting is currently scheduled for February 21st at Concordia University in Portland.
3 Steps to BARD and the Legendary Mobile App
Did you know that books from the Talking Book and Braille Services catalog are available for on-demand download? Now our users can truly take Talking Books on the go with the iOS BARD App. Here is a link to a document that explains how to get Talking Books, BARD, and the mobile app in three easy steps. Additionally, here is information all about the BARD iOS app and a step-by-step video tutorial. Talking Book and Braille Services provides audio and Braille library books to anyone in Oregon who cannot read standard print due to a vision disability, physical disability, or reading disability. For more information, or to download an application for service, go to tbabs.org.
LearningExpress Library Upgrades to Version 3.0 in January
LearningExpress Library (LEL) is a tool for basic skills improvement in reading, writing, math, and basic sciences and test preparation for academic and career testing offered by the Statewide Database Licensing Program. LEL will shift to a new and improved platform with its update to Version 3.0. This update requires users to re-register their accounts. Accounts from LearningExpress 2.0 will not be carried over to the new version. Users should be encouraged to finish their work in Version 2.0, re-register their account in Version 3.0. The State Library will distribute custom URLs to Version 3.0 to all participating library directors in early January 2014. The State Library is recommending that libraries provide links to both Version 2.0 and Version 3.0 simultaneously for a period of time as users transition their work from Version 2.0 to 3.0. See the FAQ for more information about the upgrade and transition, or contact Arlene Weible, Electronic Services Consultant, for more information.
Federal Documents Promote Healthy Lifestyle for Native American Children
As a Federal Depository Library Program, the State Library has received the Eagle Books Series. These large, colorful books, published by the Native Diabetes Wellness Program at the Department of Health and Human Services, encourage young Native Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Each book focuses on a different topic, such as exercise or eating plenty of vegetables, to promote wellness and prevent diabetes, in addition to emphasizing native traditions. The books are available through interlibrary loan from the State Library. Other resources, such as a companion web site and a teacher’s guide are available online.
New Library Services and Technology Act Advisory Council Members Elected
The OSL Board of Trustees met December 20, 2013 to elect new members of the LSTA Advisory Council. New members are Blake Galbreath from the Eastern Oregon University Library representing information technology, Terri Washburn from the La Grande Public Library representing public libraries, Corliss Marsh of The Dalles representing library users, Jacqueline Murphy from Self Enhancement Inc. representing underserved/underrepresented persons, and Serenity Ibsen from the Pacific Northwest College of Art representing academic libraries.
Letters About Literature Submission Deadline is January 10th
Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Students write letters to an author explaining how that author's book changed their way of thinking about the world or themselves. There are three competition levels: Level I for 4th-6th graders, Level II for 7th-8th graders, and Level III for 9th-12th graders. Oregon's three winners – one from each competition level – will go on to compete nationally. Entry forms and guidelines are available online. All Level I and Level II entries must be postmarked by January 10, 2014. (The postmark deadline for Level III entries was a month prior.) Questions? Contact Jennifer Maurer, coordinator of the Letters About Literature activities in Oregon. Thanks for passing along the information, including to homeschooling families.
Oregon State Library
Government Research Services Manager: 503-378-5030, Margie Harrison.
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