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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 Friday, June 21st. The Board voted to elect Aletha Bonebrake as Board Chair and Susan Hathaway-Marxer as Vice Chair, beginning July 1, 2013. The Board approved the procedure for the State Librarian's annual evaluation, to be conducted at the October Board meeting. The Board also approved the LSTA Advisory Council recommendation to invite 13 applicants who had submitted brief proposals to complete full applications for FFY 2014 funds, to be considered the fall. In addition, the Board approved the Talking Book and Braille Annual Donation Expenditure Plan for 2013-2014, recommended by the Talking Book and Braille Services (TBABS) Advisory Council. The next Board meeting is currently scheduled for Thursday, August 29th at the Oregon State Library in Salem.
Board Welcomes Ismoon Hunter-Morton to the State Library Board
Governor Kitzhaber has appointed Ismoon Hunter-Morton to the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees. Hunter-Morton is an adult services librarian from Forest Grove, as well as an on-call reference librarian at Multnomah County Library. She is also a community archivist and the president of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest. Her term on the Board begins July 1st. The State Library would like to sincerely thank outgoing Board members Sue Burkholder and Shannon Applegate for their years of service to the Board, the State Library, and the library community.
New Members Elected to SDLAC
At their meeting on May 10, 2013, the LSTA Council elected one returning, and two new members to the Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee (SDLAC). Their terms will run from July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2016.
Position #7, representing public libraries serving over 100,000
Position #8, representing private academic institutions
Position #9, representing resource sharing networks
The SDLAC and State Library staff would like to thank outgoing members Canon Crawford, who filled position 8 and served as chair of the committee in 2011-2012, and Sean Park, who filled position 9. Thank you for your years of service to the committee! More information about the SDLAC can be found on the website.
Talking Books’ Applications Easier Than Ever
Talking Book and Braille Services is happy to announce that SCANNED or FAXED applications are now accepted! In the past, federal regulations required that all applications for Talking Books must include an “original signature”—which meant that applicants were forced to send applications to the State Library by snail-mail. Thanks to the progressive leadership of the National Library Service for the Blind’s Karen Kenninger, you can now fax or scan and email completed applications directly to Talking Books. Send scanned applications to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax applications to 503-585-8059. Don’t forget, public librarians are considered “certifying signatures” on any application where vision or physical impairment prevent a person from reading standard print.
Living History Research at the State Library
For the past several years, the Mission Mill Heritage Center has offered a summer program for teens. Kids who participate in the Teen Interpretive Program agree to portray a historical figure that lived at the Methodist Mission or worked at the mill. Their historical research includes a field trip to the Oregon State Library. They learn to use indices, microfilm, and various primary and secondary biographical materials to gather facts about the lives of the pioneers, politicians, missionaries and mill workers they will become for the summer months. Our genealogy volunteers have been a great resource to the students, and State Library staff members look forward to this annual visit from the T.I.P. kids. We all hope the teens will continue their love of Oregon history and will continue to use the resources available at the State Library in their future research.
K-12 eBook Access Available for Free to All Oregonians Through September 15th
The State Library is helping to promote an opportunity that the Oregon Department of Education had to partner with myON (www.myon.com), a digital book platform vendor. Together they are offering all Oregonians free access to myON books through September 15th with the goal of encouraging reading in the summer. Content includes nearly 4,000 books, materials are for PK-12th grade, 70% are nonfiction, some are in Spanish, all can be read independently or listened to, and users can access them from the website or download a free Apple or Android app. Please help spread the word about this access. Permission has been granted to share the login widely within Oregon, and that includes posting the myON logo, URL, and a login information sheet on library websites, library Facebook pages, etc. What a great resource for summer reading programs! Questions? Contact Jennifer Maurer, the School Library Consultant at the Oregon State Library.
Lincoln County Schools Won National Grant for Literacy and Libraries
Last October, Lincoln County Schools was one of 48 recipients of the U.S. Department of Education’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grant. They were awarded $745,000 to be spent over two years on Project SEAL: Students Engaged in Authentic Literacy. Being a coastal district, they are tying their literacy and activities to ocean education and taking advantage of local resources including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Coast Guard, OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Among other things, the grant added a .5 FTE media specialist, is increasing media assistant time by 1.5 hours a day, came with money to buy print and electronic resources, and provided for about 20 mini iPads for each school to be circulated through the school libraries. To learn more about specific projects, read the May 2013 issue of the District Dialog or a Model Classroom blog posting. Congratulations, Lincoln County Schools!
Oregon State Library
Government Research Services Manager: 503-378-5030, Margie Harrison.
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