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Letter to Libraries Online

A Monthly Newsletter from the Oregon State Library

Volume 26, Issue 7, July 2016

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 Met in Salem on June 10th

The Oregon State Library Board met on Friday, June 10, 2016 at the Oregon State Library in Salem. The board adopted the permanent Oregon Administrative Rules and approved moving forward with the State Library’s 2016-17 budget proposal, including proposed KPMs and policy packages. The board also approved the updated LSTA Advisory Council recommendations with a few exceptions, and approved the recommendations of the Talking Book and Braille Library Advisory Council regarding 2016-17 annual donation expenditures. The next board meeting is scheduled for Friday, August 26th at the State Library.

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State Library News

State Library Coloring Book Now Available

SwallowtailThe State Library building houses many pieces of public art, acquired through the Oregon Percent for Art Program. The polished granite panels on the reference desk and bronze medallions lining the second floor hallway are the creations of Oregon artist Dennis Cunningham. The medallions depict the symbols of Oregon and historical icons Sarah Winnemucca, Chief Joseph, Tabitha Brown, and John McLoughlin. Years ago, the information embedded in the medallions was incorporated into a crossword puzzle, the “State Library Treasure Hunt”, a handout for students. This past April, they became the basis of a coloring book, created by Web Services Librarian Claire Bolyard, for the library’s Take Your Child to Work day activities. With the consent of the artist, it has been added to the State Library Digital Collections. We hope that you’ll enjoy the Oregon State Library Bronze Medallion Coloring Book.


State Library Welcomes Melissa Krueck

MKrueckThe Oregon State Library is pleased to introduce Melissa Krueck as the newest member of the Operations Division, serving as our Volunteer and Fund Development Coordinator. Melissa comes to the State Library from the King County Health Department in Seattle, where she was the Emergency Preparedness and Training Coordinator. In that role, she worked with a variety of staff, volunteers, and partner agencies relating to potential health threats. Melissa also has a wide variety of experience coordinating volunteers from her experience in the U.S. Coast Guard. Melissa has been with the State Library since April 14, 2016.


New Self-Paced Online Courses Coming in July

LearningGreat learning opportunities are just a click away! Starting in mid-July, library staff in Oregon will have free access to over 500 online courses on a wide range of technology and business topics through State Library’s subscription to Skillsoft. We’re excited about this new source for continuing education and are looking forward to staff exploring the catalog and using these courses to meet individual learning needs.

Here are just a few of the courses that you will be able to take:
• Professional Networking Essentials: Developing Confidence
• Leadership Essentials
• Customer Service Fundamentals
• Managing Change
• The Essentials of Budgeting for Non-financial professionals
• Becoming a Manager: Leading and Communicating

There is also a variety of courses and short, tutorial videos to strengthen your technology skills on topics including
• Microsoft Office 2010, 2013 and 2016
• Windows 7, 8 and Windows 10
• Mac OSX
• Adobe software including Acrobat, Photoshop and Illustrator.

Skillsoft is all self-paced, online learning so you can take a course when it fits your schedule. More information about how to register for a free account and access these resources is coming soon, so stay tuned! Questions? Please contact Darci Hanning (503-378-2527).


2017 Ready to Read Grant Applications Now Available

The 2017 Ready to Read grant applications have been mailed to library directors at all eligible public libraries and are available on the Ready to Read webpage. One hundred and thirty three Oregon libraries are eligible to apply for a total of $707,963 in state funds, which is an average of 94₵ per youth 0-14 years old. Applications must be date-stamped by August 31, 2016, or earlier.

Ready to Read Grants are the only state funds public libraries in Oregon receive. State funds are distributed annually to legally established public libraries through this non-competitive grant program. The amount of money each library may apply for is pre-determined by State Library staff using a formula based on the population in and square miles of each library’s service area or a minimum grant of $1,000. Libraries may spend these funds on early literacy activities for children birth through age 6 and/or Oregon statewide summer reading activities for children birth through age 14.

Direct any questions to Katie Anderson (503-378-2528).


State Library Board Decided Which 2016 LSTA Grants to Fund

The Oregon State Library Board met on June 10, 2016 and decided to fund twelve of the 2016 LSTA grant proposals. Grants are expected to begin July 1st and end June 30, 2017. Three statewide projects were also funded, including Oregon Battle of the Books, Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS), and the Sage Courier project. Also approved were a request for STEM titles to be added to the Gale virtual library, a project to increase Oregon library participation with the re-engineered e-rate program, and online training materials for library staff.

Grant number

Grantee / Fiscal Agent    
Grant Title

Clackamas County Business and Community Services, on behalf of LINCC

Libros for Oregon: Collections Connect Communities  $3,891
16-02-2m Curry County Library Network Curry County Library Network ILS Migration and Merger with Coos County Coastline Catalog $48,111
16-03-5m Early Learning Washington County Bridging Cultures - Growing Early Readers $100,000
16-04-1p Independence Public Library Maker Space to Go $35,960
16-05-3p Multnomah County Library Evaluating Listos Para el Kinder, Year 2 $39,619
16-06-5p Newberg Public Library Early Learning Kits $58,000
16-07-1a Orbis Cascade Alliance Building Digital Collections Capacity for the Northwest: Metadata Cleanup, Training and Support $59,950
16-08-1a Oregon Health & Sciences University Library Public Health in Oregon: Accessing Historical Data for Scientific Discovery, Year 2 $34,540
16-09-1m Oregon Historical Society Reuniting Finley and Bohlman $66,705
16-10-1o Oregon Library Association Oregon School Library Standards Learning Objectives and Grade Level Alignment $20,350
16-11-1a Pacific University/Pacific University Libraries Washington County Unified Oral Histories Project $103,442.00
16-12-1p Springfield Public Library For Every Student, a Library $27,744.00
OBOB16 Oregon Library Association, on behalf of the OASL Oregon Battle of the Books $10,000.00
OSLIS16 Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS) Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS) $30,000.00
Sage16 Sage Library System Sage Courier


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Oregon State Library

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

Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library Manager: 503-378-5435, Susan Westin.
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Government Information and Library Services Manager: 503-378-5030, Margie Harrison.

State Librarian: 503-378-4367, MaryKay Dahlgreen.

Letter to Libraries Online Editor: 503-378-2464, Jessica Rondema.

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