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Letter to Libraries Online
A Monthly Newsletter
from the Oregon State Library
State Library Board to Meet in Monroe
The State Library Board will meet at the Monroe Community Library in Monroe, Oregon on Friday, June 20, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Board will hear recommendations from the Library Services and Technology Act Council concerning LSTA project proposals. They will also consider recommendations from the Talking Book and Braille Services Advisory Council about expenditure of donation funds in 2014-15. An open forum will be held at 11:30 a.m. Anyone may address the Board at the open forum on any topic.
Children of State Employees Visit the State Library
State employees and their children enjoyed activities at the State Library during Bring Your Child to Work Day in April. Parents and children toured the library building and learned about library resources by taking part in several hands-on activities. Genealogy volunteers assisted with family history research and filling in a family tree. Children used microfilm to read about the Apollo 11 lunar landing on July 21, 1969. City directories were used to find out, “Who used to live in your house?” The beautiful bronze medallions of state symbols, located in the State Library, were used to complete a crossword puzzle. Each participant received a special packet to take home. Forty-five parents and children attended.
Public Library Statistical Cooperative Passes Changes to Annual Public Library Survey
The national group that coordinates public library surveys has added a new item to the annual public library statistical survey. Starting this summer, we will try to add a count of annual wireless sessions. The definition of Reference Transactions was simplified. The fiscal year 2014 survey should be released in late July, 2014. For more information, please contact Ann Reed.
Access to LearningExpress Library 2.0 ends in June
Just a reminder for those libraries who have not yet migrated to LearningExpress Library 3.0 that access to the older version (2.0) will be ending June 30. Users should be encouraged to finish any tests or tutorials they have started in 2.0, since this work will not transfer to version 3.0. Users are required to re-register their accounts when first using version 3.0. See the LearningExpress Library transition FAQ for more information. Information about how to access version 3.0 was sent library directors in January 2014. If you did not receive this information, please contact Arlene Weible, Electronic Services Consultant.
Did you know...?
The open source ‘mailman’ community has told us that the Oregon State Library hosts one of the largest ‘mailman’ mailing list installations in existence. Perhaps even the largest, but who keeps exact count? This open source software is utilized by many universities.
We host 800+ mailing lists on behalf of state agencies and the Oregon library community.
There are just shy of 600,000 total subscribers within these 800+ lists.
The Department of Administrative Services is our largest client. We host nearly 120 lists for DAS. The remainder of the Top 5 includes ourselves, the Oregon State Library with (82), Oregon Department of Education (81), Department of Human Services (61), and Oregon Health Authority (46).
Our largest list consists of over 42,000 subscribers. We utilize state employee-wide lists for purposes ranging from PEBB health announcements to PERS retirement information. One particular list of interest is “flagnotifications” where a staff member from the governor’s office instructs schools and offices to lower flags to half-staff.
Lists can be archived and in the case of Libs-Or, posts are available as far back as June 2007. The Libs-Or archive is not searchable as we host too many lists with too much traffic & data for indexing. However, archives can be sorted by: Thread, Author, and Date. An archive for an entire month can be downloaded as a text file.
The earliest Libs-Or post in our archive was posted by Diedre Conkling about the following topic: “ALA Files Comments to FCC on Three Telecom Issues”.
Please let us know if we can host a library-related list for you.
Is Your Library the Best Small Library in America?
Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are looking for the Best Small Library in America. After a decade of honoring exceptional service to small and rural communities, there are still many small libraries in every state waiting to be recognized for delivering some of the most innovative and much-needed library services in the U.S.
Impact Survey is Free to use until October 2014
The Impact Survey is an online survey tool designed specifically for public libraries that want to better understand their communities and how people use their public technology resources and services. Written and validated by research staff at the University of Washington Information School, the Impact Survey is designed to quickly and easily provide busy librarians with useful data on how their patrons use library technology services. The program saves libraries the time and costs associated with writing, programming, analyzing, and reporting an in-house survey. The tool includes:
• Cut and paste code with a variety of options for linking to the survey.
Know your community. Improve your technology services. Understanding your community is essential to providing patrons with the technology services they need. The Impact Survey asks patrons about how they use library technology services like public computers, wireless networks, online resources, digital literacy training, as well as outcome-oriented use in the following areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship, health & wellness, eGovernment, civic engagement, eCommerce, and social inclusion.
For more information about the Impact Survey, please visit the website.
Oregon State Library
Government Research Services Manager: 503-378-5030, Margie Harrison.
Letter to Libraries Online is published monthly by the Oregon State Library. It is available free of charge and is published only in electronic form on the publications page on the Oregon State Library's website.