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Letter to Libraries Online
A Monthly Newsletter
from the Oregon State Library
State Library Board Met at Concordia University
The State Library Board met at Concordia University in Portland on Friday, February 21, 2014 for their regularly scheduled Board meeting. The Board viewed a presentation on board orientations, discussed the reorganization, the Carlton Watkins album loan to Portland Art Museum, and the Talking Book and Braille Services (TBABS) Endowment Fund. The Board created the following three subcommittees: Extending Services to the Unserved, TBABS Endowment and Donation Funds, and the Budget and Strategic Planning Committee. The next Board meeting is currently scheduled for Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Oregon State Library in Salem.
2012-2013 Ready to Read Annual Report Now Available
The 2012-2013 Ready to Read Annual Report and Best Practice Libraries report are now on the Ready to Read Grant webpage. The Ready to Read Annual Report is an analysis of the Ready to Read Final Reports submitted to the State Library every December. The State Library has established metrics that measure the effectiveness of the Ready to Read Grant Program. The metrics provide longitudinal data on public library youth services and public library usage statistics. 2012-2013 was the first time libraries implemented outcome based evaluation for the Ready to Read Grant funded projects. This data allows public libraries to see how their efforts impact library services to children in Oregon, and serves as a tool for setting local youth service goals. The Best Practice Libraries report lists those libraries that provide all three youth services best practices: outreach, summer reading, and early literacy training for caregivers. Photo with permission from Jackson County Library Services.
The Oregon State Library is in the News
The Oregon State Library and the Government Research Services (GRS) unit have both appeared recently in newsprint. The Oregon State Library building, artwork, and collections were described as a Salem travel destination in a recent edition of the Oregonian. The work of OSL GRS reference librarians was profiled in the January 21, 2014 edition of Salem Statesman Journal in a story entitled, “State reference librarians know so much, they're a human Google.” The story is no longer available on the paper’s website, but we’d be happy to send you a copy upon request.
Library Services and Technology Act Grant Brief Proposals Due April 11, 2014
There is still time! The application packet for FY2015 LSTA competitive grant proposals is available through the main grants page of the Library Development Services website. Oregon’s LSTA grant program has funded many types of projects – outreach, digitization, technology demonstrations and more. See some older grants through our link to past competitive grants.
Short proposals are due April 11, 2014. If you are working on an idea for a grant, feel free to contact Ann Reed at (503) 378-5027 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can answer any questions you may have, consult on the draft of your grant, and be a good sounding board for your idea.
Save the Date for the 2014 Focus on Children and Young Adults Institute
The 2012 Focus on Children and Young Adults Institute will take place on September 21-24, 2014 at Menucha Retreat Center in Corbett. Participants will check in between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday and trainings will end by 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The cost of $75 per person covers the training, meals, and lodging. Session details will be available in June and registration will take place in July.
The Focus Institute seeks to provide a foundation of professional knowledge about youth services necessary for the operation of small public libraries. It is designed for library staff who serve children and teens, and have no graduate level education in librarianship. Participants will attend several training sessions over the course of two and a half days. The sessions concentrate on the principles of public library services to children and teens, and how to put those principles into practice. Training sessions are presented by highly skilled, experienced youth services librarians in Oregon. Presenters are typically active members of the Oregon Library Association’s Children’s Services Division (CSD) and Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN). The Focus Institute is able to keep costs low for participants because it is primarily funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library.
2012-2013 Outstanding Ready To Read Grant Projects Awarded
Each year, the State Library staff recognizes several public libraries for their outstanding Ready to Read Grant projects. The criteria for this recognition are: the library adheres to the original intent of the Ready to Read Grant, focuses on one or more of the three Ready to Read Grant best practices, promotes partnerships both in and out of the library, and creates a project that is replicable in other libraries, or enhances current library services. Libraries recognized for their Outstanding Ready to Read projects in 2012-2013 are: Jackson County Library Services, Nyssa Public Library, Silver Falls Library District, Ukiah Public Library, and Yachats Public Library. The Ready to Read Grant web page provides more information about these outstanding projects. Photo with permission from Jackson County Library Services.
Digitized Documents on Sales Tax Now Available
The idea of a sales tax in Oregon has come up repeatedly, from the 1930s to quite recently. The Government Research Services team has digitized Oregon government publications about the sales tax from the State Library’s collection. The documents range from a circular about a 1933 House bill to a 2013 blog posting. Take a look at these publications in the State Library's repository.
Reimagining Ready to Read Update
As you know, the State Library is transforming! The Legislature recommended that the State Library make changes to the Ready to Read Grant to better align it with the Governor’s 40-40-20 education goal. Therefore, the State Library convened a task force to develop a proposal for a new grant that will replace the Ready to Read Grant. The task force met in January to develop the new grant proposal. Their goals were to align the new grant with the Governor’s 40-40-20 and the three public library youth services best practices, and develop outcomes for both the State Library and libraries receiving the grant. In February, the library community and key stakeholders were given the opportunity to review the new grant proposal, application, and report form and provide feedback to the task force via a survey. On Friday, March 7 the task force will review the survey results and update the new grant proposal based the feedback received from the library community and key stakeholders. The updated new grant proposal will be submitted to the Oregon State Library’s Budget Committee in April, it will be included in the State Library budget submitted to the Governor’s office in June or August, and then will go through the regular legislative process in the Spring of 2015. For more information, please call (503-378-2528) or email Katie Anderson.
Reimagining Ready to Read task force members are:
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Strong School Library Programs and District CIPs
When HB2586 became law in January 2010, it amended Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 327.297 and 329.095. As a result, districts must account for “strong school library programs” in the continuous improvement plans (CIP) that they submit to the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). As of December 2013, the State Board of Education approved updates to related OAR 581-022-0606, and the school library addition is now reflected in it. Look for sections (1)(l) and (7)(j). One reason for the delay in updating the OAR is that ODE staff was updating the eCIP, the tool through which school districts submit their continuous improvement plans. Among other changes, districts must now respond to indicators instead of questions. To support school district staff as they complete CIPs, ODE personnel created Resources and Research for Oregon’s District Improvement Indicators. The document has one to two pages of information for each indicator in the CIP. Pages 95 through 98 list the two school library indicators and supporting research. Note this recommendation (not requirement): “The evidence is clear that district policy and hiring practice should favor placing a full-time, certified school librarian in each school library.” Districts now submit their CIPs every three years instead of every two years. The submission schedule is posted on the ODE website, and the first third of CIPs is due June 30, 2014. Questions? Contact Jennifer Maurer, the School Library Consultant at the State Library.
Oregon State Library
Government Research Services Manager: 503-378-5030, Margie Harrison.
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