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Letter to Libraries Online
An Electronic Newsletter
from the Oregon State Library
State Library Board Meets in Bend
The State Library Board met on April 25th just prior to the OLA Conference in Bend. At their meeting they heard reports on the progress of the 2013-2015 State Library budget process and on the progress of the 2013-2017 LSTA Five Year Plan creation. The Board also discussed and approved the goals of the new State Librarian. The next meeting of the State Library Board will be held on June 15th in Portland.
OSL Board Budget Committee Holds Meeting in Salem
The meeting of the OSL Board Budget Committee will be held at the State Library in Room B9 on Monday, May 21st. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. The Committee will review the draft program proposals that will be submitted to the Program Funding Teams on June 1st. The Program Funding Teams will review the draft proposals and provide feedback to the Budget Committee in July. The final program proposals will be due on September 1st. The Board Budget Committee is chaired by Board Chair Sam Hall. Board members, Sue Burkholder and Aletha Bonebrake will serve on the Committee along with library managers and a representative of library teams.
Governor Appoints Ray Miao to State Library Board
Governor Kitzhaber appointed Ray Miao of Bend to fill a vacant position on the State Library Board of Trustees, beginning on March 1st. The appointment was confirmed by the Senate in February. Miao currently serves on the Deschutes Public Library Board and has recently completed service as the Volunteer President of the AARP of Oregon.
Oregon State Library 2012 Spring Lecture Series – Lecture #4
The Oregon State Library is pleased to announce our fourth and final lecture for our Spring Lecture series. Our next lecture is Wednesday, May 30, in Room 103 from 12:00-1:00 and features Jeff LaLande, independent historian and co-editor of the Oregon Encyclopedia. His presentation is entitled, “How Southern Oregon Got Its Ornery Streak: The Politics of Dissonance and Resentment”. Dating from before statehood to the present day, Southern Oregon’s conservative-populist politics have made for a distinctive and often ornery reputation. This illustrated talk will explore the reasons for this tradition from the region’s pro-Southern attitude during the Civil War, its support for populist third parties, to a dramatic political insurrection during the great Depression and the State of Jefferson’s secession movement of the 1940s. Jeff received his MA in Archaeology from Oregon State University and his Ph.D in American History from the University of Oregon. He recently retired from the United States Forest Service as an Archaeologist and Historic Preservation Specialist. Please join us on May 30 as we bring our Spring Lecture Series to a close. Our Fall Lecture Series will be announced some time during the summer.
OSL and WVGS Celebrate Silver Anniversary
In 1967 a group of 11 genealogists from the Salem area began meeting regularly to share their research projects. For the next two years they met in homes, churches and grange halls. In early 1969 they formalized their name to Willamette Valley Genealogical Society and began a quarterly publication, Beaver Briefs, and monthly newsletter. Over the next 20 years they continued to move their meetings and growing collection to various locations in and around Salem. Finally, at their April 1987 meeting, the membership voted to form a partnership with the Oregon State Library. The Society donated their extensive collection to the library and, in exchange, members had a place to meet on a regular basis and a permanent home for their collection, making it easily available to other genealogists. Over the years WVGS has donated several thousand genealogy resources to the State Library. Their members have researched and compiled 44 publications ranging from cemetery indices, probate records, marriage records, newspaper excerpts, etc. The resources of the WVGS Genealogical Resource Center line the shelves of the Reference Room at the State Library. In exchange for cataloging and housing the collection, WVGS helps recruit and train volunteers who are available during library hours, and one Saturday a month, to help patrons with their genealogy research. WVGS members and OSL staff have a 25 year partnership that has been mutually beneficial to both agencies. This month we celebrate our long relationship and look forward to a continued partnership of sharing resources, space and a love of historical research.
Seeking Nominations for the Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee
On behalf of the LSTA Advisory Council, the Oregon State Library is now accepting nominations for four upcoming vacancies on the Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee (SDLAC): Position #4 – Public library serving 25,000 to 100,000, Position #5 – Academic library from an Oregon community college, Position #6 – School library drawn from OASL membership, and Position #10 – Tribal library representative. Terms are for three years, and they begin on July 1, 2012 and end on June 30, 2015. Nominations are being accepted online through Friday, May 11, 2012, 5:00 pm. For information about expectations and about which libraries or institutions qualify for each position, review the Libs-Or announcement or call (503.378.5011) or email Jennifer Maurer in Library Development.
Save the Date for the 2012 Focus on Children and Young Adults Institute
The 2012 Focus on Children and Young Adults Institute will take place on September 16-19 at Menucha Retreat Center in Corbett. Participants will check in between 4:30 and 5:30 pm on Sunday and trainings will end by 1 pm 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 three 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 supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.
Less Than 1% of Schools Met QEM Library Guidelines in 2009-10
The Oregon Quality Education Commission seeks to establish, through the Quality Education Model (QEM), an objective and research-based link between student achievement and the resources devoted to Oregon schools to use as a guide in adequate funding. Annually, the School Library Consultant at the State Library uses data supplied by ODE to compare how school libraries fared against QEM fully funded guidelines for library spending and staffing. For the 2009-10 school year, only 5 of 1,303 schools, or .38%, met the minimum criteria. At the elementary level, criteria included employing at least a .5 FTE licensed school librarian and .5 FTE library support staff while spending $26 or more per student on library books and periodicals; for middle schools it was 1 FTE librarian, 1 FTE support staff, and $32 per student; and for high schools it was 1 FTE, 1FTE, and $37. This compares to 10 out of 1,318 schools, or 0.76%, that met the QEM criteria for the 2008-09 school year, and 46 out of 1,263 schools, or 3.64%, for the 2006-07 school year. (There was no report for the 2007-08 school year.) The results are disheartening but not surprising since staffing in school libraries has steadily declined for the last three decades. In 1980 there were 818 FTE licensed librarians in Oregon public schools, but by 2009 that figure shrank to 319 FTE librarians. During that same time period, the number of students served by one librarian increased from 547 to 1,761. The full report is available online.
Check Out NWCentral.org for Your Training Needs
NWCentral.org is your northwest resource for listings for continuing education in libraries. Run by and for libraries, you can find live and online trainings in your region, or post your own events. Current listings include Booklist Webinars: Putting Nonfiction to Work: Helping Youth Nonfiction Circulate in Your Libraryand Addressing Your Roots - Searching the 1940 Census. If you would like to volunteer to search out and post training opportunities for your library colleagues, contact Leora Troper at firstname.lastname@example.org. Give NWCentral.org a try today.
Oregon State Library
Library Development: 503-378-2525, Ferol Weyand, Darci Hanning, Ann Reed
, Jennifer Maurer, Katie Anderson.
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