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Letter to Libraries Online
An Electronic Newsletter
from the Oregon State Library
State Library Board Awards LSTA Grants
At their meeting on October 26, 2012, at the Hood River County Library, the State Library Board accepted the recommendation of the LSTA Advisory Council to award ten LSTA competitive grants, totaling $605,208. Included in the awards is a grant to Pacific University Library for planning Washington County oral histories and a grant for Project Ready to Learn from the Ready to Learn Coalition. The Board also approved the overall LSTA budget for next year including funding for statewide projects such as Statewide Database Licensing, the Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS), and the Plinkit content management system. The Board also approved the LSTA Grant Guidelines for FFY 2014 and received a report from the OLA Scholarship Committee. In other business, the Board heard reports from the State Library teams with suggestions for strategic planning, to take place at the Board retreat in December.
State Library Welcomes New Manager Marjorie Harrison
On November 5th, the State Library will welcome Marjorie Harrison as its new Government Research Services Manager. Harrison's most recent position was director of the San Juan Island Library in Friday Harbor, Washington. She has also worked at libraries in Michigan, Colorado, and Nebraska, and holds a Master’s in Library Science from Wayne State University, Michigan. As the manager for Government Research Services, she will oversee the team which provides quality information services to assist state employees in the efficient performance of their jobs and in more effective decision making for state government. The Government Research Services (GRS) team is also responsible for the Oregon Documents Depository Program, Special Collections of federal and state government publications and Oregon materials, and maintaining a partnership with the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society. The Oregon State Library is very excited to have Marjorie Harrison joining its staff.
Letters About Literature Contest Has Begun
Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Students write letters to an author explaining how that author's book changed their way of thinking about the world or themselves. There are three competition levels: Level I for 4th-6th graders, Level II for 7th-8th graders, and Level III for 9th-10th graders. Oregon's three winners (one from each competition level) will go on to compete nationally. Entry forms and guidelines are now available online. All entries must be postmarked January 11, 2013. Librarians and teachers can download and print bookmarks and stickers to distribute to students and patrons. Lesson plans and an outline connecting Letters About Literature to national language arts and reading standards are available online. In 2012 over 800 students in Oregon entered the contest, and 1 in 11 of them received cash prizes or gift certificates to Barnes and Noble bookstore. These prizes are made possible through support from the Oregon Reading Association, Oregon Association of School Libraries, and the Oregon Library Association's Children Services Division and Young Adult network. Please visit the website for more information or contact Jen Maurer, coordinator of the Letters About Literature activities in Oregon.
Oregon Genealogy Resources Added to Ancestry Collection
Several Oregon biographical and genealogical resources from the State Library collection are now available through the Ancestry database. The largest collection to be added is the Oregon Biographical Index, a collection of over 277,000 cards that contain citations to biographical entries on Oregon citizens. The cards point to resources in newspapers, books, pamphlets and journals and cover over eight decades of Oregon’s history, from the late 1890’s through the mid 1980’s. To search in Ancestry, select “Search” in the top menu bar. Then, scroll down to “Card Index”. When the search screen opens, search on the title Oregon Biographical Index. You will then be able to browse the scanned images, alphabetically, by the last name of the person. Other resources from the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society have also been scanned and added to Ancestry. Their materials include over 91,000 records from cemetery indices, full text obituaries from Salem newspapers, funeral home records, and Marion County death certificates from 1906. To browse this collection, start with the “Search” link in the menu bar at the top of the screen. Scroll down to “Card Catalog” and search on the title, Willamette Oregon Death Records. When the page opens, use the pull-down menu on the right side of the screen to select the type of resource you’d like to browse. Anyone wanting genealogy assistance is encouraged to call the WVGS Genealogy Desk 10 – 5, Monday – Friday, at 503-378-5708.
LSTA Grants Awarded for 2013
The State Library Board of Trustees met October 26 and funded LSTA competitive grants for 2013. The ten grants approved total $605,208.
State Library Receives Plaque from U.S. Government Printing Office
The State Library received a plaque from the U.S. Government Printing Office commending the library for its “Outstanding Service and Commitment as a regional federal depository library on the 50th anniversary of the Depository Act of 1962.” Accompanying the plaque was a letter addressed to State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen from Mary Alice Baish, Assistant Public Printer and Superintendent of Documents from the U.S. Government Printing Office. She expressed appreciation for our dedication and services as a regional depository library on behalf of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). The Oregon State Library has been a regional depository library since 2007, and shares Oregon’s federal regional collection with three other partners: Portland State University, Oregon State University, and University of Oregon. More information about the program can be found on the State Library’s website. The State Library wishes to acknowledge staff members Arlene Weible, Regional Federal Depository Library Coordinator, and Deanne Smith, Assistant Cataloger, for their involvement in the program.
State Library Looking for Suggestions for Nomination to the LSTA Advisory Council
The Oregon State Library is looking for new members for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council. We'd really appreciate hearing about any people you would like to suggest for one of the vacancies. Please suggest possible people by November 15. Out of all the suggestions made, two people will be nominated for each vacancy. New Council members will be elected by the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees at their December 9, 2012 meeting. We are looking for suggestions to fill one academic, one public, and one special libraries representative, as well as one library user. The State Library tries to have a good geographic representation of Oregon in the Council, which may influence who is nominated. Use our survey to make suggestions. Please suggest one person per each survey response. You may suggest more than one person by doing multiple surveys.
State Library Closed on State Furlough Days
Due to state budget cuts, the Oregon State Library will be closed on Friday, November 23rd. We will also be closed November 12th and 22nd due to holidays. We apologize for any inconvenience. For your reference, we have included the closure day schedule through the rest of this biennium (not including holidays): Friday, Jan. 18, 2013; Friday, Apr. 19, 2013; Friday, May 24, 2013.
OASL Fall Conference Makes Connections
The Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) hosted their annual fall conference on October 12th and 13th. This year’s event was in Seaside, and the theme was Making Connections: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Collaboration. With the shrinking number of school library staff in the state, a goal was to offer sessions valuable to librarians and library media managers as well as to classroom teachers and educational technology specialists. As someone who both attended and presented, I think they hit the nail on the head! I was impressed by the wide variety of offerings, from sessions about books and authors to ones about using technology for collaboration and learning to a few that offered resources for supporting the Common Core State Standards. Lynn Lary and several librarians from the Springfield School District shared about ways they have embedded resources to create libraries without walls. Paulann Petersen, Oregon’s Poet Laureate, hosted a session about writing poetry and read, with a soothing languid pace, poetry about libraries as part of her address during the Saturday luncheon. And yes, there were chances to interact with authors (Elizabeth Rusch and Chris Crutcher), loyal vendors in the exhibit hall, and other attendees at a dance party! One lesson that I have referred to several times post-conference is from Wes Fryer, a digital learning consultant who gave an excellent Saturday morning keynote address: When teaching about technology (but this applies to so much else), inspire no fear and do not overwhelm. It’s a simple message, yet I know I can lose sight of the latter condition when I finally get my window of opportunity to share. Nicely done, conference committee! – Jennifer Maurer, School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library
Library Development: 503-378-2525, Ferol Weyand, Darci Hanning, Ann Reed
, Jennifer Maurer, Katie Anderson, Arlene Weible, Susan
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