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Letter to Libraries Online
A Monthly Newsletter
from the Oregon State Library
State Library Board Met in Salem
The OSL Board of Trustees, chaired by Aletha Bonebrake, met at the State Library on Friday, October 25, 2013. In addition to the annual performance review of the State Librarian, the Board approved expenditure of FFY 2014 funds for five new LSTA grants, three grants that had been postponed, and three statewide projects. The Board also accepted the recommendation of the Statewide Collaborative Reference Task Force to move forward with a transition team. Sarah Miller, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, provided an update on the State Library Transformation.
State Library Transformation is Progressing
The State Library Transformation that was initiated by the Governor's office earlier this year is moving along. We have just received a report from Senator Steiner Hayward, co-chair, and Representative Nathanson of the General Government Subcommittee of the Joint Ways and Means Committee. This report provides us with a path forward in our transformation and is available on the Transformation page of our website. Please direct any questions to MaryKay Dahlgreen, State Librarian.
Genealogy Volunteers Create Family Name Index
The volunteers of Willamette Valley Genealogy Society (WVGS), a partner organization of the State Library, have created an index to their collection of Family Surname Files. This large collection of folders, filling several filing cabinets, contains copies of responses to research requests, donated genealogies, and other materials. The index is arranged by surname and includes the name of the primary individual as well as a brief description of what is in the file. Most individuals had a connection to Oregon, although not all. Many files contain family group sheets completed by WVGS, donated pedigrees, booklets and some original documents. Access a copy of the index by going to the OSL Web site. Select “Services for Genealogy” in the right sidebar. On the next screen select “Resources at the State Library”. You’ll see a link to this index as well as many of the other helpful resources created by WVGS members.
Third Lecture of the Oregon State Library 2013 Fall Lecture Series
The Oregon State Library is pleased to announce the third lecture in our 2013 Fall Lecture Series. From 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, in Conference Rooms 102/103 at the Oregon State Library, Charles Johnson will present from his recent book, Standing at the Water’s Edge: Bob Straub’s Battle for the Soul of Oregon. Charles Johnson’s first book is, for him, a very personal story. Chuck’s father, Ken Johnson, was Straub’s chief aide when he was State Treasurer and served in both Tom McCall’s and Straub’s gubernatorial administrations. The book chronicles the life of a unique, and perhaps unlikely, political figure in Oregon history. This was a time of great political creativity in Oregon, as Straub and McCall’s friendly political rivalry culminated in a series of landmark environmental protection laws for which the state has become known. A man of intelligence, drive, creativity, and fascinating contradictions, Straub overcame personal challenges and inevitable comparisons to his charismatic predecessor and friendly Republican rival, Tom McCall, to have a lasting impact on Oregon and the nation. Johnson is a Portland writer, fundraiser, and activist. A native Oregonian, he has been active in environmental politics since childhood and has organized successful ballot initiatives, lobbied, and served as a legislative staff member in four legislative sessions during the 1970s and 80s. Johnson became a fundraising professional, first for Western Oregon University, and then Portland State University. While at WOU, Johnson assisted in the successful capital campaign for construction of their Library, including the Robert W. Straub Archives. Please join us on November 6th as our Fall Lecture Series continues.
LSTA Grants Awarded for 2014
The State Library Board of Trustees met on October 25, 2013 and funded LSTA competitive grants for 2014. The five grants total $374,113. Due to Federal sequestration in 2013, three grants from 2013 were delayed and moved to 2014 funding, bringing the total number of grants to eight using $484,957 of 2014 funds.
Grants held over from 2013
Grants from the 2014 proposals
Reading is an Investment Financial Literacy Program Open Through April
Sponsored by the Oregon College Savings Plan, Reading is an Investment (RII) promotes literacy and financial literacy education among Oregon K-5 students, including homeschoolers. Annually, two books are highlighted in RII. This year, those are Earning Excitement by Paul Nourigat and Isabel’s Car Wash by Sheila Bair. The biggest program component is encouraging kids to read or be read to, and the books should relate to money and finances. Children are encouraged to read at least three books from the recommended reading list and to track their time in increments of 20 (read-to-me kids) or 40 (independent readers) minutes. Participants who submit an entry form/reading log on behalf of a child are automatically entered into a drawing to win one of 50 Oregon College Savings Plan accounts worth $529 each. Online entries must be received by April 30, 2014, and mailed entries must be postmarked by April 30 and received by May 5, 2014. If you have any questions or need additional information, please email or call (503.373.1903) Stephanie Swetland. Thanks for promoting the program through book displays, reading a book or two from the recommended reading list during storytime, announcing it on your website and via social media, including information in newsletters, or whatever other creative way you come up with.
Oregon State Library
Government Research Services Manager: 503-378-5030, Margie Harrison.
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