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Letter to Libraries Online
An Electronic Newsletter
from the Oregon State Library
State Library Board to Meet in Hood River
The State Library Board will meet on Friday, October 26th at the Hood River County Library. The Board will hear recommendations from the LSTA Advisory Council about competitive grant projects for 2013. The Council is recommending ten grants be funded, totaling $605,208. The Council is also recommending funding for the following statewide projects: Answerland Statewide Digital Reference Service (Multnomah County Library), Oregon Battle of the Books (Oregon Association of School Libraries), Oregon Library Association MLIS Scholarship Program (Oregon Library Association), Oregon Encyclopedia (Oregon Council of Teachers of English), Oregon School Library Information System (Oregon Association of School Libraries), and Sage Courier (Sage Library System of Eastern Oregon/Eastern Oregon University). The Board will also begin planning for their retreat and next meeting on December 13th and 14th. An open forum will be held at noon. Anyone may address the Board at the Open Forum on any topic.
Oregon State Library 2012 Fall Lecture Series – Lecture #2
The Oregon State Library is pleased to announce that we have two lectures scheduled for October during our Fall Lecture series. We are taking November off before resuming with our final lecture in December. Our first lecture for October is Wednesday, October 10, in Room 103 from 12:00-1:00 and features Tom Marsh, who is a graduate of the University of Oregon and is a retired high school history teacher. He is the past President of the Beaverton Education Association and was a twice-elected Oregon State Representative from eastern Washington County during 1975-1979. His presentation is entitled, “Too Close to Call: 3 of Oregon’s Most Controversial Political Campaigns” and will feature the Governor’s race of 1910 and United State Senate elections of 1954 & 1968. Mr. Marsh will also speak about his new book, “To the Promised Land; A History of Government and Politics in Oregon” (OSU Press) which will be available for purchase for $29.95 (Cash and Check Only). The book is described as the first comprehensive political history of Oregon and highlights major political figures, campaigns, ballot measures and legislative sessions while examining the economic and social changes the state has pioneered since statehood.
Oregon State Library 2012 Fall Lecture Series – Lecture #3
Our second October lecture is set for Halloween, Wednesday, October 31, in Room 103 from 12:00-1:00. Our presenter is historian and author, Diane Goeres-Gardner. A retired educator living in Douglas County, she is a fifth-generation Oregonian whose ancestors settled in Oregon in 1852. Besides three books already published, she has recently finished a manuscript detailing the history of the Oregon State Hospital, "Asylum Autopsy." Ms. Goeres-Gardner will examine how Oregon law officers faced substantial obstacles in solving crime during the mid-to-late1800s administering “frontier justice”. Additionally, she presents the various methods Oregon's clever and innovative officials used to bring law-breakers and murderers to justice in an era without DNA, fingerprints, or FBI data bases. Please join us in October as our Fall Lecture series continues.
Library Development Welcomes Two New Members
Library Development welcomes two new members to the team – Ferol Weyand and Arlene Weible. Ferol has been with Library Development for the past year in a temporary position, and we are excited to welcome her full time to the team. She is responsible for assisting the consultants on major projects such as Ready to Read and the LSTA grants as well as other numerous projects. Ferol will also answer or direct your questions about anything in Library Development. Arlene is the new Electronic Services Consultant, and her responsibilities will be managing and coordinating the Statewide Database Licensing Program and Libraries of Oregon website. She is transferring from the Government Research Services department and bringing with her knowledge and expertise of federal documents. Arlene will continue working with the federal depository libraries across the state and serve as the Regional Coordinator for the Federal Depository Library Program. Please join us in welcoming them to the Library Development team.
Governor Honors State Library Volunteer with Lifetime Achievement Award
We are so excited at the State Library because one of our volunteers has been chosen to receive the Governor’s Statewide Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award for 2012. Since 1991, Clyde has logged 8,373 hours repairing and maintaining cassette players for the Talking Book and Braille Services. He also has delivered approximately 30,000 meals for Salem-Keizer Meals on Wheels. And at 95 years old he continues to volunteer! The State Library and Salem-Keizer Meals On Wheels teamed up to nominate Clyde because he deserves to be recognized for his lifelong dedication to helping people in Oregon. We are very pleased Clyde was chosen to receive the Governor’s award at a luncheon to be held November 9, 2012 at the Salem Conference Center. We are very grateful to all people who volunteer their time and talents to libraries across the state. (Photo: Copyright by the Statesman Journal. Reprinted with permission.)
2012-2013 Ready to Read Grants Announced
One hundred and thirty public libraries were eligible to apply for the 2012-2013 Ready to Read Grant. Of those, 127 submitted applications by the August 31st deadline, met the grant criteria, and were approved. The grant award notification mailing was sent to all eligible libraries on September 24, 2012. The list of Ready to Read Grant awards for 2012-2013 reflects the $609,755 annual budget passed by the Oregon Legislative Assembly and signed by Governor Kitzhaber. Libraries have until October 9, 2012 to appeal the approval or denial of their grant application. The grant award libraries receive may change slightly based on the results of the appeals process. Contact Katie Anderson, 503-378-2528, if you need more information or have any questions.
Focus on Children and Young Adults Institute a Success
Twenty-five youth services staff from 25 Oregon libraries attended the 2012 Focus Institute September 16-19. Thirteen youth services staff from eight Oregon libraries presented training in topics from early brain development to teen brain development and how the research applies to front line library services. Participants rated Becoming Thinkers (how children actually learn to read), Teen Programming, and Storytime Best Practices as the three most useful training sessions. This particular group of participants needed no encouragement to network and make friends with their colleagues at other libraries, which is actually unusual for the Focus Institute. Several of them have subsequently subscribed to the kids-lib and OYAN email discussion lists to stay connected with their colleagues. I am confident that these 25 youth services staff will go back to their libraries and start making changes to improve library services for children, teens, and the adults that care and work with them. Visit the Focus Institute webpage for more information. The Focus Institute will take place again in September 2014.
State Library Closed on State Furlough Days
Due to state budget cuts, the Oregon State Library will be closed on Friday, October 19th. 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, Nov. 23, 2012;
Friday, Jan. 18, 2013;
Friday, Apr. 19, 2013;
Friday, May 24, 2013.
McMinnville Public Library Celebrates Centennial the Old-Fashioned Way
The McMinnville Public Library opened as a Carnegie library one hundred years ago, and the original structure is still in use as the Carnegie Room. The now much larger library celebrated its centennial this year, and as a culminating commemorative activity, staff held an Old-Fashioned Picnic in the Park in August. The goal of that event was to celebrate in the style that city residents would have in 1912. To that end, staff dressed in period clothing and offered a variety of “old-fashioned” entertainment options, including a barbershop quartet, tap dancers, a hatmaking station, and playground games. In addition, there were local authors, a magician, balloon animals, and food vendors. Alice Darnton, the reference librarian who emceed the stage acts, also participated in a clog dancing demonstration. “The picnic was a great showcase of the community’s talent, and a fun way to get together to celebrate our library’s centennial,” noted Alice. The Yamhill Valley News-Register covered the affair, which drew about 400 participants, and even posted a video recap. For questions about the celebration, please contact Alice.
October is Information Literacy Month in Oregon
Governor Kitzhaber issued a proclamation establishing October 2012 as Information Literacy Month. This aligns with the National Forum on Information Literacy’s (NFIL) countrywide awareness campaign. Who better to promote this heavily than Oregon library staff, whether in academic, public, school, tribal, or special libraries? You’ll have a million great ideas, and one area to consider is visual cues. For example, NFIL teamed with Libraries Thriving to develop an awareness badge that can be embedded in email signatures, posted on web pages and social networking sites, added to communications, used as a pattern to make buttons, etc. Feeling spunky? Wear a button outside of work to promote discussions about information literacy in the general community. Of course, when you do, you’ll be asked about it. Be prepared to define the term and give examples of how librarians develop information literacy skills in patrons and students. NFIL also has a general badge titled “Information Literacy Supporter” that can be used all year long. Let’s take advantage of this golden opportunity to promote the value of library services.
Oregon State Library
Library Development: 503-378-2525, Ferol Weyand, Darci Hanning, Ann Reed
, Jennifer Maurer, Katie Anderson.
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