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Letter to Libraries Online
A Monthly Newsletter
from the Oregon State Library
State Library Board To Meet in Salem
The State Library Board will meet at the Oregon State Library in Salem on Friday, October 25, 2013. The Board will hear recommendations from the LSTA Advisory Council on the use of LSTA funds for the 2014 fiscal year. In addition, the Board will hear a report on Oregon’s digital collections and LSTA funding. The Board will also conduct the annual evaluation of the state librarian. An open forum will be held at 1:00 p.m. Anyone may address the Board at the open forum on any topic.
Legislature to Give Direction on State Library Transformation
As many of you know, the State Library was tasked by Governor Kitzhaber with reorganizing, or as it has become known locally, transforming. Receipt of our second year of biennial funding is contingent upon the acceptance of a reorganization plan by the legislature. Over the past several months, State Library staff and stakeholders met to consider ideas and draft an initial plan. That plan was submitted to the General Government Subcommittee of the Interim Ways & Means Committee on September 17th. Because many of the proposed changes require coordination across multiple state agencies and branches of government, Senator Steiner-Hayward, who is the chair of the subcommittee, and Representative Nathanson agreed to draft a letter that will provide some legislative direction. That letter is expected to be delivered October 15th or 16th. Until then, any planning around the transformation effort is on hold. Questions? Please contact MaryKay Dahlgreen, State Librarian.
Second Lecture of the Oregon State Library 2013 Fall Lecture Series
The Oregon State Library is pleased to announce the second lecture in our 2013 Fall Lecture Series. On Wednesday, October 2, in the Oregon State Capitol Building, Hearing Room C, from 12:00-1:00 p.m., Tom Fuller will present, “Images of America: Oregon’s Capitol Building.” In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Oregon State Capitol building, Tom Fuller will give a presentation about the turbulent history of our previous capitol buildings. Most people are unaware that Oregon has had three different capitol buildings, two of which were destroyed by fire. Fuller will show many historic photos and images of all three public buildings and details the political contention regarding which city in Oregon would serve as the state’s capitol. Some of these images have rarely, if ever, been seen in public. Tom Fuller is the author of several books, including “Images of America: Salem” and “Oregon at Work: 1859-2009”. His latest book, “Images of America: Oregon’s Capitol Buildings” (Arcadia Publishing), is a perfect addition to the celebration of this building’s 75th birthday. Fuller is a former news reporter for KGW-TV and currently serves as the communications manager for the Oregon Employment Department. Please join us in October as our Fall Lecture Series and as the Capitol birthday celebration continues.
Libraries and Cover Oregon: Consider Hosting an Open House in Your Community
Everyone is navigating the new world of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and it can be confusing. Cover Oregon has built a robust network of certified community partners and agents across the state that are poised to assist people in accessing coverage through Cover Oregon at no cost. We expect that members of the public will come to the library to ask questions about how the program works and how they can enroll. To help members of your community connect with those partners and agents, libraries can host an open house. This is a great opportunity for a certified partner to provide details about how Oregonians can benefit from Cover Oregon and to schedule enrollment assistance appointments. Cover Oregon and State Library staff have prepared some tips for hosting an open house which include links to resources for identifying local certified community partners and agents in your area. For additional news and resources, check out the Libraries and Cover Oregon web site. Questions? Please contact Arlene Weible, Electronic Services Consultant.
Reading for Healthy Families Phase Two Pilot Project Launched
On September 20, 2013 Heather McNeil, Youth Services Manager at Deschutes Public Library and OLA’s Children’s Services Division in-coming Chair, conducted an Every Child Ready to Read Training of Trainers based on the success of and lessons learned from Reading for Healthy Families. Nineteen early childhood professionals from several different state agencies and organizations participated and are now Oregon Registry approved Every Child Ready to Read Standardized Trainers. These nineteen trainers will go back to their agencies to train their staff to use the Every Child Ready to Read curriculum to provide parent education sessions to their clients. This should ensure sustainability because agencies will have someone on staff to train new staff and coach existing staff in the curriculum. In addition, it will save agencies money because they will no longer have to contract with someone else to train their staff. This training was one of the State Library’s activities to support Oregon’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant and was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.
Letters About Literature Reading and Writing Contest Has Two Different Deadlines
Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and by Oregon’s equivalent at the State Library. 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-12th graders. Note that high school juniors and seniors may participate, which was not true last year. Oregon's three winners – one from each competition level – will go on to compete nationally. Entry forms and guidelines are available online. All Level III entries must be postmarked by December 10, 2013 and Level I and Level II entries by January 10, 2014. In 2013, about 810 students in Oregon entered the contest, and 1 in 7 received cash prizes or bookstore gift certificates. These prizes are made possible through support from the Oregon Reading Association and three divisions of the Oregon Library Association: Oregon Association of School Libraries, Children’s Services Division, and Oregon Young Adult Network. For more information, please visit the website or contact Jennifer Maurer, coordinator of the Letters About Literature activities in Oregon. Thanks for passing along the information and encouraging participation, including for homeschooling families.
2013-2014 Ready to Read Grants Announced
One hundred and thirty one public libraries were eligible to apply for the 2013-2014 Ready to Read Grant. Of those, 129 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 30, 2013. The list of Ready to Read Grant awards for 2013-2014 reflects the $683,406 annual budget passed by the Oregon Legislative Assembly and signed by Governor Kitzhaber. Libraries have until October 15th 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.
2013 Annual Report of the Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse Now Available
The 2013 Annual Report is now available on Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse. The report is a compendium of eleven challenges to library material in four public libraries, one academic library, and one school library between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. The Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse (OIFC) collects reports about formal, written challenges to library material from all types of Oregon libraries. The information is reported to OIFC by Oregon libraries on a voluntarily basis. OIFC compiles the reports from libraries into an annual report each year; all previous reports are also available online at Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse. Please visit the OIFC webpage to learn about how to prepare your library for potential challenges, how to talk with patrons who express concerns about material, what happens after a reconsideration report form is submitted, and how to deal with the media if a challenge goes public.
Oregon State Library
Government Research Services Manager: 503-378-5030, Margie Harrison.
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