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Letter to Libraries Online
A Monthly Newsletter
from the Oregon State Library
State Library Board Met in Salem
The State Library Board met at the Oregon State Library in Salem on Thursday, August 29th. The Board approved the changes to the Government Research Services Advisory Council bylaws. For their October meeting, the Board will be providing written feedback for the State Librarian's evaluation. The Board also heard an update on the State Library's transformation project from Sarah Miller, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Project Sponsor. There will be a telephone meeting on September 6th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the Board to discuss the alternatives presented in the draft Transformation Project Plan. Access for the public will be in room 202 at the State Library.
OSL Celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the Capitol Building
October 1st will be the 75th anniversary of the dedication of the Oregon State Capitol Building. The State Library is joining the celebration with resources and activities. Library staff have compiled a web exhibit documenting the fire that burned the previous capitol building, the controversy over where to build the new capitol, and the construction and dedication of the capitol building. The exhibit includes digital copies of publications, photographs, and newspaper clippings from OSL’s collection. On Saturday, October 5th, the Capitol Building will be open for family-oriented activities. OSL will also be open from 10:00-4:00. Volunteers from the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society will be available to assist with family history research. An exhibit of items from the corner stone of the previous capitol building will be on temporary display; these items were last displayed as part of the rededication of the State Library Building in 2001. Also on October 5th, at 11:00 a.m., OSL will host a special lecture entitled, "Where to Locate the New Oregon State Capitol? A Brief 'Documentary' History." Using recently scanned published documents from Oregon State agencies, newspaper articles, and other sources, OSL Special Collections Coordinator Dave Hegeman will outline the political struggle to determine where the new state capitol would be sited. OSL will also participate in a scavenger hunt coordinated by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation. We hope you’ll enjoy celebrating this anniversary with us.
Statewide Database Procurement Progresses
The Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee (SDLAC) has completed first round evaluations of proposals for the next statewide database contract. Five vendors have been selected to proceed to the second round. The SDLAC expects to make its recommendations to the LSTA Council by the end of October 2013, and a final decision on the next statewide contract made by State Library Board by the end of December 2013. For more information about the request for proposals and evaluation process, see p. 5-7 of the recently published 2013 SDLAC Annual Report. If you have any questions or comments about the evaluation process, please direct them to members of the SDLAC. The current statewide contract with Gale/Cengage will remain in place through July 2014. As mentioned in an earlier LTLO article, it is possible that the State Library will no longer be able to subsidize the full cost of databases in the next contract. Libraries will want to prepare for the possibility that there may be fees associated with participating in the Statewide Database Licensing Program beginning in July 2014. Questions? Please contact Arlene Weible, Electronic Services Consultant.
Letters About Literature Reading and Writing 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 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 Young Adult Network. For more information, please visit the website or contact Jennifer Maurer, coordinator of the Letters About Literature activities in Oregon.
LSTA Advisory Council Meets September 19
The LSTA Advisory Council meets September 19. The open forum is at 1:00 p.m. for anyone wishing to address the Council. They will be reviewing full grant proposals and discussing statewide grants.
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Government Research Services Manager: 503-378-5030, Margie Harrison.
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