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Letter to Libraries Online

A monthly newsletter from the State Library of Oregon
Volume 27, Issue 5, May 2017

Library Board News

State Library Board Met in Salem on April 19th

The State Library Board met at the Salem Convention Center on April 19th, prior to the Oregon Library Association Conference. The board heard a report from OLA President Elsa Loftis, approved appointments to the Government Services Advisory Council, and reviewed the agency head financial transactions. The board also discussed the LSTA Grants to States Program and reviewed the Termination of Official Recognition of Douglas County Library System. The next board meeting will be held on Friday, June 9th, at the State Library in Salem.

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State Library News

The State Library’s New Logo Unveiled at OLA

EGandMKDThe State Library had a very successful logo unveiling at the OLA Conference. We enjoyed seeing many of you at the conference and appreciated your participation in our booth activities. Pictured here is Albany Public Library Director Ed Gallagher with State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen! Check out additional photos of conference-goers at the State Library booth on Twitter.


Elevator Upgrade Project Complete

ElevatorThe State Library’s main elevator upgrade is now complete! Our 1930s elevator has new mechanical parts and a refinished interior. There is also a bronze State of Oregon seal in the center of the elevator car. We want to thank Straight Up Elevator, Code Electric, and Cedar Mill Construction Company for all their work on this project. We also want to thank our staff and our patrons for their patience during this time.


Take Your Child to Work Day at the State Library

TakeYourChildToWorkDayOn April 28th, the State Library organized a fun event for state employee parents to bring their child to see the library while they were shadowing their parents for a day of work. Activities included watching a descriptive video from Talking Book and Braille and making cataract glasses to experience first-hand what it is like to have a vision impairment. There was a book checkout station where the children could check out books and stamp due dates. A photo booth was set up with different super hero props, promoting School Library Month. Exploring microfiche, OSLIS, and getting a special behind-the-scenes tour of the library building were also part of the fun! At the end, State Librarian MaryKay read the kids a story in her office while the parents learned about the resources the State Library of Oregon offers them. Great fun was had by people of all ages! Take a look at our Tumblr blog for more photos!


Celebrating Preservation Month

May is Preservation Month and the Government Information and Library Services division of the State Library will be participating in the 9th annual Historic Preservation Month Fair on the Capitol Mall. Organized by the State Historic Preservation Office, the fair will be held (rain or shine) on Thursday, May 11th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than 15 museums, archives, libraries, and other heritage organizations from the mid-Willamette Valley will showcase their preservation activities.

This is also a good time to look back on our Preservation Assistance Grant project funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities that was completed in December. A total of 7,175 items from the Oregon history and culture collection were rehoused into archival grade enclosures purchased with the grant. These had been in danger of deterioration by acidic envelopes, covers, and bindings. This project is part of the State Library’s commitment to preserve Oregon’s published heritage including state agency publications and other materials about the state and region.


Free Self-Paced Online Courses for Library Workers

WebJunctionLogoWebJunction’s Course Catalog is free and open to all library workers and volunteers everywhere. They offer library-specific self-paced courses, webinar archives, and other great learning materials. Topics covered include customer service, eBooks and devices, library management, library services, marketing and messaging, personal/interpersonal skills, social media, technical services, training and development, and youth services. Certificates of Completion are available to help library staff meet CE and LEU credit requirements.

Through the generous support of OCLC, the Gates Foundation, and many state library agencies across the U.S. (including the State Library of Oregon), WebJunction provides timely and relevant learning content for you to access anytime, from anywhere. With over 250 courses available, it’s time to create your free account and start learning today. If you need additional assistance or have any questions, please contact Darci Hanning, 503-378-2527.

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Library Support and Development Services: Ferol Weyand, Darci Hanning, Jennifer Maurer, Katie Anderson, Tamara Ottum, Arlene Weible, Susan Westin

Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library Manager: Susan Westin, 503-378-5435

Government Information and Library Services Manager: Caren Agata, 503-378-5030

State Librarian: MaryKay Dahlgreen, 503-378-4367

Letter to Libraries Online Editor: Jessica Rondema, 503-378-5015

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