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Letter to Libraries Online

A Monthly Newsletter from the Oregon State Library

Volume 26, Issue 11, November 2016

Library Board News
State Library News

Other Library News

Contacts at the State Library

Vision: All Oregonians have the information essential to be engaged citizens, to strengthen our communities, and to build a prosperous state.

Mission: The State Library provides leadership and resources to continue growing vibrant library services for Oregonians with print disabilities, the Legislature and state government, and all Oregonians through local libraries.

Library Board News

State Library Board Met in Independence on October 28th

Group PhotoThe Oregon State Library Board met on Friday, October 28, 2016 at the Independence Public Library in Independence. The board approved the recommendations from the Library Services and Technology Act Advisory Council and the Talking Book and Braille Library Advisory Council. They also heard reports about both the 2016-2017 Ready to Read grants and the Oregon Library Association Legislative Committee. The board also discussed the State Librarian evaluation process and the board’s roles and responsibilities. Additionally, the board and staff received a tour of the Independence Public Library from director Robin Puccetti. The board will hold its planning retreat on Thursday, January 19th, followed by its regular meeting on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Oregon State Library in Salem.


State Librarian Returns from Fujian, China

MKDState Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen has returned from her trip to China. Highlights of her trip included taking a high-speed train (125 mph) from Nanjing to Fuzhou, exploring a historic village featuring tulous (earthen buildings), and visiting both the Fujian Provincial Library and the Fujian Children’s Library. She also drank plenty of delicious tea while trying to survive the tropical weather. Dahlgreen gave a presentation at the Fujian Annual Library Conference, entitled “Oregon Libraries: Now and in the Future.” She felt honored to be traveling with the 2016 Horner Library Exchange delegation (Richard Sapon-White (OSU Libraries), Veronica Vichit-Vadakan (Oregon College of Oriental Medicine Library), and Jian Wang (PSU Library)), as well as Rosalind Wang (retired librarian) and Amy Lee (Ft. Vancouver Regional Library). Check out the 2016 Horner Exchange blog for photos and information. (Photo credit: Veronica Vichit-Vadakan)

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State Library News

Resources for Oregon Ballot Measures

As the November 8th Election Day approaches, Oregon State Library reference staff are often asked about measures and initiatives, both past and present. For instance, did you know that 2016 Measure 97, raising corporate taxes, is the most expensive ballot measure in state history, with campaigns, pro & con, raising well over $30 million dollars? This tops the amount raised for Measure 92 (2014) regarding the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food which was defeated by just over 800 votes.

Ballotpedia LogoFor more information about ballot measures we often turn to Ballotpedia, produced by nonpartisan and nonprofit organization and billing itself as “The Encyclopedia of American Politics.” Entries are entirely written by their editorial staff and serve as an excellent source to research measures both in Oregon and nationwide. For example, the entry for Measure 97 is extremely comprehensive and even contains links to the various campaign ads that aired on television.

For access to primary source material, we would like to also mention our Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet Project. You’ll find a complete run of “special election” pamphlets dating from 1913 to present, along with a growing collection of primary and general elections pamphlets. You can also search within the scanned pamphlets.


Answerland is Back!

Answerland LogoThe State Library is pleased to announce that Answerland is back up and running!

You can once again direct your patrons to answerland.org to get live reference help 24/7. Information about linking to and marketing Answerland, including how to get promotional materials, is available at Connect Your Library.

Thank you to all of the Answerland partner libraries who have been working hard to learn and implement the new software. If your library is interested in becoming a partner, please contact the Answerland Coordinator at answer.land@state.or.us.

And thank all of you for your patience during this transition.


Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee Meeting in November

The Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee (SDLAC) will be meeting at the State Library on November 9, 2016. The SDLAC advises the LSTA Advisory Council and Oregon State Library staff on the resources provided by the Statewide Database Licensing Program and includes representatives from each type of library that participates in the program.

At this meeting, the committee will discuss the scope of resources in the program in anticipation of the next procurement cycle, which will take place in 2017-2018. A detailed agenda for the meeting is available. For more information, see the Statewide Database Licensing Program FAQ. If you have any questions, please contact Arlene Weible, 503-378-5020.

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Other Library News

OSLIS Citation Maker Updated to MLA 8th Edition

MLAIn April, the Modern Language Association came out with the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook. Their philosophy for citing sources is now based on using critical thinking and some flexibility to apply a core template to any source. Also, the concept of containers is important to understand. OSLIS’ Citation Maker is used around the country by K-12 and community college students and others. The secondary version of MLA Citation Maker was updated to the 8th edition guidelines in late September, and the elementary version is expected to be available by mid-November. To learn more about MLA 8, check out the MLA Style Center and the Lib Guide created by the HACC Library. Questions? Contact Jennifer Maurer, School Library Consultant at the State Library.

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Oregon State Library

Library Support and Development Services: 503-378-2525, Ferol Weyand, Darci Hanning, Ann Reed, Jennifer Maurer, Katie Anderson, Tamara Ottum, Arlene Weible, Susan Westin.

Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library Manager: 503-378-5435, Susan Westin.
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Government Information and Library Services Manager: Vacant.

State Librarian: 503-378-4367, MaryKay Dahlgreen.

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

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