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Letter to Libraries Online

A monthly newsletter from the State Library of Oregon
Volume 27, Issue 10, October 2017

Library Board News

State Library Board Will Meet in Mount Angel on October 20th

The State Library Board will meet at the Mount Angel Abbey Library on Friday, October 20, 2017. The board will review Key Performance Measure 15 regarding board best practices, consider a 2017-2018 Ready to Read grant appeal, and discuss the State Librarian’s Evaluation. An open forum is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Anyone may address the board on any topic at the open forum.

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State Library News

Stay on Top of the News with eClips

eClipsAre you looking stay up to date on breaking news stories in our state that either highlight Oregon state government in the news, federal government actions that affect Oregon, or national issues that could potentially affect us? Surprisingly, there’s more than just wildfires going on. The State Library has just the resource: eClips.

Each business day, we generate an edition that contains a brief “clip” and a link to the story in the originating source. Please visit our eClips blog and click “Subscribe” to receive your update via email each weekday. Subscription is free and open to all.

Additionally, we categorize and tag our stories using key words and agency names. Our blog can be a useful resource in locating relevant news stories.

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Health and Wellness Resource Center is Getting a Makeover!

GaleHealthA new interface was introduced to the Health and Wellness Resource Center on September 28, 2017. The interface will align with other Gale databases and offer similar tools, including integration with Google and Microsoft. Other enhancements include four main topic portals addressing common consumer health questions: Diseases and Conditions; Drugs; Diagnostics and Tests; and Therapies, Treatments, and Surgeries. This is a great resource to promote during Health Literacy Month in October. This resource is available to Oregon libraries through the Statewide Database Licensing Program. If you have any questions, please contact Arlene Weible (503-378-5020).


Upcoming Gale Training Opportunities for Oregon

GaleGale and the State Library are happy to host the following in-person training sessions around the state. Click on the links below for more details.

Session title: Looking for Authoritative and Credible Resources? Harness the Power of Your Statewide Gale Resources. Trainer: Stacey Knibloe, Senior Customer Education Specialist

Those that are unable to attend one of these sessions in person can attend a webinar on the same topic on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm. If you can’t attend the live webinar, register anyway to receive a link to the webinar recording.

State Library staff welcome requests for staff training on both Gale and LearningExpress Library resources. Please contact Arlene Weible to arrange a session for your library.


State Library Launches Online Survey for CE Needs Assessment

SurveyThe State Library of Oregon is assessing the continuing education/professional development (CE/PD) needs of the Oregon library community. We want to hear from as many library directors, managers, supervisors, and staff members as possible so we can best support Oregon libraries. We have contracted with Infopeople to conduct a multi-method study that includes focus groups, interviews, and an online survey.

This online survey includes general questions about learning preferences and also seeks to prioritize a wide variety of training topics. Your responses will help us better understand your needs. Thanks in advance for your help!

All your responses to this survey will be kept completely confidential. Quotes may be used but will not be attributed to any individual. This survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Questions marked by an asterisk (*) require a response. You may receive this survey invite multiple times but we ask that you only respond once.

Deadline for responding is 5:00 pm (PT) Friday, October 13, 2017. Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ORLIB

Again, thank you for your time – we are looking forward to receiving your input!


State Library Renews Free Access to Edge Initiative for Public Libraries

EdgeThe State Library of Oregon is pleased to announce that it is once again sponsoring participation in the Edge Initiative through June 30, 2018 to allow public libraries the opportunity to assess your technology, communicate its impact and plan for the future – all in an effort to support the local economy, workforce, lifelong learning, and strong communities.

The State Library’s commitment to ensuring digital inclusion and equity for communities throughout Oregon is a powerful step to enrich and advance people’s lives. We strongly encourage public libraries to complete the assessment and create a plan that will improve technology services and programs for your community.

Near the end of this fiscal year, the State Library will be evaluating the level of participation and effectiveness of Edge in Oregon to determine if we should continue funding statewide access or if we need to come up with a different subscription model. As an incentive, libraries who complete the assessment and develop a plan will be eligible to participate in a technology reimbursement program. More information about this opportunity will be forthcoming.

Have questions? Please contact Darci Hanning (503-378-2527). Ready to get started? Sign up! Already have an account? Login!


State Library Welcomes Ross Fuqua

RossFuquaThe State Library is pleased to introduce Ross Fuqua (pronounced Few-Quay) as the new Data and Federal Programs Consultant in Library Support and Development Services. He will be focusing on the Public Library Statistics and LSTA grant program. After graduating from University of Washington with his MLIS, he accepted a position at the Washington State Library. His most recent position was as the Public Engagement Librarian at the Washington County Cooperative Library Services. Please join us in welcoming Ross to the State Library.


State Library says Goodbye to Katie Anderson

Katie Anderson, Youth Services Consultant, has accepted a position with the Washington County Cooperative Library Services and her last day with the State Library was September 22nd. Katie has been with the State Library for over 11 years and in that time she has taken the Ready to Read program to the next level. She has streamlined the program and introduced outcome based evaluation. We wish the best for Katie as she starts her new adventure.


State Library says Goodbye to Jessica Rondema

JessicaRondemaJessica Rondema is moving on to the Oregon Department of Transportation. Her last day with the State Library is October 5th. Jessica has been with the State Library for over 8 years, and served as the Executive Assistant to the State Librarian for over 6 years, supporting Jim Scheppke and then MaryKay Dahlgreen. She has been an invaluable asset to the library. We are glad that she will continue to work in state government, serving the citizens of Oregon.


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Library Support and Development Services: Ferol Weyand, Darci Hanning, Jennifer Maurer, Ross Fuqua, 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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