[kids-lib] summer reading copyright and other issues

Korie Jones Buerkle korie.buerkle at newbergoregon.gov
Fri May 28 10:16:22 PDT 2010

I echo the frustration about the artwork on reading logs. Our communities are all different, and part of providing exceptional library service is understanding those difference and working with our communities to find a summer reading log and certificate that will encourage reading and help our young customers feel successful.

This summer I printed 2,500 reading logs, which I realize isn't a big number for some libraries. This would cost me $150 from Upstart. I frankly don't care about the loss of revenue for Upstart. They are a business, and they make a lot of money. They can continue making money off t-shirts and posters, and I do appreciate the wonderful art work (for kids). My ever-shrinking summer reading budget is significantly impacted by spending $150 on reading logs.

Also, what if I were to run out of Upstart reading logs? At our library we can have a run on them and I need the flexibility to run upstairs and make more copies.

Furthermore, this is a hassle. The prospect of mocking up a reading log for Upstart 9 months before I need it, so I can submit it to their department and then wait for approval, or not, is time consuming.

Highsmith needs to understand our needs as customers and provide exceptional service by recognizing how libraries need to serve their customers. Or we need to find a company that will.

There's my frustrated rant.

Korie Buerkle
Children's Librarian/ Circulation Supervisor
Newberg Public Library
503 554 7734

What I'm reading:
The Necromancer, Michael Scott
Take Good Care of the Garden & the Dogs, Heather Lende
Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things that Go (over and over)

From: kids-lib-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us [mailto:kids-lib-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of S Simpkins
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:03 PM
To: bthompson at ci.springfield.or.us; esther_creslib at centurytel.net; kids-lib at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: Re: [kids-lib] summer reading copyright and other issues

Please add me to the list of Oregon librarians who want to continue creating reading logs and certificates that meet my specific needs AND use the wonderful clip art that gives everything such a professional look. The freedom to design my own materials is VERY important.

I purchased over $800 of Highsmith summer reading products, but I design and print my own YA reading records. No more than 50 of them. I can't imagine this presents any kind of financial hardship to Highsmith or the Cooperative.

I enjoy being part of the Summer Reading Cooperative, and hope to continue having access to the manual and graphics, and being able to order incentives, posters, and other great stuff from the catalog.

Thanks to everyone who articulates the issues and problems so well!

Sara B. Simpkins
Children's Librarian North Bend Public Library
1800 Sherman Avenue
North Bend, Oregon 97459

on the beautiful southern Oregon coast

541.756.1073 phone and FAX

From: bthompson at ci.springfield.or.us
To: esther_creslib at centurytel.net; kids-lib at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 16:36:13 -0700
Subject: Re: [kids-lib] summer reading copyright and other issues

Since the issue of copyright restrictions on the CSLP graphics was raised, I have been mulling over how to proceed. I do not see a way we will be able to create the Summer Reading hand-outs we need and comply with the copyright requirements. Please add me to the growing list of Oregon librarians who feel the copyright restrictions create an untenable situation for libraries. Libraries do not all have the same summer reading programs,  which means some of Highsmith's products, such as reading logs and certificates, will not work for us. I am grateful to CSLP for the great graphics which we would not otherwise have, and am pleased to have the opportunity to buy ready-made incentive items from Highsmith, but it is more important that we have the freedom to design our own programs.

Thank you so much, Katie and Paige, for representing our collective view on this.

Barbara Thompson

Youth and Adult Services Manager

Springfield Public Library


From: kids-lib-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us [mailto:kids-lib-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Esther Moberg
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2010 3:45 PM
To: kids-lib at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: [kids-lib] summer reading copyright and other issues

These are exactly the things that your state representative (Katie Anderson)and Summer Reading Chair need to know when bring our concerns to the national CSLP conference. While there was not much discussion this year at the meeting regarding copyright issues and reading logs, perhaps that was because many of the State representatives were unaware of how many libraries prefer to create their own reading logs and/or certificates using the CSLP artwork. This definitely sounds like something that will be brought for discussion by your Oregon representatives at this next year's meeting and is exactly the kind of feedback we need to have for representing Oregon at the CSLP national meetings. The past years that I have attended, Oregon representatives have successfully lobbied for the themes, slogans, and other items of interest that Oregon librarians have expressed as being their top concerns so please know that your voices are being heard and that your state representative (Katie Anderson) and Summer Reading Chair are definitely working hard to make sure that Oregon is well represented.

Also, please remember if you are passionate about these issues, you are always able to volunteer for one of the CSD board positions including that of CSD Summer Reading Chair and Chair elect which is the position that attends the annual Collaborative Summer Library Programs meeting.


-Esther Moberg

CSD Summer Reading Chair 2010

All Oregon public, volunteer, and tribal libraries are members of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), and receive a free summer reading manual. To get the most out of your membership, create an account on the CSLP website (http://www.cslpreads.org/) and you will be able to access additional summer reading resources. CSLP membership dues and manual fees are paid for by the State Library with LSTA funds. Summer reading manuals are distributed by OLA's Children's Services Division.

For more information, contact one of you CSLP representatives:

  *   Esther Moberg, CSD Summer Reading Chair: Esther_creslib at centurytel.net<mailto:Esther_creslib at centurytel.net>

  *   Paige Bentley, CSD In-coming Summer Reading Chair: paigeb at dpls.lib.or.us<mailto:paigeb at dpls.lib.or.us>

  *   Heidi Weisel, OYAN CSLP Liaison: heidi.weisel at ci.corvallis.or.us<mailto:heidi.weisel at ci.corvallis.or.us>

  *   Katie Anderson, CSLP Oregon State Representative: katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>

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