[Libs-Or] LTLO December 2004
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Letter To Libraries Online
An Electronic Newsletter of the
Oregon State Library
Volume 14, Issue 12 December 2004
LIBRARY BOARD NEWS
State Library Board Meets at Linfield College
LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT NEWS
State Library Awarded New Gates Foundation Grant
2003-04 Ready to Read Final Reports Due
Statewide Database Licensing Program Update
Gates Train-the-Trainer Workshops
Oregon State Library Wins Eckert Award for Public
Library Statistical Webpages
Ebsco Training Well Attended
E-Rate Program Update: Funding Year 2005
E-Rate Program Now Requires FCC Registration No.
OTHER LIBRARY NEWS
November 2 Election Results
New Data Documents Decline in School Libraries
Multnomah County Library Wins Godfrey Award
2004 Oregon Book Awards Winners Announced
PS. (FROM THE STATE LIBRARIAN)
STATE LIBRARY CONTACT INFORMATION
LIBRARY BOARD NEWS
STATE LIBRARY BOARD MEETS AT LINFIELD COLLEGE
The State Library Board of Trustees will meet at the new Nicholson
Library at Linfield College on December 10, 2005. The meeting will
begin at 10:30 a. m. The Board will make appointments to the Library
Services and Technology Act Advisory Council and the TBABS Advisory
Council. They will also develop a response to the Legislative Fiscal
Office's request to prioritize State Library Programs in preparation
for the 2005 Legislative Assembly. The Board will complete the State
Librarian's annual performance evaluation and consider a staff request
pertaining to performance measure targets in the 2005-07 biennium. An
open forum is scheduled for 11:30 a. m. Anyone may address the Board
in the open forum.
LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT NEWS
STATE LIBRARY AWARDED NEW GATES FOUNDATION GRANT
On November 1st, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation notified the
State Library that we were the recipient of a "Staying Connected" grant
totaling $185,120. The Staying Connected Grant Program is a follow-up
to the larger State Partnership Program which, in 2002, granted over
$2.2 million to improve the capacity of Oregon public libraries to
provide public access Internet computers in their communities. The
"Staying Connected" grant funds will be used to help sustain the gains
made under the State Partnership Program. The State Library's
application for the funds proposed to use $140,120 to offer matching
grants to public libraries that participated in the State Partnership
Program (including the accelerated grant program). The matching grants
will purchase more computers to meet the demand that has been created
by the original program. In addition, Oregon tribal governments will
be offered a matching grant for a public access computer for their
tribal libraries. The remaining $40,000 will be used to continue to
provide technology training for public library staff to help them
continue to support their public access computing services. The State
Library will need to have the Legislative Assembly approve the use of
grant funds next spring. The Library plans to make the matching grant
funds available to public and tribal libraries in the second half of
2005. For more information, contact Pam Horan, pam.horan at state.or.us,
503-378- 2112 ext. 224.
2003-04 READY TO READ FINAL REPORTS DUE
The 2003-2004 Ready to Read final reports are due on December 1st. You
cannot submit the report on the State Library website as you have been
able to do the last couple of years. However, there is a down-loadable
Word version on the website that you can either print and complete or
complete on your computer and send it to me via e-mail as an
attachment. The address for the downloadable form is:
STATEWIDE DATABASE LICENSING PROGRAM UPDATE
A Request for Proposal (RFP) for a full-text database for The Oregonian
newspaper was released on behalf of the Oregon State Library (OSL) by
the state Procurement Office (Department of Administrative Services) in
late October. Vendor proposals are due December 22, 2004 by 3:30pm PT
at the State Procurement Office. A voluntary pre- proposal conference
for vendors November 10th, attended also by Statewide Database
Licensing Program Advisory Committee Chair, Barbara O'Neill, and OSL
staff , Pam Horan.
All questions regarding the RFP should be addressed to Tim A. Hay,
State Procurement Office, tim.hay at state.or.us or 503-378-4650.
For more information about the program, see the Statewide Database
Licensing Program Web page at
http://www.osl.state.or.us/home/libdev/osdlp/index.html or contact Pam
Horan pam.horan at state.or.us, 503-378-2112 ext. 224.
GATES TRAIN-THE-TRAINER WORKSHOPS
The third Train-The-Trainer workshop was held November 4-6 in Portland,
offered jointly by the Oregon and Washington State Libraries and funded
by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Training Program grant.
Five Oregon and seven Washington library staff participated in the
intensive workshop held at the Residence Inn Lloyd Center, using the
wireless laptop lab from the Washington State Library. The curriculum
focused on best practices and resources, including needs assessment,
working with adult learners, and training evaluation. The workshop also
provided a forum for participants to share training ideas and tips.
Library staff from Oregon included Anne Gruel and Lori Moore, Jackson
County Library System (Medford); Scott Herron, Eugene Public Library;
Julie Quaid, Warm Springs Library; and Diane Zarder, North Bend Public
Library. Oregon participants committed to providing four training
sessions for other library staff, libraries, or the public over the
course of the next year.
A fourth Train-the-Trainer workshop has tentatively been scheduled for
February 24-26, 2005. See
additional information. For more information contact Pam Horan,
pam.horan at state.or.us, 503-378- 2112 ext. 224.
OREGON STATE LIBRARY WINS ECKERT AWARD FOR
PUBLIC LIBRARY STATISTICAL WEBPAGES
The National Center for Education Statistics has awarded Ann Reed the
Eckert award for the public library statistical pages on the State
Library Website. After being runner-up in 2003, this year Oregon is
one of three recipients. The pages will be receiving an upgrade this
winter as the State Library revamps its Website.
EBSCO TRAINING WELL ATTENDED
Nine EBSCO training sessions were held November 1-5, 2004 in the
Willamette Valley (Portland, Beaverton, Salem, Eugene and Albany),
attended by 182 library staff members from school, academic and public
libraries. These were in addition to the 252 staff attending nineteen
training sessions held earlier on the Oregon coast and in Eastern and
EBSCO trainers reviewed content, features and search techniques for
Academic Search Premier and other databases in the statewide package.
Sessions also offered segments about the Administrative Module and/or
the Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS) and L-net (Oregon
Libraries Network), Oregons digital reference service.
The training was sponsored by the Oregon State Library, the Oregon
Educational Media Association and EBSCO. The Statewide Database
Licensing Program is funded by the Library Services and Technology Act,
Oregon libraries, and the Oregon Department of Education. For more
information, please contact Pam Horan, pam.horan at state.or.us,
503-378-2112 ext. 224.
E-RATE PROGRAM UPDATE:
FUNDING YEAR 2005 APPLICATION PROCESS
The Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) has announced the Form 471
(Services Ordered and Certification Form) filing window for Funding
Year 2005 -- July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006. The window will open
at noon (EST) on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 and close at 11:59 pm (EST)
on Thursday, February 17, 2005.
Please note!! The Form 470 (Request for Services) may be filed --
online or on paper -- today. There is no need to wait for the opening
of the filing window to post Form 470. While there will be a new Form
470 for Funding Year 2005, applicants posting Forms 470 may use the
existing form until the new form is available. If the existing Form 470
is used, that will be all that will be required for 470 posting for
2005. New certifications on the new Form 470 will be on the new Form
471 as well, so applicants using the current Form 470 will certify to
those new requirements on the new Form 471.
More information about the E-rate program and application process --
including step-by-step application, PINS, and Online Submission of
Certifications -- is available at the Schools and Libraries Division
Web site http://www.sl.universalservice.org/.
E-RATE PROGRAM NOW REQUIRES FCC REGISTRATION NUMBER
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) now requires that all
E-rate applicants obtain an FCC Registration Number (FRN) as soon as
possible. Libraries should have at least one FRN for each Taxpayer
Identification Number (or Employer Identification Number), and
libraries may use the TIN/EIN of their city or county if they do not
have one of their own. Libraries may apply online for an FCC
Registration Number at the FCC Web site at
https://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/cores/CoresHome.html. Although your FCC
Registration Number is not requested in Forms 470 or 471, it will be
required later in the application process. For more information,
contact Pam Horan, pam.horan at state.or.us, 503-378-2112 ext. 224.
OTHER LIBRARY NEWS
NOVEMBER 2 ELECTION RESULTS
Thirteen library measures were on ballots across the state for the
November 2 General Election. At press time it appeared that six of the
measures had passed and seven had been defeated. A library district
measure in Salem was defeated, as was an local option levy that was
needed to prevent library service reductions in Clackamas County. A
library construction bond election in Hillsboro lost narrowly on the
third try, and a bond measure in Albany also was defeated. A new
library district was formed in Lane County for the Creswell area by a
small margin, and local option levies were successful in the Fern Ridge
and Lincoln County library districts. Voters approved construction
bond measures in Sutherlin, Estacada and Tualatin. Here are the
election results at press time:
Albany Public Library - Measure #22-32 - 20 year bond $12 million.
Complete renovation and expansion of the main library.
Yes -- 8,771(45.8%)
No -- 10,371 (54.2%)
Clackamas County Levy - Measure #3-152 - $43 million proposed five-year
levy of $.29 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The levy would
raise an estimated $8 million in the first year. The money would be
divided among the county's 13 libraries.
Yes -- 78,123 (42.3%)
No -- 106,700 (57.7%)
Cornelius Public Library (City bond) - Measure #34-89 - $11.6 million
bond to expand the library, included with recreation and aquatic center
and indoor soccer center.
Yes -- 827 (28.7%)
No -- 2,058 (71.3%)
Douglas County Library - Sutherlin Branch Library - Measure #1049.
Would authorize a 20-year general obligation bond with an annual
assessment of $.24 to $.28 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to renovate
and expand the Sutherlin Public Library.
Yes -- 1,937 (54.7%)
No -- 1,605 (45.3%)
Estacada Public Library - Measure #3-153 - Would authorize a 20-year
general obligation bond of $1.9 million, with an annual assessment of
$.16 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to build a new 13,500 sq. ft.
Yes -- 3,521 (53.5%)
No -- 3,056 (46.5%)
Fern Ridge Library District - Measure #20-101. Would authorize a
five-year local option levy of $.25 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to
supplement the district's permanent tax rate.
Yes -- 3,767 (65.4%)
No -- 1,989 (34.6%)
Forest Grove City Library - Measure #34-97. Would authorize a
four-year local option levy of $.21 per $1000 of assessed valuation.
Yes -- 3,449 (48.4%)
No -- 3,672 (51.6%)
Hillsboro Public Library - Measure #34-90 - Would authorize a 25-year
general obligation bond of $25.5 million, with an annual assessment of
$.28 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to build a new 60,000 sq. ft.
Yes -- 15,184 (49.9%)
No -- 15,256 (50.1%)
Lane Library District formation - Measure #20-87 - Create and fund a
library district with professional staff to expand library services and
hours in the Creswell area Would create a permanent annual assessment
of $.59 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
Yes -- 1,916 (50.3%)
No -- 1,897 (49.7%)
Lincoln County Library District - Measure #21-97. Would authorize a
five-year local option levy of $.3365 per $1000 of assessed valuation
to supplement the district's permanent tax rate.
Yes -- 7,896 (59.1%)
No -- 5,471 (40.9%)
Salem Library District formation - Measure #24-147. Formation of Salem
Public Library District: Establish a special library district in the
Salem area with a permanent tax rate of $0.62 per $1,000 of assessed
Yes -- 32,187 (41.3%)
No -- 45,688 (58.7%)
Tualatin Public Library (City Bond) - Measure #34-92. Library/parks
$10.6 million general obligation bond measure. $8.01 million to enlarge
Yes -- 5,891 (52.9%)
No -- 5,244 (47.1%)
Tualatin Public Library- Measure #34-93. Would authorize a five-year
operating levy of $.165 per $1000 of assessed valuation.
Yes -- 4,859 (43.9%)
No -- 6,200 (56.1%)
NEW DATA DOCUMENTS DECLINE IN SCHOOL LIBRARIES
In November the State Library released a report that compared data from
Oregon school libraries to the requirements of the Oregon Quality
Education Model (QEM). The QEM presents three prototype schools that
would have the resources to achieve high outcomes for student learning.
In the data for 2002-03, only two Oregon schools met these requirements
for library staffing and library materials expenditures: Eugene Field
Elementary School in Silverton and Ontario Middle School in Ontario.
More school libraries met the staffing requirement alone, including 29%
of elementary schools, 14% of middle/junior high schools, and 31% of
More data about school libraries was released by the Oregon Department
of Education for the 2003-04 school year. The latest report in the
Oregon School Directory showed only 461 school library media
specialists working in Oregon schools, 49 fewer than the year before
and 121 fewer than in 2001. In 2003 there was one library/media
specialist for every 1,196 Oregon students and an average of .37
library/media specialists per school. Two decades ago (1983) there was
one library/media specialist for every 561 students and an average of
.62 library/media specialists per school.
The 2002-03 data set analyzed by the Library for the QEM report showed
that 41% of Oregons schools did not have a library/media specialist,
including 48% of elementary schools.
MULTNOMAH COUNTY LIBRARY WINS GODFREY AWARD
Multnomah County Library's Early Words parent training program is the
recipient of the Fourth Annual Godfrey Award for Excellence in Public
Library Services for Children and Families. Early Childhood Specialist
Renea Arnold accepted the award at the University of Arizona School of
Information Resources and Library Science in November. In 2003-04,
Early Words provided 317 parents at 21 Multnomah County elementary
schools with a two-hour workshop on how to interact in fun and
meaningful ways with their children to prepare them for success when
they began school. The workshop provides information on early brain
development, windows of opportunity for acquiring speech and language,
the importance of the parent as the first teacher, and the lifelong
exemplifies the outstanding efforts of the Early Childhood Resources
team to provide innovative services to Multnomah County families and
the commitment of the library to young children," said Library Director
2004 OREGON BOOK AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The 18th annual Oregon Book Awards ceremony, was held Thursday,
November 18, recognizing writers of excellence in poetry, fiction,
literary nonfiction, drama and young readers literature; as well as
those who support literature.
The Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry was presented to Henry Hughes of
Monmouth for his book Men Holding Eggs.
The Ken Kesey Award for the Novel was presented to Tracy Daugherty of
Corvallis for his book Axeman's Jazz.
The H.L. Davis Award for Short Fiction was presented to Scott Nadelson
of Portland for his book Saving Stanley.
The Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction was presented to
Ellen Morris Bishop of Enterprise for her book In Search of Ancient
The Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction was presented to
Karen Karbo of Portland for her book The Stuff of Life.
The Angus L. Bowmer Award for Drama was presented to co-authors Shelly
Lipkin of Lake Oswego, and Louanne Moldovan and Sherry Lamoreaux of
Portland, for their play Vitriol and Violets.
The Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children's Literature was presented
to Michelle McCann of Portland for her book Luba.
The Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature was presented to
Susanna Vance of Portland for her book Deep.
This year's Walt Morey Award for Contributions to Children's Literature
honored Patricia R. Gallagher of Monmouth, retired children's
literature professor at Western Oregon State College (WOSC).
The Stewart H. Holbrook Award for Outstanding Contributions to Oregons
Literary Life was given to David Milholland of Portland, president of
the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission.
PS. (FROM THE STATE LIBRARIAN)
There was a time when recommending good books for others to read was
one of the most important jobs of a librarian. It's too bad that this
seems to be no longer true for most librarians, even reference
librarians. In my experience, many readers still hunger for
recommendations, and are very grateful to receive them. Amazon.com
knows this, and so does Nancy Pearl, our celebrity librarian from the
Northwest, who is now making a living at it. Maybe we went wrong when
we started calling it "readers advisory service," which sounds stuffy
and bureaucratic. How about just "good books to read"?
Here's a list of good books I read in 2004 that I can recommend to you.
I apologize that most of them are very serious, if not dark and
depressing. You might want to hold off until next March before
starting in on most of these.
OPAL: A LIFE OF ENCHANTMENT, MYSTERY, AND MADNESS by Kathrine Beck We
have needed a well-researched and objective biography of the strangest,
and perhaps most fascinating, Oregon author of all time, and this is
HUMANITY: A MORAL HISTORY OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by Jonathan Glover
Why was the past century the most brutal century in human history?
Ethics professor Jonathan Glover seeks the answer to this question with
"the hope that by understanding more about ourselves we can do
something to create a world with less misery."
PUSHING TIME AWAY: MY GRANDFATHER AND THE TRAGEDY OF JEWISH VIENNA by
Peter Singer I have become a great fan of Peter Singer, perhaps the
most influential philosopher of our time. Singer's popularity stems in
part from the fact that he is an excellent writer, and here he manages
to deftly weave his philosophical insights into the story of his
grandfather who died in the Holocaust.
THE SCIENCE OF GOOD AND EVIL by Michael Shermer Popular science writer
Michael Shermer provides an engaging look at how the new science of
evolutionary psychology is providing us insights into moral behavior.
EVERY WAR HAS TWO LOSERS: WILLIAM STAFFORD ON PEACE AND WAR edited by
Kim Stafford William Stafford was a pacifist who wrote all his life on
the folly and futility of war. This is a timeless and important book.
THE END OF FAITH: RELIGION, TERROR AND THE FUTURE OF REASON by Sam
Harris The thesis of this taboo-shattering book is that religion (and
not just Islam) imperils humanity. Read it and see if you agree.
FREE CULTURE by Lawrence Lessig Stanford law professor Lessig is one of
my heroes. In this book he continues to fight the good fight for
copyright reform that would serve our culture and not just the bottom
line of a few multi-national corporations.
HOW CITIES WORK: SUBURBS, SPRAWL AND ROADS NOT TAKEN by Alex Marshall
Marshall's book holds up Portland as a model of successful urban
planning and development, one of the few to be found anywhere in the
SURE SIGNS: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS by Ted Kooser This book would be a
good antidote for all the heavyweight books above. Our new U.S. Poet
Laureate's work is always hopeful and life-affirming, like springtime
on the Nebraska plains, where he hails from. As Kooser told a New York
Times reporter in his plainspoken way, "Poetry can enrich everyday
experience, making our ordinary world seem quite magical and special".-
- Jim Scheppke
STATE LIBRARY CONTACT INFORMATION
Technical Support 503-378-4246
carolynn.avery at state.or.us 503-378-4243, ext. 269
marykay.dahlgreen at state.or.us 503-378-2112, ext. 239
pam.horan at state.or.us 503-378-2112, ext. 224
ann.reed at state.or.us 503-378-2112, ext. 254
jim.b.scheppke at state.or.us 503-378-4367
robin.d.speer at state.or.us 503-378-4243, ext. 221
val.t.vogt at state.or.us 503-378-2112, ext. 222
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