[Libs-Or] State Library Newsletter: Letter to Libraries Online February 2016

Jessica Rondema jessica.rondema at state.or.us
Mon Feb 1 11:39:00 PST 2016


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Letter to Libraries Online

A Monthly Newsletter from the Oregon State Library

Volume 26, Issue 2, February 2016



Contents:
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 at the Oregon State Library on January 8th

The Oregon State Library Board met on Friday, January 8, 2016, at the Oregon State Library in Salem. The Board elected a Board Chair (Aletha Bonebrake) and Vice-Chair (Ann Malkin), conducted the post-transaction review of agency head financial transactions, approved appointments to board advisory councils, and adopted temporary administrative rules. The Board also created a schedule for the remaining 2016 board meetings:

  *   April 20th in Bend
  *   June 10th at the State Library
  *   August 11th and 12th at the State Library
  *   October 14th at the Independence Public Library

Board Appoints New Advisory Council Members

At the State Library Board's January 8th meeting, the Board appointed new members to the Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council, the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council, and the Talking Book and Braille Library Advisory Council.

The new members for the Government Services Advisory Council each began their two-year term in January. The new members are as follows:

  *   Brandy Meng, Department of Administrative Services
  *   Lucy Baker, Oregon Advocacy Commissions Office
  *   Sarah Manring, Oregon Water Resources
  *   Paula Newsome, Office of the State CIO
  *   Sean Nickerson, Office of Information Services
  *   Madeline Macgregor, Oregon Travel Information Council

The new members for LSTA Advisory Council each began their three-year term in January. The new members are as follows:

  *   Friday Valentine, representing Academic Libraries
  *   Davida Jordan, representing Library Users
  *   Tammy Westergard, representing Public Libraries
  *   Mari Cheney, representing Special Libraries

Christie Joachim, representing senior citizens users at large, was reappointed for another four-year term on the Talking Books Advisory Council. More information on the Advisory Councils can be found on the State Library Board and Advisory Councils<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/Pages/2bdinfo.aspx> webpage.

Oregon Libraries Lost a Fierce Champion

[https://www.oregon.gov/osl/LTLO/LTLOFeb2016/GeorgeBell.jpg]The Oregon library community lost a fierce champion when George Bell died on December 29, 2015. George served on the State Library Board from 1988 to 1995 and served as Chair of the Board in 1991-92 and 1994-95. George was an Honorary Life Member of the Oregon Library Association and was active in the Intellectual Freedom Committee and the Legislative Committee. For the last several years, George wrote a blog, Polwatch<https://georgehbell.wordpress.com/>, which is required reading for insight into his intellect and passion. His obituary<http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/statesmanjournal/obituary.aspx?n=george-bell&pid=177162203&fhid=7982> details his many other accomplishments. A celebration of a life well lived was held on Sunday, January 17th at the Salem Public Library. He was remembered by family and friends, including State Librarian Emeritus Jim Scheppke.

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State Library News


The State Library Welcomes Rachel Kenny

In October 2015, Rachel Kenny joined the Government Information and Library Services division as a Digitization Specialist. Previously, she worked with the Union Pacific Railroad Museum helping them digitize their photograph collection. Rachel moved to Salem from Omaha, Nebraska and is currently in her final semester for her Master of Arts Library Science Emphasis (MALS) with the University of Missouri. Though only with the Oregon State Library for a few months, she has contributed greatly to helping us establish digitization standards and prepare to migrate to a Digital Asset Management System. In addition to her work at the State Library, Rachel also spends her Fridays this semester at a practicum with Willamette University.



It's Legislative (Short) Session Time Again in Oregon

[https://www.oregon.gov/osl/LTLO/LTLOFeb2016/OregonLegislativeInformationSystem.png]Oregon's legislative short session convenes on Monday, February 1st. Given the five week schedule of the session, there's not much time to stay on top of legislation introduced during session. However, the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS) resource can be a huge help in monitoring bills of particular interest. OLIS is available from the Oregon State Legislature's website<https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz>.

The progress of bills and the work of committees can be "tracked" via the e-Subscribe service or RSS. The resource is near real-time which means meeting schedules, bill votes, and newly introduced legislation is available within a short amount of time. Live video feeds and audio archives are also available. Particularly useful is easy access to testimony presented by interested parties in support of or in opposition to a bill as well as session publications. Formerly elusive committee votes are also available.

One last tip: Use The Oregonian's Your Government<http://gov.oregonlive.com/> resource to obtain a "floor" voting record for individual legislators from both current and past legislative sessions.



Financial Literacy Resources for Oregon Libraries

[SmartMoneyWeek][FinancialLiteraryMonth]It's not too early to start planning for National Financial Literacy Month<http://www.financialliteracymonth.com/> and Money Smart Week<http://www.moneysmartweek.org/> in April. The State Library has a new resource guide, Financial Literacy Resources for Libraries<http://libguides.osl.state.or.us/financial_literacy>. The guide highlights free resources and tools for financial literacy activities in Oregon libraries, including training, best practices, and local contacts for developing library programs. Great resources are also available to libraries that sign up for Money Smart Week<http://www.moneysmartweekpartners.org/frbc_partner_guidelines>. Contact Arlene Weible<mailto:arlene.weible at state.or.us>, 503-378-5020 with any questions.



New Content Coming to LearningExpress Library

[LELLogo]LearningExpress Library will be adding a variety of new practice tests and tutorials over the next few months. Practices tests for 2016 SAT, ACT, and AP tests are included. A more detailed list is available in the latest Product Update<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=80404148&msgid=1200915&act=Y9XN&c=707648&destination=http%3A//www.learningexpresshub.com/File%20Library/Corporate%20Site%20Assets/PDFs/Marketing/1QCY16_3QFY16_Product-Update_Attach__CCSS_Final.pdf>. An updated file of MARC records<http://www.learningexpresshub.com/librarian-resources/library-resources> for LearningExpress Library resources is also available. If you would like more information about this and other resources available from the Statewide Database Licensing Program, please visit our website<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/technology/sdlp/index.aspx> or contact Arlene Weible<mailto:arlene.weible at state.or.us>, 503-378-5020.



2014-2015 Ready to Read Annual Report Now Available

The 2014-2015 Ready to Read Annual Report and Best Practice Libraries report will soon be on the Ready to Read Grant webpage<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/aboutready.aspx>. The Ready to Read Annual Report is an analysis of the Ready to Read Final Reports submitted to the State Library every December. The State Library has established metrics that measure the effectiveness of the Ready to Read Grant Program. The metrics provide longitudinal data on public library youth services and public library usage statistics. 2014-2015 was the third time libraries selected a few outcomes from a list provided by the State Library. Outcome based evaluation allows public libraries to see how their efforts impact library services to children in Oregon, and serves as a tool for setting local youth service goals. The Best Practice Libraries<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/aboutready.aspx#Outstanding_Projects> report lists those libraries that provide all three youth services best practices: outreach, summer reading, and early literacy training for caregivers.



2014-2015 Outstanding Ready to Read Grant Projects Awarded

Each year, the State Library staff recognizes several public libraries for their outstanding Ready to Read Grant projects. The criteria for this recognition are as follows: the library adheres to the original intent of the Ready to Read Grant, focuses on one or more of the three Ready to Read Grant best practices, promotes partnerships both in and out of the library, and creates a project that is replicable in other libraries, or enhances current library services. Libraries recognized for their Outstanding Ready to Read projects<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/aboutready.aspx#Outstanding_Projects> in 2014-2015 are the Cook Memorial Library (La Grande), Josephine Community Libraries, Mount Angel Public Library, Newberg Public Library, and West Linn Public Library.



Celebrate 100 Years of Beverly Cleary

[https://www.oregon.gov/osl/LTLO/LTLOFeb2016/Beezus_and_Ramona.jpg]Beloved Oregon author Beverly Cleary turns 100 years old on April 12, 2016. To celebrate, the State Library is partnering with the Oregon Library Association (OLA) and Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) to provide libraries access to resources for planning activities and events this spring. Programming ideas are currently available on OLA's Children's Services Division website<http://www.csdola.org/100-years-of-beverly-cleary.html>. OPB is filming a special Oregon Art Beat episode entirely dedicated to Cleary, including a new interview with her! The episode will be on the OPB website after it airs for school libraries to stream. OPB is producing DVDs of the episode for public libraries to host screenings and add to circulating collections. The State Library will ship the DVDs to public libraries the first week in April with bookmarks.

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Other Library News


Umpqua Community College Library Named After Sue Shaffer

[https://www.oregon.gov/osl/LTLO/LTLOFeb2016/SueShaffer.jpg]On January 22, 2016, the Foundation at Umpqua Community College held a short ceremony to name the UCC Library after Sue Shaffer. Sue's record of public service spans decades and includes service on state and national boards and commissions as well as numerous aspects of community life. She was a member of the Legislative Commission on Indian Services (1984-2011) representing the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, and served as its Vice-Chairwoman for a number of years.

Since the 1980s, Sue has been involved politically at the local, state, and national levels, guiding four significant Cow Creek bills through Congress. She was a strong advocate for state laws strengthening the protection of archaeological sites, Indian burials, and historic preservation. Sue was the first woman to chair the Board of Trustees of Umpqua Community College, remaining a member for seventeen years. Information provided by the Legislative Commission on Indian Services. Photograph property of Umpqua Community College.



Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health - Preserves a storied past - sees a bright future

[https://www.oregon.gov/osl/LTLO/LTLOFeb2016/OSHLogo.jpg]The Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health (OSHMMH) currently occupies 2500 sq. feet of the historic Kirkbride building on the Oregon State Hospital campus in Salem. This special museum allows visitors to connect with the past by viewing artifacts to learn about the experiences of the people who both lived and worked in the hospital. The museum is currently building a collection of oral histories to bring to life the voices and memories of those who called this hospital home.

The museum is managed by a private non-profit organization which has been tasked to manage the state artifacts of the Oregon State Hospital and all past and present hospital branches. The museum is staffed by volunteers and has recently hired a professional museum curator.

A conversation with Megan Lallier-Barron, OSHMMH Curator, highlighted some of the interesting projects and challenges that the museum faces in preserving its history. One of these challenges is finding storage space for artifacts from demolished buildings, including those that represent the work and activities within a particular building.

In the future, the museum would like to implement an outreach program which would include sending educational materials and perhaps traveling collections to schools and learning centers around Oregon to share the amazing history and life stories of the hospital with all Oregonians. Please visit their website<http://oshmuseum.org/visit/> to plan your visit and learn more about this wonderful museum.

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Contacts


Oregon State Library

Library Support and Development Services: 503-378-2525, Ferol Weyand<mailto:FerolWeyand at oslmail.osl.state.or.us>, Darci Hanning<mailto:darci.hanning at state.or.us>, Ann Reed<mailto:ann.reed at state.or.us>, Jennifer Maurer<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>, Katie Anderson<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, Tamara Ottum<mailto:tamara.ottum at state.or.us>, Arlene Weible<mailto:arlene.weible at state.or.us>, Susan Westin<mailto:susan.b.westin at state.or.us>.

Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library Manager: 503-378-5435, Susan Westin<mailto:susan.b.westin at state.or.us>.
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Government Information and Library Services Manager: 503-378-5030, Margie Harrison<mailto:margie.harrison at state.or.us>.

State Librarian: 503-378-4367, MaryKay Dahlgreen<mailto:marykay.dahlgreen at state.or.us>.

Letter to Libraries Online Editor: 503-378-2464, Jessica Rondema<mailto:jessica.rondema at state.or.us>.

Letter to Libraries Online is published monthly by the Oregon State Library. It is available free of charge and is published only in electronic form on the publications page<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/Pages/publications.aspx> on the Oregon State Library's website<http://www.oregon.gov/OSL>.

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