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

Jessica Rondema jessica.rondema at state.or.us
Mon Jan 4 14:00:10 PST 2016

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Letter to Libraries Online

A Monthly Newsletter from the Oregon State Library

Volume 26, Issue 1, January 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 to Meet at the Oregon State Library on January 8th

The Oregon State Library Board will meet on Friday, January 8, 2016 at the Oregon State Library in Salem. The board will elect officers, plan for the remaining 2016 board meetings, conduct the post-transaction review of agency head financial transactions, approve appointments to board advisory councils, and adopt temporary administrative rules. An open forum is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Anyone may address the board on any topic at the open forum. The schedule for the remaining 2016 board meetings will soon be announced .

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State Library News

OSL Provides Access to Oregon Government Publications on Current Topics

[https://www.oregon.gov/osl/LTLO/LTLOJan2016/taxStudyCommittee.jpg]It's January, and tax time is just around the corner. The Oregon Documents Repository<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/GRES/pages/REPOS/index.aspx> includes a variety of publications about taxation in Oregon. Want an overview of Oregon individual income tax law since 1999? Check out Publication 17 ½<http://library.state.or.us/repository/2010/201011291104001/>. This guide is intended for tax professionals, but the information is useful for anyone.

Oregon has been reviewing its tax structure off and on since statehood. You can take a look at work done during 1955-1965 in Report of the Legislative Interim Tax Study Committee<http://library.state.or.us/repository/2011/201101131443194/>. In addition to providing an interesting picture of Oregon taxes, these reports have some of the cleverest cover art of any Oregon government publications.

One of the hottest topics in the news for several months has been recreational marijuana. A number of state agencies have published information about recreational marijuana. The Liquor Control Commission has a number of publications, including Implementing recreational marijuana in Oregon<http://library.state.or.us/repository/2015/201502201315295/> and Business readiness guidebook for Oregon recreational marijuana operations<http://library.state.or.us/repository/2015/201511230953401/>. The Oregon Health Authority encourages adults to protect children from recreational marijuana with Keep it out of reach<http://library.state.or.us/repository/2015/201509291153482/>. And the Department of Transportation encourages us to drive sober with Doobie. DUII.<http://library.state.or.us/repository/2015/201508280816425/>

Oregon State Library Jobline is Now a Blog

[https://www.oregon.gov/osl/LTLO/LTLOJan2016/JoblineBanner.jpg]The Oregon State Library Jobline<http://oregonstatelibraryjobline.com/> has become a blog! This new format will make it easier to keep up-to-date information on the job list. Job openings can be sorted by categories including the closing month, type of library, and in-state versus out-of-state. This blog also provides the option to sign up for the RSS feed to receive job postings via feed reader. To list a library-related job on the Oregon State Library Jobline blog, please email Jobline editor Jessica Rondema<mailto:jessica.rondema at state.or.us> your request with the following information:

Job title
Closing date (All listings with no closing date will be removed from the blog after one month.)
Organization name
City & State
Brief description of position (please limit description to 100 words)
Link to the full job announcement

2016 Ready to Read Grants Have Been Distributed

2016 Ready to Read grants have been distributed to all 133 eligible libraries. Public libraries received a total of $705,433 in state funds, an average of 94 cents per youth 0-14 years old. The grant applications indicate that 61 libraries plan to spend some state funds on early literacy training, 99 libraries plan to spend some state funds on outreach to local underserved families, and 108 libraries plan to spend some state funds on the summer reading program. These three activities have been identified as public library youth services best practices. Please read the 2016 project descriptions<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/youthsvcs/ReadingGrantAfter2015/2016R2R-ProjectDescriptions.pdf> to learn how each library plans to use state funds to develop, expand, or improve youth services. Visit the Ready to Read webpage<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/aboutready.aspx> to learn more about the grant program. Direct any questions to Katie Anderson<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us> (503-378-2528).

2016 LSTA Grant Applications to Open in January

The 2016 LSTA grant applications will be available in mid-January. This will be the first year that the State Library will be using a one-step grant process. Grant applications will be due on April 15, 2016 by 1:00 p.m. To aid in the new process, grantees will have an opportunity to submit their draft proposals in March for review and comment by the LSTA Advisory Council and the Library Support and Development Division staff. The State Library will announce the opening of the 2016 LSTA grants on the Libs-or listserv. If you have any questions about the grant process, please contact Ann Reed at 503-378-5027.

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Other Library News

New Year, New Data, Better Libraries!

[https://www.oregon.gov/osl/LTLO/LTLOJan2016/ProjectOutcome.jpg]Join the field-wide shift toward outcome measurement and make your library's New Year's resolution all about measuring impact with the Public Library Association's (PLA) Project Outcome. Since launching on June 26, Project Outcome has quickly met public library demand and desire for standardized performance measures by exceeding 200 library users in just six short months. To date, nearly 750 Project Outcome participants have registered for free online and over 200 public libraries<http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2015/12/200-public-libraries-are-measuring-their-true-impact-through-pla-s-project> are currently using the Project Outcome survey tools to measure the outcomes of at least one program or service within their library, aggregating a total of over 4,000 surveys nationwide. To learn more about measuring your library's true impact, visit www.projectoutcome.org<http://www.projectoutcome.org>.

School Libraries Included in New Federal Education Act

As you probably know, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December. It reauthorizes for four years the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind. For the first time in over fifty years<http://www.slj.com/2015/12/industry-news/every-student-succeeds-act-and-federal-support-of-school-libraries-passes-house-and-senate>, school libraries and librarians are included by name in multiple places throughout the law. The most significant addition may be that school librarians are now part of the definition of "specialized instructional support personnel," thereby allowing local education agencies (school districts, basically) to spend Title funds on school library programs and their ability to develop digital literacy skills, improve academic achievement, and address tech readiness needs. For a list of specific areas where school libraries are included, refer to this ALA Washington Office District Dispatch posting<http://www.districtdispatch.org/2015/12/school-libraries-why-were-excited-about-the-new-essa-legislation/>, this ALA document<http://www.ala.org/advocacy/sites/ala.org.advocacy/files/content/advleg/federallegislation/ALA%20-%20ESEA%20Conference%20Overview%20(11-30-15).pdf>, or this School Library Advocate.org article<http://www.schoollibraryadvocacy.org/esea.html>. While ESSA becomes effective<http://www.ncsl.org/documents/capitolforum/2015/onlineresources/summary_12_10.pdf> July 1, 2016 for noncompetitive programs and October 1st for competitive ones, SchoolLibraryAdvocate.org<http://www.schoollibraryadvocacy.org/esea.html> notes that "it is likely that implementation of ESSA, at least those areas concerning school libraries, will not take effect until the 2017-18 school year." Thanks to those who asked their legislators to support ESSA, and thanks to Kate Weber, librarian at the Southern Oregon Education Service District, for her contribution to this article.

In December We Lost a Literacy Champion

Debbie Alvarez touched many lives. She touched lives with the books she shared, the opportunities she created, the openness with which she embraced the world. Her accomplishments are many - the creation of OBOB, author of the Stylin' Librarian<http://thestylinglibrarian.com/> blog, tweeter, school library advocate, mother, writer - but it is the humility, courage, and honesty with which she faced the world that we remember.

School Library Journal<http://www.slj.com/2015/12/industry-news/in-memoriam-2015/> included her in their memorials, Amy Wang of The Oregonian/OregonLive<http://www.oregonlive.com/beaverton/index.ssf/2015/12/debbie_alvarez.html> wrote an article, Rosanne Parry posted on Facebook, Bart King tweeted, and Lenore Look<https://lenorelook.wordpress.com/> blogged on Debbie's impact in the world.

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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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