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

Jessica Rondema jessica.rondema at state.or.us
Wed Jun 1 15:59:50 PDT 2016


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Letter to Libraries Online

A Monthly Newsletter from the Oregon State Library

Volume 26, Issue 6, June 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 to Meet in Salem on June 10th

The Oregon State Library Board will meet<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/Pages/2bdinfo.aspx> on Friday, June 10, 2016 at the Oregon State Library in Salem. The board will hold public hearings on proposed administrative rules<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/Pages/adminrules.aspx> and consider adoption of those rules. They will also consider recommendations of the Library Services and Technology Act Advisory Council and the Talking Book and Braille Advisory Council. In addition, the board will review the State Library's 2017-2019 budget request. Please refer to the board meeting notice<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/Board/AgendasPressReleases/6-2016Agenda.pdf> for the agenda and public hearing schedule. The open forum will be held at 11:30 a.m. Anyone may address the board on any topic at the open forum.

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State Library News


Could You Pass the Eighth Grade Final Examination?

[https://www.oregon.gov/osl/LTLO/LTLOJun2016/SchoolChildren.jpg]One hundred years ago, Oregon 8th graders had to pass two days of rigorous examinations before receiving their diplomas. Arithmetic, writing, language, agriculture, and spelling were covered on the first day. The second day included testing in physiology, history, geography, civil government, and reading. The State Library Oregon Documents Depository has paper copies of these tests from 1908 - 1936. Staff recently scanned copies from the years 1916-1936 and added them to the Oregon Documents Repository<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/GRES/pages/REPOS/index.aspx>, our collection of digital publications of Oregon state government. The 1917 Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction states that 5,609 Oregon students earned their eight grade diplomas in 1916. Click here to take the 1916 Eighth Grade Diploma Test<http://library.state.or.us/repository/2016/201604141039294/>. (Sorry, we don't have the answer sheet!) (Photo: Washington School children, Courtesy of the Oregon State Library.)



On Your Mark, Get Set... READ!

[https://www.oregon.gov/osl/LTLO/LTLOJun2016/Slogan.jpg]The 2016 statewide summer reading program has begun! Children and teens can lose up to three months of skills during the summer when they aren't in school. Libraries can help prevent learning loss by providing the summer reading program in their communities. Research indicates<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/summerreading/researchresources.aspx> that youth who read over the summer maintain or improve their reading skills.

The State Library has provided all public, volunteer, and tribal libraries with membership in the national Collaborative Summer Library Program<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/summerreading/researchresources.aspx> and summer reading manuals to plan their programs. Library staff can download and print Oregon summer reading certificates<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/summerreading/summerreadingcertificates.aspx> to present youth who finish their local summer reading program. The Oregon College Savings Plan<https://www.oregoncollegesavings.com/buzz/summer-reading.shtml> sponsored a media package with KATU to encourage Oregonians to participate in the summer reading program at their local library and enter the summer reading sweepstakes<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/summerreading/sweepstakes.aspx> to win a $529 college savings plan. Please contact Katie Anderson<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us> if you have any questions.



Answerland Advisory Committee Established

[https://www.oregon.gov/osl/LTLO/LTLOJun2016/Answerland.jpg]At the recent LSTA Advisory Council meeting, the formation of the new Answerland Advisory Committee was approved. This is a committee of the LSTA Advisory Council<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/lstacouncil.aspx> (LAC), which advises the State Library Board<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/Pages/2bdinfo.aspx>. It is made up of 6 - 10 voting members, drawn from all areas of the state and representing the public, school, academic, and special libraries that use or provide service for Answerland.

The primary responsibility of the Answerland Advisory Committee is to advise the LAC and State Library regarding the development, implementation, promotion, and evaluation of Answerland. The ultimate vision is to create, maintain, and continually improve a high-quality online reference program that succeeds in serving the needs of all residents of Oregon.

Committee membership and other information can be viewed on the advisory council's webpage<http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/LD/pages/answerland/advisory.aspx>.



New Members Selected for the Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee

During their May 2016, the LSTA Advisory Council selected the following new members to the Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/technology/sdlp/index.aspx> (SDLAC). Their terms will run from July 1, 2016-June 30, 2019.

  *   Position #7: Public Library Serving over 100,000
Catherine Jasper, Deschutes Public Library
  *   Position #8: Academic Library from a private institution
Lynda Irons, Pacific University
  *   Position #9: Resource Sharing Network
Lisa Tattersall, Washington County Cooperative Library System

The State Library would like to thank outgoing members of the SDLAC for their service: Jenny Pedersen, Brent Mills, and Diane Sotak (who served as Chair for 2015-2016). Their terms will end June 30, 2016.



Job & Career Accelerator Upgrade Coming in Late June

[https://www.oregon.gov/osl/LTLO/LTLOJun2016/JobCareerAccel.jpg]The Statewide Database Licensing Program's newest resource, Job & Career Accelerator, will be upgraded to a new platform in late June. Version 5.0 offers the following features:

  *   Newly designed home page that displays all categories so that users can easily see content areas
  *   Improved navigation to allow users to move seamlessly into LearningExpress Library
  *   New resources and tools including expanded career articles and skills assessment tools
  *   Improved resume and letter builders including expansion of sample resume library for entry-level positions
  *   Responsive design for easy access through mobile devices

Libraries will be automatically upgraded to the new platform in late June. More details about the upgrade can be found on the company's website<http://support.ebsco.com/support_news/detail.php?id=997&t=h?utm_medium=email&utm_source=pl_c_us&utm_campaign=pl_LEXJCA5_jca-migration-email_20160523&utm_content=more-info>. If you have any questions about your library's access to LearningExpress Library or Job and Career Accelerator, please contact Arlene Weible<mailto:arlene.weible at state.or.us>, 503-378-5020.



2016 Public Library Statistics Open in July

The 2016 Public Library Statistics will be opening for input at the beginning of July. There is a new data element that is being requested at the national level: successful retrieval of electronic information. This data element covers the number of full-content or descriptive records that are being examined, downloaded, or supplied to the patron. In other words, we want to capture the use of online content provided by libraries, specifically commercial databases. More information to come about the 2016 Statistics. If you have any questions, please contact Ann Reed<mailto:ann.reed at state.or.us>, 503-378-5027.

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Other Library News


2016 Oregon Letters About Literature Honorees Announced

[https://www.oregon.gov/osl/LTLO/LTLOJun2016/LAL.Banner.2016.jpg]Staff and volunteers from Willamette Writers (WW) finished their first year coordinating the Letters About Literature (LAL) program in Oregon. Kudos on their success and thanks again for giving LAL a new home. Nationally, this annual reading and writing program<http://read.gov/letters/> is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress with support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Congratulations to the three winners in Oregon's Letters About Literature (LAL) contest:

  *   Chaevin Hong from Eugene (Level I, grades 4 - 6)
  *   Alexandra Sjobeck from Portland (Level II, grades 7 - 8)
  *   Julien Comardelle from West Linn (Level III, grades 9 - 12)

For a complete list of honorees, see this document<https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8lnGdvYSfCGQ2V6cWJQTVlKUmM/view?pref=2&pli=1>. They received certificates and prizes and were invited to an awards celebration. Winning letters will be posted on the Willamette Writers website<http://willamettewriters.org/letters-about-literature/>. WW also sent out a press release<https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8lnGdvYSfCGQWp4LUZQVzdXRGc/view?pref=2&pli=1>.

Thanks to the Oregon Reading Association and three divisions of the Oregon Library Association - Children's Services Division, Oregon Young Adult Network, and Oregon Association of School Libraries; all are local cosponsors and helped fund prizes. Also, thanks to the nine Oregon judges - a school librarian, public librarian, and author for each of the three levels - who devoted their time to reading entries.

For those interested in promoting Letters About Literature next school year, check the Willamette Writers website<http://willamettewriters.org/letters-about-literature/> in late September for entry forms and guidelines. Entries are usually due in December.

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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>.

Government Information and Library Services Manager: 503-378-[OSL Logo]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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