[Libs-Or] LTLO December 2011

Jessica Rondema jessica.rondema at state.or.us
Thu Dec 1 08:46:30 PST 2011

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Letter to Libraries Online

An Electronic Newsletter from the Oregon State Library

Volume 21, Issue 12, December 2011

Library Board News
State Library News
Other Library News
P.S. (From the State Librarian)
Contacts at the State Library

Library Board News

State Library Board Plans for Next Biennium

The State Library Board will begin their planning process for the 2013-15 biennium on December 8th. State Library Board chair Sam Hall will lead a retreat of the Board and staff to look at the Library's mission, goals and strategies. The group will consider changes to the goals and strategies that might be incorporated in the Library's 2013-15 budget request to Governor Kitzhaber next year. The Board will convene a Budget Committee in early 2012 to begin to develop the budget request. On December 9th the Board will hold their regular business meeting in Room 102 of the State Library, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Board will hear an appeal of a staff decision to deny a Ready to Read Grant award. They will also consider a staff proposal for setting the assessment amount for Government Research Services in 2013-15. All state agencies pay the assessment to support the information services they receive. The Board will also elect new members to serve on the Talking Book and Braille Services Advisory Council and the Library Services and Technology Act Advisory Council. An open forum will be held at 10 a.m. on December 9th. Anyone may address the Board at the open forum on any topic.

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State Library News

Announcing the Destination College Savings Winners

Thirteen Oregon children and teens were selected in a random drawing as winners in "Destination College Savings," part of the 2011 summer reading program held at public libraries around the state. The program, sponsored by the Oregon College Savings Plan in partnership with the Oregon State Library and Oregon Library Association, awarded each winner a $1,000 Oregon College Savings Plan account, and $500 to each library with a winning participant. Nearly 5,300 entries were received from summer reading participants throughout Oregon, helping to spread awareness of the importance of reading and saving early for college. This year's winners included:

  *   Sam Roundsavell of Lebanon, Albany Public Library
  *   Erin Boling of Portland, Cedar Mill Community Library - Bethany Branch
  *   Amanda Stevens of Gold Hill, Jackson County Library Services - Gold Hill Branch
  *   Suzan Jackson of Harrisburg, Harrisburg City Library
  *   Melanie Neilitz of Jacksonville, Jackson County Library Services - Jacksonville Branch
  *   Donaca Fouts of Jefferson, Jefferson Public Library
  *   Katie Baty of Milwaukie, Ledding Library of Milwaukie
  *   Aisha Hollands of Portland, Multnomah County Library - Capitol Hill Branch
  *   Susan Thomson of Portland, Multnomah County Library - Sellwood-Moreland Branch
  *   Christine Rosenauer of Tigard, Tigard Public Library
  *   Melissa Wall of West Linn, West Linn Public Library
  *   Chris Debrine of Lake Oswego, West Linn Public Library
  *   Kelly Eden of Portland, West Slope Community Library

Two people selected in the random drawing did not claim their prize, however the libraries indicated on their entry form still received $500. Those two libraries were Harney County Library and Harrisburg City Library.

Gale Virtual Reference Library has New Interface that Features Book Cover Images

[GaleLogo]Oregon accounts associated with the Statewide Database Licensing Program will be switched to the new Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) interface in early December. Some of the new features include images of book covers, a more-detailed subject tree, the ability to search across a series more easily, and the option to read articles in two-page view, which more closely resembles reading a book. Note that the actual GVRL content, or the eBooks, will not change. To learn more about the new interface, view a 3-minute overview<https://www.brainshark.com/gale/vu?pi=zGmz12KqiEz3T3Uz0&> or register for a free 1-hour webinar<http://support.gale.com>. (The training calendar is in the bottom box of the middle column.) So far there are two GVRL webinars scheduled for the first half of December - one at 7 am Pacific time on Wednesday the 7th and the other at 11 am Pacific time on Monday the 12th. Recall that if you purchase additional eBooks for GVRL, Gale can help you merge the two eBook accounts so patrons only have to search one GVRL instance. If you have questions about that, contact Gale technical support. That information is listed in the right column on the Gale support sites for public/tribal libraries<http://galesupport.com/oregon/> and academic libraries<http://www.galesupport.com/oregonacad/>.

Ready to Read Grants Coming this Month

The 2011-2012 Ready to Read Grants will be mailed to public library directors by the end of December. Included in this mailing will be a list of the libraries receiving grants this year, descriptions of the projects they plan to implement with their Ready to Read Grant in 2011, and a sample press release. Legislators will have to make many difficult funding decisions next year. Public librarians are being asked to inform legislators how the grant is benefiting children and yound adults in their communities.

Promote LearningExpress Library with MARC Records in the Catalog and in the Stacks

[LearningExpressLogo]Can you believe that we have had statewide access to LearningExpress Library (LEL) for a year now? Hopefully in that time you have promoted LEL and participated in a webinar<http://www.learningexpressllc.com/support/webinars/> to learn more about the product's eBooks, courses, and tutorials for building reading, writing and math skills; preparing patrons for high school, college, and career tests; and learning how to use select computer applications. Here are two ideas for promoting LEL in your library. Some people post flyers or bookmarks<http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/LD/technology/sdlp/LearningExpress/> in the stacks near books about test preparation, resume writing, and computer applications, letting patrons know about LEL's options. Or, download MARC records for LearningExpress Library's eBooks so when patrons search your catalog for related subjects, LEL offerings will come up in the search results. To do that, log in to LearningExpress Library using a special user name [learningexpresslibrarian] and password [welcome]. Then locate the section labeled MARC Records, and download the option labeled LearningExpress eBooks. If you have questions about setting up, using, or promoting LearningExpress Library, please email Jennifer Maurer<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us> or call her at 503.378.5011.

Talking Book and Braille Services Has a Record Breaking Month

[Digital Player]In October, Talking Book and Braille Services had a record setting month-registering over 150 individuals and institutions for services. This is the highest single month of registrations in over 10 years. How did we achieve a record breaking month? Outreach was the key. High profile events such as the Oregon Speech and Hearing Conference and the Casey Eye Institute Low Vision Expo allow us to reach individuals and professionals. If you know of any events in your community that target senior citizens or people with disabilities, please let us know. Contact us at 503-378-5389 or by email<mailto:tbabs.info at state.or.us>.

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Other Library News

Oregon Public Libraries Continue to Shine in National Statistics

The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently released the latest compilation<https://harvester.census.gov/imls/pubs/pls/index.asp> of combined public library statistics for the 50 states and the District of Columbia for FY 2009. As they have for many years, Oregon public libraries ranked near the top in several important categories. Oregon public libraries continue to rank second in the nation in circulation per capita. Ohio, with the third best funded libraries in the nation, continues to lead in circulation per capita. Ohio widened their lead with 17 circulations per capita, compared to 15.35 in Oregon. Indiana ranked third with 14.05 circulations per capita. In interlibrary loans received per capita, Oregon dropped one notch to third with 1,015 per 1,000 population served. As they have for many years, Wisconsin public libraries led in this category with 1,550 interlibrary loans per 1,000. Rhode Island beat out Oregon in 2009 for the second place ranking. Oregon ranked 13th among the states and the District of Columbia in expenditures per capita, but only 28th in staffing per capita. The state rankings can be found in Appendix A of the IMLS report.

Oregon has Four "Star" Libraries in Library Journal Index

[LibraryJournalLogo]On November 1st, Library Journal published the fourth annual Index of Public Library Service<http://features.libraryjournal.com/star-libraries/class-of-2011/americas-star-libraries-2011-top-rated-libraries/>, popularly known as the "Star Libraries." The data for the index is from 2009 as reported by state library agencies to the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Over 7,000 libraries were rated on the basis of circulation, library visits, library program attendance and public access Internet use. Libraries are grouped according to size, as measured by expenditures. Out of 262 star libraries in the report, four were from Oregon. Multnomah County Library was one of only five libraries to earn the top rating of five stars in its expenditure category. The Seattle Public Library also earned five stars in the top size category, along with three libraries in Ohio. The Eugene Public Library was rated a three-star library in its size category, as was the Garden Home Community Library and the Port Orford Public Library. The Port Orford Public Library was one of nine libraries highlighted<http://features.libraryjournal.com/star-libraries/class-of-2011/the-stars-expenditure-category-100000-199999/> in the report. Director Tobe Porter credits her library's star rating to her new library $2.2 million building that opened in 2008.

Big Read Deadline in February

February 1, 2012, is the deadline for libraries and other non-profit organizations to apply to participate in The Big Read from September 2012 to June 2013. The Big Read is a national community-wide reading program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement and participation. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information, visit The Big Read website<http://www.neabigread.org>.

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P.S. (From the State Librarian)

[Jim Scheppke]Anna Beauchamp at the Hannon Library at SOU recently shared a delightful letter with me written by an 8-year-old named Sophie. Sophie's letter was a request to her school librarian to be allowed to check out four books at a time instead of just three. Sophie notes that she needs books available "every second of the day," and she goes on to invent a name for her condition: "nobookaphobia."

Sophie and I share the same condition. I always take a book with me, even to run errands. You just never know when a strange set of circumstances might leave you stranded with time on your hands and no book.

Here are some good books I read this year to keep my nobookaphobia at bay:

Tomatoland : How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed our Most Alluring Fruit by Barry Estabrook (2011)
You'll never eat an out-of-season tomato from Florida again after you read Estabrook's compelling story of agribusiness gone very wrong.

Requiem for a Species : Why We Resist the Truth about Climate Change by Clive Hamilton (2010)
If you only read one of the many global warming books out there, read this one by an Australian.
The species in the title is us, and Hamilton says we are already cooked.

Savages and Scoundrels : the Untold Story of America's Road to Empire Through Indian Territory by Paul VanDevelder (2009)
This Oregon Book Award-winning book tells a tragic and forgotten story that most of us need to be reminded of.

Dismantling the Empire : America's Last Best Hope by Chalmers Johnson (2010)
Johnson, who died a year ago, was our most able critic of the military industrial complex. His last book sums up his message - one that our country needs to heed.

Thoughts Without Cigarettes by Oscar Hijuelos (2011)
An engaging memoir by the author of many celebrated novels that depict the Cuban-American experience.

Dorothea Lange : a Life Beyond Limits by Linda Gordon (2009)
The State Library is exhibiting Dorothea Lange's Farm Services Administration photographs taken in the Willamette Valley. This new biography tells the story of a woman who overcame a traumatic childhood to become a brilliant artist and champion of the downtrodden.

Small Memories by José Saramago (2011)
Charming recollections of growing up in Portugal in the 1920s and 30s by the late Nobel prize winner.

Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier (2010)
The best book I read this year. Frazier paints a vivid portrait of an inhospitable, frequently unpleasant, but fascinating part of the world.

Happy reading everyone! - Jim Scheppke

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Oregon State Library

Library Development: 503-378-2525, MaryKay Dahlgreen<mailto:marykay.dahlgreen at state.or.us>, 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>.

Talking Book and Braille Services: 503-378-5389, Susan Westin<mailto:susan.b.westin at state.or.us>.[OSL Logo]

Government Research Services: 503-378-5030, Robert Hulshof-Schmidt<mailto:robert.hulshof-schmidt at state.or.us>.

State Librarian: 503-378-4367, Jim Scheppke<mailto:jim.b.scheppke at state.or.us>.

LTLO Editor: 503-378-2464, Jessica Rondema<mailto:jessica.rondema at state.or.us>.

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