[Libs-Or] Southern Oregon Library Federation mtng - 5/10 Medford, OR

Katherine Cunnion Katherine.Cunnion at umpqua.edu
Wed Apr 3 11:38:10 PDT 2013

Hello fellow Southern Oregon colleagues,

I'd like to cordially invite you to our Spring Southern Oregon Library Federation meeting--

Friday, May 10, 2013
11 am - 3 pm
Jackson County Genealogy Library
Medford, Oregon

(RSVP to Katie Cunnion by April 24th)

Overall, SOLF is an opportunity to get out and connect with colleagues within the region in libraries covering many different service areas and challenges so we can learn from each other and work smarter and stronger for our communities. I know many of our libraries have had major changes the last couple of years, so it would be great if we could all get together and meet all the new (or old!) faces in the area.

All librarians and library staff in any kind of library--special, academic, school, public, museum, others--are more than welcome to attend.  Meetings are not limited to professional librarians or library directors, although they are encouraged to attend, too!  SOLF historically encompasses libraries in Lake, Klamath, Jackson, Josephine, Curry, Coos, and Douglas counties and (occasionally) Lane.


Lunch Arrangements-Lunch will be coming from a local caterer, and will be box lunches with a sandwich (choice of vegetarian or non-vegetarian), salad, dessert, and a drink  - bring $10.50 / person. (The example Anne sent me was ham/havarti cheese sandwiches on croissant bread, tasty pasta salad with a mint brownie and a sparkling fruit drink...mmm.)

Please RSVP to me by April 24th with your sandwich preference (vegetarian?) so I can let Anne Billeter at JCGL know the number of lunches to request.


A few notes on our agenda:

* Dolores Knight has asked to step down as SOLF Treasurer, so Amy Kinard has agreed to serve as Interim until our next meeting when we'll look to fill the role. (Thank you, Amy!) This is a great way to get involved even if your schedule keeps you hopping, as the time commitment is not large (collect membership checks in the fall & work with the scholarship coordinator to send out the scholarship check in the spring).

* Our major discussion item this time is deciding our activities focus for the next year. At our last meeting, we decided we wanted to discuss how SOLF's role has changed over the years , and I've been collecting historical documents from the Federation so I can share some perspective on what the group has worked on in the past (very cool-everything from scholarships to shared reference initiatives pre-L-Net). Now I'd like us to move that discussion into how we see SOLF being most useful for us today.

In other words, what do we want to do between now and May 2014?

Here are some ideas from which we could choose one or two that we may want to pick up again:

*         Short professional trainings (or are these covered for most by online opportunities)?

*         Shared reading and group discussion over the summer?

*         Education on collections and initiatives unique to our area (like the Southern Oregon Digital Archive or highlighting Southern Oregon authors)?

*         Change SOLF into something more informal, like the "coffee meetups" that we see happening in the metro areas, with updates and professional connections within the region as the main focus?

*         Use SOLF to develop some shared regional statements on major issues or advocacy to take to larger gatherings like OLA or other groups (similar to the ILAGO model)?

*         Or something else brilliant that we haven't done in the past will help you as a rural librarian in your day-to-day activities?

OK, I'll jump off my suggestion soapbox now, but I hope you can join us on May 10th in Medford. Please forward this invitation to colleagues at your institution or interested others that I may have missed! (And let me know by Weds, April 24th for the lunch count.)

Apologies for any duplication if you receive this email on multiple lists!


Katie Cunnion
SOLF President
Umpqua Community College

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