[Libs-Or] 10 years of L-net: what's next?

Pierina Parise pparise at emporia.edu
Wed Mar 20 14:10:32 PDT 2013



Pierina Parise, Director
Oregon Distance Education Program
Emporia State University, School of Library & Info Mgt
1020 SW Taylor, suite 447, Portland OR 97205
Phone: 503-223-8280; Email: pparise at emporia.edu<mailto:pparise at emporia.edu>


From: libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us [libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] on behalf of Penny Hummel [hummelp at ci.canby.or.us]
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 2:09 PM
To: 'Donna Reed'; Caleb TUCKER-RAYMOND
Cc: libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us; L-net Mailing List
Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] 10 years of L-net: what's next?

I second that!

Penny Hummel
President-Elect, Oregon Library Association, 2012-13
Director, Canby Public Library
292 N. Holly St.
Canby OR  97013
503.266.0650 (p)
503.266.1709 (f)
hummelp at ci.canby.or.us<mailto:hummelp at ci.canby.or.us>

From: libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Donna Reed
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 2:09 PM
Cc: libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us; L-net Mailing List
Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] 10 years of L-net: what's next?

I would like to take a moment to thank Caleb for his vision and leadership on the LNet project!   Happy anniversary LNet.

Donna Reed
Portland Community College
On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 2:00 PM, Caleb TUCKER-RAYMOND <calebt at multco.us<mailto:calebt at multco.us>> wrote:
Hello everybody

On April 16th 2013, we will celebrate L-net's 10th anniversary!

It would be impossible to thank everyone who has been involved, but let us say that we are grateful to have had the help of hundreds of Oregon library staff in answering over 230,000 questions since the service began.

After 10 years of letting everyone who lives, works or goes to school in Oregon connect to a librarian by live chat, email and text messaging, now is the perfect time to re-examine the purpose and goals of the program.

To start with:

What are Oregonian's reference and information service needs that can be addressed by Oregon libraries working together?

We need your help to find out.

The State Librarian wishes to convene a task force on the future of statewide cooperative reference services for Oregon libraries. The goal is to determine how Oregon libraries, working together, can best meet the information needs of all Oregonians with available resources.


An initial meeting will be held the week of April 15th.

The task force should report by August 16, 2013 and deliver an interim statement May 1, 2013 in order to mesh with current planning cycles at the Oregon State Library.

L-net (soon to be Answerland) is currently funded through June 2014 and will continue to be hosted at Multnomah County Library through June 2014. The future and structure of L-net and statewide cooperative reference services after June 2014 will be strongly influenced by this statewide conversation.


To participate, contact MaryKay Dahlgreen, marykay.dahlgreen at state.or.us<mailto:marykay.dahlgreen at state.or.us>, briefly stating your interest by March 29, 2013.


L-net was created in response to the collective expression of need by Oregon’s library community.

In 2001, the Oregon Library Association’s Vision 2010 Committee wrote in “A Call to Action” (http://www.olaweb.org/assets/documents/olaq_7no3.pdf) that we should “Create a collaborative on-line reference service that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

A year later, the Oregon State Library convened the Statewide E-Reference Task Force (http://web.archive.org/web/20041210213421/http://www.osl.state.or.us/home/libdev/eref/eref.htm<http://web.archive.org/web/20041210213421/http:/www.osl.state.or.us/home/libdev/eref/eref.htm>), which ulimately recommended the model that L-net uses today, including the use of LSTA funding to operate the program.

In 2010 OLA’s Vision 2020 Task Force included collaboration in their vision, stating, “In
 and expertise” (http://www.olaweb.org/assets/documents/Vision_2020_FINAL.pdf)

L-net (www.oregonlibraries.net<http://www.oregonlibraries.net>) has been successful. The service has received over 35,000 questions by live chat, email and text messaging annually, and over 200 people working in 45 Oregon public, academic and special libraries contribute to the service regularly.

The Oregon State Library has a statutory responsibility to provide for statewide cooperative reference services as outlined in ORS 357.206 and 357.005 (2)(d). This has been reflected in the former Reference LINK program and now in L-net. Details of the current cooperative reference services are outlined in OAR 543 Div 60.

Thank you,

Caleb Tucker-Raymond
Statewide Reference Service Coordinator
Multnomah County Library
(503) 988-5438<tel:%28503%29%20988-5438>
calebt at multco.us<mailto:calebt at multco.us>

MaryKay Dahlgreen
State Librarian
Oregon State Library
marykay.dahlgreen at state.or.us<mailto:marykay.dahlgreen at state.or.us>

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