[Libs-Or] Letter to Libraries Online November 2014

Jessica Rondema jessica.rondema at state.or.us
Mon Nov 3 13:01:14 PST 2014

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Letter to Libraries Online

A Monthly Newsletter from the Oregon State Library

Volume 24, Issue 11, November 2014

Library Board News
State 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 who are print-disabled, the Legislature and state government, and all Oregonians through local libraries.

Library Board News

State Library Board Met in Salem on October 17th

The Oregon State Library Board met on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the Oregon State Library in Salem. The Board considered recommendations from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council, heard an update on the State Library's strategic plan process, and reviewed the State Librarian's recommendation for the Answerland virtual reference service. The grants that were approved are listed in the article below. The next meeting of the State Library Board will be on Friday, December 5th at the Oregon State Library in Salem.

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State Library News

OSLIS Has New Graphics

The OSLIS committee<http://oslis.org/oslissupport/aboutoslis/osliscommittee> worked with a graphic designer to update the major images on the OSLIS website. The new color schemes are purple and orange for the elementary pages and green and blue for secondary. Check out the new...

[OSLIS Logo]- logo and homepage pictures<http://oslis.org/>
- images for the landing pages (elementary<http://elementary.oslis.org/>, secondary<http://secondary.oslis.org/>)
- graphics for the steps of the research process (elementary<http://elementary.oslis.org/learn-to-research>, secondary<http://secondary.oslis.org/learn-to-research>)
- look for Citation Maker (MLA elementary<http://elementary.oslis.org/cite-sources/mla-elementary-citation>, MLA secondary<http://secondary.oslis.org/cite-sources/mla-secondary-citation>, APA<http://secondary.oslis.org/cite-sources/apa-citation>)

For those who would like a copy of the logo, please contact Jennifer Maurer<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us> at the State Library. Thanks to Darci Hanning, also at the State Library, for technical assistance with the project.

As a reminder, OSLIS is a K12 information literacy website, and in Oregon, it is the K12 community's portal to the statewide databases. It is a project of the Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL<http://www.olaweb.org/oasl-home>) in partnership with the State Library and is funded through an LSTA grant<http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/LD/Pages/lsta.aspx>.

OSL Board of Trustees Awards FFY2015 LSTA Competitive Grants

The State Library Board of Trustees met on October 17, 2014 and funded LSTA competitive grants for 2015. The Board funded ten grants totaling $634,049. Grants should begin in February 2015. Here is the list:

Baker County Library District
Baker County Pre-K Links, $42,400

Baker County Library District
A Clean Slate: Increasing Cataloging Capacity in the Sage Library System, Year 2, $47,704

Hood River County Library District
Odell Outreach: Reaching Out to Hood River County's Adult Spanish Speakers, Year 2, $25,319

InterMountain ESD
Project Ready to Learn, Year 3, $183,836

Josephine Community Libraries
Expanding Opportunities Program Year 3, $70,892

Linn-Benton Community College
Linn County Cooperative Libraries, Year 2, $47,676

Multnomah County Library
Evaluating Listos Para El Kinder, $29,576

Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
Historic Mining and Minerals Records, $39,962

Oregon Health & Sciences University Library
Public Health in Oregon: Accessing Historical Data for Scientific Discovery, $40,684

University of Oregon
Next Generation Newspaper Preservation, $106,000

Letters About Literature Reading and Writing Contest Has Begun & Has Two Deadlines

[LAL Logo]Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and by Oregon's equivalent at the State Library. Students write letters to an author explaining how that author's book changed their way of thinking about the world or themselves. There are three competition levels: Level I for 4th-6th graders, Level II for 7th-8th graders, and Level III for 9th-12th graders. Oregon's three winners - one from each competition level - will go on to compete nationally. Entry forms and guidelines<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/aboutlit.aspx> are available online. All Level III entries must be postmarked by December 15, 2014 and Level I and Level II entries by January 15, 2015. In 2014, about 1,040 students in Oregon entered the contest, and 1 in 8 received cash prizes or bookstore gift certificates. These prizes are made possible through support from the Oregon Reading Association and three divisions of the Oregon Library Association: Oregon Association of School Libraries, Children's Services Division, and Oregon Young Adult Network. For more information, please visit the website<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/aboutlit.aspx> or contact Jennifer Maurer<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>, coordinator of Letters About Literature activities in Oregon. Thanks for passing along the information and encouraging participation, including for homeschooling families. Please note that this is likely the last year the State Library will coordinate the program because of changes within the agency. State Library staff are working to find a new home for Letters About Literature. However, if no organization takes it on, this could be the program's last year in Oregon.

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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>, 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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