Recommendations to the oregon Department of education on the implementation of every student succeeds act (ESSA)
The ESSA, passed in December 2015, requires every state to develop an implementation plan that must be approved by the U.S. Department of Education before receiving federal funding. For the first time in many years, federal education funding law includes language about school libraries. In the fall of 2016, a small task force of OLA members including representation from OASL, ACRL-Oregon, the OLA Executive Board and the Library Development and Legislation Committee worked with the State Library and John Chrastka (EveryLibrary) to develop a set of recommendations. These provide a framework for working with ODE and school districts to improve Oregon's school libraries. Here is the letter sent to the Deputy Superintendent of ODE in November 2016.
Douglas County library district election, information regarding measure suppressed from the county library system's websitE (2016)
In the upcoming November election, Douglas County voters will consider Measure 10-145, which would create a library district. County commissioners pulled impartial information about the measure from the library's website and social media presence. September 28, 2016, OLA President Elsa Loftis sent letters to the three county commissioners condemning this action, and OLA is working with EveryLibrary to get a petition going to protest this suppression of information.
Original letter to County Commissioners
Thank You Response
Supporting restoration of sequestered LSTA funds as part of budget negotiation (2015)
As the federal budget was debated, OLA joined ALA and COSLA in requesting restoration of LSTA funding to pre-sequestration levels. In December 2015, OLA President, Jane Corry, sent letters to the Oregon Congressional delegation. Here is the letter sent to Congressman Kurt Schrader.
Yes Vote for the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (2015)
For the first time in half a century Congress has underscored the importance of effective school library programs by expressly including them in multiple parts of this watershed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Letters were sent to the Oregon Congressional delegation in November 2015. Here is one example - the letter sent to Congressman Blumenauer .
Black Lives Matter letter (2015)
The Intellectual Freedom Committee and the Library Development and Legislation Committee requested that OLA join others in objecting to surveillance from the oregon Attorney General's office on those using the hashtag #Black Live Matte. A letter was sent to the AG in November, 2015.
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (2015)
OLA joined other academic library associations in expressing concern regarding the omission of Standard 7: Library and Information Services from the NEASC Standards for Accreditation. OLA President, Jane Corry, sent a letter in October 2015.
LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS POSITION (2015)
A letter outlining what OLA considered important for the new leader at the Library of Congress was sent to the Oregon Congressional delegation. President Jane Corry received follow-up from congressional staff so the letter was timely. This letter was sent in August 2015
OLA Library Leadership Letter (2011)
OLA membership asked OLA Board to construct a letter that would be sent to library leadership in Oregon re-enforcing importance of support of staff participation in OLA and attendance of OLA sponsored events. Letter mailed 11/21/11 under the signature of Robert Hulshof-Schmidt, OLA President; Robert Everett, OLA Past-President and Abigail Elder, OLA President-Elect. To view a copy of this letter, please click here
PNLA Membership (2010)
After many years of debate and discussion, the OLA Executive Board unanimously voted to end
our institutional membership in the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) at the end of our membership year. If you are interested in learning about all the factors that entered into the
Board’s decision please click here.
OLA's membership expired in June 2010. Thanks to all OLA members who served as PNLA Representative in past years. This was not an easy decision or one that the board arrived at quickly. Feel free to email me if you have questions about the board’s decision. I can be reached at email@example.com.