Oregon Library Association Units
Current Chairs and Purposes
Hannah Rempel, Oregon State University (email)
The Academic Division/ACRL-Oregon seeks to foster communication among academic library personnel; to promote the development of Oregon's academic libraries; to sponsor educational programs of interest to academic library personnel; to serve as liaison between academic personnel and various other academic and library constituencies; and to advocate for academic libraries and library personnel on the state level.
Children's Services (CSD)
Heather McNeil, Deschutes Public Library, CSD Chair (email)
Taylor Worley, Springfield Public Library, CSD Webmaster (email)
The defining goal of the Children's Services Division is to champion children's literacy by supporting and providing continuing education for Oregon's children's librarians and support staff who work in children's services.
Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL)
Stephanie Thomas, Parkrose High School (email)
The purpose of the Division is to improve education through the encouragement of the professional growth and status of its members and to promote, strengthen, and unify the school library programs in the State of Oregon.
Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN)
Sonja Somerville, Salem Public Library (email)
OYAN is a non-profit, educational and informational organization whose goals are; to advocate for excellence in library services for young adults; to take a proactive role in providing library services to teens; and to provide a network for communication among those who work with teens.
Public Library (PLD)
Maureen Cole, Oregon City Public Library (email)
The purpose of the Public Library Division shall be to promote public library service and development, to promote the potential for increasing cooperation among public libraries, to represent the interests and concerns of public libraries in relation to the Oregon Library Association and the Oregon State Library, and to develop legislative priorities for public libraries and other issues as may be pertinent to the Division.
Support Staff (SSD)
The purpose of the Support Staff Division shall be to provide a framework for information sharing, continuing education and moral support for all library support staff. Specifically, the aims are to provide a forum to encourage new ideas, discuss concerns and solve problems; promote awareness of library issues; inspire and promote professional growth through networking, conferences, workshops and mentoring; exchange ideas on processes, systems, and policies; provide a medium for the exploration of new ideas and technologies; foster cooperation among all Oregon libraries in all the various public and technical areas throughout the library; and to increase awareness in the library community of the evolving roles played by support staff.
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Sara Q. Thompson, OSU Cascades, Chair (email)
Berenice Prado, Emporia State University - OLA Hotline
Sara Kelso, Tigard Public Library, Sherwood Public Library (email) - OLA Quarterly
The Communications Committee oversees creation, distribution, and archival storage of the two main publications of the Oregon Library Association: The bi-weekly OLA Hotline and the OLA Quarterly journal.
Steve Silver, Northwest Christian University (email)
Plans and executes the program for the annual meeting.
Honors, Awards, Scholarships (HAS)
Leah Griffith, Newberg Public Library (email)
Solicits nominations for Association awards in various categories; makes selections of recipients
HAS - Scholarship
Gary Sharp, North Bend Public Library (email)
Garnetta Wilker, Co-chair, K-12 Schools (email)
Roberta Richards, Co-chair, Portland Community College Library (email)
Aids the development of the Association's position on Intellectual Freedom, to interpret this position to the public, and to act in support of this position.
Oregon Reader's Choice Award
Nina Kramer, Multnomah County Library (email)
The ORCA is intended to be a fun and exciting way for Oregon youth in grades 4-12 to become enthusiastic and disciminating readers. During the course of the school year, Oregon students choose their favorite book in a real-life democratic process.
Library Development and Legislation
Janet Webster, Oregon State University Libraries (email)
Abigail Elder, Beaverton City Library, (email)
Establishes plans for improvement of libraries in Oregon through study and recommendation of plans for the use of state and federal funds; exploration of other sources of funding, e.g., foundation grants. Establishes priorities for legislative action which may affect all types of libraries in Oregon.
Meredith Farkas, Portland Community College (email)
Endeavors to secure new members for the Association by contacting librarians and others interested in library service in Oregon. Special effort should be made to contact those new to the state and the profession to express OLA's interest in them and to explain what the Association can offer them.
Penny Hummel, Library Consultant (email)
Shall have charge of the conduct of the regular and special elections and the counting and tabulation of all votes cast. Will submit a press release to the OLA Hotline for the January issue requesting suggestions for nominees and petition nominees; will determine a slate of nominees in February; will submit candidates' statements for the OLA Hotline in the April issue; will insure that candidates are introduced and that information about the candidates is available at the annual conference
Sheryl Eldridge, co-chair, Newport Public Library (email)
Rachael Short, co-chair, Multnomah County Library (email)
Collects and preserves bibliographical data on Oregon authors.
John Hunter, Woodburn Public Library (email)
Fosters the sharing of library resources - materials, services and expertise - among all types of libraries, and assesses ways to improve service to Oregonians through resource sharing. Manages the Oregon Library Passport Program.
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Documents Interest Group (DIGOR)
Dotty Ormes, Southern Oregon University (email)
The objectives of DIGOR are to provide opportunities for communication, education and cooperation among the government information library community, and to improve access to government information by all.
International Relations (IRRT)
Lori Wamsley, Portland Community College (email)
The objectives of this organization shall be to provide a framework for information sharing of librarians, library workers, and library supporters interested in international librarianship activities of all types of libraries. The specific aims of the IRRT are to increase the communication of OLA members from all types of libraries about the international visits, exchanges, and special programs in which OLA members are involved. To increase the general awareness of contributions made by Oregon librarians at the international level, IRRT will sponsor programs at the conference of the Oregon Library Association.
Sue Ludington, Washington County Law Library (email)
The objectives of this organization shall be to provide a practical framework for information sharing, continuing education opportunities, professional interactions, and a support system to those library workers engaged in providing legal reference services in all types of Oregon libraries. This organization shall aim to share ideas, plan, and improve legal reference services in and among libraries and foster fellowship, cooperation, and professionalism among its members.
Library Assessment (LART)
Kate Rubick, Lewis & Clark College (email)
Provides a practical framework for information sharing, continuing education opportunities, professional interactions, and a support system to those library workers engaged in library assessment in all types of Oregon libraries. This organization shall aim to share ideas, plan, and improve library assessment activities in and among libraries and foster fellowship, cooperation, and professionalism among its members
Library Instruction (LIRT)
Sara Thompson, Oregon State University Cascades (email)
The Library Instruction Round Table is formed to promote library instruction as a means to empower library users to become life-long learners; to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and materials; to foster continuing educational opportunities; and to promote cooperation and fellowship among OLA members engaged in library instruction.
Library Preservation (LPRT)
Shawna Gandy, co-chair, Oregon Historical Society (email)
Kris Kern, co-chair, Portland State University, (email)
The objectives of this organization shall be to provide a framework for the sharing of information among librarians, library workers, and library supporters interested in preservation activities in all types of libraries. The specific aims of the LPRT are to facilitate communication among OLA members from all types of libraries about the importance of the preservation of library materials and to increase the general awareness of preservation activities in libraries. In pursuit of its aims the LPRT will sponsor programs at the annual conference of the OLA and organize workshops and training related to preservation activities and disaster response planning.
Library Technology (LibTechRT)
Darci Hanning, Oregon State Library (email)
The Library Technology Round Table will create and build a community of library technologists within OLA. The objectives of the group are to 1) offer a centralized forum for the exchange of ideas involving the use of technology in libraries 2) provide training and educational opportunities on technology issues, topics and tools 3) raise the capacity of OLA members to share advice, research and support for library technology initiatives and 4) promote cooperation and fellowship among OLA members who are responsible for or interested in technology in libraries.
Annie Lewis, Co-chair, (email)
Maria Aguilar, Co-chair, (email)
To provide a framework for information sharing, continuing education and moral support for library workers currently providing outreach services; and to offer opportunities for networking and encouragement to libraries wishing to expand or develop library outreach services.
Past Presidents Round Table (PPRT)
The objectives of this organization shall be: 1) to enliven the OLA conference by working for the participation of all OLA members in the programs and activities of the conference; 2) to encourage library administrators, library staff and library supporters to be actively involved in professional library activities at the local, state, regional, or national level, and; 3) to support the office of OLA President.
Morgan Sohl, Driftwood Public Library (email)
The objectives of this organization shall be to provide a practical framework for information sharing, continuing education opportunities, professional interactions, and a support system to those library workers engaged in reference services in all types of Oregon libraries. This organization shall aim to share ideas, plan, and improve reference services in and among libraries and foster fellowship, cooperation, and professionalism among its members.
Social Responsibilities (SRRT)
Candise Branum, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (email)
Being socially responsible implies that we have an ethical obligation to act in the best interest of those in our society. The SRRT provides a place for discussion and learning about how we can serve our communities in a socially responsible way. Respect for diversity, equitable service, and understanding needs-in-context through community involvement are core values of this round table.
Technical Services (TSRT)
Katie Boyd, Cedar Mill Public Library (email)
The objectives of this organization shall be to provide a framework for information sharing, continuing education and moral support for library workers currently engaged in technical services activities. Specifically, the aims are to provide for the exchange of ideas on technical services and automation processes, systems, and policies; to provide a medium for the exploration of new ideas and technologies; to foster cooperation among all Oregon libraries in the areas of technical services and automation; and to increase an awareness in the library community of the roles of technical and automation services.
Wise and Retired (WARRT)
Aletha Bonebrake, Retired (email)
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Members: Jane Corry, Elaine Hirsch, Penny Hummel, Pam North, Emily Papagni, and Candice Watkins
The Leadership Taskforce is exploring various ways to offer leadership development training for all levels of library staff. The OLA Board voted in December 2014 to approve that a Leadership Committee be proposed to the OLA membership for approval. This committee will provide sustainable direction for leadership efforts. In addition, the taskforce will sponsor an all-day Leadership development preconference at the 2015 OLA Conference. For more information, please click on the Leadership link above.
Members: Korie Buerkle, Jane Corry, Arlene Weible, Michele Burke, Jeanna McClure, Lori Wamsley, John Schoppert and Candice Watkins
In 2012/2013, OLA President, Michelle Burke charged the Advocacy Task Force to develop a recommendation on how OLA could more formally incorporate advocacy into its activities. Recognizing that the Library Development and Legislation Committee focuses on legislation, this effort was intended to explore non-legislative work as well as structures to support that work within OLA. Recommendations of the Task Force were presented at the February 7, 2014 OLA Executive Board meeting. Materials may be found at : http://www.olaweb.org/executive-board-meetings-documents-archive.
OLA definition of Advocacy and a collection of advocacy resources can be found at:
A powerpoint presentation by Marci Merola, ALA at the October 3, 2014 OLA Board Mtg is also provided here.
Adventures with the A-Word: Advocacy Planning at ALA
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