Oregon Library Association Units
Current Chairs and Purposes
Anne-Marie Deitering, 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)
Jane Corry, Multnomah County Library - Belmont Branch (email)
The purpose of the Children's Services Division shall be to promote and advance library service to children and youth through public and professional education and cooperation.
Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL)
Susan Stone, Portland Public Schools (email)
Ruth Murray, Portland State University (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)
Aimee Meuchel, Co-chair, Tualatin Public Library (email)
Traci Glass, Co-chair, Eugene 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)
Su Liudahl, Creswell 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.
Margaret Harmon-Myers, Eugene Public Library (email)
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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Ann Scheppke, Salem Public Library (email) - OLA Hotline
Vacant - 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.
Garrett Trott, Corban University Library (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, Portland Public 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
Stuart Levy, Inza Wood Meddle School Library - Wilsonville (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)
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.
Emily Papagni, Multnomah County Library (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.
Abigail Elder, Tualatin Public Library (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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, Newport Public Library (email)
Collects and preserves bibliographical data on Oregon authors.
Eva Calcagno, Washington County Co-op Library Services (email)
Fosters interlibrary loan and cooperation among libraries (sharing of materials). Assesses the need for lists of subject area holdings of libraries.
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Documents Interest Group (DIGOR)
Arlene Weible, Oregon State Library (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)
Brandon Barnett, Multnomah Countyl Library (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.
Holly Gerber, 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 Instruction (LIRT)
Michele Burke, Chemeketa Community College Library (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)
Robyn Ward, Lewis Clark College (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 (LTRT)
Margaret Mellinger, Oregon State University (email)
Margaret Hazel, Eugene Public Library (email)
Annie Lewis, Tualatin Public Library (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.
Erin Finot, Eugene 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)
Tracie Kreighbaum, (email)
The Social Responsibilities Round Table is formed to provide a forum for the discussion of the responsibilities of libraries and librarians in relation to the important issues of social change which face institutions and librarians; to provide for the exchange of information among all OLA units about library activities with the goal of increasing understanding of current social problems and issues; to act as a stimulus to the association and its various units in making libraries more responsive to current social needs and to present programs, arrange exhibits, and carry out other appropriate activities consistent with these goals.
Technical Services (TSRT)
Heather Pitts, Oregon State 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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