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last updated February 9, 2016


OLA UnitOLA Communications Committee
Project: The Communications Committee is seeking an additional editor for the OLA Hotline, a biweekly email newsletter and blog. 
Desired Skills: 1) curiosity about the Oregon library community, and 2) enjoys learning and using web-based technology.
Time Commitment:  2 hours a month, give or take some with training.

Contact: Berenice Creecy, OLA Communications Committee

OLA Unit: OLA Executive Board
OLA is seeking a volunteer 
to transfer the OLA 50th anniversary slide show presentation to a format that may be viewed online. The slide show, a written script, and an audio cassette tape are in the OLA archives stored at the State Library in Salem, Oregon. The script includes timing indicators for syncing the slide show with either the audio tape, a reading of the script, or both (we do not know what is on the tape or the slides). The project may involve reading and recording the script, making technology choices, finding access to necessary equipment, and uploading the final product to the OLA website. This opportunity may appeal to people who are interested in archives, information repackaging, digital objects, and media creation. The person who takes on this project will be self directed and will manage and complete the project using his or her best judgement in coordination with the OLA Executive Board. 
Contact: Michele Burke, OLA 2017 Conference Chair
Email and or 503-365-4711

OLA UnitOLA Finance/Investment Committee (must be logged in to OLA website to access link)
Committee position – term 2015-2017. This group works to improve and expand investment of OLA fiscal resources to maximize our financial standing. In the near future we will be convening a meeting of the Finance/Investment committee to review recommendations on mid and short-term investments.

Contact: Stephanie Lind, OLA Treasurer
Email and

OLA Unit: Oregon Association of School Libraries
Coordinate the compilation of a K-12 library contact list of staff at Oregon K-12 libraries. Help OASL identify staff and create a contact list for collaboration, conferences, surveys, and professional development opportunities. Identify staff who provide instruction. Because this is a big project, multiple volunteers will be welcome.
Contact: Robin Rolfe, OASL President

OLA Unit: Intellectual Freedom Committee 
Project: Support Celebrate the Freedom to Read in Oregon (BBW)  Volunteers are needed to help contact libraries and provide resources to support the creation of Banned Books displays.  Planning for BBW 2016 will begin in May, but please let us know now if you are interested in participating.  
Contact: Roberta Roberts and Garnetta Wilker
Email: and

OLA Unit: Intellectual Freedom Committee 
Update the Intellectual Freedom Issues in Oregon News Database.  Clippings of newspaper articles about challenges to library materials in Oregon are compiled and added to a searchable database twice a year.  Volunteers are needed to create citations and abstracts of the articles in a spreadsheet. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel is necessary and attention to detail is critical. Volunteers must have or be willing to sign up for a free DropBox® account to access the necessary shared documents.
Contact: Roberta Roberts and Garnetta Wilker
Email: and

OLA Unit: Support Staff Division
Project: Archivist – 1 year term
Join the awesome team of the Support Staff Division, as you take over the 20 years worth of history of this professional organization, in the process of being digitized. Help us find a reliable method of storing the information online, with an eye to future searchability. Bring your tech savvy and love of history, work alongside your peers and learn all about the amazing people who have kept SSD strong since its beginning. Membership in the Oregon Library Association is a requirement - we can help with that!
Contact: Susan Bacina or Margaret Harmon-Myers
Email: or

OLA Unit:Northwest Central
Project: Content Harvester  -  Help keep the Northwest Central library continuing education website robust by posting upcoming continuing education events or resources.  You could arrange to work 1-2 hours a month posting new content from training resources such as ACRL, Booklist, InfoPeople or others, or you could work for a block of time that fits your schedule adding content (in your area of expertise or an area recommended by the NWCentral administrator).  This is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the environment of library continuing education and get skills using a Drupal-based content management system. 
Contact: Gina Bacon

OLA Unit: Support Staff Division
Project: Mobile technology training for support staff
Contact: Sean Park

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