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last updated September 21, 2015

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 UnitChildren's Services Division
Way back in 1998 a group of youth library advocates banded together to draft a set of guidelines for the purpose of improving library service for Oregon ’s youth.
Fast-forward 15 years. Youth services has seen some major shake-ups over the years. From early literacy education and expectations of caregiver interaction to electronic information delivery mechanisms and interactive play spaces, our present youth services landscape has blossomed in many new and exciting ways.
The Children’s Services Division needs your help! We are looking to form a Committee of people dedicated to updating and revising the Youth Services Guidelines. We are looking for folks with varied library experience, with representation from libraries small, large and in-between. All committee work will be conducted online. This is your opportunity to get involved in an OLA committee and to set a new standard of excellence in library service to youth!
Contact: Korie Jones Buerkle, CSD Chair-Elect

OLA UnitIntellectual Freedom Committee
Project: The Intellectual Freedom Committee would like to invite public library staff members to join the Committee in its work of supporting intellectual freedom in libraries throughout Oregon. The Committee meets about five times a year, and members can attend by conference call. The Committee has a number of ongoing projects, including supporting the Oregon Challenged Books database and the online Intellectual Freedom Toolkit, sponsoring conference sessions at the OLA conference, and working with the Legislative Committee. For every project, the Committee needs the insights and experience from a wide range of library types, which is why we are eager to get more voices from public libraries.
Contact: Roberta Richards & Garnetta Wilker, Co-Chairs
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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: Intellectual Freedom Committee
Project: Keeping the IFC web presence current
Contact: Roberta Roberts and Garnetta Wilker
Email: and

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

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