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Overdue: Weeding Out Oppression in Libraries
Podcast Series, Launched 3/31/22
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Antiracism (EDIA) Committee
5th Episode (released 7/29/22)
Mentoring and Developing the Profession with Tracie D. Hall
In this episode, we talk with Tracie D. Hall, Executive Director of the American Library Association, about how diversifying library staff is essential to the future of the library profession and how individuals can advocate for themselves and find opportunities to work with mentors or to mentor others. Hall discusses how her own background and experiences have shaped her view of library work, as well as the critical role that history, the arts, and libraries play in our communities.   

Short disclaimer added to this one because there were technical issues during the recording of this episode. We apologize for any minor disruptions.

Date of Interview: July 25, 2022
Hosts: Ericka Brunson-Rochette and Melissa Anderson

4th Episode (released 6/30/22)
Advocating for Marginalized Community Through Outreach with Star Khan. In this episode, we talk with Star Khan, Outreach Services Librarian at Driftwood Public Library, about outreach as a core library service,how she sees herself and her work as part of a larger community, and the role that outreach plays in equity work. Since the recording of this interview, Star was elected as the incoming 2022-2023 OLA President, to begin in August. Date of Interview: May 18, 2022. Hosts: Max Macias and Kristen Curé. 

3rd Episode released (5/31/22).
Making Space for Accurate Representation with Dr. Debbie Reese
Date of Interview: April 1, 2022.    Hosts: Ericka Brunson-Rochette & Kristen Curé
In this episode, we talk with Dr. Debbie Reese – Nambé Pueblo writer, scholar, and author of the American Indians in Children’s Literature blog – about her work, the importance of accurate representation in literature for children, and what library workers can do to support Native children with collection development, displays, cataloging, and more.American Indians in Children’s Literature:
2nd Episode released (4/29/22), Staff Training, Tool-kit Implementation, and Barriers to EDI in Library Settings, Guest:  Adrienne Doman Calkins and Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney 
[Hosts:  Brittany Young and Yeli Boots]
Inaugural Episode, (3/31/22): EDI and Antiracism in Libraries: A Toolkit for Success, Guest Marci Ramiro-Jenkins [Hosts: Pia Alliende and Max Macias]

* Special thanks to Krista Neth for her editing of sound for the podcast episodes.
OLA Executive Board Elections 2022 - Results
It is with pleasure we announce the results of the Oregon Library Association 2022 elections. 
We had an outstanding pool of candidates, and we would like to thank each of them for their service to OLA  by running for office.

OLA's incoming 2022-2023 President is Star Khan from the Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City. 

OLA's incoming Vice President/President-elect is Brittany Young from the Lane County Law Library in Eugene. 
This is a three year term and Brittany's presidential year will be 2023-2024.

OLA's incoming Secretary is Adrienne Doman-Calkins from Sherwood Public Library
This is a one year term.

OLA's representative to ALA is Kirsten Broadbeck-Kenney, also from the Driftwood Public Library, was re-elected. 
Kirsten will serve from 2022-2025.  

Please join us in congratulating OLA's incoming board members, who begin their terms on September 1.

Oregon Library Association Annual Awards and Business Meeting
Held April 11, 2022

The following awards were bestowed

Distinguished Service Award - Steven Engelfried (award acceptance video)
Library Supporter of the Year Award - Salem Public Library Foundation 
(award acceptance video)
DEI Antiracism Award - Alma Plasencia 
(award acceptance video)
Librarian of the Year Award - Marci Ramiro-Jenkins (award acceptance video)
Pearl Award - Ericka Brunson-Rochette (award acceptance video)

Congratulations to all! 


 EDI Antiracism Toolkit Now Available

EDI Antiracism Toolkit, Digital Copy (pdf)
EDI Antiracism Toolkit, Hard Copy (pdf)

PLD Director's Training Session on the EDI Antiracism Toolkit
1/29/21 Recorded Session (youTube, approximately 2 1/4 hours)



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