Monday, December 15, 2014

OLA Quarterly focuses on Support Staff!

The latest version of the OLA Quarterly focuses on Support Staff this time.  With a wonderful introduction by our very own Margaret Harmon-Myers, it dives right into the Oregon Support Staff world.

Library Support Staff Today and How it Has Changed by Suzanne L. Sager
Where are support staff  used in libraries versus librarians?  Librarians can sometimes become support staff when jobs are scarce, and that can be a very good thing.

In We Are Rich in One Another: The OLA Support Staff Division's First Twenty Years, Susan R. Gilmont acquaints us with the very beginnings of SSD, and how it involved... New Jersey?

Working With, Not For: Confronting the Us vs Them mindset between Information Services and Access Services in a Major Urban Library System by Angela Weyrens
You may recognize your library's hierarchical structure in this article, and if you are looking to shift over to a more collaborative environment, don't miss Angela's sage and sensible conclusions.

Community Relations Profile: "Team CR" Tina Davis and Liz Goodrich by Nate Pedersen and Liisa Sjoblom
The initial picture in this article is worth the price of admission alone! But definitely read it for their own (and better) version of public relations.

Teamwork: It Starts With Hello by Jay Hadley
Not sure what to say to your coworkers? Read this article and wish you could work with Jay, too.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Simple ways to use ergonomics at your library

Have you slipped into some bad habits as we're slipping into winter?   A lot of us want to curl up when the weather turns colder, but you need to uncurl yourself on a regular basis. For some of us, we do that by going to work and shelving, squatting, lifting and walking, etc. But then we have to be careful we use good posture and the right motions when we do these things. 

The proCPR blog has a nice little post about ergonomics called 6 Ways to Avoid Injury with Ergonomics.  I like the 20-20-20 reminder about your eyes.

There is a outdated link in the article to "The Ultimate Guide to Ergonomics". The link provided here should work, but it takes you to it though the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

The iLibrarian link above has a stretching regime, but I always feel self conscious stretching at work, especially out in public areas.  But sometimes you just have to take care of your health regardless of how silly you might think you look.

Do you stretch at your library?  Are you the type that doesn't care what others think, or do you try to find a quiet corner?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Ancient book repair techniques

Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek, Msc.Patr.41, fol. 69r. Detail.
Have you seen the medieval book repair posts over at Colossal?  There are also some pretty great doodles and marginalia from days of old.   They were pretty creative working around holes and worn spots, even including what looks like crochet and embroidery.  I'm not sure how useful those repair techniques would work in the modern world in a public library setting.  What would the patrons think?

Monday, November 3, 2014

Library Book Mending Resources

Did you know about these resources for book mending?  This is but a small collection of the massive amounts of information and tutorials you can find online:

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services webinar
This is a FREE webinar originally presented on 9/14/11 by Peter D. Verheyen and Marianne Hanley.

"Participants will become familiar with several types of basic repairs for bound circulating collections materials in school, public, and academic libraries. Tip-ins and basic page repairs, hinge tightening, and a variety of spine repairs are covered. Techniques are illustrated and demonstrated with text, images, and video. Links to other resources are provided. Repairs and conservation treatments on rare and special collections materials are NOT discussed."

Simple Techniques for the Maintenance and Repair of Books This is an online manual from Gaylord called Bookcraft, which they've published since 1924.  This version is copyrighted 1996.  In it they cover typical repairs of both the textblock and covers, and talk about cleaning and maintenance.

Tippacanoe County Public Library Book Care and Repair
TCPL has collected a good list of a variety of internet resources on book repairs. They have separated out the list into Specific Situations & Repairs, General Book Care, and Equipment and Supplies.  They also recommend the Syracuse University Library's youtube channel, which is the next link in this list.

Syracuse University Library Preservation's youtube channel 
There are video tutorials about repairs, as well as about books in general and some longer lectures.

Demco Madison's youtube channel
This is a playlist that includes 12 videos from Demco that details simple repairs such as repairing damaged pages, hinges, covers and spines.

Conservation Book Repair: A training manual by Artemis BonaDea
A book repair manual published by Alaska State Library which is downloadable as a whole or chapter by chapter for free.  It is a culmination of presentation methods and handouts developed in workshops given by Artemis BonaDea.

Simple Book Repair Manual
A completely web-based book about mending and repair, the table of contents is a pull-down menu which takes you to each chapter topic.  There is no download time and it's completely free.

"The web version of the Simple Book Repair Manual was created by members of Preservation Services, Dartmouth College Library. "

Do you have any favorite online book repair resources?  Let us know in the comments below.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Toronto reference library was recently renovated, and they sent a drone flying around it to get a bird's eye view. They now have a salon for "writers, thinkers, artists and innovators come together for conversation and debate."  They forgot to mention ASTRONAUTS.  Have any of you had experiences with drones in your libraries? Or astronauts, for that matter?

It was Banned Books Week last week.  Did you know it is still an issue? The Mercury out of Portland also has a list of books challenged in Oregon.

Did you know Overdrive is integrated with Bing search engine?  Overdrive is the company behind Library2Go, Oregon's digital library consortium.  Search for a title in Bing, and you'll notice now on the right side of the screen there's an option to borrow the book from Overdrive.  I searched for "donna tartt the goldfinch" and despite the weird results (El Jilguero?), I found it under "Read this Book".

The Library of Congress has many many things in its collection.  And people do many many creative things with them. And creepy things. Artist Kevin Weir has more examples over at his site.

Kevin Weir

Friday, September 26, 2014

Why do we call it weeding?

Now that the autumn rains are here, and I can start uprooting some of the unwelcome guests that have survived the hot, dry weather in my yard, I'm contemplating on the difference between weeding in the garden and weeding in the library.

When I'm weeding in my garden, I'm pulling up things that planted themselves.  They're definitely not something I ever put there.  Granted, I do quite a bit of thinning, like the inside-out flower that's muscling in on the sweet woodruff.  I even sometimes completely eradicate something (or at least try to), like the bronze fennel and lemon balm that produced a bazillion seedlings every spring because I'd let them go to seed the previous fall.  But I had actually planted these thing.

When we talk about weeding in the library, we're getting rid of things that we did, in fact, plant in our collections.  It would be more appropriate, in my opinion, to call it thinning.  If we really mean weeding, we mean things that we didn't put in the collection in the first place - kind of like if a bunch of Captain Underpants books was sprouting in the Federal Documents Collection.

I doubt that the library world will make this change, but I can at least contemplate it while I venture into my newly-damp garden, weeding stick in hand, and start going after things I really didn't plant.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sewing at the library

Here's another interesting idea of something "different" to add to a library collection - sewing machines!

There are open sewing hours at the Mountain View Public Library in California every Saturday and they've been getting more and more popular.  I like that the machines are all named Grace.

What kind of help do you think the staff provide?  I know we're expected to help patron's to a certain extent on the computers at my library, but I'm not sure everyone would be comfortable trouble-shooting a sewing machine or serger.

Does your library have any interesting things in their collection and do you help with maintenance or trouble-shooting?

Monday, August 11, 2014

We are having an OLA-SSD Open House!

When: August 15th from 1:00-2:00pm

Where: Gresham Library, 385 NW Miller, Gresham Oregon 97030

There is free parking and the Gresham Tri-Met Transit Center is very close by.

There will be a short presentation, light refreshments, and time for questions.

All interested Oregon library support staff are welcome to attend to find out more about SSD and get your questions answered live and in person. Support Staff Division is a great way to meet other library staff in similar jobs from around the state and find out what is going on beyond your own library, as well as a fulfilling way to get involved and give back to the library community in Oregon. We have opportunities open to help plan the annual SSD conference, as well as some open board positions.

Did you know? If distance is a factor for you, the SSD meetings can be often be done on a computer, virtually, to minimize time & travel expenses.

As always, scholarship help to join OLA SSD is available.

So, if you are looking for a new opportunity for involvement in the library world, SSD might be for you. Come check us out this Friday, we'd love to see you!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Library Ergonomics Zines

Zines are a convenient format for non-professional writers to publish their works and get them "out in the world".  Wikipedia says - "A zine is most commonly a small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier. A popular definition includes that circulation must be 1,000 or fewer, although in practice the majority are produced in editions of less than 100, and profit is not the primary intent of publication. They are informed by anarchopunk and DIY ethos."

The Indigo Editing blog mentions a zine called Ergonomics and You. It's a zine written by a library worker at Multnomah County Library. You can even find it listed in World Cat and that means you might be able to request it through Interlibrary Loan, possibly?

The only other zine on ergonomics I found is not directly library related, and is titled "A Mini Guide to Healthy Hands".

Is the zine format a good one for ergonomics?  Are videos better? Or even live demonstrations?

Monday, May 12, 2014

More OLA 2014 Conference Wrap-ups

From "The Second Floor Librarians" blog of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, here are some brief  thoughts about the conference as well as a link to a page containing some substantial book art.  Wet books, structures, Buddhas - there's a bit of everything.

Here's a conference wrap-up from OLA itself. There are links to the survey as well as the resources at NW Central.  There's also a list of award winners, both books and bingo. Sounds like fun!

You can read back through the twitter feed of the conference.

And finally, our State Librarian has a few quick thoughts on the conference over at her blog.

Did we leave anything out?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Rate the 2014 OLA Conference!

From the Oregon OLA Representative, Suzanne Sager:

If you attended the 2014 OLA Conference, please take time to fill out the evaluation form using the link below. This information is very useful in planning future conferences.

Thank you!

Monday, May 5, 2014

OLA 2014 Conference review and the future of SSD

Susan Gilmont, a Library Technician III at the Guin Library Hatfield Marine Science Center, writes about her experiences and inspirations at the recent OLA conference the SSD took part in:

I was fortunate to be able to attend the first day of the 2014 Oregon Library Association conference, "The Inside Out Library." It was a great experience, and really recharged me. The OLA Support Staff Division had 6 sessions at the conference, 4 of which were made on Thursday. As the SSD Continuing Education Committee chair, my job was to find presenters, propose sessions, keep presenters informed, help them with conference minutiae, and introduce them when necessary.

The keynote address was made by two New Jersey librarians, Norma Blake and Kathy Schak-Greene, and was called "The Innies and Outies of Libraries." "Outies" advocated for libraries and reached out to local officials and organizations. "Innies" worked to advance their libraries on the inside through marketing, merchandising and partnerships. Perhaps the most intriguing concept of the talk was the idea of public library design "SWAT" teams that offer expertise to help libraries become more welcoming spaces through redesign and reorganization. Often a simple coat of paint and de-cluttering made a huge difference. "Weed aggressively. Clarify purpose and create zones." This was all very interesting in light of the Guin Library's recent remodel.

I wouldn't have dreamed of missing "Oral History and Libraries: a Perfect Fit." Three librarians from Lake Oswego Public Library led off with a description of their current oral history project, "In Their Own Words II." This project picks up at the point where a Bicentennial project in 1976 left off. They gave "how-tos," including hardware and software recommendations and pointers to good resources. They noted the importance of volunteer training and the need to get it right the first time, since many older people interviewed may not be around for a second take. The presentation was topped off by Mike Dicianna, a PSU student worker in SCARC, who talked about OSU's sesquicentennial oral history project and played a passionate and moving clip from the president of the OSU student body in the 1941-1942 school year. It was a knock-out clip, and really showed the importance of hearing people in their own voices.  This was an inspiring session. For more information, see NW Central. SSD sponsored this session.

Although I'm not a librarian, I do care about libraries, and "Building an Effective Library Advocacy Network" was another great session. Although some of it reiterated the themes of the keynote address, Peter Leonard from Cedar Mill Library, Vailley Oelhke from Multnomah County Libraries and Buzzy Nielsen from Mount Hood County Library District drew on their own experiences to forge and sustain vital networks of library supporters. It was wonderful to sit back and see all the earnest note-taking going on and listen to the excellent questions. I know we did some good there. SSD and PLD sponsored this session.

The last session I attended was "The Inside-Out Organization," a look at OLA itself, hosted by past chairs. The goal there was to get potential OLA volunteers. I had a different goal -- I was looking for clues for revitalizing SSD. We weren't able to have a conference this year because nobody volunteered to chair the Conference Committee. Last year, the SSD Board put on the conference, again because of a lack of volunteers. SSD needs new energy, a new generation of involved members, and a new generation of supportive library directors. There is no doubt that the Great Recession has hurt all volunteer organizations, and things may improve as the economy slowly rebounds. But what shape will SSD be in by then? All I can say is what I have learned: service is its own reward.

My spirits were improved by the SSD business meeting, when three of us executive committee members met with four members. One of them came forward and said she was interested in getting involved. Another was one of our scholarship recipients, who was able to attend the conference because of support provided by SSD. It made me feel better. I don’t know if it is the networking with old friends, or a general charge from the good energy in the air, but I really do feel more optimistic about the future.

All in all, this was an excellent experience.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Interlibrary Loan Scholarship

From the Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference:

This year we are happy to announce that the Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing (NWILL) Conference Committee is committed to sponsoring the attendance of ILL practitioners, who would be unable to attend unless otherwise subsidized.

 Applicants must provide feedback during the conference as well as communicate what they hope to learn by attending the conference, and how they will share that information with others in their own libraries.

Applicants must demonstrate a true financial need. Applications must be received by June 1, 2014. Scholarships are dependent on the generosity of our sponsors.

We will announce the number of $500 scholarships by July 7, 2014. Winners will be announced by July 31, 2014. To apply for the NWILL Scholarship click here.

The OLA 2014 conference and SSD

I had a great time at the 2014 OLA conference last week, attending informative and thought-provoking sessions, and chatting with colleagues I hadn't seen recently.  SSD sponsored a number of sessions, in addition to a pre-conference.  I was impressed with the two SSD sessions I attended.

The first, "Oral History and Libraries: a Perfect Fit", highlighted Lake Oswego Public Library's "In Their Own Words II" project.  I was impressed at how much they had accomplished, and it really got me to thinking about the importance of capturing oral history.  (Alas, since I was on the conference committee, I had to leave that session early).

The second, "Our First Digital Collection: Starting From Scratch with Nothing", reviewed Multnomah County Library's first digital collection: Central Library: Historic Photographs.  Mostly using tools they already had, great organization, and some in-house crowdsourcing, they were able to get the collection ready for the Central Library's anniversary.  The presenter gave excellent advice about planning and project management.

Major kudos to SSD for providing such great programming!  

Slides for all the OLA session are (or will be soon) available on Northwest Central.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Secret messages found in library!

Secret message found in Weldon Library
Someone has been leaving coded messages in books at D.B. Weldon Library! Mike Moffat is keeping track of them in his blog over at Reflections on Southwestern Ontario.  What do they mean?  Who is leaving them?  They come with trinkets and drawings and are so far inscrutable. I love this kind of thing, which is why I rated Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore so highly in goodreads.

If your library has themed displays for the coming planting season, a seed library might be a good addition.  It seems seed libraries would be a good fit in Oregon.

Multnomah County Library is celebrating it's 150th anniversary this year, and Kelly House, a reporter at the Oregonian, was lucky enough to get a peek in some of the early historical records. The founders certainly had some beautiful penmanship.

There was a recent story about Google having the interiors of libraries available through Street View over on, but they don't compare to the interior tour you can take of the Strahov Library, which is the worlds largest indoor picture as of March 2011.  It is beautiful.  You can take the tour (which might take a little too much time if you're at work) or you can click and pan and zoom on your own, and get closer than you ever could in real life.  The resolution is stunning.

Strahov Ceiling Detail

Monday, April 7, 2014

Cool things going on in the library world

The March edition of Associates is out.  It is an online publication written and organized by global library support staff.  I had more time this week than usual to read the articles. I particularly enjoyed Sally McMaster's account of stepping into the role of President of the NYSLAA (New York State Library Assistants' Association) and organizing a conference, never having done so before.  It's so closely parallels what I've heard board members/committee volunteers talk about in SSD - it's challenging, but the past chair and other board members are there to help and they always have an amazing experience.  The NYSLAA also seems to have the same goals and aspirations to support library paraprofessionals in their jobs as we do at OLA-SSD. It was cool to read about a similar organization doing a similar thing on the other side of the country.  Check it out.  (The books-to-movies discussion was a good read, too.)

April 16th is fast approaching!  What is so special about the 16th?  This year, in case you haven't heard, we're joining up with OLA and sponsoring sessions at their conference.  You can see a list of the sessions on our 2014 conference page.  One thing that piqued my interested was the announcement that Phillip Margolin will be speaking at the PLD (Public Library Division) banquet on the Wednesday 16th.  And you all know Josh Hanagarne, the "World's Strongest Librarian" is the banquet speaker on the 17th, right?

Have I left anything out?


Monday, March 24, 2014

SSD sponsored Book Mending Session at 2014 OLA Conference

Here's a little more information from Carolee on the book mending session being presented at the OLA Conference this year:
Condition check: is your library's print collection looking... "loved"?

ANNOUNCING: The OLA Support Staff Division and the Library Preservation Round Table will present an all-day Basic Book Mending Pre-Conference workshop on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Oregon Library Association Conference in Salem. Help refresh worn books and add years to their circulating lives!

This workshop will introduce basic book repair methods and materials through hands-on instruction and is intended for beginners. Procedures covered will include reattaching loose pages, cover repair and reattachment, hinge and spine repair. Please note that procedures in this class are intended for circulating collections and not for rare or valuable books and documents.

We will also discuss collection maintenance and strategies for avoiding damage and streamlining conservation processes. The materials fee for the workshop provides a mending toolkit which participants may take home; paper, bookcloth, and adhesives will be provided. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to bring their own books to work on.

Presented by Carolee Harrison (Special Collections and Archives Technician) and Kristen Kern (Fine and Performing Arts Librarian), Portland State University Library.

MORE INFORMATION about the pre-conference and general conference:

REGISTRATION and rate information:

Image courtesy of adamr /

Friday, March 14, 2014

Best library things this week

Barbara Wildenboer altered books

Barbara Wildenboer has made some pretty amazing book art.  I look at these and think: "So pretty, but they look valuable and they've been cut up!"  What do you think? Beautiful art or "save the books!"?

Using 3D printers in libraries is becoming more common, but this is the first I've heard of someone doing such a generous thing. What cool things has your library printed?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The sessions SSD is sponsoring at the 2014 OLA Conference

Preconference, Wed 16 April 2014:

Basic Book Repair for Libraries 
This session will cover the selection of books for in-house mending, an introduction to book structure and archival repair materials, and hands-on instruction of several basic book repair procedures. Attendees will receiv e handouts with illustrated instructions for the repairs, as well as materials (worth $30.00) and contacts lists and a bibliography with further information. The hands-on workshop will include mending loose andtorn hinges, tipping in pages, recasing text blocks, and spine repairs. Endsheet repairs will be demonstrated if time permits. We will also discuss collection maintenance and how to prevent human and environmental damage to books.  
Presenter: Carolee Harrison, Portland State University

Conference, Thurs 17 April 2014:

Oral Histories and Libraries: A Perfect Fit
Part of what we mean when we say that the library is the heart of a community is that the library is the keeper of a community’s heritage. In addition to valuable resources for scholars, good oral history projects engage the community and promote the library services. This session will address the role of the library as local memory bank by focusing on two current oral history projects. Librarians from Lake Oswego Public Library will talk about “In Their Own Words II,” an oral history project they manage in Lake Oswego. Chris Petersen of OSU’s Special Collections and Archives will discuss the OSU Sesquicentennial Oral History Project.
Presenters: Alicia Yokoyama, Lake Oswego Public Library; Carissa Barrett, Lake Oswego Public Library; Chris Petersen, Oregon State University Libraries

Library Brand Advocacy  
The rapid transformation of information access has created a more competitive landscape for libraries, and has made it more challenging to position their services to show their value to the community. Librarians can meet these challenges by systematically shaping and delivering superior customer experiences through library brand advocacy. Gain new insights on how to transform your library’s image from a mere community fixture to a sought-after community hub through systematic brand management.  
Presenter: Rajesh Singh, Emporia School of Library and Information Management

Building an Effective Library Advocacy Network  
Times are hard, money is tight, and across America libraries are closing their doors. These days, libraries need to use all their resources, including Friends, board members, volunteers, and foundations as proponents of library services. Join three library directors as they discuss how they forge and sustain networks of supporters to successfully advocate for libraries in their communities.
Presenters: Vailey Oehlke, Multnomah County Library; Peter Leonard, Cedar Mill Library; Buzzy Nielsen, Hood River County Library District

Is Your Library Ready for Change? -- Facilitating Change Using a CAT (Contingency Analysis Tool)  
Changes to library services generally involve changes to unit creativity or efficiency. The Contingency Analysis Tool (CAT) provides managers with a customized roadmap for optimally fitting a unit’s structures to a change in service. At one level, the CAT is a simple checklist for ensuring that key structures are not overlooked. At another level, the CAT is basic rule of thumb for helping managers make the structural changes necessary to deliver a new or changed service. Widely accepted within the library community, the CAT is valid and reliable means for planning, communicating, and gaining insight into facilitating successful library change.
Presenter: Cameron Tuai, Emporia School of Library and Information Management

 Conference, Fri 18 April 2014:

A Social Worker in the Library? 
Each day, librarians and front-line library staff find themselves in the position of serving as de facto social workers, referring library patrons to needed services, helping them navigate forms on the computer, and sometimes just listening. In response to user needs, some libraries in California and Arizona have embedded social workers in their libraries. If having a real social worker in the library is one response to the needs of the people we serve, what are other responses? How are staff members being trained? Are innovative alliances with community service organizations taking place? In this session, we will look at how some Oregon libraries are helping their patrons navigate social services.  
Presenters: Dave Ratliff, Multnomah County Library; Abigail Elder, Beaverton Public Library; Clare Cady, Oregon State University

Our First Digital Collection: Starting From Scratch with Nothing  
Recently Multnomah County Library created its first digital collection, Central Library: Historic Photographs. It was created while Multnomah County Library had a slashed budget and an uncertain future. The two who developed the metadata application profile, wrote the metadata manual, and took responsibility for much of the project were both paraprofessionals engaged in MLIS studies. There were few dedicated staff hours and a tiny budget. We will tell the story of how we used crowdsourcing, volunteers, and pluck to make a collection that honored our library while setting a stage for the success of future projects.
Presenters: Rachael Short, Multnomah County Library; Kate Schwab, Multnomah County Library

Monday, March 10, 2014

Volunteers needed for 2014 OLA Conference

From Suzanne Sager:

I'd like to give a big thank you to those who have already volunteered to help with the 2014 OLA conference and pre-conference held at the Salem Convention Center (April 16th - 18th).  We still have a number of volunteer needs though, and hope that some more folks can help us out.
Of particular need are people to help at the registration on both Wednesday and Thursday afternoons (3:30-5pm) and evenings (5:30-7pm).  We also could use a few on-call technology volunteers to troubleshoot if need arise throughout the conference, and lunch time room monitors to make sure nothing is stolen.  

If you're interested, please contact John Repplinger to volunteer ( Many thanks for your consideration! 

Deadline for 2014 OLA Conference early registration March 16th

Early registration for the 2014 OLA Conference which will be held at the Salem Conference Center (200 Commercial Street SE, Salem, OR) ends on March 16th.  You can register online with a credit card or by check.  Once you have completed your registration form and have chosen a payment option, you will receive a confirmation page.  If paying by check, please include a copy of the confirmation page with your check and mail it to the address noted on the page.

Register early to get the best rates.  The link to the registration form is: 

Preconference and program information can be found at:

Reservations can also be made at the Phoenix Grand Hotel either online at or by calling 1-877-540-7800. Rates are $119 for a room with a king size bed or $129 for a room with two queen size beds (plus 10% tax and fees).  Be sure to supply the attendee code of OLA2014.

Other hotel options include:

Phoenix Inn in South Salem, regular rate rooms from $89 for a king to $99 for a double queen (less with AAA or senior discount, 55+)

La Quinta (behind Costco), around $70, or less with discounts

Comfort Inn Airport (also near Costco), $95 for a king or $110 for a double queen

Key Dates

Pre-conferences: Wednesday, April 16, 2014  

Conference: Thursday-Friday, April 17-18, 2014

Early registration ends Sunday, March 16, 2014

Online registration ends Friday, April 4, 2014

Onsite registration will be available, checks & credit card payments only (no cash)

We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

No Gateways Conference this year, however, we have options!

Regretfully, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Support Staff Division’s annual Gateways Conference will not be held this year.
The SSD Board however is pleased to offer SSD members a $40 scholarship to offset the cost of attending the 2014 OLA Conference, held April 16  18 in Salem, where Support Staff Division is sponsoring several sessions.  The scholarship may be applied to a pre-conference, to one day's attendance, or to the whole conference. 
To receive your scholarship, send your receipt of payment for registration for the 2014 OLA conference to: Rea Andrew, SSD Treasurer, Newberg Public Library, 503 E. Hancock St., Newberg, OR 97132.
SSD will host a gathering for all library support staff at the OLA conference on Thursday April 17th at 5:30 PM.  Please join us and hear more about how you can connect with SSD.
We hope to see you at the OLA conference in Salem!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Attention all gov't docs people - want to go to the OLA conference?

Here’s information about a scholarship to OLA for those interested in government documents.

There is now an announcement introducing the 2014 OLA conference scholarship form on the DIGOR webpage

The scholarship covers the cost of registration for the 2014 OLA conference.  Eligible applicants are librarians or library staff working with government information in an Oregon library, or library school students with an interest in government information who are enrolled in an ALA-accredited library program and living in Oregon.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Associatesweb has a question for you!

Associatesweb is an online worldwide journal for library support staff. They are asking for submissions for their March issue.  Take a look:

The question for the March issue of 'Associates : the Electronic Library Support Staff Journal' is:

Books made into films.  Which one/s do you think are good, OK and not so good?

If you would like to participate, nominate one or a couple for each category, or just your all-time favourite or not so favourite, by contacting Kevin Dudeney at Although, not compulsory, you can also
provide reasons for your nomination.

Here's a list of movies based on books coming out this year that may jumpstart your thinking. Enjoy!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Library retreat

This looks like such a relaxing library.  It's a personal library in a garden, so I'm assuming there's no staff.  It would certainly be awkward to shelve in, but I would totally love to spend some time there regardless.

It's in the Czech Republic and was designed and built by Mjölk architekti. It even has an opening roof that can be used as an observatory.

Photos by Barbora Kuklíková

Have you ever been to a library like this?