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:

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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.