Oregon Library Association Preconference: Tribal History/Shared History
An OLA preconference offered a valuable training opportunity for school and public librarians to learn more about Tribal History/Shared History Curriculum and to think about how they can positively support and work with Oregon Tribes.
Senate Bill 13, (otherwise known as Tribal History/Shared History) legally mandated that schools across Oregon integrate historically accurate and culturally responsive curriculum about Tribal History into K-12 education. Schools across the state are in the process of implementing the curriculum and Tribes are developing additional place-based educational resources specific to their own unique history. Libraries, both school and public, can play a role in supporting this effort by offering culturally relevant programming and collections, as well as advocating for access and inclusion of authentic Indigenous voices and stories in our libraries.
The session was facilitated and organized by Mia Jackson, the Education Manager for the Museum of Natural and Cultural History (MNCH) at the University of Oregon. MNCH is in the final stages of completing a traveling exhibit that aligns with the Tribal History/Shared History curriculum. The exhibit, Native Innovation, will travel to different libraries throughout Oregon beginning later this year. The session was intended to give librarians more information about the Tribal History/Shared History Curriculum and to help libraries plan culturally responsive programming when the exhibit tours the state.
Additionally, two libraries offered examples of efforts to serve and work with local Tribes and the Native American communities in their services areas. Eva Red Bird, Indigenous Outreach Coordinator, Multnomah County shared some of the efforts her work group has made in providing outreach and indigenizing library spaces. Holly Goebel, Wallowa Library Director shared her experience working with a local nonprofit to support the Tamkaliks Celebration and preserve local history.
The event was sponsored by OLA’s Children’s Services Division and the Oregon Association of School Librarians. A shout out also goes out to Ekatrina Sotomayor of Multnomah County, Star Todd of Jefferson County Library District and the Oregon State Library, who supported the event by providing their expertise and advice.
You can view the session here:
The booklist, slides, and a recording of the event are also currently available on the OLA Conference App. In the future, the resource will be accessible on NW Central.
This preconference was given a shout-out on the May 2023 Oregon Department of Education Bulletin.
Documents for You: Booklists, Slides, and Resource Links
It was a pleasure to celebrate the many accomplishments of Rocío Espinoza-Cotero at the Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award Breakfast at OLA in Bend on April 21, 2023. There may even have been a few tears shed as people heard about her impact on children in her community of Hillsboro and the state of Oregon.
Her calendar is full, she is often doing multiple things at once, and yet I’ve also known her to drop everything for a quick pop-up storytime in costume!"
She is particularly adept at bringing even the shyest, most reserved teen out of their shell. They may start off hesitant about interacting with the public, but within a few times volunteering with Rocío, she has them enthusiastically engaging with kids and adults spreading the good word about libraries!"
I think she’s single handedly given out a million books to children ."
Rocío is a connector, cares deeply for her community, supports her coworkers, volunteers, interns, and truly everyone. "
Here is a slideshow that Hillsboro Library created to celebrate Rocío:
Rocio (center) with the 2023 Lampman Committee
For more information on her impact and accomplishments, visit her Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award page.
Holly Campbell-Polivka is a Youth Services Librarian at the Tigard Public Library, was the chair of the Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award committee for 2022 and 2023 and served as a committee member for many years before that.
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Leadership Institute of the Oregon Library Association (LIOLA) 2023 July 23 - 25, 2023
The Leadership Institute of the Oregon Library Association (LIOLA) is happening this year.
In-person at the Silver Falls Conference Center:
and virtual (90 minute sessions):
In response to feedback from former participants and OLA’s needs, this year's Institute will focus on Leadership through an EDI lens.
- Current membership in OLA
- Current employment in a library
- Employment in a library setting for at least three years
- One (1) professional letter of reference
- Attend and participate fully in the entire institute, complete any pre-institute readings and/or homework, and contribute to post-institute assessment and meetings
Applications open May 1. Notification of status of applicants will be June 10.
Please feel free to contact Jane Corry with questions.
Library workers who are members of OLA and have worked in libraries for 3 or more years (join here).
The Institute costs $1000 and a letter of recommendation. Scholarships are available.
Leadership Institute of the Oregon Library Association (LIOLA)
Where and When:
A hybrid of in-person and online. In-person at the Conference Center at Silver Falls State Park followed by 3 online sessions on August 9, September 13 and 27th.
Leadership is learned not innate to some special individuals. Increase your leadership skills in a supportive environment, gain a network of fellow leaders from throughout the state. Access mentors who will help guide you in your growth. In response to the expressed desires of library workers throughout Oregon, we will be learning leadership skills through an EDI lens. We are thrilled to have Christina Fuller-Gregory (she/her/hers) a librarian, and experienced Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice practitioner as the facilitator. She was named one of 2021 Library Journal's Movers and Shakers.
Apply for LIOLA 2023.
Applicant Reference Letter can be uploaded here.
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Craft Recipe Cards
Blossoming Friendship Trees
1 glue stick
20 1-inch tissue paper squares
1 small paper bag
1. Keep paper bag closed to begin.
2. To help tree stand independently, drop beans in bottom of bag.
3. Cut paper bag from top down 4-5 inches across top of bag.
4. Cut paper bag and twist bottom to form tree base.
5. Twist the cut pieces of the bag to make branches.
6. Squish tissue paper to form flower blossoms.
7. Glue onto the tree branches.
8. Give to a friend or neighbor.
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Call for Proposals from ALSC’s Education Committee
Presentations should provide a valuable learning experience and avoid being too limited in scope. Topics of particular interest based on ALSC member feedback include:
- Age-specific programming suggestions
- Current issues in Intellectual Freedom
- Working in Children’s Services as a new librarian
- Diversity Equity and Inclusion (including accessibility, disability and cultural inclusion)
- Advocacy (both professional and community-focused)
- Grant Work
- Research/Best Practices
- Early Literacy
- SEL-based collection development
- Self-care in challenging times
- Administration and management
Please note that participants attending ALSC programs are seeking valuable educational experiences; the Education Committee will not select a program session that suggests commercial sales or self-promotion. A presenter stipend is available.
Proposals are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. To submit a program proposal for the ALSC Education Committee, please visit the ALSC website for the submission form and instructions: https://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning
Please contact Sarah Polen, Program Officer for Continuing Education, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions.
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