Part Two Is Going Fully Virtual Due to Winter Weather
Missed the December Mock Geisel Workshop? Not a problem! We've added the notes from the event to our website for those who couldn't attend. The messages in the chat were also saved. There's also still time to sign up for the second workshop in the two part series on January 13, 2024 from 10:00am to 3:00pm! It is not required to attend both workshops.
Part Two (Jan. 13 10:00am-3:00pm) will center around mock discussions about our shortlist of titles, offering participants hands-on experience using the award criteria to evaluate books in moderated discussion with peers. As a grand finale, vote for Oregon’s Mock Geisel Award and Honor Winners for 2024.
Jaime Thoreson (she/her/hers)
I’m sharing this broadly to ensure it reaches everyone it needs to, please feel free to forward as needed to other library staff! Included in this post are links to the recording from Tuesday’s iREAD Webinar, slides from iREAD and from me, and other assorted helpful summer reading links. I’ll host virtual summer reading office hours first Wednesdays at noon January through May, Zoom link is in the Announcement slide below. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Greta Bergquist, MLIS, MAT (she/her/hers)
Hello library community!
Here’s a quick reminder about learning resources available from the State Library and other organizations:
Visit our CE Calendar which also includes links to text and online versions of this month's free events listed by category (compiled by the Maine State Library and the Wyoming State Library and hosted by WebJunction).
The following webinars are free from various organizations and may be of interest to you or your colleagues:
From WebJunction, free live webinars – register now!
From the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM)
NNLM classes are offered nationally. Log into your free NNLM user account to learn more class details, including the date and time of the class, and to register.
Upcoming live PCI Webinars
Each Wednesday from 11:00a - 12:00p PT, explore new, relevant topics during a live webinar from People Connect Institute. These webinars will also be recorded and available the following week in the Oregon Library Staff Academy / PCI Webinars category.
Request your registration links for these upcoming webinars. Note: all PCI Webinars (live and recorded) are limited to Oregon library staff, volunteers, board members, Friend and Foundation members. Full descriptions are available on the PCI Webinar CE page.
Niche Academy live webinars
Looking for learning resources on a particular topic? I’m happy to help – please contact me!
Darci Hanning, MLIS (she/her/hers)
Tools & Reminders from the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) and Library Development and Legislative Committee (LDLC)
Dear Oregon Librarian,
Strategies to challenge and remove books from libraries have continued to evolve over the past year. One of the newest approaches was seen last week in Josephine County, where an individual tax-payer petitioned county commissioners to have their property removed from the library taxing district. You can read more about this developing story at:
The Oregon Library Association is continuing to monitor this unfolding situation, and will be sharing any significant new developments. If you are a special district librarian and have questions about how this might impact your library, please reach out to the Special Districts Association of Oregon.
In the meantime, this is a good time for all libraries and librarians to:
Stay informed of IF issues and incidents. Here are some resources to help:
As always, the OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee and the OLA Legislative and Development Committee are here to support you. Please feel free to reach out should you need additional or specific support.
Stay strong Oregon libraries!
Have you (or someone you know) been on a recent book committee? Do you have new (or almost new) children's books lying around? The CSD Committee is planning for our spring auction!
The Children's Services Division would love to use them for our annual Spring fundraiser. Once again, we are looking for new or almost new books.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org about your donation. Thank you!
Children’s Services Division 2023 Survey
Recognizing the need to prepare library staff for opposition to programs, ALSC tasked the School-Age Programs and Services (SAPS) committee with creating a toolbox focused on program challenges. On behalf of the SAPS committee, I’m excited to share the result of our work from the 2022-23 term: the ALSC Toolkit for Program Challenges.
We split the toolkit into three sections: before, during, and after a program challenge. For each stage, we suggest areas that may need special attention, identify specific steps you can take, and provide adaptable templates for creating a program policy, planning a program, and responding to a challenge.
We hope this toolkit will help library staff as they continue to serve all of their community, and we look forward to your feedback for future revisions. We invite the [insert audience here] community to participate in strengthening this evolving toolkit and our service to children by sharing suggestions, experiences, and feedback via email to email@example.com.
Here is an additional link to ALSC's blog post regarding the Toolkit: A New Toolkit for Program Challenges - ALSC Blog (ala.org)
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