Korie Buerkle is the 2020 recipient of the Evelyn Sibley Lampman award for her significant contribution to Oregon in the fields of children’s literature and library services. Assistant Director and co-manager of Children’s Services at the Newberg Public Library, she has served in various positions on the CSD Board and was 2017-18 OLA Secretary. She currently serves as the Finance Chair on the executive board of OBOB. Korie has been active in the Oregon library community for many years. She regularly presents at OLA conferences.
Recently, Korie worked tirelessly to champion the book George by Alex Gino. The story of a transgender 4th grader, George was on the 2018-19 OBOB list. Its inclusion on the list garnered national controversy. At the same time, Korie was recovering from a concussion received at work. For this work, the committee received the 2019 Intellectual Freedom Champion as part of the OBOB committee.
Korie continues to advocate for getting diverse books into the hands of kids. She recognizes the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion, and is always learning what she, personally, can do to ensure positive change in the field of children’s literature and library services. She sees the great value in literature that includes characters from marginalized populations, particularly #ownvoices books. One of her more recent projects is a list of Christmas books that provide windows and mirrors to their readers. She shared her list with the Oregon children’s librarian community and invited other librarians to share their ideas in order to have the most comprehensive, updated list possible. Korie often shares what she is learning with other children’s librarians by sharing both successes and challenges through kids-lib.
Please go to the Lampman Award page for a slideshow of the presentation.
The National Book Awards were handed out on November 18, 2020. See this link for the full list of winners and finalists.
Announcing: A Joint Children's Services Division (CSD) and Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN) Membership Meeting!
All members are welcome to the CSD and OYAN Board meetings. They will all be accessible from the same Zoom link.
10:00 am - 11:00 am: OYAN Board meeting (members welcome)
11:00 am - 11:15 am: break
11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Joint membership meeting (including the Lampman Award)
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm: break
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: CSD meeting (members welcome)
The Zoom information is available here.
JOINT MEMBERSHIP MEETING: 2020 FLOATATION DEVICES 11:15AM-12:15PM
For this meeting, we'd like you to share with us beforehand what links/resources/ideas/tips really helped you the past few months. It could be a program, a motto, a tech tip, anything! Please submit them through this Google form. If you wouldn't mind speaking at the meeting and giving us a rundown on what you shared, please indicate that in the form as well.
Please complete this form by Monday, November 16.
The links will be compiled and shared out after the meeting.
Hope to see you on November 20!
Your CSD and OYAN Boards
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Edited 11/11/2020: updated information about the Lampman Award.
Looking for resources for Native American Heritage Month? Here are some resources to help.
American Indian Youth Literature Awards: Awarded biennially, the American Indian Library Association (AIYLA) identifies and honors the very best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America, You can find more information about AIYLA on Twitter and Facebook @ailanet.
40 Children's Books Celebrating Native American and Indigenous Mighty Girls: a selection of books starring Native American and Indigenous characters to share with children (from 2017).
American Indians in Children's Literature: Established in 2006 by Dr. Debbie Reese of Nambé Pueblo, American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) provides critical analysis of Indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books. Dr. Jean Mendoza joined AICL as a co-editor in 2016.
Native American Heritage Month: The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join together to pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.
Need help building or weeding your collection about Native Americans?
Collection Development: Children's and Young Adult Books about Native Americans: Archived webinar from Dr. Debbie Reese regarding building and weeding library collections. ALSC offers this archived webinar to all ALSC members free of charge. Non-members can purchase the webinar archive for $25.
More resources recommended by Greta Bergquist:
Edited on 10/12/2020 to add information recommended by Greta Bergquist. TM
Announcing the OLA CSD first ever Virtual Performer’s Showcase:
Launching September 26, 2020!
Register here for the 2020 Virtual Performer’s Showcase!
For 2020, we are changing how you can attend the Performer’s Showcase. This year, the event will take place entirely online, and you can view demonstrations of virtual performances on Youtube whenever it works for you.
Due to this year’s circumstances, we’re happy to offer this resource to all Oregon library staff at no charge. If you’d like to support the efforts of Children’s Services in libraries across Oregon, please consider upgrading your OLA membership by adding CSD for just $10 if you haven't already. Your membership helps us continue to support the work of library staff working with children and families in Oregon. If you are not an OLA member, please consider becoming one. Join OLA and upgrade here.
Register here for the 2020 Virtual Performer’s Showcase!
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming free webinar from InfoPeople: How public libraries can help students succeed with distance learning, September 8th @12:00 (PT).
From the website: "At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:
StoryWalks are a great way to connect families to reading in a socially distant manner. Story pages are put out on a path so that families can walk along and read the story. Here is information from Let's Move in Libraries from the UNC Greenboro School of Education about creating one. The Boston Children's Museum has a StoryWalk beginning template and an ending template. Youth Services Shout Out has a great blog post on this topic. There are many libraries in Oregon that have created StoryWalks. They include: Estacada, Ledding, St. Helens, Newport, Driftwood, Independence, LaGrande, Monmouth, Seaside, & Stayton. Thanks to Greta Bergquist for much of this information.
When COVID-19 started shutting down libraries across the state, library staff had to scramble to figure out how to provide services to their communities. Stayton Public Library, located southeast of Salem in Stayton, Oregon, wanted to reach out to customers who were not online or had restricted web access.
After conversations with their staff and meetings with the state library, they decided to implement a Dial-a-Story program. Presentations by the Denver Public and Sterling Public Libraries in Colorado were instrumental to Stayton Public Library for understanding what is possible with Dial-a-Story and were great sources of tips and suggestions.
For a small monthly fee, the library was able to add a "message center" to their current service which allows up to ten people at a time to call in and hear the story. Adding a story to the message center is as easy as making a voicemail, however stories have to be less than five minutes long.
Given the challenges of the times, Stayton Public Library figured this would be something they could easily start for the Summer Reading Program and then transition to fall programming as well. Currently they change out their story weekly, and as they monitor interest they will likely begin to change it more frequently. Jennifer Gaetan, Library Assistant at Stayton Public Library, is enthusiastic about the program. “One of the really great things I love about this [program] is the opportunity for other staff in our library to participate in children's programming in a low key/low stakes manner,” she said.
Cook Memorial Library is another Oregon library that has implemented Dial-a-Story in response to Covid 19 library building shutdowns. Their program offers customers a menu with 9 different stories to choose from, including one or more stories in Spanish, and may also include a joke or two, a song, rhymes, poems, short stories, and more.
Jackson County Library began Dial-a-Story before COVID-19. They have been running their program for the past seven years. On their storytime webpage, they claim “it’s always storytime!” Library staff teamed up with the Medford area Storytelling Guild to implement the program. The Storytelling Guild does all of the scheduling and reading. They have a handful of readers and they change the story every 2 weeks. Some of the criteria for the stories include selecting stories that can be enjoyed without looking at the pictures, and making sure the selected stories are available in the library collection. Brystan Strong, the youth librarian at the Jackson County Library, is looking forward to adding a Spanish speaking line in the future.
You can check out these Dial-a-Story programs for yourself:
Stayton Public Library Dial-a-Story: 503-769-2408
Cook Memorial Library Dial-a-Story: 541-624-6339
Jackson County Library Services and the Storytelling Guild Dial-a-Story: 541-774-6439
Thank you to Jennifer Gaetan and Brystan Strong for sharing their stories. Let us know if your library is using Dial-a-Story.
Edited 8/13/2020: The Storyteller's Guild should be the The Storytelling Guild. Changed to correct name and linked to their website. TM
Pacific Northwest Library Association: Virtual Poster Session, 2020
Empathy, Innovation, and Impact
August 4-7, 2020
The Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) is holding a virtual poster session from August 4-7, 2020 featuring 30 poster presentations from professionals affiliated with a mix of academic, public, and school libraries. The theme is Empathy, Innovation, and Impact and will address Collections and Publishing, Literacy and Instruction, Partnerships and Connections, and Leadership and Administration, with a special focus on COVID-19 response.
This event is free and open to the general public; you do not need to be a PNLA member to participate! The presentations may be viewed at your convenience, with discussion boards and live chat enabled over the four days so that viewers can ask questions and interact with presenters. Afterward, the posters will be hosted on the PNLA website indefinitely. Use the hashtag #PNLA2020 to share what you learned on social media!
The poster session page is located here: https://pnla.org/pnla-vps-2020/.
A big thank you to all who voted in the Oregon Library Association, Children’s Services Division (CSD) election. We are excited to announce that the team of Susan Cackler (Banks Library, part of Washington County Cooperative Library Services) and Susan Davis (Josephine Community Library District) will be co-chair elect for 2020-21. Thank you to the candidates for their willingness to serve our community.
If you are interested in serving in an appointed position at CSD for 2020-21, contact CSD@olaweb.org. We would love to have you join us. The open positions are:
Secretary: Attend and take notes during the Fall and Spring board meetings and workshops. Assist with registration and auction when needed. Contribute content to the Facebook page two months out of the year. Here is the job description.
Lampman Chair: Plan, promote and facilitate all facets of the annual Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award. Lead email discussions about award nominations. Solicit committee members and award nominations. Utilize social media and listservs to communication information. Coordinate awards ceremony and purchase all supplies for the event within allotted CSD budget. Provide assistance at CSD workshops as needed. Participate in CSD Board meetings as a voting member. Must be a previous member of the CSD committee. For more information see the job description.
Check out our CSD Board page for more information.
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