SCALA Speaker

Each year, SCALA invites a prominent librarian to come speak to the SLIM student body about current issues and topics in librarianship. And the 2011-12 year speaking event is nearly upon us! This year SCALA will be welcoming Katie Anderson, Youth Services Consultant for the Oregon State Library and Emporia SLIM alumna. She’ll be speaking on a variety of topics including youth services, skills “beyond the basics,” intellectual freedom, and The Bunny Suicides. It’ll be a great opportunity to meet and hear from one of our own, so pick up some lunch and come by Cramer 401 to hang out with Katie and SCALA!

When: January 21, 2012

12:45 PM – 1:15 PM, followed by a Q&A

Where: Cramer Hall room 401

Portland State University

Bring lunch!

SCALA’s Brown Bag Talk – April 16, 2011 – UPDATE

The SLA and ORSLA talk will take place at approximately 12:25 pm at Portland State University in Cramer Hall, Room 401.

See this post for more details.

Speakers during OR-11 class weekend

SCALA is  excited to announce that on November 20th during the lunch period of the SLIM class weekend, we will be hosting  guest speakers for SLIM students. The guest speakers for the lunchtime talk are Gretchen McNeely, Senior Information Specialist and Reece Dano, Information Specialist at Ziba Design, Inc. They will be talking about embedded librarianship and other aspects of their work as informational professionals at a design consultancy firm.

OR-11 will be having class in Cramer Hall 401 and have lunch from 11:45-1. The presentation is set to start at 12:15 to give everyone time to explore the market and get some lunch. We hope you will join us!

OK, I Went to Library School: Now What?

SCALA would like to thank Allie Flanary for braving the farmer’s market and making it out to PSU on Saturday to give an informal talk. Those that attended were treated to some great down-to-earth insights into the process of establishing a fledgling library career.

Because we convened outside, Allie was unable to make use of the slides she created. So for those who were unable attend, or if you want a refresher, here’s her presentation:

Speaker this Saturday!

Have class this Saturday? You should stop by and hear OR6 graduate Allie speak! Currently she’s a faculty librarian (Web & Outreach specialist) at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon. Also, she’s a past SLIM-OR SCALA president, ALA emerging leader and next-gen librarian extraordinaire. She’s a terrifically engaging speaker and so we really encourage you not to miss this event!

When? Saturday, April 4, 2009 from 12:15pm – 1:15pm.

Where? PSU Cramer 371

For more information, you can visit her PCC page and personal site

Next Lunchtime Speaker – Jennifer Railsback Klump (Northwest Regional Education Laboratory)

January 31st, 2009, 12:15 PM (grab lunch quick and bring it)

Cramer Hall, room 171 (or whatever PSU classroom LI804 is in)

SLIM-OR SCALA is proud to announce Jennifer Railsback Klump as our next lunchtime speaker. Jennifer (an Emporia grad) is the “Education Resource Advisor” at the Northwest Regional Education Laboratory (NWREL). NWREL is one of a network of regional education laboratories created in the early 1960s as a federally funded link between research and development efforts in education and school districts. Jennifer’s job is to provide reference service to educators, researchers and the general public on current educational issues, research, policy, or practice.

I hope people will be able to make it to talk to Jennifer. She has an fascinating job (once again demonstrating the wide range of contexts that librarians work in) and will be able to provide an interesting perspective on both reference work and our educational system.

Thanks to Emily Ford

Emily Ford, OHSU Oregon Health Go Local Project Manager (an MLS librarian), visited SLIM-OR students this past weekend. Oregon Health Go Local ( will be an on-line directory of health related services for the entire state of Oregon. It will be searchable by health condition and integrated with the Medline Plus database. This unique project requires Emily Ford to take on many roles. She has successfully synthesized her outreach, management and technical skills to land as the project manager. It was interesting and informative to hear about Emily’s path to this position and how she hopes to grow this project into a vital community resource. For more information on the project and how to get involved please review the brochure and volunteer job description.

Also a SLIM-OR alumni, Todd Hannon, is the principle investigator of this project. It will be exciting to see this project go live!

Next SCALA Brown Bag Lunch Speaker: Oregon Health Go Local

For our next brown bag lunch speaker we are pleased to welcome Emily Ford, the Oregon Health Go Local Project Manager. This project is being coordinated by the Oregon Health & Science University Library. Emily Ford is an MLS librarian and you may have seen her in the Oregon Health Go Local project booth at the recent

OLA/WLA conference.

“Oregon Health Go Local will be an online directory of health services and providers throughout the state. As

part of MedlinePlus Go Local, the Oregon Health Go Local database will be integrated with the National

Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus database. From MedlinePlus health topics pages users will be able to

find health services and providers in Oregon based on specific health topics.”

Come learn more about this grant funded project. Emily Ford will speak about what the project is, why

it is being done and how you can become involved as a volunteer. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with a local librarian and learn about a truly unique and exciting project.

When: Saturday June, 21st 12:15pm

Where: Cramer Hall Room 250 on the PSU campus

See you there!

Audio of Pam Osbourne

For those of you who weren’t able to attend today’s wonderful talk by Pam Osbourne, here is the audio:

Pam, the former digital librarian at Mercy Corps (now the Manager of Intranet Services) spoke about the process of designing and setting up the digital library and other digital information sharing systems at Mercy Corps. She has been a librarian in school libraries, public libraries and academic libraries talked about how her past experience as a more traditional librarian applies in the digital realm.

Audio download and more streaming options here.

Loriene Roy Webcast

Last November, in honor of Native American Heritage Month, ALA President Loriene Roy delivered a lecture at the Library of Congress which was sponsored jointly by the Office of Workforce Diversity, the Law Library and the Center for the Book.   Entitled Guiding Our Destiny, it is now available as a webcast.

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