Nike Tour Report

SCALA recently took a field trip to the Nike fabric library. Just as in the libraries we’re all accustomed to, the Nike library houses rows of shelves with multicolored contents; in this library, though, the cases contain fabric swatches on hangers. Other sections hold notions – drawers filled with zipper pulls, grommets and rings.

The library collects fabric samples (tens of thousands of them) from Nike’s vendors, and makes them available to the apparel designers. Swatches are labeled with identifying characteristics, tagged according to price, and sorted by vendor location (to facilitate sourcing in the same area as production). As with books, the color of a swatch doesn’t matter at all in its classification — the library likes to have one dark and one light sample of a fabric, but color isn’t a defining characteristic for the library’s purposes. Ann Desimone, the library manager, weeds the collection from time to time, but she maintains a historical card file of every type of fabric that has passed through the library.

Ms. Desimone also makes two “collection development” trips to Paris each year for fabric shows, and puts together exhibits for Nike designers on coming trends. It’s an impressive system for collecting and organizing the fabric in the Nike world!

Library Tour of the Research Library at OHS

Please join SCALA on a tour of the Research Library at the Oregon Historical Society on Saturday, November 14 at 11am.

This is a great opportunity to learn about a unique library with an extensive research collection that serves patrons from all over the world. The tour will be conducted by Scott Daniels, Research Librarian at OHS.

We will meet in the lobby of the Oregon Historical Society a little before

11am. The tour is expected to last approximately 30-45 min, with time afterwords for questions.


Oregon Historical Society

1200 SW Park Ave

Portland, OR 97205

Please let me know if you will be attending. To RSVP please e-mail Jennifer

Keyser at

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.

SLA Conference report from April

April Younglove reports from SLA:

On Tuesday night I returned from the Special Libraries Association convention in Seattle. I had two simple goals:

  1. To accept my scholarship award.
  2. To get through the entire conference without paying for any of my own food.

I am happy to report that I was wildly successful in both ventures. I did not need to purchase so much as a soda at the convention. There were plenty of opportunities to stop by division breakfasts, attend vendor lunches and hit the many nightly receptions. Before I left, I told my husband about my aspirations. He said with concern, “But what about networking? What about professional development? Shouldn’t you focus on those goals?”

The secret genius of my original goals, I later discovered at the convention, is that they actually caused me to do far more networking and professional development than I might have otherwise. Getting an award became a natural conversation starter, and by forcing myself to find out where the food was, I had to sit at tables with strangers and meet them. I had to attend events sponsored by divisions like the agricultural division and the military division that I never would even have dreamed of attending otherwise, had it not been for my personal scavenger hunt.

I met and talked with librarians and information professionals from all over the world and from many different organizations. A few of the organizations represented by those I met personally included:

  • Liblime
  • Rolls Royce
  • The Getty
  • Kraft Foods
  • The ARMY
  • IEEE
  • The Presidio of San Francisco
  • The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
  • NBC

Many other information professionals simply worked for themselves. I was so busy going from event to event and seeking the holy grail of a completely gratis convention that I didn’t even have time attend a reception at the Pacific Science Center and the Space Needle. There was so much networking and professional development going on that I even missed out on a behind the scenes trip to the Seattle Art Museum.

What I learned as a first timer at an SLA convention:

  • SLA is truly international and is strongly represented in the UK, India and much of Asia.
  • SLA Chapters are regional groups. SLA Divisions are groups with a common interest.
  • My SLA membership includes access to dozens of free professional tutorials via the Innovation Lab ( and will soon grant me free access to Adobe software. You should take advantage of these benefits if you are a member!
  • SLA is hungry for Gen Xers and Millennials and spends a lot of time, effort, and money trying to attract students and young professionals. I got three separate job offers at the convention!
  • Vendors don’t actually know how to answer any of your questions, so you should just take a flier and enjoy the free ice cream/blinky pen/stuffed flying monkey.

Valuable tips that I learned from the sessions I attended:

  • Find a person with a job you aspire to have. Ask that person to email you his or her resume. This way you get to see what a successful resume for the job you want looks like.
  • On a similar note, ask to job shadow a professional for a day. Most people are flattered and very few people say no.
  • The traditional corporate librarian title and job is disappearing. Apply for positions that include the phrase “knowledge management” in the job description.
  • Law librarians are increasingly being called upon to do business research, so if you want to do business research consider getting a job in a law library.
  • Visual literacy skills are transferable to many areas outside of art museums. For instance: training doctors to read medical images.
  • Attitude and aptitude are more important than experience and subject matter mastery.
  • Vinton G. Cerf, one of the creators of the Internet and the acting vice president of Google feels awkward on Second Life too.

I posted a Flickr set with some pictures of my SLA 2008 adventure:

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.

Next SCALA Speaker – Pam Osbourne

Pam Osbourne, the former digital librarian at Mercy Corps (now the

Manager of Intranet Services) has agreed to come and talk to us on

March 15th about setting up the digital library at Mercy Corps. I have

asked her to talk about the process of designing and coming up with

the library, as well as how her past experience as a more traditional

librarian was applicable to the situation. (She has been a librarian

in school libraries, public libraries and academic libraries). She has

also been extensively involved with SLA and ALA and could speak to


If anybody has anything they would be interested in hearing about from

her, please let me know and I’ll pass it on.

Pam Osbourne will be speaking in the Broadway Building in room 222.  The Broadway Building is located at 625 SW Jackson Street, Portland, OR, 97201.  You must enter on the SW 6th St. side of the building.  Room 222 is on the second floor.

StreamNet library

Where: StreamNet Library, Portland, OR

What: Just got a big donation and is behind on their cataloging

When: ongoing (to be arranged)


“The StreamNet Library serves the scientific community of the Pacific Northwest and those working in cooperation with the region’s fish and wildlife recovery efforts, who are not otherwise served by a specialized library. We also serve the General Public who are interested in the issues surrounding the Columbia Basin and Salmon Recovery Efforts. The Library offers research assistance, interlibrary lending and borrowing, document delivery and other library services. ”

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StreamNet could use some help with their cataloging. They recently received over a hundred

boxes from a consultant/researcher’s personal collection and can use all the help they can get!

It would be some great real world experience for a student!

They are also creating a virtual library and archiving old documents.

If you want to get in on a big project contact them!

They frequently have volunteer positions posted on their website,

check em out!

If you are interested please contact the library directly!

StreamNet Library

729 N.E. Oregon St.

Suite 190

Portland, OR


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Volunteer Opportunity at ODOT library

Where: Oregon Department of Transportation library in Salem

What: Continue indexing an historic photo collection started by an OR-6 student.

Or cataloging research reports…and much more.

When: Ongoing (would like at least a semester’s commitment)

Who: Laura Wilt ODOT librarian and Emporia grad!


Another project for those interested in cataloging — they have

recently acquired our Research Dept’s collection of research reports

from other states which need to be cataloged. It won’t require much, if any,

original cataloging — but lots of experience in copy cataloging from OCLC!

They do have a data bridge that imports the MARC record into the catalog

– it requires only a bit of editing, so it goes fairly quickly.

But there are lots of them….

They also have a History Center that serves as

a repository for historic photos, correspondence, etc. An OR-6 student

worked on both an indexing and a database project with a group of the photos.

They would be thrilled to have that work continued.

And they have many (many!) other opportunities for

indexing, cataloging, etc……

If you are interested please contact Laura Wilt directly.

Laura Wilt

Oregon Dept. of Transportation Library

355 Capitol St NE, Rm 22

Salem, OR 97301-3871

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Volunteer Opportunity at Oregon Zoo

Where: Oregon Zoo

What: Help out at the zoo library which has a professionally cataloged

Animal Management library!

When: ongoing or project-based. To be determined.

Who: Karen Lewis, the Conservation Research Assistant


The Zoo actually has 2 libraries. One in the Volunteer Division, run completely by volunteers, and aimed mainly at lay people, and the Conservation Division Library (aka Animal Mgmt Lib). They subscribe to several journals, a few different sets of conference proceedings, & have ~1,500 titles in the collection including some videos. Most are higher level reference texts and focus on animal care and husbandry, natural history, reproduction, vet, wildlife conservation and animal welfare.

FYI, they do not have a librarian on staff, although they benefit greatly from the efforts of several volunteer librarians.

They can use cataloging assistance.

(Mostly copy cataloging using Spectrum cataloging software and Marcive but some original cataloging.)

Other projects include:

developing a system for getting word out to Zoo employees about newly catalogued titles and articles in current journals,

cataloguing our video tape collection,

completing a shelf check that a volunteer started last year,

sorting out the overlap in the catalogue between the vol. lib. and ours, and once that’s understood, develop & implement a plan for resolving it (separate, integrate with location codes, or ??).

They are also open to suggestions so if someone has something they’d like to do, feel free to suggest it & they’ll consider it.

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