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 (http://www.ohsu.edu/library/golocal/) 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!

Volunteer report

Recently, Erica Findley shared some ideas on how to get library experience when you have never worked in a library. I, too was worried about how I would get a library job without any library background.

I am here to tell you that volunteering is a great way to get seasoned in the library world! Since the beginning of this year I have been helping the Jackson Middle School library in SW Portland transition to a new cataloging system. My job is to find and import bibliographic records for books that don’t have one.

So how has working at the Jackson library helped me to be a better prospective librarian?

-Actually doing cataloging hands-one made my cataloging class (LI814, Organizing Information) a lot more immediate and understandable

-You get to make valuable professional contacts

-It’s a great way to help people! Jackson’s library does not have the funding to pay someone to do the

detailed work that I do

-It can broaden your professional portfolio

There are all kinds of volunteer opportunities out there! It’s really worth it to find one that

fits you.

By Gordon Turner,  SLIM-OR SCALA Vice-President

Sign up to volunteer at the OLA/WLA Joint conference!

OK – as most of you know, SLIM-OR SCALA will be staffing the registration desk registration for the conference. Please take a look below and see if there’s some time you can help out. Thanks!To sign up for one of the open slots, just leave a message in the comments. We’ll update the post and add your name in. If all the slots are full during the times you can help, let us know – we may be able to find something else you can help with.


OLA/WLA Joint Conference April 16-18, 2008

Hilton Vancouver Hotel in Vancouver, WAMore information on the conference: http://www.wla.org/olawla2008/


3/21/08 – THE VOLUNTEER SIGN UP IS NOW CLOSED. Please send an e-mail to ejohnso3 [at] emporia [dot] edu if you have any questions or changes to your schedules.  We will be following up with you on 3/21/08 via e-mail to confirm the times you have signed up for.

Gain Professional Experience Without Getting a Library Job

Erica Findley SLIM-OR SCALA President shares ways to obtain experience in the field:

When I began my MLS program I had no library experience. This lack of experience was making me nervous. Would I be able to get a library job after graduation without ever having the experience?

I waited for announcements regarding volunteer opportunities, internships, projects etc. I waited and waited for an announcement that fit my schedule, personal goals and level of experience. I work full time so I felt like I had to turn down everything that I suspected would require daytime hours.

I was not presented with a perfect opportunity so I decided to change my game. I started to say yes to things that were slightly outside of the small box I had created. Since then I have accomplished many things that have me recognized in the professional community.

If you want to get some experience under your belt I would suggest you do some or all of the following:

Find out what opportunities your school or program offers. I am on a student to dean council. This has helped me get to know students in my program and, most importantly, get to know our dean. Your school may offer student council positions, mentorship opportunities, workshops and/or career planning assistance.

Look to the professional organizations. ALA and SLA have student chapters. Become an officer. Chances are this will help you meet professionals. If your school doesn’t have a student chapter then start one. I beefed up our student organization and I tied it in with a class project to secure myself some hours to devote to the process. There is a lot of advice on how to do this on the association websites.

All libraries need volunteers. If you cannot easily find out how to become one then call the library and ask. I did a lot of this and now I am doing a project that has lasted for over a year. It is something I can do from home and I have developed a great relationship with the librarian. You would be surprised at what you find. Some libraries need help with special projects and this could translate to independent study credits or an internship for you. Sometimes these things even lead to permanent positions.

If your program offers a for-credit practicum or internship don’t miss the opportunity. This experience is invaluable. Emporia-SLIM will coordinate their students with placement in a library based on their interests. Again, doing this for school credit secured me some free time that I otherwise would not have had for this.

The bottom line is that almost none of these things will present themselves to you under a spotlight with loud music. You must make an initial time and effort investment. There is not a to do list for something like this. You will have to brave a little uncertainty to end up with the right opportunity. The payoffs are large. Don’t miss your chance!

Please leave a comment with questions or let us know about your experience with any of the above.

Help PPS

Here’s a wonderful opportunity to get some experience with cataloging and help out Portland Public Schools!


Portland Public Schools librarians could use your help. Many of us have books in our back rooms that need the holdings to be entered into our catalog. We also just received a large donation of books from Powell’s that need to be entered. It would give you a little experience using the Innovative system. The librarian in the professional library has offered to give a training session for any interested volunteers. The books would also need processing (spine labels, stamping etc.) which I can show you how to do. I will probably start you off in my library and then if you are still hungry for more, I will send out a message to other librarians in PPS. It really is a great opportunity to make some overworked librarians very grateful, get books into the hands of kids, and learn a little about how Innovative works. No original cataloging, I promise!! :)If interested or if you would like more info, contact Stacey Kobe at skobe[at]pps[dot]k12[dot]or[dot]us (email obscured to foil spambots – you can figure it out). Please include contact info and days/hours available so that I can set up a training time that would accommodate the most people.Thanks!

Stacey Kobe

UPDATE:

The training will be held on Friday, Nov. 2nd at 2:00 at the BESC, 501 N Dixon. It should last no more than 2 hours. Still interested in attending, but have not yet signed up? Please contact Stacey Kobe at skobe[at]pps[dot]k12[dot]or[dot]us before Friday (November 2, 2007) so that we are sure to have enough training materials.

OLA Annual conference 2007

Hi All.

Just a brief update–

It’s about time to declare your intent to volunteer at OLA 2007. If you think you’re going to be interested in volunteering leave a comment here or let one of the steering committee members know.

Right now they have the most need for assistance with registration, which is actually kind of fun and puts you in a great position to meet a lot of people!

StreamNet library

Where: StreamNet Library, Portland, OR

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

When: ongoing (to be arranged)

Details:

“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. ”

(from http://www.fishlib.org/ )

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! http://www.fishlib.org/

If you are interested please contact the library directly!

StreamNet Library

729 N.E. Oregon St.

Suite 190

Portland, OR

97232

libd@critfc.org

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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!

Details:

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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laura.e.wilt@odot.state.or.us

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

Details:

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.

EOU Volunteer Opportunity

Where: Could be done at a distance. (aka at home)

What: Help research for planning their new library by creating a report outlining

some of the main trends (in post-secondary education and librarianship)

that might affect how they design a library facility

and/or‚ a bibliography of articles, websites or pictures‚ illustrating particular trends or

cutting edge new libraries (academic, undergraduate libraries only).

When: The deadline is flexible. She would like to have a finished product

or the end of December, but can make the deadline end of January or end of February.

(if interest level is high and she will get a better project out of it.)

But must arrange deadline in advance, just so she knows when to expect something.

Who: Library Director at Eastern Oregon University

  1. primarily undergraduate liberal arts institution, so not interested in trends at the graduate research level.
  2. has a large distance education component here, so she is interested in how academic libraries are imagining they will be serving their populations at a distance.Details:You get to research the latest, cutting edge trends in new library facilities.

    What do the futurists think an academic library is going to look like in 5-10 years?

    What are the latest trends in teaching (at the post-secondary level) that the library needs to take into account and respond to? She is interested in articles talking about recent examples of innovations in these areas in small undergraduate liberal arts colleges in the US, and in their counterparts in Canada or overseas. This is a huge project that can be broken down into subtopics (so you can finish your school work too!) Possible subtopics to choose from: information commons (or integrating computers into the library in some other fashion); study areas, particularly group study (and integrating technology into these areas); cafeterias, coffee carts or cafes in the library; partnerships between the library and student services (for example copy services, bookstore services, tutoring services); eating inviting spaces for academic community interaction in the library; storage solutions such as compact shelving or off-site storage; -creating a completely or mostly digital library. increased need for group vs individual study areas (this would involve searching the literature of higher education to see if there are articles on the topic); merging reference and circulation desks, or doing away with reference desks in the library; use of electronic or high-tech equipment for group study (eg electronic whiteboards, teamspace)

    library needs to take into account and respond to?

    She is interested in articles talking about recent examples of

    innovations in these areas in small undergraduate liberal arts colleges in the US,

    and in their counterparts in Canada or overseas.

    This is a huge project that can be broken down into subtopics (so you can finish your school work too!)

    Possible subtopics to choose from:

    -information commons (or integrating computers into the library in some other fashion);

    -study areas, particularly group study (and integrating technology into these areas);

    -cafeterias, coffee carts or cafes in the library;

    -partnerships between the library and student services (for example copy services, bookstore

    services, tutoring services);

    -creating inviting spaces for academic community interaction in the library;

    -storage solutions such as compact shelving or off-site storage;

    -creating a completely or mostly digital library.

    – increased need for group vs individual study areas (this would involve searching the literature of higher education to see if there are articles on the topic)

    – merging reference and circulation desks, or doing away with reference desks in the library

    – use of electronic or high-tech equipment for group study (eg electronic whiteboards, teamspace)