Point Map of Summit Libraries

Below is a point map which displays all of the current the academic library members (their institutions) that are apart of the Orbis-Cascade Alliance Consortium. The consortium is made up of 37 universities, colleges, and community colleges in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho Private and public institutions Serving 258,000 students. The current catalog, which is actually under development with a different vendor, is called SUMMIT. So if a student is looking to borrow a book from another library, we’ll refer them to the Summit catalog.

Any guesses as to how many books, videos, etc. are in represented through these libraries? 9.2 million titles representing over 28.7 MILLION items! And those numbers continue to grow each year, along with the number of consortia members.

Some interesting fact to ponder… 360,000+ packages are delivered by our courier system per year to 83 drop sites. This services helps circulate items to 293 libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho as of February 2013.

The Red Flag on the map represents the Mark O. Hatfield Library at Willamette University where I work. The Green Push Pins represent all of the main institutions, which includes many but not all of the drop sites.



Firehalls in the City of Vancouver, and Parks & Garbage Centers of Mesquite Texas

This is a demo map of a GIS map I created using pre-existing latitude and longitude data in an Excel spreadsheet.  The spreadsheet was uploaded into Google Drive and saved as a CSV file which is shared to the general public (to provide access to my ArcGIS.com account).  Then the URL for the Google CSV file is copied and shared in my ArcGIS file and over layed on top of a street base map.

The hardest part of this process was getting Google to save the document as a CSV file format.  The rest was pretty straight forward.  Once the Google Doc is linked to the ArcGIS map, you can modify the data in the Google Doc and the changes will be reflected in the ArcGIS map.  It is a pretty slick system.

Here is a link to a sample map (don’t forget to share your file to everyone): http://www.arcgis.com/apps/HeaderFooter/main/index.html?appid=3d35a7e67a0142b094a5917ed47272c7


The example below is using existing kml files (Keyhole Markup Language, which are over glorified xml files) and side stepping kml file editing issues with AcrGIS by using Google Earth.  This was a little bit more of a stretch for me because actually finding and saving kml files was an issue (the directions I was following were a little less descriptive).  Once I had the files, the process was easy.  I’m not sure if I know exactly WHY or in what situations one would use kml files over other types of files; this reason wasn’t explained in the tutorial directions, but perhaps in the book the class is following (which I don’t have).  The map below is much larger in scale (viewed higher in the sky) intentionally as to provide perspective of where Mesquite, Texas is located.


Intro to ArcGIS

I’m currently taking a three week intro course to GIS.  At first I was a little hesitant to take it since I have a background in GIS already, but then reconsidered and am using this opportunity to view this course from a beginners perspective.  Plus it would be nice to refresh some of my skills.

The first assignment is basically getting our feet wet with ArcGIS.com, which offers a free public website created by ESRI for creating and sharing interactive maps and other types of geographic information. Its website address is http://www.arcgis.com/home/ and is moderately intuitive to use.  I say moderately because there are quite a few things you can manipulate with this resource, such as adding lines for custom roadways or paths, compared to the last time I used this site a few years ago.basemap-types-arcgis

There is also several types of base maps that allow you to use existing satellite maps, topographic (elevation maps with lines), road maps (abstract maps with pre-drawn line for major roadways), and hybrid maps (combined satellite and  which are maps that you can draw over and add layers, and more.  I took a screenshot of what the options are and the interface.  Below is a basic map I created as a tutorial assignment of a path between the Dana Porter Library and the Waterloo Map Library.  Ironically, I can’t embed the image into WordPress because for security reasons WordPress doesn’t allow external files and links to be embedded directly in its web pages.  SO the screenshot will have to do!  I’m testing the capability of the ArcGIS links to the larger and direct map below.  I choose not to directly host the web applications on WordPress for the reasons just mentioned (incompatibility).






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Brief Sabbatical

For those who follow this blog, I’ve been on an unplanned sabbatical of sorts this past year which is why there have not been many posts.  Hopefully I will be able to return to regularly posting on this blog this fall or early winter!  


Oldest OLA Constitution

And yet another gem that I stumbled upon at the Oregon State Library (State of Oregon Library) is the oldest Oregon Library Association (OLA) constitution established around 1942. Our library constitution is modeled after the Washington Library Association (WLA) constitution. I had to chuckle at the .50 cent membership fee that it listed, and I had found another copy in which there was a proposed $1 membership fee. Maybe the Northwest conservative nature won the lower proposed fee because membership fees remained at .50 cents several years after.

If you would like to investigate additional Oregon library history, please check out A Journey Through Time which is posted on the OLA web site.  Enjoy!!!


1946 Funding of Libraries Through Oregon Taxes

For those historian out there, here is an interesting snapshot of the Oregon Counties in 1946-47 that funded libraries and their taxable allotment.

Oregon Counties Taxable Property Values, Population, and Support of Libraries 1946-47.


Oregon Communities Served by Public Libraries in 1946-47.


First Oregon Bookmobile?

Photo of Old Bookmobile

This Allegheny County bookmobile is a larger version of what an early Oregon bookmobile could have looked like. (Photo source: http://aclabookmobile.org/aboutus.html)

During my research at the Oregon State Library (also known informally as the State of Oregon Library), I ran across a fun bit of information for those bookmobile folks out there. Back in 1946, the “Library Board of Various Counties [of the] State of Oregon” inquired about ordering a custom vehicle capable of performing bookmobile service from the Grout Implementing and Truck Company of Vancouver Washington.

It is unknown if this was the only bid submitted–it is likely that there were others. And it is not certain from this bid letter whether a bookmobile was actually purchased, but it is fun to try to imagine it.

So what could this first bookmobile have looked like? It would have been very basic from the trucking company’s proposed description. It was 21 feet long, nearly 8 feet wide, and no taller than 9 feet 4 inches in height. And it cost roughly $7,200 per vehicle.

The frame would have been made of dried fir reinforced with steel, and the exterior would have consisted of aluminum sheets. The walls and ceiling would have had two inches of insulation and been covered by 1/2 inch-thick plywood sheets. The floors made of 1 inch-thick fir wood and covered with “battleship linoleum.” “Safety glass” would have been used on the windshield, door and rear windows. The hood would have been metal and contained asbestos. The wheel housings would have been “dust proof and sealed,” and two windshield wipers in the front and one for the back.

It would have had two adjustable “bucket seats” with possibly a third so that the book mobile could carry a driver and two passengers. The steering wheel would have been vertical to allow the driver to “sit well forward,” along with other custom modifications. Plus it had “two gopher fans” at the windshield for air circulation and defrosting, and a Stewart Warner gasoline heater for heat.

Inside the main part of the bookmobile, “suitable shelving” would have been attached to the walls and floor. The dimensions of the shelves were 10 inches deep, one foot between shelves that would go from the floor to ceiling, and tilted at a 15 degree angle with rubber matting so books wouldn’t slide off of the shelves while driving.

A dome light would have been attached to the ceiling, powered by a separate 32 volt generator that came from “war surplus” or a heavy duty policy-type 32 volt battery.

To view the scanned original document, click here.  It also has some interesting notes about knowing your library written on the back of the document.

1909 OR/WA Library Conference?

Was the first OLA conference actually held in 1909 instead of 1942? 

Well, no…  It turns out that the letter below actually is in regards to the creation of the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA), which was formally established in Seattle during a three day conference in June 1909, rather than the first Oregon Library Association (OLA) conference that was held in 1942.

I ran across the  letter below in the State Library during a recent search for past OLA conference programs. This 1909 invitation letter is from Cornelia Marvin, the State Library’s first librarian, to Adelaide Lilley, the first librarian of the Carnegie Library of Eugene, better known today as the Eugene Public Library, to attend a “joint meeting of the Oregon-Washington Association in Seattle.”

Some interesting facts about Adelaide is that she trained to become a librarian at the age of 47 after the death of her husband in 1904, and served as a librarian at the City Library of Eugene when it first opened on August 20th, 1906, until she died in 1933.

Also interesting to note are the members of the Oregon Library Commission, which include Oregon’s Governor (George E. Chamberlain), State Superintendent (J. H. Ackerman), President of the University (P. L. Campbell), Librarian of the Portland Library (Mary F. Isom), W. B. Ayer, and Secretary of the Oregon Library Commission Cornelia Marvin (and as mentioned before, the State Library’s first librarian).

1909 Invitation

1909 Invitation (Photo taken with phone camera, please excuse the poor quality.)

Past Oregon Library Association (OLA) Conference Programs, 1942 to Present

A few years ago I served on the Oregon Library Association (OLA) Programming Committee to help organize the annual conference. During that time, I was intrigued by the lack of access to past OLA conference programs, even to just the prior year. At the time, as a first time presenter at the conference I was also curious to see what kinds of past programs the Academic College Research Libraries (ACRL) Division of Oregon had sponsored in the past. I was also curious about the conference logos (as a graphic designer hobbyist) and general conference themes.

So I asked around, starting with my committee members. They, however, did not have any copies of past conference programs, except for the committee chair who only had the previous two years. I was sure that OLA would have digital copies of these somewhere. After all, the conference programs reflect the cultural history of this organization and provide context to the important issues facing libraries at the time. But I was wrong and there were no digital copies.

I continued to ask OLA officials, and a few had personal copies of years they attended stashed away in folders. Finally, someone had mentioned that the State of Oregon Library might have copies. So I verified this and setup an appointment to look through their collection. I was a little surprised to find them heaped in several cardboard boxes with thick layers of dust. As I began to look through them, it seemed as if they had been left in these boxes for decades, nearly forgotten in the depths of the building. But on the top was multiple copies of the conference program from the previous year. Thankfully someone had been collecting these over the years, or as I would find out later, had collected selectively.

Why didn’t someone provide copies of the OLA conference programs online? Were they viewed as unimportant? Was it really that much of an issue to scan these and put them online? When I asked these questions, the common answers I received were that “no one had ever felt the need to do so before,” “there have always been other digital projects that were more pressing,” and “maybe it needed to be scanned appropriately to retain the highest quality.” So they sat in boxes on a shelf in a dark room waiting for their chance to reappear. They must have been waiting for me!

So I obtained permission to borrow the boxes of programs from the State of Oregon Library to scan them, and over the course of several days I scanned all of the programs. I provided a copy of the scanned images to the State of Oregon Library as a thank you. And over the next two years of periodic work on this project, I cleaned up the scanned images, tracked down missing conference programs and information about the programs as best as I could, and placed what I had online. Below are the results.

I hope to analyze these programs and write a little more about the OLA conference history on this blog, and perhaps submit something to the Oregon Library Association Quarterly journal for publication. I’m especially excited about the OLA and Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) vote at this year’s OLA and OASL Conferences (2012) to merge together. By looking through the past of OLA, the present and future may gain additional synergy and future growth. (Perhaps someone from the OASL would like to scan old conference programs too!) Enjoy these PDFs!

NOTE: While I did scan these documents and the general public may freely access these, copyright of the images and text in the documents belongs to the Oregon Library Association (OLA).  Until they are “properly scanned” and made available to the general public by OLA or another related professional organization, I intend to provide these scanned versions on this site (Libraryshoptalk.wordpress.com).

As you’ll notice, several years are missing, particularly current years. If you have any of the missing conference programs, please contact John Repplinger at jrepplin@willamette.edu.  These are the missing years: 1943, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1958, 1967, 1971, 1980

Oregon Library Association (OLA) Conference Programs

1946 to present (various date)

 1942 Program Cover

1942, January 24


1st Annual

(Mid-Winter Conference)

 Conference Summary & Signatures of Attendees

1943 Conference program is missing

1943 Conference Attendees
 1944 Program Cover

1944, May 6


2nd Annual


1945 Conference program is missing

 1946 Program Cover

1946, May 25


4th Annual


1947 Conference program is missing

 1948 Program Cover

1948, May 22


6th Annual


1949 Conference program is missing

1950 Conference program is missing

 1951 Program Cover

1951, May 19


9th Annual

“Let’s Develop”

 1952 Program Cover

1952, May 9-10


10th Annual

“Our American Heritage”

 1953 Program Cover


11th Annual

“Facing the Future: Books Speak for Themselves… Let the Librarians Speak, Too”

 1954 Program Cover

1954, April 30-May 1


12th Annual

“Oregon Libraries in Action”


1955, April 29-30

La Grande

13th Annual


1956, April 17-28


14th Annual


1957, May 3-4


15th Annual


1958 Conference program is missing


1959, May 8-9


17th Annual


1960, April 29-30


18th Annual


1961, April 28-29


19th Annual

“The Challenges of the Sixties”


1962, April 27-28


20th Annual

“The Book in the Picture”


1963, April 26-27


21st Annual

“The Library Meets the Community”


1964, April 23-25


22nd Annual

“Libraries – Oregon – 1964”


1965, April 22-24

Coos Bay

23rd Annual

“Design for Progress”


1966, April 28-30


24th Annual

“Planning for Progress”


1967 Conference program is missing


1968, April 25-27


26th Annual

“Vanquishing Boundaries in Librarianship”


1969, April 9-12


27th Annual


1970, April 16-18


28th Annual

“Libraries in the 70s are for people and books”


1971 Conference program is missing


1972, April 27-29


30th Annual

“Cushion Conflict with Cooperation”


1973, April 26-28


31st Annual

Action in Today’s World


1974, April 25-27


32nd Annual


1975, April 10-12


33rd Annual


& Revised Schedule (PDF)


1976, April 28-May 1

Lincoln City

34th Annual


1977, April 21-23


35th Annual


1978, April 20-22


36th Annual

“Statistics are the Beacon of Our Happy Life”


1979, April 19-21


37th Annual

“Looking Toward the 80’s”


1980 Conference program is missing


1981, April 22-25

39th Annual


1982, April 14-17

(1st OLA/WLA Conference)

40th Annual

“Libraries – Pure Gold”


1983, April 7-9


41st Annual

“Making Libraries Fit”


& Handout (PDF)


1984, April 11-14


42nd Annual

“OLA 1984”


1985, April 10-13


43rd Annual

“Oregon Libraries on the Next Frontier: Communication, Credibility, Creativity”


1986, April 20-23

Gleneden Beach

44th Annual

“Dewey Did – Do We? Or Back to Basics”


1987, April 22-25


45th Annual

“Libraries: Pure Gold2”


1988, April 6-9


46th Annual

“Libraries: Window to the World”


& Handout (PDF)


1989, April 5-8

Sun River

47th Annual

“Libraries Give us Wings”


& Map (PDF)


1990, March 28-31


48th Annual

“50 Year Celebration: 1940-1990”


& Handout (PDF)


1991, April 10-13


49st Annual

“Oregon Libraries: Together into the Future”


1992, April 8-11


50th Annual

(3rd OLA/WLA Conference)


1993, March 31- April 3


51st Annual

“Ideals into Action”


& Handout (PDF)


1994, April 6-9

Sun River

52nd Annual

“Commitment, Connection, Clout”


1995, April 26-29


53rd Annual

“Creating New Connections”


1996, April 26-27


54th Annual

“Oregon’s Promise: Intellectual Freedom”


1997, April 23-26


55th Annual
(OLA/WLA Conference)

“Get Wired, Get Inspired”


1998, March 30-April 1


56th Annual

“Reboot, Refresh, Restore”


1999, March 31-April 2


57th Annual

“Make a Wave: Educate, Advocate, Lead”


2000, April 5-7


58th Annual

“Libraries: A Proud Tradition, A Bright Future”


2001, March 28-30


59th Annual

“Libraries: A Proud Tradition, A Bright Future”


2002, April 17-20


60th Annual

“Building Bridges”


& Additional Program Information (PDF)


2003, April 23-25


61st Annual

“Steering the Flexible Course”


2004, April 14-16


62nd Annual

“Diversity, Not Window Dressing”


2005, April 6-8


63rd Annual

“The Power in Collaboration”


2006, April 5-7


64th Annual

“Thriving on Change, Embrace the Possibilities”


2007, April 18-20


65th Annual

“Civics, Cyberspace, Change”


2008, April 16-18


66th Annual

“OLA/WLA: Sharing More Than a Boarder”

 2008 Exhibitor List

2009, April 1-3


64th Annual

“One State, Many Stories”


2010 Cancelled

Due to PLA Conference in Portland


2011, April 6-8


69th Annual

“Libraries Build Communities Build Libraries”


2012, April 25-27


70th Annual

“Right at the Heart of Things”


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