OLA Quarterly http://journals3.library.oregonstate.edu/olaq <p>Oregon Library Association (OLA) publishes OLA Quarterly (OLAQ) four times a year.</p> Oregon Library Association en-US OLA Quarterly 1093-7374 Volume 25 Issue 4 Table of Contents http://journals3.library.oregonstate.edu/olaq/article/view/vol25_iss4_1 Oregon Library Association Copyright (c) 2020 OLA 2020-07-13 2020-07-13 25 4 2 2 10.5399/osu/1093-7374.25.04.01 Volume 25 Issue 4 Introduction | From the Guest Editor http://journals3.library.oregonstate.edu/olaq/article/view/vol25_iss4_2 <p>This issue fulfills a goal to highlight youth services librarianship in Oregon, and to dedicate one full volume to celebrating what we are doing now, what we hope to do in the future, and ways that we are changing the emotional, intellectual, and literary landscape of the lives of children and teens. It’s a great mix of articles, and I’m proud of each of the authors. I appreciate their time and efforts, both in their daily work and in their contribution to the written field of librarianship practices and philosophy.</p> <p>We are practicing all the good stuff of librarianship: programming, collection development, readers’ advisory, activism, reference assistance, and engagement that is all combined into the important work every librarian does. Add in the elements of intellectual freedom (which are, of course, also of note for non-youth services librarians), privacy rights for patrons under the age of 18, the programming fun and challenges of working with youth, and code-switching to connect with kids, tweens, parents, educators, and our own non-youth oriented librarian peers, and you’ve got the quintessential youth services librarian. You’ll find each of those features represented in this issue.</p> April Spisak Copyright (c) 2020 April Spisak 2020-07-13 2020-07-13 25 4 3 4 10.5399/osu/1093-7374.25.04.02 Play With Purpose at the Hillsboro Public Library http://journals3.library.oregonstate.edu/olaq/article/view/vol25_iss4_3 <p>The Hillsboro Public Library (HPL) has two very active branches that serve the robust youth population of Hillsboro. Our Vision Statement is “Welcoming and inclusive, the Hillsboro Public Library is a world-class system where our entire community gathers, connects, and explores.” Our mission is simply: “For Everyone/Para Todos.” We were ready to live up to our vision of a world-class system for our community.</p> <p>In the spring of 2018, I worked as a practicum student at the HPL-Brookwood main branch as a requirement for my library science degree. I was issued the challenge to create a more playful, engaging experience in the library for the children we serve in the community. The Power of Play states “As libraries continue to compete with television, technology, and commercial endeavors, staying focused on a library’s purpose to develop human potential is our best response. Transforming underutilized public spaces into dynamic early learning places is a great starting point” (Stoltz, Conner &amp; Bradberry, 2015). While we deliver stellar programming that is well-attended, the children’s collection area was ready for an update.</p> Theresa Misenti Copyright (c) 2020 Theresa Misenti 2020-07-13 2020-07-13 25 4 5 14 10.5399/osu/1093-7374.25.04.03 The Library Squad: Tweens in the Public Library http://journals3.library.oregonstate.edu/olaq/article/view/vol25_iss4_4 <p>Though tween services in libraries are far from new, there is surprisingly very little written about them. Unlike early literacy, which is undoubtedly the most common priority amongst librarians serving youth, tween services might seem like the newest passing trend. Some libraries have dedicated tween librarians who not only offer tween-specific programs but curate tween collections. Other libraries offer combination tween and teen programs. At the downtown Eugene Public Library, tween programs fall under the umbrella of school-age programming for youth ages six to twelve. Trend or not, youth services staff have excitedly begun to delve more deeply into this often forgotten stage.</p> Alec Chunn Copyright (c) 2020 Alec Chunn 2020-07-13 2020-07-13 25 4 15 19 10.5399/osu/1093-7374.25.04.04 ¡Bienvenidos! Cuentos en el Parque: Taking Library and Other Community Services on Location http://journals3.library.oregonstate.edu/olaq/article/view/vol25_iss4_5 <p>During the middle of the summer in Sherwood, Oregon, if you are walking through the grounds of one of the largest parks in town, you will see tables set up for lunch for a crowd, other tables with free books and community information, bubbles filling the air, and about 100 kids and their grown-ups enjoying a camp-like experience. You will see families of all demographics enjoying stories and songs in Spanish and English. You will see happy faces lined up for lunch, and a riotous enthusiasm that only kids exude during a fun craft or outdoor game activity. You might wonder what is going on. Is it a school gathering? Is it a city event? Is it a community fair? The answer is all of the above. It’s Bilingual Storytime in the Park/Hora de cuentos en el parque, an annual storytime session that runs once a week for six weeks during the summer, now in its fourth year.</p> <p>Bilingual Storytime in the Park is an outreach program run by Sherwood Public Library, Sherwood School District’s Sherwood Helping All Reach Excellence (S.H.A.R.E.) Center, and Sherwood YMCA. Community partners also include Helping Hands, MudPuddles Toys and Books, Sherwood Center for the Arts, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, and the City of Sherwood, all of which come together to reach Spanish-speaking families. This article will describe how our library partnered with other city organizations to create a successful outreach program for families and how you can do the same.</p> Jaime Thoreson Copyright (c) 2020 Jaime Thoreson 2020-07-13 2020-07-13 25 4 20 24 10.5399/osu/1093-7374.25.04.05 Summer Outreach Crew: An Experiment http://journals3.library.oregonstate.edu/olaq/article/view/vol25_iss4_6 <p>In an effort to bring engaging and interactive programming to families around our city and to promote summer reading, the Beaverton City Library formed a Summer Outreach Crew (SOX) of six staff members that visited parks, apartment complexes, free lunch sites, camps, and summer school sites from June to August 2019. Each member of SOX visited an outreach location in the community for approximately one hour once a week where they interacted with lots of children, teens, and caregivers who in some cases were not regular library users. We brought science experiments, games, trivia, robots, art activities, and much more and left families excited about what the library has to offer! Regardless of the size of your staff or the funding available, we believe there are aspects of our outreach plan that would work for any library.</p> <p>When we set out to start planning our summer outreach efforts, we wanted to ensure we visited some areas of our city that were not close to either of our two library branches and were not already receiving services from the library. We also wanted to be sure to visit locations where families were already present, rather than asking families to come to us. We put together a team of staff who were especially excited about bringing library services outside our four walls and programming in non-traditional spaces.</p> Amy Wyckoff Copyright (c) 2020 Amy Wyckoff 2020-07-13 2020-07-13 25 4 25 27 10.5399/osu/1093-7374.25.04.06 Consistency, Not Cookie-Cutter: Maintaining Individuality Within a Library System http://journals3.library.oregonstate.edu/olaq/article/view/vol25_iss4_7 <p>Jackson County Library Services (JCLS) is celebrating its centennial this year, and in 2020, we will be transitioning away from a contract with Library Systems and Services, and moving into our own library district. With this transition comes a lot of discussion about where we have come from, and how we want to represent ourselves as a system for the next 100 years.</p> <p>Jackson County is 2,802 square miles and has 15 libraries to serve its 11 incorporated cities and 34 unincorporated communities. That is a lot of kids and families wanting quality library programming. However, what the kids and families want in our Applegate branch could be very different from what the kids and families an hour south at our Ashland branch would want. It’s also important, though, that no matter which of the 15 branches is closest to you, you can walk in there and find not only relevant materials, but also experience a variety of fun, educational, and meaningful programming. This is why I look for “consistency, not cookie-cutter” when coordinating library services at our many branches. So the question for me, as the district youth services coordinator, was “how do I make sure that all 15 branches are providing the same level of service, that they are all working towards the JCLS mission, but also not take away from their individuality?”</p> Brystan Strong Copyright (c) 2020 Brystan Strong 2020-07-13 2020-07-13 25 4 28 30 10.5399/osu/1093-7374.25.04.07 My Life in Teen Services: Then and Now http://journals3.library.oregonstate.edu/olaq/article/view/vol25_iss4_8 <p>Fourteen years into my career as a teen services librarian, I thought it would be interesting to reflect on my early years as a fresh-faced librarian and compare those experiences to where I am now, mid-career. I can both laugh a bit at my early naiveté, and feel concerned that I’ve grown too old to connect with my intended audience. Regardless, my dedication to serving the teens in my community has only grown stronger as I move further into my second decade of being “that librarian who came to my school and talked about books!”</p> April Witteveen Copyright (c) 2020 April Witteveen 2020-07-13 2020-07-13 25 4 31 34 10.5399/osu/1093-7374.25.04.08 Baby, I Was Born This Way! How Local Teens Helped a Library Deliver an LGBTQ Collection http://journals3.library.oregonstate.edu/olaq/article/view/vol25_iss4_9 <p>While the organization We Need Diverse Books has increased the number of high-quality LGBTQ books being published by mainstream publishers, it hasn’t gotten easier for teens to find them on library shelves. They often don’t know the books exist and aren’t comfortable asking for assistance from library staff. In order to bridge this gap, librarians working with teens need to be more proactive in designing collections and spaces that improve access to LGBTQ resources.</p> <p>In this article, we outline how Oregon City Public Library worked with a local group of LGBTQ teens to develop a Teen LGBTQ collection. By sharing our experiences and the resources we utilized, we hope to provide other libraries with a process they can use to meet the unique needs of teens in their communities. While a dedicated LGBTQ collection was the best choice for us, something different might work better for you.</p> Sabrina Tusing Barratt Miller Copyright (c) 2020 Sabrina Tusing, Barratt Miller 2020-07-13 2020-07-13 25 4 35 40 10.5399/osu/1093-7374.25.04.09 Our House is on Fire: How Librarians can Help Young Climate Activists http://journals3.library.oregonstate.edu/olaq/article/view/vol25_iss4_10 <p>Many librarians are inspired by Greta Thunberg and the millions of young people who have begun mobilizing to pressure government and corporate entities to address the climate crisis. During the Global Climate Strike week from September 20 to 27, 2019, it is estimated that over 7.5 million people worldwide joined Thunberg in agitating for change (Global Climate Strike, 2019). Our situation is dire. In June of 2019, scientists at the Permafrost Laboratory at the University of Alaska Fairbanks reported that permafrost melting in the Canadian High Arctic had already exceeded estimates of melting not previously expected to occur until the year 2090 (Farquharson et al., 2019). In response, Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International, stated that “thawing permafrost is one of the tipping points for climate breakdown and it’s happening before our very eyes” (Reuters, 2019). Rapid permafrost thawing would suddenly release enormous quantities of carbon dioxide and methane, initiating a feedback loop that could cause global temperature to rise even more catastrophically (Reuters, 2019). Recently, 400 scientists from 20 different countries released a statement urging mass actions of civil disobedience as the only way to pressure policy makers to act quickly enough in order to avert the worst consequences of climate change (Green, 2019).</p> Jen Ferro Copyright (c) 2020 Jen Ferro 2020-07-13 2020-07-13 25 4 41 49 10.5399/osu/1093-7374.25.04.10 Editorial Response to OLAQ 25(2) http://journals3.library.oregonstate.edu/olaq/article/view/vol25_iss4_11 Elaine Hirsch Copyright (c) 2020 Elaine Hirsch 2020-07-13 2020-07-13 25 4 50 50 10.5399/osu/1093-7374.25.04.11 Volume 25 Issue 4 Back Matter http://journals3.library.oregonstate.edu/olaq/article/view/vol25_iss4_12 Oregon Library Association Copyright (c) 2020 OLA 2020-07-13 2020-07-13 25 4 51 51 10.5399/osu/1093-7374.25.04.12