A new chapter published, OSU Libraries in the news, and holiday festivities.
Kelly McElroy's chapter "A Woman's Work is Never Done: Reference Outside the Library" is out in the newly published Library Juice collection of essays: The Feminist Reference Desk: Concepts, Critiques, and Conversations. A purchase request for this book has been placed.
SCARC had an event for the launch of Bill Robbins’ book The People’s School: A History of Oregon State University. Approximately 70 people attended, and the event appeared in the Gazette-Times.
Looking to take some time to enjoy the holiday season, and the colorful costumes of your co-workers? Well then, stop by the Staff Lounge at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31st, for some cake and coffee! Costumes are strongly encouraged, but not required. If you have the desire to bring some chocolate or candy to liven up the party, feel free!
The strategic planning group did not meet this week, but we were engaged in some offline work. We're starting to think about how we are going to get from where we are to a plan in the next six months. Some of the questions we're grappling with include what the scope, timeframe and depth of our plan should be. To inform this, we've pulled out some examples of strategic plans. If you want to take a look at the samples we've been using to start our conversations, go the strategic planning space on the wiki and scroll down to the header "Brought to Committee: Examples of Strategic Plans." We aren't looking at any of these as a template for our work, but considering questions like:
Starting January 22, 2017, all domestic U.S. air travelers will be required to: Show a drivers license issued by a state that is compliant with the REAL ID Act or has been granted an extension (Oregon’s extension runs until October 10, 2018), or show an alternative form of ID such as a passport, etc.. You can find more information on the Business Affairs travel webpage.
OSU Training Days is open for registration on November 7 and 8th at the LaSells Stewart Center. Check out their website to register for training.
Ed from SMS wanted to invite us to Documenting Ecosystems: Soundscapes and Music for Percussion, an artist presentation by Lisa Schonberg this Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7:30pm in Benton Hall 303. Lisa uses field recording, writing, and music composition to document and bring more attention to topics concerning ecology, endangered species, and threatened habitats, often through multimedia collaborations.
Don’t forget: you need to complete the employee benefits open enrollment process if you haven’t already! The due date is October 31st. You can sign up online.
Valery returned from Depository Library Council meeting and the FDL Conference with a lot of information. She even got a chance to meet the Librarian of Congress and shake her hand! Check out her travel blog for more details on how those went.
Taste of the ‘Chives-A Showcase of Global Flavors
12:00-1:00, Willamette Rooms
Sample the many flavors brought to campus by international student clubs! This annual public tasting of archived recipes will showcase dishes such as caldo verde, snake cake, lemon rice, and aloo gobi originally featured at cultural celebrations. These recipes can be found here along with many others, so if you want to prepare and share one of these at the event-that would be great! Being Halloween, the archival button fairy will haunt you with a free prize if you’re donned in your festive best.
Beyond Fake News: How We Find Accurate Information about the World
This is a conversation with Kelly McElroy on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Oregon Coast Community College community room at 400 SE College Way in the South Beach area of Newport. This program is hosted by all the libraries of the Lincoln County Library District and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.
Thanks to all those who participated in the Undergraduate Research and Writing Studio grand opening!
Social Justice Education Initiative for Fall term! The SJEI is a professional development program from Academic Affairs for all OSU faculty, staff, and graduate students aimed at building knowledge about equity and inclusion, and developing intercultural competencies. In addition to the platform curriculum, comprised of Session One and Session Two, there are new shorter workshops that explore specific topics with more depth. Now is a great time to build your equity and inclusion skills! Custom and unit-level delivery is possible in addition to these general workshops. Space is limited, register today http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=46
Metadata LT3 – UABC is working on the offer letter for our candidate.
Monograph Acquisitions LT3 – On hold.
Serials Acquisitions LT3 – There is one interview scheduled for 11/2.
Cataloging LT3 – Reference checks have been completed, and the committee is working with HR to make an offer to two candidates.
Cataloging LT3 – See the above update.
Science Librarian – The committee has two on-campus interviews scheduled for November 3rd and 8th.
Resource Sharing/CM Unit Manager – The in-person interviews have concluded and the committee is putting together their recommendation.
“Librarians are essential players in the information revolution because they level that field. They enable those without money or education to read and learn the same things as the billionaire and the Ph.D.”
― Marilyn Johnson
Can you guess the animal’s person?
This katto’s name is Topaz, also known as Princess Fluffy. We interviewed Topaz for this week’s piece:
“I am a Princess. My favorite activities are napping, snoozing, and lounging on the coffee table. I like to sleep in the middle of the bed so my Mommy has to sleep around me. I have a basket full of toys I ignore and a climbing tower that I refuse to climb; it’s undignified. Mommy got me at the shelter when I was about 1 year old and I have run the house ever since. I prefer being an only child and get very mad when other kitties come into my yard. I will only eat a special brand of kitty grass that Mommy has to special order because none of the nurseries here will carry it. My Mommy thinks I’m high-maintenance but I know I’m worth it.”
Answers can be shared with colleagues and guessed among the office. Next week’s newsletter will have the owner’s name. Last week’s pet was Don Frier’s pup, RJ.
Cheryl: For those of you who are new to the library, you might not know that I am big fan of Halloween! I do love the costumes, color and candy but my favorite thing about this holiday is watching all the scary movies. I am not all that discriminating in my movie tastes, but for me the B movies are the greatest, the cheesiest ones entertain me endlessly. The other thing that I love about Halloween is that it is a chance to bring the kid out in me to play! What’s my favorite Halloween movie? Well it is Halloween, directed by John Carpenter in 1978. Who doesn’t love Jamie Lee Curtis?
AMD: I don't like scary movies, and I stopped dressing up for Halloween when I was about eleven. But I do love the holiday for lots of reasons. It kicks off the fall/winter holiday season, which I love. Wearing costumes isn't my thing, but I like seeing what other people come up with (and I love making costumes). So my Halloweens today are low-key but great, handing out candy to the neighbor kids and re-watching Buffy -- Sarah Michelle Gellar's old-timey accent? Tiny fear demons? Never get old.