Thursday, September 13, 2018

Blog no longer being updated

We’re excited to announce that the State Library of Oregon has launched a newly designed website . As part of the update, we will no longer be updating this blog. Information about the LIS Collection can be found at Please contact us if you have questions or concerns.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Blog to be discontinued in September 2018

We’re excited to announce that a new State Library website will be going live soon. We think you’ll find our new website a big improvement, with a much more modern look and feel and enhanced, user-friendly functionality. In keeping with the theme of changes, Library Support staff will no longer update this blog because the same information is already available in the State Library’s catalog and in listserv and social media posts. It will remain online for a few years so that links to posts about specific titles still work.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

How to Request Materials

Please contact us if you have any questions about the LIS collection, or if you would like to request that we purchase an item for the LIS Collection. Be sure to include as much information as possible; the title, author, publisher, and ISBN are required minimally.
If you would like to request an item listed below, please use your library's established interlibrary loan process (e.g. OCLC or ALA request form). Otherwise, send your full name, the name of your library, complete title information, shipping address, and a phone number to the document delivery department at email or (fax) 503-588-7119.
Most library staff are able to use their library’s interlibrary loan service to borrow professional development material. However, if you do not have access to these services or are not currently affiliated with a library, please contact a member of the Library Support and Development staff to discuss alternative options for borrowing the material.  

Monday, August 6, 2018

Your Passport to International Librarianship
Carlyle, Cate and Dee Winn. Your Passport to International Librarianship. ALA Edition, 2018. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1718-3

There’s a different kind of professional development out there, one that involves travel, experiencing different cultures and new languages, and learning the kinds of interpersonal skills you can’t get sitting behind a desk. Volunteering in international libraries is not only feasible, it’s also the perfect prescription for recharging, renewing, and recommitting oneself to librarianship. In this book the authors draw from their experiences working with groups such as Librarians without Borders to offer a passport to these exciting opportunities.

Table of Contents 
Introduction: Today Is the Day
Chapter 1    Everything You Need to Know about International Librarianship (and More)
Chapter 2    Why? Because the World Needs You
Chapter 3    Oh! The Places We’ve Been . . .
Chapter 4    Get Ready, Get Set, Go
Chapter 5    If Only I Had Known: Dos, Don’ts, and Practical Advice
Chapter 6    Home Again, Home Again . . . Now What?
Chapter 7    Partner for Success: Collaborating with an International Library
Chapter 8    Do Your Homework: Online Resources to Get You Started

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Finding and Using U.S. Government Information A Practical Guide for Librarians

Latham, Bethany.  Finding and Using U.S. Government Information A Practical Guide for Librarians. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. ISBN: 978-1-5381-0715-7

This work covers both tangible and digital information produced by the US Federal Government in order to offer an overview of the subject and provide a subject-based ready-reference for the types of government information sources that can answer many questions commonly encountered by reference librarians.

Table of Contents 

Part I: Background and Context
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Types of Government Information
Chapter 3: Approaches to the Research Process

Part II: How to Find and Use Government Information
Chapter 4: General Resources, Search Engines, and Tools
Chapter 5: Business, Economics, and Labor
Chapter 6: Census and Housing
Chapter 7: Education
Chapter 8: Environment
Chapter 9: Geographical Information Systems, Maps, and Other Cartographic Materials
Chapter 10: Health, Medical, and Consumer Information
Chapter 11: Intellectual Property
Chapter 12: Legislation, Law, Jurisprudence, and Criminal Justice
Chapter 13: Scientific, Technical, and Statistical Information

Part III: Collection Management and Professional Development
Chapter 14: Tips for Government Information Collection Development
Chapter 15: Professional Development and Continuing Education