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COLLABORATIVE SUMMER LIBRARY PROGRAM NAMES LUKE KRALIK AS ORGANIZATIONAL COORDINATOR

MASON CITY, IA – (APRIL 17, 2017) The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) announces Luke Kralik as its new Organizational Coordinator.

Kralik brings a wealth of leadership experience and an understanding of different library systems to the organization. His previous job was as the library director of the Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon. He also served as the college librarian at the Tillamook Bay Community College, Tillamook, Oregon, as well as a reference librarian at the Tillamook County Library and at the Jackson County Library in Medford, Oregon. His experience as a school librarian at the Sacred Heart Elementary School in Medford, Oregon, gave him firsthand experience running a summer reading program.

Kralik will oversee all aspects of projects for CSLP, including contracts, strategic plans, online manual development, rules of use, membership support and the creation of an online storefront, among other things. This full-time position will begin June 1, 2017 but prior to that, Kralik will work with the CSLP Board of Directors, its multiple committee chairs and vendors on a part-time basis laying the foundation for the June transition.

“When I was notified I had been chosen for the position I literally jumped in the air! I was truly inspired by the passion and dedication the members demonstrated at the recent CSLP Annual Meeting,” enthused Kralik. “It is an honor to have been selected as the CSLP's Organizational Coordinator. I cannot wait to begin working with all of the members!"

Founded in 1987, CSLP is a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children, teens, and adults at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries. CSLP’s 2017 summer reading theme, “Build a Better World,” is available at public libraries across the country for all ages from children to adults.

“We’re thrilled to have Luke join the CSLP team as our organizational coordinator,” said Sharon Rawlins, President of CSLP. “We believe that Luke’s experience working with many different committees in various library settings, paired with his enthusiasm and warm personality, is the perfect match for CSLP. His ability and willingness to work with the board and CSLP members, and his energy and evident passion for literacy and technology will enable us to reach new heights of success.”

To learn more about CSLP, or how you can get involved with its summer reading program at your local public library visit www.cslpreads.org.

About CSLP

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is a national non-profit organization composed of volunteers who create, produce, and provide public libraries with high-quality summer reading materials for children, teens, and adults across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Mariana Islands. To learn more about CSLP and its mission please visit www.cslpreads.org.


SLIM Alumni Present at Oregon Library Association Conference 2017 (April 19-22)

Congratulations to all alumni who presented during the conference! Alumni names are in bold.


Conference Committee Members:

  Conference Chair – Michele Burke (2006)

  Past President – Jane Corry (1997)

  Exhibits Chair – Thea Hart (2012)

  Local Arrangements Co-Chair – Esther Moberg (2007)

  Technology Coordinator & Webmaster – Kevin Moore (2007)

  OLA Association Manager – Shirley Roberts (1997)

  Speaker Arrangements Co-Chair – Janet Tapper (2004)


Carissa Barrett, Lake Oswego Public Library; Sarah Strahl, Hillsboro Public Library; & Alicia Yokoyama (2006), Lake Oswego Library

  2 Minute Reviews


Jane Corry (1997), Multnomah Country Library; Meredith Farkas, Portland Community College; Karen Hill (2006), Cornelius Public Library; Stephanie Lind, Washington County Cooperative Library Services; Dawn Lowe-Wincensten, Oregon Institute of Technology; & Keli Yeats, Multnomah County Library

  Mentoring to Build the Next Generation of Leaders


Jenny Berg, McMinnville Public Library; Adam Carlson (2013), McMinnville Public Library; Kimbre Chapman, McMinnville Public Library; & Alice Darnton, McMinnville Public Library

  Inclusive Library Team Culture


Brandon Barnett (2002), Multnomah County Library; & Lisa Tattersall, Washington County Cooperative

  Just Surviving or Thriving? Finding Success With Your Vender Relationships


Erin Clark, Oregon State University; Laura Cray, Oregon Historical Society; Jules Filipski, Oregon Historical Society; Erin Stout (2016), Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program; & Ruth Vondracek, Oregon State University

  Reuniting the Past: Collaborations for Learning and Outreach in the Digital Age


Korie Buerkle, Newberg Public Library; Libby Hamler-Dupras, West Linn Public Library; Rebecca Mayer (2008), West Linn Public Library; & Marta Wolcynska, Cedar Mill Community Library

  Oregon Battle of the Books


Jane Corry (1997), Multnomah County Library

  Time Management: An Unconference Session


Jenny Swanson (2008), Sherwood Public Library; & Jaime Thoreson (2006), Sherwood Public Library

  DIY Craftshop: Crafting, Community, Connections


Cathryn Bowie, State Oregon Law Library; Jerry Curry, Oregon State Library; Jane Kirby, Oregon OSHA Resource Center; Layne Sawyer, Oregon State Archives; & Laura Wilt (2004), Oregon Department of Transportation Library

  Government Libraries and Archives: Let’s Learn How We Can Thrive Together!


Susan Bloom, Jackson County Library Services; Karen Muller (2004), Hillsboro Public Library; & Jerianne Thompson, Tualatin Public Library

  Growing into Management


Laura Bradshaw, Multnomah County Library; Silvana Santana Gabriell, Multnomah County Library; Deanna Kohn (2015), Multnomah County Library; Toan Lam-Sullivan (2009), Multnomah County Library; Suad Mohamed, Multnomah County Library; & Patrick Provant, Multnomah County Library

  Language, Culture, and Inclusiveness – Serving our Communities


Debra Barnes, McKay High School; Liz Beazizo, West Salem High School; Michele Burke (2006), Chemeketa Community College; Debra Grant, North Salem High School; Lisa Hardey, Sprague High School; & Jeanne Woodley, McNary High School

  Communicating Across Curriculums: Preparing HS Students for College Research


Kristen Cure, Springfield Public Library; & Taylor Worley (2012), Springfield Public Library

  Thriving on a Dine – Part 1: Marketing & More


Allie Flanary (2007), Portland Community College; & Sara Robertson, Portland Community College

  What’s Your Comfort Zone? Engaging Communities to Create and Define the Library Spaces They Need


Kristen Cure, Springfield Public Library; & Taylor Worley (2012), Springfield Public Library

  Thriving on a Dime – Part 2: Displays & Visual Appeal


Amy Mihelich, Tualatin Public Library; Emily O’Neil, Deschutes Public Library; & Jean Peick (2004), Washington County Cooperative Library Services

  MarcEdit and Vendor Records – Thriving Together!


Claire Dannenbaum, Lane Community College; Amy Hofer, Open Oregon Educational Resources Grant Program; Alise Lamoreaux, Lane Community College; & Lori Wamsley (2002), Lane Community College

  Partnering for Student Success: An Open Education Resource Collaboration Project


Candise Branum (2009), Oregon College of Oriental Medicine; Molly Gunderson, Portland State University; & J. Turner Masland (2012), Portland State University

  The Critical Library Manager


Amber Bell (2011), Tigard Public Library

  Creative Construction: Inspiring Thinking Skills with Open-ended, Project-based Programming for All Ages


Liz Beazizo, West Salem High School; Pam Kessinger, Portland Community College; Julie Morris (2010), Benson Polytechnic High School Moderator; Elaine Hirsch, Lewis & Clark College

  Information Literacy: Reaching Across the Academic Divide


Taylor Worley (2012), Springfield Public Library

  Thriving on a Dime II: Creative Displays for Your Library Collection


Raina Sedore, SLIM alumna, helps kids connect with reading.

"Every book has a reader, and every reader has a book," according to Raina Sedore, a youth services librarian at Lacey Timberland Library. A graduate of the SLIM program, Raina has worked as a full-time librarian since 2008. Using music, theater, art, and laughter, Raina has great success in showing children that reading can be a joy.

Along with working at the public library, Raina also fosters relationships with area schools, meeting monthly with local teacher-librarians. “The teacher-librarians in our schools are passionate, driven, intelligent people who love working with the kids in their schools. I’m very proud of the relationships and partnerships we’ve built with each of them to effectively serve our community,” she says. Working with schools and visiting them to promote the library's resources and services makes a huge difference in helping them to choose reading.

Raina describes how she views her role in the library: “As a public librarian, I get to open up new worlds to kids every day. Books can be windows into the lives of people who live differently than you. Books can also mirror your experience to help you feel less alone. Every kid – every person – should have both kinds of stories available to them. And my job is to make sure that happens!”


Erica Findley, SLIM Alumni, Keynote Speaker at Montana Library Association Conference



Oregon alumna, Erica Findley, was the keynote speaker at the Montana Library Association Conference on March 30th in Billings, MT. Her presentation was called, “You Are a Library Activist”, addressing why the activist approach is needed for Montana Libraries.

Erica also led a workshop at the conference with some practical how-to information with "Library Workers & Stable Library Funding: Advocacy or Activism?" Through the recent ballot measures in Darby and Ronan, MT, library workers as citizens have participated in activism by communicating the values of their services to the public.

Erica is the cataloging and metadata librarian at Multnomah County Library in Portland, OR, and a board member of EveryLibrary at everylibrary.org.

Congratulations, Anne Liebst!

Anne Liebst, an alumna of the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University, has been named the new director of library services at University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.

As director of UAFS library services, Liebst will oversee the planning, implementing, directing and evaluating of all services provided by the library. Additionally, she will develop, manage and maintain the library’s print and non-print collections supporting the academic and research programs of the university, develop policies, procedures and evaluation strategies for building and managing collections, while strategically analyzing the needs of the student body.

Before taking on the role of library director at UAFS, Liebst worked as the discovery and access coordinator for the Ottenheimer Library at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she provided vision and leadership for discovery and access to library and archive materials, assisted in developing and maintaining vision, strategy, policies and standards, and collaborated with colleagues at UALR to ensure a responsive, leading-edge digital library program.

Congratulations, Anne Liebst!


Association of College & Research Libraries 2017 Conference

It's a beautiful day in Baltimore at ACRL with Perri Parise (Portland MLS Director), Marty Hale (retired SLIM Dean), Wooseob Jeong (SLIM Dean) and Kathie Buckman (Emporia MLS Director.)



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