PNLA Stands in Solidarity

June 4, 2020

From PNLA Executive Board:

The Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) unequivocally condemns racism and endorses the statements made by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and other library allies to condemn and take action to dismantle “the systematic social injustices of Black people and People of Color”. 

In solidarity with these efforts, PNLA is committed to examining its own practices and processes, as well as leveraging its network as a regional library association to engage the Pacific Northwest library community in critical conversations and programming on equitable access, diversity, and social justice topics.

Additional Resources and Statements  

 

PNLA Solidarity Statement

NEW PNLA LISTSERV PLATFORM COMING JUNE 1st

NEW PNLA LISTSERV PLATFORM COMING SOON

Coming June 1st — the PNLA Listserv will transition its listserv from Yahoo to Groups.io. Yahoo is no longer maintaining their listserv service. Groups.io will allow for greater functionality for PNLA and its membership.

You will not have to do anything to remain on the listserv. We will take care of it for you. We will begin transferring over the PNLA listserv directory to the new platform in the coming weeks. PNLA assumes that by having a currently active listserv subscription that you want to remain on the PNLA listserv. If that is not the case let us know or to unsubscribe yourself, send and email to PNLA+unsubscribe@groups.io

Below are the new listserv email address functions.

And this is the new PNLA listserv homepage: https://groups.io/g/PNLA

If you have questions — please let me know via email (stoddartrick@yahoo.com)

Request for articles: PNLA Quarterly Special Issue on COVID-19

PNLA Quarterly is publishing a special issue about the Libraries and COVID-19. PNLAQ would like to hear from you about your COVID-19 library experiences.

Email pqeditors@gmail.com with your library reactions, responses, and reflections to the pandemic. Brief and long papers, essays, and writing are welcome.

PNLA Quarterly webpage: https://pnla.org/pnla-quarterly/ 

CallforPapersPNLAQ-specialissue

PNLA Quarterly: Request for Editor Candidates – Extended to 3/8/2020

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RECRUITMENT EXTENDED UNTIL March 8th, 2020!

January 2020
(Link to RFP PNLAQ Editor Winter 2020)

Request for Editor Candidates:
PNLA Quarterly (Journal of the Pacific Northwest Library Association) https://pnla.org/pnla-quarterly/ 

The Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) is requesting proposals from individuals seeking consideration to become the next Editor of the PNLA Quarterly.

Current Overview:
PNLA accepts articles, reviews, programs, and presentation summaries specifically related to librarianship in the Pacific Northwest Region. Individuals submitting articles have the option to request peer review. Currently, there are 4 regular columns and rich article content from the Pacific Northwest region. The journal has migrated to its current digital home at Montana State University (https://arc.lib.montana.edu/ojs/index.php/pnla/index). The journal has a small editorial board that has been involved in reviewing articles, generating calls for submissions, and writing columns. 

The current editor will work with the new editor(s) to ensure a smooth transition over the course of their first published issue.

Reporting Relationship and Term of Contract:
The Editor(s) reports to the PNLA Board. Editorship will be for a period of two years beginning Spring/Summer 2020. This term is renewable for an additional two-year cycle based upon approval of the PNLA Board of Directors at their Annual meeting in August of each year. 

The Editor(s) will receive a complimentary PNLA membership for the length of their tenure, as well as free registration at the annual PNLA conference.  Travel assistance to PNLA meetings and annual conference may also be available depending on funding availability. 

Preference will be given to those applicants in the Information Science Field, those working in the Pacific Northwest, and to past/ current members of PNLA.

Responsibilities:
The Editor(s) are responsible for the content of the Quarterly, and for maintaining and implementing a vision that will keep the publication relevant to members of PNLA as well as other library professionals working in the Pacific Northwest.  The Editor will be responsible for monitoring review comments and suggestions, making acceptance decisions in a timely manner, notifying authors, corresponding with accepted authors, and working with author submissions to the extent necessary in order to make the contributions of the highest possible editorial quality.  Reviewers for peer-reviewed articles will be selected from a pool of qualified PNLA members.

The Editor will be expected to deliver the content for each issue of the publication according to a mutually agreed schedule. The content will be delivered to the appropriate parties at Montana State University for publication on the Open Journal Systems site https://arc.lib.montana.edu/ojs/index.php/pnla/index 

Proposals:
Must include: (1) cover letter, (2) brief resume/cv, (3) a narrative section (4)  links to any samples of your editorial work.

Recommendations: (5) It is also suggested but not required that applicants include 1-3 brief letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your abilities or editorial work.

Narrative:
The narrative section should be no more than three pages in length and should explicitly address the following:

  • Your overall vision for the PNLA Quarterly reflecting a clear understanding of PNLA’s history, purpose, and activities.
  • Projected timeline and plan for quarterly publication.
  • A discussion of optimal scholarly communication for the field of Information Science and key strategies for positioning PNLA Quarterly in that role.
  • Three measurable objectives for the journal during the initial term of service
  • A discussion of how you feel the editorial review process will work
  • A plan for encouraging submission
  • Other topics for discussion might include your views on electronic publishing, including audio and video components in the publication, or publishing suggestions for this rapidly changing publishing environment.

If you have served as an editor of other publications, please append a copy of, or link to, those publications.

Letters of Recommendations (not required but recommended):
This position requires the Editor to manage the submissions, reviews and the publishing of the journal.  The letters of recommendation should support your potential for the position of Editor of PNLA Quarterly with an emphasis on the quality of work you have performed in the past.

Submission:
The Cover Letter, resume, narrative, three letters of recommendation and samples should be delivered to the following address via email attachment.

Deadline:  February 23rd, 2020– 11:59 PM Pacific  Standard Time — 

***RECRUITMENT EXTENDED UNTIL March 8th, 2020!***

Submission Address:
Email proposals to Rick Stoddart Co-President of PNLA at stoddartrick@yahoo.com 

Submitted proposals will become the property of PNLA.  PNLA will hold all responses in confidence within the applicant review process.

The PNLA Board will review all complete proposals.  After the initial review, interviews will be held before March 31st.  It is the intent of the PNLA Board to announce the selection of the new Editor by April 1st, 2020

 

Vote for PNLA Board Members

Please vote for the next Vice President / President Elect, 2nd Vice President and Secretary. Candidate bios are below. The link will take you to the poll. Polls close on July 5, 2019. 

Vote here (You will need to sign in)

Thank you,

Jay Peters


Position:  Vice President/President Elect

The elected board member will become the Vice President following the August, 2019 Board meeting and become President in August 2020. 

Candidate #1:  Pam Henley

I have been working in the public library field for over 20 years; prior to that I spent several years in overseas school libraries. For the past 5 years I’ve been a consulting librarian with the Montana State Library, assisting public library directors and trustees with training, library standards and statistics, and any other issues that develop.

As a statewide consulting librarian I have the privilege of visiting public libraries around the state. Being a PNLA member has increased the opportunity to network with librarians in other states and provinces, sharing ideas across boundaries and learning from others. As VP-President Elect I hope to encourage this activity, both within the board and among members, through the use of available technologies while exploring new possibilities. I have been involved in conference planning for our state association and will bring that experience to this position as well.

Position:  2nd Vice President

The elected board member will become the 2nd Vice President in charge of memberships following the August, 2019 Board meeting.

Candidate #1:  Ilana Kingsley

As a new member of PNLA, I would be delighted to take on the role of 2nd Vice President. I am an Associate Professor of Library Science, and the Web Librarian for Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. With my extensive background of working with web applications and social media, I’d be the perfect fit for this position. I am familiar with the end-use interface of Wild Apricot (PNLA’s membership software) and with figuring out how to use the administrative-end of such software. At Rasmuson Library I am the sole person responsible for posting on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and have experimented with other applications (e.g., Snapchat, MeWe, Tumbler, etc.). Additionally, I have recently starting tweeting for @PNLA_Org, and have been the chair of the AkLA Social Media Committee for several years. I would be honored to serve on PNLA Board of Directors as 2nd Vice President. I’d be happy to answer any questions you have, email me at imkingsley@alaska.edu 

Candidate #2:  Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen

Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen is the director of the Portland Metro campus library at Oregon Institute of Technology where she has been since 2008. Prior to that, Dawn was at the Florida State University Libraries. She earned her MLIS from Louisiana State University in 2003. In 2000 she earned a BA in creative writing from Linfield College in McMinville, OR. Dawn has been involved in professional and personal associations locally, regionally, and nationally her entire career, including ALA and LLAMA. Dawn studies the language of questions including virtual reference and assessment. She has published articles on this and books and articles on leadership in libraries among other topics. Outside of librarianship Dawn likes to cook, garden, and is active in the local fiber arts and knitting communities.

Platform:

I recently asked a business research class what they think of when they heard the word libraries. Books, quiet, grey hair, buns were all on the list of things they came up with. This is not the first time I have done this exercise, and the results are always along the same lines, libraries and librarians are seen as stewards of books. We need to break this mold. As library professionals we all know these ideas are outdated, and that libraries are so much more. No matter where the library is, the type of library it is, who the population being served is, libraries are much much more than the contents of the stacks.

From 2006-2008 I was the American Libraries association New Members Roundtable Membership chair. Part of those responsibilities were serving on the ALA membership committee. More than 10 years ago, membership was declining. In more recent involvement in similar activities I have seen survey results about why people are not involved. These two concepts and issues work together, as a profession, and as an industry, we have an image issue that needs to be addressed. I am interested in the second vice president position specifically because of the relationship to members and member services. I look forward to working with the membership, the non members, and the executive board in addressing these and other initiatives.

Position:  Secretary

The elected board member will become the Secretary following the August, 2019 Board meeting. 

Candidate #1:  Tania Harden

I am the Assistant University Librarian responsible for providing digital services and technology to the Idaho State University community. One of my main responsibilities is to ensure that ISU students and faculty can access our library resources from whenever and wherever they need them. The best part of my job is researching and determining the different technologies that the ISU community can use to be successful in their academic and professional pursuits.

I have a Master of Information Science (MIS) and a certificate in Digital Content Management from the University of North Texas and am currently pursuing my Doctorate in Education (EdD) in Instructional Design Technology from Idaho State University. I am passionate about professional development and am always looking for ways to become a better, more knowledgeable librarian and manager.

I am currently serving on the Library Leadership Advisory Committee (LiLAC) and would like to be more involved in other aspects of the profession. Serving as PNLA secretary will allow me to learn more about the organization itself as well as its members, meet new people, exchange ideas with other library professionals, and provide a useful service to my fellow librarians.

When not working or studying, you will find me spending time with my family, watching my kids play sports, or crocheting. All while listening to or reading a book, of course.

Candidate #2:  Erin Hvizdak

Thank you for considering me for the position of PNLA Secretary. I am excited about the position as I am looking for ways to become more involved in the profession regionally, and to connect library employees across the large geographical area that I have grown to love and call home. I currently work at Washington State University Libraries, where I have served as Reference and Instruction Librarian for four years and reference services coordinator for the last three of those; next year, I am transitioning into the role of Assessment Librarian. I have previously worked in public, community college, and special libraries in both urban and rural areas, and feel that my experience in these diverse settings would be beneficial to serving the many types of library employees that comprise PNLA. Most relevant to the PNLA Secretary position, I am currently the newsletter editor of the Women and Gender Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), which requires me to compile reports, articles, photographs, and announcements from the national membership, do editing and layout, and finalize the newsletter for publication by the specified deadline. This experience will translate nicely into accurately and efficiently compiling reports, recording and publishing minutes, and keeping the job board updated on a timely basis for PNLA. My previous regional service work included serving for two years as Member-At-Large on the Executive Board of the Washington chapter of ACRL, where I got a taste of working for a regional library association and which made the Washington library world feel like a tight knit community, despite my five-hour drive from Seattle. I am looking forward to building that same feeling of community as PNLA Secretary, as I work to ensure strong and clear communication between libraries and across borders. 

Vote here (You will need to sign in)

 

Latest PNLAQ issue: DIGITAL EQUITY, ACCESS AND INCLUSION: CHALLENGES ACROSS CONTEXTS

The latest issue of PNLA Quarterly is available that is focused on Digital Equity, Access, and Inclusion. Full issue is available here: https://t.co/4s5y9ZmxDl

ARTICLES

Sarah Zhang
Heidi Young

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES

Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen, Aja Bettencourt-McCarthy
Hannah McKelvey, Carmen Clark
Kellian Clink

 

PNLA 2019 Conference EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS LIVE

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS LIVE and WILL END JULY 7TH!

Registration Rates

Full Conference Registration includes:

  • Wednesday (August 7th)
    • Access to free pre-conference sessions
    • President’s Reception
  • Thursday (August 8th)
    • Keynote speaker
    • Sessions & Programs
    • Young Reader’s Choice Award Buffet Lunch
    • Social events and networking
  • Friday (August 9th)
    • Lunch buffet & Speaker
    • PNLA Business meeting
    • Sessions & Programs

Early Bird: Rates:

PNLA LEADS alumni will receive a $10 discount on conference registration.
Contact the conference chair for the LEADS conference discount code –

Regular conference rates
PNLA Member: $300
Non-PNLA Member: $325 (includes a PNLA membership!)

PNLA LEADS alumni will receive a $10 discount on conference registration.
Contact the conference chair for the LEADS conference discount code –

 

Donate to PNLA

PNLA is a non-profit organization that is supported by its membership. Please consider supporting PNLA through your donations. You can target your donation to specific PNLA initiatives such as the Young Reader’s Choice Awards, PNLA LEADS, PNLA Quarterly, supporting the PNLA conference, or just PNLA in general. Your donations are greatly appreciated. Please use the form linked below to donate:

PNLA DONATION FORM

Call for Participation PNLA 2019

Call for Participation

You are invited to submit program proposals for the 2019 PNLA Conference in Spokane, Washington on August 7-9th. The theme for the conference is Libraries Leading the Way. PNLA is seeking programming that focuses on:

  • Library leadership skills such as communication, conflict resolution, strategic planning, etc.
  • Outreach to diverse and underrepresented patron groups
  • Rural and small libraries
  • Young readers and community literacy
  • New library-related competencies and workplace skills
  • Technology and innovation
  • Information literacy and #CritLib
  • Equity, inclusion, and diversity.
  • Reader’s Advisory
  • Sessions of interest to school, public, academic, and special libraries.

Program sessions will be either be 75 minutes, 45 minutes, or 10 minutes lightning talks. PNLA is also seeking proposals to be considered for longer pre-conference sessions as well. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2019 and submissions will receive a response from the planning committee by March 31st, 2018.

To submit a proposal please visit this link.

You will be asked for program and contact information including a 100-250 word abstract.

If you have questions about the conference or are interested in being a vendor — please contact Rick, the conference chair

Hashtag: #PNLA2019