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April 9, 2015

OSLIS Mailing & Digital Repository

Please be on the lookout for an OSLIS mailing addressed to Library Supervisor. If your school does not have library staff, please route the envelope to a lead teacher.

The OSLIS committee put together some information that went out to Oregon’s public and private schools last week and early this week. Because of cost versus budget, we could only include a limited number of OSLIS information packets for each school. Therefore, Marlene Lee (OSLIS Chair) and I created a digital repository where the items in the mailing plus extra resources can be accessed. The digital repository link is on two items in the mailing. Per the request in the mailing cover letter, we encourage the recipient to share the packets and URL for the digital repository with school and district staff.

The URL leads to a Google Drive folder, and the contents can be viewed by anyone with the link. Those who want to download folder contents can click on an item and then click on the download icon in the top center of the page.

So what’s in the digital repository? Well, there’s a brief and longer overview of what OSLIS is, and the longer version includes information about how to access the website sections and resources. There are Gale fact sheets about key K-12 databases and one about LearningExpress Library. We call out the new information literacy eBooks. Plus, you’ll find a PDF of the OSLIS bookmark and a PNG file of the OSLIS logo.

The resources should help the Oregon K-12 community understand what OSLIS offers and help library staff promote OSLIS and the statewide databases. For example, download the OSLIS, Gale, & LearningExpress Library document, add the Gale login for your school district or non-profit private school, and email the document to staff. Anyone promoting OSLIS can include the URL for the digital repository in newsletter articles, like I did in the OSLIS article in the April Education Update (which was edited by ODE staff). Etc.

Need your Gale login? Need the statewide login for the new information literacy eBooks? Please ask.

Thanks for routing the OSLIS packets to teachers in your building.


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library