Thursday, July 26, 2012

Meet Pamela Phillips, the author of "Tie One On" at the Garden Home Library

On Tuesday, July 31st at 7:00 pm, Pamela Phillips will talk about scarf tying as well as about ovarian cancer awareness at the Garden Home Community Library.

A retired flight attendant, Pamela was diagnosed in 2009 with Primary Peritoneal Carcinoma, a rare type of aggressive ovarian cancer.

After a year of chemotherapy and 16 months of wearing headscarves, she learned many ways to cover her head. Pamela wrote Tie One On, an instructional and inspirational book, after getting questions on how to tie her turban scarf from women in her support group.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Top 5 Oregon travel books this summer

Well it's summer, and it's the season of getaways, whether local or further afield. Out of curiosity, I did a search in the WCCLS catalog to see which of the travel guidebooks were most popular this summer. It turns out that WCCLS patrons are an active bunch, and that you're getting out there making the most of what Oregon has to offer this summer.

Here are the five most popular guidebooks in the WCCLS catalog for the past three months:

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Carousels of Oregon presentation at Garden Home Community Library

On Tuesday, July 24th at 6:00 pm, videographer and historian Darrell Jabin visits the Garden Home Community Library to share his short documentary called Oregon Carousels: Creating New Traditions.

Read to ride at the Washington County Fair

The Washington County Fair starts next week! It opens on Thursday, July 26 and the last day is Sunday the 29th.

This year, young readers have the chance to earn free ride passes at the fair. They just need to read two books, fill in the report form, and get 2 carnival ride passes.

Monday, July 16, 2012

RFID project completed early and under budget

WCCLS set an ambitious goal of implementing a countywide RFID materials tracking system in a year’s time. The project began in August 2011 and tagging wrapped up in early July 2012. The goals were to improve inventory management, reduce staff handling of materials, speed up the checkout process for patrons and increase the security of the countywide collection.

To that end, here is what we accomplished:
  • A temporary project manager was hired and a Request For Proposal (RFP) was issued and reviewed
  • 3M Library Systems was selected as the vendor
  • RFID tags were purchased and teams of 10-15 contract “taggers” placed and programmed the tags in over 1.4 million books, CDs, DVDs, and other materials in all member libraries
  • The tagging process started at Hillsboro's Shute Park Library on January 1, 2012 and finished with Tuality Health Information Center by the end of June 2012.
  • RFID readers were installed at check-out desks, in library backrooms and processing areas at all member libraries
  • Security gates were installed in 16 libraries
  • Self-Check Out machines were installed or upgraded in 12 libraries
We estimated that the project would go into mid-August, but are pleased that the equipment was installed on-time and staff exceeded estimates for how long it would take to complete the tagging, finishing over a month early. Any cost savings from the project will remain in the WCCLS reserve fund to be used for future projects of countywide value.

- Eva Calcagno, WCCLS Director

Friday, July 13, 2012

Catalog and accounts will be unavailable

The WCCLS catalog and online accounts will be unavailable from 9:00 pm on Monday, July 16 until 7:00 am on Tuesday, July 17th. This is due to database maintenance.

The following services will not be available:
  • Renewing your items, whether online or by telephone
  • Searching the catalog
  • Placing holds
  • Logging in to your WCCLS account
We thank you in advance for your patience. If you have questions about your account, please contact your local WCCLS library.

Friday, July 6, 2012

New Cultural Pass venue: Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum

We're pleased to share that we've added the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum to our roster of Cultural Passes available for check out at your local WCCLS member library.