Upcoming OYAN meetings

OYAN meetings are a great way to swap book recommendations, get help with your teen programs and services, and hear what other libraries around Oregon are doing for teens in their communities. Join us at one of our upcoming meetings!

Fall Workshop & Membership Meeting This Friday!

Don’t forget that the OYAN Fall Workshop and Membership Meeting are this Friday at the Wilsonville Public Library!

Outcome-Based Evaluation: Putting Teen Programs on a Level Playing Field with Children’s Programs
Friday, October 21, 10am to 12pm
Katie Anderson, Youth Services Consultant of the Oregon State Library, will present. Teen programs typically get significantly less attendance than children’s programs, so it’s difficult to use statistics to justify your time and budget. Outcome-based evaluation is a way to find out the impact your program has on the teens who participate and communicate the value of your time and budget. At this presentation you will get an overview of outcome-based evaluation and will work on developing an outcome-based evaluation for one of your teen programs or services. Come with one teen program or service you want to evaluate in mind. Leave with desired outcomes for that program or service, ideas for evaluating it, and ideas for communicating the result to your library director and other stakeholders. If you’d like to join us, please email Bobbye Hernandez and let us know you are coming.

And if you’re coming for the workshop, stay for the membership meeting! The fall membership meeting will be held from 1 to 4pm. OYAN meetings are lively, fun, and not just business! Share and learn about new books and program ideas with your colleagues and help strengthen teen services in libraries.

Not able to make the fall meeting? Our next one will be held on Friday, January 27th at the St. Helens Public Library — mark your calendars now!

OYAN Spring Meeting Invite

Sonja Somerville, 2014-2015 OYAN Chair, Salem Public Library

I so hope you are considering joining us for the OYAN Spring Membership Meeting:

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, May 1
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
DO NOTE! We will be discussing nominations for officers for 2015-2016. I would LOVE to hear from you if you have an interest in getting involved in the Publications Committee (helping with the OYAN newsletter, blog, etc.) or in serving as a representative to the Oregon Reader’s Choice Awards committee (the work is conducted entirely by email and GoogleDocs, so … this is a great committee for people with lots of energy but limited travel opportunities.)
For lunch options, I am suggesting a group walk over to a nearby Panera Bread. Here is a sneak peek at their menu:
Since they have lightning fast service, it looks like the best option is just to head over and order on the spot. There are also other “walkable” choices and, as always, you are welcome to brown bag it.
As always, bring your best programming ideas to share!