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Wednesday, April 18


**RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, 4/19** The Guadalajara Book Fair and Your Library: The Launch of Libros for Oregon
UPDATE 4/6/18: This preconference has been RESCHEDULED as a regular conference session, allowing more attendees to take part. Check it out on Thursday, April 19, at 11:00am!

But I don’t speak Spanish!
But the Guadalajara Book Fair seems so overwhelmingly huge!
But I can’t afford the staff time to go!
But I don’t even know where to start!

The Guadalajara Book Fair (FIL) remains the richest source of culturally relevant, Spanish-language books to help us serve our many Latino/Hispanic patrons. With the launch of “Libros for Oregon: Collections Connect Communities,” Oregon’s public libraries will have a new resource to help them tap the resources of the FIL. The goal of this LSTA-funded project is for Spanish-speaking Oregonians statewide -- especially in rural areas -- to have improved access to high quality, culturally relevant collections. The project's three parts are:

(1) form a book-buying cooperative to buy FIL materials for members;
(2) help participating libraries develop/implement outreach plans;
(3) create and publish a “Best of FIL” booklist, annotated to show US availability.

Deborah Gitlitz, who administers the grant, and a panel including members of this year’s test consortium, will report on the results of the two-year project and explain how it will continue; tell stories about the gargantuan FIL; answer questions; and explain how your library might apply to participate in future years.

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Deborah Gitlitz

Bilingual Community Outreach Librarian, Wilsonville Public Library
Deborah has 20+ years' experience as a bilingual Youth Services and Community Librarian in multicultural, economically diverse environments, including 15 years with Multnomah County Library and currently as Community Outreach Librarian in Wilsonville. She coordinates the Libros for... Read More →
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Star Khan

Outreach Coordinator, Driftwood Public Library, Lincoln City, Driftwood Public Library
Star Khan is the Outreach Services Coordinator at Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City. She is responsible for cultivating and maintaining relationships with community organizations as well as finding ways to extend the library beyond its walls, taking library services out into... Read More →

Teena Nelson

Youth Program Coordinator, Driftwood Public Library
Teena Nelson is from Siletz Oregon, a small town near coastal Oregon. She has worked as a Youth program co-ordinator for about 18 years with Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City, Oregon. She has volunteered as a storytime person for many years in her town's tiny Siletz Public... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
Wilder Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


Big Ideas, Small Budgets
Learn about making big ideas happen on a small budget. The presenters will discuss how they created a permanent makerspace, mobile maker carts and kits, and “making” programming for all ages with a small budget. They will also provide practical pointers to library staff looking to make the most of their budget. Participants will have a chance to engage with small-budget making activities, as well as workshop their own ideas and challenges, so bring a service, program, or collection puzzle to share! There will also be time for Q&A.


Molly Brandt

Volunteer Coordinator, Hillsboro Public Library
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Janelle Youngblood

Librarian, Hillsboro Public Library
A graduate of the University of Washington's iSchool, Janelle has worked in a variety of different types of libraries, including music performance libraries, an academic medical library, and, mostly recently, the Hillsboro Public Library. She is interested in project management, as... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
Ferber Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


How to Document Oregon’s Thousand Points of Life: Techniques and Technologies to Engage Your Community Using an Oral History Project
Limited Capacity seats available

Community-based oral history projects bring together diverse voices and reflect a community’s rich cultural heritage. These oral histories are Oregon’s thousand points of life that illuminate the state’s heritage and the photographs, video, and artifacts that accompany the oral histories illustrate that heritage.

This hands-on workshop will teach practical methods to collect, describe, publish and promote an oral history project with adult or teens. Using hands on learning exercises, participants will rotate through each of the three tables at 30 minute intervals facilitated by librarians and staff from Southern Oregon University, Pacific University, Oregon State University and the University of Portland. Methods and materials will be shared but the focus of the workshop will be on participants and their communities. Participants can expect to work through the planning, collection focus, and cost considerations of an oral history project. They will customize an intellectual property release, conduct oral histories, develop appropriate metadata, and design an outreach and communications plan for their project.

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Maureen Flanagan Battistella

Assistant Professor Affiliate and Research Anthropologist, Southern Oregon University
Battistella’s research involves food culture, heritage agriculture and the wines of Southern Oregon. She is one of the architects of the Stories of Southern Oregon project, a collection made available through SOU Hannon Library's Southern Oregon Digital Archives portal. The Stories... Read More →

Jules Filipski

Digital Services Technical Assistant, University of Portland
Jules Filipski has held prior positions at the Oregon Historical Society and Southern Oregon University Hannon Library. She has over 10 years of experience in the preservation of and establishing access to heritage materials. When not at work, she spends a lot of time creating obstacles... Read More →
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Eva Guggemos

Associate Professor Archives, Pacific University
Guggemos is lead on a county-wide, collaborative oral history project funded by LSTA to preserve and catalog more than 900 oral histories collected by local museums, libraries and universities. These endangered assets record the unique memories of immigration, changing patterns of... Read More →
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Chris Petersen

Senior Faculty Research Assistant, Oregon State University
Chris Petersen has worked in the OSU Libraries since 1996. Much of his career has been devoted to exploring the life and work of Linus Pauling. He is also the director of the Oregon State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Project, the largest oral history initiative ever conducted... Read More →

Vicky Sturtevant

Professor Emerita, Southern Oregon University
Sturtevant's research and teaching interests involve forest management practices and community collaboration to advance grassroots policy development. She is a Co-Principal Invesitgaor on the Legacy Labor project with Maureen Battistella, a grant funded initiative to collect the heritage... Read More →

Philip Vue

Digital Services Librarian, University of Portland
Philip Vue oversees the Clark Library’s digital collections and institutional Repository Pilotscholars. Prior to his role at University of Portland, he served as the Digital Services Librarian and Building Manager at the Oregon State University Libraries & Press. Among other things... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
Hansberry Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA