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Saturday, April 21
 

9:30am

"Writing Is Life: Connecting Books to Your Students’ Experiences" with author Jordan Sonnenblick
Jordan Sonnenblick, who was an urban teacher for 14 years before becoming a full-time novelist, shares strategies for showing your students the secrets of close reading; writing with voice; and understanding deep plot – all through connection to their own life experiences. Trigger Warning: Possible Disney Clips!

Speakers
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Jordan Sonnenblick

Author
Jordan Sonnenblick was a public school teacher for fourteen years, but always dreamed of being a writer, so one day in 2003 he sat down and started his first young adult novel, Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, which was published by Scholastic in 2005. Jordan was as surprised as anybody... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Bloch Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA

9:30am

Expectation vs. Reality in the High School to College Transition: Working Together to Bridge the Gaps
How might we work together across the K-20 continuum to better serve students with information literacy instruction? Academic librarians have reported that students have increasing deficiencies in information literacy competency when they start college. In order to inform our instruction, librarians at Eastern Oregon University surveyed first-year students for the past four years about their knowledge and understanding of library research and information literacy concepts. This presentation will report on the findings of this survey, and compare them to the Oregon School Library Standards for grades 12-13 (soon to be released) as a way to spark ideas about improving the transition from high school to college.

Following the presentation portion of the session, librarians and paraprofessionals from K-12 schools and academic librarians are invited to work together to brainstorm and identify strategies for student success across the continuum. Because many school districts in Oregon, and particularly in Eastern Oregon, do not have teacher-librarians on staff, session participants will explore ways in which OLA, OASL, academic and school librarians could support practicing teachers who provide information literacy instruction to help college bound students be better prepared.

Speakers
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Sally Mielke

Associate Professor - Library, Eastern Oregon University
A former K-12 librarian, Sally Mielke is Collections & Instruction librarian and liaison to the College of Education at Eastern Oregon University.
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Sarah Ralston

Assistant Professor - Library, Eastern Oregon University
Sarah Ralston is an instruction librarian who teaches credit-bearing information literacy courses primarily in the First Year Experience (FYE) program at Eastern Oregon University.

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Saturday April 21, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Joplin/Seeger Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA

9:30am

Let Our Voices Light the Way: Addressing Sensitive Topics in Libraries Through Dialogue
In an increasingly polarized political and social climate, librarians encounter many sensitive issues representing many voices on the reference desk, in the classroom, and throughout the library. Library users may ask about fake news, debate Black Lives Matter, or be concerned about what bathroom to use. How do we prepare ourselves to meet these conversations with care rather than shutting them down out of fear? How can we invite more voices to shed light on these issues? In this facilitated discussion, library workers from public, academic, school, and special libraries will come together to share experiences navigating challenging issues.

Participants will reflect on their experiences engaging in sensitive conversations with library users. We will consider situations that went well, and ones that did not, to determine what strategies led to pain points or to moments of connection. Participants will learn about intervention strategies and then will practice these with real-life scenarios involving sensitive topics in libraries. Special attention will be paid to approaches that raise voices that might otherwise be silenced. The facilitators will gather feedback and wisdom from participants, and will share additional resources for further learning and growth.

Speakers
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Lindsay Marlow

STEM Instruction & Outreach Librarian, Oregon State University
Lindsay Marlow is the STEM Instruction & Outreach Librarian at Oregon State University. She received her MLS from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and previously worked as the Science Librarian at the University of South Dakota. She currently serves as the Treasurer for... Read More →
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Kelly McElroy

Student Engagement & Community Outreach Librarian, Oregon State University
Kelly McElroy is the Student Engagement and Community Outreach Librarian at Oregon State University Libraries & Press. She received her MLIS and Master of Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia. She organizes with her communities as a coordinator of the annual Zine... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Sousa Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA

11:00am

Patti Dobrowolski Thunder Talk: "I Love Change - You Go First"
Learn three powerful things that you and your library staff can do to adapt and lead change within your community! In this short Thunder Talk, Saturday's keynote speaker Patti Dobrowolski will share stories and tips from her 25 years working with individuals and organizations to increase their resiliency and commitment to their purpose.

Speakers
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Patti Dobrowolski

Up Your Creative Genius
Patti Dobrowolski, author of DRAWING SOLUTIONS: How Visual Goal Setting Will Change Your Life, is founder of Up Your Creative Genius, a consulting firm that uses visuals and creative processes to help companies and individuals around the world accelerate growth and change. A critically acclaimed comic... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Bloch Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA

11:30am

Being On the National YALSA Teens' Top Ten Panel: A Tale of Many ARCs (Part 1)
After noting a lack of West Coast libraries among the libraries chosen nationally for the YALSA Teens' Top Ten panel, Sonja Somerville and a group of teens from Salem Public Library decided to put in an application to be part of the 2017-2018 panel. Their excitement at being accepted as one of 20 libraries nationwide also came with a measure of panic. It has been a wild ride as Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) pour into the library. More and more readers have been recruited in an effort to keep ahead of the demand. The best - and also most challenging - thing about this list is that all the reviewing, nominating, and voting is totally generated from teens. No adults allowed. In Part 1 of this session, Sonja and a panel of teen readers share tips, highlight pitfalls, and offer interesting observations in the hope of encouraging increased future participation from Oregon. In Part 2, they'll deliver a series of rapid-fire book talks for some of the most amazing selections they've discovered as part of this process.

Speakers
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Brinsley Hammond-Brouwer

Speak Up! Book Club reader/reviewer, Salem Public Library
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Anne Jenkins

Speak Up! Book Club reader/reviewer, Salem Public Library
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Sonja Somerville

Teen Services Librarian, Salem Public Library
Sonja Somerville is a recovering journalist and erstwhile grant developer and marketing specialist who finally decided what she really wanted to be was a librarian. She has her MLIS from Drexel University and The Funnest Job Ever getting teens excited about books, planning wildly... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm
Joplin/Seeger Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA

11:30am

But We Aren’t Scientists! Get Your Hands on STEAM Programs for Kids and Teens
Have you wanted to offer STEAM programs at your library and don’t know where to start? Or think you don’t have the skills or budget for it? Learn about what kinds of science, technology, engineering, and math (and some art) programs the Beaverton City Library staff offers for kids and teens. Our programs include STEM Storytime, Messy Art, Kid Engineers, Messy Science, and more! After the brief presentation, you will have time to explore different activities and play with toys that you might consider offering at your library.

Speakers
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Sandra Carson-FitzGerald

Children’s Librarian, Beaverton City Library
Sandy started her library career at Madison Public Library in Madison, Wisconsin. Sandy got her MLS from Emporia State University and has been working at Beaverton City Library for 20 years. She loves books, children, and matching books with children.
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Ian Duncanson

Youth Services Librarian, Beaverton City Library
Ian has been at the Beaverton City Library for 10 years. He loves teen fiction, recommending books and anticipating the Printz winner every year.
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Jessica Miele

Youth Services Reference Assistant, Beaverton City Library at Murray Scholls
Jessica Miele is a native of upstate New York and has lived in Portland, Oregon, since 2011. She received her Master of Library Science at Simmons College. She is passionate about all things related to books and learning, and she believes in 398.2.
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MacKenzie Ross

Youth Services Librarian, Beaverton City Library at Murray Scholls
I’ve worked with rural and urban libraries in Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Oregon since 2010. I light up when kids, teens, and their adults ask me what books they should read next, and I love offering kids and teens opportunities to tinker with new tech toys and engineering chall... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm
Bloch Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA

11:30am

Get Out of Town! How to Get an International Library Job
Just got your MLIS and need professional experience? Burned out in your current job and ready to make a big career move? Working abroad might be the key to a brighter future.

Believe it or not, international jobs are often less competitive than American ones, and there is a shortage of librarians with an MLIS degree in countries without accredited library schools. There are opportunities for all types of librarians, and you can get academic library positions even if you’ve only worked in public libraries.

Meet Lara Phillips, a public librarian who became a reference librarian at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji from 2012-2015. She’ll describe the current international job market for youth and adult librarians, focusing on university and international school jobs that do not require foreign language skills. She'll explain the job search and hiring process and will give you the scoop on what working for a foreign library is really like. You’ll learn how to decide if a foreign job is the right move for you and what you need to know before you move if you get hired. Even if you're not considering taking a job abroad, you will enjoy this peek at the unique challenges presented by library life in the developing world.

Speakers
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Lara Seven Phillips

Librarian, Multnomah County Library
Lara Phillips is the co-author of Taking your MLIS Abroad: Getting and Succeeding in An International Library Job and a former librarian at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji.


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm
Sousa Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA

12:20pm

Being On the National YALSA Teens' Top Ten Panel: A Tale of Many ARCs (Part 2)
After noting a lack of West Coast libraries among the libraries chosen nationally for the YALSA Teens' Top Ten panel, Sonja Somerville and a group of teens from Salem Public Library decided to put in an application to be part of the 2017-2018 panel. Their excitement at being accepted as one of 20 libraries nationwide also came with a measure of panic. It has been a wild ride as Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) pour into the library. More and more readers have been recruited in an effort to keep ahead of the demand. The best - and also most challenging - thing about this list is that all the reviewing, nominating, and voting is totally generated from teens. No adults allowed. In Part 1 of this session, Sonja and a panel of teen readers share tips, highlight pitfalls, and offer interesting observations in the hope of encouraging increased future participation from Oregon. In Part 2, they'll deliver a series of rapid-fire book talks for some of the most amazing selections they've discovered as part of this process.

Speakers
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Brinsley Hammond-Brouwer

Speak Up! Book Club reader/reviewer, Salem Public Library
AJ

Anne Jenkins

Speak Up! Book Club reader/reviewer, Salem Public Library
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Sonja Somerville

Teen Services Librarian, Salem Public Library
Sonja Somerville is a recovering journalist and erstwhile grant developer and marketing specialist who finally decided what she really wanted to be was a librarian. She has her MLIS from Drexel University and The Funnest Job Ever getting teens excited about books, planning wildly... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:20pm - 1:00pm
Joplin/Seeger Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA

12:20pm

Tech Lab Collab: A School and Public Library Teaming Success!
Tech Lab is a joint venture between West Linn High School and West Linn Public Library to help support STEM activities for teenagers in West Linn. The natural pairing of a high school library and a public library has led to an innovative after school experience hosted at WLHS. The knowledge and expertise of both libraries comes together for the benefit of students.

Tech Lab was brought about by our combined desire to expose teenagers to various technologies through a weekly drop in meeting time. Weekly meetings allow kids to build interest and help drive some of the enrollment in other tech programming activities at both the high school and the public library. Combining our resources (both in time and materials) has allowed us to scaffold out to more students than otherwise possible. Our goals and learning targets for Tech Lab are to create student capacity and interest with tech innovation, as a possible interest area for their future. Activities such as drone flying, computer programming, virtual reality (using a HTC VIVE), visiting industry and college campuses, and robotics were part of our scope during the 2016-2017 school year. Happily, we have just launched our second year!

Speakers
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Stacy Erickson

Teacher-Librarian, West Linn High School
Stacy Erickson has been the Teacher-Librarian at West Linn High School for 11 years. She received her doctorate in education at University of Oregon. 
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Caitrin Lenartz

Library Assistant, West Linn Public Library
Caitrin Lenartz is currently helping out in many different programs at the West Linn Public Library. She currently serves as the volunteer coordinator and helps out with the teen makerspace.
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Rebecca Mayer

Teen/Tween Librarian, West Linn Public Library
Rebecca works primarily with teens, tweens, and upper elementary-aged children. She is passionate about video games, middle grade fiction & teen fiction and BIG programs.

Sponsors

Saturday April 21, 2018 12:20pm - 1:00pm
Bloch Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA

12:20pm

Weed Them and Reap
Have you ever tried to pull a book from the library shelf just to have it so jam-packed that you struggle to pull the book from the shelf? Have you ever browsed your library collection and left empty handed because you couldn’t find current materials on the subject? Have you ever searched for and found the material you were hoping for, just to find it so tattered and unkempt that you decided not to take it home because you didn’t want to touch it? If this sounds like an experience you have had at your library, you might have a weeding problem. This presentation addresses these questions and many more including why a library should weed, how weeding increases circulation and turnover rates, and how weeding makes the library collection more attractive to borrowers. Join us in all the ins and outs in why and how a library should implement a weeding process.

Speakers
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MaryKay Dahlgreen

Free Agent
MaryKay Dahlgreen was State Librarian of Oregon from March 2012 to March 2018. Prior to her appointment she served seven years as the Program Manager for Library Development and nine years as the Youth Services Consultant.
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Emily O'Neal

Technical Services Manager, Deschutes Public Library
Emily recently became the Technical Services Manager for Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon. She relocated to Bend in late April of 2016 from Steamboat Springs, Colorado where she was the Technical Services and Collection Management Librarian for Bud Werner Memorial Library... Read More →

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Saturday April 21, 2018 12:20pm - 1:00pm
Sousa Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA

2:00pm

If They Build It, They Might Come: Design Thinking and Teen Summer Reading
Curious about Design Thinking, a.k.a. user-centered design? This program will begin with an overview of our Design Thinking-based reboot for Multnomah County Library’s teen summer reading program and ongoing results. Participants will learn how Design Thinking (DT) encourages empathy, connection, and experimentation. Through the application to teen programming, we’ll discuss how DT encourages creative and nimble thinking to serve youth, who have grown up in a world where iteration is everyday. Our panel will discuss the range of time and staffing that can be required (hint: less than you might think) and break down the steps to getting started. Presenters will lead a mini-workshop of exercises and applications for Design Thinking to illustrate concepts, and participants will brainstorm internal and external challenges where they may apply user-centered design in their workplace. Ultimately, attendees will learn, question, practice, and then leave with some tools with which to explore user-centered design in their work.

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Seana Lane

Summer Reading Program Coordinator, Multnomah County Library
Seana Lane enjoys finding innovative ways to serve youth in summer reading and learning. She’s also helped create Discovery Kits (circulating STEM manipulatives) and enjoys the challenge of moving from an output to an outcome-based evaluation of libraries’ impact and value.
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Windalu Medrano

Spanish-speaking Youth Librarian in Training, Multnomah County Library
Windy is currently pursuing her MLIS the University of Arizona as part of the online school. She has worked with the Spanish-speaking community in Multnomah County for many years and that experience inspired her to continue her education as part of the Knowledge River Program, which... Read More →
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Amy P Miller

Teen Librarian, Multnomah County Library
Amy Miller embraces youth services with enthusiasm and strives to find new and interesting ways to engage school age and teen patrons in their libraries. Most recently she has watched her branch’s monthly Science Adventure Club take off with the school age crowd. In addition, Amy... Read More →



Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Sousa Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA

2:00pm

Oregon Reader’s Choice Awards (ORCA): Winners, Nominations, and More!
Join fellow youth librarians as we unveil the 2018 Oregon Reader’s Choice Awards (ORCA) winners and announce the lists of the 2019 nominees! Booktalks, book trailers, book club discussion guides, and additional resources will help you become familiar with the titles so you can promote them to the students at your libraries and schools. We will also share how we’ve used and highlighted ORCA at our respective libraries and schools, as well as what it means to be a member of the ORCA committee. A physical copy of each title will be available for your perusal, as well as bookmarks of the 2019 lists.

Speakers
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Melanie Hetrick

Children's Librarian, Tillamook County Library
I’m a children’s librarian who crafts and reads in her spare time.
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Kiva Liljequist

Library Media Specialist, Metropolitan Learning Center, Portland Public Schools
Kiva is a librarian in a K-12 alternative school in PPS. She is the 2016-2018 chair of ORCA and a total ORCA fangirl. She loves to run and read, but has learned it’s not best to combine them.
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MacKenzie Ross

Youth Services Librarian, Beaverton City Library at Murray Scholls
I’ve worked with rural and urban libraries in Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Oregon since 2010. I light up when kids, teens, and their adults ask me what books they should read next, and I love offering kids and teens opportunities to tinker with new tech toys and engineering chall... Read More →

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Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Joplin/Seeger Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA

2:00pm

See What the Future Holds! Introducing New Grade Level Learning Goals for IL Instruction
A work-group from the Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) and community college librarians developed specific learning goals for grades K-14 (through the first two years of college), cross-referenced to the Common Core State Standards as well as the Association of College & Research Libraries' Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and others. The key challenge for K-14 grade students is to develop information literacy (IL) skills progressively and iteratively, over time, which will lead to independent learning and a brighter future. The new Oregon Grade Level Learning Goals were written in the style of the Common Core standards, but embrace the six frames of ACRL's Framework. This session will take you on an exploratory journey of what the new Learning Goals are, how they impact IL instruction in grades K-14, and what the future holds for learners who develop these skills. Walk away with online access to the Learning Goals and related materials, an understanding of the connections to other standards/frameworks, and interact with writers of the new framework. The Learning Goals are endorsed by OASL.

Speakers
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Peggy Christensen

Past President, Oregon Association of School Libraries
Peggy Christensen was the Marshfield High School School Librarian and Coos Bay Schools District librarian for 15 years. She is currently the Past President of OASL and is the chair of the Oregon School Library Standards Committee.
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Pam Kessinger

Reference Librarian, Portland Community College
Pam Kessinger is the Reference Librarian at Portland Community College, Sylvania and Rock Creek campuses. She is the Vice Chair of the Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon (ILAGO), and serves on the Oregon Association of School Libraries Board, and is a member of the School... Read More →
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Susan Stone

District TOSA for Library Instruction, Portland Public Schools
Susan Stone has been a school librarian in Portland Public Schools for 15 years and currently serves as the district’s Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for Library Services. She chaired the committee that wrote the Oregon School Library Standards in 2010 and helped facilitate... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Bloch Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA