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Saturday, April 21
 

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
avatar for Sandra Carson-FitzGerald

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
avatar for Lara Seven Phillips

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
BH

Brinsley Hammond-Brouwer

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

Anne Jenkins

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

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
avatar for MaryKay Dahlgreen

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 →

Sponsors


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