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Saturday, April 21


"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!

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Jordan Sonnenblick

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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.

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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.

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 →


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


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.

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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, Rock Creek campus. She is the Chair of the Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon (ILAGO). She serves as the Higher Education Rep to the Oregon Association of School Libraries Board, and is a member of... 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 →


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