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Thursday, April 19


A Bright Future for Every Kindergartner: Hosting a Ready, Set, Kindergarten Program at Your Library
Do you want to start a Kindergarten Readiness program for the preschoolers at your public library? You will leave this session armed with an easily adaptable, grab-and-go curriculum for a six-session series of enhanced story times designed to help get preschoolers and their caregivers ready for a strong start in Kindergarten. The Ready, Set, Kindergarten curriculum was originally created by the Brooklyn Public Library and we have adapted it for our community. We will share our own experiences of hosting the Ready, Set, Kindergarten series both at our library and offsite with community partners. We will help you develop strategies to successfully adapt and run this program in your own community. Every child deserves a bright future and this workshop will give you some of the tools you need to make your library a valuable partner in early learning education.

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Araceli Acosta

Youth Services Outreach Specialist, Beaverton City Library
I have a passion for working with children, families and diverse communities. Within my 10+ years of public library experience, I have worked with wonderful people as a receptionist, computer assistant, library aide, clerk, cataloger, assistant and outreach specialist. Currently... Read More →
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Victoria Campbell

Youth Services Manager, Beaverton City Library
With 15+ years of public library experience, I am an advocate for early literacy and technology. I had the opportunity to work in public libraries as an on call, intern, clerk, assistant, librarian, supervisor and manager. Passionate about libraries and fun!
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Carson Mischel

Youth Services Senior Librarian, Beaverton City Library
I began working as a Library Page in 2007 in Multnomah County and have since worked as Reference Assistant, a Children’s Librarian at West Linn Public Library, and now as a Youth Services Senior Librarian at Beaverton City Library. I am most proud of my work connecting with many... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hansberry Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


Many Libraries, One Collaborative Virtual Reference Service: Finding Future Paths
Do you provide virtual reference services at your library? Does your library participate in collaborative virtual reference services? Or have you used a virtual reference service as a patron? This workshop will provide opportunities to explore different virtual reference models, with a view towards how Answerland coordinates different types of libraries to support Oregon’s diverse populations. We’ll role-play scenarios for statewide virtual reference services, using the experiences to complete SWOT analyses and consider potential future paths for Answerland. Through this session, the Answerland Advisory Committee invites librarians to share their experiences from their home libraries, learn about others’ experiences, and consider how virtual reference tools and services can be used to support diverse populations.

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Amy Coughenour

Electronic Services Librarian, State Library of Oregon
I've worked in libraries for 10 years, including virtual reference, reference, instruction, distance education, scholarly communication, and electronic resources. While starting in academic libraries, I now support state government agencies as a member of the Government Information... Read More →
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Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen

Interim Director of Libraries, Oregon Institute Of Technology Libraries
Dawn is currently the interim Director of Libraries at Oregon Tech. She has been the Oregon Tech Portland Metro Librarian since 2008. Prior to that she was at Florida State University and Louisiana State University. Dawn writes about leadership and followership, mentorship, and other... Read More →
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Joanna Milner

Library Assistant, Multnomah County Library
Joanna been digging up information and good reads for Multnomah County Library patrons for nearly 20 years. She has presented workshops on library staff training to Oregon Library Association, Washington Library Association, and Oregon Association of School Libraries, and is part... Read More →
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Tamara Ottum

Library Consultant, State Library of Oregon
Tamara has worked in libraries for almost 20 years. She has held paraprofessional and professional positions of various types (circulation, information literacy, reference, rural outreach, systems & technology) in both public and academic libraries. Currently she coordinates Answerland... Read More →

Mark Peterson

Collection Development Librarian, Mt. Hood Community College


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ferber Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


Oregon History at Your Fingertips: Highlights from Oregon Digital Collections
Government documents have always been a rich source for historical research and can be a great resource for teachers seeking informational text for classroom instruction. The problem is that they can be hard to find in local library collections. Increasing amounts of historical government documents are making their way online, but can you really just rely on Google to find them? This program will help you navigate some of the best digital collections for locating government documents on topics important to Oregon history.

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Claire Bolyard

Web Services and Digital Collections Librarian, State Library of Oregon
I work in the Government Information and Library Services division of the State Library of Oregon. My primary focus is building and maintaining patron-centered websites, digital collections, and social media. I also provide reference support for state employees, teach classes, and... Read More →
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Valery King

Business/Government Information Librarian, Oregon State University Libraries
Government information, maps, and business reference/instruction at OSU Libraries
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Dotty Ormes

Government Information & Instruction Librarian, Southern Oregon University
I am Government Information/Instruction Librarian at SOU's Hannon Library. I also teach research sessions for the following subject specialties: Political Science, Theatre, Art, English and Shakespeare Studies.

Sarah Rowland

Head of Technical Services, Eastern Oregon University
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Arlene Weible

Oregon Federal Regional Depository Coordinator, State Library of Oregon
I am the Electronic Services Consultant and Federal Regional Depository Coordinator at the State Library of Oregon. Please talk to me about the Statewide Database Licensing Program, the Federal Depository Library Program, or if you just want to figure out what is happening at the... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Director's Room Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


PNLA President’s Session: Pathways to Leadership
Join the Pacific Northwest Library Association’s President and invited guests who will share their leadership stories using visual storyboarding. The presenters will share the challenges, successes, and critical incidents that have shaped their view of library leadership. Participants will have the opportunity to develop and storyboard their own leadership stories. Sharing our leadership journeys with others creates opportunities to better understand the skills and experiences necessary to be a strong library leader.

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Rick Stoddart

PNLA President, Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA)
Rick Stoddart is the current President of the Pacific Northwest Library Association. He is the Education Librarian at the University of Idaho

Thursday April 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Studio B & C Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


Small and Rural Libraries Creating the Future
Edge helps public libraries better serve their communities through improved public technology services. The Edge Toolkit is based on a national set of benchmarks for public libraries to evaluate their technology services and includes resources, recommendations, and tools for strategic planning and community engagement. This session will feature small and rural libraries that have used Edge to identify low-cost and no-cost ways to assess their community needs, improve their library’s technology, establish partnerships, and plan for the future. The panel will also share how they communicated with their local leaders about new or improved technology services and support their local economy, workforce, and strong communities.


Lourdes Aceves

Senior Program Manager, Edge Initiative
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Darci Hanning

Technology Development Consultant, State Library of Oregon

Sherri Lemhouse

Library Director, Brownsville Community Library

Aaron Novinger

Technology & Library Promotion Librarian, Oregon City Public Library
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Erin Wells

Library Director, Milton-Freewater Public Library

Thursday April 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wilder Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


Textbook Affordability and Innovative Pedagogy: Open Educational Resources in Oregon
Oregon has invested in textbook affordability by funding Open Oregon Educational Resources and passing legislation in the past two sessions. The high-profile work going on in Oregon’s colleges and universities through course redesign, publications, and research reflects widespread interest in lowering costs for students while improving educational outcomes. Come to this session to get familiar with the impact of open educational resources on librarians’ roles and work.

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Amy Hofer

Statewide Coordinator, Open Oregon Educational Resources
Amy Hofer, Coordinator, Statewide Open Education Library Services, is the OER librarian for Oregon's 24 community colleges and universities. You can visit the Open Oregon Educational Resources website at openoregon.org. By night she is a fiddler and square dance caller.

Lori Wamsley

Faculty Librarian & Library Instruction Coordinator, Mt. Hood Community College
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Meggie Wright

OER Librarian, Lane Community College
Open education initiatives, textbook affordability.

Thursday April 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Board Room Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


This One’s for the Fans: Building and Improving Access to Fandom Collections in the Library
Some library collections – such as graphic novels, zines, or video games – have devoted and knowledgeable fan followings. For library staff who aren’t part of those subcultures themselves, decisions on what to buy and how to catalog and shelve fandom collections can be intimidating. But the reward for making the effort can be turning genre fans into library fans. Hear from librarians and catalogers who will share what has worked for them – and what hasn’t. Find out more about these collections so you can buy and catalog them without being a super-fan yourself. Learn strategies for building and curating collections so that you attract the fans and support cool programming without demolishing your budget.

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Amy Mihelich

Cataloging Librarian, Washington County Cooperative Library Services
I've been a librarian since 2003, a cataloger since 2007. I used to catalog picture books and graphic novels, now I help with migrating bibliographic data (among many other things). My favorite books are Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak and Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kes... Read More →
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Lori Moore

Regional Librarian, Multnomah County Library
I am a librarian at Multnomah County Library in Portland and oversee collections at three branches as well as the systemwide Zine collection. A few of my favorite zines are the Women of Color series, Henry and Glenn, and They Call us Viet Kieu.
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Mark Richardson

Reference and Young Adult Librarian, Cedar Mill Community Library
I read lots of graphic novels, sci-fi, fantasy and YA books. My favs are Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, The Hate U Give, Lions of Al-Rassan, The Stand, Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius just to name a few. I enjoy board games, trivia and playing guitar.


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Vistas Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


A Day in the Life of a Rural Librarian
Have you always secretly wished to live and work in rural Oregon? Do you love the idea of a short commute? Join our panel as we share a day in the life of a rural librarian. Librarians from around the state will share the rewards and benefits of working at a rural library. We will also share some of the vast differences.

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Natasha Chitow

Head Librarian, Cottage Grove Public Library
Natasha Chitow has worked in academic and public libraries since 2007 and honed some of her design skills through volunteering with museums, odd jobs and even stranger arts and crafts.

Diana Hadley

Library Director, Molalla Public Library
I've worked in libraries for over 40 years in all capacities except IT & all kinds of libraries. I'm interested in being a positive leader, emerging trends, rural libraries, & general networking.
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Jane Scheppke

Assistant Director, Crook County Library
Jane is a rural librarian, manager, feminist, chilimaster, OLAQ editor and author, marketing guru, LIOLA participant, filmmaker, Mac Plus enthusiast and contralto. In that order.

Jeremy Skinner

Library Director, Curry Public Library
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Kathy Street

Library Director, Oregon Trail Library District
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Erin Wells

Library Director, Milton-Freewater Public Library

Thursday April 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hansberry Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


Acquisitions 101: An Unconference
Join us for the first ever Acquisitions Unconference! This session will bring together colleagues that practice the art and science, trials and tribulations, practices and procedures of library acquisitions. We hope to discuss all things acquisitions, to facilitate open sharing of experiences and best practices and to provide open discussion with acquisitions colleagues regarding challenges and successes. This will be a very open session with audience discussion and participation expected and encouraged. Format will include breakout sessions for smaller, more focused discussion groups. These breakout discussion groups will give participants a chance to connect with colleagues from similar libraries or selecting similar collections.


Rachel Aronowitz

Cataloger and Collections Librarian, Springfield Public Library
Rachel received her MLS from San Jose State University and worked at the San Francisco Public Library for 9 years before becoming a Cataloger and Collections librarian in Springfield, Oregon. Rachel loves selecting music of all kinds.

Damon Campbell

Acquisitions Librarian, University of Oregon Library

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 →


Thursday April 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Board Room Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


Many Points of Failure: One Big F*%!up
They say that failure is an opportunity to learn. If that’s true, librarians have a lot of opportunities. Last year a panel of librarians were kind enough to share their Failures, Flops and F*%!ups; this year we would like to offer the opportunity for all attendees to share their stories. Join us in a facilitated discussion and share your failures, flops, and other misadventures and learn from the failures of others. After all, misery loves company.

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Bobbye Hernandez

Bilingual Youth Librarian, Multnomah County Library

Keli Yeats

Teen Librarian, Multnomah County Library


Thursday April 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ferber Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


OSLIS: It’s Not Just for School Libraries
Chances are, you’ve heard of OSLIS, but do you really know what it is and how you can use it in your public or academic library? Or, are you in the dark? OSLIS, the Oregon School Library Information System, is a K-12 website with three main sections. Learn to Research -- How are students guided through the research process, and what information literacy resources are available? Citation Maker -- How can students easily create a bibliography in APA or MLA format? Find Information -- How do K-12 students access the statewide databases from Gale and LearningExpress Library? Get answers to these questions and more through a guided tour and time to explore. With school, public, and academic library staff shining the OSLIS light on the research process, our students will be prepared for a bright future.


Marlene Lee

OSLIS Chairperson, Oregon School Library Information System
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Jennifer Maurer

School Library Consultant, State Library of Oregon


Thursday April 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Director's Room Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


So Emotional: The Hidden Labor and Mental Load of Librarianship
Join us as we explore emotional labor and mental load on library staff. Emotional Labor is the extra labor put on people by the emotional demands of their work. It is particularly common in the service industry where the emotions portrayed by service providers are likely to not match what they are really feeling. And mental load is the excess work by marginalized groups to fit into the cultural norms of the dominant group. Both can have a big and hard impact on workers in libraries. In this program we will explore these issues and discuss possible organizational solutions.


Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney

Library Director, Driftwood Public Library
Kirsten is the chair of the Public Library Division and a member of the Intellectual Freedom Committee. She has been a professional public librarian for eleven years, and in management for eight. In addition to her work on the Oregon Coast, Kirsten has also worked as a children's... Read More →
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Sarah Strahl

Library Manager, Hillsboro Public Library
Library Manager at HPL focusing on Innovating and Evolving. Former Teen Librarian who has been in Public Libraries since 2008. I’m currently a member at large on the PLD board.


Thursday April 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Vistas Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


Standards: Who Needs ‘Em?
Ever wonder why OLA has Public Library Standards? After all, they are not enforceable, so they don’t mean anything, right? And admit it, looking at all those Standards makes your head spin. But Standards can be the wind beneath your wings! Attend this session and get the scoop on public library standards in Oregon. Learn how we can use them to not just tell our story but help people understand how valuable libraries are. Learn how the Standards allow us to be unique libraries while encouraging the high achievement of agreed upon best practices. You will discover how your library can be a point of light with one bright future by harnessing the power of Standards!


Mo Cole

Library Director, Oregon City Public Library
Mo Cole is the Library Director at the Oregon City Public Library, is an OLA Past President and PLD Past Chair and has worked in public, academic, and special libraries since 1987.
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Darci Hanning

Technology Development Consultant, State Library of Oregon

Ruth Metz

Principal Consultant, Ruth Metz Associates
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Karen Muller

Assistant Library Director, Hillsboro Public Library
Karen began her public library career as a part-time on-call librarian and has been able to grow professionally to her current position as Assistant Director. Her past experiences include school librarian, development director, and retail manager.


Thursday April 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Wilder Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


What IF...? Intellectual Freedom Training Resources for Library Staff
Your library embraces the values of free access to information, protecting patron privacy, and other tenets of intellectual freedom. Are all of your front line staff, including volunteers and student workers, familiar with these values? Are they prepared to uphold your library policies when conflicts arise? Come to this session to learn about a range of training options, many of them free and online, for preparing your staff to uphold your library’s intellectual freedom values.


Mike Bobish

Regional Manager, Multnomah County Library

Roberta Richards

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Portland Community College
Roberta Richards is a reference and instruction librarian and the faculty department chair at the Southeast Campus of Portland Community College. She has been an active member of the Intellectual Freedom Committee for over a decade.
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Perry Stokes

Library Director, Baker County Library


Thursday April 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Studio B & C Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA