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Thursday, April 19


**CANCELLED** The Limits of Free Expression in the Library

You have probably seen it all at your library: patrons carrying signs with offensive language, intolerant groups using library meeting rooms, people in conversation using racist terms, and much more. It’s a struggle to champion free speech while also keeping the library a safe and welcoming place.

In this session, we will use real life scenarios to explore the protections and boundaries of free speech, brainstorm strategies for addressing offensive speech, and figure out how to explain library policies to a questioning public.


Ashlee Chavez

Director, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
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Abigail Elder

Library Director, Beaverton City Library
I'm co-chair of the OLA Legislative Committee, and you should join us!


Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm


**JUST ADDED** The Guadalajara Book Fair and Your Library: The Launch of Libros for Oregon
(*NOTE: Originally promoted as preconference, changed to regular program session**)

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 →


Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Board Room Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


Keynote Follow-up: Working with Rural Communities to Promote School Readiness and Success
Learn how Jill Cunningham, Librarian for the Yoncalla Public Library, has cultivated successful strategies in promoting academic skills in young children. Jill will share her creative solutions for recruiting volunteers, securing funding, and ensuring strong participation.  


Jill Cunningham

Librarian, Yoncalla Public Library
Jill Cummingham is the librarian for the Yoncalla Public Library. She is strongly committed to ensuring rural communities have access to rural libraries. She lives in Yoncalla.
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Erin Helgren

Early Works Site Liaison, Children's Institute
Erin Helgren joined the Children's Institute in November 2015 as the Early Works Site Liaison in Yoncalla, a rural town in Douglas County with a population of fewer than 2000 residents. Erin's 25 years of experience and knowledge working with young children and families in rural... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Director's Room Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


Maximizing Partnerships: Uniting to Build One Bright Future for Your Community
Partnerships with other community organizations can help expand library events and outreach; however, optimal partnerships can be difficult to find, maximize, and maintain. In this session, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library staff will provide strategies, tips, and real examples that will help you start building the strategic partnerships you need to achieve your library’s goals. The session will cover how to look for strategic partnerships and what to look for in a partner; tips for aligning goals with your partners; strategies for building a long-term relationship with partners; and dealing with partnerships that may no longer be optimal. Attendees will leave the session with examples of documentation that can help establish working parameters with partners as well as a worksheet that will help strategize the best possible partnerships. There are many “points of light” in our communities in the forms of arts, service, educational, and government organizations – this session will help you figure out how to better unite with them to build your community’s “one bright future.”

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Jesse Adams

Digital Services Coordinator, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
Jesse Adams has 15 years IT experience and assists the library with all things tech. Jesse works to promote the library’s mission through technology events and programming.
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Bonnie Brzozowski

Reference Librarian, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
Bonnie Brzozowski has worked at Corvallis-Benton County Public Library for 6 years specializing in Adult Services with a heavy emphasis on programs and events. Previously she worked four years as a Librarian at the Central Library in downtown Austin, Texas. A native Texan, she loves... Read More →
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Andrew Cherbas

Deputy Director for Public Services, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
Andrew has been with the CBCPL system for 15 years. Current projects at CBCPL include expanding the Maker program offerings, organizing the 2017 Summer Reading program, and overseeing various technology improvement projects. A refined generalist, his personal interests include all... Read More →
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A.J. Fillo

PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University
A.J. Fillo is a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University and the mind behind Lib Lab. His specialty is thermal and fluid sciences, with a focus in combustion. In addition to his academic pursuits, he has five years of experience as a professional magician... Read More →

Kristy Kemper-Hodge

Reference Librarian, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
Kristy specializes in teen services at Corvallis Public Library, where she leads a teen advisory group, hosts teen events, coordinates outreach book clubs at area schools, and manages the library’s teen space and collections. She’s passionate about providing equity, access, and... Read More →

Kristin Starnes

Reference Librarian, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

Heidi Weisel

Reference Librarian, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library


Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Studio B & C Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


Stark Raving OYAN: Book Rave and Graphic Rave Revealed
Oregon Young Adult Network members who love to book talk will highlight some of the best young adult fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels from last year, as chosen by the OYAN membership. This is the first chance for eager readers to see the 2018 Book Rave list. The 2017 OYAN Graphic Rave is also included. Snappy book talks will keep things moving throughout the session. Ravers top things off by revealing a super-secret list of "Ravers Choice" recommendations of ultra-current and not-yet-published titles worth watching for.

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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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Traci Glass

Traci Glass has worked in public libraries for just over 20 years in just about every department imaginable her favorite being a comics librarian. She is active in OLA and OYAN as well as in ALA, GNCRT, and YALSA and was a 2019 Eisner judge. Traci loves Batman, comics, and horror... Read More →
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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 →


Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Vistas Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


The Complete Constellation: Library Instruction for First Year Students
How can partnerships best impact student success? When should library instruction occur? How can one-shots be leveraged to be more meaningful? How can librarians increase contact with students?

Clackamas Community College (CCC) librarians share the evolution of our small but mighty library’s instructional outreach to First Year Experience (FYE) students. We partnered with FYE faculty to scaffold information literacy concepts early on in students’ college experiences. A library orientation tour was eclipsed by a flipped classroom instruction session enhanced by student-driven student learning objectives, Dweck’s Belonging Mindset, and experimental assessment. By making contact before WR121, we offset the persistent dilemma of rushing to illuminate students’ IL baselines.

Session attendees will: Learn to design an engaging instructional curriculum that uses assessment results to meet students where they’re at; envision how a sustainable partnership can provide a snapshot of incoming students’ information skills each term; and use assessments to make course corrections and hatch longer-term plans to align instruction with demonstrated need.

Unlike stars, our size doesn’t limit our brightness: With just 4 librarians serving 7,000+ students and faculty, CCC Library has doubled its instructional reach in the same time that the FYE program has gone from 1 to 13 filled sections. Join us for an exploration of how to calibrate IL instruction to the spectrum of student skills at all of our institutions.

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Kerry Leek

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Clackamas Community College
I am passionate about OER, instruction, and website/libguide design. I am also a teacher of improvisational theater and am always up for playing a game!
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Colleen Sanders

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Clackamas Community College
Active Learning, Pedagogy, Critical Librarianship, Instruction, Outreach, OER, wilderness survival, poetry, music, cheese.

Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Hansberry Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


Training for the Future: Equipping Staff for the Challenges to Come
The expectation is expansive for library staff to keep pace with the needs of the rapidly changing communities we serve. Every day, library staff are faced with new challenges around technology, housing, community voice and action, safety, education, etc. How do we keep our staff current on the information and skills that will help them be successful? What resources are available to provide training for your staff? At this workshop, we will explore different staff development ideas and share best practices from four different library systems. Come learn from your peers and discover how some libraries in the Portland metro area have come together to address this challenge.

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Darci Hanning

Technology Development Consultant, State Library of Oregon

Amy Honisett

Staff Development Librarian, Multnomah County Library
Amy Honisett is the Staff Development Librarian at Multnomah County Library. She works to support staff learning and professional growth.
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Blake Kincaid

Staff Development Coordinator, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District
My current position was created 4 years ago with the intention of integrating employee training with performance management. I work from within the Human Resources Division to coordinate training provided by in-house and external experts and integrate that training with our performance... Read More →
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Kathryn Kohl

Member Services Librarian, Libraries in Clackamas County
I am the staff training coordinator, library district committee liaison, and eBook administrator for the Libraries in Clackamas County (LINCC). Before coming to LINCC in 2015 I worked for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District as an adult services librarian, and prior to becoming... Read More →
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Tracey Letmate

Training & Development Manager, Multnomah County Library
I am the manager of the Multnomah County Library’s Learning + Organizational Development team which consists of 5 people who all have different roles in training our 600+ staff. I've been working in adult learning and training for more than 18 years, including higher education... Read More →

Lisa Tattersall

Program Supervisor for Collections & Adult Services, Washington County Cooperative Library Services

Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Ferber Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA


User-Centered Collection Development: Assessing Open Access Funding with Service Design Heuristics
Collection development is never an exact science, but when it comes to financially supporting open access (OA) initiatives, many of us are making educated guesses. We need innovative methods for assessing and evaluating new collection investments, and they must reflect the risk inherent in funding OA initiatives.

Enter library service design.

What will it look like if we apply service design methodology to collection development funding decisions? What if we place the user at the center of OA funding decisions? This dynamic session will explore these questions and more.

We will present an overview of library service design and how it has been applied to decision-making at Reed College library. We will share how we developed and adapted a set of library service design heuristics and used this methodology in deciding whether to financially support OA initiatives. Though the session will focus on OA funding decisions, the heuristics can be adapted to fit collections assessment in general. Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences with and methodologies for funding OA projects. They will leave the session with increased knowledge of library service design and how it can be powerfully connected to the future of collection development and assessment.

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Erin Gallagher

Director of Collection Services, Reed College
Erin Gallagher is the Director of Collection Services at Reed College in lovely Portland, Oregon. Before that, she worked as the E-Resources & Serials Librarian at Rollins College in beautiful Orlando, Florida. Erin started her library career on the vendor side as a collection development... Read More →
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Joe Marquez

Social Sciences & User Experience Librarian, Reed College Library
Joe J. Marquez is the Social Sciences & User Experience Librarian at the Reed College Library. He has presented and written on service design, UX tools, library space assessment, website usability, and marketing of the library. He books include "Library Service Design" and "Getting... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Wilder Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA