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Thursday, April 20

11:00am PDT

Carnegie Libraries: One Hundred Years of Thriving Communities
Many Carnegie libraries were built in Oregon during the early 20th century. Three Oregon Carnegie Libraries have recently celebrated their Centennials. The Newberg Library has been serving its community since 1912; the North Portland Library and the Oregon City Library have been serving their communities since 1913. Each of these Carnegie libraries is a trusted community resource with a long-standing legacy of community engagement and support. They have been helping their communities thrive for over 100 years!

Helping library users and community members to thrive is a high interest topic for all types of libraries. This session will discuss the history of some of Oregon’s oldest libraries, how the Carnegies survived and thrived in their communities, and what was necessary to ensure their survival. Staff from Newberg, North Portland, and Oregon City will share their libraries’ 100 years of experience helping their communities thrive and offer tips on how libraries can evolve to support each new generation. Session attendees will learn ways to connect with, engage, and build relationships with their own communities.


Maureen Cole

Library Director, Oregon City Public Library
Maureen Cole just started her 8th year as Oregon City Public Library's Director and celebrated the completion of a 17,000 square expansion to and renovation of Oregon City's 103 year old Carnegie Library. Prior to that, she worked at the Eugene Public Library and Kellenberger Library... Read More →

Leah Griffith

Library Director, Newberg Public Library
Leah Griffith has been director of the Newberg Public Library for 25 years and celebrated Newberg Carnegie's centennial in 2012. She ran a bookmobile program in Ohio for a few years, and before that worked at Cornelius, Hillsboro, Multnomah County, and Seaside public libraries. She... Read More →

Patricia Welch

Library Administrator, Multnomah County-North Portland Library
Patricia Welch has been the supervisor of the North Portland Library, a Carnegie Library in the city of Portland, for 19 years. The North Portland Library is home to many works in the Black Resources Collection, a systemwide multimedia collection of materials relating to the African... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Croisan Creek Room A Salem Convention Center

11:00am PDT

Crushing it in the Classroom: Classroom Management Skills for Public Librarians Serving Youth
We entertain and inform with storytimes and booktalks, but what do you do when you need to go into full teacher mode? April and Sonja will share strategies honed through hundreds of days speaking in unfamiliar classrooms filled with new-to-them students in local schools. Set in the context of developmental stages, this session will include best practices on keeping students engaged and teachers satisfied while providing instruction on information literacy, research skills, and reading. The session will also cover tips gathered from host teachers on how to set up visiting speakers for success. Audience members can share their own ideas and resources during an interactive question and answer segment, and will walk away confident and ready for the next request for in-school instruction.

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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 →
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April Witteveen

Community and Teen Services Librarian, Deschutes Public Library
April has been a librarian with DPL for nearly a dozen years (!) and she loves the fact that every day brings a chance to learn something new. She loves to read YA fiction with strong female characters and hefty doses of twists and turns. Outside work, April loves to explore the outdoors... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Santiam Room 6 Salem Convention Center

11:00am PDT

Mentoring to Build the Next Generation of Leaders
For early-career librarians who want to be leaders, finding the right path toward leadership development can be challenging. Instead of pricey leadership institutes, one affordable and sustainable method of developing new leaders is through mentoring. Mentoring can happen formally or informally; through established workplace or association programs, or simply by meeting someone who wants to take you under their wing. Mentoring not only supports the professional development of early-career librarians, but also enables experienced leaders to share their knowledge and insights with the next generation of library leaders, ensuring important knowledge transfer in our profession. This panel of successful mentors and mentees will look at the value of mentoring in leadership development, discuss their experiences in mentoring relationships, and will share practical tips for mentors and those seeking a mentor.

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Jane Corry

Youth Librarian, Multnomah County
I've been a youth librarian at Multnomah County since I graduated from Emporia in 1997. I'm retiring on April 28. I'm the immediate past president of OLA, work which I've found highly rewarding.
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Meredith Farkas

Faculty Librarian, Portland Community College Library
Meredith Farkas (she/her) is a faculty librarian at Portland Community College in Oregon. She is the author of the “In Practice” column for American Libraries and the author of the blog Information Wants to be Free. Meredith was honored in 2009 with the LITA/Library Hi Tech award... Read More →
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Karen Hill

Director, Cornelius Public
Building a new library! Mentoring session Serving Latinos Small rural library Innovative library
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Stephanie Lind

Outreach & Youth Services Program Supervisor, Washington County Cooperative Library Services
Washington County Cooperative Library Services

Dawn Lowe-Wincensten

Oregon Institute of Technology
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Keli Yeats

Teen Librarian, Multnomah County Library
Multnomah County Library


Thursday April 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Croisan Creek Room C Salem Convention Center

11:00am PDT

Understanding Our Patrons’ Needs In Order to Thrive Together in a Digital Environment
Data from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) shows that adults in the US are less skilled in digital problem solving than in many other countries. As more of our communication, creation and learning moves online, how do we help our patrons thrive in a new environment, and how do we transform our training and resources so the library thrives, too?

We used a digital problem solving assessment tool from PIAAC to find out if our patrons’ skills matched up with national data, and we mapped the digital skills we assessed to common library tasks. Results will help us take action to transform training and refine our digital resources.
By the end of this session, you will be able to advocate for digital literacy training and digital skill building sessions at their own library, understand how digital problem solving skills and common library tasks are related, and bring the tools back to your own library to design a strategy for implementing a large assessment.


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.

Thursday April 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Croisan Creek Room B Salem Convention Center

2:00pm PDT

Reuniting the Past: Collaborations for Learning and Outreach in the Digital Age
The unique but complementary historical collections of the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) and the OSU Special Collections and Archives Research Center (SCARC) offer numerous opportunities for collaboration. In an effort to share Oregon’ rich history with the broader community OHS and SCARC are immersed in two grant-funded projects to digitally unite important historical manuscript and photograph collections: the Oregon Heritage grant for the digitization of the Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education’s Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program records and the IMLS-sponsored LSTA William L. Finley and Herman T. Bohlman digitization grant. Currently researchers and students must visit two geographically separated repositories to access the full range of material related to these subjects. The projects will result in online collections that have benefit to historians, researchers, librarians, students, and others interested in these valuable resources. Bridging the physical and intellectual distance between our collections is an effort to create a more complete and accessible archival picture of some of Oregon’s most important historical records. This talk will address the benefits and challenges of cross-repository collaboration, the use of these collections for instruction and outreach efforts, and offer previews of the engaging images from the collections.


Erin Clark

Digital Production Unit technician, OSU Libraries & Press
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Laura Cray

Archives Specialist, Oregon Historical Society
Laura Cray is the Archives Specialist for the Finley-Bohlman grant and works at the Oregon Historical Society.
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Jules Filipski

Librarian and Project Intern
Jules is a Reference Librarian at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library. She was one of the OSU Special Collections and Archives Research Center digitization interns for the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program grant-based project.
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Ruth Vondracek

Librarian & Natural Resources Archivist, Oregon State University
Natural Resources Archivist, OSU Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Erin Stout

Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program grant intern

Thursday April 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Santiam Room 4 Salem Convention Center

2:00pm PDT

Thriving, Not Just Surviving, the Long Night Against Procrastination
Are you looking for a great event to sponsor in your library? Learn practical steps on planning and implementing a Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP). The first LNAP originated in Germany in 2010. Since then, hundreds of libraries around the world have participated. Discover how Hannon Library collaborates with organizations on campus at Southern Oregon University to create a thriving series of events. Members of the Learning Commons Team will present tips on how to get started on your own planning.


Max Brooks

Career Preparation Coordinator, Hannon Library, Southern Oregon University
Max is the Career Preparation Coordinator at Southern Oregon University. He has nearly eight years of experience working in university career advising, along with more than two years in undergraduate student housing. He is part of SOU's Learning Commons team and enjoys cooking, camping... Read More →

Julie Helmandollar-Anderson

Learning Commons Tutoring Coordinator, Hannon Library, Southern Oregon University
Julie is the Tutoring Center Coordinator at Southern Oregon University. She is interested in tutoring theory and practice, Renaissance literature, and composition and rhetoric.

Thursday April 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Santiam Room 3 Salem Convention Center

4:00pm PDT

Being a Part of the Maker Community
Makerspaces, coworking spaces, and tech shops are popping up all over! Plus schools and other community groups are offering new tech opportunities. Your librarians don’t have to be tech-whizzes with the possibilities provided by partnering with local groups that already have the expertise. Learn how your library can provide new maker and tech-focused opportunities for your community by engaging and working with these local groups.

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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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Jamie Bair

Experiential Learning Librarian, FVRLibraries
Public Services Librarian with 10 years of professional experience. Specialize in maker activities that encourage and foster the maker mindset.

Erin Finot

Adult Services Librarian, Eugene Public Library
Erin Finot is an Adult Services Librarian at Eugene Public Library. She was on the team that planned and launched the library's new makerspace and media lab, and now helps oversee the day to day operations of the space, including coordinating programs and open labs, supervising volunteers... Read More →
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Brendan Lax

Strategic Initiatives Librarian, Hillsboro Public Library
Brendan is part of the Strategic Initiatives division at the Hillsboro Public Library, working on special projects to further the mission of the library in the Hillsboro community. Currently, he is working on expanding the Library of Things collection, developing a makerspace at the... Read More →

Matt Neer

Adult Services Librarian, Eugene Public Library
Matt got lucky to be put on the Makerspace team when he first began work at the Eugene Public Library. There he helped to outfit and entirely new makerspace and try to figure out how it would work once it was put out into the wild. He creates training guides for using the equipment... Read More →
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Lyndsey Runyan

Creative Learning Spaces Coordinator, Multnomah County Library
I work on reinventing library spaces for making, tinkering, and building community around DIY skills for Multnomah County Library. My goal is to help design sustainable, equitable, and exciting library/community spaces where the public can have fun diving into hands-on STEAM by investigating... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Santiam Room 5 Salem Convention Center

4:00pm PDT

Teaming up to Enhance Information Literacy Instruction
Results of Clackamas Community College Library’s end-of-term assessment survey - which measures student learning related to a single information literacy learning outcome - have been discouraging in recent years. Roughly 75% of respondents were unable to perform a basic task related to searching for information. Not coincidentally, librarians agreed that roughly 75% of students achieved glazed eyes and/or social media use during bibliographic instruction “one shot” sessions.

In hopes of increasing student achievement and engagement, CCC Library decided to revamp our instructional program goals to increase the breadth, depth, and relevancy of our information literacy instruction - and to kick our creativity of delivery up a notch. With extensive input from and collaboration with the English/Writing Department, CCC Library began work on our embedded information literacy instructional initiative in early 2016. This instructional initiative embraces a flipped classroom model and features interactive tutorials, formative assessments, and hands-on, active learning work time. This conference session will share planning and outreach documents, instructional design tips when creating interactive online tutorials, and lessons learned when engaging colleagues, seeking buy-in, and promoting collaboration across departments.

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Jane Littlefield

Instruction Librarian & Department Chair, Clackamas Community College

Thursday April 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Croisan Creek Room A Salem Convention Center
Friday, April 21

11:00am PDT

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers
Librarians working with the public need to be aware of issues surrounding genetics, and resources to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information. Precision medicine, pharmacogenomics, and direct-to-consumer genetic testing are a few of the topics emerging at the intersection between health and genetics, and consumers need access to information about these and other related topics in a manner that is understandable. This class will cover some basics, such as how to locate information on basic genetics terms, conditions with a genetic component, and genetic testing; as well as a brief introduction to precision medicine. We will also discuss the importance of genomic health literacy and ethical considerations, and present a variety of free reliable health information resources from the National Library of Medicine and other government agencies. These resources will be of value to a variety of libraries who serve the public, health professionals, as well as high school students.

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Carolyn Martin

Consumer Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR)
The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 11:00am - 11:40am PDT
Croisan Creek Room C Salem Convention Center

11:50am PDT

A Year in the Life: Student Use of Academic Support Across Multiple Departments
Patrons rarely see the various departments in any organization. They only see the people who are helping them. Likewise, each department in the organization tends to focus on their services in isolation, paying minimal attention to what others are doing. The CLASS Project team hopes to break down those barriers by bringing together members from three Reed College departments that offer academic support resources: Computing and Information Services, Library, and Academic Support Services. The CLASS Project has two goals: 1) to educate students about the resources available to them at Reed, and 2) to better understand how students use various academic support resources over two semesters. By studying resource usage, the team can learn how and when students access academic support services. The key to the project’s success is multi-departmental collaboration to investigate student life and resource usage, which will provide a more holistic picture of student needs and expectations. The resulting data will help these departments better align Reed’s academic services with student needs, the curriculum, and one another.

This presentation will highlight the methods employed by the team to better understand resource usage. Presenters will also share insights on what makes for a successful cross departmental team.

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David Gruber

Assistant Dean of Students for Academic Support, Reed College
David Gruber is the Assistant Dean of Students for Academic Support at Reed College. He provides individualized academic coaching to Reed undergraduates and supervises the peer tutoring program at the College. He has a PhD in English from the University of Denver.
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Trina Marmarelli

Director, Instructional Technology Services, Reed College
Trina Marmarelli is director of instructional technology services at Reed College. Her team supports faculty and students in selecting and using digital tools and methods for teaching, learning, and research. During her time at Reed, Trina has been involved in projects ranging from... 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 →

Friday April 21, 2017 11:50am - 12:30pm PDT
Santiam Room 2 Salem Convention Center

11:50am PDT

Virtual Presentation Skills: Creating Engagement Online
What makes a great virtual presentation? Presenting online can be a completely different experience than presenting in person. Without audio or visual cues, it can feel like you are presenting to an empty room. But webinars do not have to be one-way information delivery channels. Come to this session to learn tips for engaging your audience, preparing effective slides, and developing a personal communication style.

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Crystal Schimpf

Founder, Principal Training Consultant, Kixal Training
Crystal is a librarian and a trainer, with a passion for instructional design, training, and technology. As founder of Kixal, she provides innovative, transformative training for libraries on a wide range of topics. She has provided training on projects for the Urban Libraries Council’s... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 11:50am - 12:30pm PDT
Croisan Creek Room A Salem Convention Center

2:00pm PDT

Partnering for Student Success: An Open Educational Resource Collaboration Project
Through the collaborative efforts of Lane Community College faculty and librarians, along with support from Open Oregon, we developed an Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook for non-traditional students transitioning into college. During this session, we will discuss our process for getting the project started and how the OER was created. Session participants will also have an opportunity to interact with our free, open source, online textbook, which is designed to engage individuals to see themselves as college students and understanding the complexity of what that means to their lives. Topics from the book include: choosing a college to attend, understanding the evolution of becoming a college student, the differences between high school and college expectations, the language of college, college expenses beyond tuition, navigating college websites, scholarship preparation activities, and more. After our session, participants will leave with ideas on how to partner with campus colleagues to successfully adapt, adopt, or create an OER.


Claire Dannenbaum

Reference and Instruction Librarian at Lane Community College and was the Library Coordinator for OER (until December 2016)

Amy Hofer

OER coordinator for Oregon's 17 community colleges. She manages the Open Oregon Educational Resources grant program that helped fund Alise's textbook creation project.

Alise Lamoreaux

Faculty, Lane Community College
Alise Lamoreaux is a faculty member within the Adult Basic & Secondary Education department at Lane Community College and OER advocate.

Lori Wamsley

Library Director, Lane Community College
Lori Wamsley is currently the library director at Lane Community College. She is also part of the national faculty for Emporia State University, School of Library and Information Management, Oregon Distance Program.

Friday April 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Croisan Creek Room A Salem Convention Center
Saturday, April 22

9:30am PDT

Information Literacy: Reaching Across the Academic Divide
In this panel presentation school and academic librarians will discuss their work preparing students to be information literate. Building on the work initiated by the Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon (ILAGO), the panel will provide an overview of the current Oregon School Library Standards and AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner and how they are applied in K-12 schools. They will also review the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy and effective strategies for implementation. In addition, school library media specialists will learn the level of information literacy skills and understanding that students need to be successful in their college or university studies. Panelists will address practical applications and challenges of teaching information literacy at all levels. This panel will open a conversation to encourage collaboration on the requirements and curricula essential to student success.

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Elaine Hirsch

Associate Director, Watzek Library


Liz Beazizo

Teacher/Librarian, West Salem High School

Pam Kessinger

Library Faculty at PCC

Kelly McElroy

Student Engagement and Community Outreach Librarian Oregon State University Libraries and Press

Julie Morris

Media Specialist/ Librarian, Benson Polytechnic High School


Saturday April 22, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am PDT
Anderson Room B Salem Public Library