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Preconference Wed [clear filter]
Wednesday, April 19

8:30am PDT

Basics of Singing for Storytime
Are you a shy or self-taught storytime singer? Laura Aguero, professor of voice at Willamette University, can help you become a more confident and polished storytime leader. In this session, we'll learn how to breathe properly, how to project our voices, how to care for our voices, and good singing posture. All voices welcome!

 Pre-conference followup:  For some extra-special one-on-one practice and expertise, sign-up for one of our private sessions with Laura in the afternoon. Times for private lessons will be held during the afternoon preconference session. There is a limit of 15 total participants for the private lessons, so make sure to sign-up today!  Must be registered for the pre-conference to be eligible for the private singing lessions.


Laura Aguero

Professor of Voice, Willamette University Music Department
Soprano Laura Agüero is a versatile performer who has appeared as soloist in oratorio, recital, opera, and concert performances throughout the United States. She received her Master’s degree in vocal performance from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Laura is a Professor of Voice... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 8:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Croisan A-C

8:30am PDT

Thriving by the Rules: Crafting Policies for Your Library
Can’t find time to update your library policies? Carve out four hours to get it done by registering for this pre-conference! Bring a policy related to intellectual freedom that needs to be updated or created for the first time to this hands-on, interactive workshop. A panel of policy experts from public and academic libraries will share their anecdotes, successes and perhaps even a conundrum or two about policy creation and use. The session will include information about best practices, tools and resources, and then the majority of time will be spent in breakout sessions drafting your policy. Collaborate with your peers to share your knowledge as well as benefit from others’ expertise. Topics may include collection development and maintenance, exhibits and displays, Internet and other IT issues, request for reconsideration of materials, and rules of conduct for library users. Presenters will discuss ALA’s recent changes to privacy guidelines for protecting patrons’ data. Walk away from this session with a solid draft in hand, a plan for implementation, and a wealth of policy resources! Please bring a laptop and/or whatever tools you prefer to complete your edits.


Cindy Gibbon

Access and Information Services Director, Multnomah County Library
Talk to me about how public libraries promote digital inclusion. And ask me about the Portland/Multnomah County Digital Equity Action Plan!
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Buzzy Nielsen

Library Director, Crook County Library
Buzzy is President of OLA and also serves on the Library Development and Legislation Committee, where he helps OLA respond to local, state, and national issues affecting libraries and the people they serve. In his over 20 years in the profession, Buzzy has worked in a wide variety... Read More →
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Adriene Lim PhD.

Dean of Libraries and Philip H. Knight Chair, University of Oregon
Dean Adriene Lim provides administrative leadership and vision for the UO Libraries, a system consisting of seven libraries with approximately 175 staff and library faculty, and serving UO students, faculty, staff, and community members. Dr. Lim's duties are to lead and oversee library... Read More →
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Steve Silver

Director of Kellenberger Library, Assistant Professor, Northwest Christian University
Very interested in intellectual freedom issues. Also very interested in the history of the English-language Bible and in talking about and presenting from NCU's significant collection of rare, early printed English Bibles. Happy to talk about issues of Christian faith as they intersect... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 8:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Santiam Room 1 Salem Convention Center

8:30am PDT

“Thrive in the Hive: Working Together to Provide Exceptional Legal Reference Service”

How confident are you responding to patrons’ questions on, say, landlord/tenant issues, bankruptcy proceedings, or location of divorce records? Legal questions come in all shapes and sizes, and most cannot be resolved easily. While county law libraries and trained law librarians are often the best referral, not all Oregon residents have access to a staffed law library with specialized resources. That’s where you come in: Even as non-attorneys, public, school, and academic library workers can offer meaningful help. At this 4-hour preconference, gain necessary skills and learn effective strategies to provide knowledgeable legal reference service. Increase your understanding of the legal system and improve your ability to respond to legal questions, including where to find forms. Listen to speakers from the State of Oregon Law Library, Oregon State Bar, Oregon Judicial Department, and Legal Aid Services of Oregon as they share tips and information on their services. Bring your specific questions for discussion. Leave with an arsenal of resources and contacts that will make YOU the legal information expert at your library!

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Sue Ludington

Law Librarian, Lane County Law Library
Sue Ludington (Chair, OLA Legal Reference Round Table and 2019 OLA-WLA Conference Co-Chair) recently accepted the Lane County (OR) Law Librarian position, and moved to Eugene in March 2018. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Law Librarian at the Washington County (OR) Law Library... Read More →
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Eric McClendon

Referral and Information Services Manager, Oregon State Bar

Janice Morgan

Executive Director, Legal Aid Services of Oregon

Holly Rudolph

Judicial Forms Manager, Oregon Judicial Department

Lewis Zimmerman

Reference Librarian, State of Oregon Law Library


Wednesday April 19, 2017 8:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Santiam Room 3 Salem Convention Center

1:00pm PDT

Dewey 101: Best Practices for Dewey Decimal Classification
This workshop provides a foundation for working with Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) to organize library collections. Topics include: introduction and history of DDC; principles of number building; working with the major divisions of DDC; Cutters and work marks; and an introduction to using WebDewey. Attendees will become familiar with best practices for DDC through presentations and exercises.

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Steph Miller

Librarian, Multnomah County Library
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Bob Renfro

Cataloging Librarian, Multnomah County Library


Wednesday April 19, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Santiam Room 1 Salem Convention Center

1:00pm PDT

La Comunidad Latina y Tu Biblioteca / The Latino/a Community and Your Library: Strategies for Building Relationships and Resources for Collection Development
REFORMA Oregon is a professional organization for librarians and library staff who serve Spanish speaking and Latino/a communities. In this half day workshop, you will learn strategies to connect with your local Latino/a community, including recommended community partnerships and programming ideas for all ages. You will also learn about a variety of resources to develop your library collections to match the needs of your communities, including information on the "Libros for Oregon" project that plans for an Oregon library book-buying cooperative for the International Book Fair in Guadalajara and how your library can participate. Attendees may include librarians who are currently working with Latino/a communities, are just beginning the process of reaching out, or would like to begin, but are unsure how to do so. Whether you are new librarian within your community or a long-time resident, are a non-Spanish speaker or are fluent in Spanish, this session will offer you an opportunity to connect with members of an active organization that can support you, year round. The workshop will include time for you to brainstorm ideas and develop action items to apply the information learned so you will be better equipped to serve your Spanish speaking and Latino communities.


Kristen Curé

Latino Liaison & Adult Services Librarian, Springfield Public Library
Kristen is a former ALA Emerging Leader and spent her Peace Corps time in Nicaragua. She is a marketing wizard, bilingual storytime extraordinaire, and gardening enthusiast.
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Natalia Fernández

Curator of the Oregon Multicultural Archives & OSU Queer Archives, Oregon State University
Natalia Fernández is an associate professor and the Curator and Archivist of the Oregon Multicultural Archives (OMA) and the OSU Queer Archives (OSQA) at the Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center.
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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 →

Patty Lara

Outreach Specialist, Hood River County Library District
Patty Lara is the Outreach Specialist for the Hood River County Library District. Her current projects include, but are not limited to, organizing a bookmobile, coordinating a number of community-based events, hosting a weekly radio program, and selecting Spanish materials to add... Read More →
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Patricia Morán

Spanish Bilingual Youth Librarian, Multnomah County Library
Patricia Morán, a Spanish Bilingual Youth Librarian for the Multnomah County Library, builds and maintains relationships with patrons, neighborhood organizations, and the greater population served by the library. She has experience in creating a rich and inclusive Spanish language... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Santiam Room 2 Salem Convention Center

1:00pm PDT

We Changed Our Entire Culture, And You Can Too
Hearing about successful change initiatives is always helpful -- but what if you don't have the luxury of a new influx of funding, or a new building or location, or are already successful and just want to be better? In this interactive pre-conference we'll highlight the ways we took a library system serving a city of 100,000 and transformed the culture, undertaking a multi-year reorganization to empower staff and implement a collaborative service model, all while using existing resource, minor budget increases, and plenty of ingenuity. Participants will leave with new tools and plans to implement in their own libraries.

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Stephanie Chase

Director, Hillsboro Public Library
Stephanie Chase is Director of the Hillsboro (OR) Public Library. Prior to Hillsboro, Stephanie coordinated service strategies to libraries for BiblioCommons and was the Director of Library Programs and Services for The Seattle Public Library. Stephanie is the founder of the Green... Read More →
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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.
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Hillary Ostlund

Library Manager -- Cultivate!, Hillsboro Public Library
Hillary works at the bustling Hillsboro Public Library where she works hard on matching people's strengths to positions in library service, staff training and development, and employee culture. Hiring has become her middle name :-)


Wednesday April 19, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Santiam Room 3 Salem Convention Center

1:30pm PDT

State Libraries and Archives Tour

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at the libraries and archives in Salem? Here is your chance to take a tour of the Oregon State Library, State of Oregon Law Library, and Oregon State Archives. Learn about the history, collections, and current services offered by these state institutions! The walking distance between the Convention Center and these buildings is just under 3 miles total. Walking is encouraged, but alternative transportation will be offered to registered participants if requested.


Meet at Salem Convention Center (Registration Desk) to walk to State Archives -  1:00 pm


General Orientation – 1:30-1:45 pm – State Archives Conference Room


State Archives Tour  -  1:45-2:30 pm


Library Tours – 2:45-3:30 pm (one group will go to State Law Library, the other to the Oregon State Library)


Library Tours – 3:45-4:30 pm (groups switch)


Optional Capitol/Historic Salem Walking Tour (on your own, brochures will be provided) – 4:30-5:00 pm


We hope that many of you will consider using this opportunity to get out and walk around Salem! The total walking distance (round trip) is 2.8 miles, if you start from the Salem Convention Center. Here is a map to give you a sense of the route: https://goo.gl/maps/L3Zmf3fNgtJ2


If you prefer to drive your own car, please be prepared to pay for parking spaces (city rate is $1.50 per hour) and understand that availability of spaces can be limited while the Oregon Legislature is in session. Here is information about parking in the Capitol Mall area:


Oregon State Archives - http://sos.oregon.gov/archives/records/tour/Pages/parking-hours.aspx

Oregon State Library - http://www.oregon.gov/osl/Pages/OSLDirectionsMaps.aspx



Jerry Curry

Reference Librarian, Oregon State Library
I moved to Oregon in 1997 and after a brief stint at Oregon State University monitoring recombinant DNA research, I have worked a reference librarian at the State Library of Oregon. My background is/was science however over time, I have developed a strong interest in law & legislation... Read More →

Layne Sawyer

Oregon State Archives

Lewis Zimmerman

Reference Librarian, State of Oregon Law Library


Wednesday April 19, 2017 1:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Off Site