April 15, 2012 (Vol. 18, No. 8) – OLA News
April 17th is the last day to register for the OLA annual conference online. Onsite conference registration will be available April 25th, 7:30am-7:00pm; April 26th, 7:00am-7:00pm; and April 27th 7:00am-12:30pm at the conference registration table located in the Riverhouse Convention Center’s lobby.
A pdf version of the printed program is now available on the conference website. Printed programs will be available when you pick up your conference badge at the registration table.
Thanks to Boopsie, OLA will be unveiling a conference app for the conference. More information will be available before and at the conference.
12 Tips for a Rewarding Conference!
- Bring plenty of business cards to exchange and take advantage of networking opportunities with your library colleagues at the conference.
- Wear those comfortable shoes at the conference because you’ll be doing plenty of walking!
- Take the time to visit the exhibit hall and visit with the vendors. Lots to see and explore at the exhibits!
- Don’t forget to bring a bag or backpack to store all those treasures you will be collecting at the conference.
- Snacks will be offered during the conference at the breaks. But you may also want to pack your own water and snacks just in case you get a wee bit peckish.
- Dress in layers so you can adjust for temperature variations in the meeting rooms. Remember you may be walking outside between buildings at the Riverhouse Convention Center so wear clothing and shoes appropriate for outdoor weather.
- Be sure to review the Riverhouse Convention Center and Hotel property map for conference registration and hotel registration http://www.riverhouse.com/web/images/Lodging/RH_PropertyMap.pdf
- Please note that conference registration is located at the Convention Center and hotel registration is located at the Hotel Lobby.
- Don’t drive to Downtown Bend from the Riverhouse Convention Center for night out on the town-hop on board the Shuttle. The shuttle will run Wednesday and Thursday nights of the conference from 5:00-10:00pm between the Riverhouse Convention Center and Downtown Bend.
- Let the Conference Planning Committee know what you thought of the 2012 Conference and complete the online evaluation after the conference at http://tinyurl.com/ola2012eval
- Volunteers will be on hand at the conference registration desk and throughout the Convention Center to help you locate a session or a good place to eat.
- Take advantage of visiting the sites in Central Oregon. Check out Visit Bend for activities to pursue while you are here. Don’t forget to use your High Desert Museum voucher for being a conference attendee and receive a 20% discount on admission to the High Desert Museum April 25-28, 2012. The Downtown Bend Association has coordinated a “flash your badge” program with participating downtown shops and restaurants. Look for the blue signs at downtown businesses where you can flash your conference badge for a deal only available to conference participants. For more information and a list of deals go to www.downtownbend.org
- Most of all enjoy the conference and your time in Bend!
OLA/OASL Proposed Merger – Fourth in a Series of Four Merger Benefits: Wider People Power Pool!
The election considering the merger of the Oregon Association of School Libraries into OLA as a division will be held at the business meeting (Thursday, April 26, 2012 lunch) at the OLA Annual Conference in Bend. The OASL membership has already approved merging at their October conference. April will be OLA’s chance to vote. The ballot resolution will be communicated in advance to OLA members. In the Hotlines preceding the OLA election merger benefits will be featured. The full proposal about the merger can be found on the OLA home page at www.olaweb.org. If you have questions contact OLA Board members or members of the OLA-OASL Joint Committee on School-Public Library Cooperation (contact information on the website.)
Multi-type library staff membership on committees like Oregon Authors, Intellectual Freedom, and Library Development and Legislation committees will expand the pool of knowledgeable staff planning these activities. Cross-library staff work on reading awards like the Oregon Readers Choice Award, the Beverly Cleary Readers Choice Award, and programs like the Oregon Battle of the Books and library summer reading programs (traditions already begun) will be invigorated. OLA will initiate presidential rotation opportunities seeking candidates from the school library arena as now done from public and academic/special library arenas. An OASL Division representative with Board voting privileges comes with the merger and OASL members will be recruited for other elected and appointed offices expanding leadership opportunities for individuals and for the organization.
Submitted by Mary Ginnane, Past-president, firstname.lastname@example.org, and the OLA-OASL Joint Committee on School-Public Library Cooperation
OYAN’s Astro Lounge Social
After conference sessions and the all-conference reception on Thursday, all are welcome to join members of OYAN from 7:30 to 9:30pm at the Astro Lounge in downtown Bend, 939 NW Bond St. This very informal gathering will let you get to see some of Bend’s Downtown area, chat with your most-fun colleagues, and pay for your own drinks. Oh, and you can ride the free green bus shuttle to downtown from the conference center.
CSD Mock Caldecott Committee – Volunteers Wanted
CSD is happy to announce the Mock Caldecott Committee, a new volunteer opportunity for able-bodied CSD members!!
The Mock Caldecott Committee will consist in approximately 3-5 members. The primary duties will include:
Selecting 10 outstanding children’s picture books that meet the Caldecott Criteria for inclusion on the 2013 Mock Caldecott discussion list.
Working with the CSD Executive Board to identify and confirm 1-2 presenters for the 2013 Mock Caldecott Workshop.
The date and location for the 2013 Mock Caldecott Workshop has been scheduled: January 5th from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm at the Tigard Public Library.
If you are an active CSD member and would like to volunteer to be on the Mock Caldecott Committee, simply send an email to Rick Samuelson (email@example.com) with the following details:
Describe your past experience in selecting and evaluating picture books
Describe your past experience in art education, art history or art criticism
All committee work will be done electronically.
If you love evaluating the art in children’s picture books, this is the committee for you!
Thank you!!! Rick Samuelson, Youth Services Librarian, Washington County Cooperative Library Services, 503-648-9785 x5#.
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