April 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 7) Association News.

The 2014 OLA Conference Is Fast Approaching! 

Registration continues for the 2014 OLA Conference which will be held at the Salem Convention Center.  You can register online with a credit card or by check.  Once you have completed your registration form and have chosen a payment option, you will receive a confirmation page.  If paying by check, please include a copy of the confirmation page with your check and mail it to the address noted on the page.

Early bird registration ends tomorrow!  It is also possible to register for meals only. Preconference and program information can be found on OLA’s conference web pages.

Reservations can also be made at the Phoenix Grand Hotel either online or by calling 1-877-540-7800.  Rates are $119 for a room with a king size bed or $129 for a room with two queen size beds (plus 10% tax and fees).  Be sure to supply the attendee code of OLA2014.

Key Dates:

Pre-conferences: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Conference: Thursday-Friday, April 17-18, 2014

Early registration ends Sunday, March 16, 2014

Online registration ends Friday, April 4, 2014

Onsite registration will be available, checks & credit card payments only (no cash). We’re looking forward to seeing you there! -Suzanne L. Sager, Portland State University

ACRL-OR Reception at OLA Conference

Will you be at the OLA 2014 Conference in Salem next month?  If so, come hang out with us!

ACRL-OR invites you to a reception on Wednesday, April 16 from 5:00 p.m.– 7:00 p.m. at Bentley’s Grill (Bentley’s is conveniently located next to the Salem Convention Center).  Light appetizers are provided, and a cash bar will be available. All conference attendees are welcome!

We look forward to seeing you on April 16th! Please direct questions to Isaac Gilman or Hannah Rempel.

Pre-Conference Offering

Hello fellow OLA members! Have you asked yourself this question about patrons you’ve encountered? Or, do you have employees coming to you asking you how to handle “difficult patrons”? If so, then this pre-conference is for you! Mental health and substance use disorder specialists Kathy Prenevost and Mark Schorr will help demystify the patron behaviors that we struggle to understand and deal with. This promises to be a high energy, interactive presentation that will provide you with practical tools for your library tool belt.

For more information about this preconference click here

Thanks and see you at the conference! -Stephanie
Stephanie Lind | Program Supervisor for Outreach & Youth Services
Washington County, Oregon | Washington County Cooperative Library Services

Conference Sessions Sneak Peeks

Here are a couple of samples. Take a look at the complete conference program schedule too!

Plaintiffs, Pills, and Passports: How to Reply to Legal, Medical, and Government Services Questions

Description: As libraries increasingly embrace expanding roles in their communities, they are asked for help with many types of information needs, including those that may require more expertise than a library professional can offer. While there are lines that library staff cannot cross, particularly in the areas of law and medicine, it is important to consider what can be done to assist library patrons that have extra needs. Librarians with expertise in the fields of law, health, and government information will present common reference scenarios. Attendees will learn strategies and tips for working with difficult reference situations to produce positive outcomes.

Presenters: Arlene Weible, Oregon State Library; Judith Hayes, Tuality Healthcare Libraries; Sue Ludington, Washington County Law Library; Neil Miller, Lane County Law Library

Sponsors: DIGOR, LRRT, RRT

A Digital Collections Plan for Oregon

Description: In 2013 the State Library commissioned an analytical report on the coordination

and collaboration of digital collections and projects across the state. This session will provide an overview of that report and share current planning activities. Come join us for this information session.

Presenters: Danielle Plummer, Consultant; Mary Kay Dahlgren, State Librarian; John Russell, Scholarly Communications Librarian. Sponsor: TSRT

The S.A.V.V.I.E.S.: A New Tradition from H.A.S.

The first of the SAVVIES submissions are in! I’m eagerly anticipating all you other libraries out there who will be bragging about what you’ve been doing this year. Let’s see-I know Shute Park owes me a photo and a blurb. Who else improved facilities? Had a fantastic program (Deschutes-was that 1500 people for Cheryl Strayed?)? Need to brag about some amazing staff (Libraries with Emerging Leaders?)? Figured out how to provide more with less? Done something nifty with a grant? I know you’re out there-please be thinking about how you can shine a light on something you’re up to. The rest of us will learn from this and…bragging is good!
Shared Achievements Victories Ventures Innovations Endowments &Successes

Here’s how easy it will be: send us your nomination of a local success (i.e. a children’s area expansion, an award from a civic organization, a building project) along with a photo and a little bit of information. We’ll combine these successes into a presentation and share with OLA members at the annual conference (i.e. power point at awards luncheon) and post on the web site afterwards.

Go ahead-nominate yourself! Nominate a friend who is shy! Go around your director and nominate your library! We want to hear about noteworthiness of all sorts! Send all nominations with a photo and some information to mcole@orcity.org (please use subject line: SAVVIES). Deadline is April 7, 2014. Questions? Same email will get you answers! Flood us with your success stories-we know you have them! -Maureen Cole, Oregon City Public Library