April 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 8) Association News

2014 OLA Conference -This Week!

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Online registration has ended for the 2014 OLA Conference which will be held at the Salem Convention Center.  You can still register onsite with a credit card or by check.

Register rates are available online.  It is also possible to register for meals only.   Preconference and program information can be found on OLA’s conference web pages.

Find driving directions, parking map and more on our Hotel Information & Maps page.

Key Dates:

  • Pre-conferences: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
  • Conference: Thursday-Friday, April 17-18, 2014

We’re looking forward to seeing you there! -Suzanne L. Sager, Portland State University

Ten Conference Tips

The following tips will help you to have the best conference experience possible:

1. Parking: The Salem Convention Center & Grand Hotel has complimentary underground parking, and the Pringle Parkade has complimentary parking for the Salem Convention Center on the roof top. Refer to this map for other public parking options.You may also consider carpooling. Libs-Or and SSD are both good places to look for someone to carpool with.

2. Dress in layers: It is important to be comfortable so be prepared for meeting rooms that may be either too hot or too cold.

3. Wear comfortable shoes! This almost goes without saying, but the conference center is on two levels and the lobby floors are not carpeted.

4. Please remember to bring a tote bag, briefcase, or bookbag in which you can carry your conference program and any other materials you may pick up from the vendors.

5. Visit the vendor booths and thank the exhibitors for coming to the conference. Give special thanks to all of our sponsors (a list is in the printed program).

6. Twitter.  Let your colleagues know what’s happening at the conference with the OLA Twitter feed. The conference account is @OLAinsideout and the hashtag is #ORLib14.

7. Coffee and pastries will be available for purchase at the east end of the Gallery between 7:00 and 9:00 am.

8. Be sure to fill out the evaluation letting us know what you think of the conference. This information is very useful in planning future conferences.

9. OLA President’s Banquet.  If you haven’t purchased a ticket to the President’s Banquet, but would like to hear Josh Hanagarne “The World’s Strongest Librarian”, speaker only tickets will be available at the door for $15. His talk will begin at approximately 7:30 pm. Please have exact change or a check made out to OLA.

10. Consider becoming more involved with OLA by volunteering to be on a committee. Attend “The Inside Out Organization” that is scheduled on Thursday, April 17 at 4:00 – 5:30 pm.  You can also attend one of the committee meetings that are scheduled on Thursday, April 17 at 5:30 – 6:00 pm to learn more.  The meeting locations are available in the program. For more information on the committees, visit the website.”

And above all, have fun!  Ask questions of the volunteers who will be roaming the hallways or of the volunteers at the registration desk.

Win a One-Year OLA Membership!

The OLA Membership Committee wants you to have some extra fun at this year’s OLA conference! At the registration table you can pick up an OLA People Bingo card, then chat and mingle with your colleagues. Once you complete at least one bingo (we’re counting only horizontal, vertical, and/or diagonal bingo lines), return your card to the registration table. We’ll do a drawing at 4pm Friday afternoon to give away one personal, one-year OLA membership as well as 4 gift cards to Powell’s Books (good at both brick and mortar and online stores). This is just for fun–we hope you enjoy learning something new about your fellow attendees! –Emily Papagni

Oregon Library Association Raffle

Win a two-night stay at the Sylvia Beach Hotel! If that isn’t enough of a reason to go online RIGHT NOW and purchase your tickets for the annual Oregon Library Association Raffle to benefit the Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN), consider these other fabulous prizes! A $25 gift certificate to McMenamins, an eclectic South Coast Basket, a $25 gift

certificate to the HUB (Hopworks Urban Brewery), a CD and DVD package from Portland Taiko, a gift card for a 12, hanging basket from Al’s Garden Center, admission to the Oregon Zoo, a beautiful matted art photograph Elvire Sanchez Kisser, MFA, and so much more!

See the complete list and make your purchase online now!

Online sales will continue until 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 15. Any tickets still available at that time will be available for purchase from an enthusiastic OYAN member the annual OLA Conference in Salem. There’s a 700 ticket limit, so it is wise to act quickly!

The actual drawing will take place on April 18 just before lunch at the conference. You need NOT be present to win, so buy whether you are attending the conference or not. We?ll get the items to the winners. -Sonja Somerville

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 Gilmanor 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 pre-conference 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