Thursday, May 19, 2022

Conference Registration Now Open

Join us for the 2022 SSD Conference on Friday, July 22nd at Timberline Loge! 
Register and find more details at

Friday, April 8, 2022

Get ready for the 2022 SSD conference!


 Save the date for the OLA SSD Conference

Theme: Rise Above 

July 22, 2022 at Timberline Lodge

Registration opening soon (as soon as we lock down our sessions!)

Check for updates at our website :

While you wait for the registration to go live...

You can get a head start on reserving your room at Timberline for July 21st.

The block of rooms is under OLA SSD Annual Conference

Twin Room$180.00
Queen Room$255.00
Queen Twin Room$285.00
Chalet Small$155.00
Chalet Medium$175.00

Rates shown are per night  single or double occupancy. Add  $30 for each additional person.  Plus 7.5% county tax.



Gourmet coffee and teas, soft drinks

Bubly flavored sparking water, assorted juices

GOOD MORNING breakfast (served 7am-8:45 am)

Bagels with cream cheese, pasty chef’s muffin assortment,

assorted yogurt, granola, sliced fruit


Sandwich Choices:

Roasted Turkey Breast & Pepper Jack Cheese

Sugar Cured Cobb Smoked Ham & Swiss

Vegetarian Avocado, Cheddar & Red Bell Pepper

All Sandwiches are served with Red Onion,

Sliced Tomato, Leaf Lettuce and an Ice Box Pickle

(gluten-free bread is available on request)

Includes: Whole Fruit ,Potato Chips, Condiments, Bottled Water, Freshly Baked Cookie

(And an afternoon snack, of course!)

Friday, May 22, 2020

The SSD blog is back!

Unfortunately we haven't been able to add content to our blog for a few years. But we finally found the old login info and now we are back!

We apologize for this long silence and any confusion it may have caused. We plan to start posting regularly again.

Here are a few announcements:

The current SSD Executive Board list has been updated. There are still several positions open.

Our next board meeting is Friday, June 12th at 11:00 am.

Unfortunately, Covid-19 has made it necessary to cancel the 2020 Support Staff Division Conference.

We will be able to hold the 2021 conference at Timberline, however! More on this in another post.

An opportunity that will be ending soon - scroll down the right side of the blog to SSD Scholarships. We have three scholarships, $150 each, intended to help support staff pursue professional development and learning opportunities. Clicking on the link will take you to information about the scholarships and the application form. The deadline is coming up fast on May 25th.

In the meantime, here are some other ways to connect with the Oregon Library Association Support Staff Division.

Best wishes to you and your families as Oregon starts to re-open.

May we all be back working in our libraries, safely, and soon!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Hello Library Support Staff community!

 I hope your winter is going well.  SSD is looking for enthusiastic, creative people who want to get involved with their peers from around the state.  We have the following positions open on the Executive Board:

Conference Chair/Committee
Blog Manager
Website manager

Please visit the OLA-SSD website here and you'll find information on SSD and the different positions listed above.

If interested, please contact me here.
Thank you,
Margaret Harmon-Myers
Chair of the Support Staff Division of the Oregon Library Association.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Get Involved with SSD Conference Planning!

We hope you had a great time at the OLA SSD conference last month! If you've enjoyed attending, you might enjoy being on the conference committee as well. If yes, email to sign up, or with your questions. If you're not sure, read on!

The graphic below has roles that have been part of the committee in the past few years, and a few of the responsibilities for each. This can be somewhat fluid, and we want you to be able to make SSD your own. If you're considering being involved, but want to know more, here's some FAQs based on the last few years. If you still have questions just email and you can chat with a conference committee member.

How much of a time commitment is it?

- The last couple years we've had co-chairs and that's helped to balance responsibilities. The schedule has been a remote/virtual meeting once a month or so, for approximately an hour. Conference planning starts ~Sept. and really ramps up mid-May- July. For committee members, maybe an hour a week from roughly Feb-June, and a couple hours a week later June/July, on average. For chair(s), a little more than that.

What benefits are there?

-Helping to plan a conference for your peers, and helping to shape the theme, speakers, vendors, etc. Also, this looks fantastic on a resume/for professional development. You can hone or learn skills like time management, leadership, communication, marketing, promotion, negotiation, design, photography, decorating, and more. There's a lot of flexibility. Also, it's fun! The few years we've had a mix of public and academic library staff involved and it's a great way to meet people you wouldn't normally, network, and help each other build skills.

I want to, but I'm not sure how to check with my supervisor:

-We have a great blog post/interview with a supervisor of an SSD Board member here that will give you some tips.

How do I start/learn more?

-Email This is an email monitored by the 2017 conference committee, and we're happy to answer questions or provide you with specifics. If you'd like to schedule a phone/Skype/Google etc. hangout (or an in-person!) one with a 2017 committee member to ask us questions, email and we can see about setting something up!

This post was also shared on our Facebook. Like us for current SSD news and events!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Conference Thank You and Presentations

A huge thank you to everyone who attended, presented at, or helped with OLA SSD 2017! We couldn't have done it without you! If you'd like to see pictures, check them out on Facebook (no login or likes needed- but you might want to to keep up on SSD news!)

We're working with our friends at NW Central to get the presentations on their site, but since we've had lots of interest, we have them uploaded in a (much less pretty!) way to get them to you ASAP. You can find all the presentations from presenters who had visual aids here. If you have any issues accessing them or any questions just contact us at .

Monday, July 17, 2017

Important Day of Info for SSD 2017!

Thanks to everyone who registered for OLA SSD 2017! We're looking forward to seeing you Friday July 28th at University of Oregon in beautiful Eugene. Starting Tuesday 7/18, we'll be sending an email with crucial parking and lodging info for the venue- please check your email (and your spam!) and if you don't see that end of the day Wednesday 7/20 please contact

We also have the EMU (conference location at U of O) map and schedule posted below- previews of our fabulous programs (just wait until you see them in person!)