Saturday, April 15, 2023

INVITE: Meet SSD @ OLA! + more

 Hello library staff of Oregon,

   Can't come to the OLA conference in person? Online registration is $50 and closes tomorrow 4/15.

    With the virtual registration (and in person), you can connect with SSD by attending our sponsored presentation by Donna Cohen. It will be streaming live only, April 21st at 3:45 pm.

  Also, be SURE to watch the awards ceremony on Friday at 12:30 pm for a very special SSD related award celebration, which will be in person, and live streamed.

Here is your hint:

 Will you be in Bend?

Come visit our table! 
Look through the photo albums, learn more about opportunities to get involved, grow your career and get a sneak peek at our July conference plans in Ashland.

We will be selling book mending kits for $20. 
We may, or may not, have the official hookup for $6 Girl Scout cookies, $1.50 Teriyaki sticks and other snacks for purchase. Tell your hungry conference friends, they have options!

SSD Meet and Greet at OLA

McKay Cottage

62910 O. B. Riley Rd #340, Bend, OR 97701

Friday, April 21st from 7:00am - 8:00am

Casual, welcoming.

Highly recommended yummies will be available for purchase.

   We still technically have room in the morning pre-conference Book mending session on April 19th, but pre-registration has closed. Please connect with me if you are interested so you don't miss out! 

  Finally, we know that library staff have to keep our libraries running and we can't all participate in this conference. There are two great opportunities for your professional development coming up.

   The 27th annual SSD conference will be in Ashland on Friday, July 21st. Author, Mark Yaconelli is our keynote!
We want to do a welcome reception the evening of July 20th. 
Details are added all the time to, registration will open soon!

And take a look at the Oregon Reference Forum virtual conference! Registration is live now for the May 19th event.

Chair of Support Staff Division of OLA

Tuesday, July 19, 2022


Come together for learning and healing at the
26th Annual SSD Conference 2022

Timberline Lodge Friday July 22nd, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Keynote: Sally Eck - Interrupting Oppression in Our Everyday Lives

$140 ($10 off for OLA members) 

Conference Schedule:

8:00 - 8:30 am Arrival, obtain your Breakfast Buffet in Cascade Dining, and bring your food to Ullman Hall.

8:30 - 9:00 am Welcome, Introductions, and orientation

9:00-9:15 Moment of reflection: a brief discussion about land acknowledgements - Jaylyn and Jillisa Suppah

9:15 - 10:15 Keynote Speaker: Sally Eck, Interrupting Oppression in Our Everyday Lives

10:15 - 10:30 Break

11:00 am is Timberline's room check out time

10:30 - 11:45 Breakout Session #1
  - Liberation Books:  A Panel Discussion with Street BooksPDX Books to Prisoners and the Wilsonville Imagination Library - Pati Moran, Street Books Board member; Sarah Foreman of PDX Books to Prisoners; and Jan Rippey of the Imagination Library.

    - Examining Tribal History Through an Indigenous Perspective - Jaylyn Suppah and Jillisa Suppah

    -Basic Book Repair for Libraries, Part 1

11:45 am - 1:15 pm Lunch, SSD Announcements and Lighting Talks!
Lighting Talks start time will be announced at conference, based on participation. Otherwise you are free to roam with your box lunch.

1:25 - 2:40 Breakout Session #2
    - Street Roots: A View From The Tent - Andrew Hogan, Deputy Director and panel

    - How to be an Everyday Intellectual Freedom Fighter - Emily O'Neal and Perry Stokes

    - Basic Book Repair for Libraries, Part 2

2:40 - 3:00 Afternoon Break

3:00 - 4:15 Breakout Session #3
    - Misinformation, Fake News and Political Propaganda - Donna Cohen

    - Dignity, Empathy and Access: Libraries Serving People Facing Incarceration - Magdianamy Carrillo-Sotomayor; Deborah Gitlitz; and Jody Redifer.

    - Basic Book Repair for Libraries, Part 3

4:15 - 4:30 Raffle Drawing, Evaluations & Networking

5:00 Timberline Tour is $8/person. Please email to sign up!

There is a shuttle!

Meal Information

Gourmet coffee and teas, soft drinks, Bubly flavored sparkling water and assorted juices.

(Update 7/7/22) BREAKFAST: Go through the buffet in Cascade dining room, eat in Ullman Hall

- Roasted Turkey Breast & Pepper Jack Cheese
- Sugar Cured Cobb Smoked Ham & Swiss
- Vegetarian Avocado, Cheddar & Red Bell Pepper
- Vegan Lentil Bean Loaf Slice with veggies

*Freshly prepared box lunches include: whole fruit, potato chips, condiments, bottled water, napkin, and a fresh baked cookie. Sandwiches served with red onion, sliced tomato, leaf lettuce and an ice box pickle.

Afternoon Snacks
The snack will be a surprise. (Save your cookie from lunch if you want afternoon sugar!)

Conference session:

Presenter Bios

Keynote: Sally Eck

Topic: Interrupting Oppression in Our Everyday Lives

Description: In this keynote speech, participants will discover their own practice and learn new methods for meaningfully discussing issues perpetuated by like racism, heterosexism, classism, sexism, ableism and more with people in their neighborhood, school and work communities.

Basic Book Repair for Libraries

Description: Learn basic book repair techniques using conservation methods and materials. In this hands-on workshop, we'll repair loose and torn pages, broken spines, and books that have fallen out of their covers. We'll also discuss the anatomy of the book, how to prevent damage to circulating books, mending tools and materials and where to find them, and online repair training. An additional materials fee provides a mending tool kit that is yours to keep, and beginners are welcome! Please bring damaged books to work on if you prefer, or borrow one during the workshop. This workshop is intended for circulating collections and not for rare or valuable materials.

Session 1 options:

Topic: Examining Tribal History Through an Indigenous Perspective

Description: Exploring a brief history of the Tribes within the Central Oregon area through an indigenous perspective with a short overview of the Tribes of Oregon. We will examine the history of local tribes around education, food sovereignty, land acknowledgements, learn about ceded lands and what that means. We will explore how we can be more inclusive, connecting to resources and how to be an ally.

Presenters: Jillisa Suppah and Jaylyn Suppah

Topic: Liberation Books: A Panel Discussion with Street Books and PDX Books to Prisoners

Description: Liberation Books! will be a lively panel discussion featuring local outreach organizations that help uplift, educate, and empower the community by making free reading materials available to those most in need.

We will hear from Street Books whose mobile bicycle libraries have been providing books to people in Portland who live outside since 2011. There will be a video presentation featuring Laura Moulton and Ben Hodges and their book "Loaners: The Making of a Street Library." Copies of their powerful book will be available for purchase at the venue.

PDX Books to Prisoners will give us an overview of their amazing volunteer collective that reaches beyond prison bars to fulfill reading requests from incarcerated folks who otherwise only have access to restrictive prison libraries.

Library support staff understand the power of the written word to transform people's lives and won't want to miss this inspirational and informative presentation highlighting local outreach libraries making a positive impact in the world.

Presenters: Pati Morán of Street Books, and Sarah Foreman with PDX Books to Prisoners; and Jan Rippey of Wilsonville's Imagination Library.

Session 2 options:

Topic: How To Be an Everyday Intellectual Freedom Fighter

Description: It might not always feel special, but every time you add an item to the catalog, make a book recommendation, create a display, or check something in or out, you’re helping exercise a fundamental human right. One of the foundational values of libraries – indeed, one of the pillars of democracy itself – is the freedom of information. Join members of the Oregon Intellectual Freedom Committee (OIFC) to learn about recent challenges and your critical role as support staff in defending the Freedom To Read!

Topic: Street Roots: A View from the tent

Description: This presentation will weave real stories, lived experiences and personal anecdotes to help participants reframe how they see or talk about individuals experiencing houselessness. This presentation will be interactive and have a Q & A session at the end.

Presenters: Andrew Hogan, Deputy Director of Street Roots - other panelists TBA

Session 3 options:

Topic: Dignity, Empathy, and Access: Libraries Serving People Facing Incarceration

Description: Public Library Services for All: Attend this panel discussion to hear how library staff in Oregon are serving people facing incarceration in different institutions and situations. Learn how library staff are working to identify barriers, strengthen access and build bridges.

Presenters: Jody Redifer, Madgianamy Carrillo-Sotomayor and Deborah Gitlitz

Topic: Misinformation, Fake News and Political Propaganda

Description: Everyday, we are overwhelmed with messages from politicians, new sources and other media. Learn how to establish truth from fiction using a wide array of techniques.
Areas covered:

  • Mainstream press and "fake news"
  • Social media posts
  • Deepfakes
  • Propaganda
  • Survey/poll questions
  • Economic data
  • Graphs and charts

Presenter: Donna L. Cohen, MEd, MLIS