Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The sessions SSD is sponsoring at the 2014 OLA Conference

Preconference, Wed 16 April 2014:

Basic Book Repair for Libraries 
This session will cover the selection of books for in-house mending, an introduction to book structure and archival repair materials, and hands-on instruction of several basic book repair procedures. Attendees will receiv e handouts with illustrated instructions for the repairs, as well as materials (worth $30.00) and contacts lists and a bibliography with further information. The hands-on workshop will include mending loose andtorn hinges, tipping in pages, recasing text blocks, and spine repairs. Endsheet repairs will be demonstrated if time permits. We will also discuss collection maintenance and how to prevent human and environmental damage to books.  
Presenter: Carolee Harrison, Portland State University

Conference, Thurs 17 April 2014:

Oral Histories and Libraries: A Perfect Fit
Part of what we mean when we say that the library is the heart of a community is that the library is the keeper of a community’s heritage. In addition to valuable resources for scholars, good oral history projects engage the community and promote the library services. This session will address the role of the library as local memory bank by focusing on two current oral history projects. Librarians from Lake Oswego Public Library will talk about “In Their Own Words II,” an oral history project they manage in Lake Oswego. Chris Petersen of OSU’s Special Collections and Archives will discuss the OSU Sesquicentennial Oral History Project.
Presenters: Alicia Yokoyama, Lake Oswego Public Library; Carissa Barrett, Lake Oswego Public Library; Chris Petersen, Oregon State University Libraries

Library Brand Advocacy  
The rapid transformation of information access has created a more competitive landscape for libraries, and has made it more challenging to position their services to show their value to the community. Librarians can meet these challenges by systematically shaping and delivering superior customer experiences through library brand advocacy. Gain new insights on how to transform your library’s image from a mere community fixture to a sought-after community hub through systematic brand management.  
Presenter: Rajesh Singh, Emporia School of Library and Information Management

Building an Effective Library Advocacy Network  
Times are hard, money is tight, and across America libraries are closing their doors. These days, libraries need to use all their resources, including Friends, board members, volunteers, and foundations as proponents of library services. Join three library directors as they discuss how they forge and sustain networks of supporters to successfully advocate for libraries in their communities.
Presenters: Vailey Oehlke, Multnomah County Library; Peter Leonard, Cedar Mill Library; Buzzy Nielsen, Hood River County Library District

Is Your Library Ready for Change? -- Facilitating Change Using a CAT (Contingency Analysis Tool)  
Changes to library services generally involve changes to unit creativity or efficiency. The Contingency Analysis Tool (CAT) provides managers with a customized roadmap for optimally fitting a unit’s structures to a change in service. At one level, the CAT is a simple checklist for ensuring that key structures are not overlooked. At another level, the CAT is basic rule of thumb for helping managers make the structural changes necessary to deliver a new or changed service. Widely accepted within the library community, the CAT is valid and reliable means for planning, communicating, and gaining insight into facilitating successful library change.
Presenter: Cameron Tuai, Emporia School of Library and Information Management

 Conference, Fri 18 April 2014:

A Social Worker in the Library? 
Each day, librarians and front-line library staff find themselves in the position of serving as de facto social workers, referring library patrons to needed services, helping them navigate forms on the computer, and sometimes just listening. In response to user needs, some libraries in California and Arizona have embedded social workers in their libraries. If having a real social worker in the library is one response to the needs of the people we serve, what are other responses? How are staff members being trained? Are innovative alliances with community service organizations taking place? In this session, we will look at how some Oregon libraries are helping their patrons navigate social services.  
Presenters: Dave Ratliff, Multnomah County Library; Abigail Elder, Beaverton Public Library; Clare Cady, Oregon State University

Our First Digital Collection: Starting From Scratch with Nothing  
Recently Multnomah County Library created its first digital collection, Central Library: Historic Photographs. It was created while Multnomah County Library had a slashed budget and an uncertain future. The two who developed the metadata application profile, wrote the metadata manual, and took responsibility for much of the project were both paraprofessionals engaged in MLIS studies. There were few dedicated staff hours and a tiny budget. We will tell the story of how we used crowdsourcing, volunteers, and pluck to make a collection that honored our library while setting a stage for the success of future projects.
Presenters: Rachael Short, Multnomah County Library; Kate Schwab, Multnomah County Library

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