Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August OLA SSD Board meeting - Open to all

Curious about the board, what we do, and how it all works? Got some great ideas to pitch? Come join our quarterly meeting this Friday! This time, we'll be recapping the OLA Board retreat and the recent conference, among other things.

The meeting will be hosted in person at Eugene Public Library. If you find yourself unable to attend in person, we can set you up to attend remotely. Convenient, eh?

For instructions on attending remotely or to get any questions answered, please contact the Chair at We're looking forward to meeting you!

Friday, August 5, 2016

The OLA SSD Board and why YOU should join

We've been pretty focused on the annual OLA SSD Conference lately, as I'm sure you've noticed. With all the planning, prepping, and organizing it takes to make an event like that happen, it's easy to get laser-focused on it. And what an event! The 2016 conference had record attendence (by a very wide margin), a new format, and plenty of other new and positive changes that we hope added value to it for you. I know I had a great time and learned lots!

But that's not all OLA SSD does, and we're always pushing to do more. The Conference Committee is one sub-group of a larger SSD organization, and SSD has room for YOUR skills, whatever they may be! We have a number of vacancies to fill on the SSD board if you're interested in an official position, including:

  • Chair of the OLA SSD Board
  • Continuing Education Committee Chair
  • Continuing Education Committee Member
  • Conference Committee Member
  • Outreach Team Member
  • OLA SSD Webmaster
  • Board Member-At-Large
  • a number of other positions that will probably open up soon!

Not to mention opportunities to write a guest post here on the blog, offer suggestions for next year's conference, set up a local meet-up between SSD members, and more. We need you!

"So what's in it for me?" you might ask. That's the best part! Not only do you get a chance to work with other people in your field (we're a pretty cool group, if I do say so myself), you'll be beefing up your résumé, expanding your skill set, getting leadership experience, networking like crazy, and doing your part to help out support staffers across the state. If you have time for a meeting every few months and a few minutes a week for some extra work, this really is a golden opportunity. 

If this sounds good to you, send us an email! will reach us directly and we can discuss details and answer any questions you may have. We are excited to meet you!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Thank You!

If you attended the OLA SSD conference this year, we want to extend you a huge thank you! We blew the roof off of our previous attendance record (170 people this year!) and received tons of feedback. You all rock!

If you weren't able to fill out a paper evaluation the day of the conference, we created an online form so that you can get your thoughts to us quickly and easily. Click here to find our online evaluation form.

We'll be posting photos from the conference on facebook and here soon, so keep an eye out for your coworkers and colleagues. We are so happy to have prepped and organized this event, and we're looking forward to OLA SSD 2017.