Wednesday, June 28, 2017

OLA SSD 2017 Conference Schedule

We're looking forward to seeing you all at OLA SSD 2017! Registration is open until July 14.

Here's the complete schedule for the day- fantastic presenters, great food, a chance to see colleagues from all over the state/Northwest- what more could you ask for?

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OLA SSD 2017
Friday July 28th

University of Oregon

8am-9:15am Registration and breakfast:

Breakfast Buffet:
Choice of two griddle Items, served with farm-fresh scrambled eggs, crisp pepper bacon, fresh fruit, coffee, and hot tea.

-Choice of poppy seed brioche French toast with strawberry compote and warm maple syrup.
-Choice of ricotta cheese blintz with berry compote.
-Choice of Belgian waffles with butter, warm maple syrup, berry compote, whipped cream.

9:15 Keynote Speaker Evan Dumas - “"How Not to Burn Out" or "Whoops, too late, now what?"”
Evan Dumas will be taking a humorous look at the serious issue of burnout in the workplace. We'll see how failing-to-thrive is a natural part of the thriving process, it just doesn't get as much press. By normalizing the challenges of goal-setting and self-care we will all realize that no one's perfect at thriving and that's ok, and if there are perfect people they can kindly keep quiet while the rest of us figure this out.

10:30 - 11:45 Breakout Session #1
--Presentation- Responding to and Assisting People with Unique Needs - Presented by Elise Thompson - Our libraries serve not only as centers for information and learning, but as safe harbors for some of our neighbors who are either uncomfortable--or sometimes feel unwelcome--in stores, coffee shops, or other retail venues where folks may be expected to spend money... then leave. At the library, everyone is welcome to enter and stay as long as the doors are open, and there is no admission charge. That means that the library staff see the entire unique and wonderful range of humanity at the library, and that can present some interesting challenges to staff concerning how to keep that shared space as comfortable and welcoming as possible for all who use it. This presentation is intended to provide you with some “boots on the ground” ideas about how to engage effectively, professionally--and compassionately--with all of your patrons and their unique needs.

--Panel/Interactive- Make the Most of Your Day: Scheduling the Easy Way! - Presented by Jessica Rondema, Jennifer Patterson, and Bryan Lee Feyerherm - It can be easy to forget how important the logistics of scheduling staff, space, and other scheduling efforts, but here we'll be focusing in on it.

11:45am-1:15pm Lunch & SSD announcements:

Lunch Buffet: Burrito Bar

Build your own burrito with chipotle chicken, organic pinto beans, Spanish rice, lettuce, cheddar cheese, olives and jalapeƱos, flour and corn tortillas, tortilla chips, and house-prepared salsa.

1:15 - 2:30 Breakout Session #2
--Presentation- Misinformation and Political Propaganda - Presented by Donna Cohen - We are overwhelmed with messages from politicians, news sources, and other media. Learn about critical thinking strategies through real world examples of political ads, news headlines, graph/charts, the effect of word choice in messaging, statistical data and other types of information. This session will hopefully help us all navigate the new politics and media landscape.

--Panel/Interactive- Three Perspectives on Accessibility: Bring your Challenges! - Presented by Elke Bruton, Wendy Beck, and Bryce Kozla - Accessibility is an important consideration for any library who cares about the communities they serve. Bring your questions about accessibility (and your great ideas) to this panel.

2:30pm-2:45pm Break & afternoon snack:

Snack: Matinee
Flavored popcorn: classic, chocolate, and herb Parmesan. House-baked cookies, assorted sodas

2:45 - 4:00 Breakout Session #3
--Presentation- How well are you adapting to change? - Presented by Tracey Letmate. Change is a constant in our libraries. How well are you prepared to cope with the changes happening around you? In this session you will learn about creating a healthy work culture and better understand how to build resilience and practice self-management during change.

--Panel/Interactive- Serving Vulnerable Populations - Panelists include Kate Schwab, Crystal Grimes/Kate Anderson. This panel will focus on patrons experiencing homelessness. They have unique needs and barriers to library service that most of us don't realize. Kate S will share information to increase participants understanding of homelessness and practical tips to extend service to people who need libraries despite their housing status. Crystal and Kate A will take you on a tour of what happens on a daily basis of a book in the Talking Book Library. They will discuss circulation, delivery, and the return process of these Talking Books. They will also touch on the equipment and accessories that their patrons use to read these books. Attendees- please your questions and comments for a guided discussion!

--Presentation- Day in the Life - Presented Rachel Kenny, Sami Kerzel, Jennifer Bosvert. Join several of your fellow support staffers as they run you through a day of their challenges, wins, and clever workarounds. Presenters’ days include digitization, preservation, and cataloging projects for the State Library, working in small academic branch libraries, and more!

1 comment:

  1. I was going to attend this conference with a colleague of mine but she cancelled last minute! i think you have convinced me to attend it on my own because of this extremely elaborate post!