2015 Conference


FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2015 8am-4pm

"Many Roles, One Goal: Meeting the Needs of Our Communities"

Registration Opens May 1st

Best Western Inn at Agate Beach
3019 N Coast Highway
Newport, OR 97365
PHONE: (541) 265-9411

The BEST WESTERN Agate Beach Inn is the perfect getaway. Enjoy breathtaking Pacific Ocean vistas from ocean view rooms plus easy access to Agate Beach at your doorstep. You've come to the perfect place for beach combing, kite flying, wind surfing or just a taking a sunset stroll.

The SSD Board is pleased to offer scholarships to help with the cost of the conference, mileage, or hotel. Further incentives include $10 off registration cost of $80 if you are an SSD member as well as a "four attendees for the cost of three" special offer!

For more information - including prices, scholarship and special accommodations - please go to the online registration form.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Rea Andrew, OLA-SSD Treasurer, at

If you need special accommodations, please notify Shanel Parette, SSD Conference Committee Chair, by July 1, 2015 at or 5O3.37O.6673.


Keynote Speaker Janet WebsterEmeritus OSU professor and former head librarian at the Guin Library
Janet Webster is an emeritus professor at OSU, an art quilter and a partner in a marine construction and development business. She was the head librarian at Oregon State University's Guin Library located at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon U.S.A for 25 years retiring in early 2015.

As a professor in the OSU Libraries, her various research interests included integration of grey literature into library collections, global access to local information, and changes in scholarly communication.

Professor Webster remains active in the Oregon Library Association (OLA), serving as its president in 2001/2002 and has chaired the Legislative Committee since 2005. She was honored as the OLA Librarian of the Year in 2003 and presented the Distinguished Service award in 2013. She is also active in the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers.

An enduring interest is connecting public, school and academic libraries to better address the continuum of learning. She received her undergraduate degree in geography from the University of Chicago, her MLS from Columbia University, and an MS in scientific communication from Oregon State University.


Basic Book Repair for Libraries presented by Carolee Harrison, Conservation Technician with Portland State University.
Note: This is an all day session and all breakout sessions must be selected for Book Repair. There is a $30.00 supply fee. This book mending workshop has a capacity for 10 participants. Once the 10 participants has been reached we will wait list additional registrants.

This is the first part of an all day session. Book repair for libraries: a hands-on introduction to book structure, the basics of book mending for circulating collections, and the materials used for long-lasting repairs. Techniques covered will include hinge repair, tipping in pages, spine replacement and recasing. Participants are encouraged to bring their own books to work on; however, please note that work performed in this session is not intended for rare, valuable, or extremely fragile material. The session will also include a discussion on collection maintenance and how to prevent damage to books.


Don't Just Talk About it, Do it! presented by Newport Public Library Staff
Can a community's expectation of a clean, welcoming, up-to-date public library be denied because "there's just no money for that right now"? Can a building expansion be done without a building addition? Can room be made for teens, tweens, children and families without tearing down walls? Can a library's useable space be increased within the existing footprint? Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes. Newport Public Library recently finished a project that included all of the above by starting with an idea, developing a strategic plan, getting community input and buy-in, and enlisting over 1,800 hours of staff time "doing the real grunt work" to complete a building renovation. This is blow-by-blow account of how to conduct a successful renovation project from start to finish.

Training, Motivating, and Engaging Volunteers and Student Employees presented by Jennifer Paterson and Shanel Parette
This session will give tips and tricks for successful, fun and engaging training.

Tales of Failure and Success: Internal Communication and Assessment presented by Jennifer Steward and Angela Weyrens
Getting stuff done at work is all about relationships! Angela and Jennifer will tell stories about assessing work relationships and communication skills. We will also share some tools that have helped us to be polite professional adults who get stuff done (most of the time).

Inspired Displays to Enhance the Visibility of your Collections presented by Claudia Kehoe, Ashley Toutain, Debbie Du Tell
Library staff discuss techniques and creative inspirations used to create unforgettable library exhibits.

Language, Culture, and Inclusiveness - Serving Our Communities presented by Multnomah County Library Staff
Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon provides specialized services for patrons that speak five target languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali, plus staff with an African American KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities). Staff with language and cultural KSAs will discuss the history, mission, and goals of the project; the communities served; ways staff engage and connect with patrons; why these services are so important; and share their individual experiences.

Day in the Life Presented by Andrea Blake, State of Oregon Library, Paula Terry, Linfield College, and a variety of other library employees
Ever wonder what your peers around the state do all day at work? Well, now you can find out! Hear what motivates or inspires other support staff. Discover the differences between your jobs and theirs and find out which joys and challenges we all share.

Influence without Authority presented by Joseph Hernandez
This presentation will examine the critical need for the use of influencing skills in order to build relationships in the workplace. The importance of the appropriate use of power and authority will also be discussed. 

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