2017 Conference


Friday, July 28, 2017 8am-4pm

 University of Oregon 
Eugene, OR

Making Field Goals: 
Adapting and Thriving in Library Service

This year's conference, we are back in South-Central Oregon in beautiful Eugene. Our host is the University of Oregon, one of the premier universities on the west coast. 

In addition to traditional presentations, we will be offering panels organized under a theme, with several panelists who can speak to their particular area of expertise and plenty of time for moderated discussion. Our panels' themes will be:
  • Accessibility. Providing space and service is good, but providing space and service to everyone is better.
  • Scheduling of all kinds. 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.
  • Serving vulnerable populations. A topic that should matter to us all!
We are very excited about our traditional presentations this year as well:
  • We all have new questions and problems to solve in this day and age. Our session on misinformation and political propaganda will hopefully help us all navigate the new politics and media landscape. 
  • How well are you adapting to the changes we are all facing as support staff in the library field? A session on change management may be just the ticket to give you the skills you need to ride the wave.
  • Coming up with good service habits for the average user is a smart move, but how to help people who have different needs? In our "Responding to and Assisting People with Unique Needs" session, you'll be able to add to that service toolkit. 
This year you'll also be seeing the return of an old favorite. Get ready for the comeback of the very popular Day in the Life session, where several of your fellow support staffers will run you through a day of their challenges, wins, and clever workarounds.

If this sounds good to you, clear your calendars for July 28th. Registration is now open, and can be accessed here!

Pricing information:

Early bird discounted prices (May 28th-June 17th):
  • Member: $85
  • Non-member: $90
Regular registration prices (June 18th- July 14th):
  • Member: $90
  • Non-member: $95
Parking permits:
  • $10 per day, per car
Lodging (UO dorms):
  • Single room: $71 per night
  • Double room: $59 per person, per night
If you have any questions or comments about the conference, we'd love to hear them. Feel free to email us at and we can help.

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