Cultivating Creativity
OLA CONFERENCE 2015 - #OrLib15


Thursday, April 16th

Hilton Eugene & Conference Center

66 East 6th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97401


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Keynote Address: Living at the Edge of Mystery: Creativity, Information & the Experimental Life.
8:30 - 10:00am

David Krakauer

J. Robert Oppenheimer wrote that “both the man of science and the man of action live always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it.” The greatest of our creative institutions have sought to confront the singular mysteries of their time: the fundamental elements of life,  the nature of gravity and light, and the atomic structure of matter. Ours is an age of overwhelming information that we seek to transform into comprehensible knowledge. I shall discuss several examples of creative institutions, all of which seek to make sense of the challenges of our age --  the Media Lab at MIT, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico, and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. These all question the boundaries, boxes and constraints we place on thought and seek to render comprehensible our mysterious informational universe. 


Keynote Follow-Up with David Krakauer
11:00am - 12:30pm

David Krakauer


Spend time with David Krakauer exploring the themes he shared during the keynote presentation. 

The More We Get Together: A Storytime Share
11:00am - 12:30pm

Emily David, Springfield Public Library
Debby Laimon, Eugene Public Library
Barratt Miller, Crook County Library
Taylor Worley, Springfield Public Library

The more we get together, the better our storytimes will be! Because let’s face it: children’s librarians are a creative bunch. Most of the time, we learn our best storytime ideas from each other. While the four of us have some ideas we think you'll like, we really want to know what makes YOUR storytimes great—and how you handle the inevitable bumps along the way. We're going to have four breakout sessions focusing on different demographic groups: Baby/Toddler, Preschool, Early Elementary (K-2) and Sensory Storytime. Remember to bring your favorite books, rhymes, and activities to share with the group!



Financial Literacy at the Library: Partnerships and Resources Abound!
11:00am - 12:30pm

Arlene Weible, Oregon State Library; Debra Minar Driscoll, Family & Community Health, Leonard & Brenda Aplet Financial Literacy Professorship; Dubis Correal, Office of Financial Education, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 

Financial well being is an issue that impacts most library user groups, including teens, adults, and seniors. Libraries can leverage the trust they have within their communities to provide quality information that helps promote financial literacy. There are many government and other trusted resources for libraries to access when planning services and programs about personal finance topics. This presentation will explore the resources available, provide programming ideas, and inspire exploration of new community partnerships. 


TAG, TAB, or TLC? How Teen Library Boards Can Make Your Life Easier
11:00am - 12:30pm

Mark Richardson, Cedar Mill Library; Dawn Borgardt, Beaverton City Library; Aimee Meuchel, Tualatin Public Library

For anyone who has ever had a teen program where no one showed up or who has ever heard a teen say, "the library's not cool," have a Teen Library Board might be the answer to these problems. Addressing road blocks, speed bumps, and pit falls along the way, this is a guide to running an effective, thriving teen group that can boost attendance at programs, garner positive attention from teens, and, most importantly, change the lives of the teens involved.


Open the Doors to Art: Successful Collaborations Between Libraries and Arts Organizations
11:00am - 12:30pm

Katinka Bryk, Stayton Public Library; Cheryl Snow, Clackamas County Arts Alliance; Pam North, Clackamas County Arts Alliance 

No matter what size, libraries have the ability to connect their communities to the arts in meaningful ways. In this panel presentation you will learn real methods to build relationships and reach new audiences by promoting the arts in your library. Arts programs in libraries are another way of presenting information and engaging communities. Through art installations and innovative programming showcasing visual, written, spoken art, heritage and culture libraries can build cultural community and open their doors to a wider community.


Empowering the Patient: Providing Essential Consumer Health Information
11:00am - 12:30pm

Carolyn Martin, National Network of Libraries of Medicine/Pacific Northwest Region

This session covers the essential skills and information that library staff needs to help users find trustworthy, appropriate health information.  Attendees will explore topics such as finding the best resources for health related questions, serving diverse users, tips for becoming an engaged patient, mobile health technologies, the use of social networking, and how to create fun and informative health-related programming. Participants will understand the challenges and the implications of low health literacy. Best practices, techniques and practical tips will be presented to help each attendee provide better health information services in his/her individual setting. 


So You Want to Change the World! How to Be a Great Librarian to Your Activist Patrons
11:00am - 12:30pm

Sue Ludington, Washington County Law Library; Liz Paulus, Cedar Mill Community Library; Shane Bemis, Mayor, City of Gresham, OR; Amber Starks, Conscious Coils


Reference librarians sometimes interact with patrons who are concerned or even disgruntled about a particular local government ordinance, administrative regulation, or even state statute. They say, "It's not right! It's unfair! It must be changed!" Librarians could help these 'activist patrons' by gaining a greater understanding of how everyday citizens can make a difference in their communities. Attendees will hear first-hand accounts from individuals who successfully spearheaded and led changes to local ordinances and statewide laws in Oregon: Amber Starks, founder of Conscious Coils and driving force behind HB 2690, the Natural Hair Act, and Shane Bemis, Gresham City Mayor who worked with City Council to create the city’s first habitability code in order to improve rental housing conditions. Opening remarks by two public librarians will explain terminology and provide an overview of the lawmaking process, in addition to facilitating the conversation continued by audience questions and comments.


Creative Marketing of Library Services
11:00am - 12:30pm

Jeremy Graybill, Multnomah County Library; Steve Roskoski, Multnomah County Library

How do libraries let the public know about their resources and expertise?  Library service marketing helps libraries raise awareness about the valuable services they can provide.  Please join Jeremy Graybill and Steve Roskoski as they discuss this important topic.

Relationship Designators in RDA: Connecting the Dots
11:00am - 12:30pm
Hansberry Room

Adam Schiff, University of Washington 

One of the most important features of RDA is its emphasis on relationships, in particular relationships between entities such as a person and a work or expression, or between resources.  Using relationship designators in bibliographic records has the potential to greatly enhance discovery of library resources. This session will provide guidance for catalogers in navigating this new aspect of cataloging: understanding categories of relationships, deciding among terms from the RDA Appendices, using multiple relationship designators, and sorting out situations where it seems impossible to describe a relationship.


Oregon Libraries Into the Future
2:00 - 3:30pm

Michael Dowling, American Library Association

What do you believe is the future of the library profession? What do you aspire libraries to become? What can associations and others do to actually help achieve professional and community goals. Learn about ALA's Libraries Transforming Communities Initiative, and join us for a frank and honest conversation about where we are and where we're going. 


Process Not Product: Unstructured Activities for All Ages
2:00 - 3:30pm

Isaac Fellows and Anna Bruce, Clackamas County Library


Library programs offer a perfect opportunity to introduce kids, teens and parents to unstructured creativity. Find out how you can use everyday materials and simple supplies to develop fun and engaging activities (messy and mess-free!) that can be adapted to your library’s offerings.  From color mixing shaving cream to sticky paper mosaics, from paper airplanes to tennis ball launchers, you’ll gather and share ideas for developing open ended projects. Whether crafts after storytimes or summer games in the park, library staff can provide materials to encourage brainstorming, teamwork and creativity.  Simplify your approach to programs by focusing on the process, not the product.  We’ll explore how the process approach supports children, teens, parents, and you. 


Creative Youth Partnerships:  Know When to Hold Them, Know When to Fold Them
2:00 - 3:30pm

Heather McNeil and April Witteveen, Deschutes Public Library

Community partnerships with libraries are all the buzz. With a focus on youth services, session attendees will learn how to identify great new community partners such as local school systems or community “Makers” and form mutually beneficial relationships.  Additionally we will discuss methods of evaluation and what to do when the time comes to end or transform a partnership. Join in a discussion at the end of the program to share your own partnership experiences.


Communicating with Voters Using Social Media
2:00 - 3:30pm

Erica Findley and John Chrastka, EveryLibrary


Want to activate voters and their neighbors? Need volunteer for your campaign? Wondering how to get the word out about a library ballot measure? Social media can be used to build awareness and engagement with your community. Hear about how to use Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, e-mail, and other platforms to successfully reach the community.

Meeting Patrons at the Point of Need: Envisioning a Just-in-Time Repository for Oregon Libraries
2:00 - 3:30pm

Lori Wamsley, Portland Community College; Kim Read, Concordia University 

Panel members:
Gina Bacon, NW Central
Stefanie Buck, OSU
Kathryn Kohl, LINCC
Jen Maurer, State Library/School libraries
Buzzy Nielsen, Hood River County Library District
Rachael Short, Answerland

Lisa Tattersall, WCCLS

What if libraries across Oregon shared a repository of how-to instructional videos and tutorials? What if patron questions like, 'How do I download an eBook?' could be answered by a slick two-minute video that any library using the same eBook platform could embed at the point-of-need?  Together, with a panel of Oregon librarians, we'll envision what instructional content could best be shared among.  Oregon libraries and how point-of-need resources could support library patrons at all different types of libraries.


Create, Collect, Connect Using Mobile Devices
2:00 - 3:30pm

Jessica Stinson and Margaret Harmon-Myers, Eugene Public Library

 Patrons are using phones and tablets for social media, e-mail, e-books and movies. Help them take full advantage of their mobile device by demonstrating apps that encourage creativity, content creation, and sharing. Learn how Eugene Public Library has done this by combining a genealogy class and an iPad class into one that focuses on how to expand, store, organize and share research using the unique capabilities of a mobile device. Capture photos, record oral histories, take notes, scan documents, display family trees, and more.  These resources can also apply to other hobbies and creative pursuits.


Get on Board with the Imagination Library
2:00 - 3:30pm

Patrick Duke, Wilsonville Public Library; Connie Bennett, Eugene Public Library; Jan Rippey, Wilsonville Public Library; Pam Hunsaker, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library; Doug Barber, Eugene Public Library Board


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a hit in Oregon Libraries!  Participants sign up through the library and receive a free book in the mail every month until their 5th birthdays…as many as 60 books per child.  Learn how two libraries have integrated this national program into their strategic plans, with insights and advice from library directors, a community volunteer who spearheaded the project in Wilsonville, and the Regional Director from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Explore the potential for this program in terms of early literacy, corporate partnerships, community outreach, and public relations. 

Free-Choice Learning and Rural Libraries
2:00 - 3:30pm
Directors Room

Lynn Dierking, Oregon State University

**Also available as a Virtual Session**

The average American spends less than 5% of their lifetime in school. Most of what Americans learn happens outside the classroom, yet we tend to think of education solely in terms of the classroom experience. Dr. Lynn Dierking, a national leader in the free-choice learning movement will talk about a national initiative to help rural librarians  "tap into scientific expertise in their local communities, organize local events, provide video and other supporting materials, and essentially create adult 'science clubs' across the nation."


BIBFRAME Basics: Beyond MARC
2:00 - 3:30pm

Kelley McGrath, University of Oregon, Sandy Macke, Multnomah County Libary, Adam Schiff, University of Washington


BIBFRAME (the Bibliographic Framework Initiative) aims to provide the foundation for the future of bibliographic description on the web and in the networked world. It is intended to replace the MARC Format. This session will provide a basic overview of BIBFRAME, including the BIBFRAME Model and Vocabulary, the general differences between BIBFRAME and MARC, and the changes ahead for catalogers. The session will also included information about how some libraries are experimenting with and learning about BIBFRAME.


Zines 101
4:00 - 5:30pm

Kelly McElroy, Oregon State University; Lillian Karabaic, Independent Publishing Resource Center 

Zines are self-published works made for passion, rather than for profit. Public, school, academic, and special libraries have built collections of zines, but they're also a helpful teaching tool. We will share a hands-on Zines 101 workshop, covering  the history and culture of zines and tips for making them, as well as giving participants time to contribute a page to a collaborative zine.


Welcome to the United States: Services for Immigrants and Migrant Workers
4:00 - 5:30pm

Dotty Ormes, Southern Oregon University; Candise Branum, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine; Martin Blasco, WCCLS; Carlos Galeana, Multnomah County Library

Immigrant and migrant workers are an under-served population that can benefit from a variety of services.  There are many government and other trusted resources for libraries to access when planning services and programs for immigrant/migrant populations. Examples of these are; health and medical information, Spanish Language services, information on U.S. Citizenship. This panel will highlight some possible resources and promote discussion of related issues among the attendees.


Raspberry Pi and Beyond: Teching Up Your Teen Program
4:00 - 5:30pm

LuCinda Gustavson and Kristen Cure, Springfield Public Library


Technology programs can be a reality at minimal cost with Raspberry Pi computers, MaKey MaKey keyboards, and stuff many libraries already have. Teens can code their own Minecraft world using Python, make a keyboard out of practically anything, create animation using Scratch and lots more. It's doesn't take a tech wiz to provide tech programs. This session provides a guide to the right resources and advice to avoid the pitfalls. 

Reimagining Ready to Read Road Show
4:00 -5:30
Directors Room

Katie Anderson, Oregon State Library 

**Also available as a Virtual Session**

This is a great opportunity to learn why the Ready to Read Grant is changing, what the changes are and what will stay the same. The session offers a walk through a draft of the new application and report form, and plenty of time for questions.

Connect and Create: Using Social Media to Market Your Small or Rural Library 
4:00 - 5:30pm

Penny Hummel, Penny Hummel Consulting
Kate Lasky, Josephine Community Libraries

Facebook, Pinterest and other forms of social media are invaluable assets for libraries hoping to increase their visibility, deepen customer loyalty, grow new audiences, and foster interaction with members of their community.   In this session, learn practical and creative ways to effectively mobilize these powerful marketing tools for your small or rural library, and what the data really says about rural residents, public libraries and social media.   


The Edge Initiative: Get an Edge on Your Technology Services
4:00 - 5:30pm

Darci Hanning; Mo Cole, Oregon City Public Library; Kevin Barclay, Deschutes Public Library; Jenny Berg, McMinville Public Library 

Darci Hanning, from the Oregon State Library, will present an overview to the Edge Initiative. This initiative was developed by a national coalition of leading library and local government organizations, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and is led by the Urban Libraries Council. It was created with the vision that all people should have opportunities to enrich and improve their lives through open access to information, communication, and technology services provided by public libraries. Edge is a groundbreaking, management and leadership tool, helping libraries create a path for the continuous growth and development of their public technology services. Darci will be joined by public library staff who have used the Edge Initiative for assessment and improvement in their libraries. 


Exhibiting Our Creativity:  Library Displays
4:00 - 5:30pm

Mary Colgan-Bennetts, Siuslaw Public Library; Debbie DuTell, Northwest Christian University; Claudia Kehoe, Wood Middle School (Wilsonville); Chris Isett, Deschutes Public Library 

Some of the more creative work support staff do in libraries concerns the design of library displays. Please join us as support staff discuss techniques and creative inspirations used to create unforgettable library exhibits. 

Against Conventional Wisdom:  Lessons from Quiet and Mastering the Art of Quitting
4:00 - 5:30pm

Thea Evenstad, McMinnville Public Library 

How do we allow room for creativity in our libraries? In this session, we will explore cultural biases toward extroversion and persistence and discuss how these can be blocks to creativity.

Creative Cataloging Survival Skills
4:00 - 5:30pm

Lori Robare, University of Oregon; Amy Mihelich, Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) 

So many bibliographic records to choose from, how do you tell the good from the bad to the downright ugly? Metadata experts will provide valuable advice to guide you through the process of choosing, editing, and enhancing records for the best results in your public catalog. 


















































































































































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