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Pre-Conference - Wednesday, April 25, 2012

7:30 am - 7:00 pm Registration-Riverhouse Convention Center Lobby
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Full Day Preconference
Describing the Future: RDA, Metadata and Linked Data. This full day preconference is also available as a half day:

9am - 12 noon - Changes from AACR2 to RDA: A Comparison of Examples (Adam Schiff)
1pm-5pm - Steps to Linked Data (Karen Coyle)

This preconference will prepare attendees for two different aspects of a new cataloging environment: the content of RDA (Resource Description and Access), the new descriptive cataloging standard, and the fundamentals of a new data environment. In the morning, Adam Schiff will provide a clear and detailed look at RDA and how it differs from AACR2, using side-by-side examples of elements in catalog records. In the afternoon, Karen Coyle will provide a structured introduction to metadata for the future in a hands-on workshop, including an introduction to linked data, identifiers, and the Semantic Web.
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Full Day Preconference
Creative Outreach on a Shoestring Outreach. Great idea, but with limited time and funds, how does a small library deliver services to the ENTIRE community? Creative Outreach on a Shoestring is a workshop designed to help libraries of every size implement outreach programs to fit any scale, locale and community. Who makes up your community and what are their needs? Concentrating on the practical, the workshop will focus on outreach to immigrants, poor people, older adults and new readers and utilizing highly-skilled volunteers. Participants will come away with tools and materials to get started, and strategies for bringing library services to everyone in the community.
Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 5:00 pm Half Day Preconference
360 Degrees of Censorship: From Banned Books to Internet Filters and Beyond Featuring a presentation from acclaimed author Chris Crutcher, this session will examine the diverse modes of censorship that are employed in the name of both protecting our children and personalizing their (and our) information experience. Crutchers presentation, which will focus on his experience as a banned author, will be complemented by an interactive panel, who will discuss more subtle forms of censorship that library patrons and librarians are likely to encounter on a daily basis. Panel topics will range from self-censorship in collection development to algorithmic filtering of patrons online experience.
1:00 - 5:00 pm Half Day Preconference
Getting to the Heart of Online Instruction and Training Join Meredith Farkas to explore options in online instruction and training. Meredith's insights and tools will help you improve your online training skills no matter who (or how) you teach -- from workshops, to training materials for volunteers or student assistants to online information literacy courses.

Meredith Farkas is the Head of Instructional Services at Portland State University and a lecturer at San Jose State University's School of Library and Information Science. She is the author of the book Social Software in Libraries: Building Collaboration, Communication and Community Online (Information Today, 2007) and writes the monthly column "Technology in Practice" for American Libraries.
1:00 - 5:00 pm Half Day Preconference
The Culture of Poverty In this workshop, The Culture of Poverty, participants will be challenged to look at their current thinking and beliefs regarding socioeconomic differences. Hidden rules related to class will be named and explored. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how middle class values may interfere with establishing relationships with products of generational poverty.

Dr. Perla Rodriguez completed her Masters Degree from Concordia University, and received her Doctorate from George Fox University. She currently works as building Principal at Cornelius Elementary School, located in the Forest Grove School District. Perla is a strong advocate for bilingual education and believes that self-awareness, and pride in ones culture is critical for todays youth.
1:00 - 3:00 pm Membership Committee Meeting
3:00 - 5:00 pm OLA Board Meeting
5:30 - 6:30 pm OYAN Reception
5:00 - 7:00 pm ACRL Reception
6:00 - 9:00 pm Public Library Division Reception and Dinner