Come together for learning and healing at the
26th Annual SSD Conference 2022

Timberline Lodge Friday July 22nd, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Keynote: Sally Eck - Interrupting Oppression in Our Everyday Lives

Registration: $140 ($10 off for OLA members and additional $10 early bird savings before June 15th)
                     —$35 additional book-mending kit fee. Participants will keep the kit and know how to use it!


Conference Registration is Now Open, click here for the form  

If you have applied for a registration scholarship from the State Library of Oregon, do not register until after May 26th.

Conference Schedule:

8:00 - 8:45 am Arrival, Breakfast and Networking

8:45 - 9:15 Welcome Introductions and Announcements

9:15 - 10:15 Keynote Speaker: Sally Eck, Interrupting Oppression in Our Everyday Lives

10:15 A moment of focus with Jaylyn Suppah and Jillisa Suppah

10:16 - 10:30 Break

11:00 am is Timberline's room check out time

10:30 - 11:45 Breakout Session #1
  - Liberation Books:  A Panel Discussion with Street Books and PDX Books to Prisoners - Laura Molton, Ben Hodgson
    - Examining Tribal History Through an Indigenous Perspective - Jaylyn Suppah and Jillisa Suppah
    - Basic Book Repair for Libraries, Part 1

11:45 am - 1:15 pm Lunch, SSD Announcements and Lighting Talks!
Lighting Talks start time will be announced at conference, based on participation. Otherwise you are free to roam with your box lunch.

1:25 - 2:40 Breakout Session #2
    - Street Roots (Panel) - Andrew Hogan
    - How to be an Everyday Intellectual Freedom Fighter - Emily O'Neal and Perry Stokes
    - Basic Book Repair for Libraries, Part 2

2:40 - 3:00 Afternoon Break

3:00 - 4:15 Breakout Session #3
    - Misinformation, Fake News and Political Propaganda - Donna Cohen
    - Dignity, Empathy and Access: Libraries Serving People Facing Incarceration - Magdianamy Carrillo-Sotomayor; Deborah Gitlitz; Carol Gladstein; and Jody Redifer.
    - Basic Book Repair for Libraries, Part 3

4:15 - 4:30 Raffle Drawing, Evaluations & Networking

5:00 Timberline Tour

Meal Information

Gourmet coffee and teas, soft drinks, Bubly flavored sparkling water and assorted juices.

Bagel's with cream cheese, pastry chef's muffin assortment, assorted yogurt, granola and sliced fruit.

- Roasted Turkey Breast & Pepper Jack Cheese
- Sugar Cured Cobb Smoked Ham & Swiss
- Vegetarian Avocado, Cheddar & Red Bell Pepper
- Vegan Lentil Bean Loaf Slice with veggies

*Freshly prepared box lunches include: whole fruit, potato chips, condiments, bottled water, napkin, and a fresh baked cookie. Sandwiches served with red onion, sliced tomato, leaf lettuce and an ice box pickle.

Afternoon Snacks
The snack will be a surprise. There are so many great options that we haven't decided yet. Maybe pretzels and cheese, maybe protein bars. (Save your cookie from lunch if you want afternoon sugar!)


Guests are to call Timberline Reservations Department, 9 am - 4 pm, 503-272-3410.  Please refer to the OLA SSD room block.

Rooms not reserved by June 1, 2022 will be released for general sale to the public and may not be available for our SSD group.

Rates shown are per night, single or double occupancy.  Add $30 for each additional person. Plus 7.5% county take

  • Twin Room - $180 As As of 5/26/22, one available for 7/22/22
  • Queen Room - $255.00 FULL as of 5/26/22
  • Queen Twin Room - $285 FULL as of 5/26/22
  • Chalet Small - $155 (shared restroom) One available as of 5/26/22
  • Chalet Medium - $175 (shared restroom) One available as of 5/26/22

Conference session and presenter details:

Keynote: Sally Eck

Topic: Interrupting Oppression in Our Everyday Lives

Description: In this keynote speech, participants will discover their own practice and learn new methods for meaningfully discussing issues perpetuated by microaggressions like racism, heterosexism, classism, sexism, ableism and more with people in their neighborhood, school and work communities.

Presenter bio: Sally Eck is a feminist scholar activist. She is experienced in peace-building, anti-interpersonal violence work, facilitating interracial dialogues, food justice and social justice education for over twenty years. Her formal education includes a bachelor's degree in Sociology and in Women's Studies, a master's degree in education and a certificate from the Social Justice Training Institute as well as mediation training from the Center for Dialogue and Resolution. She has been teaching at Portland State University for over twenty years in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the School of Gender, Race, and Natin. When she's not teaching at the University, you can find her consulting and facilitating equity workshops for Adidas, the City of Portland, Hunger-Free Oregon, CASA as well as other corporations and organizations, locally and internationally. She is also, most notably, an independant mama to nineteen year-old Isaac and seventeen year-old Stella. She is passionate and committed to changing the education system, recognizing the personal as political, and co-creating a just and equitable world for all of us.


Special option for 15 lucky people to enjoy the Raven's nest all day!

Basic Book Repair for Libraries (Please sign up for session 1, 2 and 3)

$35 take home mending kit

Description: Learn basic book repair techniques using conservation methods and materials. In this hands-on workshop, we'll repair loose and torn pages, broken spines, and books that have fallen out of their covers. We'll also discuss the anatomy of the book, how to prevent damage to circulating books, mending tools and materials and where to find them, and online repair training. An additional materials fee provides a mending tool kit that is yours to keep, and beginners are welcome! Please bring damaged books to work on if you prefer, or borrow one during the workshop. This workshop is intended for circulating collections and not for rare or valuable materials.

Presenter bio: Carolee Harrison is a Library Technician 3 at Portland State University, where she supports research, conservation of books and artifacts, and digital preservation in Special Collections and University Archives. Her library career includes over ten years experience as a book mender.


Session 1 options:

Topic: Examining Tribal History Through an Indigenous Perspective

Description: Exploring a brief history of the Tribes within the Central Oregon area through an indigenous perspective with a short overview of the Tribes of Oregon. We will examine the history of local tribes around education, food sovereignty, land acknowledgements, learn about ceded lands and what that means. We will explore how we can be more inclusive, connecting to resources and how to be an ally.

Presenters: Jillisa Suppah and Jaylyn Suppah

Topic: Liberation Books: A Panel Discussion with Street Books and PDX Books to Prisoners

Presenters: Pati Moran and Austin Allstadt of Street Books, and Deana with PDX Books to Prisoners


Session 2 options:

Topic: How To Be an Everyday Intellectual Freedom Fighter

Description: It might not always feel special, but every time you add an item to the catalog, make a book recommendation, create a display, or check something in or out, you’re helping exercise a fundamental human right. One of the foundational values of libraries – indeed, one of the pillars of democracy itself – is the freedom of information. Join members of the Oregon Intellectual Freedom Committee (OIFC) to learn about recent challenges and your critical role as support staff in defending the Freedom To Read!

Presenter bios: 

Perry Stokes - Co-chair for the Oregon Intellectual Freedom Committee Stokes got his start with Intellectual Freedom issues in 2005 in the wake of CIPA in Seattle as chair of KCLS Internet Filtering Committee. Since 2007, he has worked in rural northeastern Oregon as Library Director for Baker County Library District. He has served on advisory boards for Oregon State Library's LSTA Council, the Oregon Digital Library Consortium, and Answerland, helped shape OLA's Vision 2020 strategic plan and the PLD Standards for Oregon public libraries, and continues to be active on the boards of the Libraries of Eastern Oregon (LEO), Sage Library System, and Baker County Community Literacy Coalition. In off hours, he enjoys "spanning time" with his wife; indie, foreign, cult and classic films (almost any movie on TCM); graphic novels; kayaking and swimming in mountain lakes and rivers. He is currently reading "Freedom" by Sebastian Junger.

Emily O'Neal - Co-chair for the Oregon Intellectual Freedom Committee Emily is the Technical Services Manager for the Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon as well as an active member in a number of professional committees and roles. Emily currently serves as the Co-Chair to the Oregon Intellectual Freedom Committee and serves as an active member to the Oregon Library Association, Technical Services Round Table, serving as chair 2018-2019 and again 2020-2021 and spearheaded the creation of the Oregon Critical Repository in summer 2021. She was also a previous member of the Oregon Library Association EDI Anti-Racism Committee, serving as a guest writer to the EDI Anti-Racism toolkit, as well as supported the Libros for Oregon subcommittee of REFORMA in creating Spanish language cataloging standards. Emily relocated to Bend in April of 2016 from Steamboat Springs, Colorado where she was formerly the Technical Services and Collection Management Librarian for Bud Werner Memorial Library. Prior to Colorado, Emily was the Library Operations Manager of Collections for the University of New Mexico. When not managing a Technical Services department, Emily enjoys teaching dance or spending time outdoors hiking, snowboarding, rock climbing and paddle boarding with her husband and two dogs.


Topic: Street Roots (a panel)

Presenters: Andrew Hogan, Deputy Director of Street Roots - other panelists TBA


Session 3 options:

Topic: Dignity, Empathy, and Access: Libraries Serving People Facing Incarceration

Description: Public Library Services for All: Attend this panel discussion to hear how library staff in Oregon are serving people facing incarceration in different institutions and situations. Learn how library staff are working to identify barriers, strengthen access and build bridges.

Presenters: Carol Gladstein, Jody Redifer, Madgianamy Carrillo-Sotomayor and Deborah Gitlitz

Magdianamy has over a decade of experience focused on the Latinx community in different library settings working toward more equitable and inclusive services and creating and offering bilingual services to other communities, especially in diverse populations and underserved communities. She has played several roles during her careers, such as Bilingual Librarian, Technology Instructor, and Notary Public; she also provided outreach, technology classes, and workshops to different community agencies such as Correctional Facility and Senior Centers. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Labor Relations and her MLS from the University of Puerto Rico, where she also was an Academic Librarian.

She is currently the Bilingual Collection Development Librarian II Washington County Cooperative Library Services. She is responsible for selecting e-books and audiobooks in Spanish and other languages and managing the collection of online resources. In addition, she is developing a Spanish Collections for Incarcerated Adults and At-Risk Youth with the American Rescue Plan Act grant.

Deborah Gitlitz is the bilingual Outreach Librarian for Wilsonville Public Library. She continues the library's long standing partnership with the Head Start at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, providing monthly Circle Time visits and family literacy support for the mothers in the program. Wilsonville Library also buys books for Coffee Creek's two volunteer-led book clubs. Deborah is trained in the national family literacy curriculum Motheread/Fatheread, which was developed to support incarcerated parents' early literacy connections with their children. She is the founder of the statewide consortium Libros for Oregon, and a co-creator of the research-based after school literacy programming resource, Fostering Readers. Deborah also works as an early literacy trainer for the Oregon Registry of childcares and serves as a Storyteller for the nonprofit Portland Chamber Music.


Topic: Misinformation, Fake News and Political Propaganda

Description: Everyday, we are overwhelmed with messages from politicians, new sources and other media. Learn how to establish truth from fiction using a wide array of techniques.
Areas covered:

  • Mainstream press and "fake news"
  • Social media posts
  • Deepfakes
  • Propaganda
  • Survey/poll questions
  • Economic data
  • Graphs and charts

Presenter bio: Donna L. Cohen, MEd, MLIS - Civics for Adults - Workshops to Enhance Civic Knowledge & Inspire Political Engagement

A teacher and librarian, Donna presents nonpartisan Civics workshops for adults that foster critical thinking skills, fill in gaps in civic and political understanding and inspire civic engagement. Her workshops cover: Misinformation, Fake News and Political Propaganda; Citizen Activism 101; Elections and Campaign Finance; and, The Constitution: Fulfilling Democracy's Promise?