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 is Now Open, click here for the form$140 ($10 off for OLA members) 

Conference Schedule:

8:00 - 8:30 am Arrival, Breakfast and Networking

8:30 - 9:00 am Welcome, Introductions, and orientation

9:00-9:15 Moment of reflection: a brief discussion about land acknowledgements - Jaylyn and Jillisa Suppah

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

10:15 - 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 PrisonersPati Moran, Street Books Board member; Austin Allstadt, Street Books Office Manager/Bookkeeper; with Sarah Foreman of PDX Books to Prisoners
    - 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: A View From The Tent - Andrew Hogan, Deputy Director and panel
    - 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; and Jody Redifer.
    - Basic Book Repair for Libraries, Part 3

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

5:00 Timberline Tour is $8/person. Please email [email protected] to sign up!

There is a shuttle!

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. (Ask us about the vegan option).

- 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!)


Timberline Reservations Department, 9 am - 4 pm, 503-272-3410. The last room left is a fireside King.

Best Western Mt. Hood Inn has Kings and Double Queens. 503-272-3205

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.

Sally Eck

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 independent 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.


[ONE SPOT REMAINING!] Basic Book Repair for Libraries

If you are willing to record this all day workshop, please email [email protected]

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

Presenter bios:

Jaylyn is a mother, educator, advocate for social justice, equitable education and equitable representation. She is a mother of two school age children and a member of the Confederated Tribe of Warm Springs(CTWS) in Warm Springs, Oregon and a descendant of Shoshone-Bannock, Yakama and Cree. She was raised on her Reservation in the northern part in a community called Simnasho, Oregon and is a traditional food gatherer for her Tribe. Her passion is decolonizing education for herself, her children, her community and always looks for ways to incorporate her culture into her home, the classroom and programming. Jaylyn works for the apalaxsimisha program that she developed in 2014 that works to advocate for equitable education, the uplifting and incorporation of Traditional knowledge and advancing cultural and health equity practices and policies. The Papalaxsimisha program incorporates historical trauma, healing, self-identity, cultural awareness, high school readiness, college and career readiness in a curriculum she and two other native teachers developed. She obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree with an emphasis in Tribal Governance from The Evergreen State College through the Native Pathways Program. Her background includes cultural awareness facilitation trainer, Traditional Health Worker, youth mentor, facilitating on historical trauma with the focus on healing, curriculum development and youth program development. She is always looking for ways to advocate for her Tribe, her people, her community and building the capacity to build collective work. She ensures she creates spaces that allow for others to learn, have voice and to join the efforts.

Jillisa Suppah - 'Myatat - was born in Madras and raised in Simnasho Oregon on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. She is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Jillisa graduated Portland State University where she has obtained a Bachelors of Science in Social Work. Jillisa is currently a program coordinator for Papalaxsimisha. Papalaxsimisha is a dropout prevention and college & career readiness program that is specific to Native youth, families, and community members. Much of her work is focused in health promotion/prevention, community care, and collective healing & wellness. In her free time, Jillisa enjoys walking, hiking, gathering traditional/first foods with her family, supporting her niece and nephew in everything they do, and spending time with her partner and their cat Lola.


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

Description: Liberation Books! will be a lively panel discussion featuring local outreach organizations that help uplift, educate, and empower the community by making free reading materials available to those most in need.

We will hear from Street Books whose mobile bicycle libraries have been providing books to people in Portland who live outside since 2011. There will be a video presentation featuring Laura Moulton and Ben Hodges and their book "Loaners: The Making of a Street Library." Copies of their powerful book will be available for purchase at the venue.

PDX Books to Prisoners will give us an overview of their amazing volunteer collective that reaches beyond prison bars to fulfill reading requests from incarcerated folks who otherwise only have access to restrictive prison libraries.

Library support staff understand the power of the written word to transform people's lives and won't want to miss this inspirational and informative presentation highlighting local outreach libraries making a positive impact in the world.

Presenters: Pati Morán and Austin Allstadt of Street Books, and Sarah Foreman with PDX Books to Prisoners

Presenter bios:

Pati Morán is a Spanish bilingual Youth Librarian with Multnomah County Library and a board member for
Street Books. The transformative power of reading and her commitment to intellectual freedom fuel her
work to create community with humans ages 0-100, on the bike and in the stacks.

Austin Allstadt (they/them) is the office manager, bookkeeper, and a former street librarian at Street Books, a bicycle-powered mobile library serving people experiencing houselessness. They also serve as a representative payee at Multnomah County’s Aging, Disabilities & Veterans Services Division, providing advocacy and money management to vulnerable individuals. Austin is committed to anti-racism work and systems change.


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 View from the tent

Description: This presentation will weave real stories, lived experiences and personal anecdotes to help participants reframe how they see or talk about individuals experiencing houselessness. This presentation will be interactive and have a Q & A session at the end.

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

Presenter bio: Originally from Upstate New York, Andrew Hogan has worked in Portland non-profits for over 15 years, raising millions of dollars for progressive causes. As the Deputy Director at Street Roots, he oversees the organization’s fundraising, as well as administration, financials and human resources. Andrew also serves as the Co-Chair of the Board of Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, and among his favorite pastimes include finding the best bagel in the Portland Metro region.


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: 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?

 Scholarship raffle information:

 Raffle tickets are sold for $1 each or 6 for $5. The raffle supports SSD Scholarship opportunities.

(Prizes will be added as acquired)

 The Librarians Complete Series DVD setTalas Basic Repair Tool Kit and 18" metal ruler, $35 valueA generous bigfoot bundle from the North American Bigfoot CenterBook nerd 1000 piece puzzle$50 gift certificate for Al Forno Ferruzza PizzeriaBooked for the weekend and I have no shelf control bundle