Preconference Virtual Programs

No Cost Preconferences!

For the month of April, we’re offering Preconference Virtual Programs as we move towards the OLA 2021 Virtual Conference.  All registrants will receive access to webinar recordings.

Preconference registration is separate from conference registration. You can register for individual virtual programs with the above link provided.

Tuesday, April 6 | 9:00-1 pm.

Inspirations, Burdens, and Other Lies: The Disability Community in the Library

A welcoming and accessible environment for people with disabilities is crucial to ensure that libraries are truly for everyone; however, the dominant societal narrative tells us lies about disability that can keep us from fully embracing and prioritizing people with disabilities in our work. This engaging preconference will invite participants to examine the dominant societal narrative around disability; consider how that can affect our work both at individual and organizational levels, and become empowered to advocate for the disability community in their library. Attendees will leave with a plan of action to inform their work.
Content note: this preconference may be particularly challenging to engage with for staff who are disabled, or have a close friend or family member with a disability.

Bryce Kozla, Librarian II Washington County Cooperative Library Services; Jennifer Giovanetti, Adult Services Library Assistant III Oregon City Library

Sponsored by Public Library Division (PLD).


Thursday, April 8 | 1:00- 4:30 pm

EDI Anti-Racism Toolkit; what we have done, where we are now and where we are going?

The EDI Antiracism Committee will present the OLA EDI Antiracism Toolkit metrics . This interactive data presentation will display the areas where Oregon libraries are thriving and the areas where we need help moving forward when it comes to EDI and Antiracism work. We will examine together the concerns, red flags, and talk about future initiatives concerning this theme. We will discuss awareness and engagement with the existing OLA EDI Antiracism work and library employees’ advocacy.

We are presenting as a committee, there are 8 librarian in our group. Marci Ramiro-Jenkins, Librarian/ EDI Antiracism Special Committee Chair McMinnville Public Library.