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Knowledge, Understanding, and Engagement in E.D.I.

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Tuesday April 20, 2021

8:00 am

OLA Meet & Greet Chat!

Lacey Legel, OLA Conference Chair and Shirley Roberts, OLA Association ManagerVirtual

Chat with conference organizers, Lacey Legal and Shirley Roberts regarding logistics, information, code of conduct, etc.

The library EDi has just begun and the OLA Conference Committee look forward to seeing you throughout the virtual conference.

Tue 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
All Together

9:15 am

OLA Welcome & Land Acknowledgement

Kate Lasky, Library Director, Josephine Community Library District; Courtney TerryVirtual

OLA Conference 2021 official opening with welcome and Land Acknowledgement. Kate Lasky, Library Director for Josephine Community Library District will welcome us to the OLA Virtual Conference 2021.

Tue 9:15 am - 9:30 am
Diversity, Inclusion
All Together

9:30 am

Introducing Keynote Speaker: Paul Lumley

Paul LumleyVirtual

More information forthcoming.

Tue 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
All Together

11:00 am

"Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion" – How Libraries Can Support EDI Beyond the Institution

Donna Cohen, MLIS, MEd Civics for AdultsVirtual

Public libraries should encourage EDI within their institutions and provide ongoing support for building our democracy. Yet, some basic political structures don’t support EDI. To change them we must first understand “inclusivity and equity” is not one representative for 750,000 people, nor 70% of a Senate vote representing 30% of the population. It is not 50% of voters voting, nor “voter suppression” – baked into the original Constitution and changed by struggle – which continues. But some basic political structures do support EDI. Libraries can help to disseminate this information. Political inclusiveness is your voice being heard! Let’s talk about how libraries can inform the public how to do so.

Sponsored by OLA Support Staff Division.

Tue 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Butter, Brains, and Skill: Food Literacy and Food Politics in the Library

Maureen Flanagan Battistella, MLS Southern Oregon University; Katie Mayer, MLIS Oregon Historical Society; Amanda Lamb, MLIS Newberg Public LibraryVirtual

The pandemic has sent the nation back into the kitchen to make banana bread and feed sourdough starter instead of eating in restaurants. This renewed interest in food prompts a look at how cookbooks and foods have historically been championed by women and marginalized communities, and how recipes and food narratives have served as their voices. Three librarians present their research on the relationship between food and culture in Oregon, demonstrating how libraries can adapt food literacy concepts for public programming and engagement.

Tue 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Inclusion
Program Session

Easy Steps to Online Media Literacy

Holly Freewynn, Library Assistant Multnomah County LibraryVirtual

In this age of digital EVERYTHING, it can be a challenge for patrons to know just how to take control of their online experience. We in libraries are often assisting patrons with navigating myriad information sources. This session is designed to show easy ways patrons can achieve being good information consumers. We cover why misinformation is so pervasive, ways to identify questionable content, and ends with four steps to share with patrons to guide them to media literacy. We will touch on sites that can help with fact-checking and participants will receive a list of sites to check information validity.

Tue 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Identifying and Learning from Exclusivity and Biases in Design

Mark Wyner, UX Designer/ResearcherVirtual

Design is subjective, both visually and experientially. It is reflective of who we are as human beings and is capable of shaping the world around us. Unfortunately, the comfort of privilege can be found in biased design throughout history. Designers and engineers of digital products have a great responsibility to bring inclusivity into our work. Mark will talk about how to identify our biases, see how they manifest in our designs, and learn how to use diversity as a countermeasure.

Sponsored by Kate Lasky, OLA President.

Tue 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Diversity, Inclusion
Program Session

12:00 pm

Fun Activity & Entertainment

Virtual

Information forthcoming.

Tue 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Diversity, Inclusion
All Together

Lunch Time

Virtual

Enjoy your lunch.

Tue 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch

1:30 pm

A Practical Introduction to Universal Design for Libraries

Laura Baird, System & Application Librarian; Tatiana Piatanova, Senior Instructional Designer; Josie Ragolia, Student Success Librarian (Pacific University)Virtual

Librarians make choices that impact users every day. Universal design can help intentionally support accessibility, equity, and better experiences for all users, including those from varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds and lived experiences, and in a variety of circumstances. This presentation will discuss how to apply universal design principles to improve equity and accessibility in library instruction, digital resources, and public services. We will share practical examples from our small, private academic library that can be adapted at other libraries and institutions as we examine the interrelated concepts of accessibility and equity through the framework of universal design.

Tue 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Closing the Gap: Wikipedia and Social Justice

Diana Park, Science Librarian, OSU; Laurie Bridges, Instruction and Outreach Librarian OSU; Tiah Edmunson- Morton, Outreach and Instruction Archivist OSU; Curator Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives.Virtual

There are over six million articles in English Wikipedia. However, there is an enormous content gap with an overt Western bias. This presentation will discuss how two librarians and an archivist got involved in Wikipedia and organized editathons to help close this gap. Learn more about our work in adding important information on Black history in the Pacific Northwest and combating white supremacist narratives. Participants in our session will also get the chance to engage in a hands-on mini editathon. Presentation will be 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minute demonstration, and will end with the mini-editathon.

Tue 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Find Your Next Reader's Advisory Model: Creating and Marketing a Holistic Collection Advisory Service

Elena Gleason, Librarian; Julie Botting, Library Assistant; Anna Nakano-Baker, Librarian; Karen Hayes, Librarian (Hillsboro Public Library)Virtual

Get inspired to create your own reader's advisory campaign and learn about in-person and virtual RA events and services for all ages that can be adapted for your library! Reader's advisory staff from the Hillsboro Public Library will share their experiences in developing and launching their Find Your Next/Encuentra prim@ collection advisory campaign, which involved rebranding and marketing both new and continuing RA services and events for all ages, taking a holistic approach to full-collection advisory in order to help community members find their next favorite.

Tue 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Diversity, Inclusion
Program Session

Lending the Internet Bridging the Digital Divide with WiFi Hotspots

Ellie Avis, Technical Services Manager Josephine Community Library District; Robert Kohl, Federal Documents Cataloger State Library of Oregon; Eric Molinsky, Digital Services Supervisor Jackson County Library; Bob Shonbrun, Library Technical Assistant Dalles-Wasco County Library District.Virtual

Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, lack of Internet access was a serious issue facing many Americans, particularly older adults, racial minorities, rural residents, and those with low incomes or low educational attainment. Without the Internet it can be difficult or impossible to apply for jobs, access government forms, complete homework, and communicate with friends and family; it is a huge barrier to getting out of poverty. Libraries have long accepted the challenge of providing access within our buildings, but we can do more! Learn differing approaches to circulating Internet-to-go WiFi hotspots, including insights about processes, policies, challenges and more.

Sponsored by OLA TSRT (Technical Services Round Table).

Tue 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

2:45 pm

Break with Exhibitors

Virtual

Take this time to visit with our exhibitors and learn of products and services available to you and your library.

Tue 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
All Together

4:00 pm

Core Voices: Infusing Indigenous Perspectives Across the Collection

Ginny Blackson, University Librarian Linfield CollegeVirtual

In 2017, the Oregon State Legislature passed Senate Bill 13 directing the Oregon Department of Education to create a K-12 Tribal History Shared History curriculum. This new curriculum provides both collection development challenges and opportunities all types of libraries. Academic libraries that support teacher training can have a profound impact by including outstanding materials from indigenous perspectives in their collection. School librarians can also support the curriculum by collection grade appropriate resources from indigenous perspectives. Public librarians can also support the curriculum by providing resources for all age groups, including the homeschooling community.

Tue 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Diversity, Inclusion
Program Session

Listening Session: State Library Equity Framework

Jennifer Patterson, Oregon State Librarian, Members of the State Library EDI Work Group; Courtney Amabile, Volunteer and Operations Corrdinator State Library of Oregon; Amy Coughenour, Electronic Resources Librarian State Library of OregonVirtual

The State Library is developing an equity framework to assess and improve our policies and services, remove barriers and address potential bias, and better serve communities that experience racial disparity and oppression. We invite the library community to learn about the State Library’s draft equity framework and share ideas, comments, and questions about the draft. Comments and questions from people of color and communities that have been historically marginalized will be prioritized. Feedback received from the session will be used to shape the final product.

Tue 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Equity
Program Session

Oregon Open Learning OER Workshop

Susan Payne, Educational Standards & Systems Specialist Oregon Department of Education; Vanessa Clark, Program Analyst for Digital Innovations; Renee House, Administrative Support for Oregon Open Learning; Aujalee Moore, Instructional Materials Coordinator Oregon Department of Education.Virtual

Join the Oregon Open Learning team for an Open Educational Resources (OER) Workshop: Oregon Open Learning launched in May 2020. Join us to learn more about the first year of the Hub's growth. We are excited to share with you about how open educational resources can support your library's K-12 educational goals. As a #GoOpen state, Oregon's investment in open educational resources signals our commitment to equity, empowerment, and efficacy. Participants will engage with the why and what of open education, learn to recognize open licensing, and get started curating resources on the Hub.

Tue 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Equity
Program Session

Youth Ages and Stages

Danielle Jones, Youth Librarian Multnomah County; Greta Bergquist, Youth Services Consultant State Library of Oregon.Virtual

In order to work effectively with and advocate for all youth, library staff need a basic understanding of how youth develop, their needs, and their assets. This workshop summarizes key child and youth development research and focuses on how to create inclusive and equitable programs that are appropriate for the diverse set youth you work with.

Tue 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Wednesday April 21, 2021

8:30 am

OLA Meet & Greet Coffee Chat!

Shirley Roberts, OLA Association ManagerVirtual

Meet up with OLA Assn Manager, Shirley Roberts, who will answer questions, regarding logistics, etc. The library EDi has just begun and the OLA Conference Committee look forward to seeing you throughout the virtual conference.

Wed 8:30 am - 9:15 am
All Together

9:30 am

Introducing Keynote Speaker: Sonja Ervin, Multnomah County Library, Equity & Inclusion Manager

Sonja Ervin, Multnomah County Library, Equity & Inclusion ManagerVirtual

Sonja Ervin, Multnomah County Library’s first-ever equity and inclusion manager will speak at the 2021 OLA Conference. She leads efforts to ensure library services, programs, staffing, materials, and spaces are equitable, inclusive, and culturally responsive. Her work involves leading staff in thoughtful discussions about equity and inclusion and outlining actionable steps to improve the library's efforts both internally and for the community. She provides support and holds space for library staff who face experiences of racism and oppression. She is also the executive sponsor for the Black Cultural Library Advocate team.

Her vision for public libraries is that every person, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or their current or past experiences and circumstances, feel connected and a sense of community as they walk through the library doors.

Wed 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
All Together

11:00 am

Beyond Words for Programs and Platforms

Katy Pretz, Librarian Supervisor; Linda Osuna Library Manager; Elizabeth Lopez, Librarian SupervisorVirtual

From this session, you will come away with tools on how to develop interesting and informative programming that aligns with your library's strategic plan along with elevating your library in the community. We'll share best practices you can implement at your library. Using an EDI lens, you will be able to identify your target audience and engage in an innovative and creative platform.

Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Critical Art of Feedback

Lori Wamsley, Faculty Librarian Mt. Hood Community; Liisa Sjoblom, Community Librarian Deschutes Public LibraryVirtual

Giving and receiving feedback in the workplace can be hard to do; interacting with a colleague, supervisor, or employee, can quickly and inadvertently result in negative feelings or behaviors if feedback is provided without appropriate context or relevant examples. However, feedback can be empowering and supportive when done constructively and thoughtfully. In this session, the presenters will interactively engage the participants in how to develop a workplace environment that encourages the use of constructive feedback and provide participants with specific ways to engage in constructive feedback with their colleagues, supervisors, and employees.

Sponsored by OLA Leadership Committee.

Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Genealogy Research in a Time of Covid

Margaret Harmon-Myers, Library Assistant Eugene Public LibraryVirtual

Travelling to archives, libraries, and genealogical societies is extremely challenging, so it's important for your users to get the most out of the wealth of information posted on the web - from both their library and other free databases. Discover the lesser-known resources available to help your users find what they're looking for without leaving home, including elusive records for Black and Native American genealogy. Finally, the importance of Census records in genealogy and the lasting impact of the pandemic and politics on what our descendants may or may not find in the 2020 census.

Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Diversity, Inclusion
Program Session

Women Voices: Establishing Place, Affirming Community

Linda Long MLS MA, University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archives; Judith Raiskin PhD, University of Oregon Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Maureen Flanagan Battistella MLS, Southern Oregon University Sociology /AnthropologyVirtual

Through much of history, western cultural traditions conditioned women to be compliant and give way. Society labeled women who spoke out, who were independent of male partners, who were not conventionally feminine, who were not domestic goddesses. This session describes the role and value of historical archives and contemporary collections that preserve women's voices and describe women who intentionally choose paths of their own design, who fulfill their desires and ambitions in ways that were and are unconventional. A panel of archivist-historians explore the primary and secondary resources available in selected Oregon collections that amplify and extend women's voices and the research that brings the voices of these women into the public space for all to hear.

Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

12:00 pm

Fun Activity & Entertainment

Virtual

Information forthcoming

Wed 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Diversity, Inclusion
All Together

Lunch Time

Virtual

Enjoy your lunch.

Wed 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch

1:30 pm

Challenges and Innovations in Small and Rural Libraries: EDISJ Work in Rural Communities

Kristin Williams, Director Athena Public Library; Amy Hutchinson, Director Lake County Library District; Kathy Street, Director Oregon Trail Library DistrictVirtual

The majority of Oregon's libraries serve small and/or rural communities, and these libraries have a unique set of challenges and opportunities. Our small and rural libraries are often innovating ahead of our larger institutions, usually out of necessity, yet we rarely hear of their work. In this session, a panel of small and rural Oregon library directors will share their experiences and challenges in moving forward equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice work in small, rural, and conservative communities, and share successes in this work during the COVID pandemic.

Wed 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Do-It-Yourself OCLC Reclamation: a low-cost, time-saving approach to keeping your library's WorldCat holdings synchronized.

Mariko Kershaw, Catologing Librarian Washington County Cooperative Library ServciesVirtual

Like death and taxes, it is certain that if your library maintains holdings in OCLC WorldCat, they will eventually get out-of-sync. Cataloging librarian Mariko Kershaw will describe how she and her colleague at Washington County Cooperative Library Services embarked on the journey of do-it-yourself (DIY) OCLC reclamation. Not only the first reclamation for their institution, but also figuring it out during a global pandemic! This session will deep dive into the technical nitty gritty with an extensive demonstration of the reclamation process, as well as share lessons learned with ample time for questions.

Sponsored by OLA TSRT (Technical Services Round Table).

Wed 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Inclusion
Program Session

Hate Groups in the Library: Maintaining a Safe Space While Being Inclusive

Nic Figley, Public Service Assistant King County Library SystemVirtual

How do Intellectual Freedom and Inclusion contradict each other? How does the library uphold its role as a third space? Recently in library world hate groups or exclusionary events have been taking up space in the library and have brought many conflicting conversations to the forefront of our jobs. Discussion about the gray area between unbiased service and a commitment to diversity and inclusion is more important than ever.

Sponsored by OLA IFC (Intellectual Freedom Committee).

Wed 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Diversity, Inclusion
Program Session

Supporting Workforce Recovery in Your Community with Learning Express Library and Job & Career Accelerator

Jimmie King, Director of Sales, EBSCO LearningExpress, North America; Donna Liss, Regional Sales Manager, EBSCO; Arlene Weible, Electronic Services Consultant Oregon Federal Regional Depository CoordinatorVirtual

Libraries are on the front lines of providing resources for community members who have been impacted by the economic disruption caused by the pandemic. Whether it is creating a new resume, developing skills for a new career direction, or exploring new career options, Learning Express Library and Job & Career Accelerator can help! Oregon libraries can access these resources for free through the program offered by the State Library of Oregon. In this session, you will learn how to access and use these resources to explore new career paths, build a resume, prepare for college or professional certification test, and more! Ideas for outreach and promotion of these resources in your community will also be shared.

Wed 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

2:45 pm

Exhibitor Panel

Shirley Roberts,Moderator, OLA Assn ManagerVirtual

Take this time to visit with our gold and platimum exhibitors and learn of products and services available to you and your library.

Wed 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
All Together

Tech. Services Round Table Meeting

Emily O'Neal, TSRT ChairVirtual

More information forthcoming.

Wed 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Meeting

4:00 pm

Let the Learners Drive with Student-Driven Inquiry

Shelly Buchanan, Teacher Librarian Arbor School of Arts & ScienceVirtual

The research-based Student-Driven Inquiry (SDI) learning framework privileges the innate curiosity of every student, unleashing each to investigate a self-selected topic with the support of an educator guide. In this inherently motivating inquiry experience, learners drive their own learning. Grounded in self-determination theory and constructivism, the liberating SDI framework can be implemented at every student level Kindergarten through graduate school, providing all learners the opportunity to engage in meaningful work that matters. Come find out about this flexible liberatory learning framework that naturally differentiates for students' skills and knowledge, and supports learners in discovering their interests, more about themselves, and the world.

Wed 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Diversity, Inclusion
Program Session

Meet Them Where They Are At: Creative, Justice-focused, Co-Curricular Outreach at a Small Liberal Arts College

Ann Matsushima Chiu, Social Sciences Librarian; Maria Cunningham, Head of Special Collections and Archives; Robin Ford, Science & Accessibility Librarian; Lily De La Fuente, Humanities Librarian (Reed College Library)Virtual

You will learn about the creative and innovative outreach and engagement efforts of four college librarians and how to incorporate their ideas into your own work. This diverse group challenges long standing traditions and spaces of a predominantly white institution by reframing student outreach, revitalizing engagement, and recognizing the importance of nurturing relationships. Questions we grapple with: How do we create sustainable outreach that will exist after we may no longer be there? How can we be authentic and still be the people we were hired to be? What are new ways to engage students in our Covid-19 working environments of mostly online engagement?

Sponsored by ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries).

Wed 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Ready Storytime One: Embracing the Reality of Virtual Programs

Jo Caisse, Youth Service Librarian; Brad Clark, Youth Program Librarian; Deborah Gitlitz, Outreach Librarian; Sam McDermott, Youth Reference Librarian (Wilsonville Public Library)Virtual

A year ago, library staff around the country tumbled into the world of online storytimes, and the learning curve was steep. So many questions! Live or recorded? Facebook, Zoom, YouTube? Does this computer have a mic? Do I really look like that? Is anybody even watching this?? Our storytelling team will share what we’ve learned so far: straightforward technical tips; maximizing the strengths of live and recorded "virtual" programming; engaging your real-time toddler audience through video; and enhancing storytime value and interactivity. We'll discuss the underlying questions: What do successful “virtual” storytimes look like and how do we do them well.

Wed 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Inclusion
Program Session

Using the Census Bureau's Statistics in School Programs to Promote Awareness of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Among Kids

Heidi Crawford, Statistics in Schools Liaison, U.S. Census Bureau; Arlene Weible, Electronic Services Consultant Oregon Federal Regional Depository CoordinatorVirtual

The Census Bureaus Statistics in Schools (SIS) program offers a unique opportunity to talk to kids about equity, diversity and inclusion. The SIS program is a free program providing kid-friendly activities, games, videos, maps and data tools on a variety of topics. The program offers an array of ideas and resources for activities for kids to connect to their community and what they need to be media-literate consumers of information. This presentation will highlight the many activities that can be used to have engaging conversation with children on equity, diversity and inclusion. Participants will leave the session equipped with tools and activities to promote appreciation for their community's diversity in addition to understanding statistical data, and the importance of civic engagement.

Sponsored by DIGOR (Document Interest Group of Oregon).

Wed 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Thursday April 22, 2021

8:30 am

Breakfast with Exhibitors

Virtual

Take this time to visit with our exhibitors and learn of products and services available to you and your library.

Thu 8:30 am - 9:15 am
All Together

9:30 am

Introducing Keynote Speaker: David Walker, Author, Writer, Teacher at PSU

David Walker, Author, writer, teacher at PSUVirtual

Author David Walker. David F. Walker is an award-winning comic book writer, filmmaker, journalist, and educator. His writing career started in the 1990s with the self-published ‘zine, BadAzz MoFo. In 1997 he produced and directed Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered, and Shafted, a feature length documentary on the history of blaxploitation films.

Walker is best known for his work in graphic novels and comics, which includes The Life of Frederick Douglass (Ten Speed Press), the Eisner Award-nominated series Bitter Root (Image Comics), and the critically acclaimed series Naomi (DC Comics). He has written for Marvel Comics (Luke Cage, Occupy Avengers, Power Man and Iron Fist, Nighthawk, Fury, Deadpool), DC Comics (Cyborg, Young Justice), Dynamite Entertainment (Shaft), and Dark Horse (Number 13). He also teaches part time at Portland State University.

Thu 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
All Together

11:00 am

Finding the Right People: Mission and Values Based Recruitment

Hillary Ostlund, Library Manager; Molly Brant, Librarian Supervisor (Hillsboro Public Library)Virtual

Learn how Hillsboro Public Library has reimagined the recruitment process to find people who fit our organizational and professional values and developed a more diverse, community-reflective staff. We'll talk about how to offer a personalized and safe interview experience that allows for an authentic look at workplace culture, even in the time of Covid. You will get sample interview questions and learn how to incorporate fun and play into interviews (like board games!). There will be time to crowdsource ideas from attendees, interactive elements incorporated into the presentation, and space for questions.

Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Diversity
Program Session

Resisting Achievement Culture with Slow Librarianship

Meredith Farkas, Faculty Librarian Portland Community CollegeVirtual

Meredith Farkas had achieved more by age thirty than she'd expected in her whole career, yet she never felt like she was doing enough. She didn't realize at the time that she was chasing something that could never come from career achievement: a feeling of enoughness. Meredith will share the ways achievement culture turns organizations toxic, encourages overwork, and keeps people chasing external validation. Slow librarianship presents an approach that rejects achievement culture and focuses on values-driven work, process over product, and gratitude-focused reflective practice. This presentation will explore strategies to support well-being, inspire workplace empowerment, and spark career clarity.

Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Social Services Primer for Libraries

Holly Freewynn, Library Assistant Multnomah CountyVirtual

As our country embarks on more changes due to pandemics, economic instability and global changes, our patrons often come to libraries to use our resources to apply for help. This session will cover criteria used by agencies to determine eligibility for myriad benefits, and ways to help patrons navigate the seemingly endless online requirements to get help. We will also explore ways to offer direction for information needed as patrons seek aid. Attenders will leave with a list of websites and tips to use when they return to their workplaces.

Sponsored by Public Library Division.

Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

What's in a name? Quite a bit! Vocabularies matter!

Emily O'Neal, Technical Services Manager Deschutes Public Library; Heather Pitts, Cataloging Services Librarian State Library of Oregon; Mariko Kershaw, Cataloging Librarian Washington County Cooperative Library ServicesVirtual

Language matters, words matter, phrases and terms all matter! We are here to discuss changes you can make within your bibliographic data to add more inclusive language for the communities your library serves. We believe that respectful language choices in access points is one way to work towards anti-oppressive librarianship.

Sponsored by OLA TSRT (Technical Services Round Table).

Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

12:00 pm

Lunch Time

Virtual

Enjoy your lunch.

Thu 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch

1:30 pm

A Library on the Loose In Your Community

Rocio Espinoza-Cotero, Community Outreach Coordinator; Linda Osuna, Library Manager; Katy Pretz, Librarian Supervisor; Elizabeth Lopez, Librarian Supervisor (Hillsboro Public Library)Virtual

For Everyone/Para Todos – We walk talk! Join us for our Library on the Loose presentation as we share ideas of what it means to get books into children’s hands. No library card, no problem! In 2020 the Hillsboro Public Library Community Engagement team distributed the highest number of books than any other year on record thanks to energetic staff and dedicated volunteers. Building community and meeting people where they were was the key to our success. Learn how we mapped out a plan, targeted communities the library was not reaching, and reintroduced library service in a fun, high energy way.

Thu 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Castles, Kolacky, and Concertos: A Librarian’s Experiences of Cultural Exchange in the Czech Republic

Hannah Gascho Rempel, College of Agricultural Sciences Librarian & Graduate Student Services Coordinator Oregon State UniversityVirtual

The Czech Republic may be most famous for pilsners and medieval architecture. But did you know the Czech Republic also has a rich library history? They have the most dense public library network in the world, with more than 10 times as many libraries per capita as the US. They also have several library schools. Hannah taught at the Institute for Information Studies and Librarianship at Charles University in Prague during the 2019-2020 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar. She will discuss the Fulbright program, Czech culture and education, and what it’s like to take your family abroad.

Sponsored by IRRT (International Relations Round Table).

Thu 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Diversity Audits, Let's Talk About It!

Emily O'Neal, Technical Services Manager Deschutes Public Library; Ellie Avis, Technical Services Manager Josephine Community Library District; Susan Davis, Youth Services Librarian Josephine Community Library DistrictVirtual

By now, as people invested in libraries, we have all heard the term Diversity Audit. However, many still have so many questions around this process. For example, what exactly is a diversity audit? How would I actually do one? My collection is too big, that is an impossible task! We plan to dive into each of these questions, giving some real-life examples of what our libraries have done, practical tools so you can get started, and so much more!

Sponsored by OLA TSRT (Technical Services Round Table).

Thu 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Diversity
Program Session

What's in a Data Story? Understanding the Basics of Data Storytelling

Nancy Shin, Research and Data Coordinator NNLM PNRVirtual

A one-hour introductory webinar on the fundamentals of effective storytelling using data collected and visualized by librarians for librarians. Data without a story is just a pile of numbers. Data with an effective story becomes an everlasting narrative that people will remember for a long time and without much effort. In this talk, we'll look at the basic structure of data storytelling and review exemplars both good and bad of data storytelling. A focus on accessible date visualizations and data storytelling will be emphasized throughout the talk. No prior knowledge of the topic is required.

Thu 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

2:45 pm

OLA Annual Business Meeting

Shirley Roberts, Moderator, OLA Assn ManagerVirtual

Come and join OLA officers to give organizational update, treasurer's report, vote on adding the new REFORMA_OR roundtable, dues discussion/vote, meet individuals running for OLA Executive Board Officer position for 2021-22.

Thu 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Meeting

4:00 pm

Diversity in Children's Graphic Works

Cathy Camper, Author; Jane Cothron, Catologer Lincoln County Library District; Sabrina Tusing, Youth Services Library Assistant Oregon City Public LibraryVirtual

What do you think of when you think of Graphic Novels? Out of this world story-telling? Avant-Gard art work? International images and topics of every variety? What about diversity? Graphic novels are an engaging format that can convey diversity in age, race, ability, and gender identity. So, let's talk about it! The three-part panel will include Cathy Camper, author of the popular Lowriders in Space series, who will discuss issues in creating graphic novels with diverse characters and cultures; a children's/young adult librarian who will discuss selection, availability, resources, access, and ways to connect graphics and readers; and a cataloger who will discuss ways to reflect diversity in cataloging descriptions of graphic resources. Whether you are a graphic novel fan or new to graphic novels, let's learn more about using them to provide diversity of content to our communities with confidence.

Sponsored by OLA TSRT (Technical Services Round Table).

Thu 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Diversity, Inclusion
Program Session

Inclusive Pedagogy for Library Instruction: Reading Apprenticeship Metacognitive Strategies

Colleen Sanders, Master of Education for Instructional Design Student Western Governors University; Pam Kessinger, Faculty Librarian Portland Community CollegeVirtual

Comprehension of scholarly articles is an often overlooked piece of the library instruction sequence, with searching and citing often taking precedence in our limited instructional windows. Yet how can students become competent searchers if they cannot comprehend what they find? Colleen will share the research and curriculum developed for her M.Ed. Instructional Design capstone, a unit of instruction employing WestEd's Reading Apprenticeship framework for library instruction in a regional community college. Reading Apprenticeship is a research-based framework for teaching academic literacies within the context of disciplinary courses. It offers turnkey pedagogies with a research base demonstrating their effectiveness within diverse learner populations, those who may be labelled academically underprepared and test into pre-college coursework. Attend this session to explore equitable metacognitive practices, and sample a framework that decreases the need for remedial coursework and supports the current institutional trend toward accelerated learning.

Thu 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

ORCA -- Books that Engage Students

Lori Lieberman, Teacher Librarian Lincoln High School Portland Public SchoolsVirtual

What is ORCA besides yet another acronym that starts with "O"? It's the Oregon Reader's Choice Award and in this session you'll learn why and how to use ORCA with your readers. We'll begin with a fun trivia game as a reveal for the 2020-21 winning titles and announce the titles for the 2021-2022 shortlists. Winners will receive prizes! We'll provide ideas and resources for creating a successful ORCA program in your school or public library. Have questions? We'll end with a Q&A so you can make sure to leave with all the information you need for a great year.

Sponsored by ORCA (Oregon Reader's Choice Award).

Thu 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Sign Language Beginner Basics for Early Literacy, Inclusion, and Fun!

Dawn Prochovnic, MA, Children's Author and Early Literacy Consultant SmallTalk LearningVirtual

School-aged kids view American Sign Language (ASL) as a secret code to unlock. Preschoolers embrace signing with the same enthusiasm reserved for treasured finger plays, and many babies born today will learn to sign before they can talk. Discover the benefits and ease of incorporating ASL signs into activities and interactions with children of all ages/abilities, with special emphasis on practical techniques that support routine transitions, guide positive behavior, and enrich literacy/early literacy experiences. Learn how ASL can create opportunities for shared understanding through introductory conversations about diversity and inclusion and when there are multiple spoken languages in the learning community.

Thu 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Diversity, Inclusion
Program Session

5:30 pm

OYAN Unit Meeting

Keli Yeats, Chair OYANVirtual

Business Meeting for OYAN.

Thu 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Meeting

Friday April 23, 2021

8:30 am

Breakfast with Exhibitors

Virtual

Take this time to visit with our exhibitors and learn of products and services available to you and your library.

Fri 8:30 am - 9:15 am
All Together

9:30 am

Introducing Keynote Speaker: Victoria Lara

Victoria LaraVirtual

Information forthcoming.

Fri 9:30 am - 10:30 am
All Together

10:45 am

Building Staff EDI Competence

Adrienne Calkins, Library Manager Sherwood Public Library; Amy Honisett, Learning and Development Specialist Multnomah County Library; Blake Kincaid, Engagement Manager Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries; Roberta Richards, Faculty Reference Librarian Portland Community CollegeVirtual

Trainers who engage with topics related to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) face the challenge of creating meaningful behavior change, rather than simply imparting knowledge. The current environment of training during COVID has created unique challenges that prevent in-person discussions. The OLA Staff Training Round Table is offering a workshop to share training resources that you can apply to EDI efforts within your work groups. This interactive session will allow participants to learn about resources for use in virtual spaces, and consider how those resources might work in their own libraries.

Sponsored by OLA STRT (Staff Training Round Table).

Fri 10:45 am - 11:45 am
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Burnout and Stress: Science-backed Strategies for Your Library!

Ryan Dowd, Chief Empathy Officer Homeless Training Institute, LLCVirtual

Are you and your staff burned out? Is the stress of Covid (and the economy and politics and…) sucking the joy out of work for you? This training will explain the neuro-science behind what is happening to your brain when you feel burnout (hint: it’s not good!). It avoids the “usual advice” (take a vacation, eat healthy, exercise more, etc.) in favor of research-backed strategies for changing the workplace environment so that everyone feels less burnout and stress. It presents strategies and concrete advice for both managers and non-managers. There will be time for Q&A and then the training finishes with a simple breathing technique that research has shown activates your parasympathetic nervous system to help you relax.

Sponsored by State Library of Oregon.

Fri 10:45 am - 11:45 am
Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Connecting with Older Adults

Phyllis Goodman, Adult Services Librarian, Retired, AuthorVirtual

The pandemic of 2020 had hit every age group but the hardest hit has been the older adult population. As libraries reopen many in this age group are worried about going to public places or may not able to visit due to physical and cognitive issues. Many living in senior facilities are not visited by their local library. The presenter will share information about connecting with older adults and library outreach programming from years of working with older adults. Plus, information received from interviews with librarians from around the country who are currently working and creating programs for older adults.

Fri 10:45 am - 11:45 am
Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Readers Advisory Reimagined by Empowering Library Staff: How to Play and Win the RA Long Game in the Age of COVID

Jenkins Lumpkin, Librarian II / Branch Manager Jefferson Public LibraryVirtual

This presentation is directed toward an audience of Public Library staff and leadership whose goal is to integrate a more robust Reader's Advisory service throughout their organization. First, the presentation covers common barriers to Reader's Advisory services for public library staff, particularly for paraprofessionals. We will introduce two specific paraprofessional library staff and talk about their strengths, challenges, and concerns. We will go through how these challenges and concerns are hindered, heightened, and helped by the COVID-19 crisis. Finally, we will talk about some potential solutions, including potential, practical RA Learning and Development plans for library staff to embed RA into your library services. Discuss making the commitment to empower staff by reframing RA to reflect it as a mission-critical service. Once we've reframed RA, we can re-introduce our libraries back to our communities as a powerful destination -- whether it be virtual or brick-and-mortar that will enrich and enhance reading experiences.

Fri 10:45 am - 11:45 am
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

12:00 pm

OLA Awards Presentation

Elsa Loftis, OLA Awards Committee ChairVirtual

Grab your lunch and join us for the annual OLA Awards presentation for 2021 with formal recognition to awards bestowed in 2020, as well.

Fri 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
All Together

1:30 pm

“Legislatively Speaking: 2021 Library Issues & Call to Action”

Amanda Dalton, Dalton Advocacy (OLA lobbyists); Nicole Mann, Dalton Advocacy (OLA lobbyists); Sue Ludington, Library Development & Legislative Committee ChairVirtual

Dalton Advocacy, founded by Amanda Dalton, has served as OLA’s lobbyist since 2017. Amanda and her associate, Nicole Mann, will provide an overview of the particular bills, workgroup milestones, and other activities pertaining to OLA’s legislative priorities. Moderated by Library Development & Legislative (LDLC) Committee Chair Sue Ludington, this session will also address the importance of OLA members’ on-going engagement with individual legislators, and provide specific, concrete actions pertaining to Oregon’s 2021 Legislative Session that attendees can take immediately.

Sponored by LDLC (Library Development & Legislative Committee).

Fri 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Story Well Told: Using Storytelling Across Library Services and Advocacy

April Spisak, Head of Youth Services Albany Public LibraryVirtual

There is nothing that replaces the power of stories. Even with primary value placed on quantitative data in libraries (circulation and programming statistics determine most of our budget allocations), it is easy to find ways that those numbers aren't telling us enough. They don't distinguish at all between small program attendance due to disinterest, and programs that have deep cultural, emotional, or intellectual impact on attendees, albeit a smaller number of them. There is no devaluing of quantitative data here, but rather, an emphasis on rounding out the bare numbers with stories of advocacy and inclusion: why we offered the programs we did, why we changed midstream when, for example, we noticed that our materials weren't inclusive, how patrons responded, and what can we do better next time.

Fri 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Who Do You See? Using Diversity Audits to Examine Representation in Children's Book Collections

James Rosenzweig, Education Librarian Eastern Washington University; Alicia Vaandering, Student Success Librarian University of Rhode IslandVirtual

As librarians, we know how powerful it is for young readers to see themselves in the books they're reading. But do you ever wonder if your collection is as diverse as you'd like it to be? This presentation will explore the reasons for conducting a diversity audit, demonstrate easy approaches to auditing children's book collections, and discuss the insights that can be gained from this work. While examples will be drawn from children's book collections for teacher education students at two universities, the audit approaches described are applicable to any library with a substantial children's book collection.

Fri 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Zen and the Art of Legal Reference: Answering the Question without Answering the Question

Sue Ludington, Law Librarian, Lane County, OR, Lee Van Duzer, Law Llibrarian, Washington County, OR.Virtual

“How can I get guardianship of my grandson?”

“My landlord is trying to evict me. What should I do?”

“Where can I find the form to add someone else to my deed?”

Legal reference questions come in all shapes and sizes, from patrons who have wildly diverse educational backgrounds, socio-economic resources, and mental/emotional faculties. How can the non-law specialist best respond to these “legal problem” questions from such a varied (yet needy) audience in a thoughtful and meaningful way?

Led by two seasoned Oregon county law librarians, this session will dive into the array of legal reference situations that we encounter daily with our patrons; from there, we’ll share recommended strategies for offering assistance on a wide-range of legal conundrums. From learning the difference between legal advice versus legal information, to hearing valuable tips and specific dos and don’ts, to developing appropriate “scripts” and phrases that effectively manage patron expectations, attendees will emerge feeling empowered and confident in their ability to provide knowledgeable, equitable legal information to all library users.

Sponsored by

OLA Legal Reference Roundtable, Reference Roundtable.

Fri 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

2:45 pm

ODLC Meeting

Michael Grutchfield, Consortium ChairVirtual

Oregon Digital Library Consortium meeting.

Fri 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Meeting

Poster Session Chats!!

Poster PresentersVirtual

Posters were made available on our OLA Conference Website, to view. At this time we will get together to chat with the poster creators to provide a bit more detail and/or answer questions.

Fri 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
All Together

4:00 pm

A Natural Alliance Youth Librarians, Schools and Teaching Critical Thinking [aka dealing with Misinformation]

Donna L Cohen MLIS MEd, Teacher & Librarian Civics for Adults [and Others!]Virtual

Public libraries and schools should team up to teach how to evaluate information. In a Stanford study, 2/3rds of students couldn't recognize a sponsored ad vs true news, over half believed a fake video of ballot stuffing. We need digital literacy curriculum to guarantee the vitality of American democracy. The best approach is inoculation explaining misleading or manipulative argumentation strategies that make people resilient to subsequent manipulation attempts. Come learn some inoculation techniques! Evaluating news articles and websites, Facebook and Twitter posts, deepfakes, survey / poll questions, graphs and charts. Plus more!

Sponsored by OLA SSD (Support Staff Division).

Fri 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Going Solo in the Library

Sherri Lemhouse, Brownsville Community Librarian City of BrownsvilleVirtual

How do you run a Library when you are the only paid staff? From books to volunteers, budget to programing, learn what it takes to prosper as a solo Librarian. Librarian Sherri will discuss her strategies to try and keep sane in a busy workplace. She'll speak about purchasing books, passive and active readers advisory, utilizing volunteers, simple programing ideas, patrons and some budgeting. We will save time for questions, suggestions and brainstorming.

Fri 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Restructured, Redesigned -- Ready or Not for the New RDA Toolkit

Lori Robare, Monographic Team Leader University of Oregon Libraries; Lori Van Deman, Head of Technical Services Cedar Mill & Bethany Community LibrariesVirtual

The new RDA Toolkit (the official version of RDA as of December 2020) incorporates new concepts and terminology, such as the use of application profiles and relationship elements. This presentation will provide an overview of the new Toolkit and plans for training and implementation, with an emphasis on how cataloger's decisions will be guided by policy statements and application profiles. The session also addresses alternative options for libraries that can't afford the RDA subscription or the training to get their staff up to speed on the changes. Workarounds, alternative cataloging guidelines, and options for budget-friendly future developments will be discussed.

Sponsored by OLA TSRT (Technical Services Round Table).

Fri 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

Stark Raving OYAN: Books Talks for the 2021 Book Rave and 2020 Graphic Rave

Sonja Somerville, Teen Services Senior Librarian Salem Public Library; Mark Richardson, Teen Librarian Cedar Mill Community Library; Heather Sears, Teen Librarian Eugene Public LibraryVirtual

Oregon Young Adult Network members deliver snappy, exciting book talks that highlight some of the best recent young adult fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels, as chosen by Oregon librarians working with teens. This session highlights why you might want to buy and suggests these books to teens and adults who read YA and also read them yourself! Ravers top things off by revealing a super-secret list of "Ravers Choice" recommendations of ultra-current and not-yet-published titles worth watching for. Links to PDFs of the lists are provided so they can be passed on to patrons.

Sponsored by OYAN (Oregon Young Adult Network).

Fri 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Program Session

5:15 pm

OLA Conference Closing Remarks

Kate Lasky, OLA President; Lacey Legel, OLA Conference ChairVirtual

Thank you for attending and other thoughts from OLA President and Conference Committee members.

Fri 5:15 pm - 5:45 pm
All Together