Day of Poster Session
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Exhibit Hall
Program NameProgram DescriptionContact Names and Affiliated OrganizationsEmail(s)Program Type
Thursday, April 20Leadership Institute of OLA 2023 (LIOLA 23)The 2023 OLA Leadership Institute (LIOLA) will focus on enhancing leadership skills through an EDI lens. Our poster session will highlight the institute and be there to answer any questions. The application process for LIOLA  will open May 1.Jane Corry, Retired Youth Librarianjcorryola@gmail.comPoster  
Thursday, April 20Library Road TripUmatilla and Morrow Counties partnered during summer of 2022 to encourage residents to embark on a Library Road Trip. Each public library dispensed personalized “brag tags” (tokens) that participants could collect at each library that they visited. From Ukiah to Irrigon and Ione to Milton Freewater, families spent time together exploring libraries around the two counties. The program was incredibly cost-effective to libraries in Umatilla and Morrow counties and created opportunities in the form of a new adventure for each participating family. Intentional focus on connection and engagement helped steer this summer program to create fun for families while showcasing how different each library is and how one card can be used at all of them at no cost.Cecili A Longhorn, Library Director, Stanfield Public Librarylibrary director@cityofstanfield.comPoster Session 
Thursday, April 20Oregon Library Presenters DirectoryJaime Thoreson on behalf of Anna Bruce and The Children Services Division will present on the Oregon Library Presenters Directory. This poster session will help you get the most out of the directory by showing you how to find who you’re looking for, how to filter by age, type of program, cost, and even travel range. Also covered is how to invite a presenter to the directory and some tips and tricks to hiring if you’re new to booking programs for your library. With over 80 entries and growing, this directory is helping librarians in Oregon find their next presenter for kids, teens, and adults.Jaime Thoreson, Youth Services Librarian Il, Sherwood Public Librarythoresonj@sherwoodoregon.govPoster Session 
Thursday, April 20Reimagining Oregon DigitalThe past three years have underscored the importance of quality digital library resources and services. Oregon Digital (, the shared digital collections repository for the University of Oregon and Oregon State University, launched a new platform in February 2023. This poster will showcase the development and migration work that the team of librarians, staff, and developers accomplished during the pandemic, with special emphasis on the reimagined look and feel and on the underlying metadata and technology enhancements. The presenters will also share information about an upcoming post-launch metadata audit that will focus on DEIA remediation for both institutions.
Cara Key, Digital Repository Librarian, Oregon State University
cara.key@oregonstate.eduPoster Session 
Thursday, April 20The Curiosity Cabinets at the Newport Public LibraryThe poster for the Curiosity Cabinets provides an opportunity to be curious about different cultures through foods and explores the various pieces to this installation at the Newport Public Library. The Curiosity Cabinets installation is designed as an interactive work of art. The installation includes two food cabinets with donated food from Food Share of Lincoln County, Mai’s Asian Market, and La Juquilita Mexican Store as well as microgreen kits. Participates can take food and/or microgreen seeds home then provide feedback through pictures, recipes, ideas, videos, and knowledge related to food and culture, which encourages people to want to have a deeper understanding of other cultures as well as their own culture. The project also includes food demonstrations taught by community members from various areas of the globe who provide a cooking demonstration.Laura Kimberly, Newport Public Library Director l.kimberly@newportlibrary.orgPoster Session 
Thursday, April 20The Oregon Authors Project: Reimagining an Engaging Resource to Connect Local Authors and ReadersThe Oregon Authors Project is a growing collection of published authors who call Oregon home. Basic bibliographic information about an author’s works is covered, as well as affiliated awards, a photo of the author, a link to their website, and their geographic tie to Oregon. The site will also include a blog that features engaging content about authors and their works. As the reworking of a former bibliographic database that became unsustainable and difficult to use, the new Oregon Authors project/website is an example of turning an obstacle into an opportunity for creative reimagining, rekindling, and rejuvenating!John Repplinger, Science Librarian, Willamette University
Deidra Menser, Library Assistant, Tigard Public Library
jrepplin@willamette.eduPoster Session 
Friday, April 2120 Years Rekindling, Rejuvenating, Reimagining AnswerlandAfter 20 years as an LSTA funded grant program. Answerland has outgrown its current model. Join me in re-imagining the future of Answerland for the next 20 years.
Jennifer Cox, Virtual Reference Coordinator, State Library of Oregonjennifer.cox@slo.oregon.govPoster Session 
Friday, April 21Archiving web-based local news and culture with Community WebsCommunity Webs is a web archiving program for public libraries and cultural organizations to preserve contemporary local history and voices that are underrepresented in the historic record. Since 2017, this Internet Archive and Mellon Foundation-supported project has grown to 100+ members across 40 U.S. states and territories. Learn how Cedar Mill & Bethany Libraries, the first Community Webs member in Oregon, is working to make digital local news and community history more visible now and for the long term via the Archive-It platform, with connections to the Internet Archive and the Digital Public Library of America.Liz Paulus, Web Services Librarian, Cedar Mill & Bethany Community Librarieslizp@wccls.orgPoster Session 
Friday, April 21Book Bans: Not Just an LGBTQ+ IssueBook bans targeting LGBTQ+ materials have been all over the news, giving the mistaken impression that book bans are “just an LGBTQ+ issue”. At Crook County Library, members of the community wanted to segregate LGBTQ+ materials in the children’s room, threatening our participation in our library cooperative and our official status as a public library (OAR 543-010-0036). Such far-reaching consequences demonstrate that book bans are an “everyone” issue. We would like to tell everyone’s story, from library workers to board members to supporters: how the threat of book bans affected people personally, and where we go from here.Jennifer Fischer, she/her, Children’s Services Librarian Specialist, Crook County Library
Jamie Bowman, she/her, Executive Director of Prideville, Vice-President of PFLAG-Prineville
jfischer@crooklib.orgPoster Session 
Friday, April 21Libros for Oregon: Connecting Oregon Libraries and Their Communities to Spanish-Language MaterialsLibros for Oregon has established a cooperative buying process that provides Oregon libraries with greater access to the materials of the Guadalajara Book Fair (FIL), the largest Spanish-language book fair in the world. This effort has increased the quality and authenticity of library collections across Oregon at a very affordable rate. Learn how this process has been crafted and how you can join us!Megan Pinder, Libros for Oregon Chair and Bilingual Library Specialist at Jackson County Library Services
Hannah Bostrom, Libros for Oregon Past Chair and Librarian at Salem Public Library
Laura Kimberly, Libros for Oregon Vice Chair/Chair Elect and Library Director at Newport Public Library
libros4oregon@olaweb.orgPoster Session 
Friday, April 21Reaching Isolated Seniors: The Library CornerCreated at the request of activity directors during COVID, The Library Corner started a simple activity packet for one senior living center. Today, it reaches 700+ isolated seniors monthly through community connections and a partnership with Meals on Wheels. It features a variety of book reviews, brain games, resources, and more, all with appropriate permissions from publishers and authors.Rya Fennewald, Community Librarian, Deschutes Public Libraryryaf@deschuteslibrary.orgPoster Session