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More OLA Conference Sessions for Academic Librarians

OLA 2015 Conference ScheduleNow that ACRL in Portland has come and gone, it’s time to start gearing up for OLA’s annual conference. There are, of course, plenty of ACRL-OR sponsored and co-sponsored sessions at the conference, as we detailed here in an earlier blog post. We hope you’ll stop by the sessions we’re hosting, but here are a few more, broader interest sessions that might be of useful to academic librarians—and anyone else at the conference.

And don’t forget that we’ll be hosting the reception Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the First National Tap House, just a short walk away from the Eugene convention center. Hope to see you there!


Time:  Keynote Address, Thursday 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Title:  Living at the Edge of Mystery: Creativity, Information & the Experimental Life
Description:  J. Robert Oppenheimer wrote that “both the man of science and the man of action live always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it.” The greatest of our creative institutions have sought to confront the singular mysteries of their time: the fundamental elements of life, the nature of gravity and light, and the atomic structure of matter. Ours is an age of overwhelming information that we seek to transform into comprehensible knowledge. I shall discuss several examples of creative institutions, all of which seek to make sense of the challenges of our age — the Media Lab at MIT, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico, and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. These all question the boundaries, boxes and constraints we place on thought and seek to render comprehensible our mysterious informational universe.
Speakers:  David Krakauer, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison


Time: Session 1, Thursday, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Title: Creative Marketing of Library Services
Description: How do libraries let the public know about their resources and expertise? Library service marketing helps libraries raise awareness about the valuable services they can provide. Please join Jeremy Graybill and Steve Roskoski as they discuss this important topic.
Speakers: Jeremy Graybill, Multnomah County Library; Steve Roskoski, Multnomah County Library


Time: Session 2, Thursday, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Title: BIBFRAME Basics: Beyond MARC
Description: BIBFRAME (the Bibliographic Framework Initiative) aims to provide the foundation for the future of bibliographic description on the web and in the networked world. It is intended to replace the MARC Format. This session will provide a basic overview of BIBFRAME, including the BIBFRAME Model and Vocabulary, the general differences between BIBFRAME and MARC, and the changes ahead for catalogers. The session will also included information about how some libraries are experimenting with and learning about BIBFRAME.
Speakers: Kelley McGrath, University of Oregon, Sandy Macke, Multnomah County Libary, Adam Schiff, University of Washington


Time: Session 4, Friday, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Title: OLA: Cultivating Creative Members
Description: Are you looking for a creative way to make a difference in OLA? In a panel format past and present OLA leaders will define and describe what they really do. The OLA Association Manager will explain support provided. Official responsibilities, unstated expectations, and actual time commitments will be acknowledged. The ultimate questions: “Why be involved” and “How to cope with being involved” will be answered. Audience members will have a chance to learn more about OLA Round Tables via a “speed dating” format.
Speakers: Connie Anderson-Cohoon, Southern Oregon University; Penny Hummel, Penny Hummel Consulting; Heather McNeil, Deschutes Public Library; Hannah Rempel, Oregon State University, Shirley Roberts, Eastern Oregon University and OLA Association Manager; Elvira Sanchez-Kisser, Woodburn Public Library


Be sure to check out all the programs online at the OLA 2015 Conference Schedule page. Are there any other programs you’re looking forward to? Please leave a comment!


Stewart Baker
ACRL-Oregon Member-at-Large (2014-2016)
Systems & Institutional Repository Librarian
Western Oregon University

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