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OLA Conference 2017 Call for Program Proposals

~ reposted from Libs-Or listserv ~

The Call for Program Proposals for the 2017 OLA Conference, “Thriving Together” is now open.

We are excited to be combing the OLA & OASL conferences together this year. The conference will be extended to Saturday to accommodate this combined event.

The conference dates are Wednesday, April 19, 2017 for the preconference, and Thursday – Saturday, April 20-22, 2017 for the conference days.

We will be accepting proposals with or without sponsorships for the regular conference days. Preconference programs will need sponsorship. There is a combined submission form for both preconference and regular session proposals this year.

Screenshot of OLA 2017 program proposal form

Follow the link to the Call for Proposals where you will find all the pertinent information, including the scoring rubric and the submission form: https://orlib17.wordpress.com/program/. The deadline for proposals is 10pm on Monday, September 26, 2016. Notifications will be sent out by Monday, October 24, 2016.

Let me know if there are any questions. Please send any questions or correspondence regarding programs to olaprograms@olaweb.org

We look forward to reading all the interesting proposals.

Best –
Emily David
Program Committee Chair, OLA Conference 2017

OLA 2016 Online Registration closing soon!

~Reposted from libs-or listserv~

Get those last-minute registrations in before this Friday, April 8, at 11:59 pm.

After that, registrations will only happen at the registration desk during the conference.

OLA Conference 2016 header

Next week, look for a handy checklist of what to pack and tips for getting the most out of your conference. We look forward to seeing you in Bend!

~ OLA Conference Committee

Join Us! ACRL-OR Reception at Riverbend Brewing on April 20, 5-7pm

ACRL-OR invites OLA Conference attendees and library folk in the Bend area to its annual pre-conference Wednesday evening reception, this year at Riverbend Brewing from 5-7 p.m.

We love getting to know our library colleagues while sampling local fare (provided) and beverages/brews (cash bar). Drop in for a bit or a bite!

Riverbend Brewing is an 8-minute walk from the Riverhouse at the corner of Hwy 97 and Division St (2650 NE Division Street Bend, OR), across the road from the river. Depending on where you are starting your Wednesday evening activities, you might consider taking the conference shuttle to get close (it does not stop at Riverbend Brewing but does stop at the conference venue).

See you at the reception!


Uta Hussong-Christian,
ACRL-OR President, 2015-2016

OLA 2016: Schedules & Carpooling

*Reposted from libs-or listserv.*

Twenty days till the 2016 OLA Conference and things are ramping up! Quick announcements:

1. There have been schedule changes and additions over at http://orlib16.sched.org/ — check out the unit business meetings (open to anyone!) and if you haven’t yet, get yourself signed up with Sched so you can make your own personal schedule (note: you can create an account with an email address, you don’t have to use Facebook at all).

2. We have a carpool signup! It’s up to you to reach out to a potential driver / rider.  And on the way to Bend you can share your stories with each other! (see what I did there?)

3. Special shout-out to our awesome sponsors who have made this conference possible.

In the coming weeks we’ll have tips for attendees, tips for presenters, and more tips about Bend.

Stay tuned and we’ll see you soon!

OLA Conference Committee

OLA 2016 Early Bird registration ends today!

~ Reposted from Libs-Or listserv ~

OLA 2016 Early Bird registration ends tonight, on Monday, March 21st at 11:59 p.m. 

Other items of note:

Keep an eye on the program, where we’ll be adding more business meetings and social events in the coming week!

Wishing you a lucky day,
OLA Conference Committee

2016 OLA Conference: An Abundance of Sessions for Academic Librarians/Library Staff

In addition to spending some time in beautiful Bend, there are lots of other great reasons this year why academic librarians/library staff should consider attending next month’s 2016 OLA Annual Conference, April 20-22. Check out the more than 30 academic-focused sessions at this year’s conference! On Wednesday, there are 5 pre-conferences of interest; on Thursday, there are 14 sessions of interest; and on Friday there are 16 session of interest. Wow! The most difficult part will be choosing which of the concurrent sessions of interest to attend. What a great problem to have!

And for those of you that make the trip to Bend, make sure you block out time on your conference calendar for the ACRL-OR Reception on Wednesday, April 20, 5:00pm – 7:00pm. We love getting to spend time with our academic colleagues at the OLA Conference. Details about the reception location will be forthcoming on this site and Libs-Or.

See you in Bend!

~ Uta Hussong-Christian
ACRL-OR President, 2015-2016

OLA 2016 Conference registration is now open

~Reposting from the Libs-Or list-serv~

Registration is now open for the 2016 OLA Annual Conference.  Join colleagues for educational programming, networking and a whole lot of fun at the Riverhouse Convention Center in sunny Bend, Oregon, April 20-22, 2016. Check out the slate of preconferences and programs.

Register for the conference by March 21st to get the best rates. You can register online with a credit card or by check.  Once you have completed your registration form and have chosen a payment option, you will receive a confirmation page.  If paying by check, please include a copy of the confirmation page with your check and mail it to the address noted on the page.

Registration Forms

(if you are attending a full-day or the full-conference, choose the “Full Registration” form): 

Hotel reservations can also be made at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes by calling 1-866-453-4480 (Sorry, NO online hotel reservations – phone only. We’re a bit old-school out here in the high desert).  Rates are $138.00 plus 14.4% tax and fees.  Be sure to let them know you are with the Oregon Library Association.

Key Dates

  • Early registration ends Monday, March 21, 2016
  • Online registration ends Monday, April 11, 2016
  • Pre-conferences: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
  • Conference: Thursday-Friday, April 21-22, 2016
  • Onsite registration will be available, check & credit card payments only (no cash). Note that we cannot guarantee meals with onsite registration.

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

There’s still time! OLA 2016 posters proposals due Friday

~Reposting from the Libs-Or list-serv~

There’s still time to get a proposal in for this year’s exciting OLA Annual Conference at the Bend Riverhouse, April 20-22!

The deadline for submitting a Poster proposal for this year’s theme: Tell Your Story is 5:00 pm on Friday, January 15. We will have 2 separate poster sessions – one on Thursday and one on Friday. Find more information and a link to the submission form on the OLA 2016 Conference website, https://orlib16.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/call-for-poster-proposals/.

If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Poster Chair, Valery King at valery.king@oregonstate.edu

Call for OLA 2016 Poster Proposals – due January 15, 2016

The OLA 2016 Conference is only 4 months away! Never fear, you still have a chance to get involved!

The Call for Posters is now open for this year’s theme: Tell Your Story. We will have 2 separate poster sessions – one on Thursday and one on Friday. Accepted posters will be assigned a specific day, during which there will be a one-hour poster session for attendees to browse the posters and speak with the poster presenters about their topics.

  • The submission form is now live.
  • The deadline is 5:00 p.m. on January 15, 2016.  Notifications will be sent out by February 19.
  • For any questions, contact the Conference Poster Chair, Valery King at valery.king@oregonstate.edu
  • Pre-conferences and conference sessions are all in the process of getting scheduled now.

OLA 2016 Posters submission form

We look forward to reading your poster proposals!

~ Valery King for the OLA Conference Committee

Final call for OLA Conference Proposals – Due September 30

A quick reminder — there are still a few days left to send in your pitch for a conference session or a pre-conference for the OLA 2016 Conference in Bend! The conference itself will be April 20 – 22, 2016, but the deadline for proposals is September 30th! (Poster proposals will be coming up in November.)

See below for all the details and links for proposal submissions.


Tell Your Story

The Oregon Library Association Conference Committee invites you to submit program and pre-conference proposals for the 2016 Conference, April 20-22 at the Riverhouse Hotel in Bend.

Our theme this year is Tell Your Story.

“One of my favorite storytime books is Wait! I Want to Tell You a Story. It’s about a wombat that tells a story to a tiger to avoid being eaten. I like it because it’s really about the power of story. Stories can make you forget that you’re hungry or tired. They console us when we’re sad. Our stories are what make us who we are, as individuals, as institutions and as a society in general. It’s what connects us to each other. They’re how we learn. Basic and powerful.” – Jane Corry, OLA President 2015-2016

At this point the program does not have to be fully organized; you can give us a general idea of the program and speakers (if known), and fill in the other details on the proposal form. This year we are encouraging you to submit your ideas directly — no OLA Unit sponsorship is required. We also welcome proposals from OLA units. Sessions may be presentations, panels, or workshops. If your session idea does have any associated costs, it will still need a sponsoring unit.
Proposals are due by September 30.

Program Proposal Form – https://ola.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_202698

Preconference Proposal Form – https://ola.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_202697

Poster Proposal information and forms will be announced in November and due in January.

Questions? Please contact Michele Burke, Conference Program Committee Chair, by email at michele.burke@chemeketa.edu or by phone at 503.365-4711.

Many thanks from the program committee!

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Michele Burke, Reference Librarian
Chemeketa Community College, Salem Campus
Office: 503.365-4711
Cell: 503.559-5518