2018 Conference!

"Support Staff: Shaping the Future of Libraries"

                                    Friday, July 13
                                     Best Western Plus Hood River
                                       Hood River, Oregon

"Come join us in Hood River for the annual Support Staff Division Conference!"

Conference Registration Cost
Member of OLA/SSD = $100
Non-member = $105
Earlybird special: an additional $5 off for registering before June 15th, 2018

Registration now open, click here to register

Contact [email protected]

Official conference website:  http://www.ssdconference.blogspot.com


7:30 - 8:30 am Registration and Breakfast

8:30 - 9:15 am Welcome, Introductions and Announcements

9:15 - 10:00 am  Keynote Speaker: OLA President, Buzzy Nielsen

10:00 - 10:15 am Introduction to Leadership Institute with LIOLA

10:15 - 10:30 am Break

10:30 - 11:45 Breakout Session #1
- Book Mending, Part 1 / Taught by Carolee Harrison
There is an additional fee for a book mending supplies kit, that you get to keep.
This class is taught by Carolee Harrison, the Special Collections and Conservation Technician at Portland State University. 
The repairs covered are are torn/broken hinges, torn/fallen pages, roughed-up corners, and detached covers. If you are interested in learning to do a spine replacement, please let us know in advance as that is a time consuming process and we will want to plan ahead. Bring your questions and examples if you want to learn something specific. 
To register, remember to select each part of the book mending program in the session breakout choices and the mending kit fee.

-  Mindfulness at Work / Presenter Sara Webster
Managing stress is an increasingly important part of being effective in the workplace. Learn how the practice of mindfulness can help you and try it out with a guided meditation.

-  Connecting with your Whole Community / Presenters: Yeli Boots & Judith Guzman-Montes
Building relationships and identifying the need. Reaching people in your community in other languages.

11:45 - 1:15 pm Lunch and SSD announcements
Box lunch provided

1:15 - 2:30 pm Breakout Session #2

- Book Mending, Part 2

- Libraries and Intellectual Freedom - Our Role in Defending the Freedom to Read / Presenters: Roberta Richards & Greta Bergquist
In these turbulent times, how do libraries support intellectual freedom? What is intellectual freedom exactly, and what does it look like day-to-day in my library? What's my role in defending intellectual freedom? If you've ever had these questions, Greta and Roberta are glad you are here! We'll talk a little about intellectual freedom history and then delve into some practicing so you can feel empowered to support intellectual freedom at your library.

Oh No! My Ukelele is Overdue - Checking out a Library of Things / Panelist:  Brendan Lax, Sara Webster and Judith Guzman-Montes 
Fiction, books on CD, and…metal detectors? The landscape of the modern library is changing all the time and collections of physical objects are becoming more common. Learn how three different libraries create, manage, and enjoy a Library of Things!

2:30 - 3:00 pm Afternoon Break
Delectable Snacks

3:00 - 4:15 Breakout Session #3

- Book Mending, Part 3

- A Day in the Life of a Library Assistant / Presenters: Tina Kenney & Soraida Lopez

- Building relationships and applying behavior rules: the importance of engaging patrons preemptively / Presenter: Stephanie White
Public libraries are experiencing a rise in escalated behavior. This session will explore how relationship-building makes it easier for library staff to help patrons use the library successfully and will offer some tips on maximizing personal safety.

3:00 - 4:15 pm Evaluations & Networking

5:00 pm Hood River Library Tour - optional



Past Conferences            

2016 Conference Materials

now online at NWCentral!


Another successful conference!

170 attendees, informative sessions, great to see our peers from around the state. 


Register now for the 2016 Conference 

Coming to a Crossroads: Intersecting Roles

in Library Service and Community

on Friday, July 15th,

Wilsonville, Oregon

Holiday Inn

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Patterson or Justyne Triest

For Scholarship information, please contact Rinny Lakin



News for the 2015 Gateways Conference

The Support Staff Division’s annual Gateways Conference will be held in Newport, Oregon this year.

Featuring the all-day Book Repair Workshop with Portland State University's preservation expert, Carolee Harrison; the favorite annual presentation, "A Day in the Life" featuring support staff from around the state; and six more great sessions to choose from! 

Join us at a beautiful beach setting to mingle and learn with your Oregon peers.

The SSD Board is pleased to offer scholarships to help with the cost of the conference, mileage, or hotel. Further incentives include $10 off registration cost of $80 if you are an SSD member as well as a "four attendees for the cost of three" special offer!

For additional information please contact Shanel Parette, 2015 Conference Chair, at sparette@willamette.edu

To inquire about and apply for a scholarship, contact Rea Andrew, SSD Treasurer, Newberg Public Library, 503 E. Hancock St., Newberg, OR 97132.

We hope to see you at the SSD conference in Newport!


The OLA Support Staff Division Executive Board 


Support Staff Division - Conference 2013

The 2013 SSD Conference will be held in Hood River, Oregon on Friday, July 19 at the Best Western Hood River Inn. SSD will again be offering travel assistance, group discounts, and scholarships for conference attendance. For more information on these incentives please contact Rea Andrew.

"Are We There Yet?"  is the annual conference  in beautiful Hood River, Oregon in the Columbia Gorge!  Register before June 20 and save $10 on registration fee! Registration deadline is July 12, 2013.

Take advantage of our special offers, such as: 4 attendees for the price of 3 or If you’re traveling over 150 miles one way, apply for a $50 travel assistance scholarship when you register.

"Are We There Yet?"  Come and find out this July, along with State Librarian, Mary Kay Dahlgreen; renowned presenter Leigh Anne Jasheway; Maureen Cole, Director of Oregon City Library, and exciting sessions presented by Support Staff from around the state!