[Libs-Or] Searching for OLA Speakers to Participate in a Pre-Conference and Conference Session

Lauren Simon lsimon at ci.tualatin.or.us
Thu Jan 21 13:32:24 PST 2016


We are searching for a few speakers for two separate, but related conference events at the OLA 2016 Conference in Bend, Oregon.  One speaker/presenter opportunity is for the Pre-conference taking place on Wed. April 20th and another is a 60-minute conference session.  You are welcome to participate in one or both sessions.  See information below for more information.

Opportunity # 1
For the Pre-Conference Session "Jumpstart your Outreach Plan: Identify Your Community and Their Needs to Define Library Services<http://orlib16.sched.org/event/5kDN/jumpstart-your-outreach-plan-identify-your-community-and-their-needs-to-define-library-services>," on Wednesday, April 20th we are looking for someone to contribute ideas to the panel and speak for 20 minutes or so about their experience.  If you're interested in participating in this preconference, please email Maria Aguilar (mariaa at wccls.org<mailto:mariaa at wccls.org>) and Lauren Simon at (lsimon at ci.tualatin.or.us<mailto:lsimon at ci.tualatin.or.us>).  Please respond by Fri. February 19th if you are interested.

Time Commitment & Scope:
·        A few hours of email correspondence over the next few months
·        Attend two in-person meetings in Portland Metro area or via Go2Meeting / Skype depending on your location and preference in February and April
·        Able to be present at the OLA Pre-Conference on Wed. April 20th
·        20 minutes of talking about your experience with outreach in your position at your library as related to our general best practices with outreach during the preconference session.

We are looking for someone who has experience with any of these groups, especially the starred groups*.  Additionally, we are hoping to add perspective of librarians or library staff who work in areas outside of the Portland metro area-such as central, eastern, or southern Oregon, the coast, etc.  However, all interested parties are welcome.
·        *working with adults to improve literacy skills (low literacy population)
·        *Seniors/Homebound patrons
·        *Adults with disabilities
·        Immigrants or Patrons with Limited English language proficiency.  We already have staff with expertise in serving the Latino/Hispanic population, so we are looking for staff who have experience working with other groups.

Opportunity #2

For the 60-minute conference session titled "Community events outreach: defining outcomes and redefining success at your community's big gatherings<http://orlib16.sched.org/event/5l6A>" we are looking for 2-3 other people to be part of a panel discussion and speak for approximately 5-10 minutes about their experience doing outreach at community festivals and/or larger events. If you're interested in participating in this conference session, please email Kate Schwab (kates at multco.us<mailto:kates at multco.us>) and Jen May (jennifem at multco.us<mailto:jennifem at multco.us>). Please let us know by Friday, February 19.

Time Commitment & Scope:

  *   Up to a few hours of communication via email, phone, Skype or in person, depending on your location and preference
  *   Able to be present at the OLA Conference<https://orlib16.wordpress.com/> (April 20-22 in Bend)
  *   Attend this 60-minute session at the conference (Thursday, April 21, 4-5PM) including 5-10 minutes of talking about your experience (see below), plus additional time answering general questions from the audience and assisting with a practical exercise that will be developed for the session

We are looking for someone who has experience and enthusiasm for planning and attending festivals or other large events in their communities. Presenters will be asked to talk about:

  *   How they decide which large community events to attend
  *   How they set goals for large events and evaluate them
  *   What tools they use for planning or working at events
  *   And how they make personal connections at large events.
We are hoping for presenters from both a small and a mid-sized library system, to balance out the larger system of Multnomah County Library who will be presenting. We really want to have some fun with this program and learn from each other. It's always great to share our experiences, so come on and join us!

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Lauren Simon
lsimon at ci.tualatin.or.us
Community Librarian | Bibliotecaria Comunitaria
Tualatin Public Library<http://www.tualatinoregon.gov/library> | Biblioteca Pública de Tualatin<http://www.tualatinoregon.gov/library>
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