Conference Tips & Reminders

Conference Program and Sharing

Do you have your sessions all picked out yet? No? We have such a great line-up, it is understandably hard to choose.  Sign up for a Sched account and customize your schedule. Then use the Sched site on your mobile device to keep track of where to be and when. How cool is that? We will also be selling tickets to the President’s Party on site at the Registration Desk till 5 pm on Thursday in case your groove doesn’t hit you till you’re in Bend (it’s been known to happen).

If you’re presenting at OLA, tell everyone how great your session will be using #ORLib16 on Twitter and Instagram. We’ll be posting updates and tips there, as well.

Streaming Awards Ceremony

For anyone who couldn’t make it to the 2016 Oregon Library Association Conference, we will be experimenting with streaming the Awards event so you can celebrate your colleagues from the comfort of your home library. This is our first time trying this so there might be cats photobombing or cameras falling, who knows. Watch on Friday, April 22nd 12:30 pm on Google+ or YouTube.

Weather & Packing List

Next week’s forecast for Bend is calling for beautiful 70 degree days but with chilly 40 degree mornings and some wind. That’s right — bring layers. All the layers. Plan on being cold and hot and anything in between.

Packing list:

  • all the layers,

  • sunglasses (no really, the sun is somehow brighter here),

  • swimsuit (Riverhouse’s indoor and outdoor pools will be open next week for room guests; sauna will not be open yet.)

  • a reusable water bottle (only 30% humidity out here in the high desert),

  • your business cards,

  • charging cables for your devices,

  • a notepad and pen,

  • snacks!

  • and a handy tote bag (if you don’t have tote bags, well, buddy, have I got a deal for you …).

Riverhouse Update & Restaurants

The Riverhouse has been undergoing lots of exciting renovations this year to the hotel. The good news is – that means brand new sparkling guest rooms! The bad news is – the restaurant won’t be finished until May. Our conference lunches and dinners will still be happening at the convention center, but for any other snacks or meals, you’ll need to either bring some food with you or check out the many cafes, restaurants and brewpubs. Use the search feature of the Where To Eat Guide. Sadly, the Riverhouse location is not exactly walking distance to much of interest. There is a Natural Grocers across the street.

For Thursday night, remember to check the message board at the OLA Registration Desk for group dinners and destinations. We will have a conference shuttle leaving from the convention center at regular intervals heading to downtown and the Old Mill.

Resumes, Mentors, & Buddies

If you don’t already subscribe to Libs-OR, check out the archives for information on getting your resume reviewed, meeting up with a mentor, or getting a conference buddy.

Exhibits, Prizes, and Goodies

  • Emporia State University will hold an “Alumni and Friends Reception” on Thursday, April 21st from 5:30-7:00 pm.  Please stop by their booth (booth 1) in the vendor area for the location.

  • Please stop by the McGraw-Hill booth (booth 28) for a chance to learn about AccessScience, AccessEngineering and the McGraw-Hill eBook library, and while you’re there enter the drawing to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

  • Stop by the Online LiS Degree Programs @ SFCC booth (booth 11). Discover degree programs for current and future library staff and discounted options for current library employees. Sign up for the Sasquatch drawing on Friday!

  • The Oregon Documents Depository (booth 20) will have coloring pages.

  • Visit the CCI Solutions booth (booth 29) for free library cases and for a chance to win an iPad mini!

  • Stop by the ABDO booth (booth 10) to see what’s new and take a picture with Darth Vader (don’t forget to Tweet your pictures to @ABDOpublishing)! While you’re there, be sure to grab an ABDO bag of catalogs and enter drawings to win the popular cardboard stand-up of Darth Vader or an ABDO bag full of books. We look forward to seeing you!