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August 25, 2015

Conference for All Oregon School Library Staff

The Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) hosts an annual fall conference for all school library staff. You do not need to be an OASL member to register, though you will receive a discounted price if you are. Please consider joining your peers at a conference tailored to the unique needs of school library staff. Maybe your district or school has professional development funds to help send you, but even if not, I have never met anyone who went to an OASL Fall Conference who didn’t think it was worth it.

See the two emails below and the conference website for more details.

Hope to see you in Coos Bay/North Bend on October 9th and 10th -- the weekend of the state inservice day -- for learning, networking, and fun.

Please spread the word by forwarding this email to Oregon school library staff and others who might be interested in attending.


P.S. There will be a session about OSLIS and two about the Gale databases.

Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library


From: OASL Electronic Mailing List
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2015 11:48 AM
To: OASL Members
Subject: [oasl-all] It is Conference Season!

Dear Members,

You have probably already registered for the OASL 2015 20/20 Vision Coastal Conference in Coos Bay-North Bend Oregon, RIGHT!?!  But in case you haven't now is a good time to take care of that small detail.
So why should you?  Here are some reasons:

•    Visionary - - - Motivating - - -  Captivating - - -Keynote Speaker - Mark Ray
•    Author/Illustrator Judy Schachner of SkippyJon Jones Fame
•    YA Author Will Ritter - Jackaby & Beastly Bones
•    PLUS a mere 6 other authors
•    AND!!!! Benedetti  & Battisti

So you get a great Author Fix!

Then, nearly all of the sessions are centered around:  Reading Engagement - Information Literacy - Social Responsibility - Technology Integration  AKA the newly adopted Oregon School Library Standards.  That would be your educational Infusion.

But we didn't forget the fun!  There is a Fiesta Buffet, A Story Telling by Firelight event, the conference game known as an ARG (Alternate Reality Game that you can begin playing right now - - - and possibly be the winner of the ARG prize).  Plus there is the Gale Sponsored  Author's Round Table breakfast.

Then, there are our WONDERFUL Vendors who are all gathered under one roof to meet up with you again.  The Vendor Bingo Card can put you in the running for a sweet, little, digital  device.  AND, there are PDU's, Fabulous Auction Items, Book Promotion Boards (enter your creative board and you may win a prize), College Credit options, and the opportunity to experience the DYNAMIC SOUTHERN OREGON COAST!!

Get in on the EARLY BIRD conference Registration price by October 1.  If you are staying at The Mill, you will want to book your room by September 25, to get the conference rate.  Look for a link on the conference page regarding information about sharing rides, rooms and possible side excursions.

See you in October!
Conference Co-Chairs,
Peggy Christensen and Laurie Nordahl


From: OASL Electronic Mailing List 
Sent: Thursday, August 19, 2015 11:34 AM
To: OASL Members
Subject: [oasl-all] Hotel info for OASL Fall Conference

If you are planning to travel to the beautiful Oregon Coast for the OASL Fall Conference at the Mill Casino in North Bend, OR on Friday and Saturday, October 9th and 10th, you'll be happy to know that conference attendees will enjoy a discount on hotel rooms at the casino!

The Mill Casino is offering double occupancy rooms (2 queens/kings) for $97.20 which includes tax. Just ask for the OASL Conference Rate!  

Hotel accommodations are not included in the registration fee - attendees are welcome to make arrangements at any hotel or alternative lodging in the area they would like, there are many options available at different price ranges in North Bend and Coos Bay.

DON'T FORGET: Many districts have professional development funds available that will cover the cost of conference registration - ask your HR person, school secretary or administrator for more information.