[Libs-Or] OLA Annual Conference Cancelled

OLA President olapresident at olaweb.org
Tue Mar 17 16:44:06 PDT 2020

Dear Oregon Library Community,

After conferring with the OLA Conference Committee and Executive Board, I
am writing to let you know the OLA Annual Conference in Bend, April 29-May
2, is cancelled.

The Conference Committee and Board discussed rescheduling the conference
for late Summer, or attempting to hold it online, but decided against these
options for reasons including library fiscal year considerations and
volunteer bandwidth.  The REFORMA National Conference will be held in
Portland March 2021 and the OLA Annual Conference will be in Salem April

I know many of us look forward to coming together as a library association
for the support, resources, and inspiration it provides.  I am happy to
share that OLA Vice President/President-elect Kate Lasky and 2021
Conference Committee Chair Lacey Legel are already committed to carrying
over this year’s conference theme, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion to next
year’s OLA conference.

*The Riverhouse has said they will cancel all conference related
reservations and full refunds to conference attendees, exhibitors and
sponsors will be made over the next month, with details below:*

OLA 2020 Refund Policy

If payment of the registration/sponsorship was made by check, for those
that have been cashed, a refund check will be generated and mailed.  If
additional information is needed to determine payee for the refund check
contact will be made with the registrant that submitted the registration.
For those that the check has been issued but not cashed, upon receipt that
check it will be mailed back to the payer.

If payment of the registration/sponsorship was made by credit card, that
credit card will be credited and a credit invoice will be sent to the
registrant.  As a registrant, please print off that credit memo to give to
your administrative folks or keep for yourself, to attach to the credit
card statement for proof of refund.

For any questions related to refunds, you may contact Shirley Roberts, OLA
Association Manager at 541-962-5824 or ola at olaweb.org

Additional information on OLA elections, awards, and business meeting items
will be forthcoming.  My heartfelt thanks to Conference Committee chair
Liisa Sjoblom and the entire 2020 Conference Committee, who have put many
hours of planning into the cancelled event. As many of you know, the annual
conference is the major revenue source for OLA, and the cancellation will
fiscally impact the association.  We thank you in advance for your
continuing support of OLA.

Take care and be well,

Elaine Hirsch
Oregon Library Association President, 2019-2020
olapresident at olaweb.org
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