[Libs-Or] OLA Annual Conference Cancelled

Penelope Hummel penny at pennyhummel.com
Tue Mar 17 16:58:41 PDT 2020

Elaine—thanks to you and the OLA board for carefully weighing the options and coming to this difficult decision.  We appreciate your leadership and wisdom, and look forward to gathering next year.  

These are hard, hard days, and we’re in the midst of a marathon, not a sprint.  I hope everyone out there in Oregon library land is taking care of themselves, as much as possible.  The work matters—a lot--but so do you.  

Be well-- 

Penny Hummel

Penny Hummel Consulting

penny at pennyhummel.com






From: Libs-Or <libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us> on behalf of OLA President <olapresident at olaweb.org>
Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 4:44 PM
To: libs-or <libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>
Subject: [Libs-Or] OLA Annual Conference Cancelled


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 2021.


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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