Session Descriptions

Beyond Google Docs and Sheets

Presenter:  Pam Henley

Bio:  Statewide Consulting Librarian and Offline veteran Pam Henley is excited to return to Butte and share exciting possibilities from Google.

Program Description:  Would you like to be able to better support job seekers and small businesses in your community? Offer more resources to teachers and students? Learn about ways Google can provide useful tools and training beyond the basics.

CE Category: Technology

Library MakerSpaces  

Presenter:  Ira Sather-Olson

Bio:  Ira Sather-Olson is the Senior MakerSpace Associate at the Missoula Public Library. He started his career in the land of libraries as a circulation assistant at the Missoula Public Library in the summer of 2011. He took over the role of running MPL’s MakerSpace in August of 2016 and has enjoyed overseeing and promoting the growth of the space.

Program Description:  Come learn the ins and outs of running a makerspace at your library during this presentation from Ira Sather-Olson (Missoula Public Library).  Ira will provide examples of successful maker programs at MPL, insight into the types of equipment most used by library makerspace patrons, as well as specific online and print resources you can use to help build your existing or planned library makerspace.

CE Category: Technology

Library Reality – Is it Virtual, Augmented or Mixed?

Presenter:  Suzanne Reymer

Bio:  Suzanne Reymer is a Statewide Consulting Librarian and self-professed technology geek for the Montana State Library. She attempts to keep up with new technologies and library trends and is always happy to share her discoveries and experiences with library colleagues.

Program Description: We hear a lot about VR and AR in the tech world. Some libraries are even offering VR experiences. We’ll look at where the technology is now and where it’s likely to go and what it means for your library. And you can even try out a little VR and AR for yourself, if you’re interested.

CE Category: Technology

Into the Dark: Using LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, and Portico to Inform Collection Development Decisions

Presenters:  Hannah McKelvey and Rachelle McLain

Bios:  Rachelle McLain is the Collection Development Librarian (Interim) at the MSU Library in Bozeman.  She has worked in just about every type of library out there – public, technical college, community college, government docs, and private.  Rachelle received her bachelors from Western Washington University, and her MLIS from the University of Washington.  She worked for 10 years in the law library at Preston, Gates, & Ellis LLP in Seattle as a research librarian.  After relocating to Bozeman in 2016, she happily landed at the MSU Library, where she focuses these days on providing library collections that benefit everyone in the great state of Montana. This will be her first time presenting at the Offline Conference.  

Program Description:  In our current state, libraries must strike a constant balance between maintaining print collections and providing access to electronic content that is most relevant to our users. Often times, we will choose to eliminate print journals based on their electronic availability as a way to make more space. However, how do libraries determine how permanent the access to certain electronic titles is? If a vendor discontinues hosting a journal that a library has purchased perpetually, how does the library continue providing access to the title for its patrons? In this presentation, we will discuss several initiatives that aim to preserve electronic content including Portico, LOCKSS, and CLOCKSS. We will cover how each of these preservation initiatives work, how vendors add their electronic content to these, and how libraries can utilize these services as well as be assured that the electronic content they pay for is always accessible.

CE Category: Collection Management and Technical Services

The Why, What, and How of ASPeN (Access to Services, Programs & eNetworks)

Presenter: MSL staff

Program description: The What, What & How of ASPeN  – The Montana State Library recently transitioned to a new online database for managing services and programs, including registering for meetings & training events, tracking & applying for certification, and as a public directory to find library and librarian information.  This session will explain the rationale for launching ASPeN (Access to Services, Programs, and eNetworks), the underlying principles that guide how the database works, and will allow time for attendees to practice logging in and conducting common work like registering for an event or updating personal information. 

CE Category: Technology