Offline Conference

February 7-8, 2020
Helena College
Helena, MT 59601


Please make your own lodging reservations. A block of 30 rooms has been secured until January 17 at:

DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Helena
22 N. Last Chance Gulch – Helena, MT 59601
$119 per night Single or Double Occupancy


Online Registration



11:30-12:15pm WELCOME! Nametags & Refreshments

12:15-1:00pm Introductions – Joys and Concerns

1:15-2:30pm Chromebooks in Libraries – Aaron Canen

CE: Technology
For libraries on a budget that need an easy to manage public computer solution, Google’s ChromeOS may be the answer for you. Come learn about purchasing and managing this easy-to-use operating system and its pros and cons. We will also cover a reservation and printing solution.

2:45-4:00pm Device Checkout Headaches and Solutions – Panel Discussion

CE: Technology
Learn best practices for device checkouts in your library. Are vending machines worth it? Would a cabinet behind your desk be a safe choice? How do you catalog your devices? What technology are you checking out to patrons?

4:00-4:30pm Break

4:30-6:00pm Technology and the Library: How Change Begets Change – Mark Sheehan

CE: Technology
In the past 50 years, information technology has been the engine of ceaseless, sweeping, disruptive change in libraries and in the communities they serve. The librarians still standing have ridden this change, even as their profession has evolved under them in ways they could never have foreseen. Who, what, and where are libraries and librarians now? These questions are easier to ask than to answer, but as we consider and discuss them, and perhaps reach some shared understanding, we may find that our individual islands in the quicksand of change have a common base.

6:30pm No-Host Bar and Dinner


8:00-8:30am Continental Breakfast at Helena College

8:30-9:30am Open Education Resources (O.E.R.) – Doralyn Rossmann, Della Dubbe, Jessie Pate

CE: Collection Management
Tired of textbook publishers having power over selections made by librarians and educators? Open Educational Resources (OER) are a viable answer. Are we at the tipping point? Learn what Open Educational resources are, and where we are with OER in Montana and elsewhere.

9:45-11:00am Oculus Gos – Introducing VR to Libraries – Suzanne Reymer, Amelea Kim

CE: Technology
Calling all VR enthusiasts and interested parties! Come and play with the Oculus Go, a portable, standalone virtual reality headset. Explore the functionality, travel to new worlds, and also help us brainstorm ways that we can use these headsets for library programming in the future. Any and all are welcome – we will have multiple headsets for people to use!

11:15-12:30 Computational Thinking – Heather Dickerson, Cody Allen

CE: Library Services to the Public
In this session participants get hands-on experience and a chance to discuss what computational thinking is and how it can be integrated into activities for youth at their libraries. Led by Cody Allen and Heather Dickerson, this program is part of YASLA’s Transforming Teen Services grant.

12:30pm Box Lunch distribution for the drive home