Inland Northwest Council of Libraries

PNLA 2015 Conference


PNLA 2015 Conference
August 5th – 7th, 2015
Hilton Vancouver
Vancouver, WA

SAVE on the registration fee and REGISTER by July 3rd, 2015

RESERVE your room TODAY! (Room block is filling up fast)

*If possible bring a silent auction item – ALL proceeds from our silent auction will benefit LEADS*

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Request for Program Proposals – WLA Conference 2016

Program proposals are now being accepted for the 2016 Washington Library Association Conference at the historic Davenport Hotel in Spokane, April 27-29. All proposals from public, school, academic and special libraries, and library staff and advocates, will be considered. Now is the time to reach out to the dynamic presenters in your professional communities or share your own skills and experience by leading a Conference Session or a Preconference Workshop.

·         Proposals are due no later than June 29.

·         Primary Contacts will be notified of proposal status by August 7.

·         All Preconference Workshops will be held April 27.

·         All Conference Sessions will be held April 28-29.

To submit a Preconference Workshop proposal (3-7hrs long), please use this form.

To submit a Conference Session proposal (75 minutes long), please use this form.

To submit a Spotlight on Success proposal (table displays), please use this form.

If you have questions regarding conference programs or this proposal process, please contact the program team below. We look forward to receiving your proposals!

— 2016 Conference Program Chairs, Cathy Grant & Emily Keller

— WLA Conference Program Coordinator, Kate Laughlin;;

Spring 2015 INCOL Workshop – Burnout or Bounce Back? Building Resilience to Prevent Burnout

burnoutBurnout or Bounce Back? Building Resilience to Prevent Burnout with Debra Westwood

Friday, May 1st
Spokane Public Library, South Hill Branch, 3324 South Perry, Spokane, WA

Have you ever noticed that some people just seem to bounce back from life’s changes while others really struggle or become jaded or burn out? We’ll look at aspects of our work, lifestyles and personalities that affect resilience and explore ways to build up or maintain our psychic & emotional reserves so we not only survive but thrive when changes come our way.

Debra brings a wealth of experience in management and specializes in change management for staff and leadership teams. She is an expert in personal and workplace resilience, stress management and avoiding burnout in libraries. She also specializes in customer service, community outreach, and strategic partnerships. Debra works under the assumption that “everything you do has the power to change a life.” She believes that libraries often don’t know or see the full impact of their actions, and she wants staff to embrace the shared mission of the library. debra westwood

Register for the Morning Session or the Afternoon Session
Register by Friday, April 24th with Tami Robinson,

Morning Session
Registration: 9:30-10:00 am
Workshop: 10:00 am-noon

Afternoon Session
Registration: 1:30-2:00 pm
Workshop: 2:00-4:00 pm

No registration fee for employees of INCOL member libraries
$25 for non-INCOL members and $5 for library tech students
Find more information at
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2015 PNLA Conference Call for Program Proposals

Call for Program Proposals

2015 PNLA Conference in Vancouver, WA
“Pushing the Boundaries”

The 2015 PNLA Conference will be held August 5-7, 2015 at the Hilton Vancouver in beautiful Vancouver, Washington.  Vancouver is an historic town located on the north shore of the Columbia River.

The PNLA conference planning committee is seeking program proposals for one hour presentations at the conference. Please submit your proposal to Karen Yother at or mail to:

8385 N Government Way
Hayden, ID 83835

by January 9th 5:00pm. Submissions will receive a response from the planning committee by March 6, 2015.

Be sure to include the following information with your submission:

About you:
· Name
· Affiliation
· Position/title
· Contact information: including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address
· PNLA member?

About your program:
· Program title
· Program description (no more than 100 words)
· Three Program goals or objectives
· Program Format (single or double speaker, panel, hands-on, etc.)

Program Logistics:
· Speaker needs (if any)
· Equipment needs (PNLA will provide laptop and projector for each room)
· Any other special requirements or additional information

Questions? Contact Karen Yother at 208-772-5612, ext 121

Important Dates:
Deadline for submissions: January 9th
Submissions will receive a response by: February 20th
Registration opens: March 20th
Early Registration deadline: July 3rd
Regular registration deadline: July 31

Faculty Reference Librarian (Part-time) – Gonzaga University

Deadline: 31 October

Gonzaga University is looking for a part-time reference librarian to work evening and/or weekend hours, depending upon library needs. The position will start in November, 2014 and is a year-round position.

Job Description
• Work and interact effectively with students, faculty and staff to provide reference services in person, via chat, phone and email.
• Provide one on one assistance with library resources, including a wide range of online databases and electronic resources.
• Work on special projects delegated by the Reference Department;
• Attend staff meetings; and
• Participate in safety and training activities

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION: Master of Library Science from an ALA accredited program.

DESIRED QUALIFICATION: Community college or other academic library experience.

If you are interested, please complete an online application form at Gonzaga University’s Human Resources website at — the closing date is October 31 at midnight.
If you have questions about the position, contact John S. Spencer, Reference Services Coordinator (

Fall 2014 INCOL Workshop – Gadget Menagerie: Tablet & E-Reader Training for Library Staff

Friday, October 17th
10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Coeur d’Alene Public Library
702 E. Front Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Stumped when patrons ask about iPad apps? Confused about the differences between the various eReaders? The Washington State Library, University of Idaho, and the Idaho Commission for Libraries are partnering with INCOL for “Gadget Menagerie” training on handheld devices for library staff. Learn how various eReaders, tablets and other devices work. Discover what these devices have in common, how they differ, and learn basic operating tips. Learn basic troubleshooting and tips for helping patrons with their devices, including how to download books from the library.

The Gadget Menagerie will familiarize local library staff with the variety of devices available, letting staff be more comfortable and skilled in helping library patrons. The menagerie includes Kindles, Nooks, Galaxy Tablets, iPads, Microsoft Surface, and a Chromebook. Also on hand will be assistive reading devices from the Assistive Technology Resource Center at the University of Idaho.

Presenters & Trainers:
Washington State Library – Joe Olayvar, Evelyn Lindberg, and Jennifer Fenton
Idaho Commission for Libraries, Special Projects Library Action Team – Nick Madsen
Assistive Devices from Univeristy of Idaho – Michael Mann

10:00 – 10:30 Registration
10:30 – 12:00 WSL and SPLAT “Introduction to Devices”
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Break (on your own)
1:00 – 1:30 Registration (or long lunch)
1:30 – 3:30 Breakout Training with Devices

Sign up for all day or just morning introduction or afternoon “hands-on” sessions. Register by Friday, October 10th, with Tami Robinson,, stating your preference.
 No registration fee for employees of INCOL member libraries
 $25 for non-INCOL members and $5 for library tech students
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 Get directions at

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Debbie Reese Presentation

INCOL was delighted to have Debbie Reese visit Spokane in April and share her knowledge and expertise. She was kind enough to provide her presentation for us to post here.

Please note that the contents belong to Debbie Reese and cannot be downloaded or used without her permission. If you would like to contact Debbie, you can reach her at by email at, twitter @debreese, or on her website American Indians in Children’s Literature.

American Indians (not) in Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Powerpoints: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8
PDF Handouts

(Due to the size of the presentation, the PowerPoint presentation had to be divided. The PDF document includes the entire presentation.)

Spring 2014 INCOL Workshop – American Indians in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Wednesday, April 23rd
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
2316 West First Avenue Spokane, Washington
Eric A. Johnston Auditorium

Indians! In most people, the word summons images of “wild” Indians living off the land or threatening courageous pioneers. Such depic-tions are inaccurate and biased, and unfortunately, persistent in the American imagination. Join us as we create awareness of their pervasiveness, and learn about Native authors who write books that accurately portray Native peoples.

Debbie Reese

Presented by Debbie Reese
Debbie is tribally enrolled at Nambe Pueblo where she grew up. She taught elementary school in public and U.S. Government schools for Native children prior to studying for her doctorate in Education at the University of Illinois. She taught for several years at the University of Illinois, in its American Indian Studies program. Her publications include articles and books used in Education, Library Science, and English courses at universities in the United States and Canada.


Registration information:

• There is no registration fee for employees of INCOL member libraries
• $25 for non-INCOL members and $5 for library tech students
• Register by Wednesday, April 16th, with Tami Robinson,

Select either the morning session or afternoon session:

Morning Session

Registration: 8:30 am – 9:00 am

Workshop: 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Afternoon Session

Registration: 1:00 pm -1:30 pm

Workshop: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

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