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Looking to add or expand a Library of Things collection at your library? LEO has resources to help. 

Don't miss the Library of Things Virtual Mini-Conference on Wednesday, March 13 from 9am to 1pm! 

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Resources for Library of Things Collections

  1. What support is available to me if I am starting or expanding my Library of Things collection?

  2. Who developed these LOT resources?

  3. 2024 Library of Things Mini-Conference

What support is available to me if I am starting or expanding my Library of Things collection?


Currently, LEO's support for Library of Things (LOT) collections is most strongly focused on food preservation and food sovereignty based collections — think everything from cake pans to canning kits to dehydrators to juicers. LEO can:

  • connect you with LEO member libraries who have LOT collections to support expertise sharing and learning;

  • provide you with a list of items for a basic food preservation and food sovereignty collection, developed by the Oregon State University Extension program;

  • provide you with materials to aid in the circulation and use of these materials, including instruction guides, suggestions for use, and troubleshooting information;

  • share resources created by fellow member libraries for circulation, including liability waivers, if required by your municipality, county, or Board;

  • facilitate a connection with your OSU Extension faculty member or volunteer.

LEO believes strength comes from working together. If you are needing additional support beyond the Sage system's LOT workgroup for starting or expanding a Library of Things collection, please reach out at

Who developed these Library of Things resources?​

As part of LEO's 2023 LOT grant project, LEO worked with the Hood River County Library District, Harney County Library, and Joseph City Library to:

  • develop and refine this list of LOT items; 

  • ensure authoritative information on the items' use, with guides and informational materials developed and maintained by OSU Extension;

  • ensure accurate catalog records were available in the Sage catalog; and

  • bring together OSU faculty and library staff to share expertise and develop LOT-collection-related programming.

In 2024, two additional libraries will be building or expanding their LOT collections in partnership with their local OSU Extension faculty: Southern Wasco County Library in Maupin and the Baker County Library District.

This project, including the 2024 additions and the LOT mini-conference, was funded by the Roundhouse Foundation.



The 2024 Library of Things Virtual Mini-Conference


On Wednesday, March 13 from 9am to 1pm Pacific (10am to 2pm Mountain), LEO and OSU Extension will be hosting a virtual mini-conference focused on Library of Things collections. This mini-con will take place over Zoom, and will feature two keynote speakers and three rounds of breakout sessions organized under an unconference model. You can download a flyer to share about the mini-con here.

While LEO's LOT project focused on food preservation and food sovereignty related LOT collections, the LOT mini-con has a broader focus — we want to hear about, learn from, and get the details on your video games, board games, technology, outdoor equipment, STEM collections, and more!


It is free to register and participate in the LOT mini-con. Registration closed on March 1. 

OSU Faculty and volunteers, library staff and volunteers, and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Library and Extension colleagues from Washington state are also welcome!

Because the mini-conference is virtual, to participate in the LOT mini-con, you will need a strong internet connection with access to a microphone and speakers (whether through your computer's audio, headphones or a headset, or dialing in via phone), the ability to have your video on, and a desire to learn from and engage with your colleagues. As the breakout groups are organized in an unconference style, the LOT mini-con is structured to be a participatory learning environment — your questions and interests will help drive the choice of breakout sessions, and we hope you might be interested in leading a session of your own!

As long as you come prepared to engage and learn, you'll have all you need to participate. ASL interpreters will be available in addition to Zoom's transcription feature for those who need supports; please reach out to us at if you have questions or need additional support to participate.


The agenda for the LOT virtual mini-con is scheduled as follows (all times in Pacific):

  • 9 to 9:15am, welcome and gathering time: log in to Zoom, get yourself settled, and engage with those also in attendance!

  • 9:15 to 9:50am, keynote: Lauren M. KraemerPartnerships for Production: Engaging Community Members through a Value-Added Rental Program (find out more about Lauren below)

  • 10 to 10:30am, round one unconference session via breakout

  • 10:40 to 11:10am, round two unconference session via breakout

  • 11:20 to 11:50, round three unconference session via breakout

  • noon to 12:45, keynote: Brendan LaxSome Things Old, Some Things New, Some Things Borrowed, Some Things Ewww!: A 10-Year Library of Things Retrospective (find out more about Brendan below)

  • 12:45 to 1pm, wrap up

We will begin and end our day together, in a welcome and opening keynote as well as in a closing keynote and wrap-up session. In between, participants will be free to choose which breakout session to attend by choosing a breakout room in Zoom.


As the breakout sessions are developed, registered participants will receive a detailed agenda via email.

Meet Lauren M. Kraemer, Associate Professor of Practice,

College of Health, Extension Family & Community Health,

Hood River & Wasco County

Lauren Kraemer is an Associate Professor of Practice in the

College of Health at Oregon State University Extension

Service. She has been teaching food preservation and disaster

preparedness education courses for over a decade in the

Columbia River Gorge.


Lauren’s interests in food systems, food security, and

community resiliency led her to create a “Value Added Rental

Program” in Hood River County in 2013 in partnership with

local food hub, Gorge Grown Food Network. In 2019, Lauren worked with the Hood River Library District to transition the equipment to the library, significantly increasing their Library of Things program. Lauren is excited to share lessons learned through her experience with the Library of Things program and support other libraries in developing similar programs.


Lauren’s passions include making connections, creativity, and empowering others. Lauren is an avid gardener, home cook, outdoor enthusiast, and novice ukulele player. She has two sons who she brings into the kitchen and the garden as much as she can so they can learn to grow and prepare food on their own someday.

Meet Brendan LaxCollection Development Librarian,

Hillsboro Public Library

Brendan Lax has worked at the Hillsboro Public Library since

2009, where he selects and maintains several collections,

including the graphic novels, AV, board games, video games,

and the Library of Things. His work life focuses on creating

relevant and accessible collections for his community and

finding innovative ways to expand the reach of the library and

promote its resources. Prior to working in libraries, Brendan

was the chief steward on an ocean-going tugboat.

Brendan is well-known in the Oregon Library community and

beyond as Hillsboro's "Librarian of Things," having played a  leadership role in the development, funding, circulation, and expansion of the collection since its inception in 2014 — as well as for his videos celebrating and promoting the collection. Brendan, along with a then-colleague, won the Oregon Library Association's Pearl Award in 2016 for his Library of Things related work.

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