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Call for Nominations: ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence 2015

Award graphicDo you know someone (or a group of someones) that has worked on a project or initiative in the past few years that has made a difference for Oregon academic libraries? If so, please consider nominating them for the ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence (https://ola.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_197772)! See below for more information:

What it is:

The ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence is a project-based award given annually to an individual or group whose project or initiative has significantly improved Oregon academic libraries or librarianship. The award will be presented at the ACRL-Oregon/Washington Fall Conference in Eatonville, WA (Pack Forest Conference Center), October 22-23, 2015, and the winner(s) will also be recognized at the Oregon Library Association Annual Conference Award Ceremony in Bend (April 20-22, 2016). The winner(s) receive registration to the ACRL Oregon/Washington Joint Fall Conference and an engraved plaque.

For a list of previous award winners, visit our website at http://acrloregon.org/acrl-oregon-award-for-excellence/.

Who can be nominated:

Any individual or group that includes at least one employee of an academic library in Oregon may apply/be nominated. Nominations are kept active for two years, so an individual/group that is nominated this year, but does not win, will be considered again next year unless withdrawn by the nominator. The initiative or project that is the basis of the nomination must have occurred in the previous three years. This is not a lifetime achievement award, and ACRL-OR membership is not required to win this award.

Nomination form: https://ola.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_197772

Deadline: Nominations must be received by July 22, 2015.

Questions: Please contact Isaac Gilman, ACRL-Oregon Past President, gilmani@pacificu.edu

The ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence Committee

Call for Proposals for ACRL-WA/OR Joint Fall Conference 2015

Proposal submissions for the ACRL Washington & Oregon Joint Fall Conference are now open! Submit your proposal for a presentation, workshop, discussion, 15-minute talk, or lightning talk for presentation at our conference October 22-23, 2015 in Eatonville, WA.

Screenshot of ACRL-WA/OR Joint Fall Conference program proposal form

Our theme for 2015 is Forging Partnerships, Opening Doors. Some possible distillations of this theme include: open access/open education; collaborative or shared efforts between libraries and with other organizations; libraries and librarians in the arenas of social justice, challenging oppression, and confronting bias; the changing contexts of our core mission; navigating copyright, licensing, and fair use in providing content to our patrons.

The submission deadline is July 15th. Presenters will be notified by July 22nd. Conference registration opens at the end of July.


Save the date for ACRL-WA/OR Joint Fall Conference 2015!

Save the date!

The ACRL Washington & Oregon Joint Fall Conference will happen October 22-23, 2015 at beautiful Pack Forest Conference Center in Eatonville, WA.

Our theme for 2015 is “Forging Partnerships, Opening Doors.” Some possible distillations of this theme include: open access/open education; collaborative or shared efforts between libraries and with other organizations; libraries and librarians in the arenas of social justice, challenging oppression, and confronting bias; the changing contexts of our core mission; navigating copyright, licensing, and fair use in providing content to our patrons.

The call for proposals will go out later this June. Registration opens at the end of July. We hope to see you there!

Join us for the PNW Institutional Repository User Group – Planning Meeting!

Graphic for IR

ALA graphic for IR. Click image for source.

As more academic libraries have focused on how best to collect, preserve, and promote the scholarly and creative work of our faculty and students, it has created a new community of practice within the Pacific Northwest. We would like to bring that community together to share ideas and best practices and to identify opportunities for collaboration.

Our tentative goal is to create an annual IR user group meeting for IR managers in the Pacific Northwest (with the initial meeting in 2016). As a first step, we are having a planning meeting that is adjacent to the 2015 Orbis Cascade Alliance Summer Meeting. Anyone working with an IR in the Pacific Northwest is welcome to attend this meeting — membership in the Alliance is not required (nor will it be limited to be press institutions).

If you’re not able to attend, please send us your ideas for what a PNW IR user group meeting could/should look like (and whether it’s even a good idea!).

Date: July 9, 2015 / 12-1 pm

Location: Warner Pacific College, Room 120 (next to the cafeteria)

Details: Lunch is not provided, so bring a snack or brown bag lunch. We may adjourn to a local restaurant afterwards for a late lunch if there is interest.

Contact: Karen Bjork (kbjork@pdx.edu), Isaac Gilman (gilmani@pacificu.edu), Sue Kunda (kundas@mail.wou.edu), or Kathleen Spring (kspring@linfield.edu)

~ Isaac Gilman (ACRL-Oregon Past President, 2014-2015)
Scholarly Communications & Research Services Librarian
Pacific University

New ACRL Professional Development Webinar Available for Viewing

ACRL-OR is pleased to offer complimentary archive access to select ACRL professional development eLearning webinars for Oregon academic librarians. The newest addition to the webinar lineup is Beyond Worksheets: Using Instructional Technologies for Authentic Assessment of Student Learning. This webinar was originally broadcast on April 7, 2015.

ACRL e-Learning logoThese webinars are a benefit of ACRL-OR membership, thus a librarian holding ACRL-OR membership must sponsor any planned webinar event. These webinars can be used as professional development opportunities for your library or small group gathering, but please note that ACRL stipulates that these webinars are only for single-location viewing.

To schedule a webinar viewing, please use the following guidelines:

  1. An ACRL-OR member librarian must sponsor the webinar event and serve as the event contact.
  2. Choose an archived webinar from the list of available webinars.
  3. Check the webinar calendar to be sure the webinar you want is available on the date of your event.
  4. Request webinar access by emailing ACRL-OR Board Member, Uta.Hussong-Christian; include the webinar title and date of your event (your request will be added to the webinar calendar).
  5. Please abide by ACRL’s (national) guidelines for chapter use of these webinars: “Your group registration allows you to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.” This means that only one login is allowed per event and that the webinar is only for single-location viewing. The designated contact should not provide the webinar login to other individuals for the purposes of remote viewing outside of the scheduled event. These are ACRL’s limitations in exchange for complimentary access; ACRL-OR asks that you respect these limitations.

~ Uta Hussong-Christian, ACRL-OR Vice President/President Elect (2014-2015)
Instruction & Science Librarian | Associate Professor
Oregon State University Libraries

ACRL-Oregon Election Results

The results are in!

Congratulations to:

  • Stephanie Debner (MHCC), Vice-President/President-Elect
  • Kate Rubick (Lewis & Clark), Member-at-Large
  • Garrett Trott (Corban), Member-at-Large

Their terms will officially begin after the August ACRL-Oregon board meeting.

We really appreciate the willingness of all our candidates to run for the ACRL-Oregon board. And a special thank you to the nominating committee (Uta, Yen, Tom, and Stewart) — great work!

~Hannah, ACRL-OR President, 2014-2015

Hannah Gascho Rempel
Associate Professor & Science Librarian
Oregon State University

LOEX 2015 Conference: Perfecting the Craft of Library Instruction

By: Ngoc-Yen Tran, ACRL-Oregon Member at Large (2013-2015)
Outreach & Student Engagement Librarian, and Manager of the Global Scholars Hall Library Commons, University of Oregon

LOEX 2015 logoI don’t know why I don’t attend LOEX very often, but every time that I do, I always ask myself why I don’t go every year because of the innovative ideas and knowledge that I gain by attending. This year’s LOEX conference was held in Denver, Colorado and the theme of the conference, “Perfect Your Craft,” was apropos to the location (craft beer central) and to the current state of library instruction. With the adoption of the Framework for Information Literacy, ideas have been brewing about how to incorporate them into our teaching; it is an exciting opportunity to rethink, reflect, and to refine library instruction pedagogy and practices.

As a teaching librarian, I am always looking for ways to continue to improve and innovate my formal and informal library instruction sessions and skills. Anne-Marie Deitering from Oregon State University (and an ACRL-OR member) was the Friday morning plenary speaker and she kicked off the conference by speaking eloquently about the importance of reflective thinking in our teaching practices. She asked us all to push ourselves to a point where we become uncomfortable and to places where we feel challenged, so that we can better reflect on and to critically evaluate our teaching. It is through this reflective process that we can improve our teaching in order to support student learning and academic success.

Lane Wilkinson from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga had us all reconsidering threshold concepts. In his session, “Reconsidering Threshold Concepts: A Critical Appraisal of the ACRL Framework for Information,” he offered criticism on the usage of threshold concepts as the basis for the Frameworks saying that troublesome knowledge is subjective, disciplines are not unified, and threshold concepts do not work well with interdisciplinarity. He asked what we wanted our students to become once they passed from novice to expert – do we want them to become… librarians?

Librarians from UC San Diego (Crystal Goldman, Amanda Roth, Lia Friedman, and Dominque Turnbow) had me rethinking my negative opinions of library scavenger hunts. They collaborated with their First Year Experience program to build a scavenger hunt using Edventure Builder software where the cost is minimal and all kinds of mobile games could be built using this software. They used instructional design practices and were strategic and thoughtful about the student learning experience in developing their game.

The session, “Teaching Students the “How” and “Why” of Source Evaluation: Pedagogies That Empower Communities of Learning and Scholarship” with Juliet Rumble, Toni Carter and Nancy Noe from Auburn University, had me refining how I teach source evaluation. Three interactive lesson plans were introduced to help students evaluate sources. For example, to teach students about scholarly and popular sources, the focus is in the process. Students are put into groups of 3-4 and given different types of sources for an event. They answer questions in a google form, describing the process of the author and the review or revision process. The instructor brings up the google doc responses and there is a discussion. The last question of the discussion asks the students to think about how the source’s research, review, or revision process affect their use of the source.

These are examples of a couple of the sessions that I attended. The practical nature of most of the sessions allows me to take what I learn from LOEX and to implement it within a day, a week, or a couple of weeks — and indeed, the Monday after the conference, I incorporated some of what I learned into an instruction session for a writing course. I would call that a win and will definitely make it a point to attend the next conference in Pittsburg!

ARCS 2015: New conference with a local connection

This week, the first ARCS (Advancing Research Communication and Scholarship) conference was held in Philadelphia.

ARCS conference header

Robin Champieux, Scholarly Communication Librarian at OHSU, was the driving force behind the new meeting; she was joined on the 2015 advisory board by other Oregon librarians from OHSU, PSU, and Pacific University. Unlike other conferences that focus on scholarly communication, one of the primary goals of ARCS is to cut across community and disciplinary boundaries to bring together the entire spectrum of people and organizations — “librarians, technology providers, researchers, students, professional societies, and publishers” — that “influence and advance knowledge communication in the digital age.” (For the source of these quotes, an interview with Robin and Jill Emery (PSU) about ARCS, please visit the Scholarly Kitchen blog). If the response from conference attendees is any indication, ARCS was successful in gathering a diverse community of stakeholders with an interest in transforming scholarly and scientific communication:

Of course, the goal of the conference was not only to bring together this “blended” community, but to initiate dialogue and collaborations that will improve the ways in which scholarship is developed, endorsed, and shared. A first night hackathon devoted to hacking not just technological, but also human/cultural issues related to publishing, helped set the tone:

The variety of ideas explored in the hackathon — from making green OA resources more discoverable, to aligning the efforts of university presses and library publishers, to creating more transparent OA publishing fees, to best practices for introducing OA and OERs to administrators, to “hacking” the existing model of promotion and tenure to better reward open practices, to making the humanities research process more transparent — carried over into the full conference program as researchers, librarians, publishers, and developers (primarily for alt metric tools) shared strategies and tools for making the creation and sharing of research more open, collaborative, efficient, and impactful. It was a unique conference experience, and one that I hope will be repeated next year (all signs point to yes).  So watch out for ARCS 2016 announcements — and you can be part of this next year:

(And if you weren’t able to be there this year, don’t worry — the Pacific University Libraries will be partnering with ARCS to publish the proceedings).

~ Isaac Gilman, ACRL-OR Past President (2014-2015)
Scholarly Communications & Research Services Librarian
Pacific University

Photos from OLA 2015 Conference

Below are a few photo memories from the OLA 2015 Conference, “Cultivating Creativity,” which took place April 15-17, 2015, in Eugene, Oregon.

Do you have more photos to share? Please share them! (See our Contact page for more info.) You can also view many more photos from OLA 2015 on Twitter at #OrLib15.

ACRL-Oregon | 2015 ACRL-Or Reception at OLA

2015 ACRL-OR Reception at OLA: Current and soon-to-be Oregon academic librarians enjoying excellent refreshments at First National Tap House in Eugene.

Creative Space whiteboard, OLA 2015

Creative Space whiteboard, OLA 2015

Haiku at the Creative Space whiteboard, OLA 2015

Haiku at the Creative Space whiteboard, OLA 2015

Creative Space goodies at OLA 2015

Stickers and glitter pens and stamps, oh my! Goodies at the Creative Space tables at OLA 2015

OLA Time Capsule

A look at the OLA Time Capsule from April 1990

OLA Time Capsule

Items from the OLA Time Capsule, April 1990

OLA Time Capsule

An interesting item from the OLA Time Capsule, April 1990

The well-attended ACRL-OR sponsored program and workshop, "Zines 101"

The well-attended ACRL-OR sponsored program and workshop, “Zines 101″

Audience participation post-its at the "Zines 101" program and workshop

Audience participation post-its at the “Zines 101″ program and workshop

Think Like a Scholar program panel at OLA 2015

Think Like a Scholar program panel at OLA 2015

ACRL-OR @ OLA Reception Wednesday evening

What:  ACRL-Oregon Reception (AKA – Hanging Out With Librarian Friends of All Stripes)

When:  Wednesday, April 15, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Where:  First National Taphouse, 51 W. Broadway, Eugene (an easy walk from the Convention Center)

Description:  Come enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar with fellow librarians. Everyone is welcome.

Hannah, ACRL-OR President, 2014-2015

Hannah Gascho Rempel
Associate Professor & Science Librarian
Oregon State University


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