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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

More OLA Conference Sessions for Academic Librarians

OLA 2015 Conference ScheduleNow that ACRL in Portland has come and gone, it’s time to start gearing up for OLA’s annual conference. There are, of course, plenty of ACRL-OR sponsored and co-sponsored sessions at the conference, as we detailed here in an earlier blog post. We hope you’ll stop by the sessions we’re hosting, but here are a few more, broader interest sessions that might be of useful to academic librarians—and anyone else at the conference.

And don’t forget that we’ll be hosting the reception Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the First National Tap House, just a short walk away from the Eugene convention center. Hope to see you there!


Time:  Keynote Address, Thursday 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Title:  Living at the Edge of Mystery: Creativity, Information & the Experimental Life
Description:  J. Robert Oppenheimer wrote that “both the man of science and the man of action live always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it.” The greatest of our creative institutions have sought to confront the singular mysteries of their time: the fundamental elements of life, the nature of gravity and light, and the atomic structure of matter. Ours is an age of overwhelming information that we seek to transform into comprehensible knowledge. I shall discuss several examples of creative institutions, all of which seek to make sense of the challenges of our age — the Media Lab at MIT, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico, and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. These all question the boundaries, boxes and constraints we place on thought and seek to render comprehensible our mysterious informational universe.
Speakers:  David Krakauer, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison


Time: Session 1, Thursday, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Title: Creative Marketing of Library Services
Description: How do libraries let the public know about their resources and expertise? Library service marketing helps libraries raise awareness about the valuable services they can provide. Please join Jeremy Graybill and Steve Roskoski as they discuss this important topic.
Speakers: Jeremy Graybill, Multnomah County Library; Steve Roskoski, Multnomah County Library


Time: Session 2, Thursday, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Title: BIBFRAME Basics: Beyond MARC
Description: BIBFRAME (the Bibliographic Framework Initiative) aims to provide the foundation for the future of bibliographic description on the web and in the networked world. It is intended to replace the MARC Format. This session will provide a basic overview of BIBFRAME, including the BIBFRAME Model and Vocabulary, the general differences between BIBFRAME and MARC, and the changes ahead for catalogers. The session will also included information about how some libraries are experimenting with and learning about BIBFRAME.
Speakers: Kelley McGrath, University of Oregon, Sandy Macke, Multnomah County Libary, Adam Schiff, University of Washington


Time: Session 4, Friday, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Title: OLA: Cultivating Creative Members
Description: Are you looking for a creative way to make a difference in OLA? In a panel format past and present OLA leaders will define and describe what they really do. The OLA Association Manager will explain support provided. Official responsibilities, unstated expectations, and actual time commitments will be acknowledged. The ultimate questions: “Why be involved” and “How to cope with being involved” will be answered. Audience members will have a chance to learn more about OLA Round Tables via a “speed dating” format.
Speakers: Connie Anderson-Cohoon, Southern Oregon University; Penny Hummel, Penny Hummel Consulting; Heather McNeil, Deschutes Public Library; Hannah Rempel, Oregon State University, Shirley Roberts, Eastern Oregon University and OLA Association Manager; Elvira Sanchez-Kisser, Woodburn Public Library


Be sure to check out all the programs online at the OLA 2015 Conference Schedule page. Are there any other programs you’re looking forward to? Please leave a comment!


Stewart Baker
ACRL-Oregon Member-at-Large (2014-2016)
Systems & Institutional Repository Librarian
Western Oregon University

Uta’s ACRL 2015 Conference Snapshot

So if you’ve read the posts below about ACRL 2015, you may have picked up on the fact that ACRL-OR was involved in a little reception for ACRL Leaders. I led the planning effort for that event, and am absolutely delighted that it turned out GREAT! We had about 80 guests during the course of the reception. ACRL board members, ACRL conference planners, ACRL chapter leaders and ACRL-OR and ACRL-WA members mingled and chatted in the lovely Crystal Ballroom of the Benson Hotel.

ACRL Leaders' Reception at ACRL 2015

At the ACRL Leaders’ Reception, left to right: Hannah Gascho Rempel (Oregon State and ACRL-OR President), Andrea Wirth (Oregon State), Isaac Gilman (Pacific University and ACRL-OR Past President), Laurie Bridges (Oregon State)

I am still ridiculously satisfied with the fact that we “went completely local” with funding. Generous support by local academic libraries and individual academic librarians made this event possible! My heartfelt thanks to all of them.

Beyond the reception, I did attend some great sessions focusing on ethnographic research techniques. I also very much enjoyed all three keynote speakers… not always a given for me. One takeaway that I can’t wait to share with students is the way that Thursday’s keynote speaker, Jad Abumrad, summarized his creative process.

“What? [pause] oh. [longer pause] What?? [pause] Oh. [longer pause] WHAT? [pause] Ohhhhhhhhh!”

For me, this perfectly summed up the information search process in general and really spoke to the iterative nature of research or other creative endeavors.

The rest of my takeaways are not this neatly packaged, but that is what post-conference processing is supposed to help with. Now I just have to make some time to do it!


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

Jennifer’s ACRL 2015 photo memories


We are posting a series of personal posts from ACRL-Oregon board members, highlighting personal experiences and perspectives of attending the ACRL 2015 Conference. Why? To help celebrate the national conference that took place in our state, to personalize the national conference experience for our local ACRL members, as well as to showcase the diversity of professional development and networking opportunities available through ACRL.

Would you like to add your own conference experience and/or photos to the ACRL-Oregon blog? Please contact us!


Next in our series…  photo memories from ACRL-Oregon Communications Coordinator Jennifer Snoek-Brown.

This was a conference of firsts for me:  my first time attending a national ACRL conference and my first time of living in the same city hosting a national conference. I took quite a few photos with my camera phone during the conference, so I thought a kind of photo essay would help me personally reflect on this experience.

ACRL 2015 Conference sign info

ACRL makes the big screen! I loved the luxury of being able to take one short bus ride down to the Convention Center to attend the conference.

ACRL 2015 tote bag

The conference orientation email emphasized that there wouldn’t be any tote bags… but I managed to snag one from a small stack of tote bags at the ACRL Lounge. Did someone go rogue with ordering conference tote bags? I got sooooooo many comments and compliments on this tote bag — and this is a very nice one with sturdy handles and a coated interior. OF COURSE they had to “put a bird on it”! ;) One of my favorite (literal) takeaways from my conference experience!

ACRL transit pass

Also one of my favorite parts of the conference — free transit passes for everyone! I was a little trepidatious walking up to register, half-thinking that locals wouldn’t merit transit passes. But I did get my own transit pass, and I used it as much as possible the rest of the week! To make sure I didn’t lose my transit pass, I slipped it into the final slot of my business card holder.

ACRL pocket program schedule

One more favorite was the mini-schedule of programs. So easy to track room numbers and program themes, and it all folded to fit in a pocket. Truly brilliant!

ACRL Big Foot sighting

Squatch out for Sasquatch! I found Big Foot lurking outside a panel presentation — I guess he was as interested in formative assessment techniques as I was! ;)

ACRL 2015 screen

Is it strange that (a) I totally thought they had misspelled “peer reviewed” at first, and then (b) I kept mentally mispronouncing “peer revered” as “Paul Revered”? (It’s ok if the answer to that question is yes. ;) )

ACRL Opening Keynote speaker G. Willow Wilson

Amazing keynote speakers! I really didn’t know what to expect, but each was so impressive in his/her own way. G. Willow Wilson was so naturally articulate and intelligent — as great a role model as her creation, the new Ms. Marvel!

I was able to sit in the reserved section during the keynote addresses, so I got a good view of all the speakers. A friend from Texas — and a conference scholarship recipient — stayed at my house during the conference, and all of the scholarship recipients got to sit in the reserved section and bring along another person with them. I felt super lucky to be my friend’s “plus 1″ for the keynotes!

ACRL Middle Keynote speaker  Jad Abumrad

Gut crunch alert! Now I want to record how my stomach sounds when I’m nervous, thanks to Jad Abumrad. ;) I picked this photo because Jad looked kind of like a rock star with that microphone pose.

ACRL Closing Keynote speaker Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig, academic and political activist, closed out the ACRL 2015 Conference with a heartfelt and stirring speech and presentation. I teared up several times during his address.

Each keynote was so different from the others, and yet each was so touching and thought-provoking. Kudos to the conference committee members responsible for the keynote speakers!

Public artwork in the Oregon Convention Center

Amazing public art in the Oregon Convention Center.

Oregon Convention Center tiles

Not-so-amazing art on the bathroom tiles in the Oregon Convention Center. I don’t mind the blue roses — we are the City of Roses, after all! — but the painted spiders freaked me out.

ACRL lunch food carts

We enjoyed amazingly sunny weather for most of the conference. Here is a shot I took at the plaza across from the Convention Center, where there were food trucks serving up different an delicious lunch options. So very Portland, and such a great idea for a distinctive and memorable conference memeory!

Portland t-shirt at OMSI during all-conference reception

This was the first time attending a conference in the city I live in, so I was much more aware of how attendees were reacting to Portland itself. I was so happy that everyone I talked to (and overheard) seemed to love Portland! I think we were an ideal host for the conference, especially for the sustainability theme. The weather was great, the transit passes were a hit, and attendees seemed to enjoy the behind-the-scenes experience of OMSI for the all-conference reception. I couldn’t resist snapping a pic of this t-shirt at the OMSI gift shop.

ACRL 2015 Leaders' reception donors sign

The ACRL 2015 Leaders’ Reception at The Benson Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom was a wonderful experience! Huge kudos to our sponsors and donors!

Detail of ACRL 2015 Leaders' reception donors sign

So nice to see some familiar names on the list of donors. ;)

ACRL Oregon badge as the conference begins

I captured what my name badge and conference program looked like, all shiny and new, on the first day of my conference experience, which included a pre-conference.

ACRL name badge and notes after the conference

And just for contrast, here’s a shot of my name badge and mess of notes on the last day of the conference! Well-worn, to be sure, but well-loved. I guess you could say my my name badge mirrored my personal conference experience! :)


~ Jennifer Snoek-Brown, ACRL-OR Communications Coordinator (2014-2016)
Faculty Librarian
Mt. Hood Community College

Hannah’s ACRL 2015 Top 3


We are posting a series of personal posts from ACRL-Oregon board members, highlighting personal experiences and perspectives of attending the ACRL 2015 Conference. Why? To help celebrate the national conference that took place in our state, to personalize the national conference experience for our local ACRL members, as well as to showcase the diversity of professional development and networking opportunities available through ACRL.

Would you like to add your own conference experience and/or photos to the ACRL-Oregon blog? Please contact us!


First up is ACRL-Oregon President (2014-2015) Hannah Gascho Rempel, with her “Top 3″ — let’s count it down!

1.  Portland Transit Pass

ACRL-Oregon stickerThe best swag ever — after our ACRL-OR stickers of course! (seen at right) Having free reign to go anywhere, any time in Portland was great! An excellent sustainability idea, even if all I really used it for was to get back and forth from my hotel.

2.  Great keynote speakers

If you haven’t read, listened to, or (again) read anything by or about G.Willow Wilson, Jad Abumrad, or Lawrence Lessig – get to it. Hopefully you will come away thinking a little differently about the world around you, which is an excellent thing for librarians (and most other human beings) to do on a regular basis.

3.  ACRL-OR Reception

A great time was had by all at the ACRL-OR/WA reception at The Benson Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom. Thanks to all who supported and attended the reception! We were even important enough to have dueling ACRL Presidential candidates wooing our votes!


~ Hannah Gascho Rempel, ACRL-OR President (2014-2015)
Associate Professor & Science Librarian
Oregon State University

Three Ways You Can Follow ACRL-OR Updates

ACRL-Oregon has revamped our online presence, with a new blog liaison model and regular postings of news and updates on the blog homepage of our site, http://acrloregon.org/.

Interested in hearing more about ACRL-Oregon events and news, but don’t have time to keep checking in on the blog? Here are three easy ways you can sign up for automated updates from the ACRL-Oregon blog:

1. RSS:

RSS links for ACRL-Oregon site

Direct your browser to http://acrloregon.org/feed/ for an RSS feed of blog posts. If you already use an RSS reader, you know what to do! If you aren’t familiar with RSS, check out this simple explanation at whatisrss.com for details and how to use it. (This page at http://alternativeto.net/software/google-reader/ also includes info about and links to RSS alternatives to Google Reader.)

2. Smart Bookmarks:

Raindrop.io logoLike the idea of RSS, but don’t want to deal with another program to install and use? If you’re a Firefox user, you’ll see a prompt to add the feed as a smart bookmark — which updates automatically with each new post — as soon as you click the link to our feed. Chrome doesn’t support this natively, but you can add the excellent raindrop.io extension to do exactly the same thing.

3. Follow via Email:

ACRL-Oregon 'Follow Blog via Email' screenshotIf RSS is still not for you, it’s easy to sign up for automatic e-mail notices from ACRL-Oregon. On the top right column of the ACRL-Oregon blog and homepage under the “Follow Blog via Email” heading, click the Follow button and enter your e-mail address. Our system will send you an e-mail every time we publish a new post!


Stewart Baker
ACRL-Oregon Member-at-Large (2014-2016)
Systems & Institutional Repository Librarian
Western Oregon University

Spring is Here…and It Is Time for ACRL-OR Board Nominations

Attention ACRL-Oregon members! Want to make your mark on academic librarianship in Oregon? ACRL-OR Board is looking for candidates to run in our upcoming spring elections (beginning of May).

ACRL-Oregon logoThe ACRL-OR Board has three (3) open positions:

It an exciting time to be on the ACRL-OR Board! We’ve revamped our online presence; we’re hosting a fabulous reception at ACRL 2015 Portland; we’ve planned a great lineup at OLA 2015; and planning will soon get underway for the 2016 Joint Fall Conference at Menucha hosted by ACRL-OR. Consider adding your energy and creativity to the work we do together!

To nominate yourself, please head over to our online nomination form. We will ask you to address the following:  your education, your position, professional activities, and honors/projects/publications/presentations. Please note that candidates for Vice-president/President-elect will need to provide a Candidate’s Statement.

Those seeking to stand for election should note that there are several membership requirements:

  • Vice-president/President-elect candidates must be members of OLA, ACRL-Oregon and ACRL National
  • Member-at-Large candidates must be members of OLA and ACRL-Oregon

The deadline for self-nomination is on or around Friday, April 17, 2015. Any questions, please feel free to contact Uta at uta.hussong-christian@oregonstate.edu

~ Uta,  ACRL-OR Vice-president, 2014-2015


Uta Hussong-Christian
Instruction & Science Librarian | Associate Professor
Oregon State University Libraries

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