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New blog liaison model for ACRL-Oregon

Last month, the ACRL-Oregon board decided on an exciting new blog liaison model for our website. When our new website and blog began a few years ago, the board began a blog liaison model with volunteer correspondents from academic libraries around the state contributing news from their respective libraries. You can read more about that here and here. A huge thank you to all the volunteer correspondents throughout the years!

With this new model, ACRL-Oregon board members have “adopted” academic libraries around the state, as you can see here on our newly updated blog liaison list. Each board member will then contribute content, interviews, and/or news on the blog throughout the year, for the benefit of ACRL-Oregon members.

We have also had the opportunity to expand the list of academic library liaisons. In the previous model, there were a little over 30 blog liaisons and libraries listed; there are now almost 60 libraries (!) currently listed, as taken from the directory of Oregon academic libraries from the Oregon State Library website.

Look for the first post published under this new blog liaison model, which will be coming your way soon! :)

Of course, if anyone would like to share news or happenings from your library or region, feel free to contact the ACRL-Oregon board directly — check out our Board Members page for contact info — so we can share with everyone!

Lead From Any Position Preconference

In case you have not yet seen this announcement, ACRL-OR is co-sponsoring this is highly recommended preconference that should be well worth your time.

OLA Preconference 2015Are you looking to develop your leadership skills to benefit your library? Your community?  Your professional association? Your career?  The Oregon Library Association is offering a full day leadership training at the 2015 OLA Conference in Eugene — Leading From Any Position: Creating Learning Libraries in Five Easy Lessons — that you can register for now. This preconference is being planned by the OLA Leadership Task Force. OLA is committed to supporting the building of leadership skills in its members. The preconference is open to all library workers.

Becky Schreiber and John Shannon, facilitators of the well-regarded PNLA Leads! Leadership Institute, will guide participants in exploring leadership from all positions in libraries. Their results have been recognized by library staff who embrace the concepts and implement the disciplines of Peter Senge’s Learning Organizations. This preconference will examine innovative ideas and provide support for participants’ efforts to lead in our libraries and beyond.

What can a leadership training do for you? Read this testimony and more on OLA’s Leadership Taskforce webpages.

Although it has been close to 8 years since I participated in the PNLA Leadership Institute, I carry the talisman of the self-awareness and confidence I started to build there with me every day. Becky Schreiber and John Shannon were amazing guides on the road to successful leadership. They didn’t care about my official position or level of education- only that I had the potential to help shape the future of libraries and I was willing to participate in some deep and painful reflection to do so. They helped to direct my passion for our institution down a leadership path. I am the leader I am in part because they helped me see who and what I could be.
~ Angela Weyrens, Multnomah County Library

In OLA’s experiential preconference, we will:

  • Explore the concepts of Leading from Any Position; to take initiative and garner influence regardless of organizational authority
  • Practice practical applications of Peter Senge’s five learning disciplines
  • Apply the disciplines to each participant’s unique situation
  • Plan strategies for using the concepts to create a collaborative culture
  • Experience the fun of creating together, treating ambiguity as an opportunity for group innovation

For more information about the preconference, including the agenda, visit OLA’s Leadership Taskforce webpage. Register for the preconference through the OLA Conference 2015 website.

Books Mentioned at Menucha

The following titles are ones mentioned in the keynote addresses and talks at the ACRL-Oregon/Washington Joint Fall Conference in Menucha:

There was an informal suggestion at the conference for a virtual book club or an ACRL-OR/WA book list in Goodreads… any thoughts or further suggestions?

Send Suggstions for the ACRL-WA/OR 2015 Joint Conference Theme

ACRL Washington chapter officers are already thinking about 2015! If you have ideas for a conference theme or potential speakers, please send those ideas via this suggestion form


Links to Presentations from Menucha 2014

There were lots of great presentations at the ACRL-OR/WA fall conference last week. So many that some of you may have been overwhelmed at the time, and some of us just like to process information more slowly. Here are links to some of those presentations. If you are a presenter and did not yet send your link to me, never fear! you can still send it, and I will add it to this list.


Chris Bourg’s –  http://chrisbourg.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/librarianing-to-transgress-closing-keynote-acrl-orwa-2014/

5-minute Tech Talks

Laurie Bridges, Oregon State University – Augmented Reality – https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1a1fIBpT6dWyX-MjBeHalDNb1iKtXZq6tpvlJgUzU7fA/edit?usp=sharing

Elizabeth Brookbank, Western Oregon University – Instagram – http://nwcentral.org/using-instagram-your-library

Lorena O’English, Washington State University Pullman – Online reading tools – http://www.slideshare.net/loenglish/online-reading-tools

Christine Tawatao, University of Washington – Accessibility tools – http://nwcentral.org/web-accessibility-acrl-orwa-2014-conference-tech-talk

Joe Janiga, Reed College – iPad lending technology – http://blogs.reed.edu/ed-tech/?p=2585&preview=true

Nicholas Schiller, Washington State University, Vancouver – Semantic Web – http://nwcentral.org/semantic-metadata-and-library-identity

Shock Talks

Holly Luetkenhaus, Washington State University Libraries – “Using Concept Maps to Teach Information Literacy” – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4wIRmK-4HEYX2Q2REIzaWpTaUU/view?usp=sharing

Genevieve Williams, Pacific Lutheran University – “Closing the Gap” – http://prezi.com/50iboaihz-yq/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

Kelly McElroy, Oregon State University Libraries – “#critlib Twitter Chats” – https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1_7XLC60ZOfa94R8u1_RzLV7r8A0L5Jb9Stz0MhIzLNA/edit?usp=sharing


Kael Moffat, Saint Martin’s University – Flipping on the Cheap – http://nwcentral.org/flipping-cheap

6-word stories from Menucha

At the 2014 ACRL-OR/WA joint conference at Menucha this past week, many conference attendees participated in a 6-word story wall, an interactive way to reflect the “Professional Identity” part of the conference theme. A few conversations continued via post-its! (Click each picture below for a larger image.)

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

What is my six word story?

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

Academic libraries because no background checks

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

Project manager in more comfortable shoes.

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

Late bloomer librarian. Lucky in love.

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

Data specialist; Saving researchers from themselves.

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

Information warrior goddess. Knowledge is power.

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

A 6-word continuing conversation about cats

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

A 6-word continuing conversation about library degrees

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

Helping without dealing with bodily fluids.

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

Took decade, finally found professional home

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

A wall of 6-word stories

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

A wall of 6-word stories

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

A wall of 6-word stories

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

No bun, Yes glasses, Superhero cape

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

Queer butch feminist, librarian for justice.

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

Came for power. Stayed for conversation.

Would you like to share your own 6-word story? Just leave a comment below!

ACRL Oregon & Washington Fall Conference is Next Week!

Thanks for registering for what promises to be a great fall conference at Menucha. Hopefully you’re as excited as we are to gather next week (Thursday – Friday, October 23-24, for those who need a reminder)!

To help you plan for your time at Menucha here are some reminders and tips:

What should you wear?

Comfy clothes that you can layer. And because we’re all Northwesterners, you’ll already have your raincoat and boots ready to go, right?

What should you bring?

Besides comfy clothes, plan to bring:

  • a notebook or other notetaking device (i.e., the swag is not a notebook this year);
  • your electronic device – there should be wireless available;
  • a water bottle (again – not the swag this year);
  • bedding and towels ARE provided – so only bring your favorite pillow if that’s important to you;
  • and the regular toiletry stuff that you need to make yourself look awake and smell pretty Friday morning.

What will we be doing?

A detailed schedule can now be found online, http://acrloregon.org/2014acrlorwaconference/. We will also have poster versions of the schedule at Menucha.

Really, when should I get there?

Check-in is from 11-12:00 on Thursday, but don’t wait until the last minute — schedule enough time to check in to your room, and then join everyone at 11:50 a.m. for an introduction to Menucha.

How do I get there?

Here are directions: http://menucha.org/about-us/directions

Any other questions?

Feel free to ask me. Additionally, there is lots more info on the ACRL-OR/WA conference website: http://acrloregon.org/2014acrlorwaconference/

~ Hannah
(ACRL-OR President, 2014-2015)


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