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Call for Proposals: ILAGO’s IL Summit 2015

ILAGO logoThe 9th annual ILAGO Information Literacy Summit will be held May 16, 2015 at Columbia Gorge Community College’s Hood River Campus. The theme for this year’s IL Summit is Accelerated Learning, but we invite a variety of presentations related to information literacy.

Oregon is implementing accelerated learning programs across the state, which enable high school students to earn college credit for courses that they take in a K-12 setting through partnerships with credit-granting community colleges and 4-year institutions. Examples include the Eastern Promise collaboration between colleges and school districts in rural parts of the state; and the Challenge and Senior Inquiry programs at Portland State University that serve the metro area.

We are particularly interested in proposals for presentations that help us understand the implications of accelerated learning for librarians and for students acquiring information literacy skills, such as:

  • Perspectives of school librarians serving high school students enrolled in college classes
  • Impact of accelerated learning on public librarians
  • Partnerships between college/university libraries and accelerated learning programs
  • Insight on the new landscape of high school
  • Best practices for providing equivalent library resources and services to K-12 students
  • Success stories of students in accelerated programs and beyond
  • Other information literacy topics are welcome as well!

The IL Summit typically has 60-80 attendees who come from many areas of practice (higher ed, public, K-12) and are eager to hear new ideas and ways to approach information literacy. We invite you to submit proposals for panels, presentations, discussions on best practices, and other programs.

Programs should be designed to run for a total of 45 minutes including Q&A.

Program proposals will be accepted until Friday, March 13, 2015.

Please submit your proposals here: ILAGO IL Summit Program Proposal

ILAGO IL Summit Program Proposal 2015
We look forward to hearing from you.


Amy Hofer
Coordinator, Statewide Open Education Library Services
PCC Southeast Library Room 206
2305 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97216

Adoption of Oregon school library standards

As we detailed last week, this is the kick-off post to what will hopefully be a long-running monthly series of posts by ACRL-OR Board members. These posts will cover topics ranging from what is happening at specific academic libraries in Oregon, to statewide initiatives that ACRL-OR or OLA are dealing with, to national-level ACRL goings-on.

Each board member is assigned to one of the 58 (who knew!?!) academic libraries in Oregon, but if you have something to share from your local context, feel free to go straight to either the current ACRL-OR President or the Communications Coordinator — see our Board Members page for contact info — and we can help to share your news or ideas.

OASL School Library StandardsThis month, I’d like to briefly highlight some library happenings at the state level. For the past two years, one of the goals of ACRL-OR has been to find ways to support our colleagues who are school librarians or media specialists. Many of you are likely aware of the decline in school libraries across the state (and country) and the impact this has had on school media specialists. As academic librarians, we are concerned about this issue, both because this affects our colleagues, but also because of the impact this shift has on students as they transition to the post-secondary environment. Without a foundation of information literacy instruction provided in the K-12 setting, college and university students’ potential for success is markedly diminished.

One of the ways the Oregon Association of School Librarians has sought to strengthen their position is through the endorsement of school library standards (https://sites.google.com/site/oregonschoollibrarystandards/) by the State Board of Education. ACRL-OR was one of many groups who wrote letters in support of this initiative. As you may know, on January 22, 2015, the Oregon State Board of Education adopted the Oregon School Library Standards. Wahoo!

There is certainly much work ahead for Oregon’s school libraries, but hopefully this is a step in the right direction. Academic librarians can add their support to school libraries by talking to school administrators and local legislators. We need to work as a team as we all seek to cultivate life-long learners, critical thinkers, and engaged citizens.

Hannah Gascho Rempel
ACRL-OR President (2014-2015)
Oregon State University Libraries
Corvallis, OR 97331

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


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