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ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program

The highly successful and prestigious ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program provides instruction librarians the opportunity to work intensively for several days on all aspects of information literacy. There are several tracks for the IL Immersion Program, including the Practical Management Track, the Program Track, the Teacher Track, the Assessment Track, the Intentional Teaching Track, and the Teaching with Technology Track.

Our very own Elizabeth Brookbank, ACRL-Oregon Public Universities Representative (2013-2015) and Instruction Librarian at Western Oregon University, will be participating in the Immersion Teacher Track, which is scheduled for August 2-7, 2015, in Seattle.

The Teacher Track “focuses on individual development for those who are interested in refreshing, enhancing, or extending their individual instruction skills. Curriculum includes classroom techniques, learning theory, leadership, and assessment framed in the context of information literacy.”

When Elizabeth returns, she will write a post about her Immersion experience.

Stay tuned!


Several of our ACRL-Oregon members have been accepted into the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program throughout the years. If you have attended an Immersion Program, please leave a comment and share your experiences!

REMINDER: Call for Nominations for ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence

**All nominations are due July 22, 2015**

Do 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

Best,
The ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence Committee

Interview with Jackie Ray, Blue Mountain Community College

In an effort to help OR ACRL members to get to know our colleagues from around the state, Board Member Arlene Weible recently interviewed two community college library directors who are new to their positions.

In this second of two posts, meet Jackie Ray, Director of Library and Media Services at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon.

1. Tell us a little bit about your work background.

Jackie Ray photo

Personal picture submitted by Jackie Ray

Jackie has a work history that has taken her both near and far from the Northwest. Originally from Washington State, she started at UW-Bothell as a library technician, and then moved to Oregon where she took a summer gig as a park ranger at Heceta Head Lighthouse in Oregon. She then worked as a Reference Assistant at Linn-Benton Community College and as an adjunct Librarian at Lane Community College before moving on to become the Learning Resources Center Director at Klamath Community College. Jackie decided to adventure around the country and left the state for several years with stints as the Head of Access Services in universities in New Hampshire and San Francisco. She has landed back in Oregon at Blue Mountain Community College about six months ago where she assumed the role of Director of Library and Media Services. She and her husband, both native Northwesterners, are happy to be back in Oregon.

2. What has been the best thing that has happened to you since you started your position?

Jackie is very proud of the library’s increased awareness in the library’s role in projects from Achieving the Dream to Assessment. Blue Mountain was selected to be a participant in the ACRL Assessment in Action program. This program provides training and grant support for the promotion of assessment activities on campus. It has been a great opportunity to work with faculty and administration across the college to develop an assessment program that specifically targets Information Literacy outcomes across the curriculum and delivery of IL instruction both for on-campus and distance education students. Having recently passed accreditation, Blue Mountain is using their involvement in Assessment in Action tools as one of the tools leveraging their strategic planning activities. The outcome of this project will be presented at a poster session at the ALA Annual Conference 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

Blue Mountain also hosted an OER conference earlier this spring and along with other community colleges has made great strides in expanding OER in the academic community. Jackie, with help from a grant from Openoregon.org, is also working closely with Eastern Promise faculty to develop an OER textbook for U.S. History courses that can be used both in the local high schools and at the community college.

3. What is the biggest challenge facing your library in the upcoming year?

After replacing a long-term director, Jackie has been challenged by upgrading and promoting the library’s image and services on campus. Blue Mountain has a great old building, but it needs upgrading to reflect the needs of local students. Jackie has observed that student still rely on college-provided technology rather than personal devices, and is optimistic in the Blue Mountain’s investment into an Academic Resource Center (ARC) in the library, equipped with laptops and other media production tools that will be open to both students and faculty. Jackie successfully lobbied for increased funding to acquire more library databases and will be collaborating with other departments to create a more learner-driven environment in the library and in other departments.

4. What would you like Oregon academic librarians to know about your institution?

Blue Mountain has a lot of potential and because of recent funding is in a great position to improve on all that we have, along with a vital “students first” attitude that is constantly being reinvigorated in our campus culture. Blue Mountain is at this time the only community college involved in the WICHE Interstate Passport program whose intent is to develop a two-year degree that is transferrable among seven states. Jackie served on a development team for establishing IL and Critical Thinking Outcomes. The Blue Mountain Community College Library strives for outreach, and hosts events that include a local artist gallery and writers’ readout which is a great resource for the Pendleton community.

Jackie Ray photo

Personal picture submitted by Jackie Ray

5. What would you like Oregon academic librarians to know about you?

Jackie’s professional interests include assessment, information literacy and instructional design and equity, particularly in distance learning.

She loves the outdoors, cooking, and dreams of owning a petting zoo. In the meantime she is a more regular animal lover and volunteers at the local animal shelter, PAWS.


~Arlene Weible, ACRL-Oregon State Library Representative (2013-2015)
Electronic Services Consultant
Library Development Services
Oregon State Library

Interview with Mark Petersen, Klamath Community College

In an effort to help ACRL-Oregon members to get to know our colleagues from around the state, Board Member Arlene Weible recently interviewed two community college library directors who are new to their positions.

Mark Petersen picture

Personal picture submitted by Mark Petersen

In this post, meet Mark Petersen, Learning Resource Center Director at Klamath Community College in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

1. Tell us a little bit about your work background.

Like many people, I started out as a child. I am originally from Springfield, Oregon, and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in history and absolutely no idea what to do with the rest of my life.

I spent the next 9 years working a wide variety of jobs (dishwasher, line cook, graveyard shift at 7-11, welder…) before returning to graduate school to earn my MLS in 2009.

2. How long have you been in your position?

I have been library director at Klamath Community College since October of 2014. Prior to that I worked as a reference and instruction librarian at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, and as a part-time reference librarian at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

3. What has been the best thing that has happened to you since you started your position?

I’d have to say the best thing professionally that has happened to me in the past year has been adding Robin Jeffrey to the staff at the KCC Library.

The library at KCC has only 2 full-time employees, and when I took over directorship the other position was still vacant. I spent the first 6 months or so working solo, trying my best to fulfill the duties of both positions while searching for the right person to fill the vacant position, and as soon as I met Robin for her interview I knew that she was that “right” person.

Robin is an absolute rock star, and I don’t know what I’d do without her. She has a natural gift for the profession, and it’s often hard for me to believe that this is her first job out of her MLS program. I think she’s going to do great things!

4. What is the biggest challenge facing your library in the upcoming year?

The biggest challenge facing this library has been its lack of presence on campus. There has been an enormous turnover in library staff, including multiple directors, during the past ten years that has resulted in the library being seriously neglected. When I took over in October, neither students nor staff were used to coming into the library for help, and that is a difficult pattern to change.

Both myself and Robin, the other librarian here at KCC, have been working very hard this past year to change this with, I am happy to say, great success. We have developed an information literacy instruction program from scratch that has been growing by about 200% a term, we have increased traffic and use of the library by about 400%, increased hours of operation by 10%, grown the print collection by over 30% and have seen great progress in developing faculty interest and use of Open Educational Resources.

5. What would you like Oregon academic librarians to know about your institution?

KCC has such an incredible diversity! I never would have expected it before I moved down here, but there is an amazingly broad spectrum of society represented by the student body both in terms of racial and cultural diversity, as well as socio-economic diversity.

6. What would you like Oregon academic librarians to know about you?

When I’m not practicing librarianism, I spend my time Cuban salsa dancing, cooking and, more to the point, eating amazing food and riding bikes.

~Arlene Weible, ACRL-Oregon State Library Representative (2013-2015)
Electronic Services Consultant
Library Development Services
Oregon State Library

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

Best,
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.

http://goo.gl/forms/ZNgDa9ypvM

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!

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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

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