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Congratulations to the Winners of the ACRL OR School/Academic Librarian Collaboration Scholarship

 

Photos of Delia Wallis and Jaquelyn Ray

Delia Wallis, Hermiston High School and Jacquelyn Ray, Blue Mountain Community College

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our first ever award of the ACRL Oregon School/ Academic Librarian Collaboration Scholarship: Delia Wallis of Hermiston High School and Jacquelyn Ray of Blue Mountain Community College. This scholarship was created to foster collaboration between academic librarians and school librarians.

 

Wallis and Ray intend to use their award for a project that will identify key gaps in the writing skills of students leaving high school and entering college. Wallis and Ray will align the curriculum standards of their institutions and survey their faculty on issues they see that may be addressed by information literacy efforts. The culmination of this work will be channeled into an all-day workshop for educators.

In addition, they will be collaborating with academic and school librarians in the Salem-Keizer area who just completed a similar program and are eager to share their experiences.

Our congratulations to Delia Wallis and Jacquelyn Ray. We look forward your successful collaboration.

OSU Libraries Seminar Presentation on Student Use of Closed Captions and Transcripts on 12/9

The OSU Libraries’ Library Faculty Association invites colleagues and friends to the December 9th Seminar Series Presentation, Scaling Up: Lessons Learned from a National Study on College Student Uses and Perceptions of Closed Captions and Transcripts, with Dr. Katie Linder of Oregon State University Ecampus  Research Unit. The Ecampus Research Unit recently completed a national study on college students’ uses and perceptions of closed captions and transcripts. In this presentation, Dr. Katie Linder will share results from the study and will also discuss how the national study grew out of smaller research projects. She will also share the next steps for the project to scale it even further. Participants will leave with a sense of how to grow larger research projects over time, seeding them with exploratory studies and small seed funds of $5,000 or less.

Katie Linder is the Director of Research for OSU’s Extended Campus (Ecampus) Research Unit.

The presentation will take place in the Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms on the third floor of the Valley Library (Valley 3622) from 10:00 – 11:30am. Light refreshments will be provided. Please contact Uta.Hussong-Christian@oregonstate.edu with any questions. Library visitor info (including campus map and parking info) can be found online: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/visit). The presentation will also be streamed live, and remote participants can join the meeting online.

ACRL-OR Supports School Library Programs

In a recent collaborative effort between the Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL), the Oregon Library Association (OLA), and the Oregon chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL-OR), a task force formed to write a policy advisory letter to the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), regarding their implementation plan for ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). All three organizations respectfully recommended to support school librarians as part of this plan.

ACRL-OR recognizes the role that school libraries play in student learning and success and in creating successful college students, and hope to see this reflected in our state’s implementation of ESSA. At this stage in the process, we believe that combining our support with OASL and OLA will provide the strongest message, but look forward to further supporting this effort from an academic library perspective in the future.  Please read the letter sent to the Deputy Superintendent of ODE in November 2016 here: http://www.olaweb.org/assets/Communications/2016-17_communications/oasllettertoode.pdf

Round One: Professional Development Scholarship Deadline Approaching

The deadline to apply for the first round of the Professional Development Scholarships is Wednesday, November 30, 2016!  Up to three $250 scholarships may be awarded this year.

The ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarships may be used toward conferences, workshops, courses, seminars, or other learning opportunities. All ACRL-Oregon members may apply. Please visit our scholarship page as well as our FAQ, which contains more information on the evaluation process. To apply, use the online form.

Questions? Contact the ACRL-OR Board President:
Stephanie Debner
ACRL-OR President, 2016-2017
stephanie.debner@mhcc.edu
Mt. Hood Community College

ACRL Oregon/Washington Fall Conference at Menucha Wrap Up

All good things…can live on!  Though the conference is over and you’re back into your routine, take a moment to revisit the content that most inspired you.  ACRL OR 2016 Photo of Conference Attendees

Oh, and don’t forget share your Creativity Card. Even if  you didn’t make it to Menucha this year, check out the great keynote talks, 10-minute talks and posters at your convenience. You can access available presentations and posters on the conference website and revisit (or add to) the Twitter conversation via #acrlpnw and @acrl_or.

ACRL Road Trip: From Baltimore to Washington, D.C. to Meet Your Legislator

Are you going to the ACRL conference in Baltimore this spring? Interested in a little side trip to Washington, D.C.?

A fellow ACRL-Oregon member suggested that this might be an ideal time to go talk to your legislators! You can make an appointment to talk to legislative staff about what matters to you in Oregon and in your district, be it libraries, copyright, intellectual freedom, privacy, or higher education.

How do I set up a meeting?

Most of the legislators have a “contact me” page on their website and some of them include a “request a meeting” option, which is probably the best way to schedule a meeting. You can also call their DC office directly (again, phone numbers are on the website).

Use this easy tool to find your elected officials: http://cqrcengage.com/alaor/. Enter your zip code to find information tailored to your district.

What do I talk about? Do I have to come up with talking points on my own?

You don’t have to do this alone. There are resources available to help you from:

  • Your own library: Materials from you library (in your legislator’s district) can help you tell your story.
  • The State Library: they make a handout each year of how LSTA dollars are used; additionally, the State Librarian, MaryKay Dahlgreen, is an excellent resource who knows what is happening with libraries, copyright, privacy, etc. at a national level because the State Librarians meet regularly.
  • The OLA Library Development and Legislative Development CommitteeFeel free to contact committee co-chairs Abigail Elder or Janet Webster for any questions or help in preparing for your meeting.

Round One: Professional Development Scholarships

Picture of the word Boo

Boo” by Rob Pongsajapan is licensed under CC BY 2.o

Boo!  Don’t be scared, but the deadline to apply for the first round of the Professional Development Scholarships is Wednesday, November 30, 2016! Up to three $250 scholarships may be awarded this year.

The ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarships may be used toward conferences, workshops, courses, seminars, or other learning opportunities. All ACRL-Oregon members may apply. Please visit our scholarship page as well as our FAQ, which contains more information on the evaluation process. To apply, use the online form.

Questions? Contact the ACRL-OR Board President:
Stephanie Debner
ACRL-OR President, 2016-2017
stephanie.debner@mhcc.edu
Mt. Hood Community College

Check Out #acrlpnw for the Fall Conference Conversations

ACRL-OR and ACRL-WA have launched a new hashtag, #acrlpnw,  for use at both the Menucha and Pack Forest annual fall conferences. Can’t make it in person? Get the conference scoop online!

Interview with Lori Wamsley, Lane Community College

Continuing our interview series of reaching out to academic library leaders across the state to facilitate “getting to know” our colleagues… the next interview in this series is with Lori Wamsley, Library Director at Lane Community College, located in Eugene.

Thanks for talking with us, Lori!

Lori Wamsley Portrait

Lori Wamsley, Library Director, Lane Community College

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

I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to wear several different library “hats” in my library career.  I’ve been a library science instructor for the last 10 years, teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  As a current national faculty member for Emporia State University’s SLIM program, I teach information technology, reference, and teaching/instruction. As a faculty member for Portland Community College’s Education department, I taught a wide range of library and education classes.  I’ve also worked as a reference and instruction librarian at Clark College and Portland Community College. In January 2016, I began working as the Library Director at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon.

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

The best thing has been the opportunity to work with the dedicated library staff at Lane.  Lane’s vision statement is “transforming lives through learning” and I see that every day when library staff go above and beyond to help our students succeed and have a positive learning experience at Lane.  Whether it’s a librarian teaching a student how to use a particular resource, or a smile and kind word from our public services staff, or our student workers helping their fellow students with technology questions at our Student Help Desk (SHeD), everyone in the library contributes toward making the library the best place on campus.    

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

I really like assessment.  It is an essential tool for ensuring our libraries stay relevant to and engaged with patrons and their information needs.  While some see assessment as a dreaded task, I see it as an opportunity to see what is working and what is not.   Either way, engaging in assessment gives us the chance to explore and reflect on our practice and the option to let go of things that aren’t working or find new ways to make them work.  It also gives us a chance to celebrate our successes and share them with others on our campus.   

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

Assessment, of course! One of Lane’s strategic goals this year is to improve our assessment practices college-wide and as a Library, we’ll be looking at ways that we can improve our own work as well as how we can support other learning and service departments and programs college-wide with assessment of information literacy skills.

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

A few fun facts:

  • Lane is the third largest community college in Oregon, encompassing an area of 4,600 square miles from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean that includes the Eugene/Springfield area and smaller communities such as Cottage Grove and Florence.
  • Lane is in the process of searching for our 7th president, as our current President, Dr. Mary Spilde, will retire in June 2017.
  • The Library has been part of the Orbis Cascade Alliance since 2005.
  • We have rafter of turkeys that live on and around our campus.

6. What does advocacy for academic libraries look like from your perspective as a library director?

Advocacy for academic libraries is about getting out of the library and connecting and partnering with other departments and programs on my campus. Liaison work is not a new concept to academic libraries, but the need to focus more on customized outreach to departments and programs and helping students and faculty at their point of need has become an essential function for us at community college libraries.  This takes a lot of advocacy on my part to facilitate conversations and collaboration between library staff and college-wide staff.

 

 

OSU Libraries Seminar Presentation on Service Design, October 21

The OSU Libraries’ Library Faculty Association invites colleagues and friends to the first 2016-2017 Seminar Series Presentation: Assessing the Library with Service Design, with Annie Downey and Joe Marquez of Reed College Library, on October 21 from 10:00am-11:30am.  Librarians are not new to designing or assessing services, but we tend to develop each service in isolation from the other services we offer, with little to no user input prior to implementation. Service design allows for a more holistic and systemic look at the various systems that make a library function. Assessing services through a systems lens helps bring the barriers and issues that users and staff may be confronting to light. This methodology is also unique in that it is a co-creative process conducted with library staff and library patrons. By working together, the librarians and patrons can create more relevant services, or refine current services to be more effective and efficient. This presentation will cover the service design process and give participants hands-on time with tools used in the service design process. Joe and Annie will also share insights from their work currently being done at Reed College using Service Design.

Annie Downey is the Associate College Librarian and Director of Research Services for the Reed College Library. Joe J. Marquez is the Web Services Librarian at the Reed College Library.

The presentation will take place in the Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms on the third floor of the Valley Library (Valley 3622). Light refreshments will be provided. Please contact Beth.Filar-Williams@oregonstate.edu or Uta.Hussong-Christian@oregonstate.edu with any questions. Library visitor info (including campus map and parking info can be found online: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/visit)

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