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Registration Deadline is this Saturday, October 1 for the ACRL OR/WA Joint Fall Conference at Menucha

Saturday, October 1, is quickly approaching! Don’t miss out on a great ACRL OR/WA fall conference focused on “Enhancing Creativity and Turning Inspiration into Reality”; you’ll also then have the option of attending our first, free preconference, “Collaboration and Cross-Pollination: Creative Solutions to OER Challenges.”

Act SOON and register so that you catch our great keynote presenters and the inspiring lineup of short talks and posters. And, of course, we want to see you at the Thursday evening party!

Catch you at Menucha –

Uta Hussong-Christian

ACRL-OR/WA Fall Conference Chair & ACRL-OR Past President

Deadline Approaching for the Academic/K12 Collaboration Scholarship

 

Calling all academic and school librarians — ACRL Oregon sponsors a scholarship to support collaborative work and projects between academic and K12 librarians. But you must act fast!  No one applied for our first deadline in June, so that means that we still have $1,000 to award this year! All Oregon academic and school librarians are eligible to apply. So find a partner (or partners), identify a project or professional development opportunity, and apply — the deadline is October 1!  

Follow the scholarship application link to access the application.

Check out our the ACRL-OR Scholarships page for more information.

Amy Hofer Wins the 2016 ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence

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.

We are proud to announce this year’s award winner, Amy Hofer, Coordinator for Statewide Open Education Library Services, for leading the Open Oregon Educational Resources project which has statewide impact on supporting open education resources (OER).

Head Shot of Amy Hofer

Amy Hofer, Coordinator, Statewide Open Education Library Services

Ms. Hofer created the Open Oregon Educational Resources website, openoregon.org, which “promotes textbook affordability for community college students and facilitates widespread adoption of open, low-cost, high-quality materials.” She has traveled extensively throughout the state of Oregon, hosting OER trainings at almost every community college to support open education efforts on these campuses. Open Oregon Educational Resources tracks adoption of OER at community colleges and progress toward a statewide Z-Degree, in addition to managing grants for instructors to adopt, adapt, and create open content for their courses.

Ms. Hofer has worked closely with library leaders on textbook affordability issues and provided specialized reference services highlighting open, free, and low-cost course materials. She supports librarians in using library holdings as course materials where OER are not yet available. Open Oregon Educational Resources shares open content through Pressbooks publishing and OER Commons. Through her significant efforts, Ms. Hofer has heightened Oregon’s profile in the national OER landscape.

The Coordinator for Statewide Open Education Library Services position was created by the Oregon Community College Distance Learning Association (OCCDLA) and is funded by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission’s Community College & Workforce Development Office. Ms. Hofer thanks her reporting supervisor, Steve Smith, Director, eLearning and Media, at Linn-Benton Community College, and OCCDLA for supporting the work of Open Oregon Educational Resources.x

Congratulations Amy Hofer, recipient of the 2016 ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence!

Please visit the Award for Excellence page for more info about the award, as well as for a list of past winners and projects.

 

*Deadline today, 9/16: ACRL-OR Conference Scholarship Applications*

ACRL-Oregon will award at least two scholarships to this year’s Fall Conference! Scholarships will cover registration (including food and housing) for the 2016 ACRL OR-WA Joint Conference, “Enhancing Creativity and Turning Inspiration Into Reality,” which will be held October 27-28, 2016, at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon.

These scholarships are designed for those who live and/or work in Oregon (ACRL-WA has their own conference scholarships, info here at http://acrlwa.org/2016-ACRL-OR-WA-Joint-Conference-Scholarships). Those who also meet at least one of the criteria below are eligible to apply. Each criteria that is met will be awarded points in the evaluation process.

  • First-time attendee of the joint conference.
  • ACRL-OR member.
  • MLIS student in an ALA-accredited program who lives in Oregon.
  • Paraprofessional employee in an Oregon academic library.
  • Part-time or temporary employee in an Oregon academic library.

Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and apply (the deadline is Friday, September 16)! For more details see ACRL-OR Scholarships.

For more information on the ACRL OR-WA Joint Conference (affectionately known as “library camp”), please see the conference website.

Questions? Please contact:

Uta Hussong-Christian, ACRL-OR Board Past-President and Conference Chair
Uta.Hussong-Christian@oregonstate.edu
Oregon State University

Upcoming Opportunities to Meet Your Legislators

While everyone is energized by getting back to school and putting events on the calendar for the year, here are two great opportunities to meet with legislators this coming school year.

OLA State Legislative Day will be March 1, 2017 in Salem.  Legislators love OLA legislative day! We meet with legislators throughout the day on topics of interest to libraries and our patrons. We also staff a table with children’s books and invite lawmakers to choose a book that we donate to a school or library in their district (we also create READ posters of the legislators holding their book.) We can help you make appointments with your legislators, connect with other library staffers from your district, and provide talking points and issue briefs.

National Library Legislative Day is May 1-2, 2017 in Washington DC.  This is a great way to ensure that your expertise and viewpoints are shared with our legislators, and an awesome development opportunity for anyone interested in advocacy.

If you are interested in either opportunity or want more details, please contact Abigail Elder, co-chair of the OLA Legislative Committee.

Deadline Approaching for 2016 ACRL-Oregon Fall Conference Scholarships

ACRL-Oregon will award at least two scholarships to this year’s Fall Conference! Scholarships will cover registration (including food and housing) for the 2016 ACRL OR-WA Joint Conference, “Enhancing Creativity and Turning Inspiration Into Reality,” which will be held October 27-28, 2016, at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon.

These scholarships are designed for those who live and/or work in Oregon (ACRL-WA has their own conference scholarships, info here at http://acrlwa.org/2016-ACRL-OR-WA-Joint-Conference-Scholarships). Those who also meet at least one of the criteria below are eligible to apply. Each criteria that is met will be awarded points in the evaluation process.

  • First-time attendee of the joint conference.
  • ACRL-OR member.
  • MLIS student in an ALA-accredited program who lives in Oregon.
  • Paraprofessional employee in an Oregon academic library.
  • Part-time or temporary employee in an Oregon academic library.

Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and apply (the deadline is Friday, September 16)! For more details see ACRL-OR Scholarships.

For more information on the ACRL OR-WA Joint Conference (affectionately known as “library camp”), please see the conference website.

Questions? Please contact:

Uta Hussong-Christian, ACRL-OR Board Past-President and Conference Chair
Uta.Hussong-Christian@oregonstate.edu
Oregon State University

Apply now for School/Academic Librarian Collaboration Scholarships

As we head back to school, consider applying for this scholarship, which funds partnerships between academic and K-12 librarians. The work of K-12 school librarians is invaluable and interconnected with the work of librarians in higher education. ACRL-Oregon seeks to recognize meaningful collaboration between school and academic librarians to enhance information literacy of students.

Collaboration graphic

“Collaboration” by thinkpublic is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0


What does award-winning collaboration look like?

  • Sponsorship to attend, exhibit, or present at a relevant conference (OASL, regional conferences, or others).
  • Creation of programming, such as a conference, workshop, unconference, or pre-conference.
  • Work on a collaborative research project.
  • Something else we haven’t thought of!

To read about one such project, see this post on the ACRL-OR blog.


How to apply

No one applied for our first deadline in June, so that means that we still have $1,000 to award this year! All Oregon academic and school librarians are eligible to apply. So find a partner (or partners), identify a project or professional development opportunity, and apply — the deadline is October 1!  

Follow the scholarship application link to access the application.

Check out our the ACRL-OR Scholarships page for more information.

*Extended Deadline this Friday, 9/2* ACRL-OR/WA Fall Conference Short Talks and Poster Submissions

Don’t delay any longer! Get those creative juices flowing and pitch us your ideas for a short talk or a poster for the 2016 ACRL-OR/WA Fall Conference at Menucha. The conference theme is “Enhancing Creativity and Turning Inspiration into Reality,” and we know you have wonderful projects and ideas to share!

Submit your proposal by the extended deadline of Friday, September 2nd. Accepted presenters will be notified no later than September 16th.

Questions?

Contact:  Uta Hussong-Christian
Phone:  541-737-7278
Email:  uta.hussong-christian@oregonstate.edu

OLA Conference 2017 Call for Program Proposals

~ reposted from Libs-Or listserv ~

The Call for Program Proposals for the 2017 OLA Conference, “Thriving Together” is now open.

We are excited to be combing the OLA & OASL conferences together this year. The conference will be extended to Saturday to accommodate this combined event.

The conference dates are Wednesday, April 19, 2017 for the preconference, and Thursday – Saturday, April 20-22, 2017 for the conference days.

We will be accepting proposals with or without sponsorships for the regular conference days. Preconference programs will need sponsorship. There is a combined submission form for both preconference and regular session proposals this year.

Screenshot of OLA 2017 program proposal form

Follow the link to the Call for Proposals where you will find all the pertinent information, including the scoring rubric and the submission form: https://orlib17.wordpress.com/program/. The deadline for proposals is 10pm on Monday, September 26, 2016. Notifications will be sent out by Monday, October 24, 2016.

Let me know if there are any questions. Please send any questions or correspondence regarding programs to olaprograms@olaweb.org

We look forward to reading all the interesting proposals.

Best –
Emily David
Program Committee Chair, OLA Conference 2017

Second ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship Awarded to Darci Adolf

Darci Adolf, Oregon Coast Community College

Darci Adolf, Oregon Coast Community College

The second ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship has been awarded to Darci Adolf of Oregon Coast Community College. This scholarship is designed to allow ACRL-OR members the chance to apply for awards of up to $250 to attend conferences, workshops, courses, seminars, or other learning opportunities three times throughout the year. You can find out more about the multiple scholarship opportunities ACRL-OR provides here on the ACRL-OR Scholarships page.

Adolf will use her award to attend the upcoming e-course, “Becoming the Copyright Specialist in Your Library” offered through ALA. The funds will also cover the recommended book, “Copyright for Academic Librarians and Professionals.” [UPDATE] Due to lack of space in “Becoming the Copyright Specialist in Your Library”, Adolf will use her award to attend the upcoming e-course, “Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community eCourse” offered through ALA.

As Adolf noted in her application, the principle of copyright “supports the OCCC Library’s mission of advancing scholarship and teaching through the creation, application, preservation and dissemination of information.” And as the sole librarian at her small community college, she wears a lot of different hats. One area she chose to focus on for this upcoming academic year is additional training in copyright.

After completing this course, Adolf plans to create a copyright policy for Oregon Coast Community College, and will develop some faculty best practices. She plans to educate staff and faculty at Faculty & Staff InServices, and will post the copyright information on their website.

Are you looking for support to attend a professional development event of your own? Applications for the ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship are reviewed three times a year. The next deadline is November 30, 2016.