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Save the Date: ACRL-Idaho Unconference

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Mark your calendars for the ACRL-Idaho unconference on July 14th from 9am – 4pm at Idaho State University’s Meridian Campus (just outside of Boise)!

Stay tuned for more details…

For questions, contact Molly Montgomery montmol2@isu.edu

Save the Date: ACRL Scholarly Communications Roadshow

Portland State University, Oregon State University, and ACRL-Oregon are pleased to host the ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow on Monday, July 17, 2017 at the Portland State University Library in Portland, Oregon. Presenters Jenny Oleen, Scholarly Communications Librarian at Western Washington University, and William Cross, Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, will facilitate this day-long workshop on three scholarly communication topics: Open Education, Copyright in Making and Sharing Scholarship, and Research Data Management.

This workshop is geared toward library workers who need a good grounding in scholarly communication issues. It is appropriate for individuals with administrative responsibilities, liaisons and subject librarians, those working in library publishing, data management, and those who seek to advance their professional development in the area of scholarly communication.

Presenter Biographies

Jenny Oleen is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Western Washington University, where she also serves as the Copyright Librarian and manages the Scholarly Communications Unit and the new institutional repository, Western CEDAR (http://cedar.wwu.edu). She has a BS in Agronomy from Kansas State University, an MS in Environmental Science from University of Arizona, and an MLS from Indiana University-Bloomington. Read more about Jenny in her ACRL member of the week profile.

William M. Cross is the Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center at North Carolina State University where he provides advice and instruction to campus stakeholders on copyright, licensing, and scholarly communication issues.  As a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Will earned an M.A. in Technology & Communication, a J.D. in Law, and an M.S.L.S. in Library Science.  Before joining the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center, Will worked in academic and law libraries, in constitutional litigation, and at the North Carolina Court of Appeals.  He serves as an adjunct instructor in the UNC School of Information and Library Science and lectures nationally on free expression, copyright, and scholarly communication.  Will has been quoted in publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education and Techdirt and publishes regularly in law and library journals on topics ranging from the pedagogy of legal education for librarians to First Amendment analysis of the regulation of video games. Read more about Will in his ACRL member of the week profile.

Registration Notes

There are a limited number of slots available for this free, day-long event. Your registration includes lunch, free of cost. Your registration is a commitment to attend the event. Because we understand unforeseen circumstances do occur, we will keep a wait-list of attendees to fill spots for any late cancellations.

The priority registration deadline for OSU, PSU, and ACRL-Oregon affiliates is June 1st, 2017.  Full registration details will be available shortly.

OLA Twitter Chat this afternoon

Join ACRL-OR for a Twitter chat this afternoon, Monday April 17th 2017 from 2-3 pm Pacific Time.  We’ll be chatting about the upcoming OLA conference on Twitter with the hashtag #ORLib17.  The chat will be moderated by ACRL-OR Board @acrl_or ‏ and will include the following discussion questions.

Discussion questions:

  • What does the #ORLib17 theme “Thriving Together” theme mean to you?
  • What collaborations and relationships in your work as a librarian help you thrive?
  • How do you partner with public and school librarians?
  • How do you think academic librarians can build more of these relationships with other types of librarians?
  • What #ORLib17 sessions are you excited about attending?
  • What #ORLib17 pre-conferences are you going to?
  • What are your tips for people who may not have attended the conference before?

If this is your first Twitter chat, use the following steps to participate:

  1.  have or create a Twitter account
  2. log on at 2pm
  3. search for the chat by entering #ORLib17 in the search field
  4. click on the “Latest” tab
  5. refresh your search regularly so that you see the newest tweets as they occur


ACRL @ OLA 2017!

Join us at the ACRL reception

If you’re going to a pre-conference session, or just arriving in Salem on Wednesday evening, please join ACRL members for food, conversation, and a no-host bar at the Taproot Lounge and Café, a short walk from the convention center and hotel.

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Taproot Lounge and Café (Google map), 356 State Street, Salem, OR 97301

All conference attendees are welcome!

See us at programs for Academic Libraries

The online conference program in Sched has filters to help you pick sessions of interest to you. One filter that may be useful is Academic Libraries .

See you there!

OSU Libraries Faculty Seminar on 4/14

OSU Libraries Library Faculty Association invites colleagues to this Friday’s (4/14) Seminar Series presentation at 10:00am: Building Bridges Between Oregon and Fujian: Twenty Years of the Horner Exchange, with Richard Sapon-White, Assistant Professor, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, OSU Libraries & Press.

We are webcasting the presentation, so  if you are not able to be physically present, please join the meeting remotely.


Professor Richard Sapon-White has been the Oregon coordinator of the Horner Exchange for much of the past ten years.  In 2016, the 20th year of the program, he traveled to Fujian Province for the first time.  As part of a three-member delegation, he visited Oregon’s sister province in China, visiting libraries, giving presentations, and taking in the sights of this wonderfully historic and picturesque region.  At this LFA seminar, he will be sharing his insights on the state of Chinese libraries, their innovative services and projects, and the many aspects of Fujianese cultural life that he experienced.

Richard Sapon-White is currently Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at Oregon State University Libraries, where he has worked for more than 20 years. Professor Sapon-White is active in the international relations efforts of both ALA and the Oregon Library Association; he has served on the ALA International Relations Committee and has been coordinating the OLA IRRT’s Horner Exchange with Fujian Province, China, since 2008.  A member of Beta Phi Mu, the library science honor society, he received Fulbright fellowships in 2005 (Czech Republic) and 2012-2013 (Poland).  Professor Sapon-White earned his MLS from Southern Connecticut State University, his master’s degree in public health from UCLA, and a B.Sc. in zoology from the University of Toronto.

The seminar will take place in the Willamette Seminar Rooms (Valley 3622) on the 3rd floor floor of the Valley Library. 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)

Registration is now open for the Spring Information Literacy Summit!

Join the Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon (ILAGO) on Saturday May 13 at WSU Vancouver for a stimulating day of Information Literacy discussion!

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Registration is $30 and includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Register and find more details on the ILAGO website: https://ilago.wordpress.com/oregon-il-summit-2017/

For those interested in Open Education Resources, the Summit will be preceded by the Library as Open Education Spring Workshop on Friday May 12 at the Vancouver Community Library. Details available here: https://libraryasleader.org/loel-workshop-may-12-2017/

For more information about the Spring Information Literacy Summit, contact Sarah Ralston, ILAGO Chair 2016-2017, at sralston@eou.edu


Interview with Steve Silver, Northwest Christian University

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Steve Silver, Director, Kellenberger Library at Northwest Christian University


Tell us a little bit about your work background.

Like many, librarianship is a second career for me. I have a Masters in Choral Conducting (University of Oregon) and did church music gigs in Oregon and Washington for many years. Twenty years ago I took a second job working part time as the technical services assistant in the library at what was then Northwest Christian College (now University, also my alma mater). At the time it was just a job to supplement income. Through a series of fortuitous circumstances I was able to earn my MLS, moved to technical services librarian, and ten years ago became library director.

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

In the fall of 2011 I was awarded a grant from ALA to host their traveling exhibit Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible in the NCU library. This exhibit, jointly sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare library in Washington, D.C, with assistance from the Bodleian Library, Oxford, England., celebrated the 400 year anniversary of the King James Bible. The exhibit explored both the creation of the King James Bible and its impact on culture, language, and literature. NCU was one of only two libraries in Oregon to host this exhibit and one of only a couple dozen or so around the country. It was a huge undertaking for our very small institution but proved to be a phenomenal success, drawing hundreds of visitors to our campus and providing opportunities to collaborate and strengthen bonds with other community organizations.

Tied for best experience, and closely related, was my summer 2011 sabbatical. NCU is fortunate to own one of the most extensive collections of rare early printed English language Bibles in the western United States. 2011 also marked the 100 year anniversary of the founding of this collection. I was able to use my sabbatical to research this founding, including a trip to England to visit still existing book shops where some of the Bibles were purchased, as well as visit sites in Oxford where NCU‘s founding president Eugene Sanderson worked and studied himself. Visiting the old Bodleian Library while there was one of many highlights.

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

As you might surmise from my answer above, I’m rather passionate about the history of the Bible as a book, particularly the early years of its translation into English. I love sharing this history and exhibiting NCU‘s incredible rare Bibles. I welcome inquiries and opportunities to do so (seriously; call me).

I’m also passionate about intellectual freedom issues, which may not be so surprising for a librarian but perhaps cuts against the stereotype of someone from a faith-based institution. I am currently working on a book chapter on intellectual freedom from a Christian perspective.

On a more personal note, I’m a huge Oregon Ducks Football fan. Fantasy is probably my favorite genre for reading, though I also read scifi, some bestsellers along the mystery/thriller line, and of course books on the history of the Bible. I enjoy a wide variety of music (but not country. Or rap. And probably not polkas). Our daughter is getting married this October, so we’re slowly ramping up wedding planning mode (they’ve sure gotten expense since we got married 30 years ago).

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

Probably staffing. NCU‘s enrollment has been growing in recent years, which is great. But over the past decade or so the library’s staffing levels have actually decreased. So we’re serving more students with fewer professional and student staff. Coupled with trying to adequately serve our several distinct student populations with a very small staff we’re stretched quite thin (we have traditional daytime undergrads, evening degree completion and masters programs on accelerated 8-week semesters, and online courses and programs).

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

We are small but growing. Currently around 800 students. Although NCU is un-apologetically Christian, we are fairly ecumenical, welcoming students and faculty from a wide-variety of Christian faith experiences. Students do not need to be specifically Christian. In fact we had a student body president come out as atheist during his term a few years ago. That attracted a bit of attention, but he was allowed to continue his term and graduated. All faculty must have a statement of faith describing their particular Christian faith journey, but NCU does not proscribe any specific faith statement, unlike most other faith-based institutions.

And did I mention we have an amazing collection of rare early printed English Bibles?

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

1) Do our jobs well. Proving our worth by actually being of worth may be the most overlooked aspect of effective advocacy. 2) Relationships. Establishing positive, trust-filled relationships with administrators, one’s supervisor, leaders of other campus units, and significant friends of the university provides opportunities for the advocacy message to be heard. If they know I care for them as individuals, that I care about what they care about, and that I am trustworthy, fair, and honest, they are much more likely to hear my message when I advocate for library needs. 3) Put the institution first. An academic library exists to support the institution. Putting library needs first creates division and competition and undermines trust. Re-framing library needs as ways to support the institution creates collaboration and trust, and keeps my work in perspective.

This is all internal advocacy. Especially in today’s environment external advocacy is at least as important. Others are more informed about best practices in this realm, and I strive to follow their lead. Such efforts are vitally important. I am intentionally working to improve the level and competence of my efforts to advocate for libraries on state and national levels, and challenge each one of us to do so as well.

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Call for Proposals – OASL

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The planning committee for the 2017 OASL Fall Conference is hard at work putting together a conference that will benefit a broad spectrum of attendees. That means they need great sessions, so they are calling for ideas and proposals.

Conference Dates: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 13-14, 2017
Conference Location: Jesuit High School (Portland)
Conference Theme: Future Ready. Set. Launch!

The Saturday sessions will be each be an hour long. Sessions on a broad range of topics are encouraged.

Please fill out this proposal form by April 21 if you:
1.      Want to present at the fall conference, or
2.      Have an idea for a session

For questions, please contact:

Chris Myers,Saturday Sessions Chair, 2017 OASL Fall Conference
Email: oaslsaturdaysessions@gmail.com ~ Cell/text: 503-481-2507

*Deadline Next Week, 3/31* Win Up to $250 with the ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship!

The submission deadline is fast approaching for the next round of the 2016-2017 ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship! Submit your application by Friday, March 31st, 2017! You might win up to $250.

The ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarships may be used toward conferences, workshops, courses, seminars, or other learning opportunities (check out previous scholarship winners). 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. Not an ACRL-OR member? Consider joining to take advantage of this opportunity: https://acrloregon.org/join/ten-reasons-to-become-a-member/

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

Application for 2017-2018 Education Advisory Committee Now Open

The Digital Public Library of America is looking for excellent instructors in higher education to join its Education Advisory Committee for 2017-2018. DPLA recently announced a new grant from the Teagle Foundation that funds the creation of a professional development curriculum and new set development for a Primary Source Sets project.

DPLA is currently recruiting a small group of enthusiastic educators in higher education to collaborate with its current team of K-12 and higher ed instructors on this project. Specifically, they are interested in applicants working in humanities fields with US culture including English, Composition, History, Area Studies, Music, Art History, and education fields including Secondary Education, School Librarianship, and Curriculum and Instruction. Applicants can be employed in various roles in higher education including administration or as professors, lecturers, instructors, or adjuncts. Members of this group will:

  • Develop and deliver curriculum for professional development using DPLA and its resources for inquiry-based instruction
  • Collaborate with K-12 and higher ed members of the Education Advisory Committee to develop best practices for implementing the Primary Source Sets
  • Write new primary source sets following DPLA’s format and participate in peer review and revision (3 in 15 months)
  • Provide input on online professional development modules

If selected, participants are committing to:

  • Attend a 2-day in-person meeting on June 29-30, 2017 (arriving the night of June 28 if traveling from far away) in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Attend six virtual meetings approximately quarterly (September 2017 – November 2018)
  • Participate in no more than one professional development or conference presentation as scheduled

Participants will receive a $1,200 stipend (upon completion of the project in Dec 2018) for participation as well as full reimbursement for travel costs. The deadline for applications for the 2017-2018 Education Advisory Committee is March 31, 2017.

To learn more about DPLA’s work with education, read their Education page. For questions, please contact education@dp.la.