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Meet your new ACRL-OR president

For those who do not know me (and perhaps for those who think they do) let me introduce myself. Hi, I’m Steve Silver, and I’m your new ACRL-OR president. I’ve been on the job since September 1, settling in, getting myself organized, and leading our first board meeting of the year. Your past president, Stephanie Debner, has been fantastically helpful in this transition time. Send her a nice thank you for her dedication to this great organization.

Photo of Steve Silver's READ poster

Steve Silver’s READ poster

So who is this short, bespectacled guy from the tiny Christian university you’ve elected to lead you? I’m an Emporia grad (SLIM cohort #5, 2006). Northwest Christian University (NCU), my alma mater, is the only library I’ve worked in, and I’ve been here over 20 years. For the past 11 as library director. I started out in Technical Services, and occasionally (but not often) miss the days of dealing with clear-cut, black and white rules and codes (which, let’s face it, are not always so clear-cut or black and white anyway). My professional interests lie with intellectual freedom issues (I’m a member of OLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee) and the history of the Bible as a book (NCU has an amazing rare Bible collection). I’m currently teaching a semester course on the latter, which is great fun.

But so much for the boring stuff. Let’s get personal. Married 31 years. Our only daughter is getting married October 14 (yes, we like the guy). I’m a semi-passionate Oregon Ducks football fan. I watch NASCAR. I have a masters in Choral Conducting from the University of Oregon (Helmuth Riling’s conducting Master Classes were amazing!). I was a church musician before becoming a librarian. I am a progressive, one might say “seeking” Christian, which is a long way from my conservative Christian upbringing (but my parents still love me anyway). I’ve been to England and Canada (briefly), but otherwise have not traveled internationally. Favorite local vacation spot: Yachats, Adobe Inn. Favorite overall vacation spot: Kauai, Hawai’i. Not a huge beer fan (I’ve tried, I really have), but I like a good hard cider or margarita. For-fun reading is mostly, though not exclusively, fantasy (Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, Robin Hobb). I’m currently reading “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle, and “The Christian College and the meaning of Academic Freedom: Truth seeking in community” by William C. Ringenberg. Yes, I usually have a “fun” book and a “serious” book going at the same time.

I am involved with ACRL-OR because this association has been a tremendous support to me in my work as an academic librarian, and I believe it is and can be a tremendous support to each of you in your work as well. I also believe that in our current times that support is needed perhaps more than ever. My leadership style defaults to collaboration and input seeking. As a library director I’ve learned to make the quick, hard decision when needed, but my preference is always to discuss and make group decisions when possible. As a director, I also know that those working the “front lines” often have better ideas than I do, and my job is to help those ideas be successful.

So let me hear from you. Those of you coming to the ACRL-WA/OR joint conference at Pack Forest, there will be a members meeting, and I hope to see you there and to hear your thoughts. And you can always contact me at any time at acrlor@olaweb.org.

Thank you for the trust you’ve shown in my be electing me to be your president. Working together, I know we can make this another great year for ACRL-OR and academic librarians across our state.

Sincerely yours,

Steve Silver


Congratulations to the recipients of the ACRL-Oregon fall conference scholarships!

ACRL Oregon is delighted to announce the winners of scholarships to attend the ACRL Oregon and Washington Joint Fall Conference at Pack Forest later this month. They are:

  • Elaine Goff, from Willamette University and a student at Emporia State University (first-time conference attendee, MLIS student, and paraprofessional employee in an academic library)
  • Lily Morgan, from the Art Institute of Portland and Concordia University (first-time conference attendee and part-time employee in an academic library)

Congratulations to these ACRL-Oregon members! We are looking forward to a great conference.

ACRL OR/WA Conference Registration Closing Soon!

Picture of cabins at Pack Forest Conference Center

Pack Forest Conference Center

We are only three weeks away from the 2017 ACRL OR/WA Joint Conference at Pack Forest and that means registration will be closing soon!

This year you can expect a fabulous line up of speakers and presenters, a highly entertaining Thursday evening social gathering, and top-secret, highly useful swag that is NOT a tote bag. In short, you don’t want to miss out this year!

The full conference program and registration information is available at http://acrlwa.org/.

Registration closes Wednesday, October 4th  but why wait? Register today!

Costs are below, and include lodging and meals.

  • Members – $140.00 ACRL-WA, ACRL-OR and CLAMS members
  • MLIS Students – $100.00  Currently enrolled MLIS students residing, working, or attending school in Oregon or Washington.
  • Non-members – $150.00

Questions? Contact ACRLWA President Eli Gandour-Rood at egandourrood@pugetsound.edu or ACRLWA Vice-President Madeline Mundt at mundtm@uw.edu.

Scholarship applications open for ACRL-Oregon/Washington Fall Conference

ACRL-OR has two scholarships available to attend the ACRL Washington and Oregon Joint Fall Conference. This year, the ACRL Washington chapter is hosting the conference on October 19 and 20 at the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest.

How can the scholarships be used? 

The scholarship covers the registration fee of $140 for the conference, which includes room and board.

Who is eligible?

This scholarship is designed for those who live and/or work in Oregon. For those who live and/or work in Washington, please refer to the ACRL-WA site for conference scholarship information. Those meeting at least one of the criteria below are eligible to apply.  Each criteria met will be awarded points in the evaluation process (see below under how the application will be evaluated).

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

Who is not eligible?

  • Those who do not live and/or work in Oregon.
  • Those who meet none of the criteria described above.
  • Those who have received a Fall Conference Scholarship in the past.

How will applications be evaluated?

A point system will be used to rank applicant eligibility (First time attendee-2 points, ACRL-OR member-2 points, MLIS student-1 point, Paraprofessional-1 point, part time or temporary employee-1 point).  In addition, application essays will be evaluated for:

  1. Financial need.
  2. Interest in the conference theme/program.
  3. Plans to apply knowledge gained at the conference.


The application period for the 2017 Fall Conference Scholarships will be Wednesday, September 13 to Wednesday, September 27.  Apply now!

Applicants will be notified shortly after the application period closes.

Registration for the ACRL Washington and Oregon Joint Fall Conference is open until Wednesday, October 4.

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Debner, ACRL-OR Board Past President
University of Western States

Fighting Fake News with the ACRL Framework

The newest addition to the ACRL webinar archive is Fighting Fake News with the ACRL Framework. This webinar, explores strategies and techniques for teaching people the literacy skills they need to combat fake news, was originally broadcast on July 20th, 2017.

Access to these ACRL e-Learning webinars is a benefit of ACRL-OR membership, thus a librarian holding 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 viewing event and serve as the designated 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 Communications Coordinator, Aja.Bettencourt-McCarthy; 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: ACRL national provides chapters with limited complimentary access to these webinars to encourage chapter programming, up to 6 remote logins are available. Thus the viewing event is not limited to a single location. However, the designated contact should not share the login information with more than 6 remote attendees (including themselves). These are ACRL’s limitations in exchange for complimentary access; ACRL-OR asks that you respect these limitations.

Registration Open for the ACRL WA/OR Joint Conference

We are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 ACRL Washington & Oregon Joint Conference.

Please join us on October 19th and 20th to share ideas and inspirations, build community, and enjoy the idyllic setting at Pack Forest Conference Center in Eatonville, WA.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Carole Palmer, Professor, Associate Dean for Research, and Interim Dean at the University of Washington Information School, who will speak on “Preserving Principles and Transforming Practice: LIS Expertise for the Data Age.”

Register today!  Registration closes October 3rd, 2017.

Registration costs are below, and include lodging and meals.

  • Members – $140.00 ACRL-WA, ACRL-OR and CLAMS members
  • MLIS Students – $100.00  Currently enrolled MLIS students residing, working, or attending school in Oregon or Washington.
  • Non-members – $150.00

**Watch for the ACRL-OR conference scholarship announcement coming very soon**

Further information, including the full conference program, is available at http://acrlwa.org/

Questions? Contact ACRLWA President Eli Gandour-Rood at egandourrood@pugetsound.edu or ACRLWA Vice-President Madeline Mundt at mundtm@uw.edu.

Data Science Institute at OHSU in November

LogoTree_v5The OHSU Library is hosting the Data Science Institute from November 6-8 in Portland.

The institute will bring together researchers, students, and librarians for a data science immersion event. The curriculum is targeted to beginner level participants, and the schedule is available here: https://ohsulibrary-datascienceinstitute.github.io/

Individuals can complete this form to register for the Institute. The Institute is free, but space is limited.  Registrations will be reviewed and selection notifications will be sent by August 31, 2017.

Contact OHSULibraryDataScienceInstitute@ohsu.edu with any questions.

2017 ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence Nomination Period Now Open

The ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence is given annually for a project or initiative, undertaken by an individual or a group, that has significantly improved Oregon academic libraries or librarianship.

The award will be presented at the ACRL-Washington/Oregon Joint Fall Conference (October 19-20, 2017 at Pack Forest) and the winner(s) will also be recognized at the Oregon Library Association Annual Conference Award Ceremony on April 20, 2018 in Eugene. The winner (if group, one individual only) will receive registration to the ACRL Washington/Oregon Joint Fall Conference; group members will receive an engraved plaque.

2017 award for excellence

Who can be nominated:

Any individual or group in Oregon may apply or be nominated (self–nominations are accepted).  Individuals or groups that include at least one employee of an academic library may be given priority consideration. Project members do not need to be ACRL-OR members.  The initiative or project that is the basis of the nomination must have occurred in the previous three years.


Nominations must be received by September 17, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.


The award winner(s) will be notified by September 27, 2017.


Please contact the ACRL-Oregon President at acrlor@olaweb.org.

Reminder Call for Proposals: 2017 ACRL Washington & Oregon Joint Fall Conference

This is a reminder that proposals for this year’s ACRL Washington & Oregon joint conference are DUE THIS FRIDAY AUGUST 11th by 11:59pm.

This year’s theme is “Tried & True or Shiny & New?” you are invited to join us on October 19th and 20th to share ideas and inspirations, build community, and enjoy the idyllic setting at Pack Forest Conference Center in Eatonville, WA.  There are many ways to engage with your fellow librarians at Pack Forest this year:

  • Can you talk for 7 minutes about a time that you tried something and it didn’t work out? Propose a Fail Talk!
  • Want to share the results of the hard work you’ve been doing? Submit a poster!
  • Looking for a chance to bring together a few colleagues to offer insights about a particular topic? Plan a panel discussion!

Link to submit proposals is http://bit.ly/ACRLWAOR17

Deadline is this Friday, August 11th at 11:59pm. Accepted presentations will be notified August 22nd.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact ACRLWA President Eli Gandour-Rood at egandourrood@pugetsound.edu or ACRLWA Vice-President Madeline Mundt at mundtm@uw.edu.




Maureen Flanagan Battistella awarded ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship

The final 2016-2017 ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship has been awarded to Maureen Flanagan Battistella of Southern Oregon University.

Photograph of Maureen Battistella

Maureen Flanagan Battistella, Southern Oregon University

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 on the ACRL-OR Scholarships page.

Battistella will use her award to attend the American Association for State and Local History 2017 Annual Conference next month in Austin, TX. While Battisstella has an MLS, she currently holds as assistant professor affiliate and research anthropologist appointment in SOU’s Sociology and Anthropology Program. Battistella partners with Hannon Library colleagues, Jackson County Library staff, and others to create “unique digital collections that tell the stories of Southern Oregon.” Her projects have been funded by the Erath Family Foundation (document wine in Southern Oregon), Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association, the Oregon Heritage Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities (Common Heritage grant to document agricultural and logging family histories), and most recently, LSTA.

Battistella presented on aspects of her work at the 2016 OLA Annual Conference  and plans on submitting another proposal for OLA 2018.

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, 2017.

~ Uta Hussong-Christian, ACRL-OR Past President
Oregon State University Libraries & Press