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*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.


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.”

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.  

Applications Open 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
Oregon State University

*Deadline Extended* ACRL-OR/WA Fall Conference Short Talks and Poster Submissions

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.


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


The Benefits of ACRL-OR Involvement: A Board Member’s Personal Perspective

The following post is written by Garrett Trott, ACRL-OR Member at Large (2015-2017)


I am in the middle of my second term on the ACRL-OR board. My first term was from 2007-2010 as VP/President-Elect, President, and Past President. In the spring of 2015, I was voted in as a member-at-large. I started in September of 2015, and my term will end in August of 2017. I have found involvement with ACRL-OR very valuable, and I would like to encourage others, if you are not already, to be involved to some degree in ACRL-OR.

What makes it valuable? I work at Corban University library. We are a small institution (about 1100 FTE), and we have a small library staff (3.5 FTE) – this includes both professional and paraprofessional staff. One of the reasons I originally pursued involvement with ACRL-OR was because I wanted to be able to serve my institution better by learning about what other libraries are doing, having a little more interaction with colleagues, and learning from them how they are dealing with issues impacting libraries throughout the state of Oregon.

My first term proved incredibly beneficial. What did I learn? The first thing I learned was the power of association. I am certain that many are familiar with this concept, but to be honest, after having worked in a fairly small institution for some time, that concept is easy to forget. The power of association simply implies that groups and organizations are much more powerful and can accomplish more than a single individual.

A second aspect that has made the ACRL-OR board valuable is how they work. I have served on a handful of differing boards, some have been driven by certain agendas, and some have had a very narrow singular focus. While I do not want to say that ACRL-OR does not have a focus nor do I want to suggest that it lacks any agenda, one remarkable element that I found immensely valuable in my terms on the board is the fact that the board was willing to listen, offer feedback, and often times accept and even embrace new ideas. They serve as a wonderful sounding board for not only what works in their libraries, but what can work to impact academic libraries throughout the state of Oregon. If you want to see change take place in Oregon academic libraries, ACRL-OR is a very viable venue to speak your voice.

As academic librarians, we work in education. Although I realize that this is not true in all scenarios, I do find it a bit ironic (and I hope many would agree) that there are educational institutions that are lacking support for education (AKA professional development) for their own faculty and staff. I do understand the warrant for fiscal restraints in this area, but at least in principle, all academic institutions should support professional development. We are also aware that individuals have differing learning styles. One of the ways that I learn best is through dialog with my colleagues, learning how they handle certain situations, and empathizing with their frustrations. My involvement with ACRL-OR granted me these opportunities in my first term, and I have found them available abundantly in my second as well.

If you are looking for opportunities to grow and develop as an Oregon academic librarian, I would encourage you to pursue looking at ACRL-OR as a venue through which this can happen. For my particular context, working in a small library, involvement with the ACRL-OR board has been an incredibly worthwhile investment of my time and effort. The rewards of being on the board have far outweighed the time and effort invested.

Garrett Trott
Corban University

Deadline tomorrow, 7/22: ACRL-OR Award for Excellence Nominations

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-Oregon/Washington Fall Conference (October 27-28, 2016 at Menucha) and the winner(s) will also be recognized at the Oregon Library Association Annual Conference Award Ceremony on April 21, 2017 in Salem. The winner (if group, one individual only) will receive registration to the ACRL Oregon/Washington Joint Fall Conference and an engraved plaque.

ACRL-OR Award for Excellence Nomination Form

Who can be nominated:

Any project or initiative that includes at least one employee of an academic library in Oregon may be nominated (self–nomination are accepted). 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 July 22, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.


The award winner(s) will be notified by mid-August.


Please contact the ACRL-Oregon President, Uta Hussong-Christian, at acrlor@olaweb.org.

Round Two: Professional Development Scholarship

Applications for Round Two of the new Professional Development Scholarship are due on July 31, 2016.

Up to three $250 scholarships will be awarded annually. Applications are accepted at three points throughout the year (see below for specific deadlines). Applications will be reviewed within two weeks after the application deadline.

ACRL-OR PD scholarship form header

How can the scholarship be used?  

The ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship may be used toward conferences, workshops, courses, seminars, or other learning opportunities (including e-learning opportunities) appropriate to the applicant. The funding priority is registration and transportation costs incurred by the applicant.

Professional Development Scholarships will not be awarded for ACRL-OR/WA Fall Conference attendance as this annual event has its own scholarships.

Who is eligible?

All ACRL-Oregon members in good standing.

Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Professional Development Scholarship from ACRL-Oregon.

Who is not eligible?

Non ACRL-Oregon members.

How will applications be evaluated?

Please visit our FAQ page, which contains our evaluation rubrics and answers to frequently asked questions.

How do I apply?

Apply for the scholarship using this online form.


Applications will be accepted at three points throughout the year:

  • March 31
  • July 31
  • November 30

For more information:

Contact the ACRL-OR Board President:

Uta Hussong-Christian
ACRL-OR President, 2015-2016
Oregon State University

Wanted! ACRL Oregon Communications Coordinator

The ACRL Oregon Board is seeking its next Communications Coordinator. Do you enjoy creating and posting diverse web content? Do you enjoy volunteering alongside a motivated and collegial group of academic librarians? Are you looking for an opportunity to get involved with Oregon’s ACRL Chapter/OLA’s Academic Division? Well, ACRL Oregon has an opportunity for you! Consider being our next Communications Coordinator! Duties include:

  • Creating webpages for the ACRL-OR WordPress website (e.g., Fall Conference webpage, Past Conference webpage, OLA Annual Conference webpage, etc)
  • Creating forms (e.g., scholarship application form, conference registration form, etc)
  • Posting Board Meeting Minutes
  • Updating Board member information (September each year)
  • Coordinating with OLA Webmaster
  • Using Memberclicks Content Management System
  • Publicizing events and news of interest to academic librarians via multiple channels

The appointee must be a member of OLA/Academic Division (ACRL-Oregon) and will serve a 2 year term. See the full position description on the ACRL-OR website: https://acrloregon.org/position-descriptions/communications-coordinator/

Please contact Uta Hussong-Christian (current president) or Stephanie Debner (president-elect) by July 25th to express interest or to ask any questions.

We look forward to welcoming YOU to the ACRL-OR Board!

College Readiness and Library Research Skills: Observations from Oregon

Photo of student frustration

Source from Catholic Online; click image to view source

A recent article in Library Journal, “First Year College Readiness,” highlights some of research skills academic librarians have observed first year students struggling with when they reach college. Over-reliance on Google, superficial knowledge of plagiarism, and lack of experience with researching and writing analytical papers were just a few of the themes touched on in the article. It got me wondering if Oregon academic librarians had similar observations, given the decrease in licensed school librarians in the state.

In a very informal survey, I asked ACRL-OR members and other academic librarians involved in library instruction to relay their thoughts about first year college students’ skills. Below are highlights from the responses I received. Based on this small sample, it seems that Oregon students struggle with similar issues outlined in the article. I was encouraged by optimism and strategies for addressing those issues also expressed in some of the responses.

“Far too many of them think that the first 20 returns on a Google search are sufficient ‘research.’”

“My experience is pretty consistent with the Library Journal article, but maybe a bit more extreme. There are no credentialed school librarians in this part of the state, and over time we have seen a decrease in skills by the time students get to college. They come from rural areas with very small schools, where they don’t receive IL instruction, and where, in some cases, they don’t even have access to computers. This is one reason we have IL credit courses at EOU, and students do learn how to do all of these things. We just wish there was more of a foundation that we could build on at the college level rather than starting from scratch. 

  • Students often think they understand plagiarism, but we find they don’t know how to cite correctly, and they don’t know that they need to cite when they paraphrase. They only know that you need to cite a quote.
  • Students don’t know what databases are, or even what journals are. I have had students write in an assignment, “books won’t have the information I need,” because they think all books are fiction. This is rare (happened twice).
  • They don’t understand the vocabulary of information. Not jargon, but even basic things like the difference between print and digital, subscription, periodical, credentials. These are all words students have asked me to define.
  • They don’t understand the way search engines and the Internet work, and how that has an impact on their searching.
  • They want to find information quickly, and are hesitant to use print materials or to wait for interlibrary loan. 
  • They don’t know how to synthesize information from multiple sources, and they seek that one perfect source that will exactly answer their research question.
  • They don’t know what makes an appropriate research question for college-level research.
  • They do know they should not use Wikipedia as a source, but they don’t always know why.”

“I always stress how important it is to have passion for the topic they are researching. Often the students are not fully prepared with their topics and so much of the process is making sure they have a topic that they can work with and have formulated a relevant question. Students are quick to walk away from a topic when they can’t find anything. Often, a library instruction session is more about selling myself as a mentor than anything else.”

“I think ‘kids today’ actually know a lot more than we give them credit for. They’ve learned to search google by typing in phrases. You’d be surprised how often just typing your thesis statement into EBSCO or Gale (without quotes) is an excellent search strategy!”

“I talk to freshman about how using library resources online is their invitation into a part of the invisible web that they now have access to for the first time. … this is their chance to learn more and go to the next level as researchers, which intrigues them, especially when I emphasize that they have paid-for access to these resources with their tuition and fees.” [and research is a job skill valued by potential employers!]

It is clear that librarians are key in helping students learn the research skills they need for college. When that is not an option, at least Oregon does have a tool to help. If you haven’t done so, make sure to check out the great research process guidance offered by the Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS).

OSLIS logo

Thanks to Steve Silver, Sarah Ralston, Dotty Ormes, Michael Grutchfield, and Kimberly Willson-St Clair for their responses to my questions.

Thanks also to Robert Schroeder for pointing me to the survey he conducted with Oregon librarians in 2007:

Schroeder, R. (2009). Both sides now: Librarians looking at information literacy from high school and college. Tips. Educators’ Spotlight Digest, 4(1).

Arlene Weible
ACRL-OR Board, State Library Representative
Oregon State Library


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