Attend ACRL National Virtual Conference for *FREE*

Can’t make it to Philadelphia for the ACRL National Conference this year? Then consider joining your colleagues in Bend, Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, Newport, or Ashland for the ACRL Virtual Conference (see the end of this notice for exact locations and don’t forget to fill out the survey)!

This is free of charge courtesy of ACRL-Oregon! The Virtual Conference sessions are scheduled for Thursday, March 31st and Friday, April 1st.


Thursday, March 31

9:00AM-10:00 AM
Depending On Our Users: Collecting User Feedback to Assess and Improve Research Consultations

Reference services are responding to the increasing size and complexity of the current information landscape in various ways. A new Research Center at the University of Denver provides students and faculty with hour-long, one-on-one consultations with a research librarian. The effectiveness of this model has been assessed with feedback data collected with SurveyMonkey. We will discuss how this robust data provides important insights into user demographics, user satisfaction, and student learning outcomes.
Presenter(s): Erin Meyer, Student Outreach Librarian and Research Center Coordinator, Penrose Library, University of Denver; Carrie Forbes, Instruction Coordinator and Reference Librarian, Penrose Library, University of Denver

10:30 AM -11:30 AM
Training Volunteer Library Teachers: Novice to Professional in a Few Painless Steps

Most library instruction programs are built on volunteer teachers. Building creative, professional teachers takes planning and commitment. This session will explore how to create a teacher training program that systematically supports novice teachers as they move towards being confident library instructors. The session will move from what makes a quality volunteer teacher to how to structure a teacher development program and end with how to successfully launch a program with no direct supervisory role.
Presenter(s): Suzanne Julian, Library Instruction Coordinator, Brigham Young University

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Benefits and Challenges of Academic Librarians in Virtual Worlds

Hundreds of institutions of higher education have an academic presence in virtual worlds (VWs), what is the librarian’s role? In what ways are academic librarians professionally involved in Second Life and other VWs? Is exploring Second Life and other VWs worth the time and effort? Why have many librarians taken the lead and/or supporting roles in VW environments on their campus? What are the challenges and benefits of this work?
Presenter(s): Robin Ashford, Reference & Distance Services Librarian, George Fox University; Beth Kraemer, Information Technology, University of Kentucky; Diane Nahl, Dr., University of Hawaii; Denise Cote, Associate Professor, College of DuPage

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Digital Library Interdependence: Building External Partnerships with Cultural Heritage Organizations

How one academic library has groomed external relations with others outside its university to allow the rich cultural resources they own and manage to be preserved digitally and made available to scholars world-wide by means of a substantial digital library. 2011 marks the fifth year of this University s digital library and the announcement of the fifth major digital library partnership agreement, undertaking now to digitize another university’s world-class special collection of early printed bibles.
Presenter(s): Darren Poley, Outreach Librarian, Villanova University

Friday, April 1, 2011

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Integrating the Library into Online Courses

What if you could bottle a little bit of the library into every online course? Libraries at three California State Universities are partnering with their campus IT departments to create a rich library environment in every instructor s course. Students can use library resources and services directly from within the online course container and librarians are provided with the power to take on an active role in online courses.
Presenter(s): Susan Thompson, Coordinator Library Systems, California State University San Marcos; Thoreau Lovell, Head of Library Information Technology & Media Services, Leonard Library, San Francisco State University; Hillary Kaplowitz, Instructional Designer, California State University, Northridge; Danielle Skaggs, Coordinator of Online Instructional Design, California State University, Northridge; Christina Mayberry, Science and Engineering Librarian, California State University, Northridge

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Listening to Users . . . Closing the Feedback Loop: Just Do It!

Libraries can close the feedback loop quickly. Methods for realtime feedback and library responses, in use at a college library and a large university library, will be presented,including suggestion boxes and guestbooks, as well as usability studies, mystery shoppers, and informal student interviews. Often libraries focus on information-gathering rather than improvements and responses. If the response is not timely, “short attention span” customers may lose interest and feel as if their opinions do not count.
Presenter(s): Meg Scharf, Associate Director for Public Services, University of Central Florida; Lisabeth Chabot, College Librarian, Ithaca College

12:00 PM -1:00 PM
When Nontraditional is the Norm: Shifting the Instruction Paradigm for Adult Online Students

Adult, online students may be invisible, but they are a potent force and will be for years to come. How much do we know about them, and do our instructional activities meet their needs? You ll learn some surprising truths about adult students in the digital realm, and learn how to apply the principles of andragogy to create effective library instruction materials for your adult, online students.
Presenter(s): Erin Brothen, Education Librarian, Walden University; Erika Bennett, Information Literacy & Instruction Librarian, Capella University; Kim Staley, Reference Librarian and Liaison to the School of Public Service Leadership, Capella University

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Checklist Manifesto for Electronic Resources: Getting Ready for the Fiscal Year

Need to organize how you prepare your current, new, upgraded, or deselected electronic resources for the new fiscal year? Learn how to innovatively apply the principles of The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right and prepare a checklist to manage the myriad of tasks involved in this process. As a simple, but effective tool, a checklist will help you to make priorities clearer and prompt people to function better as a team.
Presenter(s): Lenore England, Digital Services Librarian, University of Maryland University College; Li Fu, Digital Resources Librarian, University of Maryland University College; Stephen Miller, Associate Provost, Library, University of Maryland University College


State Locations:

Oregon State University:
• Valley Library in Corvallis
Site Coordinator: Stefanie Buck,, 541-737-7273

•OSU Cascades Campus Library in Bend shared with COCC:
Site Coordinator: David Bilyeu,, 541-383-7563

•Marilyn Potts Guin Library in Newport,
Site Coordinator: Janet Webster,, 541-867-0108

Portland State University:
• Portland State University Library, room 170, Millar Library Building,
Site Coordinator: Michael Bowman,, 503-725-3690

Southern Oregon University:
• Lenn and Dixie Hannon Library:
Site Coordinator: Connie Anderson-Cohoon,, 541-552-6820

University of Oregon:
• Onyx Bridge Science Library, Room 22,
Site Coordinator: Brian Westra,,
541-346-2654 (office) or 541-346-3075 (library)


Please let us know what sessions you are planning to attend by filling out this survey (Please paste link in browser window if necessary):

Additional questions please contact the individual site coordinators or feel free to contact me.

Thank you,
Jane Scott
ACRL Board President

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