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2019-20 Annual Report to the Membership

by Candise Branum, ACRL-Oregon President

As a first-time Board member and first-time President, the past year has been quite a handful. Even with the tremendous challenges that 2020 has thrown our way, I have really and truly enjoyed my time as your ACRL-Oregon President. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to collaborate with a group of compassionate and engaged individuals, people who are dedicated to making libraries more equitable. So with my Presidential term coming to a close, I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the bright spots from ACRL-Oregon leadership over the past year.

One of the primary goals of ACRL-Oregon is advocacy work. This past year, our first major challenge came in the face of academic libraries being asked to remain open during the first major wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, ACRL-OR created a public statement in support of academic libraries protecting our staff by closing our doors, including writing a letter to HECC. One thing that the Board has recently been pondering is how we can best support library staff who are experiencing COVID-19 related setbacks, and what that support system could look like. We started a Slack channel for academic librarians to share resources and ideas, and published the “How We Work During the Pandemic” series for the blog, but if people have other ideas about what this support could look like, please email me!

In addition to ad-hoc advocacy work, ACRL-Oregon also expanded our webinar offerings to one free webinar every other month. With the cancellation of the Joint Conference at Menucha, we decided to extend our online educational opportunities this summer and into fall, including reaching out to people who were slated to present at the cancelled OLA Conference. We’ve also updated our website to include a space dedicated to ACRL National webinars, with explicit instructions for local members on how to take advantage of viewing these webinars for free.

(Speaking of our website, we’ve also been working on some critical updates. We know: it is ugly as sin. It’s also not accessible, and that is a serious problem. We are putting the finishing touches on our updated template, and are hoping to debut our new website this fall.)

Finally, the Board developed a few new coordinator positions. We now have a membership coordinator (focused on recruiting new members as well as retaining and engaging current members), a blog content lead (who collaborates with the Communications Coordinator to ensure create an editorial process for blog content), and a representative to the newly created OLA Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce. We are hoping these positions will help us to build a framework in ACRL-OR that will ensure that our policies are equitable, and that our group is moving towards being actively anti-racist. 

So… yeah. Even though this year has been challenging, we are still getting it done. We are all figuring out how to work safely, and trying to support one another during COVID-19. While surviving a pandemic, we are also doing the uncomfortable and necessary work of investigating and dismantling White supremacy at our organizations. All of this work is exhausting, and we all have to think carefully how to best balance our mental and physical health with this necessary work. But I’m also excited about the possibilities, as we are starting to see real changes. Many schools are either disarming campus security or removing police presence completely, and there is a momentum for organizations to move beyond lip-service and to commit to creating systemic changes that benefit not just our White and cisgendered staff and community members. With remote learning, COVID safety, and budget cuts, it is easy for people (especially White people) to deprioritize racial and social justice work, but now is absolutely the time to keep your foot on the gas. 

As I enter my term as the Past President, I want to thank Meredith Farkas for both her leadership and friendship — she has served as both a mentor and a facilitator during my time on the Board, and I truly appreciate her passion for making the profession better. I am so excited to work with Rachel Bridgewater as the incoming President, Emily Ford as our Vice President, and the rest of our new and existing Board members in continuing to serve the academic library community and move forward in making our field more equitable.

In Solidarity,

Candise Branum
ACRL-OR President (2019-2020)

ACRL-OR Statement for Racial Justice

The Oregon Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries/Academic Division of the Oregon Library Association (ACRL-OR) stands in solidarity with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and REFORMA Oregon in condemning the systematic social injustices and violence endured by Black people and all people of color. We support the principles of the Black Lives Matter movement and pledge our support to library workers and the communities we serve by advocating for the eradication of racial injustice and White supremacy in our profession. We recognize the pervasive role of both implicit and explicit racism in denying equal rights and equitable access, and commit to working toward becoming an anti-racist chapter that confronts, deconstructs, and dismantles the systems, policies, and procedures that reify racism and anti-blackness.

In order to effect change within our organization, the ACRL-OR Board commits to:

  • Exploring ways to support academic library staff in Oregon in doing anti-racist work, including providing professional development and staff training opportunities that counteract anti-blackness, racism, and White supremacy in librarianship; 
  • Assessing our internal processes and procedures and implementing systems that operationalize racial equity; 
  • Deconstructing the Whiteness of our professional organization by actively recruiting BIPOC library staff for leadership positions, and by working towards identifying and dismantling the barriers that prevent BIPOC library staff from engaging in organizational leadership;
  • Ensuring that an ACRL-OR Board member is represented on (and ACRL-OR is accountable to) the OLA’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Taskforce.

We recommend that academic library staff commit to: 

  • Engaging in an equity audit of current policies, processes, and procedures that have been built upon and support a legacy of White supremacy, and then work to rectify or dismantle these policies and procedures;
  • Advocating for anti-racist actions within our institutions;
  • Ensuring that patrons from historically marginalized groups feel welcomed and included in the spaces we manage (both in our libraries and our classrooms); 
  • Providing public programming and displays that further anti-racist causes; 
  • Pursuing professional development and staff training opportunities that counteract racism;
  • Making resource purchasing decisions using an equity lens;
  • Incorporating inclusive design and anti-racist pedagogical principles in teaching.

ACRL-Oregon Board

Award for Excellence Winners

Announcing the 2020 ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence Winners

The ACRL-Oregon Board is proud to award this year’s ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence to two excellent projects: Writing (Pacific Northwest) African American History into Wikipedia and the OLA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion/Anti-Racism Task Force. The ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence is given to recognize a project that demonstrates excellence in the field by significantly improving Oregon academic libraries or librarianship. The Award for Excellence Committee uses a rubric to judge the projects, and both winning projects received exactly the same excellent score.

We are thrilled to recognize two projects that represent efforts to center BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) history in our region and the needs of BIPOC workers in our profession:

The Writing (Pacific Northwest) African American History into Wikipedia team recognized an information gap within Wikipedia related to African American history, especially for the Pacific Northwest. Librarians at Oregon State University organized Wikipedia Editathons to make this history more visible. As a result, they have not only increased access to information about Pacific Northwest African American history, but they have also trained new editors who can continue this work. They have held two Editathons and have had participation from students enrolled in OSU courses as well as community members. Overall the Editathons demonstrate a commitment to social justice by addressing Wikipedia’s well-documented racial bias and offer a valuable model for librarians and archivists to enact change. OSU Librarian Laurie Bridges led this effort along with a team that included OSU librarians Diana Park and Tiah Edmunson-Morton. This project was also written about in an OLA Quarterly article as part of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion issue in Fall 2019.

The OLA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion/Anti-Racism Task Force was charged by the Oregon Library Association Board in Fall 2019 with developing an EDI plan for the organization. The Task Force, which focused on anti-racism as its primary focus, presented its recommendations in Spring 2020 which were adopted by the OLA Board and have influenced the planning of the Oregon Association of School Librarians as well as ACRL-Oregon. According to Task Force Co-Chair, Marci Ramiro-Jenkins of the McMinnville Public Library, “this project will help with the implementation of anti-racist best practices, will promote education and guidance for librarians and library staff in regards to EDI and anti-racism best practices, will advocate for support for librarians of color when it comes to emotional labor, microaggressions and racial battle fatigue, and will improve the retention of  library staff and patrons from underrepresented groups.” Ramiro-Jenkins shares this award with co-Chair Martín Blasco of Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Meredith Farkas of Portland Community College Library (who serves on the award committee and recused herself from the voting), Ayn Frazee of Portland Public Schools, Danielle Jones of Multnomah County Library, Max Macias of Portland Community College, Lisa Taylor of Happy Valley Library, and Alisa Williams of Multnomah County Library.

Both project leads will receive a plaque commemorating the award and will be recognized at the OLA Annual Conference’s awards ceremony.

ACRL-OR Award for Excellence Committee 
Arlene Weible
Candise Branum
Katherine Donaldson
Meredith Farkas 

E-Learning Scholarship Winners Announced

The ACRL-OR  is pleased to announce the winners of the latest round of E-Learning Professional Development Scholarships. The Scholarship was created in response to conference cancellations due to Covid-19 and designed to support remote learning opportunities for librarians. Thanks to a matching-fund grant from the State Library of Oregon, ACRL-OR awarded 2 scholarships of up to $175 each.

Garrett Trott from Corbin University will be enrolling in the Library Juice Academy course “Inclusive Instructional Design.” This course will allow Garrett to build on his existing knowledge of course design and continue to further the goals of his institution around diversity and inclusion.  

Chris Mansayon from Western Oregon University will be enrolling in the Library Juice Academy course “Embedded Librarianship in Online Courses.” This course will give Chris additional techniques for supporting students in the remote environment and “selling” the partnership of embedded librarianship to his teaching faculty.  

Congratulations to our winners! We look forward to learning more about your experiences.

Upcoming Free Webinars

With the cancellation of the ACRL-OR/WA Joint Conference this year, ACRL-Oregon is organizing a series of free programming for the academic library community. Our first session, Big Little Learning: Lightning Talks and Poster Presentations, will take place next Friday, August 7th from 10-12 PST. There is a whole slate of presentations scheduled, including:

  • Small Scale IR for Community Colleges
  • #researchspeeddate: Think/Pair/Share for Online & Hybrid Courses
  • I bought a laptop: Connecting real-life experiences to Library research in First-Year Seminar
  • Changing Policies for Changing Times Team Science: A Question of Support for Undergraduate Research
  • Co-CREATE Your Class: Fostering Student Agency and Inquiry in Academic Literacies
  • Libros for Oregon – Collections Connect Communities

See below for full descriptions of the scheduled presentations.

Registration is open to any library staff person, but we are limited to 100 live attendees, so register soon!

REGISTER HERE: https://forms.gle/WufyatG8VuHKjeBY9

The session will be recorded and made available on our YouTube channel. If you register, we will email you a link to the recording after the event.

Questions about our webinars can be sent to Candise Branum, ACRL-Oregon President, at acrlor@olaweb.org.


  • Small Scale IR for Community Colleges

Presenter: Rowena McKernan (Whatcom Commuity College)
Abstract: We’ve recently built and deployed an Omeka-S institutional repository and want to share some insights into how to make this possible even for small and rural community colleges.

  • #researchspeeddate: Think/Pair/Share for Online & Hybrid Courses

Presenter: Chelsea Nesvig (UW Bothell/Cascadia College)
Abstract: Think/pair/share is an activity librarians and instructors regularly use in their teaching while students are present in a classroom. It offers opportunities for students to contemplate their answer to a question or prompt and discuss it with a classmate before sharing it with the whole classroom. Students benefit from sharing their thoughts and ideas with just one person before they are asked to share with the whole class. But what about in an online or hybrid classroom? Students are likely to complete research activities alone — without any interaction with their fellow classmates. By pairing students up to interact with each other in person, over the phone, or with a chat app, they are automatically able to talk to and engage with a classmate. In the early stages of the research process, students are often unsure about their topics and they regularly report that discussion with another student offers them peace of mind. Offering these students a way to engage with fellow classmates around their research helps break them out of the silos that online courses so often produce. The core structure of this activity can be applied to student interaction during different stages of the research process or even for non-research assignments.

  • I bought a laptop: Connecting real-life experiences to Library research in First-Year Seminar

Presenter: Lynda Irons (Pacific University)
Abstract: Curriculum changes in two separate-but-connected courses sparked an overhaul of how First-Year Seminar freshmen received library instruction. The librarian changed from a traditional information transfer approach to an active learning and discovery approach by connecting the dots between what they already knew and library research. Fall 2019 FYS students (re)discovered their autonomy in their decision-making strategies through three activities — all without the instructional librarian showing a single PowerPoint slide or even turning on a computer. The activities reinforced that the students knew substantially more than they thought they knew, and they didn’t even know they knew it. Ultimately, they realized that their prior knowledge and existing skills easily transferred to the academic library setting.

  • Changing Policies for Changing Times

Presenter: Drew Jackson (Pacific University); Sarah Kirkley (Pacific University); Laura Baird (Pacific University); Lynda Irons (Pacific University); Angela Lee (Pacific University)
Abstract: Policy writing is rarely nimble or innovative, but using change management techniques, Pacific University Libraries drafted policies to address the circumstances during this past year. We will discuss how we identified a need to change, which policies we changed, how we identified goals for change, and our methodology for working through changes. We will also share how we adapted our approach to accommodate remote work. We learned the importance of positioning policy within the University and legal framework; reframing the policies as part of an iterative, sustainable process; and involving a variety of perspectives. This process can be used not only for policies but also to build a responsive organization.

  • Team Science: A Question of Support for Undergraduate Research

Presenter: abby koehler (Western Washington University); Jenny Oleen (Western Washington University); Wyatt Heimbichner Goebel (Western Washington University)
Abstract: After recent strategic and structural changes within our organization, Western Libraries is experimenting with new team-based and collaborative approaches to improve the undergraduate research support we offer. Our newly formed subject support team — Team Science — along with the Western Libraries’ Tutoring Center and Hacherl Research & Writing Studio is now positioned to consider important questions regarding STEM students’ unique research needs. We are excited to share the groundwork we have laid in supporting undergraduate research contributions at Western Washington University.

  • Co-CREATE Your Class: Fostering Student Agency and Inquiry in Academic Literacies

Presenter: Caitlan Maxwell (Western Washington University Libraries); abby koehler (Western Washington University Libraries)
Abstract: Using an inquiry-based approach to a quarter-long linked credit course demands careful coordination among everyone involved. However, with innovative strategies like co-creating rubrics and assignments, using critical pedagogy focused on academic literacies, and implementing the CREATE (Consider, Read, Elucidate the hypotheses, Analyze and interpret the data, and Think of the next Experiment) method, it can be done. Join us for an overview of our team-teaching experience and a discussion of strengths-based, peer-to-peer learning approaches to information literacy that address student agency in writing, reading, research and more.

  • Libros for Oregon – Collections Connect Communities

Presenter: Hannah Bostrom (Salem Public Library); Deborah Gitlitz (Wilsonville Public Library); Valeria Davila (Oregon State University Libraries and Press); Alice Perez (Multnomah Law Library); Mark Peterson (Mt Hood Community College)
Abstract: Our poster session is about the Libros for Oregon (LfO) organization, which is a subset of Reforma Oregon. The project centers around bringing quality Spanish materials from the Guadalajara International Book Fair, the largest Spanish language book fair in the world, to Oregon libraries and their communities. To accomplish this task, LfO selects a cohort of libraries each year that selected representatives will buy items for. Travelers apply for the ALA Free Pass Program, which covers most of the traveling costs. All participating libraries chip in $200 to cover the rest of the travel costs, and allocate $500-$2,000 of their budget to this project. Books are selected by library professionals, with the help of Mexican vendors. Materials are shipped to the libraries and they promote the collection through programming and outreach events.

ACRL Oregon Professional Development Remote Scholarship Winners

The ACRL-OR  is pleased to announce the winners of the E-Learning Professional Development Scholarship.  The E-Learning Scholarship was created in response to conference cancellations due to Covid-19 and is designed to support remote learning opportunities for librarians.  Thanks to a matching-fund grant from the State Library of Oregon, ACRL-OR awarded 8 scholarships of up to $175 each to the following individuals

Congratulations to each of the winners. We look forward to learning more about your experiences.  


COVID-19 Mini-Grant Opportunity

The State Library Board has redirected approximately $100,000 of Oregon’s FFY2019 LSTA allotment from other LSTA projects and programs to be used for COVID-19 response mini-grants. Any legally established public, academic, school, or tribal library in Oregon, as well as special libraries with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in Oregon may apply, and each library may choose which amount best suits their needs from the following: $500, $1,500 or $3,000 – your choice!

Applications will open on Monday, May 4, 2020, first to the following group of eligible entities:

  • Federally recognized tribes, K-12 schools, and special libraries
  • Legally established public libraries with permanent staffing levels up to 5 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (as reported in the 2018-19 Oregon Public Library Statistical Report)
  • Academic libraries at institutions with student FTE enrollment of 1,000 or fewer (based on Fall 2018 enrollment data from the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission)

Applications will open for all other libraries on May 13, pending the level of interest we receive from the initial group, and will remain open until all funds have been awarded. The State Library of Oregon has set a goal that at least 40% of total funds awarded will go towards efforts supporting children, K-12 students, and youth services. Grants will otherwise be awarded on a rolling basis, limited to one grant per library/library system, school, or tribe.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit our COVID-19 Response Grants page and find links to contact us with your questions.

Join ACRL-Oregon for a free webinar – “Makerspace Instruction & the ACRL Framework”

ACRL-Oregon offers free webinars on topics relevant to academic library staff. Our upcoming webinar is “Makerspace Instruction & the ACRL Framework” and will be presented by Amy Vecchione at Boise State University and Stephanie Milne-Lane from Willamette University on 5/27/2020, at 10am PST.

In this presentation Amy Vecchione and Stephanie Milne-Lane will host a discussion about research and instruction in a makerspace setting. They will outline the process of how the maker instruction program developed iteratively at Boise State University (BSU). Additionally, they will share the final results of Stephanie’s University of Washington MLIS capstone project, the BSU MakerLab Toolkit. They will also report on their conclusions regarding how the ACRL Framework is the best lens for developing maker instruction.

Registration is open to any library staff-person, but we are limited to 100 attendees in the session, so register soon!

We also plan to record the webinar and make it available on our YouTube channel. If you register, we will email you a link to the recording after the session. Questions about our webinars can be directed to ACRL-Oregon President Candise Branum.

Deadline Extended: ACRL-OR Board Nominations

Interested in meeting other fantastic academic librarians and serving the academic library community in Oregon? Is there someone you know that would be a shining addition to the ACRL-OR Board? Here is an opportunity to get involved! The ACRL-OR Board is looking for candidates to run in our upcoming spring elections.

The open positions are:

  • 1 Vice-President/President Elect (3 year term)
  • 2 Members-at-Large (2 year term)

View position descriptions and responsibilities for more information.

How to nominate:

To nominate yourself, a colleague, or an employee, submit our online nomination form. The nomination period has been extended and will close on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.


  • Vice-President/President Elect must be members of OLA and ACRL-Oregon and ACRL national
  • Member-at-Large candidates must be members of OLA and ACRL-Oregon


Please contact Michele Burke (michele.burke@chemeketa.edu) if you have any questions or concerns about the open positions.

Thank you,

The ACRL-OR Nominating Committee

Rachel Bridgewater, Vice President – President Elect
Patrick Wohlmut
Michele Burke

E-Learning Professional Development Scholarship

ACRL-Oregon is delighted to announce a unique round of Professional Development Scholarship awards aimed to support E-Learning opportunities.   Thanks to a matching-fund grant from the State Library of Oregon, ACRL-Oregon is able to offer multiple awards of up to $175. The E-Learning Professional Development Scholarship applications are open and we are currently soliciting applications for the April 24th deadline. Applications will be reviewed within two weeks after the application deadline.

How can the scholarship be used?  

The ACRL-Oregon Professional Development Scholarship may be used toward remote conferences, remote workshops, E-Learning courses, E-Learning seminars, or other learning opportunities appropriate to the applicant. The funding priority is registration costs incurred by the applicant. 

For examples of how past recipients have used their awards, see these posts on the ACRL-Oregon blog:

  • Serenity Ibsen, Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) annual conference as a director representing the Association of Independent Colleges of Art
  • Kim Olson-Charles, Personal Librarian and First-Year Experience conference
  • Maureen Flanagan Battistella, American Association for State and Local History conference, presentation on digital collections of local history
  • Kate Rubick, ACRL national conference, panel presentation on library-faculty teaching collaboration using BEAM
  • Darci Adolf, e-course on copyright

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.
  • In awarding scholarships, preference will be given to:
    • Applicants from diverse cultural/ethnic backgrounds and/or historically marginalized groups
    • Applicants employed at institutions or in positions serving under-represented groups
    • Applicants who have not previously been awarded an ACRL-OR scholarship
    • Applicants employed at community or technical colleges or applicants employed at smaller or rural institutions with limited funding

Who is not eligible?

  • Non ACRL-Oregon members.
  • Individuals who have already been awarded an ACRL-OR scholarship in the current fiscal year

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.

Deadline:  Friday, April 24 2020

For more information, contact the ACRL-OR Board President:

Candise Branum
ACRL-OR President, 2019-2020