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“Receiving this award was an honor”: Past ACRL-OR Awards for Excellence revisited!

The ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence recognizes a project that demonstrates excellence in the field by significantly improving Oregon academic libraries or librarianship. Help us recognize the work of our colleagues — your nominations matter!

As this year’s nominations open, we’re checking in with past recipients to get project updates and hear what the award meant for them. The 2016 award went to the Open Oregon Educational Resources project . We caught up with project rep Amy Hofer to reflect on the award and the status of the project.

  1. What did receiving this award mean to you or your team?

Receiving this award was an honor. Recognition from my Oregon library peers, an awesome bunch of librarians, really means so much to me. Coming just a year after John Schoppert at Columbia Gorge Community College received the Award for Excellence for his OER efforts shows that our community cares deeply about access to resources and student success.

  1. How has this project evolved or changed since receiving the award?

Open Oregon Educational Resources started in 2015 with my hire as the OER Librarian for Oregon’s 17 community colleges. Starting this year, the state is adding the 7 public universities to my docket as well.  

  1. What’s an excellent thing happening in or around our profession that you’re really excited about?

Librarians are the leaders when it comes to textbook affordability. Our roles and work are changing to accommodate different aspects of OER projects. At the same time, there is more public discussion of work-life balance and understanding that we can’t just keep adding to our already-full plates. We have a real opportunity to evolve sustainably.

  1. Why should someone nominate a project for the ACRL-OR Award for Excellence?

Because it’s always a good feeling to bring attention to good work!

More information on the nomination process and past winners can be found on the ACRL-Oregon website. The nomination period closes at 11:59pm on August 31, 2018.

 

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ACRL-OR Award for Excellence: Now Accepting Nominations

The ACRL-Oregon board is now accepting nominations for the Award for Excellence.

What does the award acknowledge?

The ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence shall be given to recognize a project that demonstrates excellence in the field by significantly improving Oregon academic libraries or librarianship.

Who is eligible?

  • Any individual or group in Oregon may apply or be nominated. Individuals or groups that include at least one employee of an academic library may be given priority consideration.
  • Initiative or project that is the basis of the nomination must have occurred in the previous three years.
  • This is not a lifetime achievement award.
  • ACRL-Oregon membership is NOT required.
  • Nominee or nominated group may include a member of the ACRL-Oregon Board; however they must recuse themselves from the voting process.

What does the award cover?

  • An engraved plaque
  • Recognition at the ACRL-Oregon/Washington Fall Conference
  • One paid registration for the recipient to attend the ACRL-Oregon/Washington Fall Conference

More information and past winners can be found on the ACRL-Oregon website.  The nomination period will close at 11:59pm on August 31, 2018.  Submit a nomination now.

For questions, please contact:

Steve Silver
ACRL-Oregon President
acrlor@olaweb.org

ACRL-OR Board: Nominations Closing Soon!

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 will close on Monday, April 23rd.

Eligibility:

  • 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

Questions?

Email Meredith Farkas (meredith.farkas@pcc.edu), who is the current Vice-President/President Elect, if you have any questions or concerns about the open positions.

Thanks,

The ACRL-OR Nominating Committee
Meredith Farkas
Molly Gunderson
Janet Tapper

Congratulations to ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship recipients!

ACRL Oregon and Scholarship Committee are happy to announce two recipients for this round of the Professional Development Scholarship. They are:

Serenity Ibsen, from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Serenity will be attending the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) annual conference as a director representing the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD). While there, she will attend workshops on cultivating critical, reflective, and radical pedagogical practices in art librarianship.

Additionally, knowledge gained from attendance at ARLIS/NA will help Serenity as a member of the accreditation team for her college to develop a systematized information literacy plan.

Stephanie Debner, from the University of Western States. Stephanie is attending the 2018 Institute on Supporting Clinical Care, where she will learn more about evidence-based clinical practices (EBCP) for health science librarians. Having a strong understanding of this topic is essential step towards learning how to meet student needs and skill acquisition.

Stephanie will apply the experience of what she learns to the classroom and one-on-one student teaching.

Congratulations again to Serenity and Stephanie!

 

Register now for ACRL Preconference Sessions at OLA

ACRL-Oregon is sponsoring two preconference sessions  at this year’s Oregon Library Association Conference  that will be of interest to academic librarians across the state!  The preconference sessions are from 8am-5pm, Wednesday, April 18th in Eugene, OR.  Please consider signing up for one or both of them!

8am-12noon

Southern Oregon University faculty member Maureen Flanagan Battistella will lead a preconference sharing How to Document Oregon’s Thousand Points of Life: Techniques and Technologies to Engage Your Community Using an Oral History Project with a fantastic panel of university faculty and librarians. You can check out their Stories of Southern Oregon digital collection where they collected their local oral histories.

1pm-5pm

Portland Community College librarian Pam Kessinger will lead a panel along with faculty from PCC’s Developmental Education program to explore Metacognition and Reading Strategies to Bridge Students Toward Inquiry. Librarians will learn how to use the Reading Apprenticeship framework as well as our own ACRL Framework for Information Literacy to develop meaningful information literacy instruction and student reflection. This session is co-sponsored with the Library Instruction Round Table.

Can’t make the whole conference?  Did you know you can sign up for OLA preconferences without paying to attend the full OLA Conference? Take advantage of attending one or both of the preconference sessions ($55 per session) and then, (lucky you!)  Join your ACRL colleagues from 5:00-7:00pm for the ACRL-Oregon Reception at the First National Taphouse. We hope to see you there!

ACRL-OR Board: Call for nominations

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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 will close on Monday, April 23rd.

Eligibility:

  • 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

Questions?

Email Meredith Farkas (meredith.farkas@pcc.edu), who is the current Vice-President/President Elect, if you have any questions or concerns about the open positions.

Thanks,

The ACRL-OR Nominating Committee
Meredith Farkas
Molly Gunderson
Janet Tapper

Apply Today: ACRL-Oregon School/Academic Librarian Collaboration Scholarship

ACRL-Oregon seeks to foster collaboration between academic librarians and school librarians. The role of school librarians is vitally important and is in many ways interrelated with the work of academic librarians and the students we all serve.  This year ACRL-OR has up to $1000.00 of scholarship funds still available to support projects.

How can the scholarship be used?
This funding opportunity covers any collaboration between at least one school librarian and at least one academic librarian that the applicant(s) can make a good case for. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Sponsorship to attend, exhibit, or present at a relevant conference (OASL, regional conferences, or others)
  • Creation of programming, such as a conference, workshop, unconference, or pre-conference
  • Work on a collaborative research project
  •  Something else we haven’t thought of!

Examples of past awards include:

Who is eligible?

  • All Oregon academic and certified teacher librarians who are employed in a school library
  • Preference will be given to teams that include at least one ACRL-Oregon member and one OASL member in good standing
  • Preference will also be given to applicants who have not previously received a School/Academic Librarian Collaboration Scholarship from ACRL-Oregon

Who is not eligible?
Academic and school librarians outside of Oregon (unless part of a team of collaborators that includes at least one Oregon librarian).

How will applications be evaluated?
Reviewers will look for applications that:

  • Have at least one applicant who is a member of ACRL-Oregon and one who is a member of OASL
  • Demonstrate meaningful collaboration between school and academic librarians
  • Have the potential to favorably influence information literacy awareness/education in Oregon

Deadline
Applications are due by Sunday, April 1, 2018.  Apply online here.

For more information, please contact:

Steve Silver
ACRL-Oregon President, 2017-2018
Northwest Christian University
acrlor@olaweb.org

Dedication of Wai Tak Cheung Collection at OCOM

The library at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) recently held a dedication ceremony for the Wai Tak Cheung Collection. The collection consists of over 1,500 Chinese-language books on the topic of Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, Chinese biomedical texts, health and nutrition, and a range of other topics; another 300 or so books still need to be processed for the collection. Candise Branum, the library’s director, believes that this could possibly be the largest collection of this type in the United States.

Photograph of Wai Tak Cheung Collection

Historically, Dr. Cheung was known as “The Father of Acupuncture in Oregon,” helping to bring about legislative changes to legalize and promote the profession in the state.  He was also involved in creating OCOM’s original curriculum and when he passed, he donated his personal library to OCOM. The Wai Tak Cheung collection is searchable via the library’s Primo catalog and on WorldCat, and the library also lends the materials via WorldShare.

ACRL-OR report from 2017 Joint Conference

ACRL-OR was well represented at the ACRL Joint Conference for Washington and Oregon at Pack Forest in mid-October. The conference theme “Tried and True or Shiny and New” gave the attendees from both Oregon and Washington an opportunity to explore such topics as just in time assessment and how OER is being integrated and implemented at Tacoma Community College.

A huge hit was the short talks of epic fails!  Presenters shared their library moments, programs and classes that were duds or even huge mistakes. Each of the “failed” librarians learned something from their experience and bravely and nobly, shared their lessons learned with the conference attendees.

ACRL-OR was able to meet in the evening to discuss the upcoming scholarships for professional development with enhanced funding from LSTA monies and kick around ideas for next Fall’s joint OR/WA ACRL conference at Menucha where the Oregon group will host and provide programming. Lots of great ideas were brought up by the attending group. Two themes, “Collaborating for Greater Impact” and “Reimagining Advocacy” were seriously discussed but neither was chosen as a final theme at the time.

Since the conference, the ACRL Board has decided on the theme of “Reimagining Advocacy: Personal, Professional, Political.” If you have any ideas for conference speakers, the board would love to hear them! Contact Steve Silver at acrlor@olaweb.org.

Conference on Open Practices

A group of OR and WA librarians is exploring the idea of a conference on open practices for librarianship, to take place on March 16. Will you please complete a short survey by 12/22 to help us plan?

The idea: a conference in the Pacific Northwest for librarians to share concrete, hands-on ideas about how to incorporate open practices into all aspects of library work. We will look beyond persuading faculty to adopt OER (though this is important) and investigate a culture change around internal library functions that can be more open. Your input will help us plan the best possible conference.

Please share this message with your colleagues.

Thank you in advance,

Amy Hofer, Cheryl Middleton, Heather Cyre, Candice Watkins, and Jackie Ray