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Need $250 for Professional Development?

The deadline to apply for the final round of the Professional Development Scholarships is Monday, July 31, 2017! Up to two $250 scholarships may be awarded this round.

The ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarships may be used toward conferences, workshops, courses, seminars, or other learning opportunities. All ACRL-Oregon members may apply. Please visit our scholarship page as well as our FAQ, which contains more information on the evaluation process. To apply, use the online form.

Questions? Contact the ACRL-OR Board President:

Stephanie Debner
ACRL-OR President, 2016-2017
stephanie.debner@mhcc.edu
Mt. Hood Community College

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

This year’s theme is “Tried & True or Shiny & New?” and colleagues across the Northwest 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.

Proposals that consider the ways in which the tension between innovation and tradition is present in our professional lives are welcomed. How do we address those tensions? Is there an inherent conflict between our roles as librarians in the past, and our roles in the present and going into the future? Some questions which might be raised or answered in your proposal could include: what can be lost by refusing to change? What can be gained by preserving established practices? Are there areas of our work which require constant transformation or are in need of meticulous constancy?

Please consider submitting your proposal for a workshop, presentation, panel discussion, or (new this year!) a poster or a 7 minute “Fail Talk” sharing an experience you’ve had with failure.

Submit your proposal, including title, abstract (300 word max), and presentation type here.

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: August 11th, 2017. Accepted presentations will be notified August 22nd.

 

Need Research Guide Inspiration?

The newest addition to the ACRL webinar archive is Essentials of Usability Design for Library Research Guides. This webinar was originally broadcast on March 8, 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.

 

ACRL-Oregon Election Results

The ACRL-Oregon election results are in!

The ACRL-Oregon board is pleased to present its newly-elected officials, who will start their terms on September 1:

Additionally, the changes to the by-law regarding the ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence were approved. Those changes will be presented to the OLA Board at its next board meeting and the by-laws updated.

Many thanks to all the candidates who ran for office in this election, and thanks to all the members who participated by casting their vote!

Stephanie Debner

President
ACRL-Oregon Chapter | Oregon Library Association – Academic Division

Reminder: Participate in ACRL-Oregon and OLA by Voting!

You should have received emails via Memberclicks with invitations to vote in both the current ACRL-Oregon and OLA elections. Historically, we have low voter turnout for elections in both organizations, so I am encouraging every member to participate in ACRL-Oregon and OLA by voting.

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OLA elections

  • Close on Monday, May 15
  • Election for Vice-President/President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer
  • To read about the candidates, see the Candidates’ Statements

ACRL-Oregon elections

For both elections, you will need to log in to your OLA member account in order to fill out the ballot.

If you have any questions about the current elections, please let me know.

Stephanie Debner
President, ACRL-Oregon

Request for Proposals – 2017 Information Literacy Summit

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The Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon (ILAGO) is accepting proposals for presentations at the 2017 Information Literacy Summit.

The 11th annual ILAGO Information Literacy Summit will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Washington State University’s campus in Vancouver, WA.

The theme for this year’s IL Summit is “Assessment” but we invite a variety of presentations related to information literacy.

Program proposals will be accepted until March 3rd, 2017.

For more information, or to submit a proposal, please see: http://tinyurl.com/zxvmuwz or contact Mark Peterson at mark.peterson@mhcc.edu

 

Engagement Opportunity – Participate in a Research Study

Librarians at Penn State University are conducting a study on the presence and use of prayer spaces in academic libraries – and need your help!

If you are currently employed at or are a student at a college or university in
the United States, please consider responding to their survey before February 28. 2017.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and will not
collect any identifiable information.

Access the survey through this anonymous link:
https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0BZDw1us678jfUx

Initial survey results will be available at ACRL 2017 in Baltimore, with future wide dissemination planned.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact the investigators:

Emily Mross, ELM43@psu.edu, 717-948-6130

Christina Riehman-Murphy, CER20@psu.edu, 215-881-7911

ILAGO developing a shared metacognitive self-assessment tool

The Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon (ILAGO) board would like to share with the ACRL-OR library community about an exciting project they’re initiating in 2017. ILAGO is developing a shared metacognitive self-assessment tool of students’ research strategies that can be used in concert with institution-specific learning assessments. The overall goal is to work with instruction librarians to create and share a validated assessment tool that helps establish the baseline research strategies and conceptual knowledge that best support college level work.
The project will also enable ILAGO to:

  • Sustain a discussion in our community of educators to articulate what we value in students’ Information Literacy skills and practices as they enter college.
  • Engage regional IL stakeholders such as colleagues in the Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL), Oregon Library Association Library Instruction Round Table (OLA-LIRT), the Oregon Writing Educational Advisory Committee (OWEAC), ACRL Oregon, and College Librarians and Media Specialists (CLAMS, Washington State).

To develop the assessment tool, ILAGO is using a model provided by The Metacognitive Awareness of Reading Strategies Inventory (MARSI). This inventory functions as both a teaching tool and an assessment of student’s self-reported reading and thinking strategies.

The MARSI was validated through a qualitative study (cited below) with an iterative design approach. The researchers took a large set of reading strategy statements generated by Reading faculty and, through a few rounds of student testing, pared them down to a manageable set of 30 statements in a one-page list. The strategy statements are also grouped by type so that areas of learning can be identified.

Model study:
Mokhtari, K., & Reichard, C. A. (2002). Assessing students’ metacognitive awareness of reading strategies. Journal of educational psychology, 94(2), 249.

ILAGO will continue to provide updates on the project and solicit future participation as the work evolves. Please contact Sara Robertson (sara.robertson@pcc.edu) or Candice Watkins (cwatkins@tacomacc.edu), project leads for ILAGO, with any questions or input.

Call for Authors: Developing a Curriculum to Advance Library-Based Publishing

The “Developing a Curriculum to Advance Library-Based Publishing” project (IMLS, 2016-2018) invites proposals to create a curriculum to support library-based publishers. This invitation extends to professionals in library publishing (past or present), LPC members/practitioners, LIS/iSchool professors, PhD candidates, and others with an interest and/or experience in this growing area of activity. Each proposal may be authored by an individual or a team.

Each proposal should focus on ONE of the following four course topics: Policy, Content, Impact, or Sustainability. See the Library Publishing Curriculum Framework for more details on what each of these course topics might include.

Each selected author will develop a self-paced online course covering approximately 5-7 subtopics and providing approximately 15 hours of instruction and materials.

Selected proposal authors will:

  • Attend an in-person retreat with the project team and fellow authors to review program goals, discuss formats and learning styles, and refine the learning objectives and methods we will use for each course and its subtopics (April-May, 2017).
  • Assemble the following learning materials for each course subtopic: learning objectives, readings, a narrative core for the course, a brief annotated bibliography, case studies, and exercises (May-August, 2017).
  • Refine the materials according to guidance from an Instructional Designer (August-September, 2017).
  • Create a course guide to support those who may use the materials (October 2017).
  • Assist in the creation of evaluation instruments tied to the learning objectives and competencies covered in your course (November-December, 2017).
  • Be invited to participate as a panelist at the 2018 Library Publishing Forum to talk about the project and the course materials (March-April, 2018).

The curriculum is expected to reach more than 100 students in the first year of pilot experiences (2018) through LIS programs, professional development workshops, and online courses.

An honorarium of $4,000 for each of the four course topics (Policy, Content, Impact, and Sustainability) will be provided to each of the four authors (or author teams) as they complete their work on the four course topics in December 2017, in recognition of the time and energy course development requires. Travel expenses will be covered for each of the four authors (or, in the case of a team, the lead author) to attend the in-person retreat. In addition, each author will have an opportunity to present at the 2018 Library Publishing Forum.

Proposals are due by 5pm PT on February 28, 2017. Authors will be notified by March 31, 2017.

Proposals should consist of:

  • A 1-2 page summary of your proposed approach to designing and developing the self-paced online course on one of the four named topics (Policy, Content, Impact, or Sustainability) and its range of potential subtopics (please see the Framework for more information).
  • A current author CV. For team proposals, a CV should be included for each team member, along with brief contribution statements, and a lead author for correspondence should be identified.
  • A brief (one paragraph) statement of purpose, explaining why you are interested in being an author in this project.

Proposals will be reviewed and authors selected by the Advisory Board, with the following criteria in mind:

  • Successful proposals will demonstrate knowledge of the relevant topics, effective written communication skills, understanding of diverse learning styles, and will cover the topics and objectives laid out in the framework.
  • The field of library publishing includes a broad range of publication types and activities (e.g., journals, monographs, ETDs, and textbooks, in both restricted and open access formats), and proposals that reflect this range will be prioritized.
  • Care will be taken to assemble a group of authors with diverse voices in terms of gender, sexuality, race, and cultural backgrounds.

For more information, visit the Call for Authors Google Doc or contact Melanie Schlosser (melanie@educopia.org)  or any member of the Advisory Board with questions.

 

Feedback Survey for the ESSA State Plan Framework

Our OLA/OASL/ACRL Task Force on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) continues to work to get school libraries into Oregon’s implementation plan.  You can help by responding to the Oregon Department of Education’s survey on the plan.  The Task Force developed suggestions for some of the questions on the survey.  These are available on the OLA website at http://www.olaweb.org/oregon-school-libraries-and-the-every-student-succeeds-act.  The more input from Oregon’s library community, the better.

The survey closes January 16, so please act now. Take the survey here: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=399