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

This is a reminder that proposals for this year’s ACRL Washington & Oregon joint conference are DUE THIS FRIDAY AUGUST 11th by 11:59pm.

This year’s theme is “Tried & True or Shiny & New?” you 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.  There are many ways to engage with your fellow librarians at Pack Forest this year:

  • Can you talk for 7 minutes about a time that you tried something and it didn’t work out? Propose a Fail Talk!
  • Want to share the results of the hard work you’ve been doing? Submit a poster!
  • Looking for a chance to bring together a few colleagues to offer insights about a particular topic? Plan a panel discussion!

Link to submit proposals is http://bit.ly/ACRLWAOR17

Deadline is this Friday, August 11th at 11:59pm. Accepted presentations will be notified August 22nd.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact ACRLWA President Eli Gandour-Rood at egandourrood@pugetsound.edu or ACRLWA Vice-President Madeline Mundt at mundtm@uw.edu.

 

 

 

Call for Hosting Institutions – ALADN 2019 Conference

Is your institution interested in making a proposal to host a future ALADN (Academic Library Advancement and Development Network) Conference? This is a great opportunity to showcase your city and host a valuable conference on library development and communications. The conference runs for two days, with an additional day for a pre-conference and conference welcome.

ALADN has created a more formal structure to help potential hosting institutions understand and anticipate the responsibilities that come along with hosting the conference and to select future sites. The ALADN Site Selection Committee works with institutions that would like to host an upcoming conference.

If your institution or a group of institutions would like to be considered as a host for an ALADN conference, please click here to apply. A proposal should consider:

  • Travel time and expense for attendees to the conference city/host location;
  • Your ability to negotiate and contract with a local hotel for a room block, meeting rooms, and meals;
  • Your institution’s ability to manage registration payments and hotel and restaurant invoices (including any alcohol served);
  • Vendor sponsorship solicitations;
  • Staffing to lead local hosting needs (registration desk, restaurant and meal negotiation, giveaways, accommodations for speakers, etc.)

For more information, please see:  http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/aladn/hosting.htm

For questions, please contact Sian Brannon, Associate Dean for Collection Management, UNT Libraries, sian.brannon@unt.edu

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.

 

Save the Date: ACRL WA/OR Joint Fall Conference

Mark your calendars for the 2017 ACRL Washington & Oregon joint conference!

The conference will be held from October 19th-20th – which is one week earlier than usual – at the Pack Forest Conference Center in Eatonville, WA.

This year’s theme is “Tried & True or Shiny & New?” so keep your eye out for additional information and a call for proposals coming out this summer.  You can also keep up with the conference on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/221475015034791

Save the Date: ACRL-Idaho Unconference

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Mark your calendars for the ACRL-Idaho unconference on July 14th from 9am – 4pm at Idaho State University’s Meridian Campus (just outside of Boise)!

Stay tuned for more details…

For questions, contact Molly Montgomery montmol2@isu.edu

OLA Twitter Chat this afternoon

Join ACRL-OR for a Twitter chat this afternoon, Monday April 17th 2017 from 2-3 pm Pacific Time.  We’ll be chatting about the upcoming OLA conference on Twitter with the hashtag #ORLib17.  The chat will be moderated by ACRL-OR Board @acrl_or ‏ and will include the following discussion questions.

Discussion questions:

  • What does the #ORLib17 theme “Thriving Together” theme mean to you?
  • What collaborations and relationships in your work as a librarian help you thrive?
  • How do you partner with public and school librarians?
  • How do you think academic librarians can build more of these relationships with other types of librarians?
  • What #ORLib17 sessions are you excited about attending?
  • What #ORLib17 pre-conferences are you going to?
  • What are your tips for people who may not have attended the conference before?

If this is your first Twitter chat, use the following steps to participate:

  1.  have or create a Twitter account
  2. log on at 2pm
  3. search for the chat by entering #ORLib17 in the search field
  4. click on the “Latest” tab
  5. refresh your search regularly so that you see the newest tweets as they occur

 

ACRL @ OLA 2017!

Join us at the ACRL reception

If you’re going to a pre-conference session, or just arriving in Salem on Wednesday evening, please join ACRL members for food, conversation, and a no-host bar at the Taproot Lounge and Café, a short walk from the convention center and hotel.

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Taproot Lounge and Café (Google map), 356 State Street, Salem, OR 97301

All conference attendees are welcome!

See us at programs for Academic Libraries

The online conference program in Sched has filters to help you pick sessions of interest to you. One filter that may be useful is Academic Libraries .

See you there!

Registration is now open for the Spring Information Literacy Summit!

Join the Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon (ILAGO) on Saturday May 13 at WSU Vancouver for a stimulating day of Information Literacy discussion!

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Registration is $30 and includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Register and find more details on the ILAGO website: https://ilago.wordpress.com/oregon-il-summit-2017/

For those interested in Open Education Resources, the Summit will be preceded by the Library as Open Education Spring Workshop on Friday May 12 at the Vancouver Community Library. Details available here: https://libraryasleader.org/loel-workshop-may-12-2017/

For more information about the Spring Information Literacy Summit, contact Sarah Ralston, ILAGO Chair 2016-2017, at sralston@eou.edu

 

Call for Proposals – OASL

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The planning committee for the 2017 OASL Fall Conference is hard at work putting together a conference that will benefit a broad spectrum of attendees. That means they need great sessions, so they are calling for ideas and proposals.

Conference Dates: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 13-14, 2017
Conference Location: Jesuit High School (Portland)
Conference Theme: Future Ready. Set. Launch!

The Saturday sessions will be each be an hour long. Sessions on a broad range of topics are encouraged.

Please fill out this proposal form by April 21 if you:
1.      Want to present at the fall conference, or
2.      Have an idea for a session

For questions, please contact:

Chris Myers,Saturday Sessions Chair, 2017 OASL Fall Conference
Email: oaslsaturdaysessions@gmail.com ~ Cell/text: 503-481-2507

Reflections on Reflections

During the closing hours of the 2016 ACRL Oregon & Washington Joint Fall Conference, participants were asked to reflect on their conference experience and write a “note to self”: someone to follow up with; a reminder to launch a project; a goal they were inspired to work toward; or anything else they wanted to remember about the conference. The notes were sealed and self-addressed that morning. The conference chair mailed the notes to participants eight weeks later in the first days of January 2017.

The conference planning committee (aka the ACRL Oregon Board) wondered what conference goers’ reactions would be when they opened those envelopes. One participant agreed to let us peer into her reflections on reflections. Thank you, Rachel!

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“Are you reflecting?  Professionally, privately.  Don’t let the days run into each other.”

Photo of ACRL OR Conference follow-up letters

Early in the new year, my own hasty scrawl arrived at my door from the past to admonish me (gently) to take some time to think. I’d attended the ACRL OR/WA Joint Conference (aka Menucha) and we were given the opportunity to write ourselves a note, which would be delivered in a few months. By the time my note arrived, I’d more or less forgotten I’d done it. It turns out, I’d also more or less forgotten to do most of what was on it, too. The days, as I’d suspected, had run into each other.

The problem of maintaining the excitement and inspiration we have when we are at a conference once we return to our busy libraries is familiar and, probably, somewhat inevitable.  However, I’ve always felt it most acutely with the Menucha conferences. Fall term is the busiest time of the year for most of us and retreating to this beautiful spot to talk about big ideas with colleagues is a welcome break from the rush of October. We spend 24 hours just feasting on each others’ beautiful ideas and then head right back into the press of fall term.

When the letter arrived at my house, that lovely misty October day in the Gorge felt really far away. Winter term was just beginning and it was the perfect time to get a reminder about everything that had excited me and all the insights I’d had at the end of the conference. As much as any of the specific thoughts I’d written, the little dose of that post-conference mindset delivered to me at a time when I could really use it felt like magic. While my note had some concrete “to do” items on it (most of which I still haven’t done, oops!), what struck me most was how much the overall message to myself was that I ought to be finding more time for that “Menucha State of Mind” in my day-to-day work life. I encouraged myself to reflect. I reminded myself of the inspiration and meaning I draw from my relationships with colleagues (and not just those at my own institution). I have the note tacked up on my bulletin board now, and while I may or may not ever tackle those big projects I was thinking about last fall, I can look at it and remember what it was like to take the time to reflect with colleagues and, maybe, not let the days run into each other quite so much.

Rachel Bridgewater

PCC Cascade Library