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Register now for the ACRL-OR/WA Joint Conference at Menucha

This is a friendly reminder that registration for the ACRL-OR/WA Joint Fall Conference at Menucha is currently open and closes on October 1st.

Scholarships are available for those who live or work in Oregon! Information and application process can be found here. Application deadline for scholarships is September 13. Apply today!

The theme of this year’s conference is Reimagining Advocacy: Personal, Professional, and Political. Advocacy means so much more than just lobbying the government or our elected representatives. The Pacific Northwest is full of stories of librarians who have advocated for themselves, their patrons, their libraries, their profession, and their professional values. Our conference will focus on the full spectrum of advocacy work and how each of us can be better advocates when we work to influence decisions at any level. Attendees will leave the Conference with a concrete plan to advocate for an issue important to them.

Our keynote speakers are Loida Garcia-Febo, President of Information New Wave and current ALA President, and Irene M. H. Herold, librarian of the college at the College of Wooster in Ohio and 2016-17 ACRL President.

For more information about the conference or to get registered, visit our conference website: http://bit.ly/acrlpnw18

See you at Menucha!

Loida Garcia-Febo and Irene M.H. Herold at the 2018 ACRL-OR/WA Joint Conference!

ACRL OR is excited to announce the keynote speakers for the 2018 Joint Fall Conference at Menucha.

Loida Garcia-Febo, President of Information New Wave and ALA President-Elect, will offer the opening keynote, and Irene M. H. Herold, librarian of the college at the College of Wooster in Ohio and ACRL Past President, will provide the closing keynote address. Garcia-Febo and Herold will share their experience and speak to the conference theme of “Reimagining Advocacy: Persona, Professional, Political.”  Read more about these speakers – and register! – at https://acrloregon.org/conferences/2018-acrl-or-wa-joint-conference/

 

Apply now: Scholarship applications open for ACRL-Oregon/Washington Fall Conference

ACRL-OR has funds to award up to nine (9) scholarships to attend the ACRL Oregon and Washington Joint Fall Conference. This year, the Oregon chapter is hosting the conference on October 25 & 26 at the Menucha Retreat & Conference Center. Apply now!

How can the scholarships be used?  

The scholarship covers the registration fee of $140 for the conference, which includes room (dorm option) and meals.  

Who is eligible?

This scholarship is designed for those who live and/or work in Oregon. For those who live and/or work in Washington, please refer to the ACRL-WA site for conference scholarship information. Those meeting at least one of the criteria below are eligible to apply.  Each criteria met will be awarded points in the evaluation process (see below under how the application will be evaluated).  

  1. First-time attendee of the joint conference.  
  2. ACRL-OR member.
  3. MLIS student in an ALA-accredited program who lives in Oregon.
  4. Paraprofessional employee in an Oregon academic library.
  5. Part-time or temporary employee in an Oregon academic library.

Who is not eligible?

  • Those who do not live and/or work in Oregon.
  • Those who meet none of the criteria described above.
  • Those who have received a Fall Conference Scholarship in the past.

How will applications be evaluated?

A point system will be used to rank applicant eligibility (First time attendee: 2 points; ACRL-OR member: 2 points; MLIS student: 1 point; Paraprofessional: 1 point; part-time or temporary employee: 1 point).  In addition, application essays will be evaluated for:

  1. Financial need.
  2. Interest in the conference theme/program.
  3. Plans to apply knowledge gained at the conference.   

Deadline:

The application period for the 2018 Fall Conference Scholarships will be Monday, August 13 to Thursday, September 13.  Apply now!

Applicants will be notified shortly after the application period closes. Registration for the ACRL Oregon & Washington Joint Fall Conference is open until Wednesday, October 1.

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Debner, ACRL-OR Board Past President
sdebner@uws.edu
University of Western States

Submit a Proposal for a Lightning Talk or Poster

Please consider submitting a proposal to present an 8-minute lightning talk or a poster for the ACRL-OR/WA Joint Conference on October 25-26, 2018 at Menucha.

https://goo.gl/forms/KJOfCjRQFyaCRwdg1

The theme of this year’s conference is “Reimagining Advocacy: Personal, Professional, and Political.” Advocacy means so much more than just lobbying the government or our elected representatives (though it is that too!). The Pacific Northwest is full of stories of librarians who have advocated for themselves, their patrons, their libraries, their profession, and their professional values. Our conference will focus on the full spectrum of advocacy work and how each of us can be better advocates when we work to influence decisions at any level.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 31st, 2018.  Accepted proposals will be notified by Friday, September 14, 2018 and the conference registration deadline is October 1, 2018.

Please contribute to our two days of insightful and thought-provoking conversations at Menucha by submitting a proposal!

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.

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

ACRL Oregon/Washington Fall Conference at Menucha Wrap Up

All good things…can live on!  Though the conference is over and you’re back into your routine, take a moment to revisit the content that most inspired you.  ACRL OR 2016 Photo of Conference Attendees

Oh, and don’t forget share your Creativity Card. Even if  you didn’t make it to Menucha this year, check out the great keynote talks, 10-minute talks and posters at your convenience. You can access available presentations and posters on the conference website and revisit (or add to) the Twitter conversation via #acrlpnw and @acrl_or.

Check Out #acrlpnw for the Fall Conference Conversations

ACRL-OR and ACRL-WA have launched a new hashtag, #acrlpnw,  for use at both the Menucha and Pack Forest annual fall conferences. Can’t make it in person? Get the conference scoop online!

Congratulations to the Winners of the ACRL-Oregon Fall Conference Scholarships

 

Party horn photo

After the “par-tay” by Mark Bonica is licensed under CC BY 2.0

ACRL Oregon is delighted to announce the winners of scholarships to attend the ACRL Oregon and Washington Joint Fall Conference at Menucha next month. Through the generosity of our two keynote speakers, Lauren Pressley and Hannah Gascho Rempel (who donated their speaker fees to the scholarship fund), we were able to cover registration for eight attendees. They are:

  • Aja Bettencourt-McCarthy (first-time attendee and ACRL OR member)
  • Tatiana Bryant (first-time attendee and ACRL OR member)
  • Mary C. Derr (first-time attendee, ACRL OR member, and library school student)
  • Linden How (first-time attendee, library school student, and PNCA support staff)
  • Kerry Leek (first-time attendee and part-time librarian at Clackamas Community College)
  • Kim Olson-Charles (first-time attendee and ACRL OR member)
  • Gabriela Martinez Mercier (first-time attendee, ACRL OR member, and Columbia Gorge Community College support staff)
  • Sheila Shapiro (first-time attendee, ACRL OR member, and library school student)

We are especially excited that three of the winners (Tatiana Bryant, Kerry Leek, and Gabriela Martinez Mercier) will present posters at the conference.  And we also are pleased that another winner, Aja Bettencourt-McCarthy, has just recently joined the ACRL-Oregon Board.  Congratulations to all and looking forward to a great conference!

Registration Deadline is this Saturday, October 1 for the ACRL OR/WA Joint Fall Conference at Menucha

Saturday, October 1, is quickly approaching! Don’t miss out on a great ACRL OR/WA fall conference focused on “Enhancing Creativity and Turning Inspiration into Reality”; you’ll also then have the option of attending our first, free preconference, “Collaboration and Cross-Pollination: Creative Solutions to OER Challenges.”

Act SOON and register so that you catch our great keynote presenters and the inspiring lineup of short talks and posters. And, of course, we want to see you at the Thursday evening party!

Catch you at Menucha –

Uta Hussong-Christian

ACRL-OR/WA Fall Conference Chair & ACRL-OR Past President