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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!

Sign up to attend ACRL-Oregon-sponsored Preconferences at OLA

OLA Conference posterACRL-Oregon is sponsoring two Preconferences at the Oregon Library Association Conference that will be of interest to academic librarians across the state. Please consider signing up for one or both of them!

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

In August 2017, ACRL-Oregon awarded Maureen Flanagan Battistella a professional development award to attend the American Association of State and Local History conference. Maureen’s attendance there was part of an ongoing project in partnership with colleagues at Southern Oregon University, Hannon Library, Jackson County Library, and others to  create “unique digital collections that tell the stories of Southern Oregon.”

Interested in learning more about Maureen’s research and how to engage your own community via an oral history project? Sign up to attend the pre-conference session she is leading, “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.

Interested in having your own conference, workshop, or professional development project funded? Apply for an ACRL-Oregon professional development award now! Deadline for next consideration is February 28, 2018.

 

Incorporating Mindfulness Into My Teaching

Hi! I’m Meredith Farkas, ACRL-Oregon’s VP/President-Elect and a librarian at Portland Community College. Like many of my colleagues on the ACRL-OR Board, I attended the ACRL-PNW Conference at Pack Forest in October. For me, the highlight of the conference was a session entitled “Contemplative Pedagogy: An Ancient Solution for a Modern Problem” presented by Nicole Gustavsen of UW-Bothell/Cascadia College and Heather Newcomer of Olympic College. The session described mindfulness practice and how it can benefit us — both professionally and personally — and our students in our continuous-partial-attention-driven, technology-filled world. Nicole and Heather had attendees participate in a breath and body guided mindfulness exercise and then described how they used mindfulness exercises at the start of some of their classes and the benefits of doing so. You can view their slides as well as their list of resources which include the breath and body scan script they used with conference attendees.

Title Slide from Contemplative Pedagogy Presentation

I was inspired by the idea of using brief (2-5 minute) mindfulness exercises at the start of class to better connect with students and help them focus on what we’re doing. I recognize the challenges we have as librarians in building rapport within the context of a one-shot instruction session and this activity seemed like a small change I could make that might help students see that I recognize research can be challenging and am here to support them. That week, I had a Reading 115 class coming in and I thought this would be the perfect group to try this with because a lot of students I’ve worked with in Reading 115 classes in the past have had issues with self-confidence around their academic abilities. I hoped that this might bring their stress level down or at least help them let go temporarily of some of the other things on their minds.

I made a few minor changes to the breath and body scan script Heather and Nicole used so it would fit my own presentation style and then tried it with the class. When I first came into the classroom, students were chatting, texting, sending emails, and all the usual things we see students doing before class. I started by introducing myself and talking a bit about how research can be stressful, how I’m here to support them in that, and that we’re going to do a quick breathing exercise to help us focus on the task at hand. As I read the script, every student participated and the room was silent. Once I’d finished, I found that the class was focused in a way I’d never seen before in my teaching. I don’t know whether or not it brought students’ stress levels down, but it definitely facilitated a solid transition between what they were doing before and what we were all working on together. I also found that when I gave students time in the second half of class to work on their own research, more students in the class asked me for help than usually do. Whether that was a fluke or they really felt more comfortable seeking help from me after the exercise I don’t know for sure, but I feel like it was well worth sacrificing a few minutes of class time to do.

Space Slide from Mindfulness Presentation

Winter term has recently started at Portland Community College, and I’m excited to start more of my classes this term with a breath and body scan. It’s always exciting to go to a conference and be able to apply something from it to your own work, and I want to thank Heather, Nicole, and the ACRL-WA Board for providing us with the opportunity to learn all this!

 

Free professional development for health and medical information

With the start of a new year, many people make health-related resolutions. I’d like to propose one such resolution for the new year: be (and help our students be) more health literate.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine logoA few months ago, I started a new position at the University of Western States, which specializes in programs in integrative health care. I quickly became aware of trainings available from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). A hat tip goes to Laura Zeigen at OHSU for suggesting that this would be good information for a blog post!

I participated in a six-part webinar series on PubMed for Librarians, an invaluable (and free!) training series. Each online session was an hour long, so it was convenient to fit it into my schedule. It was an excellent professional development opportunity that paid off immediately in my day-to-day work.

In general, the trainings cover a wide variety of topics and from the perspective of working with different patron populations. My only regret was not knowing about these trainings sooner; they would have been valuable in working with health professions students at area community colleges.

The NNLM also provides targeted resources for evaluating health websites and conducting the consumer health reference interview, including ethical concerns.

Know the Science logo

NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health logoAnother great health resource is the Know the Science series from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). It has interactive modules, videos, and tutorials that help users understand complex scientific topics related to health research and become more health literate. There are a number of resources about understanding complementary health care, dietary supplements, and unpacking the concept of natural medicines. In a state like Oregon, where so many people use complementary and integrative health care, the resources from NCCIH are highly relevant and useful.

Stephanie Debner
University of Western States

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

Fighting Fake News with the ACRL Framework

The newest addition to the ACRL webinar archive is Fighting Fake News with the ACRL Framework. This webinar, explores strategies and techniques for teaching people the literacy skills they need to combat fake news, was originally broadcast on July 20th, 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.

Data Science Institute at OHSU in November

LogoTree_v5The OHSU Library is hosting the Data Science Institute from November 6-8 in Portland.

The institute will bring together researchers, students, and librarians for a data science immersion event. The curriculum is targeted to beginner level participants, and the schedule is available here: https://ohsulibrary-datascienceinstitute.github.io/

Individuals can complete this form to register for the Institute. The Institute is free, but space is limited.  Registrations will be reviewed and selection notifications will be sent by August 31, 2017.

Contact OHSULibraryDataScienceInstitute@ohsu.edu with any questions.

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 Scholarly Communication Roadshow: Registration Open!

Portland State University, Oregon State University, and ACRL-Oregon are pleased to host the ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow on Monday, July 17, 2017 at the Portland State University Library.

This day-long workshop will feature two expert presenters for an exploration on three scholarly communication topics: Open Education, Copyright in Making and Sharing Scholarship, and Research Data Management. Our presenters are Jenny Oleen, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Western Washington University, and William Cross, Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center, North Carolina State University Libraries.

This workshop is geared toward library workers who need a good grounding in scholarly communication issues. It is appropriate for individuals with administrative responsibilities, liaisons and subject librarians, those working in library publishing, data management, and those who seek to advance their professional development in the area of scholarly communication.

Because there are a limited number of slots available for this free, day-long event, YOU WILL RECEIVE A SEPARATE EMAIL CONFIRMING YOUR REGISTRATION. Your registration includes lunch, free of cost. Because we understand unforeseen circumstances do occur, we will keep a wait-list of attendees to fill spots for any late cancellations.

Priority registration deadline for OSU/PSU/ACRL-OR members is June 1st.

Register now!

Save the Date: ACRL Scholarly Communications Roadshow

Portland State University, Oregon State University, and ACRL-Oregon are pleased to host the ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow on Monday, July 17, 2017 at the Portland State University Library in Portland, Oregon. Presenters Jenny Oleen, Scholarly Communications Librarian at Western Washington University, and William Cross, Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, will facilitate this day-long workshop on three scholarly communication topics: Open Education, Copyright in Making and Sharing Scholarship, and Research Data Management.

This workshop is geared toward library workers who need a good grounding in scholarly communication issues. It is appropriate for individuals with administrative responsibilities, liaisons and subject librarians, those working in library publishing, data management, and those who seek to advance their professional development in the area of scholarly communication.

Presenter Biographies

Jenny Oleen is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Western Washington University, where she also serves as the Copyright Librarian and manages the Scholarly Communications Unit and the new institutional repository, Western CEDAR (http://cedar.wwu.edu). She has a BS in Agronomy from Kansas State University, an MS in Environmental Science from University of Arizona, and an MLS from Indiana University-Bloomington. Read more about Jenny in her ACRL member of the week profile.

William M. Cross is the Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center at North Carolina State University where he provides advice and instruction to campus stakeholders on copyright, licensing, and scholarly communication issues.  As a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Will earned an M.A. in Technology & Communication, a J.D. in Law, and an M.S.L.S. in Library Science.  Before joining the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center, Will worked in academic and law libraries, in constitutional litigation, and at the North Carolina Court of Appeals.  He serves as an adjunct instructor in the UNC School of Information and Library Science and lectures nationally on free expression, copyright, and scholarly communication.  Will has been quoted in publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education and Techdirt and publishes regularly in law and library journals on topics ranging from the pedagogy of legal education for librarians to First Amendment analysis of the regulation of video games. Read more about Will in his ACRL member of the week profile.

Registration Notes

There are a limited number of slots available for this free, day-long event. Your registration includes lunch, free of cost. Your registration is a commitment to attend the event. Because we understand unforeseen circumstances do occur, we will keep a wait-list of attendees to fill spots for any late cancellations.

The priority registration deadline for OSU, PSU, and ACRL-Oregon affiliates is June 1st, 2017.  Full registration details will be available shortly.