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OSU Libraries Seminar Presentation on Service Design, October 21

The OSU Libraries’ Library Faculty Association invites colleagues and friends to the first 2016-2017 Seminar Series Presentation: Assessing the Library with Service Design, with Annie Downey and Joe Marquez of Reed College Library, on October 21 from 10:00am-11:30am.  Librarians are not new to designing or assessing services, but we tend to develop each service in isolation from the other services we offer, with little to no user input prior to implementation. Service design allows for a more holistic and systemic look at the various systems that make a library function. Assessing services through a systems lens helps bring the barriers and issues that users and staff may be confronting to light. This methodology is also unique in that it is a co-creative process conducted with library staff and library patrons. By working together, the librarians and patrons can create more relevant services, or refine current services to be more effective and efficient. This presentation will cover the service design process and give participants hands-on time with tools used in the service design process. Joe and Annie will also share insights from their work currently being done at Reed College using Service Design.

Annie Downey is the Associate College Librarian and Director of Research Services for the Reed College Library. Joe J. Marquez is the Web Services Librarian at the Reed College Library.

The presentation will take place in the Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms on the third floor of the Valley Library (Valley 3622). Light refreshments will be provided. Please contact Beth.Filar-Williams@oregonstate.edu or Uta.Hussong-Christian@oregonstate.edu with any questions. Library visitor info (including campus map and parking info can be found online: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/visit)

Some Suggested Readings include:

Second ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship Awarded to Darci Adolf

Darci Adolf, Oregon Coast Community College

Darci Adolf, Oregon Coast Community College

The second ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship has been awarded to Darci Adolf of Oregon Coast Community College. This scholarship is designed to allow ACRL-OR members the chance to apply for awards of up to $250 to attend conferences, workshops, courses, seminars, or other learning opportunities three times throughout the year. You can find out more about the multiple scholarship opportunities ACRL-OR provides here on the ACRL-OR Scholarships page.

Adolf will use her award to attend the upcoming e-course, “Becoming the Copyright Specialist in Your Library” offered through ALA. The funds will also cover the recommended book, “Copyright for Academic Librarians and Professionals.” [UPDATE] Due to lack of space in “Becoming the Copyright Specialist in Your Library”, Adolf will use her award to attend the upcoming e-course, “Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community eCourse” offered through ALA.

As Adolf noted in her application, the principle of copyright “supports the OCCC Library’s mission of advancing scholarship and teaching through the creation, application, preservation and dissemination of information.” And as the sole librarian at her small community college, she wears a lot of different hats. One area she chose to focus on for this upcoming academic year is additional training in copyright.

After completing this course, Adolf plans to create a copyright policy for Oregon Coast Community College, and will develop some faculty best practices. She plans to educate staff and faculty at Faculty & Staff InServices, and will post the copyright information on their website.

Are you looking for support to attend a professional development event of your own? Applications for the ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship are reviewed three times a year. The next deadline is November 30, 2016.  

Fall conference opportunities in Open Education

Reposted from multiple listservs, and organized in chronological order by most recent first.

OER Pre-conference at Menucha

  • OER pre-conference at the ACRL-OR/WA joint fall conference at Menucha
  • Pre-conference available only to conference attendees (first 45 individuals to sign up)
  • Oct 27-28, 2016
  • Near Corbett, OR at Menucha Retreat and Conference Center
  • Register at https://acrloregon.org/2016-acrl-orwa-joint-conference/

Open Education 2016

  • The premiere venue for sharing research, development, advocacy, design, and other work relating the open education
  • November 2-4, 2016
  • Richmond, VA
  • http://openedconference.org/2016/

OpenCon 2016

Critical Library Pedagogy Webinar Archive Available for Viewing

The newest addition to the ACRL webinar archive is Introduction to Critical Library Pedagogy. This webinar was originally broadcast on November 10, 2015.

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 event and serve as the 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 President, Uta.Hussong-Christian; 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: “Your group registration allows you to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.” This means that only one login is allowed per event and that the webinar is only for single-location viewing. The designated contact should not provide the webinar login to other individuals for the purposes of remote viewing outside of the scheduled event. These are ACRL’s limitations in exchange for complimentary access; ACRL-OR asks that you respect these limitations.

~ Uta Hussong-Christian, ACRL-OR President, 2015-2016
Associate Professor | Science Librarian
Oregon State University Libraries
uta.hussong-christian@oregonstate.edu

New ACRL e-Learning Webinar Available for Viewing

Hey ACRL-OR members, if you missed the live August viewing of ACRL’s e-Learning webinar, Libraries and Student Success: A Campus Collaboration with High Impact Educational Practices, don’t worry. You and/or a group of colleagues can view the archived version at any time. Please follow the guidelines below to schedule your webinar viewing.

ACRL e-Learning

These webinars are a benefit of ACRL-OR membership, thus a librarian holding ACRL-OR 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 event and serve as the 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 President, Uta.Hussong-Christian; 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: “Your group registration allows you to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.” This means that only one login is allowed per event and that the webinar is only for single-location viewing. The designated contact should not provide the webinar login to other individuals for the purposes of remote viewing outside of the scheduled event. These are ACRL’s limitations in exchange for complimentary access; ACRL-OR asks that you respect these limitations.

~ Uta Hussong-Christian, ACRL-OR President, 2015-2016
Associate Professor | Science Librarian
Oregon State University Libraries
uta.hussong-christian@oregonstate.edu

ACRL IL Immersion 2015 experience

As mentioned last month, our very own Elizabeth Brookbank, ACRL-Oregon Public Universities Representative and Instruction Librarian at Western Oregon University, participated in the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Teacher Track, August 2-7, 2015, in Seattle. Below, Elizabeth has captured her thoughts — and personal faves! — from the experience.


Since starting library school, I had heard other librarians talk about “Immersion.” It was always discussed as a sought-after and prestigious opportunity that was both deeply valued, but also sort of terrifying. Even so, many of the librarians I admire and think of as role models had participated in it. And so, upon hearing that it was being held in Seattle this year, and in my second year as an Instruction Librarian, I decided to apply for this mysterious experience called Immersion. I am so grateful that I did. (I am also tired. So, so tired.)

When they call it Immersion, they are not kidding. Every day started at 8:30 a.m. and most went until 8 or 9 p.m. That’s before the homework. This level of intensity, however, allowed for a depth of content that would not have been possible otherwise. The intensity of the experience also bonded the group together and started from the very beginning to create a learning community of trust.

It was an experience at times serious and at times lighthearted. This work-hard-but-have-fun environment was intentionally created and fostered by the faculty. They had a good sense of humor, and they let us see them as human beings, thus creating a mutual trust. They provided us with a mix of learning activities, some of them fun and whimsical, some of them challenging and thought-provoking, some of them all of the above. They thoughtfully guided us through discussions of some sticky topics and encouraged reflection at the end of each session. In short, they were excellent teachers. They modeled what they were teaching us and were transparent about how they planned and structured our learning experience so that we could replicate it as teachers ourselves.

Since there is no way I can fit everything I learned into one short blog post, I will instead give you my top 5 (plus 1) takeaways from Immersion 2015:

  1. Be intentional. There is never one right answer when it comes to how to teach, what to teach, how best to use your time, etc. Just make sure the choices you make are intentional.
  2. Challenge assumptions. About yourself as a teacher, about your students, about learning in general and what you are teaching specifically.
  3. Active verb + in order to + why phrase = a good learning outcome. The active verb should be developmentally appropriate and the “in order to” + why phrase should guide your assessment of that outcome.
  4. Activity does not equal active learning. Any learning activity can be active – even a lecture, if you ask students to reflect critically on it. Conversely, an activity does not ensure that active learning will happen.
  5. Talk about learning, not sources. Talking so much about “sources” divorces research from the learning process and experience for students. Instead of talking in your instruction sessions about the number of sources students have to find, talk about what they need to learn and how to use research to learn it.
  6. When engaged in intense intellectual work, eat every 2-3 hours. 😉 Seriously, they fed us so much, but I lived for those snack breaks.

Another big highlight of Immersion for me was getting to soak up the wisdom of the imitable Deb Gilchrist. And so, my second list is a fan-girl homage to Deb.

Top 5 (plus 1) things I learned at Immersion from Deb Gilchrist:

  1. Don’t talk about anything in a session that you can put on a handout.
  2. A learning outcome doesn’t have to be measurable, but it does have to be judgeable.
  3. Make learning outcomes transferrable outside academia. You aren’t teaching to help students write their 10-page papers. You’re teaching to help them become informed, responsible, functional citizens of the world.
  4. Re assessment: Start small, but start!
  5. We should assess what we value, not value what can be easily assessed.
  6. Be intentional!

And finally, a selection of tweets:

So yes, Immersion was exhausting and overwhelming, but it was also absolutely inspiring. It has fundamentally shifted my perspective on teaching and being a librarian. To anyone considering whether or not to apply to the next program, I encourage you wholeheartedly to go for it.

And now, I’m off to take a nap!

~ Elizabeth Brookbank, ACRL-Oregon Public Universities Representative (2013-2015)
Instruction Librarian, Western Oregon University

New ACRL Professional Development Webinar Available for Viewing

ACRL-OR is pleased to offer complimentary archive access to select ACRL professional development eLearning webinars for Oregon academic librarians. The newest addition to the webinar lineup is Beyond Worksheets: Using Instructional Technologies for Authentic Assessment of Student Learning. This webinar was originally broadcast on April 7, 2015.

ACRL e-Learning logoThese webinars are a benefit of ACRL-OR membership, thus a librarian holding ACRL-OR 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 event and serve as the 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 Member, Uta.Hussong-Christian; 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: “Your group registration allows you to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.” This means that only one login is allowed per event and that the webinar is only for single-location viewing. The designated contact should not provide the webinar login to other individuals for the purposes of remote viewing outside of the scheduled event. These are ACRL’s limitations in exchange for complimentary access; ACRL-OR asks that you respect these limitations.

~ Uta Hussong-Christian, ACRL-OR Vice President/President Elect (2014-2015)
Instruction & Science Librarian | Associate Professor
Oregon State University Libraries

ACRL-OR Provides Access to ACRL eLearning Webinars

ACRL-OR is pleased to offer complimentary access to select, archived ACRL professional development eLearning webinars for Oregon academic librarians. One or two archived webinars will be added each academic year (as long as ACRL offers this benefit to chapters).  These webinars are a benefit of ACRL-OR membership, thus a librarian holding ACRL-OR 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 event and serve as the 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 Member, Uta.Hussong-Christian; 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: “Your group registration allows you to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.” This means that only one login is allowed per event and that the webinar is only for single-location viewing. The designated contact should not provide the webinar login to other individuals for the purposes of remote viewing outside of the scheduled event. These are ACRL’s limitations in exchange for complimentary access; ACRL-OR asks that you respect these limitations.

Zotero Trainer Workshop

Sign up now for the only west coast Zotero Trainer Workshop this summer, which will be held at Oregon State University’s Valley Library in Corvallis on July 11-12, 2013.

During these intensive (and fun!) two day events, participants acquire an in-depth understanding of Zotero’s capabilities, how to extend those capabilities, and how Zotero can best meet their users’ needs. Participants also learn and share best-practices for teaching and supporting Zotero at their institution and approaches for developing institution-specific documentation.

The workshops are targeted at librarians and anyone else who supports or wants to support Zotero at their institution or department. While basic familiarity with Zotero is recommended, there are no technical prerequisites for participating.

The cost to attend the workshops is $350. Due to the hands-on nature of the events, enrollment is limited. Sign up while there is still space!

The workshops will be conducted by Sebastian Karcher, one of Zotero’s most active community developers, who has a wealth of experience using, supporting, and developing Zotero. Contact him with any questions about the workshop at karcher [at] u.northwestern.edu or for location-based questions ask Hannah Rempel at hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

Register now for 2012 Women’s Leadership Institute

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is collaborating with higher education associations to offer the 2012 Women’s Leadership Institute. This year’s institute will be held Nov. 27-30, 2012, in Dana Point, Calif. and Dec. 2-5, 2012, in Amelia Island, Fla. The discounted early-bird registration deadline for the institute is Oct. 17 for the California program and Oct. 24 for the Florida program. Complete program details, cosponsors and a link to registration materials are available on the institute website.

The institute brings together mid-level administrators from across campus functions to hone leadership skills for working in a rapidly changing environment, develop a better understanding of the campus as a workplace and culture, share experiences with others about how campuses are adapting and adjusting to new realities and create new personal networks and networking skills to better tap the higher education community. Through presentations, small-group exercises and discussion, attendees will gain a practical understanding of what it takes to be a leader on a college or university campus—both the challenges and the rewards. It provides a special opportunity to learn, not just about leadership skills, but about how other parts of the campus function, what their priorities and challenges are and how to bridge the communication gap that may exist when we try to work across “cultures.”

The program is designed for directors of libraries and those who report directly to them in positions such as associate university librarian or assistant library dean. Institute content will also be useful to other campus administrators involved in senior-level decision making affecting the entire library operation and involving other important relationships on campus.

Registration materials are available online. Registration fees include general and breakout sessions, program materials, dinner, lunch, brunch and two continental breakfasts.

Direct questions on the Women’s Leadership Institute to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522.

From the ACRL National website (http://www.ala.org/news/pr?id=11250)