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A Renaissance for the Oregon State Ichthyology Collection

The OSU Libraries’ Library Faculty Association invites colleagues and friends to the February 2017 Seminar Series Presentation: A Renaissance for the Oregon State Ichthyology Collection, with Dr. Brian Lee Sidlauskas, Associate Professor in OSU’s Department of Fisheries & Wildlife and Curator of the Ichthyology Collection. The seminar will be on February 24th from 10:00am-11:30am.

The Oregon State Ichthyology Collection (OSIC), which contains approximately a quarter million preserved fish specimens, has been a major center of research and education on the biology of fishes since its establishment in 1935.  Despite continued scientific use, the OSIC’s physical facilities declined in the late 20th century due to a lack of space for growth and insufficient funding.  Simultaneously, a lack of computerization discouraged researchers elsewhere from accessing its specimens.  Curator Brian Sidlauskas will discuss how we restored the scientific and educational value of the OSIC, and highlight recent science using the collection.  One component of the restoration upgraded the collections’ physical facilities by installing mobile compact shelving in a renovated space that now meets modern fire and earthquake safety codes. We also upgraded the collection’s digital presence by modernizing the collection’s catalog of specimens and making the holdings searchable online at ichthyology.oregonstate.edu. Through the completion of this project, one of the most important libraries of ichthyological diversity on the west coast of the US is again stable, safe, properly curated, and accessible to the world’s community of scientists. It regularly accessions new specimens, loans material to researchers at other institutions, hosts researchers from around the world, and supports research and teaching on taxonomy, genetics, biogeography, parasitology, evolution, ecology and conservation biology.

Brian Lee Sidlauskas is an associate professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University.  The son of a fisherman and an art teacher, he grew up along the coast of historic Salem, Massachusetts.  As an ichthyologist, Dr. Sidlauskas works to help reveal and protect the world’s tremendous biodiversity of fishes.  He teaches courses dealing with ichthyology, systematics, biodiversity and conservation biology, and his research seeks to understand the evolution, ecology and diversity of freshwater fishes on scales ranging from local to global. He achieved a measure of internet fame for his use of Facebook to community source fish identifications from photographs. Dr. Sidlauskas has involved nearly two dozen undergraduates in the research and management of the quarter-million preserved fishes in the Oregon State Ichthyology Collection, which he curates.  In 2014 he was named OSU’s Undergraduate Mentor of the Year.

The seminar will take place in the Autzen classroom on the main (2nd) floor of the Valley Library (Valley 2082). 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)

Can We Do That? Intellectual Property Rights and Visual Media

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce that Can We Do That?: Intellectual Property Rights and Visual Media, will be held  on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). This workshop will be co-hosted by the PNCA and the University of Oregon Libraries, and is open to cultural heritage professionals, the information and educational communities, and to anyone interested in visual culture. Can We Do That? is one of four workshops being offered in the second year of the VRAF Regional Workshop Program.  The VRAF is grateful to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for their continued support of this exciting opportunity to partner with cultural heritage and educational institutions.

A thorough understanding of intellectual property rights can be a challenge for lawyers, let alone for information, academic, and cultural heritage professionals, and the application of copyright restrictions on visual media can induce a sense of alarm and uncertainty dependent upon specific circumstances. This workshop will provide a clear focus on U.S. copyright law, intellectual property rights, and fair use as they pertain to the use of visual media (e.g., images and moving images) within the academic, archival, library, gallery, and museum environments.  Educational usage, securing publication rights, creative reuse, rights statements, licensing, and the public domain will be explored within the context of case studies, including those provided by participants in advance of the workshop.  Participants will also be introduced to tools and resources to help them and their constituents in making appropriate decisions regarding appropriate use and dissemination of visual media.

Can We Do That? will be taught by Cara Hirsch, Associate General Counsel at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which owns and operates the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, as well as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. Cara supports the Guggenheim’s legal affairs in a wide variety of areas including intellectual property. Prior to the Guggenheim, Cara was Deputy General Counsel for Artstor, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning in the arts, humanities and other fields. Among her duties at Artstor, Cara collaborated in refining Artstor’s intellectual property and other legal strategies for the organization. She also supervised the rights review and clearance process for media collections in the Artstor Digital Library, a digital image resource that makes available to nonprofit institutions over 1.7 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences. Prior to her work at Artstor, Cara worked as an Associate at the law firms of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Andrews Kurth LLP, where she practiced in the field of intellectual property.  She served as Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Rights Committee of the Visual Resources Association from 2011-2014. Cara received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and her B.A., with distinction, from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Registration for Can We Do That? is now open. The fee for this day-long workshop is $125. For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/j4slq32. If you have questions about registration, feel free to contact Betha Whitlow, VRAF Director, bwhitlow@wustl.edu. For questions about the Pacific Northwest College of Art venue, please contact Serenity Ibsen, Interim Director of Library Services at PNCA, sibsen@pnca.edu.

For those who also plan to attend Online Northwest on Friday, March 31, this represents a unique opportunity to make a long weekend packed with high-level programming!

OSU Libraries Seminar Presentation on Student Use of Closed Captions and Transcripts on 12/9

The OSU Libraries’ Library Faculty Association invites colleagues and friends to the December 9th Seminar Series Presentation, Scaling Up: Lessons Learned from a National Study on College Student Uses and Perceptions of Closed Captions and Transcripts, with Dr. Katie Linder of Oregon State University Ecampus  Research Unit. The Ecampus Research Unit recently completed a national study on college students’ uses and perceptions of closed captions and transcripts. In this presentation, Dr. Katie Linder will share results from the study and will also discuss how the national study grew out of smaller research projects. She will also share the next steps for the project to scale it even further. Participants will leave with a sense of how to grow larger research projects over time, seeding them with exploratory studies and small seed funds of $5,000 or less.

Katie Linder is the Director of Research for OSU’s Extended Campus (Ecampus) Research Unit.

The presentation will take place in the Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms on the third floor of the Valley Library (Valley 3622) from 10:00 – 11:30am. Light refreshments will be provided. Please contact 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). The presentation will also be streamed live, and remote participants can join the meeting online.

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)

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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

Join Us! ACRL-OR Reception at Riverbend Brewing on April 20, 5-7pm

ACRL-OR invites OLA Conference attendees and library folk in the Bend area to its annual pre-conference Wednesday evening reception, this year at Riverbend Brewing from 5-7 p.m.

We love getting to know our library colleagues while sampling local fare (provided) and beverages/brews (cash bar). Drop in for a bit or a bite!

Riverbend Brewing is an 8-minute walk from the Riverhouse at the corner of Hwy 97 and Division St (2650 NE Division Street Bend, OR), across the road from the river. Depending on where you are starting your Wednesday evening activities, you might consider taking the conference shuttle to get close (it does not stop at Riverbend Brewing but does stop at the conference venue).

See you at the reception!


Uta Hussong-Christian,
ACRL-OR President, 2015-2016

University of Portland invites librarians for ACRL Critical Library Pedagogy webinar viewing

The University of Portland public services librarians are going to gather in early January to watch the ACRL Critical Library Pedagogy webinar (see previous “Critical Library Pedagogy Webinar Archive Available for Viewing” blog post), and we’d like to invite any interested library people to join us.

Here are the details:

Friday, January 8, 2016
9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Room 211 (library classroom)
Clark Library, University of Portland, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland 97203
[Directions and Maps]

Parking permits are not required because University classes are not in session.

We will provide coffee and tea, and some light refreshments. Please RSVP to Heidi Senior, senior@up.edu / 503-943-8037 so we know to expect you!

Thanks,
Heidi Senior


Heidi E. K. Senior
Reference/Instruction Librarian
Clark Library
University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203
senior@up.edu | 503-943-8037

 

Join us for the PNW Institutional Repository User Group – Planning Meeting!

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ALA graphic for IR. Click image for source.

As more academic libraries have focused on how best to collect, preserve, and promote the scholarly and creative work of our faculty and students, it has created a new community of practice within the Pacific Northwest. We would like to bring that community together to share ideas and best practices and to identify opportunities for collaboration.

Our tentative goal is to create an annual IR user group meeting for IR managers in the Pacific Northwest (with the initial meeting in 2016). As a first step, we are having a planning meeting that is adjacent to the 2015 Orbis Cascade Alliance Summer Meeting. Anyone working with an IR in the Pacific Northwest is welcome to attend this meeting — membership in the Alliance is not required (nor will it be limited to be press institutions).

If you’re not able to attend, please send us your ideas for what a PNW IR user group meeting could/should look like (and whether it’s even a good idea!).

Date: July 9, 2015 / 12-1 pm

Location: Warner Pacific College, Room 120 (next to the cafeteria)

Details: Lunch is not provided, so bring a snack or brown bag lunch. We may adjourn to a local restaurant afterwards for a late lunch if there is interest.

Contact: Karen Bjork (kbjork@pdx.edu), Isaac Gilman (gilmani@pacificu.edu), Sue Kunda (kundas@mail.wou.edu), or Kathleen Spring (kspring@linfield.edu)


~ Isaac Gilman (ACRL-Oregon Past President, 2014-2015)
Scholarly Communications & Research Services Librarian
Pacific University

ACRL-OR @ OLA Reception Wednesday evening

What:  ACRL-Oregon Reception (AKA – Hanging Out With Librarian Friends of All Stripes)

When:  Wednesday, April 15, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Where:  First National Taphouse, 51 W. Broadway, Eugene (an easy walk from the Convention Center)

Description:  Come enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar with fellow librarians. Everyone is welcome.

Hannah, ACRL-OR President, 2014-2015


Hannah Gascho Rempel
Associate Professor & Science Librarian
Oregon State University

Celebrating Leadership at ACRL 2015 Portland!

By the time you read this post, the ACRL 2015 Conference will be just a few weeks away! Hopefully you are planning on attending and looking forward to a few fun days in Portland — our own “backyard.” One reason that I am really excited about this conference is because of the ACRL 2015 Leaders’ Reception the evening of March 27th. What are we celebrating, you ask? We’re celebrating ACRL leaders and the years of work they’ve undertaken to bring ACRL 2015 to fruition! A conference of this size is no small feat, and we just wanted to say Thank You to ACRL leader members for bringing the conference to PDX.

I have been coordinating the planning of this event for many months. In keeping with the “Go Local” movement, I am most proud of the fact that we worked to develop local-only funding. The reception is entirely supported by Oregon and Washington academic library donations and by individual donations from ACRL-OR and ACRL-WA members. Each of our donor libraries and individuals is listed on our ACRL 2015 Leaders’ Reception Donors page. This event, literally, would not be possible without their support. Thank you!

If you are current ACRL-OR or ACRL-WA member, here is one of the perks of your membership:  you should have received an email invite to this event! Go ahead… check your inbox… I’ll wait. The RSVP for the ACRL 2015 Leaders’ Reception is due by Saturday, March 7th, so don’t delay.

Will I see you at ACRL 2015? I sure hope so.


Uta Hussong-Christian
ACRL-Oregon Vice-President (2014-2015)
Oregon State University Libraries