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Upcoming Free Webinars

With the cancellation of the ACRL-OR/WA Joint Conference this year, ACRL-Oregon is organizing a series of free programming for the academic library community. Our first session, Big Little Learning: Lightning Talks and Poster Presentations, will take place next Friday, August 7th from 10-12 PST. There is a whole slate of presentations scheduled, including:

  • Small Scale IR for Community Colleges
  • #researchspeeddate: Think/Pair/Share for Online & Hybrid Courses
  • I bought a laptop: Connecting real-life experiences to Library research in First-Year Seminar
  • Changing Policies for Changing Times Team Science: A Question of Support for Undergraduate Research
  • Co-CREATE Your Class: Fostering Student Agency and Inquiry in Academic Literacies
  • Libros for Oregon – Collections Connect Communities

See below for full descriptions of the scheduled presentations.

Registration is open to any library staff person, but we are limited to 100 live attendees, so register soon!

REGISTER HERE: https://forms.gle/WufyatG8VuHKjeBY9

The session will be recorded and made available on our YouTube channel. If you register, we will email you a link to the recording after the event.

Questions about our webinars can be sent to Candise Branum, ACRL-Oregon President, at acrlor@olaweb.org.


  • Small Scale IR for Community Colleges

Presenter: Rowena McKernan (Whatcom Commuity College)
Abstract: We’ve recently built and deployed an Omeka-S institutional repository and want to share some insights into how to make this possible even for small and rural community colleges.

  • #researchspeeddate: Think/Pair/Share for Online & Hybrid Courses

Presenter: Chelsea Nesvig (UW Bothell/Cascadia College)
Abstract: Think/pair/share is an activity librarians and instructors regularly use in their teaching while students are present in a classroom. It offers opportunities for students to contemplate their answer to a question or prompt and discuss it with a classmate before sharing it with the whole classroom. Students benefit from sharing their thoughts and ideas with just one person before they are asked to share with the whole class. But what about in an online or hybrid classroom? Students are likely to complete research activities alone — without any interaction with their fellow classmates. By pairing students up to interact with each other in person, over the phone, or with a chat app, they are automatically able to talk to and engage with a classmate. In the early stages of the research process, students are often unsure about their topics and they regularly report that discussion with another student offers them peace of mind. Offering these students a way to engage with fellow classmates around their research helps break them out of the silos that online courses so often produce. The core structure of this activity can be applied to student interaction during different stages of the research process or even for non-research assignments.

  • I bought a laptop: Connecting real-life experiences to Library research in First-Year Seminar

Presenter: Lynda Irons (Pacific University)
Abstract: Curriculum changes in two separate-but-connected courses sparked an overhaul of how First-Year Seminar freshmen received library instruction. The librarian changed from a traditional information transfer approach to an active learning and discovery approach by connecting the dots between what they already knew and library research. Fall 2019 FYS students (re)discovered their autonomy in their decision-making strategies through three activities — all without the instructional librarian showing a single PowerPoint slide or even turning on a computer. The activities reinforced that the students knew substantially more than they thought they knew, and they didn’t even know they knew it. Ultimately, they realized that their prior knowledge and existing skills easily transferred to the academic library setting.

  • Changing Policies for Changing Times

Presenter: Drew Jackson (Pacific University); Sarah Kirkley (Pacific University); Laura Baird (Pacific University); Lynda Irons (Pacific University); Angela Lee (Pacific University)
Abstract: Policy writing is rarely nimble or innovative, but using change management techniques, Pacific University Libraries drafted policies to address the circumstances during this past year. We will discuss how we identified a need to change, which policies we changed, how we identified goals for change, and our methodology for working through changes. We will also share how we adapted our approach to accommodate remote work. We learned the importance of positioning policy within the University and legal framework; reframing the policies as part of an iterative, sustainable process; and involving a variety of perspectives. This process can be used not only for policies but also to build a responsive organization.

  • Team Science: A Question of Support for Undergraduate Research

Presenter: abby koehler (Western Washington University); Jenny Oleen (Western Washington University); Wyatt Heimbichner Goebel (Western Washington University)
Abstract: After recent strategic and structural changes within our organization, Western Libraries is experimenting with new team-based and collaborative approaches to improve the undergraduate research support we offer. Our newly formed subject support team — Team Science — along with the Western Libraries’ Tutoring Center and Hacherl Research & Writing Studio is now positioned to consider important questions regarding STEM students’ unique research needs. We are excited to share the groundwork we have laid in supporting undergraduate research contributions at Western Washington University.

  • Co-CREATE Your Class: Fostering Student Agency and Inquiry in Academic Literacies

Presenter: Caitlan Maxwell (Western Washington University Libraries); abby koehler (Western Washington University Libraries)
Abstract: Using an inquiry-based approach to a quarter-long linked credit course demands careful coordination among everyone involved. However, with innovative strategies like co-creating rubrics and assignments, using critical pedagogy focused on academic literacies, and implementing the CREATE (Consider, Read, Elucidate the hypotheses, Analyze and interpret the data, and Think of the next Experiment) method, it can be done. Join us for an overview of our team-teaching experience and a discussion of strengths-based, peer-to-peer learning approaches to information literacy that address student agency in writing, reading, research and more.

  • Libros for Oregon – Collections Connect Communities

Presenter: Hannah Bostrom (Salem Public Library); Deborah Gitlitz (Wilsonville Public Library); Valeria Davila (Oregon State University Libraries and Press); Alice Perez (Multnomah Law Library); Mark Peterson (Mt Hood Community College)
Abstract: Our poster session is about the Libros for Oregon (LfO) organization, which is a subset of Reforma Oregon. The project centers around bringing quality Spanish materials from the Guadalajara International Book Fair, the largest Spanish language book fair in the world, to Oregon libraries and their communities. To accomplish this task, LfO selects a cohort of libraries each year that selected representatives will buy items for. Travelers apply for the ALA Free Pass Program, which covers most of the traveling costs. All participating libraries chip in $200 to cover the rest of the travel costs, and allocate $500-$2,000 of their budget to this project. Books are selected by library professionals, with the help of Mexican vendors. Materials are shipped to the libraries and they promote the collection through programming and outreach events.

Join ACRL-Oregon for a free webinar – “Makerspace Instruction & the ACRL Framework”

ACRL-Oregon offers free webinars on topics relevant to academic library staff. Our upcoming webinar is “Makerspace Instruction & the ACRL Framework” and will be presented by Amy Vecchione at Boise State University and Stephanie Milne-Lane from Willamette University on 5/27/2020, at 10am PST.

In this presentation Amy Vecchione and Stephanie Milne-Lane will host a discussion about research and instruction in a makerspace setting. They will outline the process of how the maker instruction program developed iteratively at Boise State University (BSU). Additionally, they will share the final results of Stephanie’s University of Washington MLIS capstone project, the BSU MakerLab Toolkit. They will also report on their conclusions regarding how the ACRL Framework is the best lens for developing maker instruction.

Registration is open to any library staff-person, but we are limited to 100 attendees in the session, so register soon!

We also plan to record the webinar and make it available on our YouTube channel. If you register, we will email you a link to the recording after the session. Questions about our webinars can be directed to ACRL-Oregon President Candise Branum.

Join ACRL-Oregon for a free webinar – “Improving Library Tutorials: The Multimedia Design Principles”

ACRL-Oregon offers free webinars on topics relevant to academic library staff. Our upcoming webinar is “Improving Library Tutorials: The Multimedia Design Principles” and will be presented by Darlene Aguilar, Instructional Design Librarian at Loyola Marymount University, on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. Pacific.

Are you creating online modules, videos, or tutorials to teach information literacy skills?

Whether designing instruction online or in-person, you must implement research-based instructional methods for successful learning to occur, and Mayer’s Multimedia Design Principles are the best place to start. In this session, you will better understand the relationship between memory and learning to differentiate between effective and ineffective multimedia with the guidance of 12 principles: multimedia, spatial contiguity, temporal contiguity, coherence, modality, redundancy, individual differences, signaling, pacing, concepts first, personalization, and human voice.

Join us for this live webinar to ensure your questions get answered and you are able to apply these principles in your own tutorials.

Registration is open to any library staff-person, but we are limited to 100 attendees in the session, so register soon! 


We also plan to record the webinar and make it available on our YouTube channel. If you register, we will email you a link to the recording after the session. Questions about our webinars can be directed to ACRL-Oregon President Candise Branum at acrlor@olaweb.org


Join ACRL-Oregon for a free webinar – What is quantitative data good for?

ACRL-Oregon offers free webinars on topics relevant to academic library staff. Our upcoming webinar is “What is quantitative data good for? Throwing great big noisy fusses about white colonial power structures.  *An ode to Ramona Quimby” and will be presented by M. Brooke Robertshaw, PhD, Assistant Professor and Assessment Librarian at Oregon State University on Thursday, January 30th, 2020, at 10am Pacific.

If you don’t know Ramona Quimby, through this presentation you will learn a bit more about her.  If you do know her, you know she is  all about justice and fairness, but sometimes context needs to be changed so we can get to that space of justice. Thus, this webinar will discuss how, as a society, we got to a space where we are using quantitative methods as a tool of oppression, how we can rethink these uses, and ways to think about research as activism. Data, like Ramona’s rain boots, should be shown off, but it’s much prettier when we can rinse off some of the muck of white patriarchal colonialism.

Registration is open to any library staff-person, but we are limited to 100 attendees in the session, so register soon!


We also plan to record the webinar and make it available on our YouTube channel. If you register, we will email you a link to the recording after the session.


Re-cap: University of Portland Library’s Digital Privacy Checkup

University of Portland (UP) librarians Jane Scott, Heidi Senior, and Diane Sotak, along with two library student workers, offered a Digital Privacy Checkup pop-up event on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, that we thought other ACRL-OR members would like to know about. We were inspired by similar events (Sullivan et al., 2018) elsewhere that have been successful.

Photo of UP Digital Privacy Chceckup

Digital Privacy Checkup pop-up event in the University of Porland Library lobby

Heeding research related to attendance at traditional library workshops (Witherspoon & Taber, 2018) recommending that librarians “be there,” (i.e., be where the students are) we set up in the library’s lobby rather than holding a drop-in workshop, and we were “pushy” (Witherspoon & Taber, p. 12), approaching students as they entered the building to ask if they “wanted to learn a little bit about digital privacy.”

The event had two main themes “Creating Strong Passwords” and “Your Digital Footprint (Understanding What the Internet Knows About You).” These themes correspond to pages of resources on a Digital Privacy Checkup LibGuide we created for the event. We set up four laptops on tables in the lobby so that students could explore the LibGuide’s sites, with a spinner provided by the UP Student Activities office as a fun way to select a site at random. We offered a diceware game (Reinhold, 2019) to illustrate the passphrase approach to creating strong passwords. We also set up two whiteboards asking students to share their concerns about digital privacy, and to fill in the blank: “I am concerned about sharing ____ on the Internet.”

In addition to these activities, we gave out freebies: zine-style instruction booklets about creating a strong password (McElroy, 2018); “#cyberaware” pens and magnets provided by UP’s Information Services unit; and buttons designed by our Digital Lab Coordinator José Velazco with three sayings: “I’m a Privacy Superhero,” “Bet You Can’t Guess My Password,” and “I Had a Digital Privacy Checkup Today.”

Compared with traditional drop-in workshops at which we’d feel lucky to have five attendees, this event reached many more people; for example, we gave out 50 zine-style instruction booklets about creating a strong password, and nearly 100 cards with the LibGuide address. We enjoyed the discussion with students about their privacy online, and their concerns or lack of concerns, as another benefit of this type of workshop. We are planning another event to observe International Data Privacy Day on January 28, 2020.


McElroy, K. (2018). Password 1234: How to use diceware to build a strong passphrase.      Library Freedom Institute. Retrieved from https://github.com/alisonLFP/libraryfreedominstitute/blob/master/assignments/week3/McElroy%20Week%203.pdf

Reinhold, A. (n.d.). The Diceware passphrase home page. Retrieved from http://world.std.com/~reinhold/diceware.html

Sullivan, M., Rainey, H., Cross, W., & Nakasone, S. (2018). Digital safety and privacy: Raising awareness through library outreach. Presentation at the Online Northwest conference, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved from https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/onlinenorthwest/2018/presentations/11/

Witherspoon, R., & Taber, P. (2018). Student attendance at library workshops: What the data tells us. Presentation at the Workshop on Instruction in Library Use (WILU) conference, Ottawa, Ontario. Retrieved from http://ruor.uottawa.ca/handle/10393/37937

Sign up for OLA Preconference “Copyright Outreach, Education, and Advocacy on Campus”

ACRL-OR is proud to sponsor a preconference at this year’s joint OLA/WLA Conference! Please consider signing up for Copyright Outreach, Education, and Advocacy on Campus when you register for this year’s conference.

Academic library staff often have formal or informal copyright responsibilities on their campuses. Whether you are charged with creating copyright education for your campus community or just want some tools to chip away at the misinformation regarding copyright that you encounter from staff, students, and faculty, this interactive workshop is designed to help you design copyright outreach efforts that will work. Participants will leave with plans to either begin or extend copyright-related outreach from whatever role they occupy at their institution.

This preconference workshop is presented by Rachel Bridgewater from Portland Community College; Sue Kunda from Western Oregon University; and Patrick Wohlmut from Linfield College and takes place Wednesday, April 17th, from 8:30am – 12:30pm.


Register for the ACRL-OR Inaugural Webinar!

ACRL-Oregon is piloting offering webinars on topics relevant to academic library workers. While this may become a member benefit, for the pilot period, we are opening the webinars up to any Oregon library staff who wish to participate.

Our first webinar is titled “Critical Library Management” and will be presented by Candise Branum, Director of Library Services at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and Molly Gunderson, Access Services Manager at Portland State University on Friday, January 11th from 2-3pm PCT.

Critical Library Management

Oregon libraries work to meet the information needs of our communities, a mission that is dependent on teamwork. Library managers are tasked with leading, supporting and developing the teams that serve our communities. Social justice and critical theory are frameworks that are often discussed within library practice, but are only starting to be applied to library management practice. The more we discuss social justice, the more apparent it is that inclusion and equity are essential aspects of library management. The goal is for audience members to think critically about their own management practice and consider ways of improving equity and in their own organizations.

Register Now

Registration is open to any Oregon library staff, but we are limited to 100 attendees in the session, so register soon: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/5b1e973165ad47f54ac87b605f06faf5

We also plan to record the webinar and make it available on our website after the live broadcast.

Questions about our webinar pilot can be directed to ACRL-Oregon President Meredith Farkas at acrlor@olaweb.org.


Northwest Institutional Repository User Group Meeting Call for Proposals Closing Soon

The deadline for proposals for the upcoming Northwest Institutional Repository User Group meeting is next Monday, April 30.  For more information on the conference and the Call for Proposals, please visit the conference website.

The conference committee is seeking:

  • Short presentations (20 minutes)
  • Lightning talks (5 min.)

Proposals can focus on any aspect of digital repositories. Some ideas for topics include:

  • Data management
  • Publishing
  • Statistics and reporting
  • Staffing & workflows
  • OERs
  • Copyright
  • Showcase examples of using your platform
  • Outreach and Marketing
  • Balancing Success in the IR with Other Initiatives
  • IRs and the University Press

Submit your proposal via the online submission form http://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/cgi/ir_submit.cgi?context=nwirug.

Questions? Contact Kathleen Spring (kspring@linfield.edu; 503-883-2263).


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!


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.


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!

Registration Open for the ACRL WA/OR Joint Conference

We are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 ACRL Washington & Oregon Joint Conference.

Please 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.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Carole Palmer, Professor, Associate Dean for Research, and Interim Dean at the University of Washington Information School, who will speak on “Preserving Principles and Transforming Practice: LIS Expertise for the Data Age.”

Register today!  Registration closes October 3rd, 2017.

Registration costs are below, and include lodging and meals.

  • Members – $140.00 ACRL-WA, ACRL-OR and CLAMS members
  • MLIS Students – $100.00  Currently enrolled MLIS students residing, working, or attending school in Oregon or Washington.
  • Non-members – $150.00

**Watch for the ACRL-OR conference scholarship announcement coming very soon**

Further information, including the full conference program, is available at http://acrlwa.org/

Questions? Contact ACRLWA President Eli Gandour-Rood at egandourrood@pugetsound.edu or ACRLWA Vice-President Madeline Mundt at mundtm@uw.edu.