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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.

References

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!

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!

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.

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.

OLA Twitter Chat this afternoon

Join ACRL-OR for a Twitter chat this afternoon, Monday April 17th 2017 from 2-3 pm Pacific Time.  We’ll be chatting about the upcoming OLA conference on Twitter with the hashtag #ORLib17.  The chat will be moderated by ACRL-OR Board @acrl_or ‏ and will include the following discussion questions.

Discussion questions:

  • What does the #ORLib17 theme “Thriving Together” theme mean to you?
  • What collaborations and relationships in your work as a librarian help you thrive?
  • How do you partner with public and school librarians?
  • How do you think academic librarians can build more of these relationships with other types of librarians?
  • What #ORLib17 sessions are you excited about attending?
  • What #ORLib17 pre-conferences are you going to?
  • What are your tips for people who may not have attended the conference before?

If this is your first Twitter chat, use the following steps to participate:

  1.  have or create a Twitter account
  2. log on at 2pm
  3. search for the chat by entering #ORLib17 in the search field
  4. click on the “Latest” tab
  5. refresh your search regularly so that you see the newest tweets as they occur

 

ACRL @ OLA 2017!

Join us at the ACRL reception

If you’re going to a pre-conference session, or just arriving in Salem on Wednesday evening, please join ACRL members for food, conversation, and a no-host bar at the Taproot Lounge and Café, a short walk from the convention center and hotel.

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Taproot Lounge and Café (Google map), 356 State Street, Salem, OR 97301

All conference attendees are welcome!

See us at programs for Academic Libraries

The online conference program in Sched has filters to help you pick sessions of interest to you. One filter that may be useful is Academic Libraries .

See you there!