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Lead From Any Position Preconference

In case you have not yet seen this announcement, ACRL-OR is co-sponsoring this is highly recommended preconference that should be well worth your time.

OLA Preconference 2015Are you looking to develop your leadership skills to benefit your library? Your community?  Your professional association? Your career?  The Oregon Library Association is offering a full day leadership training at the 2015 OLA Conference in Eugene — Leading From Any Position: Creating Learning Libraries in Five Easy Lessons — that you can register for now. This preconference is being planned by the OLA Leadership Task Force. OLA is committed to supporting the building of leadership skills in its members. The preconference is open to all library workers.

Becky Schreiber and John Shannon, facilitators of the well-regarded PNLA Leads! Leadership Institute, will guide participants in exploring leadership from all positions in libraries. Their results have been recognized by library staff who embrace the concepts and implement the disciplines of Peter Senge’s Learning Organizations. This preconference will examine innovative ideas and provide support for participants’ efforts to lead in our libraries and beyond.

What can a leadership training do for you? Read this testimony and more on OLA’s Leadership Taskforce webpages.

Although it has been close to 8 years since I participated in the PNLA Leadership Institute, I carry the talisman of the self-awareness and confidence I started to build there with me every day. Becky Schreiber and John Shannon were amazing guides on the road to successful leadership. They didn’t care about my official position or level of education- only that I had the potential to help shape the future of libraries and I was willing to participate in some deep and painful reflection to do so. They helped to direct my passion for our institution down a leadership path. I am the leader I am in part because they helped me see who and what I could be.
~ Angela Weyrens, Multnomah County Library

In OLA’s experiential preconference, we will:

  • Explore the concepts of Leading from Any Position; to take initiative and garner influence regardless of organizational authority
  • Practice practical applications of Peter Senge’s five learning disciplines
  • Apply the disciplines to each participant’s unique situation
  • Plan strategies for using the concepts to create a collaborative culture
  • Experience the fun of creating together, treating ambiguity as an opportunity for group innovation

For more information about the preconference, including the agenda, visit OLA’s Leadership Taskforce webpage. Register for the preconference through the OLA Conference 2015 website.

Links to Presentations from Menucha 2014

There were lots of great presentations at the ACRL-OR/WA fall conference last week. So many that some of you may have been overwhelmed at the time, and some of us just like to process information more slowly. Here are links to some of those presentations. If you are a presenter and did not yet send your link to me, never fear! you can still send it, and I will add it to this list.


Chris Bourg’s –  http://chrisbourg.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/librarianing-to-transgress-closing-keynote-acrl-orwa-2014/

5-minute Tech Talks

Laurie Bridges, Oregon State University – Augmented Reality – https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1a1fIBpT6dWyX-MjBeHalDNb1iKtXZq6tpvlJgUzU7fA/edit?usp=sharing

Elizabeth Brookbank, Western Oregon University – Instagram – http://nwcentral.org/using-instagram-your-library

Lorena O’English, Washington State University Pullman – Online reading tools – http://www.slideshare.net/loenglish/online-reading-tools

Christine Tawatao, University of Washington – Accessibility tools – http://nwcentral.org/web-accessibility-acrl-orwa-2014-conference-tech-talk

Joe Janiga, Reed College – iPad lending technology – http://blogs.reed.edu/ed-tech/?p=2585&preview=true

Nicholas Schiller, Washington State University, Vancouver – Semantic Web – http://nwcentral.org/semantic-metadata-and-library-identity

Shock Talks

Holly Luetkenhaus, Washington State University Libraries – “Using Concept Maps to Teach Information Literacy” – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4wIRmK-4HEYX2Q2REIzaWpTaUU/view?usp=sharing

Genevieve Williams, Pacific Lutheran University – “Closing the Gap” – http://prezi.com/50iboaihz-yq/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

Kelly McElroy, Oregon State University Libraries – “#critlib Twitter Chats” – https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1_7XLC60ZOfa94R8u1_RzLV7r8A0L5Jb9Stz0MhIzLNA/edit?usp=sharing


Kael Moffat, Saint Martin’s University – Flipping on the Cheap – http://nwcentral.org/flipping-cheap

6-word stories from Menucha

At the 2014 ACRL-OR/WA joint conference at Menucha this past week, many conference attendees participated in a 6-word story wall, an interactive way to reflect the “Professional Identity” part of the conference theme. A few conversations continued via post-its! (Click each picture below for a larger image.)

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

What is my six word story?

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

Academic libraries because no background checks

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

Project manager in more comfortable shoes.

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

Late bloomer librarian. Lucky in love.

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

Data specialist; Saving researchers from themselves.

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

Information warrior goddess. Knowledge is power.

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

A 6-word continuing conversation about cats

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

A 6-word continuing conversation about library degrees

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

Helping without dealing with bodily fluids.

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

Took decade, finally found professional home

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

A wall of 6-word stories

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

A wall of 6-word stories

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

A wall of 6-word stories

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

No bun, Yes glasses, Superhero cape

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

Queer butch feminist, librarian for justice.

ACRL-OR | 6-word stories from Menucha

Came for power. Stayed for conversation.

Would you like to share your own 6-word story? Just leave a comment below!

ACRL Oregon & Washington Fall Conference is Next Week!

Thanks for registering for what promises to be a great fall conference at Menucha. Hopefully you’re as excited as we are to gather next week (Thursday – Friday, October 23-24, for those who need a reminder)!

To help you plan for your time at Menucha here are some reminders and tips:

What should you wear?

Comfy clothes that you can layer. And because we’re all Northwesterners, you’ll already have your raincoat and boots ready to go, right?

What should you bring?

Besides comfy clothes, plan to bring:

  • a notebook or other notetaking device (i.e., the swag is not a notebook this year);
  • your electronic device – there should be wireless available;
  • a water bottle (again – not the swag this year);
  • bedding and towels ARE provided – so only bring your favorite pillow if that’s important to you;
  • and the regular toiletry stuff that you need to make yourself look awake and smell pretty Friday morning.

What will we be doing?

A detailed schedule can now be found online, https://acrloregon.org/2014acrlorwaconference/. We will also have poster versions of the schedule at Menucha.

Really, when should I get there?

Check-in is from 11-12:00 on Thursday, but don’t wait until the last minute — schedule enough time to check in to your room, and then join everyone at 11:50 a.m. for an introduction to Menucha.

How do I get there?

Here are directions: http://menucha.org/about-us/directions

Any other questions?

Feel free to ask me. Additionally, there is lots more info on the ACRL-OR/WA conference website: https://acrloregon.org/2014acrlorwaconference/

~ Hannah
(ACRL-OR President, 2014-2015)

Reminder – ACRL-OR/WA Fall Conference Early Registration Closes Tomorrow

Professional Identify and Technology:  Looking Forward
2014 ACRL Oregon & Washington Fall Joint Conference Thursday, October 23, 2014 @12pmFriday, October 24, 2014 @12pm Menucha Retreat & Conference Center, Corbett, OR

Early registration closes Friday, Sept. 26
Late registration closes Wednesday, Oct. 1

Join library colleagues from across Oregon and Washington for two days of insightful and thought-provoking conversation about issues related to the intersections of librarianship and technology, and the implications for our work, identities, users and institutions. Topics will include gender/identity and technology, how libraries of all sizes can realistically take advantage of new and emerging technologies, and future directions for the use of technology in libraries. Keynote speakers are Deborah Hicks and Chris Bourg.

Registration and full details about this single-track conference are available on the conference webpage<https://acrloregon.org/2014acrlorwaconference/>.

Deborah Hicks, a 2014 PhD candidate in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, examines the discourses that information professionals working in various library settings use to describe their professional identity.

Chris Bourg, Assistant University Librarian (AUL) for Public Services for the Stanford University Libraries, is a sociologist by training and often speaks on issues of gender and status.

We look forward to seeing you at Menucha!

Save the Date! Webinar Event and Social Event on May 9th

ACRL-OR is pleased to announce that it will host two events on Friday, May 9th. Please save the date and your afternoon for a professional development webinar and your late afternoon/early evening for an ACRL-OR social gathering.

From 3:00-5:00pm, ACRL-OR will host an in-person professional development webinar (and subsequent discussion of): Out of the Library and Into the Community: Academic Libraries and Community Engagement. This will be a viewing of the archived version of the ACRL webinar: http://www.ala.org/acrl/outofthelibrary.

The webinar event will be held at OHSU Library/Biomedical Information Communication Center (BICC), room 124.  There is metered parking directly across from the BICC off Sam Jackson Park Rd: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/library/about/directions.cfm.  RSVPs are not required but are encouraged so that we can plan accordingly. Contact Uta.Hussong-Christian@oregonstate.edu.

At 5:30pm, please join us for the First ACRL-OR 2014 Social at the Raven & Rose, upstairs in the Rookery: http://www.ravenandrosepdx.com/. All are welcome, and we look forward to this chance to relax and catch up with our colleagues!

Questions?  Please contact Uta.Hussong-Christian@oregonstate.edu

Clark Library Open House – Friday, Sept. 27

The University of Portland is throwing a party for the library! Actually, it’s a public Open House to celebrate the reopening of the Clark Library and everyone in the library community is invited to attend. The Open House is this Friday, September 27, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Get a firsthand look at how the building was renovated to better meet the needs of today’s students. There will be tours, readings by author Brian Doyle, and yummy hors d’ouevres. Plus, parking is free!

View of the main floor and balcony area

View of the main floor and balcony area

Looking along glass wall of library classroom into a seating area

Looking along glass wall of library classroom into a seating area

SWiVL gathering

(Please excuse cross-posting)

 Any academic librarians in the Eugene/Springfield area are invited to attend SWiVL gatherings the second Wednesday of every month. SWiVL is the Southern Willamette Valley Librarians, an informal group of librarians from all types of libraries that meets monthly for conversation and networking.

 Our next gathering is this Wednesday, June 12, at McMenamin’s North Bank  http://www.mcmenamins.com/353-north-bank-home On Club road in Eugene, happy hour specials 5-6pm. I’ll be there around 5pm until around 6/6:30pm depending on how conversations are going. If you are planning to come but will likely be there between 6:00 and 6:30 let me know and I’ll definitely stick around.

 Please let me know if you’re coming on this Doodle poll so I can inform McMenamin’s: http://www.doodle.com/bnm9u826mufrvyg6

 As always, come anyway if you’re suddenly available, and no worries if plans change and you can’t make it after all. Just want a rough count to give the restaurant.

 Please forward to other lists/individuals as seems appropriate, and I hope to see you there.

Steve Silver

Save the Date Another ACRL Lunch & Learn, May 22!

With all the attention MOOCs are getting, it’s time for academic librarians to take a look at how we fit into that “big” picture. Join  ACRL-OR for a free webinar event on Wednesday, May 22 from 11:00am – 12:30pm at the Aubrey R. Watzek Library on the campus of Lewis & Clark.  John D. Shank will present “Goodbye Cybrarians, Hello Moocbrarians: Envisioning the Role of Librarians in Massive Online Open Courses” (see Description & Learning Outcomes below).

Please RSVP to Uta.Hussong-Christian@oregonstate.edu

This event will be in-person only, so bring a bag lunch and spend some time networking with your ACRL-OR colleagues.

We’ll meet you in the:

Watzek Library Classroom 245

Lewis & Clark

0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road

PortlandOregon 97219 USA

Parking (free!) and Directions:

http://www.lclark.edu/visit/directions/maps/ (the library is Building 26 on the campus map)


Technology is enabling Higher Education to change more in the next ten years than it has in the past hundred. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are potentially one such technological innovation and have generated a lot of press in the past year. This live, interactive webcast will focus on the role of the librarian in these online courses. First, we will examine what librarians are currently doing to provide support for these institutional course offerings. Next, we will discuss possible future roles that librarians can play as MOOCs move from the margins to the mainstream.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn about current library efforts to support MOOCs (e.g. copyright and licensing).
  • Learn about new strategic challenges that MOOCs present for libraries (e.g. scale and remote services for diverse course demographics).
  • Learn about new strategic opportunities that MOOCs present for libraries (e.g. information literacy instruction and Open Educational Resources (OERs).

Save the Date! ACRL Lunch & Learn on June 13

Jump start your summer projects and join ACRL-OR for a free webinar event on Thursday, June 13 from 11:00am – 12:30pm at the Oregon State Library in Salem.  Brian Mathews will present “Sparking Innovation in your Library:  Lessons from Startup, R&D, and Venture Capital” (see Description & Learning Outcomes below).
Please RSVP to Uta.Hussong-Christian@oregonstate.edu

This event will be in-person only, so bring a bag lunch and spend some time networking with your ACRL-OR colleagues. Can’t quite get that bag lunch together and need to grab lunch locally? Contact Arlene Weible for Salem lunch options (arlene.weible@state.or.us, 503-378-5020).
We’ll meet you in the:
Basement Conference Room (B9)
Oregon State Library
250 Winter St NE
Salem, OR 97301

Parking and Directions: http://www.oregon.gov/osl/Pages/OSLDirectionsMaps.aspx

Learning Outcomes:
Academic libraries are experiencing tremendous change. Advances in publishing, technology, pedagogy, and research are shifting roles across campuses. Librarians are expected to address emerging needs, requiring entrepreneurial thinking in order to deliver these new services.  This live, interactive webcast will explore ideas from startups, R&D labs, venture capital firms and other innovative organizations. Learn how you can apply the mindsets, toolsets, and cultural qualities to your library.

  • Learn how the lean startup methodology applies to libraries.
  • Learn how R&D practices can improve your library’s assessment and growth programs.
  • Learn about various cognitive tools and thinking styles that can fuel your library’s ideation processes.
  • Learn about the value of establishing a culture of innovation.