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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:


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!

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!

Graphic for IR

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

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!