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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.


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

ACRL-OR has Two New, Permanent E-mail Addresses

email graphicACRL-OR has two new, permanent email addresses to facilitate both general contact with the organization and contact with specific board members.

  • Those seeking to make general contact with the organization or to contact the ACRL-OR President can email: acrlor@olaweb.org

The Contact and Board Members pages on the ACRL-OR website have also been updated.

The “olaweb.org” part of the new email addresses reflects that fact that ACRL-OR is affiliated with the Oregon Library Association; ACRL-OR is OLA’s Academic Division. The new, permanent email addresses are part of OLA’s strategy to streamline communications.

Please email acrlor@olaweb.org with any questions.

Uta Hussong-Christian
ACRL-OR President, 2015-2016
Science Librarian | Associate Professor
Oregon State University Libraries

Jennifer’s favorite tweets from #acrlwaor15

It always takes me awhile for everything to sink in after a conference — especially a good conference — as I am always buzzing with ideas afterward. This was also my first time at the ACRL-WA/OR conference at Pack Forest! It was also the first conference to try out our new ACRL-OR Twitter account, @acrl_or, and I enjoyed getting a different perspective on the conference through tweets.

Here’s a round-up of my favorite #acrlwaor15 tweets, in chronological order:

Hey, there’s me! (In the red sweater.) I think I was about to give my ACRL-OR Communications Coordinator report… which WAS riveting, I can assure you. 😉

Let the Conversation Begin! #acrlwaor15

ACRL_Oregon TwitterAs you prep for and attend the ACRL-WA/OR Joint Fall Conference this week at Pack Forest, Oct. 22-23, 2015, share your thoughts and experiences on Twitter using #acrlwaor15.

I look forward to seeing many of you as we spend two days thinking about “Forging Partnerships, Opening Doors”.

ACRL-Oregon also has a new Twitter account, @acrl_or. Check it out here at https://twitter.com/acrl_or

~ Uta Hussong-Christian,
ACLR-OR President, 2015-2016

OER action around the state

It’s a hot moment for the open education movement in Oregon. Over the past 5 years, I’ve worked on OER (open educational resources) initiatives at two colleges now — Lane Community College and now at Portland Community College — and, finally, it feels like there is statewide momentum. At many institutions, libraries are leading the way to more affordable education by helping instructors replace expensive course materials with open or library-provided materials. ACRL-OR has already honored one great project out of CGCC, and many other colleges are working on similar initiatives.

Here at PCC, we’re proud to report that open and low-cost materials are already saving students over $70,000 per term, but we’re pressing to do more. Our OER Steering Committee, which I co-chair with our fantastic colleague, Rachel Bridgewater, has set a goal to save students 1 million dollars by fall 2017. We currently have 3 PCC teams who received state funding from openoregon.org in math, reading, and health, and I’m working to prep folks to apply for the second round of funding, which should be announced later this fall.

Screenshot of Oregon House Bill 2871

In other big news, over the summer, the Oregon legislature passed a bill, HB 2871, which:

  • funds 2 OER positions within HECC
  • requires HECC to identify OER for 30 transferable, high-enrollment courses
  • funds OER “grant programs” for Oregon colleges and universities
  • requires Oregon colleges and universities to label “low cost or no cost” courses in their catalogs and schedules

Wow. There’s a lot packed in there, and we’ve got our work cut out for us, but, here at PCC, we’re hopeful that this means more productive funding and OER energy from the state.

Meanwhile, back at PCC, I’m grateful to have such wonderful librarian colleagues who have been helping interested faculty in their liaison areas explore OER. Especially at such a large institution, it really takes a village to get any traction. We’ve got faculty in many disciplines experimenting, and some who have used open resources for years, but many are still skeptical. This year, I am going to continue to reach out to faculty, especially in high-enrollment transfer classes where many open options already exists (check out the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Library for a start). If we can get just one or two of those courses to switch from a traditional textbook to an open one, the potential student savings would be huge, and faculty in other areas would have a local model to build upon.

Is your institution exploring or creating OER? How are you involved?

Three Ways You Can Follow ACRL-OR Updates

ACRL-Oregon has revamped our online presence, with a new blog liaison model and regular postings of news and updates on the blog homepage of our site, https://acrloregon.org/.

Interested in hearing more about ACRL-Oregon events and news, but don’t have time to keep checking in on the blog? Here are three easy ways you can sign up for automated updates from the ACRL-Oregon blog:

1. RSS:

RSS links for ACRL-Oregon site

Direct your browser to https://acrloregon.org/feed/ for an RSS feed of blog posts. If you already use an RSS reader, you know what to do! If you aren’t familiar with RSS, check out this simple explanation at whatisrss.com for details and how to use it. (This page at http://alternativeto.net/software/google-reader/ also includes info about and links to RSS alternatives to Google Reader.)

2. Smart Bookmarks:

Raindrop.io logoLike the idea of RSS, but don’t want to deal with another program to install and use? If you’re a Firefox user, you’ll see a prompt to add the feed as a smart bookmark — which updates automatically with each new post — as soon as you click the link to our feed. Chrome doesn’t support this natively, but you can add the excellent raindrop.io extension to do exactly the same thing.

3. Follow via Email:

ACRL-Oregon 'Follow Blog via Email' screenshotIf RSS is still not for you, it’s easy to sign up for automatic e-mail notices from ACRL-Oregon. On the top right column of the ACRL-Oregon blog and homepage under the “Follow Blog via Email” heading, click the Follow button and enter your e-mail address. Our system will send you an e-mail every time we publish a new post!

Stewart Baker
ACRL-Oregon Member-at-Large (2014-2016)
Systems & Institutional Repository Librarian
Western Oregon University

Torah scroll dedication service attracts local media attention

Early in 2009 the library at Northwest Christian University received a donated 150 year-old Holocaust survivor Torah scroll. The scroll needed some repair work, so we contracted with a local Jewish craftsman to do the repair work and construct a storage/display case for it. On Friday, April 15, during our usual chapel service, we held a service of dedication for the repaired scroll and cabinet, inviting the craftsman and a local rabbi to participate. The event attracted significant media attention, including two local TV news reporters, a reporter from local NPR radio station KLCC, and a photo journalist from the local Register Guard newspaper. Pictures appeared on the front page of the Register Guard the next day. Here is a link to the KVAL news report, which was the most extensive.

The positive press has been wonderful for our small school, and great for the library’s political capital on campus. It has also been a good vehicle for improving interfaith connections between our Christian university and the local Jewish community, which are continuing even after the event.

New Scholarly Communication Interest Group – Orbis Cascade Alliance

A new interest group has just been formed for library staff/faculty from Orbis Cascade member institutions.  While the group has an initial charge, we are looking for interested participants to help shape our activities – and to let us know what is important to you.  If you are interested in joining the group, visit the Alliance email list page for instructions.

The charge of the group is:

The Scholarly Communication Interest Group provides a forum for discussion and development of library-led collaborative opportunities related to open access and new modes of scholarly publishing.

The Scholarly Communication Interest group will foster library leadership in shaping institutional (and consortial) policies and services that support sustainable models of scholarly communication, including, but not limited to, open access policies, library publishing services, repository-based services and advocacy for authors’ rights.  Interest group members will also contribute to the development of best practices, educational resources and training opportunities for librarians, administrators, faculty and students in these areas.

If you would like more information, contact Sue Kunda (Oregon State Univ.) or Isaac Gilman (Pacific Univ.).

Library Snapshot Day

Have you been considering ways that you could be an advocate for Oregon’s libraries?  If so, volunteer to help launch Oregon’s first Library Snapshot Day.  Hannah Gascho Rempel is looking for people interested in joining an OLA task force to create a pilot version of Library Snapshot Day in Oregon later this spring.

Library Snapshot Day is an effort to gather data and pictures from all types of libraries across the state on a single day to illustrate the importance libraries have in our communities.  The data and pictures can be used for advocating to legislators, administrators and community members.  States across the country will be holding their own Library Snapshot Day this winter and spring.

For examples of what other states have done for Library Snapshot Day, check out these two resources:



To volunteer to help out with this task force contact Hannah Gascho Rempel at hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu.

Check In with Location Based Mobile Services: Foursquare and Libraries (E-learning Workshop)

ACRL-Oregon is very pleased to announce its sponsorship of the second in a series of ACRL National E-learning workshops to meet the continuing education needs of librarians statewide. The second workshop of the 2010 series will be:

Check In with Location Based Mobile Services: Foursquare and Libraries
People everywhere are “checking in” using Foursquare and other location-based social networks from their mobile phones. This interactive webcast will explore this trend of geo-based mobile/social gaming and its impacts on libraries, information engagement, and learning. Learn about the most popular location based social technologies including Foursquare, Gowalla, and MyTown, and become familiar with their uses and features. Discuss how to most effectively use and leverage location based social networks for libraries to enhance library spaces, services, and collections. See demonstrations of the technologies themselves to enhance group engagement and hands-on learning.


When: Tuesday July 20, 2010 (doors open 10:30am | workshop 11:00am-12:30 pm | discussion/networking time 12:30 – 1:00pm)

Where: Oregon State University, Corvallis the Valley Library  Autzen Classroom (2082)·    
Directions to OSU Campus: http://oregonstate.edu/visitors/tour/directions.html·       
Directions for your mobile phone:  http://m.library.oregonstate.edu/directions.html·        
Parking:  Free parking is available on streets around campus, however on campus parking requires a permit.
Parking map: http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/transit_pkg/TAPS2010.pdf· Visitor permits may be obtained at any one of the ten ‘Pay & Display’ stations located throughout campus. The cost for a daily permit is $7.00 for the day or $1.00 an hour up to a maximum of four hours. Visitors may park in student and visitor lots only for the day the permit is purchased. There is a new visitor brochure Visitor Brochure, which contains pertinent information for visitors.

Who: *Any interested parties are welcome to attend the live event!*

Lunch: Brown-bag!

Questions:  Margaret Mellinger (541.737.9642 or margaret.mellinger@oregonstate.edu)


ACRL-Oregon Members will also receive the archived workshop URL shortly after the live event, so members who are unable to attend the live event can view its content 24/7 from anywhere!


July 13, 2010      Marketing Ideas That Work in Academic Libraries: Pecha Kucha Presentations
This webcast, offered by ACRL’s Marketing Academic and Research Libraries Committee, will provide basic hands-on marketing strategies for academic librarians.   Learn about practical ways to market your library and hear from academic librarians who have won national marketing awards.
Location: PCC-Sylvannia

September 14, 2010   
The Not-So-Distant Librarian: Online Library Instruction to Engage Students and Faculty
Learn practical tips and tools for designing, implementing, and assessing online library instruction in this ACRL Webcast.
Location: Southern Oregon University

October 19, 2010
      So You Want to Create an Interactive Information Literacy Tutorial?
Learn about the experience creating an interactive information literacy tutorial from beginning to end in collaboration with a multimedia designer in this ACRL Webcast.  Evaluate the potential of tutorial as an assessment tool and an opportunity for self-evaluation.
Location: Chemeketa CC