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ACRL-OR Award for Excellence: Now Accepting Nominations

The ACRL-Oregon board is now accepting nominations for the Award for Excellence.

What does the award acknowledge?

The ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence shall be given to recognize a project that demonstrates excellence in the field by significantly improving Oregon academic libraries or librarianship.

Who is eligible?

  • Any individual or group in Oregon may apply or be nominated. Individuals or groups that include at least one employee of an academic library may be given priority consideration.
  • Initiative or project that is the basis of the nomination must have occurred in the previous three years.
  • This is not a lifetime achievement award.
  • ACRL-Oregon membership is NOT required.
  • Nominee or nominated group may include a member of the ACRL-Oregon Board; however they must recuse themselves from the voting process.

What does the award cover?

  • An engraved plaque
  • Recognition at the ACRL-Oregon/Washington Fall Conference
  • One paid registration for the recipient to attend the ACRL-Oregon/Washington Fall Conference

More information and past winners can be found on the ACRL-Oregon website.  The nomination period will close at 11:59pm on August 31, 2018.  Submit a nomination now.

For questions, please contact:

Steve Silver
ACRL-Oregon President
acrlor@olaweb.org

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ACRL-OR Board: Nominations Closing Soon!

Interested in meeting other fantastic academic librarians and serving the academic library community in Oregon? Is there someone you know that would be a shining addition to the ACRL-OR Board? Here is an opportunity to get involved! The ACRL-OR Board is looking for candidates to run in our upcoming spring elections.

The open positions are:

  • 1 Vice-President/President Elect (3-year term)
  • 2 Members-at-Large (2-year term)

View position descriptions and responsibilities for more information.

How to nominate:

To nominate yourself, a colleague, or an employee, submit our online nomination form. The nomination period will close on Monday, April 23rd.

Eligibility:

  • Vice-President/President Elect must be members of OLA and ACRL-Oregon and ACRL national
  • Member-at-Large candidates must be members of OLA and ACRL-Oregon

Questions?

Email Meredith Farkas (meredith.farkas@pcc.edu), who is the current Vice-President/President Elect, if you have any questions or concerns about the open positions.

Thanks,

The ACRL-OR Nominating Committee
Meredith Farkas
Molly Gunderson
Janet Tapper

Congratulations to ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship recipients!

ACRL Oregon and Scholarship Committee are happy to announce two recipients for this round of the Professional Development Scholarship. They are:

Serenity Ibsen, from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Serenity will be attending the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) annual conference as a director representing the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD). While there, she will attend workshops on cultivating critical, reflective, and radical pedagogical practices in art librarianship.

Additionally, knowledge gained from attendance at ARLIS/NA will help Serenity as a member of the accreditation team for her college to develop a systematized information literacy plan.

Stephanie Debner, from the University of Western States. Stephanie is attending the 2018 Institute on Supporting Clinical Care, where she will learn more about evidence-based clinical practices (EBCP) for health science librarians. Having a strong understanding of this topic is essential step towards learning how to meet student needs and skill acquisition.

Stephanie will apply the experience of what she learns to the classroom and one-on-one student teaching.

Congratulations again to Serenity and Stephanie!

 

ACRL-OR Board: Call for nominations

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Interested in meeting other fantastic academic librarians and serving the academic library community in Oregon? Is there someone you know that would be a shining addition to the ACRL-OR Board? Here is an opportunity to get involved! The ACRL-OR Board is looking for candidates to run in our upcoming spring elections.

 

The open positions are:

  • 1 Vice-President/President Elect (3-year term)
  • 2 Members-at-Large (2-year term)

View position descriptions and responsibilities for more information.

How to nominate:

To nominate yourself, a colleague, or an employee, submit our online nomination form. The nomination period will close on Monday, April 23rd.

Eligibility:

  • Vice-President/President Elect must be members of OLA and ACRL-Oregon and ACRL national
  • Member-at-Large candidates must be members of OLA and ACRL-Oregon

Questions?

Email Meredith Farkas (meredith.farkas@pcc.edu), who is the current Vice-President/President Elect, if you have any questions or concerns about the open positions.

Thanks,

The ACRL-OR Nominating Committee
Meredith Farkas
Molly Gunderson
Janet Tapper

Sign up to attend ACRL-Oregon-sponsored Preconferences at OLA

OLA Conference posterACRL-Oregon is sponsoring two Preconferences at the Oregon Library Association Conference that will be of interest to academic librarians across the state. Please consider signing up for one or both of them!

Portland Community College librarian Pam Kessinger will be leading a panel with faculty from PCC’s Developmental Education program to explore “Metacognition and Reading Strategies to Bridge Students Toward Inquiry.” Librarians who teach will learn how the Reading Apprenticeship framework as well as our own ACRL Framework for Information Literacy can be used to develop meaningful information literacy instruction. This session is co-sponsored with the Library Instruction Round Table. 

In August 2017, ACRL-Oregon awarded Maureen Flanagan Battistella a professional development award to attend the American Association of State and Local History conference. Maureen’s attendance there was part of an ongoing project in partnership with colleagues at Southern Oregon University, Hannon Library, Jackson County Library, and others to  create “unique digital collections that tell the stories of Southern Oregon.”

Interested in learning more about Maureen’s research and how to engage your own community via an oral history project? Sign up to attend the pre-conference session she is leading, “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.

Interested in having your own conference, workshop, or professional development project funded? Apply for an ACRL-Oregon professional development award now! Deadline for next consideration is February 28, 2018.

 

Reminder: Professional Development Scholarship Deadline Approaching

Thanks to a one-time matching-fund grant from the State Library of Oregon, ACRL-Oregon is able to offer up to $500 for each award for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Applications are accepted at three points throughout the year (see below for specific deadlines); we are currently soliciting applications for the February 28 deadline. Applications will be reviewed within two weeks after the application deadline.

How can the scholarship be used?  

The ACRL-Oregon Professional Development Scholarship may be used toward conferences, workshops, courses, seminars, or other learning opportunities (including e-learning opportunities) appropriate to the applicant. The funding priority is registration and transportation costs incurred by the applicant.

For examples of how past recipients have used their awards, see these posts on the ACRL-Oregon blog:

  • Kim Olson-Charles, Personal Librarian and First-Year Experience conference
  • Maureen Flanagan Battistella, American Association for State and Local History conference, presentation on digital collections of local history
  • Kate Rubick, ACRL national conference, panel presentation on library-faculty teaching collaboration using BEAM
  • Darci Adolf, e-course on copyright

Professional Development Scholarships will not be awarded for ACRL-OR/WA Fall Conference attendance as this annual event has its own scholarships.

Who is eligible?

  • All ACRL-Oregon members in good standing.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Professional Development Scholarship from ACRL-Oregon.

Who is not eligible?

Non ACRL-Oregon members.

How will applications be evaluated?

Please visit our FAQ page, which contains our evaluation rubrics and answers to frequently asked questions.

How do I apply?

Apply for the scholarship using this online form.

Deadline:

Applications will be accepted at three points throughout the 2017-2018 year:

  • February 28
  • April 30
  • November 30 (done)

For more information, contact the ACRL-OR Board President:

Steve Silver
ACRL-OR President, 2017-2018
Northwest Christian University
acrlor@olaweb.org

Incorporating Mindfulness Into My Teaching

Hi! I’m Meredith Farkas, ACRL-Oregon’s VP/President-Elect and a librarian at Portland Community College. Like many of my colleagues on the ACRL-OR Board, I attended the ACRL-PNW Conference at Pack Forest in October. For me, the highlight of the conference was a session entitled “Contemplative Pedagogy: An Ancient Solution for a Modern Problem” presented by Nicole Gustavsen of UW-Bothell/Cascadia College and Heather Newcomer of Olympic College. The session described mindfulness practice and how it can benefit us — both professionally and personally — and our students in our continuous-partial-attention-driven, technology-filled world. Nicole and Heather had attendees participate in a breath and body guided mindfulness exercise and then described how they used mindfulness exercises at the start of some of their classes and the benefits of doing so. You can view their slides as well as their list of resources which include the breath and body scan script they used with conference attendees.

Title Slide from Contemplative Pedagogy Presentation

I was inspired by the idea of using brief (2-5 minute) mindfulness exercises at the start of class to better connect with students and help them focus on what we’re doing. I recognize the challenges we have as librarians in building rapport within the context of a one-shot instruction session and this activity seemed like a small change I could make that might help students see that I recognize research can be challenging and am here to support them. That week, I had a Reading 115 class coming in and I thought this would be the perfect group to try this with because a lot of students I’ve worked with in Reading 115 classes in the past have had issues with self-confidence around their academic abilities. I hoped that this might bring their stress level down or at least help them let go temporarily of some of the other things on their minds.

I made a few minor changes to the breath and body scan script Heather and Nicole used so it would fit my own presentation style and then tried it with the class. When I first came into the classroom, students were chatting, texting, sending emails, and all the usual things we see students doing before class. I started by introducing myself and talking a bit about how research can be stressful, how I’m here to support them in that, and that we’re going to do a quick breathing exercise to help us focus on the task at hand. As I read the script, every student participated and the room was silent. Once I’d finished, I found that the class was focused in a way I’d never seen before in my teaching. I don’t know whether or not it brought students’ stress levels down, but it definitely facilitated a solid transition between what they were doing before and what we were all working on together. I also found that when I gave students time in the second half of class to work on their own research, more students in the class asked me for help than usually do. Whether that was a fluke or they really felt more comfortable seeking help from me after the exercise I don’t know for sure, but I feel like it was well worth sacrificing a few minutes of class time to do.

Space Slide from Mindfulness Presentation

Winter term has recently started at Portland Community College, and I’m excited to start more of my classes this term with a breath and body scan. It’s always exciting to go to a conference and be able to apply something from it to your own work, and I want to thank Heather, Nicole, and the ACRL-WA Board for providing us with the opportunity to learn all this!

 

Professional Development Scholarship: Now Accepting Applications

ACRL-Oregon is delighted to announce a new round of Professional Development Scholarship awards. Thanks to a one-time matching-fund grant from the State Library of Oregon, ACRL-Oregon is able to offer up to $500 for each award for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Applications are accepted at three points throughout the year (see below for specific deadlines); we are currently soliciting applications for the February 28 deadline. Applications will be reviewed within two weeks after the application deadline.

How can the scholarship be used?  

The ACRL-Oregon Professional Development Scholarship may be used toward conferences, workshops, courses, seminars, or other learning opportunities (including e-learning opportunities) appropriate to the applicant. The funding priority is registration and transportation costs incurred by the applicant.

For examples of how past recipients have used their awards, see these posts on the ACRL-Oregon blog:

  • Kim Olson-Charles, Personal Librarian and First-Year Experience conference
  • Maureen Flanagan Battistella, American Association for State and Local History conference, presentation on digital collections of local history
  • Kate Rubick, ACRL national conference, panel presentation on library-faculty teaching collaboration using BEAM
  • Darci Adolf, e-course on copyright


Professional Development Scholarships will not be awarded for ACRL-OR/WA Fall Conference attendance as this annual event has its own scholarships.

Who is eligible?

  • All ACRL-Oregon members in good standing.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Professional Development Scholarship from ACRL-Oregon.

Who is not eligible?

Non ACRL-Oregon members.

How will applications be evaluated?

Please visit our FAQ page, which contains our evaluation rubrics and answers to frequently asked questions.

How do I apply?

Apply for the scholarship using this online form.

Deadline:

Applications will be accepted at three points throughout the 2017-2018 year:

  • February 28
  • April 30
  • November 30 (done)

For more information, contact the ACRL-OR Board President:

Steve Silver
ACRL-OR President, 2017-2018
Northwest Christian University
acrlor@olaweb.org

Free professional development for health and medical information

With the start of a new year, many people make health-related resolutions. I’d like to propose one such resolution for the new year: be (and help our students be) more health literate.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine logoA few months ago, I started a new position at the University of Western States, which specializes in programs in integrative health care. I quickly became aware of trainings available from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). A hat tip goes to Laura Zeigen at OHSU for suggesting that this would be good information for a blog post!

I participated in a six-part webinar series on PubMed for Librarians, an invaluable (and free!) training series. Each online session was an hour long, so it was convenient to fit it into my schedule. It was an excellent professional development opportunity that paid off immediately in my day-to-day work.

In general, the trainings cover a wide variety of topics and from the perspective of working with different patron populations. My only regret was not knowing about these trainings sooner; they would have been valuable in working with health professions students at area community colleges.

The NNLM also provides targeted resources for evaluating health websites and conducting the consumer health reference interview, including ethical concerns.

Know the Science logo

NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health logoAnother great health resource is the Know the Science series from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). It has interactive modules, videos, and tutorials that help users understand complex scientific topics related to health research and become more health literate. There are a number of resources about understanding complementary health care, dietary supplements, and unpacking the concept of natural medicines. In a state like Oregon, where so many people use complementary and integrative health care, the resources from NCCIH are highly relevant and useful.

Stephanie Debner
University of Western States

Apply now for the ACRL-OR School/Academic Librarian Collaboration Scholarship

Applications are open through November 30 for the ACRL-OR School/Academic Librarian Collaboration Scholarship. Up to $1,000 is available per year for this scholarship.  Applications will be reviewed at two points during the year (November and April) — or until the money runs out.

Apply now!

How can the scholarship be used? 

This funding opportunity covers any collaboration between at least one school librarian and at least one academic librarian that the applicant(s) can make a good case for. This includes, but is not limited to:

*Sponsorship to attend, exhibit, or present at a relevant conference (OASL, regional conferences, or others).

*Creation of programming, such as a conference, workshop, unconference, or pre-conference.

*Work on a collaborative research project.

*Something else we haven’t thought of!

To read about one such project, see: https://acrloregon.org/2015/11/19/oasl-2015-fall-conference-presentation-partnering-for-student-success-earning-college-credit-in-the-library/

Who is eligible?

All Oregon academic and school librarians.

Preference will be given to teams that include at least one ACRL-Oregon member in good standing. Preference will also be given to applicants who have not previously received a School/Academic Librarian Collaboration Scholarship from ACRL-Oregon.

Who is not eligible?

Academic and school librarians outside of Oregon (unless part of a team of collaborators that includes at least one Oregon librarian).

How will applications be evaluated?

Reviewers will look for applications that:

*Have at least one applicant who is a member of ACRL-Oregon.

*Demonstrate meaningful collaboration between school and academic librarians.

*Have the potential to favorably influence information literacy awareness/education in Oregon.

Deadline: Applications are due by Thursday, November 30, 2017. Apply now!

For more information, contact the ACRL-OR Board-President:

Steve Silver
ACRL-OR President, 2017-2018
Northwest Christian University
acrlor@olaweb.org