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Meet your new ACRL-OR president (2018-19)

Hi! I’m Meredith Farkas and I’m ACRL-Oregon’s president from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019. In even years, ACRL-Oregon presidents hit the ground running as our Joint Conference at Menucha is in October, though my predecessor, Steve Silver, has been tremendously helpful in bringing me up to speed. Now that I’m settling into the role, I wanted to tell you a bit about myself.

I’m a librarian at Portland Community College (PCC) where I work at our Sylvania Campus. I’m currently the Library’s SAC (Subject Area Committee) Chair, which means that I basically lead work involving our curriculum and our yearly assessment expectations from the College. I love teaching and am a notorious assessment geek, so it’s a good role for me. I just finished working with a team that spent the last year redeveloping our LIB 101 (credit course) online shell, shifting the class to focus on the ACRL Framework – particularly the frames Authority Is Constructed and Contextual, Information Creation as a Process, and Information Has Value – and social justice issues in information/infolit. I am extremely fond of my colleagues and feel very lucky to work in a community college environment where there is a laser-focus on student success and supporting the whole student.

Photograph of Meredith Farkas with her family

I’ve lived in Oregon for close to eight years and really hope that it will be my forever home. Prior to coming to PCC in 2014, I worked at the Portland State University Library and before that I worked at a small private university in rural Vermont. I received my MLIS from Florida State University in 2004. I live with my fantastic husband and nine-year-old son (who I’m pleased has become an avid reader like his mother). Last year my son’s team won his school’s Oregon Battle of the Books and went on to Regionals! Coaching his team to victory was one of my proudest accomplishments, and so fun for a non-athletic person who is not likely to coach anything else. The best books I’ve read so far this year are There There and The Bright Hour (which are both heartbreaking, sorry!).

Prior to joining the ACRL-Oregon Board, I was a member and then Chair of the OLA Membership Committee where I helped start and administer the OLA Mentoring Program. Getting involved in OLA service when I moved to Oregon helped me get to know so many inspiring librarians throughout the state and I can’t recommend that path enough to other library staff or people new to the area or the profession.

In addition to the things ACRL-Oregon always does for its membership, the thing I came into this role most passionate about was creating ways for Oregon academic library staff to learn from each other without having to travel or pay to attend a conference. We’ll be piloting our online professional development offerings this winter and we hope you’ll participate and share your feedback.

I’m so thrilled to be a member of the Oregon academic library community and am proud to have been elected into this role. Please do get in touch if you have any feedback about how we can make ACRL-Oregon better – this organization is nothing without its members. You can reach me at acrlor@olaweb.org.

ACRL-Oregon Election Results

The ACRL-Oregon election results are in!

The ACRL-Oregon Board is pleased to present its newly-elected officers, who will start their terms on September 1:

Many thanks to all the candidates who ran for office in this election, and thanks to all the members who participated by casting their vote!

Steve Silver
ACRL-Oregon Chapter | Oregon Library Association – Academic Division

Congratulations to Hannah Gascho Rempel – ACRL IS Teaching Methods Committee’s latest Featured Teaching Librarian!

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Hannah Gascho Rempel, Science Librarian and Graduate Student Services Coordinator, Oregon State University Library

Congratulations to Oregon State Librarian Hannah Gascho Rempel on being selected as the ACRL Instruction Section Teaching Methods Committee’s latest Featured Teaching Librarian!

The Featured Teaching Librarian is selected by the ACRL Instruction Section Teaching Methods Committee. Several times during the year, the committee selects and interviews a librarian who demonstrates a passion for teaching, innovation, and student learning. This feature provides a way to showcase amazing teaching librarians and share their best teaching practices with others in the field.

Visit the Instruction Section blog to check out Hannah’s interview!

Oregon’s Dierdre Conkling wins ACRL’s Women and Gender Studies Section Career Achievement Award

Diedre Conkling

Diedre Conkling, Director, Lincoln County Library District

CHICAGO – Diedre Conkling, director of the Lincoln County Library District, has been selected as the 2018 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Career Achievement Award. The award honors significant long-standing contributions to women and gender studies in the field of librarianship over the course of a career.  A plaque and $750 award, donated by Duke University Press, will be presented to Conkling at a WGSS event during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

“Diedre Conkling has been the linchpin that holds together the collective women’s groups in ALA, including WGSS, the Feminist Task Force (FTF), the Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL), and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) Women Administrator’s Discussion Group,” said award chair Dolores Fidishun, head librarian at Penn State Abington. “Over the years, as the coordinator of FTF, she has partnered with chairs of WGSS and COSWL to plan and present the annual Introduction to Women’s Issues program.”

“As a longtime member of ALA Council and the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT), Conkling has continuously brought women’s issues to the forefront of our organization,” continued Fidishun. “She has served as an inspiration and mentor to many of us in the association. Through her activism she has demonstrated the power of women’s voices in ALA and in the world, always asking the important questions and looking for ways to move women’s agendas forward in ALA.”

“As one nominator wrote, ‘In whatever position she held at the moment – COSWL chair, FTF coordinator, SRRT coordinator, or simply committed librarian – she worked to bring together academic, public, school, and other librarians and library workers who shared a desire to focus on women’s issues in ALA and in libraries,’” said Fidishun. “For her leadership in bringing light to women’s and gender issues in our profession, we are proud to honor her with the WGSS Career Achievement Award.”

Conkling received her M.L.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Reminder Call for Proposals: 2017 ACRL Washington & Oregon Joint Fall Conference

This is a reminder that proposals for this year’s ACRL Washington & Oregon joint conference are DUE THIS FRIDAY AUGUST 11th by 11:59pm.

This year’s theme is “Tried & True or Shiny & New?” you are invited to 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.  There are many ways to engage with your fellow librarians at Pack Forest this year:

  • Can you talk for 7 minutes about a time that you tried something and it didn’t work out? Propose a Fail Talk!
  • Want to share the results of the hard work you’ve been doing? Submit a poster!
  • Looking for a chance to bring together a few colleagues to offer insights about a particular topic? Plan a panel discussion!

Link to submit proposals is http://bit.ly/ACRLWAOR17

Deadline is this Friday, August 11th at 11:59pm. Accepted presentations will be notified August 22nd.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact ACRLWA President Eli Gandour-Rood at egandourrood@pugetsound.edu or ACRLWA Vice-President Madeline Mundt at mundtm@uw.edu.




2016 OLA Conference: An Abundance of Sessions for Academic Librarians/Library Staff

In addition to spending some time in beautiful Bend, there are lots of other great reasons this year why academic librarians/library staff should consider attending next month’s 2016 OLA Annual Conference, April 20-22. Check out the more than 30 academic-focused sessions at this year’s conference! On Wednesday, there are 5 pre-conferences of interest; on Thursday, there are 14 sessions of interest; and on Friday there are 16 session of interest. Wow! The most difficult part will be choosing which of the concurrent sessions of interest to attend. What a great problem to have!

And for those of you that make the trip to Bend, make sure you block out time on your conference calendar for the ACRL-OR Reception on Wednesday, April 20, 5:00pm – 7:00pm. We love getting to spend time with our academic colleagues at the OLA Conference. Details about the reception location will be forthcoming on this site and Libs-Or.

See you in Bend!

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

There’s still time! OLA 2016 posters proposals due Friday

~Reposting from the Libs-Or list-serv~

There’s still time to get a proposal in for this year’s exciting OLA Annual Conference at the Bend Riverhouse, April 20-22!

The deadline for submitting a Poster proposal for this year’s theme: Tell Your Story is 5:00 pm on Friday, January 15. We will have 2 separate poster sessions – one on Thursday and one on Friday. Find more information and a link to the submission form on the OLA 2016 Conference website, https://orlib16.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/call-for-poster-proposals/.

If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Poster Chair, Valery King at valery.king@oregonstate.edu

Call for OLA 2016 Poster Proposals – due January 15, 2016

The OLA 2016 Conference is only 4 months away! Never fear, you still have a chance to get involved!

The Call for Posters is now open for this year’s theme: Tell Your Story. We will have 2 separate poster sessions – one on Thursday and one on Friday. Accepted posters will be assigned a specific day, during which there will be a one-hour poster session for attendees to browse the posters and speak with the poster presenters about their topics.

  • The submission form is now live.
  • The deadline is 5:00 p.m. on January 15, 2016.  Notifications will be sent out by February 19.
  • For any questions, contact the Conference Poster Chair, Valery King at valery.king@oregonstate.edu
  • Pre-conferences and conference sessions are all in the process of getting scheduled now.

OLA 2016 Posters submission form

We look forward to reading your poster proposals!

~ Valery King for the OLA Conference Committee

OASL 2015 Fall Conference Presentation | Partnering for Student Success: Earning College Credit in the Library

By: Paige Battle, Grant High School teacher librarian, Portland, OR

This year’s OASL (Oregon Association of School Libraries) Fall Conference in Coos Bay, Oregon, focused on the theme of “20/20 Vision” as teacher librarians and library staff members look clearly toward the future of school libraries. Conference keynote speaker Mark Ray told attendees that we need to move beyond the phrase of “preparing students for the 21st century” since we are now 15 years into that century! The phrase we should be focusing on in connection with student learning is “future ready.”

OASL 2015 conference logo

Taking that phrase to heart, Lori Wamsley and I wanted to showcase how we have partnered to offer high school students an opportunity to be ready for the next step in their academic future.

We presented a session entitled “Partnering for Student Success: Earning College Credit in the Library” on behalf of ACRL-OR and their efforts to support professional development opportunities along with their goal of increasing collaboration between school librarians and academic librarians.

The session focused on sharing how Lori and I have worked together to create an opportunity for students to earn up to six college credits in their high school library through PCC’s Dual Credit program. We provided a brief overview of the program and discussed:  

  1. how we collaborated on the development of course syllabi and course activities
  2. how assessment of students and the courses are done.

The main takeaways from the presentation included:

  • detailed explanation of how Dual Credit works
  • student benefits – both financial and academic
  • application process for both the high school elective class and for PCC
  • statistical data
  • course syllabi for two PCC education courses
  • programming ideas that extend learning beyond the walls of the school library

Discussing PCC’s Dual Credit Program with OASL conference attendees and sharing how that program is being offered (currently in Portland Public Schools at Grant, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, and Wilson and at Sandy High School) was very rewarding for Lori and me. I am always appreciative of opportunities to showcase the learning happening in my school library and the ways that librarians can partner with one another across “borders” on behalf of student learning.

These partnerships are becoming more and more important for librarians. Based on statistics from a 2010 study conducted by OUS, students who participated in accelerated option programs, like PCC’s Dual Credit, were more successful in college.

Feedback we received from OASL attendees included:

  • library staff in attendance who wanted to share materials with their district and work on implementing a similar course in their high school libraries
  • PPS librarians who are new to the program and wanted to learn specifics about required course assignments and outside-of-class library and literary events
  • a middle school librarian who was gathering information for a family about college credit learning opportunities their 8th grade student could potentially take advantage of in the future

Lori and I would be more than happy to provide information for anyone interested in learning more about the PCC Dual Credit program. Links to our OASL presentation can be found at NWCentral.org.

Paige Battle is the teacher librarian for Grant High School where she teaches a dual-credit course to junior and senior student library assistant interns. Paige is currently a member of YALSA’s Michael L. Printz Award committee. Email: pbattle.ghs@gmail.com Twitter: @Grant_Library

Lori Wamsley, Ph.D., is a faculty member at Portland Community College in the Education department. She teaches online courses in the Library Assistant program and Paraeducator program.  Lori has previously worked as reference and instruction librarian. Email: lori.wamsley@pcc.edu

Pre-Call: OLA 2016 Proposals due September 30th

Heads up! The deadline for OLA 2016 conference proposals will be September 30th!

This is a “pre-call” because we don’t have the submission form up just yet but we’ll have that linked at our 2016 Conference website when it’s ready.

The 2016 conference theme is “Tell Your Story”. Proposal descriptions are typically limited to 100 words. The hashtag is #ORLib16.

OLA Conference 2016 header

This year we’re trying something different. In the past, presenters had to be sponsored by an OLA division or roundtable. But how do you know which OLA unit to choose? And since most conference sessions don’t have a cost, what is the sponsorship for?

So this year we are encouraging you, our dear members, to submit your ideas directly — no sponsorship required. We still welcome proposals from OLA units, as well. Sessions can be presentations, panels, or workshops. If your session idea does have any associated costs, it will still need a sponsoring OLA unit.

So get those ideas generating and ready to go! More details coming soon.

Sara Q. Thompson
Conference Communications