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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

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 or ACRLWA Vice-President Madeline Mundt at





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,

If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Poster Chair, Valery King at

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
  • 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

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: 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:

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

Call for Proposals for ACRL-WA/OR Joint Fall Conference 2015

Proposal submissions for the ACRL Washington & Oregon Joint Fall Conference are now open! Submit your proposal for a presentation, workshop, discussion, 15-minute talk, or lightning talk for presentation at our conference October 22-23, 2015 in Eatonville, WA.

Screenshot of ACRL-WA/OR Joint Fall Conference program proposal form

Our theme for 2015 is Forging Partnerships, Opening Doors. Some possible distillations of this theme include: open access/open education; collaborative or shared efforts between libraries and with other organizations; libraries and librarians in the arenas of social justice, challenging oppression, and confronting bias; the changing contexts of our core mission; navigating copyright, licensing, and fair use in providing content to our patrons.

The submission deadline is July 15th. Presenters will be notified by July 22nd. Conference registration opens at the end of July.

Books Mentioned at Menucha

The following titles are ones mentioned in the keynote addresses and talks at the ACRL-Oregon/Washington Joint Fall Conference in Menucha:

There was an informal suggestion at the conference for a virtual book club or an ACRL-OR/WA book list in Goodreads… any thoughts or further suggestions?

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 –

5-minute Tech Talks

Laurie Bridges, Oregon State University – Augmented Reality –

Elizabeth Brookbank, Western Oregon University – Instagram –

Lorena O’English, Washington State University Pullman – Online reading tools –

Christine Tawatao, University of Washington – Accessibility tools –

Joe Janiga, Reed College – iPad lending technology –

Nicholas Schiller, Washington State University, Vancouver – Semantic Web –

Shock Talks

Holly Luetkenhaus, Washington State University Libraries – “Using Concept Maps to Teach Information Literacy” –

Genevieve Williams, Pacific Lutheran University – “Closing the Gap” –

Kelly McElroy, Oregon State University Libraries – “#critlib Twitter Chats” –


Kael Moffat, Saint Martin’s University – Flipping on the Cheap –

New Book: Library Scholarly Communication Programs

ACRL-OR board president Isaac Gilman has published an important new book.  Library Scholarly Communication Programs:  Legal and Ethical Considerations addresses the range of legal issues, policies and ethical guidelines libraries must address when developing scholarly communication initiatives.  Join us in congratulating Isaac on this achievement and contribution to librarianship!


From Woodhead Publishing:  This practical primer covers these issues for institutional repository managers, library administrators, and other staff involved in library based repository and publishing services. After an introduction which describes the evolution of scholarly communication programs within academic libraries, chapters explore institutional repositories and library publishing services. The conclusion offers strategies for creating an internal infrastructure, comprised of policy, best practices and education initiatives that will support the legal and ethical practices discussed in the book.