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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 –  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

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.


OLA Quarterly – Spring 2014 Call for Proposals/Papers

If you have never published/considered publishing in OLA Quarterly before, this is a great opportunity! This spring (March 2014), OLA Quarterly and the OASL Interchange will be producing a joint issue focused on “Libraries across the Lifespan”–and we’d like to see contributions from academic libraries/librarians in the mix.

Call for Papers/Proposals:

Although every type of library—from public to school to academic to special—offers different collections and different services to meet the needs of our patrons at various points in their lives, all libraries have a shared mission: provide everyone with equal opportunities to access information, to explore, and to learn. This special joint issue of the OLA Quarterly and OASL’s Interchange will celebrate people, projects, and services at libraries across Oregon that are living that mission; it will offer a snapshot of how Oregon libraries are working together to serve Oregonians across their lifespan.

For this issue, the editors welcome submissions that describe and/or evaluate projects or services that have had a positive impact on the communities they serve.  Articles that focus on services aimed at a specific age group (e.g. children, teens, college students, adults, older adults) are especially encouraged, as are submissions that describe collaborations between different types of libraries (e.g. between school and public libraries or school and academic libraries, etc.). The editors hope to publish a variety of articles that provide examples of library services across the lifespan.

Submissions must be received by January 6, 2014 to be considered for the issue. Questions, article ideas/queries and submissions may be sent to either issue editor:

Isaac Gilman, gilmani@pacificu.edu | Ayn Frazee, FrazeeA@wlwv.k12.or.us

Call for Proposals: 2014 OLA Conference (Salem)

Program proposals are now being accepted for the 2014 OLA Conference at the Salem Convention Center, April 16-18.  Proposals are DUE SEPTEMBER 23, 2013.

If you have a program idea that would be of interest to the academic library community, and you would like ACRL-OR to consider sponsoring your proposal, please contact Isaac Gilman (gilmani@pacificu.edu).  Presenting at OLA is a great opportunity to share your work with our state library community, and to network with colleagues from academic, public, school, and special libraries! 


Call for Proposals:

The Inside Out Library

 Transformations are happening both inside today’s libraries and out in surrounding communities. Keeping faithful users happy, while attracting non-users, is a challenge we need to meet in order to keep our libraries robust and vital.

 The Oregon Library Association Conference Committee is looking for program
and pre-conference proposals for the 2014 Conference – The Inside Out Library –  to be held at the Salem Convention Center in Salem, April 16-18.  The conference committee is especially seeking programs that relate to innovation, transformation and outreach.

At this point the program does not have to be fully organized; you can give
us a general idea of the program and speakers (if known), and fill in the
other details asked on the proposal form.  Each program or pre-conference
must be sponsored by an OLA unit, but if you have great program idea and
don’t have a sponsor, the Program Committee will attempt some matchmaking.
Proposals are due by September 23.

Contact Judith Norton, Conference Program Committee chair, if you have
questions (judithmarie55@yahoo.com or 971-207-9735). 

Program Proposal Form     

Pre-conference Proposal Form


Apr. 12: College Students, Technology, and Academic Workflows (OSU Libraries & Press)

The OSU Libraries & Press Library Faculty Association invites interested colleagues to the April presentation in our 2012-2013 Seminar Series. The upcoming seminar focuses on College Students, Technology, and Academic Workflows and will feature two presentations looking at different aspects of this topic.

Finding Techknowledgey (Allyson Dean)

In an increasingly digital world, college assignments require students to complete demonstrations of their competency in not only their subject, but in the technology needed to complete the assignment.  This session disseminates students’ perceptions around the hidden curriculum of understanding technology, having consistent access to technology, and knowing what questions to ask or resources to seek to succeed in using technology for university coursework.

The Impact of Mobile Devices on Undergraduate Students’ Information Practices (Anne-Marie Deitering & Margaret Mellinger)

Six OSU undergraduate students were given iPads and followed over 20 weeks using case study methods to track how they integrated the devices into their information workflows —and how they did not. Analysis of the research data led to greater awareness of the cyclical nature of student information and study habits. Results suggest that students would benefit from incorporating technology into their academic rhythms early in their college career, ideally in the first year.


  • Allyson Dean is Head Advisor and Recruiting Specialist, College of Education, Oregon State University
  • Anne-Marie Deitering is the Franklin A McEdward Professor for Undergraduate Learning Initiatives and Head, Teaching & Engagement Department at Oregon State University Libraries & Press
  • Margaret Mellinger is Emerging Technologies and Instruction Librarian at Oregon State University Libraries & Press

When:  Friday, April 12, 2013, 10:00-11:30am

Where:  Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms (3622), Valley Library, Oregon State University, Corvallis campus.

Please contact Uta Hussong-Christian, uta.hussong-christian@oregonstate.edu, with any questions.

2012 Fall Conference – Call for Lightening Talks and Poster Presentations

The 2012 ACRL OR/WA Annual Joint Conference at Menucha will feature lightning talks and a poster session presented by conference participants, and we want your ideas! Our theme this year is “Libraries Out Loud: New Narratives of Enduring Values.” Wherever you are in the library or in your career – from library student to library director – we want to hear about your “library out loud.”

Call for lightning talks

Quick – you have 5 minutes and 20 slides to give your colleagues from academic libraries a compelling and creative presentation! Propose an Ignite-style lightning talk that tells your story – practical or visionary, funny or serious – about advocacy, change, and the values that define our profession.

Call for posters

Create a poster to share a success story! Propose a poster that conveys how you used advocacy, marketing, or promotion to gain support or express your values to the community.

Submit your proposal

Please go to the proposal webpage and fill out the quick form to tell us about your idea.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 21

We will review all of the submissions and let you know if you’re in by Friday, October 5.

OLA-WLA 2013 Conference – Session Proposals Sought

Program proposals are being accepted for the 2013 OLA-WLA Conference, April 24-26, 2013. The theme for this joint conference is “The Future is NOW! (Networking OR & WA).”  Proposals are due no later than Friday, September 28, and the selection committee will notify applicants of the status of proposals by November 2.

To submit a Preconference Workshop (3-7hrs long) proposal, please use this form.
To submit a Conference Session (75 minutes long) proposal, please use this form.

All Preconference workshops will be held on April 24. All Conference sessions will be held on April 25-26. If you have questions regarding the proposal process, please contact the program team below.

We look forward to hearing from YOU!
–OLA and WLA Program Chairs, Janet Tapper (jtapper@uws.edu) and Cadi Russell-Sauvé (cadi.russell-sauve@bellevuecollege.edu)
–WLA Program Coordinator, Kate Laughlin (kate@wla.org)


**A friendly heads up: OLA requires each session be sponsored by one of the divisions – please let us know if you would like ACRL Oregon to sponsor your session!

News from Portland State U Library

Collection Development Librarian Jill Emery has an article in the latest Serials Review. In it, she interviews several people who worked on the Orbis Cascade Alliance demand driven e-book project.

In May, Jill was awarded the NASIG Marcia Tuttle International Award for her project Techniques in Electronic Resource Management (TERMS).

Social Sciences Librarian Kim Pendell and Interim Assistant University Librarian for Public Services Michael Bowman authored an article in Information Technology and Libraries about usability testing the PSU Library mobile website.

Business and Economics Librarian Kerry Wu received the PSU Butler Award for Library Faculty Service.

In the Library with the Lead Pipe, co-founded, co-edited, and co-authored by Urban and Public Affairs Librarian Emily Ford, won the award for Best General Blog from the Salem Press Library Blog Awards.