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Engagement of Academic Librarians in State Organizations Survey

William and Mary Libraries invite you to participate in a survey that seeks to examine the engagement of academic librarians in their statewide or regional library organization. The survey seeks your perspective on a range of topics, including your current level and method of engagement in professional service at the state level and how you perceive your state academic library association. Your responses will help to shape the future directions and decision-making of state-level library associations. Thank you for your time.


This study seeks to examine the engagement of librarians in their statewide or regional academic  library organization. The survey seeks your perspective on a range of topics, including your current level and method of engagement in professional service at the state level and how you perceive your state academic library association. Your responses will help to shape the future directions and decision-making of state-level library associations.

This is an online survey. After reading this informed consent text, please proceed directly to the online questionnaire. If you click the “Continue to Survey” link you will be taken to an external page to complete the survey and will be understood to represent your consent to participate in the survey.

The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and your responses will be stored in a database and may be included in a forthcoming publication, but will not be linked to any unique identifier.

Completion of the survey carries no known or foreseeable risks.

You will not directly benefit from completion of this survey, although the study findings may contribute to improvements in services or resources provided by professional library organizations and in the body of library research literature.

You have the alternative not to participate in this study.

There are no costs associated with completion of this survey. You will not be paid for completing the survey.

Your participation in this study will generate no personally identifiable record, data, or document. It is possible that online hackers, spyware filters or other Web impediments to secure online communication might be able to eavesdrop on your submission. It is difficult to assess the risks or consequences of this, but they are based in part on the security of your network connections and, in any case, are believed to be small.

Your participation in this survey is voluntary; you have the right to withdraw at any point.

You may print a copy of this consent page. The principle investigators, Lisa Nickel (ltnickel@wm.edu), Dorinne Banks (dbanks@gwu.edu), Lucinda Rush (lrush@odu.edu), and Paige Flanagan (pflanagan@hsc.edu)  will answer any questions you may have about the study.

If you have questions about your rights as a research participant you should contact William & Mary’s PHSC chair  Dr. Jennifer Stevens, 757-221-3862, jastev@wm.edu

Share your continuing education/professional development ideas


(Please pardon duplicate postings – we want to reach as many people as possible!)

As most of you may recall, the State Library of Oregon has contracted with  Infopeople to help us determine the continuing education/professional development (CE/PD) needs of the Oregon library community. Last month library staff throughout Oregon had the opportunity to complete an online survey – this month we want to invite staff to participate in online focus groups to gather feedback from different audiences on priority training needs, developing trends, and other continuing education-related concerns.

For academic library directors and staff, the focus group will be hosted on November 14th at 10:00am.

The focus group will be held online using GoToMeeting and will take less than 45-minutes and should be fun!  If you can attend, please RSVP to Brenda at brenda@infopeople.org and indicate which focus group you will be attending. Brenda will follow-up and send you details about how to connect and how to log in anonymously.

Please note that participation is limited and depending on the number of responses, it may turn out that not everyone who RSVPs will be able to attend. If you’re interested, you’re encouraged to respond as quickly as possible.

Thanks in advance for considering our invitation to share your expertise!

Application for 2017-2018 Education Advisory Committee Now Open

The Digital Public Library of America is looking for excellent instructors in higher education to join its Education Advisory Committee for 2017-2018. DPLA recently announced a new grant from the Teagle Foundation that funds the creation of a professional development curriculum and new set development for a Primary Source Sets project.

DPLA is currently recruiting a small group of enthusiastic educators in higher education to collaborate with its current team of K-12 and higher ed instructors on this project. Specifically, they are interested in applicants working in humanities fields with US culture including English, Composition, History, Area Studies, Music, Art History, and education fields including Secondary Education, School Librarianship, and Curriculum and Instruction. Applicants can be employed in various roles in higher education including administration or as professors, lecturers, instructors, or adjuncts. Members of this group will:

  • Develop and deliver curriculum for professional development using DPLA and its resources for inquiry-based instruction
  • Collaborate with K-12 and higher ed members of the Education Advisory Committee to develop best practices for implementing the Primary Source Sets
  • Write new primary source sets following DPLA’s format and participate in peer review and revision (3 in 15 months)
  • Provide input on online professional development modules

If selected, participants are committing to:

  • Attend a 2-day in-person meeting on June 29-30, 2017 (arriving the night of June 28 if traveling from far away) in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Attend six virtual meetings approximately quarterly (September 2017 – November 2018)
  • Participate in no more than one professional development or conference presentation as scheduled

Participants will receive a $1,200 stipend (upon completion of the project in Dec 2018) for participation as well as full reimbursement for travel costs. The deadline for applications for the 2017-2018 Education Advisory Committee is March 31, 2017.

To learn more about DPLA’s work with education, read their Education page. For questions, please contact education@dp.la.

Engagement Opportunity – Participate in a Research Study

Librarians at Penn State University are conducting a study on the presence and use of prayer spaces in academic libraries – and need your help!

If you are currently employed at or are a student at a college or university in
the United States, please consider responding to their survey before February 28. 2017.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and will not
collect any identifiable information.

Access the survey through this anonymous link:

Initial survey results will be available at ACRL 2017 in Baltimore, with future wide dissemination planned.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact the investigators:

Emily Mross, ELM43@psu.edu, 717-948-6130

Christina Riehman-Murphy, CER20@psu.edu, 215-881-7911

Alliance Research Interest Group (A-RIG) – Friday, September 21, 10 a.m.-12 noon ONLINE (GOTO MEETING)

Interested in doing research on libraries or librarianship and not sure how to start? Have you started, but need some collegial support and encouragement to continue? Just want to talk to other librarians who also are interested in this topic? Consider participating in the Orbis Cascade Alliance Research Interest Group. Your library does not have to be part of the Orbis Cascade Alliance in order for you to participate.

The Orbis Cascade Alliance Research Interest Group (A-RIG, http://www.orbiscascade.org/index/research-interest-group) will hold its next meeting (Friday, September 21, 2012, 10 a.m.-12 noon) online using the GoTo Meeting software and include an in-person component in the Autzen classroom at Oregon State University’s Valley Library in Corvallis, Oregon. Log in online (instructions below) or come to the OSU Library if you want to be with other A-RIGers or chat with colleagues face to face before or after the online meeting.

A-RIG meetings are specifically synchronized for the morning of ACRL-OR meeting days to allow for greater participation from interested parties and to facilitate coordination between groups.

Many thanks to OLA for providing online meeting support and to Anne-Marie Deitering and her colleagues at OSU Valley Library for providing the in-person space.

1. Introductions (All)
2. OLA/WLA pre-conference proposal (Robin Paynter)
3. Liaison between A-RIG and ACRL-OR – Call for volunteers (Robin Paynter and Laura Zeigen)
4. Project updates (All)
5. Research resources/continuing education of interest (All)
6. Other ideas and comments (All)

Friday, September 21, 2012

10 a.m.-12 noon

Online and Autzen classroom at OSU Valley Library. Instructions on how to participate are below:
1. Please join my meeting.

2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.
Dial +1 (636) 277-0137
Access Code: 593-822-406
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID: 593-822-406

If you have any questions about this meeting or about the A-RIG group, please contact me.


Laura Zeigen, MA, MLIS, AHIP
User Experience Librarian | Assistant Professor
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road – LIB
Portland, Oregon 97239
zeigenl@ohsu.edu | 503-494-0505

Research Interest Group 5/4 meeting ONLINE! (GOTO MEETING)

Always wanted to check out the Research Interest Group but didn’t have to time to attend its meetings in person? We are glad to announce that the Research Interest Group (RIG) will hold its next meeting online using the GoTo Meeting software (thanks OLA for providing this support!)


  1. Project updates
  2. ACRL webinars on writing and publishing
  3. Other available research resources
  4. Would the group be interested in writing a scholarly article on the Alliance E-book project (question from John Helmer, Executive Director of the Orbis Cascade Alliance)?
  5. Future Research Workshops
  6. Other ideas & comments time

DATE: Friday, May 4, 2012

TIME: 10 a.m.-12 noon

WHERE: Online! Instructions on how to participate will be sent out a week before the meeting.

QUESTIONS? Please contact Laura Zeigen (zeigenl@ohsu.edu) or Robin Paynter (paynter@ohsu.edu)


Hannon Library Acquires Eugene Bennett Collection

Hannon Library was bequeathed the book collection of Eugene Bennett, prominent Jacksonville artist who died on November 2, 2010.  A Central Point native, Bennett graduated from Medford High School and attended the University of Oregon before serving in the Navy.  He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees at The Art Institute of Chicago, where he later taught.  After a year in Europe, Bennett moved back to the Rogue Valley in 1958, where he taught art and, with other area artists, founded the Rogue Gallery & Art Center in 1960.  Bennett continued to exhibit in Chicago, New York and San Francisco, and was a tireless supporter of local arts groups.  The collection, which contains nearly 1,400 books covering all areas of art and art history, is currently being processed.

Orbis Cascade Alliance Research Interest Group Meeting – Friday, August 5 – University of Portland

Orbis Cascade Alliance Research Interest Group Meeting
Friday, August 5
10 a.m.-12 noon
University of Portland – Library Conference Room

Please join us for our bi-annual in-person meeting to discuss issues of interest regarding library research.

If you cannot join us in person, but would like to phone in, let Laura know (we do not yet have the phone number).


  1. Short-term vs. long-term research (“how to show that you’re doing stuff while on the way to working on more long-term projects that take more time.”) or “Market research vs. IRB – how to satisfy both”
  2. Research ideas
    1. What people are working on now
    2. Ideas re: Alliance projects
  3. Resources
    1. New resources on qualitative research methods
    2. Upcoming conferences, workshops or online classes that may be of interest.
    3. Concept of utilizing A-RIG as a research support group with monthly or bi-weekly check-ins on research progress (e.g. social support network).

University of Portland Library – conference room on the lower floor. The library’s main entrance has split level stairs, go downstairs and through a glass door. The conference room is the first door to your far left.

Maps and Directions to campus: http://www.up.edu/about/default.aspx?cid=8307&pid=3177

Parking: Free in summer and there should be plenty of space in main parking lot adjacent to the library.


Laura Zeigen, MA, MLIS
Assistant Professor | User Experience Librarian
Oregon Health & Science University | Portland, Oregon
| 503-494-0505 | BICC 343

Alliance Research Interest Group Meeting – June 18, 2010

SAVE THE DATE: The Alliance Research Interest Group (RIG) summer meeting will be on Friday, June 18, 2010, in room WS 149 at the University of Oregon (UO) Portland – White Stage Building from 10:00am-12:00pm.

Find out more about us on our Alliance Research Interest Group webpage. Contact Laura Zeigen (OHSU) or Robin Paynter (PSU) if you have any questions about our group or would like to get involved!

Research Methods Workshop – Friday, February 19, 2010

Alliance Research Interest Group
Research Methods Workshop
Friday, February 19, 2010  |  10:00am – 2:00pm

Workshop Location
OHSU West Campus – Wilson Conference Center Room 407
20000 NW Walker Rd, Beaverton, OR 97006

Purpose of workshop
To familiarize academic librarians with reasons for doing quantitative or qualitative research, with a focus on stepping through an example of the qualitative research process. This workshop is being put on by the Orbis Cascade Alliance Research Interest Group (RIG). The RIG facilitates communication and discovery between institutions, providing a forum for discussion and development of collaborative research related to all aspects of library work.

This research methods workshop will include:

  • An examination of the philosophy of research methods and designing research questions
  • The methods and ethical issues involved in working with subjects and collecting data
  • Walking through the steps of analysis of a project, including dealing with confidential data and developing useful categories
  • How to use data from an initial piece of research and decide what to focus on or research further
  • Overview of how text analysis is done with tools such as NVivo.

We will be using data from the “open comments” box on a LibQual survey to examine and go through these steps of analysis as an example of how to go through the process.

Presenter: Dr. Renee Guarriello Heath, University of Portland
Prof. Heath, Ph.D. (University of Colorado, Boulder, 2005) has studied power and decision-making in community stakeholder groups since 1997. Her work on community collaboration has been published in major communication journals and annuals including the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly, and Communication Yearbook. Her most recent qualitative project, a study of voice and participation in policy setting, has been accepted as a top four paper in the Organizational Division of Western States Communication annual meeting to be presented in Alaska in March, 2010. She consults and trains diverse groups seeking collaborative skills. In addition to her graduate-level teaching in diverse communication research methods, Heath has trained academic groups on qualitative data collection and analysis.

$35 Registration fee, includes lunch
REGISTER HERE (https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=ola&formId=70694)

General information about the workshop, including directions and other information from this post:

The entrance to the West Campus is at the intersection of NW 185th Avenue and Holly Lane, approximately 1.3 miles south of the 185th (Rock Creek) exit on Hwy 26, the Sunset Highway. The entrance to the campus is on the west side of 185th Avenue between Walker Road and Baseline Road. Wilson Clark Center for Lifelong Learning is the name of this building and is #3 on the map. Click here for Map

Please contact Laura Zeigen (zeigenl@ohsu.edu, 503-494-0505) or Janet Crum (crumj@ohsu.edu, 503-494-0691).