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Call for OLA 2021 Proposals

Attention Academic Librarians —

There’s still time to submit a proposal to the 2021 OLA virtual Annual Conference! ACRL-OR is looking for sessions of interest to academic librarians. Your ideas, innovations, and inspiration are encouraged. Please consider submitting a proposal to share your work with colleagues at the Oregon conference.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is 12 a.m., November 1. The committee welcomes new proposals and also encourages resubmissions from the canceled 2020 conference. The conference theme is Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. You will be notified by November 16 about the status of your proposal.

Submit your proposal at this link: https://t.ly/2TzN

For tips on creating a successful proposal, visit the OLA website: https://t.ly/eLhJ

For questions, please contact the Conference Committee Program Coordinators at olaprograms@olaweb.org.

For questions specific to ACRL sessions proposals, your contacts are:
General Session Proposals – David Isaak, isaakd@reed.edu
Pre Conference Session Proposals – Michele Burke, michele.burke@chemeketa.edu

Save the Date: ACRL WA/OR Joint Fall Conference

Mark your calendars for the 2017 ACRL Washington & Oregon joint conference!

The conference will be held from October 19th-20th – which is one week earlier than usual – at the Pack Forest Conference Center in Eatonville, WA.

This year’s theme is “Tried & True or Shiny & New?” so keep your eye out for additional information and a call for proposals coming out this summer.  You can also keep up with the conference on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/221475015034791

A Renaissance for the Oregon State Ichthyology Collection

The OSU Libraries’ Library Faculty Association invites colleagues and friends to the February 2017 Seminar Series Presentation: A Renaissance for the Oregon State Ichthyology Collection, with Dr. Brian Lee Sidlauskas, Associate Professor in OSU’s Department of Fisheries & Wildlife and Curator of the Ichthyology Collection. The seminar will be on February 24th from 10:00am-11:30am.

The Oregon State Ichthyology Collection (OSIC), which contains approximately a quarter million preserved fish specimens, has been a major center of research and education on the biology of fishes since its establishment in 1935.  Despite continued scientific use, the OSIC’s physical facilities declined in the late 20th century due to a lack of space for growth and insufficient funding.  Simultaneously, a lack of computerization discouraged researchers elsewhere from accessing its specimens.  Curator Brian Sidlauskas will discuss how we restored the scientific and educational value of the OSIC, and highlight recent science using the collection.  One component of the restoration upgraded the collections’ physical facilities by installing mobile compact shelving in a renovated space that now meets modern fire and earthquake safety codes. We also upgraded the collection’s digital presence by modernizing the collection’s catalog of specimens and making the holdings searchable online at ichthyology.oregonstate.edu. Through the completion of this project, one of the most important libraries of ichthyological diversity on the west coast of the US is again stable, safe, properly curated, and accessible to the world’s community of scientists. It regularly accessions new specimens, loans material to researchers at other institutions, hosts researchers from around the world, and supports research and teaching on taxonomy, genetics, biogeography, parasitology, evolution, ecology and conservation biology.

Brian Lee Sidlauskas is an associate professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University.  The son of a fisherman and an art teacher, he grew up along the coast of historic Salem, Massachusetts.  As an ichthyologist, Dr. Sidlauskas works to help reveal and protect the world’s tremendous biodiversity of fishes.  He teaches courses dealing with ichthyology, systematics, biodiversity and conservation biology, and his research seeks to understand the evolution, ecology and diversity of freshwater fishes on scales ranging from local to global. He achieved a measure of internet fame for his use of Facebook to community source fish identifications from photographs. Dr. Sidlauskas has involved nearly two dozen undergraduates in the research and management of the quarter-million preserved fishes in the Oregon State Ichthyology Collection, which he curates.  In 2014 he was named OSU’s Undergraduate Mentor of the Year.

The seminar will take place in the Autzen classroom on the main (2nd) floor of the Valley Library (Valley 2082). Light refreshments will be provided. Please contact Beth.Filar-Williams@oregonstate.edu or Uta.Hussong-Christian@oregonstate.edu with any questions. Library visitor info (including campus map and parking info can be found online: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/visit)

Deadline Approaching for 2016 ACRL-Oregon Fall Conference Scholarships

ACRL-Oregon will award at least two scholarships to this year’s Fall Conference! Scholarships will cover registration (including food and housing) for the 2016 ACRL OR-WA Joint Conference, “Enhancing Creativity and Turning Inspiration Into Reality,” which will be held October 27-28, 2016, at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon.

These scholarships are designed for those who live and/or work in Oregon (ACRL-WA has their own conference scholarships, info here at http://acrlwa.org/2016-ACRL-OR-WA-Joint-Conference-Scholarships). Those who also meet at least one of the criteria below are eligible to apply. Each criteria that is met will be awarded points in the evaluation process.

  • First-time attendee of the joint conference.
  • ACRL-OR member.
  • MLIS student in an ALA-accredited program who lives in Oregon.
  • Paraprofessional employee in an Oregon academic library.
  • Part-time or temporary employee in an Oregon academic library.

Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and apply (the deadline is Friday, September 16)! For more details see ACRL-OR Scholarships.

For more information on the ACRL OR-WA Joint Conference (affectionately known as “library camp”), please see the conference website.

Questions? Please contact:

Uta Hussong-Christian, ACRL-OR Board Past-President and Conference Chair
Oregon State University

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

ACRL 2013 Conference Call for Poster Proposals

Got an innovative library-based project, best practices to solve a problem, or unique research findings? Consider sharing them in a poster session! Posters should be an eye-catching visual representation of a topic, including graphics, tables, charts, text, and images. Presenters can communicate additional details via online handouts. Presenters share their ideas with colleagues as attendees circulate during one hour time blocks in the poster session area, located in the exhibits hall. Since space is limited at a poster session, a maximum of two presenters per poster at any one time is recommended. The Poster Session Committee looks for topics that will engage attendees during repeated presentations.

Potential topics can be seen in the program tags that are included on the proposal instructions page (link below). Poster topics from underrepresented categories are of particular interest.  Here are some examples:

* cataloging & technical services

* collections projects

* preservation projects

* digitization

* data management and services

Use the application form to sell your idea in a short, dynamic summary and provide a more complete discussion of the contents for the reviewers.  Please plan to submit an electronic version of your poster so that it can be posted online with conference handouts. Submissions are due by November 9, 2012.

Program Proposal Instructions https://s4.goeshow.com/acrl/national/2013/abstract_instruct.cfm

Proposal Submission Form  https://s4.goeshow.com/acrl/national/2013/abstract_submission.cfm

Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522.

Your ACRL 2013 Poster Sessions Committee

Theresa S. Byrd (co-chair)

Michelle Baildon

Clinton Baugess

Latrice Booker

Jackie Borin

Angela Boyd

Rosemary Del Toro

Amy Gullen

Michael J. Krasulski

William Lund

Joan Plungis (co-chair)

Gene Springs

Mary Strife

Joel Thornton

Amy Van Epps

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

Emerging Roles in Librarianship Symposium and Continuing Education October 12-13, 2012

Steven Bell, 2012-2013 President of ACRL, is the opening keynote speaker at the  Symposium on Emerging Roles in Librarianship. This symposium, funded by the National Library of Medicine under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00008-C with the University of Washington, will be held at the Ecotrust building in Portland on Friday, October 12, 2012. It will include a variety of speakers in addition to Stephen Bell, including Jerry Perry, past president of the Medical Library Association (MLA) and a variety of panelists on topics including e-science, distance education, the electronic medical record, data management, and content management.

More information is available at http://pnc-mla.cloverpad.org/emergingrolessymposium. The Symposium is free to all members of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (PNC/MLA) and MLA. There will be a charge of $50 for registrants who are not members of PNC or MLA. You can register for the Symposium and continuing education (CE) at http://pnc-mla.cloverpad.org/emergingrolessymposium .

A reception, sponsored by PNC/MLA, will follow the Symposium.

There will be CE opportunities on Saturday, October 13th. Information about the classes is available at http://pnc-mla.cloverpad.org/continuingeducation2012. CE topics include a session by Sally Gore on Visual Communication Skills for Effective Teaching and Presentations, a session by Terry Jankowski on Becoming an Expert Searcher for Evidence-Based Content; a session by Jan Buhmann on Optimizing Your E-Learning Design and Development, and a session by Vishnu Mohan on Electronic Health Records in the Era of Meaningful use.

There is not a conference hotel, but hotel information is available at http://pnc-mla.cloverpad.org/emergingroles_hotels. Note that a number of the hotels have an Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) rate. There is also a link to a Google map with the hotels and the Ecotrust building listed.

If you have questions, feel free to contact any one of the organizers listed at http://pnc-mla.cloverpad.org/symposium_and_ce .

We look forward to hopefully seeing some of you there!

Laura Zeigen, MA, MLIS, AHIP
User Experience Librarian | Assistant Professor
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR
zeigenl@ohsu.edu | 503-494-0505

What Member Steve Silver is Saying About ACRL Oregon!

Steve Silver (Northwest Christian University) – The ACRL OR/WA annual joint conference is at the top of my list of “must do” conferences every year. Both the Menucha setting in Oregon and the Pack Forest setting in Washington are unique among conferences I have attended. Both settings, and the programming of the conferences themselves, lead to real opportunities to really engage with my colleagues across the two states. Similar “networking” happens at other conferences, but not in the way that ACRL OR/WA does. Relaxed, informal, relational. As with other conferences I come away informed and inspired, but unlike many other conferences I come away refreshed, re-energized, and not overwhelmed with ‘just too much.’ And better connected to my fellow academic librarians in the region. I am very grateful to the Oregon and Washington ACRL chapters for providing the ACRL OR/WA conference as a fantastic benefit for my membership.

Proposed organizational changes for ACRL

Dear colleagues, the following appeared on an email discussion list to which I belong. I have done a fairly quick review of the links and info he provides and share some of his concerns. He gave me permission to repost his comments here for your information and our discussion.

“An ACRL announcement appeared this week in ALA Connect soliciting participation in a survey concerning reorganization of ACRL’s structure.  A proposal to disband the ACRL’s IFC appears on page 16 of “ACRL Proposed Division‐level Committee Structure with Charges and Disposition” (Revised: 11/21/2011) at Proposed Committee Structure chart.  No specific rationale is given.


Intellectual Freedom Committee


Disband at end of June 2012. Board

will appoint a Task Force as

needed. ACRL VP will appoint

representative to ALA Freedom to

Read Foundation and the ALA

Intellectual Freedom Committee.

I am deeply concerned about the implications for intellectual freedom (IF) in academic libraries if the ACRL IFC is disbanded.  It seems to me that while the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom and Intellectual Freedom Committee do excellent work defending and advocating IF for ALA as a whole, there are areas within ALA such as ACRL that require their own groups to look after their ongoing interests.  After all IF is a core value of ACRL and explicitly affirmed in our strategic plan. Some long term interests simply cannont be addressed effectively by ad hoc, here today gone tomorrow task forces or interest groups.

If pressure on resources (staffing, time, money, etc.) is a reason from eliminating the ACRL IFC, it should be noted that OIF and the ALA IFC are under the same pressures.  Shifting ACRL IFC responsibilities to them is unlikely to be satisfactory. PLA tried it recently and quickly re-established their IFC.

Here are just a few reasons why ACRL needs to retain its IFC

–       ACRL members are faced with several IF issues that are of only peripheral interest to other ALA members.  In order for them to be adequately addressed academic librarians with the necessary experience and expertise will have to do the work.  Here are just a few examples:

  • The move from buying ownership      information to buying access to information (e.g. e-journals, e-books and      e-newspapers).  Consequences include the loss of the ability to      preserve the historical record contained in them.  Read 1984!       We are also seeing challenges to our control of access to information in      these publications (e.g. vendors changing to a per x number of uses model).
  • The practice of outsourcing data      services to third parties (external vendors) can threaten the privacy of      our readers.  For example, some e-book (and e-journal) vendors      require users to set up individual accounts to access books and then track      people’s use of each title.
  • The potential misuse of Institutional      Review Boards in the social science, arts and humanities resulting in a      stifling of research initiatives.

–       Reliance on interest groups or similar arrangements with their transient memberships and no direct link to the policy making structure of ACRL will most likely fail to provide the support necessary for a divisional core value.  The Public Library Association tried this approach recently and found it necessary to reconstitute their IFC.

–       When anything, especially a core value such IF, becomes the responsibility of all, it almost inevitably is owned by none –not because no one cares, but because no one has specific responsibility.  Someone else will take care of it.

If you share my concerns, please write to the ACRL Board which will be acting on this proposal shortly.  I especially encourage you to fill at the short survey at ACRL Division-level Committee Structure Proposal Survey.  There are comment boxes that will allow you to articulate specific concerns and issues.  It is my understanding that the results of the survey will heavily influence the Board’s decision.

Best wishes,


J. Douglas Archer

Past Chair, ALA IFC
Past Chair, ALA IFRT
Past Chair, Indiana Library Federation, IFC
ACRL member since 1980
Co-Chair, Peace and Justice Studies Association

Reference and Peace Studies Librarian

109 Hesburgh Library

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN  46556

574-631-6656 (V) | 574-631-8887 (F)

www.nd.edu/~jarcher | archer.1@nd.edu