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2018 ACRL-OR/WA Joint Conference

ACRL Oregon & Washington Joint Fall Conference 2018

Conference Theme:

Reimagining Advocacy: Personal, Professional, Political

Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 12pm –

Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 12pm

What does advocacy mean? Simply put, advocacy is activity designed to influence decisions. As librarians, we are often advocates at many different levels, often without thinking of ourselves as advocates. We demonstrate personal advocacy when we lobby for scarce professional development funds or take a stand on issues related to our labor. Our advocacy can happen at the library level when we advocate for the needs of a particular population our library serves or for changes to services or collections that better meet our users where they are. It can happen at the institutional level when we seek to demonstrate the value of our library to secure stable funding or better staffing. Advocacy can also happen at the local, state, or national level when we fight for libraries or for issues librarians hold dear, like intellectual freedom, privacy, and a free and open Internet.

Advocacy means so much more than just lobbying the government or our elected representatives. The Pacific Northwest is full of stories of librarians who have advocated for themselves, their patrons, their libraries, their profession, and their professional values. Our conference will focus on the full spectrum of advocacy work and how each of us can be better advocates when we work to influence decisions at any level.


Menucha Retreat and Conference Center

Near Corbett, Oregon inside the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Conference Hashtag

Share your conference experience on Twitter using hashtag #acrlpnw


Thursday, October 25 from 9am – 12pm

Theme:  “Open Education Advocates: Library Impact and OER Initiatives

Registration:  Pre-conference available only to conference attendees. Due to capacity issues, this pre-conference will be available to the first 45 individuals interested in attending. There will be an option available to register for the pre-conference on the Joint Fall Conference registration form.

Location:  Creevy Commons

Description: The ACRL-Oregon/Washington fall conference at Menucha brings together academic librarians from all over the Pacific Northwest.  The Open Educational Resources (OER) preconference session will leverage this opportunity to collaborate on solutions to shared challenges.  Attendees will be invited to briefly share their OER work, challenges will be identified, and together we will develop creative ideas to power a project for the 2018-19 academic year.  Join us for a morning of community-building among Pacific Northwest library leaders in the OER movement!

The pre-conference will be facilitated by Amy Hofer, Coordinator, Statewide Open Education Library Services, Open Oregon Educational Resources

Register for Conference

Registration is open and will be through October 1, 2018.  See you at Menucha!

Register by/on October 1, 2018:
ACRL-OR Members: $140
ACRL-WA Members: $140
Non-Members: $165

Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote:

Photograph of Loida Garcia-Febo

Loida Garcia-Febo

Loida Garcia-Febo is the President of Information New Wave and the ALA President-Elect.  She is an international library consultant, researcher and expert on topics such as human rights, advocacy and services to multicultural populations. She is also President of a not for profit charity seeking to enhance the education of communities, library users, students, information professionals from minority groups in the USA and in developing countries. In addition to serving communities as academic, public, school, and special librarian in Puerto Rico and Queens, she has taught in 21 countries and has advocated on behalf of libraries at the United Nations, US Congress, NYC City Hall, NY State Senate and on streets and sidewalks of New York.

Closing Keynote:


Photograph of Irene M Herold

Irene M. H. Herold

Irene M. H. Herold is the librarian of the college at the College of Wooster in Ohio. Between 2013-2017, she was the university librarian at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Prior to this, Herold served as dean of the library at Keene State College (2001-2013), director of the library at Daniel Webster College (1998-2000), and public services librarian at Monmouth College (1992-1998).

She has been a member of ACRL for 27 years, beginning in 1991. During her membership with ACRL, she was elected president (2015-2018) and as a member of the ACRL Board of Directors (2011-2015), among many other service opportunities.

ACRL’s Publications in Librarianship published Herold’s volume, Creating Leaders:  An Examination of Academic Library Leadership Institutes. She is the compiling editor and a contributing author, along with 25 others, for this work that examines 18 leadership development institutes.  She is also the author and co-author of multiple chapters and articles on academic library leadership, including mindful leadership.

Herold holds a B.A. in English and M.L.S. from the University of Washington, M.A. in history from Western Illinois University, and a  Ph.D. in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions from Simmons College.  Her dissertation examined a library association leadership development program that employed mentoring.


Proposal Submissions

Submit your proposals for an 8 minute lightening talk or poster presentation:

  • Proposal deadline is August 31, 2018
  • Presenters will be notified by September 14, 2018


All Attendees:

ACRL-OR awards (at least) two scholarships to the Joint Fall Conference annually for attendance to the conference. The scholarship covers the registration fee for the conference, including room and board at Menucha.

Who is eligible?

This scholarship is designed for those who live and/or work in Oregon (because ACRL-WA has their own conference scholarships). Those meeting at least one of the criteria below are eligible to apply.

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


Facilities – Menucha

Menucha photo, Wright Hall

“Menucha” by Dianna Ott is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Once again, the setting for the fall conference is the rustic Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, situated atop a bluff overlooking the Columbia Gorge near Corbett, Oregon. The picturesque lodge, spacious gardens, and winding paths — including a labyrinth! — make this an exceptionally pleasant location. Click here for more information and pictures about the Menucha facilities and map of the grounds.

Grounds at Menucha estate

“20110524_Menucha_Cutler_P1120355” by Wendy Cutler is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Please note:  the Columbia Gorge can be cold in October, so please bring warm clothes and rain gear if you plan to spend some time walking on the grounds. Registration and meals will be in Wright Hall.


Housing is included with registration. Menucha facilities include comfortable dormitory-style rooms with some bunk beds (lower bunks only). Linens (pillow, blankets, sheets, towel, washcloth) are provided. Semi-private room requests is an extra $30 per night. Select room styles and preferences when you register.


Conference registration includes meals (Thursday lunch, dinner, and party refreshments; and Friday breakfast). Special diet requests can be completed when you register. The deadline for special diet requests is October 1st. All meals will be in Wright Hall.

What to Bring

Be sure to bring clothes that layer easily (attendees go in- and out-of-doors regularly), flashlights, rain gear, and ear plugs! We also encourage you to bring puzzles and games for Thursday evening entertainment!

Contact Us

For conference information:

Contact: Steve Silver
Phone: 541-684-7237
Email: acrlor@olaweb.org

For registration questions:

Contact: Angie Beiriger
Phone: 503-459-4622
Email: beiriger@reed.edu


Contact: Stephanie Debner
Phone: 503-206-3202
Email: sdebner@uws.edu

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