Menucha 2014, October 23-24: Professional Identity and Technology: Looking Forward

Archive photo of Menucha Conference

Come hear about and discuss issues related to the intersections of librarianship and technology—the implications for our work, identities, users, and institutions. Topics will include gender/identity and technology, how libraries of all sizes can take advantage of new and emerging technologies, and future directions for the use of technology in libraries.

Conference Schedule

11 am-12 pm
October 23
Check-inWright Hall, lobby
11:50 am-12 pmIntroduction to MenuchaWright Hall, main room
12-1 pmLunchWright Hall, dining room
1-1:15 pmWelcome and IntroductionsWright Hall, main room
1:15-2:15 pmKeynote: Deborah HicksWright Hall, main room
2:15-2:30 pmBreak
2:30-2:45 pmACRL-OR Award for Excellence PresentationWright Hall, main room
2:45-3:30 pmSmall Group DiscussionsWright Hall
3:30-4:15 pmLightning Talks

Laurie Bridges, “Augmented Reality”
Elizabeth Brookbank, “Instagram & Social Media”
Isaac Gilman, “Online Journal Platforms”
Joe Janiga, “iPad Lending Technology”
Lorena O’English, “Online reading tools”
Nicholas Schiller, “Semantic web”
Christine Tawatao, “Accessibility tools”
Heather White, “Cloud Server Technology”
Wright Hall, main room
4:15-5:30 pmPoster Sessions

Bronwyn Dorhofer, “Creating a Visual Identity for the UO Portland Library and Learning Commons”
Kael Moffat, “Flipping on the Cheap”
Caitlan Maxwell & Kali Stoehr, “Developing a Sustainable Model for Assessing Library Instruction”
Serin Anderson & Sara Seely, “Refining the Orbis Cascade Alliance Consortial E-book Collection”
Kathleen Stroud, “Using Online Mapping Tools for High School Students”
Chloe Horning, “Dissertation Boot Camp”
Wright Hall, second floor
5:30-6 pmBreak
6-7 pmDinnerWright Hall, dining room
7-8 pm Chapter and Board MeetingsOregon: Wright Hall, Washington: Ballard Hall
8:15-10 pmParty Wright Hall
8-9 am
October 24
Breakfast and CheckoutWright Hall, dining room
9-9:30 amLightning Talks

Roberta Richards, “Privacy and Professional Identity”
Jonathan Potter, “Why Librarians Need to Read Marshall McLuhan”
Genevieve Williams, “Closing the Gap”
Chris Ewing, “21st Century Classroom: BYOD Compatible”
Holly Luetkenhaus, “Using Concept Maps to Teach Information Literacy”
Kelly McElroy, “#critlib Twitter Chats”
Wright Hall, main room
9:30-9:45 amBreak
9:45-10:45 amKeynote: Chris BourgWright Hall, main room
10:45-11:30 amSmall Group DiscussionWright Hall
11:30 am-12 pmConference Reflection/Wrap UpWright Hall, main room

Keynote Speakers

Deborah Hicks 2014 Menuch Keynote

Deborah Hicks is a PhD candidate in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Her current research concentrates on the broad area of Library and Information Science (LIS) as a profession, with specific focus on the professional identity of librarians. She examines the discourses that information professionals working in various library settings use to describe their professional identity. Examining the identities articulated by both LIS professionals and information users helps us understand not only how information services are designed and used, but also more about the people designing and using these services.

Chris Bourg 2014 Menucha Keynote

Chris Bourg is the Assistant University Librarian (AUL) for Public Services for the Stanford University Libraries. She’s a sociologist by training, and not a “real librarian.” She loves her job and thinks this is a fascinating and important time to be involved in libraries and higher education. Other topics that may find their way onto her blog and scholarly works are: sports, music, sociology, gender and LGBT issues.


Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, near Corbett, OR, inside the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.


2014 registration is closed. See you at Menucha!

Proposal Submissions

Submit your proposal for a 2-minute lightening talk or poster presentation. Proposal deadline is September 19 and presenters will be notified by October 3.


Check out the Scholarships page for information about scholarships and eligibility.

Facilities at Menucha

Directions to Menucha are available here. 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 about and pictures of the Menucha facilities.


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 rooms are available at an extra $30 per night. Select room styles and preferences when you register.

Food & Meals

Conference registration includes meals (Thursday lunch, dinner, and party refreshments; and Friday breakfast). Special diet requests can be made at registration. The deadline for special diet requests is October 1.

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 Hannah Rempel at (541) 737-9902 or

For registration questions, contact Uta Hussong-Christian at (541) 737-7278 or or contact Yen Tran at (541) 346-8782 or