Menucha 2016, October 27-28: Enhancing Creativity and Turning Inspiration Into Reality

Creativity is a vital ingredient in our ongoing efforts to keep academic library services and resources relevant to our users; it inspires us to undertake incremental change and push for sea change. Join your Oregon and Washington colleagues to explore how to support and foster creativity and creative environments, and be inspired by Pacific Northwest colleagues who are implementing some creative ideas.

October 27: Collaboration and Cross-Pollination: Creative Solutions to OER Challenges Pre-Conference

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 general conference registration form.

Location: Creevy Commons

About: Attendees will be invited to briefly share OER work in lightning talks, challenges will be identified, and together we will develop creative ideas to bring home. Join us for a morning of community-building among Pacific Northwest library leaders in the OER movement! Facilitated by Chelle Batchelor Coordinator fo Access Services, University of Washington, and Amy Hofer, Statewide Open Education Library Services Coordinator, Open Oregon Educational Resources. Presenters include Claire Dannenbaum, Jen Klaudinyi, Jennifer Lantrip, Jane Sandberg, Peter Smith, Jennifer Snoek-Brown, and Ben Tucker.

Conference Schedule

11 am-12 pm
October 27
Check-inWright Hall, lobby
11:50 am-12 pm Introduction to MenuchaWright Hall, main room
12-1 pmLunchWriting Hall, dining room
1-1:15 pmWelcome and IntroductionsWright Hall, main room
1:15-2:15 pmKeynote: Lauren PressleyWright Hall, main room
2:15-2:30 pmBreak
2:30-3:25 pmLightning Talks

Deborah Moore, “Creative Collaborations for OER
Alaina C. Bull, “The Million Dollar Question: What Are Best Practices for Designing Library Learning Space?”
Stacy Taylor, “Snapchat in Academic Libraries: Engaging Students 10 Seconds at a Time”
Chelsea Leachman, “Integrating Information Literacy into Discipline Specific Tools
3:25-3:30 pmACRL-OR Award for Excellence PresentationWright Hall, main room
3:30-4:30 pm Small Group ActivityWright Hall
4:30-5 pmBreak
5-6 pmPoster Sessions Happy Hour

Sarah Nolan & Kerry Leek, “When Art Meets the LC Classification System
Rebekah Dalby, “1-2-3 Collaborate: An OPEN Door to Deeper Librarian/Faculty Partnerships
Sarah Schroeder, “Creative Alternatives to the Database Demonstration
Suzan Parker; Laura Dimmit; Leslie Hurst; Chelsea Nesvig, “Please Touch the Art: Building a Mobile Artist’s Books Collection to Inspire Student Creativity” (handout)
Tatiana Bryant, “How do #BlackLivesMatter in the DPLA?
Laurie Bridges & Kelly McElroy, “Information and Global Social Justice: 2 OSU Librarians Leading Short-Term Study Abroad” (handout)
Amelia Klaus, “Fostering Creativity: A Creative Corner for Library Staff
Dan Kelley, “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Ielleen Miller & Caitlin Bagley, “Information Literacy Stone Soup: Creating Vital Collaboration between Librarians and Compositionists
Laura Nagel, “Creative Collaboration, or How to Organize Six Events and One National Exhibit in 30 Days
Nono Burling & Art Hendricks, “Spark morphs into QuestionPoint. A software comparison and an opportunity for Q&A
Gabriela Martinez Mercier, “Inspiration-to-Practice”
Creevy Commons
6-7 pmDinnerWright Hall, dining room
7-8 pmChapter and Board MeetingsOregon: Wright Hall, Washington: Ballard Hall
8:15-10 pm PartyWright Hall
8-9 am
October 28
Breakfast and CheckoutWright Hall, dining room
9-9:40 amLightning Talks

Reed Garber-Pearson, “Motivating Student Learning Online
Maggie Faber, “Developing a Choose Your Own Adventure-style Information Literacy Tutorial
Erin Hvizdak & Nicholas Schiller, “Moving from Overconfidence and Apprehension to Satisfaction: Help-seeking Behavior of New Students at WSU Libraries
Wright Hall, main room
9:40-9:50 amBreak
9:50-10:50 amKeynote:  Hannah Gascho RempelWright Hall, main room
10:50-11:30 amSmall Group ActivityWright Hall
11:30 am-12 pmConference Reflection/Wrap UpWright Hall, main room

Keynote Speakers

Lauren Pressley 2016 Keynote

Lauren Pressley is the Director of the University of Washington Tacoma Library and Associate Dean of University Libraries. She regularly publishes and presents on formal and informal learning, the evolving information environment, and the future of libraries. In particular, she focuses on making a vision for the future of the library a reality through sustainable and collaborative organizational change. Lauren has been recognized with a Distinguished Alumni Early Career Award from the UNC-Greensboro, School of Education, as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker, and as an ALA Emerging Leader. Lauren recently participated in the 2014 UCLA Senior Fellows Program.

Hannah Gascho Rempel 2016 Keynote

Hannah Gascho Rempel is a Science Librarian and the Coordinator for Graduate Student Success at Oregon State University Libraries and Press. At Oregon State, she has led the development of OSU Libraries’ services for graduate students and has been deeply involved in the libraries’ Teaching and Engagement Department’s transition to a more strategic focus on learner-centered instruction activities. Her research focuses on research behaviors and curiosity, the intersection of technology use and learning, and providing library services that help promote graduate student success.


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

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2016 registration is closed. See you at Menucha!

Proposal Submissions

Submit your proposal for a 10-minute lightening talk or poster presentation. Proposal deadline is August 7 and presenters will be notified by August 21.


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 Uta Hussong-Christian at (541) 737-7278 or

For registration questions, contact Garrett Trott at (503) 589-8116 or or contact Arlene Weible at (503) 378-5020 or