Menucha 2018, October 25-26: Reimagining Advocacy: Personal, Professional, Political

Crowd at ACRL-OR/ACRL-WA Joint Conference, Menucha 2018

What does advocacy mean? Simply put, advocacy is any activity designed to influence decisions. As librarians, we are often advocate 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 local level when we advocate for the needs of a particular population our library serves or for changes to services/collections that better meet our users’ needs. 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 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.

October 25: Open Education Advocates: Library Impact and OER Initiatives 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: The Open Educational Resources (OER) preconference session will leverage the ACRL-OR/WA Join Conference audience 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! Facilitated by Amy Hofer, Statewide Open Education Library Services Coordinator, Open Oregon Educational Resources

Conference Schedule

11 am-12 pm
October 25
Check-inWright Hall, lobby
11:50 am-12 pm
Introduction to MenuchaWright Hall,
main room
12-1 pm
LunchWright Hall,
dining hall
1-1:20 pm
Welcome and Introductions  

ACRL-OR Award for Excellence Presentation
Wright Hall,
main room
1:20-2:20 pm
Keynote: Loida Garcia-FeboWright Hall,
main room
2:20-2:35 pmBreak
2:35-3:35 pmLightning Talks

Amy Hoffer, “OER Pre-Conference Report-out
Colleen Sanders, “Dispatch from the Race and Pedagogy National Conference: A Critical Check-in
Katherine Curtis & Eli Gandour-Rood, “Advocating for Undervalued Voices: Zines as Participatory Pedagogy
Roberto A. Arteaga & Christine M. Moeller, “Pedagogy as a Form of Advocacy
Wright Hall,
main room
3:25-4:30 pmDeveloping an Elevator Pitch with Amanda DaltonWright Hall,
main room
4:30-5 pmBreak
5-6 pmPoster Sessions Happy Hour

Rachel Bridgewater, “Copyright First Responders Pacific Northwest
Elliott Stevens, Emilie Vrbancic & Whitney Buccicone, “That’s inappropriate!”: Beginning a Conversation about Harassment in Libraries
Chelsea Nesvig, “Learning with International Students: (Annual) Conversations with Campus Library Staff
Kael Moffat, “Questioning Whiteness in the Library”
Carolina Hernandez, “Oregon Digital Newspaper Program: A Model for Successful Advocacy”
Heidi Senior & Jane Scott, “Clark Library Ethics Project: Advocacy for Roles and Values
Olivia Hancock, “Advocating for early-career professionals as an early-career librarian
Elaine Goff & Andy Lufthus, “Advocating for the Underserved”
Dan Mandeville, “The Accidental Tour Guide: Study Abroad as an Opportunity for Libraries Advocacy
Nicole Gustavsen, Alyssa Berger & Penelope Wood, “Feminist Co-Mentoring as Advocacy: Collaborative Reflective Practice for Improved STEM Data Literacy Instruction
Creevy Commons
6-7 pmDinnerWright Hall,
dining hall
7-8 pmChapter and Board MeetingsOregon: Wright Hall, Washington: Ballard Hall
8:15-10 pmPartyWright Hall
8-9 am
October 26
Breakfast and CheckoutWriting Hall, dining room
9-9:45 amLightning Talks  

Alaina Bull & Johanna Jacobsen Kiciman, “Book Clubs as Advocacy: Reading for Social Justice
Kim Olson-Charles, “Pitching a New Program: Engaging Campus and Student Affairs
Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen, “Building an OER culture from within
Jeff Staiger, “Retrograde or Radical?: Advocating for the Future Integrity of the Collection
Wright Hall
9:45-10 amBreak
10-11 amKeynote:  Irene HeroldWright Hall, main room
11-11:30 amElevator Pitch Speed DatingWright Hall
11:30 am-12 pmConference Reflection/Wrap UpWright Hall, main room

Keynote Speakers

Loida Garcia Febo 2018 Keynote Speaker

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 non-profit that seeks to enhance the education of communities, library users, students, and information professionals from minority groups in the United States and in developing countries. In addition to serving academic, public, school, and special libraries in Puerto Rico and Queens, she has taught in 21 countries and has advocated on behalf of libraries at the United Nations, U.S. Congress, NYC City Hall, NY State Senate, and on the streets and sidewalks of New York.

Irene M. H. Herold is the librarian at the College of Wooster, 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. 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.


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

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2018 registration is closed. See you at Menucha!

Proposal Submissions

Submit your proposal for an 8-minute lightening talk or poster presentation. Proposal deadline is August 31 and presenters will be notified by September 14.


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 Steve Silver at (541) 684-7237 or

For registration questions, contact Angie Beiriger at (503) 459-4622 or or contact Stephanie Debner at (503) 206-3202 or