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Last call for nominations for the ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence!

Last call for nominations for the ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence!

What does the award acknowledge?

The ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence shall be given to recognize a project that demonstrates excellence in the field by significantly improving Oregon academic libraries or librarianship. Here are some reflections on the impact of receiving this award from past project winners:

Who is eligible?

  • Any individual or group in Oregon may apply or be nominated. Individuals or groups that include at least one employee of an academic library may be given priority consideration.
  • Initiative or project that is the basis of the nomination must have occurred in the previous three years.
  • This is not a lifetime achievement award.
  • ACRL-Oregon membership is NOT required.
  • Nominee or nominated group may include a member of the ACRL-Oregon Board; however they must recuse themselves from the voting process.

What does the award cover?

  • An engraved plaque
  • Recognition at the ACRL-Oregon/Washington Fall Conference
  • One paid registration for the recipient to attend the ACRL-Oregon/Washington Fall Conference

More information and past winners can be found on the ACRL-Oregon website: https://acrloregon.org/acrl-oregon-award-for-excellence/

Extended deadline! The nomination period will close at 11:59pm on September 7, 2018.

Submit a nomination now.

For questions, please contact:

Steve Silver
ACRL-Oregon President

A Critical Summer Service for Students and Community Patrons

This weekend I faced a difficult decision; one which I will likely face repeatedly for the next couple months: should I go to work? The question wasn’t really about my work obligation – I typically work during the day, Monday thru Friday. The underlying issue causing me to question a trip to work on my days off has been this heat, and how inescapable it feels. I live in the central Willamette Valley in a medium-sized apartment and, like many others with similar living arrangements throughout the state, my unit has no air conditioning. For the first day of the weekend I was able to escape the brunt of the heat, winding around breezy Newport for most of the day.

But today was Sunday, and I had writing responsibilities to take care of. All the windows were closed by 9 am and the electrical fans were on full power – it was all futile. By noon, my energy was sapped and the thought of a warm laptop anywhere near me was a sickening idea. It was already ninety degrees outside and predicted to reach a high of one-hundred. The future forecast looked just a dreary and there would be no respite any time soon. Needless to say, I lost a lot of willpower that day. I still completed my tasks, but I wasn’t able to focus in earnest until late into the evening. When I finally went to bed well past midnight, I was dismayed at how hot it still was.

As I trudged through the front doors of the library this morning, I was awash in a relieving sensation. The building’s air conditioning was already churning out cold air and it acted as a salve for my lingering temperament. Even as I sit at my desk now, the low hum of air from the ceiling vents is comforting. I know of at least one coworker who purposely works in their office space long into the night hours during the summer as a means of refuge from their own hot, non-A/C apartment, and I’m beginning to consider the same.

In all walks of librarianship, we think about the library as “place”, but in an increasingly turbulent world, libraries are increasingly seen as a place of refuge for patrons. When it comes to extreme heat or cold, our public libraries take center stage, and rightfully so. In the past couple month, there have been news articles from across the country (1, 2, 3) directing people to specific locations, many of them public libraries, as a designated places to stay cool. When an HVAC unit goes out, it becomes imperative to fix the problem so that patrons can once again utilize library services and space (4, 5).

For those of us in academia, library buildings are also a place for refuge, not just for our students, but for our communities as well. When I come to work in the morning, staff aren’t the only individuals there – typically a dozen or so students are already in the library printing off materials before their morning classes or settling in for study time. Many of those students live near campus in units without air conditioning, or even in on-campus dorms, which certainly do not have AC. Every day I see members of our community in the library as well, using computer resources, reading, or meeting. A few of our regulars will even comment on how hot it is outside, and remain in our building for as long as possible.

For all the benefits our patrons derive from academic libraries, I’ve always, incorrectly, associated the idea of refuge with public libraries – even though I was personally involved in a discussion on keeping our own library open longer hours during a heatwave last year. Upon critical reflection, refuge from the weather isn’t something we’ve advertised in the past, and I’d like to change that. This is also a call out to the academic community –Today, I plan on getting in contact with the housing division in order to distribute leaflets advertising our hours and location for refuge from the heat for all students living on campus this term. Some flyers and sandwich boards around campus should help as well.

Finally, I’d like to pose a question to our readership:

Have you ever explicitly advertised your library in a physical way (i.e. poster, leaflet, or image-based announcement) to draw in patrons to take advantage of free air conditioning (or heating)?

If so, please submit them to Christopher Mansayon with the subject line: ‘summer refuge’, and we’ll highlight/share the submissions on the ACRL-OR blog at a later date.

What I Did This Summer: Evidence-Based Practice for Medical Librarians

This post was written by Stephanie Debner, one of the recipients of an ACRL-Oregon Professional Development Scholarship this year. In this post, she reflects on the professional development opportunity that was supported with this award.

Thanks to receiving a professional development scholarship from ACRL-Oregon, well as funding from the Pacific Northwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, I was able to attend Supporting Clinical Care: An Institute in Evidence-Based Practice for Medical Librarians at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Health Sciences Library in Aurora, CO this July. This institute is an intensive three-day learning experience that focuses on the skills that health sciences/medical librarians need to support evidence-based practice. It combines large-group lectures and activities with lots of small group sessions that focus on hands-on learning and discussion.

This institute was an invaluable learning opportunity for me. I teach a class that focuses on the principles of evidence-based practice (EBP) and literature research skills in the College of Chiropractic at University of Western States. This class is the first in a series of EBP classes that the chiropractic students take, and is foundational to their understanding of EBP principles and starting to think clinically. While I had familiarized myself with the concepts that I have been teaching, this institute really allowed me to take a deep dive into the concepts and putting them into practice. My first action item for bringing this learning back to my institution is to retool this class for the next time I teach it in winter term 2019. I also expect this learning to inform changes that I make to one-shot sessions in other EBP classes.

One key focus of the institute was on critical appraisal of research evidence, with a focus on randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews. I realized that this content would be particularly valuable to bring back to the UWS library, as we work with chiropractic students who have critically appraised topic assignments in the beginning of their clinical training. I plan to develop a resource to share with my colleagues that will help us to work with students on this assignment more effectively.

Not only did I have the opportunity to learn from the institute’s tutors, many of whom have years of experience with this institute and in teaching EBP, but I also had the opportunity to learn from my fellow attendees, many of whom are experience medical or health sciences librarians. Through small group sessions and talking with colleagues who participate in systematic review teams at their institutions, I picked up tips and skills for doing better literature searches to support faculty research interests at my own institution.

An additional benefit from the institute pertains to my own teaching. Since one of the purposes of the institute is training librarians to feel comfortable in teaching EBP at their institutions, there was also a focus on modeling different teaching methods and activities to teach this content. I noted several different ideas to bring back to the classroom, particularly ways that would facilitate class participation and on-the-fly assessment of student learning. One of these ideas was lower-tech: giving each student three different emoji on half-sheets of paper that they could hold up to indicate opinions on specific questions, and that the instruction could use to facilitate conversations about those opinions. Another idea was a little more high-tech: the use of Plickers to get real-time data from students, without the need for clickers or having the students go to a specific website. Good stuff!

Many thanks to ACRL-Oregon for supporting this opportunity and to the State Library of Oregon for the matching professional development funds that doubled the funds available to me from ACRL-Oregon.


“A great opportunity to promote impactful work ”: Past ACRL-OR Awards for Excellence revisited!

The ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence recognizes a project that demonstrates excellence in the field by significantly improving Oregon academic libraries or librarianship. Help us recognize the great work of our colleagues — your nominations matter!

This year’s nominations are open! We’re checking in with past recipients to get project updates and hear what the award meant for them. The 2009 award went to the Library Faculty Association Open Access Policy at Oregon State University Libraries. We asked one of the project reps, Michael Boock, to reflect on the award and to give us an update on the status of the project.

What did receiving this award mean to you or your team?

Receiving the ACRL-OR Award for Excellence in 2009 for passing an open access policy came as a huge surprise. We were thrilled that academic librarians in Oregon not only had heard about the passage of our Library Faculty Association Open Access Policy, but that they found the project to be worthy of such an auspicious award. I can safely say, on behalf of the many, many people at OSU Libraries and Press involved in passing and implementing this policy and the college-level and institution-level policies that followed, that the award signaled its importance, not only to fellow faculty and staff within our library, but to the wider community of academic librarians across the state.

How has this project evolved or changed since receiving the award?

Constantly and extensively. The Library Faculty Association open access policy served as a model for policies passed by the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (now the College of Earth, Oceanic, and Atmospheric Sciences) and the College of Forestry over the next two years. In June 2013, OSU became the second land grant university in the country to pass a Harvard-style institution-wide open access policy. The library served in a lead role in the passage of these policies and has been responsible for their implementation. As of March 1, 2018, there are over 8,000 Oregon State University faculty articles available open access in the ScholarsArchive@OSU institutional repository. We hope that universities, libraries, students, and citizens across the state have benefited from having immediate access to this research.

What’s happening in or around our profession that you’re really excited about?

Related to this award specifically, I’m thrilled with the increase in the number of university open access policies that have been passed over the last several years across the country and the world. I’m also pleased with the increase in the number of open access journals in the LIS field, including the open access Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication whose editorial board includes several Oregon librarians.

Why should someone nominate a project for the ACRL-OR Award for Excellence?

As academic librarians, much of our work often happens behind the scenes. This award provides a great opportunity to identify and promote some of the impactful but not always well-recognized, work of our colleagues on behalf of our patrons.    
More information on the nomination process and past winners can be found on the ACRL-Oregon website. The nomination period closes at 11:59pm on August 31, 2018.

Interview with Faye Chadwell, Oregon State University

Photo of Faye Chadwell with dog Tilley

Faye Chadwell, Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and OSU Press Director

Tell us a little bit about your work background.

My career as an academic/research librarian began 30 years ago this August at the University of South Carolina though I’ve worked in libraries since my undergraduate years at Appalachian State University (Boone, NC).  As a young undergraduate student worker, I used to tell the folks at Appalachian State that I always wanted to come back there and be the dean.  Well, that didn’t happen but I did manage to reach my goal of being the university librarian at Oregon State.

Once there was a glimmer of aspiration that I might move on from my course of study in English (with a BA and MA) to get a PhD. I taught composition and  introduction to literature, grammar, technical writing at the university and community college level—plus a stint a high school. Librarianship came calling so I answered. Most of my career has been spent at two terrific Oregon research libraries—more than 10 years at Oregon State University preceded by 12 at the University of Oregon.  As a librarian, I started out as a pretty typical reference librarian with collection development and instruction responsibilities in my areas of strength—American and British literature but I also covered linguistics, folklore, and psychology. My love for collection development work led to a promotion as the social science bibliographer and then from there I took department head positions emphasizing collection development and acquisitions. I came into my role as a CD head as the world of collections and acquisitions was transitioning rapidly to electronic.

Throughout my career, I’ve been very involved in professional associations but didn’t take a traditional academic librarian route for my service commitments.  I was chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee in OLA and eventually elected as OLA’s president. Within ALA,  I chaired the GLBT Round Table Book Awards Committee and the Round Table itself.  ALCTS was also my home for many years because of the collections connection but in the last several years, I’ve been more involved in ACRL, leading up to my recent election to the ACRL Board.

What has been the best thing that has happened to you since you started your position?

I couldn’t have been prouder than when I was selected as OSU’s university librarian and director of the OSU Press.  The folks I work with at OSULP are among the best in the country.  In my opinion, the university librarian is supposed to support the success of her staff and the good ideas for programs and services they bring forth. So, there have been many “best things” but they haven’t happened to me so much as they have happened to OSU Libraries.  On an individual basis, I think being selected and supported to participate in the UCLA Senior Fellows for Library and Information Science as a an AUL has to be among the best things. I actually attended as an AUL who was moving into an interim UL position after the 3-week experience.  The coursework, nationally known speakers, etc. were good, but the network of peers and close friends I developed has proven invaluable to me in so many ways.  When I need to chat about issues, share ideas, or compare notes, I can rely on this group for support and feedback.  That kind of support network is a necessity for library leaders, especially emerging leaders.

What would you like Oregon academic librarians to know about you?

Personal stuff that I am comfortable sharing: I have been out as a lesbian since I was a teenager. Having grown up in North Carolina, being out wasn’t always easy but I wouldn’t know how else to be in the world.  My partner (since 2000) and I are getting married this summer.  Though no blushing bride, I am pretty excited.  When not working I love to pursue outdoor activities, travel, cook and eat well. One outdoor activity I am still happy to be pursuing is competitive women’s softball at the senior women’s level.  And of course, I’m a voracious reader who typically has 2-3 books going at a time.  In fact I’ve been reviewing books for Library Journal since 1989, mostly fiction by international women writers and occasionally non-fiction titles about women in science.

When you run for ACRL Board, they ask candidates to describe themselves in 3 words.  I chose thoughtful, determined, and fair-minded.  Other folks who know me might add competitive, “tough but fair,” loyal, frank, and great in a crisis.  Apparently many co-workers think I’m a fast walker so that was amusing to learn.

What is the biggest challenge facing your library in the upcoming year?

Again, it’s hard to pick one. Like so many academic and research librarians, we face budgetary challenges every year.  I’ve been proud that the library’s administrative team has managed to acquire about $1.5 million in new, recurring $$$ in the last 3-5 years but it’s never enough to provide adequate resources for all we do or want to do. We also endured some retirements among our support staff positions so we are onboarding a number of new staff. It’s exciting to begin working with new folks, but these kinds of transition take time and energy. One big challenge that I would deem positive: the development and  implementation of a new strategic plan.  Finally, the sociopolitical and cultural environment we are enduring right now is taking its toll.  It will be important for us to figure out how to keep ourselves motivated in the face of ongoing challenges that yield negative impacts on earlier social and political progress we had made in this country.  No one likes taking one step forward and two steps backward.

What would you like Oregon academic librarians to know about your institution?

It’d be cheeky and boastful to say we are the best academic library in the state, right? Okay that’s the competitive streak I mentioned above coming out.  Instead, let me say that I worked my first dozen years at the University of Oregon Libraries which is a wonderful organization.  However, I never knew all the fantastic work—research, teaching, and outreach and engagement going on at Oregon State. We are the best kept secret in Oregon higher education—too humble for our own good sometimes.  I did the research when I interviewed at OSU for the Associate University Librarian position so I knew about the innovative work in multiple areas, but after beginning to work here, I was blown away on a regular basis by my colleagues’ creativity, service commitment, and engagement on campus and in the profession.

What does advocacy for academic libraries look like from your perspective as a library director?

Everyone in an academic library can be an advocate for academic libraries.  There are activities that we all should pursue no matter what our role or position.  For instance, contacting legislators about funding higher education issues because this has an impact on us and/or our constituents.

To be a good advocate, I think you need to do your homework and be prepared. It’s wonderful to be passionate and to be able to tell a good story, but some audiences need and require data. The folks in various units and departments at OSU Libraries are well-positioned to provide great data for me to present in my role to the University Administration.  So in that regard, we all share some responsibilities for advocating on our behalf.

I’m presently the ACRL liaison to the ALA Advocacy Coordinating Group.  We were just discussing how advocacy works for different types of libraries.  I think that advocacy messages do need to be customized but we also need to remember to advocate for all libraries. We are connected and what happens within one arena affects another.  For example, the dearth of school librarians in Oregon has impact on public and academic librarians’ work.  There’s always going to be a learning curve to move from high school to a larger academic library, but I believe children from communities with strong school librarians can have a leg up on others.  We in academic libraries advocate for changes in the scholarly communication ecosystem.  That might be motivated by costs but it’s also motivated by a commitment to broad and affordable (if not free) access for readers to research results paid for by citizens.

Embark on the path to leadership as an ALA or Council Committee Intern!

Ready to climb the leadership ladder within ALA?  Interested in increasing your involvement with the Association?  Not sure where to start?

Embark on the path to leadership as an ALA or Council Committee Intern. Join ALA’s Training, Orientation & Leadership Development Committee (TOLD) to learn more about the application process, expectations and benefits of participation. Members of the ALA TOLD Committee, current Interns and Intern program alumni will share their experiences, application tips and more at the Your path to ALA leadership! ALA & Council Intern Discussion Group at 2018 ALA Annual.

9-10 a.m., Sunday, June 24
Morial Convention Center, Rm 210

Sign-up for this session on the 2018 Annual Conference Scheduler at ALA & Council Intern Discussion Group.

Follow TOLD on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ALA_told

Submit a Proposal for a Lightning Talk or Poster

Please consider submitting a proposal to present an 8-minute lightning talk or a poster for the ACRL-OR/WA Joint Conference on October 25-26, 2018 at Menucha.


The theme of this year’s conference is “Reimagining Advocacy: Personal, Professional, and Political.” Advocacy means so much more than just lobbying the government or our elected representatives (though it is that too!). 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.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 31st, 2018.  Accepted proposals will be notified by Friday, September 14, 2018 and the conference registration deadline is October 1, 2018.

Please contribute to our two days of insightful and thought-provoking conversations at Menucha by submitting a proposal!

ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship: Reflections from ARLIS/NA 2018

As a new library director at Pacific Northwest College of Art, a small, independent art college, it’s essential to my college and my professional development that I am able to attend the annual conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA). Adjacent to the conference, there is an annual meeting of library directors from the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD), a consortium of 42 art schools in the US and Canada. This year’s ACRL-Oregon Professional Development award supported my attendance at this preeminent conference for librarians in my field and allowed me to meet up with other AICAD Directors. In addition, it was my goal to eat as much New York pizza as possible, as I believe it is superior to all other pizza.  

My first day in New York was the AICAD library directors’ meeting at the School of Visual Arts library. I met several colleagues for the first time and we discussed timely issues to our communities including diversity and inclusion initiatives, overdue fines, our annual data reports, budgets, and future projects. It was enlightening and validating to speak with other directors, many of whom experience similar challenges in their institutions.

From there, I raced to Midtown to the conference hotel to attend the workshop, “From the Margins to the Center: Cultivating a Critical, Reflective, and Radical Practice in Art Librarianship,” lead by librarians from around the country who have been influential in incorporating critical pedagogy into library instruction. At PNCA we have been seeking more ways to include social justice work in every aspect of library services; this workshop allowed us to reflect on our current practices, what we seek for the future, and how best to serve our community. By the end of Sunday, I had eaten four slices of pizza.

The next day, the full conference began and I attended an interesting session on “Crashing the IR Party: Artists as scholars in Institutional Repositories.” My library developed, maintains, and acquires work by our community for our institutional repository, Mimi. Each presenter shared their challenges and triumphs in their varied experiences and I was most particularly interested in discussions around how to achieve buy-in from stakeholders. It seems that more institutions are collecting scholarship by artists and seeing how different platforms handle visual media was very informational.

Next, I attended a meeting of the Book Arts Special Interest Group, a new one for me. I was interested in hearing how other libraries and museums collect and provide access to artists’ publications in all forms. We discussed cataloging, acquisitions, and housing these collections as well. I got to see one of my favorite booksellers and artists, Marshall Weber, Collection Development Curator & Artist at Booklyn. This organization supports artists and activists and provides exhibition space in New York.

In 2017, a task force was formed to update the “Information Competencies for Students in Design Disciplines,” and Linden How, my coworker at PNCA, joined this group. At the conference she presented their recent iteration of this document that drew from the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy and the ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. In this workshop format, we provided feedback and asked questions. I am excited that this work is being done and look forward to seeing the new competencies next year. Today’s pizza slice count: 2.

Between sessions, I perused the posters including an interesting one about pest management and disaster planning. I visited the vendor hall and purchased a few excellent titles from Purgatory Pie Press. They make artists’ publications that take a variety of physical forms and utilize diverse printmaking techniques, and which make great teaching tools. (I have already shared these publications twice with students and will be presenting them to the PNCA Alumni Council in June!)

Next, I moderated a session for my group, the Public Policy Committee (PPC), entitled “Libraries Resist!” where librarians from across the country shared how their programming, students, and exhibitions participate in activism. The session was heavily attended and a lively discussion followed. I was proud to represent the PPC and moderate a session that challenges the way libraries, librarians, and institutions engage in resistance to threats to our professional values and ethics. Among other activities, the PPC “monitors governmental activities affecting art libraries and visual resources collections; drafts position statements on legislative issues consistent with ARLIS/NA’s interests for review and action by the Executive Board… and educates the membership on these issues.” You can find the PPC’s monthly News Alerts (of which I am the new editor) here: https://arlisna.org/news/public-policy-news-alerts I only ate one slice of pizza today, but it was really good.

Workshop of Robert Campin, Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece), 1427-32, Oil on oak

Workshop of Robert Campin, Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece), 1427-32, Oil on oak. The Cloisters Collection, 1956. Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

After an enriching and busy conference, I spent a personal day at the Met Cloisters, the arm of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that is “dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe,” and houses the famous Unicorn Tapestries and several illustrated manuscripts including the The Belles Heures of Jean de France, duc de Berry. I finally fulfilled a lifelong dream to spend a day with the treasures of the Cloisters, especially the Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece), by the workshop of Robert Campin. It is an exquisite example of early Netherlandish painting and I have spent years studying it; It was an unforgettable event to see it in person. Pizza slices eaten: 0, but I did eat many dumplings.

For more information about ACRL-OR’s professional development scholarship, contact us at acrlor@olaweb.org


Summer Reading: Reflection and Renewal

The summer can be a useful time for self-reflection, planning, and renewal. Perhaps one of these books from the State Library’s Library and Information Science collection can inspire you. Why not request one and find out?

Book covers collage

The Library and Information Science collection is supported in whole by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act.

Library and Information Science Collection LogoThe collection is meant to support the entire Oregon library community. The State Library welcomes suggestions – contact them to suggest a title.

Registration Open for ACRL-OR/WA Joint Conference

ACRL-Oregon is please to announce that registration is open for the annual Joint Fall Conference at Menucha!  Join your Oregon and Washington colleagues to explore “Reimagining Advocacy: Personal, Professional, Political” on October 25th and 26th, 2018.

The submission period for lightening talks and poster presentations will be open soon so look for an upcoming announcement!  We look forward to hearing about the many creative ways you explore advocacy in your work.

Be sure to check out the information about this year’s pre-conference as well as keynote speakers and programming.  Scholarship applications will be open in August.

Information on registration, accommodations, and upcoming proposal submissions will be available on the Conference website.

See you at Menucha!

Steve Silver
ACRL-OR President
Northwest Christian University