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How We Work During the Pandemic: Amy Stanforth

Hello ACRL-Oregon members! During this pandemic, the way we all work and serve our patrons has radically changed. Inspired by the bloggers at ACRLog, we thought we’d provide a window into how some of your Oregon colleagues are managing during this time. During this week, we’ll be posting several blog posts from members of the ACRL-Oregon Board. We’d also love to hear from you! If you’d like to share your experiences on the blog, please feel free to email Meredith Farkas and respond to any or all of the following prompts:

  • What’s the situation at your institution, at the time of writing?
  • What is your day-to-day look like on the job right now?
  • What has surprised you most about library work during this crisis?
  • What has surprised you most about library work during this crisis?

Our third post is from Amy Stanforth, Research & Instruction Librarian at Portland State University and ACRL-Oregon Board Member.

What’s the situation at your institution, at the time of writing?

We are currently in Week 10, so we are in the sweet spot of reflecting on our work over the past few months and making informed decisions about how to move forward.  Some of the things we are reflecting on include serving our various populations.  I’m reflecting on our students  who are in a forced remote environment and supporting them as they learn new ways to engage with learning materials and connect with other students. How to sustain a sense of campus culture and connect them to the services they need both on and off campus?  We are serving faculty through the transition to online learning and as they plan for remote summer classes and possibly fall classes as well.  Additionally, as a large, urban institution located in a downtown core, we are serving the community and our housing and food insecure patrons who rely on us for safe and clean spaces.  We are finding the balance between learning from our experiences and anticipating upcoming changes, which seem to shift with every week that goes by. 

What is your day-to-day look like on the job right now?

Each day initially feels the same for me.  I wake up, have coffee and make my way to my makeshift office – which is currently set up in my garden shed, and start running through my emails.  However, so much has changed in terms of meetings being online, finding ways to engage students with remote instruction, and trying to anticipate the changing needs of the campus community.  I’ve had to step outside of my comfort zone and find new ways to reach out to my colleagues.  I can be pretty chatty and have always used that trait to engage with my colleagues about brewing ideas for our work.  I’ve had to translate my chatty ideas into concise words and send them in emails.  Additionally, it’s been tough to gauge how my coworkers are doing, what their capacity is, and trying to be mindful of each person’s circumstances as they deal with Covid, and Covid-related impacts, both at work and at home.

What has surprised you most about library work during this crisis?

I’ll take a different approach here and say what hasn’t surprised me, and that is the continued dedication, care, and support of our faculty, staff, and community to the success of our students.  And the reciprocal dedication, care, and support of our students for the PSU community.

How We Work During the Pandemic: Meredith Farkas

Hello ACRL-Oregon members! During this pandemic, the way we all work and serve our patrons has radically changed. Inspired by the bloggers at ACRLog, we thought we’d provide a window into how some of your Oregon colleagues are managing during this time. During this week, we’ll be posting several blog posts from members of the ACRL-Oregon Board. We’d also love to hear from you! If you’d like to share your experiences on the blog, please feel free to email Meredith Farkas and respond to any or all of the following prompts:

  • What’s the situation at your institution, at the time of writing?
  • What is your day-to-day look like on the job right now?
  • What has surprised you most about library work during this crisis?
  • What has surprised you most about library work during this crisis?

Our second post is from Meredith Farkas, Faculty Librarian at Portland Community College and ACRL-Oregon Past-President.

What’s the situation at your institution, at the time of writing?

Like a lot of places, everything felt like it was happening way too slowly and then suddenly moved way too fast. We learned late on the night of Tuesday March 18th that the campus would be closing at the end of the day on Friday and then received an email at 5am Wednesday saying that each campus library would be closing at noon that very day. I’m so relieved I had the presence of mind to run to work that morning and grab my desk chair, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and other office supplies. The speed of everything unfortunately left us no time to get faculty to grab and/or scan their reserve materials or to get any equipment other than our laptops parceled out. The libraries have been fully closed since then and we are not even supposed to visit campus (my campus has a locked gate!) so there is no access to our physical collection. We are definitely going to stay closed over the summer and our College President has said that we’ll be mostly remote for Fall, though that is open to revision if conditions change. 

My colleagues in the Library did a fantastic job of quickly moving to support faculty teaching online with documentation, training, resources, collections, and teaching. In the midst of the upheaval in our own lives, everyone pulled together beautifully to support faculty (and, by extension, our students) as they moved their courses online. It was inspiring.

What is your day-to-day look like on the job right now?

It took me a long time to setting into a sane routine. The first few weeks, I was so busy supporting library faculty and disciplinary faculty with online teaching that I was basically working from dawn to dusk and ignoring my family. Having taught online in various contexts since 2005, I wanted to share as much knowledge and provide as much support as I could. But I was totally burnt out by week 2 of the term. Now, I’ve found a better balance and one that gives me the flexibility to support my son’s learning as well (he’s in 5th grade and wow, elementary school remote teaching is a MESS!). I try to work relatively close to the hours that I worked pre-COVID-19, though work and life are definitely bleeding into each other a lot more — setting boundaries is tough! I embedded in a lot of classes this term — probably more than I should have — and built a lot of interactive tutorials to support specific classes. I’ve been using Google Forms to make them (here are some examples) which is deeply unfancy, but allows faculty to make their own copy and tailor it to their context. 

At PCC, I work in cubicle-land and I’ve been shocked by how much I miss it, mainly because I miss chatting with my incredible colleagues. We’ve been using Slack as a virtual chat tool, but it’s not the same. These days, my work chats tend to involve my son running into the room with “important” things he needs to tell me like “did you know that as recently as 500 years ago, there was a land bridge connecting Sri Lanka and India?” 

How have you kept communication going with students, faculty, or other users?

I’ve been sending a lot more emails to faculty than I normally would. Usually, I market instruction via our campus listserv at the start of the term. We didn’t hear from a lot of the faculty we usually collaborate with because they were so overwhelmed that they didn’t even have the bandwidth to ask for help (a good reminder of what happens to our students when they get overwhelmed!). So a couple of weeks in, I sent individual emails to each of the instructors we’ve worked with over the past two years and heard from a lot more people. In terms of keeping in touch with students, we’re mostly at the mercy of faculty. I sent faculty and other student support units a boilerplate email to send to students describing some of our most important services that are available. Last January, I convinced my colleagues to pilot offering bookable research help appointments face-to-face and via web conferencing for Spring. When colleges and universities started closing, I felt so grateful that we’d already done the legwork getting that service up and running. My colleagues and I are embedded in an absolute ton of classes this term, so that’s the main way we communicate with students beyond when they seek help from us.

What has surprised you most about library work during this crisis?

I’ve been most surprised by my own lack of mental bandwidth. Since March, I have really struggled with staying focused and tracking on things. My attention span is fractured, my memory is fuzzy, and I feel constantly worried that I’m missing something. I’m usually a really organized person who thrives when I have a clear to-do list with deadlines. Only very recently have I even had the wherewithal to go back to using my to-do list app. If someone like me who has a ton of experience teaching online has been thrown off this much, I can only imagine what it’s like for most of our faculty who have never taught online before (and, in many cases, never wanted to). I’m only just now beginning to feel like myself again.

How We Work During the Pandemic: Candise Branum

Hello ACRL-Oregon members! During this pandemic, the way we all work and serve our patrons has radically changed. Inspired by the bloggers at ACRLog, we thought we’d provide a window into how some of your Oregon colleagues are managing during this time. During this week, we’ll be posting several blog posts from members of the ACRL-Oregon Board. We’d also love to hear from you! If you’d like to share your experiences on the blog, please feel free to email Meredith Farkas and respond to any or all of the following prompts:

  • What’s the situation at your institution, at the time of writing?
  • What is your day-to-day look like on the job right now?
  • How have you kept communication going with students, faculty, or other users?
  • What has surprised you most about library work during this crisis?

Here’s our first post from ACRL-Oregon President and Oregon College of Oriental Medicine Director, Candise Branum

What’s the situation at your institution, at the time of writing?

Like most other higher education institutions in Oregon, our campus is closed and we’ve transitioned to completely online education, and with very few exceptions, everyone is working remotely. For the college, this is pretty challenging because a huge part of our curriculum is clinical education. Moving didactic classes is fine, but any hands-on classes are either being delayed or having to rethink how to get students the necessary experience. Our clinics were also closed, and some of the clinical staff laid off. The college is pivoting to telemedicine, which is actually a great skill for students to have. But Traditional Chinese Medicine is so much about personal connection and touch that I think many students are having a really hard time believing that they are getting the education required to do this work, and also just missing their community. I know medical schools are looking at different ways they can reopen clinical education so students can get these skills and still graduate, and we’re still waiting for those guidelines to come out.

What is your day-to-day look like on the job right now?

The first month I felt like I was just in crisis mode, trying to get the textbooks and materials needed for our faculty and students, setting up online services, and creating administrative plans around all of this. I’m finally starting to feel like I have a handle on this and things are settling in, but I’m definitely still feeling a lot of anxiety. Especially as a library director who gets to make the decision on what services to offer and when to reopen, every day I’m thinking about what the infection numbers in Multnomah County look like, looking at what others are doing, and just trying to keep my staff safe. I created a staged reopening plan, but I still have a lot of questions and concerns, and it is honestly stressful. 

The other day, Meredith asked on Twitter if people had taken time off work since the pandemic had closed us all down, and I realized that besides cutting out of work 2-hours early to get a head start on binge-watching the final season of She-Ra, I haven’t taken a single day off. I’ve been working longer hours and have been more focused from home than I ever had on campus. My partner sometimes comes into my “office” and says, “Break time! Right now!!” because I have a hard time stepping away from my desk. Everything has seemed like an emergency and time sensitive, so it has been really powerful to be able to finally say, “No. This can wait 5-10 minutes.” I’ve been doing logic puzzles on my breaks, which feels much better than reading news or scrolling through Twitter.

Right now, I’m staffing our virtual reference desk about 8 hours per week, gearing up to teach my first synchronous online class (via Zoom), and doing all the other day-to-day work I would generally do, only my office mates have been replaced by my lazy dog. I’ve been pretty much tied to my computer. All computing, all day. I realized the other day that my legs were cramping up from being at my desk and not getting the chance to walk around campus. So I’ve been taking bike rides after work, which feels so good and is also a good way to transition from “work brain” to “home brain.” 

How have you kept communication going with students, faculty, or other users?

We use the regular channels, like posting on our SIS / course management system, and on our website. OCOM is also holding weekly student town halls, and staff members are invited to that. That is actually nice, because when there are breakout sessions and whatnot, the staff are in those groups with students. 

But honestly, the most engagement we have is through our social media. We’ve started making weekly videos. Right now we are talking about services and providing walkthroughs, but eventually we’d like to do fun stuff like talking about what books we are reading or what we are watching on Netflix. We’ve also bumped our Newsletter up to be weekly. Our Newsletter already had really high stats, and we are seeing this continue even with a weekly newsletter.

What has surprised you most about library work during this crisis?

The OCOM community in general is not what you would call, “Comfortable with technology.” So the ability for our faculty (some who were still on dial up!) and students to be able to pivot to online learning is pretty impressive. One thing that has surprised me is the ability to transform from a community that definitely includes technophobes to a normalcy of online education. It does make me wonder how this will change the delivery of our curriculum in the future.

I genuinely miss our students and my colleagues. I’m mostly an introvert and can totally get by without seeing others, but on campus, I didn’t have my own office. Instead, all of the library staff shared an office, so I generally worked beside at least one other person per day, as well as the student workers who would come by the office to chat. But also, I am so much more productive working from home. Students aren’t stopping by my office, and I’m not chatting with my coworkers about the movies we watched this weekend. I really miss those things. But also it makes me think that once this is all over, everyone who wants to should be able to work from home at least once per week. I don’t have kids, and I know it is really different for parents with their children home. But for me, right now: It is so quiet here. I can hear a bird chirping outside my window and the hum of my computer. I feel centered. For me, I think working from home once a week could be a really nice way of rebooting and focusing in a way that just doesn’t happen for me on a noisy campus.

ACRL Oregon Professional Development Remote Scholarship Winners

The ACRL-OR  is pleased to announce the winners of the E-Learning Professional Development Scholarship.  The E-Learning Scholarship was created in response to conference cancellations due to Covid-19 and is designed to support remote learning opportunities for librarians.  Thanks to a matching-fund grant from the State Library of Oregon, ACRL-OR awarded 8 scholarships of up to $175 each to the following individuals

Congratulations to each of the winners. We look forward to learning more about your experiences.  


Interview with Jeopardy! Winner (& Academic Librarian) Veronica Vichit-Vadakan

Academic librarian Veronica Vichit-Vadakan is a jack of all trades. Systems Librarian at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and Part-Time Reference Librarian at WSU Vancouver, Veronica also puts in hours at the NW Film Center and fosters kittens. Mushroom forager, pie aficionado, chocolatier, and overall renaissance woman, this past January, Veronica added another accolade to her repertoire: Jeopardy! Champ. Veronica went on a 4-day winning streak, raking in a whopping $90,001 and charming the nation in the process.

The following interview was originally conducted by Beth Howlett at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and has been edited for length.

Photo of Veronica Vichit-Vadakan with Alex Trebek

Veronica Vichit-Vadakan with Alex Trebek (Photo by Jeopardy! Productions, Inc.)

When did you start being a Jeopardy! fan?

I watched Jeopardy! when it first came back on the air in the 80s in grade school. In high school, I was a total Jeopardy! nerd, I watched every episode, followed along and tracked my answers. We had a teacher in high school who was also a big fan; he would arrange Jeopardy! tournaments every year, and one year I won! That was very exciting, but once I went off to college, I stopped watching. I didn’t watch it for probably 20+ years except for here and there if it happened to be on, but I was not a regular watcher.

What was the qualification process like?

When a friend suggested that I take the test, I hadn’t thought about Jeopardy! in many many years, but I thought, “Sure why not?”  The test is an online test of 50 questions. They do the tests once a year, and that’s it — that’s your opportunity to be on Jeopardy! The questions are a lot like the questions you would see on the show. They don’t tell you how you did and you don’t have to answer in the form of a question for the online test, which is good because you don’t have that much time — you only have 10 seconds for each question.

In between the test and the show there is an audition. The online test happened in January, and then that summer, I heard that I was invited for an audition. Luckily, the auditions were in Portland; they spread them out to different cities across the country and then they change them every year. They try to shift it around so that everyone gets a chance to be close to an audition city. The year that I took the test, just coincidentally, the audition city happened to be Portland. I got the call to audition about 4 months after I took the test.

Once you do the audition, you are in the contestant pool for 18 months — anytime between the time you audition and 18 months they might call you. For me it was about 16 months when they called me. I didn’t think I was going to be on the show and then at the last minute, I was. They give you four weeks notice… that’s enough time to buy a reasonably priced ticket to LA, get things in order to get time off work and stuff like that, but it’s not a ton of time.

How did you prepare for the show?

In between the time that I auditioned and the time that I was on the show, I hadn’t been watching the show for decades and even after I took the online test I still hadn’t really watched the show. So I started watching the show a lot — that’s what you hear again and again, the best way to prepare is to watch the show as much as possible. I started recording it and would play along, track how I was doing, and find my weak points. I used several different flashcard apps.

I was very very nervous when I showed up and I really didn’t feel prepared. I know a lot of people who go on Jeopardy! are serious trivia nerds and they have done bar trivia, College Bowl, all these quizzing tournaments, and I had never done any of that stuff. I don’t think my knowledge depth is that great, especially in comparison to other people on the show. After watching the show intensively for a year, I thought, “Oh my gosh, I can’t do that. How do they know these things?”

How many shows did you film in a day?

They only shoot two days a week, but it’s two weeks worth of shows. Five shows were filmed in a day. They do Monday through Friday in a single day, and then the very next day they’ll do another Monday through Friday, and then they take a break. Then they do it all again next week. There is about a 10-minute break between each filming, so it’s pretty fast-paced. If you win a show, they escort you off the stage very quickly. It’s such a whirlwind. They send you back to the dressing room; you have to change your clothes, get your makeup touched up, get your microphone back on, and then they push you back on the stage. That’s as much time as you have between each show. You do get a lunch break between the Wednesday and Thursday [tapings], but it’s a whirlwind. I kept saying I felt like a rag doll, asking myself, “What’s happening?”

How much of a calming presence is Alex Trebek? How did he influence your experience on the show?

Alex Trebek definitely is a very calming presence. We don’t get to spend a lot of time with him as contestants. We interact with him about as much as you see on the show. He comes out, does a little interview, and at the end of the show he’ll come chit chat with the contestants, but that’s about it. But even so, he seems like such a genuinely warm, charming, welcoming person. He’s so good at  putting people at ease. I think it also helps that I see this guy, the guy I’ve seen since I was a little kid, there he is — it was just very familiar.

Was that your jacket in the 5th and final game and if not, did wearing it affect the outcome?

They tell you to bring two changes of clothes so that you have three outfits potentially to wear if you win multiple shows; it was just unlucky for me that the first show [I recorded] had been a “Monday” [the first filming of the day], so I ran through all my clothes by the time I got to the “Friday” shoot. I was in the back dressing room after the “Thursday” show, going through my clothes with a producer, and everything looks the same — there’s no way I could rearrange these clothes to look any different. So the producer just started digging through the closet. I don’t even know where she came up with this jacket, but she pulled out a jacket and said, “I found this in the back of the closet, do you want to try it on? I think it’ll fit you.” And it actually did fit me, which was kind of surprising. I had a little bit of a premonition as I was putting it on that this was going to be bad luck; I’m [wearing] a randomly left behind, lost and found jacket, so I had a thought it might be bad luck. And then I went on and did lose that show! But I shouldn’t blame the blazer. Mostly, I was just really exhausted.

What does the winning streak mean for you? How did the experience impact or change you?

Well first of all, I won a nice amount of money, which I don’t actually have yet — they don’t send out checks until 4 months after the show airs, but it’s nice to know that it’s there. I was talking about doing some work on the backyard, building a catio for my cats.

But actually being on the show… it’s nice to have a little bit of recognition. It’s a pretty low-level fame; people are stopping me on the street to say hey. I’ve heard from friends from college who’ve written me nice messages to congratulate me, and that’s probably my favorite part.

Another really fun part about being on Jeopardy! that I hadn’t really thought of before I went on is that there is this whole community of people who have been on Jeopardy! who communicate with each other, and that’s been really fun. They’re a support group, a group of funny nerds to talk to.

When you went on did you know your episodes would run concurrent with the Greatest of All Time Tournament?

No, they didn’t tell us it was happening; they hadn’t announced it yet. I think they actually shot that tournament a week or two after we were on. I think we suffered a little from the comparison. It was kind of fun because those episodes were on at the same time, and there was kind of a high Jeopardy! awareness.

Is anything different now when you watch the show, having been a contestant and now familiar with both sides of the screen?

When you’re down there, you are with a big pool of contestants because they film two weeks worth of shows. There are a lot of people that ended up being on shows that followed me, so it was exciting [because] after I lost, I didn’t know what happened to all those people that I had met — you know, they’re not allowed to tell me the results of the games. [It was] exciting to watch the shows afterwards and say, “I know all those people!” And then I continued to watch, partly because now I’m more invested in the show. Also, there’s the possibility that I might be in the Tournament of Champions, so I kind of want to keep watching and try and keep training just in case that happens. Whenever I see someone win on a Monday, I think, “Hang in there. You got a long day ahead of you.”

Is there anything else you want to share about your experience?

The one thing that surprised me was the amount of questions that I don’t know the answers to now. I was watching my show, and reading that question, I would think, “I don’t know what that is.” And then I’d watch myself buzzing in, and watch myself answer correctly. I don’t know how that happened. I also saw the opposite where I 100% knew the answer to that question, and I know that November-me knew the answer to that question, too, but I saw myself buzzing with the wrong answer.

If you could design a Jeopardy! category and question, what would it be?

Well, it would probably be food-related. If there was a pie category, I would totally ace that. Okay, I’ve got it: Food in Movies. A category of movies with famous food scenes. I think that would make a great Jeopardy! category.

Veronica is the Systems Librarian at OCOM and Part-Time Reference Librarian at WSU-Vancouver, and recently accepted a position as a Faculty Librarian at PCC Cascade.

COVID-19 Mini-Grant Opportunity

The State Library Board has redirected approximately $100,000 of Oregon’s FFY2019 LSTA allotment from other LSTA projects and programs to be used for COVID-19 response mini-grants. Any legally established public, academic, school, or tribal library in Oregon, as well as special libraries with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in Oregon may apply, and each library may choose which amount best suits their needs from the following: $500, $1,500 or $3,000 – your choice!

Applications will open on Monday, May 4, 2020, first to the following group of eligible entities:

  • Federally recognized tribes, K-12 schools, and special libraries
  • Legally established public libraries with permanent staffing levels up to 5 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (as reported in the 2018-19 Oregon Public Library Statistical Report)
  • Academic libraries at institutions with student FTE enrollment of 1,000 or fewer (based on Fall 2018 enrollment data from the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission)

Applications will open for all other libraries on May 13, pending the level of interest we receive from the initial group, and will remain open until all funds have been awarded. The State Library of Oregon has set a goal that at least 40% of total funds awarded will go towards efforts supporting children, K-12 students, and youth services. Grants will otherwise be awarded on a rolling basis, limited to one grant per library/library system, school, or tribe.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit our COVID-19 Response Grants page and find links to contact us with your questions.

Join ACRL-Oregon for a free webinar – “Makerspace Instruction & the ACRL Framework”

ACRL-Oregon offers free webinars on topics relevant to academic library staff. Our upcoming webinar is “Makerspace Instruction & the ACRL Framework” and will be presented by Amy Vecchione at Boise State University and Stephanie Milne-Lane from Willamette University on 5/27/2020, at 10am PST.

In this presentation Amy Vecchione and Stephanie Milne-Lane will host a discussion about research and instruction in a makerspace setting. They will outline the process of how the maker instruction program developed iteratively at Boise State University (BSU). Additionally, they will share the final results of Stephanie’s University of Washington MLIS capstone project, the BSU MakerLab Toolkit. They will also report on their conclusions regarding how the ACRL Framework is the best lens for developing maker instruction.

Registration is open to any library staff-person, but we are limited to 100 attendees in the session, so register soon!

We also plan to record the webinar and make it available on our YouTube channel. If you register, we will email you a link to the recording after the session. Questions about our webinars can be directed to ACRL-Oregon President Candise Branum.

Deadline Extended: ACRL-OR Board Nominations

Interested in meeting other fantastic academic librarians and serving the academic library community in Oregon? Is there someone you know that would be a shining addition to the ACRL-OR Board? Here is an opportunity to get involved! The ACRL-OR Board is looking for candidates to run in our upcoming spring elections.

The open positions are:

  • 1 Vice-President/President Elect (3 year term)
  • 2 Members-at-Large (2 year term)

View position descriptions and responsibilities for more information.

How to nominate:

To nominate yourself, a colleague, or an employee, submit our online nomination form. The nomination period has been extended and will close on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.


  • Vice-President/President Elect must be members of OLA and ACRL-Oregon and ACRL national
  • Member-at-Large candidates must be members of OLA and ACRL-Oregon


Please contact Michele Burke (michele.burke@chemeketa.edu) if you have any questions or concerns about the open positions.

Thank you,

The ACRL-OR Nominating Committee

Rachel Bridgewater, Vice President – President Elect
Patrick Wohlmut
Michele Burke

E-Learning Professional Development Scholarship

ACRL-Oregon is delighted to announce a unique round of Professional Development Scholarship awards aimed to support E-Learning opportunities.   Thanks to a matching-fund grant from the State Library of Oregon, ACRL-Oregon is able to offer multiple awards of up to $175. The E-Learning Professional Development Scholarship applications are open and we are currently soliciting applications for the April 24th deadline. Applications will be reviewed within two weeks after the application deadline.

How can the scholarship be used?  

The ACRL-Oregon Professional Development Scholarship may be used toward remote conferences, remote workshops, E-Learning courses, E-Learning seminars, or other learning opportunities appropriate to the applicant. The funding priority is registration costs incurred by the applicant. 

For examples of how past recipients have used their awards, see these posts on the ACRL-Oregon blog:

  • Serenity Ibsen, Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) annual conference as a director representing the Association of Independent Colleges of Art
  • Kim Olson-Charles, Personal Librarian and First-Year Experience conference
  • Maureen Flanagan Battistella, American Association for State and Local History conference, presentation on digital collections of local history
  • Kate Rubick, ACRL national conference, panel presentation on library-faculty teaching collaboration using BEAM
  • Darci Adolf, e-course on copyright

Professional Development Scholarships will not be awarded for ACRL-OR/WA Fall Conference attendance as this annual event has its own scholarships.

Who is eligible?

  • All ACRL-Oregon members in good standing.
  • In awarding scholarships, preference will be given to:
    • Applicants from diverse cultural/ethnic backgrounds and/or historically marginalized groups
    • Applicants employed at institutions or in positions serving under-represented groups
    • Applicants who have not previously been awarded an ACRL-OR scholarship
    • Applicants employed at community or technical colleges or applicants employed at smaller or rural institutions with limited funding

Who is not eligible?

  • Non ACRL-Oregon members.
  • Individuals who have already been awarded an ACRL-OR scholarship in the current fiscal year

How will applications be evaluated?

Please visit our FAQ page, which contains our evaluation rubrics and answers to frequently asked questions.

How do I apply?

Apply for the scholarship using this online form.

Deadline:  Friday, April 24 2020

For more information, contact the ACRL-OR Board President:

Candise Branum
ACRL-OR President, 2019-2020

Professional Development Webinars from ACRL-OR!

Did you know that ACRL-OR provides access to a variety of professional development opportunities for library workers – including two sets of professional development webinars!

ACRL-OR Webinars

ACRL-OR hosts a series of webinars featuring regional library workers sharing their expertise on a variety of library topics.  Most recently, Brooke Robertshaw, PhD, Assessment Librarian at Oregon State University presented “What is Quantitative Data Really Good for?  Throwing great big noisy fusses about white colonial power structures. *An ode to Ramona Quimby”.  A full list of webinars (and recordings!) is available on the ACRL-OR Webinars page and make sure to keep up with the ACRL-OR blog for updates on future webinars including this one on March 18th!

ACRL National Webinars

ACRL-OR is excited to provide complimentary access to archived professional development e-Learning webinars from ACRL National!  These webinars are available to ACRL-OR members only, but more information about webinar topics can be located on the ACRL National webinars page.  If you are an ACRL-OR member, you should have received a password to access the full webinars page via email.  If you’re interested in becoming a member, visit ACRL-OR’s membership page.

If you have any questions about the webinars provided by ACRL-OR, or suggestions for future topics, please email the ACRL-OR Communications Coordinator at aja.bettencourtmccarthy@oit.edu