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Professional Development Scholarship: Now Accepting Applications

ACRL-Oregon is delighted to announce a new round of Professional Development Scholarship awards. Thanks to a one-time matching-fund grant from the State Library of Oregon, ACRL-Oregon is able to offer up to $500 for each award for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Applications are accepted at three points throughout the year (see below for specific deadlines); we are currently soliciting applications for the February 28 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 conferences, workshops, courses, seminars, or other learning opportunities (including e-learning opportunities) appropriate to the applicant. The funding priority is registration and transportation costs incurred by the applicant.

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

  • 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.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Professional Development Scholarship from ACRL-Oregon.

Who is not eligible?

Non ACRL-Oregon members.

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:

Applications will be accepted at three points throughout the 2017-2018 year:

  • February 28
  • April 30
  • November 30 (done)

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

Steve Silver
ACRL-OR President, 2017-2018
Northwest Christian University
acrlor@olaweb.org

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What’s New at FWJ Sylwester Library at Concordia University

Kim Olson-Charles, distance education and outreach librarian at Concordia University and current ACRL-Oregon board member, shared the news from the FWJ Sylwester Library.

Concordia University Library Postcard

Personnel changes:
Judy Anderson, the Dean of Libraries, retired this summer after many years at Concordia. Kim Read is now the Interim Dean of Libraries. Additionally, the library welcomes a new Electronic Resources Librarian, Carin Yavorcik, to its staff in mid-January; Carin comes to Concordia from the State of Oregon Law Library.

Concordia OER initiative:
The library is in its second year of leading a campus-wide OER initiative. Fifteen faculty attended this year’s Introduction to OER Workshop and ten faculty will receive a stipend to peer review an open textbook. Stipends to convert courses from commercial textbooks to OER will also be offered again this year, adding to the six courses converted last year.

Personal Librarian Program:
This past fall, Concordia initiated a pilot Personal Librarian Program. As a part of a larger university mandate to address student recruitment and retention, the library contributed by creating the Personal Librarian Program.  Faculty librarians reached out to incoming first-year students throughout fall semester to connect them to a familiar and friendly face that could help them navigate the library and its resources.

Dedication of Wai Tak Cheung Collection at OCOM

The library at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) recently held a dedication ceremony for the Wai Tak Cheung Collection. The collection consists of over 1,500 Chinese-language books on the topic of Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, Chinese biomedical texts, health and nutrition, and a range of other topics; another 300 or so books still need to be processed for the collection. Candise Branum, the library’s director, believes that this could possibly be the largest collection of this type in the United States.

Photograph of Wai Tak Cheung Collection

Historically, Dr. Cheung was known as “The Father of Acupuncture in Oregon,” helping to bring about legislative changes to legalize and promote the profession in the state.  He was also involved in creating OCOM’s original curriculum and when he passed, he donated his personal library to OCOM. The Wai Tak Cheung collection is searchable via the library’s Primo catalog and on WorldCat, and the library also lends the materials via WorldShare.

Free professional development for health and medical information

With the start of a new year, many people make health-related resolutions. I’d like to propose one such resolution for the new year: be (and help our students be) more health literate.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine logoA few months ago, I started a new position at the University of Western States, which specializes in programs in integrative health care. I quickly became aware of trainings available from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). A hat tip goes to Laura Zeigen at OHSU for suggesting that this would be good information for a blog post!

I participated in a six-part webinar series on PubMed for Librarians, an invaluable (and free!) training series. Each online session was an hour long, so it was convenient to fit it into my schedule. It was an excellent professional development opportunity that paid off immediately in my day-to-day work.

In general, the trainings cover a wide variety of topics and from the perspective of working with different patron populations. My only regret was not knowing about these trainings sooner; they would have been valuable in working with health professions students at area community colleges.

The NNLM also provides targeted resources for evaluating health websites and conducting the consumer health reference interview, including ethical concerns.

Know the Science logo

NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health logoAnother great health resource is the Know the Science series from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). It has interactive modules, videos, and tutorials that help users understand complex scientific topics related to health research and become more health literate. There are a number of resources about understanding complementary health care, dietary supplements, and unpacking the concept of natural medicines. In a state like Oregon, where so many people use complementary and integrative health care, the resources from NCCIH are highly relevant and useful.

Stephanie Debner
University of Western States

ACRL-OR report from 2017 Joint Conference

ACRL-OR was well represented at the ACRL Joint Conference for Washington and Oregon at Pack Forest in mid-October. The conference theme “Tried and True or Shiny and New” gave the attendees from both Oregon and Washington an opportunity to explore such topics as just in time assessment and how OER is being integrated and implemented at Tacoma Community College.

A huge hit was the short talks of epic fails!  Presenters shared their library moments, programs and classes that were duds or even huge mistakes. Each of the “failed” librarians learned something from their experience and bravely and nobly, shared their lessons learned with the conference attendees.

ACRL-OR was able to meet in the evening to discuss the upcoming scholarships for professional development with enhanced funding from LSTA monies and kick around ideas for next Fall’s joint OR/WA ACRL conference at Menucha where the Oregon group will host and provide programming. Lots of great ideas were brought up by the attending group. Two themes, “Collaborating for Greater Impact” and “Reimagining Advocacy” were seriously discussed but neither was chosen as a final theme at the time.

Since the conference, the ACRL Board has decided on the theme of “Reimagining Advocacy: Personal, Professional, Political.” If you have any ideas for conference speakers, the board would love to hear them! Contact Steve Silver at acrlor@olaweb.org.

Conference on Open Practices

A group of OR and WA librarians is exploring the idea of a conference on open practices for librarianship, to take place on March 16. Will you please complete a short survey by 12/22 to help us plan?

The idea: a conference in the Pacific Northwest for librarians to share concrete, hands-on ideas about how to incorporate open practices into all aspects of library work. We will look beyond persuading faculty to adopt OER (though this is important) and investigate a culture change around internal library functions that can be more open. Your input will help us plan the best possible conference.

Please share this message with your colleagues.

Thank you in advance,

Amy Hofer, Cheryl Middleton, Heather Cyre, Candice Watkins, and Jackie Ray

Kim Olson-Charles Awarded ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship

Photograph of Kim Olson-Charles

Kim Olson-Charles, Concordia University

The first 2017-2018 ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship has been awarded to Kim Olson-Charles, distance education and outreach librarian at Concordia University. This scholarship is designed to allow ACRL-OR members the chance to apply for awards to attend conferences, workshops, courses, seminars, or other learning opportunities. Thanks to a one-time matching-fund grant from the State Library of Oregon, ACRL-Oregon is able to offer up to $500 for each award for 2017-2018 fiscal year. You can find out more about the multiple scholarship opportunities ACRL-OR provides on the ACRL-OR Scholarships page.  

Kim will be using the award to attend the Personal Librarian and First Year Experience Librarian Conference in Cleveland, Ohio in March 2018. She plans on bringing back ideas and best practices to better engage faculty and students, and to augment Concordia’s new Personal Librarian Program, an element of the university’s strategy for student recruitment and retention. Kim will share her learning with the co-coordinator of the Personal Librarian program, so that they can work together to establish more rigorous assessment and engaging activities for the students. We look forward to hearing more from Kim about this conference once she has returned!

Are you looking for support to attend a professional development event of your own? Applications for the ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship are reviewed three times a year. The next deadline will be at the end of February 2018; keep your eyes open for announcements about the exact date of the next deadlines.

Stephanie Debner
ACRL-OR Past President
University of Western States

REMINDER: Apply for ACRL-OR School/Academic Librarian Collaboration Scholarship

A reminder that applications for the ACRL-OR School/Academic Librarian Collaboration Scholarship are open through November 30. Up to $1,000 is available per year for this scholarship.  Applications will be reviewed at two points during the year (November and April) — or until the money runs out, so you could be the lucky applicants that have your collaborative project fully funded!

For information about how the scholarship funds can be used, eligibility, and how applications will be evaluated, see the full details on the original ACRL-Oregon blog post about this opportunity.

Apply now!

For more information or questions, contact:

Steve Silver
ACRL-OR President, 2017-2018
Northwest Christian University
acrlor@olaweb.org

Apply now for the ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship

ACRL-Oregon is delighted to announce a new round of Professional Development Scholarship opportunities. Thanks to a one-time matching-fund grant from the State Library of Oregon, ACRL-Oregon is able to offer up to $500 for each award for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Applications are accepted at three points throughout the year (see below for specific deadlines); we are currently soliciting applications for the November 30 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 conferences, workshops, courses, seminars, or other learning opportunities (including e-learning opportunities) appropriate to the applicant. The funding priority is registration and transportation costs incurred by the applicant.

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.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Professional Development Scholarship from ACRL-Oregon.

Who is not eligible?
Non ACRL-Oregon members.

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:
Applications will be accepted at three points throughout the year:

  • November 30
  • March 31
  • July 31

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

Steve Silver
ACRL-OR President, 2017-2018
Northwest Christian University
acrlor@olaweb.org

Share your continuing education/professional development ideas

Greetings!

(Please pardon duplicate postings – we want to reach as many people as possible!)

As most of you may recall, the State Library of Oregon has contracted with  Infopeople to help us determine the continuing education/professional development (CE/PD) needs of the Oregon library community. Last month library staff throughout Oregon had the opportunity to complete an online survey – this month we want to invite staff to participate in online focus groups to gather feedback from different audiences on priority training needs, developing trends, and other continuing education-related concerns.

For academic library directors and staff, the focus group will be hosted on November 14th at 10:00am.

The focus group will be held online using GoToMeeting and will take less than 45-minutes and should be fun!  If you can attend, please RSVP to Brenda at brenda@infopeople.org and indicate which focus group you will be attending. Brenda will follow-up and send you details about how to connect and how to log in anonymously.

Please note that participation is limited and depending on the number of responses, it may turn out that not everyone who RSVPs will be able to attend. If you’re interested, you’re encouraged to respond as quickly as possible.

Thanks in advance for considering our invitation to share your expertise!