August 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 19) – Happenings

Health Information Workshop / Online NW Call for Proposals / ACRL OR/WA Conference Proposals / Nominations Sought for ALA Positions / PNC/MLA Annual Meeting / IMLS Podcast Series / Disaster Planning Workshops

***Health Information Skills Workshops
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009
Portland Community College, Cascade Campus
TEB (Technology Education Building), Room 226
705 N. Killingsworth Street
Portland, OR 97217
For directions and parking information, see

  • Morning session (9:00 a.m. to noon): Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    ( Lunch on your own)
  • Afternoon session (1:30 – 4:30 p.m.): Public Health Information on the Web

Workshops Description: 
Morning session (9:00 a.m. to noon): Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The goal of this class is to increase understanding of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Students will learn the history of CAM and its impact on medical practices. They will learn how CAM is used, how to avoid “bad science” and how to look up evidence of the effectiveness of CAM therapies. Class includes lecture, discussion, and hands-on training.

By the end of the session participants will:

  • Have knowledge of the definition and types of Complementary and
    Alternative Medicine (CAM).
  • Have greater knowledge of the history of CAM and it’s impact on
    medical practice.
  • Have greater understanding of usage of CAM.
  • Increase confidence in evaluating health websites.
  • Increase skills in avoiding “bad science” found on the Internet or in
    the news.
  • Become more proficient in searching for evidence of the effectiveness
    of CAM.

Afternoon session (1:30 – 4:30 p.m.): Public Health Information on the Web

The field of public health encompasses a wide array of disciplines
including health education, epidemiology and nursing. Digital literacy and the effective utilization of online information are among the core public health informatics competencies for the 21st century. This hands-on class will highlight web resources tailored to the public health workforce.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the role of information in the public health environment
  • Identify resources to support health education and promotional
    programs and activities
  • Retrieve information in support of evidence-based public health
  • Obtain data sets and statistics relevant to public health on a state, local and national level
  • Identify resources available to stay informed of developments related to public health

One session: $25.00
Both sessions: $45.00

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***Online Northwest Call for Proposals
Online Northwest is a one-day conference focusing on topics that intersect libraries, technology and culture.  The conference is sponsored by the Oregon University System Library Council.  The 2010 conference will be held at CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Corvallis, Oregon (on the Oregon State University campus) on Friday, February 5, 2010

Submit proposals:

Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, October 2nd, 2009

 The coordinating committee seeks presentations that discuss how technology is being applied within library settings and how technology is affecting library patrons and services. We strongly encourage academic, public, school, and special librarians to submit proposals.

All topics relating to technology and libraries are welcome, including:

  • Technology in tough economic times
  • Tagging used in libraries (OPAC, librarything, flickr, etc.)
  • Change/innovation & organizational culture (as it relates to technology)
  • User interface design and evaluation
  • Resource sharing (e.g. ILL, document delivery)
  • Information literacy and instruction  (distance ed. and technology use)
  • Management of electronic resources, digital repositories, or digital archives
  • Programming and development of computer applications to support delivery of library services
  • Using social features in library technology
  • Other topics related to technology in libraries are welcome

Submit proposals:

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***ACRL WA/OR Conference Proposals
Did you consider submitting a proposal for the upcoming ACRL WA/OR joint conference, but didn’t think you could make the deadline?  No worries – the deadline has been extended!  We’ll be accepting proposals until August 10th.  Please see the announcement below regarding submission guidelines.  Questions?  Contact Alyssa Deutschler at or 425-352-3160.

ACRL Washington & Oregon Joint Fall Conference 2009
Great Expectations: a conversation with colleagues about change, innovation, and collaboration in Academe.
October 29th & 30th, 2009
Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest Conference Center

Call for Program Proposals:
Conference Theme: Current trends and future shifts in the academic world continue to impact library services, collections, and staff.  Forces of change are leading us towards new ways of collaboration and innovation in our libraries, throughout campus, and beyond.  Expectations are high – but resources are not!  Now more than ever, librarians need to communicate, share ideas, and employ creative strategies to help us exceed expectations and stay relevant.            

Presentation Format:
The ACRL Washington board is now accepting proposals for concurrent sessions.  Sessions will be approx. 60 minutes long.  Please indicate the format your session would take: presentation, workshop, discussion, panel discussion, etc.   Sessions should address the conference theme but may relate to any aspect of academic librarianship, including:

  • Reference / Instruction
  • Collections / Liaison Work
  • Outreach / Advocacy
  • Marketing / Public Relations
  • Partnerships / Collaborations
  • Assessment / Strategic Planning

Proposal Requirements:
The proposal should include author’s name, email address, institution, abstract (300 words or less), presentation format, and any technical support required.  Please include the contact information for all presenters if you are working in a group.

Submission Deadline:
The deadline for proposals has been extended to August 10, 2009.  Submissions should be sent to Alyssa Deutschler (  If your proposal is selected, you will be asked to submit a short description of the presentation and a brief biography to be posted on the conference web site by August 30th, 2009.  Presenters are responsible for paying their own registration and travel costs.

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***Nominations Sought for ALA Positions
The ALA 2010 Nominating Committee is soliciting nominees to run on the 2010 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-elect, ALA Treasurer, and Councilor-at-large.  The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for President-elect, two candidates to run for Treasurer, and no fewer than 50 candidates for the 33 at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2010 spring election.

  • The President-elect will serve a three-year term: as President-elect in 2010-2011, as President in 2011-2012, and as Immediate Past President in 2012-2013.
  • The Treasurer will serve a three-year term, beginning after the 2010 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2013 Annual Conference.
  • The Councilors-at-large will serve three-year terms, beginning after the 2010 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2013 Annual Conference.

The ALA President, Treasurer, and Councilors also serve in corresponding roles in the ALA-Allied Professional Association [ALA-APA].  Individuals considering ALA-APA office are encouraged to consult with their employer regarding any restrictions regarding lobbying activities or service on the governing body of a 501(c)6 organization.

Members who wish to make nominations should submit the following information: nominee name; present position; institution; address; telephone; fax; and e-mail address.  Self-nominations are encouraged.  All potential nominees must complete the Potential Candidate Biographical Form available at The database will be available June 1, 2009.   Nominations and forms must be received no later than September 1, 2009.

Nominations may be sent to any member of the 2010 ALA Nominating Committee.  Committee members are: 

To encourage diversity and leadership development, the Committee will refrain from nominating any current Councilors for election to another term.  However, the Committee encourages all current Councilors who wish to continue their service to the Association to file as petition candidates.  Petitions will be available from Lois Ann Gregory-Wood, Council Secretariat, ALA, 50 E. Huron, Chicago, IL 60611, Email:, or during the 2009 Annual Conference or 2010 Midwinter Meeting.  Petitions require 25 signatures for names to be included on the 2010 ballot.

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***PNC/MLA Annual Meeting
Where Do We Grow From Here?
Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (PNC/MLA) October 17-20, 2009Annual Meeting Washington Athletic Club, Seattle:

Continuing education classes include:

  • Marketing As If Your Library Depended On It
  • Teaching About Evidence-Based Practice
  • Copyright in the Electronic Age
  • Screencasting: Creating Online Tutorials

Speakers include: 

  • Lori Heim, MD, President of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • Dianne McCutcheon, Chief of the National Library of Medicine’s Technical Services Division
  • William Welton, Program Director of the Masters in Health Administration at University of Washington

Special banquet guests are Bill Barnes & Gene Ambaum, creators of the popular library comic Unshelved!

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***IMLS Podcast Series
IMLS Launches “Libraries to the Rescue” Podcast Series.  Discussions Focus on What Libraries are Doing to Help Citizens Through the Economic Crisis 

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal funding for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums, announces the launch of the Libraries to the Rescue series of podcast episodes. Library use is on a steady rise and the economic downturn has resulted in even greater need for library services. IMLS introduced Libraries to the Rescue to share with libraries steps that other libraries have taken to help their communities.

“Libraries have emerged as one of the go-to place for people looking for work or filing for unemployment, starting new businesses, or learning how to use computers for the first time,” says Anne-Imelda Radice, IMLS Director. “Libraries are proving just how important they are to their communities. In these episodes, library leaders share their expertise so others don’t have to reinvent the wheel.”

Libraries to the Rescue provides valuable insights from:

  • Mary Boone, State Librarian of North Carolina
  • Bernard Margolis, State Librarian of New York
  • Sheryl Mase, Library of Michigan’s Director of Statewide Services
  • Jan Walsh, State Librarian of Washington, and Randall Simmons, Program Manager for Library Development in Washington
  • Kendall Wiggin, State Librarian of Connecticut

The five episodes cover a range of topics, including how libraries are increasing access to key information through virtual libraries, the importance of broadband access, and new partnerships between libraries and state and federal agencies to help citizens access all types of assistance. The Libraries to the Rescue episodes are short (12-15 minute), digestible audio episodes designed to educate IMLS’s library audience.

Accompanying the series is a list of online resources for libraries that are still navigating the new terrain. To view the list of resources, click here. If you have additional online links to share, please email them to IMLS Public Affairs Officer Jeannine Mjoseth at

Libraries to the Rescue can be accessed and enjoyed at the listener’s convenience. Audio can be accessed on the IMLS Web site or through iTunes.

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***Protecting Library & Archive Collections: Disaster Preparedness, Response & Recovery
Disaster Planning Workshops in Vancouver and Seattle
The Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS) is offering a series of disaster planning workshops in the West. Two-part workshops have been scheduled in Seattle and in Vancouver, WA. in September/November:
SEATTLE: Part 1: Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Part 2: Tuesday, November 3, 2009  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Odegaard Undergraduate Library Room 220, University of
Washington, Seattle, WA 98195
Part 1: Monday, September 21, 2009, 9:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Part 2: Monday, November 16, 2009, 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.
Location: Library Hall, Vancouver Community Library (Main Library),
1007 East Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98663
Workshop instructor
Gary Menges is Preservation Administrator at the University ofWashington Libraries, Seattle. He is a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC CERT).
The “Protecting Library & Archive Collections” workshops are presented in a 2-part sequence to produce the following outcomes for disaster preparedness activities:
·         Complete a disaster plan by the end of Part 2.
·         Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively.
·         Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections.
·         Learn how to use practical decision-making skills during an
·         Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, and non-print
The workshop days are scheduled several weeks apart. Participants will prepare short assignments prior to the first session; between sessions, they will undertake additional assignments resulting in a completed disaster plan at the end of Part 2. Upon completion, the institution will be invited to join an informal network of WESTPAS trained personnel to provide mutual aid in the event of emergencies involving collections in the region.
Who should attend: 
Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of libraries and archives.  By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop’s disaster preparedness goals. When possible, please send two attendees from a library or archive so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.
No charge to the institution.  Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The workshops are co-sponsored by the Washington State Library and Washington State Archives.
 Pre-registration is required. You will be able to register online.
To register go to:
Go to September and click on September 16 for Seattle; September 21 for Vancouver and complete the registration form. For registration assistance contact: Kathy Krause krause at
Information about the individual workshops and registration information for each workshops will be sent in separate email messages.
—Kristen Kern
Fine and Performing Arts Librarian, Portland State Library
kernk at

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