Aug 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 16) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Time is running out to submit nominations for ACRL-OR’s Award for Excellence!

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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.

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.

The nomination period will close at 11:59pm on August 31, 2018. Submit a nomination now.

For questions, please contact:
Steve Silver
ACRL-Oregon President
acrlor@olaweb.org

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Aug 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 16) HAPPENINGS

ACRL Joint Fall Conference at Menucha

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

Other notes about the conference:

  • Be sure to check out the information about this year’s pre-conference, on the theme of open education advocacy.
  • Scholarship applications will open soon, so keep an eye out for that announcement.
  • The deadline for proposal submissions is August 31, 2018, so there is still time to submit a proposal for a lightning talk or poster presentation.

All information about the conference, including the pre-conference, registration, accommodations, and proposal submissions is available on the Conference website.

See you at Menucha!

Steve Silver
ACRL-OR President
Northwest Christian University

Aug 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 16) HAPPENINGS

Call for Proposals for Lightning Talks and Posters at the ACRL-OR/WA Joint Conference

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This is a friendly reminder that we are currently accepting proposals for the ACRL-OR/WA Joint Conference on October 25-26, 2018 at Menucha. Please consider submitting a proposal to present an 8-minute lightning talk or a poster.

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!

Best wishes,
Meredith Farkas
ACRL-OR VP

August 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 16) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Rick Mikulski

I’m Rick Mikulski, and in March I joined Portland State University as the Government Documents and Social Science Librarian. This involves liaising with the College of Urban and Public Affairs, working most closely with Economics, Global & International Studies, and Public Administration. I also manage the FDLP collection, and I coordinate data management services in the library.  Before coming to Portland, I was Government Documents and Social Sciences Librarian at Drew University (Madison, N.J.) where I also served as a member of the History and Culture faculty. Prior to entering academic librarianship, I worked for the North Dakota Legislative Council, serving as the research librarian to the N.D. State Legislature. Originally from western New York, I previously taught at the SUNY University at Buffalo, where I earned graduate degrees in History (MA, PhD) and Library Science (MLS).

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Professionally, my areas of scholarly interest include: access to government information and data; the history of education; and the historical and contemporary formation of academic networks. I’m on the Journal of New Librarianship editorial board, I’m a list moderator for GovDoc-L, and the editor of H-Education. In my free time, I am a compulsive runner, an unrepentant fan of well-written (if poorly filmed) BBC history dramas from the 60s and 70s, and like a true WNY-er I enjoy exploring nature when it’s nice and cold! I’m especially looking forward to becoming active in both OLA and DIGOR.

Aug 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 15) ASSOCIATION NEWS

New issue of the OLA Quarterly:

The Specialness of Special Libraries

The latest issue of the OLA Quarterly is now available! Download here!

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The theme is the Specialness of Special Libraries and the Guest Editor is Sue Ludington. Sue has been the Law Librarian for the Lane County Law Library since March 2018. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Law Librarian at Washington County (OR) Law Library. She earned her MLIS from the University of Washington in 2002 and worked for ten years in public libraries as a teen services librarian. Upon receiving her paralegal studies certificate in 2012, Sue transitioned into the world of public law librarianship and has found great satisfaction in serving the patrons of these special libraries.

This is a wonderful issue about some of Oregon’s most unique libraries. See if someone you know wrote an article! Feel free to share it far and wide and correspond with the authors!

Aug 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 15) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Cheryl Frances

Greetings! I am Cheryl Frances, and I currently serve as Youth Services Librarian at the Port Orford Public Library. My husband and I are enjoying making this remote southern Oregon coastal hamlet our new hometown.

I have found refuge in libraries since I was a young child, first in the Carnegie Library of Riverside, Illinois and, after our family relocated to Honolulu, the Hawaii State Library. I earned an AS in Commercial Art from Honolulu Community College, then went on to make the libraries of the University of Hawaii at Manoa my stomping grounds as I completed my BA in Liberal Studies.

In the early 1990s, we moved to Ashland, Oregon where I completed my MA in Fine and Performing Arts at SOU and briefly taught in the Art Department. Over the years, I have taught preschool through grad school and, as a lover of lifelong learning myself, later found it a natural fit to apply my curiosity, creativity, and knowledge to a Day Job as a librarian. My education continues with online studies and trainings and independent reading.

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While living in the desert of far west Texas, I was a self-employed maker, traveling the country to sell my art at juried shows and galleries while also working as Circulation/Children’s Librarian at the Alpine Public Library where I was part of a proud team; our library was named as a finalist in the Bill and Melinda Gates/Library Journal Best Small Library in America in 2013!

These diverse experiences and places, including a two-year stint in the Peace Corps in Belize where I served as a Youth Development Volunteer, have shaped my worldview of emphasizing tolerance, respect, empathy, and kindness in all interactions. I believe these elements foster understanding and, in our increasingly polarized world, that libraries have the opportunity and responsibility to provide a model for strong communities.

Books of all sorts have remained my constant companions throughout, and my grandchildren keep me apprised of all the most current trends in children’s literature. As a child, I often favored books featuring whimsical illustrations and artistic subjects, in anticipation of my future creative endeavors. A favorite children’s book is From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg. (Yes, I do believe everyone should get the chance to run away from home and live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art!)

Although much of my time is taken with library duties, I continue to maintain my art business, Frances Folk Art. I have fun applying my creativity in the library in the form of programming, displays, and promotion. I see a major part of the role of libraries of the future as filling gaps in arts education left by funding cuts in the schools.

I look forward to being part of the Oregon community of librarians. We rock!

 

July 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 14) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Two New Member Round Table Leadership Positions Available

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New Member Round Table (NMRT) is seeking candidates for two positions to take office on September 1.

Chair (2 year commitment)

This person will take office on September 1, 2018 and remain in that position until August 31, 2019. After serving as chair for one year, this person would serve in a support role as past chair.

The candidate for this position will work with the outgoing chair to learn the ropes. Once the new chair takes office, the past chair will continue to provide support as needed through the term. Being in a leadership position looks great on a resume and is an easy volunteer position.

The chair will plan and attend NMRT events, communicate with members via email and Facebook, host events, and work with the vice chair to expand and improve the group. There are also housekeeping tasks such as filing the annual report, answering email inquiries, and communicating with the OLA executive board. The time commitment is minimal, about three hours per month with more time around the annual conference in April in addition to planning and attending quarterly events.

Vice Chair (2 year commitment)

This person will take office on September 1, 2018 and remain in that position until August 31, 2019 at which time the individual would become the chair of NMRT for one year. Being in a leadership position looks great on a resume and is an easy volunteer position.

The vice chair will help plan and attend NMRT events, communicate with members via email and Facebook, possibly host one or more events, and work with the chair to expand and improve the group. The time commitment would be minimal, maybe an hour every other month with possibly more time around the annual conference in April in addition to attending quarterly events when possible.

You must be a member of NMRT to be a candidate for these positions. If you are not already a member, it’s free to join! Just go to the OLA website and click on Add an Affiliation/Publication Form.

If you are interested in running for either of these positions or if you have questions, please email me at bethany.grabow@gmail.com by August 3.

Thank you!
Bethany Grabow, Outgoing NMRT Chair

July 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 14) ASSOCIATION NEWS

New Member Round Table Idea Swap: Programming

Please join us for this upcoming event for New Member Round Table members — and anyone else who is interested!

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Where: Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St., Beaverton, OR

When: Sunday, July 15, 1-3 p.m.

What: You’ve heard of a cookie swap. We’re doing an idea swap! Programming is big in libraries of all types. It’s sometimes hard to know what will be a raging success and what will be a total flop. Let’s get together and exchange ideas! If you’ve done programming for any age, bring a story about something that went well and something that didn’t go well. If you’ve never done programming, bring your questions about the process. Come prepared to record all of the brilliant ideas.

I hope you’ll be able to join us for this event! Please pass along the word to anyone else who might be interested. It is not necessary to be a member of NMRT to participate (but it is encouraged!). Please send me an email if you plan to attend or head over to our Facebook page, where this is set up as an event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at bethany.grabow@gmail.com. I look forward to seeing you all!

Sincerely,
Bethany Grabow
NMRT Chair

July 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 14) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Chris Allman

My name is Chris Allman and I’m a newly-minted Adult Services Librarian at the Eugene Public Library. At the end of this February, I packed up my little car and drove from my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina to my new home of Eugene. Back home, I worked in circulation and reference departments at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, as well as in the public services department at UNC Charlotte’s Atkins Library. I attended two equally anonymous North Carolina universities: East Carolina (go Pirates) for my BA in History and UNC Greensboro (go…Spartans? I think) for my MLIS.

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Outside of the library, I love to travel, stress out about politics, watch sports, and occasionally go for a run. I haven’t been able to read too much while settling in to Eugene, but the most memorable book I’ve read recently is Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama. It’s ostensibly a murder mystery, but manages to get you to care deeply about the office politics of the Japanese police.

This year’s OLA was my first professional conference, and I really enjoyed being around so many smart and dedicated people. I really, truly look forward to meeting and working with more of you!

JULY 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 13) ASSOCIATION NEWS

New Member Round Table Idea Swap: Programming

Please join us for this upcoming event for New Member Round Table members — and anyone else who is interested!

NMRT

Where: Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St., Beaverton, OR

When: Sunday, July 15, 1-3 p.m.

What: You’ve heard of a cookie swap. We’re doing an idea swap! Programming is big in libraries of all types. It’s sometimes hard to know what will be a raging success and what will be a total flop. Let’s get together and exchange ideas! If you’ve done programming for any age, bring a story about something that went well and something that didn’t go well. If you’ve never done programming, bring your questions about the process. Come prepared to record all of the brilliant ideas.

I hope you’ll be able to join us for this event! Please pass along the word to anyone else who might be interested. It is not necessary to be a member of NMRT to participate (but it is encouraged!). Please send me an email if you plan to attend or head over to the NMRT Facebook page at where this is set up as an event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at bethany.grabow@gmail.com. I look forward to seeing you all!

Sincerely,
Bethany Grabow
NMRT Chair