September 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 18) ASSOCIATION NEWS

New Officers for New Member Round Table Announced


Please join me in congratulating the new officers for the New Member Round Table. Brenda Shelton has been elected as the chair of NMRT for 2018-2019. Alison Ihrke has been elected as the vice chair/chair elect of NMRT for 2018-2019 and will serve as chair from 2019-2020. If you are interested in getting involved with NMRT, add it as a free affiliation. You’ll get emails about upcoming events or you can check the group’s Facebook page. It has been a pleasure serving as chair of NMRT over the past few years.

Bethany Grabow, outgoing NMRT chair


September 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 18) HAPPENINGS

Register Now for the ACRL-OR/WA Joint Fall Conference


This is a friendly reminder that registration for the ACRL-OR/WA Joint Fall Conference at Menucha is currently open and closes on October 1st.

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. 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. Attendees will leave the Conference with a concrete plan to advocate for an issue important to them.

Our keynote speakers are Loida Garcia-Febo, President of Information New Wave and current ALA President, and Irene M. H. Herold, librarian of the college at the College of Wooster in Ohio and 2016-17 ACRL President.

For more information about the conference or to get registered, visit our conference website.

See you at Menucha!

Meredith Farkas
ACRL-OR President

September 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 18) LIBRARY NEWS

Announcing the Launch of the Newly Designed State Library Website!

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The State Library of Oregon is proud to announce that our new website is now live. We have simplified the website’s navigation and structure to make it easy to find the content you most want to see, like applying for grants, getting help from consultants, and accessing statewide programs, just to name a few. Additionally, we have made several small but impactful changes, all geared toward making the website experience much better for users like you.

Currently, there are a number of URL redirects in place, so if you have pages on our old site bookmarked you will automatically be sent to the comparable new pages. These redirects are only temporary though, so please update your bookmarks as soon as you can.

Your feedback is very important to us as we strive to develop a website that is valuable to you. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.

Tamara Ottum
State Library of Oregon, Library Support and Development

September 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 18) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Hannah Bostrom

Hello everyone! My name is Hannah Bostrom, and I am the Youth Services Librarian at Mt. Angel Public Library. I grew up in Loveland, Colorado, where I lived just a few blocks away from my public library. I spent many days trekking over to the library to pick up handfuls of books– mostly Harry Potter (which I acquired a number of fines on)! I took my love of reading with me to college and received a bachelors in English Literature from Colorado State University. My husband and I moved to Oregon shortly after my graduation and we have been loving it ever since!

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I started my career by working alongside the amazing librarians in the Wilsonville and Oregon City Public Library(ies). I have been at Mt. Angel for a little over six months now, and I enjoy getting to be a part of a small community. I am working my way through my MLIS at San Jose State University — the end is nigh! I spend my weekends doing yard work, watching bad British murder mysteries with my husband, and endlessly cleaning up all the fur spread around by my two bunnies. I look forward to getting to know other OLA members and working with more fantastic Oregon librarians!

Sept 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 17) ASSOCIATION NEWS

Congratulations to OLA Leadership Development Scholarship Winners!

The OLA Leadership Development Committee is pleased to announce that Kim Read, Dean of the Libraries at Concordia University, and Colleen Sanders, Reference and Instruction Librarian at Clackamas Community College, have each been awarded $500 scholarships to support their attendance at upcoming professional development seminars.   


Kim Read will attend the Reframing Racism Series at the Center for Equity and Inclusion (CEI) in Portland this fall.  The series is designed to help individuals become more racially conscious, culturally competent, and understand how racism operates and what can be done about it. It will inform Kim’s work developing cultural competency trainings for library faculty and staff as well as her service on the College of Education (COE) Equity Committee, a group of faculty and staff who plan and lead professional development related to equity and inclusion at Concordia.  She is excited to share this experience with the broader Oregon library community as well.


Colleen Sanders will use her scholarship to attend the Race & Pedagogy National Conference (RPNC) at the University of Puget Sound in September. Every four years the University of Puget Sound and the Race & Pedagogy Institute invite participants to engage issues of race and discuss the impact of race on education.  The conference will develop Colleen’s leadership skills of risk taking, critical inquiry, working with diverse groups, facilitating inclusion, and building work environments based on trust and creativity. Colleen is eager to bring back resources and strategies to inform her work as a librarian and to share with information practitioners in Oregon.  

Applications for the OLA Leadership Development Scholarship are reviewed three times a  year to support OLA members in developing their leadership abilities.  The next application deadline is November 30, 2018.


Sept 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 17) HAPPENINGS

Loida Garcia-Febo and Irene M.H. Herold to speak at the 2018 ACRL-OR/WA Joint Conference!

ACRL-OR is excited to announce the keynote speakers for the 2018 Joint Fall Conference at Menucha.

Loida Garcia-Febo, ALA President and President of Information New Wave, will offer the opening keynote, and Irene M. H. Herold, librarian of the college at the College of Wooster in Ohio and ACRL Past President, will provide the closing keynote address. Garcia-Febo and Herold will speak to our theme of “Reimagining Advocacy: Personal, Professional, Political.”

Register at and come hear these dynamic speakers!

See you at Menucha!

Steve Silver
ACRL-OR President

Sept 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 17) HAPPENINGS

Apply Now: Scholarship Applications Open for ACRL-Oregon/Washington Fall Conference

ACRL-OR has funds to award up to nine (9) scholarships to attend the ACRL Oregon and Washington Joint Fall Conference. This year, the Oregon chapter is hosting the conference on October 25 & 26 at the Menucha Retreat & Conference Center. Apply now!

How can the scholarships be used?  

The scholarship covers the registration fee of $140 for the conference, which includes room (dorm option) and meals.  

Who is eligible?

This scholarship is designed for those who live and/or work in Oregon. For those who live and/or work in Washington, please refer to the ACRL-WA site for conference scholarship information. Those meeting at least one of the criteria below are eligible to apply.  Each criteria met will be awarded points in the evaluation process (see below under how the application will be evaluated).  

  1.     First-time attendee of the joint conference.  
  2.     ACRL-OR member.
  3.     MLIS student in an ALA-accredited program who lives in Oregon.
  4.     Paraprofessional employee in an Oregon academic library.
  5.     Part-time or temporary employee in an Oregon academic library.

Who is not eligible?

  • Those who do not live and/or work in Oregon.
  • Those who meet none of the criteria described above.
  • Those who have received a Fall Conference Scholarship in the past.

How will applications be evaluated?

A point system will be used to rank applicant eligibility (First time attendee: 2 points; ACRL-OR member: 2 points; MLIS student: 1 point; Paraprofessional: 1 point; part-time or temporary employee: 1 point).  In addition, application essays will be evaluated for:

  1.     Financial need.
  2.     Interest in the conference theme/program.
  3.     Plans to apply knowledge gained at the conference.   


The application period for the 2018 Fall Conference Scholarships will be Monday, August 13 to Thursday, September 13.  Apply now!

Applicants will be notified shortly after the application period closes. Registration for the ACRL Oregon & Washington Joint Fall Conference is open until Wednesday, October 1.

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Debner, ACRL-OR Board Past President
University of Western States

Sept 1, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 17) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Alyssa Collins

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My name is Alyssa Collins. My current job position is Assistant Librarian at Lyons Public Library. I have been working there since August 2017. I am also a current MLIS student with Emporia State University. I will be starting my graduate school in the Fall of 2018. I am looking forward to starting college while I work as an assistant at the library. I am the proud fur mom to a cat and dog, both were rescued and are very tolerant the others present. When I am not working I like to read, crochet, and catch up on movies. My favorite author of all time is Elizabeth Peters. I fell in love with her books when I was in middle school. She opened my eyes to the world around me and sealed my future as a book nerd.


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

Time is running out to submit nominations for ACRL-OR’s 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.

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

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

ACRL Joint Fall Conference at Menucha


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