ACRL-Oregon & Washington Joint Fall Conference 2012

Libraries Out Loud: New Narratives of Enduring Values

October 25-26, 2012  |  Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, Oregon

We live in interesting times. From experts, pundits, and next-door neighbors, we hear that the future of academic libraries is uncertain, that the future of higher education itself is uncertain, and that libraries in general are in crisis. Faced with this narrative, it is tempting to change who we are and what we do in order to remain relevant, and to demonstrate our value to our schools and communities.

We must realize, however, that it is precisely who we are – and who we have always been – that makes us even more relevant and valuable in the face of changing times. We are committed to creating informed, literate citizens; to advocating for free speech and access to knowledge; and to creating spaces where intellectual curiosity and individual expression are welcomed and fostered. Our tools, techniques, and buildings may have changed, but our core identity remains – and remains vital to our communities. We must not change who we are; we need only change how we communicate our value.

Join us for two days of conversation about the value and importance of academic libraries in these interesting times. You'll leave energized, inspired, and with some good ideas about new ways to share your library's story.

Opening Keynote: Librarians as Agents of Change
Barbara Fister is coordinator of instruction at the Gustavus Adolphus College Library. In addition to course-related instruction, she teaches an upper-division IL course, and courses on books and reading. Her interests include information literacy, the future of publishing, and popular literacy. She writes regularly for Library Journal and Inside Higher Ed and is the author of three mysteries.

Closing Keynote: Revaluing Libraries: Content, Container, or Concept?
Char Booth is an early riser, devoted oceanite, and advocate of radical neutrality. Char Booth explores the integration of education, research, technology, and design in libraries. Char is the Instruction Services Manager and E-Learning Librarian at the Claremont Colleges, and is on the faculty of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Institute. An ALA Emerging Leader and Library Journal Mover and Shaker, Char blogs at info-mational and tweets @charbooth.

Her publications include Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators (ALA Editions, 2011) and Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies (ACRL, 2009). Char received a BA in History from Reed College in 2001; an MSIS from the UT Austin School of Information in 2005, and a Master of Computer Education and Technology from Ohio University in 2008.

Fair Use as Advocacy Laboratory: Best Practices and the Future of Fair Use
As librarians, we know we are charged with both upholding the intellectual property rights of copyright holders and with staunchly defending and exercising our fair use. Unfortunately, uncertainty around which practices constitute fair use often leaves us apprehensive, over-cautious, or inconsistent. With the release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries in January 2012, librarians gained a valuable new tool in our efforts to understand and use fair use appropriately in our daily practice. We will be joined, virtually, by members of the team that authored the Code who will help us understand its history and purpose. Following this informative session, Rachel Bridgewater will facilitate local discussion about application of the Code and the future of fair use.

Rachel Bridgewater likes to talk about copyright. She is a faculty librarian at Portland Community College where she teaches students most of the day either in the classroom or at the reference desk. In addition to her role as reference and instruction librarian, Rachel serves as PCC's Copyright Librarian. Rachel has taught online copyright classes for ACRL and will be leading a class on fair use for Library Juice Academy this November. Rachel is a member of the national faculty for Emporia State University's School of Library and Information Management.

Participant-Generated Content - Lightning Talks & Poster Sessions:
Do you have research, experiences, or insights you would like to share?  Ignite style lightning talks are quickly becoming a conference tradition at Fall Conference.  Poster Sessions are back this year too if you prefer this format!

ACRL-OR awards two scholarships to Fall Conference every year! More information on our scholarship program is available on our website. 

Thursday, October 25th
11:00 - Noon Registration and check-in
Noon - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 1:15 Intros and housekeeping
1:15 - 2:30 Keynote: Barbara Fister
2:30 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 3:00 Award for Excellence presentation
3:00 - 5:00 Fair Use as Advocacy Laboratory
5:00 - 6:00 Poster Presentations
6:00 - 7:00 Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 Chapter and Board meetings
8:15 - ? Party in Wright Hall
Friday, October 26th
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast and checkout
9:00 - 9:30 Lightning Talks
9:30 - 10:30 Keynote: Char Booth
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 11:30
Small Group Discussions
11:30 - Noon
Back to Big Group for Discussion

Once again, the setting for the fall conference is the rustic Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, situated atop a bluff overlooking the Columbia Gorge near Corbett, Oregon. The picturesque lodge, spacious gardens, and winding paths make this an exceptionally pleasant location. Please note: the Columbia Gorge can be cold in October, so please bring warm clothes and rain gear if you plan to spend some time walking on the grounds. Registration and meals will be in Wright Hall.

Accommodations/Food/What to bring:
Menucha has comfortable dormitory-style rooms with some bunk beds (lower bunks only). Linens (pillow, blankets, sheets, towel, washcloth) are provided.

Be sure to bring clothes that layer easily (attendees go in- and out-doors regularly), flashlights, rain gear, and ear plugs! We also encourage you to bring puzzles & games for Thursday evening entertainment!

Registration is now closed.