ACRL-Oregon & Washington Joint Fall Conference 2002


The Postmodern Library: Whose Place Is It?

October 24-25, 2002
Menucha Conference Center, Corbett, Oregon


What is a postmodern library? Does the postmodern library focus on collections, physical space, information irrespective of format, or the way patrons look for and use information? Can libraries create a space, either physical or virtual or both, that refocuses the campus on the library as the information place? The fall conference offers participants the opportunity to explore the fluid environment of libraries through presentations, small group discussions, and informal networking with colleagues.

Featured Speakers


Kathlin Ray

Assistant Dean for Public Services

University of the Pacific Library


Victoria Hanawalt

Orbis Library Consortium

John Popko

Seattle University

Marie Zimmermann

Highline Community College

Catherine Murray-Rust

Oregon State University


The setting for the 2002 ACRL-OR/WA 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. BUT, 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.

The Menucha telephone number is 503-695-2243.   Menucha�s URL:  

How to get there:

  • Drive 22 miles east of Portland, Oregon, on I-84
  • Take Exit 22 (Corbett)
  • Drive up Corbett Hill Road to the Scenic Highway
  • Turn left onto the highway
  • Drive 1-1/4 miles east to the gate on the left
  • Turn left to drive down the winding driveway
  • 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.

Your registration fee includes: Thursday lunch, dinner, entertainment and lodging, Friday breakfast, and snacks.

Please note on your registration form if you prefer the Vegetarian option.

What to bring:

  • warm clothes
  • rain gear
  • puzzles & games for Thursday evening entertainment
  • M&M's in your school's colors (check at your campus bookstore)


Thursday, October 24

11 a.m. - noon Registration, checkin
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Welcome, introductions

Don Frank, ACRL

Keynote: The Postmodern Library in an Age of Assessment, Kathlin L. Ray, Assistant Dean for Public Services, University of the Pacific

Small group discussion of postmodern library

Small group discussion leaders:

Instruction: Jennifer Dorner, Lewis & Clark College, & Scott Walter, Washington State University

Collections: Richard Brumley, Oregon State University

Technology: Mark Dahl, Lewis & Clark College, & John Webb, Washington State University

Cataloging: Peggy Firman, University of Puget Sound, & Debbie Hackleman, Oregon State University

Access: Lorraine Borchers, Oregon State University, & Joanne Halgren, University of Oregon

Reference: Ruth Vondracek, Oregon State University, & Anne Fox, Western Oregon University

3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Respondent panel to Postmodern Library
Victoria Hanawalt, Orbis Library Consortium
Catherine Murray-Rust, Oregon State University
John Popko, Seattle University
Marie Zimmerman, Highline Community College
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Break. Stroll around the beautiful grounds, enjoy the view of the Columbia River gorge, visit with old friends and new acquaintances
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Oregon/Washington Board meetings
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Oregon/Washington ACRL Chapter meetings
8:00 -- ????

Social & Irish ceili dancing with Portland band Cul an Ti

Cul an Ti (Gaelic for "the back of the house") has built a reputation as the Northwest's most exciting Irish band. The group infuses traditional Irish music with a contemporary groove, producing a unique sound that is both true to tradition and compelling for the modern listener.
Friday, October 25
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00 am - 10:00 am Changing Services for Changing Audiences
Transfer students: Sylvia Tag, Western Washington University
Distance Education: Katy Lenn, University of Oregon
International Students: May Chau, Oregon State University
10:00 am - 10:30 am Break and room checkout
10:30 - 12 noon

Assessing the Postmodern Library

Bonnie Allen & Steve Hiller, Libqual & UW Survey
Barbara Valentine, Focus Groups
Deb Gilchrist, Using Assessment Results to Benefit Users

Reactions/response from Kathy Ray