ACRL-Oregon & Washington Fall Conference 2010


If we knew today what we'll know tomorrow:  Futures thinking for academic libraries

October 28-29, 2010

Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, Oregon

As ACRL Oregon celebrates its 35th anniversary, we'll take the opportunity to look into the future instead of examining the past.  What hopes, expectations, and fears do we have for academic libraries in general and in the region going into the future?  What questions can we ask now that will help us grow into the futures we hope for and avoid the futures we fear?  How can we discuss possible futures in a way that enriches our current practices?  How do those daily practices create the future?  Gather with your colleagues in a beautiful setting and take a break from the present to gaze into our future.

Opening keynote speaker: David Silver
David SilverDavid Silver is an associate professor of media studies at the University of San Francisco where he teaches courses on media history, digital media, and green media. From 1996-2009, Silver directed the Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies, an entirely online center devoted to the academic study of the internet. Since 2004, Silver has co-directed (with Sarah Washburn) The September Project, a grassroots effort to encourage events about freedom in all libraries in all countries throughout the month of September. Since 2009, Silver has co-directed (with Melinda Stone) USF's Garden Project, a cluster of food- and food production-related courses surrounding an organic garden in the middle of campus. Silver blogs at silver in sf.

Closing keynote speaker: Elizabeth Dupuis
Elizabeth Dupuis is the Associate University Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley focused on advancing the library’s engagement in teaching and learning arenas, and Director of the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, primary libraries for humanities, social sciences, area studies, and undergraduate studies. Over the past 17 years Dupuis has held a variety of positions at UC Berkeley and UT Austin, including project leader for the award-winning educational site TILT, and project director for the Mellon Library/Faculty Fellowship for Undergraduate Research, a campus-wide initiative involving administrators, faculty, librarians, educational technologists and other pedagogical experts. She has a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently she serves on the ACRL Board of Directors and for the closing session will draw upon ACRL's recent report on Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians.

Invited Speakers:

Jamene Brooks-Kieffer
Jamene Brooks-Kieffer is Assistant Professor and Resource Linking Librarian at Kansas State University Libraries where she administers SFX, EZproxy, LibX, and portions of the Libraries’ web site. She blogs about her work with SFX on the K-State Libraries SFX Documentation blog, In addition to these duties, Ms. Brooks-Kieffer works with the Libraries’ Verde ERM installation, participates in usability testing, and collects and analyzes e-resource usage data to inform collection decisions. She chairs a team devoted to the care and feeding of the Libraries’ web site and serves on a campus-wide standing committee on technology. Ms. Brooks-Kieffer is a regular speaker at Electronic Resources & Libraries where she explores her interests in usage data and simple user interfaces decoupled from internal library workflows. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and holds a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Florida State University.
Cynthia Fugate

Cynthia Fugate is Associate Dean for Research and Instructional Services at the University of Washington Libraries.  Her responsibilities include public service operations and support for research, teaching and learning at a dozen libraries on the Seattle campus and at the Friday Harbor Labs in the San Juan Islands. Previously, she served as the founding Director of the University of Washington Bothell Library. 

Cynthia earned an A.B. degree in Greek from Miami University, Oxford Ohio, and her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. Cynthia has published and presented nationally and regionally on topics related to library cooperation, collocation and innovation in library public services.  

Victoria Hanawalt
Victoria Hanawalt is the Norman F. Carrigg College Librarian at Reed College, where she has directed the library since 1987.  She holds a B.A. in History from Stanford University and an M.L.S. from the University of California, Berkeley.  She has served on numerous ALA and ACRL national committees and has been active in OCLC governance as an elected delegate and president of Users Council and an elected member of the OCLC Board of Trustees.  Currently she is serving a second term as a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance Board.
Faye Chadwell

Faye A. Chadwell  was appointed the Interim University Librarian at Oregon State University in October 2010..  Prior to this appointment she was OSU's Associate University Librarian for Collections and Content Management, a position she'd held since August 2007.  An Oregonian since 1995, she also served as the Head of Collection Development and Acquisitions at the University of Oregon Libraries.  Before moving to the Beaver State, she worked at the University of South Carolina in Columbia as the social sciences bibliographer and as a reference librarian. She has chaired or served on various ALA and ALCTS committees and was the co-chair of ALA's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table. In 2003-04, Chadwell served as the president of the Oregon Library Association.  She holds an B.A. and M. A. in English from Appalachian State University and an MLS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She is presently serving on the SPARC Steering Committee.

Lightning talks:

An excellent roster of lightning talks will be presented.  


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ACRL-OR awards two scholarships to the ACRL Washington and Oregon Joint Fall Conference annually. The scholarship covers the registration fee for the conference, including room and board, plus a $30 remittance to assist in covering travel expenses. To apply click here.

Thursday, October 28th 
11-noon  Registration and check-in
Noon-1 Lunch 
1-1:20  Intros and housekeeping 
1:20-2:30 Keynote: David Silver 
2:30-2:50 Break 
2:50-3:20 Lightning talks 
3:20-4:20  Invited talk: Jamene Brooks-Kiefer 
4:20-4:30  Break 
4:30-4:50  Lightning talks 
4:50-5:05  Wrap up and honors 
5:05-6 Break before dinner 
6-7  Dinner
7-8 Chapter and Board meetings 
8:15-? Party 
Friday, October 29th 
8-9 Breakfast and checkout 
9-9:50  Ithaka report response panel with Faye Chadwell, Cynthia Fugate, and Victoria Hanawalt 
9:50-10:10 Lightning talks 
10:10-10:20  Break 
10:20-11  Keynote: Elizabeth Dupuis 
11-11:45  Closing panel moderated by David Silver 
11:45-12  Wrap up and farewells 

(please note: exact times are subject to change)

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!