2017 call for proposals 

Online Northwest seeks 45-minute panels, workshops, and presentations, or 5-minute lightning talks, on all topics relating to technology and libraries.  The program committee is particularly interested in proposals that address the following themes in relation to technology and libraries.

  • User Experience/Understanding Users
  • Design
  • Engagement/Impact

Other topics related to technology in libraries are welcome!

Proposals for the 2017 conference are due by November 11, 2016. The conference will be held at Portland State University on March 31st, 2017

See our Submit a Proposal page for more information and a link to the form. 

Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble, keynote speaker for 2017


Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. She also holds appointments in the Departments of African American Studies, Gender Studies, and Education. Her research on the design and use of applications on the Internet is at the intersection of race, gender, culture, and technology. She is currently working on a monograph on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in search engines like Google (forthcoming, NYU Press). She currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, and is the co-editor of two books: The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Culture and Class Online (Peter Lang, Digital Formations, 2016), and Emotions, Technology & Design (Elsevier, 2015).


Online Northwest 2017 will be in portland oregon! 

The Online Northwest Program Planning Committee is pleased to announce that the 2017 conference will be held on March 31st, 2017 at Portland State University.  For more information about changes to Online Northwest, see the Q&A on our History page.

Portland State University Library will be the official home of Online Northwest going forward, and we're excited to hold our first conference in cooperation with the PSU Library in 2017. We are appreciative of the continued support for the conference from the (formerly OUS) Library Deans in Oregon. 

Stay tuned for more information and our call for proposals in early fall. 

about Online Northwest 

Online Northwest is a one-day conference focusing on topics that intersect libraries, technology and culture. It was created by the Oregon University System Library Council to help librarians around Oregon learn how to use early online searching tools. As information technology and librarians have increased in sophistication over the years, so has the conference. For more information, please see our history page