Keynote Speaker Andromeda Yelton

Referenced articles and photo credits from Andromeda's presentation


Digital Badges in Libraries: Skill-based Instruction, Code-shifting, and Collaboration
Emily Ford, Urban & Public Affairs Librarian, Portland State University
Nicholas Schiller, Systems & Instruction Librarian, Washington State University- Vancouver
Dawn Richardson, Assistant Professor of Community Health, Portland State University

Digital badges present librarians with new ways of engaging with patrons including recognizing patron achievement and improved communication. This session will provide an overview of digital badges--including an explanation of underlying pedagogical aims--and will address badging as “code-shifting” or using different communication methods for different audiences. Finally, it will present a major collaboration between Portland State University Library and disciplinary faculty to integrate badges in undergraduate courses, providing librarian and disciplinary faculty perspectives.

Strange New World: Linked Data for Catalogers and Metadata Librarians
Jessica Hayden, Technical Services Manager, University of Northern Colorado
Linked data has been hailed as a disruptive innovation that will change the way we organize and discover information, but what does it really mean for catalogers and metadata creators? This presentation will cover the background of linked data and demonstrate developments that take advantage of it. It will highlight projects of particular interest to librarians including the Library of Congress Bibliographic Framework Initiative. A portion of the session will be devoted to using linked data sources such as VIAF and the Open Metadata Registry to create a bibliographic record in BibFrame. The presentation will include discussion of current systems limitations and ways to utilize linked data outside our current ILS. Librarians will walk away with an understanding of how linked data will affect their work in the future, and they will learn about tools to begin utilizing linked data now to expose some of their collections.

Nuanced and Timely: Capturing Collections Feedback at Point of Use
Richard A. Stoddart, Assessment Librarian, Oregon State University Libraries & Press
Jane Nichols, Collection Development Librarian, Oregon State University Libraries & Press (
Terry Reese, Head, Digital Initiatives, The Ohio State University
While libraries use sophisticated metrics to determine e-resources usefulness, impact and cost effectiveness, much of this reflects past usage. To elicit qualitative data, an open-source application that inserts a pop-up survey between a citation and its full-text was tested. Inspired by MINES for Libraries®, this pop-up survey aims to capture users’ real-time reasons for selecting a given resource. Join us to learn about the application, users responses to the survey and to discuss future uses.

Harnessing the Web to Create an Environment that Supports Curiosity, Exploration and Learning
Anne-Marie Deitering, Franklin A. McEdward Professor for Undergraduate Learning Initiatives, Oregon State University Libraries
Hannah Gascho Rempel, Science Librarian & Graduate Student Services Coordinator, Oregon State University Libraries
Chad Iwertz, English Graduate Student & Writing Intensive Curriculum Intern, Oregon State University

How curious are you? Probably exceptionally curious today! But have you thought about how curiosity affects your approach to research? We know choosing a topic is one of the hardest parts of the research process for students, but we don't have as much experience helping students navigate this stage as we do helping them find and cite sources. During this session we will all assess our curiosity dispositions and discuss how to use that information to think about research topics. We'll examine a variety of online tools and talk about how to use them with students during topic selection.

Open Badges Open Doors
Meggie Wright, Oregon State University
Nate Otto, Indiana University

The Mozilla Foundation’s Open Badges are a new technology that makes it possible for anyone to issue, earn, and display proof of an educational achievement. Open Badges are digital tokens, like merit badges you might receive in the real world. They can be displayed on websites, job sites, and social media. Badges can be used to tell a clear, verifiable story about learning accomplishments, something that degrees and resumes often fail to do. Badges are shaking up education wherever and whenever learning happens, including in libraries. In this light workshop, find out how badges work, set up a “backpack,” earn your first badges, and talk about how this technology may impact our institutions’ roles in the learning ecosystem.

Shiny, Happy People Holding Nodes: Using VIVO (a Semantic Web Application) to Reveal University of Idaho Research and Researchers
Annie Gaines, Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Idaho
Devin Becker, Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Idaho

Jeremy Kenyon, Research Librarian, University of Idaho
In 2012, the University of Idaho Library began implementing VIVO, an open-source Semantic Web application, both as a discovery layer for its fledgling institutional repository and as a database to describe, visualize, and report university research activity. The presenters will detail some of the challenges they encountered developing this resource, while discussing the tools and techniques they used for obtaining, editing, and uploading institutional data into the RDF-based VIVO system.

The Mobile Playground: Can Databases and iPads Play Nice?
Kelly Meadow, Summer Reference Intern 2013, University of Oregon (@kellylmeadow)
Ngoc-Yen Tran, Outreach and Student Engagement Librarian, University of Oregon
Tablets present many opportunities to enhance and increase library instruction, but it is unclear if library databases can rise to the challenge of tablet use. In our study, we used an iPad and tested the functionality of specific tasks that may be used in a library instruction setting. This session will explore the nitty gritty of using tablets for library instruction, leading to a better understanding of the future of mobile tablet classrooms.

Responsive Web Design: A Future-Friendly Web Strategy
Christine Tawatao, Systems Librarian: Web Development/Support, University of Washington Libraries (@tawataoc)
In just a few short years, the range of web-enabled devices on our campuses has exploded. The University of Washington Libraries has adopted responsive web design as a way to provide our content on whatever device comes our way. Learn why this is a good strategy for us, what tradeoffs are involved, why concise content is more important than ever, and strategies for conducting user research/testing to inform every step in the design process.

Life Hacking Digital Tools for Classroom Assignments
Elizabeth Brookbank, Instruction Librarian, Western Oregon University
Robert Monge, Instruction Librarian, Western Oregon University
Students are increasingly being given digital assignments. Completing this work requires synthesizing complex subject matter with high end production values to produce content that is meaningful and engaging. The default option for completing these assignments is often a basic video or Prezi. This presentation highlights an instruction guide with essential digital media life hacks to inspire students to be more creative as they communicate their knowledge on a subject using digital tools.

Use of Semantics to Promote Data Management and Discovery
Nicole Vasilevsky, Project Manager, Ontology Development Group, Oregon Health & Science University (@n_vasilevsky)
Melissa Haendel, Lead Ontologist, Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University (@ontowonka)
Jackie Wirz, Biomedical Sciences Librarian, Oregon Health & Science University
As the amount of information and data increases, structuring data is important for discovery and retrieval. We will discuss use cases developed at the OHSU Library that demonstrate the value of using a formal system of logic and meaning (semantics) to structure, manage, and discover data. These tools and technologies can be used by libraries to advance information retrieval and discovery in their communities and to connect to the larger scholarly landscape.

Discovering Open Access Content: A Conversation
Jill Emery, Collection Development Librarian, Portland State University
Open access workflows in Academic Libraries (OAWAL) is an attempt to crowdsource the best practices for management of open access content within academic libraries. This presentation/discussion will focus on the segment concerned with discovery of OA content: the addition of global OA Content to library catalogs & discovery systems, participation in OAISter, necessary metadata for discovery, exposure of local repository on Google, Indexing of gold OA journals and the need for OA designation, usage data (IRUS-UK, PIRUS). The intent is to seek input from the attendees on what else can aid with discovery of OA content.

Code 101: A Very Basic Primer in HTML and CSS
Nyssa J. Walsh, Public Services Librarian, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (@nyssaj)
Don't be intimidated by HTML and CSS! This workshop will give you an opportunity to experiment with mark-up languages so that you can learn to edit websites with ease. In this workshop participants will create an (unpublished) website and interact in an online "sandbox" for basic website design. This class is intended for beginners, but anyone interested in learning more is welcome! A limited number of laptops will be available, so please bring yours along.

Information Literacy, Privacy, & Risk: What Are the Implications of Mass Surveillance for Libraries?    
Gabe Gossett, Librarian for Extended Education, Western Washington University          
Brian Davidson, Career and Academic Advisor, Whatcom Community College                  

Rebecca Wilder, Attorney (Washington state), Research Paralegal, Adjunct Instructor 
 In light of new revelations about government warrantless wiretapping and electronic surveillance what role do librarians have in educating our patrons about digital privacy and security issues? Given that digital privacy is further complicated by for-profit Internet companies services, such as those provided by Facebook and Google, are our users savvy enough to understand threats to their information in this increasingly complex digital landscape?  This presentation will explore issues related to current events and information security with an eye towards the implications for information literacy standards; brief examination of tools used to enhance information privacy; and discuss how librarians might play a role in helping users become more information aware        

Research Communication Workshop
Nicole Vasilevsky, Project Manager, Ontology Development Group, Oregon Health & Science University (@n_vasilevsky)
Melissa Haendel, Lead Ontologist, Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University (@ontowonka)
Jackie Wirz, Biomedical Sciences Librarian, Oregon Health & Science University
Robin Champieux, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Oregon Health & Science University

The library’s role in offering services related to data management and effective research communication is becoming of increasing importance in academic institutions. The goal of this workshop is to discuss how effective data management and scholarly communication can enhance reproducibility of academic outputs and contribute to improved impact. In this workshop, we will teach some key skills which can be disseminated to researchers and students, giving librarians the tools not only to understand the changing landscape of scholarly communication and data management in the digital age, but also how to effectively teach the importance and impact of these practices.

Everyone Has an (E)Book in Them: Teaching a Create Your Own EBook Class
Lorena O'English, Social Sciences Librarian, Washington State University Pullman (@wsulorena)
In recent years there has been extensive discussion about the role librarians can play in working with library patrons who want to create their own new works, whether through makerspaces, crafting groups, etc. This presentation will describe the results of one librarian’s initiative to teach classes (“Create Your Own (Basic) Ebook Using Open Source Software”) on how to create and manage ebooks (with text and images) that can be read on smartphones, tablets, and ereaders. The presentation will include a description of the initiative as well as its successes, challenges, and possibilities for duplication.

Device Agnostic Discovery Using Drupal and Bibliocommons
Stephanie Miller, Access Services Librarian, Multnomah County Library
Arlene Keller, Web Services Coordinator, Multnomah County Library
Multnomah County Library recently won a national award for its new responsive website, which officially launched in February 2013 along with the BiblioCommons discovery layer. Learn about the goals and successes (and lessons learned) of the redesign, including: the implementation of an integrated search experience using Apachs Solr and the BiblioCommons API; providing a responsive patron experience; aligning the discovery layer and Drupal website; using Drupal taxonomies for discovery and organization; and streamlining content creation and editing.

Lightning Talks

Taking the Slow Book Revolution Online: Virtual Readers’ Advisory in the Academic Library
Elizabeth Brookbank, Instruction Librarian, Western Oregon University

The Mobile Landscape, Mobile Literacy, and Libraries
Robin Ashford, Reference Librarian, George Fox University
Laura Zeigen, User Experience Librarian, Oregon Health Sciences University

Streaming Video Demands in the Face of Institutional Drift
Gabe Gossett, Librarian for Extended Education, Human Services, and International Studies, Western Washington University

"Choose Your Own (Research) Adventure" : Creating Engaging Online Activities with Google Forms
Candise Branum, Director of Library Services, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

Twitter Graduate School: Teaching Health Sciences Students to Utilize Social Media to Address Issues in Healthcare
Patricia Devine, Network Outreach Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Learning the Lay of the Land: Defining and Documenting Where Instruction Happens in Order to Target Program Improvement
Steve Borrelli, Instructional Design Librarian & Assessment Team Leader, Washington State University
Corey Johnson, Head of Library Instruction, Washington State University

How to Have a Student-Centered Approach to Social Media: Perspectives From Library Staff and Student Assistant
Justyne Triest, Evening Supervisor, Linfield College
Alyssa Townsend, Linfield College