Conference Schedule

The conference will be held at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center in Corvallis, OR on February 13th, 2015 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

8:00 am - 9:00 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 10 am: Keynote Address

10:00 am - 10:10 am: Break

10:10 - 10:55 am: Session One

10:55 - 11:05 am: Break

11:05 am - 11:50 am: Session Two


12:00 pm -1:15 pm: Lunch, Exhibitors, First Half of Door Prizes

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm: Session Three

2:00 pm -2:10 pm: Break

2:10 pm - 2:55 pm: Session Four

2:55 - 3:05 pm: Break

3:05 - 4:00 pm: Lightning Talks, Second Half of Door Prizes


Mita Williams, User Experience Librarian at the University of Windsor, will start off the day with her keynote presentation: 

Teach for America. Code for America. Librarianing for America.

The motto for Code for America is "a new kind of public service".  The motto of CrisisCommons is "we help connect people to help those in need". This talk is not going to dwell on the matter that librarians lack a good word - much less an official motto - that describes the work that we do. Instead, a case will be made for a new program to be designed to get more librarians working within more organizations in more communities.


Session One (10:10 - 10:55)

Can You Kern? Online and Print Design for Librarians (ballroom)

Diana K. Wakimoto, Associate Librarian, California State University, East Bay

Everyone now has the possibility of being their own graphic designer, but it can be hard to know where to start. We’ll discuss design basics, resources, software, and go over examples of the good, the bad, and the fixable in library design—both in print and online. Great design is easier than you think and with some simple tips and tricks you’ll be ready to tackle the next graphic design task at your library.

Leaving Silos on the Farm: A Sustainable Solution for Distributing eBooks (rm 111)

Hutch Tibbetts, Web Content Developer, Douglas County Libraries

Douglas County Libraries won a grant based on their eBook model to provide a platform for the state, eVoke Colorado. Initiated several years ago, and discussed here previously, this session provides new insight into their progress, partnering with Spain-based Odilo to deliver eBooks and eAudio, as well as downloadable music and video, through their catalog. Ideally suited for consortia, library networks, and state-wide platforms, it eliminates content silos, making the patron experience second to none.

Digital Badges: A Tool for Embedded Library Instruction (rm 114)

Emily Ford, Urban & Public Affairs Librarian, Portland State University
Betty Izumi, Assistant Professor of Community Health, Portland State University
Jost Lottes, Research Associate, Institute on Aging, Portland State University
Dawn Richardson, Assistant Professor of Community Health, Portland State University

Digital badges, much like embroidered scouting badges, signify an earner’s skills. In higher education educators are using badges to certify student achievements. Badges communicate to students, faculty, and the public what skills students earn during their course of study much better than can a letter grade, certificate, or diploma.

This session will begin with a theoretical background informing badging including: gamification, motivation, neoliberalization of education, technological innovation, and competency-based curriculum. Next we will discuss how our team--three Community Health professors and one librarian from Portland State University--embedded badges for information literacy into three undergraduate Community Health courses during Fall 2014. Finally, we will present what we learned from the experience. By discussing our learning outcomes-based approach to instructional design, “how tos” of implementing badge technology, and discussing lessons learned, session attendees will discover ways to approach and implement badges at their home institutions.

Digitally Inclusive Communities: A Discussion from a Variety of Community Perspectives (rm 115)

Drew Pizzolato, Digital Literacy Project Coordinator, Literacy, Language and Technology Research Group, Portland State University
Kimberly Pendell, Social Work & Social Sciences Librarian, Portland State University
Cindy Gibbon, Access & Information Services Director, Multnomah County Library
Cece Hughley Noel, Executive Director, Portland Community Media
Colleen Dixon, Director of Public Services, Free Geek

How do communities define and work toward digital inclusion? The possible expansion of Google Fiber into Portland and surrounding cities has spurred conversation among local government, libraries, community-based organizations, and scholars about digital inclusion, and how we can facilitate it in our communities. Panelists representing a variety of perspectives from the Digital Inclusion Network will provide insights from their unique contexts. Attendees will learn about digital inclusion and how it is supported by these organizations.

Session Two (11:05 - 11:50)

The Library as Publisher? Publishing at Portland State University and Oregon State University (rm 111)

Karen Bjork, Digital Initiatives Coordinator, Portland State University
Sue Kunda, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Oregon State University Libraries and Press

The traditional role of libraries as aggregators, curators and disseminators of resources has been profoundly challenged by the notion of libraries as publishers of content. The traditional publishing model is based on ownership, commerce, paid exchanges, and scholarship as a commodity. Libraries are based on a service model of sharing resources & free exchange. Academic libraries are therefore uniquely positioned to provide publishing solutions which can reduce student costs and provide faculty and students an alternative to traditional publishing. Both Portland State University (PSU) Library and Oregon State University Libraries and Press (OSULP) are providing a variety of publishing solutions to their respective campuses. Attendees will learn about an array of library publishing projects, including PSU’s reTHINK PDX Open Textbook project (part of the Provost’s Challenge), OSULP’s Open Textbook Initiative, publication of conference proceedings and journals (including student-run journals), a student iBook Author project, and several other unique library-campus collaborations. Challenges and opportunities for Library publishing will be discussed, and existing Library publishing models will be examined.

The Digitally Embedded Librarian: Social Media and Library Instruction (rm 114)

Elizabeth Brookbank, Instruction Librarian, Western Oregon University

Students are constantly connected to social networks. Instead of fighting to keep these potential distractions out of the classroom, a professor and a librarian at Western Oregon University embraced them, harnessing their power to increase student engagement. The result? Student collaboration and participation skyrocketed, and information literacy instruction was more meaningfully integrated. Find out how intentional use of social media could help you sustainably expand your reach into the classroom beyond the one-shot instruction session.

Digital Asset Management System Assessment: Use Cases for Digital Infrastructure Re-design (rm 115)

Steve Van Tuyl, Data and Digital Repository Librarian, Oregon State University Libraries and Press
Hui Zhang, Digital Applications Librarian, Oregon State University Libraries and Press
Amanda Whitmire, Data Management Specialist, Oregon State University Libraries and Press

Academic libraries that offer digital asset management systems (DAMS) and services such as an institutional repository, data curation services, and digitization of historic documents face the need to assess and refine services. This need can be most apparent when considering changes to DAMS infrastructure. The proposed panel presents the experiences of OSU Libraries and Press as we move to a new DAMS system for ScholarsArchive@OSU. Before considering DAMS platforms, we conducted an in-depth requirements analysis with our stakeholders, both within our organization as well as with stakeholders outside of the organization. The panelists will include OSU faculty and administrators selected for requirements interviews who present unique use cases for the DAMS, including those for whom the current iteration of the DAMS does not provide adequate service. Audience members will learn about using requirements analysis to design new digital infrastructures and will learn about popular digital library technologies (e.g. Hydra, DSpace).

Leveling Up with Citations (ballroom)

Amy Coughenour, Distance Education & Reference Librarian, Concordia University         

Learning citation and style guidelines can be difficult for many students. For most of them, it’s just plain boring! Quest-based learning, a type of gamified instruction, is one tool to both increase students’ interest and provide instant feedback regarding their progress. As students level up through different quests, they apply the skills they’ve learned while earning experience points, badges, achievements, and rewards. And by using Open Badges, students can display their badges anywhere online: Facebook, LinkedIn, a campus learning management system, online resume, etc. The badges also communicate competency levels to other faculty and instructors. While the examples will come from the 3D Game Lab platform, the concepts and strategies are applicable to other content management systems, such as Google Forms, LibGuides, and learning management systems.    

Session Three (1:15 - 2:00)

Wearable Tech is the Future (or WTF?!) (ballroom)

Laurie Bridges, Instruction and Emerging Technologies Librarian, Oregon State University
Korey Jackson, Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services, Oregon State University

Smart watches, Google Glass, and other wearable tech—WTF do they have to do with libraries?! Join us for an overview of wearable tech’s history, current market, and potential future. We'll discuss library related topics such as: privacy concerns, collecting user data, wearable lending, and app development. And finally, of course, we'll talk about the latest and greatest wearable tech gadgets!

Using Digital Objects to Create a Virtual Visit to the Archives (rm 111)

Maura Valentino, Metadata Librarian, Oregon State University

While there is extensive literature on creating digital libraries, there is a dearth of literature on encouraging the use of digital libraries. This presentation will discuss a multi-year project to encourage professors to use digital objects as primary source materials in their curriculum. Participants will gain insight into using digital objects as part of learning outcomes and librarian colleagues can determine if introducing digital objects to their users is a valid way to provide service.

Website as Classroom: Content Strategy for Libraries (rm 114)

Laura Krier, Web Services Librarian, Sonoma State University

Does your website sometimes seem like a dumping ground for information that no one really reads? Do you wonder how to tie your website to your library’s mission and goals? A good content strategy can be a powerful tool to help you create a purpose-driven, useful, and engaging website, but most books and articles about content strategy are focused on the business world. This presentation will translate the business-speak of content strategy guidelines into a practice that works for libraries. A good content strategy can help you create a website attuned to your library’s goals, that helps you teach your students to find and use information effectively.


Jackie Wirz, Director of Professional Development and Graduate Student Affairs, Assistant Professor and Biomedical Research Specialist, Oregon Health & Science University

Although the need for data services at academic institutions is well known, researchers often view data management plans mandates as “sticks.” While working with researchers at Oregon Health & Science University, I have found that Data Visualization is an excellent “carrot”, becoming a tool that fosters discussion, engagement and collaboration. This session will cover how OHSU developed Data Visualization workshops, services, and formal curricula. These data services have led to new partnerships and stronger ties, benefiting both our data management services and our broader library initiatives.

Session Four (2:10 - 2:55)

Visualization Tools for Analyzing Bibliographic Citations, Social Media, and Other Large Datasets (rm 115)

Carolyn Cramer, Research Intelligence Analyst, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Barbara Wetzel, Research Librarian, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Visual analytic tools take advantage of our natural abilities to discover and explore patterns, outliers, trends, and relationships in a structured dataset. We will demonstrate the use of these tools to look at bibliographic citations downloaded from scientific databases, social media content, and other large volume datasets. These tools have unique capabilities with many applications including information and intellectual analysis, strategic planning, and scientific research to help understand the big picture and to formulate questions.

IT for All! Bringing Online Computer Classes Statewide (rm 114)

Elizabeth Iaukea, Microsoft IT Academy Project Manager, Washington State Library

More than 50% of today’s jobs require some technology skills, and experts expect that percentage will increase to 77% in the next decade. Through online courses, The Microsoft IT Academy (ITA) provides industry-leading technology skills to help bridge the skills gap. In partnership with Microsoft, the Washington State Library has provided the Microsoft ITA to state residents through local community and technical college, public, and tribal libraries. In addition to online courses and other digital self-study resources, the second year of their deployment saw a push to increase supply and demand for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications statewide. Project Managers from both sides of the aisle – vendor and customer share information about what the program consists of, how it can be deployed, and lessons learned and best practices for states or communities considering jumping on the Microsoft ITA bandwagon to bring IT training to local communities.

Using Topic Modeling to Enhance Access to Digital Government and Archival Collections (rm 111)

Jonathan Cain, Government Information Librarian, University of Oregon
Kira Homo, Electronic Records Archivist, University of Oregon

Providing access to digital collections can be problematic, librarians and archivists are inundated with poorly described born-digital materials with scant metadata. Topic modeling, a method of statistical analysis that can discover thematic elements within a set of documents, allows archivists and librarians working with digital collections to describe and make accessible digital material without laborious manual processing.Our presentation will show how libraries can easily implement topic modeling in diverse library environments dealing with digital texts.

Web Literacy: Using & Sharing Dynamic Tools to Learn & Teach The Web [Workshop] (ballroom)

Tim Miller, General Reference and Instruction Librarian, Humboldt State University

Web literacy - the ability to build, connect and explore web components - is quickly becoming inextricably linked to information literacy. Experiential learning is essential in teaching the future of information discovery. In this workshop, we will review useful Open Educational Resources and use code playgrounds to create customized search widgets using HTML, CSS, & JavaScript. We will then briefly examine how to apply these concepts to develop other tools, including plugins and browser extensions.

Lightning Talks

Tina Ching, Seattle University School of Law        
Rotting to the Core: How the Internet is Degrading the Law

Natalia Fernández, Oregon State University        
Using PressBooks to Engage Students with Campus History

J. Turner Masland, PSU                                                 
Harvesting the Cloud: Utilizing Google Apps to increase collaboration

Erin Passehl-Stoddart, University of Idaho            
Match that Photo: Embracing Analog Methods to Enhance Digital Collections

Joe Marquez, Reed College                                         
Asana: a cloud-based solution to playing “telephone”