Online Northwest will be held March 25, 2022. We’ve got a great virtual program for you this year!


Participant Registration Rates: $25 to help cover the cost of live captioning of the event.


The schedule is available here and full session descriptions are provided below. All times are PDT.


All times are PDT.

9:00 – 9:50: Welcome and Keynote Address

10:00 – 12:20 Sessions

12:20 – 1:20: Lunch Break

1:20 – 1:35: Lightning Talks

1:40 – 4:10: Sessions

4:10-4:40: Thank You and Closing Comments


Angelique Carson is the Shared Collections Librarian at the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) and currently serves as co-chair of the WRLC’s Textbook Affordability Working Group (TAWG). Before arriving at the WRLC, Angelique served as Head of Access Services at Howard University Libraries where she advocated and assisted in drafting the University’s first Open Education Resource textbook grant program, the BisonOpen Summer Academy. Angelique has completed the Open Education Network’s OER Librarianship certificate program and the Lumen Learning Fellowship program, with a concentration in OER- enabled pedagogy. Through these programs she collaborated with fellow academic OER Librarians and instructors, investigating new opportunities to educate, support and advocate for OER resources. Angelique has held Librarian posts at Southern University of New Orleans, the Southern Food and Beverage Culinary Library and Archive, and the Catholic University of America. She holds an M.L.I.S. from Louisiana State University and a B.A. in English Literature and Theater Arts from the University of Virginia and finds good use for her A.D in Apparel Construction from the Fashion Institute of Technology as often as possible.


Researchers like Money: Library Funding to Support Open Access Publishing via Article Processing Fees

Open Access publishing is publishing, and it costs money. At the UO Libraries, one of the ways we are supporting OA publishing though a pilot Article Processing Charge Fund. It is designed to support all researchers – from undergraduates to faculty to staff – in publishing their work in fully open access journals and books. Now in its second year, we can share what works, difficulties we’ve encountered, ways we are expanding financial support for open access publishing, and how this program has facilitated advocacy for open access.

Miriam RigbyUniversity of Oregon
Franny GaedeUniversity of Oregon Libraries


From Raising Awareness to Establishing Negotiating Principles: A Model for Promoting Open Scholarly Communication

This talk introduces one model for promoting campus-wide support of open and sustainable scholarship principles, which a library can use in negotiations with publishers and vendors. It follows the formation of the library-based Open & Sustainable Scholarly Communication group and its faculty advisory committee through its tasks.

These tasks include: Surveying faculty on their attitudes toward Open scholarship, raising campus awareness of Open scholarship, and developing a reasonable set of principles that support our commitment to Open.

Zach WelhouseOregon State University



Equity and Open Education Cohort Model for Faculty and Teaching and Learning Support

This session will describe the Equity and Open Education Faculty Cohort professional development course, originally designed by Jen Klaudinyi at Portland Community College, and scaled statewide in collaboration with Open Oregon Educational Resources. A new version of the course aimed at participants in support roles, such as librarians, instructional designers, accessibility services, will launch in Spring 22. The central insight of the course is that faculty often assume that their course is more equitable when they adopt affordable materials, but an open license does not ensure an equity lens, including universal design, cultural relevance, and diverse perspectives.

Amy R. Hofer, Coordinator, Statewide Open Education Library Services
Jen Klaudinyi, Portland Community College


Developing Digital Stewardship Training: Reflections from a Collaborative Project to Strengthen Staff Skills

We will discuss an IMLS-funded project to develop online digital stewardship training for staff of tribal archives, libraries, museums, and small public libraries, adapted from curriculum from WSU’s Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation.

The project team considered prevalent notions of openness and neutrality, and reflected on how practices around digitization, discovery, and access may perpetuate dispossession and erasure of traditional knowledge. We encourage learners to incorporate responsible, ethical approaches when collaborating with others and including diverse cultural heritage materials in their digital collections.

We will share relevant learnings from the project, courses, and the work of the CDSC.

Dale MusselmanOCLC WebJunction
Lotus Norton-WislaWashington State University Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation


Lending a Hand: The Library’s Role in Supporting Open Pedagogy

Open pedagogy doesn’t have to live only in the classroom – it can be supported by the library and by librarians! Come to this presentation to learn what open pedagogy is, the benefits of open pedagogy for faculty and students, and how librarians and libraries can help support and integrate the creation and use of open educational resources built by students for students.

Robin JeffreyOlympic College


Using the Web of Science to Create a Retrospective Faculty Scholarship Collection

While faculty often understand the benefits of publishing in an institutional repository, they often cannot find the time or feel too technically overwhelmed to upload their articles. At Central Washington University we used the Web of Science to locate articles published by faculty and uploaded those articles into the IR. This has resulted in a nearly complete collection of the Scholarship created by CWU faculty.

Maura ValentinoCentral Washington University
Daniel LevyCentral Washington University


Introduction to PubMed Central

PubMed Central (PMC) is a database of over 6 million free, full-text articles from the 1700s to the present in the biomedical sciences. PMC is maintained by the National Library of Medicine and is freely available online ( PMC includes Open Access articles, preprint articles, author manuscripts, and more. This presentation will explore how to use PMC, cover content you can expect to find in PMC, discuss and define Open Access articles, preprint articles, and author manuscripts in PMC, and will explain the relationship between PMC and the biomedical database PubMed.

Emily HamstraNetwork of the National Library of Medicine, Region 5


Learn-STATIC: Innovative Digital Humanities Pedagogy With Static Web Technologies

Static web technologies offer an exciting opportunity for Digital Humanities instructors to incorporate transferable digital literacy skills into the classroom, while producing low-cost, low-maintenance web projects that are sustainable even for institutions with limited resources. These tools spur students to learn transferable data management and digital literacy skills, and their open nature strengthens instructors’ control over classroom web projects. This presentation will introduce the NEH-funded Learn-STATIC initiative, which aims to make static web technologies more accessible for students and instructors alike through open-source learning sequences that contain reusable code stored in GitHub repositories, example lesson plans, and documentation.

Olivia WikleUniversity of Idaho
Evan WilliamsonUniversity of Idaho
Kate ThornhillUniversity of Oregon Libraries
Gabriele HaydenUniversity of Oregon Libraries


Open-Source Archives West: Replacing a Proprietary XML Database with BaseX

Since 2007 the Orbis Cascade Alliance has operated Archives West: a centralized repository of over 42,000 finding aids from institutions across six western states. The Alliance recently replaced the proprietary software used to index finding aids for searching and browsing, Ixiasoft TEXTML, with the open-source project BaseX. This presentation will provide an introduction of BaseX and how it can be used to create fulltext-searchable databases from large collections of XML documents.

Tamara MarnellOrbis Cascade Alliance



Ebooks & Accessibility

EPUB 3.0, the current standard for eBooks, and has a number of features that make it more accessible to readers with disabilities than previous formats. In this talk I’ll demonstrate how to crack open an EPUB3 and look at the code inside. I’ll show some simple techniques for making eBooks more accessible using HTML: ARIA attributes to make generic tags more specific and provide landmarks to help assistive technologies to navigate the book, more semantic tags to make sure screen readers read text aloud properly, long and extended descriptions to communicate the meaning of complex images, and a method to allow users of assistive tech to be literally “on the same page” as print readers.

Thomas A. DodsonSouthern Oregon University


Doing Open Digital Stewardship in the Digital Humanities: Digital Scholarship Research Consultations for Graduate Students and Faculty

University of Oregon graduate students and faculty come to UO Libraries Digital Scholarship Services for open digital humanities research consultations. They either find the department through the Digital Research, Education, and Media Lab’s website, research grant-funded initiatives, word of mouth from UO peers, or Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation, graduate advisors, or UO archivists and librarian recommendations. This presentation foregrounds the digital stewardship theory and practices that are core to working with researchers who contribute to the open digital humanities. The consultation strategies used by DSS will be shared so other academic libraries can use them.

Kate ThornhillUniversity of Oregon Libraries


Open Access to Expertise with Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau

In the context of open librarianship, access to information is critical, but raw information benefits from contextualization, exploration, and, ultimately, the guidance of an expert. Expertise, however, is typically sequestered in university and college campuses, with little outreach to outside communities. This session will focus on Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau, an open educational resource for libraries to democratize access to expertise, grow and diversify audiences, and deepen connections with their communities. This program provides free public humanities presentations statewide from engaging scholars, artists, culture bearers, at little to no charge for hosting organizations.

Asia LaraHumanities Washington
Stone Addington
Humanities Washington


Defending Your Rights: Author Agreements and Open Access

Disseminating scholarly activities can be a complex field to nativage for both librarians and faculty. This session will advise attendees regarding how to maintain authors’ rights when publishing scholarly work. We will explore several journal copyright transfer agreements to highlight authors’ rights to share their work openly, such as in their campus institutional repositories. The presenters will showcase the SHERPA/RoMEO database as well as SPARC’s online author addenda tools to locate publisher’s policies. Attendees will also learn the benefits of sharing scholarly work openly together with tips for negotiating with publishers.

Holly GabrielSouthern Oregon University
Thomas A. DodsonSouthern Oregon University


Wait, You Don’t Have an Open Access Policy?: Passing an OA Policy in 2021

Twenty years after passing a resolution supporting open access, the University of Oregon Faculty Senate passed their first comprehensive Open Scholarship Policy. Library personnel and faculty champions collaborated in this enormous effort over two years. This demanded the recognition of new models of scholarship and the development of new workflows leveraging the institutional repository and other tools. Given faculty hesitancy and uncertainty over mandates and enforcement, significant coalition-building was difficult in the time of COVID-19, but necessary to achieve consensus. We will share our strategies for success and suggestions for how they may be replicated.

Miriam RigbyUniversity of Oregon
Franny GaedeUniversity of Oregon
Catherine Flynn-PurvisUniversity of Oregon
David CondonUniversity of Oregon


Embedded librarian shines a light on “grey literature” for informing organizational change

As the use of “grey literature” becomes more accepted as a legitimate means of informing the implementation of timely research, librarians may become information resources much needed by grant writers, researchers, policy makers and innovative non-profits. Accessibility and timing are at issue for many change makers in a time where innovation and action are needed ahead of the constraints of academic research. This session will introduce ways in which organizational assessments may be quickly translated into real-time research which informs action. Real-world experiences in libraries and non-profits, accessible methodologies and resources for finding and citing non-traditional research will be presented.

Tiffany CoulsonAltera