This Thursday: Library Instruction/ Info Lit Discussion at Menucha

The ACRL-OR/WA Fall conference at Menucha is this week!


You are invited to join colleagues for a Library Instruction/Information Literacy discussion on Thursday evening.  We are scheduled for 8:00pm in the Creevy common room (just after the chapter meetings and overlapping a bit with the social…so bring a beverage of your choice). Join us for this informal gathering to share information about your IL initiatives or groups.  Dr. Allen McKiel, Dean of Library and Media Services at Western Oregon University will join us to discuss the Cooperative Library Instruction Project. 


Please bring any information you want to share.


If you are not able to attend, but would like to share information with the group, I’m happy to bring handouts for you, tell me what I can do to help.


Let me know if you have questions and I hope to see you at the conference.

~Michele Burke



More info about Thursday night at the conference:



There will be two discussions happening at the ACRL-OR Fall conference during the party: one about creating a Northwest Research Network and another about Library Instruction/Information Literacy.  If either of these are of interest to you, please consider joining the discussion.  Further information on [the NW Research Network] is below.  


Thank you,

Garrett Trott

ACRL-OR President


Instruction-Reference Librarian


College & Graduate School

5000 Deer Park Drive SE

Salem, OR  97317-9392

Voice — 503-589-8116

Fax — 503-375-7196


Creating a Northwest Research Network discussion Discussion Leaders: Robin Paynter (Portland State University) and Laura Zeigen (Oregon Health & Sciences University)


What this is about?  University of Rochester has received a lot of attention over the last few years for its groundbreaking use of ethnographic methods in studying researchers, and for collaborative research projects with other libraries.  Can we create a system for collaboration via the Orbis Cascade Alliance (or another system) in the Northwest? Sharing the cost of developing valid and reliable research tools, developing a pool of librarians with expertise in a variety of methodologies, getting to the quantitative and qualitative data we need to argue for more resources, and (not least) replicating the research in more than one setting are all potential benefits to working collaboratively. Join us as we explore these and other elements in our discussion!

1.    Why do we think it would be useful? What are the potential benefits for our individual institutions?

2.    What are the potential drawbacks?

3.    Is the Alliance the right place to overlap on this?

4.    What are areas of possible research interest?

5.    What kinds of comparisons/groupings could be made?

6.    Future steps/follow-up                    



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