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A chat with Dr. Allen McKiel

Meet Dr. Allen McKiel , new Dean of Library and Media Services for Western Oregon University.  He’s in Oregon, he’s excited about instruction and electronic resources, and I really enjoyed chatting and getting to know him today.

Now on to my not-so-hidden agenda: we’ve got Allen in Oregon, how can we bend him to our evil state and regional information literacy purposes? It won’t be hard! Allen recently submitted an LSTA grant proposal to fund development of online library instruction tutorials for Orbis Cascade Alliance libraries. His vision is to create a pool of shared instructional resources similar to the CLIP tutorials (scroll down to see tutorial links) developed to support the inter-institutional Bachelor of Science of Organizational Leadership (BSOL). The resources will be standards based and address the information literacy proficiencies we agree on and teach to, but these resources will remain fluid and customizable for each institution.  To think about- will this resource be available to institutions outside the Alliance?

Want to hear more? I asked Dr. McKiel to consider sharing his ideas with Oregon and Washington colleagues at the 2008 ACRL OR/WA Conference at Menucha this fall. If he can’t attend in person, perhaps the new WOU instruction library can represent this vision. I believe the conference theme for Menucha this year is next generation catalogs, or something like that, so this conversation would probably take place as an on-the-side business meeting of some sort. How or if this meeting takes place will depend on various factors- status of the grant, conference schedule, accommodations…etc., but we’ve got the wheels turning! Any ideas that affect Alliance libraries make good conversation starters for OR and WA academic librarians, so I hope this works out. If not at Menucha, then certainly for the next Oregon IL Summit.

More about Dr. McKiel:

  • He was the Director of Libraries at Northeastern State University before coming to Oregon
  • Allen is active with ebrary on the advisory committee
  • Allen believes academic libraries will stop buying print materials in the next 3-5 years as patrons demand more electronic content and readers like Kindle and Android flood the market
  • Allen is the author of Beyond Tolerance: Religion and Global Community. In Beyond Tolerance, Allen identifies spiritual themes that are universally present despite differences in the way the belief manifests for individual teaching and practice. (my note- doesn’t this sound familiar? instructional tutorials that address universal information literacy themes, but remain customizable for individual ways of teaching and practice).

Welcome, Allen!