OLA Conference 2009
The annual 2009 Oregon Library Association (OLA) Conference was held this Wednesday through Friday in Salem, Oregon. I participated in the “poster” presentation showcase with a colleague from Western Oregon University, Robert Monge, for the Collaborative Library Instruction Project (CLIP). This is a joint grant project between Chemeketa Community College, Oregon State University, Western Oregon University, and Willamette University in which video tutorials for library instruction are made. A main goal of this project is to create tutorials that can be used by a number of institutions & hopefully even be accessible to public and high school libraries. A similar Canadian project called ANTS is one that we may end up collaborate with, although there are some differences between these projects. For example, we are considering a peer-review process, which to our knowledge has not been done. The overall goal of these two projects is very similar.
I also presented on the topic of new student library orientation in Oregon and Washington academic institutions, and have posted the PowerPoint Slides in Northwest Central. I surveyed 46 academic libraries in the Orbis-Cascade Alliance to find out how they handle orienting new students to their libraries. With just a few exceptions, pretty much all institutions have the library involved in some way in orienting students to campus resources. It was an 18 question survey, so there is a lot more info available on this topic. If you have questions about this topic, please let me know. I may post more info on this topic later.
I also want to acknowledge Linda Repplinger, my sister, who designed the 2009 OLA conference logo. I only helped tweak the logo. Many people have commented on how much they like the logo, so way to go Linda!