2014 Resource Archives

Semantic Metadata and Library Identity – A lightning talk about librarian identity that focuses on metadata as a core identity of our profession.

Developing a Sustainable Model for Assessing Library Instruction – The University of Washington Libraries Teaching Team did a “360 assessment” of library instruction sessions in UW’s Expository Writing Program (100 level courses) last year. Using online post-library session surveys, we gathered responses from students, instructors and librarians about the relevance and effectiveness of library instruction. Using this data we analyzed how library instruction impacts student learning and ways to maximize the impact of our short one-shot sessions. We developed best practices and recommendations for entry level library instruction as well as developed a sustainable model for assessing library instruction at the University of Washington.

Web Accessibility – Powerpoint slides from a 5 minute Tech Talk on Web Accessibility – ACRL OR/WA 2014 Joint Conference. Practical things you can do as a content provider to improve accessibility to your web content.

Using Instagram @ Your Library – A “tech talk” on using Instagram as a tool for your academic library to reach out to students. From ACRL OR/WA Joint Conference 2014. 

 Listos para el kinder – Listos para el kínder offers a variety of learning activities and practices that enhance the development of literacy among young Spanish-speaking children ages 3 to 5, and empowers parents by raising their awareness about ways to help their children get ready for kindergarten.

Making vs Crafting – Libraries have been stimulating creativity through crafting for years. Does this make libraries one of the original makerspaces or hopelessly behind the times? Explore the line between crafting and making, with a little discussion and a lot of hands-on opportunities to bring out the creative and maker energy of communities.

Smart Technology in the Stack:iPad Instruction Pilot Program – In fall 2012 Southern Oregon University’s Hannon Library began a pilot project teaching online resources in a classroom in the government stacks using iPads. Freshmen find valuable government sources for their documented arguments using free government apps. The apps/mobile sites cover a variety of topics and media: USA.gov, full text reports from the GAO and peer-reviewed research from PubMed Mobile. Smithsonian apps bring the museum to students at all grade levels. Students collaborate to learn iPad functions while having fun on Smithsonian’s MEanderthal. They explore apps, download PDFs immediately or carry the iPads with them into the stacks to find cataloged items.

 Transitioning from Plinkit to WordPress: Building a Library Website – To host their websites, many small public libraries across the state of Oregon currently use Public Library Interface Kit (Plinkit), a multi-state collaborative project that provided an open source template-based website creation tool kit for libraries. The Oregon State Library is phasing out Plinkit as a website host this year. Consequently, libraries throughout the state will need to find new platforms for their websites.This wiki offers a guideline on how to build a library website using WordPress based on the experience of Curry Public Library in Gold Beach, Oregon.

Lessons From 10 Years of Virtual Reference – Thea Evenstad and Caleb Tucker-Raymond (Multnomah County Library) present “Lessons from 10 Years of Virtual Reference” at the 2013 Oregon Virtual Reference Summit, May 3 2013 in Silverton, Oregon. Oregon has had a collaborative statewide virtual reference service for over 10 years, receiving over 230,000 questions in that time. This session will review data from the service (Answerland, aka L-net) and compare it to national trends and published research.