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2013 ACRL Washington and Oregon Joint Conference Program

"Taking Care: Ourselves, Our Users, Our Collections"


David M. Levy
University of Washington Information School

  • No Time to Think

    Today we have the most powerful tools for teaching, scholarship, and learning the world has ever known, yet we have no time to think -- no time for reading, writing, and reflecting. In this presentation I will first describe the historical and technological conditions that have brought about this condition and will then discuss work that aims to address it by restoring “contemplative balance.”

  • Information and Contemplation

    In this hands-on workshop I will introduce some simple contemplative practices and explain how they can be used to establish a more contemplative, or mindful, relationship to the powerful (but also powerfully distracting) digital technologies we use at work and at home.


Sharing is caring:  Creation of information literacy standards for the nursing community

Julie Planchon Wolf (UW-Bothell), Loree Hyde (OHSU), Sue Phelps (WSU-Vancouver)

To construct information literacy standards for nursing education, we embarked upon a process that resulted in the creation of three documents that will benefit the nursing community. This process can be translated into other disciplines and its consideration can enhance services provided in relation to the ACRL IL Competency Standards.

The well-rounded librarian: Understanding student development so we can better take care of our users

Ngoc-Yen Tran, Lizzy Cantor, Cassandra Eggert (U of Oregon)

Understanding our students better through development theories will help us to know more about them and how we can apply these theories to better care for our users. Come learn some student development theories and get ideas about how they can inform the work that we do at our libraries.

The healthy librarian: Cultivating wellness in the workplace

Patricia J. Devine (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

What makes a health promoting workplace? This session will cover guiding principles for a healthy environment. At the end of the session, attendees will: know why workplace wellness matters, gain valuable information to enhance workplace wellness, and leave feeling rejuvenated with creative ideas to make your library a health promoting workplace.

Keep fit, bring Your kids, and yoga on

Jennifer Muilenburg, Heidi Nance, Patrick Osby, Barbara Petite (UW Libraries)

Wellness programs have been proven to help a workplace be happier and more productive. The University of Washington Libraries will talk about its yoga and walking programs, as well Bring Your Child to Work Day: the triumvirate of offerings in our inaugural Wellness Program.


CAREful change: Supporting users and each other through times of significant change

Chelle Batchelor, Rob Estes, Suzan Parker, Tami Garrard (UW-Bothell)

This presentation describes how our library’s Public Services Team prepared staff for the challenges of implementing a new integrated library system (ILS). Activities included helping staff understand the need and benefits of the change and engaging them in developing strategies for minimizing stress so they can work effectively with patrons.

What not to buy

Tony Greiner (Portland CC)

Too many books in academic libraries are never used. This study looked at the characteristics of books that have never been checked out or used internally in community college libraries, to see if selectors could spot these books before purchase. Answer: Sorta yes. Hint: Academic=bad.

Learning to care for our community: diversity work and cultural competency

Dave Ellenwood, Emily Ferguson, Tami Garrard, Althea Lazzaro, Megan Watson (UW-Bothell)

The UW Bothell/Cascadia Community College Campus Library’s Diversity Team conducts cultural competency trainings which encourage the development of healthy coworker relationships around inquiry, empathy, and a commitment to social justice. Here, we will discuss our design process, our assessment philosophy, and the effect of this work on staff wellness.

Choosing civility at OSU

Kerri Goergen-Doll (Oregon State U)

OSU Libraries & Press wants to ensure a safe work and study environment for our growing campus.  To that end, the OSU Civility Committee launched campaigns that raise awareness on civil behavior and how to address uncivil behavior.  Learn about our progress and get ideas for moving forward with your own civility campaign.

Lightning Talks:

  • Taking Care: Take a 'Sabbatical' Every Day: Steve Silver (Northwest Christian U)
  • If You See Something, Say Something: Eli Gandour-Rood & Benjamin Tucker (U of Puget Sound)
  • Woof! Bringing therapy dogs to the library: Andrea Wirth (Oregon State U)
  • Significantly increase your research confidence: A-RIG: Heidi Senior (U of Portland)
  • Caring for Our Users: Bridging the Tablet Divide: Uta Hussong-Christian & Jane Nichols (Oregon State U)

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