2017 ACRL-WA/OR Joint Conference F.A.Q.

Q. How much does it cost?

A. It's very affordable!  $140 for Washington State chapter members, $150 for non-members, and $100 for students. Room and board is included. Apartment or house accommodations are available for a modest additional fee, payable when you arrive onsite.

Q. How do I pay?

A. Online using Paypal (during registration), or by check (made out to ACRL-WA). 

To pay your registration by check, please send a copy of the invoice with the check to the following address:

Dan Mandeville
University of Washington Libraries
Suzzallo Library
Box 352900
Seattle, WA 98195-2900

Q. Are there scholarships available?

A. Yes. Information on how to apply will is available here. Scholarships will be awarded well before the registration cutoff date.

Q. What is the registration cutoff date?

A. October 4, 2017.

Q: Where is the schedule and programming information?

A.  Right here!

Q. What should I pack?

A. Dress casually and for comfort.  No business attire at this conference!

  • Bring out the jeans, fleece, sweatshirts, sweaters, comfy shoes, boots, etc.,     
  • Bring warm clothes and a raincoat/parka (dare I say umbrella?)
  • The meeting rooms at Pack Forest can be cool, and you will be going outdoors to move from one building to another.  (Pack Forest also offers some walking trails around the area so plan accordingly if you want to be among nature.)   
  • You may want an extra blanket or your own pillow. Pack Forest provides bedding but if you like to stay toasty bring a sleeping bag or extra blanket.
  • Consider bringing a flash light. The Pack Forest facilities are well lit, but a flashlight can still come in handy.    
  • Bring ear plugs.  Lodging in cabins fits the rustic atmosphere of Pack Forest and helps us keep the conference costs very low, but one often ends up rooming with at least someone who is snoring.  

Q.  How do I get to Pack Forest?

 A. Directions and a map are on the Pack Forest website:

 Here is a map of the Pack Forest campus:

 Before you leave, PLEASE double check for road construction and mountain pass conditions at the Washington State Department of Transportation website.

Q. When can I check in?

A. Registration and key distribution will be on Thursday from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45pm in Scott Hall but because of another group that is using Pack Forest through Thursday morning, we will NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS OUR ROOMS UNTIL AFTER 4PM ON THURSDAY. There is a break scheduled from 4:35-5pm on Thursday before the poster session that will be an excellent time to retrieve your belongings from your car and settle into your housing. Please plan accordingly to leave your overnight things in your vehicle during lunch and the early afternoon sessions. 

Thursday lunch will be served from 1-1:55pm in the Dining Hall. 

We will start at 2:00 pm with announcements followed by the keynote address at 2:15pm.

Q. I have dietary restrictions.  What can I eat?

A. You will be asked to indicate this on your registration form.  For those who request vegetarian or vegan meals OR for those who indicate dietary restrictions, your name will been given to the Pack Forest dining hall workers.  As you are going through the line please give them your name to receive your meal.  

Q.  What are my housing options?

A. Dorms and cabins are available at no extra cost. Houses ($15 extra) and apartments ($20 extra) are available on a first come first serve basis.

Q. Is there a reduced fee if I don’t want to stay overnight at Pack Forest?

A. The conference registration fee includes lodging and meals.  We are not able to change the registration fee if you do not want to stay overnight.

Q. Is there a phone number I can leave if people at home need to reach me? 

There is fairly robust cell phone coverage at Pack Forest, so you should be reachable on your own cell phone, but some providers may be more spotty than others. On Thursday & Friday during business hours, you can have folks contact Pack Forest Conference Center manager Terri McCauley at 253-692-4170.

Q. I have another question not answered above/need further assistance?

A. You can e-mail board president/conference organizer Eli Gandour-Rood at, or call (253) 879-3678 until noon October 18th. After that, you can reach Pack Forest directly at (253) 692-4160.

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