Oregon IL Summit 2015

The 2015 Oregon Information Literacy Summit was held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Columbia Gorge Community College campus in Hood River, Oregon. We hope you were able to make it!



8:30 – 9:00     Coffee/Refreshments

9:00 – 9:15     Welcome – Tracy Scharn, ILAGO Chair

9:15 – 9:30     Oregon Writing & English Advisory Committee (OWEAC) Update

9:30 – 10:20       Opening Presentation:

10:20 – 10:30      Break

10:30 – 11:30      Presentations:

In recent years, developmental education redesign through acceleration has become a focal point of state and national attention, and for good reason: studies clearly demonstrate the value of the many innovative curricular and student services aimed at supporting students through a degree or certificate program in 1 to 3 years. In Oregon specifically, these acceleration and student success programs have become an essential feature of Oregon completion compacts (40-40-20). At Mt. Hood Community College, we are beginning to take steps in this endeavor. As we start to combine developmental reading and writing into single courses, our Academic Literacy teaching faculty is working with our college librarians to embed information literacy instruction within these redesigned courses, with emphasis on practical instruction in accessing and evaluating digitally based sources. This collaboration-driven instruction, both face-to-face and online, functions as a platform for what we hope will be a robust academic literacy curriculum, rich in critical thinking and active in the practice of evaluation skills. The program presenters, a faculty librarian and an Academic Literacy instructor involved in the development of combined reading and writing courses at MHCC, will relate their personal experiences working together to integrate information literacy within these developmental courses. The presenters will also invite attendees to share their own experiences and best practices related to developmental education redesign and accelerated courses.

In his well-regarded study Brain Rules, John Medina claimed, “If you wanted to create an education environment that was directly opposed to what the brain was good at doing, you probably would design something like a classroom.”* Unfortunately, library instruction sessions take place in similarly limiting spaces. Because of this, it is crucial that we learn how to incorporate instructional strategies that directly engage the learning brain. This presentation will review aspects of how the brain learns and introduce practical brain-based learning strategies to help students and patrons interact more effectively in the information environment.

Medina, J. (2008). Brain rules: 12 principles for surviving and thriving at work, home, and school. Seattle: Pear Press. p. 5.

  • Making OERs a Reality at Your InstitutionJacquelyn Ray, Director of Library and Media Services, Blue Mountain Community College; Dr. Velda Arnaud, Business Faculty, Blue Mountain Community College; and John Schoppert, Director of Library Services, Columbia Gorge Community College

Awareness is increasing about OERs, (Open Educational Resources) and how their usage can have a significant impact on textbook affordability and also prompt re-invention in pedagogy. The Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges has estimated that utilizing open resources, “cost 90% less than the materials that faculty members used prior…saving students $96 per class.” As Oregon increases dual enrollment options this has impact, K-20. The spectrum of OER awareness is wide-ranging, from an inkling to serious implementers who are emerging as OER Champions. This session will begin with a brief introduction to OERs, their current state of OERs in Oregon, and follow with a hands-on workshop for how to locate OERs and strategies for implementation at your institution.

11:30 – 12:30      Presentations

  • Align and Assess: Acceleration and the New Framework – Sara Robertson Seely, Faculty Librarian, Portland Community College & Kate Rubick, Instruction Services Librarian, Lewis & Clark College

One of the stated goals of the Oregon legislature’s Accelerated Learning Committee is to “align curriculum with postsecondary expectations” and support “assessments coordinated across high schools and postsecondary institutions.” Now that the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has published a new Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, we can consider how it might guide both curriculum alignment and assessment across educational institutions. Haven’t read them yet? Not to worry! This session will be an opportunity for a guided reading and discussion of the following:

ACRL (2015) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework#frames

Oakleaf, M. (2014). A Roadmap for Assessing Student Learning Using the New Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40(5), 510-514. Preprint available at: http://meganoakleaf.info/framework.pdf

A discussion about Culture and Information Literacy. By Culture, I mean Colonialism and also the dominant Culture in the US and it’s filtration of information. As a student of color, it is near impossible to get a non-mediated version of information that is not tainted with White-Supremacy’s cultural values. This topic is rarely discussed and has huge implications for Students of Color, for the dominant culture as well as education in general.

12:30 – 1:30      Lunch

1:30 – 2:30      Presentations

Linked open data is making huge strides in providing access to primary source materials. The digital holdings of a massive number of galleries, archives, libraries, and museums are now freely accessible. Expensive subscriptions or access to research-level collections are not needed to access a wealth of digital items unavailable just a few years ago. This presentation will demonstrate the amazing things available through metadata harvesters such as europeana.eu and dp.la, provide navigation tips for finding primary source materials, and describe the core metadata protocol and technology that makes the magic possible.

In this presentation, Grant High School teacher librarian, Paige Battle, and Portland Community College (PCC) faculty member, Lori Wamsley, will share how they worked together to create an opportunity for students to earn up to six college credits in their high school library through PCC’s Dual Credit program. We will provide a brief overview of the PCC Dual Credit program and discuss: 1) how we developed course syllabi and course activities, and 2) how assessment of the student and the courses are done. You will also get to hear from a Grant High School student who has successfully earned college credit in this program and what she gained from this experience.

2:30 – 3:30     Working Groups

3:30 – 4:00      Report from working groups/wrap-up


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