Oregon Virtual Reference Summit

2016

We are not holding our annual Summit this year, due to all of the ongoing changes with Answerland. However, Washington State is holding its first statewide VR conference on March 18th at Highline College, and Oregon librarians are invited to attend.

2015

Wednesday April 15, 2015 - Eugene Hilton, Eugene

 

The Oregon Virtual Reference Summit is Oregon’s annual conference dedicated to reference, service, and technology. It is a one-day conference that strives for a fun, friendly, inclusive environment with reference-focused content appropriate for all skill levels, library types, and experiences. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet virtual reference staff from around the state face-to-face and exchange ideas. Presenters and attendees do not need to staff Answerland; all are welcome.

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This year's Summit will be a full-day preconference session of the Oregon Library Association Conference.

Our morning main speaker will be Marie Radford of Rutgers University. Marie Radford has long been a leading voice in the world of virtual reference. Her latest books include: Leading the Reference Renaissance and Reference Renaissance: Current and Future Trends, co-edited with R.David Lankes. She received the 2010 ALA/RUSA Mudge Award for distinguished contributions to reference service. Marie Radford was the main speaker for the 2007 Oregon Virtual Reference Summit in Bend, and we are very excited to have her back this year!
 
Marie's Summit talk will be "Vibrant Virtual Reference Futures: Celebrating a Community of Collaboration."
 
Cathy CamperIn the spirit of the OLA theme "Libraries Cultivating Creativity," our afternoon main speaker will be Cathy Camper, author of the graphic novel Lowriders in Space. Cathy Camper is also the creator of Bugs Before Time: Prehistoric Insects and Their Relatives. Her work has also been featured in Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People by Amy Sedaris, as well as in Wired, Cricket, Cicada, Primavera, Women’s Review of Books, Utne Reader, and Giant Robot. She is a graduate of VONA/Voices writing workshops for people of color in Berkeley, California. She reviews graphic novels online for Lambda Literary and is a librarian for Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon, where she does outreach to schools and kids in grades K-12.
 
Cathy's Summit talk will be "Blast off with Lowriders in Space: Connecting Kids with What They Want." 
 

We also have two other great speakers, and lightning talks. It is going to be a wonderful day! 

The Summit will be in the Wilder/Hansberry room at the Eugene Hilton, as an OLA preconference. 

8:00-9:00 Informal Gathering with Breakfast Buffet

9:00  Vibrant Virtual Reference Futures: Celebrating a Community of Collaboration - Dr. Marie Radford

10:20 Lightning Talks, Session 1

10:35 Break

11:00  There's an Elk in the Living Room: How to Handle Prank CallsDawn Lowe-Wincentsen, Oregon Institute of Technology

12:10 Lightning Talks, Session 2

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Blast off with Lowriders in Space: Connecting Kids with What They Want -  Author Cathy Camper 

2:35  You've Come to the Right Place! Assisting Other Libraries' PatronsJoanna Milner, Multnomah County Library

3:10 Break

3:30 Answerland: Past and Future - Rachael Short, Answerland

3:45 Happy 12th Birthday Answerland!

The day ends at 4, but you are welcome to stick around and chat a while!

Our morning main speaker will be Marie Radford. 

Marie L. Radford, Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Information and Library Studies, and Director of the Ph.D. Program at the Rutgers School of Communication & Information. Previously, she was Acting Dean of Pratt Institute's School of Information and Library Science and a Department Head of the Cheng Library at The William Paterson University of NJ. Her Ph.D. is from Rutgers University and her MSLIS is from Syracuse University.

Research interests include interpersonal communication in reference services (traditional and virtual), qualitative methods, evaluation, and cultural studies. Her dynamic presentation style is well-known and she has given numerous workshops on topics that include: assessment, professional communication, time management, customer service excellence, conflict management, and positive approaches to problematic people.

She gives frequent keynote speeches, webinars, and research papers at national library and communication conferences and publishes widely in prestigious library journals. Her latest books include: Leading the Reference Renaissance (Neal-Schuman, 2012) and Reference Renaissance: Current and Future Trends, co-edited with R.D. Lankes, (Neal-Schuman, 2010). She received the 2010 ALA/RUSA Mudge Award for distinguished contributions to reference service. 

Marie Radford was the main speaker for the 2007 Oregon Virtual Reference Summit in Bend, and we are very excited to have her back this year!

We also have an afternoon main speaker: Cathy Camper, author of Lowriders in Space (check out the book trailer). 

Two Answerland librarians will be speaking at the Summit:

Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen: There's an Elk in the Living Room: How to Handle Prank Calls

Joanna Milner: You've Come to the Right Place! Assisting Other Libraries' Patrons

Registration is closed. When you arrive at the Summit, please visit the Registration Table to receive your badge, full OLA conference schedule, and other OLA materials.

 
Scholarships for the 2015 Oregon Virtual Reference Summit are generously provided by Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management.
 
We have selected recipients of the scholarships for the 2015 Summit. 

We will not be streaming this year's Summit. Videos will be posted on Vimeo after the Summit.