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Speakers during OR-11 class weekend

SCALA is  excited to announce that on November 20th during the lunch period of the SLIM class weekend, we will be hosting  guest speakers for SLIM students. The guest speakers for the lunchtime talk are Gretchen McNeely, Senior Information Specialist and Reece Dano, Information Specialist at Ziba Design, Inc. They will be talking about embedded librarianship and other aspects of their work as informational professionals at a design consultancy firm.

OR-11 will be having class in Cramer Hall 401 and have lunch from 11:45-1. The presentation is set to start at 12:15 to give everyone time to explore the market and get some lunch. We hope you will join us!

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OK, I Went to Library School: Now What?

SCALA would like to thank Allie Flanary for braving the farmer’s market and making it out to PSU on Saturday to give an informal talk. Those that attended were treated to some great down-to-earth insights into the process of establishing a fledgling library career.

Because we convened outside, Allie was unable to make use of the slides she created. So for those who were unable attend, or if you want a refresher, here’s her presentation:

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Speaker this Saturday!

Have class this Saturday? You should stop by and hear OR6 graduate Allie speak! Currently she’s a faculty librarian (Web & Outreach specialist) at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon. Also, she’s a past SLIM-OR SCALA president, ALA emerging leader and next-gen librarian extraordinaire. She’s a terrifically engaging speaker and so we really encourage you not to miss this event!

When? Saturday, April 4, 2009 from 12:15pm – 1:15pm.
Where? PSU Cramer 371

For more information, you can visit her PCC page and personal site

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Next Lunchtime Speaker – Jennifer Railsback Klump (Northwest Regional Education Laboratory)

January 31st, 2009, 12:15 PM (grab lunch quick and bring it)
Cramer Hall, room 171 (or whatever PSU classroom LI804 is in)

SLIM-OR SCALA is proud to announce Jennifer Railsback Klump as our next lunchtime speaker. Jennifer (an Emporia grad) is the “Education Resource Advisor” at the Northwest Regional Education Laboratory (NWREL). NWREL is one of a network of regional education laboratories created in the early 1960s as a federally funded link between research and development efforts in education and school districts. Jennifer’s job is to provide reference service to educators, researchers and the general public on current educational issues, research, policy, or practice.

I hope people will be able to make it to talk to Jennifer. She has an fascinating job (once again demonstrating the wide range of contexts that librarians work in) and will be able to provide an interesting perspective on both reference work and our educational system.

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Society of American Archivists 2008 Conference

by Monique Lloyd

I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the Society of American Archivists 2008 Annual Conference, Archival R/Evolution and Identities , held August 26-30 in San Francisco . Many of the sessions I attended focused on the issues of diversity, technology, and ethics. One session, chaired by John Fleckner, past president of SAA , and author of Native American Archives: An Introduction , discussed core values, professional identity, and the spiritual impact of what archivists do. I also attended sessions on the impact of technology on ethics; one which examined the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials from different perspectives, and another on archival ethics and social justice. Some of the section and roundtable meetings I attended included College and University Archives, Archives and Archivists of Color, and Native American Archivists. I will be writing more about my impressions about these sessions and meetings on my blog in the coming weeks.

In between attending sessions and meetings, I took full advantage of the services offered by the Career Center, met with Mary Jo Pugh, editor of the American Archivist, to discuss several ideas for possible journal articles, and attended poster sessions. It was delightful to reconnect with people I’d met at conferences I’d previously attended in Baltimore, Albuquerque, and Anchorage, as well as having the opportunity to meet many new people from around the United States. One especially fun evening was spent watching “Archives in the Movies”, a program by Leith Johnson showing 24 film clips showing how archivists were and are portrayed in movies from the 1920’s to the present.

I also took some time to explore San Francisco. I saw dozens of beautifully and intricately carved ivory Japanese figurines in an antique store window display. I also explored several art galleries; my favorite was the Weinstein Gallery which features the work of Marc Chagall. I spent several hours wandering through Britex Fabrics, four stories (!) of fabrics of all kinds–cottons, wools, silks, brocades, lace– trims, ribbons, accessories as well as a collection of over 30,000 different buttons.

I stopped and listened to street musicians and singers, heard people speaking (and sometimes arguing) in languages I didn’t recognize, and generally reveled in the chaos of the crowded streets with tourists (like me!) stopping to take photographs, locals walking quickly as they smoked their cigarettes, police walking, in cars, and on bikes, panhandlers asking for change, a few people who seemed as though they might be both homeless and mentally ill, women beautifully and elegantly dressed in high heels, and construction workers who took the time to look at them appreciatively.

A personal highlight was attending the Awards Ceremony and being acknowledged as one of two recipients of the 2008 Howard T. Pinkett Minority Student Award . This award “recognizes minority graduate students who manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of SAA, and do so through scholastic achievement”. The award provided full complimentary registration to the SAA Annual Meeting, as well as related expenses for hotel and travel for attending the SAA Annual Meeting. I was honored to be presented this award and would like to publicly thank Erika Castano, Curator for the Oregon Multicultural Archives at Oregon State University; Tiah Edmunson-Morton, Reference Archivist, Oregon State University and my workplace mentor, and Mary Jo Pugh for nominating me for this award.

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Thanks to Emily Ford

Emily Ford, OHSU Oregon Health Go Local Project Manager (an MLS librarian), visited SLIM-OR students this past weekend. Oregon Health Go Local ( will be an on-line directory of health related services for the entire state of Oregon. It will be searchable by health condition and integrated with the Medline Plus database. This unique project requires Emily Ford to take on many roles. She has successfully synthesized her outreach, management and technical skills to land as the project manager. It was interesting and informative to hear about Emily’s path to this position and how she hopes to grow this project into a vital community resource. For more information on the project and how to get involved please review the brochure and volunteer job description.

Also a SLIM-OR alumni, Todd Hannon, is the principle investigator of this project. It will be exciting to see this project go live!