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EOU Volunteer Opportunity

Where: Could be done at a distance. (aka at home)

What: Help research for planning their new library by creating a report outlining
some of the main trends (in post-secondary education and librarianship)
that might affect how they design a library facility
and/or‚ a bibliography of articles, websites or pictures‚ illustrating particular trends or
cutting edge new libraries (academic, undergraduate libraries only).

When: The deadline is flexible. She would like to have a finished product
or the end of December, but can make the deadline end of January or end of February.
(if interest level is high and she will get a better porject out of it.)
But must arrange deadline in advance, just so she knows when to expect something.

Who: Library Director at Eastern Oregon University

  1. primarily undergraduate liberal arts institution, so not interested in trends at the graduate research level.
  2. has a large distance education component here, so she is interested in how academic libraries are imagining they will be serving their populations at a distance.Details:

    You get to research the latest, cutting edge trends in new library facilities.
    What do the futurists think an academic library is going to look like in 5-10 years?
    What are the latest trends in teaching (at the post-secondary level) that the library needs to take into account and respond to? She is interested in articles talking about recent examples of innovations in these areas in small undergraduate liberal arts colleges in the US, and in their counterparts in Canada or overseas. This is a huge project that can be broken down into subtopics (so you can finish your school work too!) Possible subtopics to choose from: information commons (or integrating computers into the library in some other fashion); study areas, particularly group study (and integrating technology into these areas); cafeterias, coffee carts or cafes in the library; partnerships between the library and student services (for example copy services, bookstore services, tutoring services); eating inviting spaces for academic community interaction in the library; storage solutions such as compact shelving or off-site storage; -creating a completely or mostly digital library. increased need for group vs individual study areas (this would involve searching the literature of higher education to see if there are articles on the topic); merging reference and circulation desks, or doing away with reference desks in the library; use of electronic or high-tech equipment for group study (eg electronic whiteboards, teamspace)

    library needs to take into account and respond to?
    She is interested in articles talking about recent examples of
    innovations in these areas in small undergraduate liberal arts colleges in the US,
    and in their counterparts in Canada or overseas.

    This is a huge project that can be broken down into subtopics (so you can finish your school work too!)

    Possible subtopics to choose from:

    -information commons (or integrating computers into the library in some other fashion);

    -study areas, particularly group study (and integrating technology into these areas);

    -cafeterias, coffee carts or cafes in the library;

    -partnerships between the library and student services (for example copy services, bookstore
    services, tutoring services);

    -creating inviting spaces for academic community interaction in the library;

    -storage solutions such as compact shelving or off-site storage;

    -creating a completely or mostly digital library.

    – increased need for group vs individual study areas (this would involve searching the literature of higher education to see if there are articles on the topic)

    – merging reference and circulation desks, or doing away with reference desks in the library

    – use of electronic or high-tech equipment for group study (eg electronic whiteboards, teamspace)

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MCL Volunteer Opportunity

Student Chapter of the
American Library Association
Where: Multnomah County Library

What: Help update their website!

When: To be completed by mid-December.

Who: An alumni from Emporia. She is a technical dynamo!

Details:

On Multnomah’s website, each subscription database has an associated
description file, a kind of more information/help page.

These files were originally written circa 1999, have not been
maintained, and didn’t age well because they weren’t designed to age
without maintenance.

MCL would like to have these files all updated and redesigned so that they will age
better, since MCL doesn’t have the resources to do frequent updating.

They need someone to help create a template and fill
it in for each subscription database. They are looking for 2-3 people
to work on this. No website skills necessary (BONUS: she is even willing to
add some web instruction in as the project unfolds, if you are interested.)
Must be comfortable with learning!!!

As a volunteer at MCL some paperwork is invovled. realtively painless.
They like to keep track of who is volunteering and how many hours.

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Berry Botanic Garden

Part-time reference librarian at Lake Oswego Public Library, Claire Kellogg is working as a volunteer on a project for The Berry Botanic Garden. They have a cataloged collection of books (several hundred she thinks) but they are not in any computer program. She is planning to input and make a “catalog” using Microsoft Access. Most of the the work is being completed at the LOPL library, since it will be more convenient than working at the garden which is in the Dunthorpe area of Portland, near L & C college.

One or two volunteers needed:

1. anyone with Access experience who could set up the database would be great.
(Claire is just an Access “beginner” so any expertise with it would be greatly appreciated!)

2. someone interested to put in 4 or more hours inputing the data would be great as well.

She would like to finish this project by the end of October. Although the actual data input would be done at Lake Oswego PL, a “field trip” to the Berry Botanic Garden would also be arranged to keep it interesting.

If you are interested, please call or email Claire to discuss times that would work for you.
(library phone: 503 675-2540 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            503 675-2540      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or home: 503 632-6576 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            503 632-6576      end_of_the_skype_highlighting) email: ckellogg@ci.oswego.or.us