Rachel Fellman, Emporia State University SLIM student, a busy summer…

Rachel Fellman

Current SLIM student, Rachel Fellman, is having a very busy summer:

She had an article published – http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2018/life-now/

“Life-now: James Tiptree, Joanna Russ, and the Queer Meaning of Archives.”

As the Assistant Archivist at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in California, she is presenting at the annual Society of American Archivists Conference in Washington, D.C., in August. She is one of the three “exceptional emerging professionals”, and the topic of her talk will be based on the article above – “Life-now: James Tiptree, Joanna Russ, and the Queer Meaning of Archives.”

She is also presenting two sessions at the 2018 Comic-Con Conventions. One talk is part of a panel, “Peanuts Family Album”; and the other is “Snoopy Space Traveler: The History and Future of Snoopy and NASA.”

2018 Emporia Slim cohorts OLA Poster Presentations

Here are Emporia SLIM 2018 poster presentations by Robert Kohl, Katie Patterson, and Barbara Fischer, at the 2018 OLA Conference, “Many points of light, one bright future,” in Eugene, Oregon.

Oregon Library Association 2017 Conference

Oregon’s Library Association (OLA) 2017 Conference will be held April 19-22, 2017, in Salem, Oregon. This year’s OLA theme is “Thriving Together.” The inspiration for this came about as a way to honor the inclusion of our friends and members at the Oregon Association of School Libraries by expanding this year’s conference with an additional Saturday program, which the OLA hopes everyone will enjoy.

http://www.olaweb.org/conferences for more information .

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Online Northwest 2012 #onw12 @skrug

After attending Online Northwest 2012 #onw12 it really hit home how important conferences are to students when I read this blog post from Hack Library School. Steve Krug @skrug gave the keynote on usability studies and his book Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability. Other favorite sessions included talks on ebooks, e-readers, usability studies and digital collection discovery. Our program director Perri Parise made an appearance  and Alyssa Vincent a fellow SLIM student/graduate also gave a lighting talk. The food was awesome too. Thanks for a great conference!

InfoCamp PDX 2012

InfoCamp PDX 2012 went off without a hitch and I found it quite enjoyable. The areas outside of library science that librarians can wander into are indeed interesting! Jason Sack gave the keynote on User Experience Design and was followed by others including sessions on taxonomy, media literacy, “wow” experiences in UX and many more. I’m already looking forward to next year!

Upcoming Conferences

A few upcoming conferences that any young up and coming librarian might be interested in attending. For those of us who might not have a firm grasp of the field its a great way to start!

InfoCamp PDX 2012 is happening February 4th at the Q Center. This “unconference” is driven by the attendees, so jump in! http://portland.infocamp.org/index.html

Online Northwest is happening February 10th at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center in Corvallis. http://www.ous.edu/onlinenw/

Oregon Library Association Annual Conferance is happening April 25-27th in Bend. http://web.memberclicks.com/mc/page.do?sitePageId=129361&orgId=ola

Drop a line if their are any others I missed.

Getting Involved

First off, a warm welcome to the new SCALA board, a solid team of OR-11 and 12 students ready to serve the SLIM-OR students. There was an amazing turn out of new faces to the elections, most likely curious to learn the raison d’etre of the organization, but definitely showing an interest in getting involved with the student chapter.

As my time as a SCALA board member comes to a close and my career as an information specialist begins, I cannot help but reflect on the importance of getting involved with professional associations as a graduate student. I was drawn to SCALA as a means to meet other students. I quickly learned that it was much more; an opportunity to network with librarians in the community, to explore the different types of libraries, and to provide learning opportunities for my peers. I enjoyed being part of SCALA, both as the event coordinator and president, as I gained new skills in communication, collaboration and leadership.

As a graduate student, I explored other local organizations. I went to the events hosted by the Portland Area Archivists and the Oregon Chapter of Special Library Association. Because of my involvement in these groups, I was able to make connections with the professionals in the field. Ultimately, I was hired for internships and jobs by the people I meet at these meetings. Getting involved was important for me, as it demonstrated my passion for the profession and allowed me to network with my future colleagues.

SCALA represents just one of many opportunities for SLIM-OR students to get involved. There are a myriad of professional library and archives associations in the Pacific Northwest that welcome student members (often at a discounted rate). In addition, there are conferences and other events that invite student volunteers. I recommend that students take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about the profession, meet people working in their field, and possibly build new skills. Below is a list of some of the organizations and events that are located in the Pacific Northwest.

Library Associations


Oregon Library Association

Oregon Chapter of the Special Library Association

Washington Library Association

Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Special Library Association

Downtown Librarians (a Portland group, emails sent via Libs-OR listserv)

Archives and Records Management Groups

Portland Area Archivists (operating through Google Groups)

Seattle Area Archivists

Northwest Archivists

Oregon Chapter of ARMA


Northwest Conferences and Events


InfoCamp Seattle

Northwest Archivists/Oregon Heritage Conference


Archives Crawl

Code4Lib Northwest

Interlibrary Lush (Facebook page)

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Plus, there are many more local events and national conferences that happen in the Pacific Northwest area. Join listservs and local association chapters like Libs-OR to receive general announcements about these events.

Feel free to contact me with questions about getting involved with local associations: mjkeyser@gmail.

Signing off as SCALA President and wishing an amazing year to the new board!

Jennifer Keyser

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.

Infocamp Seattle

A cool upcoming “unconference”:

InfoCamp Seattle 2008 – an “unconference” for anyone interested in user-centered information and design issues.

Infocamp Seattle had almost 100 people participate last year, including students from all over the Pacific Northwest, librarians from universities and public libraries, entrepreneurs, professors, information architects, user experience designers, leaders of local non-profits and businesses, government employees, and more.

The cost for students is only $10 ($50 for professionals; free for volunteers), and the dates/times are September 27-28, 2008 (9am to 5pm on both days, plus an optional social event on Saturday night).  The main web site is http://www.infocamp.info

The event was covered by the Silverfish, the UW iSchool’s student newsletter:

http://students.washington.edu/aliss/silverfish/archive/winter2008/feat_infocamp.html

And, the ASIS&T Bulletin published a story about InfoCamp too:

http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Jun-08/JunJul08_Louie.html