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2021 ALD/ACRL-WA and ACRL-OR Joint Fall Summit

Registration is now open for the Academic Library Division/ACRL-WA and ACRL-OR virtual summit on Friday, November 5, 2021 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Registration Fees:

  • Free for WLA/OLA members
  • $15 for non-member students
  • $45 for non-members

Apply for a Summit Scholarship

The deadline to apply for a Summit Scholarship has been extended to Friday, October 29. Complete the Scholarship Application to be considered for an attendance scholarship; awardees will also receive a year of WLA membership


For information on each session, please visit the program information page. Programs will consist of 20-25 minute presentations, 5 minute lightning talks, or another type of presentation that re-imagines the boundaries of a virtual conference presentation. Programs will be presented live with automatic captions and will be recorded for registrants.

Friday, November 5
10:00–10:15 am Welcome and Administration

Block 1
10:15–11:00 am
[45 minutes]
Librarianship is Personal: Qualitative Library Practices in the Post-COVID Era
Emily Ford, Portland State University
Block 2
11:15 am–12:00 pm
[45 minutes]
Boundaries Around Us: Salish Sea Curriculum and Open Repositories
Roe McKernan & Neah Ingram-Monteiro, Whatcom Community College

Creating a Tri-Campus Library Land Acknowledgement
Amanda Pirog & Allee Monheim, University of Washington

Block 3
12:15–1:00 pm
[45 minutes]

Real-time Learning in a Synchronous Environment: Using Reinforcers to Foster Learning and Connection
Suzanne Milton & Liya Deng, Eastern Washington University

Re-contextualizing the Antelope: What a Year in Nature Taught Me about Documentation
Genevieve Williams, Pacific Lutheran University

Block 4
1:15–2:00 pm
[45 minutes]

Re-calibrating the Stream: Getting Back to Normal in Video Acquisitions
Elsa Loftis, Portland State University

Liaison Academy, Re-Engaging with Core Duties [5 minute Lightning Talk with facilitated Q&A]
Caitlin Bagley, Gonzaga University

Block 5
2:15–3:00 pm
[45 minutes]
WLA and OLA Membership Meetings

All times are subject to change.

Summit Theme

The summit theme, Old Spaces, New Spaces: Reimagining the Boundaries, hopes to address the changing and newly established boundaries for our work and personal spaces — physical, digital, social, and cultural — throughout academic and college librarianship. What spaces have been discovered over the past year, and how should those spaces be cultivated?

How will library staff navigate the physical spaces of the library as patrons return? As some staff return after working remotely while others have been working in physical spaces for the past year, there are new tensions and new boundaries to negotiate.

How will library workers engage with patrons in our social and cultural spaces? With students’ stress and confidence levels in flux, what events, outreach, and programming will restore their sense of self and rebuild relationships with the library? Faculty may have reached their limits on managing a virtual instructional world and a focus on ‘getting it done’ rather than building collaborations and partnerships with the library. How can we reconnect and diminish that distance?

What do boundaries look like in our spaces now? As we seek to achieve a healthy work-life balance, how do we separate our personal and professional lives while working in institutions that often do not reward those boundaries? Can establishing boundaries and spaces to focus on our personal physical and mental health help us take better care of ourselves and better serve our patrons? Are the boundaries we establish in our spaces possible?

Sessions will consist of 20-25 minute presentations, 5 minute lightning talks, or another type of presentation that reimagines the boundaries of a virtual conference presentation. Sessions may be pre-recorded and/or presented live.

Please contact the WLA Office with questions or for more information.