Archive for March, 2012

Advisory Committee Minutes Posted

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The AskAway Advisory Committee meeting minutes from February 12 are now posted on the AskAway Portal here. The meeting discussed the BCcampus Funding Request, 2012/13 Budget & Service Support Fee, Software Selection Committee membership, and other topics, including an update on text message reference pilots.

Oregon Statewide Service Hosting VR Summit

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

The Oregon statewide reference service is hosting the Oregon Virtual Reference Summit in late May, open to all interested.

Here is the announcement:

I’m the coordinator for Oregon’s statewide reference service and I am inviting you to register for our annual conference, the Oregon Virtual Reference Summit,¬†Though we admit to a regional focus, the conference is open to everyone.

This year’s summit will be held May 25th at the lovely Salishan Inn & Resort on the Oregon Coast at Gleneden Beach.

Our keynote speaker this year will be Joe Janes from the University of Washington’s iSchool, who you may be familiar with, being involved with Collaborative Virtual Reference yourselves.

Also featured will be Meredith Farkas from Portland State University discussing “Embedding Virtual Reference and Instruction at the User’s Point of Need” and Rachel Bridgewater from Portland Community College, discussing legal aspects of sharing information online.

My favorite part of the conference is always the lightning talks, where about 12 people talk for 5 minutes each. Past talks are online at If you come, I would love to hear you talk for 5 minutes.

Registration is $50, though a limited number of scholarships are available. We have a block of rooms for Thursday night, May 24th at the conference hotel, for the discounted rate of $84.

I hope to see you!

Caleb Tucker-Raymond

Statewide Reference Service Coordinator
Multnomah County Library
(503) 988-5438