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activities
conferences, workshops, courses

Attending conferences for state, regional, and national library organizations is a given. Below are those conferences, workshops and courses I've attended outside of the regular professional development stream.

BC Code4Lib
A 2-day participant-driven meeting featuring lightning talks and breakout work sessions that is focused on technologies in and for libraries.

CEBA 300, Meeting Half-Way: Making the Hybrid Book - Emily Carr University of Art and Design July 13-17, 2010; 20 hours
"Conditions in the contemporary world often bring people from very different backgrounds and experiences together. Their communications, misunderstandings and various negotiations are opportunities for the creation of a hybrid culture. In this class we will anatomize both Eastern and Western book materials and techniques with a view to re-combine them in unexpected ways. We will work on two models using a "mashup" of traditional as well as unusual materials (hand made papers, leather, plastic, rubber) and experimental forms. We will try to see if the possibilities of hybrid books are also those of a new culture in the making." Instructor: Reg Beatty

CEBA 300, Traveling East/Traveling West: A Hands-on, Comparative Exploration of Two Book Cultures - Emily Carr University of Art and Design July 9-12, 2010; 20 hours
"Both East and West have developed unique approaches to book making. This class traces that development through the traditional materials and structures of each. We'll make a multi-volume set of Japanese side-sewn books with handmade papers (washi) housed in a silk-covered wrapper with bone clasps. And borrowing ideas from contemporary European fine binding, we'll make a book with Western handmade paper (St. Armand), supported sewing, rounded spine, and leather edging, housed in a slipcase. Examining the two book traditions this way helps us to better understand the distinctive cultural contexts that created them." Instructor: Reg Beatty

ISW Fall Institute - November 27-29, 2009; Bowen Island, BC
A "residential institute for Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) Program Facilitators" that "provides participants with opportunities to share their insights and challenges and to draw on each others' experiences and expertise within a collegial environment."

CEPN 165, Built Surface: Painting/Collage - Emily Carr University of Art and Design September 17 - October 22, 2008; 18 hours
"Explore non-traditional art materials and ways of working in this introductory course on collage and the built surface. Projects introduce you to photo-transfer, collage, spackle, wax, and mixed composites. You experiment with various painting and drawing techniques such as frattage, grattage, staining, and crackle effects. Themes, symbols, and concepts related to the object or the place it was found will be developed through discussion and critiques." Instructor: Jeanne Krabbendam

Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment - Association of Research Libraries, August 4-6, 2008; Seattle, WA
"The conference goal is to support and nurture the library assessment community through a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers and posters, workshops, and engaging discussion. The conference is geared toward library and information professionals and researchers with responsibility for or an interest in the broad field of library assessment with an emphasis on (but not limited) to North American academic libraries."

CEBA 176, 3-D Pop-Up Books - Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design Summer Institute for Book Arts, July 14-16, 2008; 21 hours
"Three-dimensional pop-up books have become increasingly popular as both adult and children's books. This course will introduce you to the fascinating intricacies of three-dimensional pop-up books through the basics of book design. You will create your own unique book, incorporating elements of surprise and humour while learning a variety of techniques, formats, and designs, such as sliding mechanisms, flaps, and three-dimentional paper forms. Instruction on colour copy, mock-up design, and finished format is included. Personal project development in the course is encouraged." Instructor: Celia King

CEPR 360, Printmaking Studio - Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design Continuing Studies, June 4-July 9, 2008; 18 hours
"Would you like to edition an existing plate, work on a new series, or further explore a particular technique? Join this open studio opportunity to apply your acquired skills and produce work in a dynamic shop environment. This course is designed to encourage exploration and stimulate an exchange of ideas among participating students within a creative communal atmosphere. This course provides access to print facilities for students with working knowledge of printmaking processes. Participants will work independently on self-directed projects with the support of an instructor. Instruction will include project guidance, technical assistance, individual critiques, and equipment refreshers." Instructor: Vanessa Hall-Patch

Spanning the Career of an Educational Developer - Educational Developers Annual Winter Conference, February 21-23, 2008; Vancouver, BC
"Think about the important roles that people from a variety of stages in their careers at your institution play in teaching and learning and/or in educational development. What does educational development look like for teaching assistants, junior faculty, mid-career faculty, post-doctoral fellows, administrators, and staff members? What are the interactions and collaborations? In what kinds of programs, resources and opportunities do they participate and lead? In helping people in various stages and roles develop their teaching-related practice, what might be unique; what might be universal? Join us ... for information and discussion on innovations in educational development; original professional development resources; research on educational development; and, administrative or organizational initiatives of interest to educational developers."

CEPR 160, Introduction to Woodblock/Relief Printmaking - Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design Continuing Studies, July 9-13, 2007; 35 hours
"Create your own cards, invitations or art works. In this course you are introduced to relief and woodblock printmaking using linoleum, wood, and collograph techniques. You explore printing by hand and press with one to three colours, and create your own linoleum and wood blocks to continue printing at home. Slide presentations, demonstrations, and studio work will guide you as you develop your understanding of printing and of your own strengths and interests." Instructor: Lawrence Lowe

CEPR 150, Photo-Based Printmaking Techniques - Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design Continuing Studies, July 3-6, 2007; 28 hours
"Explore a variety of exciting photo-based printmaking techniques in this intensive, introductory course. Through demonstrations, directed projects and hands-on work you will learn the basic principles of photo-based printmaking through methods in intaglio, relief, lithography and screen printing. All stages of the techniques will be discussed and demonstrated, including: product qualities, image preparation, exposing, developing and printing. You will have the opportunity to create works using each process, and techniques may be combined to create a multimedia print." Instructor: Vanessa Hall-Patch

ISW Facilitator Development Workshop - British Columbia Institute of Technology, June 18-22, 2007; 40 hours
"The Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) is designed primarily for individuals who have completed the ISW and who will be conducting the ISW Program at their institution. The FDW provides individuals with an opportunity for professional development in a challenging and supportive atmosphere with connections to a larger instructional development network."

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) - University of the Fraser Valley, April 23-26, 2007; 24 hours
"The Instructional Skills Workshop is offered within a small group setting and is designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. ...Participants design and conduct three "mini-lessons" and receive verbal, written and video feedback from the other participants who have been learners in the mini-lessons. Using an intensive experiential learning approach, participants are provided with information on the theory and practice of teaching adult learners, the selection and writing of useful learning objectives with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for eliciting learner participation, and suggestions for evaluation of learning."

CEPH 161, Techniques for Photo Transfer - Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design Summer Institute for Book Arts, July 24-27, 2006; 18 hours
"Photo-transfer processes offer the book artist alternative techniques for incorporating text and image in projects. This course explores different methods of transferring images onto a variety of surfaces that may include fabric, wood, metal, 3D objects and canvas. The processes will be applied to a sampler book as a reference tool and will be discussed in light of personal ongoing projects. You will leave the course with a base for further exploration of these exciting processes." Instructor: Nicole Dextras

CEBA 112, Letterpress Workshop - Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design Summer Institute for Book Arts, July 13-20, 2006; 12 hours
"Explore the expressive art of letterpress printing in this hands-on workshop. This workshop will suit both those who are new to letterpress and those who wish to try it for the first time. You will explore typography, setting type for letterpress ink printing, embossing and applications for your own books." Instructor: Jim Rimmer

Alive with Possibility: Engaging Collaboratively for Literacy in South Africa - June 24-July 7, 2006; Cape Town, Durban, and Underberg, South Africa
Organized by the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association (CCIRA) and the Colorado Writing Project, this was the second of a three-year commitment by CCIRA to work collaboratively with literacy organizations in South Africa to promote reading and writing in South Africa. The project is an outgrowth of the 2004 trip sponsored by the Center for the Book in Washington, DC.

South Africa: A Journey to Promote Reading & Literacy - May 25-June 4, 2004; Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria, South Africa
Organized by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, this was really a journey to learn about, rather than promote, literacy issues in South Africa. It was also an opportunity, for me, to revisit a country that had completed captivated me, and to learn more about the journey the country, and its people, have taken since the end of apartheid in 1994.

15th International Conference on Assessing Quality in Higher Education - July 14-16, 2003; Cape Town, South Africa
This conference, sponsored by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), explored "current issues and practices in assessment of quality in higher education world wide." What I learned after I got there is that "quality assessment" is what we know as accreditation. Nevertheless, I found plenty to keep me occupied.

2002 CLAMS Spring Conference - April 11-12, 2002; Pasco, WA
"Experiencing the Power of Collaboration: Creating Relationships with Faculty." The presenters, Dane Ward and Dick Raspa, co-authored the book entitled, The Collaborative Imperative: Librarians and Faculty Working Together in the Information Universe. Workshop topics included organizational culture, workplace narrative, and the "Five P's of Collaboration": passion, playfulness, persistence, (having a) project, and promotion.

Lilly Conference on College Teaching - November 15-18, 2001; Miami, OH
"2001: A Teaching > < Odyssey." "Celebrating 21 years of presenting the scholarship of teaching" - the Lilly Conference provides opportunities to discuss teaching and learning topics ranging from using technology to cooperative learning in a retreat-like setting.

Immersion '01 - August 3-8, 2001; Plattsburgh, NY
Developed by ACRL's Institute for Information Literacy, the 4½-day Immersion provides "instruction librarian(s) with the intellectual tools and practical techniques to help [an] institution build or enhance its instruction program." Track 2 focuses on "developing, integrating, and managing institutional and programmatic information literacy programs." Participants develop individual case studies in advance of the program. During the program participants develop an action plan for implementation at their institutions, using "change dynamics, systems thinking, institutional outcomes assessment, scalability, distributed learning, and the integration of teaching, learning, and technology." Participants are selected through a competitive application process.

Orbis Instruction Day - June 29, 2001; Eugene, OR
"From Library Instruction to Information Literacy: Moving to the Next Level," a workshop provided for the Orbis consortium, developed and presented by Craig Gibson, George Mason University. The workshop provided tools and strategies for transforming a library instruction program into one that integrates information literacy across the curriculum. I proposed and developed the idea, then coordinated the planning (and attended, of course).

AAHE Assessment Conference - June 23-27, 2001; Denver, CO
"From Expectations to Results: What are we finding, and how are we improving?" was the theme, and it was jam-packed with workshops, programs, panel sessions, poster sessions, and great food. I highly recommend this conference for anyone interested in learning more about assessment, from individual student assessment on up to institutional and system-wide assessment.

The Inclusive Classroom - April 25, 2001; Eugene, OR
The third in a series of three workshops offered to the University of Oregon community by the Teaching Effectiveness Program. This workshop explored what the inclusive classroom means for teachers and students, and discussed how to create an inclusive classroom.

Teaching about Issues of Power and Privilege in the Classroom - April 18, 2001; Eugene, OR
Second in the series of three workshops, this one explored issues of power and privilege, examined how these issues might emerge and discussed what to do when they did, and proposed ways to encourage student learning about issues related to power and privilege.

Today's College Students - Who are they? What do they want? How can we best teach them? - April 11, 2001; Eugene, OR
The first workshop in the series, this one examined how college students of today seem to view the world from a new and different perspective than did previous generations, and how the disparity of values, wants, needs, and outlook between students and faculty can result in a disappointing classroom experience for everyone involved.

Online Teaching Portfolios - Winter 2000; University of Oregon, 1 credit hour
Topics covered: principles of effective graphic design; evaluating online teaching portfolios; creating your own online teaching portfolio. Most of the course was lab time, with technical support and feedback available from the instructors. Taught by the Teaching Effectiveness Program.

Managing Educational Services: Teaching and Learning in Libraries - May 7, 1999; Corvallis, OR
LAMA Regional Institute, presented by Betsy Wilson, University of Washington. Presented models and practical advice for academic and public librarians managing instructional programs and educational services in an environment of increased expectations and high-visibility initiatives. Also discussed how library administrators and instruction coordinators can work together to plan, sustain, evaluate, and budget for educational services.

Sweaty Palms and All: Measuring, Evaluating, and Planning without the Anxiety - March 31, 1999; Seaside, OR
A pre-conference at the 1999 Oregon Library Association's annual conference, presented by Diane Nahl, University of Hawaii. Discussed the process of strategic research, and presented simple strategies for incorporating research methods into normal evaluation processes. As chair of the Library Instruction Round Table, I planned and coordinated this workshop.

1000 Words: The Power of Visual Communication - November 5, 1998; Eugene, OR
Presented by the Teaching Effectivess Program. Explored a variety of teaching strategies that focus on visual communication, discussed how to help students better understand and retain course concepts, as well as appreciate and value the diversity of perceptions within an idea and break open new ways to think about course material.

C++ Programming - Winter 1997; Eastern Oregon University, 3 credit hours

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