My First ACRL: #acrl2015 in Portland

ACRL 2015 Chair Lori Goetsch welcoming us to the conference on Wednesday afternoon.
ACRL 2015 Chair Lori Goetsch welcoming us to the conference on Wednesday afternoon.

I’m back from the annual conference of the Association of College & Research Libraries division of the American Library Association in Portland, Oregon!

As expected, the conference was huge, inspiring, and jam-packed with informative panels, talks, and workshops. I attended fantastic sessions on collaborative instruction in archives and special collections, the Digital Public Library of America, search engine bias and its impact on women and girls, embodied care theory in librarianship, the legal and social implications of open source scholarship, the evolving academic library job market, the ethics of environmentally unsustainable electronic devices produced in sweatshops, and more!

I am so grateful to the ACRL 2015 and ACRL 75th Anniversary donors who funded my attendance as a student scholarship recipient. This was my first ACRL, and it was an invaluable experience both professionally and personally. I left with a better understanding of current trends and initiatives in the field, new friends and professional connections, and a deepened enthusiasm for librarianship, as well as an increased dependence on caffeine.

As always, I took many photographs. Here are some highlightssee more on my  Texarchivist Instagram feed. I also took some food snaps for my food blog (which is on hiatus), Stella Cooks.

ACRL 2015 First-Time Orientation / ACRL 101 sign

ACRL 2015 name badge with flair
So much flair.
Combining Librarian Superpowers for the Greater Good: Building a Collaborative Model of Instruction with Archives & Special Collections panel with Missy Roser, Mike Kelly, Dunstan McNutt, and Sara Smith.
Combining Librarian Superpowers for the Greater Good: Building a Collaborative Model of Instruction with Archives & Special Collections panel with Missy Roser, Mike Kelly, Dunstan McNutt, and Sara Smith.
ACRL 2015 poster sessions
ACRL 2015 featured many great posters!
ACRL 2015 Zine Pavilion
The ACRL 2015 Zine Pavilion was a great place to empty your wallet. SO many great zines!
A few of the many scanners on display in the giant exhibit hall.
A few of the many scanners on display in the giant exhibit hall.
ACRL Bigfoot
I finally found the ACRL Bigfoot on Friday!
Lawrence Lessig keynote talk featuring a slide showing a photograph of Dr. Lawrence Nixon.
As expected, Lawrence Lessig’s closing keynote was excellent. I was thrilled when he started his discussion of voter equality and meaningful representative democracy with a reference to Dr. Lawrence Nixon, an El Pasoan whose rights were rescinded by the Texas Legislature in 1923 with the passage of a law preventing African Americans from voting in Democratic primary elections. Dr. Nixon continued to attempt to vote and fought the law in court for the next twenty years. He was finally able to vote in 1944, after the United States Supreme Court’s Smith v. Allwright decision, which ended the all-white primary sysyem.
Powel''s carpe librum column
Non-conference sightseeing: of course I went to Powell’s.

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Portland hiking trail, Washington Park.
I also went on a hike up the west hills, through Washington Park. It was gorgeous.
Portland Japanese Garden; pond with stone lantern.
I cannot recommend the Japanese Garden strongly enough. It was probably my favorite part of the trip, even though I didn’t get to see Mt. Hood due to clouds.
Metal sculpture, broken book. Oregon Holocaust Memorial.
This piece of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial was particularly powerful for me, as I was there for a library conference.
Downtown Portland
Downtown Portland was absolutely beautiful.
Portland Timbers billboard at Sizzle Pizza. Pizza food pyramid mural.
Loved the ad campaign for the Portland Timbers MLS team. Also loved the pizza food pyramid. Oh, Portland!
Providence Park, home of the Portland Timbers MLS team
I also stopped by the home of the Timbers, Providence Park, to pick up some souvenirs.
Portland skyline view from atop Departure Restaurant and Lounge in downtown Portland
My final night in Portland, I went to Departure Restaurant and Lounge (thanks for the tip, Kristin!) and enjoyed some great food and cocktails, and this killer view.
Sunset on Mt. Hood, view from the Columbia River.
Then, I finally saw Mt. Hood, when my amazing host, Miranda, took me on a lovely sunset drive down Marine Road. Amazing.
ACRL 2017 banner
Who else is already excited about ACRL 2017 in Baltimore? (Confession: I love Baltimore.)
The famous Portland International Airport carpet
I’ll miss you, PDX!
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