Welcome to Online Northwest 

Online Northwest is a conference focusing on the use of technology within libraries. It was created by the Oregon University System Library Council to help librarians around Oregon learn how to use early online searching tools. As information technology and librarians have increased in sophistication over the years, so has the conference.

Online Northwest is now a one-day conference focusing on topics that intersect libraries, technology and culture. The conference is sponsored by the Oregon University System Library Council.

The 2015 conference was held at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center in Corvallis, OR on February 13th, 2015.


Future of conference survey

As you know, Online Northwest is a fixture in the library technology landscape of our region.  It was created by the Oregon University System Library Council to help librarians around Oregon learn how to use early online searching tools, and it has continued to bring librarians together for 32 years.

This year, the 2015 conference-planning committee wants take the library community's temperature.  Should we change the conference's location, format, or style?  Should we keep things the same?  What's working, and what isn't?  We appreciate hearing whatever you'd like to tell us.  

The committee will be meeting in late March or early April to review all responses.  We'll use your feedback to change course or hold steady, depending on what we learn from you. 

You can share your thoughts here:  http://goo.gl/forms/Sx6439cXZw

Please feel free to share it with your friends and colleagues who are interested in the future of the conference.


Conference Exhibitors & Sponsors


2015 Keynote Speaker Mita Williams

Mita Williams, User Experience Librarian at the University of Windsor, will start off the day with her keynote presentation: 

Teach for America. Code for America. Librarianing for America.

The motto for Code for America is "a new kind of public service".  The motto of CrisisCommons is "we help connect people to help those in need". This talk is not going to dwell on the matter that librarians lack a good word - much less an official motto - that describes the work that we do. Instead, a case will be made for a new program to be designed to get more librarians working within more organizations in more communities.


2015 Presentations

We've got a great line-up for you this year. Check out the list of presentations confirmed for the 2015 conference.