Vote now! Journal Club, January 2018

Please take a moment to select the two articles you would like included in the next ACRL-MD journal club discussion, which will be based on articles in the November 2017 issue of College & Research Libraries.

The discussion will be facilitated by Barbara Cheadle of Bowie State University. It will take place Friday, January 19, from 11:30am-12:30pm, immediately following the 11am business meeting.

We hope to have authors of the chosen articles join us!

If you need to jump in a little late or leave early (or eat lunch), please do! All articles are freely available via the College & Research Libraries website. ACRL MD’s Online Discussion Series is free and open to all through the MLA Blackboard Collaborate Room.

Please vote for two articles you would like to discuss. The last day to vote is Sunday, December 10.


Replay our November journal club

If you couldn’t join us on November 16 for our online journal club, don’t worry. . . .

You can listen to a recording!

Facilitated by Terry Darr of Loyola Blakefield, our meeting featured two visiting authors. We discussed these articles:

“An Investigation of Factors Impacting the Wellness of Academic Library Employees”
Leo S. Lo, Bethany Herman
(Bethany joined us)
Full text:

“The Impact of Academic Library Resources on Undergraduates’ Degree Completion”
Krista M. Soria, Jan Fransen, Shane Nackerud
(Shane joined us)
Full text:

Click here to login into Blackboard Collaborate and hear the recording.

When you sign in, it might say “invalid email address,” but just ignore that and click “View Recording.” Once you are inside the Blackboard Collaborate room, you may need to use the audio setup wizard to hear the recording:


Business Meeting Minutes: Nov. 16, 2017

ACRL Maryland
Meeting Agenda
November 16, 2017

Attending: Terry Darr, Robert Miller, Regina Rose, Sara Arnold-Garza, Mike Kiel, Claire Holmes, Danielle Wren-Johnson, Kim Miller, Natalie Burclaff

MLA updates
MLA on-target with their budget.
MLA task group is examining costs of programs, membership fees, etc.

  • Claire is ACRL MD representative.
  • By March or so, group will issue recommendations that hopefully will be approved in MLA May business meeting.

MLA seeks greater member participation regarding library advocacy.

MLA Conference updates
Silent auction basket–we’ll start planning for that.
Social networking events–more variety this year: pub quiz, games, karaoke.
Link to hotel reservations will be published soon.
We will suggest some of our programs to be highlighted by MLA in its conference publicity.

Fall program debrief
43 registrants.
Lauren Pressley keynote was interesting and very useful.
Diverse set of presentations met a lot of different librarians’ needs (not just reference & instruction).
We’ll have a blog post with links to slides and summaries.
We had positive feedback on the location.

ACRL NJ publication
They contacted us for a writeup on our activities–Claire submitted that.
One of our annual goals is for Maryland academic librarians to gain visibility in our state and beyond, and our item for ACRL NJ met that goal.

Work groups
We are looking for volunteers to join our work groups on the following topics:

  • Membership/outreach
  • Social/networking
  • Scholarship/sponsorship
  • Mentoring/job shadow
  • CRAB submissions

We want more people involved, and the work groups offer opportunities to participate in less formal, low pressure ways.
Work groups have autonomy–they decide on their own agenda, how much time individuals will commit, etc.

Spring program planning committee
Please contact Sara if you want to join.
We’re still brainstorming ideas for a program, perhaps a library tour.

Midwinter attendance
Natalie will be representing our chapter and has been elected secretary of the chapter council.
The council meeting is open to everyone.

Mike’s lightning talk on research replication
At our fall program, Mike proposed that Maryland librarians team up to replicate studies published in the library literature.
Multiple people have already contacted Mike about it.
Please be in touch with him if you’re interested.

Next meeting date
Friday, December 15, 2017, 11:00

Fall Program Recap and Materials

Shape-Shifting lightning presenters take questions from the audience Photo courtesy of Kimberly Yang
Shape-Shifting lightning presenters take questions from the audience. Photo courtesy of Kimberly F. Yang.

ACRL MD held its 2017 fall program on November 6, at Towson University in Northeastern Maryland. “Shape Shifting: Academic Libraries and Change Agents” drew forty-three attendees from throughout the state and a couple even traveled from Pennsylvania! Because change management concerns all levels of library workers, we had the opportunity to connect with and learn from paraprofessionals, librarians, and managers who are actively initiating change in their libraries. In areas as diverse as usability, social media, library scholarship, copyright, and human resources, program participants shared their ideas and experiences as change agents, shifting the shape and direction of their organizations.


We Are Makers of Change: Creating Our Shared Future

The keynote address was given by Lauren Pressley, ACRL Vice President/President Elect, Director of the University of Washington Tacoma Library and Associate Dean of University Libraries.

Lauren’s talk highlighted imperatives for change in higher education, and consequently academic libraries. These familiar topics include the dynamic information environment and conversations of diversity and inclusion. Using frameworks like Bolman and Deal’s Four Frames, or a Strengths and Appreciate Inquiry perspective can help us organize and gain insight within our contexts. Lauren’s recommendations for being a change agent, from whatever position you hold, emphasized characteristics which we can adopt and hone. These include being adaptable, taking a problem-solving approach, and engaging people and relationships. The talk concluded with a tour of the tools our professional organization and networks can provide to support our efforts in making positive change.

Takeaway: Anyone can be a change agent. If you are not the one who sets the organizational agenda, communicates priorities, or distributes resources, you can still shape your environment by employing the tools, opportunities, relationships, and challenges in your environment, as well as your own abilities, to drive toward your vision.

Deep dives

In two concurrent 45-minute sessions, presenters gave in-depth demonstrations showing how they acted as change agents by implementing specific projects at their libraries.

Adobe Spark Your Social Media to Enhance Your Communications

Emily Spangler, Library Services Specialist, The Universities at Shady Grove

Leah Rufus, Graduate Assistant, The Universities at Shady Grove

Emily and Leah have evolved Priddy Library’s social media program into a robust web presence. They manage the library’s Facebook and Instagram posts through scheduling software and thoughtful approaches to content, keeping in mind audience, inclusivity, and efficiency. The presentation focused on Adobe Spark, free software with which you can produce attractive graphics even if you don’t have design experience. Emily and Leah also showed how they leveraged the talents of student workers, turning the students’ internships into a positive, creative experience.

Takeaway: With careful planning, even a library with a small, busy staff can create a dynamic social media presence.

Becoming More Agile: Web Change Management and the Academic Library Website

Julia Caffrey, Web Services Librarian, Towson University Libraries

Bill Helman, IT Librarian, Towson University Libraries

Traditionally, libraries wait a long time to redesign their websites, at which point major changes are needed, making the project potentially overwhelming. Julia and Bill introduced us to an agile alternative employed by software development teams: the Scrum method enables you to roll out website improvements on a regular basis. Scrum emphasizes collaboration with users and responsiveness to needs rather than adhering to an inflexible plan.

Takeaway: Don’t wait until your library website needs a drastic overhaul. Employ agile methodologies to make regular, incremental changes. Such a model benefits your users and your staff.

Lightning Talks

Seven presenters spoke for 5-7 minutes each in a fun, informative round of lightning talks. The audience exchanged ideas with all presenters in a Q&A afterwards.

Influencing Change: What We Can Learn from Diffusion of Innovations

Kimberly Miller, Learning Technologies Librarian, Towson University

Kimberly showed how librarians can apply ideas set forth in Everett M. Rogers’ book, Diffusion of Innovations. By understanding networks within the library, we can leverage the influence of opinion leaders and innovation champions.

Takeaway: Applying innovation-management theory can bring practical results in your library.

Research and Replication Together

Mike Kiel, Reference/Instruction Librarian, University of Baltimore

Mike proposes that Maryland academic librarians team up to replicate research studies from library literature. There is a need for that kind of research, and it can include partnerships with public librarians, too.

Takeaway: Maryland academic librarians can learn valuable research skills, pursue publication opportunities, and further library science by replicating research studies.

Revamping Building Use Statistics: From Paper Forms to Google Forms and Dashboards

Kyle Breneman, Integrated Digital Services Librarian, University of Baltimore

Kyle transformed the way that his library captures building-use statistics, moving from a handwritten tabulation to Google Forms: the result is a more efficient process and more useful data.

Takeaway: Thoughtful adoption of tech tools can bring improved workflows and actionable information to your library.

Change that Link: A Simple Tool for Managing Off-Campus Links to E-Resources

Kimberly Arleth, Electronic Resources Librarian, Loyola Notre Dame Library

Julia Caffrey, Web Services Librarian, Towson University Libraries

Kimberly and Julia showed the value of open-source code to help create persistent links for off-campus users. The code can be useful during a proxy migration and adapted to the needs of different libraries.

Takeaway: A tool that easily creates proxied links to database resources will be welcome by library staff and users alike.  

I Am Not a Lawyer: Providing Copyright Services in Libraries

Danielle Whren Johnson, Copyright and Special Projects Librarian, Loyola Notre Dame Library

Though most academic librarians are not in a position to give legal advice, we can be campus leaders in copyright education. Danielle shared ways to prepare staff to provide much-needed answers to copyright questions.

Takeaway: Short of offering legal advice, librarians are uniquely qualified to offer copyright services to faculty, students, and campus staff.

Conversion of the Branch Library to a 24/7 Professional Model

Cindy Frank, Architecture Librarian, University of Maryland

Employing the talents of architecture students themselves, Cindy redesigned and transformed the UMD Architecture Library into a multi-use space accessible 24 hours a day.

Takeaway: Increase gate-counts and user engagement by reimagining the service model of a campus branch-library.

Supporting Library Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Varying Abilities

Claire Holmes, Assistant University Librarian for Research & Instruction, Towson University Libraries

Claire showed how academic libraries can become leaders in campus programs that hire workers whose abilities match selected jobs. The jobs themselves are valuable opportunities and can also lead to further employment for differently-abled workers.

Takeaway: Individuals with varying abilities benefit from working in an academic library, and the library will benefit, too!  

Regional events omnibus

A few regional events that may interest academic librarians this fall-winter:

Fact, False, or Just Flawed: Critically Examining News in the Age of Truthiness

ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter’s Fall 2017 Conference | November 17, 2017 | University of Pennsylvania Law School

The current political climate has called into question basic ideals of information quality. Objectivity, bias, opinion, fact, and evidence are thrown into question at every turn. The old standbys for teaching source evaluation now seem insufficient. So how do we teach our students to be smart and ethical information consumers and producers? We will hear from media scholars and journalists about professional practices and principles and the impact of technology and other forces that shape the news. We will also hear from librarians who are using innovative methods for teaching students to critically examine sources of information.
The program will consist of a keynote presentation, panel discussion, lighting talks, and end with a Chapter meeting. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

2017 MD Tech Connect: It’s More Than Technology, ​It’s The Story

December 8, 2017 | Priddy Library – Universities at Shady Grove | Cost: Free

Registration is open to staff from all types of libraries in Maryland, Virginia and DC. Registration is free, but space is limited.

More than ever technology is becoming integral to our libraries – from the experiences we provide for customers to the tools we use to serve them. This third MD Tech Connect 2017 is designed to continue the work of the past two years in building a library technology community in Maryland that is more inclusive than in the past – recognizing that our tech efforts touch ALL library staff, not just IT staff. The intended audience is “IT staff”, “technologists” and “technology enthusiasts.” The event is designed to bridge these various library technology worlds to be inclusive of all library staff.

Advancing Postsecondary Student Success Through OER: A Statewide Summit on Open Educational Resources in Higher Education

December 8, 2017 | College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center | Cost: Free

NOTE: Registration is at currently at capacity.  Organizers are working to extend capacity for the event.  If you would like to be placed on a wait list, please register! 

A day-long summit that will bring together faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and administrators from across Maryland’s higher education institutions to explore the promise of using open educational resources (OER) to replace costly textbooks with affordable, high-quality learning materials while giving instructors the opportunity to repurpose content to meet their students’ needs.

Business Meeting Minutes: Oct. 20, 2017


Meeting Agenda

October 20, 2017

Present: Mike Kiel, Robert Miller, David Dahl, Natalie Burclaff, Sean Hogan, Terry Darr, Kim Miller, Danielle Whren Johnson, Pamela Flinton

MLA Conference updates

  • We had a lot of proposals to review
    • We’ve had 6 approved
    • They will be part of a special academic track, all held in one room
    • Nice mix of presentations: instruction, tech, and other areas
  • ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter is also sponsoring a program–Mike will work with them so that our programs won’t compete
  • We are official sponsors for a human library program
    • Crossover for academic and public libraries
    • It will be a preconference, plus a working human library running during the conference
    • Exact structure is still up in the air
    • Please consider registering for the preconference and consider participating as a human book!
    • You can be a book or check out a book without participating in the preconference
  • Other preconferences that might be of interest:
    • Advocacy boot camp
    • Serving the homeless
    • Passport services
  • The conference still needs another keynote, so if you have any ideas, please let Mike know
    • Possibilities for keynote:
      • Maybe a critlib person who could also speak to public library issues
      • Maybe an expert on evolution or on change management, who could speak about how we adapt to changes in the environment or at work; that would fit the conference theme–“Evolve”: growing, changing, meeting challenges
    • We need volunteers to introduce our presenters–please contact Mike if you’re interested
    • We do have a nice range of presentations within the academic track, so please consider attending! This year’s conference will have a lot of content that is of interest to academic librarians. It will help to have academic libraries represented with attendees!
    • The call for poster proposals will go out in January.

Fall program updates

  • It’s being held in Harford county to draw people from ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter
  • We’ll have:
    • 2 deep-dive talks
    • 8 lightning talks
  • Lauren Pressley, ACRL Vice President/President Elect, is our keynote
  • We want strong attendance–it’s a good price-point!
  • Register here

CRAB Publication

  • We had a column in the summer issue (Mike and Claire) and in fall (Monique Clark)
  • Please see our call for article ideas by ACRL MD members
    • Claire and Monique are coordinating the column
  • Possible ideas for a article:
    • Profile or interview a librarian who’s doing interesting work,
    • Interview faculty member at UMD iSchool
    • Interview a library champion among your faculty
    • Innovation Lab at UB
    • The role of the academic library in Maryland Information Literacy Summit
    • Maryland Open Source Textbook Initiative


Next meeting

Please note the special time: Thursday, not Friday

  • November 16
    • 11:00 am, business meeting
    • 11:30 am, journal club
      • Terry Darr, Loyola Blakefield, facilitating


Meeting and journal club (with authors!), November 16

Please join ACRL MD on Thursday, November 16, for our virtual business meeting at 11:00 AMfollowed at 11:30 by our journal club discussion. 

Please note the special date for this meeting, a Thursday rather than a Friday.

We’re pleased to have authors join us for the journal club, to enliven and deepen our discussion, which will be facilitated by Terry Darr of Loyola Blakefield. We will discuss these two articles:

“An Investigation of Factors Impacting the Wellness of Academic Library Employees”

Leo S. Lo, Bethany Herman

(Bethany will join us)

Full text:

“The Impact of Academic Library Resources on Undergraduates’ Degree Completion”

Krista M. Soria, Jan Fransen, Shane Nackerud

(Shane will join us)

Full text:

The articles are from the September issue of College & Research Libraries.

If you need to jump into the meeting a little late or leave early (or eat lunch), please do! ACRL MD’s online meetings and discussion series are free and open to all.

Blackboard Collaborate Directions

We’ll be on MLA’s online meeting software, Blackboard Collaborate. Join our discussion online at:  (you’ll need speakers, microphone optional but recommended).  There has been an update to MLA’s Blackboard Collaborate which may require you to download a file. This is automatic when you click on the link to enter the virtual meeting room. If you do not have administrator privileges for your computer (cannot download software files), please contact your IT department. Here are the instructions with more details. You may contact BlackBoard Collaborate Technical Support if you have any problems – please let them know that your organization is “Maryland Libraries” – 1-877-382-2293.

When you join the meeting, you will be prompted to enter your name. Once you are in the meeting room, you can test your speakers and microphone. In the “Audio & Video” pod, there is an icon showing a blue microphone with a red settings gear – simply click on that and Blackboard will walk you through the setup.

If you are new to using Blackboard Collaborate, you may find this Quick Start page helpful.

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