Do you have a strong eye for detail? An interest in organizational structure? Have you worked on bylaws before? Then we’d really like your help! This year ACRL-MD is going to be working to update its bylaws in order to better reflect our current practices and shape the organization to be even more responsive to the needs of Maryland’s academic libraries in coming years.
If you’d like to help please get in touch with Mike Kiel at email@example.com before Friday September 20th for more information.
Have you ever wondered how you can be a better library advocate? Perhaps you want to communicate your library’s story to administrators or future donors. Or maybe you want to learn more about talking to your legislative representatives about funding for K-12 and higher education, public libraries, and other organizations or programs. ACRL-MD is planning a professional development program to target these needs. But first, we need your help!
ACRL-MD is searching for 2-3 volunteers for our program planning committee. If you’re interested in this topic, would like to learn more about program planning, or want an easy way to become involved with ACRL-MD, we hope you’ll volunteer. Please email Kim Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
The Maryland Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL-MD) is excited to invite proposals for our division to sponsor at the Maryland Library Association & Delaware Library Association Annual Conference “Into the Roaring 20’s”, on May 6-8, 2020.
Proposals are due by 11:59pm on September 6th and will undergo a double blind peer-review. If you have any questions about ACRL-MD’s proposal process or our programs for the annual conference, please contact Lois Entner (email@example.com or 443-412-2232).
If you are looking to squeeze in some more summer before the fall semester ramps up, our upcoming social event might be just the thing!
We will have a friends and family inclusive meet up at the Frederick Keys evening game against the Potomac Nationals on Saturday, August 31st. Sign up and meet up details are below.
ACRL MD will meet outside the ballpark at 5:45 pm to distribute tickets and find General Admission seats together for the 6 pm game start. Tickets are $8/adult and $6/youth. If you would like to join us, simply sign up using our form by Wednesday, August 28th.
Questions about this event can be sent to Sara Arnold-Garza (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I’m writing to welcome you to another great year for ACRL-MD. I am excited to serve as ACRL-MD president, and one of my primary goals for the year is to learn more about how we connect with Maryland academic library personnel in order to create a strong network for sharing information relevant to academic and research libraries. I look forward to continuing some of our new traditions while looking for more ways to explore trends shaping contemporary academic library services, spaces, and resources.
As an ACRL-MD officer, I’m frequently asked, “How do I know if I’m an ACRL-MD member?” ACRL-MD is a division of the Maryland Library Association, which means you can select “ACRL-MD” as a division affiliation when you join MLA. An MLA membership qualifies you for member registration rates at paid programs. We hope you’ll join as a member; however, ACRL-MD programs and events are open to both members and non-members. You may also receive messages (like this one) from us if you are an ACRL national member who lives in Maryland.
Call for volunteers
I hope you’re ready to get involved! ACRL-MD virtual business meetings are the third Friday of every month at 11am via MLA’s Blackboard Collaborate. You can also learn more by exploring this blog.
In addition to meetings, we have several active needs for short- and long-term volunteers. See the “Volunteer Opportunities” page for some additional details:
Our nominations for next year’s officers (term beginning July 2020) are due soon! See “Volunteer Opportunities” page for descriptions of the Vice President/President Elect and Secretary roles. Interested? Email me email@example.com by August 26th
MLA/DLA annual conference
Conference proposal review – We are looking for a few volunteers to peer review proposals for ACRL-MD-sponsored MLA/DLA annual conference programs. Interested in learning more? Contact ACRL-MD VP Lois Entner lentner@Harford.edu September 6th
Poster program: The MLA/DLA conference committee is excited to have someone from our division coordinate the poster session at MLA/DLA 2020, and we need reviewers! For more information, contact Sean Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Program and social event planning
ACRL-MD tentatively plans to offer a professional development program during January 2020, but we need help! Have a great idea for a professional development program or social event you’d like to see come to life? Just want to help out with the planning? Email email@example.com
Past president Mike Kiel will lead our bylaws revisions this year. If you’d like to volunteer for this project, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any other questions or ideas you’d like ACRL-MD to consider, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I hope to see many of you at our meetings and events this year!