Duckpin Bowling Winter Social: Friday, February 16th, 2018

Join us for our winter social with an evening of family friendly duckpin bowling!

ACRL MD has rented a few bowling lanes for two hours, but you’ll need to rent your own shoes ($4/person). You’re welcome to bring a friend, family member, colleague – the more the merrier! Please RSVP on our Facebook event page so we get a sense of how many people to expect, and if we should reserve more lanes. Don’t have Facebook? Please email

When: Friday, February 16, 2018, 6:30-8:30 pm| Where: Stoneleigh Lanes, 6703 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212

Stoneleigh has a BYOB policy and food is available for purchase from the snack bar.




Happy new year from your ACRL MD!

If your new year resolutions include professional engagement, get involved with ACRL MD in 2018. There are many ways!


Attend the monthly virtual meetings and bi-monthly journal club!

Join our 11 am discussions online at:

The schedule for the rest of this membership year is:

  • January 19, 2018 (includes journal club)
  • February 16, 2018
  • March 16, 2018 (includes journal club)
  • April 20, 2018
  • May 18, 2018 (includes journal club)
  • June 15, 2018
  • July 20, 2018 (includes journal club)

Join a work group to help build ACRL MD!

Contact Sara Arnold-Garza (except where noted) to express interest in a work group:

  • Membership/outreach
  • Social/networking
  • Scholarship/sponsorship
  • Mentoring/job shadow
  • CRAB submissions – Please contact Monique Clark ( and Claire Holmes ( if you are interested in writing about Maryland’s academic libraries and librarians for the CRAB.

Participate in Professional Development Programming and Socializing!

More details coming soon about our winter social. We will reprise duckpin bowling in February for some family fun!

ACRL’s “Assessment in Action: Demonstrating and Communicating Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success” Workshop is jointly co-sponsored by the USMAI Library Consortium (USMAI), the Congress of Academic Library Directors of Maryland (CALD), and ACRL MD. This day-long event is scheduled for March 23, 2018 at Loyola University of Maryland’s Columbia Campus. Registration details coming soon.

The MLA/DLA Annual Conference will be held May 2 – 4, 2018 at the Hyatt-Chesapeake in Cambridge, MD and has a full track of programming sponsored by ACRL MD. Registration information will be provided when it becomes available.

Watch this space for updates about our Spring and Fall programs for 2018. We look forward to an exciting year of professional development and fun!

Meeting and journal club (with authors!), January 19

Please join ACRL MD on Friday, January 19, for our virtual business meeting at 11:00 AMfollowed at 11:30 by our journal club discussion. 

We’re pleased to have authors join us for the journal club, to enliven and deepen our discussion, which will be facilitated by Barbara Cheadle of Bowie State University. We will discuss these two articles:

“Resource Delivery and Teaching in Live Chat Reference: Comparing Two Libraries”

Paula R. Dempsey

(Paula will join us)

Full text:

“Preference vs. Authority: A Comparison of Student Searching in a Subject-Specific Indexing and Abstracting Database and a Customized Discovery Layer”

Sarah P. C. Dahlen & Kathlene Hanson

(Both Sarah and Kathlene will join us)

Full text:

The articles are from the November 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.

Want to keep up with all of ACRL MD’s activities? Find us on the web:

Business Meeting Minutes: Dec. 15, 2017

Meeting Agenda
December 15, 2017

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

MLA Conference updates

All of our programs have been assigned slots, consecutively in one track.

There is one program from ACRL Delaware which runs concurrently with one of ours.

We should plan to highlight our programs with blog posts.

We’ll look at previous years in the blog to see how we done it in the past.

CFP for posters will come in January.

Letter of support from for 2023 conference in Pittsburgh

ACRL requested a letter of support from ACRL MD and other nearby state chapters.

Sara has written the letter and submitted it.

ACRL Budget Allocation

We’re still waiting for info.

We will get an allocation of $277 from ACRL.

They also have a membership recruitment program that can garner us more money.

We’re not sure if the $277 already includes membership recruitment.

Sara is working on that and will report back to us.

Winter Social

We’ve done duckpin bowling in January or February, usually on a Friday night, at Stoneleigh Lanes in Towson.

We could also try the lanes near Patterson Park.

We’re open to other duckpin locations and also entirely other ideas for the social, too.

Happy hours aren’t really as family friendly.

Maybe indoor miniature golf.

Maybe Dave & Buster’s or similar arcade type thing; maybe a Dave and Buster’s that includes bowling. We would have to find out if they have age restrictions.

We’ll look into different options, costs, and maybe we’ll do a poll on the blog.

We welcome volunteers to help work on the winter social–please contact Sara Arnold-Garza.

Spring Program Planning meeting scheduled for January (Still time to join!)

We’ve started preliminary planning.

We might try a library tour.

We’ll see if it will actually be in the spring or if it will be more of a summer event.

We still welcome volunteers to help with planning–please contact Sara.

Next meeting & journal club – Friday January 19

We’ll announce the two winning articles and the visiting authors on the blog and on marylib listserv.

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