Vote now! Journal Club, September 2017

checkmarkPlease 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 July 2017 issue of College & Research Libraries. The discussion, facilitated by Ed O’Donnell of University of Maryland University College, will take place Friday, September 15, 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, August 20.

ACRL MD seeks volunteers to facilitate online journal-club discussions

Please join our online journal-club as a discussion facilitator. Facilitators prepare brief summaries and a few discussion questions for two articles chosen by journal club participants. The articles will be from College & Research Libraries.

Being a facilitator is a great way to delve into current academic library literature and support your colleagues in ACRL MD. You’ll also get a chance to interact with the authors of the articles we discuss: authors have been visiting our journal club for the past several sessions.

ACRL MD membership is not a requirement to volunteer.

We seek facilitators for the following dates (the online journal-club convenes at 11:30 AM, after the ACRL-MD business meeting):

  • September 15, 2017
  • November 17, 2017
  • March 16, 2018
  • May 18, 2018
  • July 20, 2018

Want to volunteer? Have any questions? Please email

Meeting and journal club dates

Mark your calendars for upcoming ACRL MD business meetings and journal club discussions. As previously, we’ll meet the 3rd Friday of every month.

Please join us, even if you’re not an ACRL MD member!

Every other month, beginning in September, our journal club discussion will follow the business meeting.

All meetings start at 11:00 AM. Login instructions for our virtual meeting software are below.

August 18, 2017
September 15, 2017 (includes journal club)
October 20, 2017
November 17, 2017 (includes journal club)
December 15, 2017
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)

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.

ACRL-MD Forum Follow-up

Picture of paper agenda handout

Thanks to all who were able to attend our forum or streamed it at our Facebook page! Most of our agenda was made up of discussion and interaction, but the slides and handouts are available to those who want them.

ACRL MD Forum Slides (PDF)

ACRL-MD Info Summary Handout (PDF)

Many ideas were generated and we plan to use them! Keep an eye out for announcements and follow-up as we review our notes and discuss new possibilities!

If you are interested in volunteering to participate, visit our Volunteer Opportunities page.

If you have questions or need information, visit our Contact Us page.


Call for Proposals: 2018 MLA/DLA Conference

Deadline: September 3, 2017, 11:59pm

Maryland Library Association & Delaware Library Association Annual Conference, May 2-4, 2018

Next year’s joint conference of MLA and DLA will once again take place at The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake in Cambridge, MD.  This was a really great new location for the 2017 conference and it promises to be even better next year with even more conference space.

The theme for this year’s conference is: Evolve. The role of academic librarians and the academic library is in flux on many campuses.  Are you evolving by changing your portfolio of services to meet the needs of a new generation of diverse students?  Developing new partnerships or forms of community engagement?  Or maybe you are using something you already have in a bold new way? If so submit a proposal to share how and why you are evolving with the Maryland library community!

As in previous years, proposals for standard 1 hour conference sessions and extended 2 hour sessions will be accepted, subject to the whole conference schedule.  Programs will be scheduled during the whole day on Thursday and on Friday morning, while full-day and half-day workshops will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

Proposals are due by 11:59pm on September 3rd and will undergo a double blind peer-review.  If you have any questions about the conference itself or this call, please contact Stephen “Mike” Kiel at or 410-837-4236

Join the MLA Professional Development Panel!

A great service opportunity passed on from David Dahl, MLA Professional Development Officer:

MLA’s Professional Development Panel (PDP) is currently recruiting new panelists for the 2017-2018 term (ending June 30, 2018). Read below for more information, and, if interested, contact me ( with a brief statement of how you meet the eligibility requirements listed below by Friday, July 21st.

PDP serves as the reviewing body for all MLA educational programs and supports MLA members in the planning of MLA programs.

Panelist Responsibilities

  • participate in reviewing proposed programs on an ad hoc basis throughout the year; almost all reviews are conducted entirely online through asynchronous discussions using Freedcamp
  • serve as PDP liaison to an MLA division or other MLA units; liaisons participate in the unit’s program planning activities
  • contribute to the development and execution of the panel’s annual work plan items
  • assist as needed in completing bi-monthly unit reports and the panel’s annual report
  • participate in meetings of the panel; meetings are held no more frequently than quarterly and are held online
  • optional: participate in the Educational Grants Subcommittee that review grant applications semi-annually


Any member of the Maryland Library Association who has served in an appointed or elected office, as officer of a division, interest group, or member who has planned MLA programs or events is eligible to be a panelist. All voting members of the PDP must be current members of the Association. Membership is contingent on approval by the MLA Executive Board.

The panel is a great way to stay involved in MLA and make a significant difference in the professional development of the Maryland library community.

We are especially looking for panelists who could serve as liaisons to the Public Services Division and Technical Services Division.

I hope you’ll consider joining us! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.