Business Meeting Minutes: Sept. 15, 2017


Meeting Agenda

September 15, 2017

Present: Sara Arnold-Garza, Robert Miller, Monique Clark, Terry Darr, David Dahl, Mike Kiel, Claire Holmes, Danielle Whren Johnson, Natalie Burclaff, Barbara Cheadle, Sean Hogan, Jean Wolf

MLA Conference updates

CFP closed, we have eleven submissions. Two may have been submitted mistakenly to us–they don’t seem geared toward academic librarianship. We’ll reach out to those submitters to clarify what they want to do with their proposals.

Mike is working on Human Library event.

Fall program, 11/6/17

CFP is open now for lightning talks and “deep dives.” Deadline is Sept. 24. We could possibly extend the deadline a week or two.

Claire is working on food. She’ll present options soon.

CRAB publication contributions

Monique and Claire are working on a process to encourage and organize ACRL MD submissions to CRAB. We can let academic librarians know when the deadlines are and what the submission process is. We hope to have more regular contributions by ACRL MD or by academic librarians in general.

We have submitted an article for the fall issue.

CRAB is quarterly. We hope to create a “bank” of topics and contributors, to help plan submissions and meet deadlines. We want to have a good idea of who’s submitting, what their topics are, and we want to help make sure that contributors meet deadlines. We can also propose ideas, review drafts, etc.

We want to have a point person who will make sure that we have an article coming up for each new issue–Monique and Claire will fill that function

Next step will be to put a link on our blog to a Google doc, where authors can sign up, propose topics, etc.

Work groups update

Sara will keep the call open to form work groups. She hasn’t received a lot of responses yet. We’ll move forward as more volunteers contact Sara.

Work groups are:

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

Work groups are fluid–after a group forms, the members might even change the direction of the group.

ACRL Assessment in Action Workshop, 11/17/17

USMAI reached out to ACRL MD and CALD for collaboration/support.

We should have a point person for ACRL MD to work on planning. Volunteers can contact Sara and David Dahl.

Next meeting

Friday, October 20, 11 am



Shape Shifting : Academic Libraries and Change Agents


ACRL MD Fall Program. Shape Shifting: Academic Libraries and Change Agents

This engaging program will address the new roles and changing landscapes that each of us faces every day, whatever our role. From transforming organizational cultures and perspectives, to creating services and spaces for emerging student and research needs, our libraries are in constant adjustment. We can all be positive forces for change in our environments, regardless of title. Hear about the experiences of your colleagues and peers through short, inspiring lightning talks and opportunities to dive deeper into aspects of leading change. Program check-in begins at 9:00 AM. The program will begin at 9:30 AM. Light breakfast and lunch are included in the cost of the program. Monday, November 6, 2017. 9 am – 3:15 pm. Towson University in Northeastern Maryland. 510 Thomas Run Rd, Belair, MD 21015.


Portrait of Lauren Pressley

Lauren Pressley, ACRL Vice President/President Elect, Director of the University of Washington Tacoma Library and Associate Dean of University Libraries, will share her vision for leading the way toward growth and new ideas in academic libraries.

Call for Proposals

Proposals for 30-45 minute “deep dive” presentations and 5-10 minute lightning talks can be submitted at until 11:59 pm Sunday, 9/24. Proposal topics may include new technologies, changes in service models, creating inclusive environments, evolving work roles and competencies, and other models of change. Join us for a day of dynamic ideas in academic libraries and get inspired to enact positive change in your library!


To attend, please register online before Friday, October 27th, 2017. You can also contact the Maryland Library Association office by phone at 410-947-5090.

Members: $35, Nonmembers: $53, Students: $30

For questions, please contact Sara Arnold-Garza,

MLA/DLA conference call EXTENDED through Sept. 10

Extended Deadline: September 10, 2017, 11:59pm

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

Because we know the first week or so of the semester can be a stressful time, ACRL-MD is extending our deadline. There is one more week to Evolve your conference proposals.  Submit a proposal to share how and why you are evolving with the Maryland library community at next year’s annual conference!

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.

As always if you have any questions please contact Stephen “Mike” Kiel at or 410-837-4236

Meeting and journal club (with authors!), September 15

Please join ACRL MD on Friday, September 15, for our virtual business meeting at 11:00 AMfollowed at 11:30 by our journal club discussion. 

This month, we’re pleased to have authors join us, to enliven and deepen our discussion, which will be facilitated by Ed O’Donnell of UMUC. We will discuss these two articles:

“Assessing the User Experience of E-Books in Academic Libraries”

Tao Zhang, Xi Niu, Marlen Promann

(Tao will join us, and possibly Marlen as well)

Full text:

“Documenting the Conversation: A Systematic Review of Library Discovery Layers”

Jenny S. Bossaller, Heather Moulaison Sandy

(Jenny will join us, and possibly Heather as well)

Full text:

The articles are from the July 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:

New Opportunities – Get involved with an ACRL MD Work Group!

Based on recent feedback and our conversations at our Forum, we are expanding the opportunities for manageable leadership roles and involvement in some key areas of our chapter. The scope of projects and activities will be up to you to shape, in collaboration with ACRL MD officers, based on your available time and ideas. Contact Sara Arnold-Garza (except where noted) to express interest in any of the work groups below:

  • Membership/outreach
  • Social/networking
  • Scholarship/sponsorship
  • Mentoring/job shadow
  • CRAB submissions – contact Claire Holmes if you would like to help us write for The CRAB (MLA’s quarterly publication), or if you have ideas for articles.

If you have ideas for other work groups, or questions about any of the opportunities, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Business meeting minutes: August 18, 2017


Meeting Agenda

August 18, 2017

Present: Sara Arnold-Garza, Mike Kiel, Claire Holmes, Kimberly Miller, Morgan Davis, Jean Wolf

2017-2018 meeting schedule: set for 3rd Fridays, 11 am

Journal club:  facilitator sign-ups are full, Robert Miller and Barbara Cheadle will work together to coordinate

CRAB submissions: Claire has been in touch with Monique and Sean who expressed interest and Monique may write about the Innovative Library Classroom Conference she attended.

Summer forum: ~35 attended and provided valuable feedback. ACRL MD officers are working on developing an action plan and Sara will communicate with membership soon to invite involvement in new opportunities.

MLA Conference: ACRL MD programs call has been posted and a few submissions have come in. Reminders to submit are scheduled. The conference committee is interested in a human library preconference collaboration for academic and public libraries.

Fall program planning: The Program Approval Form has been returned from MLA’s Professional Development Panel with helpful feedback. Sara will follow up to pursue reciprocal pricing with ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter. The planning committee will move to next steps as soon as the finalized program approval is received.

LLAM speaker: ACRL MD is agreeable to help promote a January program with Laura Lippman since LLAM needs to commit to selling 25 copies of the author’s book at the program. Laura Lippman has broad appeal so we can also share this info with MLA members more widely.

Next meeting Friday, Sept 15, 11 am, followed by Journal Club at 11:30-12:30 facilitated by Ed O’Donnell, UMUC


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.