December Virtual Meeting – Thurs. December 16 @ 11:00 AM

Hello, everyone!

This month’s ACRL-MD has crept up on us! We will be gathering tomorrow morning (Thurs. 12/16) at 11:00am. The Zoom link is our usual one. Agenda can be found below.

This month’s Podcast Club focuses on the topic of professional burnout, something most of us are familiar with, especially this time of the semester. If you would like to, please feel free to read/listen to one of the resources below, but it is very much not a requirement. Or just come to share your own experiences with professional burnout and how you combat it!

The full agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Conference Updates
  • ACRL MD Work Plan Progress
  • Podcast Club discussion: Professional Burnout

Virtual Meeting – November 18, 11:00 AM

The Maryland chapter of ACRL will be holding their November meeting next Thursday, November 18 at 11AM on Zoom. In addition to our usual business, this will also be the first gathering of our Podcast Club. For more information and the link to this month’s podcast, check out this post.

Here is the full agenda for the meeting:

  • Introductions
  • Approve October minutes
  • MLA Conference Updates (it might be cool to share the programs to drum up interest)
  • Social Committee update
  • Work Plan
  • Professional Development – Podcast Club! Listen to this before the meeting

Hope to see you there!

Join our podcast club!

Looking for an easy way to do some professional development and join a timely discussion? If you have 20 minutes, you can participate in our new podcast club.

This month we are listening to an episode from Hear to Slay, a podcast by Roxane Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom. “We Don’t Have The Same Job” discusses Blacks in Academia with guest Patricia Matthew, Associate Professor of English at Montclair State University. Click here to listen to the full episode. Don’t have an hour? Check out this 20-minute abridged version.

We will discuss this common-listen at our November meeting on Thursday, November 18 at 11:00.

We’re going back-to-school (again!)

We had so much fun learning from LIS students and new grads last year, and we want more! ACRL MD welcomes current LIS students and recent graduates to share what is happening now in the world of library science. Present a new idea, project or professional interest that excites you and could inspire your peers a bit farther removed from current graduate studies. In return for this generous peer sharing, presenters can build local connections, identify collaborators and bolster CV’s in a collegial online environment.

Who: YOU! Current students and new grads (18 mos. post graduation)

What: A low-key 10 minute presentation on a topic you are excited about

Possible topics could include:

  • Discussing your research or a recent project
  • Emerging LIS ideas that resonate with you
  • New considerations for instruction, access or collection development
  • Innovative IT for every user
  • The awesome archives of tomorrow
  • Your vision of the future of librarianship
    -Truly, ANYTHING that has your attention is worth sharing!

When: During our virtual monthly meeting held the third Friday of each month at 11am EST

Why: Because you’re brilliant, that’s why!

How: Submit your interest and availability on this form.

We accept your ideas on a rolling basis all year long. Questions? email Bria Sinnott at

October Virtual Meeting – October 21 @ 11:00 AM

Our October meeting will take place on Thursday, October 21 at 11:00. We’ll be gathering in our regular virtual meeting space, which you can access via this link. Please consider joining us!

The agenda:

  • Welcome & introductions
  • MLA 2022 Conference Updates
  • Spring Program Update
  • Work plan
  • Call for officers for next year’s executive board
  • Podcast Club – launching next month!

MLA/DLA Con Proposals due October 15th

There is still time to submit an ACRL MD sponsored program! The conference will be held May 4-6, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Maryland. We are seeking proposals for programs ranging from ten minute ignite sessions to full-day pre-conference sessions. This is a fantastic opportunity to share your innovative projects, services, or research with your colleagues from across the state. Please note a call for poster sessions will be shared in the fall. Librarians at any stage of their career are encouraged to apply.

Submit your interest here.

Get involved with ACRL MD & MLA!

Planning is underway for the 2022 Maryland Library Association/Delaware Library Association joint conference, and there are many ways for YOU to get involved!

The MLA/DLA conference will take place May 4-6, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MD.


ACRL MD is excited to invite proposals for our division to sponsor. We are seeking proposals for programs ranging from ten-minute ignite sessions to full-day pre-conference sessions. This is a fantastic opportunity to share your innovative projects, services, or research with your colleagues from across the state. A call for poster sessions will be shared later this fall.

Submit your proposal using this form and be sure to select ACRL MD as the division group when prompted. Proposals are due by 11:59pm on October 15th and will undergo a double blind peer-review. 


We are seeking librarians at any career stage to assist with the blind-review process for submission. Volunteers will be asked to review proposal submissions in mid-October. Reach out to Bria Sinnott at if you are interested or have any questions.

MLA’s Social Committee is also looking for volunteers and at-large members. They meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 1-2pm. Contact Jenee Johnson at if you are interested.

Virtual meeting on August 19 @ 11:00 AM

We hope that you will consider joining us Thursday, August 19 for our first meeting of the 2021-2022 academic year. At the moment, this year’s meetings will take place on ZOOM. Here is a link to tomorrow’s virtual meeting room.


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Housekeeping
  3. ACRL MD FY 2022 Work Plan
    1. Make ACRL MD as truly state division of MLA with participation from libraries on Eastern Shore and Western MD
    2. Sponsor a money-making program
    3. Professional Development at virtual business meetings
    4. Sponsor at least one social event
    5. Increase social media presence
  4. MLA Updates – Executive Board and 2022 Conference
  5. Spring Program brainstorming
  6. From the floor

Next meeting is (tentatively) scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 11:00am.