ACRL-MD’s January Program: Breaking Down Barriers

We’re excited to announce that on Friday January 11th at the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped ACRL-MD will be holding “Breaking Down Barriers: Improving Inclusion for those with Disabilities”

The library community is increasingly concerned with ensuring that we create welcoming spaces for all members of the community, but we might not have the skills and knowledge to do so for those who have barriers to accessing information resources. Join us for a day of discussion about how we can make our libraries more welcoming spaces for both our patrons and employees who may be blind, deaf, or not neurotypical. Hear expert advice from library workers serving in institutions with a mission of access, get hands on with technology to overcome barriers, and leave with a plan to improve your own workplace!

The program will include lunch and is open to members and non-members alike. Interested in registering? You can do so through the MLA Website.


Vote Now, Journal Club, November 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 September 2018 issue of College & Research Libraries.

We are still seeking a volunteer facilitator for November’s journal club meeting. Please email Sean Hogan if you are interested. Journal club will take place Friday, November 19, from 11:30am-12:30pm, immediately following the 11:00am 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 Friday, November 2, 2018:

Saturday, November 3, 7 pm: Walking Ghost Tour of Historic Annapolis with the SLA Maryland Chapter

Hello all,

Our friends at SLA have invited us to one of their special, spooktacular, events. Details below:

Saturday, November 3, 7 pm: Walking Ghost Tour of Historic Annapolis with the SLA Maryland Chapter

Annette Haldeman, SLA Maryland Chapter board member, will lead us on a tour of the things that go bump in the night in historic Annapolis—join us for a spooky-good time! SLA members, friends, and family are welcome!

When: Saturday, November 3 at 7:00 PM (tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours)

Where: tour starts at Maryland Inn, 16 Church Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401

Cost: $18 per ticket

Registration is limited, so don’t wait too long! To purchase tickets, please visit and select the Ghost Tour scheduled for November 3 at 7:00.

Upon registration, enter SLA/Maryland Chapter as the group name.

We hope to see you there!

ACRL-MD Virtual Business Meeting is Friday, October 19, 2018 at 11:00am

Minutes from last meeting:

• MLA Board
Budget on track for the year, beginning exploring branding and logo that’s 18 years old, remind to use MLA branding on ACRL MD things, “I am MLA” posters with you and why you are a member of MLA, nominations for officers
• Conference Committee
Met Wednesday and theme is “What if…” and leave it up to divisions to define this, no key note firmed up but potential for generating excitement, for ACRL MD we received 9 proposals, 1 sent to Children Services division which was clearly academic, one proposal seemed like an obvious pre conference program, reaching out to DLA for collaboration on that, 9 programs is too many for MLA so we will have to weed them down by Oct. 12 and MLA is looking for less programs, ignite or lightning talks had a separate call and there will be 2-3 separate sessions and accepting all proposals

• Social Events
Hike on Oct. 27(?) MLA LDD
Duckpin Bowling Date, Stoneliegh is eager to have ACRL MD back sometime in Feb? with a snow date and potentially adding other divisions but then we encounter budgetary things
Officers for next year – need to get to Mike now

Winter program
• Library for the blind and physically handicapped, Mike and Sara AG have developed a program outline for both full and ½ day event, panel of people with different specialties, how can we make our space(s) more accessible? Available resources in the area? What type of technologies do we need to serve? Timeline plan is January, MLA procedures outside of annual conference requires forms to be submitted Oct. 1, form just came out today for this(?)

Other plans for the year
• MLA committee advised we’re supposed to look at our by-laws and recommend changes. No timeline defined, some volunteers to look at them with Mike
• Congress of academic library advisors needs help onboarding with MLA
• Advocacy, what can we do? Maryland library days in Feb. go to Annapolis and National in March in DC. There’s an MLA Library advocacy interest group (also babies take your time away)

ACRL MD Journal Club & Virtual Business Meeting – September 21 – 11:00am

Please join ACRL MD on Friday, September 21, for our virtual business meeting at 11:00am, followed by our journal club discussion at 11:30am

Elizabeth Schlackman, collection development librarian at Montgomery College will facilitate our discussion. Our membership voted to discuss two articles from the July issue of College & Research Libraries:

They Found It–Now Do They Bother? An Analysis of First-Year Synthesis

Author Michael J. Carlozzi will join us.

Full text:


Autism and the Academic Library: A Study of Online Communication

Author Amelia Anderson will join us

Full text:

ACRL MD’s online meetings and discussion series are free and open to all. So feel free to attend both.

This month will be our first virtual meeting using MLA’s new web based virtual meeting tool Blackboard Ultra. We recommend microphone and speaker capability. However there is a chat option if your mic isn’t working. The meeting room is located here:

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

Deadline Extended! Submit your proposals for ACRL-MD programs at MLA/DLA 2019

Are you excited to plan for next year’s conference? ACRL-MD is, too! We’ve extended our proposal deadline – more information about the conference theme, etc. will be forthcoming from the MLA/DLA conference committee, but we thought we’d give you a head start on your session brainstorming.

ACRL-MD Call for Proposals: ACRL-MD sessions for the Maryland Library Association and Delaware Library Association Conference 2019

Deadline: September 3rd EXTENDED to September 10th, 2018, 11:59pm

Submit your proposal here!

The Maryland chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL-MD) is excited to invite proposal for our division to sponsor at the Maryland Library Association & Delaware Library Association Annual Conference, on May 1 – 3, 2019.

Proposals are due by 11:59pm on September 3rd 10th 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 Kimberly Miller ( or 410-704-6324).

ACRL-MD Virtual Business Meeting Friday, August 17, 2018 11:00am

ACRL MD Virtual Business Meeting

August 17, 2018

Present: Mike Kiel (President), Sean Hogan (Secretary), Claire Holmes, Sara Arnold-Garza, Mou Chakraborty

ACRL – MD Business Meeting, August 2018:

  • Updates from MLA
    • General – Mike is working on creating the work plan for the year, we are obligated to put on one program outside of the conference and we are strongly encouraged to work together with other divisions.
    • Conference Committee – The conference committee hadn’t met by the time of the meeting but between then and now the theme was decided as “What If…”
  • Journal Club and Volunteers
    • Journal Club
      • September journal club is all set. Elizabeth Schlackman, Montgomery College Library will facilitate discussion. Poll has been posted to blog and Sean will email to Marylib on Monday.
    • Other volunteer opportunities
      • Still seeking volunteers for future facilitators. (we received one more volunteer during the meeting)
      • We have a few volunteers for the vetting of conference proposals. It’s enough to proceed, but we could always use more!
    • Active Membership
      • There is a survey being conducted by librarians at William and Mary about the value of local professional organizations, please participate as it might help us understand more about how we could make ACRL-MD more effective
      • Mike will be working with CALD to try and identify individuals to reach out to in order to invite to membership. We will work on creating a “new members” or “Welcome to ACRL-MD information sheet”
      • A number of aspects of the forum last year were discussed, there was general agreement that a similar event might be successful in drawing new members
      • Appealing to non-reference folks was noted as being key to growing membership
      • There was general agreement that we should try and provide more fun or social opportunities
        • Bowling has been popular in the past so we will continue it
        • An outdoor activity like a picnic or hike might be popular
          • Some other divisions in MLA are planning a hike on October 27th
        • Event ideas
          • New “Fall” Program Idea: Service to patrons with disabilities
            • Mike and Sara talked with John Owen, director of the Maryland State Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped about having a fall program on accessibility. We also realized that having a program ready by November may not be possible and will shoot for early/mid-January with new MLA proposal process.