Evolve at MLA/DLA 2018: Human Libraries!

PUTMANLaksameewebACRL-MD is excited to be the official sponsor of a half day pre-conference on Wednesday May 2nd at MLA/DLA titled “Creating and Managing a Human Library.”  In this program attendees will learn how to organize and operate a human library at their own institution from not only academic librarians like Towson University’s Laksamee Putnam but also public librarians.

In addition at the end of the conference on Friday May 4th there will be a session featuring a working human library made up of conference attendees.  This is a different kind of program where you can learn about the topic through observation and your own experience either as the reader of a human book, or by volunteering to be a book yourself!

For more information about either program, including how you could volunteer contact either current ACRL-MD Vice President Mike Kiel at skiel@ubalt.edu, or Laksamee Putnam at lputnam@ubalt.edu


Submissions for the Maryland Crab newsletter

Submissions for the Spring issue of the Maryland Crab are due by Tuesday, March 6th.

If you want to feature a recent event, activities, or other library highlights, please get in touch with Claire Holmes and Monique Clark and we would be happy to review your idea.

The article limit is 500 words. It’s great to include photos, too!

ACRL-MD Silent Auction Basket for 2018 MLA/DLA Conference

ACRL-MD is putting together a basket for the 2018 MLA/DLA Conference Silent Auction, which raises money for scholarships. The theme is: Gift Cards Galore! (**actual cards and arrangement may vary)

Gift Cards

Just missing a couple of things: the Gift Cards!

If you would like to contribute, please send your gift cards (with the dollar amount on them) OR monetary donations for me to buy gift cards. You can send CASH or CHECKS (made payable to Regina Rose).

Send your donations to Regina Rose, at Stevenson University 100 Campus Circle, Brown Building Library, Owings Mills, MD 21117.

Questions? Please email rrose2@stevenson.edu or call Regina at 443-352-4233.



Meeting and journal club (with authors!), March 16

Please join ACRL MD on Friday, March 16, 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 Jordan Sly of University of Maryland College Park. We will discuss these two articles:

“The Practice and Promise of Critical Information Literacy: Academic Librarians’ Involvement in Critical Library Instruction”

Eamon C. Tewell

(Eamon will join us)

Full text: https://crl.acrl.org/index.php/crl/article/view/16616

“A Collaborative, Trilateral Approach to Bridging the Information Literacy Gap in Student Writing”

Trenia Napier, Jill Parrott, Erin Presley, Leslie Valley

(Trenia will join us)

Full text: https://crl.acrl.org/index.php/crl/article/view/16609

The articles are from the January 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: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2012176&password=M.EFF327145BA70AF1D6C64C108FC41A  (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:


Evolve at MLA/DLA 2018: Adults as Learners

Miller_KimberlyThe first conference session we’re highlighting from this year’s MLA/DLA conference is “Adults as Learners” which will be presented by next year’s ACRL-MD Vice President, Kimberly Miller.

Her program will discuss how we can apply what we know about how people learn to shed new light on building strong library learning environments. After considering how typical professional development, programming, or instruction aligns with assumptions about adults as learners, attendees will learn about concepts central to adult learning theories before applying the theories to designing programming or training at their libraries.

This program can benefit anyone involved in academic libraries, but an increased understanding of adult learning could benefit many public and special librarians too. Plus the session will be a great opportunity to learn more about what exciting things ACRL-MD leaders are doing!


Business Meeting Minutes: Feb. 16, 2018

ACRL MD Business Meeting

February 16, 2018


Attending: Robert Miller, Mike Kiel, Regina Rose, Andrea Craley, Natalie Burclaff, Monique Clark

Come bowling!

  • Stoneleigh Lanes, Towson, tonight, Feb. 16, 6:30-8:30
  • Good way to network!
  • ACRL MD pays for the lanes
  • Bring your friends and families

Spring program update

  • Claire and Robert are working with the National Gallery of Art library to confirm a date in mid-June
  • Program will be a tour of the library in the morning, then a break for lunch followed by a tour of the art galleries themselves

MLA/DLA Annual Conference

  • Everything is set up
  • We’re in PR mode: Mike will start advertising the event on our blog
  • Conference and hotel registration are open
  • Come to our shared pre-conference on Human Libraries
    • Think about volunteering as a human book at MLA/DLA
  • We’ll be looking for donations for the silent auction donation basket
    • We’ll start collecting money at duckpin bowling tonight, and later we’ll send out a call
    • Regina will coordinate the basket
    • Theme possibilities are wide ranging: coffee, tea, books promoting diversity, local beers

What went down at Midwinter

  • ACRL Chapters Council
    • Natalie is secretary
  • We can always have up to two representatives attend
  • Because of the financial obligation of having to attend midwinter, the Chapters Council will permit virtual attendance next year via a hybrid meeting
  • Some chapters budget for someone to attend ALA annual and midwinter
  • ACRL 2019 will be in Cleveland
    • May 4 deadline for contributed paper, panel session, pre-conference and workshop proposals
    • October 12 deadline for poster session, roundtable discussion, TechConnect and virtual conference webcast proposals
  • Scholarships and grants available
  • How do we get people more involved: virtual options
  • Contact your local representative about IMLS funding
  • Lisa Nickel of VA chapter wants to collaborate with us on different projects

Ideas and goals for next year

  • Mike will have to submit yearly plan to MLA
  • Work with ACRL VA chapter
  • A group to do advocacy and go to Legislative Day
    • Going alone might be intimidating, so a group would be great
  • Inclusion: Library students, new librarians, librarians from under-represented groups–how to involve them in our programming, conversations, outreach
  • Using potential of MLA–collaborate with other divisions on, for example, inclusion, to make sure the profession grows in a positive and diverse way
  • Please let Mike know if you have any ideas for next year

Next meeting

  • March 16, including journal club

Come see what the MLA/DLA Conference has to offer!

Evolve logoStarting Wednesday this week we’ll be highlighting some of the programs ACRL-MD is sponsoring at this year’s MLA/DLA annual conference.  We’ll also include some highlights of other programs about how to evolve your library!

If you’ve been thinking about going to the conference this is a great way to learn about what sessions will be on offer and how to make the most of your experience.  For more information about the MLA/DLA conference, including how to register, check out the  conference page on Maryland Library Association website.