ACRL, Maryland Chapter

The official blog of the Maryland Chapter of ACRL

Business Meeting Minutes: May 19, 2017


Meeting Agenda

May 19, 2017

Present: Sara Arnold Garza, Natalie Burclaff, Sean Hogan, Claire Holmes, Danielle Whren Johnson, Mike Kiel, Kim Miller

MLA/DLA conference updates

  • New conference location at Cambridge, MD Hyatt was very well received
  • 730 attendees
  • ACRL-MD’s four programs were well attended and received positive feedback.
    • Preconference session: Improving Communication Through Improv (Bridget Cavaiola – Teaching Artist)
    • Research to Writing: Helping Students Integrate Sources into a Research Project (Robert Miller- UMUC R&I Librarian, Sandie Friedman – Director, University GWU Writing Program)
    • Information Literacy as Smuggled Cargo: Embedding Learning Outcomes Using Curriculum Mapping (Natalie Burclaff – UB Head of Information Literacy Initiatives, Kristin Conlin – UB R&I Librarian)
    • Collaborating for Course Correction: Partnering to Help Students Understand Ethical Use (Cameron Caswell – AACC Reference Librarian, Jessica Rabin – AACC English faculty)

Summer Plans:

Former & Current Leaders’ Meeting: June 7, 10am-noon @Towson’s Cook Library

  • Informal gathering of previous officers
  • Take stock of current organizational context
  • Goal to discuss and articulate consensus of ACRL-MD values & goals for future
  • Discuss meeting calendar 

ACRL-MD Chapter Open Forum

  • July 28, 9am-noon, JHU, Homewood Campus, Levering Hall
  • We will try to provide a virtual meeting option (Facebook live or Skype?)


  • Network with regional academic librarians
  • Share priorities and concerns in the areas of professional development and engagement
  • Shape our local ACRL chapter to meet our needs as professionals
  • Provide opportunities to get involved with professional organization and leadership in Maryland
  • Discuss meeting calendar, try to avoid obvious conflicts with other like organizations

New business:

Idea: Natalie suggested looking into customized ACRL-MD stationery 

ACRL-MD CRAB column?

  • Mike Kiel started a google doc to write a summary of ACRL conf, Claire and Sean collaborators so far, but others welcome. June 5 deadline for summer CRAB
    • Please email Mike if you want to collaborate on the google doc:
  • Idea: put out a call for authors and a deadline schedule for a recurring ACRL-MD CRAB column (9/5/17 is fall issue deadline) 

Fall meeting ideas, potential collaborators

  • Sara AG inquired of MLA PDP: if collaborating with another organization for a program, it is possible for marketing and registration to be done separately
  • OER program topic discussed, w/ ACRL-DVC
  • ACRL Speakers Bureau? Lauren Pressley, ACRL president-elect
  • Need to submit a PDP program proposal by Aug/Sept for a Nov/Dec program 

Journal Club

  • Claire will send thank-you notes to all 2016-17 journal club facilitators
  • Need to plan 2017-2018 facilitators, call usually goes out in early fall
  • Including article authors was a bonus according to anecdotal feedback from participants
    • Robert could do informal survey of authors who participated?

Next meetings:

  • June 16 (w/Journal Club), July 28 (open Forum)
  • Robert will submit a schedule in early fall for 2017-18 ACRL-MD business meetings, to secure Blackboard Collaborate “space”

Vote now! Journal Club, June 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 May 2017 issue of College & Research Libraries. The discussion, facilitated by Barbara Cheadle of Bowie State University, will take place Friday, June 16, 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, May 28.

Save the Date! Open Forum: Your ACRL MD, July 28, 2017

Calling all Maryland academic librarians and library students!

Your Maryland chapter of ACRL is hosting an open forum on Friday, July 28th, 9 am -12 pm. This meeting will be an opportunity to:

  • Meet other academic librarians from the area
  • Share your priorities and concerns in the areas of professional development and engagement
  • Shape your local ACRL chapter to meet your needs as a professional
  • Get involved with professional organization and leadership in Maryland

Location and other details are still being planned, but will likely take place in the Baltimore area. Members and non-members alike are invited to share coffee, bagels, and conversation. Save the date and share as appropriate!

2017 MLA/DLA Annual Conference: New Website!


This year’s MLA/DLA Conference has a new website! Visit to get a full program schedule, travel and venue information, speaker bios, and more! Get a sneak peek at some of the special events, like the Beer Shindig, Pub Quiz, and Silent Auction.


Business Meeting Minutes: April 21, 2017


Meeting Agenda

April 21, 2017

Attending: Sara Arnold-Garza, Robert Miller, Katy Sullivan, Elizabeth Schlackman


ACRL-hosted reception in Baltimore, March 24, 2017

  • 120 attendees

Webinar, Intro on Acquisitions: April 20 @ Goucher, 2pm

  • One site was cancelled because of low number of sign-ups
  • Goucher had 6 attendees, who had a good discussion
  • Every year we should submit a member recruitment plan, to obtain the extra $10 per member.
    • We need a streamlined process, however, because setting it up is a lot of work

MLA/DLA conference updates – Sara AG

Sara attended latest conference committee meeting

  • 678 registrants so far, so the final number should at least equal last year’s conference
  • Visit for more info on the conference
  • “Tailgating with MD Colleges” is the theme for our gift basket
  • Our pre-conference, “Improving Communication Through Improv,” has 14 registrants so far

MLA Crab idea: ACRL-MD column? Annual summary?

  • We can highlight academic library news more often
  • Anyone who is interested in writing something for the summer issue will have the support of ACRL MD

Summer Program Ideas:

“Former & Current Leaders’ Summit:”

Lay the groundwork for the actual summer program: “Membership Forum”

  • Informal gathering of as many previous officers as possible
  • Take stock of current organizational context
  • Goal to discuss and articulate consensus of ACRL-MD values & “wishes” for future

“Membership Forum:”

ACRL-MD Chapter Strategic Planning Meeting…

  • date, time, location TBA (late summer?)
  • Request an ACRL leader to facilitate? (technically past deadline but may be possible)
  • Alternative facilitators?
  • Other ideas?
  • Need to submit PDP program approval form once we have more info

New business?

Fall meeting ideas, potential collaborators

  • Contact Sara with any ideas you may have
  • Martha Richardson, head of Delaware Valley Chapter in PA, would like to collaborate on a program. Perhaps we could do it if there are separate registration processes for one event, so finances aren’t shared
  • One possible topic could be OER. We are looking for other ideas as well!

Journal Club – today, April 21 

Next meetings:

  • May 19
  • June 16 (plus journal club)


2017 MLA/DLA Annual Conference: Volunteer!

After you register for the Conference, take advantage of the opportunity to meet new librarians by volunteering in one of 3 venues at the Hyatt-Cambridge.


Meeting and journal club (with authors!), this Friday

Please join ACRL MD on Friday, April 21, for our virtual business meeting at 11:00 AMfollowed at 11:30 by our journal club discussion, facilitated by Katy Sullivan of UMBC.

This month, we’re pleased to have authors join us, to enliven and deepen our discussion. The two articles are:

“The Language of Information Literacy: Do Students Understand?”

Gayle Schaub, Cara Cadena, Patricia Bravender, and Christopher Kierkus

(Gayle and Cara will join us)


“Search Strategy Development in a Flipped Library Classroom: A Student-Focused Assessment”

Michael C. Goates, Gregory M. Nelson, and Megan Frost

(Michael will join us)


The articles are from the March 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:

Help ACRL MD build a silent auction basket!

Your friendly, local ACRL chapter is planning to donate a basket to this year’s Maryland Library Association/Delaware Library Association Joint Annual Conference, like we do every year. It is a fun way to help our state association raise funds and to make sure people know about our academic libraries division. This year, we’re planning a collegiate themed basket, with items from our local colleges and universities. Please help us build a great basket representing the many academic institutions of our state by including your school gear! Items can be from your own institution or another favorite Maryland college or university.

Let us know you can contribute by completing this form before April 28th:

Thanks for supporting ACRL MD!

“Navigating Without a Chart: Perspectives on the Basics of Acquisitions” Webcast & Discussion – Free!

ACRL Maryland is sponsoring another webcast viewing and discussion/networking event for all Maryland academic librarians! Join us to watch the ACRL webcast “Navigating Without a Chart: Perspectives on the Basics of Acquisitions” and participate in a discussion with other attendees. All are welcome; membership is not necessary.

Day: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM-3:30 PM 



Goucher College


1021 Dulaney Valley Road

Baltimore, Maryland 21204

Anne Arundel Community College

Truxal Library

101 College Parkway

Arnold, MD 21012


2017 Conference Highlights – Information Literacy as Smuggled Cargo: Embedding Learning Outcomes Using Curriculum Mapping

Between now and the 2017 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held May 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge, MD. For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference website. To register, visit the MLA conference page. And follow along on social media at #MLADLA17


Information Literacy as Smuggled Cargo: Embedding Learning Outcomes Using Curriculum Mapping

Thursday, May 11th

1:30-2:30 pm

Presenters: Natalie Burclaff, Head of Information Literacy Initiatives, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Langsdale Library, Learning Commons, University of Baltimore, and

Kristin Conlin, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Langsdale Library, Learning Commons, University of Baltimore

Libraries are traditionally perceived as the place where information literacy originates and lives. However, there are many experiences outside the library where information literacy skills can be developed and reinforced. Curriculum mapping identifies places where information literacy skills are practiced, or could be embedded, outside traditional library information instruction sessions. This discussion and presentation will describe how one university used curriculum mapping to integrate information literacy goals into the larger academic environment (or “educational process”) experience. Learn different approaches to curriculum mapping, discuss the benefits and limitations, and create your own maps which will lay the framework for a holistic approach to information literacy education.