ACRL, Maryland Chapter

The official blog of the Maryland Chapter of ACRL

End of another exciting year with ARLD

The ARLD calendar runs from July-June, so we’re coming up on the end of this year. We’ve had a lot of great programming this year, which we hope to continue in the upcoming year.

Our summer and early fall was filled with some great planning meetings that generated a lot of excellent ideas. Thanks to everyone who came and helped contribute. We hope to see you and your great ideas at our future meetings. We tried to conclude each of our planning meetings with short demonstrations of things that might be useful to academic librarians. Danielle Whren Johnson exhibited what the Loyola Notre Dame Library is doing with digital video, David Dahl provided us with a demonstration on how to use Adobe Captivate and Lucy Holman led a discussion on the use of Wikipedia.

ARLD’s fall program this year focused on open source software. “Open Source Catalogs, OPACS and more: The Next Generation is Here Now!” was held at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD in September. Andrea Neiman, Technical Services Librarian and Jerry Keiser, Library Director from Kent County Public Library discussed their implementation of the Evergreen open source integrated library system and Andrew Nagy, Technology Department Specialist presented on VuFind the open source OPAC he developed for Villanova University.

This year’s spring program, held in April at Goucher College in Towson, MD, concentrated on how to market your library. Deborah Nolan the University Librarian at the Albert S. Cook Library at Towson provided a hands on presentation on creating a library marketing plan, Eleni Swengler, Senior Graphic Designer from Towson University presented on creating great do-it-yourself marketing materials, and Nancy Magnuson the College Librarian from the Julia Rogers Library at Goucher College discussed the John Cotton Dana award, which is awarded to libraries for outstanding public relations campaigns.

ARLD also hosted five wonderful programs and one preconference at the Maryland Library Association’s Annual Conference, held May 13-15 in Ocean City, MD.

  • Stephanie Garibaldi from SpeakEasyDC led our preconference “Sure You Can Find Any Book, but Can You Find Your Story?”
  • Terri Ottoson, Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator from the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Health Sciences and Human Services Library presented “From Snake Oil to Penicillan: Health Information for Librarians”
  • Carrie Bertling, David Dahl, and Carissa Tomlinson, Emerging Technologies Librarians from Towson University presented “Blog Like You Mean It: Creating a Blog to Fill an Information Need”
  • Ray O’Keefe from Enoch Pratt Library, Shana Gass from Towson University, and Mandy Hackley from Salisbury University spoke on “Business Resources for the Literature Lover”
  • Lucy Holman, Director of the Langsdale Library at the University of Baltimore spoke on her research regarding “Millenials Mysterious Search Habits”
  • Mary Jo Lazun and Katherine Baer from the Maryland State Law Library presented on “Capturing the Elusive Government Document Before It Disappears: The Chesapeake Project”

We hope everyone was able to attend at least one of these great programs, and we look forward to providing you with more great programming in the upcoming year.  We already have the fall program tentatively scheduled for September 18 featuring Susan Strasser, Professor of History from the University of Delaware speaking on what faculty want from libraries and Judi Briden from the University of Rochester libraries speaking on what students need from libraries.  Look for more information on this program in the upcoming months.

And if creating all this wonderful programming wasn’t enough, ARLD was hard at work behind the scenes this year as well.  This blog and our wiki (http://arldmla.wiki.zoho.com/Home-Page.html) were launched.  Additionally, Alison Cody, the Public Relations Librarian at the Loyola Notre Dame Library helped us redesign ARLD’s brochure to help promote our organization.

Thanks to our outgoing President, Patty MacDonald, the Associate University Librarian for Administrative Services at Towson University for providing excellent direction for ARLD over this past year.  We hope to continue your great work in the future.

Additional thanks to Michael Shochet, the Systems/Reference Librarian at the University of Baltimore’s Langsdale Library, who as ARLD’s vice president was in charge of creating all the great conference programs we had this year.  Michael will be continuing his excellent work with ARLD in the coming year as our president.

I (Danielle Whren Johnson, Digital Access Librarian, Loyola/Notre Dame Library) have been pleased to serve as your secretary this year.  Hopefully I’ve been able to keep you informed and up-to-date on what is happening with ARLD.  I look forward to serving as the ARLD vice president in the coming year.

And we will be welcoming on David Dahl, Emerging Technologies Librarian from Towson University as our secretary for 2009-2010.

We’re looking forward to another great year with ARLD and hope you are too.

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