ACRL MD at the MLA Conference

Do you ever look at the program for the Maryland Library Association conference and think that there’s nothing for you as an academic librarian, well you can’t say that this year. ACRL MD is sponsoring a full slate of programs at this year’s Maryland Library Association. Join us in Ocean City, Maryland May 4-6 for 3 days of conference programming geared towards academic librarians in Maryland.


ACRL MD is sponsoring the following programs:

Asking Questions and Getting Answers: How to Construct and Analyze Survey Data (Pre-conference)
Joyce Garczynski, Communications and Development Librarian, Towson University

This hands-on workshop will take participants through the process of survey design and analysis. We will begin by looking at how to translate research objectives into survey questions, then look at how to write good survey questions, and conclude with the basics of how to analyze survey data. The intended
audience for this pre-conference is those who are interested in library research and development.

Demystifying Legal Research: Researching Law Like Lawyers (Pre-Conference)
Joan Bellistri, Director, Anne Arundel County Public Law Library; Susan Herrick, Research Librarian, Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland School of Law; Catherine McGuire, Outreach Services Law Librarian, Maryland State Law Library, Sara Witman, Research Librarian, Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander

While staffing the reference desk, have you ever received a legal research question from a student? For those of us who don’t work at law schools, it can be difficult to know where to look for the best answers. This program is an opportunity for research librarians to learn legal research the way law students and lawyers learn it. The program will provide an overview of legal authorities and the legal research process as well as a closer look at specific resources, including statues and constitutions, cases, and administrative agency regulations. For each type of resource, the panelists will discuss print and electronic sources, including strategies for effective research using the sources freely available on the Internet. The panelists will also provide research tips for federal, Maryland, and foreign/international law.

Copyright or Copyleft: Making Sense of Copyright Laws and Creative Commons
Danielle Whren Johnson, Digital Access Librarian, Loyola/Notre Dame Library; Mary Somers, Public Service Librarian, Harford Community College

Why can’t I share an ebook with a friend? What’s the deal with coursepacks and fair use? Can I use this photo on a flyer for a library program? Copyright issues affect us all, both inside and outside the library. This session will review fair use and information on copyright and scholarly publishing. You’ll also learn about Creative Commons, which allows the owner of a work to specify exactly how and when it can be used. Find out how to license your own works using Creative Commons, and where to find photos and more that have been licensed using this system.

Are We Speaking the Same Language?: International Students and Academic Libraries
Gergana Kostova, Reference and Instruction Librarian, UMBC; LaTanya West, Circulation Librarian, UMBC; Nedelina Tchangalove, Reference Librarian, UMD; Iris Laurencio, Graduate Student TESOL and ELC tutor, UMBC

Helping international students is an exciting experience. This panel will discuss various interactions between academic librarians and international students that improve students’ library research skills. Discover how the librarian – instructor – tutor collaboration could make a difference in the academic performance of English as a Second Language (ESL) students. Find out how informal meetings, mentoring and employing international students in the library reduces culture shock. All these actions empower new-comers with library skills for their academic journey.

From Practice to Publication: Scholarly Opportunities for Library Professionals
Unfortunately, this program has been canceled. We apologize for any disappointment! Look for it in the 2012 conferenc lineup.

Keep It Simple Stupid: Free and Easy-to-Use Tech Ideas for Your Library
Alison Cody, Public Relations and Instruction Librarian, Loyola/Notre Dame Library; William Helman, Langsdale Library, University of Baltimore

Time may be money, but these days we all have more of the former than the latter. So why spend money on software that you can get for free? In this presentation, you’ll learn about free tools that can help keep your library’s budget out of the red. Come see how they can be put to work in such varied environments as a public, small college, or large university library. No tech background required!

Welcome to the Virtual Machine (sponsored by the MLA Technology Committee)
Mark Cyzyk, The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University

This session – part lecture, part demonstration – will revolve around the notion of “virtual machines” (VMs) as chunks of computer memory and disk space used to run one operating system inside another computer. This relatively newly-available technology will be defined and explained. Library use cases will be discussed. The various VM software options will be enumerated. A live demonstration using the freely-available Virtualbox VM software will be given.

What I Learned from Teaching a For-Credit Information Literacy Class
Brandy Whitlock, Instruction Librarian, Anne Arundel Community College; Stephen Kiel, Langsdale Library University of Baltimore

For many academic librarians, the chance to teach a for-credit information literacy course may seem like a dream come true. No more having to cram everything about searching into a 50-minute session. While even a semester long course is not, in and of itself, enough for students to learn everything about information literacy, it does provide librarians with the opportunity to lay a strong foundation and to interact with students over an extended period of time. In this session, two professors of for-credit information literacy courses will share lessons they have learned regarding the teaching of information literacy and discuss how those lessons may be applied in other areas, like those 50- minute sessions that are often all librarians have.

Powerpoint Slides Don’t Have to Suck
Michael Shochet, Head of Reference, Langsdale Library, University of Baltimore

“Death by PowerPoint.” Even if you have never heard the phrase before, you probably know what it means. Nobody wants to sit through an hour long talk of someone reading off one bullet point after another. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Events such as Pecha Kucha and Ignite have gained popularity by restricting
the number of slides a presenter can use, and the amount of time spent on each slide. This session will look at some simple design principles that help explain why some presentations that use PowerPoint are actually pretty good, and discuss ways that almost anyone can make PowerPoint slides that enhance a presentation instead of detracting from it.

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