Many of you will have already received the program for this year’s MLA/DLA joint conference, Choose Your Own Journey. As always, the conference will provide a wealth of educational opportunities for librarians of all stripes.
This year, ACRL MD took a different approach to planning our conference sessions. We will be presenting eight sessions during the regular conference, and one pre-conference session, all of which were blind peer-reviewed. As a result we have a great variety of programs:
- Creating Tutorials Using Screencasting Software (Wednesday afternoon pre-conference)
- What Students Ask & How: A Study of IM Chat and Face-to-Face Reference Inquiries at Towson University
- Takin’ It To The Streets: Steering Students Toward Information LIteracy
- Don’t Miss the Hidden Treasures! Ideas for Successful Library Outreach
- Conducting Environmental Scans: Accessing User Needs and Library Functions
- Making the Most of User Feedback, Survey Comments and Focus Groups: Analyzing Qualitative Data
- Through the Users’ Eyes: Discovery Tool Usability
- From Practice to Publication: Scholarly Opportunities for Library Professionals
- Surviving and Thriving x3: How an Academic, Public and Special Library are Using the Economic Downturn to Improve Communication with Customers
Each week between now and the conference, we’ll highlight one of these sessions in greater depth. Naturally, you can also find out more by taking a look at the conference program (PDF). In addition to our conference sessions, we’re also pleased to announce that we’re hosting our first-ever conference social! We hope that you’ll join us on Wednesday evening for Studies in Socialization: The Effects of Wine and Cheese on Networking Outcomes.
Still not convinced? There are plenty of other interesting sessions being sponsored by other divisions. Here are just a few:
- The Inner Work of Leadership (pre-conference)
- Take 5: Questions for Assessment-Based Instruction (pre-conference)
- ABCs of Intellectual Freedom (pre-conference)
- Yar! Thar Be Sharks About! Understanding the Role of Libraries in Online Discourse, Civility and Anonymity
- Writing for the Web for Librarians
- Can We Let Go of Legacy Services? One Sane and Sensible Approach
- Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Joys and Pains of Middle Management
The conference will be held from May 9-11 at the Clarion Resort – Fountainbleau Hotel. Registration is open now (see the conference program [PDF] for details), and early bird rates are good through March 15. Members of several other regional professional associations are also eligible for the member rate*!
*Members of the following organizations are eligible to register at the member rate: DLA, MLA, MASL, REFORMA, CVLA, CML, DCLA, DC/SLA, MD/SLA, MAILL, MAPLA, LLAM, CALD and the Conference of Maryland Court Law Library Directors.