If You’ve Got It, Flaunt it: Making the Most of Our Collections in a Fragmented World

Collections. Libraries wouldn’t exist without them. We have collections of books, serials, electronic resources, archival materials, media in all formats – the list goes on. What are you doing with your collections these days? Are you building a new one? Rethinking how you provide access to an older collection? Reinvigorating your special collections? Moving them on- or off-site? Presenting them in new ways? Join ACRL MD on Friday, June 1, 2012 for our third unconference, where you can share your ideas for and initiatives around any kind of collection in your library – and hear what other folks are up to. This year the unconference format will feature lighting talks, roundtable discussions, time for demonstrations and micro workshops. We’ll provide coffee and donuts in the morning, and lunch in the afternoon. You provide the great ideas.

The more you come prepared to share and discuss the better the unconference will be! You can contribute in the following ways:

Lighting Rounds and Round Table Discussions

We’re looking for people interested in contributing to the lightning rounds. The lightning rounds will be 5-10 minute prepared talks (time will depend on the number of presenters, but you will be informed at least 2 weeks before the unconference of the amount of time you will have). The lightning talks are intended to serve as a spring board for the round table discussions immediately following. The best topics for lightning round presentations will provide for lively discussion and debate.  Lightning round speakers will be asked to serve as the facilitator at a round table discussion on their topic. If you are interested in presenting during the lightning rounds please submit a short proposal containing your presentation topic and at least 3 related questions that will facilitate discussion on your topic during the round table sessions. Proposals are due by Monday May 14. You will notified no later than Friday May 18 if your proposal was accepted. Email all submissions to Danielle Whren Johnson at dwhren@loyola.edu.

Show and Tell and Micro-Workshops

If you aren’t contributing to the lightning rounds (or even if you are) there will be plenty more time for you to share your ideas during the afternoon Show and Tell Demos or Micro-Workshops. Prior to our afternoon session participants can suggest topics for informal 15 minute show and tell demos or micro-workshops. Attendees will vote on which topics they would like to hear more about and the top 6 choices will be the ones presented during the afternoon session. Show and Tell demos and Micro-Workshops can be as formal or informal as you like.

Show and Tell Demos

Is your library doing something super cool with collections? Share your hard work, plans, and ideas  during a 15 minute show and tell.


Know of a neat tool, piece of software or hardware, etc. that you’re using to support collections in your library in some way? Micro-workshops are 15 minute sessions in which you can provide a quick introduction and tutorial to these tools to whet your fellow librarians’ appetite for more.

For more information on submitting a proposal for the lightning rounds or how the unconference works contact Danielle Whren Johnson at dwhren@loyola.edu.


Date: Friday June 1, 2012

9:30-10 Registration

10-11 Lightning Rounds

11-12 Roundtable Discussions based on lightning rounds

12-1 Lunch (included, Vegetarian options available)

1-1:30 Planning for afternoon sessions

1:30-3 Show and Tell Demos/Micro Workshops

3-3:15 Wrap up and Evaluations

The conference will take place at Stevenson University’s Greenspring Campus in St. Paul’s Pavilion (1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, MD 21153). Directions and a campus map found at http://www.stevenson.edu/explore/locations/directions/index.asp#gspring.

Registration Fees:

MLA Members $55

Non-MLA Members (plus 50%) $82.50

Students (less 15%) $46.75

Registration deadline is May 18, 2012. Register at https://www.mdlib.org/happenings/register.asp.


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