Only a Few Days Left to Register for If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It: Making the Most of Our Collections in a Fragmented World

Don’t miss out on ACRL MD’s third annual unconference on June 1. This year we’ll be looking at 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. We’ll be examining what libraries are doing with their collections whether it be building a new one, managing  existing ones, or promoting and providing access to them in new ways.  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.

Lighting Rounds and Round Table Discussions

We have an exciting line-up of presenters for our Lightning Rounds. During the lightning round sessions presenters will provide a quick 10 minute look at their topic, which will serve as a springboard for the Round Table discussions immediately following the Lightning Rounds.

  • Ebooks in Academic Libraries, Michael Shochet, Head of Reference, University of Baltimore Langsdale Library
  • Describing Databases to College Students, Natalie Burclaff, Research/Instruction Librarian, University of Baltimore, Langsdale Library
  • Social Media in Libraries and Special Collections, Laura Cleary, Coordinator, Marylandia/Rare Bks/NTL, University of Maryland
  • From A to Zine: Starting and Promoting a zine Collection in Your Library, Tony White, Director,  Maryland Institute College of Art Decker Library
  • Revitalizing Your Collection: Evaluation, Weeding, and Storage, Lindsay Sarin, E-Reference Librarian and Rachel Jorgensen, Information Literacy Librarian, University of the District of Columbia Library
  • Collection Management, Sarah Gilchrist, Education Research and Instruction Librarian and Claire Holmes, Education Research and Instruction Librarian, Towson University Cook Library

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 contact Danielle Whren Johnson at


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

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

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