Many of you will have already received the program for this year’s MLA/DLA joint conference, Forging New Paths: Radical & Relevant. As always, the conference will provide a wealth of educational opportunities for librarians of all stripes. This year, ACRL MD once again used a blind peer-review process to select programs, which represent a variety of the issues that we’re all thinking about these days:
- The Widening Divide: Faculty Work Practice and the Library’s Role in Providing Access to Course Content (Wednesday morning pre-conference)
- Planning Social Media: Tweets, Posts and Pins with a Purpose
- SCVNGR Hunt: Technological Triumph or Torture?
- Online Information Literacy Education at a Small Graduate School
- The Neverending Story: An Approach to Information Literacy Assessment
- Taming the Copyright Hydra: How Salisbury University’s Access Services Team Put Its Heads Together
- Scholarly Metrics
- Thinking Outside the Search Box: How Three Maryland Libraries Implemented, Customized and Taught Discovery Services to Meet Students Needs
- Counting What Counts and Making What You Count Count
- Become A Wiz at Dataviz
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).
Veteran conference attendees who have already looked at the program may have noticed that some of the events held each year are at different times than usual. Of particular note: the Keynote and All Conference Reception are now being held on Wednesday evening. Make sure that you arrange your travel plans to arrive in time for Lee Rainie’s keynote address at 4:30pm, The Networked Library. Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, is a dynamic and engaging speaker – you won’t want to miss him! The All Conference Reception will follow from 6-7pm, and ACRL MD will be hosting a social from 7-9pm that evening. It should be a fun and informative evening to ease us into conference mode!
In addition to the programs we’re sponsoring, there are plenty of other interesting sessions being sponsored by other divisions. Here are just a few:
- Media Cataloging with RDA (pre-conference)
- Improv for Libraries (pre-conference)
- From Transactions to Transformations: How Shifting Our Mental Models Moves Us Forward Faster (pre-conference)
- Creating A Forever Environment On A Shoe-String Budget
- Sensitivity Workshop
- Perched On Your Shoulder: A Librarian’s Role in Guarding Patron Privacy
- Ask Us Anything! Human Resources Practice and Supervision
- The Librarian as Project Manager
The conference will be held from May 8-10 at the Clarion Resort – Fountainbleau Hotel in Ocean City, MD. 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.