Business Meeting Minutes: Oct. 20, 2017


Meeting Agenda

October 20, 2017

Present: Mike Kiel, Robert Miller, David Dahl, Natalie Burclaff, Sean Hogan, Terry Darr, Kim Miller, Danielle Whren Johnson, Pamela Flinton

MLA Conference updates

  • We had a lot of proposals to review
    • We’ve had 6 approved
    • They will be part of a special academic track, all held in one room
    • Nice mix of presentations: instruction, tech, and other areas
  • ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter is also sponsoring a program–Mike will work with them so that our programs won’t compete
  • We are official sponsors for a human library program
    • Crossover for academic and public libraries
    • It will be a preconference, plus a working human library running during the conference
    • Exact structure is still up in the air
    • Please consider registering for the preconference and consider participating as a human book!
    • You can be a book or check out a book without participating in the preconference
  • Other preconferences that might be of interest:
    • Advocacy boot camp
    • Serving the homeless
    • Passport services
  • The conference still needs another keynote, so if you have any ideas, please let Mike know
    • Possibilities for keynote:
      • Maybe a critlib person who could also speak to public library issues
      • Maybe an expert on evolution or on change management, who could speak about how we adapt to changes in the environment or at work; that would fit the conference theme–“Evolve”: growing, changing, meeting challenges
    • We need volunteers to introduce our presenters–please contact Mike if you’re interested
    • We do have a nice range of presentations within the academic track, so please consider attending! This year’s conference will have a lot of content that is of interest to academic librarians. It will help to have academic libraries represented with attendees!
    • The call for poster proposals will go out in January.

Fall program updates

  • It’s being held in Harford county to draw people from ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter
  • We’ll have:
    • 2 deep-dive talks
    • 8 lightning talks
  • Lauren Pressley, ACRL Vice President/President Elect, is our keynote
  • We want strong attendance–it’s a good price-point!
  • Register here

CRAB Publication

  • We had a column in the summer issue (Mike and Claire) and in fall (Monique Clark)
  • Please see our call for article ideas by ACRL MD members
    • Claire and Monique are coordinating the column
  • Possible ideas for a article:
    • Profile or interview a librarian who’s doing interesting work,
    • Interview faculty member at UMD iSchool
    • Interview a library champion among your faculty
    • Innovation Lab at UB
    • The role of the academic library in Maryland Information Literacy Summit
    • Maryland Open Source Textbook Initiative


Next meeting

Please note the special time: Thursday, not Friday

  • November 16
    • 11:00 am, business meeting
    • 11:30 am, journal club
      • Terry Darr, Loyola Blakefield, facilitating


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