Do you support student workers at your library? Share your work & ideas with ACRL MD!

ACRL MD will host a program on January 19th entitled, “New Opportunities for Academic Libraries: Student Success and the Student Employee”. Our scheduled keynote is Carissa Tomlinson, the Director of Student Experience, Learning, & Outreach at the University of Minnesota. This program will also feature a panel discussion highlighting what is happening in local academic libraries related to success and the student employee. We are looking for library workers open to sharing their experience on this topic. Panel participants will be asked to give a 5-7 minute “lightning talk” on their subject and stay to answer questions from the group. Topics should be related to the theme of student library employees at any level – volunteer, undergraduate and graduate. Some suggested topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Culturally responsive outreach & events 
  • Student worker training & autonomy 
  • Addressing student needs or involvement in collection development 
  • Evolving library spaces & places 
  • Methods to encourage student connection & mentorship
  • Student-led work in library & archives 
  • Supporting student researchers
  • Leadership development

Participants should be available to attend the virtual program on Thursday, January 19th from 10:15am – 12:30pm EST. More information about registration for the event is forthcoming. To express interest in participating as a lightning panelist, contact ACRL MD President Bria Sinnott ( by December 2nd. You do not need to be a current ACRL or MLA member to participate as a panelist or attendee.

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