ACRL MD Online Journal Club: March edition

You might be busy in the middle of the semester, but that’s no reason to let your professional knowledge suffer. Read up on the latest studies from ACRL’s College & Research Libraries, then join Katy Sullivan on Friday, March 15th from 11:30am-12:30pm for an online discussion of articles from the March 2013 issue. All articles are freely available via the ACRL website: http://crl.acrl.org/content/current. ACRL MD’s Online Discussion Series is free and open to all through the new MLA Blackboard Collaborate Room (directions below).

Vote Now!
Choose the articles that you are most interested in discussing by voting in our poll: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SNM29Q7 (poll closes this Friday, March 8 at 11:59:59pm). We’ll discuss the top three articles with the most votes. This issue’s articles include:

  • Daryl R. Bullis and Richard D. Irving’s Journals Supporting Terrorism Research: Identification and Investigation into Their Impact on the Social Sciences
  • Karen Rupp-Serrano and Sarah Robbins’s Information-Seeking Habits of Education Faculty
  • Gay Helen Perkins and Amy J.W. Slowik’s The Value of Research in Academic Libraries
  • David W. Lewis’s From Stacks to the Web: The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting
  • Deborah D. Blecic, Stephen E. Wiberley, Jr., Joan B. Fiscella, Sara Bahnmaier-Blaszczak, and Rebecca Lowery’s Deal or No Deal? Evaluating Big Deals and Their Journals
  • Jingfeng Xia and Ying Liu’s Usage Patterns of Open Genomic Data

Blackboard Collaborate Directions

We’ll be on MLA’s new online meeting software, Blackboard Collaborate. On Friday, March 15, join our discussion online at: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2012176&password=M.EFF327145BA70AF1D6C64C108FC41A (you’ll need speakers, microphone optional).  You will be prompted to enter your  name. Once you are in the meeting room, you can test your speakers and microphone. In the “Audio & Video” pod, there is an icon showing a blue microphone with a red settings gear – simply click on that and Blackboard will walk you through the setup.

If you need to jump in a little late or leave early (or eat lunch), please do! Questions? Contact Katy at sullivan@umbc.edu

ACRL Webinar on April 23, 2-4pm: “Stealth Librarianship: Creating Meaningful Connections Through User Experience, Outreach and Liaising”

ACRL-MD Presents
Stealth Librarianship: Creating Meaningful Connections Through
User Experience, Outreach and Liaising
Tuesday, April 23,2013, 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Hill Hall, Room 108, McDaniel College

It’s the perfect blend! Enjoy the quality of ACRL’s programming, coupled with the insights and shared experiences of your local colleagues. Join your colleagues for this ACRL webinar offered free to MLA members covering three important components of building good relationships with our campus communities: user experience, outreach and liaising. This is an in-person program. Registering for the program means that you can join us to watch the ACRL webinar (2-3:30) at McDaniel College. The webinar is not available to watch from other locations. An in-person discussion (3:30-4:30) will follow the webinar to talk about the presenters’ ideas and share their own experiences and ideas with each other. Register as usual with MLA: class size limited to 50. This program has been approved for 2 contact hours of continuing education.

To register online: https://www.mdlib.org/happenings/register.asp

MLA Members: $0. Non-members: $20. Students: $0
*Please register, even though the cost is free for MLA Members and students; space is limited*

Registration deadline: April 15th
Refunds cannot be issued after April 9th.

Bonus: Happy Hour following the webinar!

Join us at ACRL-MD for happy hour at O’Lordan’s Irish Pub immediately following the webinar. Let us know you’re interested by joining the event on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/160254307463309/

O’Lordan’s Irish Pub
14 Liberty Street
Westminster, MD 21157

Readings selected for January Journal Club!

In case you want to start reading the latest edition of College and Research Libraries this weekend, below are the three articles we’ll be discussing on Friday, January 18, 11:30am-12:30pm.

  • Russell A. Hall’s “Beyond the Job Ad: Employers and Library Instruction”
  • Alain R. Lamothe’s “Factors Influencing the Usage of an Electronic Book Collection: Size of the E-book Collection, the Student Population, and the Faculty Population”
  • Karen C. Kohn’s “Usage-Based Collection Evaluation with a Curricular Focus”

Don’t worry if you haven’t had a chance to read all three articles – we welcome your thoughts and opinions about any of the topics. Joanna Gadsby will be moderating the journal club discussion, so please contact her at gadsby@umbc.edu if you have any questions or comments before the discussion.

Extra new!

We’re still learning MLA’s new online meeting software, Blackboard Collaborate. This Friday, join our discussion online at: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2012176&password=M.EFF327145BA70AF1D6C64C108FC41A (you’ll need a microphone and speakers).  You will be prompted to enter your  name. Once you are in the meeting room, you can test your speakers and microphone. In the “Audio & Video” pod, there is an icon showing a blue microphone with a red settings gear – simply click on that and Blackboard will walk you through the setup. If you prefer to call in, please use the following information:

US Long Distance: 530-881-1212
Meeting ID: 262-079-526

ACRL MD Meeting Minutes, 1/11/13

ACRL MD Business Meeting

January 11, 2013 at 9:30am

Minutes

Present: Alison, Katy, Joanna, Sara, Natalie, Danielle, David and Mark

Note: Blackboard not working via the web link, but it was working via phone (although phone and website not linked up). This turned it into a phone conference rather than a Blackboard Collaborate Room.

Conference Updates (Joanna)

  • Speakers: ACRL MD has 8 programs, one pre-conference and one jointly sponsored:
    • Wed morning preconference: Temple librarians on qualitative studies
    • Thurs  9am: UB Natalie + Catherine from UB on planning social media
    • Thurs 10am: 1. Towson Sarah+ Kim handheld devices 2. Library director on online info literacy education for grad schools
    • Thurs 2pm: 1. AACC Brandi and LND Julie on designing assessment procedures 2. Salisbury Mu, Michael and Melissa on taming copyright
    • Thurs: Metrics
    • Fri 9:15: Loyola and UMUC group on teaching/customizing discovery services/
    • Fri: Lib Director from Naval Academy – data and using data (collecting and reporting)
    • Co-sponosoring a program Lucy and Michael from UB data visualization
  • Action item: Alison and Natalie will coordinate scheduling blog posts about each program and one about happy hour.
    • Start posts after registration opens
    • Action item: Joanna will send presenter pictures to use
  • Happy Hour 7-9pm on Wednesday at Liquid Assets
    • Action item: Natalie will call them soon
    • INFORMAL (use the back table from last time)
    • ACRL has money for appetizers
  • Representative for MLA Orientation
    • Joanna volunteered for ACRL MD

Status report on the Instruction Observation Network (Alison)

  • 14 volunteers to be observed, only 7 survey responses, only 1/7 had instruction observation
  • Action item: Promote it for spring now: at journal club and then Alison will post to marylib/social media next week

ALA mid-winter chapters council meeting

  • Danielle is official chair

Journal Club (David)

  • Feedback has been positive
  • Next one: Jan. 18th
  • Action item: Natalie will announce reading selections and that it will be a phone only session!
  • End of the year – call for other journal club facilitators

Next Happy Hour

  • Combine ACRL Webinars with Happy Hour (We have until Oct. to use both)
  • Plan host webinar, followed by discussion, followed by social gathering
  • Friday, March 22 Topic: creating meaningful liaison connections
  • Location: Frederick or Westminster
  • Action items: Danielle will contact McDaniel’s for hosting the webinar; Mark will find happy hour location
  • Action item: David will email to find more info on upcoming webinar, and we will reevaluate whether to wait for June or have second webinar March 5th
  • Action item: David will talk to Margaret about cost structure and filling out a program approval form
  • Free for MLA members and small fee for non-MLA members ($15), some (or all) of which we can put into snacks

Scholarly Roadshow (David w/discussion) Spring/Summer Program

  • Action item: David will talk to Margaret about making the program not-for-profit
  • Action item: David will send a follow up email to continue the conversation to…
  1. Find candidates to host
  2. What we’ll do after the workshop to continue the scholarly comm. initiatives in Maryland
  3. Dates: 2 Fridays in June, 8am-5pm, one non-Friday date

Next meeting: Discuss back-up plan for spring/summer program

Official end time 11:01am

ACRL MD Online Journal Club: January edition

Is your New Year’s resolution to keep up with the latest articles in the library field? Meet that goal and join Joanna Gadsby on Friday, January 18th from 11:30am-12:30pm for an online discussion of articles from the January 2013 issue of ACRL’s College & Research Libraries. All articles are freely available via the ACRL website: http://crl.acrl.org/content/current. ACRL MD’s Online Discussion Series is free and open to all through the new MLA Blackboard Collaborate Room (directions below).

Vote Now!
Choose the articles that you are most interested in discussing by voting in our poll: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/S6MYPR3 (poll closes Thursday, Jan 10 at 11:59:59pm). We’ll discuss the top three articles with the most votes. This issue’s articles include:

  • Harriett Green’s “Libraries across Land and Sea: Academic Library Services on International Branch Campuses”
  • Russell A. Hall’s “Beyond the Job Ad: Employers and Library Instruction”
  • Alain R. Lamothe’s “Factors Influencing the Usage of an Electronic Book Collection: Size of the E-book Collection, the Student Population, and the Faculty Population”
  • David L. Alexander’s “American Indian Studies, Multiculturalism, and the Academic Library”
  • David R. Hansen, William M. Cross, and Phillip M. Edwards’ “Copyright Policy and Practice in Electronic Reserves among ARL Libraries”
  • Karen C. Kohn’s “Usage-Based Collection Evaluation with a Curricular Focus”

Blackboard Collaborate Directions

Extra new!

We’re still learning MLA’s new online meeting software, Blackboard Collaborate. This Friday, join our discussion online at: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2012176&password=M.EFF327145BA70AF1D6C64C108FC41A (you’ll need a microphone and speakers).  You will be prompted to enter your  name. Once you are in the meeting room, you can test your speakers and microphone. In the “Audio & Video” pod, there is an icon showing a blue microphone with a red settings gear – simply click on that and Blackboard will walk you through the setup. If you prefer to call in, please use the following information:

US Long Distance: 530-881-1212
Meeting ID: 262-079-526

If you need to jump in a little late or leave early (or eat lunch), please do! Questions? Contact Joanna at gadsby@umbc.edu

Happy-squared: Exponential Fun at ACRL-MD & DEAL’s Happy Hour!

Join the Development of Emerging & Aspiring Librarians (DEAL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries – Maryland (ACRL-MD) for Happy Hour.

Thursday, December 6 at 6pm
Frankin’s
5121 Baltimore Ave. Hyattsville, MD 20781
http://www.franklinsbrewery.com/

Whether you are celebrating the end of your first semester, your last semester, a semester of hard librarianing, or just want to mix and mingle with colleagues, join us for a drink and great conversation!

Let us know you are interested in coming: http://tinyurl.com/crg4549

November Online Journal Club readings selected!

Our next online journal club will take place Friday, November 30,  from 11:30am-12:30pm and will be moderated by ACRL MD Secretary Natalie Burclaff. The discussion is open to all and will take place in MLA’s WIMBA meeting room (instructions below).

Based on the poll results, we’ll be discussing these articles from the November issue of College & Research Libraries in the following order:

  1. A Framework for Studying Organizational Innovation in Research Libraries
  2. Forget the Desk Job: Current Roles and Responsibilities in Entry-Level Reference Job Advertisements
  3. Unusual Suspects: The Case of Insider Theft in Research Libraries and Special Collections

If we have time, we’ll include the other two articles, but don’t worry if you don’t have time to read them all – please join us anyway!

WIMBA Instructions
To join us, just access the WIMBA meeting room: http://mdlib.wimba.com/launcher.cgi?room=md_meetingMLA. The meeting room name is md_meetingMLA. While we strongly recommend that you have access to a microphone and speakers for these sessions, it is not required. If you need to jump in a little late or leave early (or eat lunch), please do! Questions? Contact Natalie Burclaff at nburclaff@ubalt.edu.

ACRL MD Online Journal Club: November edition

Is your “need to read” pile buried somewhere on your desk? Start digging and join Natalie Burclaff on Friday, November 30th from 11:30am-12:30pm for an online discussion of articles from the November 2012 issue of ACRL’s College & Research Libraries. All articles are freely available via the ACRL website: http://crl.acrl.org/content/current. ACRL MD’s Online Discussion Series is free and open to all through WIMBA (directions below).

Vote Now!
Choose the articles that you are most interested in discussing by voting in our poll: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W37QHBX (poll closes Monday Nov. 19 at 11:59:59pm). We’ll discuss the top three articles with the most votes. This issue’s articles include:

  • Jantz, R. C. (2012, November). A framework for studying organizational innovation in research libraries. College & Research Libraries, 73(6), 525-541 .
  • Robert Detmering, R. & Sproles, C. (2012, November). Forget the desk job: Current roles and responsibilities in entry-level reference job advertisements. College & Research Libraries, 73(6), 543-555.
  • Samuelson, T., Sare, L., & Coker, C. (2012, November). Unusual suspects: The case of insider theft in research libraries and special collections. College & Research Libraries, 73(6), 556-568.
  • Kellsey, C. & Knievel, J. (2012, November). Overlap between humanities faculty citation and library monograph collections, 2004–2009. College & Research Libraries, 73(6), 569-583.
  • Antell, K. (2012, November). The citation landscape of scholarly literature in LGBT studies: A snapshot for subject librarians. College & Research Libraries, 73(6), 584-602.

WIMBA Instructions
To join us, just access the WIMBA meeting room: http://mdlib.wimba.com/launcher.cgi?room=md_meetingMLA. The meeting room name is md_meetingMLA. While we strongly recommend that you have access to a microphone and speakers for these sessions, it is not required. If you need to jump in a little late or leave early (or eat lunch), please do! Questions? Contact Natalie at nburclaff@ubalt.edu.

The Social Network

In the freshman experience class that I teach, one of my students recently balked at the idea of “networking” in order to find work or internship opportunities. He objected to the thought of people getting hired because of connections they had made rather than the merit of their work. The class then discussed the issue and concluded that connections could offer a person a foot in the door so that their merit could at least be considered. I was thrilled to watch them arrive at this point through their conversation rather than having to make it myself. I was even more thrilled when the original student who dislike the idea of networking recently submitted a reflection about an event he attended. The event focused on getting a job with any college major and the speaker zeroed in on the importance of networking. The student wrote that he now understood that there was not anything underhanded about this practice, rather a way to learn more about people in your field, what they do, and who else they might know who you might find of interest.

I think a lot of adults feel the same way when they hear the word “networking”. It helps when we think of this practice as a casual way to learn more about our field from those who are already working in it.  In addition, we learn more about who they know and the research on which those people might be working.  By having a conversation at a social event, we may have just found a new research collaborator or an interested party for an upcoming professional program. For those who are new to a field or changing careers, networking can be invaluable as they may not have a lot of experience to stand on but they can meet new people to show that they are eager and ready to learn more.  It doesn’t have to be intimidating or feel sleazy. It is supposed to be fun and usually works best in a less formal, casual environment. And speaking of fun, there are several upcoming opportunities to meet your colleagues and possibly learn about new techniques for conducting research.

The ACRL MD fall program, “Stats Amazing!”, is scheduled for Friday, November 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Learn more about research methods and meet more library professionals! Space and time are running out for this event so go to this link http://bit.ly/statsamazing to find out more and register! An informal social event will take place after the day’s workshop.

The SLA Maryland Chapter is holding its Holiday Cheers celebration at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. This will take place on Wednesday, December 5th, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Register by November 26th and learn more about this event here: http://maryland.sla.org/2012holidayevent/

Also, be on the lookout for an upcoming ACRL MD co-sponsored happy hour in early December! Hope to see you all there!

ACRL MD Meeting Minutes, 10/3/2012

ACRL MD Planning Meeting Minutes

October 3, 2012

1. Review Happy Hour on 9/14

  1. Challenge about the combined happy hour: Having a clear idea of who was there for ACRL MD
  2. Future idea of having a happy hour at various locations across the state – start with next one just outside the beltway
  3. Action item: Katy and Joanna from UMBC will investigate locations and give places a heads up that we’re coming (possibly Rams Head?)
  4. Link next happy hour with DEAL:
    • Dec. 7 (too hectic with end of semester?) *Mark deJong indicated Dec. 7 could work
    • Jan 18 (too early – would students come?)

2. Fall program update

  1. Preliminary form approved for research methodologies and statistical analysis program\
  2. Still confirming exact schedule with presenters and what software is needed
  3. November 16, 9am-4pm
  4. Location: computer lab at Columbia/Loyola:
    • Must cap registration at 35 people for computer lab (normal amount compared to past programs)

3. Conference Committee Update

  1. 8 proposals selected out of 16 submitted – submitters will be notified once the programs are approved by MLA.
  2. All proposals were of high quality
  3. Combined two proposals on Discovery Service
  4. One proposal turned into a pre-conference
  5. Wednesday 7-9pm is free during the conference
  6. Suggestion: Dine-around? Casual?:
    • Action item: Natalie will contact Liquid Assets to reserve back table
    • Discussion having a proposed topic, but decided too formal
    • Have an online sign-up sheet
  7. Other ideas:
    • Orientation session – include divisions
    • Friday lunch session (conflicts with speakers)

4. Instructor Observation Network

  1. 10 people have volunteered to be observed from 8 different institutions
  2. Note: You can include any credit-bearing info lit classes too
  3. Action item: Alison will release the link (Publish to web through Google Drive)
  4. Action item: David will follow up with Barb at UMUC
  5. Action item: David will forward promotional email to Mark de Jong

5. Review Journal Club on 9/21

  1. 2nd ever journal club, 1st of this year
  2. Not many attendees, but also not a good time of year
  3. For the next one on 11/30:
    • Limit to 3 articles
    • Use Poll the day the new journal comes out and give 3 days for voting: Let people know immediately after which 3 are being discussed
    • Give an overview of each one and have points of discussion that people can participate even if they didn’t read

6. Office nominees

  1. Natalie is staying as secretary
  2. Vice-president/president elect is open:
    • Criteria: Attend at least 1 planning meeting and assist planning one event OR involvement in other MLA group (must be a member of MLA)
    • Responsibilities: Select conference proposals, main contact with presenters for MLA conference, attend all planning meetings

7. Social Media and other things

  1. Danielle is chair of ACRL Chapters Council – we have the opportunity to write a blog to share what we’re doing in Maryland
    • Action item: Danielle will send blog info to Natalie to write a blog post
  2. Natalie and Alison set up social media strategy
    • Action item: Natalie will share the process with Mark (minus the passwords)
  3. ACRL Webinars
    • 2 free webinars but they are group registrations (we all have to be in the same location and must watch the webinar live)
    • http://www.ala.org/acrl/webcasts – see if any look interesting!
    • We are allowed to charge for it
    • Suggested to keep the first one free
      Add value by having a discussion at the end, after the webinar
    • January and July might work best to avoid other programming