Welcome to the 2015 MLA/DLA Conference!

The 2015 MLA/DLA Conference has finally arrived! If you’re still trying to figure out what sessions to attend on Thursday and Friday, try taking a look at the Lanyrd site. You’ll find descriptions, speaker information and more. Pre-conference workshops will finish up at 4:00 p.m. today. Here’s what you can expect tonight:

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Keynote by Dr. Jack A. Kaye
This talk will include examples of what is being learned about the Earth system and how that information is being shared with and utilized by an ever-increasing set of domestic and international partners, and provide a guide to the future evolution of our capability and its projected and potential utilization.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – All Conference Reception
Enjoy some hors d’ouevres while mixing and mingling with friends old and new!

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Librarians’ Happy Hour with ACRL MD
After the All Conference Reception, continue the conversations with colleagues from across the state at Liquid Assets, just a short walk from the conference hotel. We’ll provide some hors d’oeuvres, and there will be a cash bar with specials. Librarians of all stripes are invited to join us, so we hope to see you there!

9:00 – 11:00 p.m. – Dance party
Join DJ Dusty McCowsky at the Horizon Oceanfront Restaurant for a star-studded night. Come dressed as your favorite science fiction character for what should be an inter-STELLAR time!

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2015 Conference Highlights: Poster Sessions, Silent Auction, and more

Each week between now and the 2015 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 6-8 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). To register, visit the MLA conference page.

The conference is just a week away! Here are a few more things to know before you get to Ocean City.

Librarians’ Happy Hour with ACRL MD
Wednesday, May 7
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
After the All Conference Reception, continue the conversations with colleagues from across the state at Liquid Assets, just a short walk from the conference hotel. We’ll provide some hors d’oeuvres, and there will be a cash bar with specials. Librarians of all stripes are invited to join us, so we hope to see you there!

Poster Sessions
Thursday, May 8
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Poster authors will be present from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. and 2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
Visit the Poster Session at this year’s MLA/DLA conference in Room 5. Here you will find presentations from some of this past year’s amazing projects in Maryland and Delaware libraries. On Thursday, you can stop by at any time of the day to investigate the posters yourself, or you can drop in during the designated times (10:0-10:30 and 2:45-3:30) when the poster session authors will be there. Hear from professionals in every area of library service: what they are doing and how they are doing it. Get ideas, network with colleagues, and see what is new all in one place.

Silent Auction
Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Once again the conference will feature a silent auction with something for everyone! Be sure to check out the display in the vendor lobby on the first floor and find something you just cannot go home without!  Winners may pick up their items after 11:15am on Friday.

Hospitality Suite
Once again we will have the Hospitality Suite in Room 318 – stop by and kick up your feet and unwind. Complimentary amenities, including snacks, television and games will be available. Take a moment for yourself or to catch up with others amongst the hustle and bustle of the conference.

Networking Uncommons
Take part in the MLA/DLA Networking Uncommons Suite in Room 317 to make connections with other conference goers. Sign up in advance or at the conference to schedule a meeting, discussion, lightning talks, brain-storm – it’s all up to you!

2015 Conference Highlights: Supporting Student Success

Each week between now and the 2015 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 6-8 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). To register, visit the MLA conference page.

Supporting Student Success: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Your Library
Friday, May 8
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an instructional design framework focused on accommodating learner variability, removing unintentional barriers to learning, and developing expert learners. The UDL framework suggests flexible goals, methods, materials, and assessments which transform teaching and learning. The presenters believe that infusing UDL into information literacy instruction supports students’ learning and mastery of critical information literacy concepts. The presenters will model UDL techniques as they introduce the UDL framework, help attendees take stock of their current information literacy instruction methods and introduce resources available to implement information literacy curriculum and assessment. Participants will explore UDL, incorporating the active learning and self reflection that ensure learners’ success.

This program is worth 2 contact hours of continuing education.

Presenters:

Claire Holmes - Research & Instruction Librarian, Towson University
Claire Holmes – Research & Instruction Librarian, Towson University
Sarah Gilchrist - Research and Instructional Librarian for Visual Arts and Education, Towson University
Sarah Gilchrist – Research and Instructional Librarian for Visual Arts and Education, Towson University
Sarah Espinosa - Residency Librarian, Towson University
Sarah Espinosa – Residency Librarian, Towson University

2015 Conference Highlights: Bringing it Back to Earth

Each week between now and the 2015 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 6-8 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). To register, visit the MLA conference page.

Bringing it Back to Earth: Using Assessment Data to Drive Change
Friday, May 8
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Examine an entire assessment cycle in one hour and learn how to use data to rethink your own instruction! The presenters will discuss their experience using assessment data to design and implement changes to information literacy instruction in a required writing course. Presenters will share the results of the ongoing assessment of those changes. The audience will then participate in a structured activity interpreting sample data to propose changes to a hypothetical instruction program and reflection how they can apply these techniques to their institution.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenters:

Catherine Johnson - Head of Information Literacy Initiatives, University of Baltimore
Catherine Johnson – Head of Information Literacy Initiatives, University of Baltimore
Natalie Burclaff - Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Baltimore
Natalie Burclaff – Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Baltimore
Stephen "Mike" Kiel - Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Baltimore
Stephen “Mike” Kiel – Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Baltimore

2015 Conference Highlights: New Frontiers in the Library

Each week between now and the 2015 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 6-8 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). To register, visit the MLA conference page.

New Frontiers in the Library: Library-led Student Leadership Programs for Student, Library and Institutional Success
Thursday, May 7
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Leadership opportunities and experiential learning are more than buzzwords on today’s college campuses. They are increasingly what students expect from their college experience and what a university is expected to provide. However, these opportunities do not need to come exclusively through the classroom or student affairs; the library – with its central role on campus – can and should play an active role in this important university goal. By developing a library leadership program, libraries and institutions benefit through student leadership in creative visioning, marketing and outreach, research assistance, technology projects, and much more. In this session, you’ll hear from a librarian and a student about the A-LIST program at Towson University.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenters:

Carissa Tomlinson - First Year Experience Librarian, Towson University
Carissa Tomlinson – First Year Experience Librarian, Towson University
Kelly Langford - A-LIST Student, Towson University
Kelly Langford – A-LIST Student, Towson University

2015 Conference Highlights: Measuring the Success of a 21st Century Center for Learning

Each week between now and the 2015 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 6-8 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). To register, visit the MLA conference page.

Measuring the Success of a 21st Century Center for Learning
Thursday, May 7
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Learn from architects and a library director how Anne Arundel Community College conducted a post occupancy building assessment 18 months after opening a new library in August 2012. The new library, which focuses on student success, won industry awards and was featured on the covers of two magazines. But how does the building perform against the project goals? This session will analyze data and information gathered in the assessment. All types of libraries can use the same techniques to measure the success of new or renovated facilities.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenters:

 

Cynthia Steinhoff - Director of the Library, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD
Cynthia Steinhoff – Director of the Library, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD
Jolin Wang - Library Planner, EwingCole, Philadelphia, PA
Jolin Wang – Library Planner, EwingCole, Philadelphia, PA
Charles-Rudalavage-Measuring-the-Success
Charles Rudalavage – Principal, Director of Higher Education, EwingCole, Philadelphia, PA

Readings Selected for April Journal Club

Here are the results from the vote for our next journal club discussion, which will center around articles in the March 2014 issue of College & Research Libraries. The discussion will take place Friday, April 18, from 11:30am-12:30pm. Joanna Gadsby will be moderating, and we’ll discuss:

  • They CAN and They SHOULD: Undergraduates Providing Peer Reference and Instruction – Brett B. Bodemer
  • A Comparison of Evidence-Based Practice and the ACRL Information Literacy Standards: Implications for Information Literacy Practice – Nancy E. Adams
  • University Faculty Describe Their Use of Moving Images in Teaching and Learning and Their Perceptions of the Library’s Role in That Use – Jane Johnson Otto

If you need to jump in a little late or leave early (or eat lunch), please do! All articles are freely available via the College & Research Libraries website. ACRL MD’s Online Discussion Series is free and open to all through the MLA Blackboard Collaborate Room (directions below).

ACRL MD will host an online business meeting prior to the discussion, starting at 11am. Please feel free to join us!

Blackboard Collaborate Directions

We’ll be on MLA’s online meeting software, Blackboard Collaborate. Join our discussion online at: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2012176&password=M.EFF327145BA70AF1D6C64C108FC41A (you’ll need speakers, microphone optional but recommended).  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.