2014 Conference Highlights: Everyone Is a Designer

Each week between now and the 2014 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 7-9 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF).

Everyone Is a Designer
An ACRL MD Invited Session
Thursday, May 8
1:45-2:45pm

Elizabeth Eadie proposes that everyone is, in fact, a designer. Participants will begin to think of their jobs through the lens of user experience while learning about branding, web design and how to build a digital marketing toolkit.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenter:

Elizabeth Eadie
Elizabeth Eadie – Design Consultant at Wellmade Design; Senior Designer at Democratic National
Committee

2014 Conference Highlights: iPowered One-Shots

Each week between now and the 2014 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 7-9 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF).

iPowered One-Shots: Tablets in Library Instruction
Thursday, May 8
10:30-11:30am

Academic instruction librarians are increasingly challenged to engage students in active, participatory sessions. Transitioning to the “guide on the side” is difficult in classrooms designed for “sage on the stage” lectures. In this session, learn about the development of a new multi-use classroom at Towson University’s Cook Library designed to promote innovative, active instructional practices, featuring iPads as the primary individual computing devices. The session will highlight the current climate of tablet-based library instruction and tools used for analyzing instructional technology, along with a preliminary report of librarians’ experiences, confidence, perception, and use of tablets in our new instructional space.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenter:

Kimberly Miller
Kimberly Miller – Research and Instruction Librarian for Emerging Technologies, Towson University

2014 Conference Highlights: Pump Up the Classroom!

Each week between now and the 2014 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 7-9 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF).

Pump Up the Classroom! Flipped Library Instruction for Enhanced Student Engagement
An ACRL MD Invited Session
Thursday, May 8
9:00-10:00am

Could your students benefit from a fresh take on library instruction? The flipped classroom instructional model involves assigning pre-work to increase background knowledge before an inperson class. This unique teaching model allows students to feel more prepared and confident during an instruction session. Students spend more class time on problem-based, meaningful activities and less time listening to lectures. Two librarians will show you how they used this model to increase engagement among their students and improve learning outcomes. In this program, you will experience the flipped classroom model firsthand and have the opportunity to redesign your own lessons using this method.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenters:

Sara Arnold-Garza
Sara Arnold-Garza – Research and Instruction Librarian, Albert S. Cook Library
at Towson University

Joanna Gadsby
Joanna Gadsby – Reference and Instruction Librarian,
Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery at UMBC

2014 Conference Highlights: Rev Up Information Literacy Assessment

Each week between now and the 2014 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 7-9 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF).

Rev Up Information Literacy Assessment: Use Rubrics to Close That Loop!
Wednesday, May 7 (pre-conference)
12:00-4:00pm

This workshop offers “lessons learned” from one institution’s experience through two rounds of RAILS (Rubric Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) project, an IMLS-funded study. Led by RAILS-trained librarians, this session will introduce participants to using rubrics to assess information literacy learning. As RAILS participants discovered, the most important step in working with a rubric is norming. Workshop facilitators will lead participants through norming a rubric and rating student work samples in order to model an information literacy instruction assessment cycle. Return to your instruction with the knowledge and ability to start a rubric assessment initiative.

Lunch will be served in the restaurant from 12:00 to 1:00pm. This program is worth 3 contact hours of continuing education.

Presenters:

Claire Holmes
Claire Holmes – Research & Instruction Librarian, Cook Library, Towson University

Carissa Tomlinson
Carissa
Tomlinson, First Year Experience Librarian, Cook Library, Towson University

2014 MLA/DLA Conference Details

The program is now available for this year’s Maryland Library Association and Delaware Library Association joint conference: Turn It UP! The conference will be held from May 7-9 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD. As always, the conference will provide a wealth of educational opportunities for librarians of all stripes. As we have for the past couple of years, ACRL MD once again used a blind peer-review process to select most programs:

  • Rev Up Information Literacy Assessment: Use Rubrics to Close That Loop! (Wednesday afternoon pre-conference)
  • Pump Up the Classroom: Flipped Library Instruction for Enhanced Student Engagement (invited session)
  • iPowered One-Shots: Tablets in Library Instruction
  • Everyone is a Designer (invited session)
  • Putting the Value Back Into Event Evaluation
  • Maybe We’re All In(ventorying) It Together
  • Measuring Students’ Information Literacy Skills: An Assessment Strategy
  • Knowing Your Audience: User Centered Design Principles Applied to Library Websites (invited session)
  • Parents, Alumni and Libraries: What Customers Really Believe About the Library
  • Digging Into the Recent Past: Retooling Discipline Specific Instruction
  • Introducing Calibre and Sigil: Two e-Book Software Packages

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). Continue reading “2014 MLA/DLA Conference Details”

Readings Selected for February Journal Club

Here are the articles from the January 2014 issue of College and Research Libraries that we’ll be discussing at ACRL MD’s online journal club on Friday, February 21, from 11:30am-12:30pm:

  • Making a Case for Technology in Academia – Kathrin Dodds, Donell Callender, and Cynthia Henry
  • Supporting Public Access to Research Results – P. Scott Lapinski, David Osterbur, Joshua Parker, and Alexa T. McCray
  • Developing Humanities Collections in the Digital Age: Exploring Humanities Faculty Engagement with Electronic and Print Resources – Sarah Buck Kachaluba, Jessica Evans Brady, and Jessica Critten

Gergana Kostova will be moderating this journal club. 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).

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.

2014 MLA/DLA Conference: Poster Session Proposal Deadline

Just in case you’ve missed the posts on marylib, a quick reminder that proposals for poster sessions at the 2014 Maryland Library Association and Delaware Library Association Joint Conference are due on Sunday, February 16. The poster session will be held on Thursday, May 8, at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD. Here’s the announcement:

Got an idea, research, or new initiative you want to share? The MLA/DLA 2014 Conference Committee welcomes your proposals for this year’s revamped conference poster session! This year’s poster session is THE way to share the exciting projects, explorations, and innovations that you and your colleagues are working on.

Posters will be displayed throughout the day on Thursday, May 8th in a dedicated space at the conference hotel. Poster presenters (a.k.a. You!) will accompany their posters at two specified times to engage in discussions with conference attendees about their posters.

Posters will be reviewed by the Conference Committee and poster presenters will be notified about their poster’s status by February 24th. Posters will be reviewed for potential impact, innovativeness, and relevancy to conference attendees.

More information: http://bit.ly/mla-dla-posters

Questions? Contact Katilyn Miller (kmiller@frederickcountymd.gov).

Journal Club Discussions – February edition

The time has come to vote on the articles for our next journal club discussion, which will center around articles in the January 2014 issue of College & Research Libraries. The discussion will take place Friday, February 21, from 11:30am-12:30pm. Gergana Kostova will be moderating.

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).

Mark your calendars
Upcoming Journal Club Discussion date:  Friday, April 18 (hosted by Joanna Gadsby), from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Please select up to three articles that you would like to discuss. The poll will close on February 7.

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.

Business Meeting Minutes – 12/13/13

We held a very quick business meeting before the December Journal Club discussion earlier today.

Fall Program Wrap Up
Overall people enjoyed it. Shannon & Natalie want to debrief about what went well, anything to change for next time, etc. This will likely happen at the January business meeting.

Conference Updates
We briefly discussed the Wednesday evening dine around options from the conference committee: By division or by topic, individual people sponsor, or by cuisine (also mentor & mentee – didn’t work well a couple of years ago, though). Some divisions are hesitant to take on anything else – but there’s no obligation to do a dine around.

We like what we’ve been doing at Liquid Assets and are leaning towards gathering with people with similar professional interests. Keep it simple! Works because it’s straightforward & fun. No topics beforehand, let it be social and organic. David (the conference committee chair this year) would like to see more divisions/groups doing this as well.

In other conference news, Gergana has almost all the A/V request forms from our presenters now, should have rest in the next few days.

Social Event In January
Morgan & Natalie are working on it – checking dates & locations. Probably centrally located in city, but keeping parking issues in mind.

Next business meeting
Friday, Jan 10 at 1pm  Thursday, Jan 23 at 11am

Readings for October Journal Club Selected

The next journal club discussion will take place Friday, October 18, from 11:30am-12:30pm. All of the articles are freely available in the September 2013 issue of College & Research Libraries. We had a four-way tie this month! Those who have logged in by the start time of the meeting will prioritize the order, as we may not have time to discuss all four:

If you need to jump in a little late or leave early (or eat lunch), please do! ACRL MD’s Online Discussion Series is free and open to all through the MLA Blackboard Collaborate Room (directions below).

Mark your calendars

Upcoming Journal Club Discussion dates: December 13 (hosted by Katy Sullivan), February 21 (hosted by Gergana Kostova), and April 18 (hosted by Joanna Gadsby), all Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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.