Publishing Opportunity through ACRL

ACRL is now accepting proposals for Contributed Papers for the ACRL 2013 Conference in Indianapolis. Proposals are due May 11, 2012 and can be submitted online.

Visit the following links for more information:

Any questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or

Maryland Academic Librarian Wins ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award!

Congratulations to Barbara Mann, Assistant Director for Public Services and Instruction and Information Literacy Librarian at UMUC, for being chosen the winner of this year’s ACRL Instruction Section’s Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award.

Read the ALA press release here:

In addition to all of her endeavors mentioned in the ALA press release, Barb also served as a panelist at ACRL MD’s 2011 Fall Program. Barb’s achievement is a reminder of the great things that are happening in Maryland’s academic library community. Congratulations, Barb!


Accepting Nominations for MLA’s Annual Awards

We all work with people who are doing great things. Now is your chance to give them the recognition that they have earned! MLA is accepting nominations for several different awards through Wednesday, November 23.

Information about the awards, including a full list of awards, eligibility, and criteria, are available on the MLA website at the following URL:

The nomination process is quick and easy. Nominations can be made using the following online form:

Don’t let your gratitude go silent another day. Nominate a colleague now!

MLA/DLA 2012: ACRL MD Call for Proposals

Are you spending your summer working on a new program or initiative at your library? Did you try out some new instruction methods this past year? Are you knee-deep in research for a paper you hope to write? If the answer to one of those questions is yes, then you should consider submitting a proposal for a session at this year’s Maryland Library Association/Delaware Library Association conference!

ACRL MD, the academic libraries division of MLA and the state chapter of ACRL, is on the lookout for conference proposals. The conference will be held in Ocean City, MD, from May 9-11, 2012. Conference sessions are typically 75 minutes long (though there are some shorter and longer time slots available), and are scheduled throughout the day on Thursday and on Friday morning. Wednesday is reserved for full- and half-day pre-conference workshops.

While ACRL MD’s focus is on providing a wealth of quality conference programming for academic librarians, the best sessions also have some relevance for our colleagues outside of the academic library sphere. For information on recent topics, please take a look at the 2011 and 2010 conference programs:

Submit your proposal now!

Proposals for concurrent sessions are due by 11:59pm on Thursday, September 15. Proposals will be peer-reviewed.  If you have any questions about the conference or the call for proposals, please contact David Dahl ( | 410-704-5748).

Fall Program: Help Choose the Theme!

We’re in the beginning stages of planning ACRL MD’s Fall Program, and we need your help! Approximately every 4 years, ACRL MD is eligible to bring in a guest speaker, selected from the members of the ACRL Board and the Executive Director. This is one of those years, and this speaker will be a central part of the Fall Program.

Right now we’re deciding on a theme/topic and a date for the Fall Program. We’ve identified a few possibilities. Let us know what you’d like to hear about by filling out the poll below. Think we’ve overlooked something? Suggest your own theme/topic by choosing ‘Other’ and writing in your idea. Then, select up to three preferred dates for the Fall Program.

ALA Emerging Leaders Program Now Accepting Applications

If you’re under the age of 35 or have fewer than 5 years working as a professional or paraprofessional in a library, then you may want to consider applying for ALA’s Emerging Leaders Program.  Applications are currently being accepted; applications must be submitted online by August 1, 2011.

Chosen applicants must attend both ALA Midwinter and Annual during 2012, and will work virtually with other ELs in between the conferences. The program is designed to give insight into the structure of ALA, facilitate networking with peers, and create an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity.

It would be great to see ACRL MD and MLA represented in this program. Full details and a link to the online application are available here:

ACRL MD Business Meeting, June 6th at 1pm

Please join ACRL MD for our next business meeting on June 6th, from 1-3pm at Loyola Notre Dame Library. The meeting will include a discussion of program and conference planning for the upcoming academic year. Here is the full agenda:

1. Introductions
2. Professional Development Presentation (tba)
3. Unconference – feedback/evals/observations
4. Recap of 2011 conference sessions – feedback/evals/observations
5. Program ideas

  • Fall program
  • 2012 Conference programs (May 9-11 in Ocean City)
  • Spring program

6. Schedule additional meetings

All are welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the division’s program planning. In order to accommodate those who cannot attend in person, we will be using Wimba to extend the meeting to virtual attendees. Please contact David Dahl ( if you are interested in this option.

The meeting will be held in the Level 1 Seminar Room at Loyola Notre Dame Library. Directions to the library parking lot are available here:  A parking permit is not needed, but attendees should check in at the security desk upon arrival.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Recap of Unconference Planning Meeting (1/25/11)

Attendees: Danielle Whren Johnson, Alison Cody, Shana Gass, Natalie Burclaff, David Dahl

Several items related to the Unconference were discussed at this planning meeting, including date/time, location, theme, and the schedule of activities.


Several suggestions were discussed in relation to the Unconference theme for this year.  The goal of the theme is to provide some direction and inspiration for presentations/talks without being too restrictive.  The idea of focusing on relationships in the academic library came up, and the theme of “Friends with Benefits” was selected as a preliminary theme.


The Unconference will run from 9:30-3pm on May 26th.

May 26th was chosen as a preliminary date for the Unconference. This date was chosen in an effort to keep some space between the Unconference and the MLA Annual Conference (May 4-6) and to avoid conflicts that may arise because of the Memorial Day weekend.

Feedback from last year’s Unconference indicated that participants would have liked the program to be longer.  With that in mind, the group decided that extending the Unconference until 3pm would allow for more content without significantly increasing the price for participants.


Several locations were suggested for holding the Unconference.  Loyola/Notre Dame Library worked well last year and will be considered again for this year.  It was noted that it would be good to change venues if possible.  Since the MLA conference is on the Eastern Shore and ACRL MD’s Fall Program was held in western Maryland, the Unconference will be hosted by a library in Baltimore.

The following locations will be investigated for the event: UMBC, Loyola/Notre Dame, Towson University, and Goucher College.  Other suggestions are welcome.  Host locations must be able to offer 2 flexible meeting rooms and a larger room or gathering area for lunch and other activities involving all participants.  The location must also be able to address the parking needs of attendees.  Preference will be given to locations that do not require ACRL MD to use the school’s in-house catering service.  If you would like to suggest a location for hosting the Unconference, please send an email to David Dahl at, addressing how the location meets the requirements for the Unconference.  We expect to choose a location by mid-February.

Proposed Schedule

Details of the schedule and related activities are ongoing, but a basic outline of the day’s activities was decided upon:

9:30-10 – Registration
10-10:30 – Speed networking
10:30-11 – Voting/break
11-12 – Lightning talks
12-12:45 – Lunch
12:45-1 – Voting
1-1:45 – Prepared talks
1:45-2 – Break
2-2:45 – Prepared talks
2:45-3 – Closing announcements/evaluations

If you have any suggestions for the Unconference, please leave them in the comments section of this blog post.  More information will be forthcoming as details are worked out.

Meeting Announcement: Jan. 25th from 1-3pm at LND Library

ACRL MD will be holding its next meeting at Loyola/Notre Dame Library to begin planning for this year’s unconference.  This meeting is open to anyone interested in planning for or providing input towards the unconference.

Meeting details
Location: Seminar Room, Loyola/Notre Dame Library
Date/Time: January 25th from 1-3pm

Directions and parking information are available here:

Requesting donations for ACRL MD’s item at the MLA Silent Auction

In order to help promote the division, ACRL MD will be contributing an item to the Silent Auction at this year’s MLA/DLA Conference.  Along with providing a fun item for people to bid on, this will be a chance for a little self-promotion.  If you would like to provide a monetary donation to help make our auction item the envy of all bidders, please contact ACRL MD Vice President Alison Cody at by January 31st, 2011. All and any amounts are welcome and appreciated.

“What is the item” you ask? We don’t know yet. If you have any ideas of something that screams “ACADEMIC LIBRARY!!!” suggest it in the comments section of this post.