ACRL MD at the MLA Conference

Do you ever look at the program for the Maryland Library Association conference and think that there’s nothing for you as an academic librarian, well you can’t say that this year. ACRL MD is sponsoring a full slate of programs at this year’s Maryland Library Association. Join us in Ocean City, Maryland May 4-6 for 3 days of conference programming geared towards academic librarians in Maryland.

Registration: https://www.mdlib.org/conference/confreg.asp

ACRL MD is sponsoring the following programs:

Asking Questions and Getting Answers: How to Construct and Analyze Survey Data (Pre-conference)
Joyce Garczynski, Communications and Development Librarian, Towson University

This hands-on workshop will take participants through the process of survey design and analysis. We will begin by looking at how to translate research objectives into survey questions, then look at how to write good survey questions, and conclude with the basics of how to analyze survey data. The intended
audience for this pre-conference is those who are interested in library research and development.

Demystifying Legal Research: Researching Law Like Lawyers (Pre-Conference)
Joan Bellistri, Director, Anne Arundel County Public Law Library; Susan Herrick, Research Librarian, Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland School of Law; Catherine McGuire, Outreach Services Law Librarian, Maryland State Law Library, Sara Witman, Research Librarian, Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander

While staffing the reference desk, have you ever received a legal research question from a student? For those of us who don’t work at law schools, it can be difficult to know where to look for the best answers. This program is an opportunity for research librarians to learn legal research the way law students and lawyers learn it. The program will provide an overview of legal authorities and the legal research process as well as a closer look at specific resources, including statues and constitutions, cases, and administrative agency regulations. For each type of resource, the panelists will discuss print and electronic sources, including strategies for effective research using the sources freely available on the Internet. The panelists will also provide research tips for federal, Maryland, and foreign/international law.

Copyright or Copyleft: Making Sense of Copyright Laws and Creative Commons
Danielle Whren Johnson, Digital Access Librarian, Loyola/Notre Dame Library; Mary Somers, Public Service Librarian, Harford Community College

Why can’t I share an ebook with a friend? What’s the deal with coursepacks and fair use? Can I use this photo on a flyer for a library program? Copyright issues affect us all, both inside and outside the library. This session will review fair use and information on copyright and scholarly publishing. You’ll also learn about Creative Commons, which allows the owner of a work to specify exactly how and when it can be used. Find out how to license your own works using Creative Commons, and where to find photos and more that have been licensed using this system.

Are We Speaking the Same Language?: International Students and Academic Libraries
Gergana Kostova, Reference and Instruction Librarian, UMBC; LaTanya West, Circulation Librarian, UMBC; Nedelina Tchangalove, Reference Librarian, UMD; Iris Laurencio, Graduate Student TESOL and ELC tutor, UMBC

Helping international students is an exciting experience. This panel will discuss various interactions between academic librarians and international students that improve students’ library research skills. Discover how the librarian – instructor – tutor collaboration could make a difference in the academic performance of English as a Second Language (ESL) students. Find out how informal meetings, mentoring and employing international students in the library reduces culture shock. All these actions empower new-comers with library skills for their academic journey.

From Practice to Publication: Scholarly Opportunities for Library Professionals
Unfortunately, this program has been canceled. We apologize for any disappointment! Look for it in the 2012 conferenc lineup.

Keep It Simple Stupid: Free and Easy-to-Use Tech Ideas for Your Library
Alison Cody, Public Relations and Instruction Librarian, Loyola/Notre Dame Library; William Helman, Langsdale Library, University of Baltimore

Time may be money, but these days we all have more of the former than the latter. So why spend money on software that you can get for free? In this presentation, you’ll learn about free tools that can help keep your library’s budget out of the red. Come see how they can be put to work in such varied environments as a public, small college, or large university library. No tech background required!

Welcome to the Virtual Machine (sponsored by the MLA Technology Committee)
Mark Cyzyk, The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University

This session – part lecture, part demonstration – will revolve around the notion of “virtual machines” (VMs) as chunks of computer memory and disk space used to run one operating system inside another computer. This relatively newly-available technology will be defined and explained. Library use cases will be discussed. The various VM software options will be enumerated. A live demonstration using the freely-available Virtualbox VM software will be given.

What I Learned from Teaching a For-Credit Information Literacy Class
Brandy Whitlock, Instruction Librarian, Anne Arundel Community College; Stephen Kiel, Langsdale Library University of Baltimore

For many academic librarians, the chance to teach a for-credit information literacy course may seem like a dream come true. No more having to cram everything about searching into a 50-minute session. While even a semester long course is not, in and of itself, enough for students to learn everything about information literacy, it does provide librarians with the opportunity to lay a strong foundation and to interact with students over an extended period of time. In this session, two professors of for-credit information literacy courses will share lessons they have learned regarding the teaching of information literacy and discuss how those lessons may be applied in other areas, like those 50- minute sessions that are often all librarians have.

Powerpoint Slides Don’t Have to Suck
Michael Shochet, Head of Reference, Langsdale Library, University of Baltimore

“Death by PowerPoint.” Even if you have never heard the phrase before, you probably know what it means. Nobody wants to sit through an hour long talk of someone reading off one bullet point after another. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Events such as Pecha Kucha and Ignite have gained popularity by restricting
the number of slides a presenter can use, and the amount of time spent on each slide. This session will look at some simple design principles that help explain why some presentations that use PowerPoint are actually pretty good, and discuss ways that almost anyone can make PowerPoint slides that enhance a presentation instead of detracting from it.

ACRL MD’s Unconference Libraries: Friends with Benefits

Libraries: Friends with Benefits ACRL MD’s Second Annual Unconference

ACRL MD is hosting its second annual unconference on Friday, May 20 from 9:30-3, with a theme of “Libraries: Friends with Benefits”. Come meet with fellow librarians to present and discuss what you and your libraries are doing or what tools you’re using to benefit your patrons and communities. An unconference is user driven, so the specific topics to be discussed will be voted on during the meeting. You can start participating before hand by suggesting a topic or volunteering to give a brief presentation on something you would like to share.

All attendees are invited to suggest topics upon which they would like to speak or have a discussion, as long as it fits under the unconference theme (see title). The morning will start off with a speed networking event allowing attendees to meet each other and learn about their roles in their respective libraries. After speed networking, attendees will vote on the topics that will be discussed during the Lightning Talks. The Lightning Talks will be 5 minute talks on a topic. These talks can be a presentation unto themselves or used to introduce a topic someone wishes to speak at further length on during the afternoon Prepared Talks. Depending on the number of attendees and number of topics, we hope to have 2 or 3 groups of concurrent sessions during the Prepared Talks. There will be 2-3 sessions running from 1:00 –1:45 and another 2-3 session from 2 – 2:45, with time for review as a group at the end. Each session may have 1-2 speakers start off with a short 10-15 minute presentation to stimulate discussion, and the rest of the session will be about sharing ideas.

For more information contact Danielle Whren Johnson at dwhren@loyola.edu, or just register for the unconference, and we will contact you.

Unconference Schedule, Friday May 20
9:30-10 – Registration
10-10:30 – Speed networking
10:30-11 – Voting/break
11-12 – Lightning talks
12-12:45 – Lunch (provided, vegetarian options available)
12:45-1 – Voting
1-1:45 – Prepared talks
1:45-2 – Break
2-2:45 – Prepared talks
2:45-3 – Closing announcements/evaluations

Location: UMBC’s Albin O. Kuhn Library, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250
Directions: http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/directions/

Registration:
https://www.mdlib.org/happenings/register.asp
MLA Members: $45.00
Non-MLA: Members: $67.50
Students: $38.25

Registration Deadline for Fall Program Extended 1 Week

If you’ve been trying to decide if you want to attend ACRL MD’s fall program, you still have a chance to register. The registration deadline has been extended by 1 week to October 7.

Please join ACRL MD for their Fall Program, The One Shot Is Dead; Long Live the One Shot.

The one-shot instruction session is a great way to teach students how to do research for a particular project – but how well does it support development of students’ overall information literacy? At this half-day session, we’ll explore this question. We’ll start by setting the foundation with a presentation on William Perry’s “Forms of Ethical and Intellectual Development in the College Years.” This will be followed up with a debate about the pros and cons of the one-shot instruction session. Lastly, we’ll take a look at two different ways of delivering information literacy instruction: roving reference and embedded librarianship.

Speakers:
Catherine Johnson, Reference/Instruction Librarian, University of Baltimore
Shana Gass, Reference Librarian, Towson University
Brandy Whitlock, Instruction Librarian, Anne Arundel Community College
Sue Bonsteel, Coordinator of Public Services, Stevenson University
Joanna Gadsby, Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Shu Qian, Science Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

This session will be held on Friday, October 15 from 9:30am – 12:45pm, in Sweadner Hall at Frederick Community College (7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702). Registration will begin at 9am.

Directions: http://www.frederick.edu/our_campus/directions.aspx

Registration Fee:
MLA Members-$35.00
Non-MLA Members $52.50
Students-$29.75

Registration Deadline has been extended to October 7.
Register at: https://www.mdlib.org/happenings/register.asp

Contact Danielle Whren Johnson for further information: 410-617-6872 or dwhren@loyola.edu.

We hope to see you there

Only 1 Week Left to Register for Fall Program

Don’t miss out on this year’s fall program. There’s only 1 week left to register, so register today.

Please join ACRL MD for their Fall Program, The One Shot Is Dead; Long Live the One Shot.

The one-shot instruction session is a great way to teach students how to do research for a particular project – but how well does it support development of students’ overall information literacy? At this half-day session, we’ll explore this question. We’ll start by setting the foundation with a presentation on William Perry’s “Forms of Ethical and Intellectual Development in the College Years.” This will be followed up with a debate about the pros and cons of the one-shot instruction session. Lastly, we’ll take a look at two different ways of delivering information literacy instruction: roving reference and embedded librarianship.

Speakers:
Catherine Johnson, Reference/Instruction Librarian, University of Baltimore
Shana Gass, Reference Librarian, Towson University
Brandy Whitlock, Instruction Librarian, Anne Arundel Community College
Sue Bonsteel, Coordinator of Public Services, Stevenson University
Joanna Gadsby, Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Shu Qian, Science Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

This session will be held on Friday, October 15 from 9:30am – 12:45pm, in Sweadner Hall at Frederick Community College (7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702). Registration will begin at 9am.

Directions: http://www.frederick.edu/our_campus/directions.aspx

Registration Fee:
MLA Members-$35.00
Non-MLA Members $52.50
Students-$29.75

Registration Deadline is September 30.
Register at: https://www.mdlib.org/happenings/register.asp

Contact Danielle Whren Johnson for further information: 410-617-6872 or dwhren@loyola.edu.

We hope to see you there

Virginia Chapter of ACRL Annual Conference

The Virginia Chapter of ACRL will be hosting their annual conference in October and has extended an invitation to the members of ACRL MD to attend.

The Virginia Chapter of ACRL invites you to attend this year’s VLA Annual Conference, where we will be sponsoring an entire track of programming specifically for those who work in academic libraries. We hope you can join us.

“Bringing the big picture to your campus”, October 21-22 in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Details and registration info at http://www.vla.org/demo/conference.html

Concurrent Sessions:
• Implementing E-readers in an Academic Library: Collection Development, Access Services, and Technical Services Perspectives
• Understanding the Graduate Student Research Process: From Concept to Product
• Emerging Technologies, Multimedia Creation and Teaching: The Library as Bridgebuilder
• A Big Bang for a Small College: Digitization Initiatives
• Analyzing students’ bibliographies: Do students practice what we preach?
• If You Build It Will They Come: Designing and Implementing a Digital Media Lab
• Mapping the Culture: A Systemic Approach to Information Literacy Program Assessment
• Distance-Based Reference Services: an Essential Toolkit for Serving Remote Users
• Employee Perspectives on the Big Picture of Library/IT Collaboration
• Click Now: Integrating Clickers into Library Instruction.

Posters:
• Literature, Community & Cooperation: The Big Read at Regent University
• The Art of Discovery: Federated Search Engines in the Science and Technology
• Planning Serendipitous Liaison Outreach
• Getting Personal: Reaching out to Adult Learners through a Course Management System (CMS).

For abstracts, see the Conference Program at http://www.vla.org/demo/conference.html

For more information, please contact Mark Lenker at lenkermn@longwood.edu or Maryke Barber at mbarber@hollins.edu .

September 14 Meeting Agenda

ACRL MD Meeting Agenda September 14, 2010
• Final Fall program update
• Conference committee report
• Discussion of alternate methods for recruitment of ACRL members to ACRL MD other than mailing a brochure, which is cost prohibitive
• Recruitment of a volunteer for 2011-2012 officer nominations: our bylaws state that we must appoint a member who is not currently an officer to oversee the nominations
• Continuing discussion/next steps for proceeding with an ACRL MD publication including the creation of a task force
• Professional Development:
As you’re heading in to what is sure to be another busy fall semester take time to prepare yourself mentally for the semester ahead. Jennifer K. Lepus, M.A., Director of University Health Services at UMBC will conduct a short 30 minute session on stress management.

The meeting will be held from 1-3pm in Room 353G in the Albin O. Kuhn Library at UMBC. Directions to the library can be found at http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/directions/. Please contact Katy Sullivan at sullivan@umbc.edu for a free parking pass no later than one week prior to the meeting date.

Fall Program: The One Shot Is Dead; Long Live the One Shot

Please joing ACRL MD for their Fall Program, The One Shot Is Dead; Long Live the One Shot.

The one-shot instruction session is a great way to teach students how to do research for a particular project – but how well does it support development of students’ overall information literacy? At this half-day session, we’ll explore this question. We’ll start by setting the foundation with a presentation on William Perry’s “Forms of Ethical and Intellectual Development in the College Years.” This will be followed up with a debate about the pros and cons of the one-shot instruction session. Lastly, we’ll take a look at two different ways of delivering information literacy instruction: roving reference and embedded librarianship.

Speakers:
Catherine Johnson, Reference/Instruction Librarian, University of Baltimore
Shana Gass, Reference Librarian, Towson University
Brandy Whitlock, Instruction Librarian, Anne Arundel Community College
Sue Bonsteel, Coordinator of Public Services, Stevenson University
Joanna Gadsby, Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Shu Qian, Science Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

This session will be held on Friday, October 15 from 9:30am – 12:45pm, in Sweadner Hall at Frederick Community College (7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702). Registration will begin at 9am.

Directions: http://www.frederick.edu/our_campus/directions.aspx

Registration Fee:
MLA Members-$35.00
Non-MLA Members $52.50
Students-$29.75

Registration Deadline is September 30.
Register at: https://www.mdlib.org/happenings/register.asp

Contact Danielle Whren Johnson for further information: 410-617-6872 or dwhren@loyola.edu.

We hope to see you there!

Agenda for August 10 Meeting

Please join ACRL MD for our upcoming business meeting on Tuesday, August 10 from 1-3pm. The meeting will be held in Room 353G in the Albin O. Kuhn Library at UMBC. Directions to the library can be found at http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/directions/. Please contact Katy Sullivan at sullivan@umbc.edu for a free parking pass no later than one week prior to the meeting date.

The agenda for the meeting will be as follows:
Report on fall program planning
Report from conference committee meeting
Update on conference program planning
Update on promotional materials
Report on feasibility of ACRL MD publications (newsletter, etc)

The meeting will also feature a demonstration of the LibraryH3lp chat software. Designed specifically for the needs of librarians, LibraryH3lp allows your chat service to be monitored by more than one person at a time and also allows chat sessions to be transferred between librarians.

In an attempt to cater to our members located at further distances, we would like to try and offer a teleconferencing option for the meeting (note: only phone, no video). If you are interested in this option please contact Danielle Whren Johnson at dwhren@loyola.edu prior to the meeting.

Upcoming Meeting, July 13, 2010

Please join ACRL MD for our upcoming  business meeting on Tuesday, July 13 from 1-3pm.  The meeting will be held in Room 353G in the Albin O. Kuhn Library at UMBC.  Directions to the library can be found at http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/directions/.  Please contact Katy Sullivan at sullivan@umbc.edu for a free parking pass no later than one week prior to the meeting date.

The agenda for the meeting will be as follows:

  • Report from ACRL Chapters Council Meeting at ALA (Danielle)
  • Report on progress/further planning of fall program
  • Report from conference committee meeting (Alison)
  • Further planning for conference programs
  • Report on action items for recruitment/promotion efforts
  • Presentation on QR Codes by Janet Hack, web librarian at UMBC

In an attempt to cater to our members located at further distances, we would like to try and offer a teleconferencing option for the meeting (note: only phone, no video).  If you are interested in this option please contact Danielle Whren Johnson at dwhren@loyola.edu prior to the meeting.