ACRL MD Summer Program: The Best Idea I’ve Heard This Year: Improv-ing Professional Communication

Were you wowed by an idea at a conference, workshop, webinar, or other event? Come to ACRL MD’s summer program, and exercise your knowledge sharing muscles in a three-part session! Bridget Cavaiola from the Baltimore Improv Group will lead us in an active workplace communication workshop to get us idea-sharing in the morning, and you are welcome to participate at your own comfort level.

Next, we’ll facilitate a round of lighting talks, so that your colleagues can introduce what they have seen, heard, and learned in their professional development pursuits over the past year. To wrap up, this program will offer a panel discussion talking about the challenges, strategies, tools and failures involved when facilitating knowledge sharing in a variety of communities and environments.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register by July 18!

“The Best Idea I’ve Heard This Year: Improv-ing Professional Communication”
Thursday, July 21, 2016, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Loyola University Maryland-Columbia Graduate Center (directions)
Registration: $40 MLA members, $60 non-member, $34 students

Program Schedule:

9:00-9:30am: Registration

9:30-9:45am: Introduction to and voting on lightning talks for later in the day

9:45-10:45am: Improv Workshop “Facilitating communication in the workplace” featuring Bridget Cavaiola, Teaching Artist, Baltimore Improv Group

10:45-11:00am:Break and tally of lightning talks

11:00am-noon: Lightning Talks: “The Best Thing I Saw This Year”

Noon-12:30pm: Lunch

12:30-1:15pm: “Did You Hear About This?”: A Panel Session on Professional Development, Idea-Sharing, and Communication in Libraries. Panel members include Jennifer Ferretti, Organizer of bLAM Collective; Kathleen Teaze, President of Maryland Library Association; Lynda Aldana, member of USMAI Resource Selection & Acquisition Subgroup

1:15-1:30pm: Wrap up, reflection and evaluation

Reminder: Virtual business meeting and journal club today!

Remember to join ACRL-MD this Friday, April 15th for a quick virtual business meeting at 11am, followed by our virtual journal club discussion at 11:30 am-12:30pm.

Even if you can’t read the articles ahead of time, please join us for a lively discussion!

Articles selected for the April discussion are:

  • ​”Assessment as Action Research: Bridging Academic Scholarship and Everyday Practice” – Kara J. Malenfant, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, and Debra Gilchrist
  • “Examining the Relationship between Faculty-Librarian Collaboration and First-Year Students’ Information Literacy Abilities” – Veronica Arellano Douglas and Celia E. Rabinowitz
  • “Identifying and Articulating Library Connections to Student Success” – Lisa Massengale, Pattie Piotrowski, and Devin Savage

All articles are freely available online in the latest edition of College & Research LibrariesIf you need to jump into the meeting a little late or leave early (or eat lunch), please do! ACRL MD’s online discussion series is free and open to all.

Blackboard Collaborate Directions

We’ll be on MLA’s online meeting software, Blackboard Collaborate. Join our discussion online at:  (you’ll need speakers, microphone optional but recommended).  There has been an update to MLA’s Blackboard Collaborate which may require you to download a file. This is automatic when you click on the link to enter the virtual meeting room. If you do not have administrator privileges for your computer (cannot download software files), please contact your IT department. Here are the instructions with more details. You may contact BlackBoard Collaborate Technical Support if you have any problems – please let them know that your organization is “Maryland Libraries” – 1-877-382-2293.


When you join the meeting, 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 are new to using Blackboard Collaborate, you may find this Quick Start page helpful.

Free ACRL Webcasts, April 6 and May 18!

Votes are in, and the two free ACRL webcasts selected are:

ACRL National grants chapters two free webcasts a year. The catch is we only get one log in, so we need to gather in one place to watch and discuss the webcast. So it’s a non-virtual virtual event.

Location information:
April 6, 2016: Cook Library, ck507, Towson University [directions and parking map]

Note: We recommend carpooling; while the event is free, you’ll need to pay for guest parking.

May 18, 2016: Kuhn Library and Gallery, Admin Meeting Space, UMBC [directions and parking map]

Note: We recommend carpooling; while the event is free, you’ll need to pay for guest parking.

Let us know you’re coming: RSVP

Business Meeting Minutes, March 18, 2016

In attendance: Natalie Burclaff, Danielle Whren Johnson, Sara Arnold-Garza, Alison Cody

  • MLA/DLA conference
    • registration – earlybird pricing extended to 4/1/16
    • Kim scheduled all the session descriptions on the blog, scheduled to go out on Wednesdays
  • MLA executive board meeting recap from Wednesday
    • vote for ACRL MD officers!
      • Sara Arnold-Garza running for President-Elect
      • Secretary: Mike Keil (UB), Christine Ameduri (independent), Robert Miller (University of MD University College)
        • Chris and Robert helped with conference review proposals and they were recruited through that!
      • vote for ALA officers
        • Sara Arnold-Garza, Lindsey Sarin, Joyce Garczynski and other MLA members are running for various ALA positions
      • ACRL chapters council
        • Danielle used to go but her term on the committee expired and she’s going to other meetings now.
        • We should identify a rep from ACRL MD to attend the ALA
      • ALA does not do a good job of representing state chapters. Lucy Holman is the ALA council member for Maryland, but she’s not required to be a member of MLA. ALA has approved an Advocacy Implementation Plan ( which does not explicitly mention state associations.
      • MLA has adopted the ALA Code of Conduct for conferences for ALL MLA events and meetings:
  • ACRL webinar
    • We get two free webinars a year through ACRL. Their year is closing soon. Natalie set up a poll, most people chose one on April 6: Modern Pathfinders: Easy Techniques to Make Better Research Guides.
    • Sessions on April 7 (Teaching at the intersections: Aligning scholarly communication and information literacy in the one-shot library instruction session) and May 18 (Accessibility in Action) were tied.
    • We only get one login and need to identify an institution to host this.
      • LNDL can probably host, but Danielle can’t be the point person for April 6, but will look into hosting on May 18.
      • Natalie will put a call out to the ACRL MD list and see if anyone will host on April 6.
      • Goucher has hosted one recently.
  • ACRL Scholarly Roadshow workshop
    • A certain number of seats were held for USMAI and MICUA librarians. Registration has now opened for others, it’s only $20. Natalie has been working on promoting this.
  • Unconference
    • We originally thought the roadshow could serve as the spring program, but Natalie thinks we should do something.
    • Typically the ACRL MD Past President handles the unconference, but Gergana can’t plan it this year. Natalie is gone for most of May.
    • We have about a month to figure this out if we want to do this in June and stay within the PDP guidelines for when we submit our paperwork.
    • Alison and Sara can help, but neither of them can chair the committee. Natalie will approach the people running for Secretary to see if they want to be involved.
    • What about something more information where people recap the roadshow and the MLA conference?
      • Professional Development Roundup! “The best thing I saw this year”

*Special thanks to Alison for taking minutes!

ACRL Scholarly Communication Workshop, April 19 in Towson

The ACRL Workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” is coming to Towson, Maryland on April 19!

This year’s workshop will focus on the themes of access, emerging opportunities, intellectual property, and engagement. We highly encourage you to attend – it’s an excellent chance to discuss and apply strategies to scholarly communication at your own institutions and with a great network of colleagues.

The event will be held in Towson University’s Union facility, with local arrangements and hosting provided by Towson’s Albert S. Cook Library. The workshop is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19.

While the initial registration period registration was limited to staff working in USMAI and MICUA libraries (the sponsoring organizations), registration is now open to all academic librarians and guests.

Thanks to the generosity of event co-sponsors, the only costs to attendees are for lunch and refreshments at the event, and parking for those who wish to purchase discounted parking passes as part of their registration. The registration fee is only $19.98 and optional prepaid parking is available for $3.00.

For more information and to register, visit:

If you have any questions before registering, please contact Natalie Burclaff ( or David Dahl (


ACRL Free Webinars

Each year, the ACRL Maryland chapter receives complimentary access to two ACRL e-Learning webcast group registrations per year. This means we get one login, so we need to get together as a group to watch the webcast (we’ll bring popcorn).

ACRL e-Learning webcasts are 60-90 minutes in length. Webcasts take place in an Adobe Connect online classroom and are designed to encourage interactivity and active learning. Technical requirements include a computer with an Internet connection and speakers. ACRL e-Learning webcasts are recorded and access to the archived recording will be provided a few days after the live event.

We’ve created a poll below to vote for the webcast you’re most interested in – more get added all the time, but we need to use our complimentary access by the end of June. Vote for your top two webcasts! Full descriptions are available at ; most webinars are from 2-3 p.m. (eastern time).

Free ACRL Webinars

Call for papers: Reference Services Review

Mere months after our fall program Your Student is My Student: Information Literacy and the Transfer Student Experience, I see that the Reference Services Review has put out a call for papers:

Reference Service Review seeking authors to write on the theme of academic library support for transfer students and students in transition. This population includes students transitioning into and between higher education institutions and programs.

The theme issue, Volume 44 Issue 4, will be published in November 2016. Manuscripts must be submitted by August 2, 2016. Submitted manuscripts are evaluated using a double-blind peer review process. Authors can expect to work on revisions in August/September 2016. Final manuscripts will be due by September 13, 2016.

For more details see the call for proposals below. We had such good ideas flowing, I’m sure a few could collaborate on a paper!

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ACRL MD Winter Social Hour: Duckpin Bowling

We’re hosting a bowling social on Friday, January 22  February 19 (because snow), at Stoneleigh Lanes in Towson from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This informal get-together is a great way to meet ACRL MD members, hear ALA Midwinter highlights from those who attended the conference, and share ideas about the upcoming year with colleagues.

Our division has rented a few bowling lanes for two hours, but you’ll need to rent your own shoes ($4/person). You’re welcome to bring a friend, family member, colleague – the more the merrier! Please RSVP on our Facebook event page so we get a sense of how many people to expect, and if we should reserve more lanes. Don’t have Facebook? Let us know in the comments if you’re interested.

Reminder: Virtual meeting and journal club discussion on Oct. 16

Please join ACRL MD this Friday, October 16th for our virtual business meeting at 11am followed by our bimonthly journal club discussion (11:30-12:30pm).

If you would like to be involved with ACRL MD or learn more about what we have planned for the next few months, join us for as much or as little of our meeting and discussion as you can!

Even if you can’t read the journal club articles ahead of time, please join us to discuss themes related to information discovery, library space, and collection development!

Articles selected for the October discussion include:

  • Patrick L. Carr – “Serendipity in the Stacks: Libraries, Information Architecture, and the Problems of Accidental Discovery”
  • Francine May and Alice Swabey – “Using and Experiencing the Academic Library: A Multisite Observational Study of Space and Place”
  • Forrest E. Link, Yuji Tosaka, and Cathy Weng – “Mining and Analyzing Circulation and ILL Data for Informed Collection Development”

Remember, all articles may be found online in the latest edition of College & Research Libraries.

 Blackboard Collaborate Directions

We’ll be on MLA’s online meeting software, Blackboard Collaborate. Join our discussion online at:  (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.


If it is your first time logging in, you’ll be prompted to first download the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher. Once you have done so, you won’t need to again.

2015 Fall Program: Your Student is My Student: Information Literacy and the Transfer Student

ACRL MD and the Maryland Information Literacy Exchange (MILEX) present our 2015 Fall program:

Your Student is My Student: Information Literacy and the Transfer Student Experience

Friday, November 20, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Loyola University-Columbia Campus (directions)

Transfer students. Where are they coming from? Where are they going? This program will give attendees an understanding of the experiences of students transitioning from community colleges to four year academic programs.  Learn about the kinds of experiences transfer students have had, especially related to information literacy instruction and use of library resources. Our featured keynote speaker is Thomas Atwood, Coordinator of Information Literacy & Library Instruction at the University of Toledo, part of the OhioLINK consortium, who will talk about developing instructional programs to meet the needs of transfer students.  The rest of the day will consist of a variety of presentations and discussions to help you better understand the transfer student experience and prepare them for success. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, view the detailed agenda.

Register now through the Maryland Library Association ($50 for members; $75 for non-members; $42.75 for students). Note, MILEX members can attend at a member rate. For more information visit

Questions? Contact Carissa Tomlinson at

Your Student is my student