2015 Conference Highlights: Inspired Spaces, or Home Away From Home?

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.

Inspired Spaces, or Home Away From Home? Academic Affordances of Peace, Quite, Comfort and Technology in the Library
Thursday, May 7
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Learn how a community college library team, an ethnographic research coordinator, student researchers, and faculty from across the college are collaborating on a multi-year ethnography project producing data informing and explaining what students do in the library. Through a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches in ethnography and participatory design, we are learning how the library’s facilities and services are being used, and what the unmet students needs are. The data gathered is being used to implement short term change, and to inform our strategic plan for longer term facilities and service modifications in a rapidly changing, technology rich environment.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenters:

Tanner Wray - Director, Montgomery County Libraries
Tanner Wray – Director, Montgomery County Libraries
Sarah Fisher - Campus Library Manager, Montgomery County Libraries
Sarah Fisher – Campus Library Manager, Montgomery County Libraries
Beth Thoms - Reference Librarian, Montgomery County Libraries
Beth Thoms –
Reference Librarian, Montgomery County Libraries

2015 Conference Highlights: Applying “Information Creation as a Process” to Library Instruction

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.

Applying “Information Creation as a Process” to Library Instruction
Thursday, May 7
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Salisbury University Libraries has an innovative program that can be scaled up from a small college setting to a larger graduate university system. The program incorporates one of the threshold concepts in ACRL’s new Information Literacy Framework known as “Information Creation as a Process,” which centers around the concept that the usefulness and quality of an information source is partially determined by how it was created. The instruction program provides flexibility while sticking to a consistent scaffold of “Information Creation as a Process” and has opened new windows of opportunity for all science and business classes. Capable of spanning any discipline, this approach has allowed SU librarians to quickly and effectively provide instruction sessions, with all librarians using a LibGuide template as a starting point to tailor instruction to a research assignment. This capitalizes on the small liberal-arts classroom feel in a larger university setting.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenters, all from Salisbury University Libraries:

James Parrigin – Information Literacy/Instruction Coordinator,
Angeline Prichard – Research and Instructional Librarian,
Sarah Loudenslager – Business/Instructional Librarian,
Susan Brazer – Science Research and Instructional Librarian

2015 Conference Highlights: An Unholy Alliance: Faculty, Writing Tutors and Research Librarians in Support of 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.

An Unholy Alliance: Faculty, Writing Tutors and Research Librarians in Support of Student Success
Thursday, May 7
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

This program explores a successful model of cross-discipline, cross-administrative collaboration in which writing tutors, research librarians and faculty provide expert assistance to students who need help with writing, researching and citing in any discipline. The presenters discuss their project for an online Virtual Writing Center, which won the 2014 Innovations Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College. The project has been heralded for its impact on student success and retention and for its innovative use of technology.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenters:

Janice Lathrop - Reference Librarian, Anne Arundel Community College, Jessica Rabin - Director, Virtual Writing Center, Anne Arundel Community College
Janice Lathrop – Reference Librarian, Anne Arundel
Community College, and Jessica Rabin – Director, Virtual
Writing Center, Anne Arundel Community College

2015 Conference Highlights: Library Hacks for Teens

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.

Library Hacks for Teens: A College/Public/School Libraries Collaboration
Thursday, May 7
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

How can public, school and college libraries work together to “bridge” students from K-12 to college level research? That’s what Harford Community College, Harford County Public Schools and Harford County Public Library (Maryland) wanted to figure out. The result was a unique and fun partnership to create an online scavenger hunt contest for teens called “Harford Library Hacks,” held during National Library Week. This collaboration was also an opportunity for librarians from the three systems to learn from each other. We’ll share how we led this program and what we learned, and we’ll develop ideas for new collaborations.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenters:

Daria Parry - Associate Director, Harford County Public Library
Daria Parry – Associate
Director, Harford County Public Library
Gina Calia-Lotz - Instructional Services Librarian, Harford Community College
Gina Calia-Lotz – Instructional Services Librarian, Harford Community College

2015 Conference Highlights: Librarians in the Huddle

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.

Librarians in the Huddle: Supporting Athletes Success On and Off the Field
Thursday, May 7
9:00 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Coaches and librarians have similar roles: scheduling training and exercises to develop skills, ensuring the effective use of resources and fostering ethical behavior. The collaboration between librarians and field hockey coaches at Virginia Wesleyan College resulted in a preseason instruction session for players to develop information literacy skills while researching injury prevention techniques. As the field hockey students presented their findings, discussed and defended their use of authoritative, unbiased and current sources, it was obvious that the library should explore additional collaborations with International Programs and Model United Nations, as well as other sports teams. In this session, discover how librarians can develop activities, assignments and discussions that enable more learning opportunities outside of traditional courses.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenters:

Patty Clark - Research Librarians, Hofheimer Library, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, VA
Patty Clark – Research Librarians, Hofheimer Library, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, VA
 Jenny Erdmann - Research Librarians, Hofheimer Library, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, VA
Jenny Erdmann – Research Librarians,
Hofheimer Library, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, VA

2015 Conference Highlights: Remarkable Leadership and Risk Taking in Modern Librarianship

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.

Remarkable Leadership and Risk Taking in Modern Librarianship
Pre-Conference ($150)
Wednesday, May 6
9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Nationally known library leaders Steven Bell and Corinne Hill will present an interactive workshop on how to exhibit great leadership in today’s changing library industry. Learn how to approach risk and manage change from a managerial perspective, and how to retain, attract and develop librarian leaders and innovators in your own organization. You will apply leadership strategies to a variety of situations, and discuss your own personal leadership experiences, whether it’s been chairing a committee, leading a project, or directing a library. Both aspiring future library leaders as well as current ones will find this program beneficial.

This program is worth 6 contact hours of continuing education.
Lunch will be served in the restaurant from 12:00 to 1:00pm.

Presenters:

Steven Bell,  Library Journal columnist and Temple University Associate Librarian
Steven Bell, Library Journal columnist and Temple University Associate Librarian
Corinne Hill, Director, Chattanooga Public Library
Corinne Hill, Director, Chattanooga Public Library

Leadership Webinar: February 25, Discussing Library Journal Articles

Please join MLA’s Leadership Development Division and the Maryland Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries for a webinar on Wednesday February 25, 2015 at 2 p.m. to discuss the following articles that Steven Bell has written for the Library Journal. Steven Bell plans to be present for 15 minutes or so at the start of the webinar. This webinar is a precursor to an all-day MLA pre-conference on Remarkable Leadership and Risk Taking in Modern Librarianship in which Steven Bell will lead the morning segment followed by Corinne Hill of the Chattanooga Public Library.

All are welcome to participate, and the webinar is free. RSVP at http://goo.gl/forms/Lpui4cgVML

Webinar link: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2012176&password=M.EFF327145BA70AF1D6C64C108FC41A

Articles we will be discussing:
“Creativity and Failure Go Hand in Hand”
“Learning to be a Remarkable Leader”
“Learning from the World’s Greatest Leaders”
“Thinking Your Way to a More Leaderly Presence”
“Make It a Place They Want to Work”
“Sell Your Ideas Like A Shark Is Listening”
“What’s Your Personal Mission?”

MLA/DLA 2015 Conference: Call for Proposals

Maryland Library Association & Delaware Library Association

2015  Annual Library Conference: “Boldly Go… where no library has gone before”

Are you working on a new project or paper? Have a great idea you’re planning to implement? Whether it’s been a multi-year plan in the making, or something you’ve just started to put together, we’d like to hear about it. Submit your proposal for a presentation at 2015 Joint Conference of Maryland Library Association and Delaware Library Association!

ACRL MD, the academic libraries division of MLA, is accepting conference proposals until September 1. The conference will be held in Ocean City, MD, from May 6-8, 2015. This year’s conference theme is “Boldly Go… where no library has gone before” to reflect a new conference partnership with NASA. Consider new explorations in the library profession, or unique discoveries made about your library’s services. Were there times you reached for the moon? Did you boldly go into uncharted territory?

There will be standard conference sessions (~ 1 hour), and extended sessions (~2 hours). Exact program length will depend on conference schedule. The programs are scheduled throughout the day on Thursday and on Friday morning. The full- and half-day pre-conference workshops will be held on Wednesday, May 6.

Many sessions sponsored by the ACRL MD are relevant not only for academic librarians but also for our colleagues in other areas of librarianship. For information on recent topics, please take a look at the 2014 conference programs: https://www.mdlib.org/conference/docs/program.pdf

Submit your proposal!

Proposals for concurrent sessions are due by 11:59pm on Monday, September 1. They will undergo a double blind peer-review.  If you have any questions about the conference or the call for proposals, please contact Natalie Burclaff (nburclaff@ubalt.edu | 410-837-5072).

Readings Selected for June Journal Club

The results from the vote are in, and overwhelming we’re wondering “Why do students print abstracts instead of full-text articles?” Hopefully we’ll get the answer to that and more with the following articles selected for our next journal club discussion, which is centered around articles in the May 2014 issue of College & Research Libraries. The discussion will take place Friday, June 20, from 11:30am-12:30pm. Natalie Burclaff will be moderating, and we’ll discuss:

  • Commercial Database Design vs. Library Terminology Comprehension: Why Do Students Print Abstracts Instead of Full-Text Articles?
  • A Library Credit Course and Student Success Rates: A Longitudinal Study
  • Perceived Inadequacy: A Study of the Imposter Phenomenon among College and Research Librarians

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.

Journal Club Discussions – June edition

Take a moment to vote on the articles for our next journal club discussion, which will center around articles in the May 2014 issue of College & Research Libraries. The discussion will take place Friday, June 20, from 11:30am-12:30pm. Natalie Burclaff 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).

Please select up to three articles that you would like to discuss. The poll will close on May 28.
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Can’t wait until Journal Club to hang out with fellow ACRL MD members? We’re hosting our summer unconference “Square Peg, Round Hole: Creative problem solving in the 21st century library” on June 10th. Register today!

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.