Business Meeting Minutes: June 15, 2018

Meeting Agenda
June 15, 2018

Attending: Andrea Caley, Mike Kiel, Robert Miller, Sean Hogan, Sara Arnold-Garza, Claire Holmes, Danielle Whren-Johnson

Tour debrief
National Gallery of Art, June 14
We had a great time!
17 participants
We would recommend future trips like this one
Thanks to Claire and Robert for setting things up

MLA CRAB submissions update
We have submitted an article for the next issue, about our National Gallery tour
Monique has done a lot of outreach, calling for submissions: if she wants to continue in that role, that would be great for us
Claire is happy to stay involved as a coordinator, too, but would also gladly step away if someone else wants to take up this leadership opportunity

Annual reports to MLA and ACRL
Sara will submit them
Reports show how we meet our strategic goals
Reports are important, too, to maintain our visibility, and to receive funding from ACRL
Maybe we can put the reports on a shared drive

ALA Annual Conference plugs, shares, etc.
ALA is next week
Natalie will attend as secretary of ACRL chapter council
Several librarians from Towson are attending
Sara is presenting on aspirational views of students
Danielle is helping to run a copyright gameshow program

Year-end notes
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to our work this year!
We look forward to Mike, Kim, and Sean’s coming year, with Sara as immediate past president!

Other items
Next priority is planning fall program
Mike talked to a public librarian about the possibility of doing a program on diversity in your library–a speaker who presented at MLA/DLA on diversity may be available
Sara can put out a call to form a program planning group
Even though it’s early, we can start thinking about recruiting new officers–especially vice-president–for the next election

Next meeting
7/20 with Gina Calia-Lotz hosting journal club

ACRL MD at the National Gallery of Art

Eighteen librarians enjoyed our spring program, a morning guided tour of the National Gallery of Art and an afternoon tour of the National Gallery’s library.

Heartfelt thanks go out to National Gallery Reference Librarian Anne Simmons, who arranged our visit. We also got to meet the following museum staff members, who shared their expertise and love of art and art librarianship with us:

  • Heidi Applegate, Guest Lecturer
  • Roger Lawson, Executive Librarian
  • Yuri Long, Rare Book Librarian
  • Gregory PJ Most, Chief of Library Image Collections

We hope that the following photos convey how much fun we had and how much we learned! And we hope to see you in a few months for our fall program, which we’ll begin planning shortly.

We got to see the only Leonardo da Vinci painting owned by a museum in the Americas:


Dr. Heidi Applegate introduced us to 18th-century French painting:

Heidi Applegate presents French painting (1)

Anne Simmons and Roger Lawson welcomed us to the library:

Anne Simmons and Roger Lawson welcome ACRL MD (1)

A view from the stacks:

image1 (1)

Yuri Long shared treasures from special collections:

Yuri Long shares treasures from special collections (1)

Gregory PJ Most showed us historic photos:

Gregory PJ Most shows us historic photos (1)

Business Meeting Minutes: April 20, 2018


Meeting Agenda

April 20, 2018

Attending: Sara Arnold-Garza, Robert Miller, Jordan Sly, Kim Miller, Sean Hogan, Andrea Craley

National Gallery tour

  • June 14
  • 21 people have signed up so far
  • Registration deadline is April 27
  • Info and register

Webinar group view at UMCP

Silent auction basket

  • Gift cards
  • We have several cards so far plus cash contributions
  • We’ll package it attractively for the conference
  • Regina Rose will need someone to pick it up from her, Friday, April 27, in the morning–follow up with Sara if you can help with that

MLA/DLA updates

  • We’ve featured programs via our blog and social media
  • Human Library program has good registration so far, including academic and public librarians
  • Conference wants volunteers for check-in table, auction, etc. You can sign up here.

NLLD May 7-8

Other announcements

Next meeting (plus journal club): May 18


Business Meeting Minutes: March 16, 2018

Meeting Agenda
March 16, 2018

Present: Mike Kiel, Robert Miller, Sara Arnold-Garza, Claire Holmes, Regina Rose, Danielle Whren Johnson, Barbara Cheadle, Natalie Burclaff, Alyse Minter, Jordan Sly

Update on June program planning

  • National Gallery of Art in DC, June 14
  • We have tour of the Cezanne exhibition at 10:30 am
  • Tour of NGA library after lunch
  • The tours are free; lunch is self-pay
  • We will try to organize groups for lunch, based on where they want to eat
  • Also we will try to facilitate travel groups, car pools
  • We’ll start advertising soon

Mention of CRAB submission and chapter topic newsletter item

  • We’ve submitted a brief article about our bowling event, with photos, for the upcoming Crab.
  • Ideas for future articles are welcome. (Deadline for our next submission is June 5). Please contact Claire Holmes and Monique Clark
  • Natalie and Mike also submitted an article about our bowling event to the ACRL Chapters Council website. ACRL Chapters will continue to solicit contributions. The site will be a resource for chapters to share ideas. In the future, we could contribute something about the journal club.

2017-2018 chapter allotment finalized at $297, including new member bonus. $231 spent on bowling – ideas for remainder?

  • Possibly a “scholarship” for people to use for transportation money to attend our spring program
  • Possibly some sort of small gifts for people who attend spring program
  • Possibly use for MLA/DLA gift basket

Auction basket update from Regina

  • There are various options to send gift cards to Regina, including sending her money via PayPal
  • We need suggestions for raising funds for the basket; we need to advertise it more
  • Even if we have a small basket, we need to contribute it. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be an actual basket.
  • Regina and Sara will plan a communications schedule

Work groups

  • We haven’t had a lot of response or volunteers
  • We need to consider how to proceed
  • We would like to create a membership/outreach plan next year. That plan might involve a work group, or it might take some other form.


  • Mike might need someone to be at the Human Libraries preconference workshop, if he can’t be, just to be present and hand out certificates of presentation at the end

Maryland Day Volunteers needed

  • Saturday, April 28, at UMD College Park.
  • Maryland Library Association (MLA), Citizens for Maryland Libraries (CML), and Maryland AskUsNow!
  • Interested in volunteering with us? Please email with the following:
    • Your name
    • Your email
    • Your cell phone number
    • Hours that you would like to be there (setup is 9:00-10:00 am; festival runs 10:00 am to 4:00 pm)

Next meeting

  • April 20

Meeting and journal club (with authors!), March 16

Please join ACRL MD on Friday, March 16, for our virtual business meeting at 11:00 AMfollowed at 11:30 by our journal club discussion. 

We’re pleased to have authors join us for the journal club, to enliven and deepen our discussion, which will be facilitated by Jordan Sly of University of Maryland College Park. We will discuss these two articles:

“The Practice and Promise of Critical Information Literacy: Academic Librarians’ Involvement in Critical Library Instruction”

Eamon C. Tewell

(Eamon will join us)

Full text:

“A Collaborative, Trilateral Approach to Bridging the Information Literacy Gap in Student Writing”

Trenia Napier, Jill Parrott, Erin Presley, Leslie Valley

(Trenia will join us)

Full text:

The articles are from the January issue of College & Research Libraries.

If you need to jump into the meeting a little late or leave early (or eat lunch), please do! ACRL MD’s online meetings and discussion series are 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.

Want to keep up with all of ACRL MD’s activities? Find us on the web:

Business Meeting Minutes: Feb. 16, 2018

ACRL MD Business Meeting

February 16, 2018


Attending: Robert Miller, Mike Kiel, Regina Rose, Andrea Craley, Natalie Burclaff, Monique Clark

Come bowling!

  • Stoneleigh Lanes, Towson, tonight, Feb. 16, 6:30-8:30
  • Good way to network!
  • ACRL MD pays for the lanes
  • Bring your friends and families

Spring program update

  • Claire and Robert are working with the National Gallery of Art library to confirm a date in mid-June
  • Program will be a tour of the library in the morning, then a break for lunch followed by a tour of the art galleries themselves

MLA/DLA Annual Conference

  • Everything is set up
  • We’re in PR mode: Mike will start advertising the event on our blog
  • Conference and hotel registration are open
  • Come to our shared pre-conference on Human Libraries
    • Think about volunteering as a human book at MLA/DLA
  • We’ll be looking for donations for the silent auction donation basket
    • We’ll start collecting money at duckpin bowling tonight, and later we’ll send out a call
    • Regina will coordinate the basket
    • Theme possibilities are wide ranging: coffee, tea, books promoting diversity, local beers

What went down at Midwinter

  • ACRL Chapters Council
    • Natalie is secretary
  • We can always have up to two representatives attend
  • Because of the financial obligation of having to attend midwinter, the Chapters Council will permit virtual attendance next year via a hybrid meeting
  • Some chapters budget for someone to attend ALA annual and midwinter
  • ACRL 2019 will be in Cleveland
    • May 4 deadline for contributed paper, panel session, pre-conference and workshop proposals
    • October 12 deadline for poster session, roundtable discussion, TechConnect and virtual conference webcast proposals
  • Scholarships and grants available
  • How do we get people more involved: virtual options
  • Contact your local representative about IMLS funding
  • Lisa Nickel of VA chapter wants to collaborate with us on different projects

Ideas and goals for next year

  • Mike will have to submit yearly plan to MLA
  • Work with ACRL VA chapter
  • A group to do advocacy and go to Legislative Day
    • Going alone might be intimidating, so a group would be great
  • Inclusion: Library students, new librarians, librarians from under-represented groups–how to involve them in our programming, conversations, outreach
  • Using potential of MLA–collaborate with other divisions on, for example, inclusion, to make sure the profession grows in a positive and diverse way
  • Please let Mike know if you have any ideas for next year

Next meeting

  • March 16, including journal club

Vote now! Journal Club, March 2018

Please take a moment to select the two articles you would like included in the next ACRL-MD journal club discussion, which will be based on articles in the January 2018 issue of College & Research Libraries.

The discussion will be facilitated by Jordan Sly of University of Maryland, College Park. It will take place Friday, March 16, from 11:30am-12:30pm, immediately following the 11am business meeting.

We hope to have authors of the chosen articles join us!

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.

Please vote for two articles you would like to discuss. The last day to vote is Sunday, February 11.

Business Meeting Minutes: Jan. 19, 2018

ACRL MD Business Meeting

January 19, 2018


Attending: Sara Arnold-Garza, Claire Holmes, Robert Miller, Sean Hogan, Barbara Cheadle, Danielle Whren-Johnson, Mary Snyder

Winter Social scheduled for 2/16, 6:30-8:30, Stoneleigh Lanes

  • We have lanes reserved for duckpin bowling
  • We considered other locations/activities, but for various reasons, Stoneleigh remains the best choice
  • More info and RSVP

Spring Program planning underway

  • We are planning a tour of the National Gallery of Art library, in Washington, DC, as well as a tour of the museum galleries
  • No specific date yet, but it will be late May or early June
  • We’ll post more info as plans are finalized

MLA Conference housing is open

MLA organizers looking for AV equipment (mic, speaker) to borrow

  • Please contact Mike Kiel if your organization can help.

December issue of the CRAB has a recap of Fall program. (Also HCC Fed Dep program)

  • Next issue deadline is March.
  • Please be in touch with Claire Holmes and Monique Clark if you want to write or have an idea.
    • We’re very open-ended about article ideas: a program at your library, a recap of an event, etc., up to 500 words.
    • A photo or other image is helpful and appealing.

MD Legislative Day 2/20   

  • You’re trained on talking points, and you meet with legislators or their aides.
  • Watch for announcements from MLA
  • ALA has a legislative day coming up, too.
  • MLA wants to promote support and participation, to protect IMLS funding again.

Reminder that work groups are available as an option for participation

  • Available groups:
    • Membership/outreach
    • Scholarship/sponsorship
    • Mentoring/job shadow
  • These are new groups that can determine their own scope and direction.
  • Contact Sara Arnold-Garza if you are interested.

ACRL workshop “Assessment in Action” scheduled for 3/23, 8:30-4:00

  • Loyola University of Maryland, Columbia Campus.
  • ACRL MD members may volunteer to get access to a ticket if not affiliated w/CALD or USMAI libraries.
  • Priority registration offered to librarians affiliated with any of those 3 groups
  • More info
  • Contact Sara if you have questions

ACRL 2019 (Cleveland) proposal deadlines

  • May 4, 2018 deadline for:
    • Contributed Paper, Panel, Preconference, Workshop
  • October 12, 2018 deadline for:
    • Poster, Roundtable, TechConnect, Webcast
  • Register for the Proposal Tips Webcast, February 1 at 2:00 pm, to learn how to write a strong proposal

Next meeting – Friday 2/16