Evolve at MLA/DLA 2018: Trends Designs and Strategies for Digital Scholarship Services

This week we’re highlighting a program focuses on digital scholarship and services related to it. Ingrid Hseih-Yee from the University of Maryland will outline characteristics of digital scholarship and trends in services that she has identified in a recent research project. Her co-presenter, Jennifer Fagan will discuss how a federal library supports researchers through the entire research cycle, including a bibliometrics program and author services. Come and share your experiences with digital scholarship support services and discuss design and implementation problems!

The MLA/DLA conference is just two weeks away click here to register!


Evolve at MLA/DLA 2018: Use Your Words!

DECOSTER_Elizabeth_5x7This week we’re highlighting a program by Elizabeth DeCoster (left) and Margaret Dull. How can a public services librarian, an e-resources specialist, and a cataloger communicate with one another about workflows and user expectations? The presenters will share approaches to bridging the jargon gap between library departments, based on a review of multidisciplinary literature and drawing from their own experiences as collaborators from different spheres. It should be a great presentation that will help all of us, no matter our role or type of library, work together more effectively!

Evolve at MLA/DLA 2018: Assessing Graduate Schools based on Library Resources

IMG_0501Looking for a new tool to measure students’ information literacy comprehension? Join speaker Semhar Yohannes in this MLA/DLA session on May 3rd to learn how a mid-size university library instruction program developed a summative assessment tool to evaluate prospective graduate schools based on their library resources and services.

The assessment tool, a participatory-designed checklist developed collaboratively with students and librarians, lets students practice their newly developed information literacy skills of determining the extent of information needed; accessing needed information effectively and efficiently; and understanding the economic and legal issues surrounding the use of information and access. The tool works best for students exploring graduate schools but can be modified for community college students.

Evolve at MLA/DLA 2018: The Only Constant is Change

Leigh Ann DePope_TheOnlyConstantisChangeThis week we’re highlighting “The Only Constant is Change: Adapting for the E-Resources Environment” a one hour program that will be held on Thursday May 3rd at MLA/DLA. Several library faculty from the University of Maryland College Park will share with attendees their ongoing work to design and implement a cross-departmental review process of the university’s e-resources.

Come and learn how you could apply the experience of Leigh Ann DePope and her colleagues to your institution!

Evolve at MLA/DLA 2018: Human Libraries!

PUTMANLaksameewebACRL-MD is excited to be the official sponsor of a half day pre-conference on Wednesday May 2nd at MLA/DLA titled “Creating and Managing a Human Library.”  In this program attendees will learn how to organize and operate a human library at their own institution from not only academic librarians like Towson University’s Laksamee Putnam but also public librarians.

In addition at the end of the conference on Friday May 4th there will be a session featuring a working human library made up of conference attendees.  This is a different kind of program where you can learn about the topic through observation and your own experience either as the reader of a human book, or by volunteering to be a book yourself!

For more information about either program, including how you could volunteer contact either current ACRL-MD Vice President Mike Kiel at skiel@ubalt.edu, or Laksamee Putnam at lputnam@towson.edu

Evolve at MLA/DLA 2018: Adults as Learners

Miller_KimberlyThe first conference session we’re highlighting from this year’s MLA/DLA conference is “Adults as Learners” which will be presented by next year’s ACRL-MD Vice President, Kimberly Miller.

Her program will discuss how we can apply what we know about how people learn to shed new light on building strong library learning environments. After considering how typical professional development, programming, or instruction aligns with assumptions about adults as learners, attendees will learn about concepts central to adult learning theories before applying the theories to designing programming or training at their libraries.

This program can benefit anyone involved in academic libraries, but an increased understanding of adult learning could benefit many public and special librarians too. Plus the session will be a great opportunity to learn more about what exciting things ACRL-MD leaders are doing!