Help ACRL-MD by brushing up our bylaws!


Do you have a strong eye for detail? An interest in organizational structure? Have you worked on bylaws before? Then we’d really like your help! This year ACRL-MD is going to be working to update its bylaws in order to better reflect our current practices and shape the organization to be even more responsive to the needs of Maryland’s academic libraries in coming years.  

If you’d like to help please get in touch with Mike Kiel at before Friday September 20th for more information. 

Join ACRL-MD for our Winter Social on February 15th

Back by popular demand… it’s the ACRL-MD winter social at the Stoneleigh Lanes for an evening of duckpin bowling.

ACRL MD has rented a few bowling lanes for two hours and 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. If you don’t use Facebook just email

When: Friday, February 15, 2018, 6:30-8:30 pm| Where: Stoneleigh Lanes, 6703 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212

Stoneleigh has a BYOB policy and food is available for purchase from the snack bar.



ACRL-MD’s January Program: Breaking Down Barriers

We’re excited to announce that on Friday January 11th at the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped ACRL-MD will be holding “Breaking Down Barriers: Improving Inclusion for those with Disabilities”

The library community is increasingly concerned with ensuring that we create welcoming spaces for all members of the community, but we might not have the skills and knowledge to do so for those who have barriers to accessing information resources. Join us for a day of discussion about how we can make our libraries more welcoming spaces for both our patrons and employees who may be blind, deaf, or not neurotypical. Hear expert advice from library workers serving in institutions with a mission of access, get hands on with technology to overcome barriers, and leave with a plan to improve your own workplace!

The program will include lunch and is open to members and non-members alike. Interested in registering? You can do so through the MLA Website.

Opportunities to get involved with ACRL-MD this year!

As July comes to a close and everyone starts thinking about the fall we want to make sure that we publicize all the opportunities to get involved with ACRL-MD this year:

Help plan a fall or winter program
We’re currently in the early stages of developing a program for later this year or early next year and could use a couple of people to help plan it. If you have ideas about what kind of workshop or other professional development opportunity you’d like to see, get in touch with Past-President Sara Arnold-Garza at

Vet proposals for the MLA/DLA annual conference
Every fall ACRL-MD issues a call for proposals for programs at the MLA/DLA annual conference. Once proposals come in, volunteers help vet and provide feedback on the proposals in early October.  To volunteer, or learn more about the annual conference and the proposal process, get in touch with Vice-President, Kim Miller at

Become a leader by running for office
Candidates for the offices of Secretary and Vice-President are are submitted every October with elections held shortly thereafter. For more information about being an officer, or to nominate someone, reach out to Mike Kiel at

Host our Journal Club
Every other month ACRL-MD’s virtual business meeting is followed by a discussion of two recent publications, often include the authors or the articles. We’re always looking for volunteers to host the discussion and bring their perspective to the conversation. It’s a great way to make sure you are keeping current with the latest research. For more information about how you can participate reach out to our Secretary, Sean Hogan at

Contribute to the CRAB
Last year we started a regular contribution about the academic library community in MLA’s quarterly newsletter. Are you doing something new or interesting? Share it with all of Maryland’s libraries by getting in touch with Claire Holmes at

Re-examine ACRL-MD’s bylaws
Last but not least, this year we’re looking for a few people to give some fresh perspective to our bylaws, a copy of which can be found on the Maryland Library Association website here. This will be a short term project that should be finished by the end of the fall semester. For more information reach out to Mike Kiel at


Greetings from the President!

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I’m Mike Kiel a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of Baltimore and the President for ACRL-MD for the 2018-2019 year. To me one of the biggest advantages of having ACRL-MD be part of the Maryland Library Association is that we have the opportunity to work together on efforts that effect all libraries in creative ways. I’m hoping that we can build on our strong slate of presentations from this year’s annual conference to further make this group a place where we can do work that is valuable to not only us, but everyone in Maryland.

If it’s been a while since you’ve been a part of one of our events I hope you’ll join us for our virtual business meeting and journal club on Friday the 20th at 11:30. It’s a great way to get involved and keep up with your professional as you meet new colleagues. You don’t even have to leave your office!

During the short business meeting we’ll be discussing plans for a fall program and other events throughout the year and how you can help. ACRL-MD is always interested in new faces and new ideas so I hope to “see” some new and returning faces. If you can’t attend send us an email and I’ll be glad to talk with you about our plans for the year.

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!