Seeking contributions to MLA’s CRAB newsletter!

Interested in writing an article for the next issue of the CRAB, MLA’s quarterly newsletter? Our goal is to include regular contributions from ACRL-MD members, in order to share academic library experiences and perspectives with Maryland’s wider library community. Please contact Monique Clark ( and Claire Holmes ( if you are interested in writing about Maryland’s academic libraries and librarians for the CRAB.

General CRAB publishing details:
Editor: Annette Haldeman

CRAB Deadlines:
Winter issue – December 5
Spring issue – March 5
Summer issue – June 5
Fall issue – September 5

Coverage Possibilities:
MLA division, committee or interest group news.
Reports on programs and workshops of interest to librarians in Maryland.
News about Maryland libraries and people.
Articles on issues concerning libraries and librarianship in Maryland.
Reviews of books and other materials, based on their local and state interest will be considered for publication.


Considering #CritLib: Inclusion and Diversity in Libraries

The academic library division of MLA, ACRL-MD, is partnering with the Maryland Information Literacy Exchange (MILEX) to bring keynote speaker, Emily Drabinski to our region. One of the leading voices in the Critical Librarianship movement, Drabinski is the Coordinator of Library Instruction at Long Island University, Brooklyn, and an adjunct faculty member at Pratt Institute. She is a prolific author, editor, and speaker on social justice and librarianship and she is an active voice in the #critlib social media community.

Friday, November 11, 2016
Loyola University – Columbia campus

Drabinski will share the history of the #critlib movement and perspectives on the intersections between librarianship and social justice, delving into topics ranging from diversity and inclusion to information literacy instruction and metadata.

Next, the workshop will feature a selection of Lightning Talks by regional librarians involved in the #critlib community. Lightning Talk speakers will lead workshop attendees into smaller affinity group conversations designed to focus on the areas within the wide span of librarianship, including public and school libraries.

Join us as we examine our practice, individually and collectively, through a critical lens. For more information about our keynote speaker, take a look at and follow her on Twitter @edrabinski.

Selected speakers will give short (5-7 minute) presentations on one of the following topics, or another related topic:

  • #critlib in info lit instruction
  • #critlib in tech services/cataloging
  • #critlib in university community context
  • #critlib in special collections
  • #critlib in public library settings

If you are interested in giving a Lightning Talk, please send a title and a brief summary of your talk to Sarah Gilchrist ( by October 24, 2016.

Register for the workshop here.

Contact for general information: Claire Holmes

Draft agenda (pdf)


Online Journal Club Facilitators Needed

Please join our online journal-club as a discussion facilitator!
Facilitators prepare brief summaries and a few discussion questions for two articles chosen by journal-club participants. The articles will be from College & Research Libraries.

Being a facilitator is a great way to delve into current academic-library literature and support your colleagues in ACRL-MD.

We seek facilitators for the following dates (the online journal-club convenes at about 11:30 AM, after the ACRL-MD business meeting):

2016: Oct. 21, Dec. 16
2017: Feb. 17, Apr. 21, June 16

Want to volunteer? Have any questions? Please respond to