Conference Recap

Don’t forget! Friday is our final session in this semester’s online discussion series. Join us from 12:30-1:30pm in MLA’s WIMBA meeting room. (Scroll down for instructions.) The session is completely free, and you do not need to be a member of ACRL or MLA to attend.

Conference Recap – Come talk with your colleagues about what happened at the 2012 MLA/DLA Joint Conference. Find out what you missed because you were in another session! Time permitting, we’ll also share tips and ideas for conference attendance, from packing your suitcase to managing your time while you’re there.

To join us, just access the WIMBA meeting room. The meeting room name is md_meetingMLA  While we recommend that you have access to a microphone and speakers for these sessions, it is not required. You do not need to attend all three sessions, and if you need to jump in a little late or leave early (or eat lunch), please do! Questions? Please contact Alison Cody at acody@apa.org.

2012 Conference Highlights: Studies in Socialization

We hope you’ve enjoyed this round-up of the sessions that ACRL MD is sponsoring at the 2012 MLA/DLA Joint Conference — which starts on Wednesday! If you’re attending a pre-conference workshop or will just be arriving on Wednesday afternoon or evening, we hope you’ll consider joining us at our first-ever conference happy hour. Librarians of all types are welcome to come (and of course feel free to bring your partner if he or she is joining you to enjoy Ocean City in the off-season). For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF).

Studies in Socialization: The Effects of Wine and Cheese on Networking Outcomes
Wednesday, May 9
5:30-7pm

Get your conference started right! Come join ACRL MD, the academic division of MLA, for an evening of food, drinks and networking. Prepare for Battledecks over a cocktail or two while socializing with colleagues from across the state. Learn more about ACRL MD, its members, and its initiatives. Librarians of all varieties are invited and encouraged to stop by – the more, the merrier. ACRL MD’s first ever conference happy hour will take place at Liquid Assets, just a short walk from the conference hotel.

We’ll provide some hors d’oeuvres, and there will be a cash bar with specials. If you’re planning to attend and you haven’t already done so, please RSVP (we just need a rough idea of how much food to order). You can do so through the Facebook event or by contacting Natalie Burclaff.

Next Online Discussion: Conference Recap

Coming up later this month we will be hosting our final session in this semester’s online discussion series. Mark your calendar for Friday, May 18 and join us from 12:30-1:30pm in MLA’s WIMBA meeting room. (Scroll down for instructions.) We’ll be discussing the 2012 MLA/DLA Joint Conference. Find out what you missed because you were in another session, or weren’t able to attend the conference this year! Time permitting, we’ll also share tips and ideas for conference attendance, from packing your suitcase to managing your time while you’re there. The session is completely free, and you do not need to be a member of ACRL or MLA to attend.

To join us, just access the WIMBA meeting room. The meeting room name is md_meetingMLA  While we recommend that you have access to a microphone and speakers for these sessions, it is not required. You do not need to attend all three sessions, and if you need to jump in a little late or leave early (or eat lunch), please do! Questions? Please contact Alison Cody at acody@apa.org.

2012 Conference Highlights: Surviving and Thriving x3

Each week between now and the 2012 MLA/DLA Joint Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 9-11 at the Clarion Resort – Fountainbleau Hotel in Ocean City, MD. For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). 

Surviving and Thriving x3: How an Academic, Public and Special Library are Using the Economic Downturn to Improve Communication with Customers
Friday, May 11
11:15am – 12:30pm

There is no question that the economic downturn has forced libraries of all types to make tough choices. Many information professionals have been left wondering how they can still maintain and promote library services with shrinking budget lines. In this panel discussion, an academic librarian, a public librarian, and a special librarian will address how the recession has moved them to improve the ways they are communicating with their libraries’ customers. All three will discuss their projects, lessons learned from their efforts, and make recommendations for cost-effective customer communication in libraries

Presenters:

Joyce Garczynski
Joyce Garczynski, Communications and Development Librarian, Towson University

Jamie Peacock
Jamie Peacock, Outreach Librarian, National Library of Medicine

Heidi Gillis, Marketing and Development Manager, Baltimore County Public Library

Conference Countdown

If you’re attending a preconference, you’ll be at the 2o12 MLA/DLA Joint Conference in just two weeks! The conference committee, including ACRL MD’s representative, David Dahl, have been working hard for months, and we can barely believe the conference is nearly here.

When you sit down to figure out your travel plans, we hope you’ll build in time to attend our first-ever conference social on Wednesday evening. There’s no need to be an academic librarian to attend, and you don’t even have to be attending the conference. The staff at Liquid Assets is excited to host us, and if you haven’t been there before you’ll be in for a fun evening!

Studies in Socialization: The Effects of Wine and Cheese on Networking Outcomes
Wednesday, May 9
5:30-7pm

Get your conference started right! Come join ACRL MD, the academic division of MLA, for an evening of food, drinks and networking. Prepare for Battledecks over a cocktail or two while socializing with colleagues from across the state. Learn more about ACRL MD, its members, and its initiatives. Librarians of all varieties are invited and encouraged to stop by – the more, the merrier. ACRL MD’s first ever conference happy hour will take place at Liquid Assets, just a short walk from the conference hotel.

We’ll provide some hors d’oeuvres, and there will be a cash bar with specials. If you’re planning to attend and you haven’t already done so. Please consider joining the Facebook event for the happy hour so we can have a rough idea as to how many people are coming -and don’t hesitate to share the info with friends and colleagues!

2012 Conference Highlights: From Practice to Publication

Each week between now and the 2012 MLA/DLA Joint Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 9-11 at the Clarion Resort – Fountainbleau Hotel in Ocean City, MD. For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). 

From Practice to Publication: Scholarly Opportunities for Library Professionals
Friday, May 11
9:15am – 12:30pm

Involvement in the scholarly process can be of enormous benefit to library professionals, providing opportunities to build resumes, share innovations and best practices, stay current on new research, and contribute to the profession. Active engagement in the scholarly process by library professionals is also vital to the advancement of library education and research. In an interactive workshop format, we will discuss the range of ways in which library professionals can become involved in the scholarly discourse – including serving on editorial boards, reviewing submissions, writing book reviews, and publishing original research and creative works. Particular focus will be given to identifying appropriate venues for scholarship, building collaborations, gaining support for such activities, and the benefits and levels of effort related to each type of opportunity.

Presenters:
Trudi Bellardo Hahn, Professor of the Practice, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland
Paul Jaeger, Co-Director of the Information Policy and Access Center and Assistant Professor in the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland

Calling All MLA Conference Veterans

Have you been to the MLA conference in the past? If you’re planning on going this year, please consider being a mentor to a first-time attendee. It’s easy! At the conference, show them around and introduce them to other MLA members. This way, those new to the conference won’t be left wandering (or eating lunch) alone.

Interested? Just contact Natalie Burclaff at nburclaff@ubalt.edu. She’ll send you the name and email address of a new attendee who has requested a mentor, and you can contact them to introduce yourself, arrange a place to meet at the conference and see if they have questions ahead of time.

2012 Conference Highlights: Through the Users’ Eyes

Each week between now and the 2012 MLA/DLA Joint Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 9-11 at the Clarion Resort – Fountainbleau Hotel in Ocean City, MD. For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). 

Through the Users’ Eyes: Discovery Tool Usability
Friday, May 11
9:15-10:15am

Vendors are actively promoting discovery tools and libraries are purchasing them as Google-like solutions that help users easily find relevant information among a library’s complex collections. However, studies with typical library users are limited. Presenters will discuss findings from the usability studies of Summon, EBSCO Discovery Service, and Primo. These studies were conducted as part of a graduate course in the Information Architecture and Interactive Design at the University of Baltimore. Students and faculty from the University System of Maryland Libraries were recruited to participate, asked to perform a variety of typical tasks, and videotaped. This presentation will cover strengths, weaknesses, and recommendations for improvement and enhancement of discovery tools.

Presenters:

Lucy Holman
Lucy Holman, Director, Langsdale Library, University of Baltimore

Elias Darraj, DCD Candidate, Interaction Design and Information Architecture, University of Baltimore
Jonathan (Yoni) Glaser, MS Candidate, Interaction Design and Information Architecture, University of Baltimore

2012 Conference Highlights: Making the Most of User Feedback, Survey Comments and Focus Groups

Each week between now and the 2012 MLA/DLA Joint Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 9-11 at the Clarion Resort – Fountainbleau Hotel in Ocean City, MD. For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). 

Making the Most of User Feedback, Survey Comments and Focus Groups: Analyzing Qualitative Data
Thursday, May 10
4-5:15pm

Content analysis is a method used to make sense of qualitative data, such as focus group transcripts and survey comments. Several steps are involved. First, one must identify units to be analyzed and construct relevant content categories. Next, validity and reliability must be considered. Finally comes coding the units into appropriate categories. Sound complicated? This session will include practical examples and hands-on activities. Presenters will demonstrate how this method was used to examine 900 survey comments and show how to code non-textual data, e.g., audio recordings or images. Participants will have a chance to test their coding reliability.

Presenters:

Patricia MacDonald
Patricia MacDonald, Associate University Librarian for Administrative Services, Towson University

Shana Gass
Shana Gass, Research and Instruction Librarian, Towson University

2012 Conference Highlights: Conducting Environmental Scans

Each week between now and the 2012 MLA/DLA Joint Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 9-11 at the Clarion Resort – Fountainbleau Hotel in Ocean City, MD. For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). 

Conducting Environmental Scans: Assessing User Needs and Library Functions
Thursday, May 10
2-3:15pm

How do libraries assess the needs of their users? With shrinking budgets and the emphasis on moving from print to electronic resources, how can academic libraries stay relevant in the current landscape? What about staffing the library? To answer these questions and more, the Task Force on Science Libraries and Collections at UNC was created in October, 2010. At UNC, an extensive environmental scan with user feedback from surveys and focus groups was conducted. This session will highlight the process of conducting an environmental scan and the interesting yet sometimes surprising results.

Presenter:

Rebecca Vargha
Rebecca Vargha, Librarian, School of Information and Library Science, UNC-Chapel Hill