2012 Conference Highlights: Don’t Miss the Hidden Treasures!

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). 

Don’t Miss the Hidden Treasures! Ideas for Successful Library Outreach
Thursday, May 10
2-3:15pm

Do you feel your library could have more customers? We do. This program will present a variety of initiatives designed to attract specific groups of new, potential, and infrequent customers to resources and services in both academic and public libraries. It will include ideas about selecting members for an outreach team, and choosing successful marketing tactics.

Presenters:

Gergana Kostova
Gergana Kostova, Reference Librarian, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Simmona Simmons
Simmona Simmons, Services Development and Special Projects Librarian, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Nedelina Tchangalova
Nedelina Tchangalova, University of Maryland Libraries

2012 Conference Highlights: Takin’ It to the Streets

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). 

Takin’ It to the Streets: Steering Students Toward Information Literacy
Thursday, May 10
11am – noon

The days are long gone where we expect students to come to us for research help only. Instead, the librarians at Salisbury University have been “takin’ it to the streets” to better connect with their students where they live. This presentation will review three distinct and innovative programs, from design to implementation, review, and assessment. Find out how our 10 & 2 Research Clinics cover a broad range of pressing and relevant topics, how our Roving Reference taps into the emerging trend of mobile technologies, and how our Emergency Research is an experiment in reaching students at locations around the campus.

Presenters:

Krista Knapp
Krista Knapp, Chair, Research/Instructional Services, Salisbury University

Stephen Ford
Stephen Ford, Information Literacy Librarian, Salisbury University

2012 Joint Conference: Last Chance for Early Bird Rates!

Early Bird registration for the 2012 MLA/DLA joint conference, Choose Your Own Journey, will close on Thursday, March 15! The conference will be held from May 9-11 at the Clarion Resort – Fountainbleau Hotel in Ocean City, MD.

If you’ve been thinking of joining us but haven’t signed up yet – make sure you do in the next few days. The registration form, as well as hotel information, can be found at the back of the conference program (PDF).

Still not sure? Take a few minutes to look at all the great programs that ACRL MD is sponsoring, and be sure to peruse the conference program to see what’s being offered by other divisions. There are several great full- and half-day preconferences on offer, and plenty of interesting conference sessions throughout the day on Thursday and Friday. And that’s not to mention some great social events like the annual Pub Quiz, Battledecks, and an 80s Dance Party!

Not a member of MLA? You can join at the same time you register for the conference and take advantage of the member rate! Members of several other regional associations are also eligible to register at the member rate (DLA, MLA, MASL, REFORMA, CVLA, CML, DCLA, DC/SLA, MD/SLA, MAILL, MAPLA, LLAM, CALD and the Conference of Maryland Court Law Library Directors.)

We hope to see you there!

2012 Conference Highlights: What Students Ask & How

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. Registration is open now, and early bird rates are good through March 15. For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). 

What Students Ask & How: A Study of IM Chat and Face-to-Face Reference Inquiries at Towson University 
Thursday, May 10
11am – noon

In the library world today, it’s a truism to say that face-to-face reference is declining while virtual reference is on the rise. Join us for a deeper look at the new patterns that are emerging in reference. We will compare, through data- driven research, the kinds of questions students ask face-to-face and via IM chat. Is there a preference to ask citation questions via IM or directional questions face-to-face? When are these services busiest? What are the benefits and challenges of these reference formats for both students and librarians? And how can we tailor our services to meet student expectations? Learn methods for analyzing reference transactions and discover what Towson University librarians are doing with this data.

Presenters:

Melissa Ravely
Evening Research and Instruction Librarian, Towson University

Amanda Youngbar
Amanda Youngbar, Library Associate for Learning Commons, Towson University

2012 Conference Highlights: Creating Tutorials Using Screencasting Software

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. Registration is open now, and early bird rates are good through March 15. For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). 

Creating Tutorials Using Screencasting Software (Pre-Conference)
Wednesday, May 9
noon – 5pm

Video tutorials have become an established method of delivering online, point-of-need help to library patrons. If you have not ventured into this arena yet, here is your chance! This pre-conference will give you hands-on experience using the screencasting software Camtasia and will guide you through the steps of producing your own online video tutorials – from planning to recording to assessment. Join a skilled team of librarians as they demonstrate Camtasia and discuss best practices involved in the process of creating screencasts. Registration for this pre-conference includes a complimentary headset and one-year subscription to the screencasting application JingPro. Note: registration will be limited to 15 participants. Lunch will be served in the restaurant from 12:00 to 1:00.

Presenters:

Kristin Bernet
Kristien Bernet, Librarian, DC Regional Library Resource Centers, Johns Hopkins University

Steve Heslip
Steve Heslip, Director of User Experience, Johns Hopkins University

Sharon Morris
Sharon Morris, Library Services Manager, DC Regional Library Resource Centers, Johns Hopkins University

Steve Stich
Steve Stich, Librarian, Johns Hopkins University

Chella Vaidyanathan
Chella Vaidyanathan, Librarian, Johns Hopkins University

Feraz Ashraf
Feraz Ashraf, Librarian, DC Regional Library Resource Centers, Johns Hopkins University

2012 MLA/DLA Joint Conference

Many of you will have already received the program for this year’s MLA/DLA joint conference, Choose Your Own Journey. As always, the conference will provide a wealth of educational opportunities for librarians of all stripes.

This year, ACRL MD took a different approach to planning our conference sessions. We will be presenting eight sessions during the regular conference, and one pre-conference session, all of which were blind peer-reviewed. As a result we have a great variety of programs:

  • Creating Tutorials Using Screencasting Software (Wednesday afternoon pre-conference)
  • What Students Ask & How: A Study of IM Chat and Face-to-Face Reference Inquiries at Towson University
  • Takin’ It To The Streets: Steering Students Toward Information LIteracy
  • Don’t Miss the Hidden Treasures! Ideas for Successful Library Outreach
  • Conducting Environmental Scans: Accessing User Needs and Library Functions
  • Making the Most of User Feedback, Survey Comments and Focus Groups: Analyzing Qualitative Data
  • Through the Users’ Eyes: Discovery Tool Usability
  • From Practice to Publication: Scholarly Opportunities for Library Professionals
  • Surviving and Thriving x3: How an Academic, Public and Special Library are Using the Economic Downturn to Improve Communication with Customers

Each week between now and the conference, we’ll highlight one of these sessions in greater depth. Naturally, you can also find out more by taking a look at the conference program (PDF). In addition to our conference sessions, we’re also pleased to announce that we’re hosting our first-ever conference social! We hope that you’ll join us on Wednesday evening for Studies in Socialization: The Effects of Wine and Cheese on Networking Outcomes.  Continue reading “2012 MLA/DLA Joint Conference”