2014 Conference Highlights: See you there!

Each week between now and the 2014 MLA/DLA Conference, we’ve been highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 7-9 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD. For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF).

We’ve made our way to the sandy shore of Ocean City for the 2014 MLA/DLA Conference, and hope to see you there!

Some reminders: Stop by Liquid Assets tonight from 7-9pm for ACRL MD’s third annual conference happy hour. We’ll have free appetizers and there will be a cash bar with specials. Check out the Facebook event for more details.

There’s so many excellent programs this year that it’s hard (and in some cases impossible) to attend them all! Go to the ones that interest you, take notes, and we’ll have a round-up meeting after the conference to debrief.

Follow the conference on Twitter using the hashtag #MLADLA14. MLA will be tweeting from @MDLibraryAssoc, and you can check out our Twitter page (@acrlmd) and Facebook page (facebook.com/acrlmd) where we’ll post occasional updates.

Conference Wrap-up: Online Discussion

Conference Wrap-up: An Online Discussion
Friday, May 17
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sometimes when you get back from a conference, you set all your notes aside, catch up on work emails and to-do lists, and never look back. This Friday, take a moment to digest what you heard and learned at MLA/DLA Annual Conference. ACRL MD is hosting an online conference wrap-up session on Friday, May 17 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., instead of our regular online journal club. Share your opinions on the sessions you attended, what inspired you, and what you’d like to see next time.

Blackboard Collaborate Directions

We’ll be on MLA’s online meeting software, Blackboard Collaborate. On Friday, May 17, join our discussion online at: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2012176&password=M.EFF327145BA70AF1D6C64C108FC41A (you’ll need speakers, microphone optional).  You will be prompted to enter your name. Once you are in the meeting room, you can test your speakers and microphone. In the “Audio & Video” pod, there is an icon showing a blue microphone with a red settings gear – simply click on that and Blackboard will walk you through the setup.

If you need to jump in a little late or leave early (or eat lunch), please do! Questions? Contact Joanna at gadsby@umbc.edu

Looking ahead: Online Journal Club – June edition

Stay current with library literature over the summer. We’re still planning on holding regular online journal club meetings to discussion the latest issue of College and Research Libraries. The May issue is available and we’ll be discussing it Friday, June 21 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. If you’re really productive, take the survey to select the top three articles you’re most interested in talking about: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WS3LSLR . We’ll send journal club reminders towards the end of the month.

2013 MLA/DLA Conference – See you there!

The conference will be held from May 8-10 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). 

We’ve made our way to the sandy shore of Ocean City for the 2013 MLA/DLA Conference, and hope to see you there!

Some reminders: Stop by Liquid Assets tonight from 7-9pm for ACRL MD’s second annual conference happy hour. We’ll have free appetizers and there will be a cash bar with specials. Check out the Facebook event for more details.

Attend the programs sponsored by ACRL MD, and other programs of interest. Take notes and we’ll have a round-up meeting after the conference to debrief.

Follow our Twitter page (@acrlmd) and Facebook page (facebook.com/acrlmd) where we’ll post occasional updates. The Twitter hashtag for the conference is #MLADLA2013.

2013 Conference Highlights: ACRL MD Happy Hour

Each week between now and the 2013 MLA/DLA Joint Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 8-10 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). 

ACRL MD Happy Hour
Liquid Assets
Wednesday, May 8
7:00 – 9:00pm

Get your conference started right! Come join ACRL MD, the academic division of MLA, for an evening of food, drinks and networking. Take a break between the all-conference reception and conference dance party with 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 second annual 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.

Liquid Assets Happy Hour banner

2013 Conference Highlights: Become a Wiz at Dataviz

Each week between now and the 2013 MLA/DLA Joint Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 8-10 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). 

Become a Wiz at Dataviz
Friday, May 10
11:00 – 12:15

According to the maxim, a picture (or graph or chart) is worth a thousand words. Indeed, charts and graphs are great tools for packing a lot of information into a small space. So, when you decide to use visualization in a presentation, how do you design it so those thousand words say what you want them to? In this session, attendees will learn some of what cognitive scientists can tell us about how the brain processes information. Using this as a background, attendees will then learn practical tips and techniques for designing data visualizations that effectively illustrate and persuade.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenters:

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

Head of Reference, LangsdaleLibrary, University of Baltimore
Head of Reference, Langsdale
Library, University of Baltimore

2013 Conference Highlights: Counting What Counts

Each week between now and the 2013 MLA/DLA Joint Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 8-10 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). 

Counting What Counts and Making What You Count Count
Friday, May 10
9:30 – 10:45

Every year libraries respond to statistical surveys from organizations such as ACRL and the National Center for Educational Statistics. Long on input measures, in many ways these surveys are duplicative except for slight differences in definitions of data elements. They are ripe for reform. The new imperative for assessment is to collect and report data that demonstrate the library’s contribution to student learning and its value to the institution and community it serves. Towson University’s Cook Library has embraced this challenge. It is developing new assessment strategies to document the library’s impact, whether through the correlation of library and institutional data or from value-oriented feedback.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenters:

Jim Rettig, Library Director and Associate Dean forInformation Services, United States Naval Academy
Jim Rettig, Library Director and Associate Dean for
Information Services, United States Naval Academy

Associate University Librarian forAdministrative Services, Towson University
Patty MacDonald, Associate University Librarian for
Administrative Services, Towson University

2013 Conference Highlights: Thinking Outside the Search Box

Each week between now and the 2013 MLA/DLA Joint Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 8-10 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).

Thinking Outside the Search Box: How Three Maryland Libraries Implemented, Customized and Taught Discovery Services to Meet Students Needs
Friday, May 10
9:15 – 11:15

Discovery services allow patrons to search across their libraries’ collections via one search box. To encourage successful discovery experiences, librarians should consider how they might customize and teach these resources. The UMUC Library has implemented subject searching databases. We’ll describe the collaboration between UMUC’s systems and reference librarians to develop, test, launch, promote, and assess subject searching. Librarians from Towson University and Loyola University Maryland/Notre Dame of Maryland University will share their experiences teaching with discovery services and discuss ways in which discovery services can be used in reference work.

This program is worth 2 contact hours of continuing education.

Presenters:

Rocco DeBonis, University of Maryland University College
Rocco DeBonis, University of Maryland University College

Cynthia Thomes, University of Maryland University College
Cynthia Thomes, University of Maryland University College

Li Fu, University ofMaryland University College,
Li Fu, University of
Maryland University College,

Shana Gass, Towson University
Shana Gass, Towson University

Rosie Hanneke Loyola/Notre DameLibrary
Rosie Hanneke Loyola/Notre Dame
Library

Amanda Youngbar
MLIS Candidate, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, School of Information Studies

2013 Conference Highlights: Scholarly Metrics

Each week between now and the 2013 MLA/DLA Joint Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 8-10 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). 

Scholarly Metrics
Thursday, May 9
3:45 – 5:00

Got Impact? Please join us as we navigate the complicated waters of what we’re calling “scholarly metrics.” Assess the scholarly impact of journals, of individual research articles, and of individual researchers. We’ll show you how to show researchers at your institution how to assess the impact of research in their fields and how to locate and interpret the various metrics that attempt to assess their own individual research and levels of productivity. What’s an “H-Index?” Come see!

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenters:

Tahirah Akbar-Williams, TheSheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University
Tahirah Akbar-Williams, The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University

 

Mark Cyzyk, TheSheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University
Mark Cyzyk, The
Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University

Robin Sinn, TheSheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University
Robin Sinn, The
Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University

2013 Conference Highlights: Taming the Copyright Hydra

Each week between now and the 2013 MLA/DLA Joint Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 8-10 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). 

Taming the Copyright Hydra: How Salisbury University’s Access Services Team Put Its Heads Together
Thursday, May 9
2:00 – 3:15

In much the same way that two heads grew back each time one of the mythological Hydra’s was cut off, so too, do two copyright questions arise each time one copyright question is answered. This session will begin with a refresher on copyright, fair use fundamentals, and current copyright law related to electronic reserves and course management systems. Next, we will discuss Blackwell Library’s journey to full copyright compliance, which required integration and collaboration between faculty, the library, and Instructional Design and Delivery to confront copyright and permissions issues that extended beyond articles and chapter excerpts to streaming videos.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenters:

Michael English,Access Services Librarian, Blackwell Library, Salisbury University
Michael English,
Access Services Librarian, Blackwell Library, Salisbury University

 

Melissa Thomas, Manager of InstructionalDesign and Delivery, Salisbury University
Melissa Thomas, Manager of Instructional
Design and Delivery, Salisbury University

Mou Chakraborty, Director of Public Services,Blackwell Library, Salisbury University
Mou Chakraborty, Director of Public Services,
Blackwell Library, Salisbury University

Poster Session Deadline for MLA/DLA 2013 Coming Up!

The deadline to submit your poster session proposal for the 2013 MLA/DLA Conference is approaching – proposals are due Monday, April 1.

If you have an innovative idea, or a new exciting project, share it at the poster session. Share your achievements and experiences by charts, graphs, tables, text, and images in the most effective way: the conversation revealing your expertise! The proposal form is at: http://www.mdlib.org/conference/forms.asp

For questions contact June Brittingham at jbrittingham@dllr.state.md.us or Gergana Kostova at g.kostova@umbc.edu