2013 Conference Highlights: The Neverending Story

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). 

The Neverending Story: An Approach to Information Literacy Assessment
Thursday, May 9
2:00 – 3:15pm

The focus of this presentation will be on designing and implementing information literacy assessment procedures, using examples from Loyola/Notre Dame Library (LNDL) and Anne Arundel Community College (AACC). These procedures are applicable for one-shot or for-credit courses, and other instructional settings. Presenters will provide examples of assessment tools beyond the standard quizzes and questionnaires and will explore the three major categories of assessment instruments: objective tests, performance assessment, and authentic assessment. Examples will demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of each assessment type. Participants will have the opportunity to create assessments that measure specific objectives from their own information literacy programs.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenters:

Julie Nanavati
Julie Nanavati, Research & Instruction Librarian/Information Literacy Coordinator, Loyola/Notre Dame Library

Brandy Whitlock, Instruction Librarian, Anne Arundel Community College
Brandy Whitlock, Instruction Librarian, Anne Arundel Community College

2013 Joint Conference: Last Chance for Early Bird Rates!

Early Bird registration for the 2013 MLA/DLA joint conference, Forging New Paths: Radical & Relevant, will close on Friday, March 15! The conference will be held from May 8-10 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 so by the end of the week. 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, ACRL MD’s social event at Liquid Assets, and the 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!

2013 Conference Highlights: Online Information Literacy Education

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). 

Online Information Literacy Education at a Small Graduate School
Thursday, May 9
10:45 – noon

What happens to library-led information literacy education when a graduate school changes its programs from being offered predominately in the daytime to being evening and weekend based? With no budget increases in sight to hire instructional staff, the Sherman Cohn Library at the Tai Sophia Institute needed to create innovative learning materials that could be accessed on-demand. Learn how the Library enhanced the University of Washington’s Research 101 tutorial, created YouTube videos, and utilized a paid account with EmailMeForm in a pilot attempt to infuse all of the Institute’s curricula with information literacy education.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenter:

Jenifer Kirin, Director of Library Services, Tai Sophia Institute
Jenifer Kirin, Director of Library Services, Tai Sophia Institute

2013 Conference Highlights: SCVNGR Hunt

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). 

SCVNGR Hunt: Technological Triumph or Torture?
Thursday, May 9
10:45 – noon

An ever-increasing portion of the population access the Internet via mobile technology. As we continue to become more reliant on hand-held devices, libraries will continue to provide ways to reach their patrons using new programs. Two librarians charged with finding and implementing emerging technologies and game-based learning tools discovered and created SCVNGR-based outreach and marketing programs. Learn how to create your own geolocation-based outreach and marketing while listening to our success and failures. A post-lecture scavenger hunt will provide hands-on experience with SCVNGR. Bring your mobile devices and get ready to plug in, tune in, and learn!

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenters:

SarahGilchristACRLMD5
Sarah Burns Gilchrist, Research & Instruction Librarian, Towson University

KimberlyMillerACRLMD5
Kimberley Miller, Research & Instruction Librarian, Towson University

2013 Conference Highlights: Planning Social Media

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). 

Planning Social Media: Tweets, Posts and Pins with a Purpose
Thursday, May 9
9:00 – 10:15

Did your library create a Facebook or Twitter account without carefully considering the purpose and goals of your involvement? If so, you’re certainly not alone. To achieve success using social media, you not only need to be active; you must also have a clear understanding of why you’re using social networks and what you’re trying to accomplish. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to draft a social media purpose statement and goals for their library. the group will also explore strategies for measuring the impact of social media on the organization.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenters:

CatherineJohnson
Catherine Johnson, Instruction Coordinator, University of Baltimore

NatalieBurclaff
Natalie Burclaff, Reference/Instruction Librarian, University of Baltimore

2013 Conference Highlights: The Widening Divide

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). 

The Widening Divide: Faculty Work Practice and the Library’s Role in Providing Access to Course Content
Wednesday, May 8
9:00 – 1:00

Library statistics report on what is happening by the numbers, but they aren’t very good at revealing why library services are or aren’t being used — and what might be taking their place. Using a work-practice qualitative study methodology, three Temple librarians have been doing in-depth videotaped interviews with faculty and their acquisition, use, and sharing of course content. The process of coding interview transcripts and conducting post-interview sessions with other subject specialists reveals faculty behaviors that have major implications for library services. Initial findings suggest future directions for course reserves, liaison services, instructional technology support, and more. In this presentation, we will outline or progress and share some of these preliminary findings, opening a discussion about how we might radically rethink some of our core services. Through several hands-on activities, participants can begin to weight the potential benefits and challenges of qualitative research for their institution, practice generating effective interview questions, and devise a mock plan for conducting a study on a topic most relevant to their institution.

Lunch will be served in the restaurant from 12:00 to 1:00pm. This program is worth 3 contact hours of continuing education.

Presenters:

JeniferLeeBaldwin
Jenifer Baldwin, Head, Reference and Instructional Services and Media Services, Temple University Libraries

AnneHarlow
Anne Harlow, Librarian, Temple University Libraries

RickLezenby
Rick Lezenby, Librarian, Temple University Libraries

2013 MLA/DLA Joint Conference

Many of you will have already received the program for this year’s MLA/DLA joint conference, Forging New Paths: Radical & Relevant. As always, the conference will provide a wealth of educational opportunities for librarians of all stripes. This year, ACRL MD once again used a blind peer-review process to select programs, which represent a variety of the issues that we’re all thinking about these days:

  • The Widening Divide: Faculty Work Practice and the Library’s Role in Providing Access to Course Content (Wednesday morning pre-conference)
  • Planning Social Media: Tweets, Posts and Pins with a Purpose
  • SCVNGR Hunt: Technological Triumph or Torture?
  • Online Information Literacy Education at a Small Graduate School
  • The Neverending Story: An Approach to Information Literacy Assessment
  • Taming the Copyright Hydra: How Salisbury University’s Access Services Team Put Its Heads Together
  • Scholarly Metrics
  • Thinking Outside the Search Box: How Three Maryland Libraries Implemented, Customized and Taught Discovery Services to Meet Students Needs
  • Counting What Counts and Making What You Count Count
  • Become A Wiz at Dataviz

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). Continue reading “2013 MLA/DLA Joint Conference”

MLA/DLA 2013: ACRL MD Call for Proposals

Are you spending your summer working on a new program or initiative at your library? Did you try out a new instruction method this past year, read something that changed your whole outlook, or thought about what the future of academic libraries might be? If the answer to any of these questions (or others) is yes, then you should consider submitting a proposal for an ACRL MD sponsored session at this year’s Maryland Library Association/Delaware Library Association conference!

ACRL MD, the academic libraries division of MLA and the state chapter of ACRL, invites you to submit a proposal for the 2013 MLA/DLA Conference held in Ocean City, MD from May 8-10, 2013. Conference sessions are typically 75 minutes long (though there are some shorter and longer time slots available) and are scheduled throughout the day on Thursday and on Friday morning. Wednesday is reserved for full- and half-day pre-conference workshops. Sessions may cover theoretical ideas, reports on (un)successful and innovative initiatives, and/or practical skills relevant to librarians.

Submit your proposal now!

Proposals for concurrent sessions are due by 11:59pm on Saturday, September 1, 2012. Proposals will be peer-reviewed through a double-blind review process. If you have any questions about the conference or the call for proposals, please contact ACRL MD Vice President Joanna Gadsby (gadsby@umbc.edu | 410-455-2358).

Need inspiration?

Consider (but don’t limit yourself to) one of the following suggested topics.

  • Assessment – demonstrating value; assessment methods for instruction, reference, collection development, etc.; communicating data
  • Collections – ebooks/e-resources; discovery tools; print collections
  • Instruction – new pedagogical practices; assessing student IL skills; curriculum design
  • Reference – supporting distance learners; virtual reference services; new approaches to research support
  • Technology – mobile devices; web design; social media; tech trends
  • The Future – strategic planning; trends in academic libraries; new roles for librarians

For information on recent topics, please take a look at the 2012 and 2011 conference programs: http://www.mdlib.org/conference/2012/default.asp