2014 Conference Highlights: ACRL MD’s Ocean City Social Starter

Each week between now and the 2014 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re 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).

ACRL MD’s Ocean City Social Starter
Wednesday, May 7, 7-9pm
Liquid Assets, 9301 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842

This year, the conference committee has encouraged individuals and groups to make plans for the Wednesday evening of conference (May 7th) as long as it ends before Sunrise Yoga on Thursday morning at 6:30am. We’ll be getting everyone in the conference theme of “Turning it up” by hosting our 3rd annual happy hour!

After the all-conference reception, continue the conversations with colleagues from across the state 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.

Librarians of all varieties are invited and encouraged to stop by – the more, the merrier. 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.

Ocean City Social Starter

2014 Conference Highlights: Introducing Calibre and Sigil

Each week between now and the 2014 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re 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).

Introducing Calibre and Sigil: Two e-Book Software Packages
Friday, May 9
10:40-11:40am

In this session, Mark Cyzyk will introduce you to two e-book software packages, Calibre and Sigil. Calibre is used for managing personal e-book collections. Sigil is used for actually creating or editing e-books in EPUB format. He will demonstrate how to use Calibre to manage your personal e-book collection, how to convert between e-book formats, how to use Calibre as an e-book reader, and how to find new e-books through the Calibre interface. He will also demonstrate an e-book project he’s currently working on in Sigil, showing how editing takes place within the Sigil interface, how a table of contents is generated, and tips and tricks for editing EPUB formatted e-books.

This program is worth 1 contact hours of continuing education.

Presenters:

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

2014 Conference Highlights: Digging into the Recent Past

Each week between now and the 2014 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re 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).

Digging into the Recent Past: Retooling Discipline Specific Instruction
Friday, May 9
10:40-11:40am

Two librarians and a history professor discuss and reflect upon the ways in which they have worked together to build a robust information literacy component in a historical methods class. Some topics that will be discussed include the
evolution of assignments and activities, addition and deletion of topics covered, and the nature of instruction in the course.

This program is worth 1 contact hours of continuing education.

Presenters:

Natalie Burclaff,   Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Baltimore
Natalie Burclaff,
Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Baltimore
Dr. Elizabeth Nix, Assistant Professor, Division  of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies, University of Baltimore
Dr. Elizabeth Nix, Assistant Professor, Division
of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies, University of Baltimore

Stephen “Mike” Kiel, Reference and Instructional Librarian, University of Baltimore
Stephen “Mike” Kiel, Reference and Instructional Librarian, University of Baltimore

Speedy Mentors Needed for Speed Mentoring at MLA/DLA 2014

The Development of Emerging and Aspiring Librarians (DEAL) Interest Group of MLA is looking for volunteer mentors for their speed mentoring session at MLA/DLA 2014.

The session is Friday, May 9, 2014 from 9:30-11:00am.

Contact Lindsay Sarin (lcsarin at umd.edu) if you would like to volunteer.

Not sure what “speed mentoring” is?
If you’ve ever heard of the concept of “speed dating,” this program is similar, but instead of finding a prospective date, mentees will be in search of a prospective mentor to guide them in their budding career in the library and information profession.  Participants will hear a brief talk on the importance of networking, be introduced to the prospective mentors, and then, will then have a number of 3 minute discussions with various mentors.

Mentees and mentors are encouraged to continue the discussions after the session, but this is not formal requirement.

2014 Conference Highlights: Parents, Alumni and Libraries

Each week between now and the 2014 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re 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).

Parents, Alumni and Libraries: What Customers Really Believe About the Library
Friday, May 9
9:30-10:30am

Libraries conduct studies to demonstrate and quantify their value to their community – whether it is a public library looking for ROI indicators for its city councils or an academic library measuring its impact on teaching and learning. These studies are usually taken from the library perspective in terms of contribution and value.
In the latest OCLC member research study, OCLC approached the question of value from a slightly different angle: through the eyes of two types of university customers. The study “Parents, Alumni and Libraries: What Customers Really Believe About the Library” looks at parents and alumni – not library users – to understand their beliefs about the campus experience and how these beliefs influence their perceptions of the university and the role of the library. Join us as we  explore their perceptions and memories of the academic experience and find out what they value for themselves or for their children. See how the library “stacks up” against other elements of campus life and what this means for libraries and universities as they move to mixed models of physical and virtual learning spaces. And, share your experiences with parents and alumni!

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenters:

Meryl Cinnamon, Regional Member Liaison, OCLC
Meryl Cinnamon, Regional Member Liaison, OCLC

 

 

2014 Conference Highlights: Knowing Your Audience

Each week between now and the 2014 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re 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).

Knowing Your Audience: User Centered Design Principles Applied to Library Websites
An ACRL MD Invited Session
Friday, May 9
9:30-10:30am

Libraries serve a multitude of audiences, and their websites do too. This program will focus on the processes of identifying your target audiences and using their goals and pain-points to direct the website design and development process. Participants will learn about the important stages of a website design/re-design process and when user feedback can best inform the process. Current best practices will be featured throughout, with an emphasis on designing for engagement.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenter: Ben Kutil, Owner, Make Things Studio and Adjunct Graphic Design Faculty, Maryland Institute College of Art

 

2014 Conference Highlights: Measuring Students’ Information Literacy Skills

Each week between now and the 2014 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re 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).

Measuring Students’ Information Literacy Skills: An Assessment Strategy
Thursday, May 8
4:45-5:45pm

Librarians sometimes make assumptions about what students know concerning information literacy and we let those assumptions inform what we do in the classroom. Librarians at the University of Baltimore wanted to know for sure, but didn’t have much assessment experience. Come to this session to hear how we designed a baseline assessment, what we’ve learned about students in the freshman and junior year, and how we will use that information to inform our teaching.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenters:

Catherine Johnson  Head of Information Literacy Initiatives, University of Baltimore
Catherine Johnson
Head of Information Literacy Initiatives, University of Baltimore

Stephen “Mike” Kiel, Reference and Instructional Librarian, University of Baltimore
Stephen “Mike” Kiel, Reference and Instructional Librarian, University of Baltimore
Natalie Burclaff,   Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Baltimore
Natalie Burclaff,
Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Baltimore

 

2014 Conference Highlights: Maybe We’re All Inventorying It Together

Each week between now and the 2014 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re 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).

Maybe We’re All In(ventorying) It Together
Thursday, May 8
4:45-5:45pm

In 2013, Goucher College Library undertook the first automated inventory of its collection. What was initially envisioned as a simple shared project between two librarians – one in Access Services and one in Collection Management – became an opportunity to improve not only access to the collection, but policies and cross-departmental communication as well. This program will discuss the basics of implementing an automated inventory project, tips for managing long-term projects, and suggestions for establishing effective and balanced workflows across library departments. Additionally, attendees will learn to identify opportunities in their own libraries to foster
collaboration and cross-departmental conversation.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenters:

Elizabeth De Coster, User Services Librarian, Goucher College;
Elizabeth De Coster,
User Services Librarian, Goucher College;

 

 

Margaret Dull, Cataloging and  Metadata Librarian, Goucher College

Margaret Dull, Cataloging and
Metadata Librarian, Goucher College

 

2014 Conference Highlights: Putting the Value Back Into Event Evaluation

Each week between now and the 2014 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re 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).

Putting the Value Back Into Event Evaluation
Thursday, May 8
3:30-4:30pm

How do you determine whether a library program was successful or not and then, what do you do with that information? Often success is measured by how many people attended or how much participants liked the event, but this information doesn’t tell the full impact of the program. In this session, participants will learn how to evaluate their own event assessments and then transform them into a simple two-item questionnaire that readily generates data that speaks to the value of library programming.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenter:

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

2014 MLA/DLA Conference: Last Chance for Advance Registration Rates!

Advance registration discounts for the 2014 Maryland Library Association and Delaware Library Association joint conference: Turn It UP!, will end on Friday, March 14. The conference will be held from May 7-9 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.

So if you’re planning to go but haven’t registered yet – stop procrastinating! 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 and ACRL MD’s social event at Liquid Assets!

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!