2016 Conference Highlights – Adjuncts: Valuable Assets When Planning to Enhance Student Success

Each week between now and the 2016 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held May 4-6 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). To register, visit the MLA conference page. And follow along on social media at #MLADLA16

MLA Adjuncts

Adjuncts: Valuable Assets When Planning to Enhance Student Success
Friday, May 6th
10:45-11:45am
Presenter: Pamela Flinton, Goucher College

Adjunct faculty account for 50% of the workforce in U.S. higher education, 70% at 2-year colleges! According to the American Federation of Teachers, adjuncts teach 37% – 53% of college students every year. Individually and collectively, adjuncts are an invaluable asset as we, librarians and library staff, strive to enhance student success through a good grounding in information literacy (IL) concepts. Learn what support adjuncts need from us and how to create successful programs to engage adjuncts in the struggle to ensure every student has IL concepts to support life-long learning. Gain an understanding of adjuncts that will help to create powerful relationships with members of this group. Question and answer time to delve into the issue and share what your experiences have been in making the most of the vast human capital that adjuncts bring to our students and our institution.

2016 Conference Highlights – Turning Reflection into Action: Talking it Out, Making it Work

Each week between now and the 2016 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held May 4-6 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). To register, visit the MLA conference page. And follow along on social media at #MLADLA16

MLA Turning

Turning Reflection into Action: Talking it Out, Making it Work
Friday, May 6th
9:30-10:30am
Presenters: Mason Brown, Stephanie Margolin & Sarah Ward, Hunter College-CUNY

This information literacy instruction action research project began with two simple goals in mind: (1) use comics to (2) help our students focus on the process of asking answerable, engaging and well thought-out research questions. Refining the curriculum through the reflective practice of action research was not part of our original plan, although it became central to the execution of this program. The presenters developed the comics-based curriculum and then, due to a larger-than-expected enrollment (and interest among our librarians), recruited seven additional librarian-instructors to teach 157 students in three simultaneous sessions over eight days. Like true action research, it was in the daily pre-workshop planning meetings and post-workshop reflection sessions with the coordinators and librarian-instructors that the real innovation took place. Not only did this reflection and collaboration make our summer program stronger, but has proven extremely beneficial to our overall library instruction program. By creating our own “community of practice” through reflection and feedback, we have seen an increase in communication with and collaboration among our colleagues, leading to new projects and fruitful discussions about teaching.

2016 Conference Highlights -Training the Trainers: Successful Reference Referral Training Using the READ Scale

Each week between now and the 2016 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held May 4-6 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). To register, visit the MLA conference page. And follow along on social media at #MLADLA16

MLA Training

Training the Trainers: Successful Reference Referral Training Using the READ Scale
Thursday, May 5th
3-5pm
Presenter: Lisa Vassady, Radford University)

This academic library has been developing a training program in the reference referral system for student assistants (SAs) over 3 academic years. The program’s goal is to effectively instruct SAs in balancing high quality customer service with the importance of appropriately referring users to librarians. The trainers met these goals through incorporating a modified version of the Reference Effort Assessment Data (READ) Scale, a reference transaction assessment tool developed by Bella Karr Gerlich, into the student training program.

Workshop attendees will learn about the READ Scale, understand how a referral model can optimize service and allow trainers to assess the effectiveness of their training programs, actively participate in several READ Scale training games and activities, and then brainstorm other ideas for creating READ Scale related training techniques.

2016 Conference Highlights – Act to the Future: Utilizing Scenario Planning to Shape a Strategic Plan

Each week between now and the 2016 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held May 4-6 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). To register, visit the MLA conference page. And follow along on social media at #MLADLA16

MLA Act

Act to the Future: Utilizing Scenario Planning to Shape a Strategic Plan

Thursday, May 5th
1:45-2:45pm
Presenters: Christopher Lawton, Ashley Brewer & James Rhoades, Old Dominion University

As organizations strive to innovate and evolve, librarians are tasked with constructing strategies on how to move into the future. Hypothetical scenarios, in which “early indicators” are extrapolated to logical extremes, can both free the imagination and ground discussion in concrete ideas.

In summer 2014, the Old Dominion University Libraries and cross-university partners embarked on a scenario planning process using the ARL 2030 scenarios, four divergent visions of the future information environment. Strategies identified across multiple scenarios to keep the Libraries relevant in changing times were then incorporated into the Libraries’ future plan.

Scenario planning can be applied from the institutional level to the smallest projects. Come hear facilitators discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of this innovative approach to idea generation. They will share their preconceived assumptions, anecdotal experiences, and post-assessment data. Discussion will focus on strategies for developing, facilitating, and analyzing a scenario process at your institution, and the application and benefits of incorporating scenario planning into your project plans. Leave with concrete ideas for using scenarios in your future projects, and the tools to make it happen.

2016 Conference Highlights – Unleashing Staff Potential: Professional Development Through Self-Directed Achievement

Each week between now and the 2016 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held May 4-6 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). To register, visit the MLA conference page. And follow along on social media at #MLADLA16

MLA Unleashing

Unleashing Staff Potential: Professional Development Through Self-Directed Achievement

Thursday, May 5th
10:30-11:30am
Presenters: Beth Roszkowski & Megan Hunt, George Mason University

Looking for a way to reinvent staff development and get your team excited about new learning opportunities? The self-directed achievement (SDA) model allows staff members to take charge of their own professional development by foregoing one-shot, synchronous staff training in favor of a customized approach to staff development – tailored to individual interests and job responsibilities. One year ago, George Mason University’s Arlington Campus Library adapted the SDA model introduced by Tooele City Library (UT) for the academic library environment and staff development has been at an all-time high. SDA establishes a professional development system where new skills can be learned in just one hour per week. The potential development opportunities are unlimited: library staff have increased their familiarity with research resources, expanded their tech skills, and explored their leadership capabilities. Presenters will explain the SDA
model in the academic library environment, highlight opportunities for staff skill augmentation, and discuss potential implementation roadblocks and supervisor responsibilities.

2016 Conference Highlights – Engaging with Empathy to Unlock Community Connections

Each week between now and the 2016 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held May 4-6 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). To register, visit the MLA conference page. And follow along on social media at #MLADLA16

MLA Engaging

Engaging with Empathy to Unlock Community Connections

Thursday, May 5th
9-10am
Presenter: Kimberly Miller, Towson University

“Empathy,” or cultivating a shared understanding and experience with others, has emerged as a central component of innovation, communication, collaboration, and problem solving – skills all librarians rely on to provide successful services and create welcoming environments. In this session, attendees will explore an adaptation of the User Experience (UX) method “Empathy Mapping.” After a brief introduction to the history and importance of “empathy” as a concept, attendees will learn the basics of creating an Empathy Map, a visualization technique for organizing data about what user groups think, see, feel, and do. Insights from the finished map provide a new perspective into community wants, needs, and motivations, which can be used to design user-centered library services. Attendees will work together to practice creating an Empathy Map for a library user group of their choosing. This is a hands-on session, so come prepared to explore the potential in your library!

2016 Conference Highlights – Behind the Curtain: Revealing the Power of Google Analytics

Each week between now and the 2016 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held May 4-6 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). To register, visit the MLA conference page. And follow along on social media at #MLADLA16

MLA Behind

Behind the Curtain: Revealing the power of Google Analytics

Wednesday, May 4 (Preconference workshop)
9am-1pm
Presenter: David Dahl, USMAI Consortium

You’ve heard your colleagues talking about it – “Google Analytics told us [x]”, “We decided to do [y] after looking at Google Analytics”. Now it’s time for you to find out exactly what they’re looking at and what Google Analytics can tell you! Used effectively, Google Analytics is a powerful tool that can help you better understand your users’ behaviors on your website. This hands-on workshop will introduce the data that is available in Google Analytics, as well as concepts and techniques for getting the most out of your data. You’ll get to explore the Google Analytics interface using data from real library usage, including websites, discovery tools, and digital collections. Together we’ll discuss what metrics might be important for your library, leaving you overflowing with ideas about how Google Analytics can be put to work to assess the effectiveness of your library’s web presence. Whether you’re responsible for administering your library’s website, involved in discussions about improving the website, or just trying to get into the web conversation, this session is for you!

2016 MLA/DLA Annual Conference: ACRL MD Sessions!

Have you registered for the 2016 MLA/DLA Annual Conference?

ACRL MD is proud to sponsor 8 amazing sessions – this year’s MLA/DLA annual conference has someone for everyone!
Conference imageThe conference will be held May 4-6 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). To register, visit the MLA conference page. And follow along on social media at #MLADLA16

Between now and the 2016 MLA/DLA Conference, we’ll highlight each ACRL MD conference session. To kick things off, here’s a full list of the 8 sessions sponsored by ACRL MD.

Wednesday, May 4th (Preconference workshop)

Behind the Curtain: Revealing the power of Google Analytics – David Dahl, USMAI Consortium.

Thursday, May 5th

Engaging with Empathy to Unlock Community Connections – Kimberly Miller, Towson University

Unleashing Staff Potential: Professional Development Through Self-Directed Achievement – Beth Roszkowski & Megan Hunt, George Mason University

Act to the Future: Utilizing Scenario Planning to Shape a Strategic Plan – Christopher Lawton, Ashley Brewer & James Rhoades, Old Dominion University

Training the Trainers: Successful Reference Referral Training Using the READ Scale – Lisa Vassady, Radford University

Friday, May 6th

Turning Reflection into Action: Talking it Out, Making it Work – Mason Brown, Stephanie Margolin & Sarah Ward, Hunter College-CUNY

Making Connections with the One Button Studio – Michael English, Jason Byrd & Patricia West, George Mason University

Adjuncts: Valuable Assets When Planning to Enhance Student Success – Pamela Flinton, Goucher College

ACRL-MD Call for Proposals for MLA/DLA 2016 Annual Conference

ACRL-MD Call for Proposals

Deadline: August 31, 2015, 11:59pm

Maryland Library Association & Delaware Library Association 2016 Annual Conference
Ocean City, MD, May 4-6, 2016.

Conference theme… Libraries: Unlocking Potential.

What’s the key to your success? What potential plans will you implement this academic year? There is so much potential here! Do you have a multi-year plan in the making, or is there something you’ve just started to put together? Consider innovative potential in the library profession and unique keys to effective library services. ACRL-MD encourages you to share your ideas with colleagues by submitting a proposal for a presentation at the 2016 Joint Conference of Maryland Library Association and Delaware Library Association!

ACRL-MD, the academic libraries division of MLA, is accepting conference proposals until August 31st.

Standard conference sessions (~ 1 hour), and extended sessions (~2 hours) will be offered. Exact program length will depend on conference schedule. The programs are scheduled throughout the day on Thursday and on Friday morning. The full- and half-day pre-conference workshops will be held on Wednesday, May 4.

Many sessions sponsored by the ACRL MD are relevant not only for academic librarians but also for our colleagues in other areas of librarianship. For information on recent topics, please take a look prior programming.

Submit your proposal!

Proposals for concurrent sessions are due by 11:59pm on Monday, August 31. Conference proposals will undergo a double blind peer-review.  If you have any questions about the conference itself or this CFP, please contact Claire Holmes (cholmes@towson.edu | 410-704-3795).