Welcome! And Call for Volunteers

Hello!

Kimberly MillerI’m writing to welcome you to another great year for ACRL-MD. I am excited to serve as ACRL-MD president, and one of my primary goals for the year is to learn more about how we connect with Maryland academic library personnel in order to create a strong network for sharing information relevant to academic and research libraries. I look forward to continuing some of our new traditions while looking for more ways to explore trends shaping contemporary academic library services, spaces, and resources.

As an ACRL-MD officer, I’m frequently asked, “How do I know if I’m an ACRL-MD member?” ACRL-MD is a division of the Maryland Library Association, which means you can select “ACRL-MD” as a division affiliation when you join MLA. An MLA membership qualifies you for member registration rates at paid programs. We hope you’ll join as a member; however, ACRL-MD programs and events are open to both members and non-members. You may also receive messages (like this one) from us if you are an ACRL national member who lives in Maryland.

Call for volunteers

I hope you’re ready to get involved! ACRL-MD virtual business meetings are the third Friday of every month at 11am via MLA’s Blackboard Collaborate. You can also learn more by exploring this blog.

In addition to meetings, we have several active needs for short- and long-term volunteers. See the “Volunteer Opportunities” page for some additional details:

Leadership roles

Our nominations for next year’s officers (term beginning July 2020) are due soon! See  “Volunteer Opportunities” page for descriptions of the Vice President/President Elect and Secretary roles. Interested? Email me kimberlymiller@towson.edu by August 26th

MLA/DLA annual conference

  • Conference proposal review – We are looking for a few volunteers to peer review proposals for ACRL-MD-sponsored MLA/DLA annual conference programs. Interested in learning more? Contact ACRL-MD VP Lois Entner lentner@Harford.edu September 6th
  • Poster program: The MLA/DLA conference committee is excited to have someone from our division coordinate the poster session at MLA/DLA 2020, and we need reviewers! For more information, contact Sean Hogan at shogan@ubalt.edu

Program and social event planning

ACRL-MD tentatively plans to offer a professional development program during January 2020, but we need help! Have a great idea for a professional development program or social event you’d like to see come to life? Just want to help out with the planning? Email kimberlymiller@towson.edu

Bylaws revision:

Past president Mike Kiel will lead our bylaws revisions this year. If you’d like to volunteer for this project, contact him at skiel@ubalt.edu

If you have any other questions or ideas you’d like ACRL-MD to consider, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I hope to see many of you at our meetings and events this year!

Kimberly Miller

ACRL-MD President

How Do You Create Welcoming Spaces?

Hello, 2019! I hope you all had wonderful holidays.

Remember that it’s not too late to register for Breaking Down Barriers: Improving Inclusion for those with Disabilities.

To focus the discussion on welcoming spaces and information-access barriers for those with disabilities, we would like to hear from YOU about what you’re interested in discussing. It would be awesome if you could answer all or any of these questions in the comments, or Tweet at us at @acrlmd.

1) What have you witnessed or experienced (or failed to witness or experience) in your institution that has led you to think there are barriers to your library services and resources?

2) What have you and your colleagues already done to try making your library and workplace more welcoming to the disabled (which could include those with low vision or hearing, or those who are non-neurotypical)? How has it worked for you? How not?

3) What else could be added to this conversation?