Call for Proposals!

The Maryland Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL MD) is excited to invite proposals for our division to sponsor at the Maryland Library Association & Delaware Library Association Annual Conference, on May 5 – 7, 2021 as we explore Libraries Without Limits.

Submit Proposals Here

Proposals are due by 11:59pm on September 18th and will undergo a double blind peer-review.  If you have any questions about ACRL MD’s proposal process or our programs for the annual conference, please contact Sean Hogan – shogan@ubalt.edu

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Get Involved with ACRL MD!

Looking for an opportunity to engage with ACRL-MD and support peer scholarship? Look no further…

ACRL-MD is sponsoring three sessions in the MLA/DLA Virtual 2020 Conference and is calling for volunteers to provide virtual production assistance. These sessions will be held via Zoom on the following days:

If you have interest and availability, please contact Lois Entner for details (lentner@Harford.edu).

Register for MLA/DLA 2020 here

ACRL-MD is currently accepting proposals for the MLA/DLA 2021 conference. Submit your idea by September 18, 2020.

ACRL MD Meeting – August 21, 2020

The ACRL Maryland Chapter monthly virtual meeting is scheduled for this Friday, August 21 at 11:00 AM EST.  Ready or not, the fall semester is upon us. This meeting will provide space to share ideas, concerns and support for peers preparing to welcome students to the academic library.

ACRL MD meets virtually here:   https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/EC703F667C5DFD7F149202D67FB9F5D6

Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • MLA 2020 & 2021 conference Updates
  • Peer Discussion: What ideas are you most excited about implementing this semester and what are you most concerned about in the current climate?

ACRL MD Virtual Business meetings are open to all. This includes new/returning ACRL MD members, non-members with interest in joining ACRL MD, library and information science students and people with zero interest in joining ACRL MD who would like to connect with colleagues.

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ACRL 2021 Scholarships Available

Scholarship applications for the ACRL 2021 conference  are due October 9th.  All scholarships will include complimentary registration, and most will include a stipend to attend the ACRL 2021 Conference, providing a full scholarship value between $439-839, depending on registration type.

ACRL conference scholarships are available to early and mid-career librarians (0-15 years post professional library experience), library professional and support staff, library school students and recent grads, and ALA Spectrum Scholars.

Find more information and how to apply here.

Good Luck!

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MLA/DLA 2019 Conference Highlights: What if… you could do serious good for your library through play?

Each week between now and the 2019 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held May 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, MD.  For more information about the conference and to register, visit the MLA conference website

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What if…you could do serious good for your library through play?

Friday, May 3rd

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Julia Caffrey, Eric Gadsby, & Bill Helman

The notion that the tools we use are neutral and unbiased has been questioned recently as we recognize that the design of our technology, our spaces, and our services all have the potential to reflect (mostly) unconscious biases that can perpetuate inequality and exclusion.

This workshop will explore this theme and give participants an opportunity to think about the unintended bias and inequity that has been designed into their own library. Through kinesthetic brainstorming, and play-based problem solving, we will begin building solutions to these problems to bring back to their home institution.

MLA/DLA 2019 Conference Highlights: What if… all librarians need to learn how to teach online?

Each week between now and the 2019 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held May 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, MD.  For more information about the conference and to register, visit the MLA conference website

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What if…all librarians need to learn how to teach online?

Friday, May 3rd

10:45 – 11:45 am

Michael C. English & Janna Mattson

Librarians are continually required to learn new skills to meet the demands of the profession. When they are simultaneously being asked to do more with less, it can be a challenge for libraries to find the time and resources to develop training opportunities and for librarians to find the time to attend and apply what they have learned. This session will detail George Mason University Libraries’ development of an asynchronous, online course (“13 Things in Blackboard”) designed to develop and improve Blackboard technical skills for librarians being asked to teach in an online setting. The course aims to foster an understanding of best practices in online learning pedagogy and encourage library instructors to experiment with new learning technologies. While the focus of the course is to develop online teaching skills, the course model could be applied to any skill set that librarians need to develop in any library setting.

MLA/DLA 2019 Conference Highlights: What if… we challenge our weeding assumptions?

Each week between now and the 2019 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held May 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, MD.  For more information about the conference and to register, visit the MLA conference website

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What if… we challenge our weeding assumptions? Critical thinking for balanced collection management

Thursday, May 2nd

4:15 – 5:15 pm

Miriam DesHarnais, Shana Gass, & Todd Krueger

In an era of shifting usage patterns and demands on library space, extreme weeding has become the new normal for many libraries. Collection analytics software, used thoughtfully, can save time and help refresh collections. However, quantitative tools privilege certain criteria qualities, sometimes in counterproductive ways. Likewise, “weeding by feel” can replicate biases or and blind spots. By unearthing assumptions about weeding, we can generate collection strategies for maintaining diverse, locally relevant, and vital collections. This program will explore these issues within the context of academic library subject and juvenile collections, as well as school library collections.

MLA/DLA 2019 Conference Highlights: What if… you need to create engaging multimedia and don’t know where to start?

Each week between now and the 2019 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held May 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, MD.  For more information about the conference and to register, visit the MLA conference website

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What if…you need to create engaging multimedia and don’t know where to start?

Thursday, May 2nd

1:30 – 3:30 pm

Mou Chakraborty, Kelly Durkin Ruth, Amanda McCollom, Robin Hoffman, Maurice Coleman

The current technological landscape offers a wide array of tools for creating multimedia which are commonly used both in academic and public libraries. Not all content is created alike — the purpose will dictate the tool needed. The impetus could be manifold: introduction to library services, resources, and information literacy concepts, how-to guides, for supplemental and recursive instruction for face-to-face and distance patrons. They could be podcasts, screencasts, slidecasts, animations, live action, etc. A well-done engaging project can help online environments feel more personal. Widespread popularity of library multimedia creations come with challenges, such as— assessment, accessibility issues, time commitment, and skill and expertise in instructional design and technology.

Our panel comprising of academic librarians, a public librarian, and an instructional designer will discuss tools, tips and tricks, and best practices. Panelists will provide practical advice on creating and managing videos and podcasts, as well as compare and recommend appropriate software (free and subscription based). Attendees will then experiment with various planning tools and multimedia creation software. Space will be limited for this session and attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their laptops for the hands-

MLA/DLA 2019 Conference Highlights: What if… you can overhaul information literacy competencies, outcomes, and rubrics all in a single summer?

Each week between now and the 2019 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held May 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, MD.  For more information about the conference and to register, visit the MLA conference website

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What if…you can overhaul information literacy competencies, outcomes, and rubrics all in a single summer?

Thursday, May 2nd

10:30 – 11:30 am

Jill E. Burke, Elizabeth Godwin, Anne Sleeman, & Jamie Witman

Four community college librarians worked during the summer of 2018 to update their library’s student information literacy competencies and Student Learning Outcomes. Our discussions resulted not in a simple update, but a substantial, critical reimagination of what students need to know to navigate the modern information landscape and how we can support faculty in identifying these competencies in freshman and sophomore work. Strategic college committee appointments enabled us to implement the products of our efforts via the institutional course and program review/development process. We will be reporting on our progress in infusing these into our activities and in the broader general education program.

MLA/DLA 2019 Conference Highlights: What if… students didn’t need to purchase expensive textbooks?

Each week between now and the 2019 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held May 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, MD.  For more information about the conference and to register, visit the MLA conference website

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What if…students didn’t need to purchase expensive textbooks? Building an Open Educational Resources (OER) Community on Campus

Thursday, May 2nd

9:00 – 10:00 am

Erin Durham

Academic librarians can serve as powerful advocates in facilitating more inclusive and equitable access to course materials. While the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) is gaining national attention, many faculty members fail to become involved due to lack of administrative support, misconceptions of OER, and misperceptions of the challenges students face in navigating the financial costs of higher education. In this participatory session, attendees will be introduced to strategies for building support for OER communities of practice. Examples of best practices for library outreach will be shared and discussed, as well as strategies for overcoming misconceptions of OER in higher education. By building communities of OER practice on campus, librarians can play a decisive role in securing more equitable and inclusive teaching environments for current and future college students.