Fall Program Recap and Materials

Shape-Shifting lightning presenters take questions from the audience Photo courtesy of Kimberly Yang
Shape-Shifting lightning presenters take questions from the audience. Photo courtesy of Kimberly F. Yang.

ACRL MD held its 2017 fall program on November 6, at Towson University in Northeastern Maryland. “Shape Shifting: Academic Libraries and Change Agents” drew forty-three attendees from throughout the state and a couple even traveled from Pennsylvania! Because change management concerns all levels of library workers, we had the opportunity to connect with and learn from paraprofessionals, librarians, and managers who are actively initiating change in their libraries. In areas as diverse as usability, social media, library scholarship, copyright, and human resources, program participants shared their ideas and experiences as change agents, shifting the shape and direction of their organizations.

Keynote

We Are Makers of Change: Creating Our Shared Future

The keynote address was given by Lauren Pressley, ACRL Vice President/President Elect, Director of the University of Washington Tacoma Library and Associate Dean of University Libraries.

Lauren’s talk highlighted imperatives for change in higher education, and consequently academic libraries. These familiar topics include the dynamic information environment and conversations of diversity and inclusion. Using frameworks like Bolman and Deal’s Four Frames, or a Strengths and Appreciate Inquiry perspective can help us organize and gain insight within our contexts. Lauren’s recommendations for being a change agent, from whatever position you hold, emphasized characteristics which we can adopt and hone. These include being adaptable, taking a problem-solving approach, and engaging people and relationships. The talk concluded with a tour of the tools our professional organization and networks can provide to support our efforts in making positive change.

Takeaway: Anyone can be a change agent. If you are not the one who sets the organizational agenda, communicates priorities, or distributes resources, you can still shape your environment by employing the tools, opportunities, relationships, and challenges in your environment, as well as your own abilities, to drive toward your vision.

Deep dives

In two concurrent 45-minute sessions, presenters gave in-depth demonstrations showing how they acted as change agents by implementing specific projects at their libraries.

Adobe Spark Your Social Media to Enhance Your Communications

Emily Spangler, Library Services Specialist, The Universities at Shady Grove

Leah Rufus, Graduate Assistant, The Universities at Shady Grove

Emily and Leah have evolved Priddy Library’s social media program into a robust web presence. They manage the library’s Facebook and Instagram posts through scheduling software and thoughtful approaches to content, keeping in mind audience, inclusivity, and efficiency. The presentation focused on Adobe Spark, free software with which you can produce attractive graphics even if you don’t have design experience. Emily and Leah also showed how they leveraged the talents of student workers, turning the students’ internships into a positive, creative experience.

Takeaway: With careful planning, even a library with a small, busy staff can create a dynamic social media presence.

Becoming More Agile: Web Change Management and the Academic Library Website

Julia Caffrey, Web Services Librarian, Towson University Libraries

Bill Helman, IT Librarian, Towson University Libraries

Traditionally, libraries wait a long time to redesign their websites, at which point major changes are needed, making the project potentially overwhelming. Julia and Bill introduced us to an agile alternative employed by software development teams: the Scrum method enables you to roll out website improvements on a regular basis. Scrum emphasizes collaboration with users and responsiveness to needs rather than adhering to an inflexible plan.

Takeaway: Don’t wait until your library website needs a drastic overhaul. Employ agile methodologies to make regular, incremental changes. Such a model benefits your users and your staff.

Lightning Talks

Seven presenters spoke for 5-7 minutes each in a fun, informative round of lightning talks. The audience exchanged ideas with all presenters in a Q&A afterwards.

Influencing Change: What We Can Learn from Diffusion of Innovations

Kimberly Miller, Learning Technologies Librarian, Towson University

Kimberly showed how librarians can apply ideas set forth in Everett M. Rogers’ book, Diffusion of Innovations. By understanding networks within the library, we can leverage the influence of opinion leaders and innovation champions.

Takeaway: Applying innovation-management theory can bring practical results in your library.

Research and Replication Together

Mike Kiel, Reference/Instruction Librarian, University of Baltimore

Mike proposes that Maryland academic librarians team up to replicate research studies from library literature. There is a need for that kind of research, and it can include partnerships with public librarians, too.

Takeaway: Maryland academic librarians can learn valuable research skills, pursue publication opportunities, and further library science by replicating research studies.

Revamping Building Use Statistics: From Paper Forms to Google Forms and Dashboards

Kyle Breneman, Integrated Digital Services Librarian, University of Baltimore

Kyle transformed the way that his library captures building-use statistics, moving from a handwritten tabulation to Google Forms: the result is a more efficient process and more useful data.

Takeaway: Thoughtful adoption of tech tools can bring improved workflows and actionable information to your library.

Change that Link: A Simple Tool for Managing Off-Campus Links to E-Resources

Kimberly Arleth, Electronic Resources Librarian, Loyola Notre Dame Library

Julia Caffrey, Web Services Librarian, Towson University Libraries

Kimberly and Julia showed the value of open-source code to help create persistent links for off-campus users. The code can be useful during a proxy migration and adapted to the needs of different libraries.

Takeaway: A tool that easily creates proxied links to database resources will be welcome by library staff and users alike.  

I Am Not a Lawyer: Providing Copyright Services in Libraries

Danielle Whren Johnson, Copyright and Special Projects Librarian, Loyola Notre Dame Library

Though most academic librarians are not in a position to give legal advice, we can be campus leaders in copyright education. Danielle shared ways to prepare staff to provide much-needed answers to copyright questions.

Takeaway: Short of offering legal advice, librarians are uniquely qualified to offer copyright services to faculty, students, and campus staff.

Conversion of the Branch Library to a 24/7 Professional Model

Cindy Frank, Architecture Librarian, University of Maryland

Employing the talents of architecture students themselves, Cindy redesigned and transformed the UMD Architecture Library into a multi-use space accessible 24 hours a day.

Takeaway: Increase gate-counts and user engagement by reimagining the service model of a campus branch-library.

Supporting Library Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Varying Abilities

Claire Holmes, Assistant University Librarian for Research & Instruction, Towson University Libraries

Claire showed how academic libraries can become leaders in campus programs that hire workers whose abilities match selected jobs. The jobs themselves are valuable opportunities and can also lead to further employment for differently-abled workers.

Takeaway: Individuals with varying abilities benefit from working in an academic library, and the library will benefit, too!  

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Register now! Shape Shifting: Academic Libraries and Change Agents

ACRL MD’s Fall program 2017 is taking shape and you won’t want to miss it!

Registration

Register online before Friday, October 27th, 2017. You can also contact the Maryland Library Association office by phone at 410-947-5090. Members: $35, Nonmembers: $53, Students: $30

Keynote

Portrait of Lauren Pressley

Lauren Pressley, ACRL Vice President/President Elect, Director of the University of Washington Tacoma Library and Associate Dean of University Libraries, will share her vision for leading the way toward growth and new ideas in academic libraries.

Program

ACRL MD Fall Program. Shape Shifting: Academic Libraries and Change Agents

This engaging program will address the new roles and changing landscapes that each of us faces every day, whatever our role. Check-in begins at 9:00 AM. The program will begin at 9:30 AM. Light breakfast and lunch are included in the cost. Monday, November 6, 2017. 9 am – 3:15 pm. Towson University in Northeastern Maryland. 510 Thomas Run Rd, Belair, MD 21015.

9:00           Check-in and Breakfast

9:30           Keynote

10:45         Break

11:00         Deep Dives (choose one)

Becoming More Agile: Web Change Management and the Academic Library Website – Julia Caffrey, Web Services Librarian, Towson University Libraries; Bill Helman, IT Librarian, Towson University Libraries

Observe a case study of a recent redesign of the website for Albert S. Cook Library of Towson University (libraries.towson.edu) with a model for rolling out incremental changes on a regular, iterative basis.  Learn about planning process strategies, “Scrum” and “Agile” methodologies, and change frameworks (from the field of software development). See “before” and “after” shots and hear about the process used to demo, present, and gather feedback from library employee stakeholders.

Adobe Spark Your Social Media to Enhance Your Communications – Emily Spangler, Library Services Specialist, The Universities at Shady Grove; Leah Rufus, Graduate Assistant, The Universities at Shady Grove

Creating a profile for your library with a distinct personality can be a challenge, especially in the current digital age where social media and mobile platforms are patrons’ main sources of interaction and information-gathering. The Priddy Library is using Adobe Spark to upgrade its social media to engage with patrons at their level through the platforms they frequent the most, such as Instagram. Attendees will walk away with practical knowledge on using Adobe Spark and social media practices that can help take your library’s digital marketing to an entirely new level.

11:45         Lunch, Networking, and Business Meeting

1:30           Lightning Talks with Q&A, Discussion

Influencing Change: What We Can Learn from Diffusion of Innovations – Kimberly Miller, Learning Technologies Librarian, Towson University

Research and Replication Together – Mike Kiel, Reference/Instruction Librarian, University of Baltimore

Revamping Building Use Statistics: From Paper Forms to Google Forms and Dashboards – Kyle Breneman, Integrated Digital Services Librarian, University of Baltimore

Change that Link: A Simple Tool for Managing Off-Campus Links to E-Resources – Kimberly Arleth, Electronic Resources Librarian, Loyola Notre Dame Library; Julia Caffrey, Web Services Librarian, Towson University Libraries

I Am Not a Lawyer: Providing Copyright Services in Libraries – Danielle Whren Johnson, Copyright and Special Projects Librarian, Loyola Notre Dame Library

A New Way of Engaging First-Year Students: Library Tailgate Party – Kathleen B. Sterner, Research and Reference Librarian, Mount St. Mary’s University; Julie Shenk, Information Technology Librarian Mount St. Mary’s University (Cannot attend)

Conversion of the Branch Library to a 24/7 Professional Model – Cindy Frank, Architecture Librarian, University of Maryland

Supporting Library Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Varying Abilities – Claire Holmes, Assistant University Librarian for Research & Instruction, Towson University Libraries

3:00           Evaluations

3:15           Adjourn

 

 

Business Meeting Minutes: Sept. 15, 2017

ACRL MD

Meeting Agenda

September 15, 2017

Present: Sara Arnold-Garza, Robert Miller, Monique Clark, Terry Darr, David Dahl, Mike Kiel, Claire Holmes, Danielle Whren Johnson, Natalie Burclaff, Barbara Cheadle, Sean Hogan, Jean Wolf

MLA Conference updates

CFP closed, we have eleven submissions. Two may have been submitted mistakenly to us–they don’t seem geared toward academic librarianship. We’ll reach out to those submitters to clarify what they want to do with their proposals.

Mike is working on Human Library event.

Fall program, 11/6/17

CFP is open now for lightning talks and “deep dives.” Deadline is Sept. 24. We could possibly extend the deadline a week or two.

Claire is working on food. She’ll present options soon.

CRAB publication contributions

Monique and Claire are working on a process to encourage and organize ACRL MD submissions to CRAB. We can let academic librarians know when the deadlines are and what the submission process is. We hope to have more regular contributions by ACRL MD or by academic librarians in general.

We have submitted an article for the fall issue.

CRAB is quarterly. We hope to create a “bank” of topics and contributors, to help plan submissions and meet deadlines. We want to have a good idea of who’s submitting, what their topics are, and we want to help make sure that contributors meet deadlines. We can also propose ideas, review drafts, etc.

We want to have a point person who will make sure that we have an article coming up for each new issue–Monique and Claire will fill that function

Next step will be to put a link on our blog to a Google doc, where authors can sign up, propose topics, etc.

Work groups update

Sara will keep the call open to form work groups. She hasn’t received a lot of responses yet. We’ll move forward as more volunteers contact Sara.

Work groups are:

  • Membership/outreach
  • Social/networking
  • Scholarship/sponsorship
  • Mentoring/job shadow
  • CRAB submissions

Work groups are fluid–after a group forms, the members might even change the direction of the group.

ACRL Assessment in Action Workshop, 11/17/17

USMAI reached out to ACRL MD and CALD for collaboration/support.

We should have a point person for ACRL MD to work on planning. Volunteers can contact Sara and David Dahl.

Next meeting

Friday, October 20, 11 am

 

Shape Shifting : Academic Libraries and Change Agents (with updated deadline for proposals!)

Program

ACRL MD Fall Program. Shape Shifting: Academic Libraries and Change Agents

This engaging program will address the new roles and changing landscapes that each of us faces every day, whatever our role. From transforming organizational cultures and perspectives, to creating services and spaces for emerging student and research needs, our libraries are in constant adjustment. We can all be positive forces for change in our environments, regardless of title. Hear about the experiences of your colleagues and peers through short, inspiring lightning talks and opportunities to dive deeper into aspects of leading change. Program check-in begins at 9:00 AM. The program will begin at 9:30 AM. Light breakfast and lunch are included in the cost of the program. Monday, November 6, 2017. 9 am – 3:15 pm. Towson University in Northeastern Maryland. 510 Thomas Run Rd, Belair, MD 21015.

Keynote

Portrait of Lauren Pressley

Lauren Pressley, ACRL Vice President/President Elect, Director of the University of Washington Tacoma Library and Associate Dean of University Libraries, will share her vision for leading the way toward growth and new ideas in academic libraries.

Call for Proposals (New Extended Deadline!)

Proposals for 30-45 minute “deep dive” presentations and 5-10 minute lightning talks can be submitted at https://goo.gl/forms/rNnkhaHQvSUqz66a2 until 11:59 pm Sunday, 9/24 October 1. Proposal topics may include new technologies, changes in service models, creating inclusive environments, evolving work roles and competencies, and other models of change. Join us for a day of dynamic ideas in academic libraries and get inspired to enact positive change in your library!

Registration

To attend, please register online before Friday, October 27th, 2017. You can also contact the Maryland Library Association office by phone at 410-947-5090.

Members: $35, Nonmembers: $53, Students: $30

For questions, please contact Sara Arnold-Garza, sarnoldgarza@towson.edu.

Fall Program: Considering #CritLib. Still Time to Register!

Considering #CritLib: Inclusion and Diversity in Libraries
Friday, November 11, 2016
9:30am-3:15pm

Loyola University Maryland – Columbia campus
Register Online

Join us as we examine librarianship, individually and collectively, through a critical lens. Emily Drabiniski, one of the leading voices in the Critical Librarianship movement, will share the history of the #critlib movement and perspectives on the intersections between librarianship and social justice, delving into topics ranging from diversity and inclusion to information literacy instruction and metadata. Next, the workshop will feature a selection of Lightning Talks by regional librarians involved in the #critlib community, followed by small group conversations. This program is presented by the academic library division of MLA, ACRL MD, and the Maryland Information Literacy Exchange (MILEX).

In addition, lightning talks will be given on the following topics:

·         LCSH vs tagging: Identity in the LBGTQ materials and resources – John Bartles, Prince George’s Community College

·         Critical pedagogy: Culturally-responsive teaching in libraries – Gina Calia-Lotz, Harford Community College

·         Discussion of the creation of the same-sex relationship guide at Jones Day – Cameron Gowan, Jones Day law firm

·         #Critlib in context: a brief history of library access for people of color – Alyse Minter, Towson University

·          Culturally-competent library services- Dennis Nangle. Maryland State Department of Education

·         The Human Library: Growing student voices and community thru conversation – Laksamee Putnam, Towson University

·         Including the library: #CritLib for all of us – Shannon Simpson, Johns Hopkins University

·         Foucault’s research process: Method of research based on philosophical and critical models – Jordan Sly, University of Maryland

·         A laborious issue: Part-time employment and the library workforce – Zara Wilkinson, Rutgers University

Business Meeting Minutes: Sept. 16, 2016

ACRL MD Meeting – Agenda & Minutes

September 16, 2016

Attending: Natalie Burclaff, Claire Holmes, Sara Arnold-Garza, Robert Miller (notes), Alison Cody, Elizabeth Schlackman, Kim Miller

Fall program updates:

Considering #CritLib: Inclusion and Diversity in Libraries

  • Emily Drabinski, keynote and facilitator
  • Friday, Nov 11, 9:30am-3pm, Loyola-Columbia
  • Collaboration with MILEX: MLA/MILEX registration rate is $60. Non-member rate is $90
  • Invitations/Info are out via blog, FB, MILEX email, Marylib
  • MLA handling registrations
  • MILEX handling call for Lightning Talks
    • MILEX has received proposals for lightning talks
  • Over lunch, attendees will vote on topic of “unconference” discussion at the end of day, facilitated by Emily Drabinski. 
    • We’ll also have report-outs from group discussions.
  • Maybe Natalie and others will help with further advertising
    • Natalie will make an image to be used for further advertising
  • We can cross-promote our program with ACRL-2017 critlib unconference
  • Joint Planning Meeting: 9/19, noon (conference call)
  • To join using the internet (you need a microphone and speakers or a headset):
    • Go to freeconferencecall.com;
    • Click on Online Meetings;
    • Select Join Meeting;
    • Enter Online Meeting ID: sbg
    • To join using the your phone:
      • Call 641-715-3580;
      • Enter Access Code: 737-107

Journal club: Oct 21

  • Dates for the year are noted on blog, all have discussion leaders assigned.
  • Claire is sole member of executive committee who is able to attend the Oct. 21 journal club.
    • Robert will copy her when he emails Elizabeth Schlackman, who will facilitate the October discussion.

Winter Social – January/February

  • Duckpin Bowling: Stoneleigh Lanes
  • Date/Time tba
  • We’ll choose a Friday

MLA/DLA conference – Sara AG, site visit in Cambridge Sept 22, 11am

  • We didn’t get a strong response to CFP. (Because of ACRL 2017 in Baltimore, we thought we would have fewer proposals.)
    • But we will have 2-3 presentations, which is not bad.
  • We might be able to invite someone to speak? Maybe someone local from IT, or another field outside of librarianship.
    • Maybe we could invite someone who proposed lightning talk for MILEX/ACRL critlib conference?
    • Maybe we could invite the improv artist who ran a workshop at our summer program.
    • Maybe email academic librarians near Cambridge, MD. Claire can reach out to CALD.

Nominations for next year’s officers due by October 1, 2016     

  • Self-nominations, suggestions welcome

ACRL in Baltimore, March 22-25, 2017

  • Restaurant/Bar reception
    • CALD pledged monetary support and likes the idea of a restaurant reception/meet-up
  • Arrange a tour… Peabody?
  • Topical Interest dinners? Fund raising… (Brewer’s Art?)
  • We want suggestions for an event
  • We should put together a task group
    • Natalie volunteered
    • Others who want to volunteer can email Claire
  • New UB law school building, we could reserve space there for a party, if CALD pays for catering
    • Hopefully that’s not too far north–it’s convenient to public transit
  • Alison says that restaurants/bars require a minimum amount for food. So we have to be careful of that
  • Sara says that catering/alcohol could be cheaper in UB building, rather than in a restaurant/bar
  • We can go back to CALD to discuss money when we have more solid plans in place
  • Brewer’s Art is owned by former librarian. Natalie can reach out to him

New business?

  • None

Next meeting: October 21, 2016

Considering #CritLib: Inclusion and Diversity in Libraries

The academic library division of MLA, ACRL-MD, is partnering with the Maryland Information Literacy Exchange (MILEX) to bring keynote speaker, Emily Drabinski to our region. One of the leading voices in the Critical Librarianship movement, Drabinski is the Coordinator of Library Instruction at Long Island University, Brooklyn, and an adjunct faculty member at Pratt Institute. She is a prolific author, editor, and speaker on social justice and librarianship and she is an active voice in the #critlib social media community.

Friday, November 11, 2016
9:30am-3:15pm
Loyola University – Columbia campus

Drabinski will share the history of the #critlib movement and perspectives on the intersections between librarianship and social justice, delving into topics ranging from diversity and inclusion to information literacy instruction and metadata.

Next, the workshop will feature a selection of Lightning Talks by regional librarians involved in the #critlib community. Lightning Talk speakers will lead workshop attendees into smaller affinity group conversations designed to focus on the areas within the wide span of librarianship, including public and school libraries.

Join us as we examine our practice, individually and collectively, through a critical lens. For more information about our keynote speaker, take a look at www.emilydrabinski.com and follow her on Twitter @edrabinski.

Selected speakers will give short (5-7 minute) presentations on one of the following topics, or another related topic:

  • #critlib in info lit instruction
  • #critlib in tech services/cataloging
  • #critlib in university community context
  • #critlib in special collections
  • #critlib in public library settings

If you are interested in giving a Lightning Talk, please send a title and a brief summary of your talk to Sarah Gilchrist (sgilchrist@towson.edu) by October 24, 2016.

Register for the workshop here.

Contact for general information: Claire Holmes

Draft agenda (pdf)

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