Call for Proposals: ACRL MD’s “Library Secrets”

Did you have great plans, that didn’t quite pan out the way you expected? Have you taken time, money, and effort and pushed it toward something that wasn’t nearly as successful as you’d hoped? What did you do in response? ACRL MD’s “Library Secrets” program is looking for presenters that will be able to share how they overcame an unsuccessful program, event, or other library initiative.

Interested in sharing? Submit your proposal now!

For first consideration, please submit your proposal by Tuesday, October 15th.

Help break the process and mindset of failures kept as secrets and begin to re-imagine failure as a learning moment on the road to success.

Find out more about ACRL MD’s “Library Secrets”, including how to register.

ACRL MD’s fall program Library Secrets: Confessions of Falling Flat and How to Get Right Back Up

New LOCATION (11/12/13): M.S. Eisenhower Library, Q (quad level), Johns Hopkins University – Homewood Campus (Building #24 on the campus map)

Library Secrets: Confessions of Falling Flat and How to Get Right Back Up

Program Information:
Date: Friday, November 15, 2013
Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Location: M.S. Eisenhower Library, Q (quad level), Johns Hopkins University – Homewood Campus (Building #24 on the campus map)

Academic librarians are constantly creating new programming and utilizing new technologies to engage our users. But, despite our best efforts, things don’t always go as planned – we don’t reach the number of people we were hoping to, a tried-and-true idea becomes tiring, or the technology we used created unexpected challenges. How do we talk about these misses, and more importantly, what are we learning from them that enables us to be more successful the next time? Tracy Gosson, CEO of Sagesse marketing firm in Baltimore and creator of, will start our ACRL MD fall program by discussing her experiences with; creative risk-taking, when it’s time to change direction, and how to have a healthy relationship with our missteps. We’ll spend time discussing our professional culture and confessing our own missteps. After lunch, three presenters share a time when things didn’t go as planned, and what their next steps are: Pamela Flinton from Goucher  on “Research Nook, Lost Nook – When It Just Doesn’t Come Together,” Joanna Gadsby from UMBC on ““Time to Twerk It! Shifting Roving Reference so that it Actually (t)works,” and Jake Berg from Trinity Washington University on “Elizabethtown: Embedded Librarianship as Overreach.” Sharon Epps, Head of Employee Development and Faculty Services at the University of Maryland’s University Libraries will speak in the afternoon on how to have a healthy attitude about failure, especially at a time when libraries are trying innovating ideas.

After the program, at 4:00pm, the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University – Homewood Campus has invited the attendees to an optional 30 minute tour of their Brody Learning Commons.

This program has been approved for 4 contact hours. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration and breakfast will open at 9:30am; the program will begin at 10am.

Registration information:

MLA Members, $50; Non-members, $75; Students, $42. Please indicate if you need a parking pass when registering; parking passes are limited (see below). You do not need to indicate a meal option; there will be a variety of choices for lunch including vegetarian and vegan selections. Register at

Parking information:
Once on campus you’ll find that Hopkins is an idyllic setting, however, due to construction, as well as an active student population, you may find parking to be a challenge. In order to alleviate that stress ACRL MD has worked with JHU to acquire 20 passes; the cost of which are being absorbed by the group. The 20 passes are available free of charge on a first come, first serve basis. Once the passes are taken, you will have a few self-pay options available:

  • There are meters along University Parkway that only charge $.50/hr with a max time of 4 hours but they fill up quickly.
  • There is a $6 parking at the lot on 29th and Charles St., which is a 10-15 minute walk to Levering Hall.
  • The most expensive, yet closest option, is at a cost of $18 for the day using visitor parking on campus
  • Please be aware that there is a great deal of free 2 hour parking in the area, but it is heavily patrolled and ticketed once your 2 hour time has expired.