Apply for an MLA Educational Grant – Deadline July 15th

The MLA Professional Development Panel encourages MLA members to submit an application for an MLA Educational Grant.

Grants provide financial support to MLA members for their professional development. Applications are reviewed twice per year. The next deadline for submission is July 15, 2017.

The application process is competitive. Full instructions and details about qualifying activities, award amounts, and selection criteria can be found on the application form: Membership in MLA for a minimum of 6 months prior to the date of application is required.


New Identities: Adapting the Academic Library – Presentations

Date: Friday, November 14th, 2014; Time: 8:30am – 3:15pm
Location: Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

ACRL-MD’s fall program, planned in collaboration with MILEX (Maryland Information Literacy Exchange) members, offers perspectives from some of your Maryland colleagues on the changing roles of libraries and librarians in academic communities. Talks address new pedagogical approaches in library instruction, 3D printing and library spaces, DDA programs for addressing user needs, enhancing user experience, usage statistics for better decision making, and student involvement in creating digital exhibits.

Panel: New Pedagogical Approaches in Information Literacy

Cinthya Ippoliti (Oklahoma State University) and Sara Hudson (George Mason University)
FY programs at UMD

Gergana Kostova (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
The Rocky Road to the Flipped Classroom: A Case Study of an “Independent” Library Instruction

Claire Holmes (Towson University)
Universal Design for Learning and Information Literacy Instruction

Panel: Working with New Materials, Formats and Tools

Karen Quinn-Wisniewski (Community College of Baltimore County)
Formats of Library Resources in Information Literacy Instruction

Afternoon Session:

Bohyun Kim (University of Maryland, Baltimore)
Heuristic Evaluation in Reverse for UX Improvement

Randy Lowe (Frostburg University)
Effectively Applying Usage Statistics in E-Resource Collection Development

Chella Vaidyanathan (John Hopkins University)
Archiving Student Life: A Digital Exhibit Created by Johns Hopkins University Students



Call for Proposals: Annual MLA Conference

Maryland Library Association & Delaware Library Association

2014 Joint Library Conference

Working on a new project? Analyzing data and getting ready to write a paper? If so, you are ready to submit your proposal for a presentation at 2014 Joint Conference of Maryland Library Association and Delaware Library Association!

ACRL MD, the academic libraries division of MLA, is accepting conference proposals until September 1. The conference will be held in Ocean City, MD, from May 7-9, 2014. This  year the conference theme is Turn It Up, so you could share what is your passion at work.

There will be standard conference sessions (~ 1 hour), and extended sessions (~2 hours). 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 7.

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 at the 2013 conference programs:

Submit your proposal!

Proposals for concurrent sessions are due by 11:59pm on Sunday, September 1. They will be peer-reviewed.  If you have any questions about the conference or the call for proposals, please contact Gergana Kostova ( | 410-455-3592).

Looking for a mentor?

The Maryland Library Associaion’s Development of Emerging and Aspiring Librarians Group (DEAL) has partnered with the Special Libraries Association of Maryland and MLA’s Library Management Division (LMD) to offer “Speed Mentoring: Meet Your Professional Development ‘Match,’” at the West County Library of the Anne Arundel County Public Library System, from 5:30-8 pm on Wednesday, October 10.

How will it work, exactly?  If you’ve ever heard of the concept of “speed dating,” this program is similar, but instead of finding a prospective date, mentees will be in search of a prospective mentor to guide them in their budding career in the library and information profession.  Participants will hear a brief talk on the importance of networking, be introduced to the prospective mentors, and then, will then have a number of 3 minute discussions with various mentors.  At the end of the program, mentees will be asked to list some prospective mentors for future mentoring relationships beyond the program.

SLA-MD, DEAL, and LMD members have recruited mentors from public libraries, academic libraries, government libraries, law libraries, and even some professionals in non-traditional roles. Mentees will have a variety of mentors to choose from during this fast-paced, low-pressure, and yes, even FUN! program.

A light dinner and refreshments will be served.

MLA/SLA Members: $30
Non-Members: $40
Students: Reduced! Now only $10!

Interested in attending? Register here.

Have questions?  Contact Annette Haldeman, SLA Maryland Chapter, President-Elect/Program Chair: Mark DeJong, MLA DEAL, Chair; or Lindsay Sarin, MLA DEAL.

Accepting Nominations for MLA’s Annual Awards

We all work with people who are doing great things. Now is your chance to give them the recognition that they have earned! MLA is accepting nominations for several different awards through Wednesday, November 23.

Information about the awards, including a full list of awards, eligibility, and criteria, are available on the MLA website at the following URL:

The nomination process is quick and easy. Nominations can be made using the following online form:

Don’t let your gratitude go silent another day. Nominate a colleague now!