Registration is open for our winter 2023 Presidential Program!

Register here for our January 19th Virtual Program

ACRL MD New Opportunities for Academic Libraries: Student Success and the Student Employee

Start Date: 1/19/2023 10:15 AM EST
End Date: 1/19/2023 12:30 PM EST

Online Via Zoom

Student academic success, engagement, and career readiness are high priorities for colleges and universities. Academic libraries often work to support these priorities through resources, services, and spaces for student users, but fewer libraries consider the impact that student employment and other student contributions in the library can have in these areas. Carissa Tomlinson, Director of Student Experience, Learning, & Outreach at the University of Minnesota Libraries will present recent research in this area along with case studies highlighting creative opportunities for academic libraries to support students in new ways. Participants will then hear from a panel of library workers, who work closely with student staff in a variety of ways and share practical ideas and approaches. 

MLA Members  $12.50
Non-Members  $18.75

Virtual Event. ACRL MD Presents - New Opportunities for Academic Libraries: Student Success and the Student Employee. january 19, 2023 10:15am.

Do you support student workers at your library? Share your work & ideas with ACRL MD!

ACRL MD will host a program on January 19th entitled, “New Opportunities for Academic Libraries: Student Success and the Student Employee”. Our scheduled keynote is Carissa Tomlinson, the Director of Student Experience, Learning, & Outreach at the University of Minnesota. This program will also feature a panel discussion highlighting what is happening in local academic libraries related to success and the student employee. We are looking for library workers open to sharing their experience on this topic. Panel participants will be asked to give a 5-7 minute “lightning talk” on their subject and stay to answer questions from the group. Topics should be related to the theme of student library employees at any level – volunteer, undergraduate and graduate. Some suggested topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Culturally responsive outreach & events 
  • Student worker training & autonomy 
  • Addressing student needs or involvement in collection development 
  • Evolving library spaces & places 
  • Methods to encourage student connection & mentorship
  • Student-led work in library & archives 
  • Supporting student researchers
  • Leadership development

Participants should be available to attend the virtual program on Thursday, January 19th from 10:15am – 12:30pm EST. More information about registration for the event is forthcoming. To express interest in participating as a lightning panelist, contact ACRL MD President Bria Sinnott ( by December 2nd. You do not need to be a current ACRL or MLA member to participate as a panelist or attendee.

“Developing your Leadership Potential: Effective Practices and Innovative Ideas” Webcast

ACRL MD is sponsoring a free viewing of ACRL’s upcoming webcast, “Developing your Leadership Potential: Effective Practices and Innovative Ideas.”

Wednesday, 05/20/2020, 2:00-3:30pm (EDT)

All are welcome. Fill out the form at this link to “attend” with ACRL MD. Sign-up by Monday, 05/18/2020. You will receive an email to the webcast the evening before the webcast.

Questions? Contact ACRL MD president, Kimberly Miller.

Updates from ACRL-MD

Here are a few updates from ACRL-MD.

Our April 3rd program, “Academic Library Advocacy: Everyone’s an Advocate” has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule for another time, so please stay tuned!

At this point, our regularly scheduled March 20th virtual meeting will go on as planned. Join us at 11am!  ACRL MD meets virtually here: 


Want to keep up with all of ACRL MD’s activities? Find us on the web:

Call for Proposals Deadline Extended!

Submission deadline extended to March 6th, 2020!

Academic Library Advocacy: Everyone’s an Advocate

Call for Program Participation


Do you practice every-day academic library advocacy? We’re looking for speakers to share experiences or projects that required advocating on behalf of yourself, your library or your students along with best practices or lessons learned. These lightning talks will be 5-7 minutes long followed by a brief Q&A.

To submit your interest in presenting, please fill out our Google Form. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2020 March 6th, 2020.

Program Information

Academic Library Advocacy: Everyone’s an Advocate

April 3, 2020 at Towson University Northeastern Campus

8:30 AM – 12 PM

What do you think of when you think about “library advocacy?” While many libraries find themselves needing to connect with stakeholders such as legislators and voters, academic library advocacy is less likely to target these same groups. Academic library personnel routinely need to advocate for the library as an essential contributor to their college or university’s mission, in addition to advocating for their own unique functional role as an individual library worker. But this typically means advocating for themselves, their students and other campus community members, and their library with a wide variety of colleagues and administrators.

Coffee and light refreshments will be served as we explore what it means to be an “academic library advocate” from a variety of perspectives. Dr. Lucy Holman, University Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and former Dean of Libraries at the University of Baltimore, will share an administrator’s perspective on current advocacy issues and methods. Participants will have the opportunity to begin crafting their own advocacy narrative tailored for their networks during activities throughout the day. We hope you will join us for an engaging event!

MLA Members $25

Non-members $37.50

MLA Student/Retired/Unemployed/Friend $12.50

Register here

Advocacy & Academic Libraries – Call for Program Planning Volunteers!

 Have you ever wondered how you can be a better library advocate? Perhaps you want to communicate your library’s story to administrators or future donors. Or maybe you want to learn more about talking to your legislative representatives about funding for K-12 and higher education, public libraries, and other organizations or programs. ACRL-MD is planning a professional development program to target these needs. But first, we need your help!


ACRL-MD is searching for 2-3 volunteers for our program planning committee. If you’re interested in this topic, would like to learn more about program planning, or want an easy way to become involved with ACRL-MD, we hope you’ll volunteer. Please email Kim Miller ( for more information.

Stay tuned for more program details!


7 Upcoming FREE Webinars to Put on Your Schedule

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It’s summer, the spring semester is over, maybe things are quieter in the library. Why not take some time for professional development? Of course, as most of you know, learning opportunities are often expensive or, if covered by your workplace, fairly limited. That is why I’ve compiled from a variety of sources a list of free upcoming webinars you might be interested in:


ALA Public Programs Office

What Is a Program, Anyway? Findings from NILPPA, ALA’s National Study of Library Public Programs

Presenters: Carolyn Anthony, consultant and member of the standing committee of the Metropolitan Libraries Section of IFLA; Mary Davis Fournier, deputy director of the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office and director of the National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment (NILPPA)

June 10th, 11 a.m.



Utah State Library Training

The Art of Public Speaking

Presenter: Linda Bruno

June 11th, 2-3 p.m. MDT, 4-5 p.m. EST



ALA Public Programs Office

The Nine Competencies of Programming Librarians: Findings from NILPPA, ALA’s National Study of Library Public Programs

Presenters: Terrilyn Chun, deputy director of Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon; Mary Davis Fournier, deputy director of the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office and director of the National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment (NILPPA)

June 14th, 11 a.m. EST



National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians

Presenter: Jessica Pettitt, M.Ed., CSP

June 19th, 12 p.m. EST


If you don’t have a NLM/NNLM account, you can create one for free.

Session will be recorded.


Library Connect

Staying visible, relevant and connected with your research community: tips tools and trends from three progressive librarians

Presented by Anna Marie Johnson, head of the Scholars’ Commons at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; Clare Withers, curator at the University of Pittsburgh University Library System; Katherine Stephan, research support librarian and an academic liaison librarian at Liverpool John Moores University

June 27th, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.




Library technology planning for today and tomorrow

Presented by Diana Silveira, librarian, president of Novare Library Services, and author of Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow

August 27th, 3-4 p.m. EST



What if… you have a blast with ACRL MD at MLA/DLA 2019?!

ACRL MD annual conference program social mediaACRL MD is thrilled to sponsor seven programs at the MLA/DLA 2019 annual conference, May 1st – 3rd in Cambridge, MD. Each week leading up to the conference we’ll feature one of our programs. Can’t wait? Here’s a complete list of ACRL MD-sponsored programs.

What if…

Ready to join us?!

See the full program schedule, and register to attend, on the MLA/DLA 2019 conference site.

ACRL MD at the National Gallery of Art

Eighteen librarians enjoyed our spring program, a morning guided tour of the National Gallery of Art and an afternoon tour of the National Gallery’s library.

Heartfelt thanks go out to National Gallery Reference Librarian Anne Simmons, who arranged our visit. We also got to meet the following museum staff members, who shared their expertise and love of art and art librarianship with us:

  • Heidi Applegate, Guest Lecturer
  • Roger Lawson, Executive Librarian
  • Yuri Long, Rare Book Librarian
  • Gregory PJ Most, Chief of Library Image Collections

We hope that the following photos convey how much fun we had and how much we learned! And we hope to see you in a few months for our fall program, which we’ll begin planning shortly.

We got to see the only Leonardo da Vinci painting owned by a museum in the Americas:


Dr. Heidi Applegate introduced us to 18th-century French painting:

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Anne Simmons and Roger Lawson welcomed us to the library:

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A view from the stacks:

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Yuri Long shared treasures from special collections:

Yuri Long shares treasures from special collections (1)

Gregory PJ Most showed us historic photos:

Gregory PJ Most shows us historic photos (1)

Register by Monday for “Critical Thinking About Sources” Webcast & Discussion!

Registration for this event will close on Monday, 4/30. Don’t miss out!

ACRL Maryland is sponsoring another FREE webcast viewing and discussion/networking event! Join us to watch the ACRL webcast “Critical Thinking About Sources: Lessons and Activities for First-Year Students” and participate in a discussion with other attendees. All are welcome; membership is not necessary. Please register to attend.

Day: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Time: 2:00 PM-3:30 PM 

Place: University of Maryland McKeldin Library Room 7121