Duckpin Bowling Winter Social: Friday, February 16th, 2018

Join us for our winter social with an evening of family friendly duckpin bowling!

ACRL MD has rented a few bowling lanes for two hours, but you’ll need to rent your own shoes ($4/person). You’re welcome to bring a friend, family member, colleague – the more the merrier! Please RSVP on our Facebook event page so we get a sense of how many people to expect, and if we should reserve more lanes. Don’t have Facebook? Please email

When: Friday, February 16, 2018, 6:30-8:30 pm| Where: Stoneleigh Lanes, 6703 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212

Stoneleigh has a BYOB policy and food is available for purchase from the snack bar.




Happy new year from your ACRL MD!

If your new year resolutions include professional engagement, get involved with ACRL MD in 2018. There are many ways!


Attend the monthly virtual meetings and bi-monthly journal club!

Join our 11 am discussions online at:

The schedule for the rest of this membership year is:

  • January 19, 2018 (includes journal club)
  • February 16, 2018
  • March 16, 2018 (includes journal club)
  • April 20, 2018
  • May 18, 2018 (includes journal club)
  • June 15, 2018
  • July 20, 2018 (includes journal club)

Join a work group to help build ACRL MD!

Contact Sara Arnold-Garza (except where noted) to express interest in a work group:

  • Membership/outreach
  • Social/networking
  • Scholarship/sponsorship
  • Mentoring/job shadow
  • CRAB submissions – Please contact Monique Clark ( and Claire Holmes ( if you are interested in writing about Maryland’s academic libraries and librarians for the CRAB.

Participate in Professional Development Programming and Socializing!

More details coming soon about our winter social. We will reprise duckpin bowling in February for some family fun!

ACRL’s “Assessment in Action: Demonstrating and Communicating Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success” Workshop is jointly co-sponsored by the USMAI Library Consortium (USMAI), the Congress of Academic Library Directors of Maryland (CALD), and ACRL MD. This day-long event is scheduled for March 23, 2018 at Loyola University of Maryland’s Columbia Campus. Registration details coming soon.

The MLA/DLA Annual Conference will be held May 2 – 4, 2018 at the Hyatt-Chesapeake in Cambridge, MD and has a full track of programming sponsored by ACRL MD. Registration information will be provided when it becomes available.

Watch this space for updates about our Spring and Fall programs for 2018. We look forward to an exciting year of professional development and fun!

Regional events omnibus

A few regional events that may interest academic librarians this fall-winter:

Fact, False, or Just Flawed: Critically Examining News in the Age of Truthiness

ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter’s Fall 2017 Conference | November 17, 2017 | University of Pennsylvania Law School

The current political climate has called into question basic ideals of information quality. Objectivity, bias, opinion, fact, and evidence are thrown into question at every turn. The old standbys for teaching source evaluation now seem insufficient. So how do we teach our students to be smart and ethical information consumers and producers? We will hear from media scholars and journalists about professional practices and principles and the impact of technology and other forces that shape the news. We will also hear from librarians who are using innovative methods for teaching students to critically examine sources of information.
The program will consist of a keynote presentation, panel discussion, lighting talks, and end with a Chapter meeting. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

2017 MD Tech Connect: It’s More Than Technology, ​It’s The Story

December 8, 2017 | Priddy Library – Universities at Shady Grove | Cost: Free

Registration is open to staff from all types of libraries in Maryland, Virginia and DC. Registration is free, but space is limited.

More than ever technology is becoming integral to our libraries – from the experiences we provide for customers to the tools we use to serve them. This third MD Tech Connect 2017 is designed to continue the work of the past two years in building a library technology community in Maryland that is more inclusive than in the past – recognizing that our tech efforts touch ALL library staff, not just IT staff. The intended audience is “IT staff”, “technologists” and “technology enthusiasts.” The event is designed to bridge these various library technology worlds to be inclusive of all library staff.

Advancing Postsecondary Student Success Through OER: A Statewide Summit on Open Educational Resources in Higher Education

December 8, 2017 | College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center | Cost: Free

NOTE: Registration is at currently at capacity.  Organizers are working to extend capacity for the event.  If you would like to be placed on a wait list, please register! 

A day-long summit that will bring together faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and administrators from across Maryland’s higher education institutions to explore the promise of using open educational resources (OER) to replace costly textbooks with affordable, high-quality learning materials while giving instructors the opportunity to repurpose content to meet their students’ needs.

Nominations sought for 2018-2019 ACRL MD Officers!

Do you know someone who would be great at leading and shaping this ACRL chapter? Perhaps it’s you! We are seeking candidates for the July 2018-June 2019 terms of Vice President/President-Elect and Secretary. More information about duties of office is detailed below.

Nominations start in October, and election results are announced in May. To be qualified, candidates must have attended at least 1 planning meeting during the year leading up to their nomination and participate in the planning of an ACRL MD program or other event prior to the start of their term. Significant contributions to other aspects of MLA will be considered in place of the other requirements. During their term of office, individuals holding these positions must be registered MLA members.

Please send nominations, including self-nominations to Sara Arnold-Garza ( or contact her for more information, if needed.

Uncle Sam style hat
Created by Nikita Kozin from Noun Project

Vice President/President-Elect
The role of Vice President/President-Elect is a three-year commitment, with varying responsibilities.

As vice-president:

  • Serve as the ACRL MD representative on the MLA Conference Committee, including coordinating ACRL MD’s call for proposals and proposal review
  • Attend all MLA Conference Committee meetings (varies in-person and virtual)
  • Attend all ACRL MD planning meetings
  • Assist with other program planning and initiatives
  • Contribute content to the ACRL MD blog ( or other social media platforms

As president:

  • Plan the fall program
  • Attend the Congress of Academic Library Directors (Maryland) meetings as ex-officio (alternating virtual and in-person)
  • Attend MLA Executive Board Meetings (held every other month, in person at the MLA office)
  • Set agendas and run ACRL MD meetings
  • Submit bi-monthly reports to MLA and annual reports to MLA and ACRL Chapters Council
  • Attend all ACRL MD planning meetings
  • Assist with other program planning and initiatives
  • Contribute content to the ACRL MD blog ( or other social media platforms

As past-president:

  • Plan the summer program
  • Attend all ACRL MD planning meetings
  • Assist with other program planning and initiatives
  • Contribute content to the ACRL MD blog ( or other social media platforms

The role of Secretary is a one year commitment.

  • Attend all ACRL MD planning meetings
  • Record and publishing the minutes for these minutes
  • Communicate events to Marylib and other media channels
  • Coordinate meeting schedule with MLA Office
  • Assist with other program planning and initiatives
  • Post content to official ACRL MD social media accounts


MLA/DLA conference call EXTENDED through Sept. 10

Extended Deadline: September 10, 2017, 11:59pm

Maryland Library Association & Delaware Library Association Annual Conference, May 2-4, 2018

Because we know the first week or so of the semester can be a stressful time, ACRL-MD is extending our deadline. There is one more week to Evolve your conference proposals.  Submit a proposal to share how and why you are evolving with the Maryland library community at next year’s annual conference!

Proposals for standard 1 hour conference sessions and extended 2 hour sessions will be accepted, subject to the whole conference schedule.  Programs will be scheduled during the whole day on Thursday and on Friday morning, while full-day and half-day workshops will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

As always if you have any questions please contact Stephen “Mike” Kiel at or 410-837-4236

Meeting and journal club (with authors!), September 15

Please join ACRL MD on Friday, September 15, for our virtual business meeting at 11:00 AMfollowed at 11:30 by our journal club discussion. 

This month, we’re pleased to have authors join us, to enliven and deepen our discussion, which will be facilitated by Ed O’Donnell of UMUC. We will discuss these two articles:

“Assessing the User Experience of E-Books in Academic Libraries”

Tao Zhang, Xi Niu, Marlen Promann

(Tao will join us, and possibly Marlen as well)

Full text:

“Documenting the Conversation: A Systematic Review of Library Discovery Layers”

Jenny S. Bossaller, Heather Moulaison Sandy

(Jenny will join us, and possibly Heather as well)

Full text:

The articles are from the July issue of College & Research Libraries.

If you need to jump into the meeting a little late or leave early (or eat lunch), please do! ACRL MD’s online meetings and discussion series are free and open to all.

Blackboard Collaborate Directions

We’ll be on MLA’s online meeting software, Blackboard Collaborate. Join our discussion online at:  (you’ll need speakers, microphone optional but recommended).  There has been an update to MLA’s Blackboard Collaborate which may require you to download a file. This is automatic when you click on the link to enter the virtual meeting room. If you do not have administrator privileges for your computer (cannot download software files), please contact your IT department. Here are the instructions with more details. You may contact BlackBoard Collaborate Technical Support if you have any problems – please let them know that your organization is “Maryland Libraries” – 1-877-382-2293.

When you join the meeting, you will be prompted to enter your name. Once you are in the meeting room, you can test your speakers and microphone. In the “Audio & Video” pod, there is an icon showing a blue microphone with a red settings gear – simply click on that and Blackboard will walk you through the setup.

If you are new to using Blackboard Collaborate, you may find this Quick Start page helpful.

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

Business meeting minutes: August 18, 2017


Meeting Agenda

August 18, 2017

Present: Sara Arnold-Garza, Mike Kiel, Claire Holmes, Kimberly Miller, Morgan Davis, Jean Wolf

2017-2018 meeting schedule: set for 3rd Fridays, 11 am

Journal club:  facilitator sign-ups are full, Robert Miller and Barbara Cheadle will work together to coordinate

CRAB submissions: Claire has been in touch with Monique and Sean who expressed interest and Monique may write about the Innovative Library Classroom Conference she attended.

Summer forum: ~35 attended and provided valuable feedback. ACRL MD officers are working on developing an action plan and Sara will communicate with membership soon to invite involvement in new opportunities.

MLA Conference: ACRL MD programs call has been posted and a few submissions have come in. Reminders to submit are scheduled. The conference committee is interested in a human library preconference collaboration for academic and public libraries.

Fall program planning: The Program Approval Form has been returned from MLA’s Professional Development Panel with helpful feedback. Sara will follow up to pursue reciprocal pricing with ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter. The planning committee will move to next steps as soon as the finalized program approval is received.

LLAM speaker: ACRL MD is agreeable to help promote a January program with Laura Lippman since LLAM needs to commit to selling 25 copies of the author’s book at the program. Laura Lippman has broad appeal so we can also share this info with MLA members more widely.

Next meeting Friday, Sept 15, 11 am, followed by Journal Club at 11:30-12:30 facilitated by Ed O’Donnell, UMUC