The 2015 summer program is here! Register today!

During this year’s summer program “Have a Field Day: Engaging the Mind and Body for Library Staff and Patrons”, ACRL MD is diving into the research to investigate the benefits of physical activity on cognitive function, productivity, and overall health. Attendees will learn about how libraries can encourage physical activity for patrons and library staff when designing spaces, programs, and instruction. Come prepared for a day of active learning as we attempt to practice what we preach!

Have you worked on a project that will enhance the physical health and activity levels for your library staff or patrons? Complete the form below to volunteer for a lightning talk! We would love to hear about any efforts designed to get people out of their seats, no matter the learning environment.

Cost of program:

$40 for MLA members

$60 for non-members

$34 for students

The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on July 28th, 2015. It will take place at the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery on UMBC’s campus. Attendees will be e-mailed parking permits upon request.  Breakfast and lunch will be served and vegetarian options will be available.

Up for the challenge? There are two steps:

Step 1: Submit a Proposal (Optional)

This year’s program will be an action-packed day of learning and networking as we explore the impact of physical activity on workplace health and productivity. Have you successfully implemented gamification or other active learning methods in your instruction program? Has your library put on programming or designed spaces to encourage physical health and activity? Submit a proposal for a lightning talk to tell us about your project in 5 minutes or less!

Submit a topic to the organizers by July 1st if you would like to be considered for a featured lightning talk:

Step 2: Register

After you’ve submitted your topic idea, go register for the summer program:

We look forward to sharing and learning with you on July 28th! Register soon while seats are still available!

Join us on June 10th for ACRL MD’s annual unconference!

Join ACRL MD for the summer program “Square Peg, Round Hole: Creative problem solving in the 21st century library“.This solution-oriented unconference is a great peer learning and networking opportunity. During the course of the day, you’ll hear informal and fun lightning talks about solutions other libraries have implemented, discuss challenges you’re facing with other attendees, and brainstorm better ways to meet them. The morning will consist of brainstorming activities and featured talks. In the afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to vote on additional discussion topics.

Cost of program:
$40 for MLA members
$60 for non-members
$34 for students

The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on June 10th, 2014. It will take place on Stevenson University’s Greenspring Campus in the St. Paul Companies Pavillion, which can be seen on this map. Parking is free for attendees.  Breakfast and lunch will be served and vegetarian options will be available.

Up for the challenge? There are two steps:

Using this form, submit a topic to the organizers by May 28th if you would like to be considered for a featured lightning talk. This topic should include a problem or challenge faced by your library as well as the solution that eased the problem. Topics will be reviewed by a panel, and some attendees will be asked to prepare a longer lightning talk in order to share their challenge and solution.

Next, go register for the program using this link!

We look forward to sharing and learning with you on June 10th! Register soon while seats are still available!

Save the date for June 10th unconference!

It is time for the annual ACRL MD unconference! This year, it will be held on June 10, 2014 on Stevenson University’s Greenspring Campus and the theme is “Square Peg, Round Hole: Creative problem solving in the 21st century library”.

Next week, we will open registration for this event and you are encouraged to submit topics ahead of time so we can prepare the agenda. This topic should include a problem or challenge faced by your library as well as the solution that eased the problem. Topics will then be reviewed by a panel, and some attendees will be contacted beforehand to prepare a lightning talk to share their challenge and solutions.

We hope to see you in Ocean City this week at the 2014 MLA/DLA conference, where hopefully your ideas for topic proposals will start flowing!  Watch this space for more information!

Registration Open for “Discovery: It’s What Patrons Crave”

Register now for ACRL-MD’s 2013 Unconference – “Discovery: It’s What Patrons Crave”.

Lately, if you say the word “discovery” to a librarian, many of us immediately think of discovery services, the elusive “one box to search them all.” But this is just one incarnation of discovery for us.

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Our patrons use all sorts of tools and techniques to uncover the information they need. From learning how efficient a well-crafted Boolean search can be to realizing how much you can find in ten minutes spent looking at the right section of shelving, discovery takes a variety of forms. What are your users discovering? How are they finding it? What are they missing? What tools are you providing them with? What tools are they finding and adopting themselves?

Engage in roundtable discussions, hear lightning talks, and contribute a participant-voted talk. Join us, and share what’s being discovered (or not) in your library – and how! Bring your questions, ideas, and experiences and help shape the discovery conversation. The unconference will kick off with a series of lightning talks, which will be followed by roundtable discussions and talks chosen by you and other attendees.

Date: Wednesday, July 24th


  • 9-9:30 Registration/Breakfast
  • 9:30-10:30 Lightning Round Talks
  • 10:30-11:15 Round Table Discussions
  • 11:15-11:30 Break
  • 11:30-12:00 Vote on Show & Tell Demos & Micro-Workshops
  • 12:00-1:15 User Voted Talks
  • 1:15 – 1:30 Wrap Up & Evaluations

**Continue the conversation at lunch following the unconference**


UMBC on the 7th floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery (1000 Hilltop Cir  Baltimore, MD 21250). Directions and a campus map found at

Registration Fees

  • MLA Members: $30
  • Non-MLA Members: $45
  • Students: $25.50

Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 17th. Register at

Last call for proposals!

Call for Proposals: Due June 26

“Discovery: It’s What Patrons Crave”

An ACRL-MD Unconference


ACRL-MD is currently planning its fourth annual unconference on Wednesday, July 24th. We’re looking for Lightning Round talks on any aspect of discovery in a library – think beyond our single-search boxes. What are your users discovering? How are they finding it? What are they missing? What tools are you providing them with? What tools are they finding and adopting themselves?


During the Lighting Round presenters will have 5-10 minutes to present their topic. The exact amount of time each speaker will have during the Lighting Round will depend on the number of presenters, but we’ll be sure to let you know how much time you’ll have at least two weeks prior to the unconference.


The best topics for Lighting Rounds will tie into our theme, and will provide opportunities for discussion and debate. The Lighting Round will serve as a springboard for Round Table Discussions, which will be moderated by the Lighting Round presenters.
If you’d like to present a Lighting Round talk, please submit a proposal that includes a short description of your topic, plus at least 3 questions that will facilitate discussion during your Round Table session.


Submit a Proposal!

Proposals are due by Wednesday, June 26th. Presenters for accepted talks will be notified during the first week of July. Please use the above link to submit your proposal. Questions about proposals, lightning round talks, or the unconference can be directed to David Dahl (
This year’s unconference will be held on Wednesday, July 24th at the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery at UMBC. Stay tuned for more details!

If You’ve Got It, Flaunt it: Making the Most of Our Collections in a Fragmented World

Collections. Libraries wouldn’t exist without them. We have collections of books, serials, electronic resources, archival materials, media in all formats – the list goes on. What are you doing with your collections these days? Are you building a new one? Rethinking how you provide access to an older collection? Reinvigorating your special collections? Moving them on- or off-site? Presenting them in new ways? Join ACRL MD on Friday, June 1, 2012 for our third unconference, where you can share your ideas for and initiatives around any kind of collection in your library – and hear what other folks are up to. This year the unconference format will feature lighting talks, roundtable discussions, time for demonstrations and micro workshops. We’ll provide coffee and donuts in the morning, and lunch in the afternoon. You provide the great ideas.

The more you come prepared to share and discuss the better the unconference will be! You can contribute in the following ways:

Lighting Rounds and Round Table Discussions

We’re looking for people interested in contributing to the lightning rounds. The lightning rounds will be 5-10 minute prepared talks (time will depend on the number of presenters, but you will be informed at least 2 weeks before the unconference of the amount of time you will have). The lightning talks are intended to serve as a spring board for the round table discussions immediately following. The best topics for lightning round presentations will provide for lively discussion and debate.  Lightning round speakers will be asked to serve as the facilitator at a round table discussion on their topic. If you are interested in presenting during the lightning rounds please submit a short proposal containing your presentation topic and at least 3 related questions that will facilitate discussion on your topic during the round table sessions. Proposals are due by Monday May 14. You will notified no later than Friday May 18 if your proposal was accepted. Email all submissions to Danielle Whren Johnson at

Show and Tell and Micro-Workshops

If you aren’t contributing to the lightning rounds (or even if you are) there will be plenty more time for you to share your ideas during the afternoon Show and Tell Demos or Micro-Workshops. Prior to our afternoon session participants can suggest topics for informal 15 minute show and tell demos or micro-workshops. Attendees will vote on which topics they would like to hear more about and the top 6 choices will be the ones presented during the afternoon session. Show and Tell demos and Micro-Workshops can be as formal or informal as you like.

Show and Tell Demos

Is your library doing something super cool with collections? Share your hard work, plans, and ideas  during a 15 minute show and tell.


Know of a neat tool, piece of software or hardware, etc. that you’re using to support collections in your library in some way? Micro-workshops are 15 minute sessions in which you can provide a quick introduction and tutorial to these tools to whet your fellow librarians’ appetite for more.

For more information on submitting a proposal for the lightning rounds or how the unconference works contact Danielle Whren Johnson at


Date: Friday June 1, 2012

9:30-10 Registration

10-11 Lightning Rounds

11-12 Roundtable Discussions based on lightning rounds

12-1 Lunch (included, Vegetarian options available)

1-1:30 Planning for afternoon sessions

1:30-3 Show and Tell Demos/Micro Workshops

3-3:15 Wrap up and Evaluations

The conference will take place at Stevenson University’s Greenspring Campus in St. Paul’s Pavilion (1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, MD 21153). Directions and a campus map found at

Registration Fees:

MLA Members $55

Non-MLA Members (plus 50%) $82.50

Students (less 15%) $46.75

Registration deadline is May 18, 2012. Register at


ACRL MD’s Unconference Libraries: Friends with Benefits

Libraries: Friends with Benefits ACRL MD’s Second Annual Unconference

ACRL MD is hosting its second annual unconference on Friday, May 20 from 9:30-3, with a theme of “Libraries: Friends with Benefits”. Come meet with fellow librarians to present and discuss what you and your libraries are doing or what tools you’re using to benefit your patrons and communities. An unconference is user driven, so the specific topics to be discussed will be voted on during the meeting. You can start participating before hand by suggesting a topic or volunteering to give a brief presentation on something you would like to share.

All attendees are invited to suggest topics upon which they would like to speak or have a discussion, as long as it fits under the unconference theme (see title). The morning will start off with a speed networking event allowing attendees to meet each other and learn about their roles in their respective libraries. After speed networking, attendees will vote on the topics that will be discussed during the Lightning Talks. The Lightning Talks will be 5 minute talks on a topic. These talks can be a presentation unto themselves or used to introduce a topic someone wishes to speak at further length on during the afternoon Prepared Talks. Depending on the number of attendees and number of topics, we hope to have 2 or 3 groups of concurrent sessions during the Prepared Talks. There will be 2-3 sessions running from 1:00 –1:45 and another 2-3 session from 2 – 2:45, with time for review as a group at the end. Each session may have 1-2 speakers start off with a short 10-15 minute presentation to stimulate discussion, and the rest of the session will be about sharing ideas.

For more information contact Danielle Whren Johnson at, or just register for the unconference, and we will contact you.

Unconference Schedule, Friday May 20
9:30-10 – Registration
10-10:30 – Speed networking
10:30-11 – Voting/break
11-12 – Lightning talks
12-12:45 – Lunch (provided, vegetarian options available)
12:45-1 – Voting
1-1:45 – Prepared talks
1:45-2 – Break
2-2:45 – Prepared talks
2:45-3 – Closing announcements/evaluations

Location: UMBC’s Albin O. Kuhn Library, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250

MLA Members: $45.00
Non-MLA: Members: $67.50
Students: $38.25