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.

Get Involved with ACRL MD!

Looking for an opportunity to engage with ACRL-MD and support peer scholarship? Look no further…

ACRL-MD is sponsoring three sessions in the MLA/DLA Virtual 2020 Conference and is calling for volunteers to provide virtual production assistance. These sessions will be held via Zoom on the following days:

If you have interest and availability, please contact Lois Entner for details (

Register for MLA/DLA 2020 here

ACRL-MD is currently accepting proposals for the MLA/DLA 2021 conference. Submit your idea by September 18, 2020.

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!


Welcome! And Call for Volunteers


Kimberly MillerI’m writing to welcome you to another great year for ACRL-MD. I am excited to serve as ACRL-MD president, and one of my primary goals for the year is to learn more about how we connect with Maryland academic library personnel in order to create a strong network for sharing information relevant to academic and research libraries. I look forward to continuing some of our new traditions while looking for more ways to explore trends shaping contemporary academic library services, spaces, and resources.

As an ACRL-MD officer, I’m frequently asked, “How do I know if I’m an ACRL-MD member?” ACRL-MD is a division of the Maryland Library Association, which means you can select “ACRL-MD” as a division affiliation when you join MLA. An MLA membership qualifies you for member registration rates at paid programs. We hope you’ll join as a member; however, ACRL-MD programs and events are open to both members and non-members. You may also receive messages (like this one) from us if you are an ACRL national member who lives in Maryland.

Call for volunteers

I hope you’re ready to get involved! ACRL-MD virtual business meetings are the third Friday of every month at 11am via MLA’s Blackboard Collaborate. You can also learn more by exploring this blog.

In addition to meetings, we have several active needs for short- and long-term volunteers. See the “Volunteer Opportunities” page for some additional details:

Leadership roles

Our nominations for next year’s officers (term beginning July 2020) are due soon! See  “Volunteer Opportunities” page for descriptions of the Vice President/President Elect and Secretary roles. Interested? Email me by August 26th

MLA/DLA annual conference

  • Conference proposal review – We are looking for a few volunteers to peer review proposals for ACRL-MD-sponsored MLA/DLA annual conference programs. Interested in learning more? Contact ACRL-MD VP Lois Entner September 6th
  • Poster program: The MLA/DLA conference committee is excited to have someone from our division coordinate the poster session at MLA/DLA 2020, and we need reviewers! For more information, contact Sean Hogan at

Program and social event planning

ACRL-MD tentatively plans to offer a professional development program during January 2020, but we need help! Have a great idea for a professional development program or social event you’d like to see come to life? Just want to help out with the planning? Email

Bylaws revision:

Past president Mike Kiel will lead our bylaws revisions this year. If you’d like to volunteer for this project, contact him at

If you have any other questions or ideas you’d like ACRL-MD to consider, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I hope to see many of you at our meetings and events this year!

Kimberly Miller

ACRL-MD President