Last call to support ACRL MD’s contribution to the MLA/DLA Silent Auction!

If you’ve been meaning to get in touch with Regina Rose at to help build our silent auction contribution, now’s the time! This year, ACRL MD plans to offer a collection of gift cards. If you have any laying around, waiting to be spent, perhaps they can support our fundraiser! Please contact Regina ASAP to let her know if you plan to contribute.

Gift Cards


Vote now! Journal Club, May 2018

Please take a moment to select the two articles you would like included in the next ACRL-MD journal club discussion, which will be based on articles in the March 2018 issue of College & Research Libraries.

The discussion will be facilitated by Natalie Burclaff of University of Baltimore. It will take place Friday, May 18, from 11:30am-12:30pm, immediately following the 11am business meeting.

We hope to have authors of the chosen articles join us!

If you need to jump in a little late or leave early (or eat lunch), please do! All articles are freely available via the College & Research Libraries website. ACRL MD’s Online Discussion Series is free and open to all through the MLA Blackboard Collaborate Room.

Please vote for two articles you would like to discuss. The last day to vote is Sunday, April 15.

Evolve at MLA/DLA 2018: Assessing Graduate Schools based on Library Resources

IMG_0501Looking for a new tool to measure students’ information literacy comprehension? Join speaker Semhar Yohannes in this MLA/DLA session on May 3rd to learn how a mid-size university library instruction program developed a summative assessment tool to evaluate prospective graduate schools based on their library resources and services.

The assessment tool, a participatory-designed checklist developed collaboratively with students and librarians, lets students practice their newly developed information literacy skills of determining the extent of information needed; accessing needed information effectively and efficiently; and understanding the economic and legal issues surrounding the use of information and access. The tool works best for students exploring graduate schools but can be modified for community college students.

Spring Tour: National Gallery of Art and Library!

Join ACRL MD for a free docent led tour of the Cézanne Portraits exhibition, followed by an inside look at the National Gallery of Art Library!

When: June 14, 2018, 10:30 am-3 pm
Where: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Reserve your spot by registering before April 27, 2018! (No CEUs will be awarded.)

Plan to get to D.C. in whatever way fits your own schedule and budget. ACRL MD has a handy carpool sign-up if you’d like to try to share a ride.

Lunch will be open-ended and self-pay during a break between the art exhibition and library tour. Choices in the area range from food trucks to table cloths.

Paul Cezanne, The Grandpa of Instagram by memecenter user recyclebin



Evolve at MLA/DLA 2018: The Only Constant is Change

Leigh Ann DePope_TheOnlyConstantisChangeThis week we’re highlighting “The Only Constant is Change: Adapting for the E-Resources Environment” a one hour program that will be held on Thursday May 3rd at MLA/DLA. Several library faculty from the University of Maryland College Park will share with attendees their ongoing work to design and implement a cross-departmental review process of the university’s e-resources.

Come and learn how you could apply the experience of Leigh Ann DePope and her colleagues to your institution!

Business Meeting Minutes: March 16, 2018

Meeting Agenda
March 16, 2018

Present: Mike Kiel, Robert Miller, Sara Arnold-Garza, Claire Holmes, Regina Rose, Danielle Whren Johnson, Barbara Cheadle, Natalie Burclaff, Alyse Minter, Jordan Sly

Update on June program planning

  • National Gallery of Art in DC, June 14
  • We have tour of the Cezanne exhibition at 10:30 am
  • Tour of NGA library after lunch
  • The tours are free; lunch is self-pay
  • We will try to organize groups for lunch, based on where they want to eat
  • Also we will try to facilitate travel groups, car pools
  • We’ll start advertising soon

Mention of CRAB submission and chapter topic newsletter item

  • We’ve submitted a brief article about our bowling event, with photos, for the upcoming Crab.
  • Ideas for future articles are welcome. (Deadline for our next submission is June 5). Please contact Claire Holmes and Monique Clark
  • Natalie and Mike also submitted an article about our bowling event to the ACRL Chapters Council website. ACRL Chapters will continue to solicit contributions. The site will be a resource for chapters to share ideas. In the future, we could contribute something about the journal club.

2017-2018 chapter allotment finalized at $297, including new member bonus. $231 spent on bowling – ideas for remainder?

  • Possibly a “scholarship” for people to use for transportation money to attend our spring program
  • Possibly some sort of small gifts for people who attend spring program
  • Possibly use for MLA/DLA gift basket

Auction basket update from Regina

  • There are various options to send gift cards to Regina, including sending her money via PayPal
  • We need suggestions for raising funds for the basket; we need to advertise it more
  • Even if we have a small basket, we need to contribute it. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be an actual basket.
  • Regina and Sara will plan a communications schedule

Work groups

  • We haven’t had a lot of response or volunteers
  • We need to consider how to proceed
  • We would like to create a membership/outreach plan next year. That plan might involve a work group, or it might take some other form.


  • Mike might need someone to be at the Human Libraries preconference workshop, if he can’t be, just to be present and hand out certificates of presentation at the end

Maryland Day Volunteers needed

  • Saturday, April 28, at UMD College Park.
  • Maryland Library Association (MLA), Citizens for Maryland Libraries (CML), and Maryland AskUsNow!
  • Interested in volunteering with us? Please email with the following:
    • Your name
    • Your email
    • Your cell phone number
    • Hours that you would like to be there (setup is 9:00-10:00 am; festival runs 10:00 am to 4:00 pm)

Next meeting

  • April 20