Maryland Academic Librarian Wins ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award!

Congratulations to Barbara Mann, Assistant Director for Public Services and Instruction and Information Literacy Librarian at UMUC, for being chosen the winner of this year’s ACRL Instruction Section’s Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award.

Read the ALA press release here:

In addition to all of her endeavors mentioned in the ALA press release, Barb also served as a panelist at ACRL MD’s 2011 Fall Program. Barb’s achievement is a reminder of the great things that are happening in Maryland’s academic library community. Congratulations, Barb!


Accepting Nominations for MLA’s Annual Awards

We all work with people who are doing great things. Now is your chance to give them the recognition that they have earned! MLA is accepting nominations for several different awards through Wednesday, November 23.

Information about the awards, including a full list of awards, eligibility, and criteria, are available on the MLA website at the following URL:

The nomination process is quick and easy. Nominations can be made using the following online form:

Don’t let your gratitude go silent another day. Nominate a colleague now!

Registration is open for our fall program!

The Future is Tomorrow

The future is a slippery concept, especially when it comes to figuring out how to ensure that our libraries remain relevant. There are so many things to consider – our services, the research products we provide, not to mention how the needs and expectations of our patrons will change. It’s overwhelming and tempting to stick our heads in the sand, leaving the future thinking to our directors and deans.

Stop avoiding the issue! On October 14th, take the future into your own hands and join us for a day of thinking and talking about the changes tomorrow will bring.

We’ll begin with a presentation by Steven Bell: “Tomorrow is What We Make It: Designing Our Preferred Future.” After that, we’ll hear from a panel of librarians who will take your questions and discuss what worries them about the future – and what we can do. Throughout the day we’ll engage in some hands-on activities designed to get you thinking outside the box. Come ready to engage with your creativity! Bring the questions and ideas you cultivate out of view of your coworkers, and shine some light on them today.

Tomorrow is What We Make It: Designing Our Preferred Future
In 2011 a futuristic essay detailed the death of academic libraries. The current rash of pessimistic thinking about the future of this profession – and possibly even its future demise – may not be greatly exaggerated. While cautionary tales and threats of extinction may be useful in helping academic librarians stay focused on building a sustainable future, they typically are based more on imagined fears than reality. We need to remember that we are in control of our own destiny, and that this profession is in crisis only if we allow it to happen. Tomorrow is an opportunity to create our preferred future.

In this presentation, Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian for Research & Instruction at Temple University and vice-president/president-elect of ACRL, sheds some light on the prospects for academic librarianship in a tumultuous higher education and information landscape. Adopting a design approach to achieve an intentional user experience provides a strategy for a future-proofed library.

Program Information:
Date: Friday, October 14, 2011
Time: 9am – 3:30pm
Location: Loyola University Graduate Center, Columbia, MD (view map)

This program has been approved for 4 contact hours. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. When registering, please indicate your sandwich choice: Tuna Salad, Ham & Swiss, Turkey & Provolone, Grilled Veggie Sandwiches. Registration and breakfast will open at 9am; the program will begin at 10am.

Registration: MLA Members, $60; Non-members, $90; Students, $51. Register at:

ACRL MD Business Meeting, June 6th at 1pm

Please join ACRL MD for our next business meeting on June 6th, from 1-3pm at Loyola Notre Dame Library. The meeting will include a discussion of program and conference planning for the upcoming academic year. Here is the full agenda:

1. Introductions
2. Professional Development Presentation (tba)
3. Unconference – feedback/evals/observations
4. Recap of 2011 conference sessions – feedback/evals/observations
5. Program ideas

  • Fall program
  • 2012 Conference programs (May 9-11 in Ocean City)
  • Spring program

6. Schedule additional meetings

All are welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the division’s program planning. In order to accommodate those who cannot attend in person, we will be using Wimba to extend the meeting to virtual attendees. Please contact David Dahl ( if you are interested in this option.

The meeting will be held in the Level 1 Seminar Room at Loyola Notre Dame Library. Directions to the library parking lot are available here:  A parking permit is not needed, but attendees should check in at the security desk upon arrival.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Meeting Announcement: Jan. 25th from 1-3pm at LND Library

ACRL MD will be holding its next meeting at Loyola/Notre Dame Library to begin planning for this year’s unconference.  This meeting is open to anyone interested in planning for or providing input towards the unconference.

Meeting details
Location: Seminar Room, Loyola/Notre Dame Library
Date/Time: January 25th from 1-3pm

Directions and parking information are available here:

ACRL MD on the web

You now have more options for staying connected with ACRL MD.  ACRL’s Maryland Chapter can now be found on Facebook, Twitter, Google, and more.  Use these resources to find out about upcoming meetings and programs, keep up with the association’s plans, and stay in tune with news and information pertinent to academic libraries and librarians.

Find us on the web at these locations:

And, of course, subscribe to the official ACRL MD blog right here at

Upcoming ACRL MD meeting – Tuesday, June 15th

Save the date for the next ACRL MD business meeting.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 15 from 1-3pm in room 353G in the Albin O. Kuhn Library at UMBC.

Currently the agenda is as follows:

  • Introduction of new officers for 2010-2011
  • Wrap-up/Evaluation of this year’s activities
  • Discussion of recent unconference and how to continue informal collaboration between libraries based on feedback received at the unconference
  • Brainstorming for next year’s programming

Please email Katy Sullivan at by June 7 to receive a parking pass.

Directions to the library may be found here

ACRL MD’s first unconference!

ACRL MD is hosting its first ever unconference, with a theme of  “Library Without Walls”.  This unconference will provide an opportunity to meet with fellow librarians and library staff to discuss ways to extend the library and its services beyond its traditional borders.  Topics might include things like widgets  and toolbars that let patrons search the library catalog from non-library websites or having a librarian provide reference service in a cybercafé.  An unconference is user driven, so the specific topics to be discussed will be voted on the morning of the meeting.  You can start participating beforehand by suggesting a topic or volunteering to give a brief presentation on something you would like to share.  For more information or to contribute ideas and topics to the unconference, visit the unconference wiki at or contact Michael Shochet at  Or just register for the unconference, and we will contact you.

When: May 14, 2010.  9:30 – 1:00
Where: The Loyola/Notre Dame Library (directions)

You can register for the Library Without Walls Unconference at .  Cost for this 1/2 day program is $30 for MLA members, $45 for non-members and $25 for students.  This session is approved for 2.5 contact hours.

Upcoming Meeting – March 8th!

ACRL MD will be holding a meeting next Monday, March 8 at 2  PM at the Loyola Notre Dame Library.  The meeting will be held in the Level 1 Seminar Room.

Driving directions are available here:

Parking permits are not required, but you will need to check in with the security attendant upon arrival.

The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss and plan the details of this year’s Spring Program to be held in May (exact date TBD).  This year we will be basing the program around the concepts and ideals of an “un-conference”.

We hope you will be able to make this meeting.  If you are unable to attend, you are invited to contribute your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions to the program planning wiki. Feel free to use the comment section of this post for your ideas as well, or email your ACRL MD officers.

Name change

On Wednesday, September 16, the MLA Council approved ARLD’s name change to the Association of College and Research Libraries, Maryland Chapter – ACRL MD for short.

This name change will more closely align the MLA division with the national ACRL organization.  The new name will help make us instantly recognizable as THE organization for Maryland’s academic librarians.