2016 Conference Highlights – Behind the Curtain: Revealing the Power of Google Analytics

Each week between now and the 2016 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held May 4-6 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). To register, visit the MLA conference page. And follow along on social media at #MLADLA16

MLA Behind

Behind the Curtain: Revealing the power of Google Analytics

Wednesday, May 4 (Preconference workshop)
9am-1pm
Presenter: David Dahl, USMAI Consortium

You’ve heard your colleagues talking about it – “Google Analytics told us [x]”, “We decided to do [y] after looking at Google Analytics”. Now it’s time for you to find out exactly what they’re looking at and what Google Analytics can tell you! Used effectively, Google Analytics is a powerful tool that can help you better understand your users’ behaviors on your website. This hands-on workshop will introduce the data that is available in Google Analytics, as well as concepts and techniques for getting the most out of your data. You’ll get to explore the Google Analytics interface using data from real library usage, including websites, discovery tools, and digital collections. Together we’ll discuss what metrics might be important for your library, leaving you overflowing with ideas about how Google Analytics can be put to work to assess the effectiveness of your library’s web presence. Whether you’re responsible for administering your library’s website, involved in discussions about improving the website, or just trying to get into the web conversation, this session is for you!

2016 MLA/DLA Annual Conference: ACRL MD Sessions!

Have you registered for the 2016 MLA/DLA Annual Conference?

ACRL MD is proud to sponsor 8 amazing sessions – this year’s MLA/DLA annual conference has someone for everyone!
Conference imageThe conference will be held May 4-6 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). To register, visit the MLA conference page. And follow along on social media at #MLADLA16

Between now and the 2016 MLA/DLA Conference, we’ll highlight each ACRL MD conference session. To kick things off, here’s a full list of the 8 sessions sponsored by ACRL MD.

Wednesday, May 4th (Preconference workshop)

Behind the Curtain: Revealing the power of Google Analytics – David Dahl, USMAI Consortium.

Thursday, May 5th

Engaging with Empathy to Unlock Community Connections – Kimberly Miller, Towson University

Unleashing Staff Potential: Professional Development Through Self-Directed Achievement – Beth Roszkowski & Megan Hunt, George Mason University

Act to the Future: Utilizing Scenario Planning to Shape a Strategic Plan – Christopher Lawton, Ashley Brewer & James Rhoades, Old Dominion University

Training the Trainers: Successful Reference Referral Training Using the READ Scale – Lisa Vassady, Radford University

Friday, May 6th

Turning Reflection into Action: Talking it Out, Making it Work – Mason Brown, Stephanie Margolin & Sarah Ward, Hunter College-CUNY

Making Connections with the One Button Studio – Michael English, Jason Byrd & Patricia West, George Mason University

Adjuncts: Valuable Assets When Planning to Enhance Student Success – Pamela Flinton, Goucher College

ACRL-MD Call for Proposals for MLA/DLA 2016 Annual Conference

ACRL-MD Call for Proposals

Deadline: August 31, 2015, 11:59pm

Maryland Library Association & Delaware Library Association 2016 Annual Conference
Ocean City, MD, May 4-6, 2016.

Conference theme… Libraries: Unlocking Potential.

What’s the key to your success? What potential plans will you implement this academic year? There is so much potential here! Do you have a multi-year plan in the making, or is there something you’ve just started to put together? Consider innovative potential in the library profession and unique keys to effective library services. ACRL-MD encourages you to share your ideas with colleagues by submitting a proposal for a presentation at the 2016 Joint Conference of Maryland Library Association and Delaware Library Association!

ACRL-MD, the academic libraries division of MLA, is accepting conference proposals until August 31st.

Standard conference sessions (~ 1 hour), and extended sessions (~2 hours) will be offered. Exact program length will depend on conference schedule. The programs are scheduled throughout the day on Thursday and on Friday morning. The full- and half-day pre-conference workshops will be held on Wednesday, May 4.

Many sessions sponsored by the ACRL MD are relevant not only for academic librarians but also for our colleagues in other areas of librarianship. For information on recent topics, please take a look prior programming.

Submit your proposal!

Proposals for concurrent sessions are due by 11:59pm on Monday, August 31. Conference proposals will undergo a double blind peer-review.  If you have any questions about the conference itself or this CFP, please contact Claire Holmes (cholmes@towson.edu | 410-704-3795).

MLA/DLA 2012: ACRL MD Call for Proposals

Are you spending your summer working on a new program or initiative at your library? Did you try out some new instruction methods this past year? Are you knee-deep in research for a paper you hope to write? If the answer to one of those questions is yes, then you should consider submitting a proposal for a session at this year’s Maryland Library Association/Delaware Library Association conference!

ACRL MD, the academic libraries division of MLA and the state chapter of ACRL, is on the lookout for conference proposals. The conference will be held in Ocean City, MD, from May 9-11, 2012. Conference sessions are typically 75 minutes long (though there are some shorter and longer time slots available), and are scheduled throughout the day on Thursday and on Friday morning. Wednesday is reserved for full- and half-day pre-conference workshops.

While ACRL MD’s focus is on providing a wealth of quality conference programming for academic librarians, the best sessions also have some relevance for our colleagues outside of the academic library sphere. For information on recent topics, please take a look at the 2011 and 2010 conference programs: http://www.mdlib.org/conference/2011/default.asp.

Submit your proposal now!

Proposals for concurrent sessions are due by 11:59pm on Thursday, September 15. Proposals will be peer-reviewed.  If you have any questions about the conference or the call for proposals, please contact David Dahl (ddahl@towson.edu | 410-704-5748).

Request for Poster Session and Lightning Talk submissions for MLA/DLA Conference

This year at the MLA Annual Conference, we’re pleased to offer two new ways to present on the initiatives you’re working on — poster sessions and lightning talks. If you’ve got a project you want to share, please consider sending in a poster session proposal or prepping a lightning talk. We hope to see you there this May!
Poster Sessions

On Thursday, small tables will be lined up along the hallway outside Program Rooms 1, 2, and 3. The area will be dedicated to poster sessions: visual displays about a topic/project of your choice. This is an ideal venue for LATI and MLLI graduates to introduce yourselves and your interests to the library community. Poster Sessions are open to everyone.

To submit a poster session proposal, go to the Poster Session submission form on the MLA site:
http://www.mdlib.org/conference/forms.asp
and fax it to me at the number on the bottom of the form.

Lightning Talks: Your Conference Soapbox

On Friday morning from 10:30 – 11:15, just outside the vendor room, participants will be given an opportunity to do 5-minute presentations on their chosen topic. A laptop, projector, and screen will be provided for those who want to use visual aids. We’ll leave the schedule for this a little loose, but contact me if you want to be guaranteed a slot on the schedule. If there are still open slots that day, “walk-ins” are welcome!

Monica McAbee
MLA/DLA Conference Director, 2011
301-336-4388 (phone)
301-808-6867 (fax)
monica.mcabee@pgcmls.info