“Developing your Leadership Potential: Effective Practices and Innovative Ideas” Webcast

ACRL MD is sponsoring a free viewing of ACRL’s upcoming webcast, “Developing your Leadership Potential: Effective Practices and Innovative Ideas.”

Wednesday, 05/20/2020, 2:00-3:30pm (EDT)

All are welcome. Fill out the form at this link to “attend” with ACRL MD. Sign-up by Monday, 05/18/2020. You will receive an email to the webcast the evening before the webcast.

Questions? Contact ACRL MD president, Kimberly Miller.

Call for Proposals Deadline Extended!

Submission deadline extended to March 6th, 2020!

Academic Library Advocacy: Everyone’s an Advocate

Call for Program Participation


Do you practice every-day academic library advocacy? We’re looking for speakers to share experiences or projects that required advocating on behalf of yourself, your library or your students along with best practices or lessons learned. These lightning talks will be 5-7 minutes long followed by a brief Q&A.

To submit your interest in presenting, please fill out our Google Form. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2020 March 6th, 2020.

Program Information

Academic Library Advocacy: Everyone’s an Advocate

April 3, 2020 at Towson University Northeastern Campus

8:30 AM – 12 PM

What do you think of when you think about “library advocacy?” While many libraries find themselves needing to connect with stakeholders such as legislators and voters, academic library advocacy is less likely to target these same groups. Academic library personnel routinely need to advocate for the library as an essential contributor to their college or university’s mission, in addition to advocating for their own unique functional role as an individual library worker. But this typically means advocating for themselves, their students and other campus community members, and their library with a wide variety of colleagues and administrators.

Coffee and light refreshments will be served as we explore what it means to be an “academic library advocate” from a variety of perspectives. Dr. Lucy Holman, University Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and former Dean of Libraries at the University of Baltimore, will share an administrator’s perspective on current advocacy issues and methods. Participants will have the opportunity to begin crafting their own advocacy narrative tailored for their networks during activities throughout the day. We hope you will join us for an engaging event!

MLA Members $25

Non-members $37.50

MLA Student/Retired/Unemployed/Friend $12.50

Register here

7 Upcoming FREE Webinars to Put on Your Schedule

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It’s summer, the spring semester is over, maybe things are quieter in the library. Why not take some time for professional development? Of course, as most of you know, learning opportunities are often expensive or, if covered by your workplace, fairly limited. That is why I’ve compiled from a variety of sources a list of free upcoming webinars you might be interested in:


ALA Public Programs Office

What Is a Program, Anyway? Findings from NILPPA, ALA’s National Study of Library Public Programs

Presenters: Carolyn Anthony, consultant and member of the standing committee of the Metropolitan Libraries Section of IFLA; Mary Davis Fournier, deputy director of the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office and director of the National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment (NILPPA)

June 10th, 11 a.m.

Details: http://ow.ly/FWTs30oIxZD


Utah State Library Training

The Art of Public Speaking

Presenter: Linda Bruno

June 11th, 2-3 p.m. MDT, 4-5 p.m. EST

Details: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751


ALA Public Programs Office

The Nine Competencies of Programming Librarians: Findings from NILPPA, ALA’s National Study of Library Public Programs

Presenters: Terrilyn Chun, deputy director of Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon; Mary Davis Fournier, deputy director of the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office and director of the National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment (NILPPA)

June 14th, 11 a.m. EST

Details: http://ow.ly/FWTs30oIxZD


National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians

Presenter: Jessica Pettitt, M.Ed., CSP

June 19th, 12 p.m. EST

Details: https://nnlm.gov/classes/diversity-equity-and-inclusion-nine-conversations-matter-health-sciences-librarians-jessica

If you don’t have a NLM/NNLM account, you can create one for free.

Session will be recorded.


Library Connect

Staying visible, relevant and connected with your research community: tips tools and trends from three progressive librarians

Presented by Anna Marie Johnson, head of the Scholars’ Commons at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; Clare Withers, curator at the University of Pittsburgh University Library System; Katherine Stephan, research support librarian and an academic liaison librarian at Liverpool John Moores University

June 27th, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Details: https://libraryconnect.elsevier.com/articles/webinar-june-27-staying-visible-relevant-and-connected-your-research-community-tips-tools



Library technology planning for today and tomorrow

Presented by Diana Silveira, librarian, president of Novare Library Services, and author of Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow

August 27th, 3-4 p.m. EST

Details: https://www.oclc.org/en/events/2019/Library_tech_planning_webjunction_webinar_august27.html