How Do You Create Welcoming Spaces?

Hello, 2019! I hope you all had wonderful holidays.

Remember that it’s not too late to register for Breaking Down Barriers: Improving Inclusion for those with Disabilities.

To focus the discussion on welcoming spaces and information-access barriers for those with disabilities, we would like to hear from YOU about what you’re interested in discussing. It would be awesome if you could answer all or any of these questions in the comments, or Tweet at us at @acrlmd.

1) What have you witnessed or experienced (or failed to witness or experience) in your institution that has led you to think there are barriers to your library services and resources?

2) What have you and your colleagues already done to try making your library and workplace more welcoming to the disabled (which could include those with low vision or hearing, or those who are non-neurotypical)? How has it worked for you? How not?

3) What else could be added to this conversation?

ACRL MD Online Journal Club: November edition

Is your “need to read” pile buried somewhere on your desk? Start digging and join Natalie Burclaff on Friday, November 30th from 11:30am-12:30pm for an online discussion of articles from the November 2012 issue of ACRL’s College & Research Libraries. All articles are freely available via the ACRL website: ACRL MD’s Online Discussion Series is free and open to all through WIMBA (directions below).

Vote Now!
Choose the articles that you are most interested in discussing by voting in our poll: (poll closes Monday Nov. 19 at 11:59:59pm). We’ll discuss the top three articles with the most votes. This issue’s articles include:

  • Jantz, R. C. (2012, November). A framework for studying organizational innovation in research libraries. College & Research Libraries, 73(6), 525-541 .
  • Robert Detmering, R. & Sproles, C. (2012, November). Forget the desk job: Current roles and responsibilities in entry-level reference job advertisements. College & Research Libraries, 73(6), 543-555.
  • Samuelson, T., Sare, L., & Coker, C. (2012, November). Unusual suspects: The case of insider theft in research libraries and special collections. College & Research Libraries, 73(6), 556-568.
  • Kellsey, C. & Knievel, J. (2012, November). Overlap between humanities faculty citation and library monograph collections, 2004–2009. College & Research Libraries, 73(6), 569-583.
  • Antell, K. (2012, November). The citation landscape of scholarly literature in LGBT studies: A snapshot for subject librarians. College & Research Libraries, 73(6), 584-602.

WIMBA Instructions
To join us, just access the WIMBA meeting room: The meeting room name is md_meetingMLA. While we strongly recommend that you have access to a microphone and speakers for these sessions, it is not required. If you need to jump in a little late or leave early (or eat lunch), please do! Questions? Contact Natalie at

Fall Program: Help Choose the Theme!

We’re in the beginning stages of planning ACRL MD’s Fall Program, and we need your help! Approximately every 4 years, ACRL MD is eligible to bring in a guest speaker, selected from the members of the ACRL Board and the Executive Director. This is one of those years, and this speaker will be a central part of the Fall Program.

Right now we’re deciding on a theme/topic and a date for the Fall Program. We’ve identified a few possibilities. Let us know what you’d like to hear about by filling out the poll below. Think we’ve overlooked something? Suggest your own theme/topic by choosing ‘Other’ and writing in your idea. Then, select up to three preferred dates for the Fall Program.

What Do Faculty and Students Want/Need from Librarians?

You can find out at Capitol College on September 18.  The Academic and Research Libraries Division of MLA is sponsoring two programs – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – to explore questions surrounding what faculty and students want and need from academic libraries.

Morning Program: What Faculty Want/What Students Need
September 18, 2009
9:30 – 1:30 (lunch included) 2.5 contact hours
Capitol College, Avrum Gudelsky Auditorium
MLA Members $65, Non-Members $90, Students $57.50
Susan Strasser: Professor of History, University of Delaware
Judi Briden: Digital Librarian for Public Services and Brain & Cognitive Sciences Librarian, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester

Join the Academic and Research Libraries Division of MLA on September 18 at Capitol College for a discussion on what faculty and students expect and need from academic libraries.

Prof. Susan Strasser will begin the day with a provocative presentation of what faculty want from academic librarians and stimulate discussion by offering her perspective as a faculty member.  Dr. Strasser is a popular speaker on the “Faculty Point of View” at the prestigious Frye Leadership Institute.  She has taught at Bard, Princeton and George Washington University as well as the University of Delaware, she has won numerous awards, and she has been the Senior Resident Scholar at the Hagley Museum and Library for many years.

Dr. Strasser will be followed by a presentation on the needs of an academic library’s other main constituent: students.  While many have  opinions about what students need from libraries, librarians at the University of Rochester conducted ethnographic research with their own students to find out. They looked at how their students did their work in the context of the university. Judi Briden discusses how the research was conducted, what they learned, and changes they’ve made to improve services and facilities to better meet students’ needs.

Afternoon Program: What Do Your Students Need? Do-It-Yourself Ethnographic Research for Libraries
September 18, 2009
2:00 – 3:30, 1.5 Contact Hours
MLA members $30, Non-members $45, Students $25
Capitol College
Judi Briden: Digital Librarian for Public Services and Brain & Cognitive Sciences Librarian, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester

Learning about what students generally need is all well and good, but we all know that each campus is unique.  What you really want to know is what problems your students are facing and what your students need. In this session, Judi Briden will discuss in detail several ethnographic research techniques that were used at the University of Rochester Libraries. Attendees will have an opportunity to model some of these during the session. You can then take these techniques back to your home campus and use them to assess your own students and services.
[Note: due to the hands-on nature of this session only, it will be limited to 20 participants. The morning session is not limited]



You may register for either one or both programs.  To register, please complete the registration form at

You can submit the form online, or print it out and mail the form to the Maryland Library Association.
Please remember to be clear about the program(s) for which you are registering.

Susan Strasser, Professor of History at the University of Delaware, has been praised by the New Yorker for “retrieving what history discards: the taken-for-granted minutiae of everyday life.”  Her books include Never Done: A History of American Housework (1982), which won the Sierra Prize of the Western Association of Women Historians; Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Making of the American Mass Market (1989); and Waste and Want:  A Social History of Trash (1999), winner of the Abel Wolman Award from the Public Works Historical Society.  She studied at Reed College and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and has also taught at The Evergreen State College, Princeton University, George Washington University, and the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture.  Her work has been supported by fellowships from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim foundations, the German Historical Institute, the Harvard Business School, the American Council of Learned Societies, Radcliffe College’s Bunting Institute, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Cultures of Consumption Programme, Birkbeck College, University of London. She is currently working on A Historical Herbal, an account of medicinal herbs in American culture.

More information about the Sept. 18 program

Registration is now open for ARLD’s program on Open Source ILS systems.  Sign up today and make sure you too know how open source software can benefit your library.


MLA members  $50

Non-members  $75

Students     $42.50

Register at: or call the MLA Office at 410-947-5090

Registration Deadline:  Friday, September 5, 2008.

Continental breakfast  9:30-10am

Lunch: Assorted sandwiches, etc. Please specify vegetarian

Directions to Chesapeake College:

The LRC/library is half way around the circle known as College Drive.  No parking passes are necessary and  there are usually lots of free spaces across the circle from the LRC.