Registration Open for “Discovery: It’s What Patrons Crave”

Register now for ACRL-MD’s 2013 Unconference – “Discovery: It’s What Patrons Crave”.

Lately, if you say the word “discovery” to a librarian, many of us immediately think of discovery services, the elusive “one box to search them all.” But this is just one incarnation of discovery for us.

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Our patrons use all sorts of tools and techniques to uncover the information they need. From learning how efficient a well-crafted Boolean search can be to realizing how much you can find in ten minutes spent looking at the right section of shelving, discovery takes a variety of forms. What are your users discovering? How are they finding it? What are they missing? What tools are you providing them with? What tools are they finding and adopting themselves?

Engage in roundtable discussions, hear lightning talks, and contribute a participant-voted talk. Join us, and share what’s being discovered (or not) in your library – and how! Bring your questions, ideas, and experiences and help shape the discovery conversation. The unconference will kick off with a series of lightning talks, which will be followed by roundtable discussions and talks chosen by you and other attendees.

Date: Wednesday, July 24th

Agenda

  • 9-9:30 Registration/Breakfast
  • 9:30-10:30 Lightning Round Talks
  • 10:30-11:15 Round Table Discussions
  • 11:15-11:30 Break
  • 11:30-12:00 Vote on Show & Tell Demos & Micro-Workshops
  • 12:00-1:15 User Voted Talks
  • 1:15 – 1:30 Wrap Up & Evaluations

**Continue the conversation at lunch following the unconference**

Location

UMBC on the 7th floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery (1000 Hilltop Cir  Baltimore, MD 21250). Directions and a campus map found athttp://aok.lib.umbc.edu/directions/

Registration Fees

  • MLA Members: $30
  • Non-MLA Members: $45
  • Students: $25.50

Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 17th. Register at https://www.mdlib.org/happenings/register.asp.

ACRL MD’s Unconference Libraries: Friends with Benefits

Libraries: Friends with Benefits ACRL MD’s Second Annual Unconference

ACRL MD is hosting its second annual unconference on Friday, May 20 from 9:30-3, with a theme of “Libraries: Friends with Benefits”. Come meet with fellow librarians to present and discuss what you and your libraries are doing or what tools you’re using to benefit your patrons and communities. An unconference is user driven, so the specific topics to be discussed will be voted on during the meeting. You can start participating before hand by suggesting a topic or volunteering to give a brief presentation on something you would like to share.

All attendees are invited to suggest topics upon which they would like to speak or have a discussion, as long as it fits under the unconference theme (see title). The morning will start off with a speed networking event allowing attendees to meet each other and learn about their roles in their respective libraries. After speed networking, attendees will vote on the topics that will be discussed during the Lightning Talks. The Lightning Talks will be 5 minute talks on a topic. These talks can be a presentation unto themselves or used to introduce a topic someone wishes to speak at further length on during the afternoon Prepared Talks. Depending on the number of attendees and number of topics, we hope to have 2 or 3 groups of concurrent sessions during the Prepared Talks. There will be 2-3 sessions running from 1:00 –1:45 and another 2-3 session from 2 – 2:45, with time for review as a group at the end. Each session may have 1-2 speakers start off with a short 10-15 minute presentation to stimulate discussion, and the rest of the session will be about sharing ideas.

For more information contact Danielle Whren Johnson at dwhren@loyola.edu, or just register for the unconference, and we will contact you.

Unconference Schedule, Friday May 20
9:30-10 – Registration
10-10:30 – Speed networking
10:30-11 – Voting/break
11-12 – Lightning talks
12-12:45 – Lunch (provided, vegetarian options available)
12:45-1 – Voting
1-1:45 – Prepared talks
1:45-2 – Break
2-2:45 – Prepared talks
2:45-3 – Closing announcements/evaluations

Location: UMBC’s Albin O. Kuhn Library, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250
Directions: http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/directions/

Registration:
https://www.mdlib.org/happenings/register.asp
MLA Members: $45.00
Non-MLA: Members: $67.50
Students: $38.25

Recap of Unconference Planning Meeting (1/25/11)

Attendees: Danielle Whren Johnson, Alison Cody, Shana Gass, Natalie Burclaff, David Dahl

Several items related to the Unconference were discussed at this planning meeting, including date/time, location, theme, and the schedule of activities.

Theme

Several suggestions were discussed in relation to the Unconference theme for this year.  The goal of the theme is to provide some direction and inspiration for presentations/talks without being too restrictive.  The idea of focusing on relationships in the academic library came up, and the theme of “Friends with Benefits” was selected as a preliminary theme.

Date/time

The Unconference will run from 9:30-3pm on May 26th.

May 26th was chosen as a preliminary date for the Unconference. This date was chosen in an effort to keep some space between the Unconference and the MLA Annual Conference (May 4-6) and to avoid conflicts that may arise because of the Memorial Day weekend.

Feedback from last year’s Unconference indicated that participants would have liked the program to be longer.  With that in mind, the group decided that extending the Unconference until 3pm would allow for more content without significantly increasing the price for participants.

Location

Several locations were suggested for holding the Unconference.  Loyola/Notre Dame Library worked well last year and will be considered again for this year.  It was noted that it would be good to change venues if possible.  Since the MLA conference is on the Eastern Shore and ACRL MD’s Fall Program was held in western Maryland, the Unconference will be hosted by a library in Baltimore.

The following locations will be investigated for the event: UMBC, Loyola/Notre Dame, Towson University, and Goucher College.  Other suggestions are welcome.  Host locations must be able to offer 2 flexible meeting rooms and a larger room or gathering area for lunch and other activities involving all participants.  The location must also be able to address the parking needs of attendees.  Preference will be given to locations that do not require ACRL MD to use the school’s in-house catering service.  If you would like to suggest a location for hosting the Unconference, please send an email to David Dahl at ddahl@towson.edu, addressing how the location meets the requirements for the Unconference.  We expect to choose a location by mid-February.

Proposed Schedule

Details of the schedule and related activities are ongoing, but a basic outline of the day’s activities was decided upon:

9:30-10 – Registration
10-10:30 – Speed networking
10:30-11 – Voting/break
11-12 – Lightning talks
12-12:45 – Lunch
12:45-1 – Voting
1-1:45 – Prepared talks
1:45-2 – Break
2-2:45 – Prepared talks
2:45-3 – Closing announcements/evaluations

If you have any suggestions for the Unconference, please leave them in the comments section of this blog post.  More information will be forthcoming as details are worked out.

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: http://www.loyola.edu/library/directions.htm

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 http://acrlmd.wiki.zoho.com/2010-unconference.html or contact Michael Shochet at mshochet@ubalt.edu.  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)

Register
You can register for the Library Without Walls Unconference at https://www.mdlib.org/happenings/register.asp .  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.