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Library Research Seminar V

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I was fortunate to be selected as a 2010 Junior Faculty Fellow for Library Research Seminar V: Integrating Research and Practice, being held in Maryland on October 6-9. The conference (sponsored by the Library Research Roundtable of the ALA and the Institute of Museum and Library Services) is in its fifth year, with its main goal being to facilitate the integration of library practice with research. Attendees will gain insight into a wide variety of research; interact with like-minded professionals; and forge crucial relationships that will be helpful in: professional development; setting agendas for research and scholarly activities; policy-making; decision-making and implementation of best practices.

I initially became interested in this conference after seeing the slate of previous programs from 2009, many of which covered topics relating to marketing, usability and assessment. However, I just took a glance at the schedule for 2010 and I see  that the conference committee has gathered yet another intriguing group of presenters. Some sessions I am particularly looking forward to…


– “Using Skype as a Research Tool: Lessons Learned from Qualitative Interviews with Distance Students in a Teacher-Librarianship Program” by Kristie Saumure & Lisa M. Given

– “Librarians in the Digital Age: Impact of Internet Adoption on Search Habits” by Jenny Emanuel

– “Using Institutional Ethnography to Explicate Information Work” by Jennifer Crispin

– “Barriers to free culture: An examination of public libraries’ use of the Internet Archive and Creative Commons licensed materials” by Heather Hill & Jenny Bossaller

– “Youth and Libraries: Four Studies of the Information Behaviors of Today’s Young People” panel

– “Diversity and Conflict: What is the Conversation?” by Lisa K Hussey

– “The Library as Institution: Understanding Bureaucracy and Organizational Change” by Janice Cheryl Beaver

I’ll also be moderating session on Thursday (3C) featuring “Student-Centered Information Literacy Instruction” by Heidi Julien & Lisa M. Given, “Where All Are Welcome; Social Capital and the Public Library as a Community Meeting Place” by Catherine Johnson & Matthew R. Griffis, and “New Learning Spaces for New Learning Styles” by Terry B. Hill & Mohan Ramaswamy.


“Forced Advocacy: How the Community Responds to Library Budget Cuts” by Diane L. Velasquez & Lisa K. Hussey

“The Evolving Instructional Proficiencies of the Academic Librarian: An Attitudinal Study of Academic Library Administrators’ Perceptions of Necessary Instructional Skills” by John D. Shank & Nancy H. Dewald

“Political Ideologies in Public libraries: An Effective Approach to Spread Propaganda?” by Raymond Pun

“What Do Graphic Novels Tell Young Adults About Disabilities?” by Robin Moeller & Marilyn Irwin


“Workforce Issues in Library and Information Science” panel

The conference is being hosted by the University of Maryland, College of Information Studies at the Marriott Inn and Conference Center near the University of Maryland’s campus. If you’re interested in attending, early bird registration has been extended through September 13th! There is also a student rate listed, which I am always pleased to see.

I am particularly excited to see two of my colleagues at LRSV — Alison Miller & Emily Symonds (one of my fellow Emerging Leaders alum). Are you going to be there? Have you been to any of the four previous Library Research Seminars? Any advice? Don’t forget, there’s still time to register if you want to join us in Maryland.

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September 7, 2010 at 9:08 AM

ACRL OnPoint Chat: Proposal advice for ACRL 2011

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I’m not sure if I’ve talked about this extensively yet, but I’m on the Conference Planning Committee for the 2011 Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) conference. Specifically, I’m a co-chair for the Virtual Conference Committee (along with Scott Vine, Deputy College Librarian and Reference Services Librarian at Franklin & Marshall College). It’s my first time working on an ACRL Committee (I joined ACRL when I graduated from library school back in 2008) and 2011 will be my first time attending an ACRL conference.

On April 8th, I’ll be participating in an ACRL OnPoint Chat about the conference. Here’s the blurb from the website:

April 8, 2010: Maximize Your Chance of Success:
Advice for Writing a Winning Proposal for ACRL 2011
12:00-1:00 CST/1:00-2:00 EST/11:00-12:00 MST/10:00-11:00 PST

The deadline for National Conference proposals is fast approaching! Our presenters will help you think more strategically about your presentation options, writing, and content. This is an excellent opportunity to tap the experience of seasoned ACRL national conference leaders and organizers who can help you understand the art and science of developing a successful proposal.

Join us on Thursday, April 8, for an OnPoint chat moderated by Steven Bell, co-chair, Keynote Speakers Committee; Trevor Dawes, co-chair, Poster Session Committee; Erin Dorney, co-chair, Virtual Conference Committee; Marie L. Radford, co-chair, Contributed Papers Committee. The moderators have written winning proposals and served on previous National Conference committees responsible for selecting proposals.

If you have any questions about the ACRL 2011 conference or the virtual conference, I strongly encourage you to attend the chat! It’s free, open to the public and takes place in a Meebo chat room. Keep in mind that only 80 people can join the chat on a first-come-first-served basis.While most of these library celebs will be talking about how to write a winning proposal, I’ll be on hand to answer any questions about the virtual conference and explain what the committee is looking for and hoping to achieve with the virtual conference this year. I am also willing to take any feedback or suggestions you have back to the rest of the committee.

If you’re thinking about sending in a proposal, you have until May 10, 2010 to submit contributed papers, panel sessions, preconferences, and workshops. You have until November 1, 2010 to send in submissions for cyber zed shed presentations, poster sessions, roundtable discussions, and virtual conference webcasts. Check out the full call for proposals at the ACRL 2011 website.

So, what are you going to submit for the conference? I have a few random ideas rolling around in my head… If you have any questions about the ACRL Virtual Conference, please let me know!

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March 29, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Spread the Word – Opportunities for Recognition.

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Although I try to avoid blog postings that simply list a bunch of online links & news, there are a couple of exciting things that I want to share with everyone. I have succumbed! These are some great ways to recognize how libraries and librarians have impacted your life. I encourage you to disseminate information about these opportunities widely!

The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award
Librarians in our nation’s 123,000 libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans every day. Now is your chance to tell us why we should shine the spotlight on a librarian at your public, school, college, community college or university library. Nominate your librarian for the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award! Up to ten librarians will be honored. Each will receive $5,000 and be recognized at an awards ceremony hosted by The New York Times at The Times Center in December 2008. All winners will be announced in early November.

  • Nominations for librarians who work in public libraries closed on October 1st.
  • Nominate a librarian at a college, community college or university! Nominations open for college, community college, and university librarians on September 2 and must be completed by October 15.
  • Nominate a school library media specialist! Nominations open for school library media specialists on September 2 and must be completed by October 15.

Library Journal Movers & Shakers
The editors of Library Journal need your help in identifying emerging leaders in the library world. Our eighth annual Movers & Shakers supplement, distributed with our March 15, 2009, issue will profile 50-plus up-and-coming innovative, creative individuals from across the United States, Canada, and around the world.

From librarians to vendors to others who work in the library field, Movers & Shakers 2009 will celebrate the professionals who are moving our libraries ahead. Deadline for submissions is November 10, 2008. For a nomination form, go to See 2008 Movers & Shakers by clicking the linked image above.

Electronic Resources & Libraries Annual Conference 2009
The ER&L Conference is currently offering scholarships and awards for their annual conference. In addition, they are having a tee shirt design contest! You don’t have to be attending the conference to submit a tee shirt design. The deadline for design submissions is 5 pm EST on Friday, Oct. 31, 2008 and they will be voted on during the first week in November. You can find more information about the design competition, conference, scholarships and awards here:

ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year
Do you have a colleague or coworker, boss or librarian on your staff that you would like to recognize for their contributions to the profession? Nominations are open for Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. This award annually recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant contribution to academic or research librarianship and library development. An award of $5,000 will be presented by YBP Library Services.  We need your help to identify individuals that are deserving of this prestigious award. The Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award committee is currently accepting nominations, and the deadline is December 5, 2008.  More information about the award can be found in the Awards section of the ACRL Web site,

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October 2, 2008 at 4:23 PM

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2009 ALA Emerging Leader.

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It’s nice to get a dose of support every now and then.

Although only going from New York to Pennsylvania, my move in July of 2008 was a first. I grew up along the shore of Lake Ontario, schlepping through the snow and ice with every lake effect storm. After moving closer to the city of Rochester for college, I began to learn about and enjoy participating in a more urban lifestyle. Leaving home for my first job after graduate school meant leaving behind family (my parents, two younger brothers, uncle and grandmother), friends (from preschool, high school, college and beyond), colleagues, pets, beloved city haunts (The Little, Boulder Coffee Company, California Rollin’), and more. In the biggest step of my life thus far, I felt as though I was literally jumping out of the safety net.

But hark! I was simply climbing from one net to another! During my second month as a Pennsylvania resident, I was notified that out of numerous applicants, I was selected as the 2009 Pennsylvania Library Association sponsored ALA Emerging Leader. Today I received the official notification that I was selected and will be a member of the 2009 Emerging Leader class. Almost overshadowing my joy regarding attending my first ALA Midwinter Meeting (in Denver, CO) and ALA Annual Conference (in Chicago, IL) is the overwhelming feeling of support I have gained from my new state colleagues. To be selected as a future Pennsylvania library leader speaks volumes about the willingness of the association (and via top down governance, the entire state) to accept, appreciate, and support (financially, professionally, and emotionally) librarians of the future.

And so, Oscar-acceptance-speech-stylie, I would like to extend my thanks to the following people who helped make this possible: Bob, Morna & Jen for writing me countless letters of recommendations, my interim library director Marjorie for committing to support my attendance in this program even before I came to work at Millersville, the Pennsylvania Library Association & South Central Chapter for supporting me as a new librarian, and my family and the boyf for not slapping me upside the head during the tense months we all spent waiting to hear if I was selected!

More details to come!

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September 19, 2008 at 7:12 PM