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Instruction, Happy Hours and Journal Clubs at the ACRL MD

At the ACRL chapter in Maryland, we’re having an active year creating a variety of opportunities for our members to collaborate and network year-round.ACRL MD Happy Hour

We set up an Instruction Observation Network for our members by compiling a list of academic librarian volunteers willing to be observed in their bibliographic instruction sessions or in their for-credit classes. Those interested in observing can contact a librarian off of the list. The Instruction Observation Network will allow us to see how others approach similar information literacy topics, and will give us the opportunity to observe others teaching in a completely different subject area. We hope this Instruction Observation Network inspires colleagues to try new techniques and use one another as teaching resources.

Our ACRL MD Happy Hours give us a chance to unwind and meet each other in a casual setting. Our first one of the academic year was in September in Baltimore, which had an excellent turnout and included members, other librarians, and family and friends. Future ones will be held in locations across the state to include as many of our members as possible. We are also planning a winter happy hour to team up with the Developing Emerging and Aspiring Librarians group, the former student interest group.

On a more scholarly note, we held an online journal discussion group last year to talk about articles from ACRL’s College & Research Libraries.  This year we decided continue the discussions by hosting regular online groups every other month. Once the latest issue of College & Research Libraries is published, the discussion host of the month sends out a poll to select the articles our members are most interested in reading. Our ACRL MD members can remotely join the online room where we talk about three articles from the journal and application to our own work.

Natalie Burclaff

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