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Maine Academic Libraries Day

  • 12 Jun 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Colby College


  • Discounted rate for active Maine Library Association members.
  • For attendees without an active MLA membership.

Maine Academic Libraries Day

June 12, 2019 at Colby College: Lovejoy Building

Please note that registration is now closed 

Note to registrants:

Thanks for registering for Maine Academic Libraries Day. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday morning at 9am at Colby. We will be meeting in Lovejoy Lobby this year (as opposed to the Diamond Building, where MALD has typically been held in the past). It's number 19 on the map attached to this email. Please continue to park in the lot that's been used in the past (Mary Low, right next to the Diamond Building).

To help facilitate our discussion of the future of Maine Academic Libraries Day, please take the following brief survey:

Please click here for the campus map. 


9:00-9:30:  Breakfast/Registration

9:30-10:15:  Open discussion on the future of Maine Academic Libraries Day

10:25-11:10:  Networking-- moderated group discussion on the issues facing certain areas of academic librarianship

  • Teaching/Instruction/Reference

  • Public Service

  • Technical Service

  • Systems/Technology

  • Special Collections/Archives

  • Directors

11:20-12:10--Breakout 1

  • “Breakout” of the Information Literacy RutKate Russell (Director of Library and Information Resources, Unity College) and Sandra Abbott-Stout (Reference & Instruction Librarian, Unity College): The Unity Experience course offers all incoming students the opportunity to learn more about the various services available on campus. The library staff, while looking for alternatives to the presentation-style one-shot information literacy session, discovered Breakout EDU kits. These kits allowed the librarians to create an activity based on library and campus resources that encourage teamwork and critical thinking. Items in the kits such as combination locks, UV lights and markers, and mobile game creation tools were used by library staff to create an escape room experience in the classroom. We will provide an overview of the activity we created and provide an opportunity for attendees to take part in a short activity similar to what we use with our classes.

  • 3D Printing in the Library (and Beyond)Stephen LaRochelle (Director of Library Services, KVCC): During the past year, KVCC has made marked progress introducing 3D printing throughout the College...and beyond. Both College libraries launched self-service 3D printing initiatives. Academic programs, including Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Sustainable Agriculture, have integrated the technology into their curricula. Other departments, including Continuing Education, Liberal Studies, and Psychology, use 3D printing as a central focus for at least one of their courses. The College's 3D printing initiatives have also spread into the surrounding community, impacting arts organizations, organic farmers, and more. This session will outline our path to explosive 3D printing growth and also offer some explanations as to the reason for our success.

  • Digital Maine Library Databases and BeyondJamie Ritter (State Librarian) and James Jackson Sanborn (Executive Director, Maine InfoNet): Demonstrate and discuss/gather feedback on the EBSCO Discovery Service product "EDS" which provides a single, "google" like search across multiple databases.  Will also discuss other similar products, such as ProQuest's "Summon" product. The intention is to engage in a dialogue and gather feedback as to the benefits of such a search product as it relates to the Digital Maine Library databases, as well as to assess the need for such a product at individual Academic library organizations.

12:20-1:20:  Lunch

1:30-2:20:  Breakout 2

  • Digitizing Films for Faculty Use in CoursesStacey Brownlie, Stephen Hatch, Catherine Geren: UMA Libraries and Instructional Services presenters will demonstrate how to convert physical media to digital streams for use in academic learning management systems. Blackboard and Kaltura will be used while demonstrating (University of Maine System-wide licensed software).

  • Maine Reciprocal Borrowing PilotJamie Ritter (State Librarian), James Jackson Sanborn (Executive Director, Maine InfoNet), Ben Treat (Director, Bangor Public Library), Alisia Revitt (Library Systems Manager, Maine InfoNet), Eileen Richards (Library Systems Coordinator, Colby College), and Jerry Lund (Circulation Manager, University of Maine): Last fall, Maine State Library and Maine InfoNet assembled a 20+ person multitype library committee to explore statewide "walk-in" reciprocal borrowing. Consequently, an opt-in pilot program has been launched to expand upon and interconnect reciprocal borrowing agreements already existing throughout Maine. Learn more about this pilot directly from our State Librarian, Maine InfoNet Executive Director, and actively-engaged committee members. Ample time will be allotted for discussion and questions.  

  • Embracing Social Media in the Academic LibraryJeff Ferguson (Academic Support & Service Desk Manager, Thomas College): At Thomas College, social media channels have opened new roads when it comes to communicating with students, many who may not think of the library as more than just a study space or a place to borrow equipment. We’ve also found that social media allows us to get creative and have fun while marketing our services and events within the Thomas Library. In this session, we’ll discuss the various platforms available to you, including popular options like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You’ll learn how to create an account, ways to promote your library, and some creative ideas for student engagement. There will also be an opportunity to share ideas collaboratively and answer any questions you have regarding social media.

2:30-3:00: Ice cream break sponsored by Ex Libris

3:10-4:00: Breakout 3

  • Authority Work, BIBFRAME, and More: All Your Cataloging Questions, Answered!Cason Snow (Metadata Librarian/Cataloger, University of Maine): A roundtable discussion of technical services topics.

  • Captivating the Smartphone Generation: Creating interactive library displays that make students stop in their tracks--Anne Marie Engelsen (Science Reference Librarian, University of Maine): Library displays are a useful tool for communicating with our patrons, but libraries are constantly competing with technology and devices for students’ attention. Throughout the past year, Science Librarian Anne Marie Engelsen has worked with faculty and other campus departments to create engaging, informative, and interactive displays in the University of Maine’s Fogler Library on the topics of marine conservation, sustainable agriculture, and climate change. This presentation will explore and discuss the design and construction of displays (and one program) that pique the interest of today’s students. Come share your experiences with displays and leave with inspiration for your next one!

  • Undergraduate Citation Practices and Scholarly CommunicationHilary Baribeau (Research Librarian, Bates College): This presentation will provide an overview of the literature regarding the current state of undergraduate citation practices and how these practices impact both  the success of undergraduate research and the scholarly communication landscape. Gaps in the literature will be discussed as well as potential research opportunities to further develop this area of study.

A special thanks to our sponsor, Ex Libris! 

Registration for this event is now closed. Please direct all questions by email to We will be glad to assist you! 

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