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Maine Academic Libraries Day 2022: Concurrent Sessions 2 (1:00-2:00)

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Concurrent Sessions 2 (1:00-2:00)

Session Descriptions & Locations

(Re)introducing the Maine State Law & Legislative Reference Library (Presentation)

Maybe you've heard of us, but you're not quite sure what we do. Or maybe you don't know we exist! Join us for an overview of the Law Library's collections and services, and learn what we have to offer students and researchers of history, politics, and the law.

Presenters:  Jessica Lundgren (Acting Principal Law Librarian, Maine State Law & Legislative Reference Library)

Location: Jewett 189


Student Library Advisory Board (SLAB): Giving Students a Seat at the Administrative Table (Workshop)

Are you struggling to find ways to engage students at your library and connect them with university resources? Look no further! In this workshop, the co-facilitators of USM’s Student Library Advisory Board (SLAB) and the facilitator from Colby College's Student Advisory Board (S.A.B) will share their success story of initiating and organizing their groups at their campus libraries as well as maintaining engagement throughout the pandemic.
The facilitators will give a brief presentation of what makes a SLAB or S.A.B.; what the groups have accomplished since their inception; and how all parties have benefited from the increased lines of communication and connection between students, libraries, and the wider university communities.
The workshop will include a variety of activities to help attendees brainstorm first steps toward starting a student library advisory board at their own institution. We will also provide handouts and additional resources so attendees can create a board that works for their library and campus community.
Participants in the workshop will leave understanding the purpose of a student advisory board, the basic underpinnings of creating and managing a student advisory board, and with a good foundation to kick-start their own advisory board.

Presenters:  Elizabeth Bull (Library Specialist, University of Southern Maine), Megan Mac Gregor (Outreach & Instruction Librarian, University of Southern Maine), Carrie Bell-Hoerth (Library Specialist, University of Southern Maine), Bonnie Paige (Research and Development Librarian, Colby College).

Location: Jewett 291


Programming with intention: Re/engaging diverse learner communities (Roundtable Discussion)

Libraries across Maine are developing a wide range of engaging, educational programs to meet the needs and interests of diverse learners near and far. These programs often aim to build community, enhance skills and capacities, showcase collections, and/or advance creative and scholarly work. Let's gather to share and spark ideas that we can take back to our workplace or learning environment!

Questions we'll consider include:

  • What types of programming are libraries creating?
  • What programming works and for whom?
  • What have we learned about programming during COVID times?
  • What have we re/learned about learner needs and interests?
  • What do we need to succeed?
  • What are opportunities for connection and collaboration?
  • What have we seen others doing that we want to try?


Whether you're in a public-facing position or doing your work behind the scenes, or you fall somewhere in between or beyond those bounds, let's talk! We encourage you to bring questions and insights to share with attendees.

Jen Bonnet will facilitate this roundtable. Jen is a librarian at the University of Maine, and has collaboratively designed a range of online, asynchronous programs called Challenges on topics like misinformation, news literacy, advanced research techniques, racial justice, and LGBTQIA2+ awareness and allyship.

Presenter:  Jen Bonnet (Librarian for Anthropology, Communication & Journalism, Native American Programs, and Nursing, University of Maine)

Location: Jewett 293