Friday, September 05, 2008

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: CUBL Breakfast, SLA 2009 in Washington, D.C.

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: CUBL Breakfast, SLA 2009 in Washington, D.C.

I am currently planning the CUBL breakfast for next year’s SLA Conference in Washington, D.C. and am looking for people interested in sharing their experiences or research with their colleagues. Attending the Annual Conference is always energizing. We should capitalize on that energy by sharing ideas that can be implemented when we all return to our own libraries. Do you want to share your ideas? If so, then read on.

This year’s theme will be “Trends in Business School Outreach: Connecting to Faculty and Students” Some proposed topics include:

Embedded librarianship. Although this topic has been covered at SLA in the past, it continues to evolve and grow as more and more classes are being offered through distance programs. Have you had a good experience with it. Would you like to offer advice for those who have not yet become embedded librarian?

Outreach to business school faculty. Have you been successful in reaching out to your business faculty? Have you increased library instruction requests? How have you been creative in getting them to use and promote the library’s resources? Who are key people to have on your side?

Connecting with business students. How have you marketed yourself and your services to business school students? Do you provide handouts, workshops or individual research sessions? Have you created a “library buzz,” or are you known as “library-guy (or gal)”?

Perceptions and use of library resources after library instruction. What are students saying after your library instruction sessions? What works and what does not? Can professors see a difference in the quality of student work after a library session?

If you are interested in speaking (15 minutes or so) on any of these topics, or if there other topics you think may be of interest to CUBL members, please let me know. We have spots for three (3) speakers. You’ll have to come up with your own clever presentation title, though!


Jeff Graveline
CUBL Membership Chair


Jeffrey D. Graveline, J.D., M.L.I.S.
Reference Librarian for Business & Government Documents
Mervyn H. Sterne Library, University of Alabama at Birmingham
(205) 934-6364