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AMICAL 2014 program proposal responses sent

March 12, 2014 by jgima

As of yesterday, responses have been sent for all program proposals for AMICAL 2014. If you proposed a program session and have not received a reponse, please contact .

A tentative program including information about all sessions will be posted on the conference site in the next few weeks.

Conference attendees from AMICAL institutions: please remember to register for the conference by 20 March in order to receive support for registration fee and (for Full/Affiliate members) hotel. 

AMICAL Currents webinar 13 March: Tools & methods for understanding AMICAL's library communities with Ithaka S+R

March 11, 2014 by jgima

AMICAL members:

Join us Thursday for a webinar looking at two ways AMICAL can collaborate with Ithaka S+R to gain strategic insight on our library communities. Roger Schonfeld will talk about Ithaka's faculty and now student surveys of library expectations, and how they might be adapted for AMICAL institutions; Nancy Foster will talk about ethnographic methods for studying library communities and how we might expand upon previous work in this area among AMICAL institutions. Together they will address how these methods complement each other to develop a clearer understanding of our library communities, providing a sound basis for strategic planning that supports our institutional missions.

Guest speakers:

WHEN: Thursday, 13 March 2014, 7:30-9:00am US eastern time (see local time conversion)
Instructions for attending the webinar have been sent by email to AMICAL members and posted to the event page on AMICALconnect (AMICAL members not on AMICALconnect can create an account). Questions about the event may be sent to .

AMICAL Currents webinar on 11 February: Alternatives to high-cost textbooks - The UMass Amherst Open Education Initiative

January 22, 2014 by jgima

Seeking alternatives to high-cost textbooks: a Case Study of the UMass Amherst Open Education Initiative

The high cost and lack of availability of commercial print textbooks is a major concern to both students and their parents. To address these concerns, the Provost's Office and the University Libraries of the University of Massachusetts Amherst launched the Open Education Initiative in the Spring of 2011, having saved over $750,000 to date. This model has an implementation strategy that is easy for others to adopt.

Guest speakers:

  • Jay Schafer (Director of Libraries, UMass Amherst)
  • Marilyn Billings (Scholarly Communication & Special Initiatives Librarian, UMass Amherst)
WHEN: Tuesday, 11 February 2014, 9:00am-10:00am US eastern time (see local time conversion)
This is the second webinar of AMICAL Currents, a series of webinars for AMICAL members on hot topics of interest to librarians, technologists and faculty. AMICAL Currents invites key thinkers and practitioners on each topic to join us for an hour-long webinar, including a presentation followed by Q&A.

The webinar is open to anyone in the AMICAL community. Information about how to join the webinar, and any updates for the event, will be posted to the event page on AMICALconnect (requires AMICAL membership).

2014 AMICAL Conference - Announcement & Call for Proposals

December 20, 2013 by jgima

The American College of Greece

Athens, 14-17 May 2014

Photo by Arian Zwegers (CC-BY 2.0)

About the AMICAL Conference


AMICAL's annual conference is the one opportunity each year for AMICAL members to meet face to face with colleagues from the other American international universities in AMICAL, to discuss shared problems and solutions, and to hear from exceptional thinkers and practitioners whose work is influencing library and information services in higher education. 

March 2014 workshop for faculty and instructional techs: Engage Students in Creative Multimedia Production

November 21, 2013 by jgima

AMICAL is pleased to sponsor "Engage Students in Creative Multimedia Production,” a workshop organized by the American University in Kosovo in collaboration with the American University in Cairo.

The workshop will be held 21-22 March 2014 at the American University in Kosovo and is aimed primarily at faculty and instructional technologists with experience or interest in working together to support student multimedia content production as a tool for engaging students while promoting and assessing their learning. There will be a limited number of registrations available to students that have done exceptional multimedia work with their attending professors.

Basic information will be posted publicly on the workshop page here on, but AMICAL members will find the most complete and up to date information posted to the workshop hub on AMICALconnect (AMICAL membership required).

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