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AMICAL 2015, American University in Bulgaria, 27-30 May, Call for proposals now open


AMICAL 2015 - Conference information & Call for proposals

December 18, 2014 by jgima

Clearing thresholds: information literacy & faculty–librarian–technologist collaboration

The AMICAL Consortium, together with the American University in Bulgaria, are pleased to launch the AMICAL 2015 conference website, which includes information about the schedule, speakers, venue, sponsors and program proposals.

This year’s AMICAL Conference will give special focus to information literacy, and in particular to new conceptual frameworks for information literacy in the context of international American universities.

The program will also cover a broad range of other topics related to libraries, technology and learning, with sessions ranging from conceptual talks to hands-on workshops to unconference sessions created during the event.

Staff and faculty from AMICAL member institutions are invited to propose program sessions for AMICAL 2015, with proposals particularly encouraged from the following areas:

  • Information literacy, learning models and pedagogy
  • Students as creators & collaborators
  • Digital humanities
  • Marketing and communication of library and information services
  • Assessment of library and information services
See Proposals for complete guidelines and the form for submitting proposals.

AMICAL webinar November 6 on Threshold Concepts and Information Literacy

October 16, 2014 by jgima

AMICAL Currents 2014-2015   |  November 6 webinar

Threshold Concepts and the ACRL Information Literacy Framework: An Introduction 

The new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy has been inspired by threshold concepts, an emerging theory that urges instructors to engage students in the Big Ideas that guide their discipline. Threshold concepts represent a strikingly different approach to information literacy than has previously been widely implemented by most librarians. This webinar will provide an introduction to the theory, with a focus on how threshold concepts can shape information literacy instruction. We will discuss the form and function of the ACRL Framework as well as offer some examples of what teaching with Threshold Concepts looks like in the library classroom. For more information, publications, and past presentations, please visit

Invited Speakers:

Lori Townsend is an Assistant Professor and the Learning Services Coordinator for the University Libraries at the University of New Mexico. She holds a BA in History from the University of New Mexico and a MLIS from San Jose State University.

Silvia Lu is a Reference and Social Media Librarian and Assistant Professor at LaGuardia Community College, a CUNY institution. Silvia holds a BA in Literature and Government from Claremont McKenna College, a MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a MA in English Literature from the University of New Mexico.


Thursday, 6 November 2014, 6:30-8:00am US Mountain time (see local time conversion)


Online - Adobe Connect (link and instructions will be posted to the AMICALconnect event page the week before the event; AMICAL members not on AMICALconnect can create an account)

AMICAL 2015: 27-30 May at the American University in Bulgaria

October 6, 2014 by jgima

The AMICAL Consortium, together with the American University in Bulgaria, are pleased to announce that AMICAL 2015, our 12th Annual Meeting & Conference, will be held 27–30 May on the AUBG campus in Blagoevgrad.

See the AMICAL 2015 Conference site for more information.

American University in Bulgaria to host AMICAL 2015

July 3, 2014 by jgima

The American University in Bulgaria has graciously offered to host our consortium's next annual conference, AMICAL 2015. Our initial planning meeting was held today, and we expect that another great conference for AMICAL librarians, technologists and faculty is on its way for next year! 

The dates are likely to fall around late May or early June; we will post the finalized dates in September, so keep an eye on this site and our various social media channels for announcements (@AMICALnet on Twitter, and for members: AMICALconnect and the AMICAL Facebook group).

A Program Committee will begin work in September. We will take into account suggestions that were already offered in AMICAL 2014 evaluations, but members should feel free to send to other suggestions you have for the program - in particular for themes, topics, session types or speakers to invite. 

Raise awareness about AMICAL and the conference with local colleagues!
The official conference web site will be launched this fall. For now, direct those less familiar with AMICAL to our member institution list and to the 'About' page from the 2014 conference web site, which describes the event generally and lists the themes covered by previous conferences.

Streamed sessions, social media, and AMICALconnect: Participate in AMICAL 2014 even if you're not in Athens

May 13, 2014 by jgima

Under the theme of student engagement and learning spaces, AMICAL 2014 brings together librarians, technologists and faculty from 26 American international universities 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.

If you're unable to attend the conference, you can still participate through the streamed and recorded conference sessions, through the sharing and conversations on social media, and through online discussions on AMICALconnect:

Streamed and recorded conference sessions

For the first time in an AMICAL conference, our keynote presentations, as well as a number of other talks, will be streamed live. Go to Watch AMICAL 2014 on the conference website for links to the streamed sessions and locally converted session times. Recordings will be posted to that same page after the conclusion of the conference. For descriptions of these talks, see the online schedule.

Social media

The tag amical2014 will be tying together our interactions on social media related to the conference. In particular, we'll be using Twitter, Flickr and Slideshare, but other platforms are welcome too. You can find an amical2014 Twitter feed on the conference website and (for members) on AMICALconnect

Online discussions on AMICALconnect

For more substantial and persistent discussions, AMICAL members can participate via the AMICALconnect Forum, where the amical2014 tag should be added to any conference-related posts. Discussion Groups and other discussion-oriented sessions will nominate a participant to post a brief report to the Forum, so that other participants, and AMICAL members unable to attend, can see what was discussed and get involved in follow-up discussion.

Members can also interact using AMICALconnect chat.