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AMICAL is an international consortium of American-model, liberal arts institutions of higher learning. Our mission is to advance learning, teaching and research through the collaborative development of library and information services and curricular resources at member institutions. [More...]

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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 events@amicalnet.org 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.

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 events@amicalnet.org .

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 events@amicalnet.org .

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).
 

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