Major programs, and some recent initiatives under development, are listed below.
Programs without links below will have information posted in the coming months. Contact us with questions about any of these activities.
AMICAL-organised professional development events
Our annual conference on libraries, technology and learning at international American universities, hosted by a different of member institution each year.
All our events, including our in-person workshops and online events.
Grants to support individual staff and faculty members for professional development but also local and collaborative projects related to digital scholarship, digital collections, digital pedagogy, and library innovation.
Financial support for the organization and delivery of thematic professional development events targeting participation by multiple member institutions.
Other programs or initiatives
A joint project—coordinated by Jeff Gima, AMICAL Director and Kara Malenfant, senior staff member at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)—to support AMICAL members in sharing, with each other and with colleagues in the U.S., their experiences of library collaboration with faculty and technologists.
Membership in the OCLC cooperative & access to core WorldCat-based library services (RESPOND program) and group pricing on other OCLC services.
Institutional research & assessment
- Cooperative participation in ECAR (EDUCAUSE) and other surveys related to technology use and information literacy.
- Coordinated studies of library user communities at member institutions, using ethnographic methods, surveys, etc.
- Collection and sharing of institutional research data for benchmarking.
- See our archive of past studies & surveys and library satisfaction surveys.
Group pricing on e-resources (library databases), as well as access to other technology resources.
Surveys, focus groups and other studies of information literacy instruction at member institutions.
AMICAL is currently developing guidelines and professional development resources to support the development of digital collections supporting local teaching and learning activities.
We help bridge AMICAL members across institutional, geographic and professional boundaries primarily through our community forum: AMICAL Connect.