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.
These programs may fund activities that support AMICAL’s mission – in particular in the following priority areas: library or technology leadership, information or digital literacies and the digital liberal arts.
They target in particular individuals who are local leaders in direct or indirect ways, and activities that are expected to have significant impact beyond the individual, reaching peers across their institution or across the consortium.
Aimed at individuals or small groups at member institutions, the Small Grants program funds training, staff exchanges and projects.
Small financial awards for the professional development of library staff at member institutions.
Financial support for the organization and delivery of thematic professional development events targeting participation by multiple member institutions.
Other programs or initiatives
Journal Club (discussion of recent professional literature), workshops, surveys, focus groups, and other projects organized by our Information Literacy Initiatives Committee.
A learning community with training and resource support for faculty-staff teams working on digital liberal arts initiatives.
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.
AMICAL has partnered with Library Juice Academy to provide our members with a 20% discount on course registration fees.
In addition to our events, we help bridge AMICAL members across institutional, geographic and professional boundaries through AMICAL Connect, our community forum.
We maintain a list of members’ digital projects (only accessible by other members) and digital collections. You may contact us to add projects or collections to these lists.
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. The project resulted in the publication of a book in April 2020.