Maine Library Association

The Academic Interest Group (AIG) seeks to connect those working in Maine's private and public colleges and universities. This group will foster discussion on topics of interest to academic library staff of all types and levels, facilitate networking and the sharing of resources and best practices, and be a space for professional development. To join or for more information, contact the current Chair(s) listed below:

Academic Interest Group Chair Academic Interest Group Vice Chair

Elizabeth Bull (University of Southern Maine Libraries & Learning)

Donna Maher (University of Maine Augusta)

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Did you know that the MLA Academic Interest Group has it's own listserv separate from MELIBS? Well, it's true! To sign up, click on the Maine State Library website page hyperlinked here and subscribe to 'AcademicLibrarians'. 

Cohort Meetings & Discussions:

MLA Academic Interest Group member Amber Gray holds an online, drop-in Reference/Instruction Librarian discussion over Zoom on a bi-monthly basis. If you're interested in joining this group, would like to know more, or would like to receive the Zoom link, please email the Chair.

The current 2023-2024 academic year schedule for these meetings is listed below:

Every 2 months on the Second Fri, until Aug 9, 2024, 7 occurrence(s)

Aug 11, 2023 02:00 PM

Oct 13, 2023 02:00 PM

Dec 8, 2023 02:00 PM

Feb 9, 2024 02:00 PM

Apr 12, 2024 02:00 PM

Jun 14, 2024 02:00 PM

Aug 9, 2024 02:00 PM

There is now an Access Services Cohort of the Maine Library Association’s Academic Interest Group. The goal of this cohort is to foster connection and camaraderie between library staff who work in Access Services, Circulation, or other such departments in academic libraries across Maine. The current plan is to meet once a semester online via Zoom, in addition to the in-person conferences hosted by MLA. 

First Meeting -  Wednesday, November 8th at 1:00pm (Online via Zoom)

The Fall semester Zoom will be a guided conversation on Training Student Employees in access services. We ask participants to bring some examples of their student employee training methods as well as any questions, issues, or thoughts about training student employees. All participants will walk away with an accumulative list of the suggestions and methods mentioned during the session. 

Hosting this session are Laurie Mathes, University of New England, and Jerry Lund, University of Maine Orono. Liz Bull, University of Southern Maine and the MLA Academic Interest Group Chair, will also be present to facilitate the discussion. 

If you would like the Zoom link for this meeting or have additional programming ideas and are interested in helping us grow this cohort, please email:

Maine Library Association

55 N. Main Street, Unit 49

Belchertown, MA 01007


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