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Following is a list of statewide communities of practice in Maryland public and regional libraries.  Members share similar professional roles in their organizations.  They meet together to network, share best practices, develop in their role, collaborate on statewide projects, and provide expertise statewide.  These groups proceed to meet and coordinate with the encouragement of the libraries that employ their members, and the Maryland State Library. 

Adult Programming
Members in the roles of adult services supervisor for their library system meet bi-monthly to share best practices, ideas, and training.  Members of the Youth Services group are invited.

Listserv: yes; Please contact the co-chairs to be added
Chairpersons: Buff Kahn, Adult Services Supervisor, Carroll County Public Library and Rebecca (Becky) Hass, Programming & Outreach Manager, Anne Arundel County Public Library
MSL Liaison: Nini Beegan
 


Cybersecurity
Members meet to share experiences and resources related to cybersecurity in Maryland public libraries. Identify and articulate emerging cybersecurity related staff and public needs including software, hardware, policies, and training.  Collaborate on local, regional, and statewide cybersecurity projects and programs.  Membership includes those in the role of IT Director in each library, plus a representative from MDLIBTECH and Staff Development.
 
Meets quarterly:  Virtually (twice) and In-person (twice, with virtual option)
Listserv: yes
Please contact the chairperson to be added to the list
Chairperson:  Ryan Rickels, IT Director, Harford County Public Library
MSL Liaison: Nini Beegan
 
 
Data & Statistics 
Members meet to discuss best practices for collecting, managing and conveying data and statistics in their library systems and statewide. 
 
Listserv: yes
MSL Liaison: Yana Demireva, Maryland State Library
Yana will work with the group to determine meeting schedule
 
Tableau group continues to meet regularly to share learning on this data visualization tool.  Monthly online lunch and learns are held to discuss Tableau related topics. The contact is Colin Khem, Colin Khem, Business Intelligence Analyst, Prince George's County Memorial Library System.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Members meet to discuss projects and practices related to equity, diversity, and inclusion in Maryland libraries.  Their focus relates to staff needs in non-administrator roles in Maryland Libraries.  This group liaisons with the State of Maryland Task Force for Diversity & Inclusion in Libraries.  

Chairpersons:  Cassandra Miller, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer, Baltimore County Public Library, and Jaleen Walker, Staff Development Coordinator, Prince George's County Memorial Library
MSL Liaison: Nini Beegan
 
 
 
Human Resources 
Members meet to discuss various HR-related issues to include but not limited to legislation, current trends, policies and procedures, staffing concerns, etc. 
 
Meets 2-3 times per year, in-person
 
Listserv: Yes. To be added to the contact list and listserv, please email Andrea Beichler, PHR, Human Resources Specialist, Harford County Public Library and include “MD HR Listserv” in the subject line. In the email, please include your contact information - name, library system, position title, mailing address, phone number including extension, email address, fax.
 
Hosting: Rotates each meeting
MSL Liaison: Nini Beegan (Temporary)


Inclusion & Accessibility
Public and school library staff members meet to share, learn, and create goals in the area of inclusive and accessible library services and programs. This Community of Practice focuses on all kinds of disabilities, with the intended targeted audience to be youth (birth to 21). 

Meets virtually, third Wednesday of each month
Chair: LaShawn Myles, Youth Librarian of the MD Library for the Blind & Print Disabled
MSL Liaison: Carrie Sanders
 
 
Marketing
Members meet to network, to learn and to discuss various Marketing & Communication issues. Statewide projects such as One Maryland One Book and Choose Civility are discussed, as are best practices for effective messaging, advocacy, and marketing/media strategies.
 
Meets quarterly, in-person
Listserv:Yes - Please contact chairperson to be added to the list
 hair: Ashley Biggs, Outreach Librarian, MD Library for the Blind & Print Disabled
MSL Liaison: Nini Beegan
 
 
MDLIBTECH exists to provide a forum where Maryland public and regional library information technology staff can share our expertise and insight, and to provide a framework for efficient learning and collaboration among the membership.  The membership is composed of Maryland public and regional library technology specialists, generalists and enthusiasts, and representatives from the Maryland State Library.  
 
MDLIBTECH has been a sponsor of the MD Tech Connect event since the event's inception in 2015. For the last four years, Tech Connect has served as the group's December meeting.
 
Meets every other month
Website: http://mdlibtech.weebly.com
Yes - Please join the listserv via the website
Chair: Kevin Middleton, Network Specialist, MD Library for the Blind & Print Disabled
MSL Liaison: Nini Beegan
 
 
Staff Development 
The Maryland Staff Development Coordinators group exists to provide a framework for effective and efficient collaboration of statewide staff development projects and programs, and to share staff development experiences and resources. Members work together to Identify and articulate emerging staff development and training needs.
 
Meets quarterly (twice in-person, twice online) - The June in-person meeting is typically a planning meeting
 
Listserv: Yes 
Chairs: Maurice Coleman, Technical Trainer, Harford County Public Library and Katie George, Professional Development Instructor, Howard County Library System
MSL Liaison: Nini Beegan
 

Workforce, Business, and Career
Members meet monthly to share ideas and collaborate on workforce, business, and career programs and services in public libraries. 
Chairs:  Julie Brophy, Baltimore County Public Library and Lunden Gillespie, Prince Georges County Memorial Library
MSL Liaison: Nini Beegan 






 
Youth Services
The Maryland Youth Services Coordinators group exists to provide a framework for effective and efficient collaboration of statewide youth services best practices, to network, and to share ideas, experiences and resources regarding early literacy, school-age, STEM, and teen services.  This group identifies emerging trends in youth services and their training needs. The Summer Reading Advisory Council (SRAC) is a sub-group of this community, led by Janet Vogel, Frederick County, and meets as needed to discuss pertinent issues regarding summer reading programs. 
 
Meets twice a year, in-person, in November and April.  Additional meeting are held online, as needed. ) 
Listserv: Yes
MSL Liaison: Carrie Sanders
 
 
 

 
 
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