Academic Libraries

Save the date for Academic Libraries 2019:
March 15, 2019


Academic Libraries 2018


Join us Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Wayne State University for Academic Libraries 2018. This one-day event shares best practices, emerging trends, career advancement, mentorship and future goals for academic libraries.

This year, Academic Libraries focuses on research, publishing and presenting. You'll learn how research can influence collection development and the implications of diversity, inclusion and equity issues for education research and research libraries. Plus, gain practical tips on publishing and presenting within the library community, explore writing resources and more.


March 8, 2018  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Wayne State University Student Center

Room Hilberry EF - 204  5221 Gullen Mall 

Detroit, MI 48202 

(313) 577-4585


Thursday, March 8, 2018

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. 
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Jon E. Cawthorne, Ph.D, Wayne State University Library System and the University’s School of Information Sciences

9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Panel Discussion

To Research, Or Not to Research, What is the Question?
Academic librarians play an important role in helping to build knowledge within the library profession through research, presentation and publishing. The panelists will share advice and strategies for librarians who want and/or need to conduct research as part of their professional practice at different stages of their career. Why is doing research important? Where can you find inspiration? How do you make sure it is meaningful to you and others? What training and resources are available? What are some habits that help support your scholarly endeavors?
Helen Look, Alexandra Peterson Rivera, Karen Downing

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.  

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Round Table Discussions

  • Selecting a Topic / Finding Inspiration
  • Developing Habits / Time Management
  • Forming a Writing Group
  • Tips for Presenting
  • How to Get Published

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
Participating, Presenting, and Publishing 
This session will give attendees practical tips and concrete strategies on how to participate, present, and publish within the library profession. Presenters will discuss poster sessions, planning presentations, finding ways to publish, networking, and joining committees.
Martha Stuit, Delta College; Joanna Thielen, Oakland University; Molly Ledermann, Washtenaw Community College

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Writing Resources: WRT Zone

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.  
Advocacy Update
Gail Madziar, Michigan Library Association

After Hours
Join your colleagues and “Try the QLine
Attendees will walk to the Q-line stop and take the Q-line loop through Detroit’s Midtown, Downtown and New Center areas. Only $1.50 for a 3 hour ticket per person, credit cards and cash accepted at the stop.

Registration Rates

Early Bird Ends: February 14, 2018
Regular Registration Ends: February 26, 2018





Early Bird 

By 2/14/18        




By 2/26/18 



10 Days Out/Onsite* 




*subject to space limitations 

Continental breakfast and lunch included with registration.


Parking is $8.50 to $12 max for guests, depending on structure.  It requires a credit card or debit card to park. Parking information can be found at:

General parking map:

Structure 1 is recommended

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing by email no later than ten (10) business days prior to the program in order to qualify for a refund. A $25.00 processing fee will be applied to all cancelled registrations. Within ten (10) business days of the event, no refund will be issued. No-shows will be invoiced.

Questions can be directed to [email protected] or 517-394-2774.