ACRL, Syracuse University and WISE present online course

ACRL is partnering with Syracuse University and the Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) Consortium to offer WISE+: Contemporary Academic Librarianship, an online continuing education opportunity taught by ACRL Past President Julie Todaro this fall.

The three-month, asynchronous course examines 21st century academic libraries (community college, college and university) within the context of higher education, scholarly communication and the world of contemporary publishing. Course content includes issues related to the library’s social, political and legislative environments; managerial and administrative principles and practices including staff organization and supervision, fiscal and legal responsibilities, clientele/constituents, typical and unique services (ex. social networking, information literacy) and collections, physical and virtual settings, marketing and public relations; leadership; advocacy (within higher education and external to the organization); information technology; operational and strategic planning; evaluation and assessment; managing change; community, collaboration and partnerships; along with current issues (such as development and the competitive academy) and future trends in academic libraries.

Contemporary Academic Librarianship is funded by WISE+, a program made possible by generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. With WISE+, WISE member schools partner with LIS associations to develop and offer courses suitable for both graduate credit and continuing education. Many WISE+ instructors are practicing librarians with immense practical knowledge in their subject area, and course topics are developed to reflect current issues in the field. The result is a dynamic classroom where LIS students and professionals network and share ideas.

Complete course details and a link to the syllabus are available on the WISE website. Seating is limited and the deadline for enrollment is August 10, 2008. ACRL members interested in registering for the course for non-matriculated graduate credit at Syracuse University should contact Kathleen Schisa at for cost and enrollment information.