ACRL announces Midwinter workshops

ACRL is offering three professional development workshops in conjunction with the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver. Registration is now open for the January 23 workshops.

-Bring it on Home! Creating Custom Search Plug-ins for Your Library
(1:00 — 4:30 p.m,  Friday, January 23)
Discover how to create search plug-ins for web browsers and the social networking site Through use of real life examples and hands-on instruction, the workshop presenters will illustrate how to deliver currently existing online content and services in the form of a plug-in. Speakers: Paul Beatty, Distance Learning Librarian; and Erin McCaffrey, Digital Systems Librarian, Regis University.

-Do You Q? Looking at Your Users in a New Way! (1:00 — 4:30 p.m., Friday, January 23)
Do you need to know what your users are thinking? Of course! But, how? Using Q Method you can measure the qualitative, fuzzy opinions of users in a quantitative way. Making strategic plans, evaluating new services, developing staff training programs –  all of these can be helped with Q Method. Speaker: Mary Wilkins Jordan, Doctoral Student, University of North Carolina

-Nobody Told Me I’d Have to Teach! Strategies for the Accidental Librarian (9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 23)
Many people become librarians because of a love of research and reading or a strong commitment to public service – not because they love getting up in front of groups and teaching. Yet academic librarians are more and more frequently finding themselves thrust into the teaching spotlight by the increasing demand for library skills and information literacy programs. This sworkshop uses a little lecture mixed with a lot of discussion and meaningful activities to explore some pedagogical fundamentals that will help you become better in the classroom. Speakers: Michelle Drumm, Emerging Technology Trainer; and Laura Coons, Instructor, General Education, Johnson and Wales University.

Complete workshop details are available online.  The advance registration deadline is December 5, 2009.