Registration is now open for the ACRL 2012 Spring Virtual Institute, Extending Reach, Proving Value: Collaborations Strengthen Communities. Held April 18-19, the 2012 ACRL Spring Virtual Institute will feature a keynote presentation, concurrent live webcasts and asynchronous lightning talks, allowing for convenient scheduling and flexibility. All program sessions will be recorded and made available in the archive. Registration materials are available on the ACRL website.
The 2012 ACRL Spring Virtual Institute seeks to unite all types of librarians around the mutual cause of reaching out to our constituencies. Whether they support faculty scholarship and student learning, facilitate connectedness and foster literacy in a town, or reach out online, all libraries operate in the context of a community. The institute will examine how libraries are capitalizing on community collaborations.
Keynote speaker John G. Palfrey Jr., Henry N. Ess III professor of law and vice dean for library and information resources at the Harvard Law School, will open the institute with a discussion on the Digital Public Library of America, an innovative and broad example of collaboration among many stakeholders and libraries. The institute also features live, interactive webcasts allowing for real-time interactions. The webcast schedule and program descriptions are online. Lightning talks are 5-8 minute asynchronous narrated presentations.