Spring 2012 ACRL E-Learning

Pinterest and Academia (Webcast: April 24, 2012): Pinterest in a virtual pinboard for “pinning” images you discover online. It serves as a way to discover or share pictures and infographics and visually curate online resources for your own use or collaboratively. Learn about Pinterest and its usage, outline the technology trends represented by Pinterest and their impacts on libraries and information usage, explore academic and library applications, and discover projects to try at your library .

May/ June:

Embedded Librarians: Integrating Information Literacy Instruction at the Point of Need (Webcast: May 1, 2012): More and more libraries are adopting embedded librarianship as an approach to creating an integrated and sustained library instruction presence in classes across the curriculum. In this webcast, embedded librarians will describe examples of successful projects across the range of academic levels and departments, including both online and on-campus instruction.

Managing Student Assistants (Online Seminar: May 14 – June 1, 2012): Find out how to get the best performance from your student workers. Through a variety of exercises and discussions find out how to write job descriptions, “sell” your job to prospective student assistants, financial aid basics, interviewing techniques, the importance of training, coaching & counseling and staff retention strategies.

UX + VR FTW (Webcast: May 22, 2012): User experience plus virtual reference for the win!  Gain a better understanding of user experience methods and philosophies, and how these relate to library public services. Learn about practical tips for identifying opportunities to optimize virtual services, and strategies for securing buy-in from administration and staff.

Google Scholar and Institutional Repositories: Improving IR Discovery (Webcast: June 6, 2012): Kenning Arlitsch and Patrick O’Brien from the University of Utah have been conducting research on search engine optimization for digital repositories, with a special emphasis on institutional repositories (IRs). This work has revealed technical and administrative reasons many institutional repositories have a low indexing ratio in Google Scholar. Join us for a fascinating look into this complex issue and what you can do about it.

More information is available on the ACRL e-Learning website.

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