Author Archives: Margot Conahan

Upcoming ACRL e-Learning webcast – Navigating Without a Chart: Perspectives on the Basics of Acquisitions (4/20)

Are you a relatively new recruit to the world of acquisitions? Then this engaging, interactive introduction to the basics of this field is for you.  Explore a wide array of issues ranging from best practices for acquiring both monographs and serials in all formats to helpful tips to use when negotiating for large database and backfile purchases.

Learn the similarities and differences between acquisitions and collection development and how the use of those terms can vary from library to library. Grasp strategies for scheduling and offering campus-wide trials of new resources, for selecting vendors, and for making ordering decisions.  Compare academic and vendor budget cycles, learn how important these cycles can be to the timing of purchases, examine options for negotiating prices and access to resources, discuss possible licensing pitfalls and how to avoid them, and consider effective methods of communication with campus constituents.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a greater understanding of the overall scope of acquisitions and be better able to critically evaluate the opportunities available to them when negotiating for and ordering resources.
  • Learn about options and services provided by vendors that you may not have realized were possible.
  • Gain an enhanced understanding of specific strategies that can help you better utilize the options, resources, and support structures available in your career in library acquisitions.

Complete webcast details and registration materials are available online. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

Upcoming ACRL e-Learning Webcast: Essentials of Usability Design for Library Research Guides (3/8)

Web design, in the form of creating online research guides, has become a big part of many librarians’ jobs, but we’re rarely taught how to do it well. Most of us learn the nuts and bolts of how to make guides, without learning the principles of how to make them usable — the simple techniques of visual and textual design that can help us create guides that users will understand more easily, and stick around to use.  During this live interactive webcast offered at 1:00 p.m. Central, March 8, learn about principles of usability that can immediately improve your research guides.

Learning Outcomes

  • How usability design affects library users’ experience
  • What librarians don’t know — but need to — about web usability
  • Easy to use principles of usability that can immediately improve your research guides
  • Free resources to share with your librarians and guide authors to better inform your institutional style plans

Complete webcast details and registration materials are available online. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

ACRL SLILC Forum: Global Perspectives on Information Literacy

The ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee (SLILC) is excited to announce the first in a series of programming and events related to the forthcoming white paper, Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a dialogue for international understanding. The white paper was edited by the ACRL SLILC committee and consists of thirteen chapters written by IL theorists and practitioners from various regions of the world (Africa, Canada, Europe, Oceania, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East), including a foreword by Dr. Emma Coonan of University of East Anglia. The white paper gives important insight into themes, trends, and priorities for information literacy around the globe. Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a dialogue for international understanding will be published in March 2017.

View a preview of the white paper, the foreword written by Dr. Emma Coonan, “Towards a constructive unbalancing: The reflexive turn in information literacy” at this link.

Please join Merinda Kaye Hensley, past chair of SLILC, and Dr. Emma Coonan on February 28, 2017, for an ACRL SLILC online forum. Hensley and Coonan will outline the genesis of the white paper, as well as introduce the themes and highlights emerging from the work. Future programming and opportunities to engage with the authors, including a ACRL 2017 Conference panel and discussion, will be outlined.

The online forum will be held via Webex during the following time:

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:00 EST | 10:00 CST. For time in your time zone, please visit this link.

To attend this online forum, please register at: https://goo.gl/forms/u1HG6JENgqoKc8Oa2.

The online forum will be recorded and made available after the meeting.

For queries, please contact Alan Carbery at acarbery@champlain.edu or Merinda Kaye Hensley at mhensle1@illinois.edu.

ACRL 2017 Virtual Conference Registration Open

ACRL 2017 logoRegistration is now open for the ACRL 2017 Virtual Conference, offered March 22-24, 2017, during the ACRL 2017 conference in Baltimore. The Virtual Conference provides an affordable opportunity to participate in conference activities online. For librarians with reduced support for professional development or travel, the Virtual Conference is a great way to leverage a small investment into large learning opportunities.

Like its face-to-face counterpart, the ACRL 2017 Virtual Conference will run on a real-time schedule. The online conference features twelve live Webcasts, as well as asynchronous activities, allowing for convenient scheduling and flexibility. The Virtual Conference archive is available for one year and will include more than 200 slidecasts (PowerPoint slides or other presentations synced with audio of the speaker) from every contributed paper, TechConnect presentation, invited presentation, and panel session presented at the face-to-face conference, as well as select keynote presentations.

Registration materials are now available in the Virtual Conference section of the ACRL 2017 website. Individual and group registration rates are available. Register your institution as a group and participate in professional development with your colleagues all year long!

For more information about ACRL 2017, contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or (312) 280-2522.

February e-Learning webcasts

February may be the shortest month of the year but there’s plenty of opportunity to squeeze in some online learning.  ACRL is offering the following e-Learning webcasts to meet the demands of your schedule and budget.

Modern Pathfinders: Easy Techniques to Make Better Research Guides (February 2, 2017)
Librarians put many hours into creating research guides, and usage studies have shown that students use them very little. Learn some effective techniques of instructional design and web usability that any librarian can apply to make online guides better and more useful to your students, whether you’re using LibGuides or a home-brew system.

Charting a New Course for Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses in Higher Education (February 22, 2017)
Librarians often see “instructor” added to their growing list of responsibilities. This webcast dives into big-picture considerations for teaching library credit courses.  What does the future of credit-bearing information literacy courses look like?  Learn about both shared and individual experiences with incorporating the Framework, introducing new pedagogical models, internal and external challenges facing credit-bearing courses, and plans for future program growth.

Complete details and registration information for e-Learning webcasts are available on the ACRL website. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org for more information.

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