Author Archives: Margot Conahan

ACRL E-Learning Webcast – Innovation Mindset

Join ACRL on Tuesday, June 13 for the e-Learning webcast Innovation Mindset: How Librarians Can Partner with Innovators and Entrepreneurs. The webcast will be held from 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern) | 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)| 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)| 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific).

Innovation and information are a natural duo. During this webcast, the presenters will share through an interview (talk show) approach how librarians can get involved with institutional innovation initiatives, such as medical device development, games, health care apps and innovative publishing outlets. Librarians can be involved throughout the entire innovation process. They can link innovators and entrepreneurs with relevant information resources and services, present innovation-focused workshops and consult individually with innovators and student teams.

The webcast will cover a multitude of topics, including discovering evidence-based information relevant to innovators and how to partner with innovators and gamers effectively. Librarians can enhance product and business start-up development. The presenters will give background on how their library houses the main health sciences innovation centers (i.e. creating emerging technologies—medical devices, games, apps, etc.), give a few case examples of how they’ve partnered with these co-located groups, then wrap-up with some recommendations for librarians who want to partner with innovators at their institutions. Audience questions will be taken at the end (roughly 15 minutes).

Complete details and registration materials are available on the ACRL website. Group registration and other discounts are available. Contact or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

Summer e-Learning from ACRL

ACRL is offering a variety of webcasts this summer to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. These interactive webcasts last 60-90 minutes and take place in an interactive online classroom; group discounts are available.  Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website.

June 2017

Beyond Worksheets: Using Instructional Technologies for Authentic Assessment of Student Learning (June 1, 2017)
Academic librarians are no strangers to assessment, but figuring out how to implement authentic assessment can be tricky. We all want our instruction to help students, but how do we know if they are actually learning? Better yet, how can we make this process enjoyable for both the educators (that’s us!) and the students? This webcast will examine the importance of designing authentic learning activities tied to information literacy learning outcomes.

Managing Change (June 8, 2017)
Managing change effectively requires paying as much (or more) attention to the human elements as the technical and operational ones. Understanding how people perceive change, how it affects them, and why they may not immediately embrace it will help you avoid many of the pitfalls on the way to implementation.  Analyze several different scenarios and practice techniques that you can use in real-life situations and conversations.

Innovation Mindset: How Librarians Can Partner with Innovators and Entrepreneurs (June 13, 2017)
Discover how librarians can get involved with institutional innovation initiatives, such as medical device development, games, health care apps and innovative publishing outlets. Find out ways to be involved throughout the entire innovation process.  Discover ways to partner with innovators at your institution.

July 2017

Essentials of Usability Design for Library Research Guides (July 12, 2017)
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.  Learn about easy to use principles of usability that can immediately improve your research guides.

Fighting Fake News with the ACRL Framework (July 20, 2017)
Explore strategies and techniques for teaching people the literacy skills they need to combat fake news. Examine factors, both historic and new, that contribute to the proliferation of fake news. Explore connections between information and news literacy skills. Discover ways to apply more traditional research and information literacy skills, such as source evaluation skills, to addressing fake news, and will gain ideas for new, interactive ways to help students handle fake news and misinformation.

Instruction Section Preconference – Teaching Information Literacy with a Social Justice Lens (6/23)

The ACRL Instruction Section is offering the full-day preconference, “Going with (and Growing with) the Framework: Teaching Information Literacy with a Social Justice Lens,” in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 23, 2017.

Through panel presentations and hands-on workshops, develop strategies and approaches for teaching the Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education that also incorporate a social justice lens. The transition from the Standards to the Framework has been challenging for many librarians, especially because the Framework calls for a conceptual approach to information literacy instruction, instead of relying on measurable, skills-based outcomes. Yet the Framework may provide opportunities for deeper, more transformative learning and challenge students to think more critically about their own power and privilege, as well as the lack of certain voices, within the information ecosystem.

Samantha Becker, Campus Engagement Librarian, Drake University
Alexandra Chappell, Arts & Humanities Team Leader, The Claremont Colleges
Dani Brecher Cook, Director of Teaching and Learning, University of California, Riverside
Lisa Hinchliffe, Professor/ Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, University of Illinois Urbana
kYmberly Keeton, Lincoln University
Leslie L. Morgan, University of Notre Dame
Karen Nicholson, Manager, Information Literacy, University of Guelph
Nicole Pagowsky, Associate Librarian and Instruction Coordinator, University of Arizona
Laura Saunders, Assistant Professor, Simmons College
Maura Seale, Collections, Research, & Instruction Librarian, Georgetown University
Allegra Swift, Scholarly Communication & Publishing Coordinator, Claremont Colleges
Desirae Zingarelli-Sweet, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Loyola Marymount University

Complete details including registration materials are available online.  Contact Margot Conahan at with questions.

Curating Research Data Webcast – May 18

Join us on Thursday, May 18 for the ACRL e-Learning webcast Curating Research Data. As reproducibility and data sharing emerge as key issues for academic researchers, the research data services offered by the library must grow from consultation and guidance to hands-on data curation and service. Data curation steps—including quality assurance, file integrity checks, documentation review, metadata creation for discoverability, and file transformations into archival formats—are value-add services that enhance digital data for long-term preservation and reuse.

This live, interactive webcast will explore the drivers behind library data curation services and the workflows and staffing in place at several institutions leading the way. The speakers and topics represent just a few of the chapters collected in the recent ACRL book Curating Research Data, Volume One: Practical Strategies for Your Digital Repository, also released as an open access ebook.

Learning Outcomes:

  • An introduction to data curation.
  • A look at institutional, funder, and journal data policies.
  • Disciplinary data sharing and reuse practices and their implications for repository data curation.
  • Research data services maturity in academic libraries.
  • Extending data curation service models for academic library and institutional repositories.


Lisa R. Johnston, University of Minnesota Libraries
Kristin Briney, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Ixchel M. Faniel, OCLC
Elizabeth Yakel, University of Michigan
Christine Kollen, University of Arizona
Jon Wheeler, University of New Mexico

How to Register:

Registration materials and complete details are available online. Group registration and other discounts are available. Contact or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

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 or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

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