Category Archives: eLearning

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.

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.

Spring 2017 ACRL-Choice Webinars

ACRL-Choice webinars connect academic and research librarians with content and service providers, publishers, authors, and other experts. Since the launch of the program in 2013, thousands of participants have attended these free interactive webinars, with topics ranging from using social media to build library communities and the latest reference databases to open access.

The ACRL-Choice webinar series is an ongoing program, offering dozens of presentations each academic year. This spring, the webinar program presents a wide variety of subjects and experts; see below for the programs and links to register.

  • March 9, 2:00p.m. Eastern: “Strategies and Enhancements for Interdisciplinary Research” with Caitlin Beddows, Channel Marketing Manager for Elsevier, and Dr. Elaine Reynolds, Associate Professor of Biology and Neuroscience, Lafayette College, sponsored by Elsevier; click here to register.
  • March 16, 2:00p.m. Eastern: From Shelf to Online Repository—Creating a Collaborative Teaching and Research Collection” with Katrina M. Sanders – Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Iowa, Chianta Dorsey – Reference Archivist, Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, and Sophie Heath – Production Editor, Adam Matthew Digital, sponsored by Adam Matthew Digital; click here to register.
  • March 28, 2:00p.m. Eastern: How Does the Past Inform Today? Key Primary Source Collections for Research in Social Movements” with Thomas Dublin – Bartle Distinguished Professor, Department of History, State University of New York at Binghamton, Kathryn Sklar – Distinguished Professor of History, Emerita, State University of New York at Binghamton, and Daniel Lewis – Senior Product Manager, ProQuest, sponsored by ProQuest; click here to register.
  • March 29, 2:00p.m. Eastern: Exploring Data Visualization Approaches to Enhance Student Engagement” with Anselm Spoerri – Lecturer/Assistant Professor, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education; click here to register.
  • April 6, 2:00p.m. Eastern: “From Video Usage to Engagement to Impact—Charging Ahead” with Kathleen McLellan, Senior Product Manager, David Parker, Senior Vice President of Editorial and Licensing, and Pete Ciufetti, Vice President of Product Development, all of Alexander Street, sponsored by Alexander Street, a ProQuest Company; click here to register.
  • April 11, 2:00p.m. Eastern: Three Keys to Digital Preservation—Management, Technology, and Content” with librarian, administrator, and information technology expert, Edward M. Corrado and Heather Moulaison Sandy – Assistant Professor, iSchool, University of Missouri, sponsored by Rowman & Littlefield; click here to register.
  • April 20, 2p.m. Eastern: “Experimental Publishing at the Intersection of Science, Art, and Technology” with Roger Malina, Distinguished Professor of Art and Technology and Professor of Physics, University of Texas, Dallas, and Jon Ippolito, Professor of New Media and Co-director of the Still Water Lab and Digital Curation Program, University of Maine, sponsored by The MIT Press; click here to register.
  • April 26, 2p.m. Eastern: “Connect the Library to the Lab” with Gerry Sawchuk, Senior Director, Business, Science, Analytics-Academic, Gale, sponsored by Gale, a Cengage company; click here to register.
  • May 2, 2:00p.m. Eastern: Designing Academic Libraries for Modern Human Behavior” with Jeffrey Hoover of Tappé Architects and Joe S. Agati, a formally trained Industrial Designer with Agati Furniture, sponsored by Tappé Architects and Agati Furniture; click here to register.

ACRL-Choice webinars offer an exceptional way for librarians to learn about new ideas, developments, and products, and to actively participate in discussions with service providers, allowing sponsors to receive unfiltered feedback. Be sure to check out the  complete library of ACRL-Choice webinars to date—with more added each month—on the Choice Media Channel.

For more information on upcoming ACRL-Choice webinars, please visit us at  To discuss becoming an ACRL-Choice webinar sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at

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