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ACRL e-Learning webcast series: Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy

Registration is available for the three-part e-Learning webcast series, From Awareness to Transformation: Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy in 21st Century Academic Libraries. This webcast series, organized by the ACRL Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy task force, will focus on practical approaches to building and strengthening connections between scholarly communication and information literacy in academic libraries.  These webcasts build on the work introduced in the ACRL white paper, Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment.

  • Webcast 1: Creating Strategic Collaborations – Starting the Conversations, Making the Connections, Taking Advantage of Opportunities (December 10, 2014)
  • Webcast 2: Designing Job Descriptions for New Roles: Integrating Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy into Library Liaison Job Descriptions (January 15, 2015)
  • Webcast 3: Is Copyright the Third Rail in Information Literacy, or a Common Denominator? (February 18, 2015)

These webcasts will provide content of use to a broad audience, from library staff who might have just begun these conversations to those who have already successfully addressing facets of the changing scholarly communication and information literacy landscape. Each webcast is related to the others but is also independent so you can do all three or just choose one or two that best meets your needs.

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

Fall 2014 ACRL e-Learning

elearning bigACRL is offering a variety of online learning opportunities in fall 2014 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website.

ACRL online courses provide asynchronous, multi-week content with weekly readings and assignments. Online courses scheduled for fall 2014 include:

Managing Change in Academic Libraries (October 13-November 3, 2014): Change can be difficult to deal with in any workplace, but the fast pace of change in libraries is particularly difficult.  Designed for library supervisors who will need to lead staff (at any level) through change, learn about the potential impact of the stress of change, and how to properly prepare others and one’s self for change.

Preparing for Accreditation: An Introduction for Librarians (October 20-November 7, 2014): This course will assist librarians in preparing for accreditation and will take a “how to do it” approach with an emphasis on compiling evidence, writing persuasive self-study documents, and creating long-term plans as part of and aligned with institutional accreditation efforts.

ACRL webcasts address hot topics in academic librarianship. Webcasts last 90 minutes and take place in an interactive online classroom. Group discounts are available for all ACRL e-Learning webcasts. Fall 2014 webcasts include:

Moving from Impossible to Manageable: Helping Students Manage and Focus Research Topics (October 22, 2014): Learn tips and strategies about collaborating with academic faculty to offer meaningful instruction addressing the skills students need to use when they go about defining, modifying, and planning an “information need” at the beginning of the research process.

Precision Googling: Techniques to Extract Exactly What You Want from the Largest Search Engine (November 13, 2014): This interactive webcast will include a review of advanced search techniques, syntax, and operators; explanation of recent changes to the search interface; hands-on practice with advanced search operators and tools; and real-time exploration of and discussion of the algorithms that generate user-specific results.

Complete details and registration information for all fall 2014 e-Learning opportunities are available on the ACRL website. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org for more information.

Upcoming ACRL Webcast – Create Awesome Tutorials (9/16)

Join ACRL for the e-Learning webcast, “You’re Doing it Wrong: Ten Rules to Break to Create Awesome Tutorials,” on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (1:00 — 2:30 p.m. Central).

Did you learn that your tutorials should open with a list of objectives? Or perhaps, you learned that you need to have knowledge checks embedded throughout your tutorial. Have you created a tutorial with multimedia features like text and narration?  These traditional “best practices” have shaped the way librarians deliver instructional content, but unfortunately, they have stunted our efforts at creating engaging and meaningful learning experiences.  In this webcast, the presenters will draw upon the latest research in instructional design and e-learning to show how we can break the rules that have lead us down the path of ineffective and often ignored content. By deconstructing a tutorial created with current guidelines and applying new ways of thinking about e-learning, the presenters will show how to break free of traditional and ineffective best practices and offer a new set of pedagogical strategies that are based on current research in e-learning.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify new theories and best practices in instructional design in order to create effective and engaging tutorials.
  • Learn about ten historical guidelines that are no longer relevant in order to avoid common tutorial design pitfalls.
  • Evaluate several tutorials in order to create more effective means of information delivery for instruction.

Presenter(s): Yvonne Mery, Instructional Design Librarian, University of Arizona Libraries; Andrew See, Information Associate Senior, University of Arizona Libraries

Registration materials and details on the webcast are available on the ACRL e-Learning website; group registration and other discounts are available.  Contact mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

ACRL Presents – Update on the New IPEDS Academic Library Component (10/1)

Join us for the free “ACRL Presents” webcast, “An Update on the New IPEDS Academic Library Component,” on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m Central time.  This webcast will bring participants up to date concerning the reintegration of the NCES Academic Library Survey into IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System). Implications of revised library data elements for academic libraries will be discussed.

Submit your free registration online by September 30.  The webcast will be recorded and made available on the ACRL webcast shortly after the live event.  Questions should be directed to mconahan@ala.org.

Upcoming ACRL Webcast –Google It or Go Elsewhere (9/4)

Join ACRL for the e-Learning webcast, “Google It or Go Elsewhere!,” on Thursday, September 4 (1:00 — 2:30 p.m. Central).

Google is at the tip of our tongues when it comes to searching, but alternative tools such as Bing, WolframAlpha, DuckDuckGo, Blekko are often overlooked, even though they can provide more useful results. This interactive webcast will provide an introduction to a variety of alternatives to Google, cover the strengths and weaknesses of competing tools, and the search techniques each one requires. Participate in real-time comparisons of the output of various tools, explore differences in search results, and practice the specific techniques required to search within different tools.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore and compare search results provided by Google and other search tools.
  • Understand when a different tool may provide more targeted searching.
  • Discover how to utilize basic and advanced search strategies in alternative search engines.

Presenter(s): Amanda Izenstark, Associate Professor, Reference & Instructional Design Librarian, University of Rhode Island

Registration materials and details on the webcast are available on the ACRL e-Learning website; group registration and other discounts are available.  Contact mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

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