Category Archives: eLearning

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

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 or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

ACRL Presents – Celebrating Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, “Using Fair Use to Preserve and Share Disappearing Government Information” (2/21)

Fair Use Fair Dealing Week LogoJoin us for the free ACRL Presents webcast, “Using Fair Use to Preserve and Share Disappearing Government Information: A Guide for Rogue Librarians” on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, from 1:00 — 2:00 p.m. Central time (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern.  Convert additional time zones online.)

Fair use plays a crucial role as copyright’s safety valve for free expression because it permits unauthorized copying in service of the public good. This role, which enables everything from scathing reviews of artwork to wholesale digitization of books for accessibility, is taking on new currency as librarians scramble to preserve contested government information online. From deleted climate data, disappearing government web pages, and ephemeral political tweets, fair use cuts through the legal confusion so we can maintain the historical and scientific record. This webinar will introduce fair use as an equitable doctrine designed to support librarianship and prepare participants to apply fair use in their own communities’ work.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the fundamentals of fair use as an equitable doctrine that permits use of copyrighted materials for the public good.
  • Understand the copyright issues surrounding government information and the effects of sharing materials posted on different platforms such as .gov sites and social media platforms like Twitter.
  • Apply fair use in their own practice preserving and sharing digital government documents in their own communities.

Presenters: William M. Cross is the Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center in the North Carolina State University Libraries. He speaks and writes nationally on copyright, scholarly communication, and open culture. He is also a presenter for the ACRL workshop and a presenter for the ACRL workshop, Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement. Read more about Will in his ACRL member of the week profile.

Lillian Rigling is a North Carolina State University Libraries Fellow, working in the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center and the User Experience Department. She coordinates outreach, instruction, and engagement around issues of author’s rights, copyright, and open culture at NCSU for students and faculty. Previously, she worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office at the University of Toronto.

How to register:
Submit your free registration online by February 17, 2017.  Login details will be sent via email the afternoon of February 17.  The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

Questions should be directed to  More details about Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, February 20-24, 2017, are available online.

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