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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.

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 for more information.

Call for ACRL e-Learning proposals – 11/18 deadline

Submit a proposal for a live webcast or asynchronous online course and share your cutting-edge practices and innovative developments with your colleagues. Check out the ACRL e-Learning Call for Proposals online. Proposals are due November 18, 2016.

e-Learning Formats
Webcasts: ACRL webcasts are 60-90 minutes in length, including time for audience Q&A.  Presenters can use PowerPoint, online polls, white board, and other interactive tools during the webcast. Participants can interact with the presenters via text-based chat or audio. ACRL offers e-Learning webcast presenters a 10% royalty of webcast registration revenue, less production fees, split between the presenters.

Online Courses: ACRL online courses are primarily asynchronous events offered over the course of three or four weeks. Online courses are offered on the Moodle platform. Courses should include weekly readings, discussion questions, assignments, chat sessions, and/or a final assignment. ACRL provides one-time $1,000 for content development for new multi-week courses, as well as a royalty of 10% of the course registration fees, split between the presenters, each time the course is offered.

How to submit a proposal
Proposals must be submitted via the online submission form by November 18, 2016.

Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at or call (312) 280-2522.

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