Category Archives: eLearning

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.

Upcoming ACRL webcast – Cultivating Creators: Copyright in the Information Literacy Classroom

Cultivating Creators: Copyright in the Information Literacy Classroom
ACRL e-Learning Webcast

August 5, 2014
11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern

90 minutes

Description: Information literacy and scholarly communication librarians are working together to create avenues for increased collaboration in the classroom. The Framework for Information Literacy and the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy white paper, plus continuing task force work within ACRL, demonstrates progress towards aligning scholarly communication education within undergraduate and graduate student information literacy outreach. This webcast will focus on how librarians can integrate copyright into the classroom with undergraduate and graduate students to raise awareness of not only ethically using others’ work, but also how to consider their rights and responsibilities as creators and copyright holders of their own work.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Share strategies for discussing copyright with students in order to build instructional literacy for librarians.
  • Contextualize copyright and Creative Commons licenses within information literacy instruction in order to increase professional knowledge about scholarly communication.
  • Raise awareness of different options for sharing scholarship and creative activity among librarians in order to close the loop in information literacy instruction.

Presenter(s): Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Scholarly Communications Librarian/Associate Professor, Illinois Wesleyan University; Molly Keener, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Wake Forest University

Complete details and registration materials are online at http://www.ala.org/acrl/copyrightinclassroom.

If you have a question about an e-Learning opportunity or need technical assistance, please contact Margot Conahan (mconahan@ala.org).

Call for ACRL e-Learning Proposals – Deadline 7/7

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 July 7, 2014.

e-Learning Formats
Webcasts: ACRL webcasts are 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 July 7, 2014.

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

Upcoming ACRL Webcast – Out of the Library and Into the Community: Academic Libraries and Community Engagement

Join ACRL for the e-Learning webcast, “Out of the Library and Into the Community: Academic Libraries and Community Engagement,” on Wednesday, April 23 (1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Central).

Conversations about democracy, information access, and information distribution within communities continue to gain momentum in both academia and society as a whole. Academic librarians and LIS faculty can work with social justice issues in many ways. During this interactive webcast, learn how the speakers shape and bring to the forefront these issues via their teaching, scholarship, and work in local communities. Areas addressed include: community informatics, information literacy-focused service learning, and community outreach.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how academic librarians influence our profession via their social justice-related work.
  • Develop an increased awareness of leadership and other roles for librarians in diverse communities.
  • Take away concrete ideas for high impact, collaborative social projects within the realm of library and information science.

Presenter(s): Maureen Barry, First Year Experience Librarian, Wright State University; Martin Wolske, Senior Research Scientist, University of Illinois; Lizz Zitron, Instruction and Reference Librarian, Pacific Lutheran University

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

New March e-Learning Webcasts

Join ACRL for two new e-Learning webcasts being offered the week of March 24, 2014:

The Publishing Rollercoaster: Writers Sound Off (Tuesday, March 25, 2014): Expand your knowledge of professional publishing from concept through research, submission, revision, and publication.  This webcast is perfect for those who are hoping to get published for the first time, or those who wish to grow their skills.

Embedded Librarianship: The State of the Art (Wednesday, March 26, 2014): Academic libraries have increasingly adopted models of embedded librarianship as an approach to creating an integrated and sustained library presence across the curriculum and institution. In this webcast, librarians will present a diverse range of examples of successful embedded projects, both online and on-campus.

These interactive webcasts last 90 minutes and take place in an interactive online classroom; group discounts are available. Complete details and registration information for all ACRL e-Learning opportunities are available on the ACRL e-Learning website.  Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or (312) 280-2522 for more information.

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