Category Archives: eLearning

ACRL Presents Webcast – What We Talk About When We Talk About Open Access (10/25)

OA week logoJoin ACRL for a free ACRL Presents webcast to kick-off Open Access Week.  The webcast, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Open Access” will be held Wednesday, October 25, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Central time (10:00 -11:00 a.m. Pacific | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Central | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern).

Open Access Week is an international event that celebrates the open movement. We work with colleagues to plan creative programs that spread awareness of open access. But what do we talk about when we talk about open access? How can we tailor our messages to communicate with a variety of audiences succinctly and persuasively? Join colleagues to reflect on our messages and see how peers have taught about openness.

Outcomes:

  • Define open access in your own words in order to explain it effectively to audiences.
  • Understand rationales for and against open access in order to communicate the value of openness to stakeholders.
  • Become aware of examples of open access lessons and activities that can be adapted for your presentations and classes.

Speaker: Maryam Fakouri is a Scholarly Publishing Outreach Librarian at the University of Washington Seattle. She monitors developments in information law and policy that affect higher education, and she offers guidance about various copyright issues. She has designed educational programs about copyright, fair use, open access, and related topics. Prior to specializing in scholarly communication, Maryam was a reference and teaching librarian. Maryam co-designed the curriculum for the ACRL traveling workshop “Two Paths Converge: Designing Educational Opportunities on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy” which she continues to present for ACRL upon request. Maryam has a Master of Library Science from Indiana University and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law. Read more about Maryam in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.

Free registration is now available.  The webcast will be recorded and the archive will be shared after the live event.  Contact mconahan@ala.org with questions.

ACRL e-Learning webcast – Zotero: Using and Supporting the Bibliographic Power Tool

Join ACRL on Tuesday, September 19 for the e-Learning webcast Zotero: Using and Supporting the Bibliographic Power Tool. 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).

Zotero is a reference manager application for saving and organizing citations and creating bibliographies. It’s free, powerful, easy to use, and suited for researchers from first-year novices to veteran faculty. Learn how it works and how to teach and support it in your library.

Learning outcomes:

  • Save, organize, and annotate citations in a personal library that suits the researcher’s individual needs.
  • Create and share bibliographies in thousands of citation styles.
  • Teach and support Zotero in any size library.

Presenter: Jason Puckett is Online Learning Librarian / Assistant Professor at at Georgia State University Library in Atlanta, Georgia. He was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2010, in part for his work with technology in libraries. Puckett has a BA in English from Georgia State University and an MLIS from Florida State University, and is the author of Modern Pathfinders: Creating Better Research Guides and Zotero: a Guide for Librarians, Researchers & Educators (2nd edition), both from ACRL Publications.

Complete details and registration materials are available on the ACRL website. Group registration and other discounts are available. Contact mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

ACRL e-Learning Webcast – Essentials of Usability Design

Join ACRL on Wednesday, July 12 for the e-Learning webcast Essentials of Usability Design for Library Research Guides. 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).

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.

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

Presenter: Jason Puckett is Librarian for Communication and Virtual Services and Assistant Professor at Georgia State University Library in Atlanta, Georgia. He was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2010, in part for his work with technology in libraries. Puckett has a BA in English from Georgia State University and an MLIS from Florida State University, and is the author of the ACRL Publication Modern Pathfinders: Creating Better Research Guides.

Complete details and registration materials are available on the ACRL website. Group registration and other discounts are available. Contact mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

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 mconahan@ala.org 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.

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