ACRL is offering four preconferences in conjunction with the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 26, 2015. Registration materials are online.
Reflective Teaching: Self-evaluation to Assess and Improve Your Teaching Practice
Instruction Section Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
Discover techniques and strategies for more structured and intentional reflection. Learn how to identify, articulate, and diagnose teaching and learning “problems” you encounter in the classroom, analyze your role as a teacher in that situation, and learn about techniques of reflective practice to address those learning problems and improve student learning.
Data Visualization: Tools, Techniques, and Practice
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
Due to the proliferation of digital data and the emergence of big data, visualization is of crucial importance in academic research and institutions. This preconference will introduce the fundamentals of data visualization including discussion of visual variables – the building blocks of any visualization. Attendees will participate in a sketching exercise to explore visual variables and create a foundation for the creation of library specific visualizations in the afternoon.
Storytelling 101: Craft Narratives to Engage and Persuade
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
When was the last time someone changed your mind with a story? We empathize with, persuade, and teach each other using the social tool that is storytelling. Whether you’re a high-powered library administrator headed into an important conference call or a part-time instruction librarian at the head an unfamiliar classroom, humans crave connection and a compelling story can be the difference between connecting deeply with your campus colleagues and patrons or experiencing a total disconnect.
Writing Data Management Plans Across the Curriculum
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
Demand for data management plans (DMPs) is growing as more granting agencies add this requirement. Join an experienced data management plan consultant from a major research university to learn how to apply your existing skills to writing strong DMPs for the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Most presentations concerning data management are more concerned with the creation and management of repositories than how to write, or consult with researchers writing a data management plan for grant submission.
Complete details, including descriptions, learning outcomes, and registration materials, are online. Contact Margot Conahan at email@example.com or call 312-280-2522 with questions.
Register by February 20 for the Immersion Management Track: Practical Management for the Instruction Coordinator. The Immersion ’15 Practical Management track will be held in conjunction with the ACRL 2015 Conference in Portland on March 25, 2015.
Instruction coordinators are often well-grounded in theory and instruction practice and have some of the tools they need to begin building campus-wide programs. Frequently, however, coordinators or those in similar roles do not supervise the majority of librarians who participate in a library’s instructional program, presenting challenges to the development of innovative and effective programs. This interactive one-day program will address how to lead from within – developing the powers of persuasion to influence in multiple directions. Other topics include creating the right environment for a successful instruction program, understanding a broader campus environment, providing constructive feedback, and coaching for success.
“The Immersion Program gave me plenty of practical ideas to take home. Being in a room of people all facing the same challenges that I’m facing, and all acknowledging that they ARE challenges is invaluable.” ~ 2013 Practical Management Track Participant
After participating in the Immersion ’15 Practical Management track, you will be able to:
- Open a discussion with appropriate leadership about your role and responsibilities
- Provide influence in multiple directions in order to achieve programmatic goals
- Develop a succinct proposal for administrative consideration
- Understand the critical elements for creating a desired environment
- Understand the potential of information literacy programs in a larger campus context
Complete details about the program and registration materials are available on the ACRL website. Questions about the Immersion Practical Management Program should be directed to Margot Conahan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for the free ACRL Presents webcast, “Celebrating Fair Use Week: Does Fair Use Really Work?,” on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, from 1:00 — 2:00 p.m. Central time. Fair use seems obscure and difficult to many. Especially after the Appeals Court ruling in the Georgia State case, we may find ourselves wondering if it is really a workable approach to balancing the rights of creators with socially desirable uses. Yet many other countries are seeking to emulate what they see as the benefits of fair use. In this webinar, we will try to unwind some of the complexity of fair use. We will consider the role of context in making fair use decisions and suggest strategies for deciding when to turn to fair use and how to think through the analysis.
- Learn about some of the rationale behind an open-ended copyright exception like fair use.
- Gain a greater understanding of how fair use works and when it is applicable to a specific situation.
- Gain greater confidence when making fair use decisions.
Presenter: Kevin Smith, Director, Copyright & Scholarly Communication, Duke University Libraries
Kevin’s first book, Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers” recently published by ACRL, is available for purchase in print, as an e-book and as a print/ e-book bundle and is also available as an Open Access edition on the ACRL website.
How to register
Submit your free registration online by February 21, 2015. The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.
Questions should be directed to email@example.com. More details about Fair Use Week, February 23-27, 2015, are available online.
Please join SPARC and ACRL for a joint forum during the ALA Midwinter Meeting on Saturday, January 31, 2015, 3:00-4:30pm, on the topic of “The Integration of Open Education Resources into your Library.” The program, part of ALA’s News You Can Use series, will take place at McCormick Place West, Room W183a.
Dialogue around Open Education Resources (OER) has been on the rise over the last few years and increasingly so from within the academic library community. Academic libraries are a natural fit to be leading in this space on campus, and this forum will directly address ways in which you and your library can enhance and encourage the development and usage of OERs on your campus. This forum will aim to address many questions including the financial implications of and cost models for OER, how library’s can be the creators of OER and how OERs are being perceived by faculty and students.
Forum speakers are:
- C. Quill West, Open Education Project Manager, Pierce College District
- Kristi Jensen, Program Development Lead for the eLearning Support Initiative, University of Minnesota Libraries
- Shan Sutton, Associate University Librarian for Research and Scholarly Communication, Oregon State University
- Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC
The forum will also include ample time for discussion with the audience. SPARC and ACRL look forward to seeing you there!
The application deadline for the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program (Teacher and Program Tracks) has been extended to Wednesday, December 17, 2014. The ACRL Immersion Program provides instruction librarians the opportunity to work intensively for several days on all aspects of information literacy. Whether your institution is just beginning to think about implementing an information literacy component or whether you have a program well under way, the Immersion Program will provide you with the intellectual tools and practical techniques to build or enhance your institution’s instruction program.
Immersion ’15 (Teacher and Program tracks) will be held at Seattle University in Seattle, August 2-7, 2015. Acceptance to Immersion ’15 is competitive to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. CST Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
Teacher Track focuses on individual development for those who are interested in refreshing, enhancing, or extending their individual instruction skills. Curriculum includes classroom techniques, learning theory, leadership, and assessment framed in the context of information literacy. Program Track focuses on developing, integrating, and managing institutional and programmatic information literacy programs. Change dynamics, systems thinking, institutional outcomes assessment, scalability, and the integration of teaching, learning, and technology will be brought to bear on analyzing the various programmatic challenges presented in case studies developed prior to the program.
Complete details, including detailed curriculum and learning outcomes, are available online at http://www.ala.org/acrl/immersionprogram. Questions about ACRL Immersion ’15 programs should be directed to Margot Conahan at firstname.lastname@example.org.