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ACRL 2015 Proposals Due November 3

acrl2015ACRL 2015 poster session, roundtable discussion, TechConnect, and Virtual Conference webcast proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time, Monday November 3, 2014.  Complete details are available in the ACRL 2015 Call for Participation. ACRL 2015 will be held in Portland, Oregon, March 25-28, 2015.  The conference committee has created a set of conference tags to stimulate thinking and empower submitters to position proposals within the conference theme “Creating Sustainable Community.”  The tags will serve to create a unique conference ecosystem and guide attendees to themes of interest and inspiration.  ACRL encourages proposal submissions representing all types of libraries and aspects of librarianship. Make sure to review the ACRL 2015 Program Proposal Instructions before beginning your submission.  Visit the ALA Connect Community if you are looking for like-minded people with whom to collaborate/propose a session. Visit the conference website for complete details.  Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or phone (312) 280-2522.

ACRL Presents – Celebrating Open Access Week: Scholarly Communication Initiatives at Academic Libraries (10/23)

Join us for the free ACRL Presents webcast, “Celebrating Open Access Week: Scholarly Communication Initiatives at Academic Libraries,” on Thursday, October 23, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central time.  There are many ways that academic librarians are engaging with their communities around issues of open access and scholarly communication – collaborations with faculty, students and administration are key to understanding user perspectives and to building advocacy.  This webcast will present examples of scholarly communication and open access initiatives at a variety of academic libraries across the country.  Join us to learn how your colleagues are engaging with their communities around issues of author rights, open access, open educational resources, and more.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the variety of scholarly communication initiatives across a variety of institutional types and sizes
  • Hear about examples of collaboration and engagement with faculty and students
  • Learn about connections between scholarly communication, information literacy, collections and other services

Presenter: Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Scholarly Communications Librarian and Associate Professor, Illinois Wesleyan University

How to register
Submit your free registration online by October 22.  The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

Questions should be directed to mconahan@ala.org.  More details about Open Access Week, October 20-26, 2014, are available online.

ACRL announces 2015 Immersion Programs

ACRL announces its 2015 Information Literacy Immersion Programs.  The ACRL Immersion Programs provide instruction librarians the opportunity to work intensively on all aspects of information literacy.

Practical Management TrackMarch 25, 2015, Portland, OR
Deadline to register: February 6, 2015
http://www.ala.org/acrl/immersion/practicalmanagement

Registration materials are now available 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.  The registration deadline is February 6, 2015. The Practical Management Track 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.  Discover how to influence in multiple directions in order to achieve programmatic goals and develop a succinct proposal for administrative consideration.

Teacher and Program TracksAugust 2-7, 2015, Seattle, WA
Deadline to apply: December 5, 2014
http://www.ala.org/acrl/immersionprogram

ACRL is currently accepting applications for the Immersion ’15 Program (Teacher and Program tracks) to 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 December 5, 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.

Questions about ACRL Immersion ’15 programs should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org.

Upcoming ACRL Webcast – Create Awesome Tutorials (9/16)

Join ACRL for the e-Learning webcast, “You’re Doing it Wrong: Ten Rules to Break to Create Awesome Tutorials,” on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Central).

Did you learn that your tutorials should open with a list of objectives? Or perhaps, you learned that you need to have knowledge checks embedded throughout your tutorial. Have you created a tutorial with multimedia features like text and narration?  These traditional “best practices” have shaped the way librarians deliver instructional content, but unfortunately, they have stunted our efforts at creating engaging and meaningful learning experiences.  In this webcast, the presenters will draw upon the latest research in instructional design and e-learning to show how we can break the rules that have lead us down the path of ineffective and often ignored content. By deconstructing a tutorial created with current guidelines and applying new ways of thinking about e-learning, the presenters will show how to break free of traditional and ineffective best practices and offer a new set of pedagogical strategies that are based on current research in e-learning.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify new theories and best practices in instructional design in order to create effective and engaging tutorials.
  • Learn about ten historical guidelines that are no longer relevant in order to avoid common tutorial design pitfalls.
  • Evaluate several tutorials in order to create more effective means of information delivery for instruction.

Presenter(s): Yvonne Mery, Instructional Design Librarian, University of Arizona Libraries; Andrew See, Information Associate Senior, University of Arizona Libraries

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.

Fall 2014 ACRL-CHOICE Webinar Program Announced

The ACRL-CHOICE webinar program connecting academic and research librarians with a host of content and service providers, publisher and other experts who serve their market is back with an exciting new roster of topics and speakers. Since the program launched in 2013, thousands of participants have attended the 60-minute, live interactive webinars that provide a vibrant forum for discussion among sponsors and an unmatched academic library audience of ACRL members and CHOICE users and fans. Experts, authors and publishing representatives have presented sessions on topics pertinent to today’s academic libraries that have recently included eBooks in academic libraries, expert databases, the importance of STEM and strategies for finding reliable international statistics and publications.

Upcoming ACRL-CHOICE webinars will cover a wide gamut of new topics important to academic libraries. Registration information for each event is available by clicking on the event title.

Late fall will also see webinars sponsored by Elsevier, Mango Learning, McGraw-Hill and others. The program offers an exceptional way for libraries to learn about new ideas, developments and products, and to actively participate in discussions with companies that serve their market. It also allows sponsors to receive unfiltered feedback from the academic library community.

For information on becoming an ACRL-CHOICE webinar sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at pmarino@ala-choice.org. To visit the archive of recent webinars, please visit us on the CHOICE website.

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