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SPARC/ACRL Forum at ALA Midwinter on Open Education Resources

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!

Immersion Application Deadline Extended to Dec. 17

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

Immersion Program Applications Due Dec. 5

Friday, December 5, 2014 is the deadline to apply to the ACRL Immersion Program (Teacher and Program tracks).  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 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.

Complete details and application materials are available online.  Questions about ACRL Immersion ’15 programs should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org.

ACRL e-Learning webcast series: Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy

Registration is available for the three-part e-Learning webcast series, From Awareness to Transformation: Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy in 21st Century Academic Libraries. This webcast series, organized by the ACRL Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy task force, will focus on practical approaches to building and strengthening connections between scholarly communication and information literacy in academic libraries.  These webcasts build on the work introduced in the ACRL white paper, Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment.

  • Webcast 1: Creating Strategic Collaborations – Starting the Conversations, Making the Connections, Taking Advantage of Opportunities (December 10, 2014)
  • Webcast 2: Designing Job Descriptions for New Roles: Integrating Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy into Library Liaison Job Descriptions (January 15, 2015)
  • Webcast 3: Is Copyright the Third Rail in Information Literacy, or a Common Denominator? (February 18, 2015)

These webcasts will provide content of use to a broad audience, from library staff who might have just begun these conversations to those who have already successfully addressing facets of the changing scholarly communication and information literacy landscape. Each webcast is related to the others but is also independent so you can do all three or just choose one or two that best meets your needs.

Complete details including webcast descriptions and learning outcomes for each webcast, and registration materials are available online. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

ACRL offering OER workshop at ALA Midwinter

Join ACRL for the workshop, “Tackling Textbook Costs through Open Educational Resources: A Primer,” on Thursday, January 29 (1:00 – 5:00 p.m.) and Friday, January 30, 2015 (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. This event is organized by SPARC in collaboration with the ARL/ACRL Institute for Scholarly Communication.

The skyrocketing cost of textbooks is a hot topic on campus, and academic libraries have a burgeoning opportunity to advance the solution through Open Educational Resources (OERs). OERs include digital textbooks and other academic materials that carry an open license permitting their free use and repurposing by others. Join us for this action-packed primer on how libraries can leverage OER for textbook affordability-and beyond. Participants will learn from national experts, get inspired by successful projects, brainstorm with peers, and develop action plans. All levels of experience welcome.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the basics of OER and how to talk about it on campus.
  • Learn how academic libraries are successfully advancing OER.
  • Begin developing an action plan for your campus.

Presenter(s)
Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC. Additional presenters to be confirmed shortly.

How to register
Complete details and registration materials are online at http://www.ala.org/acrl/oerinstituteACRL and SPARC members, please enter the discount code “ACRL2015″ on the registration form in order to receive the discounted rate.

Questions should be directed to mconahan@ala.org.

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