April e-Learning from ACRL

ACRL is offering two online learning opportunities this month to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website.

ACRL webcasts address hot topics in academic librarianship. Webcasts last 90 minutes and take place in an interactive online classroom.

Precision Googling: Techniques to Extract Exactly What You Want from the Largest Search Engine (April 22, 2015)
This interactive webcast will include a review of advanced search techniques, syntax, and operators; explanation of recent changes to the search interface; hands-on practice with advanced search operators and tools; and real-time exploration of and discussion of the algorithms that generate user-specific results.

ACRL online courses provide asynchronous, multi-week content with weekly readings and assignments.

What You Need to Know about Writing Data Management Plans (April 27-May 15, 2015)
Join two experienced data management plan consultants with experience in liaison librarianship and information technology as they demonstrate how all librarians have the ability to successfully consult on data management plan. Each week will include assigned readings, a written lecture, discussion questions, weekly assignments, and live chats with the instructors.

Complete details and registration information for our April e-Learning opportunities are available on the ACRL website. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org for more information.

SPARC/ACRL Forum at ALA Annual Conference

Join us for the SPARC/ ACRL Forum, “Advancing ‘Open’ through Library Partnerships with Students and Early Career Researchers,” at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. Over the past few years, collaborations have been increasing between academic libraries and students and early-career researchers (ECRs) — specifically around the issues of Open Access, Open Educational Resources and Open Data. Although academic libraries often work directly with faculty members on “open” issues, there is a growing opportunity for libraries to engage with graduate students and other early career researchers, who make up the next generation of faculty members, and have the potential to collectively transform scholarly communication systems into fully open models.

This forum will discuss the benefits of working with students and ECRs and highlight how libraries can engage effectively with these important stakeholders by showcasing successful examples of collaboration. The forum will be held from 3:00-4:30 pm on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

 

Member of the Week: Eric Resnis

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Eric Resnis is both Assessment Coordinator in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and University Assessment and Organizational Effectiveness Specialist in the Libraries at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Eric is a new Assessment in Action (AiA) Facilitator and is your ACRL member of the week for April 13, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Resourceful, diligent, and pragmatic.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I just finished reading Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson. I am now reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth in preparation for a meeting of our Second Year Student Book Club.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Relevant, supportive, and engaging.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I not only enjoy the ability to collaborate with colleagues on work that is of value to academic librarians, I also greatly appreciate the opportunities for professional growth.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? Currently, I am working to further inform the campus community of our Library’s contributions to student learning, stakeholder engagement, and university strategic goals. As I currently have a dual appointment in the Libraries and in our Center for Teaching Excellence, I get the opportunity to not only view, but shape assessment from multiple perspectives within the University. My years of helping faculty to value information literacy have proved invaluable as I assist faculty in understanding and implementing full-cycle programmatic assessment.

6. In your own words: In my years as a librarian, change has been an ever constant force, and I have enjoyed evolving and adapting to new challenges and opportunities. My interests with librarianship and higher education have also changed over the years, and I appreciate that I have been able to explore and expand in different areas. Although I have been in the profession for over 10 years, every day continues to provide new and different opportunities, which is one of the primary reasons I decided on this career so long ago.


Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Elizabeth Caris at ecaris@ala.org for more information.

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