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ACRL e-Learning call for proposals

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is now accepting proposal submissions for the ACRL e-Learning program. Submissions are being accepted for live webcasts and asynchronous online courses. Proposals must be submitted via the online submission form by Dec. 17, 2010. The full call for proposals, including a link to the submission form, is online at
http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/elearning/elearningpropos… .

ACRL e-Learning webcasts run 90 minutes in length, including time for audience Q and A. Webcasts are offered live on the Elluminate online meeting platform. Presenters can use PowerPoint, online polls, white board and other interactive tools during their sessions. Participants can interact with the presenters via text-based or audio chat. ACRL offers e-Learning webcast presenters a 10-percent royalty of webcast registration fees, less the Elluminate vendor fees, split among the presenters.

Online courses are primarily asynchronous events offered through the Moodle platform over the course of three or four weeks. Courses should include weekly readings, discussion questions, assignments and/or chat sessions. ACRL provides $1,000 for content development for new multi-week courses, as well as a royalty of 10 percent of the course registration fees, split among the presenters, each time the course is offered.

Direct questions about the call for proposals to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or (312) 280-2522.

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at http://www.acrl.org/, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ala.acrl and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

Fall e-Learning from ACRL

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a wide variety of online learning opportunities in fall 2010 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/proftools/elearning.cfm.

Registration for all online seminars and webcasts qualifies for the ACRL Frequent Learner Program. Register for three ACRL e-Learning events and receive one free registration. Visit http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/elearning/freqlearner.cfm for more information on the Frequent Learner Program.

ACRL online seminars are asynchronous, multiweek courses delivered through Moodle. Online seminars scheduled for fall 2010 include:

Copyright and the Library Part 1: The Basics Including Fair Use (Sept. 13 – Oct. 1, 2010): Build an understanding of current copyright law, creating a “copyright palette” for your library and assessing a library’s legal risk with regard to current U.S. copyright law. Gain an understanding of the Fair Use clause, as well as how to legally apply fair use in the library, classroom and broader campus environments.

Designing Usable and Accessible Web Pages: Needs, Analysis, Design Planning, XHTML and CSS Standards, Accessibility Validation, and Usability Testing (Beginners) (Sept. 13 – Oct. 8, 2010): This hands-on course focuses on the basics of website planning, design and content development. The course will also examine Web standards, usability and accessibility. XHTML and CSS (external) will be introduced.

Creating Usable and Accessible Web Pages: XHTML and CSS Review, Navigation, Interactivity, CMS and Other Options (Intermediate) (Oct. 4 – Nov. 12, 2010): Participants in this online course will be able to use CSS layout to design highly accessible navigation and menus; create basic forms; use free JavaScripts to add functionality; design with multimedia; and understand strengths and limitations of CMS.

Successful Budgeting in Academic Libraries (Oct. 11-30, 2010): In this course, participants will learn essential budgeting skills, including how to develop and manage a budget and how to write a persuasive budget request.

Learning Objects: Creating Instruction To Go (Nov. 1-21, 2010): Find out more about learning objects and learn how to create a learning object using a Web 2.0 application or other suitable technology in this course.

ACRL also offers a variety of timely live webcasts addressing hot topics in academic librarianship. Webcasts last from an hour and a half to two hours and take place in an interactive online classroom. Group discounts are available for all ACRL e-Learning webcasts. Fall 2010 webcasts include:

The Not-So-Distant Librarian: Online Library Instruction to Engage Students and Faculty (Sept. 14, 2010): Learn practical tips and tools for designing, implementing and assessing online library instruction in this ACRL webcast.

From Idea to Publication Series: Understanding the Research Question (Sept. 23, 2010): Learn to formulate and define good research questions, select appropriate research methodologies and design the research study. Specific topics will include the development of useful questionnaires, techniques used in conducting telephone interviews, working with focus groups and constructing surveys to get the information they need.

So You Want to Create an Interactive Information Literacy Tutorial? (Oct. 19, 2010): Learn about the experience creating an interactive information literacy tutorial from beginning to end in collaboration with a multimedia designer in this webcast. Evaluate the potential of tutorial as an assessment tool and an opportunity for self-evaluation.

From Idea to Publication Series: Analysis and Writing (Nov. 4, 2010): Learn to apply the appropriate analysis methods to your project’s data or information, depending on the research methodology you are using. It is essential to have an understanding of the appropriate forms of analyses (along with their possibilities and limitations). Then comes writing. Readers must be able to comprehend your original question or problem, the process of selecting the appropriate methodology, your processes of analysis and the meaning of your findings.

Building a New Librarianship (Nov. 9, 2010): The future for librarians is bright, but not if we continue on our current path. We must bravely envision a new librarianship, one based on knowledge, activism and embedding ourselves deeply into the academy’s daily work. This session seeks to lay out a foundation for this new librarianship, with real world examples.

New Models for Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses (Nov. 16, 2010): Learn about best practices for credit-bearing information literacy courses in this ACRL webcast, based upon a literature review and several years of experimentation with various approaches to teaching a one-credit course.

From Idea to Publication Series: Submitting for Publication (Dec. 1, 2010): Learn how to select an appropriate journal or publisher, learn how to prepare a manuscript for submission and understand what the submission process will encompass. Also learn how to query editors and how to manage your own author rights, including open access licensing.

Online Forms: Interaction and Feedback without the “Paperwork” (Dec. 7, 2010): With courses and departments moving materials onto the Web or cloud computing platforms, review the possibilities available with interactive forms for the classroom and the department.

Complete details and registration information for all fall 2010 e-Learning opportunities are available online at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/proftools/elearning.cfm. Contact Kathryn Deiss at kdeiss@ala.org or (312) 280-2529 for more information.

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA) representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at http://www.acrl.org/, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ala.acrl and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

Free Webcast for ACRL members featuring John Palfrey

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering its third annual Springboard Event from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. CDT on May 5, 2010. The ACRL Springboard Event is a live, interactive Webcast offered free of charge to all ACRL members. The 2010 ACRL Springboard Event will feature John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law, and vice dean, Library and Information Resources, Harvard Law School, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Offered in conjunction with the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s inaugural “Choose Privacy Week,” the 2010 ACRL Springboard Event will examine issues related to privacy in the socially networked environment. Palfrey will consider the concerns related to privacy, how we evaluate the right to privacy and freedom of information, and how librarians can help users understand and navigate their own privacy concerns.

Palfrey is the co-author of “Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives” (Basic Books, 2008) and “Access Denied: The Practice and Politics of Internet Filtering” (MIT Press, 2008). His research and teaching is focused on Internet law, intellectual property and international law.

There is no registration fee for this member event, but ACRL members should register online at www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/springboard.cfm by Monday, May 3 to confirm their space in the Webcast.

By providing the Springboard Event free of charge for members, the ACRL Board of Directors is responding to feedback that professional development is one of the most important services that ACRL provides and that members want additional online learning opportunities. The archived recording of the Webcast will be made available on the ACRL Web site shortly after the live event. Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or (312) 280-2522.

Contact: Margot Conahan
ACRL
(312) 280-2522
mconahan@ala.org

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at www.acrl.org/.

Registration opens for ACRL/LLAMA Spring Virtual Institute

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) Spring Virtual Institute, Doing Well by Doing Good: Entrepreneurial Leadership for Librarians. The institute will explore different models and aspects of leadership and management and their impact on academic librarianship in today’s challenged and flat economic environments. Registration is open through April 19, 2010, at www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/springvirtualinstitute.cfm.

The ACRL/LLAMA Spring Virtual Institute will be held April 21-22, 2010. The institute’s online community will provide an environment in which groups of participants, both small and large, can gather electronically to learn, collaborate and network. The institute will offer both synchronous and asynchronous sessions and programs will be archived for viewing on-demand for one year after the institute.

Synchronous Webcasts are offered live so participants can interact with presenters in real time. Asynchronous online poster sessions offer audio narration along with slides, allowing participants view them on demand, on their schedules. The schedule and complete program descriptions for Webcasts and poster sessions are online.

All tools used as part of the institute are designed to work with both PC and Apple computers, at dial-up Internet connection speeds or higher. Discounted registration fees for ALA, ACRL and LLAMA members are available, along with group registration rates. Complete details, including registration materials, are available online at www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/springvirtualinstitute.cfm.

Direct questions to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or (312) 280-2522.

Contact: Margot Conahan
ACRL
(312) 280-2522
mconahan@ala.org

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing more than 12,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians.  Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.
The mission of the Library Leadership and Management Association (www.ala.org/llama) is to encourage and nurture current and future library leaders, and to develop and promote outstanding leadership and management practices. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.

ACRL announces winter 2010 e-Learning schedule

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a wide variety of online learning opportunities in winter 2010 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL Web site at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/proftools/elearning.cfm.

Registration for all online seminars and Webcasts qualifies for the ACRL Frequent Learner Program. Register for three ACRL e-Learning events and receive one free registration. Visit http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/elearning/freqlearner.cfm for more information on the Frequent Learner Program.

ACRL online seminars are asynchronous, multi-week courses delivered through Moodle. Online seminars scheduled for winter 2010 include:

Designing Usable and Accessible Web Pages: Needs Analysis, Design Planning, XHTML and CSS Standards, Accessibility Validation and Usability Testing (Jan. 25 – Feb. 10, 2010)
This hands-on course focuses on the basics of Web site planning, design and content development. The course will also examine Web standards, usability and accessibility. XHTML and CSS (external) will be introduced. The course begins with XHTML/HTML basics tutorials and a practice activity to make sure everyone has the basic skills. Students will plan and design a representative site during the course.

Copyright and the Library Part 2: Library, Classroom and Other Issues Including the DMCA (Feb. 1-19, 2010)
In this course, students will continue to learn to think in terms of U.S. copyright law. Students will focus on issues pertaining to libraries with  special attention to how copyright pertains to the classroom setting. Sections 108, 109, 110, 512 and 1201 will be examined for a thorough understanding on their impact in academic libraries.

Virtual Reference Competencies: Technical, Communications, and Reference Skills and Knowledge (Feb. 15 – March 26, 2010)

In this online seminar, participants will engage in learning activities, supported by readings as well as lecture and discussion to acquire and improve the technical competencies required by effective virtual reference librarians.

Instructional Design for Online Teaching and Learning (March 29 – April 23, 2010)
In this four week hands-on course, the focus will be on using good instructional design and Web page design principles. Participants will also be introduced to Web-based teaching techniques and materials using standard Web pages and the Moodle LMS.

ACRL also offers a variety of timely live Webcasts addressing hot topics in academic librarianship. Webcasts last from an hour and a half to two hours and take place in an interactive online classroom. Group discounts are available for all ACRL e-Learning Webcasts. Winter 2010 Webcasts include:

Cyber Zed Shed 1: Facebook, Twitter, Sprout (Feb. 9, 2010)
Cyber Zed Shed Webcast presentations, similar to their in-person National Conference versions, are 20 minutes in length each, including 5-10 minutes for participant questions and answers. The first Cyber Zed Shed Webcasts will explore three topics: Facebook, Twitter and Sprout. Learn how other libraries and librarians are using these technologies in their own libraries and how to apply these technologies in your library.

Text Messaging Reference: Enhancing Reference Services with SMS (Feb. 23, 2010)

This session introduces and covers the emerging field of SMS reference, shares practical tips and best practices and management, technology and assessment considerations for this cutting edge service. Learn how to choose the best technology for SMS reference at your institution, what the advanced managerial considerations are and what is on the horizon for mobile reference services using SMS.

Wave Upon Wave: Navigating the New Communication (March 2, 2010)
Google Wave is poised to change the way we think about communication on the Web, and to give libraries and librarians amazing new tools to help our patrons. While it is in very, very early beta right now, the promise for this new service is very high. In this Webcast, Jason Griffey will walk you through the possibilities, show you how Wave works and help you wrap your head around what Wave might bring to your library.

Superpower Your Browser: Open Source Research Tools (March 23, 2010)
Libraries are harnessing the power of digital resources, moving tools and resources not only onto the Web but into the browser software itself. Open source browser plug-ins such as LibX and Zotero can help researchers at every stage of the research cycle, from search and discovery to writing and citation. This Webcast will examine these two powerful browser tools as well as others.

Complete details and registration information for all winter 2010 e-Learning opportunities is available online at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/proftools/elearning.cfm. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or (312) 280-2522 with questions.

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at http://www.acrl.org/.

ACRL offers e-Learning scholarships

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces new e-Learning scholarships to help librarians, library staff and library school students stretch their professional development dollars. Twenty scholarships, each covering the registration cost of one ACRL e-Learning Webcast, will be awarded. Complete details are available on the ACRL e-Learning Web site at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/elearning/escholarships.cfm.

To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must be ACRL members, complete the online scholarship application form and submit a 300-word written statement that describes how participation in an ACRL e-Learning Webcast meets your professional needs and goals. The application deadline is Oct. 16, 2009, with notifications issued by late November.

Applications must be submitted via the online submission form available at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/elearning/escholarships.cfm. Scholarships can be redeemed for any ACRL e-Learning Webcast offered between Dec.15, 2009, and Aug. 31, 2010.
ACRL e-Learning Webcasts take place live in an interactive, online classroom and are typically 1.5 hours in length. A complete list of Webcast offerings is available at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/elearning/index.cfm.
Complete details are online at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/elearning/escholarships.cfm. Send questions on scholarships and the application process to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or (312) 280-2522.

Contact: Margot Conahan
ACRL
(312) 280-2522
mconahan@ala.org

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at http://www.acrl.org/.

ACRL announces fall 2009 e-Learning schedule

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a wide variety of online learning opportunities in fall 2009 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information is available on the ACRL Web site at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/proftools/elearning.cfm.

Registration for all online seminars and Webcasts qualifies for the new Frequent Learner Program. Register for three ACRL e-Learning events and receive one free registration. Visit http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/elearning/freqlearner.cfm for more information on the Frequent Learner Program.

ACRL online seminars are asynchronous, multi-week courses delivered through Moodle. Online seminars scheduled for fall 2009 include:

Web Design and Construction for Libraries Part 1: XHTML and CSS (Sept. 7 – Oct. 2, 2009)
This course focuses on the basics of Web site planning and design and content development with a concentration on academic libraries. The course will also examine Web standards, usability, and accessibility. XHTML and CSS (external) will be introduced. Students will plan and design a representative site during the course.

Introduction to Website Usability (Sept. 14 – Oct. 2, 2009)
For very little investment in staff hours and training, you can reap tremendous benefits by connecting with the users of your library Web site and Web-based applications through usability testing. This three-week course is designed for the librarian or library IT staff person who is interested in setting up a usability program but doesn’t know where to begin.

Instructional Design for Online Teaching and Learning (Oct. 5-31, 2009)
In this hands-on course the intellectual focus will be on using good instructional design and Web page design principles. Participants will also be introduced to Web-based teaching techniques and materials using standard Web pages and the Moodle LMS. Coursework will result in a completed instructional design plan for an instructional unit.

Copyright and the Library Part 1: The Basics Including the DMCA (Oct. 5 – 23, 2009)
This course will focus on building understanding of current copyright law, creating a “copyright palette” for participants libraries and assessing a library’s legal risk with regard to current U.S. copyright law. In addition, participants will build an understanding of the Fair Use clause, as well as how to legally apply fair use in the library, classroom and broader campus environments.

Implementing Online Teaching and Learning: Using Moodle and Other Web 2.0 Features (Nov. 9 – Dec. 5, 2009)
This hands-on course will contain an overview of the state –of –the art of online teaching and learning technology and its applications. Participants will review the use of teaching materials created with multimedia plug-ins and classroom communications tools, including Moodle LMS. Coursework, that will result in a completed instructional unit e.g., short course/workshop/tutorial implemented on the teachers Moodle LMS or on an LMS or simple Web site.

Electronic Collection Development for the Academic E-Library (Nov. 9 – Dec. 5, 2009)
In this hands-on course, participants will learn to create an academic e-library collection development plan for free and fee-based Web-accessible resources for a patron community of their choice. Participants will focus on developing a collection plan for one library patron group of their choice.

ACRL also offers a variety of timely live Webcasts addressing hot topics in academic librarianship. Webcasts last from an hour and a half to two hours and take place in an interactive online classroom. Group discounts are available for all ACRL e-Learning Webcasts. Fall 2009 Webcasts include:

Information Commons 101 (Sept. 22, 2009)
Is your institution in the planning phase for a library renovation or addition that includes a space that will serve as an information or learning commons? If so, this Webcast will provide an overview of some of the key planning components you should take into consideration as you develop a program for the facility.

Podcasting for Libraries (Oct. 1, 2009)
Podcasting is like an Internet radio show or a blog with audio. It uses the power of RSS syndication to automatically deliver new episodes to listeners. This Webcast will examine how library can use podcasting as a tool for teaching, promotion, outreach and programming.

Next Generation Information Commons: Retooling and Refining the Vision (Oct. 13, 2009)
Some information commons are now more than 10 years old and in need of refreshing in terms of conception, configuration, technologies and services. Others are so popular that additions are planned, either adjacent to the existing commons, on other floors or in other buildings on campus. Through the use of principles and practical examples, participants will learn about trends in information and learning commons.

The Role of the Librarian in Combating Student Plagiarism (Oct. 20, 2009)
Like other educators, librarians are aware of the growing instances of student plagiarism and academic dishonesty that take place on college campuses. Librarians frequently discuss discipline faculty’s revulsion toward the growth of student plagiarism that has seemingly grown in tandem with our society’s dependence on digital texts found on the Internet. This Webcast examines strategies libraries and librarians can implement to reduce plagiarism on campus.

Registration for all fall 2009 ACRL e-Learning events is now open. Complete details and registration information is available online at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/proftools/elearning.cfm. Contact Jon Stahler at jstahler@ala.org or (312) 280-2511 with questions about ACRL e-Learning opportunities.

Contact: Jon Stahler
ACRL
(312) 280-2511
jstahler@ala.org

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at http://www.acrl.org/.

ACRL announces Frequent Learner Program

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the launch of a new e-Learning Frequent Learner Program to help academic and research librarians maximize their professional development dollars during these challenging economic times. Starting Sept. 1, individuals or groups that register for three ACRL e-Learning courses or Webcasts will receive complimentary registration to one additional course or Webcast of equal or lesser value to the lowest cost-paid e-Learning opportunity. Complete details and a full schedule of ACRL e-Learning opportunities are available on the ACRL Web site at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/elearning/index.cfm.

“We understand the challenges facing academic and research librarians in the area of professional development in the current economy,” said ACRL President Erika Linke. “The Frequent Learner Program is ACRL’s way of ensuring continued access to quality online learning while helping with the bottom line.”

Enrollment in the Frequent Learner Program is automatic for all individuals and groups registering for ACRL e-Learning courses and Webcasts starting Sept. 1. No additional signup is required. Complimentary e-Learning must be redeemed within 18 months of the first course or Webcast. Frequent Learner Program rewards are only redeemable for ACRL e-Learning opportunities and have no cash value. ACRL e-Learning courses and Webcasts attended prior to Sept. 1, 2009, are not eligible for the Frequent Learner Program.

Complete rules and redemption details are available on the ACRL e-Learning site at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/elearning/index.cfm. Contact Jon Stahler at jstahler@ala.org or (312) 280-2511 with questions about the Frequent Learner Program and ACRL e-Learning opportunities.

Contact: Jon Stahler
ACRL
(312) 280-2511
jstahler@ala.org

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at http://www.acrl.org/.

ACRL announces summer 2009 e-Learning schedule

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a wide variety of online learning opportunities in summer 2009 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL Web site at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/proftools/elearning.cfm.

ACRL offers a variety of timely live Webcasts addressing hot topics in academic librarianship. Webcasts last from an hour and a half to two hours and take place in an interactive online classroom. Group discounts are available for all ACRL e-Learning Webcasts. Summer 2009 Webcasts include:

Text Messaging Reference: Enhancing Reference Services with SMS (July 2, 2009)
Text messaging (also known as SMS) is now one of the most popular ways people connect with friends, family and information. This session introduces and covers the emerging field of SMS reference. It shares practical tips and best practices, as well as the management, technology and assessment considerations for this cutting edge service. Attendees will learn how to choose the best technology for SMS reference at their institution, what the advanced managerial considerations are and what is on the horizon for mobile reference services using SMS.

Academic Librarianship by Design: Enhancing the Libraries Integration into Course/Learning Management Systems (July 28, 2009)
This Webcast will explore the various methods that libraries can employ to further integrate their services and information literacy programs into Course/Learning Management Systems(e.g. Blackboard, ANGEL, eCollege). Using Blended Librarian principles, the Webcast will also explore and examine current ‘case studies’ that demonstrate how to appropriately identify and design library services for a Course/Learning Management System environment both at a course-level and a system-level.

Cyber Zed Shed Webcast Series 1: Facebook, Twitter, and Sprout (August 18, 2009)
Miss the ACRL 14th National Conference in Seattle or one of the Cyber Zed Shed presentations? Now is your chance to check out what you may have missed!  The first in a series of Cyber Zed Shed Webcasts will be feature 20-minute presentations on Facebook, Twitter and Sprout with ample time for questions and discussion.

Registration for upcoming ACRL e-Learning events is now open. Complete details and registration information is available online at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/proftools/elearning.cfm. Contact Jon Stahler at jstahler@ala.org or (312) 280-2511 with questions about ACRL e-Learning opportunities.

Contact: Jon Stahler
ACRL
(312) 280-2511
jstahler@ala.org

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at http://www.acrl.org/.

ACRL Springboard Event free for members

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering its second annual Springboard Event from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. CDT, June 3, 2009. The ACRL Springboard Event is a live, interactive Webcast offered to ACRL members free of charge. Clifford Lynch, director of the Coalition for Networked Information, will be the featured presenter. Lynch will share “some things that keep me awake at night,” including cultural memory in the age of economic instability and the implications of the migration of vast amounts of personal history and activity to the digital environment. There will be ample time for audience Q and A to discuss these issues and foster ongoing dialogue.

There is no registration fee for this member event, but ACRL members should register online at www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/springboard.cfm by May 29 to confirm their space in the Webcast.

Clifford Lynch has been the director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since July 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, includes around 200 member organizations concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity. Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as director of library automation. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California (UC)-Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at UC-Berkeley’s School of Information. He is a past president of the American Society for Information Science and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization.

By providing the Springboard Event free of charge for members, the ACRL Board of Directors is responding to feedback that professional development is one of the most important services that ACRL provides and that members want additional online learning opportunities. The archived recording of the Webcast will be made available on the ACRL Web site shortly after the live event. Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522.

Contact: Margot Conahan
ACRL
(312) 280-2522
mconahan@ala.org

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