Open Learning For Uncertain Times

ALA and ACRL are committed to supporting our members, staff, and all librarians and library workers during these uncertain times. Now more than ever, academic and research librarians and libraries are essential to a thriving global community of learners and scholars. Whether you are working on campus or supporting your community remotely, ACRL has a variety of easily accessible options for free online professional development to help you build your skills during the COVID-19 pandemic. And make sure to visit the ALA Pandemic Preparedness page for more resources on COVID-19.

March 15 Update:

We’ve added this additional free ACRL Presents webcast the week of March 16. Sign up link coming on Monday, March 16 and recordings of all of these will be available on our YouTube channel as soon as possible after the live events.

Tuesday, March 17: “Information Literacy at a (Social) Distance: Strategies for Moving Online.” 3:00-4:00 pm Central.

March 13 Update:

We are holding two free live ACRL Presents webcasts the week of March 16 covering topics directly related to online instruction. Sign up at the links in the titles and join us for…

March 18, 2020:Pandemic Pedagogy: Resources for Library Instruction at a Distance” – 1:00PM-2:00PM Central Time.

March 20, 2020:Copyright for Campus Closures: Exploring the Copyright Issues around Moving Instruction and Reference Online
– 1:00PM-2:00PM Central Time.

ACRL Presents Webcasts
The ACRL Presents program offers free occasional webcasts on issues of broad interest and importance to the academic and research library community. Recent offerings featured Understanding Fair Use Through Case Law and Making Yourself Marketable for Academic Library Positions. Visit the ACRL Presents website for additional archived recordings.

ACRL-Choice Webinars
Stay current on library trends and discover more about where the field is headed with ACRL-Choice webinars. Industry experts lead these sponsored, 60-minute interactive presentations, which cover topics like digital publishing, research trends, and open access. Webinar archives are available on the Choice YouTube channel.

Online Discussion Forums
ACRL Online Discussion Forums are free member-initiated, member-driven events offered by ACRL membership units on a wide variety of topics. Upcoming offerings include:

  • ACRL HSIG: Nursing Information Literacy Framework: Developing a Disciplinary Companion Document – Thursday, March 12, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central
  • ACRL STS IL Committee: March Discussion – Incorporating Wikipedia into the Sciences – Thursday, March 12, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central
  • ACRL IS Management & Leadership: The Practical Application of the Theories Behind Team Building – Thursday, March 19, 2020, 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Central
  • ACRL DLS Research and Publications Committee: Author Forum – Thursday, March 19, 2020, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Central
  • ACRL DLS Discussion Group: Spring Virtual Exchange How is Your Campus Handling COVID-19? – Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Central
  • ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee: Tapping into Specialist Knowledge – Strategies to Enhance Data Services Support Through Collaboration – Friday, March 27, 2020, 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Central

Archived recordings of discussion forums, along with ACRL Presents webcast recordings and a variety of additional content, are available on our YouTube channel.

Open Access Publications
A variety of open access ACRL publications are available to further your professional reading. Catch up on the latest issues of C&RL, C&RL News, and RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage or explore the deep publication archives. Our Keeping Up With… series features concise briefs on trends in academic librarianship and higher education. Visit our digital publications page for open access books, and don’t forget to check out our extensive list of reports and white papers too.

ACRL LibGuides
Explore ACRL’s LibGuides for resources on issues such as equity, diversity, and inclusion; the Framework for Information Literacy; scholarly communication; and more.