New e-learning courses on virtual reference, website usability – register by Jan. 24

Register by Thursday, January 24, for one of ACRL’s new e-learning courses:

  • Virtual Reference Competencies II: Practice and Expand Communications Skills and Knowledge
    January 28-February 16, 2008

    Virtual reference service requires all of the same professional communications skills and knowledge as face-to-face reference service. The challenge is to apply, practice, imagine, and understand how to communicate professionally within the technology context and using good reference skills and knowledge.  In this course, participants will engage in learning activities, supported by readings as well as lecture and discussion to practice and expand the communications competencies required by effective virtual reference librarians.
  • Introduction to Website Usability
    January 28-February 16, 2008
    For very little investment in staff hours and training you can reap tremendous benefits by connecting with the users of your library website 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.

ACRL e-learning courses are  primarily asynchronous seminars, allowing you to work through course material at times convenient to you throughout the three week scheduled course time. You may also choose to schedule online chat time with the teacher, as you feel necessary. Specific material and learning activities will be covered during each week of the course. Threaded discussion forums are available for use in learning activities and other course-related conversations.

Complete details about these e-learning courses, including learning outcomes and registration materials, are online at  Be sure to submit your registration materials by this Thursday, January 24!  Questions?   Contact