Summer 2015 ACRL e-Learning

ACRL is offering a variety of webcasts this summer to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. These interactive webcasts last 60-90 minutes and take place in an interactive online classroom; group discounts are available.  Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website.

The Search for Meaningful Metrics: Scholarly Impact & The Role of Academic Libraries (June 3, 2015)
What are meaningful research metrics and how are they supported by today’s academic libraries?  Review the topic of scholarly impact measurement, including current trends related to bibliometrics, altmetrics, and research impact in general. Emphasis will be placed on major tools available to scholars and librarians, as well as special discussions, controversies and developments within the growing field of altmetrics.

Finding Your Role: The Subject Specialist and Digital Humanities (June 11, 2015)
During this webcast the co-editors of Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists will give tips and suggestions for subject specialists interested in working with digital humanities projects, and give details on several case studies covered in their book.  Discover how to initiate, join, or improve subject liaison collaboration on DH projects.

Weed it and Reap: Successful Strategies for Re-shaping Collections (July 15, 2015)
Learn strategies for making successful changes in traditional collections, formulate ideas for communicating with your stakeholders, and transform your institution’s definition of deselection from “periodic weeding” to an “ongoing part of a healthy library ecosystem’s lifecycle.”

Librarians Collaborate! Working Across Two-and Four-Year Institutions to Teach Transfer Students Information Literacy Skills (July 22, 2015)
Learn how librarians at a university and community college collaborated to enhance information literacy instruction for transfer students. Ideas for designing a collaborative professional development workshop to enhance communication and design information literacy student learning outcomes at two and four year institutions will be shared.

Assessing Faculty Perceptions and Use of OER and the Implications for Libraries (August 19, 2015)
Learn about findings focused on instructors’ perceptions and experiences locating and using free textbook alternatives. Three major themes appeared: material accessibility, class preparation, and expectations for students. Using these themes as the framework for the webcast, discuss implications for librarians who want to initiate conversations on their campus about free textbook alternatives; create, or collaborate on, free textbook alternative grants; or assess existing projects.

Collaborating for Student Success: Libraries and High Impact Educational Practices (August 26, 2015)
This interactive webcast will provide a review of research on how high impact practices foster student success nationally. Then, using learning communities (LCs) as a case study, discover how LCs contribute to student retention and success.  Learn about strategies for partnering with other campus units to promote high impact practices and then use the results to demonstrate the value and impact of the library on its campus.

Complete details and registration information for e-Learning webcasts are available on the ACRL website. Contact Margot Conahan at for more information.