ACRL Presents Webcasts

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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.


COVID-19 Webinar Recordings

Advocating for Library Workers During Uncertain TimesThe recent public health situation has created much uncertainty for higher education funding. Libraries are finding themselves in complex fiscal situations, with layoffs, furloughs, and budget reductions being announced. Join library leaders to discuss practical strategies for engaging campus administrators in conversations that emphasize the importance of supporting library employees and the critical work they are doing for their students and organizations. 
May 13, 2020




remote workers YouTube screenshotManaging Remote Workers :Join Martin House, Assistant Director for Public Services at Central Piedmont Community College and Community and Junior College Libraries Section incoming chair, and Cinthya Ippoliti, University Librarian and Director of the Auraria Library, and Director-at-Large on ACRL’s Board of Directors, for tips, strategies, and discussion on effective ways to manage a suddenly remote library workforce. 
April 7, 2020




Quickly Implementing Accessibility ToolsEveryone is working and learning online right now. We need to ensure what we create and share is accessible to everyone. This presentation and Q&A will discuss the legal and ethical standards for making courses and learning objects accessible. We will also share some free tools for the generation of new material and retrofitting previously created content.
April 3, 2020




Evaluating Online Library LearningAs many libraries shift to supporting patrons remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, how programs and services are evaluated also changes, but getting good data is still essential. Learn about how Project Outcome can help support your work and hear from librarians with lots of experience supporting online learning. 
April 1, 2020




Screen shot of webinar YouTube imageTips for Suddenly Switching to Online Reference and Access Services: K-State Libraries' main library had a fire on May 22, 2018. They suddenly lost access to millions of physical resources and could no longer deliver in-person services. During this facilitated discussion, their Head of Library User Services, Head of Special Collections, and Interlibrary Services Coordinator will share what they did then to help connect patrons to information resources that would have previously been delivered in-person.
March 27, 2020




Copyright for Campus Closures: Exploring the Copyright Issues around Moving Instruction and Reference Online :This presentation and Q&A session with Sara R. Benson, copyright librarian at the University of Illinois iSchool and editor of ACRL’s Copyright Conversations: Rights Literacy in a Digital World, aims to provide information on the copyright issues involved in rapidly moving your instruction and reference online.
March 20, 2020




Pandemic Pedagogy: Resources for Library Instruction at a DistanceJoin us for a facilitated conversation about tools, resources, and strategies for shifting information literacy to support remote teaching and learning presented by Jenn Kelley, Associate Professor/Reference Librarian at the College of DuPage. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own approaches and co-create a collaborative guide of best practices.
March 18, 2020




Information Literacy Instruction at a (Social) Distance: Strategies for Moving OnlineIs your campus closing due to COVID-19? Join Melissa Wong for a crash course in moving your library instruction online. Melissa will address options for both synchronous and asynchronous instruction, discuss how to engage students in active learning while online, and provide a short list of best practices.
March 17, 2020




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ACRL Presents

The ACRL Presents program offers free occasional webcasts on issues of broad interest and importance to the academic and research library community. Check back for upcoming live sessions, or browse our archived recordings below.

Recent Recordings

Understanding Fair Use Through Case LawAcademic and research libraries often cite fair use for the activities that we engage in to make content available to stakeholders. Depending on your perspective, fair use is a right or a defense outlined in United States Copyright Law. What most can agree on is that in the United States, we rely on case law to help us understand fair use and to implement strategies for sharing content based on that understanding. This webinar will give a back-to-basics overview of fair use and utilize case law to illustrate each  factor of a fair use analysis.
February 25, 2020




Get Involved: Everything You Need to Know About Volunteering for an ACRL CommitteeTo make the appointments process more transparent, the ACRL Membership Committee invites all new members and anyone who would like to get more involved in ACRL to join us for a free online forum explaining how the ACRL committee appointment process works.
December 10, 2019




Making Yourself Marketable for Academic Library PositionsWhen you’re working on your MLS degree, you have countless opportunities for courses and internships. How can you communicate the experience that you’ve gained through courses and work in order to give yourself the most options possible? Topics covered in this session include selecting educational and work opportunities, building professional relationships, communicating your experience and strengths, and beginning to build a scholarly record.
November 12, 2019




An Introduction to Academic LibrarianshipThis webcast will provide an overview of academic librarianship, so you can determine whether its nature appeals to you. We’ll discuss various academic library environments (tenure-track versus non-tenure track; community college versus liberal arts school versus research university; etc.) to help you focus the job search. And we’ll identify skills, credentials, and areas of knowledge commonly required of academic librarians, so you can find appropriate educational and experiential opportunities.
October 30, 2019




Open for Students and Educators: Open Educational Resources Level the Playing FieldOpen educational resources (OER) are not usually a hard sell for students. But what about educators? How do they benefit from having access to resources that are licensed openly? And how can we, as librarians, guide faculty in adopting and adapting OER?
October 22, 2019




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