Modern Pathfinders: easy techniques to make better research guides

Wednesday, 7/20/2016
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

Librarians put many hours into creating research guides, and usage studies have shown that students use them very little. Learn some effective techniques of instructional design and web usability that any librarian can apply to make online guides better and more useful to your students, whether you’re using LibGuides or a home-brew system.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply ideas from instructional design to create guides that are better focused on users' needs
  • Simplify and streamline the user experience (UX) to help patrons use guides more effectively
  • Design more attractive guides -- and learn why that matters for users' learning

Who Should Attend

Academic and research librarians, individuals interested in LibGuides

Presenter

Jason Puckett is Librarian for Communication and Virtual Services and Assistant Professor at Georgia State University Library in Atlanta, Georgia. He was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2010, in part for his work with technology in libraries. Puckett has a BA in English from Georgia State University and an MLIS from Florida State University, and is the author of the ACRL Publication Modern Pathfinders: Creating Better Research Guides.

Registration

Cost

ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.

How to Register

    How to Register

    • Locate the webcast by the date of the event.
    • Select the "Register" link next to the Webcast title on ALA's webcast registration page (linked above).
    • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

    Registrants will receive your Webcast access information one business day before the live Webcast.

    Archive
    Webcasts will be recorded and made available to registrants as an archive, so if you sign up but cannot attend the live event, you will receive the archived webcast recording.

    Tech Requirements

    ACRL Webcasts are held in an Adobe Connect virtual classroom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may ask questions through text-based chat.  Adobe works on both PC and Apple platforms.

    Contact

    If you have a question about an e-Learning opportunity or need to make arrangements for special assistance, please contact Margot Conahan (mconahan@ala.org).