Standards for Libraries in Higher Education Webcast Series

ACRL is pleased to offer this three-part series on the new Standards for Libraries in Higher Education.  These three webcasts focus on applying the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education and offer practical strategies for immediate action, as well as long-term planning and assessment. Each webcast is related to the others but is also independent so you can do all three or just choose one or two that best meets your needs.

Webcast 1: Applying the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education - Designing Assessments (October 2, 2013)

Webcast 2: Applying the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education - Strategic Planning and Benchmarking (October 23, 2013)

Webcast 3: Applying the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education - Communicating Results and Crafting the Library's Story (November 13, 2013)

Webcast Times: 10 a.m. Pacific | 11:00 a.m. Mountain | 12:00 p.m. Central | 1:00 p.m. Eastern (90 minutes per webcast)

Webcast 1: Applying the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education - Designing Assessments (October 2, 2013)

10 a.m. Pacific | 11:00 a.m. Mountain | 12:00 p.m. Central | 1:00 p.m. Eastern (90 minutes per webcast)

Webcast Description: The new Standards for Libraries in Higher Education provide a strong framework to demonstrate contributions to learning and student success for all types of academic libraries. This webcast will focus on using the principles and performance indicators outlined in the Standards to design and implement an assessment program. Discussion will focus on the use of a planning and assessment cycle; writing outcomes, criteria for success and assessments; and applying the assessment process to accreditation and program design.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to apply their understanding  in order to:

  • Use the structure and function of the standards as a framework for determining quality and impact of library activities, services, and space.
  • Apply the program/planning assessment cycle to design and implement a library assessment program.
  • Evaluate principles and performance indicators within the standards in order to select those that align with institutional priorities.

Webcast Two: Applying the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education - Strategic Planning and Benchmarking (October 23, 2013)

10 a.m. Pacific | 11:00 a.m. Mountain | 12:00 p.m. Central | 1:00 p.m. Eastern (90 minutes per webcast)

Webcast Description: The new Standards for Libraries in Higher Education provide a framework for library planning, benchmarking, and assessment for all types of academic libraries. This webcast will focus on using the Standards to inform strategic planning processes and as a basis for benchmarking.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to apply their understanding  in order to:

  • Design library services and initiatives that align with institutional mission, goals, and outcomes.
  • Develop a strategic and benchmarking plan process that supports continuous improvement.
  • Implement a strategy for documenting library impact based on the program planning/assessment cycle.

Webcast Three: Applying the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education - Communicating Results and Crafting the Library's Story (November 13, 2013)

10 a.m. Pacific | 11:00 a.m. Mountain | 12:00 p.m. Central | 1:00 p.m. Eastern (90 minutes per webcast)

Webcast Description: Learn how to use the Standards as a basis for communicating the library's impact. With a basis in the larger institution’s strategies, explore the elements of a powerful communication plan that conveys the value of the library in the larger context. Connecting the institutional outcomes to the library’s strategies and results allows for a more integrated and interdependent communication process. Developing a communication plan is a key strategy for telling the story of library value.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Connect library strategies and results to institutional outcomes.
  • Use a structured communication process for crafting messages to internal and external audiences.
  • Incorporate a variety of modes of communication (documents, conversations, presentations) to effectively reach the right audience with the right message.

Technical Requirements

ACRL Webcasts are held in an Elluminate virtual classroom. You will be prompted to download a java-based application (Elluminate) before being able to enter the classroom.  Elluminate works on both PC and Macintosh platforms.  Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. A microphone is optional.

If you'd like to perform the Elluminate tech check on your computer, please go to: www.learningtimes.net/techcheckell.html.

How to Register

Participants can register for individual Webcasts at the rates shown below or for the entire series.  If you register for the series of three Webcasts, either as an individual or group, not only will you save money, but you receive one free Webcast registration for future redemption.  Contact mconahan@ala.org to redeem for your free webcast.

Registration fees per Webcast:
ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

Registration fees per series:
ACRL member: $140
ALA member: $215
Nonmember: $260
Student: $110
Group*: $595

How to register:

  • To register for an individual webcast: Locate the webcast by the date of the event (October 2 - Designing Assessments, October 23 - Strategic Planning and Benchmarking, and/or November 13 - Communicating Results and Crafting the Libraries Story).  Select the "Register" link next to the Webcast title on ALA's webcast registration page (linked above).
  • To register or the full series: Locate the webcast series named "ACRL Webinar Series: Applying the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education."  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.

*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.

You will receive your Webcast access information one business day before the live Webcast. Webcasts will be recorded and made available to registrants as an archive, so if you sign up for the full series but cannot attend a particular webcast, there will be an opportunity to catch up later.

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