Explore assessment, managing change, fighting fake news with the Framework, more in summer 2017 ACRL webcasts

For Immediate Release
Thu, 05/25/2017


Margot Conahan

Manager of Professional Development



CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (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.

June 2017

Beyond Worksheets: Using Instructional Technologies for Authentic Assessment of Student Learning (June 1, 2017): Academic librarians are no strangers to assessment, but figuring out how to implement authentic assessment can be tricky. We all want our instruction to help students, but how do we know if they are actually learning? Better yet, how can we make this process enjoyable for both the educators (that’s us!) and the students? This webcast will examine the importance of designing authentic learning activities tied to information literacy learning outcomes.

Managing Change (June 8, 2017): Managing change effectively requires paying as much (or more) attention to the human elements as the technical and operational ones. Understanding how people perceive change, how it affects them, and why they may not immediately embrace it will help you avoid many of the pitfalls on the way to implementation.  Analyze several different scenarios and practice techniques that you can use in real-life situations and conversations.

Innovation Mindset: How Librarians Can Partner with Innovators and Entrepreneurs (June 13, 2017): Discover how librarians can get involved with institutional innovation initiatives, such as medical device development, games, health care apps and innovative publishing outlets. Find out ways to be involved throughout the entire innovation process.  Discover ways to partner with innovators at your institution.

July 2017

Essentials of Usability Design for Library Research Guides (July 12, 2017): Web design, in the form of creating online research guides, has become a big part of many librarians’ jobs, but we’re rarely taught how to do it well. Most of us learn the nuts and bolts of how to make guides, without learning the principles of how to make them usable -- the simple techniques of visual and textual design that can help us create guides that users will understand more easily, and stick around to use.  Learn about easy to use principles of usability that can immediately improve your research guides.

Fighting Fake News with the ACRL Framework (July 20, 2017): Explore strategies and techniques for teaching people the literacy skills they need to combat fake news. Examine factors, both historic and new, that contribute to the proliferation of fake news. Explore connections between information and news literacy skills. Discover ways to apply more traditional research and information literacy skills, such as source evaluation skills, to addressing fake news, and will gain ideas for new, interactive ways to help students handle fake news and misinformation.

Complete details and registration information for all summer 2017 e-Learning opportunities are available on the ACRL website. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org for more information.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing nearly 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the web at acrl.org, Facebook at facebook.com/ala.acrl and Twitter at @ala_acrl.