ACRL announces fall 2009 e-Learning schedule

Contact: Jon Stahler
(312) 280-2511

For Immediate Release
August 18, 2009

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a wide variety of online learning opportunities in fall 2009 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information is available on the ACRL Web site at

Registration for all online seminars and Webcasts qualifies for the new Frequent Learner Program. Register for three ACRL e-Learning events and receive one free registration. Visit for more information on the Frequent Learner Program.

ACRL online seminars are asynchronous, multi-week courses delivered through Moodle. Online seminars scheduled for fall 2009 include:

Web Design and Construction for Libraries Part 1: XHTML and CSS (Sept. 7 – Oct. 2, 2009)
This course focuses on the basics of Web site planning and design and content development with a concentration on academic libraries. The course will also examine Web standards, usability, and accessibility. XHTML and CSS (external) will be introduced. Students will plan and design a representative site during the course.

Introduction to Website Usability (Sept. 14 – Oct. 2, 2009)
For very little investment in staff hours and training, you can reap tremendous benefits by connecting with the users of your library Web site and Web-based applications through usability testing. This three-week course is designed for the librarian or library IT staff person who is interested in setting up a usability program but doesn’t know where to begin.

Instructional Design for Online Teaching and Learning (Oct. 5-31, 2009)
In this hands-on course the intellectual focus will be on using good instructional design and Web page design principles. Participants will also be introduced to Web-based teaching techniques and materials using standard Web pages and the Moodle LMS. Coursework will result in a completed instructional design plan for an instructional unit.

Copyright and the Library Part 1: The Basics Including the DMCA (Oct. 5 - 23, 2009)
This course will focus on building understanding of current copyright law, creating a “copyright palette” for participants libraries and assessing a library’s legal risk with regard to current U.S. copyright law. In addition, participants will build an understanding of the Fair Use clause, as well as how to legally apply fair use in the library, classroom and broader campus environments.

Implementing Online Teaching and Learning: Using Moodle and Other Web 2.0 Features (Nov. 9 – Dec. 5, 2009)
This hands-on course will contain an overview of the state –of –the art of online teaching and learning technology and its applications. Participants will review the use of teaching materials created with multimedia plug-ins and classroom communications tools, including Moodle LMS. Coursework, that will result in a completed instructional unit e.g., short course/workshop/tutorial implemented on the teachers Moodle LMS or on an LMS or simple Web site.

Electronic Collection Development for the Academic E-Library (Nov. 9 – Dec. 5, 2009)
In this hands-on course, participants will learn to create an academic e-library collection development plan for free and fee-based Web-accessible resources for a patron community of their choice. Participants will focus on developing a collection plan for one library patron group of their choice.

ACRL also offers a variety of timely live Webcasts addressing hot topics in academic librarianship. Webcasts last from an hour and a half to two hours and take place in an interactive online classroom. Group discounts are available for all ACRL e-Learning Webcasts. Fall 2009 Webcasts include:

Information Commons 101 (Sept. 22, 2009)
Is your institution in the planning phase for a library renovation or addition that includes a space that will serve as an information or learning commons? If so, this Webcast will provide an overview of some of the key planning components you should take into consideration as you develop a program for the facility.

Podcasting for Libraries (Oct. 1, 2009)
Podcasting is like an Internet radio show or a blog with audio. It uses the power of RSS syndication to automatically deliver new episodes to listeners. This Webcast will examine how library can use podcasting as a tool for teaching, promotion, outreach and programming.

Next Generation Information Commons: Retooling and Refining the Vision (Oct. 13, 2009)
Some information commons are now more than 10 years old and in need of refreshing in terms of conception, configuration, technologies and services. Others are so popular that additions are planned, either adjacent to the existing commons, on other floors or in other buildings on campus. Through the use of principles and practical examples, participants will learn about trends in information and learning commons.

The Role of the Librarian in Combating Student Plagiarism (Oct. 20, 2009)
Like other educators, librarians are aware of the growing instances of student plagiarism and academic dishonesty that take place on college campuses. Librarians frequently discuss discipline faculty’s revulsion toward the growth of student plagiarism that has seemingly grown in tandem with our society’s dependence on digital texts found on the Internet. This Webcast examines strategies libraries and librarians can implement to reduce plagiarism on campus.

Registration for all fall 2009 ACRL e-Learning events is now open. Complete details and registration information is available online at Contact Jon Stahler at or (312) 280-2511 with questions about ACRL e-Learning opportunities.


The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at