Improve your library instruction with ALA Editions eCourse with Paul Signorelli

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/03/2012


CHICAGO - By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a new session of Paul Signorelli's facilitated eCourse, Rethinking Library Instruction: Libraries as Social Learning Centers . Signorelli, former director of staff training and  volunteer services for the San Francisco Public Library system, will lead this four-week course, which begins on Feb. 6, 2012

Too often a library’s rich resources are underutilized because library users don’t know how to use them, are afraid to ask or simply aren’t aware. Whether in public or academic libraries, effective instructional programs developed around a library’s resources and services can boost customer satisfaction. Through this interactive eCourse, training specialist Paul Signorelli will help you and your staff increase awareness of all the library has to offer as he teaches basic instructional techniques to improve presentation skills. The eCourse will also include readings, simple assignments, an asynchronous discussion board and optional, live, online discussions. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Use instruction to help promote more effective use of library collections, physical or online
  • Use instruction to promote more effective use of library services
  • Use informal and formal needs-assessment to identify topics for instruction and evaluation tools to measure instruction’s effectiveness
  • Design, prepare and present an informal learning resource that responds to your library users’ current learning needs
  • Design, prepare and present a formal learning resource that responds to your library users’ current learning needs

Paul Signorelli has more than 20 years of experience as a learning leader for libraries and other organizations and businesses. As director of staff training and volunteer services for the San Francisco Public Library system, he created, implemented and managed numerous training plans. He continues to serve as a writer, trainer, onsite and online presenter and consultant for a variety of organizations and remains active in the American Library Association Learning Round Table and with the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), where he has held leadership positions at the local and national level. He is currently a member of ASTD's National Advisors for Chapters.

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on Feb. 6, 2012, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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