Integrating multimedia resources into library instruction and research

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/02/2014


Dan Freeman

eLearning Manager

ALA Publishing

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Integrating Multimedia Resources into Library Instruction and Research. Julie A. DeCesare will serve as the instructor for a six-week facilitated eCourse starting on Jan. 5, 2015.

The ability to navigate multimedia content is a crucial skill for today’s librarian. You need skills that go beyond finding a video on YouTube—you need the ability to understand the multimedia landscape in the present and the ability to find the resources that will help your patrons in the future.

In this eCourse, Julie DeCesare will give you the foundation to navigate both free and paid multimedia resources for teaching, learning and research. You’ll learn what’s out there, and you’ll learn how to apply it to your library.

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

  • become aware of a variety of multimedia resources available, free and for-fee;
  • have a better understanding of online tools and digital technologies that provide multimedia;
  • know where to find multimedia resources to enhance programs, courses and support users in teaching, learning, and research.

eCourse outline

Weeks 1–2

  • Utilize practical search and advanced search functions for popular search engines, such as Google, Yahoo and Bing!, as well as smaller video/specialized search engines , such as Blinkx.
  • Discuss digitized or born-digital special collections by non-profit institutions (ArtBabble, Arkive, Duke AdViews, Internet Archive, etc.)
  • Learn about user-generated multimedia content (Vimeo, YouTube, UStream), with a focus on academic content and channels.

Weeks 3–4

  • Focus on educational distributors and producers (, WGBH, and MITWorld) and distribution models that help teachers and scholars.
  • Discuss library database vendors (Swank Digital Campus, Alexander St. Press, Films on Demand) and the benefits and disadvantages of paid subscription models vs. one-time purchases of streaming content for institutional use.

Weeks 5–6

  • Provide an overview of for-fee providers of on-demand, consumer streaming media (NetFlix, HuluPlus, and Amazon Instant), and the limitations of individual use and lack of institutional licensing.
  • Discover video apps available on mobile and tablet devices and the implications of the ‘second screen.’

About the Instructor

Julie A. DeCesare is assistant professor and head of education and research at Providence College Phillips Memorial Library. Since 2008, she has taught in the Marlboro College Educational Technology graduate program in Brattleboro, Vermont. The blended course, Digital Research Technologies, helps educational technologists, librarians, teachers and instructional designers utilize the web and multimodal resources for teaching, learning, and research. To learn more about her work, visit

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on Jan. 5, 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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