ALCTS Webinar Series: Libraries and MOOCs

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are sweeping the country and libraries and librarians are watching this development carefully. This series of four webinars will help librarians gain an understanding of the complexity of the MOOC movement, learn how to support students and faculty engaged with MOOCs, become familiar with the copyright and intellectual property requirements in relation to MOOCs, and hear what the future may hold for MOOCs.

  • February 26, 2014. Dorothy Pawlowski discusses opportunities for public libraries to promote lifelong learning by becoming meet-up destinations for MOOCs.
  • March 26, 2014. Curtis L. Kendrick and Irene Gashurov look at how librarians can shape the conversation about changes created by MOOCs.
  • May 21, 2014. Rebecca Griffith look at new research on opportunities and challenges associated with using third-party MOOCs in campus-based services.
  • June 4, 2014. Sarah Bardac look at the roles, opportunities, and pitfalls of MOOCs.


These webinars from the first MOOCs series, presented in fall 2013, are available online.

  • September 25, 2013. Mike Eisenberg set the stage by examining the origins of online learning and explaining why MOOCs continue to thoroughly capture the imagination of students, educators, and administrators.
  • October 9, 2013. Steven Bell outlined his views on the role of the librarian as a “solutions provider” to the online learning community. Whether a traditional online course, or a MOOC, librarians should be recognized as full partners throughout the development process. Steven will discuss how librarians can get into the conversation.
  • November 6, 2013. Kevin L. Smith offered insights into the library’s role educating users with regard to their rights and responsibilities vis Ă  vis copyright in settings beyond the traditional classroom model.
  • December 11, 2013. Jonathan Grudin let us know whether he is optimistic or pessimistic about the future of MOOCs.

Who Should Attend?

Librarians, library administrators, and library educators interested in supporting and enhancing libraries’ preparation of and participation in MOOCs.


Dorothy Pawlowski is Adult Services Librarian at the Ridgefield (Connecticut) Library

Curtis L. Kendrick is University Dean for Libraries and Information Resources, and Irene Gashurov is communications writer for the Office of Library Services, City University of New York (CUNY).

Rebecca Griffith leads the program in Online Learning for Ithaka S+R.

Sarah Bordac is the Head of Instructional Design at Brown University


How to Register

Use the links above to access free recordings of each session in the series.

Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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For questions or comments related to these webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or