For immediate release | January 18, 2011

Winter e-Learning from ACRL

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a wide variety of online learning opportunities in winter 2011 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website at

Registration for all online seminars and webcasts qualifies for the ACRL 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 winter 2011 include:

Developing a Comprehensive Critical Thinking Curriculum: From Goal-Setting to Assessment (Feb. 14 - March 11, 2011): This four-week course will model and teach the Learning Cycle, a method of instructional design based on the learning theories of prominent educational researchers.

Deciding with Data (Feb. 21 - March 18, 2011): Learn about the life cycle of library data from setting up its collection to making decisions using this information.

Electronic Collection Development for the Academic E-Library (Feb. 28 - March 18, 2011): Learn to create an academic e-library collection development plan for free and fee-based Web-accessible resources for a patron community of your 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. Winter 2011 webcasts include:

A Mobile Bridge: QR Codes and Libraries (Jan. 26, 2011): This webcast will introduce this powerful yet simple mobile technology and will explore the many possible applications of QR Codes in academic libraries.

The Not-So-Distant Librarian: Online Library Instruction to Engage Students and Faculty (Feb. 22, 2011): Gain a better understanding of online teaching and you will be able to design an online library instruction session that meets the needs of various learning styles.

Digital Rights Management (DRM): Information Roadblock for Library Users
(March 1, 2011): In this webcast, learn what DRM is, why it exists and its history with the entertainment industry and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

New Models for Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses (March 15, 2011): Learn about best practices for credit-bearing information literacy courses based upon a literature review and several years of experimentation with various approaches to teaching a one-credit course.

Complete details and registration information for all winter 2011 e-Learning opportunities are available online at Contact Margot Conahan at or (312) 280-2522 for more information.


ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,000 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, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


David Free