For immediate release | April 19, 2011

Upcoming ACRL e-learning on Web design, successful budgeting, embedded librarianship

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a wide variety of online learning opportunities in spring 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 spring 2011 include:

Designing Usable and Accessible Web Pages: Needs Analysis, Design Planning, XHTML and CSS Standards, Accessibility Validation, and Usability Testing (beginners) (May 16 - June 3, 2011): This hands-on course focuses on the basics of website planning, design and content development. The course will also examine Web standards, usability and accessibility. XHTML and CSS (external) will be introduced.

Successful Budgeting in Academic Libraries (May 23-June 10, 2011): Learn essential budgeting skills, including how to develop and manage a budget and how to write a persuasive budget request. Participants will be introduced to common budget and financial control practices, as well as finance-related terminology and principles used in higher education.

Learning “To Go”: Using the Learning Object Model to Develop Online Instruction (May 31 - June 21, 2011): In this ACRL e-learning course, find out more about learning objects and learn how to create a learning object using a Web 2.0 application or other suitable technology.

Preparing for Accreditation: An Introduction for Librarians (June 6-24, 2011): This course will assist librarians in preparing for accreditation and will take a “how to do it” approach with an emphasis on compiling evidence, writing persuasive self-study documents and creating long-term plans as part of and aligned with institutional accreditation efforts.

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. Spring 2011 webcasts include:

Embedded Librarians: Integrating Information Literacy Instruction at the Point of Need (April 26, 2011): In this webcast, embedded librarians will describe examples of successful embedded projects across the range of academic levels and departments, including both online and on-campus instruction.

YouTube and YouTube-iness: YouTube as a Research and Instruction Tool (June 7, 2011): This webcast will demonstrate the various scholarly uses that librarians and educators can make of this medium.

Complete details and registration information for all spring 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 12,500 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.