For immediate release | January 17, 2013

Explore video tutorials, pop culture in library instruction, library/ archives collaborations with 2013 ACRL e-learning

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a wide variety of online learning opportunities in winter 2013 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website.

Registration for all online courses and webcasts qualifies for the ACRL Frequent Learner Program. Register for three ACRL e-Learning events and receive one free registration.

ACRL online courses provide asynchronous, multi-week content delivered through Moodle. Online courses scheduled for winter 2013 include:

Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action (Feb. 4-22, 2013): The new ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education provide a strong framework for demonstrating the impact and value of all types of academic libraries. In this hands-on course, individuals or teams will learn to use the standards to prepare for accreditation, demonstrate the value of their library to student learning and success and institutional initiatives and improve quality in all library programs, departments and service areas.

Creating Accessible Video Tutorials (March 4-22, 2013): Learn about the types of accessibility needed for video tutorials, as well as why accessible videos can benefit everyone. While other seminars and classes have covered creating tutorials, accessibility is usually either not covered or not covered in detail. Providing accessible tutorials benefits not only individuals with disabilities, but also ESL learners and mobile users.

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 2013 webcasts include:

The Crisis in Academic Libraries (and Why This is the Best Thing Ever) (February 12, 2013): There is a crisis in academic libraries and librarianship. Or so we are being told. Frankly, Michael Ridley delighted. In this webcast, Ridley will explore insights into some key challenges facing academic libraries, academic librarianship and universities; opportunities for collaboration and leadership in addressing mutual objectives; and identification of academic librarians as agents of transformational challenge in higher education.

When a Librarian Met an Archivist: Collaborating to Teach and Promote the Special Collections and Archives (February 19, 2013): This live, interactive webcast relevant to archivists and librarians trying to promote their special collections and archival materials within their university. Learn how to how to engage students in discussion and pique their interest in special collections and archival materials.

Oh, Snap! Using Popular Culture to Reach Undergraduates in Library Instruction (March 12, 2013):

Tired of boring, run-of-the-mill library instruction? Want to jazz up your information literacy program and connect with students? This webcast will provide a variety of approaches incorporating pop culture themes into information literacy instruction from several different institutions, as well as allow for participants to share their own experiences.

Stealth Librarianship: Creating Meaningful Connections Through User Experience, Outreach, and Liaising (March 22, 2013): Join three academic librarians specializing in user experience, outreach and liaison librarianship to discover how they use relationship-building to enhance their work. Learn how user experience research, outreach and stealth librarianship can be used to create meaningful connections within the campus community.

Complete details and registration information for all winter 2013 e-Learning opportunities are available online at the ACRL e-Learning website. Contact Margot Conahan at or (312) 280-2522 for more information.


ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 11,500 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.


David Free

Mktg & Comm. Specialist/Editor-in-Chief

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

1-800-545-2433 ext.2517