For immediate release | February 6, 2014

Explore data management, innovation, publishing and more with spring 2014 ACRL e-learning

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a wide variety of online learning opportunities in spring 2014 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website.

ACRL online courses provide asynchronous, multi-week content with weekly readings and assignments. Online courses scheduled for spring 2014 include:

Helping Non Innovators through Innovation: Managing Change (March 3-23, 2014): Change can be difficult to deal with in any workplace, but the fast pace of change in libraries is particularly difficult. Designed for library supervisors who will need to lead staff (at any level) through change, learn about the potential impact of the stress of change and how to properly prepare others and one’s self for change.

What You Need to Know about Writing Data Management Plans (April 7-25, 2014): This course teaches participants about the elements of a successful data management plan and provides practice critiquing data management plans in a supportive learning environment where no grant funding is at stake. Join two experienced data management plan consultants with experience in liaison librarianship and information technology as they demonstrate how all librarians have the ability to successfully consult on a data management plan.

Customer Service in the Digital Age (June 2-20, 2014): Explore the ways in which customer service differs in an online environment and the way in which it is the same as it has always been. Aimed at library managers with minimal technological expertise and modest budgets, this course focuses on strategies for providing outstanding service through freely available and easy to implement automated tools.

ACRL webcasts address hot topics in academic librarianship. Webcasts last 90 minutes and take place in an interactive online classroom. Group discounts are available for all ACRL e-Learning webcasts. Spring 2014 webcasts include:

Making the Leap to Library Leadership (Feb. 27, 2014): Learn about essential skills for 21st century library leaders and gain a deeper understanding of your own role, as well as that of your department and library, within the larger picture of your umbrella organization.

Precision Googling: Techniques to Extract Exactly What You Want from the Largest Search Engine (March 11, 2014): This interactive webcast will include a review of advanced search techniques, syntax and operators; explanation of recent changes to the search interface; hands-on practice with advanced search operators and tools; and real-time exploration of and discussion of the algorithms that generate user-specific results.

The Publishing Rollercoaster: Writers Sound Off (March 25, 2014): Expand your knowledge of professional publishing from concept through research, submission, revision and publication. This webcast is perfect for those who are hoping to get published for the first time or those who wish to grow their skills.

Creating and Sustaining a Library Residency Program: Voices from the ACRL Residency Interest Group (April 15, 2014): In this interactive webcast, residents and residency coordinators will engage with attendees on the opportunities afforded by such programs, and the considerations host institutions should bear in mind in either initiating or further developing their current programs.

You’re Doing it Wrong: Ten Rules to Break to Create Awesome Tutorials (April 22, 2014): Find out how to break free of traditional and ineffective tutorials and learn about a new set of pedagogical strategies based on current research.

Dress your Data for Success: Data Visualization Strategies for Library Assessment (April 29, 2014): Learn about the latest research in instructional design and e-learning to show how we can break the rules that have lead us down the path of ineffective and often ignored content.

Complete details and registration information for all spring 2014 e-Learning opportunities are available on the ACRL website. Contact Margot Conahan at or (312) 280-2522 for more information.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


Margot Conahan

Manager of Professional Development