ACRL to offer preconferences on electronic resources librarianship and learning objectives

Contact: Margot Sutton Conahan
For Immediate Release
February 2, 2007

ACRL to offer preconferences on electronic resources

librarianship and learning objectives

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering two preconferences in conjunction with the 2007 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., on June 22, 2007. Registration is now open; registration materials are online at (click “Events & Conferences”).

“Accepting an Electronic Resources Librarianship Position: The Best Professional Decision You Ever Made! Now What?” (Friday, June 22, 2007, 1– 4:30 p.m.)

Managing e-resources is challenging and detail oriented. Many librarians, who until yesterday were performing traditional roles, have decided to accept the challenge of being an E-resources librarian. This branch of librarianship is fairly new and is akin to learning building an airplane while learning how to fly it. Meant for new and practicing ER librarians, this half-day preconference is planned as a “how to” session where attendees gain in-depth knowledge on critical aspects of creating a framework for successful e-resources management.

Presenter: Anjana Bhatt, Electronic Resources Librarian, Florida Gulf Coast University

“Writing and Using Objectives to Improve Library Instruction”

(Friday, June 22, 2007, 1 – 4:30 p.m.)

Whether your instruction is course-related, an open workshop session, or online, developing objectives before you begin and using them as a roadmap in the development of the lesson or on-line product will keep you on target as you teach and will make assessment easier. This half-day preconference will introduce the development and use of learning objectives for library instruction. Learn how to create objectives that are specific and measurable and practice writing instructional objectives for lessons you currently teach or wish to teach. Find out how to use the objectives you have written to begin to structure assessment tools for the lesson or on-line learning product.

Presenter: Dolores Fidishun, Head Librarian, Penn State Great Valley

Complete details about these ACRL professional development preconferences are available online at (click “ACRL @ Annual”). May 18, 2007, is the advance registration deadline. Questions? Contact

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 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.