ACRL offers online instruction, digitization and instructional design preconferences

Contact: Margot Conahan


(312) 280-2522


For Immediate Release

April 14, 2009

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering three preconferences on Friday, July 10 in conjunction with the 2009 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. Visit for complete details.

  • Discovering Digitization: Defining Your Path to Digital Access - Understand the components of successful digitization project planning by discussing specific examples. Topics include project planning, digitization and image processing and cataloging and metadata. Presenters: James Bradley, Head of Metadata and Digital Initiatives, Ball State University; Jonathan Brinley, Metadata and Digital Initiatives Developer, Ball State University; Amanda Hurford, Digital Initiatives Multimedia Developer, Ball State University.

  • Instructional Design for Librarians: The What, Why, and How of ID - Gain an understanding of instructional design principles. These principles can help you design effective and high-impact teaching environments, from semester long courses to one-shot library instruction classes to the effective use of signage and Web site design. Presenters: Lauren Pressley, Instructional Design Librarian, Wake Forest University; Kaeley McMahan, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Arts, Wake Forest University.

  • The Not-So-Distant Librarian: Online Library Instruction to Engage Students and Faculty - Learn about practical tips and tools for designing and implementing online library instruction that addresses a variety of learning styles, engages students through active learning exercises and fosters faculty buy-in. Presenters: Barbara Mann, Assistant Director for Public Services, Information and Library Services, University of Maryland; Megan Davis, Regional Services Librarian, University of Maryland University College; Joe Rawson, 24 x 7 Services Coordinator, University of Maryland University College.

Additional information, including registration information, is available online at . May 22, 2009 is the advance registration deadline. Direct questions to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or .


The Association of College and Research Libraries (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. ACRL is on the Web at