ACRL announces winter 2010 e-Learning schedule

Contact: Margot Conahan


(312) 280-2522


For Immediate Release

January 12, 2010

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a wide variety of online learning opportunities in winter 2010 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL Web site 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 winter 2010 include:

Designing Usable and Accessible Web Pages: Needs Analysis, Design Planning, XHTML and CSS Standards, Accessibility Validation and Usability Testing (Jan. 25 – Feb. 10, 2010)

This hands-on course focuses on the basics of Web site planning, design and content development. The course will also examine Web standards, usability and accessibility. XHTML and CSS (external) will be introduced. The course begins with XHTML/HTML basics tutorials and a practice activity to make sure everyone has the basic skills. Students will plan and design a representative site during the course.

Copyright and the Library Part 2: Library, Classroom and Other Issues Including the DMCA (Feb. 1-19, 2010)

In this course, students will continue to learn to think in terms of U.S. copyright law. Students will focus on issues pertaining to libraries with special attention to how copyright pertains to the classroom setting. Sections 108, 109, 110, 512 and 1201 will be examined for a thorough understanding on their impact in academic libraries.

Virtual Reference Competencies: Technical, Communications, and Reference Skills and Knowledge (Feb. 15 - March 26, 2010)

In this online seminar, participants will engage in learning activities, supported by readings as well as lecture and discussion to acquire and improve the technical competencies required by effective virtual reference librarians.

Instructional Design for Online Teaching and Learning (March 29 - April 23, 2010)

In this four week hands-on course, the focus will be on using good instructional design and Web page design principles. Participants will also be introduced to Web-based teaching techniques and materials using standard Web pages and the Moodle LMS.

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 2010 Webcasts include:

Cyber Zed Shed 1: Facebook, Twitter, Sprout (Feb. 9, 2010)

Cyber Zed Shed Webcast presentations, similar to their in-person National Conference versions, are 20 minutes in length each, including 5-10 minutes for participant questions and answers. The first Cyber Zed Shed Webcasts will explore three topics: Facebook, Twitter and Sprout. Learn how other libraries and librarians are using these technologies in their own libraries and how to apply these technologies in your library.

Text Messaging Reference: Enhancing Reference Services with SMS (Feb. 23, 2010)

This session introduces and covers the emerging field of SMS reference, shares practical tips and best practices and management, technology and assessment considerations for this cutting edge service. Learn how to choose the best technology for SMS reference at your institution, what the advanced managerial considerations are and what is on the horizon for mobile reference services using SMS.

Wave Upon Wave: Navigating the New Communication (March 2, 2010)

Google Wave is poised to change the way we think about communication on the Web, and to give libraries and librarians amazing new tools to help our patrons. While it is in very, very early beta right now, the promise for this new service is very high. In this Webcast, Jason Griffey will walk you through the possibilities, show you how Wave works and help you wrap your head around what Wave might bring to your library.

Superpower Your Browser: Open Source Research Tools (March 23, 2010)

Libraries are harnessing the power of digital resources, moving tools and resources not only onto the Web but into the browser software itself. Open source browser plug-ins such as LibX and Zotero can help researchers at every stage of the research cycle, from search and discovery to writing and citation. This Webcast will examine these two powerful browser tools as well as others.

Complete details and registration information for all winter 2010 e-Learning opportunities is available online at Contact Margot Conahan at or (312) 280-2522 with questions.

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 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