For immediate release | August 30, 2011

New ACRL e-Learning on service learning, embedded librarianship, eXtensible Catalog

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a wide variety of online learning opportunities in fall 2011 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website 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 fall 2011 include:

Statistics for the Non-Mathematical Mind (Sept. 12-30, 2011): Assessing services, resources, personnel and facilities is necessary in our world of accountability. This course explores major concepts and uses spreadsheets for collecting, organizing, analyzing and presenting numerical data needed for assessment.

Creating a “Social Life” for Information Literacy Instruction in Libraries (Oct. 31 - Nov. 18, 2011): This course will explore new ways for instruction librarians to retool their instructional approaches to actively engage students in the process of information retrieval and knowledge creation.

Implementing Online Teaching and Learning: Using Moodle and Other Web 2.0 (Nov. 7 - Dec. 2, 2011): Learn about state-of-the-art of online teaching and learning technology and its applications. Review the use of teaching materials created with multi-media plug-ins and classroom communications tools and specifically 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. Fall 2011 Webcasts include:

eXtensible Catalog: Discovery and Metadata Management Software that Empowers Libraries to Build for their Users (Sept. 20, 2011): Learn about the participatory approach to the design and development of the eXtensible Catalog software and the XC metadata standard.

Service Learning and Information Literacy: Models for Engagement (Oct. 4, 2011): The service learning (SL) and civic engagement movement is growing rapidly in higher education, yet its connection to libraries and librarians is infrequently discussed. This webcast will define and promote SL collaborations between librarians, faculty, students and community partners.

Embedded Librarians: Integrating Information Literacy Instruction at the Point of Need (Oct. 25, 2011): More and more libraries are adopting embedded librarianship as an approach to creating an integrated and sustained library instruction presence in classes across the curriculum. In this webcast, practicing embedded librarians will describe examples of successful projects across the range of academic levels and departments, including both online and on-campus instruction.

Next Tech: How Tomorrow's Technology is Affecting Today's Library (Nov. 1, 2011): With technology changing faster than ever, it is easy for educators to be left in the dust. In this session attendees will learn about some of the new and emerging technologies that are having an impact on learning and information management.

Complete details and registration information for all fall 2011 e-Learning opportunities are available online at Contact Margot Conahan at or (312) 280-2522 for more information.


ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,500 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.