For immediate release | September 16, 2014

Explore accreditation, managing change, precision Googling and more with fall 2014 ACRL e-learning

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a variety of online learning opportunities in fall 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 fall 2014 include:

Managing Change in Academic Libraries (Oct. 13-Nov. 3, 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.

Preparing for Accreditation: An Introduction for Librarians (Oct. 20-Nov. 7, 2014): This course will assist librarians in preparing for accreditation and will take a “how to do it” approach with an emphasis on compiling evidence, writing persuasive self-study documents and creating long-term plans as part of and aligned with institutional accreditation efforts.

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. Fall 2014 webcasts include:

Moving from Impossible to Manageable: Helping Students Manage and Focus Research Topics (Oct. 22, 2014): Learn tips and strategies about collaborating with academic faculty to offer meaningful instruction addressing the skills students need to use when they go about defining, modifying and planning an “information need” at the beginning of the research process.

Precision Googling: Techniques to Extract Exactly What You Want from the Largest Search Engine (Nov. 13, 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.

Complete details and registration information for all fall 2014 e-Learning opportunities are available on the ACRL website. Contact Margot Conahan at 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 and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


Margot Conahan

Manager of Professional Development