Learning Design Essentials for Librarians

Monday, 5/29/2017 - Friday, 6/23/2017


Register online (available by March 16), or register by mail or fax by downloading the registration form (PDF format.)


Librarians provide many services to their patrons that are instructional in nature, including: helping patrons at the reference desk, teaching information literacy classes, or developing educational programs. By understanding the essentials of learning design, librarians can better prepare the ways they communicate and plan the instructional experiences for patrons. This course will introduce participants to key learning theories and they will practice applying theoretical concepts to the design of instructional materials (e.g., handout to be used at the reference desk or classroom) and a learning environment (e.g., a classroom or programming space). Participants will be able to identify the necessary steps to develop patron-centered learning experiences that can that can be used at the reference desk, in a class, or program.

Course Duration:

  • 4 weeks    

Coursework (estimates):

  • Weekly readings/multimedia: 30 minutes per week
  • Interacting with Classmates and Instructors: 1 hour, 15 minutes per week  
  • Working on projects: 1 hour, 15 minutes per week      
  • Students may elect to go more in-depth with content through optional enrichment activities that will be provided, as well as individual conversations that can be scheduled with the instructors.


  • Participants will be able to explain the key functions of constructivist, cognitive, and behaviorist learning theories as it relates to patron learning.
  • Participants will be able evaluate the effectiveness of instructional materials based upon theoretical framework and learning goals.
  • Participants will be able to apply active learning and andragogy to a lesson plan or educational program in order to engage patrons in the learning process.

Who Should Attend

Reference librarians at public, academic, and special libraries. Academic librarians looking for ways to enhance the instructional quality of their work. Librarians in emerging roles, such as Instructional Design Librarians and First Year Program Librarians, who are building their skill sets to deliver skills and services to other librarians and faculty members. Program coordinators or developers at public libraries. Technology coordinators in libraries who may work with patrons to provide technology training.


Brandon West has taught online courses via Angel and Blackboard Learn learning management systems as the former Online Instruction/Instructional Design Librarian at SUNY Oswego. He is well versed in instructional design and pedagogy; and has teaching experience as a former K-5 educator. He serves on the SUNY Geneseo ID Team, where he works with faculty to develop online courses. In addition to his MLS, he hold a M.Ed. in Educational Technology (GVSU) and has recently earned a Certificate in Graduate Study in Online Learning and Teaching (SUNY Albany). Brandon, along with Michelle Costello and Kimberly Hoffman successfully taught an online RUSA course in May 2016 titled “Librarians as Instructional Design Ambassadors,” which was well-received by participants.

Michelle Costello: For the past 9 years, she has worked extensively with faculty to design online courses and serves as the Education and Instructional Design Librarian for SUNY Geneseo. She has been the co-principal investigator of the LILAC program, designed to give librarians new to instruction the pedagogical training and practice needed to teach library instruction. She received the 2011 ACRL IS Award for Innovative Instruction alongside Kimberly Davies-Hoffman.

Kimberly Davies-Hoffman has experience providing online webinars and has supported and/or taught within multiple online courses. As a former member of the Instructional Design (ID) Team at SUNY Geneseo, she worked collaboratively with librarians, IT professionals, and professors to transform courses from in-person to online. Since 2015, as the Head of Outreach, Learning and Research Services at the University of Rochester, she has infused into her work instructional design principles that strengthen the quality of the library’s instructional program. She is co-principal investigator for the LILAC program and has received the 2011 ACRL IS Award for Innovative Instruction alongside Michelle Costello.



  • $130 for RUSA members
  • $175 for ALA members
  • $210 for non-ALA members
  • $100 for student members and retired members

How to Register

  • Online
  • By Fax: download, complete, and fax form (PDF format) to (312) 280-1538
  • By Mail: download, complete, and mail form (PDF format) to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS/Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Tech Requirements

ALA uses Moodle for all online educational courses. It is hosted at http://classes.ala.org. Learn more about Moodle at www.moodle.org.

All content for this course will be provided by the instructor. No textbook required. 


Questions about your registration should be directed to registration@ala.org. Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Jennifer Cross, RUSA Web Manager, at jcross@ala.org.

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!