Medical Library Association Webinars Nov/Dec 2020

MLA November Webinar

Explore Your Identity to Improve Your Practice: An Introduction to Critical Health Sciences Librarianship<>

Tuesday, November 24, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., central time

Explore your identity through an introduction to Critical Health Sciences Librarianship, complete a creative assignment related to your identity, and craft a plan to incorporate critical librarianship into a selected area of your work.

Learn More about and Register for Explore Your Identity<>

Coming in December

Grey (Literature) Matters: Searching for Preprint Sources<>

Thursday, December 10, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., central time

Gain skills in identifying the value and weaknesses of including preprints in a search.

These webinars are part of the MLA CE Passport subscription through December 31, 2020. To receive access to the live webinars, all past MLA webinars, and current self-paced courses, please visit  for more information and to register. The registration deadline is October 31, 2020.

Community Archiving and Preservation Metadata Courses

All courses are 4 weeks in length and asynchronous.

Enrollment ending on Friday, October 16th…Starts OCT 19: Intro to Community Archiving: OCT 19: Intro to Preservation Metadata:
Courses later in the month…Starts OCT 26: Basics to Museum Registration: OCT 26: Intro to AV Preservation:

To pay by invoice: info@preservethis.orgFor group rates for 5 or more participants:
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Miami Book Fair 2020

So you are eager to attend this year’s Miami Book Fair — but not quite sure how to go about it.

For the first time, the country’s largest book fair is going virtual, tough news for the thousands of fairgoers who flock to the Wolfson campus of Miami Dade College every November. But this year, from Nov. 15-22, you can attend the fair in the comfort of your own home, and it won’t cost you a cent. You won’t even have to face Miami traffic to get there.

Here’s what you need to know: The complete fair schedule will be available at on Oct. 15. You’ll need to register there or at Starting Nov. 1 , registered fairgoers will be able to begin building their personal watchlists (like you do on Netflix). You can also complete a profile based on your interests, and the website will recommend authors to you. You’ll find out which events are live and which you can watch anytime.

And on Nov. 15, the site goes live.

Transforming Research 2020

Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library is the virtual host for the Transforming Research 2020 Conference. There are great Keynote speakers such as Brian Nosek from the Center of Open Science and Charlene E. Le Fauve, from the NIH’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion to go along with panels in Open Science, Diversity and Inclusion, Rigor and Reproducibility and Basic, Applied, and Translational Research. More Information at the link:,9A1U,3I39WO,116OW,1

User Experience Research and Design course

Dates: October 5 – November 1
Instructor: Carli Spina
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
Price: $175

In this course you will learn how to apply User Experience research and design principles to understand your users and serve their needs seamlessly. You will learn how to design and run tests, interpret results, and apply the information you gather to improve user outcomes. The course will focus primarily on applying these techniques to web design projects, but will also cover how they can be applied to physical spaces. This course is intended for those who are new to User Experience research and design.

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
– Understand the benefits of User Experience research
– Design a program of User Experience research and design at their institution
– Design and run a user experience test
– Apply the results of a test to improve a website or service

This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in User Experience (UX), but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Carli Spina is an associate professor and the Head of Research & Instructional Services at the library at SUNY’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Previously, she was the Head Librarian, Assessment and Outreach at the Boston College Libraries. Carli holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, an MLIS from Simmons GSLIS, and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has extensive experience working on user experience, web design, and technology projects as well as serving as a coordinator for services to patrons with disabilities. She is a member of LITA’s Bylaws and Organization Committee. She was also the inaugural chair of LITA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the leader of the ASCLA Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group. She teaches classes and workshops for librarians, academic staff, and students on a range of topics, including accessibility, user experience, and web design.

Course Structure
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional synchronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info
We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment. The “Register” button on the website goes to our credit card payment gateway, which may be used with personal or institutional credit cards. (Be sure to use the appropriate billing address). If your institution wants us to send a billing statement or wants to pay using a purchase order, please contact us by email to make arrangements:

For a list of all of the courses being offered next month, please go to:

Library Juice Academy
P.O. Box 188784
Sacramento, CA 95818
Tel. (916) 905-0291
Fax (916) 415-5446

Lyrasis Webinar 10/7/2020

Moving the Library Outdoors and Bringing Safety In: The Benefits of Biomimicry in Our Pandemic World

October 7, 1:30 – 2:30 PM ET

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a large shift in how our library spaces are constructed to serve our communities. Not only are we faced with trying to ensure the safety of our users, we now are trying to create environments that are comfortable and inviting despite the stress the pandemic has caused. Experts are recommending that outdoor spaces be created for users because air circulation is a strategy to mitigate COVID-19.

Join this session to learn how to create outdoor spaces and the health benefits of bringing nature, also called biomimicry, into the library as a strategy to combat the mental strain of COVID-19. Safety best practices will be provided to keep users safe both outdoors and inside of your institution.


Find more information here or contact

Information Literacy in Politically Polarized Times

The online course Information Literacy in Politically Polarized Times is being offered October 19th-November 17th through Inquiring Teachers (course description below). 
All Inquiring Teachers courses are asynchronous, with flexible weekly activities and due dates.

Please see these FAQs for more about the course structure.

To register or for inquiries, please email

Information Literacy in Politically Polarized TimesDates: October 19 – November 17
Duration: 4 weeks
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Price: US $175

In Brief: At a time of political polarization – when digital environments lend themselves to the spread of misinformation, information silos, and echo chambers that can exacerbate social divisions – many educators have pointed to information literacy education as a way to foster a more informed and civically engaged society. Participants in this course will reflect on and further develop their approaches to information literacy education in polarized moments, as they engage with research and teaching approaches from disciplines like media literacy, information studies, education, cognitive psychology, and sociology. Participants will ultimately develop an instruction plan that they can apply to their teaching practice.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Reflect on current socio-political and socio-technical environments and their implications for information literacy education (e.g., political polarization, the online spread of misinformation, information silos and echo chambers, motivated reasoning, efforts to strengthen civic dialogue and engagement).
  • Become familiar with research on the relationship between social identity, beliefs, and information behaviors and consider its implications for information literacy education.
  • Share and examine various pedagogical responses to related information literacy skills (e.g., source evaluation, online reading strategies like “lateral reading,” debiasing).
  • Develop and share instruction activities that encourage more critical engagement with information and that empathically address issues related to the current sociopolitical climate.

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Research Reproducibility 2020: Educating for Reproducibility

Join us virtually December 2-3, 2020 for Research Reproducibility 2020: Educating for Reproducibility. This free conference will bring together experts and novices, researchers and educators, and students and administrators from multiple disciplines and institutions to explore best practices, innovations, policies, and new ideas for education around reproducibility, replicability, and rigor. How can we best support and train the next generation of researchers–and our current ones, too?

Keynote speaker Brian Nosek is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Open Science (COS). He and the COS team are pioneers and leaders in discussing and teaching open, reproducible, and transparent practices in research. He will be joined by panelists representing a wide range of disciplines and educational techniques from across the nation. Together, their experiences and expertise will help set the stage for our conversations and learning throughout the day.

We’d also like to feature you! If you have experience with–or ideas about–education on rigor and reproducibility, submit a proposal today. Abstract submissions are due October 15, 2020.

Registration is also open, so make sure to secure your spot today! Follow this link to Register:

This conference is funded by the Office of Research Integrity, Department of Health and Human Services, under grant ORIIR190046.

AAC&U Virtual Jan. 20-23, 2021

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Registration Is Now Open.

Early-Bird Deadline: November 16, 2020

About the Virtual Meeting

The 2021 AAC&U Annual Meeting will be an entirely virtual event. While we had hoped to be able to hold the meeting in Seattle as initially planned, it has become clear that the ongoing global health crisis will not be sufficiently resolved by January to ensure the health and safety of meeting participants, our staff, and the public.

In addition to the full program, the virtual meeting experience will be designed to provide opportunities for the engagement and interaction that the AAC&U community has come to expect from our annual meetings. We look forward to seeing you online in January!


Revolutionizing Higher Education After COVID-19

In this moment of unprecedented transformation and uncertainty, and in the broader context of an urgent need to educate students for democracy, can higher education harness the resilience, creativity, and innovation that have been unleashed by the COVID-19 crisis and emerge from it strengthened? Will the inevitable restructuring and reorganization intentionally prioritize quality, equity, and inclusion? 

The 2021 annual meeting will explore these urgent questions now facing colleges and universities. Sharing effective educational practices and exploring new financial models, campus leaders at all levels and from institutions of all types will together begin to work out what undergraduate education will look like in a post-pandemic future.

Meeting Tracks

  • Teaching and Learning
  • General Education and Assessment
  • Global and Civic Learning
  • Equity and Student Success
  • Undergraduate STEM Reform
  • The Value of Liberal Education
  • Confronting Racism