RUSA’s Spring Online Learning Opportunities Through May

RUSA’s Spring Online Learning Opportunities Through May!

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3/22/17 – [Webinar] “Paging a Librarian: Eliminating the staffed reference desk”
Staffing a reference desk is a wonderful service for patrons when they need it. However, it can monopolize your staff talent and resources between reference interactions. Changes in libraries and patrons’ needs revealed a desire for more flexibility in reference shifts and not being anchored to a desk.

​4/4/17 – [Webinar] “The Library within a Library: The Makerspace Service Point”
This webinar will recontextualize library services and infrastructure for a makerspace experience that is consistent for every patron, scalable to any skill level, and integrated into the overall library experience. Specifically, we will cover circulation, reference services, and staffing models.
4/24/17 [eCourse] “Talking Technology: An Experiential Tour of Library Technology”
The Library Tech Project is a six-week asynchronous online course, designed to give librarians direct exposure to different types of library-related technology that they may have heard about but have not had the opportunity to use. The emphasis is on experiential learning, where participants handle different devices to see what they do and how they work.

4/25/17 [Webinar] “Situated Learning in the Library: Using Reference Services to Extend Teaching and Learning”
Participants in this workshop will engage in discussion about Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger’s work with the theory of situated learning, its emphasis on social exchanges for providing a context for learning, and how this applies to reference interactions in the library.

4/27/17 [ Webinar] “Beyond Ancestry: Genealogical Resources All Researchers Need to Know”
Ancestry is often the first resource that genealogy researchers use, but then where should they go? After briefly covering the differences between the library edition of Ancestry and a personal subscription, we discuss the newly renovated HeritageQuest Online.

NEW! 5/4/17 [BRASS Webinar Series 3 of 3] “Data in Libraries Data processing and Visualization”
Library patrons now need not only help finding facts and figures, but help with turning that raw data into analysis and presentation. This webinar will describe and discuss data services for libraries, with a particular focus on the data visualization techniques and tools that are transforming how we analyze and understand our world.
NEW! 5/16/17 [Webinar] “Health Reference and You: Guidelines, Best Practices and Strategies”
Answering health and medical reference questions can be challenging. This webinar will present the guidelines, highlight some of these practices, and introduce a new “Quick Start” guide connecting the guidelines to suggested reference behaviors, in order provide high quality health and medical reference service.
NEW! 5/23/17 [Webinar] “Targeted Beta Testing of Non-traditional Partnerships: Supporting Student Academic Success Alaska-Style”
To be fully integrated into the University Community, academic libraries must create partnerships and collaborative opportunities with campus organizations focused on student academic success. Because the Millennial and Generation Z students often don’t think of the library first when starting their research, libraries should reach them wherever they are on campus.
NEW! 5/23/17 [Webinar] “Back to the Whiteboard: Large Whiteboards and Group Activities in Library Instruction”
Learn how Mary Baldwin University librarians improved student engagement in library instruction by updating learning spaces with whiteboard paint. This session will cover how to plan a similar renovation, ideas for active learning in a whiteboard painted space for single and semester long classes, and how we measured increased engagement.
NEW! 5/29/17 [eCourse] “Learning Design Essentials for Librarians”
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).

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