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Electronic Collection Development (May 18 – June 6, 2009)
In this hands-on course you will learn to create an academic e-library collection development plan for free and fee-based Web-accessible resources for a patron community of your choice. Students will focus on developing a collection plan for one library patron group of their choice. Patron groups may include: faculty, students, researchers, general public, subject specialists, etc. This collection plan will be developed in five parts. Each part includes lecture, discussion and hands-on activities that will step participants through creating or assessing a collection plan for developing a e-library collection.
Web Design and Construction for Libraries Part 2 (May 18 – June 13, 2009)
Virtual Reference Competencies (June 22 – July 31, 2009)
In this six-week seminar, participants will engage in learning activities, supported by readings as well as lecture and discussion, to acquire and improve the technical competencies required by effective virtual reference librarians. During this course, engage in learning activities supported by readings as well as lecture and discussion, to practice and expand the communications competencies required by effective virtual reference librarians.
From Encounters to Experiences: Using Design Thinking to Create a User Experience (April 23, 2009: 2PM Eastern/11AM Pacific)
Convenient. Simple. Unexpected. Impressive. The Age of User Experience has forever altered the expectations of American consumers, especially the younger generations that are the academic libraries significant user population. To successfully reach and engage these users academic librarians must master the art of adaptability. Many organizations are learning they must go beyond traditional customer service into the new realm of user experience design. Doing so requires new skills and a willingness to evolve professionally. This webcast will explore how user experience design may help academic librarians to offer their users more than just transactions. Moving from transactions to experiences can enable the library to exceed user expectations. Steven Bell, co-author of Academic Librarianship by Design and lead blogger at Designing Better Libraries, will introduce user experience as a strategy library workers can use to transform routine products and service into memorable experiences that exceed user expectations.
Design Thinking (Blended Librarianship) (May 14, 2009: 2PM Eastern/11AM Pacific)
There is an extensive body of literature on information literacy and the importance of librarian-faculty collaboration in achieving it. The workshop will bring a new perspective on information literacy and collaboration through a conceptual framework the workshop leaders refer to as “Blended Librarianship.”
Podcasting for Libraries (June 2, 2009: 2PM Eastern/11AM Pacific)
Podcasting is like an Internet radio show, or a blog with audio. It uses the power of RSS syndication to automatically deliver new episodes to listeners. There are millions of podcasts available, covering nearly any topic imaginable. Any library can produce a podcast using free software and inexpensive hardware. If you can post to a blog and talk into a microphone, you can create a podcast. How can your library use podcasting as a tool for teaching, promotion, outreach and programming?
For more information about any of the above courses or webcasts, please contact ACRL Web Services Manager Jon Stahler at email@example.com.