Registration now open for PLA’s online train-the-technology trainer course in February

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting registrations for its “Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer” course. This four-week blended learning course begins Feb. 1 and is designed for library professionals who have unexpectedly found themselves responsible for technology training at their library.

Librarian, author and trainer Stephanie Gerding will guide participants through a highly interactive combination of live webinars, independent assignments and online discussions from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28. See the full syllabus here.

As a result of taking the course, participants will know how to help others learn; will be able to incorporate hands-on activities that increase learning, participation and retention; will be able to organize, design, and share workshop materials to create a learning community; and will know best training practices from other libraries and experienced trainers;

Pricing for the four-week “Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer” course is $129.00 for PLA members, $159 for ALA members, and $179 for nonmembers.

Visit for more information and to register. Deadline to register for this course is Jan. 31.

PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.

The Role of the Librarian in Combating Student Plagiarism

via ACRL

Live Webcast
February 5, 2009

11 a.m Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern

1.5 hours

Registration is now open!

Registered Participants: If you need assistance with accessing the Webcast the day of the event please call LearningTimes at (877) 586-6546 (within USA) or (212) 420-6052 (outside USA), or e-mail

Webcast Description:
Like other educators, librarians are aware of the growing instances of student plagiarism and academic dishonesty that take place on college campuses. Librarians frequently anecdotally discuss discipline faculty’s revulsion toward the growth of student plagiarism that has seemingly grown in tandem with our society’s dependence on digital texts found on the Internet. We acknowledge that this problem is often an effective hook to convince reluctant faculty to bring students into the library for instruction.  However once we get these professors and students into our library classrooms, we typically have a hard time presenting curricular content that focuses on anti-plagiarism student learning outcomes and/or developing additional outreach techniques that can be included in information literacy outreach and instruction to both faculty and students.

This session will explore:

  • The role of the academic librarian in combating student plagiarism.
  • The “culture of copy” that our students inhabit and why plagiarism poses problems for higher education professionals including academic librarians.
  • Why use of discipline based approaches helps combat plagiarism effectively
  • The professional literature on plagiarism from multi-disciplinary viewpoints
  • Effective ways to reach out to faculty grappling with plagiarism issues in their classrooms
  • How to design effective information literacy session assignments to help students understand how they can avoid plagiarism
  • The current limitations of efforts to combat plagiarism within higher education and academic librarianship

This e-learning workshop is adapted from Lynn Lampert’s half-day 2006 Midwinter ACRL Pre-conference entitled, “Combating the Culture of Copy: Information Literacy Interventions for Plagiarism.”

Lynn D. Lampert is the Chair of Reference and Instructional Services and Coordinator of Information Literacy and Instruction at California State University (CSU)-Northridge. She has specialized in the area of information literacy instruction since she began her professional career as an academic librarian in 1998. Before joining the faculty at CSU-Northridge in 2001, she served as a librarian at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.

Lynn’s most recent writings focusing on issues of academic librarianship and student plagiarism include her book on the topic: Combating Student Plagiarism: An Academic Librarian’s Guide published by Chandos Publishing (Oxford Limited) in July of 2008 and a chapter entitled “Academic Integrity” published in the Information Literacy Instruction Handbook edited by Cox and Lindsay just released by ACRL.  Lynn has also authored articles on the topic including, “The Instruction Librarian’s Role in Discussing Issues of Academic Integrity” which appeared in The LOEX Quarterly in 2006 and “Integrating discipline-based plagiarism instruction into the information literacy curriculum” which appeared in Reference Services Review in December of 2004.

Lynn has authored many other publications in the field of information literacy, both within and outside the field of library and information science, appearing in such publications as The Reference Librarian, The American Historical Association’s Publication Perspectives, and ACRL’s C&RL News.  She has also recently co-edited Proven Strategies for Building an Information Literacy Program, co-edited with Dr. Susan C. Curzon. She frequently presents on critical issues in information literacy practices and library instructional programming at both the national and regional level.  Lynn is an active member of ACRL’s Instruction Section and the California chapter of ACRL, CARL (California Association of Research Libraries).

Lynn received both her M.L.I.S. in library and information science and her M.A. in history from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1998. She has a B.A. in History from the University of California-Santa Barbara, 1994.

Technical Requirements:
This Webcast will be held in a virtual classroom. You will be prompted to download a java-based application (Elluminate) before being able to enter the classroom.

Minimum system requirements can be found at:

If you’d like to test your computer to make sure you can use the Elluminate classroom software on it, go to:

Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. It is recommended that you also use a microphone to ask questions/make comments. If you do not have or do not wish to use a microphone, you may ask questions through text-based chat.

ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
CACUL member: Can$90 (charges will be made in U.S. dollars)
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40

Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.

Two deadlines approaching for PLA Leadership Fellows program

The application deadlines for the two schools participating in the Public Library Association’s (PLA) Leadership Fellows program are quickly approaching.

Applications for the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business Leading Organizational Change program are due to the PLA office on Sept. 1. The deadline for applicants for the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Positive Change – Creating Spectacular Organizational Successes program is Sept. 12.

The fellows program offers PLA members who are public library managers a chance to attend executive leadership training at some of the best universities in the United States. The programs, which also include Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government program and Columbia University Business School’s Leadership Development Program, were reviewed and chosen by the PLA Leadership Taskforce because they focus on teaching management concepts not generally learned in a library school setting.

PLA Leadership Taskforce Chair Luis Herrera said, “Leadership and change management skills are vital for our public library leaders to understand in order to move their organizations forward. We want to extend unique learning opportunities to our members who want to broaden their perspectives, enhance their leadership skills, drive change in their institutions and plan with a strategic vision.”

Each executive leadership program varies in length, as well as scope and focus, and candidates are encouraged to research the programs to determine which is best suited to their needs before applying. The PLA Leadership Fellows program will cover the cost of tuition, as well as housing and most meals. Transportation and any additional meals are the responsibility of the attendee.

Candidates must be PLA members who are management staff in a public library system with a minimum of five years experience in a leadership role. Anyone interested in applying should review each program to determine which one is right for you. Selected participants will be asked to share their experience at a PLA program and provide input to the Leadership Taskforce in an effort to help shape a comprehensive leadership development program for PLA. Visit to apply.

PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.

via ALA site