Summer is right around the corner, and that means the season for fun-filled vacations and activities is upon us. It is to be expected that these seasonal activities might and shall present challenges when it comes to being able to make it to various conferences and seminars, not to mention the costs for travelling to various conference locales. For those in the field of Information Studies, conferences and seminars are highly valuable for its participants, as they provide prime opportunities for intellectual exploration and enlightenment. If you find yourself having trouble attending conferences and seminars due to financial, time and/or travel constraints, you might be interested in “attending��? a webinar. Short for Web-based Seminar, a webinar is a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar that is transmitted over the Internet. Unlike simply browsing a journal article or web site, a webinar also features interactive elements that help them achieve some of the personal interaction elements that used to be unique to conferences and seminars.
The following is a list of upcoming webinars offered by various Library organizations, such as the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Special Libraries Association.
• Instructional Design for Online Teaching and Learning: An ACRL Online Seminar
When: June 28 – July 30
Description: In this four week hands-on course the intellectual focus will be on using good instructional design and Web page design principles. Participants will also be introduced to Web-based Teaching techniques and materials using standard Web pages and the Moodle LMS.
• Copyright and the Library Part 1: The Basics Including Fair Use: An ACRL e-Learning Online Course
When: September 13 – October 1
Description: In this course, students will learn to think in terms of U.S. copyright law. Students will focus on building understanding of current copyright law, creating a “copyright palette��? for their libraries, and assessing a library’s legal risk with regard to current U.S. copyright law. Additionally, students will build an understanding of the Fair Use clause, as well as how to legally apply fair use in the library, classroom, and broader campus environments.
• Successful Budgeting in Academic Libraries: An ACRL e-Learning Online Course
When: October 11-30
Description: An essential skill for managers is the ability to develop and manage a budget. However, many new managers are ill-prepared for this responsibility, since they may have received little, if any, education on budgeting while in library school. This ACRL e-Learning course will teach participants essential budgeting skills, including how to develop and manage a budget and how to write a persuasive budget request. Participants will be introduced to common budget and financial control practices, as well as finance-related terminology and principles used in higher education. As part of the coursework, participants will conduct an informational interview with a financial officer within their library or institution. Finally, participants will create a budget for a potential program or service in their library, as well as a budget request. The course will include weekly multimedia lessons; structured forum discussions; and weekly chat sessions with the instructor. Full participation in course discussions and a completed budget and proposal will earn participants a certificate of completion.
• Electronic Collection Development for the Academic E-Library: An ACRL Online Seminar
When: May 31 – July 2
Description: 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.
• Exploring the Mystery of Library Instruction: New Thinking for Your Information Literacy Initiative
When: May 25 – July 8
Description: Seminar leaders Steven Bell and John Shank, co-founders of the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community, invite you to join them for a three-part online webcast series geared to academic librarians who feel their instruction or information literacy efforts are static and in need of some fresh ideas. “Exploring the Mystery of Library Instruction��? uses the metaphor of the mystery as a vehicle for sharing new ideas designed to reinvigorate an information literacy initiative. Over the course of the three sessions, described below in more detail, Steven and John will introduce attendees to three important concepts that can provide new ways of thinking about and practicing information literacy programming and instruction. Join Steven and John, who have presented dozens of face-to-face and virtual sessions on these topics, to learn more about design thinking, user experience and blended librarianship. They will share their experience in how to apply these three ideas to explore the mystery of how to develop an innovative approach to information literacy that will engage faculty as partners and connect with students as learners.
• Marketing Ideas That Work in Academic Libraries: Pecha Kucha Presentations
When: July 13
Description: This webcast, offered by ACRL's Marketing Academic and Research Libraries Committee, will provide basic hands-on marketing strategies for academic librarians. Learn about practical ways to market your library and hear from academic librarians who have won national marketing awards. Pecha kucha presentations capture the essence of a topic in a short and rapid fire format. During this webcast, six academic librarians will share their marketing success stories. Time will be included for a Q&A session to answer questions and network with presenters and other attendees.
• Published Source Collection: Research Techniques, Part I
When: August 2 – 20
Description: Although there are practices and tools in common, effective intelligence research involves distinct considerations, frameworks, techniques, strategy, and resources from general business research. This online course presents and examines these essential aspects to the Published Source Collection (aka literature research or secondary research) function of the Intelligence Process. In this (Part 1) course we will discuss key techniques and resources, as well as trends in intelligence, content and technology that affect intelligence research. Topics covered include: devising research strategies, research to support human intelligence gathering and intelligence analysis, traditional and non-traditional resources types and selection, Web monitoring tools and more. This course includes an exercise and discussions involving intelligence research to support analysis.
• Using Technology: Connecting People with Knowledge
When: July 12 – 30
Description: At the end of this course, participants will identify and summarize the evolving relationship between knowledge and technology. Participants will determine leadership perceptions about knowledge management, knowledge services, and information technology. Participants will also relate the role of the external application service provider and the impact on enterprise-wide IT delivery. Participants will consider managing service provision for both users seeking traditional support for information management, knowledge management, and strategic learning and those identified as digital natives.
It is important to note that, although the cost is less than attending an in-person conference, there are required fees for participants of each of these webinars. Be sure to account for any associated costs before you sign up for any of these webinars.
For more information on any of these webinars, please click on its title, which will take you to their official website.
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