Monday, March 8, 2010

Workshops - ACRL e-learning

Superpower your Browser: Open Source Research Tools - March 23, 2010
This webcast will examine the two powerful browser tools LibX and Zotero, as
well as others. By using free, open source tools, libraries can offer
assistance and resources with little cost and foster skills that patrons can
use throughout life, regardless of location.

Presenter: Jason Puckett, Librarian for Communication and Instruction Librarian
for User Education Technologies, Georgia State University Library

Visualizing Data - March 30, 2010
Data visualization is fast becoming a premier tool for understanding data
across information industries. The field of library and information science is
no exception. Why visualize? Data visualizations make complex data easier to
understand and bring forward concepts that otherwise might not emerge.

Presenters: Lisa Kurt, Head, E-Resources and Serials, University of Nevada
Reno; Will Kurt, Applications Development Librarian, University of Nevada Reno

Creating iGoogle Gadgets for your Library Users - April 6, 2010
Learn how to populate basic, pre-programmed, ready-to-use gadgets with your
library’s content and take a look at an iGoogle page that contains a wide
range of gadgetry including tabbed gateway searching of catalogs and databases,
flash-animated library subject maps, a YouTube channel of library videos,
Flickr slideshows of rare photographs from special collections, a search box
for local electronic theses and dissertations, a gadget of highlights and links
to blogs, and a gadget for communicating with reference librarians–all on one

Presenters: Jason Clark and Tim Donahue, Montana State University

Getting Started with the Mobile Web - April 15, 2010
More and more studies are showing that the trend towards usage of mobile
devices has moved beyond early adopters into the mainstream. Are you interested
in launching a mobile-optimized website for your library, but not quite sure
where to begin? Constrained budgets don’t have to limit an institution’s
ability to remain flexible and dynamic in the face of the constantly moving
target of emerging technologies. Participants will benefit from this timely
snapshot of what is rapidly becoming an essential venue for library access.

Presenters: Courtney Greene, Instruction & Online Learning Librarian, DePaul
University; Missy Roser, Reference & Instruction Librarian, DePaul University;
Beth Ruane, Outreach & Reference Services Librarian, DePaul University

Influencing without Authority - April 28, 2010
Regardless of what position you hold, much of your success in the library
profession will depend on your ability to enlist the support of others. How can
you influence people even when you don’t have (or don’t want to rely on)
formal authority?

Presenter: Melanie Hawks, Learning and Development Coordinator, J. Willard
Marriott Library, University of Utah

All webcasts will be held at 11 a.m. Pacific, 12:00 p.m. Mountain, 1:00 p.m.
Central, 2:00 p.m. Eastern, and are 90 minutes in length. Complete details and
registration materials are online at

Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at, or call