ACRL Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy Webcast Series

The CILIP Information Literacy Group are delighted to launch a series of 3 webinars and we are partnering with an expert team from the United States, from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in this series of webinars exploring the Intersections between Scholarly Communications and Information Literacy. These webinars will be free to ILG members and are offered at a reduced rate for those who wish to sign up to the series.
The mission of higher education institutions is to create and communicate knowledge, and libraries and information services are fundamental to this mission. However when considering strategic approaches, many academic libraries have separated their activities into discrete areas of ‘teaching and learning support’ and ‘research support’. However this risks failing to acknowledge and make best use of the considerable overlap between the two areas, particularly in the use of digital technologies, consideration of economic and regulatory constraints, and the overarching cultural and ethical ramifications of intellectual endeavour. This set of webinars therefore examines the intersection of the worlds of teaching and research from the perspective of 21st century information work, namely the fields of Scholarly Communications and Information Literacy.

Each webcast is one hour long and includes time for conversation and questions. While they act as a series, each webcast can be viewed independently. So you could register for any combination that meets your needs.

Webcast 1:  Crossing Paths: An Introduction to the Intersections

Friday, March 3 | 3 p.m. GMT | 9 a.m. CST

Following the 2013 publication of ACRL’s white paper on the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy, interest in the connection between these two critical areas of librarianship has grown tremendously. The first webcast in this three-part series explores common definitions of the two topics; analyzes the intersections and objectives presented in the white paper and in subsequent publications; offers practical examples of librarianship at the intersections; and discusses partnerships that advance outreach and education initiatives. This webcast provides participants with a shared theoretical foundation on which the rest of the series is built.

Learning outcomes:

  • Analyze common definitions of information literacy and scholarly communication.
  • Examine the intersecting cornerstones of both definitions.
  • Explore successful examples of librarianship at the intersections.

Speakers:  

Emma Molls, Publishing Services Librarian at University of Minnesota

Michelle Reed, Open Education Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington

Webcast 2:  Creating Learning Experiences at the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy

Tuesday, April 4 | 3 p.m. GMT | 9 a.m. CST

The ever-evolving information landscape poses a challenge to first-year students, graduate students, and faculty alike. To educate and inspire diverse communities of scholars, the presenters encourage attendees to create dynamic learning opportunities that address the needs of our learners at the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy. However, applying theory to practice can be difficult when creating learning experiences for a variety of audiences. This webcast provides practical ideas and skills to develop and assess pedagogical strategies that engage scholars at all levels. The presenters first describe how to distill core concepts from particular intersections into learning outcomes.  With those outcomes as  cornerstones, the presenters guide participants through the essential steps of creating meaningful learning experiences. Finally, they explain how to assess the impact of learning experiences in order to identify future goals.  Examples of successful learning experiences at the intersections are shared throughout the presentation.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify creative ways to develop and capitalize on informal and formal education opportunities for a variety of audiences in order to engage your community with the dynamic information environment.
  • Recognize foundational elements of meaningful learning experiences in order to develop engaging educational programming at your institution.

Speakers:

Joelle Pitts, Instructional Design Librarian at Kansas State University

John Watts, Teaching & Learning Librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Webcast 3:  Talking Points: Strategies for Building Collaborative Partnerships at the Intersections

Friday, May 5th | 3 p.m. GMT | 9 a.m. CST

Because the intersections extend beyond traditional disciplinary or departmental boundaries, librarians must seek connections with all relevant campus stakeholders to maximize their impact. Starting these conversations in your institution is the first step in building the connections between scholarly communication and information literacy. The third and final webcast helps participants identify potential partners for creating learning experiences and programming based on the intersections. Presenters describe the process of aligning efforts with institutional priorities. They also explore the wide variety of educational experiences that are possible with diverse partners at a range of institutional types. Finally, presenters share planning tactics that can build momentum and enthusiasm for the intersections across your library and institution.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify library and institutional priorities and goals that invite educational opportunities based on the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy.
  • Examine areas of expertise throughout your campus community in order to inform the content of your work with the intersections.
  • Develop strategies for setting attainable goals in order to initiate outreach and learning initiatives at the intersections.  

Speakers:

Emma Molls, Publishing Services Librarian at University of Minnesota

John Watts, Teaching & Learning Librarian at University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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