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ACRL Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Online Learning

Information and resources on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).

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ACRL 2021 Conference

The ACRL 2021 Virtual Conference, “Ascending into An Open Future," will be held April 13-16, 2021. ACRL 2021 features a mix of more than 300 live and on-demand programs, interactive discussion groups, eye-popping posters, a social wall, fun connections and prizes, and content on demand for 30 days. The conference also features author Tressie McMillan Cottom and journalist Mona Chalabi as keynote speakers along with invited presentations from Kaetrena Davis Kendrick and We Here administrators Jennifer Brown, Jennifer Ferretti, and Charlotte Roh.

Conference programs will focus on social and racial justice, qualitative data analysis, innovation, problem-solving, instructional collaborations, student success, copyright policies, mentoring, sustainability practices, remote learning, first-generation students, information ethics, and more.

“Today’s higher education environment calls for continually innovative ways to advance student, faculty, and institution success,” said ACRL 2021 Conference Chair Beth McNeil of Purdue University. “The content of the ACRL 2021 Virtual Conference was selected with this emphasis in mind, and we are excited to connect with our colleagues and continue working together for an open future.”

Advance registration is open through March 13 – April 16, 2021. With ACRL 2021 taking place 100% virtually, there are no prohibitive flight, hotel, or travel expenses. Just register online and you’re ready to go! Group discounts are also available for 10 or more attendees from same institution. Complete details on ACRL 2021, including registration information, are available on the conference website.

ACRL Webinars

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Offered live and take place in an interactive, online classroom environment.

April 2021

Scholarly Communication Off-RoadShow: A Three-Part Webcast Series - April 29, 2021
Part One - The Lay of the Land: Framing the Issues Impacting Scholarly Communication

The range of scholarly communication initiatives is vast and deep, but a few key considerations underlie the field, impacting our work in a variety of ways. In this session we’ll survey the current landscape of scholarly communications and identify key issues that we must successfully navigate on our journey to develop, grow, and successfully promote these initiatives at our institution.  

May 2021

Scholarly Communication Off-RoadShow: A Three-Part Webcast Series - May 6, 2021
Part Two: Navigating new routes to sharing & evaluating scholarly work

This session offers an overview of current practices and emerging possibilities for the sharing, publication, and evaluation of scholarly work. We will look at the range of options available for sharing scholarship, especially through digital platforms, the potential benefits and challenges of Open Access publication, and some of the latest methods and controversies in measuring scholarly impact.

Scholarly Communication Off-RoadShow: A Three-Part Webcast Series - May 13, 2021
Part Three: (Re)Building the Road as We Go
This session brings together the threads from the full series and prepares participants to blaze their own scholarly communication trails in 2021. We’ll talk about the chronic issues that have been cast in a new light by the public health and social justice crises of the past year and offer case studies from institutions across the field who have used this moment to make exciting change.

July 2021

Copyright and Course Reserves: A Three-Part Webcast Series - July 21, 2021
Part One: Print Reserves

In offering print reserve services, academic libraries can help facilitate faculty and students access required and supplemental learning materials such as books, DVDs, music CDs, and photocopies of works such as book chapters. In this 90-minute webinar we'll explore the copyright issues associated with this service, including the first sale doctrine and fair use.

Copyright and Course Reserves: A Three-Part Webcast Series - July 28, 2021
Part Two: Electronic Reserves

In this 90-minute webinar, we'll explore ways in which academic libraries can lawfully connect faculty and students with access to books, book chapters, articles, and film online through electronic reserve services.

August 2021

Copyright and Course Reserves: A Three-Part Webcast Series - August 4, 2021
Part Three: Media Reserves

More frequently, students and instructors are looking to academic libraries to provide online access to film being used as part of course instruction. In this 90-minute webinar, we'll explore the options for making film lawfully available via media reserve services.

ACRL-Choice Webinars

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Stay current on library trends and discover more about where the field is headed with free ACRL-Choice webinars. Industry experts lead these sponsored, 60-minute interactive presentations, which cover topics like digital publishing, research trends, and open access. These webinars are paid sponsorship opportunities. The products, services, and opinions presented in them do not constitute a Choice, ACRL, or ALA endorsement of any kind.

Upcoming Webinars

Closing the Gaps with Professional Development: Strategies to Support Educators in a Changing Learning Environment
Sponsored by Infobase, LEARN MORE | REGISTER

Elevating Women in Science
Sponsored by Springer Nature, LEARN MORE | REGISTER

Enhancing Digital Access to Course and Library Materials
Sponsored by ProQuest, LEARN MORE | REGISTER



Lessons in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Managing Change from Where You Are (January 28, 2021): Transforming libraries into diverse, equitable and inclusive institutions is accomplished by driving change from within, through learning and unlearning, and through conversation and collective action. In order to stick, systemic change must be enacted from all levels within an organization’s structure. This webinar will offer guidance for libraries to effectively organize for diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.

Impacts of COVID-19 on Education and Remote Learning. What comes next? (November 17, 2020): The COVID-19 pandemic has forced nearly 1.5 billion students worldwide to quickly adapt to online learning. While technology has been able to provide students with access to high quality learning, most education systems need to pay close attention to ensure that technology does not amplify existing inequalities in access and quality of education. Different OECD countries are adopting different strategies to reopen schools, but only 22% of them say they are looking to go back to where they came from, indicating that some form of hybrid learning is likely here to stay. Building teaching capacity has become absolutely critical in most OECD countries. As we move into the next stages of the pandemic, what lessons can be learned to help pave the way for more strategic education implementation processes for schools reopening, and beyond?

How to Uncover Diverse Voices for Research and Teaching: Strategies with Primary Source Archives (October 13, 2020): Join Dr. Marcia Chatelain, professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University for a discussion on “rethinking archives” to support research and learning about marginalized peoples and communities using primary source collections. Dr. Chatelain will describe the challenges she confronted researching and writing her books South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration and Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, and how her experiences have shaped the way she teaches students to navigate collections that include different perspectives. Dr. Chatelain will also provide examples of how she uses short assignments to spark student engagement and increase their familiarity and comfort using primary sources. 

Navigating Accessibility to Support All Library Users (May 7, 2020): Many patrons have disabilities that present barriers to accessing research and learning resources. How can libraries navigate web accessibility requirements and ensure their resources accommodate users’ needs – especially at a time when physical libraries are temporarily closing and focusing on remote services?

Equity and Access in the Age of COVID-19: How Academic Libraries Can Build a Better Digital Content Strategy (October 1, 2020): As colleges and universities continue to grapple with the implications of reopening and the need for more effective remote learning, what will the “new normal” look like for academic libraries? How is the COVID-19 pandemic accelerating existing trends, and what new imperatives has it created for librarians? This panel will bring together librarians, institutional leaders, analysts, and technology developers to discuss the changing role of libraries in an unprecedented and uncertain time, against the backdrop of ongoing digital transformation across the higher education landscape. 

Confronting Hard History: Using Primary Sources to Teach Slavery, Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter (September 15, 2020): Join us for this session with Hasan Jeffries, associate professor of history at Ohio State, who will discuss teaching with primary sources to complicate normative narratives of slavery, the civil rights movement and Black Lives Matter protests. This presentation will highlight the importance of looking honestly at the past to understand the persistence of racial inequality in the U.S. today, and to create a more equitable and democratic future.

Decolonizing the Literature Curriculum: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Literary Studies (April 21, 2020): Literature curriculum that is as diverse as the student population itself can have a profound effect on student engagement and success. However, ensuring that literary studies are truly diverse and accessible is not a simple task. In this session, you will hear from academic experts in the classroom and library on how they are addressing the importance of diversity in literary studies in curriculum and collections. Discover how to enrich and better support online research, teaching and learning with a diverse and comprehensive literature collection.

ACRL Presents

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The ACRL Presents program offers free occasional webcasts on issues of broad interest and importance to the academic and research library community.

Upcoming Events

An Insider's Guide to Preparing for Promotion: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 1:00pm-2:30pm CT

Join the ACRL Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee for this interactive discussion on the promotion process in academic libraries. Our distinguished panelists will discuss all aspects of the promotion process including the value that promotion and tenure bring to librarianship, how to prepare your documentation, and where to find support from within your institutions or professional organizations. If you are new to the profession, or are facing the daunting task of beginning this process, this webinar will be of value to you. Challenges including the mysterious process of determining when you are ready, and dealing with the likelihood of imposter’s syndrome will also be discussed. We also invite you to submit your questions in advance so we can shape the program best around the problems of greatest importance to you. Register for free!

Webinar Recordings

Reopening Campus During the Pandemic: Treading Water in the Deep End (October 6, 2020): Our patrons think it’s “business as usual” during these unusual times, but as COVID-19 consistently creates more questions, administrators and students look for answers in the usual place - the library. Libraries are often seen as a beacon of knowledge on campus, but what happens when there is no information to provide? This is where we found ourselves, in the deep end, with little notice and certainly no precedent for how to stay afloat. Join the dean and access services librarian from the University of Nebraska at Omaha to hear what their university and library did to prepare for reopening, and what they’re doing now to keep students safe and cared for on campus.

Advocating for Library Workers During Uncertain Times (May 13, 2020): The recent public health situation has created much uncertainty for higher education funding. Libraries are finding themselves in complex fiscal situations, with layoffs, furloughs, and budget reductions being announced. View the recording that includes practical strategies for engaging campus administrators in conversations that emphasize the importance of supporting library employees and the critical work they are doing for their students and organizations. 

Quickly Implementing Accessibility Tools  (April 13, 2020): Everyone is working and learning online right now. We need to ensure what we create and share is accessible to everyone. This presentation and Q&A will discuss the legal and ethical standards for making courses and learning objects accessible. We will also share some free tools for the generation of new material and retrofitting previously created content.

Open for Students and Educators: Open Educational Resources Level the Playing Field (October 22, 2019): Open educational resources (OER) are not usually a hard sell for students. But what about educators? How do they benefit from having access to resources that are licensed openly? And how can we, as librarians, guide faculty in adopting and adapting OER?

Open for Students and Educators: Open Educational Resources: Recording of the the October 22, 2019, ACRL Presents: Open for Students and Educators: Open Educational Resources Level the Playing Field, with speaker Sara Rachel Benson, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Recording of the July 15, 2019, ACRL Presents: Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications with speakers Nathan Hall, Rebecca Kennison, Nancy Maron and Yasmeen Shorish.

Open Data Repositories-Creating Equitable and Sustainable Data Access: Recording of the October 25, 2018, ACRL Presents: Open Data Repositories-Creating Equitable and Sustainable Data Access

ACRL/ODLOS: Addressing cultural humility and implicit bias in information literacy sessions: Recording of the January 23, 2018, ACRL/ODLOS: Addressing cultural humility and implicit bias in information literacy sessions.

ACRL Online Forums

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ACRL membership groups host free, periodic Online Discussion Forums on a range of topics, including diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Upcoming Events

April 2021

ACRL DOLS Discussion Group Panel on Online Outreach to "At-Risk" and Transfer Students - Tuesday, April 20, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central Time

ACRL Instruction Section IPC: Critical Race Theory and Online Learning - Thursday, April 21, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central Time

ACRL DSS DC DG Lightning Talk Series: Enhancing Digital Collections in Teaching and Research with Digital Tools - Friday, April 23, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central Time

ACRL IS TMC: Enabling the Teachable Moment: Motivating for Learning Readiness - Tuesday, April 27, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central Time

ACRL Instruction Section: Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox Webinar - Tuesday, April 27, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Central Time

ACRL Digital Scholarship Section Virtual Professional Development Program, Spring 2021 - Wednesday, April 28, 2021 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Central Time

May 2021
ACRL ULS AOC: Outreach and OERs I
 - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Central Time

ACRL ULS PDC:  The Flywheel Effect: Bridging the Gap for First-year Students in a Virtual world - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central Time

ACRL ULS AOC: Outreach and OERs II - Wednesday, May 12, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central Time

ACRL EBSS Research Committee: EBSS Annual Research Forum - Thursday, May 13, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central Time

ACRL ULS AOC: Outreach and OERs III - Thursday, May 13, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Central Time

ACRL RMBS IOC/DC Integrating Critical Race Theory and Teaching with Primary Sources - Friday, May 14, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central Time

ACRL Value of Academic Library Impact Grant Presentations - Part II - Tuesday, May 25, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central Time

ACRL  DSS DC DG: Lightning Talk Series: Highlighting a Specific Digital Collection in Teaching and Research - Friday, May 28, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.