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Pandemic Resources for Academic Libraries: Free Time? Free Learning!

Updated information, professional development, and resources to support academic and research library personnel during a pandemic.

Upcoming Virtual Events

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July 2021

ACRL EBSS Scholarly Communication Committee: Implementing OER in Education & Behavioral Sciences - Friday, July 30, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central Time


August 2021
ACRL CJCLS OER Committee: What's next? Accessibility 
- Tuesday, August 3, 2021 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Central Time

ACRL RBMS M&PDC: RBMS Jobs & Hiring Series: Resumes & Cover Letters - Tuesday, August 3, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central Time

ACRL VAL (COVID Protocol Sub-Committee) COVID Protocols Used by Academic Libraries in Canada and the United States - Monday, August 9, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Central Time

ACRL RBMS M&PDC: RBMS Jobs & Hiring Series: Mid-Career Changes - Tuesday, August 10, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central Time

ACRL ULS PDC: Considering Data Literacy Using Kuhlthau's Information Search Process: Implications for Librarians and Data Providers - Monday, August 16, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central Time

ACRL RBMS M&PDC: RBMS Jobs & Hiring Series: [Under/Over]qualified: The Question of More Degrees - Tuesday, August 17, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central Time

November 2021
ACRL ULS PDC: Libraries and Learning Analytics: Facts, False Choices, and Future Forays - Monday, November 15, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central Time

Webcast Archives

Check out this selection of popular ACRL Presents webcast recordings, or browse the full archive. All recordings are freely available!

Understanding Fair Use Through Case Law
February 25, 2020

Academic and research libraries often cite fair use for the activities that we engage in to make content available to stakeholders. Depending on your perspective, fair use is a right or a defense outlined in United States Copyright Law. What most can agree on is that in the United States, we rely on case law to help us understand fair use and to implement strategies for sharing content based on that understanding. This webinar gives a back-to-basics overview of fair use and utilizes case law to illustrate each factor of a fair use analysis.

Open for Students and Educators: Open Educational Resources
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 Access Publications

A variety of open access ACRL publications are available to further your professional reading. Catch up on the latest issues of C&RLC&RL News, and RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage or explore the deep publication archives. Our Keeping Up With… series features concise briefs on trends in academic librarianship and higher education. Visit our digital publications page for open access books, and don’t forget to check out our extensive list of reports and white papers too. Explore ACRL’s LibGuides for resources on issues such as equity, diversity, and inclusion; the Framework for Information Literacy; scholarly communication; and more.

Selected resources include...

Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future: Developed over the course of a year with leadership from the Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC) and with a high degree of community involvement, Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future is a powerful new action-oriented research agenda that encourages the community to make the scholarly communications system more open, inclusive, and equitable by outlining trends, encouraging practical actions, and clearly identifying the most strategic research questions to pursue. 

Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Decision-Making in the Age of Open Access, Maker Spaces, and the Ever-Changing Library (Publications in Librarianship #72)Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Decision-Making in the Age of Open Access, Maker Spaces, and the Ever-Changing Library offers a wide range of perspectives on how to interpret and apply library values in the context of emerging technologies. Divided into two sections—Contemplating Library Values and Applying Library Values—and using the ALA’s Core Values of Librarianship as the primary reference point, chapters emphasize the underlying frameworks that guide librarian practice and capture practical, real-world applications that can ideally serve as a starting point for other librarians encountering similar issues, even if the specific technology or set of values may differ.

ACRL Equity, Diversity and Inclusion LibGuide: ACRL is dedicated to creating diverse and inclusive communities in the Association and in academic and research libraries. This core commitment permeates the work of the Association, cutting across all ACRL sections, committees, interest and discussion groups, and communities of practice. Learn more about ACRL EDI initiatives in this LibGuide.

CHOICE Resources

CHOICE provides professional development tools for librarianship including webinars, podcasts, white papers, bibliographic essays, and digital publications that help librarians strengthen their skills and further their careers.​ 

Shelter in Place
The editors at Choice are compiling complimentary Choice-created content and other industry resources to make them easily accessible to librarians. To receive updates/additions in your inbox The Shelter in Place eNewsletter will go out once or twice a week during the COVID-19 crisis. Sign up on the .Choice website

The CHOICE Shelter in Place Facebook Group is a private space to let you virtually interact with your peers. Share your feelings, reach out, ask for help, and tell colleagues what is working for you during these unprecedented times. As the group grows, Facebook Live moderated chats and events will be offered.

ACRL-Choice Webinars
Stay current on library trends and discover more about where the field is headed with ACRL-Choice webinars. Industry experts lead these sponsored, 60-minute interactive presentations, which cover topics like digital publishing, research trends, and open access. Webinar archives are available on the Choice YouTube channel.

Upcoming offerings include:

"Looking back at 10 years of Cambridge University Press Ebooks: Learn why ebooks came to be, and how relevant the content remains" - Thursday, May 21 at 2:00 pm ET | Sponsored and presented by Cambridge University Press

"Put Those Databases to Work! Strategies to Get Materials Flying Off Virtual Shelves" - Tuesday, June 2 at 2:00pm ET | Sponsored and presented by Infobase

"Plagues, Epidemics, Peculiar Beliefs and Practices through Time: Delving into Primary Sources" - Tuesday, June 9 at 2:00pm ET | Sponsored and presented by ProQuest

Choice White Papers
Choice white papers feature the latest research on academic librarianship. Recent topics include research data services, marketing library services, and open educational resources. 

The Authority File Podcast
The podcast from Choice, The Authority File provides insight on the academic library market through conversations with representatives of some of the biggest and most innovative companies influencing it, as well as authors of insightful books, librarians who are transforming their field, and academics whose research is laying the groundwork for the future.