ATG Conferences, Meetings & Webinars 10/15/18

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Do you work in assessment in higher education or academic libraries? Join us for a free webinar on Wednesday, November 14 at 1 p.m. Central Time (2 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. MST / 11 a.m. PST) to share input on ACRL Project Outcome for Academic Libraries. This webinar is co-sponsored by ACRL and the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

ACRL is developing a free online toolkit designed to help academic libraries understand and share the impact of their programs and services by providing simple surveys and an easy-to-use process for measuring and analyzing outcomes. Expanding on the successful Project Outcome for public libraries, this toolkit will give academic libraries the resources and training support needed to apply their results and confidently advocate for their future. While outcome assessment may be common in higher education already, the Project Outcome model will offer practitioners access to a standardized set of measures and a free, easy-to-use toolkit. It includes seven patron-focused surveys, an online dashboard of interactive tools for collecting and analyzing the data, and practical guidance on using the results. This toolkit will provide academic libraries of any size the means to easily measure the learning outcomes of their programs and services and to use that data as the basis for improvements and advocacy.

In this session, Sara Goek and Emily Plagman, lead staff on the initiative, will introduce Project Outcome for Academic Libraries. They will address how it can create opportunities for growth or change, explain the theory of change for learning outcomes in academic libraries, and share initial results from field-testing of the new surveys. The project managers are seeking feedback from assessment professionals in colleges and universities as they refine and finalize language to be used in the final surveys included in the toolkit. The new tool is expected to launch in April 2019…

Join ACRL for a free ACRL Presents webcast as we celebrate Open Access Week! The webcast, “Open Data Repositories: Creating Equitable and Sustainable Data Access,” will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2018, from 1:00 — 2:00 p.m. Central time (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Convert additional time zones online.)

The push for open data has become ubiquitous, but challenges are still ahead in attaining equitable and sustainable access through disciplinary, institutional, and publisher repositories. This webcast will briefly review the current landscape of data repositories and the challenges researchers continue to face. The presenters will discuss how repositories present opportunities and threats to equitable and sustainable access. The webcast will continue with an exploration of the DataONE model and how this NSF-funded network of data repositories is implementing best practices for deposit, provenance, access, sustainability, and reuse for earth sciences data.


Abigail Goben, MLS, is an Associate Professor and Information Services Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She teaches data management and serves as the liaison to the College of Dentistry. Her research focuses on research data policies and education as well as student perceptions of library learning analytics. She is a Co-Investigator of the IMLS-funded Data Doubles project. Goben is an active member of LITA and ACRL and serves as a presenter and coordinator for the ACRL Research Data Management RoadShow. Outside of library and research work, Goben is an avid knitter. She blogs at Hedgehog Librarian and can be found on Twitter as @hedgielib.

Robert Sandusky, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Associate University Librarian and Associate Dean for Information Technology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on the translatability of notions of computational provenance, as embodied in the W3C’s PROV recommendation, to libraries, archives, and museums as well as understanding and supporting data management as a co-investigator for the NSF-funded DataONE project. Sandusky is a member of ASIST and serves as the co-chair for the DataONE Users Group…”

Open Textbook Network is accepting applications for an inaugural cohort of librarians to be certified in OER Librarianship. Applicants should be, or anticipate becoming, newly responsible for building open education programs at their institutions and seek formal training, a community of peers, and expert mentors in order to build sustainable, collaborative, and effective open education programs on their campuses. Librarians who successfully complete the full program will receive a Certificate in OER Librarianship from the Open Textbook Network.

The Certificate in OER Librarianship is a professional development program that will create effective open education program leaders who want to be stewards and advocates for open educational resources. Individuals selected for the program will participate in online instruction February-April 2019, a three-day in-person program held immediately preceding the ACRL 2019 conference in Cleveland, followed by additional cohort and online work through September 2019.

Complete details are available online. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Applications are due by October 20, 2018.

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