ATG Conferences, Meetings, and Webinars 5/18/20

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ACRL Together Wherever Virtual Event – June 8-12

ACRL is pleased to host ACRL Together Wherever, a week of virtual programming and networking opportunities for the academic and research library community to be held June 8-12, 2020. Keep up with what’s going on in the profession at a time when it has never been more critical. At a difficult time for us all, you make a world of difference.

Presented in Zoom, ACRL Together Wherever features 14 high-quality programs covering topics including algorithm bias, telling your library’s story, invisible labor in archives, open peer review, drag queen story hour, and the ACRL President’s Program, “Shifting the Center: Transforming Academic Libraries through Generous Accountability.” Learn new ways to face today’s challenges and ask your most pressing questions to thought leaders in the profession. Take time after each session to network with presenters and other attendees and get more in-depth on what matters most to you

ACRL Together Wherever is presented free of charge to all with a suggested donation. 100% of donations go to the ACRL Advancement Fund, which supports programs and initiatives that strengthen ACRL’s influence in higher education and its ability to create diverse and inclusive communities in the association and the profession. If you are able, feel good about giving now when it means more than ever.Sign Up Today!

Complete details about ACRL Together Wherever, including donation information and the complete schedule with individual session sign up links, is available on the event website. Contact ACRL Manager of Professional Development Margot Conahan at or by phone at 312-280-2522 with any questions.

The learning doesn’t stop here! Make sure to check out ALA Virtual: Community through Connection coming June 24-26, 2020!

Developing your Leadership Potential: Effective Practices and Innovative Ideas (ACRL Webinar)

Wednesday, 5/20/2020

  • 2:00 PM-3:30 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:30 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:30 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (Pacific)

Despite the proliferation of leadership and mentoring programs, literature around leadership skill development, and related discussions in our professional associations, academic librarians still find themselves in leadership and management positions without advanced training or sufficient preparation to confidently and successfully fill those roles. ACRL recently published three books that address different aspects of leadership. In this webcast, participants will hear from the authors key take-aways from their work…

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will develop an awareness of sustainable core leadership development strategies.
  • Participants will learn how to identify strengths and opportunities for leadership development.
  • Provide participants with practical strategies they can implement to foster leadership skill development.
  • Participants will gain an understanding of the challenges new leaders face, and strategies in order to better support those leaders.
  • Participants will become aware of John Kotter’s Eight-Stage Process of Creating Major Change, and how to apply those stages to bring about change in academic libraries…


Dr. Lori Birrell joined the University of Arkansas in 2017. Prior to assuming that role, she worked at the University of Rochester as the American history manuscripts librarian. Birrell has actively engaged with the topic of leadership skill development since being an early career librarian. Dr. Birrell has a Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Rochester…

Shin Freedman is Head of Scholarly Resources & Collections for the Whittemore Library at Framingham State University (FSU). She teaches information literacy and devotes herself to research and evaluation. Prior to FSU, she worked at Brown University Sciences and Medical Libraries …

James Freedman specializes in developing leaders in multicultural organizations. With leadership development experience in Korea, China and the Philippines, Jim has a unique perspective on helping leaders become more effective leaders. He has been a guest lecturer on multicultural organizations at Zhejiang University. He was the Vice President of Global Leadership Development for Fresenius Medical Care.  He has an MBA from Bentley University and a BA from Holy Cross.

Dr. Colleen Boff has worked in academic libraries for twenty-three years and has held a wide range of library management and leadership positions for the past ten years, including program coordinator, department chair, associate dean, and head librarian of a specialized collection. In these capacities, she has contributed to or been at the forefront of leading change in her organization at the department level, library level, and university level …

Catherine Cardwell is the Dean of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library and the Regional Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of South Florida Saint Petersburg. She provides leadership for the library, online learning, instructional technology services, and the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning…


ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295 …

How to Register

Thinking Critically About Information in Uncertain Times (ACRL Webinar)

Wednesday, 6/3/2020

  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

Libraries, universities, schools, and other learning environments are grappling with numerous changes and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, including significant shifts in how we teach, learn, and research in now remote and online environments. Now, more than ever, it is vital to equip learners with the skills they need to navigate a rapidly changing information landscape and to empower learners to be critical consumers, users, and producers of information. Increasingly, our students and patrons need information and media literacy skills to not only achieve success in learning environments that are undergoing a great deal of change, but also to navigate challenging information landscapes that influence the decisions they might be making about their health, their career, and their role as citizens …

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss different examples of transferrable skills and identify and explore examples from media and information literacy and critical thinking
  • Evaluate different instruction strategies for equipping students with vital, transferrable skills in information and media literacy
  • Explore methods for communicating and sharing programming around transferrable information and media literacy skills with partners
  • Incorporate resources, activities, and lesson ideas into local projects and initiatives
  • Explore ideas for ways to enhance students’ critical thinking skills and their ability to think critically about different types of information …


Sarah Morris is a librarian and educator with a decade of experience working in libraries, museums, K-12 schools, and higher education environments. Sarah currently works as the Head of Instruction and Engagement at Emory University. She has partnered with a number of organizations, including the Mozilla Foundation and the Credibility Coalition, to develop news and media literacy curriculum students in middle school, high school, and college and to develop news and media literacy trainings and resources for educators and librarians. Sarah served as the editor for the ACRL Critical Thinking About Sources Cookbook, published in 2020. Sarah has a Master’s degree in the Humanities from the University of Chicago and a Master’s degree in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her interests include high school to college transitions, news and media literacy education and combating misinformation, and developing training and mentoring opportunities for new teachers.



ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

*DURING THIS TIME OF COVID-19 RELATED LIBRARY CLOSURES: For purposes of group registration, ACRL will define a group as up to 30 individuals from a single institution working remotely and logging in individually from multiple locations to participate in the live webcast. Also, group registration includes access to the archived recording for one year for unlimited staff at a registered institution.

How to Register

  • Go to the Online Registration page.
  • Locate the webcast by the date of the event under the June 2020 heading.
  • Select the “Register” link next to the webcast title.
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register…

Tech Requirements

ACRL Webcasts are held in an Adobe Connect virtual classroom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat.  Adobe works on both PC and Apple platforms.

Webcast will be recorded and the link to the recording will be shared shortly after the live event.


If you have a question about an ACRL e-Learning opportunity or need to make arrangements for special assistance, please contact Margot Conahan (

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