Take Your Library Workshops Online!

by Anne Grant,

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  • 9781442263994
The ethos of every library is to serve and to instruct.

Library professionals teach every day in the sense that they show patrons where to find books or how to use computers. Increasingly, however, library users just don’t have the time to attend face-to-face workshops in advance of needs that they may have. They want to know the answer to their questions when THEY need it, not when YOU teach it.

Take Your Library Workshops Online! will help you move valuable “teachable moments” from the physical library or classroom to virtual spaces. It features real-life examples of how to:
  • create online synchronous sessions,
  • brief tutorials, and
  • pointed screen captures.

Learning in the online environment can happen in a two-minute video or in a creative meme-like screen capture and can cover topics from logging in to a database to evaluating sources. Creating these learning objects can take from less than one day up to a week depending on the time you have to devote to it and the level of detail required.
  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; June 2016
  • ISBN 9781442263994
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Take Your Library Workshops Online!
  • Author: Anne Grant; Diana Finkle
  • Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Subject categories
  • 9781442263970
  • 9781442263994

In The Press

Whether you are just thinking about adding this type of learning opportunity to your library instruction program or are assessing and revamping the materials already in use, Take Your Library Workshops Online! provides practical approaches to developing and revamping synchronous and asynchronous learning objects. While many examples are based on the authors' experiences, this book leaves plenty of room for application based on your institutional realities. Librarians and staff at all types of colleges, universities, and research institutions will find this an accessible resource for practical planning, implementation, and assessment of user-focused online library resources.

About The Author

Anne Grant is the Instruction Coordinator at Clemson University Libraries. She obtained her MLIS from the University of Alabama via their online program in 2007 and has presented at many state and national conferences about innovation and challenges in library instruction. She, along with her instruction team, has piloted numerous initiatives at Clemson such as the embedded librarian program in collaboration with Clemson Online, served as an integral developer in a required first-year-experience course, and led the development of the first series of online, drop-in workshops for the libraries.

Diana Finkle is Instructional Designer for the Clemson University Libraries. She earned her MLIS from the University of Alabama in 2011, also via their online program. A digital native and technophile, Diana enjoys designing high-quality, engaging content for digital distribution. She also insists on creating accessible and user-friendly content, in part due to her previous experience bridging communication barriers as a medical interpreter. Since joining Clemson in 2013, Diana has redesigned the Libraries’ first-year-experience content, overseen initiatives such as the Researcher of the Month outreach program and LibGuides content overhaul, and designed numerous informational and instructional videos, handouts, and marketing pieces.