Friday, February 15, 2008

Register for ACRL e-learning course, "Electronic Collection Development for the Academic E-Library"

Register for now for the Association of College and Research Libraries
(ACRL) e-learning course, "Electronic Collection Development for the
Academic E-library," to be offered March 10-28, 2008.

In this hands-on course you will learn to create an academic e-library
collection development plan for free and fee-based Web-accessible
resources for a patron community of your choice. Students will focus on
developing a collection plan for one library patron group of their
choice. Patron groups may include: faculty, students, researchers,
general public, subject specialists, etc. This collection plan will be
developed in five parts. Each part includes lecture, discussion and
hands-on activities that will step participants through creating or
assessing a collection plan for developing a e-library collection.

The instructor will use examples of well planned and designed
e-libraries on the Web to illustrate each part.

Electronic Collection Development for the Academic E-Library is a
primarily asynchronous seminar, allowing participants to work through
course material at times convenient to them throughout the week.
Participants may also choose to schedule chat time with one another or
with the instructor, as they feel necessary. Specific material and
activities are expected to be covered during each week of the course.
Threaded discussion forums will be available for use in activities and
other course-related conversations.

By the end of this course, you will:

* have developed selection criteria, plan for collection, evaluation,
organization, and maintenance of an e-library collection for the patron
group of your choice at your library.

* have begun identifying, evaluating, selecting, and collecting
appropriate free and fee-based Web-accessible resources for your

Participants will end the session with a completed collection
development plan for the e-library collection they wish to develop
* collection plan abstract or introduction
* collection strategy
* collection organization plan
* collection maintenance plan

Diane Kovacs, Kovacs Consulting
The instructor has been teaching virtual reference related concepts and
skills online and in-person for more than 14 years. She is the author of
The Virtual Reference Handbook: Interview and Information Delivery
Techniques for the Chat and E-Mail Environments Neal-Schuman Publishers
(2007) published concurrently in the United Kingdom by Facet Publishers
(2007) and The Kovacs Guide to Electronic Library Collection
Development: Essential Core Subject Collections, Selection Criteria,
and Guidelines (Neal-Schuman, January 2004). Additional Biographical
Information is available at

Registration for this seminar is now open. For additional information
and a link to the online registration form, visit:

ACRL and ALA members will receive a registration discount. The seminar
is limited to 60 participants, so register early. Payment may be made by
credit card or purchase order (PO) only.
ACRL member: $135
ALA member: $175
CACUL member: Can$195 (charges will be made in U.S. dollars)
Nonmember: $195
Student: $60


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