Thursday, March 06, 2008

New Free Online Professional Development for ACRL Members!

ACRL Springboard Event
April 2, 2008
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CDT
Don't miss our first ever ACRL Springboard Event: a free 90-minute interactive webcast for ACRL members on April 2. We know that professional development is important to you, and are pleased to offer this annual program to "thank you" for your participation in ACRL.

Join us on Wednesday, April 2, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CDT, for a lively discussion about the future of higher education with Henry Jenkins, the Co-Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and the Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities. Henry will also explore the skills and fluencies students will need for the 21st century and what the library can do to prepare for the future of higher education.

Henry Jenkins has published extensively on various aspects of media and popular culture, including Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide, Fans, Bloggers and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture, and From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games. He writes regularly about media and cultural change at his blog, Henry is one of the principal investigators for The Education Arcade, a consortium of educators and business leaders working to promote the educational use of computer and video games and of the Knight Center for Future Civic Media, a joint effort with the MIT Media Lab to use new media to enhance how people live in local communities. He is one of the principle investigators for GAMBIT, a lab focused on promoting experimentation through game design, and of Project nml, a MacArthur Foundation funded project that develops curricular materials focused on promoting the social skills and cultural competencies needed to become a full participant in the new media era.

By providing this Springboard event, the ACRL Board is responding to your feedback that professional development is one of the most important services that ACRL provides and that members want additional online learning opportunities. ACRL is pleased to offer this inaugural free professional development event for ACRL members and will continue to sponsor a free Springboard event annually if there is sufficient interest.

There is no registration fee for this member event, but please RSVP online at by March 26 to confirm your space in the webcast. Log-in details will be sent to you a few days before the webcast.

Questions? Contact We look forward to seeing you online for the ACRL Springboard Event!


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