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AI webinar

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The February 2024 webinar hosted by the Special Libraries Association Academic and Education Community and ACRL's EBSS Education Committee featured. Rumi founder Mo Zadeh who discussed AI in educational settings. Mo Zadeh is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Information, formerly known as the School of Library Studies, and the University of Toronto. He has previous experience working as a Product Lead at Google and Amazon, where he led development of workspace products and collaborated with educational institutions. In this presentation Mo gave an overview of current techniques for integrating AI into educational ...
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Digital reading webinar

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The January webinar hosted by the Special Library Association Education Division and ACRL's EBSS Education Committee featured. UC Berkeley's Dr. Jenae Cohn who discussed digital reading. She will repeat her session on June 14 at 12:30pm Eastern time. Her resources are available here: Slides Handout Dr. Jenae Cohn writes and speaks about online teaching and learning for international audiences. She currently works as the Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at University of California, Berkeley, and has held prior roles at California State University, Sacramento, Stanford University, and University of California, ...
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The December 8th webinar hosted by the Special Libraries Association Academic & Education Community and ACRL's EBSS Education Committee featuree Liz Chenevey, who shares her expertise on mental health issues and instructional librarians' roles. Liz Chenevey is a Health and Behavioral Studies Librarian and Associate Professor at James Madison University. She is the liaison to Psychology, Social Work, and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Her research interests include care and affect in the information literacy classroom, critical pedagogies, and DIY culture. Session description: Mental health on college campuses continues to be a major ...
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On November 10, the SLA A&E /ACRL webinar featured Chapman University Librarian Essraa Nawar, who discussed her efforts in partnership with her colleagues and other professionals in optimizing diversity and its positive impact. In her role, which has continuously grown in scope during her tenure at Chapman, Essraa Nawar has re-imagined diversity at the Leatherby Libraries, creating and implementing the first ever Library Diversity Statement and Plan, leading the library to receive the first-ever Diversity Award. A leader on women's empowerment, Essraa was invited by the Egyptian Government to participate in a women’s conference and was honored as one ...
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SEL webinar

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On October 13, Dr Sherri Restauri provided valuable information and resources about social-emotional learning and librarians' roles in supporting it. Her slides are available at https://1drv.ms/p/s!AgkIAofm6WlnpRlYuaj1TzOkgpN8?e=P1JkqF
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The September 8 webinar hosted by the Special Library Association Academic & Education Community and ACRL's EBSS Education Committee will occur at 1:30pm EST featured feature Kelly Giles and Brian Sullivan (James Mason University) who shared their experience with library escape rooms. Kelly Giles is the Applied Sciences Librarian at James Madison University. She is interested in game-based learning, especially the use of games as library orientation activities. Brian Sullivan is the Education Librarian at James Madison University. His research interests include library policy, faculty governance, and video games in education. The presenters ...
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The August webinar hosted by the Special Library Association Academic & Education Community and ACRL's EBSS Education Committee featured NECDD's Ann Marie Willer, who shared her emergency preparedness and response expertise. Ann Marie Willer is the Director of Preservation Services at NEDCC, the Northeast Document Conservation Center. She previously worked as a Preservation Librarian for two R1 research universities and has expertise in preservation program management, digitization workflows and best practices, and the preservation of paper-based and audiovisual materials. She spoke about NEDCC’s services and achievements related to emergency preparedness ...
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The July 14 th SLA/ACRL free webinar (at 1:30pm EST) focused on Christopher Clarke , who shared his study on academic institutional repositories. Christopher Clarke currently serves as assistant professor and internship coordinator in the Department of Library Science at Southern Connecticut State University. He has over a decade of experience working in academic libraries in variety of different roles. This summer he moved to a new position at the Bridwell Library at Southern Methodist University. Presentation description In this webinar, Christopher Clarke shared some of the insights gained from a study conducted in collaboration ...
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ACRL announces that results from the 2022 Academic Library Trends and Statistics survey are now available. This is the largest survey of academic libraries in the country, providing one of the most comprehensive portraits of the impact of academic libraries across the United States. The 2022 survey includes data about academic libraries of all types (community college, college, and university libraries) in five major categories: staffing, expenditures, collections, library services, and the 2022 trends questions of post-Covid library services and workplace trends. The 2022 survey data is available through Benchmark: Library Metrics and Trends , an ...
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Primary Research Group Inc. has published the Survey of Academic Library Leadership, Development & Use of Chatboxes , ISBN 979-8-88517-167-0 The dawn of artificial intelligence has opened up new possibilities for chatboxes. This study looks closely at how academic libraries deploy chatboxes, and how the availability of ChatGPT, Bard, AI-enabled Bing and other programs is influencing their chatbox plans and proclivities. The study gives detailed data on use of programs used for chatboxes, such as LibAnswers and LibPress. It also looks at the use of artificial intelligence programs and at applications commonly used in industry, ...
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The June 9 webinar hosted by the Special Library Association Academic & Education Community and ACRL's EBSS Education Committee featured Library Dean Julie Garrison, who led a conversation on book challenges and censorship. Book challenges and censorship are not solely K–12 school or public library issues. What happens in our local schools, libraries, and communities has implications for our colleges and universities, along with the wellbeing and intellectual curiosity of our future students. During this conversational webinar, Julie Garrison gave an overview of the current landscape and shared suggestions for how to support intellectual freedom ...
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UNESCO has published a new book: Media and information literate citizens: think critically, click wisely! This publication offers media and information literacy curriculum for educators and learners. It is available online in English, Albanian, Arabic, French, Russian and Spanish at https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000377068
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AI Webinar

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The April 14 webinar hosted by the Special Library Association Academic & Education Community, ACRL's EBSS Education Committee and CSLA featured Hall Davidson, Global Learning Senior Director for Discovery Education. He shared his insights about the educational role of AI in libraries. The presentation resources are available at http://tinyurl.com/LibrarianAIresources
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A free Zoom webinar on March 10 at 10:30am PST featured Christine Sabina of Windsor Public Library and Shuzhen Zhao, Rong Luo and Karen Pillon of the University of Windsor. They discussed their English conversation group: a library-led virtual program for international students. Their sessions have been successful in continuing to support international students and have allowed for students to engage with the university, the library, and each other despite being physically separated. The authors detailed the process, challenges, and outcomes of hosting this group. Their presentation was recorded at https://zoom.us/rec/share/kiNwoS6BhtktwE4JhK5Gs1wdVVTEWRwwIu7a3JFZ0uucYxkEHM5kftFlQsgDsAey.eaXinM_qB2-NGlYt ...
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ACRL announces the publication of Undergraduate Research & the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices, Volume 2 , edited by Merinda Kaye Hensley, Hailley Fargo, and Stephanie Davis-Kahl. This all-new volume contains lesson plans, activities, and strategies for connecting with students, faculty, and undergraduate research coordinators in support of undergraduate engagement and success. Undergraduate research is a specific pedagogical practice with an impact on teaching and learning, and the definition of what counts as research continues to expand to include different types of projects, mentors, and institutions. Diversity, equity, ...
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IFLA Trends Report

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IFLA issued an update to its 2022 Trend Report, stating, “Since the original version almost ten years ago, the IFLA Trend Report has become a platform for sharing key ideas and insights from exciting thinkers inside and outside of our field. Across this all, the key theme has been that of looking to the future, identifying emerging issues and how we can respond.” The update “looks to provide a response to the emerging issues identified in the last report by suggesting how it is that the global library field—and IFLA as the body bringing it together globally—can act. … It has been co-drafted, on the basis of the ideas that twelve people from five world regions ...
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The February 2023 webinar hosted by the Special Library Association Academic & Education Community and ACRL's EBSS Education Committee featured Renée Gokey shared her expertise on culturally-responsive ways to explore Native American literature. Renée Gokey is an enrolled citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and holds a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of New Mexico and Master’s degree in Education from George Mason University. She began her career at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in 2000, where she stewards American Indian collections from the Western ...
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ACRL announces the publication of Teaching Critical Reading Skills: Strategies for Academic Librarians , edited by Hannah Gascho Rempel and Rachel Hamelers. This two-volume set — Reading in the Disciplines and for Specific Populations and Reading for Evaluation, Beyond Scholarly Texts, and in the World — provides ready-made activities you can add or adapt to your teaching practice. This collection explores the experiences, approaches, and roles of librarians who teach reading: using pedagogical theories and techniques in new and interesting ways, making implicit reading knowledge, skills, and techniques explicit to students, presenting ...
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Ed Trends Webinar

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The January 2023 free webinar hosted by the Special Library Association Academic & Education Community and ACRL's EBSS Education Committee featured Matt Leger, a Research Manager on IDC’s Government Insights team responsible for the Worldwide Education Digital Strategies research practice. Mr. Leger’s research focuses on key education IT and digital transformation trends, as well as emerging solutions impacting how primary, secondary and higher education and related services are delivered. Mr. Leger discussed his top 10 global tech trends to watch in education for 2023. The presentation was split into three sections: The first section covered ...
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please disseminate the following widely: December's webinar hosted by the Special Library Association Academic & Education Community and ACRL's EBSS Education Committee featured Rachel Combs, who shared ways that academic librarians can support students with ASD. Here’s the link to the slides: R.Combs: SLA/ACRL Webinar The recording is available at https://zoom.us/rec/share/HScRutmdtngnq7FAeXKrVuZOkJM1wNGYiHLC7I1bUJYs5lUJ3jpiuXK5F3ATW0R1.vEvReKg8CwALCyyP Passcode: b@=BJF4Q Rachel G. Combs , MSLS, is Disability Accommodations Consultant at the University of Kentucky Disability Resource Center and part-time Instructor ...
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