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Rethinking Library Instruction: Libraries as Social Learning Centers eCourse
Paul Signorelli
Item Number: 1541-8841
Publisher: ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
Price: $175.00
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Asynchronous eCourse beginning February 8, 2016 and continuing for 4 weeks
An ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourse facilitated by Paul Signorelli

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Estimated Hours of Learning: 12
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning outcomes:
  • Use instruction to help promote more effective use of library collections, physical or online
  • Use instruction to promote more effective use of library services
  • Use informal and formal needs-assessment to identify topics for instruction and evaluation tools to measure instruction’s effectiveness
  • Design, prepare, and present an informal learning resource that responds to your library users’ current learning needs
  • Design, prepare, and present a formal learning resource that responds to your library users’ current learning needs
Too often a library’s rich resources are underutilized because library users don’t know how to use them, are afraid to ask, or simply aren’t aware. Whether in public or academic libraries, effective instructional programs developed around a library’s resources and services can boost customer satisfaction. Through this interactive eCourse, training specialist Paul Signorelli will help you and your staff increase awareness of all the library has to offer as he teaches basic instructional techniques to improve presentation skills. The eCourse will also include readings, simple assignments, an asynchronous discussion board, and optional, live, online discussions.

eCourse outline

Part 1: Introduction and Engagement—Getting Users through the Door
  • A brief overview of how library instruction has developed for more than 100 years
  • A brief review of how library instructions is evolving to meet users’ changing needs
  • Identifying what must be learned and how we can encourage effective learning (needs assessment)
Part 2: Preparing for Delivery—Thinking from a User-Centric Point of View
  • A brief overview of instructional design techniques
  • Thinking about the audience and how to create learning opportunities that stick
  • The importance of preparation
Part 3: Delivering Learning for Positive Results—Providing Learning that Lasts
  • Creating learning environments that facilitate success
  • Keeping learners awake and engaged
  • Encouraging learning through facilitation of discussion and exploration
  • Setting learners up for success
Part 4: The End is The Beginning: Libraries as Onsite-Online Social Learning Centers
  • What to do when formal learning ends and learners leave the learning face-to-face or online learning space
  • Providing a place where learners can succeed
  • Evaluating for success
  • Returning to the beginning with new and improved learning opportunities

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on February 8, 2016. Your participation will require approximately three hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to
  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities
Instructor Paul Signorelli will monitor discussion boards regularly during the four-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on February 8 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

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About the Instructor

Paul Signorelli has more than 20 years of experience working for libraries and nonprofit organizations. As Director of Staff Training (six years) and Volunteer Services (14 years) for the San Francisco Public Library, he created, implemented, and managed numerous training plans. A graduate of the Infopeople Master Trainer project, he is active in the Learning Roundtable of the American Library Association and the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

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