Rethinking Library Instruction eCourse

Rethinking Library Instruction: Libraries as Social Learning Centers eCourse

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$ 157.50
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From:  September 16, 2019
To:  October 13, 2019
Delivery Method: 
Attendance Cert.
4 weeks
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
12 Hours
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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 helps 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 also includes readings, simple assignments, an asynchronous discussion board, and optional, live, online discussions.

After taking this eCourse, you will know how to:

  • 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

How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on September 16, 2019. Your participation will require approximately three hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. 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 4-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 the first day of class 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.

Bulk Orders

This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

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

Paul Signorelli

Paul Signorelli has more than 20 years of experience working for libraries and other learning 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. He currently explores, writes about, and helps others become familiar with e-learning, social media, massive open online courses (MOOCs), mobile technology, innovative learning spaces, and community partnerships (onsite and online) to creatively foster positive change within organizations. He earned his MLIS from the University of North Texas; is active at a variety of levels in the American Library Association, New Media Consortium, and Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD); and continues to explore Flipped Learning as a learner and learning facilitator.

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