ALCTS Midwinter Symposium: Libraries and Online Learning
8:00 am to 4:45 pm, US/Pacific
Coming Soon to Midwinter in Seattle - 2013 ALCTS Midwinter Symposium!
Friday, January 25, 2013, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Washington State Convention Center – The Conference Center (WSCC-TCC)
*Libraries and Online Learning: A Powerful Partnership *
Libraries and learners have long been engaged in a successful partnership.
Never has this partnership been more important or wide-ranging than in
today's online environment.
From local public libraries to national and
transnational digital public libraries, from primary schools to research
universities, libraries increasingly provide for learners' virtual
educational experiences. In this symposium attendees will learn to foster
the strategic relationships possible between libraries and online learners.
*Speaker:* Mike Eisenberg, Dean Emeritus & Professor, University of
Washington, Information School
*Title:* Online Learning and Libraries
*Abstract:* Based on research and over 15 years’ experience in online
teaching, learning, and program planning, Mike will offer an overview of
online learning approaches (synchronous, asynchronous, video, online,
virtual), instructional strategies and tactics in online environments, and
the roles, challenges, and opportunities for libraries and librarians.
*Speaker:* Karl Nelson, Director of the Digital Learning Department, Office
of Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of Washington
*Title:* Online learning in K-12 education
*Abstract:* Nelson will look at the role libraries and librarians play in
K-12 online learning and will provide an overview of an online learning
activity in K-12.
*Speaker:* Meredith Farkas, Head of Instructional Services, Portland State
*Title:* Embedding the Library into the Online Learning Experience in
*Abstract:* In spite of libraries' significant online collections and
services, online students can often feel quite distant from the library.
With online courseware essentially acting as an online student's campus,
libraries need to develop a strong presence in online courseware as well as
in the online courses themselves. Farkas will explore ways to embed library
services, collections and instruction into students' learning experiences
and points-of-need online. Potentials and pitfalls as well as the
sustainability of different approaches will be discussed.
*Speaker:* Félix Reyes, Public Instruction Specialist, King County Library
*Title:* Services Strategy for Multifaceted Public Instruction
*Abstract:* The King County Library System Services Strategy is an
opportunity for integrated learning in public libraries. Through
multifaceted public instruction, KCLS provides an engaging and encouraging
learning ecosystem for patrons to explore and learn; in-library, off-site
Hands on activity: Online learning program development (Felix Reyes)
*Speaker:* Jonathan Grudin, Principal Researcher, Natural Interaction
Group, Microsoft Research
*Title:* “I’m not sure where we’re going, but push the accelerator pedal to
*Abstract:* He will discuss shifts in the skills required of students and
workers in heavily digital environments and implications for those in
support roles. He also has thoughts about opportunities as well as
challenges for archiving potentially useful information based on
observations from efforts to explore computer science history.
*Dr. Mike Eisenberg* is the founding dean of the Information School at the
University of Washington, serving from 1998 to 2006. Known as an innovator
and entrepreneur, Mike approached the iSchool as a startup—transforming the
school into a broad-based information school with academic programs on all
levels (bachelors through doctorate), increasing enrollment 400%,
generating millions in funded research, and making a difference in
industry, the public sector, and education on all levels.
Mike’s current work focuses on information & technology literacy, virtual
worlds, and library information and technology programs, K-20. Mike is
co-author of the “Big6 approach to information problem-solving” – the most
widely used information literacy program in the world. Mike is a prolific
author (9 books and dozens of articles and papers) and has worked with
thousands of students—pre-K through higher education—as well as people in
business, government, and communities to improve individual and
organizational information and technology access and use. Mike particularly
enjoys working with undergraduate students, introducing them to the
opportunities and challenges of the information field.
*Karl Nelson* is the Director of the Digital Learning Department for the
Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Prior to
that, he was the Director of Technology and Operations for the Digital
Learning Commons, a non-profit focused on providing digital resources and
online courses to K-12 schools. Karl has a Master’s of Science in
Information Management from the University of Washington Information School.
*Meredith Farkas* is the Head of Instructional Services at Portland State
University and a lecturer at San Jose State University's School of Library
and Information Science. She previously worked in positions related to
supporting online learners and instructional innovation at Norwich
University in Vermont. Meredith is the author of the book Social Software
in Libraries: Building Collaboration, Communication and Community Online
(Information Today, 2007) and writes the monthly column "Technology in
Practice" for American Libraries. She was honored in 2008 and 2011 with the
WISE Excellence in Online Education Award and in 2009 with the LITA/Library
Hi Tech award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information
Technology. Her research interests include change leadership and
management, assessment of student learning, and the impact of social
technologies on scholarship and pedagogy.
*Félix Reyes* is the Public Instruction Specialist in the Virtual Library
Services department at the King County Library System in Washington State.
He has worked for KCLS since 2007; previously as Library Technical
Assistant and then Public Computer Instructor. Prior to KCLS he worked in
bilingual-bicultural education, and Spanish-English interpretation,
translation and localization. Currently, he is obtaining a certificate in
technical writing to apply to instructional design and pursues his interest
in music and writing.
*Jonathan Grudin* is a principal researcher at Microsoft and an affiliate
professor at the University of Washington Information School. Prior to
joining Microsoft’s Collaboration and Educational Technology group in 1998,
he was Professor of Information and Computer Science at the University of
California, Irvine. He worked designing and assessing streaming media
prototype systems for several years, then shifted to focus on enterprise
adoption (or lack thereof) of new communication technologies—blogs, wikis,
social networking sites, and so on. He has been active in the
Human-Computer Interaction and Computer Supported Cooperative Work fields
since their inceptions. He served six years on the National Academy of
Sciences Board on Human-Systems Integration, was Editor in Chief of ACM
Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, and co-chaired iConference
2011. Recent publications include a chapter in the final volume of the
Annual Review of Information Science and Technology and a forthcoming
article in The Information Society.
Registration is through the ALA Midwinter registration
form<http://www.alamidwinter.org/register-now>and is $219 for ALCTS
members, $269 for ALA members, and just $99 for
students and retired members.
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