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Taking instruction to the next level: creating evaluations to assess student learning online

This program will provide participants with a brief background in assessment methods as well as examples of assessments used specifically to evaluate online learning tools such as tutorials, course guides, course management systems, etc. Participants will learn how to create effective assessments tailored to their needs, and examples of assessments used at several institutions to evaluate various online learning tools will be shared. Co-sponsored by the STS Hot Topics Discussion Group and the STS Assessment Committee.


From Seeds to Trees: Growing the Bilingual Librarians of Tomorrow from High School Diploma to MLIS

The Santa Ana Public Library has developed a proven method of mentoring and professional guidance to recruit bilingual Spanish-speaking high school students, college-age youth, and MLIS students in a combined volunteer and paid internship program that provides exposure to the profession, hands-on experience, and mentored training in library-specific tasks. The presenters are all participants of the library’s “Seeds to Trees” program at various stages of educational development: high school, community college, college, and LIS programs.

Subjects: Recruitment, Diversity, Multicultural Services


Beyond Paying Dues: Investing in Yourself as You Invest in Your Career

Join alumni of ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program as they discuss how committee service and participation in member groups has opened up new leadership pathways, built their professional network, and enriched their personal lives. With tips from these panelists you can shoot for more than just getting involved in your professional organizations, to really getting something out of your experiences. Sponsored by the Spectrum Scholar Interest Group.

Subjects: Diversity


Libraries at the Crossroads: Programming for Civic Engagement

Learn how libraries are serving as safe and neutral places to promote engagement and civic discourse. Nancy Kranich, Chair of the American Library Association’s Center for Civic Life Advisory Board presents an overview of civic engagement programs taking place in libraries today. Librarians from across the field will share specific examples of different types of successful civic engagement programming that can work for you.

Subjects: Civic Engagement, Public Programs, Outreach Services