Wednesday, August 7, 2013

ALCTS Webinar Series: Libraries and MOOCs

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are sweeping the country and libraries and librarians are watching this development carefully. This series of four webinars will help librarians gain an understanding of the complexity of the MOOC “movement,” learn how to support students and faculty engaged with MOOCs, become familiar with the copyright and intellectual property requirements in relation to MOOCs, and hear what the future may hold for MOOCs.

September 25, 2013, Mike Eisenberg will set the stage by examining the origins of online learning and explaining why MOOCs continue to thoroughly capture the imagination of students, educators, and administrators.

October 9, 2013, Steven Bell will outline his views on the role of the librarian as a “solutions provider” to the online learning community. Whether a traditional online course, or a MOOC, librarians should be recognized as full partners throughout the development process. Steven will discuss how librarians can get into the conversation.

November 6, 2013, Kevin L. Smith will offer insights into the library’s role educating users with regard to their rights and responsibilities vis à vis copyright in settings beyond the traditional classroom model.

December 11, 2013, Jonathan Grudin will let us know whether he is optimistic or pessimistic about the future of MOOCs.

Who Should Attend?

Librarians, library administrators, and library educators interested in supporting and enhancing libraries’ preparation of and participation in MOOCs.


Mike Eisenberg, dean emeritus and professor, University of Washington Information School

Steven Bell, associate university librarian for Research & Instructional Services at Temple University

Kevin L. Smith, director, Copyright and Scholarly Communication at Duke University Libraries

Jonathan Grudin, principal researcher in the Natural Interaction Group at Microsoft Research

Dates & Times

Sessions will be held on Wednesdays

  • September 25, 2013
  • October 9, 2013
  • November 6, 2013
  • December 11, 2013

Sessions are intended to last 1 hour, starting:

11 am Pacific | 12 Mountain | 1 pm Central | 2 pm Eastern



All webinars are recorded and the one-time fee includes unlimited access to the webinar recording. All registered attendees will receive the link to the recorded session so if you are unable to attend the webinar at the time it is presented, you will have the opportunity to listen to the recording at your convenience

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