ALCTS Webinar Series: Libraries and MOOCs — Free to library school students and library school groups!


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.

February 26, 2014. Dorothy Pawloski will discuss opportunities for public libraries to promote lifelong learning by becoming meet-up destinations for MOOCs.

March 26, 2014. Curtis L. Kendrick and Irene Gashurov will look at how librarians can shape the conversation about changes created by MOOCs.

May 21, 2014. Rebecca Griffith will look at new research on opportunities and challenges associated with using third-party MOOCs in campus-based services.

June 4, 2014. Sarah Bardac will look at the roles, opportunities, and pitfalls of MOOCs.

These webinars, presented in fall 2013, are available online.

  • September 25, 2013. Mike Eisenberg 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 outlined 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 offered 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 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.


Dorothy Pawlowski is Adult Services Librarian at the Ridgefield (Connecticut) Library

Curtis L. Kendrick is University Dean for Libraries and Information Resources, and Irene Gashurov is communications writer for the Office of Library Services, City University of New York (CUNY).

Rebecca Griffith leads the program in Online Learning for Ithaka S+R.

Sarah Bordac is the Head of Instructional Design at Brown University

Dates & Times

Sessions will be held on Wednesdays:

  • February 26, 2014
  • March 26, 2014
  • May 21, 2014
  • June 4, 2014

sessions are intended to last 1 hour, starting:

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




Fee ($USD)
Participant Each Series of 4
ALCTS Member (individual) 43 138
Nonmember (individual) 59 189
International (individual) 43 138
Groups. Applies to group of people that will watch the webinar together from one access point.
Member group 99 317
Nonmember group 129 413

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

Technical Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

If you receive a Codec error when playing the recorded file with Windows Media Player, download the gotowebinar codec file from: The Codec acts as a patch that allows the recording, which is created with a higher version of Media Player, to play in version 7. For more information on playing the recording, see the FAQ.

How to Register

To register, complete the online registration form or or register by mail for the session you would like to attend.


For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email

For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or


*Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee*


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