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Insider Article [February 2013] [02/05/13] (Interest Group Spotlight)
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Interest Group Spotlight

Academic Interest Group

The Academic Interest Group (AIG) is excited to begin a productive new year with new leadership. Working with our former chair, Sandy Vella, we were able to survey our members at the end of last year and we presented the results at the annual AIG meeting which was held at conference. The findings are now guiding our programs and event planning for the group and the wider library community.

At conference, several members offered to assist with the programs and goals presented by the new chair, Jade Winn: Andrew Carlos from California State University East Bay will be the editor of the newly-established AIG Newsletter; Stephanie Roach from John F. Kennedy University will work with Andrew on an AIG social event in Northern California; and Jade Winn is working on a social event in Southern California. Alida Field is our Facebook and social media coordinator and Beth Wrenn-Estes from San José State University is the new program chair.

The AIG will present two webinars in the spring and we hope all CLA members will consider participating. Look out for the following events:

Show and Tell: Using Screen-Casting Software in Reference Emails will provide you with information and hands-on opportunities to get started with two free screen-casting softwares, Jing and Screencast-O-Matic. The facilitator will talk about how she uses videos in emails and other reference conversations, and will discuss best practices. The features and details of each screen-casting software will be shared and discussed. Participants will then have an opportunity to download and try out the software and make their own videos. Participants will be asked to share their videos and their experience with the software so that we can learn from one another.

Extending Your Reach: Instructional Design for Online Learning Environments.  A panel of academic librarians from different backgrounds will discuss how to extend your influence by becoming embedded in campus online learning environments. Examples of best practices, instructional design tips and other takeaways will be provided to participants throughout the session and panelists will discuss the following topics in detail: best practices for building student engagement while supporting learning through intentional and reflective online course design; creating online video tutorials; harnessing the opportunity of integrating instructional objects into campus learning repositories; and building online professional learning communities.

Registration details will be sent out soon with special registration rates for CLA members.

The AIG would like to extend an open invitation for you to become involved in our group! Join us on Facebook or send us an e-mail with suggestions and comments (jadewinn@usc.edu). We look forward to hearing from you.

Jade Winn, Chair
Academic Interest Group