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*NISO August 12 Webinar: **MOOCs and Libraries: A Brewing Collaboration*

*Date:* August 12, 2015

*Time:* 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern time

*Event webpage:*


The development and rising popularity of the massive open online course
(MOOC) presents a new opportunity for libraries to be involved in
the education of patrons, to highlight the resources libraries provide and
to further demonstrate the value of the library to administrators. There
are, of course, a host of logistics to be considered when deciding to
organize or support a MOOC. Diminished library budgets and staffing levels
challenge libraries both monetarily and administratively. Marketing the
course, mounting it on a site, securing copyright permissions and
negotiating licensing for course materials, managing the course while in
progress and troubleshooting technical problems add to the issues that have
caused some libraries to hesitate in joining the MOOC movement. On the
other hand, partnerships such as that between Georgetown University and edX
<>, itself an initiative
of Harvard and MIT, allow a pooling of resources thereby easing the burden
on any one library. In some cases price breaks
certain course materials used in MOOCs can help draw students to the
course, though the pricing must still be negotiated by the course
organizer. A successful MOOC, such as the RootsMOOC
created by the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University and the
State Library of North Carolina, can bring awareness of library resources
to a broad audience.

In the end, libraries must ask whether the advantages of participating in a
MOOC outweigh the challenges. The speakers for this webinar will
consider these issues surrounding MOOCs and libraries and try to answer the
question of whether the impact of libraries on MOOCs has been realized or
is still brewing.

Confirmed topics and speakers are:

   - *MOOCS: Assessing the Landscape and Trends of Open Online
Learning *– *Heather
   Ruland Staines, Director Publisher and Content Strategy, ProQuest SIPX*
   - *The RootsMOOC Project or, That Time we threw a Genealogy Party and
   4,000 People showed up* – *Kyle Denlinger, eLearning Librarian, Wake
   Forest University Z. Smith Reynolds Library and Rebecca Hyman, Reference
   and Outreach Librarian, Government and Heritage Library, State Library of
   North Carolina*


Registration is per site (access for one computer) and closes at 12:00 pm
Eastern on August 12, 2015 (the day of the webinar). Discounts are
available for NISO and NASIG members and students. NISO Library Standards
Alliance (LSA) members receive one free connection as part of membership
and do not need to register. (The LSA member webinar contact will
automatically receive the login information. Members are listed here: If you would
like to become an LSA member and receive the entire year’s webinars as part
of membership, information on joining is listed here: All webinar registrants and LSA
webinar contacts receive access to the recorded version for one year.

Visit the event webpage to register and for more information:

Be sure to check out NISO’s discounted subscription packages for webinars ( and virtual conferences ( for 2015.

*New in 2015: NISO Training Thursdays*. Three technical webinar training
sessions directly related to the previous weeks’ virtual conference.
Registrants to the related virtual conference receive a free login to the
Training Thursday. You can also register separately for just the training
session. More information is available at:

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Juliana Wood, Educational Programs Manager
National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
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