Can’t Find It, Build Your Own: The Development and Deployment of an Online Orientation and Refresh for Librarians and Staff

How do we share information and procedures related to acquisitions? We have documents, workshops, dedicated time in meetings in person or Zoom, but is there a better way to provide information and training while freeing up future time? While training can be time intensive, it is a necessity; what if we transition to self-service modules that can be used as a refresher at any time? Our Information literacy colleagues have seen success developing asynchronous learning objects that can be slotted into classes, which can free them up to focus on more complex teaching and research. An acquisitions librarian partnered with an instruction librarian who has experience in the creation of asynchronous content to develop acquisitions based training modules. We identified a platform and used existing training and documentation to scaffold a selection of topics that were aimed at two user groups, Selectors and Acquisitions Staff. The modules are highly multimodal — a mix of written descriptions, videos, activities, and games — to keep the material engaging and reinforce topics, while grouping similar concepts to allow for replayability and reinforcement. We’ll demonstrate and share how we built our modules, our preliminary assessment data, and where we plan to go next.

The event is finished.


Jun 09 2023


8:00 am - 6:00 pm




  • Cara Calabrese
    Cara Calabrese
    Acquisitions & Access Librarian, Miami University

    Cara Calabrese is the Acquisitions & Access Librarian at Miami University Libraries. She received her MLIS from Florida State University in 2015 and began her librarian career as a Resident Librarian in Technical Services. She has worked in various areas of Technical Services, but recently has focused on acquisitions and electronic resources. She currently serves as the Chair of the ALA Core Budget and Finance Committee, and Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

  • Ginny Boehme
    Science Librarian, Miami University

    Ginny Boehme is the Science Librarian for Miami University Libraries and has a strong interest in teaching and instructional design. She has previously taught a first-year research experience course on museological research and exhibit design, and is currently serving as a member of the editorial team for an upcoming special issue on Science Librarianship and Social Justice for the journal Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship.