Virtual And Valued: A Review Of The Successes (And A Few Failures) Of The Creation, Implementation, And Evaluation Of An Inaugural Virtual Conference And Monthly Webinars

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kelly McCallister, Assistant Professor & Information Literacy Librarian for Non-Traditional Populations (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Planning and implementing online professional development opportunities is challenging but attainable. This paper explains how a group of librarians from different institutions worked to plan, market, implement, and evaluate monthly webinars as well as an inaugural online conference, despite never meeting in person. The web conferences began in-state and grew to include presenters and attendees from across the nation. A review of available web-conferencing technologies will be provided, including free and open-source options. This paper includes details about the planning process, including subcommittee collaborations, social media marketing, and day-of logistics. Failures during event planning and execution—and tips to avoid them—will be discussed, as well as next steps looking forward.

Additional Information

Peuler, M. and K. C. McCallister (2018). "Virtual and Valued: A Review of the Successes (and a Few Failures) of the Creation, Implementation, and Evaluation of an Inaugural Virtual Conference and Monthly Webinars." Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning: 1-11. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2018
Webinars, professional development, library association, web conferencing, academic librarians

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