MLA Webinars: Open Access Resources & Instructional Videos on the Cheap

MLA has a rich offering of webinars this Fall! Two are coming up: Learn how to spot the sharks in open access resources and how to make cheap, fast, and good instructional videos. Scroll down for more information and a special half-priced offer.

Distinguishing the Questionable from the Trustworthy in Open Access Resources

Part I: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Part II: October 30, 2017

1:00pm–2:30pm (CT)

There exists an ever-growing community of questionable open-access journals that lack peer review, tout low submission fees, and promise fast tracking of submissions for higher rates. Webinar participants will learn how the open access publishing model has evolved, how the model lends itself to being exploited by predatory publishers, and how to use tools, resources, and formal criteria to vet open access journals.

Part 1 of the webinar focuses on open-access publishing models, with special attention paid to predatory publishing and methods of identifying questionable scholarly communications practices. Using the Committee on Publication Ethics’ Principles of Transparency, participants are guided through an example journal to learn how to apply the criteria.

Part 2 of the webinar delves deeper into distinguishing likely safe journals from likely predatory ones and explores the consequences of publishing in a predatory journal. Participants will learn how the differences among MEDLINE, PubMed, and PubMed Central relate to potential predatory journals and about resources to help facilitate scholarly publishing (e.g., Journal/Author Name Estimator [Jane]) and journal metrics (e.g., Journal Citation Reports). Presenters will offer proactive tips and solutions on how attendees can address the problem of questionable open access practices for researchers and scholars at their own institutions.

Presenters, Carolann Curry and Anna Krampl became interested in scholarly communication and predatory publishing in 2013 when the Mercer University School of Medicine’s Promotion and Tenure Committee approached the library with questionable journals listed on candidate applications. They have co-taught library sessions about open access publishing at the Mercer Medical School and MLA continuing education courses on predatory publishing at MLA ‘’16 and ’17.

Participants pay a single webinar fee that includes both parts, live or recorded, of this 3 MLA CE credit offering.

Register here for Distinguishing the Questionable from the Trustworthy in Open Access Resources.


Cheap, Fast, and Good: Instructional Videos and Open Educational Resources

November 8, 2017

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., central time

Librarians have LibGuides, online classes, social media, and many other opportunities to use multimedia in instruction. But how can you create original content if you don’t have a lot of time or money or any desire to show your face on camera? This webinar will address two ways to create instructional media. One, the webinar will present practical strategies for creating original instructional videos without a lot of time or money. Two, the webinar will discuss open educational resources (OERs), which are existing educational objects, such as curricula and videos, that are designed to be adapted by users. This webinar is for any librarian or other health information professional, novice to expert, who wants to learn to create cheap, fast, and good instructional media!

Presenter, Molly Higgins is currently a reference and digital services librarian at the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. She has made a lot of videos and taught a lot of classes. Sometimes, people give her awards or money for her instructional videos and classes. She specializes in the intersections of instructional design, technology, and issues of diversity and representation.

Register here for Cheap, Fast, and Good: Instructional Videos and Open Educational Resources.


We are pleased to offer a half-priced special for individuals on our recorded webcast, The Diversity of Data Management: Practical Approaches for Health Sciences Librarianship. Simply add the code, fall50, at checkout.​___________________________________

Registration to Open Soon:

November 15: Working Open: An Overview of Open Source Tools for Research

Nov 29: Topic: Bibliometrics in Research Evaluation

Dec 6: Topic: Tableau: Beyond an Introduction

December 21: Topic: Introduction to REDCap: Building and Managing Online Surveys and Databases

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