ACRL DLS Membership and Communication Committees Member of the Month: April 2018

The ACRL Distance Learning Section (DLS) Membership and Communication committees are starting a “Member of the Month” initiative to highlight our diverse members. Here is our highlight on Kathleen Pickens, Coordinator of Information Services at Cincinnati State Tech & Community College.

If you are interested in being an ACRL DLS “Member of the Month/Week”, please fill out this brief nomination form.

Name: Kathleen Pickens

How long have you been a DLS member?

Since 2009

Where do you work and what do you do there?

Cincinnati State Tech & Community College. I wear a lot of hats, but my three “heaviest” responsibilities are probably: organizing the Library’s instruction program; creating/maintaining our web resources (website, all LibGuides, multimedia, etc.); and managing our collection in all subject areas.

What is unique about your institution, and how does your work as a distance services librarian support the mission?

We’re an open-enrollment, non-residential, urban community college, but also have a large number of rural students at our branch sites, a higher than average number of international students on our main campus, and a growing population of College Credit Plus students (area high school students taking our classes at their regular high school). Our students run the gamut of skill sets & experience! I strive to provide and promote our resources, services, and tools that best match their information needs, but feel the most important part of my work is projecting an approachable & enthusiastic library presence so all students feel comfortable asking us for help.

How do you bridge the distance with online learners? What’s one way you create community for your distance learners?

Faculty. Faculty. Faculty. I’m fortunate to also work with many of our online instructors & program chairs in the f2f environment & they are (metaphorically) the bridge. I don’t really think I create community for our distance learners unless I’m teaching for-credit online, although I do build individual student connections pretty easily just from caring about & supporting their success.

How do you recharge your knowledge of distance library services?

The Distance Library Services Conference is my favorite to attend! More regularly, I recharge my knowledge by actually going outside of librarianship to learn about new research & trends in learning theories, usability, UX, teaching online, etc.

What’s something fun that you’re doing now (outside of your work as a distance librarian)?

There’s something outside of work?! Um, I love my dogs!

What are you reading right now?

Nothing but financial reports and scholarship applications! But, in June, I’m hoping to take a break with the new Caroline Kepnes novel.

Twitter, LinkedIn, or other handles you would like us to share?

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathleenpickens

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Join ACRL-DLS at the Upcoming Distance Library Services Conference

Join us at the 18th Distance Library Services Conference, April 11-13, 2018, at The Hyatt Regency San Antonio.

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Top 5 Articles on Teaching and Learning, January – March 2018

Compiled and annotated by Hui-Fen Chang and Beth Tumbleson.

Abrizah, A., I., Samaila, & Afiqah-Izzati, N. (2016). Systematic literature review informing LIS professionals on embedding librarianship roles. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 42(6), 636–643. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2016.08.010

The authors presented a systematic literature review of LIS literature on the roles of embedded librarianship.  Fifty-six articles were selected for review.  A significant proportion of the literature reported embedded librarians’ experiences in distance and online learning, including offering access to electronic resources and virtual reference services, conducting online information literacy instruction, monitoring a discussion board, among other services. Embedded librarians also played an important role in information literacy instruction, in particular, the librarians’ partnership with academic departments to design writing assignments.  Several papers reported academic librarians serving as collaborators with the academic faculty on research projects.

Takeaways:

This paper offers an excellent reference list of selected articles on embedded librarianship. The various roles reported in this paper offer valuable insights to inform practicing academic librarians who are considering embedding practices. This paper also serves as an example of using a systemic literature review as a method in analyzing LIS literature, and thus is recommended to those who are interested in using the same method to conduct a literature review.

 

Becnel, Kim, M., Robin A., & Pope, Jon C. (2016). Powerful Partnerships: The worth of embedding masters level library science students in undergraduate classes. Journal of Education for Library & Information Science57(1), 31-42. doi:10.12783/issn.2328-2967/57/1/3

All three authors teach at Appalachian State University, NC and were involved in a teaching and learning LMS embedded librarianship project. Online library science graduate students, preparing to be school media specialists or public librarians, embedded in undergraduate composition classes in Moodle for six weeks.  During that time, they provided reference and information literacy instruction to five students each.  Composition undergraduates needed six to eight sources for an essay assignment, while the LIS students needed to build 2 bibliographic instruction tools and provide reference services.  The LIS students gained real-world experience while the control group of graduate students relied on role play.

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ACRL DLS Membership and Communication Committees Member of the Month: March 2018

The ACRL Distance Learning Section (DLS) Membership and Communication committees are starting a “Member of the Month” initiative to highlight our diverse members. Here is our highlight on Sarah J. Hammill, Business and Online Learning Librarian at Florida International University.

If you are interested in being an ACRL DLS “Member of the Month/Week”, please fill out this brief nomination form.

Name: Sarah J. Hammill

How long have you been a DLS member?

14 years

Where do you work and what do you do there?

Florida International University. As the Business & Online Learning Librarian, I support students at a distance and faculty who teach online.

What is unique about your institution, and how does your work as a distance services librarian support the mission?

One goal in the strategic plan of FIU is to have 60% of its classes offered as hybrid or fully online in the next 5 years. As the online learning librarian, my role is to support the students and faculty in an online environment so I keep busy!

How do you bridge the distance with online learners? What’s one way you create community for your distance learners?

I try to bridge the distance with online learners but being approachable. In my information literacy online instruction sessions, I use interaction and humor as a way to keep the students interested and engaged.

When I do online instruction sessions, I begin each session by asking the students to share a resource they have found on their topic and then ask them where they found the information. From there, we begin discussing the pros and cons of the source of information. This leads to explaining other options for finding information and how to effectively develop a search.

Additionally, I use humor as a way to connect and create community. I am constantly recruiting students to become librarians by telling them it is the best job in the world. At the end of every online instruction session, I conduct a poll and ask, “Who wants to be a librarian?” I volunteer to be their mentor but if they decide librarianship is not for them, they can always reach out to me with questions about the library.

How do you recharge your knowledge of distance library services?

Follow DLS.

What’s something fun that you’re doing now (outside of your work as a distance librarian)?

Yoga

What are you reading right now?

A Stone of Hope by Jim St. Germain

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ACRL DLS Membership and Communication Committees Member of the Month/Week: February 2018

The ACRL Distance Learning Section (DLS) Membership and Communication committees are starting a “Member of the Month/Week” initiative to highlight our diverse members. Here is our first highlight on Carrie Girton, Public Services Librarian at Miami University.

If you are interested in being an ACRL DLS “Member of the Month/Week”, please fill out this brief nomination form.

Name: Carrie Girton

How long have you been a DLS member?

Since 2009

Where do you work and what do you do there?

Miami University Hamilton. I’m the Public Services Librarian, which means I do a little bit of everything–instruction, reference, collection management. I’m also our campus library’s webmaster and I manage our campus library’s social media presence.

What is unique about your institution, and how does your work as a distance services librarian support the mission?

We are an open-enrollment campus with no on-campus housing, so we try to connect with distance students and help them feel comfortable with asking for help when needed. Also creating research guides, tutorials, and online learning objects are key for us in supporting student success and retention.

How do you bridge the distance with online learners? What’s one way you create community for your distance learners?

There are a couple of things that I try to consistently do to bridge the distance and build connections with distance students: include an introduction video in embedded research guides, and include screenshots and/or short screencasts when answering reference questions online. Introduction videos help students put a face with a name and realize that there is an actual person who is willing to help and cares about their success. Including screenshots and screencasts when answering reference questions online replicates the process they would see if we were working together in person, and takes out some of the guesswork and hunting for specific links and buttons for them. Hopefully, it also makes the research process a little less stressful and easier for them to manage.

What’s something fun that you’re doing now (outside of your work as a distance librarian)?

Once a week I volunteer at the local Boys and Girls Club and tutor K-5th graders there on developing literacy skills such as learning sight words, reading, and reading comprehension. Such a joy to see their excitement when they read!

What are you reading right now?

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

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