Committees

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Executive Committeeminutes

Awards CommitteeminutesPrevious RecipientsAward Info
Charge: To solicit, collect and review applications for the Routledge Distance Learning Librarian Conference Sponsorship Award and to identify and recommend the most qualified individual for the annual award in accordance with the Distance Learning Section Awards Committee’s criteria to the DLS Executive Committee.

Bibliography Committeeminutes
Charge: To maintain, enhance and publicize research in distance learning librarianship by publishing Library Services for Distance Learning: the Fourth Bibliography. The committee will work with the editor to identify and solicit bibliographic citations in the area of distance learning librarianship. The Committee will establish and maintain procedures for updating and enhancing the bibliography and will work with other appropriate committees within DLS to accomplish this work.

Communications Committeeminutes
Charge: To facilitate the sharing of ideas, best practices and news from ACRL/ALA units and relevant outside agencies to DLS members; assess the many communication options available and maintain a formal communication plan to disseminate information among DLS members.

Conference Program 2016 Planning Committeeminutes
Charge: To plan and organize a program to be presented at the ALA Annual Conference. This program will discuss a topic that reflects the interests and values of both ACRL and DLS.

Conference Program 2017 Planning Committeeminutes
Charge: To plan and organize a program to be presented at the ALA Annual Conference. This program will discuss a topic that reflects the interests and values of both ACRL and DLS.

Discussion Group Committeeminutes
Charge: Selects topic(s) for and leads the discussion group at annual and midwinter conferences. Goals are to inform attendees and promote sharing of expertise and ideas.

Instruction Committeeminutes
Charge: To create professional development opportunities for DLS Section members and librarians from other Sections who have an interest in library instruction and instructional technology in distance learning environments; to host professional development events via Webinars, online panels, and other virtual platforms as appropriate; to facilitate meaningful conversations among librarians associated with the distance learning community, on topics such as best practices for teaching and learning in online and blended learning environments, and developing models for collaborating with faculty to integrate library instruction into online and blended courses; to coordinate the Section’s library instruction-related activities with ALA/ACRL; to collaborate with the Instruction Section, LIRT, and other appropriate ALA/ACRL units in activities related to instruction in a distance learning environment.

Membership & Events Committeeminutes
Charge: To promote membership and encourage active participation in this section; to welcome and orient new members; to provide social activities; and to serve as a link between this section and ALA/ACRL membership services.

Nominating 2016 Committee
Charge: To develop a pool of candidates who are active members of DLS eligible to serve as officers of the Distance Learning section. The committee will arrange for and conduct a voting process to determine who will serve as officers from this list of candidates.

Nominating 2017 Committee
Charge: To develop a pool of candidates who are active members of DLS eligible to serve as officers of the Distance Learning section. The committee will arrange for and conduct a voting process to determine who will serve as officers from this list of candidates.

Outreach Committee – minutes
The outreach committee is in transition and has been disbanded for the year.

Research Committeeminutes
Charge: To promote and facilitate research and publication in the area of distance learning library services by identifying areas where research is needed; facilitate communication about research activities; encourage research activities through participation in library and distance education forums; and explore cooperative arrangements and projects within ALA and its divisions.

Standards Committeeminutes
Charge: To review and revise the ACRL Standards for Distance Learning Library Services to incorporate current technologies and practices; to serve as a resource regarding the use of the Standards and to work with appropriate committees and agencies to promulgate the Standards.

Strategic Planning Committeeminutes
Charge: To develop, review, and make recommendations to the Executive Committee regarding the Section’s future direction, goals, objectives, policies, and priorities; to evaluate the progress of the Section and its units, and ensure consistency of policies with those of ACRL; to suggest to the Executive Committee strategies for facilitation communication within DLS and between DLS and ACRL; to serve as a “think tank” for the Section by suggesting areas for development for further consideration of the DLS Committees and interest groups; to prepare and maintain a policies and procedures manual for the Section.

Web Committeeminutes
Charge: To develop and maintain the Section web site, including adding information and resources of interest to the Section membership, designing and organizing the various web pages, monitoring the site’s contents for applicability and timeliness, and planning for upgrade and updates as required. The Committee will work with other Section committees and external agencies, as appropriate, to identify relevant resources for integration into the web site.

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