DLS Instruction Committee Free Spring Webinar

Join the DLS Instruction Committee for our FREE Spring Webinar:

Collaborative Instructional Design: Leveraging Resources to Build Online Learning Experiences

Student interest and participation in online courses and learning experiences are growing, but library budgets and resources are typically not. Collaborative instructional design is one way to leverage existing staff and technology to create library learning experiences for patrons in online spaces.

Joelle Pitts, Instructional Design Librarian for Kansas State University, will discuss the case for collaborative design and guidelines for successful implementation based on her work leading an inter-institutional library instruction consortium. Particular focus will be given to the design and development phases, including the use of the rapid prototyping model, and the logistics of team testing and assessment. Critical questions, transferrable tips, and common challenges will be shared.

Date:  May 19th

Time: 9am PDT, 10 am MDT, 11am CDT, 12pm EDT

Register here: https://acrl.webex.com/acrl/onstage/g.php?MTID=e981fd988ffb4e37740ac1e0938aaaed0

This webinar will recorded and shared. Questions? Email Natalie Bennett Natalie-Bennett@utc.edu or Anjali Bhasin Bhasin2@wisc.edu, DLS Instruction Committee co-chairs

Click here to learn more about Joelle Pitts.

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Deadline Approaching!

The deadline for submitting Paper Presentation proposals for the next Distance Library Services Conference is April 23!

What is a Paper Presentation? The Paper Presentation format requires that you write a paper and then present at the conference. Your paper will be published in both the conference proceedings and later in special issues of the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning. Your presentation is an opportunity to share issues, findings or conclusions related to your paper.

The average attendance for the past three conferences was 273, so in addition to your paper being published in the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, you will benefit by presenting at a smaller, focused conference with ample networking opportunities.

Proposals should fall into one of three general tracks:​

  • Teaching & Learning (e.g. technologies, strategies, instructional design, assessment, best practices, successes/failures)
  • Marketing & Outreach (e.g. advocacy, assessment, collaboration, strategies)
  • User Experience (e.g. assessment, best practices, initiatives, student success)

If you want to share your research, projects, or ideas with others providing library services online or at a distance, this conference is the place to do it! Submit your Paper Presentation proposal soon!

To submit a proposal, please visit http://libguides.cmich.edu/dls2018/call_for_proposals

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Round Table Discussion April 18th

Topic: Assessing Asynchronous Engagement

April 18th at 3:00 pm EST

The ACRL Distance Learning Section Discussion Group invites you to join us for the next DLS Round Table Discussion!

A large portion of distance librarianship depends on teaching, supporting, and collaborating with students asynchronously. Motivation, engagement, and participation in asynchronous courses was the focus of our first round table discussion. Now we would like to expand upon our strategies for assessing these interactions – both assessing student learning outcomes as well as keeping track of our interactions..

We encourage new and experienced librarians to take part in this discussion. These discussions are about learning and sharing. You will be a valuable addition whether you are just getting started or you have all the answers.

Register to participate in this interactive session now! Participation is limited to the first 90 registrants!!


Please send any questions to the DLS Discussion Group Co-Chairs, Kristin Heathcock (kheathcock@hccfl.edu) and Lindsey Wharton (lwharton@fsu.edu).

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Feedback Requested!

The DLS Strategic Planning Committee updated the DLS Section Manual and the draft is available for feedback, comments, etc. The areas in the manual that were updated include:

  • charges to reflect the new committee structure
  • membership data
  • past leadership information
  • names of committees throughout the document where necessary

Please review and make comments by COB  April 7, 2017.

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RoundTable Conversation: Tools for Online Learning

Join the Distance Learning Section Instruction Committee in our RoundTable Conversation
Theme: Tools for Online Learning

Participate in an online RoundTable Conversation with your professional colleagues. Attendees will be placed in a breakout room so all can engage in an active conversations. This month’s theme encourages conversation about tutorial creation software, web conferencing, best practices, pedagogy with online tools, social media and accessibility.

Microphones strongly encouraged.

Date: March 1st, 2017

Time: 2:00pm EST, 1:00pm CST, 11:00am PST

Event Registration Page (FREE):  http://ala.adobeconnect.com/e8jed30xr35/event/registration.html

Event Login Page:  http://ala.adobeconnect.com/e8jed30xr35/event/login.html

Only registered users may enter the room, space is limited so register today!


Questions? Email Natalie Bennett Natalie-Bennett@utc.edu or Anjali Bhasin Bhasin2@wisc.edu, DLS Instruction Committee co-chairs

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