DLS Discussion Group Fall Forum on OER

Do you find yourself reluctant to create or distribute OERs? At the same time you see the value in  finding, evaluating, adopting, or sharing OER’s at your institution?  Join the Distance Learning Section Discussion Group’s Fall Forum! We’ll start with an experienced keynote speaker, Lindsay O’Neill, who will discuss creating, sharing, and distributing OER material.

We’ll then have four breakout sessions – 15 minute moderated chat discussions – where we’ll introduce a topic and then invite YOU to ask questions, talk about what you’re doing, and brainstorm how to better serve our students, faculty, and staff. Can’t come for the whole thing? Join us for the parts that you can…or just for what interests you!

Registration link:  https://ala.adobeconnect.com/exx5qs900xkk/event/registration.html
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (60 minutes), central time

Lindsay O’Neill is a faculty member in California State University, Fullerton’s Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology program.

Lindsay also consults and trains faculty and librarians on effective pedagogy, instructional design, educational technology, elearning development, open licensing, and accessibility. She holds a Master of Education, specializing in Educational Technology/Instructional Design, as well as a Master of Library and Information Science.

Given interest, the discussion will continue on our Distance Librarians slack platform. You can sign up for the chat here: http://distancelibrarians.herokuapp.com/

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ACRL DLS Instruction Committee Fall Round Table: Inclusive Teaching Practices in Online Learning

On November 9th, the ACRL Distance Learning Section Instruction Committee hosted a  roundtable conversation, “Inclusive Teaching Practices in Online Learning.”   Attendees were placed in breakout rooms and engaged in discussion around best practices, challenges, and resources on the topic.  Below, you can watch the whole group introduction and the closing, where moderators shared a summary of the discussion in their breakout rooms.  You can read the combined notes from all the breakout rooms here.

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Call for Panelists for DLS Program on Accessibility and UDL: ALA Annual in Washington DC

Are you a librarian with experience with accessibility, creation of online learning objects, and applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL)? Then we want to hear from you! The ACRL Distance Learning Section (DLS) has teamed up with the ACRL Instruction Section (IS) and are looking for panelists with accessibility, online library materials, and UDL experience to participate in our panel at 2019 ALA Annual in Washington D.C., entitled Accessibility and Creation of Online Library Materials: Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL).


If you have questions, please email Mike Courtney (micourtn@indiana.edu) or Samantha (Sam) Harlow (slharlow@uncg.edu), DLS Conference Program Planning Committee co-chairs


If you are interested, please fill out this submission form.

Applications due Friday, December 21st at 5pm, selected panelists will be notified in early January 2019.

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ACRL DLS Membership and Event Committee Member of the Month: November 2018

The ACRL Distance Learning Section (DLS) Membership and Event committee is continuing its “Member of the Month” initiative to highlight our diverse members. Here is our highlight on November Member, Victoria (Torrie) Raish, Online Learning Librarian, Penn State.

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

Name: Victoria (Torri) Raish


How long have you been a DLS member?
A little over 2 years

Where do you work and what do you do there?
I work at Penn State and I am the Online Learning Librarian. This means that I serve in a coordinator role where I am making connections between online and hybrid learning at Penn State with our subject, campus, and other librarians to increase library services, resources, and instruction for online students.

What is unique about your institution, and how does your work as a distance services librarian support the mission?
Penn State has a separate campus for online students called World Campus. However, the curriculum and majors are the same ones offered through our main campus at University Park and our Commonwealth Campuses. There are around 20,000 students in World Campus. There are also online courses for residential students, hybrid courses, or shared programs among the different campuses. All of our campuses are part of Penn State in the motto of one university, geographically distributed. This is unique because we are not a multisystem campus. Due to the scale and scope of online learning at Penn State, my work is very much at the strategic level where I create professional development opportunities, build relationships, and conduct program level assessments to survey the quality of what we are doing with online learning.

How do you bridge the distance with online learners? What’s one way you create community for your distance learners?
Penn State is very focused on building affinity to Penn State for distance learners. World Campus has a strategic priority to create this sense of community for learners. There are a few different ways that we do this but I think one of the most exciting is through the Blind Date with a Book program we run for residential students and have now offered to online students for the past two years. It connects them to the library in an optional way where they can choose a genre they are passionate about and receive a wrapped book. This is having them create an InterLibrary Loan account and other important processes, but for students it is that public facing realization that there is more to the library than course reserves. Another example is through creating the discussion questions this past summer for the World Campus summer book club. I work closely with our outreach coordinator and student engagement librarian to bring these opportunities to World Campus students and we have more ideas lined up for the future.


How do you recharge your knowledge of distance library services?
Attending conferences such as the DLS conference, spending time to read literature and checking out some top publications, and being reflective of the work I am doing it by sharing and trying to build connections with people outside of Penn State. The slack channel that was started has been a fantastic first place to learn and connect.

What’s something fun that you’re doing now (outside of your work as a distance librarian)?
Well I have five kids (All girls) so my spare time is limited. However, if I am not parenting them or working then I am running. I love to run miles and miles 🙂

What are you reading right now?
Probably a children’s book! The last book I read was Fly a Little Higher by Laura Sobiech.

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

What else would you like for us to share about you?
I love working with online students at Penn State and connecting them to our awesome library resources! So this is really a dream job for me.

To see more, check out October’s Member of the Month, Mike Courtney!

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Roundtable conversation: Inclusive Teaching Practices in Online Learning – Nov. 9th, 2 PM EST

Join the Distance Learning Section Instruction Committee in our next Roundtable Conversation!
Theme: Inclusive Practices in 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 active conversations. This month’s theme encourages conversation about best practices and guidelines, challenges and /or barriers, standards, and tools. Microphones are strongly encouraged.

Date: November 9, 2018

Time: 2:00pm EST, 1:00pm CST, 12:00pm MST, 11:00am PST

Event Registration Page (FREE): https://ala-events.zoom.us/meeting/register/bcb0b15e03345b39d746f627e8486654

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

Questions? Email Jennifer Shimada jennifer.shimada@gmail.com or Michelle Keba michelle_keba@pba.edu, DLS Instruction Committee co-chairs.

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