Webinar Recording: “But I’ve Never Met You!”: Serving Graduate Students from a Distance

Watch the recording of the DLS DG Spring Forum, “But I’ve Never Met You!”: Serving Graduate Students from a Distance.

Working with graduate students online? Want to gain new ideas, share your innovations, and vent your frustrations? Join the Distance Learning Section Discussion Group’s Spring Forum! We’ll start with an experienced keynote speaker, Johanna Tunon (see bio below), who will talk about trends and changes in services to graduate students. 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 graduate students. Can’t come for the whole thing? Join us for the parts that you can…or just for what interests you!

Johanna Tunon is the retired Director of Distance and Instructional Library Services at Nova Southeastern University in south Florida. She now teaches MLIS classes at San Jose State University and other graduate classes at the University of Maryland University College. Johanna has served as the chair of the Distance Learning Section and the Florida chapter of ACRL and won the Routledge Distance Learning Conference Sponsorship Award in 2014. Most recently, her chapter entitled “Reference and Intermediation Services” was published in the second edition of Information Services Today: An Introduction.

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Top 5 Articles on Accessibility, April – June, 2018

Compiled and annotated by Lindley Homol, Stephanie Weiss, and Denyse Rodrigues

Happy spring/early summer! It is the time of year many of us work on projects that take a bit more time and thought than typically available during the fall and winter terms. To inspire your work, we offer you a selection of articles on the accessibility of library tutorials, library websites, learning environments, and accessibility conversion processes for library collections.

 

Clossen, A., & Proces, P. (2017). Rating the accessibility of library tutorials from leading research universities. Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 17(4), 803–823. Retrieved from https://muse.jhu.edu/article/672185

The authors selected a random sample of public-facing library tutorial materials from 71 public universities with the Carnegie Classification “Highest Research Activity” or R1. They describe the state of accessibility of these materials and identify common pitfalls in library-related accessible design. The team classified the materials into two categories – videos and web-based tutorials (continuous play vs. click-through) – and assessed them using a rubric focused on usability from the perspective of a disabled person. The team manually evaluated videos for five elements – type, captions, screen-audio coordination, link context, and length. With the help of two tools, AInspector and Functional Accessibility Evaluator, they evaluated web-based tutorials for six elements – headings, alternative text for images, skip-to-content links, tables, text chunking, and findability. Although guides such as Springhare’s LibGuides and similar in-house creations were excluded, the authors suggest that such reviews would be welcome additions to the literature.

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Open Education Resources (OER): Where Libraries Are and Where We Are Going

Coming to the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans next month? Please plan on attending this program on Open Educational Resources (OER) put on jointly by the ACRL Collection Development Librarians of Academic Libraries Interest Group and the Distance Learning Section. 

 

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

The ACRL Distance Learning Section (DLS) Membership and Communication committees started a “Member of the Month” initiative to highlight our diverse members. Here is our highlight on Kelly McCallister, Non-Traditional Student Librarian at Appalachian State University.

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

Name: Kelly McCallister

How long have you been a DLS member?

Since 2013

Where do you work and what do you do there?

Appalachian State University, Non-Traditional Student Librarian

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

Appstate is a physically isolated (like how DE students feel) as it’s located in the mountains of Western, NC. As a result, I identify with and strive more to create strong relationships and virtual communities with DE colleagues and students.

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

I use our web conferencing system, Zoom to create virtual study space and communities with our students.

How do you recharge your knowledge of distance library services?

Volunteering as the moderator/ tech support the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA) Distance Learning Section (DLS) Webinar Wednesdays professional development workshops. I learn something new in every one!

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

Started an unofficial Bocce team with my librarian colleagues, if only it would stop snowing in April!!!

What are you reading right now?

Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran

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

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-mccallister-9a554142/

What else would you like for us to share about you?

Mother to three cats, one basset hound and two humans.

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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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