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ACRL DLS Chair: Kristin Miller Woodward
Vice-Chair: Natalie Haber
Secretary: Andrea Hebert
Archivist: Mike Courtney
Webmasters: Tim Ream and Katie Stewart (dlswebcontact@gmail.com)

Volunteers Needed to Annotate Articles for 6th Bibliography

The Bibliography Committee of ACRL’s Distance Learning Section is seeking volunteers to annotate the 6th Bibliography of Library Services for Distance Learning.

To volunteer or ask any questions, please contact Bibliography Committee co-chair, Robert Miller: robert.miller@umuc.edu

The Bibliography is published online. Typically, the Bibliography Committee sends a volunteer 3-5 citations to annotate. The citations are primarily for journal articles, but annotators sometimes work on monographs, Web sites, and other sources.

Annotations are usually a paragraph long. To see the type of annotations we use, you can access the 4th and 5th editions of the Bibliography at our committee Web site: http://caspian.switchinc.org/~distlearn/committees/bibliography/index.html

Writing annotations for the Bibliography is an opportunity to contribute to the distance-library community of practice. Your name will appear with each annotation you write, and a list of annotators and their institutions is published as part of the Bibliography.

Discussion at ALA Annual: Assessment! How do your distance librarians do it?

Assessment!  How do your distance librarians do it?
Join us in Anaheim for another stimulating discussion for distance librarians.  DLS members and non-members are welcome!

Sunday, June 24th, 10:30 am to 12 pm
Pacific Ballroom C & D
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

The Discussion will follow presentation of the 2012 Routledge Distance Learning Award.

Want to read a paper on assessment?  The Discussion Group Committee suggests these papers from the Distance Library Services Conference:

  • “Aided and Embedded:  The Team Approach to Instructional Design” by Leslee Shell, Steven Crawford, and Patricia Harris.
    Ms. Shell offers short quizzes within her learning management system.
  • “Listen to What They Have to Say!  Assessing Distance Learners’ Satisfaction with Library Services” by Michael C. Alewine.
    Mr. Alewine gives students a short, 5-question survey, similar to Amazon’s method of rating vendors.


Embedded Librarian Best Practices: You Can Do It, We Can Help

Are you attending ALA Annual?  Be sure to mark this session on your calendars for Saturday June 23, 8:00-10:00 a.m.!

Embedded librarianship is not a new term, however, for librarians being partnered with faculty in online classrooms it is becoming a critical job component. Attendees of the session will contribute a tip or frustration of embedding which will be integrated into the program. Following a brief history on embedding, a panel will discuss different types of embedding models as they involve the audience with interactive audience polling. This panel presentation, facilitated by Debbie Nolan, Dean of University Libraries at Towson University, will present embedded librarian models for distance learning at different institutions.

Panelists will give 20 minute presentations on the following topics:

  • Three’s Company
    Kathleen Pickens-French, Public Services Librarian, Hamilton Campus at Miami University and Krista McDonald, Director, Regional Campus Library, Hamilton Campus at Miami University
    Pickens-French and McDonald will describe the core model that their embedded librarians have used to create resources pages within their university’s CMS. They will explain the “Three Rule” of keeping content organized, students interested, and the library’s website where it belongs.
  • Going Beyond the Embedded Librarian: Creating Online Classrooms to Teach Teachers About Information Literacy
    Kathleen Anne Langan, Assistant Professor, Western Michigan University.
    Langan will present a pilot program that was introduced to use e-learning technology to introduce information literacy concepts to university instructors and teach them to incorporate these concepts into their curriculum. This presentation will discuss this experience, the importance of using online classrooms as a means of communicating with instructors, and introduce best practices to create similar classes.
  • Direct and Repeated Interactions: The Regis Experience with Embedded Librarianship
    Paul Betty, Distance Learning Librarian, Regis University
    Embedded librarianship at Regis University incorporates collaboration between librarians, students, teaching faculty, and instructional designers. Betty will discuss the model the librarians in the Distance Services department have developed to lead to greater rates of “embeddedness.”

For more information, see http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/node/152