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ACRL DLS Chair: Natalie Haber
Vice-Chair: Amanda Ziegler
Secretary: Stephanie Espinoza Villamor
Archivist: Andrea Hebert
Webmasters: Katie Stewart and Matthew Stevons (dlswebcontact@gmail.com)
Members-at-Large: Karla Aleman and Jennifer Rundels

Recording Available for Recent Webinar: Exploring Online Student Engagement

The recording of DLS’s recent webinar, Exploring Online Student Engagement: Encouraging Active Learning at a Distance, from May 4th, 2016, is now available!

Check out the recording on YouTube.

Description of the Event:

Exploring Online Student Engagement: Encouraging Active Learning at a Distance

Date: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

This session includes three presentations. Christina Pryor & Kyla Hunt from Amigos Library Services will share practical tips to give warm and humorous presentations, avoid common pitfalls, and increase audience participation. Next, Victoria Raish from Penn State University will share her experience using the social media tool, Yammer, to bring the same robustness of face-to-face debates to the online environment. Finally, Adele Merritt Bernard, Arlene Alleyne-Regis & Selwyn Rodulfo from the University of the West Indies Open Campus will share their experiences creating a positive and active learning experience and engaging library users across a diverse and distributed university population.

ACRL 2017 – Call for Proposals

Want to present on a distance learning topic at the ACRL 2017 Conference in Baltimore, MD?  There’s still time to submit your proposals!

Proposal Deadlines

May 6, 2016-Contributed papers, panel sessions, workshops, and preconferences proposals are due.

October 14, 2016-Poster sessions, roundtable discussions, TechConnect presentations, and virtual conference webcasts proposals are due.


Check out the official ACRL 2017 Call for Participation to learn more about the presentation options.

Save the Date: DLS Leadership Breakfast

DLS Leadership Breakfast | Save the Date and Time

6/26/2016 | 8-9:30 am EDT

at Café Matisse – Rosen Plaza Hotel

9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL


Formal Invitation to Follow

For sitting and incoming elected officers and committee chairs/co-chairs

Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals: Exploring Online Student Engagement: Encouraging Active Learning at a Distance

Do you encourage active learning in your online instruction? Do you have strategies for promoting online student engagement? Would you like to share what you’ve learned with your colleagues?

The ACRL Distance Learning Section Instruction Committee would like to invite you to submit a proposal to be part of our Spring Online Panel Discussion where participants will share strategies and practical tips for engaging students and promoting active learning in online environments. The proposal from can be found here:


Proposals should not be more than 300 words in length and should include a very brief biographical sketch (additional 150 words or less) of the presenter(s), as well as links to any online materials that will be discussed in the presentation, if available. The Distance Learning Section Instruction Committee will review and select from the proposals submitted. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 9th, 2016.
Submit your proposal now!


Assessment at a Distance: In Theory and Practice

Date: Thursday, February 18th, 2016 3-4pm Eastern; 2-3pm Central; 12-1pm Pacific

Register online: https://acrl.webex.com/acrl/onstage/g.php?MTID=e73a701e560b791f05f68b20ef3f74844

Description: Please join the Distance Learning Section Discussion Group in our virtual post-Midwinter discussion, “ACRL DLS Assessment at a Distance: In Theory and Practice Meeting.”  We will host speakers Jenna Kammer, Instructional Designer at the University of Missouri and Navadeep Khanal, E-Learning Librarian at the University of Missouri. They will share how to assess meeting student learning outcomes using assessment plans geared toward the macro level of reviewing institutional data, to the micro level of collecting and analyzing in-course assessment methods and student performance in online courses. Our third speaker, Natalie Bennet, Online Services Librarian at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, will share how she uses discussion boards to gauge student learning and will demonstrate the use of discussion boards to gain vital qualitative assessment.

Technology requirements: Attendees will need a headset or speakers and an Internet connection. Prior to accessing the meeting, you will need to have the most up-to-date version of Java downloaded. If attendees have any difficulties accessing the meeting, they can call WebEx’s tech support number at 877-469-3239.

If you have never attended WebEx Event before, you may want to review this information prior to the session:

How do I join a meeting demo: http://wlc.webex.com/players/hdiRTE/HDIFrameset.htm?agg=MC/EN/MC_EN_T27FR17-524_ag

System Requirements: https://support.webex.com/MyAccountWeb/systemRequirement.do?root=Tools&parent=System

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