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.

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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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