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Members-at-Large: Karla Aleman and Jennifer Rundels

ACRL DLS Member of the Month: December 2018

The ACRL Distance Learning Section (DLS) Membership and Event committee is continuing a “Member of the Month” initiative to highlight our diverse members.  Here is our highlight on Sandy Hawes, retired as Graduate Online Services Librarian at Saint Leo University.

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Name: Sandra Lee (Sandy) Hawes

How long have you been a DLS member?
16 years

Where do you work and what do you do there?
Retired August 2018 from Saint Leo University where I was the Graduate Online Services Librarian.

What is unique about your institution, and how does your work as a distance services librarian support the mission?
I enjoyed the opportunity to work from home for the last five years of my tenure at Saint Leo University. I was the solo provider of online library and research support for Saint Leo University’s ever-growing community of online graduate students.

How do you bridge the distance with online learners? What’s one way you create community for your distance learners?
I used any tool that helped me bridge that gap. The library provided access to LogMeIn.com and I subscribed to Join.Me, using both for live interaction with students that included live co-browsing to work with students on their research projects. I developed and recorded resource presentations and PowerPoint slideshows that were shared from a Google Drive site. And, of course, I worked with students by phone/chat/email to provide reference support and assistance.

How do you recharge your knowledge of distance library services?
I attend online webinars, volunteer with DLS on the Communications Committee, and continue to participate in my local library groups (Florida-ACRL, Tampa Bay Library Consortium, Suncoast Information Specialists).

What’s something fun that you’re doing now (outside of your work as a distance librarian)?
I’m a “beta” reader (reviewing her final draft before publication) for a friend, Kim Beall, who has written her sophomore novel “Moonlight and Moss.” And, taking a cue from her, I’m finally getting started on a three-act play I’ve been noodling around with for a couple years. Wish us both luck!

What are you reading right now?
“Once Upon a River” (Diane Setterfield), “Sleepwalking to Armageddon” (Helen Caldicott), rereading “Nomadland” (Jessica Bruder), Unsheltered (Barbara Kingsolver), “The Bookshop of Yesterdays” (Amy Meyerson), and the current issues of Asimov’s Science Fiction (serial) and Analog Science Fiction & Fact (serial)

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

What else would you like for us to share about you?
I’m the proud “doggie mommie” to four miniature long-haired Dachshund “fur babies”: Nicki (age 13), Taylor (age 12), Wyatt (age 11) and Ceeley (age 9). They keep me on a regular daily schedule, including “walkies” around the neighborhood in the evenings. To them, the only difference between my working full-time and being retired is that I don’t spend all day seated in front of the computer in my home office.

1 Comment

  1. Good to see you featured here Sandy! Seems like you are enjoying your retirement. 🙂
    Best wishes for your play! Continue to spread your wings and soar in the ‘blue skies!’

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