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LIRN Librarians: Interactivity Promotes Learning in Instructional IL Webinars

This poster is part of the Distance Library Instruction Virtual Poster Session hosted by the ACRL DLS Instruction Committee. We encourage you to ask questions and engage in discussion on this poster! Authors will respond to comments between April 1-5.


Karen Johnson, Library & Information Resource Network (LIRN); Kearin Reid, LIRN; and Cyndi Kibby, LIRN

Poster Description:

It can be challenging for librarians to keep students engaged in online webinars. We created introductory nursing webinars that replaced the lecture and slide deck with an interactive worksheet for students to complete and discuss. The result is an increase in overall student engagement and positive student feedback.


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About the Presenters

Karen Johnson provides online training and reference services as a librarian for the Library and Information Resources Network (LIRN), a consortium serving higher education institutions. She enjoys teaching students critical research skills and developing curriculum resources for academic programs. In addition to a master’s degree in Library & Information Science, she has completed graduate work in Curriculum & Instruction.

Kearin Reid, a part-time librarian with LIRN, provides remote reference services to students and faculty at several colleges and universities. In addition to a master’s degree in Library and Information Science, she has a provisional AHIP (Academy of Health Information Professionals) membership through the Medical Library Association.

Cyndi Kibby oversees the delivery of remote librarian services at LIRN. She enjoys making instructional videos and providing online training. She has a special interest in low-stakes assignments that incorporate the library into the curriculum. She has a master’s degree in Library & Information Science and a master’s degree in English Education.


  1. I am interested in the post presentation survey you conduct. You indicated that you would have the link to it at the end. Did I miss it?

    • Hi Sharon,

      Thanks for your interest in our Virtual Poster Session.

      Here are the questions for the post-instruction survey:

      Student Feedback: LIRN Online Library Instruction
      Please tell us about your experience to help us improve our training sessions for students at schools that subscribe to LIRN Librarian Services. * Required response.

      Date of training *MM/DD/YYYY

      Name of your school: *


      Librarian conducting training *
      Karen Cyndi Kearin

      The librarian explained how to access my school’s online library. *Yes No
      The librarian showed how to find tutorials for the online library. *Yes No
      The librarian explained how to contact a librarian. *Yes No

      Please let us know how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements. *
      1. Strongly Agree
      2. Agree
      3. Disagree
      4. Strongly Disagree
      5. Not Applicable
      The material covered was on point for the topic. 1 2 3 4 5
      The presentation was clear and organized. 1 2 3 4 5
      The presentation included the right amount of information for the time allotted. 1 2 3 4 5
      The presentation helped me to understand how I can use the library resources in my studies.1 2 3 4 5
      I would recommend this training session to my classmates. 1 2 3 4 5

      What did you find helpful about this training? (open response)
      What can we do to improve? (open response)
      Additional comments? (open response)

  2. Hi! Thanks for sharing! I’ve also been working on interactive webinars. Are your students all in person with a live facilitator? How often do they all share one computer screen vs each having their own individual screens? How are questions from students passed on to you?

    Also, I assume you can’t see what they write on their interactive handout? Is the facilitator going around observing and helping? I have often used Google Forms as my interactive handout so that I can see responses remotely, but I’m interested in other alternatives.

    • Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for your interest!

      Students are all in a computer lab with a computer in front of them. The GoToMeeting web software I use screen shares on the computer lab computer/screen, so students watch and try the same task on their own.

      The facilitator is key to the organization and timing of when I should move on to the next part of the presentation. They also serve as the student question intermediary. It works quite well. The audio and video set-up seems to be a little intimidating to them, so I always offer a run-through the week before for a new facilitator.

      I cannot see the answers they are giving, and as far as I know, students do not share the completed handout, but they probably keep it as a souvenir ; )

      Google Forms does have many of the same features as Wufoo, so I would not say one is better than the other for our purposes.

      Thank you, Jennifer.


      Karen Johnson, LIRN Librarian

      • Thanks for the response! Do you have handouts or anything that you provide facilitators? I’m curious to how exactly you prep them, and what you ask them to do. When I’ve done this, I really haven’t done anything to prep them, so I’m wondering if there are best practices I’m missing.

        And to clarify, I meant more that I use Google Forms in place of the interactive handout, and not in place of the post-class feedback survey. I’ve never used Wufoo, but I’m sure it can do the same thing! It’s just so that I can see responses to the interactive handout and address any misconceptions (and call out things that I see students doing particularly well). I’ve also used Nearpod for this (both for showing the slide deck and for being able to collect input for students).

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