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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

Member of the Month: February 2020

The ACRL Distance Learning Section (DLS) Membership and Event committee started a “Member of the Month” initiative to highlight our diverse members.  Here is our highlight on Andrea Hebert, Human Sciences, Education, and Distance Learning Librarian at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. 

If you are interested in being or nominating an ACRL DLS “Member of the Month”, please fill out this brief nomination/sign up form.

Andrea looks up into the camera, wearing a black baseball cap, black framed glasses and a grey sweatshirt. A brick path and plants are in the background.

 Name:  Andrea Hebert

How long have you been a DLS member?

5 years

Where do you work and what do you do there?

I am the Human Sciences, Education, and Distance Learning Librarian at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. My duties are divided between liaison work with the schools within the College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) and supporting distance & online learning.

What is unique about your institution, and how does your work as a distance services librarian support the mission?

LSU’s online programs are undergoing a period of rapid change and growth. New programs are being launched every few months. In addition to supporting the online programs that are linked to the schools in the CHSE, I alert other librarians to new online programs in their subject areas. I serve as a point of contact for questions from course developers.

How do you bridge the distance with online learners? What’s one way you create community for your distance learners?

This is an area I definitely need to work on! I have so much room for improvement. Right now I’m focusing on increasing students’ awareness of our virtual consultations. That type of one-on-one contact really helps students feel supported, but I need to plot a broader proactive strategy to reach more students and to inform and link students to our services and resources.

How do you recharge your knowledge of distance library services?

The work I’ve done as a volunteer for DLS has introduced me to so many ideas, approaches, and techniques that have improved how I provide support to students and faculty. DLS is an extremely supportive organization, and I’m constantly inspired by the passion and competence of its members.

What’s something fun that you’re doing now (outside of your work as a distance librarian)?

It’s Mardi Gras season, so I’m eating King Cake as often as possible and looking forward to my neighborhood parade. We are also planning our trip to Spain in April. We’ll be able to catch some of the Semana Santa processions in Malaga. 

What are you reading right now?

The Confessions of Frannie Langton

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

Occasional tweets @andrealhebert1 

 What else would you like for us to share about you?

Academic librarianship can be a difficult career to navigate. I’ve received so much help and guidance along the way. I believe in paying it forward; I try to extend the help and opportunities I received to other librarians. Also, I try to express my appreciation for the work that others do. A simple “thank you” can make someone’s bad day a little better.

Call for proposals: Distance Library Instruction Virtual Poster Session (2020)

The Call for Proposals is now open for the Spring 2020 Virtual Poster Session, hosted by the ACRL DLS Instruction Committee!

Calling all librarians! Do you have a tool, project, or great idea about teaching and learning online that you’d like to share with your peers? You are invited to submit a proposal to our second annualDistance Library Instruction Virtual Poster Session, which will take place April 13-17, 2020. Proposals are due February 19, 2020.

What is a virtual poster session?

The term “poster” is used very loosely; the intent is to keep the spirit of the traditional poster session while allowing for innovation and creativity in the format used. As in traditional poster sessions, virtual poster session presenters create short, asynchronous presentations of their work (as a guideline, less than 5 minutes of multimedia or 500 words of text) and they are available to answer questions. While an image or PDF that matches the traditional poster format is welcome, creativity and the use of interactive and multimedia formats are especially encouraged during this virtual poster session. 

All posters will be hosted here, on the DLS website. During the poster session week, presenters will asynchronously engage with attendees. Through commenting functionality, viewers can ask questions about your work, and engage in conversation with you about your topic. Last year’s event proves that this format has the potential to lead to interesting and vibrant conversations between presenters and viewers across time zones. 

After the poster session week has concluded, the posters will be archived here on the DLS website so that they can continue to be viewed indefinitely.

What is the timeline for this event?

The virtual poster session will take place April 13-17, 2020

  • Proposals are due by February 19, 2020
  • If accepted, you’ll be asked to submit your poster by April 1, 2020

Presenters will actively respond to comments and questions for a full week (April 13-17, 2020). The Instruction Committee will assist with promoting interaction, but we ask that you check in on your poster at least once a day to keep the conversation going.

What topics can I present on?

Posters can be on any topic related to distance and online library instruction. We would love to hear about your successes and failures in teaching distance and online students, your instructional techniques and approaches, and the tools and technologies that you use! We encourage you to align your proposal with one of our five tracks:

  • Accessibility and Inclusivity: How do you ensure that your online courses and learning objects are accessible and inclusive? 
  • Assessment: How do you assess your online instruction (including qualitative and affective assessment)? 
  • Instructional Collaborations: How do you effectively build relationships and collaborate with faculty, instructional designers, and others to instruct distance and online students? 
  • Project Planning & Management: How do you efficiently manage the “behind the scenes” work of planning, developing, reviewing, and updating online courses and learning objects? 
  • Student Engagement: How do you ensure students remain engaged in your synchronous and asynchronous online instruction? 

How will presenters be chosen?

Proposals will be reviewed by members of the DLS-IC. We will be selecting posters based on the  following criteria: 

  • Quality of Proposal: Is the information requested on the proposal submission form complete? Is the abstract well written, articulate, and does it clearly describe the main idea of the poster? 
  • Alignment to Poster Session Theme: Is the poster about library instruction in the online environment? 
  • Interest to Attendees: Does the topic have potential to attract poster session attendees and stimulate conversation? Will innovative, new and/or unique information be presented? Is the topic practical, easily implemented, and broadly applicable?
  • Diversity of Perspectives: We are seeking to provide a poster session that provides a diversity of perspectives. We especially invite posters from librarians, staff, and LIS students that highlight voices and experiences that are underrepresented in libraries. 

I’m ready to submit!

The Virtual Poster Session proposal submission form is available here

I still have questions!

If you have questions, please contact ACRL Distance Learning Section Instruction Committee Co-Chairs, Matthew LaBrake (matthew-labrake@berkeleycollege.edu) or Jennifer Shimada (jennifer.shimada@gmail.com).

Mentors needed: DLS Mentorship Beta Program final reminder!

Hello Distance Learning Section members! Are you a distance librarian willing to share your knowledge to help others develop their skills? The DLS Mentoring and Networking Committee is looking for mentors to participate in the launch of our DLS Mentorship BETA program!

Wondering if you qualify? You don’t have to be in a leadership position to participate! We’re looking for anyone interested in forming a coaching relationship with another librarian. The only requirement is being a current member of ACRL and DLS.

Thinking about the time commitment? This beta program only lasts until June 30, 2020. It’s a great opportunity to try out a shorter mentorship and see if you might want to later participate in the full, year-long mentorship program we’re launching in Fall 2020.

Want to know other benefits? Besides the networking opportunity and good feels of helping an early-career librarian, there’s a lot mentors can learn from mentees too! Plus, you get early access to our mentorship program with an opportunity to give feedback that will shape the direction of the program moving forward. And it’s great to add to your resume!

Ready to sign up? Simply fill out the Mentor Application below:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc61Q0rUaAi7JvuOT6apAC9_aY-OKmLxPGII5-5wUHOsYYZNg/viewform?usp=sf_link

We’re accepting participants until January 10, but contact the DLS Mentoring and Networking Committee chairs if you have any questions: Neely Tang (nt243@cornell.edu) or Chiméne Tucker (cetucker@usc.edu).

With Appreciation,
The DLS Mentoring and Networking Committee

Member of the Month: January 2020

The ACRL Distance Learning Section (DLS) Membership and Event committee started a “Member of the Month” initiative to highlight our diverse members.  Here is our highlight on Chelsea Nesvig, Research & Instruction/Global & Policy Studies Librarian at the University of Washington Bothell & Cascadia College Campus Library.

If you are interested in being or nominating an ACRL DLS “Member of the Month”, please fill out this brief nomination/sign up form.

Name:  Chelsea Nesvig

How long have you been a DLS member?

3 years or so!

Where do you work and what do you do there?

University of Washington Bothell & Cascadia College Campus Library. My job title is Research & Instruction/Global & Policy Studies librarian which reflects my liaison areas but not everything that I do! My role involves a lot of information literacy instruction – both face-to-face and online.

What is unique about your institution, and how does your work as a distance services librarian support the mission?

My library is unique because we serve two schools – one of the University of Washington campuses which includes bachelors and masters degrees and also a two-year community college. I can’t imagine going back to a campus with just one school! I love working with both sides of campus and being at the library which is right in the middle. I also love how closely I get to work with students and faculty because of how well information literacy is embedded into targeted courses in our curriculum. I am not officially a distance services librarian but Cascadia College offers several online and hybrid sections of our targeted courses each quarter – these sections of College 101 and English 102 have allowed me to work with online students and grow my knowledge of online instruction in the LMS. UW Bothell is moving toward more hybrid/online instruction and it will be interesting to see how we can work with faculty to reach students in those sections.

How do you bridge the distance with online learners? What’s one way you create community for your distance learners?

I have recently started applying a “think/pair/share” activity model to online/hybrid courses. It’s often frustrating to me how students in online sections do their work (at least their library work) in a silo and don’t get to interact with classmates as they would in a classroom setting. I pair students up either using the donut feature in Slack or with a random name generator and then ask them to talk to each other via phone or online chat to discuss the questions I give them. So far it’s been questions around topic generation for research projects but you could apply this model to other questions/tasks as well! I am also creating more quick 1-2 minute videos of myself to add to library activities in Canvas so that students know I’m a real person who is creating these activities and answering their questions!

How do you recharge your knowledge of distance library services?

Mostly by attending conferences and participating in DLS webinars/online conversations. I’m excited to be a part of the DLS Discussion Group to help facilitate some of those online conversations and connect with distance/online learning librarians across the country. We all have much to learn from each other!

I’m also lucky to work with approximately 15 other research and instruction librarians, most of whom also work with online/hybrid sections of our targeted courses and kindly offer their own ideas and strategies for online instruction with our librarian group.

What’s something fun that you’re doing now (outside of your work as a distance librarian)?

Dreaming of the next state or country that my husband and I will travel to. Tending to our fluffy pet rabbit named Miss Bun. Swimming laps with my swim club and attending Dance Church as often as I can!

What are you reading right now?

Currently “Holidays on Ice” by David Sedaris but my most favorite book recently was “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean. I read more news/periodical articles than books!

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

Occasional tweets (mostly during library conferences) at @ozmafan

What else would you like for us to share about you?

Online instruction provides fascinating challenges for reaching and teaching students in both online courses and fully online programs. I continue to think about how to approach these challenges in ways that employ active learning strategies and critical pedagogy perspectives. I’m still figuring out ways to apply the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to online/hybrid courses. If you have ideas or wish to collaborate, please reach out!

Also, I encourage anyone who isn’t familiar with the Digital Pedagogy Lab/Hybrid Pedagogy to look at their publications and conference opportunities. Attending the DPL conference in 2017 had a great impact on my work. https://www.digitalpedagogylab.com/ https://hybridpedagogy.org/

DLS Virtual Midwinter Town Hall, 1/22/20 – Register today!

The Distance Learning Section will be hosting a virtual Midwinter Town Hall on January 22nd at 2pm EST. Please join us for some exciting updates about the section, information on our spring events, a sneak peek of some face-to-face summer events, information about volunteering with the section, and most importantly, an open question and answer session with DLS leadership where you can get your burning questions answered live! Register here.

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