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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

Distance Mentorship Beta Program!

Hello Distance Learning Section members! Are you new to serving distance and online students and want to expand your professional knowledge/skills? Or are you an experienced librarian willing to share your knowledge to help others develop their skills? The DLS Mentoring and Networking Committee invites you to participate in the launch of our DLS Mentorship BETA program!

We’re now accepting participants until January 10, 2020!

After the deadline, participants will be paired (mentor/mentee) and the beta program will then run until June 30, 2020. Space is limited as we are currently accepting a total of 10 mentor applications and 10 mentee applications for the beta. The beta program is available on a first come, first served basis, but if you apply after we have reached our cap, we will save your information for when the full mentorship program launches in Fall 2020!

After the pairing, we recommend mentors get in touch with their mentees early in the program to set goals using the DLS Goal Sheet that will be provided. At the end of the program in June, participants will be asked to complete a survey to assist our committee in collecting data on what worked well in the BETA, what can be improved for the fall launch, and assessing the program overall.

Requirements for Participation: All participants in the DLS Mentoring Program must be current members of ACRL and DLS, and have an interest in serving distance/online students. Mentors should have experience serving distance/online students in librarianship, through research, through service participation, or all three.

How to Apply: Fill out the appropriate application at the link below before our January 10 deadline!

Mentor Application:

Mentee Application:

For more information, contact the Mentoring and Networking Committee Chairs: Neely Tang (nt243@cornell.edu) or Chiméne Tucker (cetucker@usc.edu).

DLS Strategic Planning

The Strategic Planning Committee is gearing up to develop the next strategic plan for ACRL DLS. This year, we have thought carefully about our data collection methods. We will be holding focus groups in the spring with a qualitative perspective. The purpose of this announcement is to make you aware of this effort.

Historically, stakeholders of DLS have had opportunities to provide feedback on the strategic form but this year we are aiming for a higher level approach that is not directly tied to getting feedback on the text in the strategic plan. This year, we are going to host qualitative focus groups with a positive and systemic approach.

These focus groups will be run by members of the strategic planning committee. You can expect that they will take anywhere from 30 minutes to 45 minutes and will have anywhere from 3 to 5 participants. We will be conducting the focus groups on Zoom and will be scheduling them to accommodate a variety of time zones. DLS members can express interest in participating in a focus group by completing the Strategic Planning Focus Group Interest form.

ACRL Standards for Distance Learning Library Services Infographic

The ACRL’s Distance Learning Section (DLS) Standards Committee is excited to announce the creation of an Infographic that will help librarians and others to share the core concepts of the ACRL Standards for Distance Learning Library Services. Please feel free to download and utilize the infographic to spread information about the ACRL Standards for Distance Learning Library Services. The infographic is available in JPEG, PNG, or PDF formats and can also be found on the Resources & Publications page. This infographic is available under the terms of a CC BY license. CC BY

ACRL Standards for Distance Learning Library Services. Equitably meeting the information and research needs of all constituents, wherever they may be. Fundamental Requirements:  Institutional requirements: Financial support, Additional Investment, Technical Infrastructure, Written Agreements, Guidelines, laws and regulations. Library Requirements: Availability for all Users, Academic Excellence, Instruction, Strategic Planning, Needs and Outcomes Assessments. Specific Requirements: Fiscal responsibilities, Personnel, Documentation, Library Education, Facilities and Equipment, Resources, Management, Services. Distance Learning Section. Association of College & Research Libraries, ALA. Guidelines found at: http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/guidelinesdistancelearning

Distance Library Services Conference 2020

Penn State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are pleased to announce that the site for the Distance Library Services Conference 2020 is now live and the Call for Proposals is OPEN. If you wish to submit a proposal, please create a new account in order to access the CFP submission section.

The site can be accessed here:

Registration and hotel reservations are also open. Please note that additional information will be added to the website periodically about the keynote, physical logistics including things like dine-around, and the opening night reception.

Several orders of business and changes for the upcoming conference:

  • Proposals will be accepted for posters, presentations, and workshop/unconference sessions.
  • There are options for paper presentations or presentations. Paper presentations will be published in the conference proceedings in The Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning.
  • We are accepting proposals for TWO travel awards – the recurring New Presenter Award & the new StudentPoster Award.

Please encourage any MLIS/MLS students you know who are interested in or are currently studying Distance Librarianship to submit a poster proposal and to apply for the travel stipend.

DLS 2020 will have vendors present and is actively seeking sponsorships from entities who cannot be present at the conference.

If you have any questions please contact:
Torrie Raish: vrc112@psu.edu
Kat Phillips: kec5013@psu.edu.

We are happy to help anyone navigate this process and to answer questions as they arise. We know that you’ve all be eagerly awaiting and anticipating the launch of the site and opening of the CFPs and we truly thank you for your patience as we navigated the wild west that is conference planning!

We are so very excited to see everyone in July 2020 and look forward to welcoming you all to Penn State! A heartfelt thank you to Embry-Riddle for partnering with us to create and launch the conference site.

Call For Nominations: Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award!

Do you know or could you be the next recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award?  If so, the Distance Learning Section (DLS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) wants to hear from you!

This prestigious award, sponsored by the Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, honors an ACRL member who has made valuable contributions to the field of distance librarianship. The winner receives:

  • $1,200 to attend the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC (June 20-25, 2019)
  • A commemorative plaque presented at an awards luncheon during ALA Annual

Nominees should demonstrate achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  • Support for distance learning librarianship and library services (e.g., service to students and faculty, innovation, and/or leadership)
  • Participation in the creation and/or implementation of distance library programs or services of exemplary quality
  • Successful collaboration with faculty in support of information literacy and/or other aspects of library instruction or services for distance students
  • Significant research, publication, and/or presentations in areas related to distance learning librarianship

Submissions are due by December 7, 2018.  Self-nominations are welcome.

For more information about this award (including a list of previous winners) and the application form, please visit http://www.ala.org/acrl/awards/achievementawards/dlsaward

Questions? Contact DLS Awards Committee Co-Chairs:

Melissa Atkinson: melissa.atkinson@acu.edu
Cynthia Thomes: cynthia.thomes@umuc.edu

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